Friday, 27 April 2012

Rodney Collins.


Volare/McGuire Sisters (Coral, 1958)
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Angela Jones/Johnny Ferguson (MGM, 1959, a major UK hit for Michael Cox)
The Loco-Motion/Little Eva (London, 1962)
Ain't that Funny/Jimmy Justice (Pye, 1962)
Big girls don't Cry/Four Seasons (Stateside, 1962)
Our day will Come/Ruby & The Romantics (London, 1963)
Something sort of Grandish/Bing Crosby & Debbie Reynolds (Reprise, 1963)
Yesterday/Marianne Faithfull (Decca, 1964)
Goldfinger/Shirley Bassey (Columbia-UA, 1964)
I won't forget You/Jim Reeves (RCA, 1964)
No particular place to Go/Chuck Berry (Pye International, 1964)
FILM TUNE: Ferry cross the Mersey/Gerry & The Pacemakers (Columbia, 1964)
Cuddly Toy/Monkees (RCA, 1967)
I've passed this way Before/Jimmy Ruffin (Tamla Motown, 1967)
Sugar Town/Nancy Sinatra (Reprise, 1967)
Little Wing/Jimi Hendrix (Track, 1967 from 'Axis Bold as Love')
You can all join In/Traffic (Island, 1968 from the LP 'Traffic')
Move over Darling/Paper Dolls (Pye, 1968 from the LP 'Paper Dolls House')
Oh you pretty Things/Peter Noone (RAK, 1970)
Clair/Gilbert O'Sullivan (MAM, 1972)
I can Help/Billy Swan (Monument, 1974)
Alright alright Alright/Mungo Jerry (Dawn, 1974)
I thought I had Time/Rex Harrison (Pye, 1978 from the LP 'Favourite Songs')
Hard to be Humble/Mac Davis (Casablanca, 1980)
Golden Brown/Stranglers (Liberty, 1982)
Yesterdays/Dianne Reeves (Blue Note, 1987 from the LP 'Diane Reeves')
Lost in Space/Lighthouse Family (Wild Card, 1998)
No more milk and Honey/John Richards Band (from the WNR CD 'Smile', 2012)
If you dont believe in Magic/Pennyless (in association with Rowdy Fargo Records, 2014 now on the WNR CD 'Smile' see below)
Secrets/Gerry & The Shed (from the CD 'Trust', 2017)
Back Again/Animal Bar (2017, see below)

Are you a Gene Pitney fan? He's featured regularly in our main show and of course we have a weekly one-hour programme 'Gene Pitney And Friends' on nine radio stations(five in the UK - soon to be six - 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. Please join the group as it will mean we can all then chat about all things Gene!
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CD's & vinyl of interest......

During the 1970's, Phil Everly made a couple of solo LP's for Pye Records and they've now found their way onto a two-fer on Morello Records. Really good tracks here, including a (then) new take on an old Everly Brothers hit. 

A second album from Diane Shaw is about to be released. Titled 'Second Chance' we start playing tracks from this excellent release in a couple of weeks' time. It was Solar Radio's Clive Richardson - who provides the liner notes for the CD - that introduced me to Diane's music; 'Second Chance' is released by Mecca Records, Manchester. 

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. We'll be featuring tracks soon.

From RPM Records comes the complete recordings by the Paper Dolls. 'Something Here In My Heart' was, of course the big (and only) hit but they turned out some fine tracks over a three year period with Pye. Their album 'Paper Dolls House' - is  included on the CD release. The whole project was co-ordinated by Sam Szczepanski, who always turns out quality releases.

The Allisons very nearly won the Eurovision Song Content for the UK in the early 60's. In February, JASMINE issue a CD of their recordings.  From the same label comes sets from Ronnie CarrollFrank Ifield and Ketty Lester (on the current playlist); plus a great Petula Clark collection of French-language recordings for Disques Vogue. 

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. Graham Gouldman has been writing hits over several decades for artists such as Herman's Hermits, The Hollies, The Yardbirds right through to even McFly. All those artists are featured here....but not necessarily with the songs you'd associate with them. For instance, the CD offers Graham's own version of 'No Milk Today' rather than Hermans Hermits....and another of the band's hits gets the Morrissey treatment - 'East West'.


Our current closing theme for the show comes from Full Circle. For more details about this band (and how you can buy the CD) see our RADIO SERVICES page on Facebook. The same page will tell you more about the West Norfolk Radio release, 'Smile' by the way...we start playing tracks this week.

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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