Friday, 27 April 2012

Rodney Collins.


Home of the Blues/Johnny Cash (London, 1957)
Mack the Knife/Bobby Darin (London, 1959)
FEATURED ALBUM: Quivers Down The Backbone/Johnny Kidd & The Pirates (Jasmine, 2019 – tracks: Please don't Touch (1959), Shakin all Over (1960), Shot of rhythm and Blues (1962, all HMV)
Point of no Return/Diana Dors (Pye, 1960)
Second time Around/Frank Sinatra (Reprise, 1960)
Gutbucket/Tony Crombie & Harold McNair (Ember, 1961)
Loco-Motion/Little Eva (London, 1962)
Lonesome Road/Joan Baez (Fontana, 1962)
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Here comes that Feeling/Kay Barry (Embassy, 1962, Woolworth version of the Brenda Lee hit)
When my little girl is Smiling/Craig Douglas (Top Rank, 1962 see below)
Swinging on a Star/Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva (Colpix, 1963)
Baby baby Baby/Anna King & Bobby Byrd (Smash-US, 1964)
Unchained Melody/Righteous Brothers (Philles-US, 1965)
Out of Time/Chris Farlowe (Immediate, 1966)
TV THEME: West End/Laurie Johnson (Pye, 1966 theme for 'Whickers World')
May each Day/Andy Williams (CBS, 1966)
Too soon to Know/Roy Orbison (London, 1967)
I feel so much Better/Small Faces (Immediate, 1967)
Suzie Q/Creedence Clearwater Revival (Liberty, 1968)
By the time I get to Phoenix/Glen Campbell (Ember, 1968)
Badge/Cream (Atco-US, 1969)
Crying in the Chapel/Bobby Hatfield (Verve, 1971 un-issued at the time)
If ships were made to Sail/Scott Walker (Philips, 1973)
My Love/Jackie Trent (Pye, 1975 a huge 60's hit for Petula Clark)
At Seventeen/Janis Ian (CBS, 1975 from the LP 'Between The Lines')
Does your mother Know/Abba (Epic, 1979)
Painter Man/Boney M (Atlantic, 1979)
I'm a Believer/Twinkle (EMI, 1982)
What a crazy World/Joe Brown (Jet, 1991 from 'Joe Brown On Stage')
When winter Comes-Road to Freedom/Chris de Burgh (Ferryman, 2005)

Opening theme is instrumental version of 'Canadian Sunset' by the Symbols, (President 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 (see the list of the main stations 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.

On the playlist this week is the ever-popular Craig Douglas. A new CD from Jasmine features all of the Top Rank, Columbia & Decca hits - great value.  Also, Cherry Red have a new release from Jess Conrad titled 'Jess For You'. Apart from containing all the singles, this set also includes the four tracks from the hard-to-find TV show 'The Human Jungle' which Jess starred in with Herbert Lom. The episode was the 'Flip Side Man'.

Marty Wilde's career is celebrated by a boxed set from RPM that faithfully follows his career from the start until the present day. A couple of tracks are missing for copyright reasons but you have a lot of tracks here not previously available on CD. Plays start soon and this set (on RPM) really is selling well. 

From Ace Records comes a Dion CD with many of the tracks appearing for the first time in many years. The songs are drawn from two Columbia US albums - 'Ruby Baby' and 'Donna The Prima Donna'. Great versions of 'Go Away Little Girl' and 'End of the World' included here. 

Another superb boxed set is by the Searchers featuring their hits and five of their albums for Pye. This 6-CD collection is really well put together, this is a must for fans as it is mid-priced - from Cherry Red Records


Our show is broadcast (BST) on  ABC Oldies on Saturdays at 0700, Sundays at Midday, Wednesdays at 1300 and Thursdays at 0200 & 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 - at 0900 Wednesday, see for more about the station Now to  Wigan FM  - go to -  you can hear the show on Monday and Friday at 1600, Tuesday at 2200, Wednesday at 1400 and Thursday at 2300. Then we have  WNR - West Norfolk Radio  play the show on Mondays at 1900, Tuesday at 0100 and on Thursdays at 1300.  Find them at http://www, and Vulcan Sound Radio on Wednesdays at 1900 -  Bullseye Radio based in the US play the programme on Saturday at 1900 - . This station is licensed by BMI-ASCAP, but the broadcast may not be available in certain territories. 

The Gene Pitney Show is broadcast as follows - on Saturday at 2100 (local time Connecticut)  - this broadcast is available world-wide as are all of those listed below. Monday night into Tuesday morning Midnight until 0100 and 0300 Friday   at 2100 on Tuesday & 2300 Friday  on Tuesday at 1500 & Wednesday at 0100 on Monday at Midday and Saturday at 0700. You can also hear GENE PITNEY - FROM THE ARCHIVES on Wednesday at Midday and Saturday at 1900.

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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 now Chairman of Isles FM and a Board consultant to another. In 2002 we had a world exclusive on Frank Sinatra on Isles FM - see