Friday, 27 April 2012

Rodney Collins.

A fool for You/Ray Charles (Atlantic, 1957 see below)
Why why Why/Mike Preston (Decca, 1958)
Big Hurt/Maureen Evans (Oriole, 1960)
Moon River/Jim Reeves (RCA, 1962)
Summer is-A-comin In/Nat King Cole (Capitol, 1963)
Hello Dolly/Frankie Vaughan (Philips, 1964)
First taste of Love/Migil 5 (Pye, 1964)
Take a Heart/The Sorrows (Piccadilly, 1965)
Maggie's Farm/Bob Dylan (CBS, 1965)
All over the World/Francoise Hardy (Pye, 1965)
You made me what I Am/Mark Wynter (Pye, 1966 see below)
Semi-detached suburban Mr James/Manfred Mann (Fontana, 1966)
I couldnt live without your Love/Petula Clark (Pye, 1966)
Up up and Away Johnny Mann Singers (Liberty, 1967)
Lady came from Baltimore/Scott Walker (Philips, 1967 from the LP 'Scott')
Chain of Fools/Aretha Franklin (Atlantic, 1967)
Tiny Goddess/Nirvana (Island, 1968 see below)
You came you saw you Conquered/Ronettes (A&M, 1969)
FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT: My Friend/Roy Orbison (MGM-US, 1969)
Today/Bobby Goldsboro (UA, 1969 title track of the album see below)
Circles/Blonde on Blonde (Ember, 1970)
Chicago Theme/Hubert Laws (CTI, 1975 see below)
Just can't stay Away/Natalie Cole (Capitol, 1977 from the LP 'Thankful')
Drive/The Cars (Elektra, 1984)
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Build me up Buttercup/Mike D'Abo (President, 1988 a 60's hit for the Foundations)
Spice/Frank Sinatra Jr (WSM-Rhino, 2006 from the CD 'That Face')
Only Love/Ben Howard (Island, 2012)
Call a Marine/Toby Keith (Universal, 2013 from the album 'Drinks After Work')
Adios/Glen Campbell (Capitol, 2017 from the CD of the same name)
Lost Song/Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg (Parlophone, 2017 from the CD 'Le Symphonique')

Are you a Gene Pitney fan? He's featured regularly in our main show and of course we have a half hour programme of his music weekly on three radio stations(moving to one hour weekly in September when Isles FM joins the broadcast list). A Facebook page has been set up to support the programme, take requests and for information on the artist you wont find published elsewhere. It's a closed group so you need to apply to join The Gene Pitney Show.

Please see our RADIO SERVICES page on Facebook for more information on the artists and businesses we support. Among those artists - the band ANIMAL BAR, their track 'Back Again' was back in the new show this week. By the end of the week on their first play we'd already had more than a fifty listeners asking for more information - way above the reaction we are used to seeing from a new music track.  A repeat in the last couple of weeks, again, got a huge reaction. The band appear at Elgood's Festival in Wisbech on Friday evening. 

CD's & vinyl of interest......

Harry Nilsson was a superb songwriter and a new CD from Ace - 'Gotta Get up' - showcases his work performed by artists such as The Monkees, The Yardbirds, Sandie Shaw, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Andy Williams. Nilsson was much admired by the Beatles, Randy Newman and others...this really is a great collection of decent songs that you very likely won't have on CD. 

Here comes a 3-CD set of Mark Wynter recordings from the end of the 50's through to the 1970's. All of the hits are here and the set includes many tracks making their CD debut. This release is from RPM Records. We're featuring tracks throughout the Summer. In the current show is a single Mark released in 1966 - it didnt make the charts but does seem really popular with listeners. 

 From the label comes another in their series concentrating on releases from specific labels. This time, 'Angela Jones' features 62 tracks from the Triumph label - started by Joe Meek - in the early 60's.  The label didnt last long but it did produce some good tracks along the way from artists including Michael Cox, John Leyton, Eve Boswell and the under-rated Danny Rivers
Brand new from Atlantic-Stateside comes 'Atlantic Rock n Roll Series' a boxed set of  six discs form the 50's featuring Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown,Joe Turner and others. A great value set with liner notes that tells us how Atlantic Records missed out on signing Elvis Presley!. More information on this set on my Radio Services page on Facebook.

A friend of this programme, Bob Stanley, has helped put together a couple of releases from, JASMINE RECORDS. One, by Percy Mayfield is featured below. Not heard of him? He wrote the Ray Charles hit 'Hit The Road Jack'. The other is by Floyd Dixon, in the show this week. 

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 and we've featuring tracks since mid May. Highlights (for me)  -  the duet by Rod with Petula Clark of the Jake Thackray song 'Lah-Di-Dah' and 'Mr Kelly'.

Hubert Laws is in our current show. We've taken the track from a new double-CD 'Cool Heat - The Best Of CTI Records'. This was the label started by Creed Taylor......just great music, track after track of gems. Really good CD on its way from Georgie Fame - 'THE TWO FACES OF FAME' featuring tracks from his CBS days..including his chart-topping single. 

Now to the reaction to the tunes we have played recently. Quite a few enquiries about the Bobby Goldsboro track in the current show. We took this from the original United Artists vinyl album 'Today' - we dont think the track is available on CD. Questions, too, abouyt the 'original' Nirvana band from the 60's. There is a CD from Universal/Island but sorry to say this largely contains re-recordings of the tracks from 'Simon Simopath' and 'All of Us'.  The Frank Sinatra track 'In The Wee Small Hours' remains an all-time favourite with listeners, with more than two dozen people asking for a reply....we'll do this when we can.

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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. In 2002 we had a world exclusive on Frank Sinatra on Isles FM - see or