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    Gilly Gilly Osssenfeffer/Max Bygraves (HMV, 1954)
    Roulette/Russ Conway (Columbia, 1959)
    You're 16/Johnny Burnette (London, 1961)
    You can have Him/Nina Simone (Coplix-US, 1961 see below)
    Fascination/Julie London (Liberty-US, 1962)
    KEN DODD FEATURE: An ordinary Couple (Decca, 1961) & Tears (Columbia, 1965)
    FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT: Dance On/Shadows (Columbia, 1962)
    Can't get used to losing You/Andy Williams (CBS, 1963)
    King of the Road/Roger Miller (Philips, 1965)
    Where are you Now/Jackie Trent (Pye, 1965)
    Stingray/Shadows (Columbia, 1965)
    Couldn't live without your Love/Petula Clark (Pye, 1966)
    Suddenly you love Me/Tremeloes (CBS, 1968)
    Where will you Be/Sue Nicholls (Pye, 1968)
    And the sun will Shine/Paul Jones (Columbia, 1969)
    White Room/Cream (Polydor, 1969)
    Man of Action/Les Reed Orchestra (Chapter One, 1970)
    It's Impossible/Perry Como (RCA, 1970)
    Whole lotta Love/CCS (RAK, 1970)
    Telegram Sam/ T.Rex (Reprise-US, 1971)
    Song sung Blue/Neil Diamond (UNI, 1972)
    Homely Girl/Chi-Lites (Brunswick-MCA, 1974)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE When will I be Loved/Phil Everly (Pye, 1974 a re-recording of the Everly Brothers hit for Phil's solo album 'Mystic Line' see below)
    Can't get by without You/Real Thing (Pye, 1976)
    FILM TUNE: Down deep Inside/Donna Summer (Casablanca, 1977 theme from 'The Deep')
    Anywhere on this Road/Lhasa (Warner-France, 2003 from 'The Living Road')
    Starlight/Muse (Warners, 2006 from the CD 'Black Holes and Revelations)
    Old China Town/Boxwood Chessmen (2017, from the CD 'Smile' - for more information see our Radio Services page or the West Norfolk Radio website)
    Remember the Time/Green Seagull (Megadodo, 2018 from 'Scarlet Fever')

    Drum Shack/Sandy Nelson (Imperial-US unreleased until 2018 on 'Teenbeat 6' from Ace Records)

    Are you a Gene Pitney fan? He's featured regularly in our main show and of course we have a weekly one-hour programme 'Gene Pitney And Friends' on nine radio stations(five in the UK - soon to be six - see  details below). A Facebook page has been set up to support the programme, take requests and for information on the artist you won't find published elsewhere. It's a closed group so you need to apply to join The Gene Pitney Show. Please join the group as it will mean we can all then chat about all things Gene!
    Also, watch for more information about a special show to be broadcast in April and  recorded in the 1980's in Radio Luxembourg's London studio. The GENE PITNEY SUCCESS STORY was sponsored by the Daily Star and we will be dusting it down and playing early in April.

    During the 1970's, Phil Everly made a couple of solo LP's for Pye Records and they've now found their way onto a two-fer on Morello Records. Really good tracks here, including a (then) new take on an old Everly Brothers hit. We've included a track this week.

    Between 1959 and 1964 Nina Simone recorded for Colpix Records in the States and now Stateside Records - part of Warner Music Group - issue a double CD of her singles for the label. My favourite track is the stunning 'Solitaire;, recorded in 1959. She's on the playlist this week.

    From RPM Records comes the complete recordings by the Paper Dolls. 'Something Here In My Heart' was, of course the big (and only) hit but they turned out some fine tracks over a three year period with Pye. Their album 'Paper Dolls House' - is  included on the CD release. The whole project was co-ordinated by Sam Szczepanski, who always turns out quality releases.

    From Jasmine,  comes a set from Ronnie Carroll (often featured on the show)  and a great Petula Clark collection of French-language recordings for Disques Vogue. We're featuring tracks from both these CD's regularly.

    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.

    I always look forward to the CD compilations from ACE RECORDS and they always bring surprises. Graham Gouldman has been writing hits over several decades for artists such as Herman's Hermits, The Hollies, The Yardbirds right through to even McFly. All those artists are featured here....but not necessarily with the songs you'd associate with them. For instance, the CD offers Graham's own version of 'No Milk Today' rather than Hermans Hermits....and another of the band's hits gets the Morrissey treatment - 'East West'.


    Now to Dale Sumner. The track we featured lasy week is available only from iTunes and it comes from the BUDDHA EXPERIENCE, which features music of exotic sounds and flavours from around the Globe - nice music.This track will be our closing theme from mid-May.  More at: continue to come in, too, about our current closing theme for the show comes from Full Circle. For more details about this band (and how you can buy the CD) see our RADIO SERVICES page on Facebook. The same page will tell you more about the West Norfolk Radio release, 'Smile' by the way...we feature two tracks from the CD this week - see the full track listing below.

    Our show is broadcast (GMT) here on  ABC Oldies on Saturdays at 0700, Sundays at Midday, Wednesdays at 1300 and Thursdays at 2000. Then we are on Isles FM - - on Monday mornings at 1000 and Thursday afternoons and there's a mid-week overnight broadcast as well.You can hear the programme on Miskin Radio - - each Saturday at 1800. There is then Soul Beat Radio - after 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.  WNR - West Norfolk Radio  play the show on Mondays at 1900. Find them at http://www, . Then we have Serenity Sound Radio on Sundays at 1000 - and Bullseye Radio based in Texas, US on Thursdays local time at 1900 - This station is licensed in the US by BMI-ASCAP. Finally  we have Replay Radio 2 on Tuesday at 0800 and Thursday at 2100 - .

    The Gene Pitney Show is broadcast (BST) as follows - www.replayradio.orgat 1900 Wednesday & 0800 Sunday; then - RMUK - on Monday at 0600, Tuesday at 1900 and Thursday at 2000. The show is aired by  http://www.abcoldies.comMonday night into Tuesday morning Midlight until 0100. For FM listeners in the Outer Hebrides and world-wide on the internet - 2100 on Tuesday & 2300 Friday (FM and internet).  Then, we have  at 2300 on Monday. Finally we have at 1000 Tuesdays and 2300 Thursdays. 

    Both of these programmes are produced on a free-to-air basis. For more information please contact Radio Services by e-mail - or send a message to our Radio Services Page on Facebook. Same address please for enquiries about RADIO OUTREACH. For requests for our shows  -

    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. My programme is currently broadcast by a mix of FM and internet stations and I am a consultant to the Board of two FM radio stations. In 2002 we had a world exclusive on Frank Sinatra on Isles FM - see or