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    Moulin Rouge/Mantovani & his Orchestra (Decca, 1953)

    Make it a Party/Winifred Atwell (Decca, 1956)

    Why do fools fall in Love/Frankie Lymon & Teenagers (Columbia, 1956)

    Nice n Easy/Frank Sinatra (Capitol, 1960)

    Portrait of my Love/Matt Monro (Parlophone, 1960)

    Stranger on the Shore/Acker Bilk (Record Supervision-Columbia, 1961)

    Swinging Together/Bobby Rydell & Chubby Checker (Cameo Parkway-US, 1962)

    Dawning/Jay and the Americans (UA, 1962)

    Hippy hippy Shake/Swinging Blue Jeans (HMV, 1963)

    Gonna go Fishing/Annie Ross (Ember, 1963)

    Diane/The Bachelors (Decca, 1963)

    Have I the Right/Honeycombs (Pye, 1964)

    Oh pretty Woman/Roy Orbison (London, 1964)

    Move over Darling/Doris Day (CBS, 1964)

    Too soon my Love/Chad & Jeremy (Ember, 1964)

    Where did all the good times Go/The Kinks (Pye, 1964)

    Special Years/Val Doonican (Decca, 1965)

    How can you Tell/Sandie Shaw (Pye, 1965)

    Somebody help Me/Spencer Davis Group (Fontana, 1966)

    Somewhere my Love/Gunter Kallmann Choir (Polydor, 1966 from the LP 'Wish Me A Rainbow')

    Substitute/The Who (Reaction, 1966)

    Lady came from Baltimore/Scott Walker (Philips, 1967 from the LP 'Scott' see below)

    Cry like a Baby/Box Tops (Mala-US, 1968)

    Funny how time slips Away/Joe Tex (Dial-US, 1968)

    Maria Elena/Gene Pitney (Stateside, 1969)

    I was made to love Her/Jr Walker & All Stars (Soul-US, 1970 from the LP ' A Gasssss')

    Barges/Ralph McTell (Transatlantic, 1972)

    TV THEME: Rockford Files/John Gregory Orchestra (Mercury, 1978)

    Try/Neil Young (Reprise, 1974 now on the CD 'Homegrown)

    Someone saved my life Tonight/Elton John (DJM, 1975)

    Parisienne Walkways/Gary Moore & Thin Lizzy (MCA, 1979)

    When I fall in Love/Grover Washington Jr (Columbia, 1994 from the CD 'All My Tomorrows')

    Same oul Town/Saw Doctors (Shamtown, 1996 from CD of the same name) 

    The Searchers are one of the most requested groups on our show. Below you will find all their 60s Pye albums collected in original sleeve artwork - plus all the hit singles. Great value boxed set. 

    Ace Records have an interesting album with Scott Walker presenting Jacques Brel songs alongside the originals  sung by the composer. You will find classics here such as 'If You Go Away' and 'Jackie'.

    From Zone Records comes a DVD from the 60's LIVERPOOL SOUND. It features Gerry and the Pacemakers, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Dusty Springfield and Gene Pitney - a classic TV show. More about the DVD at 

    Jasmine Records have a Maureen Evans collection featuring her discs for the Woolworth Embassy label and Oriole. We include a track this week from what is a top CD release from this decent budget company. 


    Our main show is broadcast (BST from Sunday) on  ABC Oldies- - on Saturdays at 0700, Sundays at Midday, Wednesdays at 1300 and Thursdays at 0200 & 2000. Then we are on Isles FM - - on Monday mornings at 1000 and Thursday afternoons. We have a second show on Isles FM, too, at 1500 on Saturday afternoons. Replay Radio broadcast the show at 1000 on Sundays and  on Thursdays at 1300 and Fridays at 0100-

    Beverley FM presents the show on Sundays at 2200 -      
    A new station from Spain Smooth FM live has joined us on Tuesdays at 1400 (1500 CET) - see -
    You can hear the programme on Miskin Radio -   - each Saturday at 1800. There is then Soul Beat Radio - at 1100 Wednesday, see  Then there is Kalypso Gold - see on Saturday at 0800, Sunday at 1700 and   Thursday at 2000.Now to  Wigan FM Gold  -  -  you can hear the show on Saturday at 0800 (just after Gene Pitney & Friends). Then we have  WNR - West Norfolk Radio - they  play the show on Mondays at 1900, Tuesday at 0100 and on Thursdays at 1300.  Find them at  and Vulcan Sound Radio on Wednesdays at 1900 - FVUK broadcasts the show on Sundays at 1700 and Thursdays at 2000 - .   Bullseye Radio based in the US play the programme on Saturday at 1900 - . This station is licensed by BMI-ASCAP, but the broadcast may not be available in certain territories. Please check individual radio station websites for other ways to tune in - via apps/smart speakers etc. 

    The Gene Pitney & Friends Show is broadcast as follows - on Saturday at 2100 (local time Connecticut)  - this broadcast is available world-wide as are all of those listed below. Monday night into Tuesday morning Midnight until 0100 and 0300 Friday on Sundays at 0900 and on Thursdays at Midday and Midnight Saturday at 0700 and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2000 on Saturday at 0700 and Tuesday at 2000   at 2100 on Tuesday & 2300 Friday  on Tuesday at 1500 & Wednesday at 0100 on Saturday at 0700. 

    You can also hear GENE PITNEY - FROM THE ARCHIVES on Saturday at 1900 on 
    WIGAN FM and on KALYPSO GOLD on Sundays and Thursdays, too. It is also broadcast on FVUK on Thursdays at 1900. 

    All of our programmes are produced on a free-to-air basis. The programme information above excludes dozens of other stations that also broadcast our programmes, without any formal agreement. We also broadcast RADIO OUTREACH on many radio stations world-wide and also represent RISE AND SHINE a breakfast show presented by Peter Haynes and produced by Wigan FM for various stations world-wide. 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 more than 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 now Chairman of Isles FM and a Board consultant to another. In 2002 we had a world exclusive on Frank Sinatra on Isles FM - see