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    Please note changes to broadcast times on some stations during this month (details below)
    I'm walking behind You/Eddie Fisher (RCA Victor-US, 1953)
    It's just a matter of Time/Brook Benton (Mercury, 1958)
    Dance on little Girl/Paul Anka (Columbia, 1961)
    Oh lonesome Me/Craig Douglas (Decca, 1962)
    Party's Over/Lonnie Donegan (Pye, 1962)
    Folk Singer/Tommy Roe (HMV, 1963)
    Wishing/Buddy Holly (Coral, 1963)
    Scarlet O'Hara/Jet Harris & Tony Meehan (Decca, 1963)
    FEATURED ALBUM: When you walk in the Room – The complete Pye recordings/The Searchers (Needles & Pins/Take me for what I'm Worth/Goodbye my Love/Glad all Over see below)
    Happiest girl in the World/Tiffanys (Arctic-US, 1964)
    Have I the Right/Honeycombs (Pye, 1964)
    We open in Venice/Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr (Reprise, 1964)
    All over the World/Francoise Hardy (Pye, 1965)
    Where does love Go/Roger Moore (CBS, 1965)
    Come and stay with Me/Marianne Faithfull (Decca, 1965)
    Have I stayed too Long/Sonny & Cher (Atlantic, 1966)
    Let the heartaches Begin/Long John Baldry (Pye,1967)
    You and I/Petula Clark (Pye, 1969)
    Blue satin Pillow/Bread (Elektra, 1970 from the LP 'On The Waters')
    Moon River/Lee Wiley (Monmouth-Evergreen, 1971)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: I want you Back/CCS (RAK, 1972 from the LP 'CCS' this was a major hit for the Jackson 5 in 1969)
    Where peaceful waters Flow/Gladys Knight & The Pips (Buddah, 1973 see below)
    My eyes adored You/Frankie Valli (Private Stock, 1974)
    All night Long/.Lionel Richie (Motown, 1983)
    Keep our love Alive/Stevie Wonder (Motown, 1990)
    My Love/Paul McCartney (Parlophone, 1993 from the CD 'Paul Is Live')
    Living Doll/Hank Marvin (PolygramTV, 1995 from the album 'Hank Plays Cliff')
    Same oul Town/Saw Doctors (Shamtown, 1996)

    Opening theme is instrumental version of 'Canadian Sunset' by the Symbols, (President Records); closing theme is  'Man Of Mystery'  by Steve Stannard (Embassy Records)

    Are you a Gene Pitney fan? - he's in the show most weeks but we have a weekly one-hour programme 'Gene Pitney And Friends' on twelve radio stations (see the list of the main stations 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

    From Ace Records comes a CD tribute to Mickie Most who, together with his brother Dave was responsible for so many hit acts in the 60s, 70's and 80's. You will find The Animals, Donovan, Cozy Powell, Herman's Hermits, Nashville Teens and Kim Wilde here - great music!

    The Cherry Red group have a new release from Gladys Knight & The Pips showcasing their best recordings for the US Buddah and Columbia labels. Plenty of UK hits here and hard-to-find album tracks, too. We feature a track this week. 

    The early hits from Ken Dodd are featured on a new CD from Jasmine. This contains his Decca releases and some of the early 60's Columbia recordings with Norman Newell - Ken really was a good singer as this CD shows. 

    Ace Records cover the 60's decade with a number of different CD's from Jon Savage - going year by year between 1965 and 1967 so far.....and all these double CD releases contain interesting tracks, not just the usual chart-toppers; worth checking out.

    A superb boxed set by the Searchers is on release featuring their hits and their albums for Pye - we feature a track this week. 


    Our show is broadcast (BST) 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 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 - at 0900 Wednesday, see for more about the station Now to  Wigan FM  - go to -  you can hear the show on Monday and Friday at 1600, Tuesday at 2200, Wednesday at 1400 and Thursday at 2300. Then we have  WNR - West Norfolk Radio  play the show on Mondays at 1900, Tuesday at 0100 and on Thursdays at 1300.  Find them at http://www, . Serenity Sound Radio broadcasts the show on Sundays at 1000 - and Vulcan Sound Radio on Wednesdays at 1900 -  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. The show is also broadcast on Replay Radio -  until May 31 on Saturday at 1000, Tuesday at 0600, Wednesday at 1600 and Friday at 1300 and on Saturday morning at 0200. 

    The Gene Pitney Show is broadcast as follows - on Saturday 2100 local time in 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   at 2100 on Tuesday & 2300 Friday on Saturday at 1700  on Tuesday at 1500 & Wednesday at 0100 on Monday at Midday and Saturday at 0700. You can also hear GENE PITNEY - FROM THE ARCHIVES on Wednesday at Midday and Saturday at 1900. at Saturday at 0900, Wednesday at 1800 and Saturday at 0400 until May 31 

    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 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 or