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    SHOW TUNES: I've grown accustomed to her Face/Tony Bennett & Count Basie (Roulette-US, 1958 from 'Strike Up The Band' later issued in the UK by Ember Records) & Wiv a little bit of Luck/Stanley Holloway (Philips, 1958 from 'My Fair Lady')
    Sea Cruise/Frankie Ford (Ace-US, 1959)
    The Serpent/Ronnie Ross (Ember, 1961 from the LP 'Stompin')
    Good luck Charm/Elvis Presley (RCA, 1961)
    Right said Fred/Bernard Cribbins (Parlophone, 1962)
    Just like Eddie/Heinz (Decca, 1963)
    World of lonely People/Jimmy Justice (Pye, 1963)
    You can never stop me lovin You/Kenny Lynch (HMV, 1963)
    Miss You/Jimmy Young (Columbia, 1963)
    Aliki my Love/John Barry (Ember, 1963)
    World without Love/Peter & Gordon (Columbia, 1964)
    Don't throw your love Away/The Searchers (Pye, 1964)
    You've got Possibilities/Barbara McNair (Motown-US, 1966 not issued at the time)
    Got to get you into my Life/Cliff Bennett & Rebel Rousers (Parlophone, 1966)
    Anything/Eric Burdon & The Animals (MGM. 1967 from 'Wind Of Change')
    Release Me/Engelbert Humperdinck (Decca, 1967)
    Hole in my Shoe/Traffic (Island, 1968)
    I'm coming Home/P J Proby (Liberty, 1968)
    Intro & the Outro/Bonzo Dog Band (Liberty, 1969 from 'The Best of Bonzo')
    Do what you gotta Do/Four Tops (Tamla Motown, 1969)
    Under the silent Tree/Honeybus (Deram, 1970 from the LP 'Story')
    Why can't we live Together/Timmy Thomas (Mojo, 1973)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Dedicated to the one I Love/New Seekers (Polydor, 1974 a 60's hit for the Mamas and Papas see below)
    Isn't she Lovely/Stevie Wonder (Tamla Motown, 1976 from 'Songs In The Key Of Life')
    Songbird/Petula Clark (Cbs, 1978 now on the Zone CD 'CBS Years Volume Two'
    Ain't no pleasin You/Chas & Dave (Rockney, 1982)
    Come in fron the Rain/Eydie Gorme (Applause-US, 1985)
    Sweet Caroline/Neil Diamond (Columbia-US, 1987 from 'Hot August Night 2')
    Get Here/Oleta Adams (Fontana, 1991)
    Aint no easy Way/Nancy Sinatra (Sanctuary, 2004 from the CD 'Nancy')

    Our opening theme is 'Out of the World' by Full Circle and the closing theme by Dale Sumner is 'Let me show you another Way'. 

    Last month we featured a Vera Lynn track called 'Travelling Home' and we've had a lot of enquiries about this. We found it on 'More Lipstick, Powder & Paint' a 3-CD set from Fantastic Voyage which retails for about £13. 

    Meanwhile, are you a Gene Pitney fan? We have a weekly one-hour programme 'Gene Pitney And Friends' on nine radio stations(six in the UK  - 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

    A major new release from Rhino at the end of this month is a ten-LP vinyl collection of Ornette Coleman's years on Atlantic Records between 1959-1961. The set also features two hours of session out-takes. We start plays on June 09 - the pack-shot is below. 

    Ralph McTell's 'Streets Of London' is our most requested track over the past 12 months and is featured on the CD set below that concentrates on Ralph's time with Transatlantic Records. This contains the original recording, not the 70's single hit version by the way - see the pack-shot below. 

    New on the playlist this month -  the excellent Allan James. This rock-pop singer from North Virginia released an album 'Doors To Somewhere' recently and the track we played is currently being promoted on this BUT! Records release; superb voice. The track we played - 'Lonely Place' - drew dozens of requests for re-playing; we do this on June 02 week but find out more at From the same label, featured this week is the band LaGzz.

    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. 

    A new release from 7T's Records combines two albums from the New Seekers - 'Together' and the 'Farewell Album'. Some great tracks here - we featured a track on last week's show. Ironically, the split in the band was already underway when 'Together' was released back in 1974 - see the pack-shot below - we feature a track this week.

    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. Take Jon Savage's 1965 collection for instance.  You have artists you'd expect to see - Marianne Faithfull, Yardbirds, Manfred Mann etc but there are some surprises, like the inclusion of 'I've Got Mine' which missed the charts for the Small Faces - and lesser knows tracks by The Poets, The Seeds & The Sonics. A well thought-out collection. 


    Enquiries 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.

    Our show is broadcast (BST) 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 - Sunday at 0900, Tuesday at 0600, Wednesday at 1600 and Friday at 1300; 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 0800 Sunday and then repeated Wednesday at 1900; then on Monday at 0600, Tuesday at 1900 and Thursday at 2000. The show is aired by  http://www.abcoldies.comMonday night into Tuesday morning Midnight 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 - that's Replay Radio's second service. 

    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