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    I'll be Home/Pat Boone (London American, 1956)
    Chicago/Frank Sinatra (Capitol, 1957)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Lucky Lips/Ruth Brown (Atlantic-US, 1957 later a US and UK hit for Cliff Richard)
    We're only young Once/Avons (Columbia,1960)
    Girl on death Row/Lee Hazelwood/Duane Eddy (recorded 1960)
    Stranger on the Shore/Acker Bilk (Columbia, 1961)
    Rainbow/Gene Chandler(VeeJay, 1962)
    Walk on By/Leroy van Dyke (Mercury, 1962)
    Island of Dreams/Springfields (Philips, 1962)
    Younger than Springtime/Bing Crosby (Reprise, 1963)
    FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT: Glad all Over/Dave Clarke 5 (Columbia, 1963)
    Days of wine and Roses/Sammy Davis Jr (Reprise, 1964 from 'Sammy Sings The Big Ones for Young Lovers')
    Oh pretty Woman/Roy Orbison (Monument-US, 1964)
    Here comes the Night/Them feat Van Morrison (Decca.1965)
    In thoughts of You/Billy Fury (Decca, 1965)
    Oh no not my Baby/Manfred Mann (HMV, 1965)
    Paint it Black/Rolling Stones (Decca, 1966)
    Matthew and Son/Cat Stevens (Deram, 1967)
    Harper valley PTA/Jeannie C Riley (Polydor, 1968)
    Fire/Crazy world of Arthur Brown (Track, 1968)
    Ride my See-saw/Moody Blues (Deram, 1968)
    Heard it through the Grapevine/Marvin Gaye (Tamla Motown, 1968)
    Then/Craig Douglas (Pye,1969)
    Let's work Together/Canned Heat (Liberty, 1970)
    SHOW TUNE: One/Frankie Vaughan (Pye, 1971 from 'A Chorus Line')
    Sugar Me/Lynsey de Paul (MAM, 1972)
    It never rains in Southern California/Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme (Ember, 1974)
    Misty/Ray Stevens (Barnaby-US, 1975)
    Don't take away the Music/Tavares (Capitol Soul, 1976)
    Get it right this Time/Gerry Rafferty (UA, 1979)
    Narcissus/Marc Almond (NMC, 2002 from the CD 'Betjeman & Read – Songs')
    Brighter Than Sunshine/Aqualung (digital download, 2003)

    Pure white Light/LaGzz (But!, 2018 from the CD of the same name)

    opening theme is Bondage ; 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(ten in the UK). We started this month on a local station in Gene's home-state of Connecticut - see details below and since then two further stations have joined us - West Norfolk Radio and Serenity Sound Radio. 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 a new label to me, SFE, comes a clutch of Cilla Black releases. I think the best of the bunch offers Cilla's 1969 'Surround Yourself With Cilla' LP and the mid-70's release 'It Makes Me Feel Good'. The liner notes include a 2009 interview with Cilla, too. And watch out for the Cilla release in November, too, featuring Cliff Richard and others. 

    Jasmine Records have a great new Jimmy Justice CD. Although he only had a handful of UK hits he made some great singles over a four year period for Pye...most of them collected here together with really good album tracks from the day. Really popular on the programme, we feature one of his later tracks this week. 

    Really good set from the Monkees issued by Rhino. All nine albums from 'Meet The Monkees' through to 'Changes' in 1970 - plays started this month - all CD's in the original sleeves, too. And there's a bonus CD, too, with later recordings. We feature a Mike Nesmith solo 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, often on our playlist.

    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.

    An interesting release from Millie Jackson featuring her Spring Records sides - 'Exposed'. Now these tracks have been re-mixed but they sound pretty good to us, on the playlist pretty regularly. 

    I always look forward to the CD compilations from ACE RECORDS as well and they always bring surprises. 'Baby I've Got It - More Motown Girls' contains many tracks being made available for the first time, including Gladys Knight & The Pips, the Marvelettes and Kim Weston.


    Our show is now 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;we also have Replay Radio Plus - a new station for us -  on Tuesday at 0800 and Thursday at 2100 -  .The programme is also heard on WRFN UK GOLD  -  go to at Midday on Mondays and repeated on Sundays at 1600. 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  on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2000, but from September 19 the Tuesday evening broadcast moves to Wednesday at Midday.  WNR - West Norfolk Radio  play the show on Mondays at 1900 and on Thursdays at 1300.  Find them at http://www, . Then we have Serenity Sound Radio on Sundays at 1000 - and Vulcan Sound Radio on Wednesdays at 1900 -  Bullseye Radio based in Texas, US play the programme on Fridays local time at 1900 - This station is licensed in the US by BMI-ASCAP. 

    The Gene Pitney Show is broadcast (BST) as follows - at Sunday at 0800 and Wednesday at 1800 on Saturday 2100 local time in Connecticut **NEW**  on Monday at 0600, Tuesday at 1900 and Thursday at 2000 Monday night into Tuesday morning Midnight until 0100 at 2100 on Tuesday & 2300 Friday on Tuesday at 1800  on Wednesday at 0100 REPLAY PLUS **NEW* STATION on Tuesday at 1000 and Thursday at 2300 on Monday at 2300 with the ARCHIVE SHOW on Saturdays at 2000 and Tuesdays at Midday

    All 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 on the Board of Directors of one FM station and a Board consultant to another. In 2002 we had a world exclusive on Frank Sinatra on Isles FM - see or