Friday, 27 April 2012

Rodney Collins.


PLAYLIST FROM AUGUST 18 - now playing on more radio stations than ever before!
Gold/Frank Sinatra Orchestra (Capitol,. 1956 from 'Tone Poems Of Color')
Kisses sweeter than Wine/Frankie Vaughan (Philips, 1957)
Rain in Spain/Vera Lynn and Pete Murray (Decca,1958)
Solitaire/Nina Simone (Colpix-US,1959)
Dreamin/Johnny Burnette (London, 1960)
Lovely way to spend an Evening/Carla Thomas (Atlantic, 1961)
Walkin back to Happiness/Helen Shapiro (Columbia, 1961)
SHOW TUNE: As long as he needs Me/Georgia Brown (Decca, 1961 from 'Oliver!')
Orange blossom Special/Spotnicks (Oriole, 1962)
Two Silhouettes/Del Shannon (London,1963)
Summer Holiday/Cliff Richard & The Shadows (Columbia, 1963)
Her girl dont bother Me/Tams (ABC Paramount-US,1964)
No particular place to Go/Chuck Berry (Pye International,1964)
There's something about You/The Zephyrs (Columbia, 1964)
Price of Love/Everly Brothers (WB, 1965)
Walk hand in Hand/Gerry & The Pacemakers (Columbia, 1965)
Princess in Rags/Gene Pitney (Stateside, 1965)
Sunny/Bobby Hebb (Philips,1966)
Distant Drums/Jim Reeves (RCA, 1966)
Paper Sun/Traffic (Island,1967)
Surround yourself with Sorrow/Cilla Black (Parlophone,1969 see below)
Wade in the Water/Ramsey Lewis Trio (Chess, 1972 recorded in 1966)
Rubber Bullets/10cc (UK, 1973)
Magic/Pilot (EMI, 1974)
If I can't have you all to Myself/Gilbert O'Suyllivan (MAM,1977)
Rivers of Babylon/Boney M (Hansa-Atlantic, 1978)
Everything happens to Me/Frank Sinatra (Reprise, 1981)
Rolling Home/Status Quo (Vertigo, 1986)
HAVE YOU HEARS THIS ONE: Moon River/Mary Black (Grapevine, 1987 from the album 'By The Time It Gets Dark')
Copperhead Road/Steve Earle (MCA,1988)
All the Way/Elaine Paige & Michael Bolton (Warners, 2010 from 'Elaine Paige & Friends')
Still searching for that heart of Gold/Terence Blacker (see )

(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

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'. We're playing a track from one of the re-mix albums this week. The liner notes include a 2009 interview with Cilla, too. 

Far less successful in the UK - Timi Yuro - is the subject of a new Jasmine release. She's remembered for 'Only Love Can Break a Heart' but this new release - 'The Lost 60's Recordings' - includes the superb track 'Interlude', probably making its CD debut. 

Really good set from the Monkees issued by Rhino. All nine albums from 'Meet The Monkees' through to 'Changes' in 1970 - plays start next month - all CD's in the original sleeves, too. And there's a bonus CD, too, with later recordings. 

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  -  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  Midday - 1400 slot on Mondays and from August 23 also at 2300 on Thursdays.  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 - at 0800 Sunday and then repeated Wednesday at 1800; then WRFN UK GOLD - go to on Monday at 0600, Tuesday at 1900 and Thursday at 2000. There's also a show featuring programmes from the archives - details below.  The show is aired by Monday night into Tuesday morning Midnight until 0100. For FM listeners in the Outer Hebrides and world-wide on the internet - at 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. 

GENE PITNEY AND FRIENDS on WRFN UK GOLD and cable stations throughout US and Australia....we start way before the show in its current form was developed – with the original series of Gene Pitney 30 minute shows. This two hour time slot will feature four shows back-to-back. Saturday evenings 8pm UK time and 1pm EST; repeated Tuesdays at Midday UK time, 7am EST, 3pm Perth time and 9pm Sydney time. Presented by Rodney Collins and Tobi Clarke, these shows were recorded and originally broadcast in Spring 2017.

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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 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