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    PLAYLIST FROM SUNDAY JANUARY 21:
    This week's show includes a half-hour feature on Roy Orbison's 'Golden Decade'.
    Point of no Return/Diana Dors (Pye, 1960 from the LP 'Swinging Dors')
    Have a drink on Me/Lonnie Donegan (Pye, 1961)
    Roses and Red/Ronnie Carroll (Philips, 1962 see below)
    If you were a rock n roll Record/Freddy Cannon (Stateside, 1962)
    Mecca/Gene Pitney (Musicor-US, 1963)
    Nice and Easy/Charlie Rich (Groove-US, 1964 see below)
    Oh not not my Baby/Dusty Springfield (Philips, 1965)
    Some enchanted Evening/Jay & The Americans (United Artists-US, 1965)
    Hold Tight/Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich (Fontana, 1966)
    Good Lovin/Young Rascals (Atlantic, 1966)
    Windows of the World/Scott Walker (Philips, 1968 from 'Scott 2')
    My sentimental Friend/Herman's Hermits (Columbia, 1969)
    I think of You/Perry Como (RCA, 1971)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Gypsies, tramps & Theives/Cilla Black (EMI, 1972 world-wide hit for Cher)
    You'll never Know/Denny Doherty (Ember, 1973 from 'Waiting For A Song')
    Things we do for Love/10CC (Mercury, 1976)
    TV THEME: Tales of the Unexpected (Anglia TV, 1976)
    Some guys have all the Luck/Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers, 1984)
    She's a mystery to Me/Roy Orbison (Virgin, 1989 from 'Mystery Girl')
    The One/Elton John (Phonogram-Rocket, 1992)
    Hymn to Love/Cory Hart (AB Disques-France, 1994)
    It's Over/Bonnie Tyler (EMI, 2002 from 'Heart Strings')
    No more milk and Honey/John Richards Band (from the West Norfolk Radio CD 'Smile' , track recorded 2012)
    Out of this World/Full Circle (see below)


    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 Show. Please join the group as it will mean we can all then chat about all things Gene!
    Please 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.

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

    It's been available for a couple of months now, but Ace Records 'Making Time - A Shel Talmy Production' is a fine tribute to the American record producer responsible for hits for the Who and the Kinks in the 60's. He also worked with Tim Rose, Manfred Mann, Trini Lopez......and it's my bet you won't have a lot of the tracks included here. Best track? Probably 'Tired of Waiting For You'. 

    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. There's another set by  Chris Spedding in the same series. 


    We've become accustomed to a Cliff Richard album for Christmas-time and this year Parlophone have issued 'Stronger Thru The Years'. Charting over the past two or three weeks, this isnt so much another 'hits' collection as a combination of lesser-known album tracks and single and LP chart successes. After almost 60 years, still a polished performer and this set shows you how good many of these releases were. 

    Set for release in January from RPM Records 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 to be included on the CD release, which we have just received. The whole project was co-ordinated by Sam Szczepanski, who always turns out quality releases.





    Some years back, the Diamond label issued a CD of Ronnie Carroll's hits and album tracks. It seems to have been unavailable for a while, but JASMINE RECORDS have just released 'ROSES ARE RED MY LOVE'. This set includes all the tracks from his fifties album 'Lucky Thirteen' but also some of his biggest-selling singles - 'Roses Are Red'. 'Walk Hand in Hand', 'The Wonder of You' and 'Ring-a-Ding-Girl'. Great value...and on the current playlist, too. From the same label come a sets from Frank Ifield and Ketty Lester


    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'. Great album. 

                                                                



    Now to your enquiries......Martin from the Isle of Wight is a Charlie Rich fan and wants information about this week's track. It comes from a newly-released CD from ACE RECORDS called 'Too Many Teardrops - The Complete Groove & RCA Recordings'. now enquiries coming in, too, about the Mark Whitfield track in last week's show. I am sorry to say the CD we take this from has been deleted for a couple of years now.  We have a new closing theme for the show 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 start playing tracks this week.






    Our show is broadcast (GMT)  on Isles FM - www.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 here on  ABC Oldies on Sundays at Midday, Wednesdays at 1300, Thursdays at 2000 and Saturdays at 0700. There is then Soul Beat Radio - after 0900 Tuesdays, see http://www.soulbeat-radio.com/ for more about the station.  The show is also broadcast on Replay Radio - http://www.replayradio.org on Sundays at 0900, Mondays at 0600 and Wednesdays at 1700; the programme is also heard on RMUK - http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Monro-UK-s286261/ - 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,wrfn1025.org .   Now to  Wigan FM  - go to http://wiganfm.com/ -  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,westnorfolkradio.co.uk . Finally there is Serenity Sound Radio on Sundays at 1000 -  http://www.serenitysoundradio.com/ 


    The Gene Pitney Show is broadcast (BST) as follows - www.replayradio.orgat 1900 Wednesday & 0800 Sunday; then https://beta.tunein.com/radio/Radio-Monro-UK-s286261/ - 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 - http://www.isles.fm/at 2100 on Tuesday & 2300 Friday (FM and internet).  Then, we have http://wiganfm.com/  at 2300 on Monday.

    Both of these programmes are produced on a free-to-air basis. For more information please contact Radio Services by e-mail - rodneyrs@btinternet.com or send a message to our Radio Services Page on Facebook. For requests for either show  - rodney.collins@gmail.com

    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 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1790935.stm or http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/sinatras-carousel-song-gets-airplay-after-14-years-671738.html