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    Playlist for this week:
    That's my Home/Nat Gonella & Band (Decca, 1941)
    Wait for Me/Marion Ryan & Bill Shepherd Orchestra (Pye Nixa, 1959)
    Wake up and Live/Floyd Dixon (Jello-US, 1959 see below)
    FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT: Walk don't Run/John Barry 7 (Columbia, 1960)
    Why/Anthony Newley (Decca, 1960)
    But not for Me/Ketty Lester (London, 1962)
    Tomorrow Night/Eden Kane (Fontana 1963)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: I left my heart in San Francisco/Sammy Davis Jr (Reprise, 1964 a world-wide hit for Tony Bennett)
    That's my Home/Freddie Lennon (Piccadilly, 1965)
    Where do you Go/Cher (Imperial-US, 1965 from the LP 'Cher')
    For sentimental Reasons/Righteous Brothers (Philles-US, 1965)
    You made me what I Am/Mark Wynter (Pye, 1966)
    I'm a Boy/The Who (Reaction, 1966)
    River deep mountain High/Ike and Tina Turner (London, 1966)
    Lady Barbara/Peter Noone & Hermans Hermits (RAK, 1970)
    Pacific coast Highway/Mamas & Papas (Probe, 1971 from the LP 'Papas & Mamas')
    Best thing that ever happened to Me/Gladys Knight & The Pips (Buddah, 1973)
    Keep on Trying/The Impressions (Curtom, 1976 from the album 'Loving Power')
    Westchester Lady/Bob James (CTI, 1976 from the LP 'Bob James Three' see below)
    Forget Him/Billy Fury (Polydor, 1983)
    FILM TUNE: Iris/Goo Goo Dolls (WB, 1998 from the movie 'City of Angels')
    Take good care of my Baby/Bobby Vee (US copyright, 2002 now available on the Capitol release 'Bobby Vee Rarities' – a re-recording of his 60's million-seller)
    Just like Always/Glen Campbell (Capitol, 2017 from the album 'Adios')
    Smalltown Boy/Bronski Beat (SFE-Cherry Red, 2017 from re-mixed 'Age of Reason')
    Back Again/Animal Bar (live cut, see below 

    Are you a Gene Pitney fan? He's featured regularly in our main show and of course we have a half hour programme of his music weekly on three radio stations(moving to one hour weekly in September when Isles FM joins the broadcast list). A Facebook page has been set up to support the programme, take requests and for information on the artist you wont find published elsewhere. It's a closed group so you need to apply to join The Gene Pitney Show.

    Please see our RADIO SERVICES page on Facebook for more information on the artists and businesses we support. Among those artists - the band ANIMAL BAR, their track 'Back Again' is in the show this week. By Sunday lunchtime we'd already had more than a dozen listeners asking for more information. See their Facebook page for more...................................

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

    Harry Nilsson was a superb songwriter and a new CD from Ace - 'Gotta Get up' - showcases his work performed by artists such as The Monkees, The Yardbirds, Sandie Shaw, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Andy Williams. Nilsson was much admired by the Beatles, Randy Newman and others...this really is a great collection of decent songs that you very likely won't have on CD. 

    Here comes a 3-CD set of Mark Wynter recordings from the end of the 50's through to the 1970's. All of the hits are here and the set includes many tracks making their CD debut. This release is from RPM Records. We're featuring tracks throughout the Summer.

     Lucas Romero  is a brilliant guitarist whose gypsy style is winning him fans throughout the world. His CD is titled 'Calle Gitana' is being featured regularly on the show. From the label comes another in their series concentrating on releases from specific labels. This time, 'Angela Jones' features 62 tracks from the Triumph label - started by Joe Meek - in the early 60's.  The label didnt last long but it did produce some good tracks along the way from artists including Michael Cox, John Leyton, Eve Boswell and the under-rated Danny Rivers
    Brand new from Atlantic-Stateside comes 'Atlantic Rock n Roll Series' a boxed set of  six discs form the 50's featuring Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown,Joe Turner and others. A great value set with liner notes that tells us how Atlantic Records missed out on signing Elvis Presley!. More information on this set on my Radio Services page on Facebook.

    A friend of this programme, Bob Stanley, has helped put together a couple of releases from, JASMINE RECORDS. One, by Percy Mayfield is featured below. Not heard of him? He wrote the Ray Charles hit 'Hit The Road Jack'. The other is by Floyd Dixon, in the show this week. 

    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've featuring tracks since mid May. Highlights (for me)  -  the duet by Rod with Petula Clark of the Jake Thackray song 'Lah-Di-Dah' and 'Mr Kelly'.

    Bob James is in the show this week. We've taken the track from a new double-CD 'Cool Heat - The Best Of CTI Records'. This was the label started by Creed Taylor......just great music. Really good CD on its way from Georgie Fame - 'THE TWO FACES OF FAME' featuring tracks from his CBS days..including his chart-topping single. 

    Now to your e-mails...Mike from Devon asks about Scott Walker in last week's show. Universal have a top-value 5-CD set out right now 'Scott Walker's Classic Albums' featuring Scott 1,2,3 & 4 and one other of his Philips releases. Frances in the Midlands wants to know if there are any Max Bygraves CD's available. There are quite a few, featuring his Decca and Pye hits - all listed by Amazon etc. 

    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 0900 Tuesdays, 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. WRFN broadcast the show on Sundays at 0900, Tuesdays at Midday and overnight Thursdays at Midnight at http:///www, .   Now to  Wigan FM  - go to -  this station broadcasts the programme  Midday - 1400 slot on Mondays.  Finally we welcome WNR - West Norfolk Radio - on Mondays at 1900. Find them at http://www, . 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