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    Playlist from Saturday evening for one week:
    FILM TUNE: Who wants to be a Millionaire?/Frank Sinatra & Celeste Holm (from 'High Society')
    That's All/Bobby Darin (Atco-US, 1959 title track of the album of the same name)
    Make me know It/Elvis Presley (RCA, 1960 – alternate take issued on 'Fame and Fortune' - see  below)
    The Andalucian Gypsies/Benny Hill (Pye, 1961)
    Wayward Wind/Frank Ifield (Columbia, 1963)
    Kinky/John Barry (Ember, 1963)
    Hanging Around/Eden Kane (Fontana, 1964 - see below)
    Baby now that I've found You/Foundations (Pye, 1967)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Those were the Days/Sandie Shaw (Pye, 1968 this was a chart-topper for Mary Hopkin)
    Daydream/Wallace Collection (EMI-Odeon Belgium, 1969)
    For once in my Life/Cilla Black (Parlophone, 1970 from the LP 'Sweet Inspiration')
    For all we Know/Carpenters (A&M, 1971)
    We don't make each other laugh Anymore/Gladys Knight & Pips (Buddah, 1976)
    Silver Lady/David Soul (Private Stock, 1977)
    Come in from the Rain/Eydie Gorme (President, 1985 from the CD 'Sings/Canta' - see below)
    You win Again/Bee Gees (Warners, 1987)
    Keep our love Alive/Stevie Wonder (Motown, 1990)
    You ain't going Nowhere/Bob Dylan & The Band
    Autumn's not that Cold/Lorrie Morgan
    Sun Daze/Florida Georgia Line
    Lady/Kenny Rogers
    American Ride/Toby Keith
    I wont forget You/Jim Reeves
    You know me better than that/George Strait
    Some girls do/Sawyer Brown
    Country music is here to stay/Ferlin Huskey (as Simon Crum)
    Most beautiful girl in the world/Charlie Rich
    Galveston/Glen Campbell
    Better that you left me/Mickey Guyton
    Always on my mind/Willie Nelson
    Jesse/Diana Trask
    My shoes keep walking back to you/Gene Pitney & George Jones
    It's five o'clock somewhere/Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett

    CD's & vinyl of interest......

    From ACE comes 'JON SAVAGES'S 1967 - THE YEAR POP DIVIDED'. Now this follows a similar treatment of 1966 and again there's a collection of hits and rarities. If you were around in those days you will probably remember just how varied the charts were that year - from Harry Secombe and Vince Hill to bands like The Soft Machine and The Buffalo Springfield. So here you have a 2-CD personal collection from the year featuring The Four Tops, Spencer Davis Group, Bar-Kays, The Byrds and many others. You''ll probably find a few on here that are not in your collection from that year...I did. 

    Good to see a new release from Eden Kane from RPM Records. We've a track in the show this week and what sets this apart from the Deram release some years back is that this set contains many 'extras' album tracks and the like from this very talented Sarstedt brother. The double CD set also contains both sides of a single recorded in 1980.

    Now watch for three new CD releases. The first is by Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg (the couple responsible for THAT banned record in the late 60's).  Well, now from Parlophone France comes a set recorded with the Warsaw Polish Symphony Orchestra. Also a mention here for Lucas Romero (pictured below) a guitarist whose gypsy style is winning him fans throughout the world. His CD is titled 'Calle Gitana'. Lastly, a double CD from Ralph McTell. This is the first collection to draw together all of his recordings for the Transatlantic label from 1967-70 - we feature a track this week.

    Now from Parlophone's Rhino series, a new Matt Monro CD concentrating on his years working with George Martin. The tracks cover 1959 through to the mid-70's, with a number of chart hits, including 'My King Of Girl'.....and one track making its debut on CD. 

    On the playlist last week, we featured a track by Bobby Hatfield from the CD 'The Other Brother'.  The release - from ACE also contains a couple of Righteous Brothers tracks plus some unreleased material as well from his Verve days. 

    A while back, ZONE RECORDS issued a double CD of a classic Rod McKuen London concert and now there is a second release containing tracks from his BBC-TV series in the early 1970's. The liner notes tell the story behind the TV specials. This is a superb collection and we're featuring tracks from mid May. Highlight (for me) is the duet by Rod with Petula Clark of the Jake Thackray song 'Lah-Di-Dah'.Wonderful stuff. It seems Zone are planning more releases from the Rod McKuen catalogue as well. 

    Now to your enquiries about the music we play. Joanne from Brighton asks about the Elvis Presley track in this week's show. We've taken this from a 'Follow That Dream' release by the fan club. More information at . Michael from Dorking wants to know if the Eydie Gorme CD in our playlist is still available and we're told it is...although it seems quite pricey at about £25. For more information on any of our tracks please e-mail me at . 

    Our show is broadcast (BST) on Miskin Radio at 1800 on Saturdays - see   Then you can hear the programme on  ABC Oldies on Sundays at Midday, Wednesdays at 1300, Thursdays at 2000 and Saturdays at 0700. There is then Soul Beat Radio - at 0930 Mondays, see for more about the station.  You will also find the show on Isles FM - - on Monday mornings at 1000 and Thursday afternoons and there's a mid-week overnight broadcast as well. The show is also broadcast on Replay Radio - on Sundays at 0900 and Wednesdays at 1700; the programme is also heard on RMUK -  - - at Midday on Mondays and repeated on Sundays at 0830. Now to  Wigan FM  - go to -  this station broadcasts the programme  Midday - 1400 slot on Mondays. Finally Pheonix FM on Sundays 1000 from June 04 - . Many other stations broadcast the show on a regular basis, without formal agreements. 

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    I have been in the media business now for 50 years starting out with local newspapers in Surrey and then Record Mirror and Music Week, part of the Billboard group. I then joined Pye Records/ATV and Stoll-Moss Theatres at the end of the 60’s. In 1971 I moved to BBC Radios 1 & 2 in the early 70’s and then worked for Radio Luxembourg/Atlantic 252 in a management capacity and then ran local commercial stations in Glasgow, London and the Isles of Man and Lewis. In 2002 we had a world exclusive on Frank Sinatra on Isles FM - see or