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    Skye boat Song/Kenneth Mackellar (Decca, 1958)
    Yesterdays/Sylvia Syms (Columbia, 1959 from the LP 'Torch Song')
    Lonely Boy/Paul Anka (Columbia, 1959)
    Party Doll/Bobby Vee and the Crickets (Liberty-US, 1961)
    Lessons in Love/Allisons (Fontana, 1962)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Breaking up is hard to Do/Shelley Fabares (Colpix-US, 1962 cover of Neil Sedaka's world-wide hit)
    So do I/Kenny Ball (Pye Jazz Today, 1962)
    Blue Bayou/Roy Orbison (London, 1963)
    Last night was made for Love/Billy Fury (Decca, 1963)
    Come to Me/Julie Grant (Pye, 1964)
    I understand/Freddie & The Dreamers (Columbia, 1964)
    Train from Kansas City/Shangri-Las (Red Bird-US, 1965)
    Get Happy/Bruce Forsyth (recording information not known)
    A sign of the Times/Pet Clark (Pye, 1966)
    Penny Lane/Beatles (Parlophone, 1967)
    Kites/Simon Dupree and the Big Sound (Parlophone, 1967)
    This guy's in love with You/Herb Alpert (A&M, 1968)
    All I have to do is Dream/Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry (Capitol, 1968)
    Panic/Reperata & The Delrons (Mala-US, 1968)
    Hey girl don't bother Me/Tams (Stateside, 1970)
    I'll play the blues for You/Albert King (Stax, 1972)
    Wade in the Water/Ramsey Lewis (Chess, 1972)
    Old fashioned Song/New Seekers (Polydor, 1974 from 'The Farewell Album')
    You'll never walk Alone/Harry Secombe (Philips-Australia, 1975 but recorded earlier)
    You bring out the best in Me/Marlena Shaw (Columbia-US, 1978 from 'Look At Me, Look At You')
    High Rise/Ashford & Simpson (Capitol, 1983 from the album of the same name)
    Keep our love Alive/Stevie Wonder (Motown, 1990)
    Universal Soldier/Buffy Sainte Marie (EMI, 1996 from the CD 'Up Where We Belong')
    Seven nation Army/White Stripes (Warner, 2003)
    It only took a Minute/Joe Brown (JB Productions, 2008 form the CD 'The Very Best Of..')

    Bleak/LaGzz (But! Music, 2018 from the CD 'Pure White Light')

    (opening theme is Bondage by Opus 1 ; closing theme is Man of Mystery by Steve Stannard)

    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 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 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 started plays in early June - 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. From Jasmine Records comes an excellent Frank Ifield CD with all his early recordings - we feature two tracks 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.

    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. From the same label comes 'Baby I've Got It - More Motown Girls' - we feature a track this week by the Marvelettes.


    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;we also have Replay Radio 2 on Tuesday at 0800 and Thursday at 2100 - .The programme is also heard on WRFN UK GOLD  - - 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 Fridays local time at 1900 - This station is licensed in the US by BMI-ASCAP. 

    The Gene Pitney Show is broadcast (BST) as follows - www.replayradio.orgat 0800 Sunday and then repeated Wednesday at 1800; 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