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    Playlist from Saturday evening for one week:
    Ginchy/Bert Weedon (Top Rank, 1961)
    Hit Record/Tommy Steele (Decca, 1962)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: No-one can make my sunshine Smile/Ray Pilgrim & Mike Redway (Embassy, 1962, the Woolworth cover of the Everly Brothers hit) & Street called Hope/Cilla Black (Parlophone, 1969 a UK hit for Gene Pitney)
    Sounds funny to Me/Eden Kane (Decca, 1963)
    Nature Boy/Annie Ross (Ember, 1963 from the LP 'A Handful of Songs')
    Walk Away/Matt Monro (Parlophone, 1964 see below)
    Too soon my Love/Chad & Jeremy (Ember, 1964 from the LP 'Yesterday's Gone')
    Ebb Tide/Righteous Brothers (Philles-US, 1965 see below)
    Wrapping Paper/Cream (Reaction, 1966)
    Semi-detached suburban Mr James/Manfred Mann (Fontana, 1966 see below)
    Workin my way back to You/Four Seasons (Philips, 1966)
    Fools fall in Love/Elvis Presley (RCA, 1966)
    Day Tripper/Cant turn you Loose/Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Pye, 1967)
    Last Goodbye/Chris Farlowe (Immediate, 1968)
    I guess the Lord must be in New York City/ Nilsson (RCA, 1969)
    Home lovin Man/Andy Williams (CBS, 1970)
    It's a Shame/Detroit Spinners (Tamla Motown, 1970)
    Years may come years may Go/Herman's Hermits (Columbia, 1970)
    Lah-di-Dah/Rod McKuen & Petula Clark (Warners, 1971 – see below)
    Even if I could Change/Lulu (Atco-US, 1972)
    Laughter and the Tears/Marlena Shaw (Blue Note-US, 1973 from 'Depths of My Soul')
    Don't let me Down/Randy Crawford (Warners, 1976)
    Criminal World/Duncan Browne (Transatlantic, 1977 from the album 'Metro' - see below)
    Recovery/Runrig (Ridge Records, 1981 from the album of the same name)
    Another day won't Matter/Billy Ocean (Epic, 1981 from the CD 'Nights')
    Better get your Livin'/Dolly Parton (Parton, 2007 from the album 'Backwoods Barbie')
    Thank you for being a Friend/Elaine Paige & Dionne Warwick (Warners, 2010 from the CD 'Elaine Paige & Friends')
    Lost Song/Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin (Parlophone, 2017 from the CD 'Le Symphonique' 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 from the end of the month (broadcast 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 Show.

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

    At the end of June, comes a 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'll be featuring tracks soon. 

    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 Monkees,  Manfred Mann - in the show this week -  and many others. You''ll probably find a few on here that are not in your collection from that year...I did. 

    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. We feature a track this week. 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 Duncan Browne, who somehow never managed to sustain the chart success his 1972 single 'Journey' brought him. Cherry Tree have now issued a double CD featuring his later Transatlantic recordings including the excellent 'Criminal World' covered by David Bowie.

    Now from Parlophone's Rhino series, two sets featuring five original albums each by the Hollies. There's everything from 'Stay With the Hollies' through the excellent 'Hollies Sing Dylan' to the heavier 'Confessions Of The Mind'. All in their original LP sleeves, too.  

    On the playlist recently, 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 - one in this week's programme -  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' (on the show this week).

    Now to your enquiries about the music we've featured recently...Mike in Hertfordshire asks about the Matt Monro tune in the show this week - it is now on a new Parlophone/Warner CD 'The Groege Martin Years'.  Pauline from Belfast wants to know how she can buy the Del Shannon track on last week's playlist.It's on 'Home And Away' a CD release on Now Sounds - this is widely available. 

    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. 

    The Gene Pitney Show returns to air on June 26 week (after two specials on Cass Elliot and Glen Campbell. This show is broadcast (BST) on - 
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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