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    PLAYLIST FROM FEBRUARY 16: 
    I Believe/Frankie Laine (Philips, 1953)
    Way you look Tonight/Lettermen (Capitol, 1961)
    Walk on By/Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury, 1961
    I won' be There/Del Shannon (Big Top-US, 1962)
    FILM TUNE: Once upon a Dream/Billy Fury (Decca, 1962 from 'Play It Cool')
    TV THEME: Dr Who/Eric Winstone Orchestra (Pye, 1964)
    I should Care/Frank Ifield (Columbia, 1964)
    One way Love/Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (Parlophone, 1964)
    Don't let the sun catch you Crying/Gerry & The Pacemakers (Columbia, 1964)
    Silhouettes/Herman's Hermits (Columbia, 1965)
    In the Meantime/Georgie Fame (Columbia, 1965)
    Love live Love/Sandie Shaw (Pye, 1965)
    Friday on my Mind/Easybeats (UA, 1966)
    Paper Sun/Traffic (Island, 1967)
    Raise your Hand/Eddie Floyd (Stax, 1967)
    Too busy thinking about my Baby/Marvin Gaye (Tamla Motown, 1969)
    Don't forget to Remember/Bee Gees (Polydor, 1969)
    Nobody's Child/Karen Young (Major Minor, 1969)
    Wishful Thinking.Linda Thorson (Ember, 1970)
    Woodstock/Matthew Southern Comfort (UNI,1970)
    Mozart 40/Waldo de los Rios (A&M, 1971)
    Morning has Broken/Cat Stevens (Island, 1972)
    Alright alright Alright/Mungo Jerry (Dawn, 1974)
    Can't get enough of your love Baby/Barry White (Pye International, 1974)
    You'll never find another love like Mine/Lou Rawls (Philly International, 1976)
    I'm on my Way/Dean Parrish (RK, 1978, recorded 1967)
    When you were sweet 16/Fureys (Ritz, 1981)
    SHOW TUNE: Happy Talk/Sarah Vaughan (CBS, 1986 from 'South Pacific')
    I get alone without you very Well/Frank Sinatra (Reprise, 1987 from 'Vegas')
    Funny how time slips Away/Glen Campbell & Willie Nelson (Capitol, 2007 from the CD 'Adios')

    opening theme is Canadian Sunset by Sounds of Sunset (Crystal 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 (ten in the UK - see the list 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, Herman's Hermits and Hot Chocolate 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. 








    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. 

    LATIN FOR LOVERS' is the title of a new CD set from Doris Day. This largely showcases her 1964 album and contains some of her best recordings - the album being made around the time of the success of 'Move Over Darling'. This comes from SFE Records. 

    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.

                                                                







    Our show is broadcast (GMT except where shown) here on  ABC Oldies on Saturdays at 0700, Sundays at Midday, Wednesdays at 1300 and Thursdays at 0200 & 2000. Then we are on Isles FM - http://www.islesfm.com/- 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 - http://www.miskinradio.co.uk/ - each Saturday at 1800. 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 Saturday at 1000, Tuesday at 0600, Wednesday at 1600 and Friday at 1300 and on Saturday morning at 0200; we also have Replay Radio Plus - a new station for us -  on Tuesday at 0800 and Thursday at 2100 - http://replayradiorock.net/  . Now to  Wigan FM  - go to http://wiganfm.com/ -  this station broadcasts the programme  on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2000.  WNR - West Norfolk Radio  play the show on Mondays at 1900 and on Thursdays at 1300 and from February 05 also on Tuesday at 0100.  Find them at http://www,westnorfolkradio.co.uk . Then we have Serenity Sound Radio on Sundays at 1000 -  http://www.spanglefish.com/serenitysoundradio/ and Vulcan Sound Radio on Wednesdays at 1900 -http://www.vulcansoundradio.co.uk/.  Bullseye Radio based in Texas, US play the programme on Fridays local time at 1900 - http://bullseyeradio.com/tune. This station is licensed in the US by BMI-ASCAP


    The Gene Pitney Show is broadcast (GMT except where shown) as follows - 
    www.replayradio.org at Saturday at 0900, Wednesday at 1800 and Saturday at 0400. 
    https://www.perfectunefm.com/ on Saturday 2100 local time in Connecticut 
    http://www.abcoldiesradio.uk/listen-live/ Monday night into Tuesday morning Midnight until 0100 and 0300 Friday
    http://www.islesfm.com/   at 2100 on Tuesday & 2300 Friday
    http://www.spanglefish.com/serenitysoundradio/ on Saturday at 1600
    http://www.westnorfolkradio.co.uk/  on Tuesday at 1500 & Wednesday at 0100  
    https://replayradiorock.net/ REPLAY PLUS  on Tuesday at 1000 and Thursday at 2300
    http://wiganfm.com/ on Monday at 2300. You can also hear GENE PITNEY - FROM THE ARCHIVES on Wednesday at Midday and Saturday at 1900. 




    All 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. Same address please for enquiries about RADIO OUTREACH. For requests for our shows  - 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 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 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