Friday, 27 April 2012

Rodney Collins.


FILM TUNE: Sphinx won't Tell/Beverley Sisters & Geoff Love Orchestra (Columbia, 1961)
Wonderful world of the Young/Danny Williams (HMV, 1962)
He who laughs Last/Freda Payne (ABC Paramount-US, 1962)
Baby take a Bow/Adam Faith (Parlophone, 1962)
Next Time/Cliff Richard (Columbia, 1962)
Forget Him/Bobby Rydell (Cameo Parkway, 1963)
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE:It might as well rain until September/Bobby Vee (Liberty, 1963 world-wide hit for the writer-performer Carole King
Hello muddah hello Fuddah/Allan Sherman (WB, 1963)
In the wee small Hours/Frank Sinatra (Reprise, 1963 from the Lp 'Sinatra's Sinatra')
Help!/The Beatles (Parlophone, 1965)
Where does love Go/Charles Boyer (London, 1965)
I'll stop at Nothing/Sandie Shaw (Pye, 1965)
Who can I turn To/Dusty Springfield (Philips, 1965 from 'Everything's Coming up Dusty')
Shadow of your Smile/Bobby Darin (Atlantic, 1966)
Have I stayed too Long/Sonny & Cher (Atco-US, 1966)
Neon Rainbow/Box Tops (Bell, 1967)
Girl from Ipanema/Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz (Verve-US, 1967)
Waterloo Sunset/Kinks (Pye, 1967)
Me and my Life/Tremeloes (CBS, 1970)
Reflections of my Life/Marmalade (Decca, 1970)
United we Stand/Brotherhood of Man (Deram, 1970)
Never dreamed you'd leave in Summer/Stevie Wonder (Tamla Motown,1971)
Dancing in the Moonight/King Harvest (Perception-US, 1972)
Three times a Lady/Commodores (Tamla Motown, 1978)
Boy from New York City/Darts (Magnet, 1978)
Living with Someone/Sanda Feva (Venture-US, 1981 from the CD 'Feva Plus')
I am what I Am/Dorothy Squires (President-Pye, 1983)
Just Listen/Bob James (Warners, 1990 from the CD 'Grand Piano Canyon')
Had to Be/Cliff Richard & Olivia Newton John EMI, 1993 from 'Songs from Heathcliff')
Faith/Donny Osmond (Decca, 2004 from the CD 'What I meant to Say')
Chances Are/Carolyn Leonhart (President, 2007 from 'Romantic Music of Robert Allen') 
Closing theme is Midsummer Night Blue by James Trott – see

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.

Esoteric Records have re-issued the Alan Price album 'Between Today and Yesterday'. First issued in 1974 this includes the excellent 'Jarrow Song'. And a great new CD has come from Jasmine celebrating the music of  the multi-talented Henry Mancini. It includes all of the late 50's and early 60's single releases. Who can ever forget 'Moon River'?

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. 

A really good CD comes from ACE - 'LIVE IT UP - BAYSWATER BEAT GIRLS 1964-1967'. The Bayswater reference  is there because this was the HQ for the Philips Records Group in the 60s and this CD celebrates with offerings from Dusty Springfield, Kiki Dee, Susan Maughan, the Caravelles, Madeline Bell and even Diana Dors. Includes some hard-to-find tracks, too. 


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 There are two new stations with us on Sundays; first there is 80's And More - . Then there is Kalypso Gold - see at 1700 Sunday with a repeat on Thursday at 2000. 
Now to  Wigan FM Gold  - go to -  you can hear the show on Saturday at 0800 (just after Gene Pitney & Friends),  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 & Friends 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 Tuesdays and Fridays at 2000   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 on WIGAM FM and on KALYPSO GOLD on Sunday at 0900 and Thursday at 1900

All of our programmes are produced on a free-to-air basis. The programme information above excludes dozens of other stations that also broadcast our programmes, without any formal agreement. We also broadcast RADIO OUTREACH on many radio stations world-wide and also represent RISE AND SHINE a breakfast show presented by Peter Haynes and produced by Wigan FM for various stations world-wide. For more information please contact Radio Services by e-mail - or send a message to our Radio Services Page on Facebook. Same address please for enquiries about RADIO OUTREACH. For requests for our shows  -

I have been in the media business now for more than 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