Friday, 27 April 2012

Rodney Collins.

Chicago Style/Bing Crosby & Bob Hope (Brunswick, 1952 from 'Road To Bali')
All I do is dream of You/Scott Walker (Hi-Fi-Australia, 1959)
Someone else's Baby/Johnny Worth (Embassy, 1960)
Johnny remember Me/John Leyton (Top Rank, 1961)
Mystery Girl/Jess Conrad (Decca, 1961)
Nice n Easy/Frank Sinatra (Capitol, 1961)
Teach me to Twist/Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell (Columbia, 1962)
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: It's my Party/Helen Shapiro (Columbia, 1963 a major US and UK hit for Lesley Gore
Engine engine No 9/Roger Miller (Philips, 1965)
Mr Dieingly Sad/The Critters (Kapp-US, 1966)
A man chases a Girl/Val Doonican (Pye, 1967 from 'Rocks But Gently')
Easy Love/Bread (Elektra, 1970 from 'On The Waters')
You dont have to be in the Army../Mungo Jerry (Dawn, 1971)
Yes I'm Ready/Chi-Lites (MCA, 1971)
Not in a million years/Gilbert O'Sullivan (MAM, 1973 from 'I'm a Writer Not a Fighter')
You make my feel like This/Love Unlimited Orchestra (20th Century, 1974)
Sky High/Jigsaw (Splash, 1975)
Jeans On/David Dundas (Air, 1976)
Mystery Train/Elvis Presley (HMV, 1955)
Take good care of my Baby/Bobby Vee (London, 1961)
Big girls don't Cry/Four Seasons (Stateside, 1962)
Jeannie/Danny Williams (HMV, 1962)
Lonely Bull/Herb Alpert & his Tijuana Brass (A&M-US, 1962)
Hello Stranger/Barbara Lewis (Atlantic, 1963)
Baby Love/Supremes (Stateside, 1964)
Harper Valley PTA/Jeannie C Riley (Plantation-US, 1968)
I Pretend/Des O'Connor (Columbia, 1968)
Kaleidoscope/Nancy Sinatra & Rod McKuen (TV recording, 1969 previously unissued)
Down the Dustpipe/Status Quo (Pye, 1970)
When you are a King/White Plains (Deram, 1971)
Hurt by Love/Chris Spedding (RAK, 1977 from the album 'Hurt' see below)
Car '67/Driver 67 (Logo, 1978 see below)
Summertime/George Benson (Epic, 1989 from 'The Best Of..”)
T-shirt/Thomas Rhett(2015, Valory Music Group from the album 'Tangled Up')
Just like Always/Glen Campbell (Capitol, 2017 from the CD 'Adios')
Out of the World/Full Circle (see below)

Are you a Gene Pitney fan? He's featured regularly in our main show and of course we have an hourly programme of his music weekly on six radio stations(see more details below). 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 join the group as it will mean we can all then chat about all things Gene!
Please also see our Facebook RADIO SERVICES page on Facebook for more information on the artists and businesses we support.  And more on the band ANIMAL BAR who have featured on the show a couple of times. They've been in the studio recently - find out more on our Radio Services page, including details of their gig at the 02academy2 in London's Islington on December 08.

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

It would be easy to overlook a new CD release from Gillian Hills - but please don't! A star of the 60's movies 'Beat Girl' - where she co-starred with Adam Faith - and Blow Up', she made a career in France for many years but also appeared in a few more movies in the 60's and 70's. Here you have her French language version of Helen Shapiro's UK hit 'Don't Treat Me Like a Child' plus 21 other tracks, some self-penned but also others composed by Charles Aznavour and our own Bunny Lewis and Norrie Paramor. Excellent liner notes on this one, as well. 

Here comes a 5-CD set of Mungo Jerry recordings. All of the hits are here and the set includes many tracks making their CD debut. This release is from 7T's Records. We featured a track last week - a single Mark released in 1966. The five albums featured are 'Mongo Jerry', 'Electronically Tested', 'You Dont Have To Be in The Army'. 'Boot Power' and 'Long-Legged Woman'............great music from Ray Dorset & co. We're featuring a track this week from another set by  Chris Spedding in the same series. 

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.

Some years back, the Diamond label issued a CD of Ronnie Carroll's hits and album tracks. It seems to have been unavailable for a while, but JASMINE RECORDS have just released 'ROSES ARE RED MY LOVE'. This set includes all the tracks from his fifties album 'Lucky Thirteen' but also some of his biggest-selling singles - 'Roses Are Red'. 'Walk Hand in Hand', 'The Wonder of You' and 'Ring-a-Ding-Girl'. Great value. From the same label comes releases from Petula Clark (in the current show), Teresa Brewer and Nino Tempo and April Stevens.

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.

We recently featured a track from Kenny Burrell  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. Mike from Stourbridge wants to know if there is more CTI material available on CD - yes, check out the Cherry Red catalogue. From the same company - Cherry Red -  comes a third CD release from Esther Phillips highlighting her recordings for the Kudu label in the States - it's good to know so many of you enjoy her music. There's a request in the current show for Driver 67's 70's hit...and our top three personal favourite tracks has been chosen this week by Driver 67's creator. We've had a few enquiries about the Bing Crosby/Count Basie track in last week's show. We dont think this is available on CD, sadly - we played the tune from vinyl....the whole first hour this week is on vinyl by the way.  Lots of requests and enquiries coming in about The Shed. Here's a packshot of their latest release - 'Trust' and 'Secrets' have been popular - more at 


Lastly we have a new closing theme for the show 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) on Miskin Radio at 1800 on Saturdays, except on Bank Holiday weekends - see You will also find the show on Isles FM - - on Monday mornings at 1000 and Thursday afternoons and there's a mid-week overnight broadcast as well.   Then you can hear the programme here on  ABC Oldies on Sundays at Midday, Wednesdays at 1300, Thursdays at 2000 and Saturdays at 0700. There is then Soul Beat Radio - at 0900 Tuesdays, see for more about the station.  The show is also broadcast on Replay Radio - on Sundays at 0900, Mondays at 0600 and Wednesdays at 1700; the programme is also heard on RMUK - - 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, . Finally there's RCFM  - /Radio City 89.2MHz FM on Mondays at 1300 CET (Midday GMT) from December 03.

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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