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    FILM TUNE: Gigi/Billy Eckstine (Mercury, 1959)
    Lost Someone/James Brown (King-US, 1961)
    It doesnt matter Anymore/John Barry (Columbia, 1961)
    Little miss Lonely/Helen Shapiro (Columbia, 1962)
    Dear hearts and gentle People/Michael Holiday (Columbia, 1962 from 'To Bing From Mike')
    Bachelor Boy/Ray Pilgrim (Embassy, 1962 – Woolworth cover of Cliff Richard's hit)
    TV THEME: Z-cars Theme/Norrie Paramor (Columbia, 1962)
    Chapel in the Moonlight/Dean Martin (Reprise, 1964)
    Suffer now I must/Cilla Black (Parlophone, 1964, B-side of 'You're my World')
    It hurts Me/Elvis Presley (RCA, 1964 included on 'Elvis's Gold Records Volume Four')
    In my Life/Beatles (Parlophone, 1965 from 'Rubber Soul')
    Hi hi Hazel/Geno Washington & Ram Jam Band (Piccadilly, 1966)
    Like an old-time Movie/ScottMcKenzie (Columbia-US, 1966)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: My way of Giving/Small Faces (Immediate, 1967,UK hit for Chris Farlowe)
    FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT: You only live Twice/Nancy Sinatra (Reprise, 1967)
    Sleep Late/Jose Feliciano (RCA, 1968)
    When the sun comes shining Through/Long John Baldry (Pye, 1968)
    Jackson/Johnny Cash & June Carter (Columbia-US, 1968)
    Baby you're a rich Man/Toby Twirl (1969, see
    Today/Bobby Goldsboro (UA, 1969 title track of the album)
    Colour of my Love/Barry Ryan (MGM 1969 from 'Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan')
    In the Morning/Lulu (Atco, 1970 from the album 'New Routes')
    I'll play the blues for You/Albert King (Stax 1972)
    Peace will Come/Tom Paxton (Elektra,1972)
    Sabia/Elis Regina (Philips-Brazil, 1972 from 'Elis' now available on Warner's Original Album Series)
    Daddy cool-Girl can't help It/Darts (Magnet, 1977)
    Love on the Rocks/Neil Diamond (Capitol, 1980)
    Universal Soldier/Buffy Sainte Marie (EMI, 1996 from'Up Where We Belong')
    Could it be I'm falling in Love/Donny Osmond (Decca, 2002 from 'Somewhere in Time')
    I've got my game On/Trace Atkins (Capitol-Nashville, 2007 from the album of the same name)
    Haven't met you Yet/Michael Buble (Reprise, 2009 from the album 'Crazy Love')
    Handle/Driver 67 (new recording, 2017 from the album /Breathe')

    Are you a Gene Pitney fan? He's featured regularly in our main show and of course we have an hourly programme of his music weekly on six radio stations(see more details below). 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 ShowPlease also see our Facebook RADIO SERVICES page on Facebook for more information on the artists and businesses we support.  And more on the band ANIMAL BAR who have featured on the show a couple of times. They've been in the studio recently - find out more on our Radio Services page, including details of their gig at the 02academy2 in London's Islington on December 08. 

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

    It would be easy to overlook a new CD release from Gillian Hills - but please don't! A star of the 60's movies 'Beat Girl' - where she co-starred with Adam Faith - and Blow Up', she made a career in France for many years but also appeared in a few more movies in the 60's and 70's. Here you have her French language version of Helen Shapiro's UK hit 'Don't Treat Me Like a Child' plus 21 other tracks, some self-penned but also others composed by Charles Aznavour and our own Bunny Lewis and Norrie Paramor. Excellent liner notes on this one, as well. 

    Here comes a 5-CD set of Mungo Jerry recordings. All of the hits are here and the set includes many tracks making their CD debut. This release is from 7T's Records. We featured a track last week - a single Mark released in 1966. The five albums featured are 'Mongo Jerry', 'Electronically Tested', 'You Dont Have To Be in The Army'. 'Boot Power' and 'Long-Legged Woman'............great music from Ray Dorset & co. We're featuring tracks on the programme soon. 

    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 programme last month. From the same company comes 'ROSES ARE RED MY LOVE' by Ronnie Carroll - we feature a track this a set from Teresa Brewer (pictured above).

    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'.

    Last week we feature a track from Kenny Burrell  from a new double-CD 'Cool Heat - The Best Of CTI Records'. This was the label started by Creed Taylor......just great music, track after track of gems. Really good CD on release from Georgie Fame - 'THE TWO FACES OF FAME' featuring tracks from his CBS days..including his chart-topping single. 

    Our show is broadcast (BST) on Miskin Radio at 1800 on Saturdays, except on Bank Holiday weekends - see 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.   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.  The show is also broadcast on Replay Radio - on Sundays at 0900, Mondays at 0600 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