Friday, 27 April 2012

Rodney Collins.


HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Peter Gunn/Ray Anthony & Orchestra (Capitol, 1959 major UK hit for Duane Eddy)
True love Ways/Buddy Holly (Coral, 1960)
Your time will Come/Frank Ifield (Columbia, 1961)
Stick Around/Joe Brown (Piccadilly, 1961)
Image/Hank Levine & Orchestra (ABC Paramount-US, 1961)
Talk to me Baby/Frank Sinatra (Reprise, 1961)
Ecstasy/Ben E King (London Atlantic, 1962)
You never can Tell/Chuck Berry (Pye International, 1964)
Everybody loves Somebody/Dean Martin (Reprise, 1964)
Clapping Song/Shirley Ellis (Congress-US, 1965)
Indescribably Blue/Elvis Presley (RCA-France, 1966 - not all stations)
(Best part of) Breaking Up/Symbols (President, 1967 see below)
Replay only; Good Times/Eric Burdon & The Animals (MGM, 1967 from 'Wind of Change')
Talk to You/Small Faces (Immediate, 1967 from the LP 'Small Faces')
Didn't We/Richard Harris (RCA, 1967 from 'A Tramp Shining')
FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT: This is my Song/Harry Secombe (Philips, 1967)
I wanna Live/Glen Campbell (Ember, 1968)
I'll never fall in love Again/Bobbie Gentry (Capitol, 1969)
If I can Dream/Elvis Presley (RCA, 1969)
Who was It//Hurricane Smith (Columbia, 1972)
What is Life?/Olivia Newton John (Pye International, 1972)
I'm on your Side/Staple Singers (Stax, 1973 from the LP 'Be What You Are')
Love I Lost/Harold Melvin & Bluenotes (Philly International, 1974)
Family Man/ John Howard (CBS, 1975 now on the 'Kid In a Big World' LP, re-released by You Are The Cosmos Records)
Every man must have a Dream/Liverpool Express (WB, 1976)
Let's have a quiet night In/David Soul (Private Stock, 1977)
Lucky Stars/Dean Friedman (Lifesong, 1978)
Crying Game/Chris Spedding (RAK, 1980 from the LP 'I'm Not Like Everyone Else')
TV THEME: Poirot/Chris Gunning (IUTV, 1989)
Rain Street/The Pogues (Island, 1990 from the album 'Hell's Ditch')
Lego House/Ed Sheeran (Warner, 2011)
WNR only: If you dont believe in Magic/Pennyless (2014, Rowdy Farrago Records)
WNR only: Biggest Town/The Tildens (from the CD 'Any Town Anywhere')
Day I found Myself/Diane Shaw (Mecca, 2018 from the CD 'Second Chance')

Gravity/Phaedrus vocal Abi Ryan available from

Our opening theme is 'Out of the World' by Full Circle and the closing theme by Dale Sumner is 'Let me show you another Way'.

Are you a Gene Pitney fan? - he's in the show this week. 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 start plays this month - 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. 

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, and on the playlist last week.

A new release from 7T's Records combines two albums from the New Seekers - 'Together' and the 'Farewell Album'. Some great tracks here - we featured a track on last week's show. Ironically, the split in the band was already underway when 'Together' was released back in 1974 - see the pack-shot below.

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. 


We feature the Symbols this week, a popular 60's band. The track - and all their singles - is featured on 'The Best Part Of The Symbols' on President Records. Thanks to Jane from London for contacting us about the Sylvia Syms track in the show last week. She was one of Sinatra's favourite singers and we took the track from the CD 'Torch Song' on KOCH Records - it should still be available. Peter in Cardiff asks about the Patti Boulaye track - the President Records CD should still be around, too. Gill from Kent asdks about the Paula Knight track two weeks' back. Now we believe Paula Knight is in fact Susan Maughan - you should find this on several Ember re-issue CD's. Enquiries continue to come in, too,  about our current opening 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.

Our show is broadcast (BST) here on  ABC Oldies on Saturdays at 0700, Sundays at Midday, Wednesdays at 1300 and Thursdays at 2000. We are pleased to add a new station for the programme - Shoreways Radio - on Sundays at 1000.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 Thursdays local time at 1900 - This station is licensed in the US by BMI-ASCAP. 

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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