ODDS ‘N’ BODS
Robbie Vincent starts the new year on January 1st with a weekly Sunday 10pm-midnight soul show on BBC Radio One (simulcast on stereo Radio Two), “more or less a national version of my Radio London Saturday lunchtime show”, says Robbie . . . Dave Gregory on Southend’s Essex Radio (95.3 & 96.4 FM, 210/1359 & 220/1431 MW) not only has a Friday 7-9pm soul edition of his daily ‘The Gregamix’ but also now presents a Saturday 6-9pm ‘Electric Boogie’ with weekly disco DJ guests . . . Mayfair Gullivers DJ Graham Gold has David Joseph as guest on his very last Sunday 10am-midday JFM show, before switching next week to the Mon-thru-Fri 1.30- 4pm slot on the now 7 days a week 187/1602 MW London station . . . Wham are disclaiming all responsibility for their new ‘Club Fantastic Megamix‘ in an on-going argument with their record company Inner Vision, but have not unnaturally got its innocent mixer Alan Coulthard upset by telling their fans not to buy it (he needs the money!) . . . ‘Street Sounds Edition 7‘ will have Lydia Murdock ‘Superstar’/Curtis Hairston ‘I Want You’/Dayton ‘Sound Of Music’/ Tom Browne ‘Brighter Tomorrow’/Billy Griffin ‘Respect’/Lew Kirton ‘Talk To Me’/Instant Funk ‘You’ll Be Mine’/Lillo Thomas ‘I Love It’/Second Image ‘Don’t You’/Jones Girls ‘Knockin’, while Morgan Khan’s most ambitious project yet, the approximately 180 track ‘Dance Decade‘ boxed set has grown to 14 albums (or 9 cassettes) all for about £29, due in a fortnight or so . . . Island’s new club plugger Adrian Sykes is compiling additional mailing lists for experimental/alternative-type music, Hi-NRG, and video-using DJs — if you’re into one of those categories and can prove it, apply to Adrian at Island Records, 22 St Peters Square, London W6 . . . Angus Robertson is also compiling an alternative-type list at Illuminated Records, 452 Fulham Road, London SW6 . . . Mark Franklyn invites all nearby workers (and UB40 holders) to his Friday lunchtime soul club in The Royal Oak, Tooley Street, near London Bridge . . . Roger Dynamite has taken over his regular venue Tiffanys in Gt Yarmouth to promote his own ’60s/Motown night this Friday (25), when Steve Walsh funks Fleet Country Club and Jeff Young souls Dartford Flicks . . . Radio London soul broadcaster Tony Blackburn joins George Alexander and a PA by Phil Fearon at Harrow Leisure Centre this Saturday (26) . . . Greg Wilson & Chad Jackson mix up “The Perfect Beat” weekly on Mondays now at Bolton’s Dance Factory, where resident jock Peter Lee has moved ‘Dr Soul’s ’60s Stompers‘ to number one — Al Duprés (Cardiff Neros) and Nick Davies (Watford New Penny) are amongst those reporting great reaction, too . . . Norman Scott is calling Thursday at Haringey’s gay Lazers the ‘Stepping Back’ club with nothing but ’60s music and an opening special next week (1) of Helen Shapiro doing a one hour live show! . . . London Town Radio Roadshow is permanently at Bethnal Green’s Weavers Arms in Roman Road (free admission, pub hours), souled by The Big M Thur/Fri, Big Phil Etgart Sat/Sun . . . Peter Stringfellow opened his Hippodrome regardless that the lights weren’t working properly yet — and in fact their controlling computer is unlikely to be installed before Christmas . . . Dave Perry has already replaced the “too tired” Des Russell as resident jock at Edgbaston Faces French Club Jardine . . . Ian Gordon, upset by the national notoriety of King Kurt’s recent appearance there, left Liverpool’s Venue for calmer crowds at a the nearby Pembroke Sporting Club’s Brakes disco . . . Jonathan Guy, recently “blooded” by his first summer season in Wales now does the Cellar disco in Manchester University Students’ Union . . . Andy ‘Snake Hips’ Baker (0745-591135) is after a venue around the Mersey / Manchester / Cheshire / Lancashire area, and is not only a DJ but VJ too . . . Michael Sowden (24 St Annes Road, Caversham, Berks RG4 7PA) needs a 12in of Fantastique ‘Mama Told Me‘ — any offers? . . . Shaun James (Leighton Buzzard Unicorn) says one clever little member of the Aylesbury Posse pointed out the “get down” scratches on DJ Divine are from Raw Silk ‘Do It To The Music’ — Shaun also adds that with import 7in, UK 12in, LP, US 12in instrumental, Lionel Richie ‘All Night Long’ is getting just a bit expensive (but the instrumental is easier to mix into Herb Alpert ‘Red Hot’!) . . . Ray Parker Jr ‘N2U2‘ synchs sensationally right through Spence ‘Get It On‘, The System ‘Sweat‘ not surprisingly synchs ditto with Howard Johnson ‘Let’s Take Time Out‘ while Ronnie McNeir is great synched out of the Arnie’s Love fading tag . . . Instant Funk’s ‘Kinky’ LP, sleeve apart, is not so hot, other disappointing import sets being Maurice Starr, Howard Johnson, Earth Wind & Fire — though Womack & Womack is good soul, Ron Banks pleasant . . . Paddington’s Bluebird Records shop were dead impressed by the immediate reader response to their very first ad in RM last week, getting enquiries from places they’d never heard from before . . . Palo Alto Jazz has dropped the “Jazz” from its name, just by chance as the US label’s jazz saxist Richie Cole joins veteran country saxist Boots Randolph for an album reviving mainly ’50s C&W and R&B classics, including a 7in-issued remake of Randolph’s own raucous ’63 hit, ‘Yakety Sax’! . . . Trevor Hughes (Telford 592648) due to ill health is selling off lots of his Northern Soul and some Jazz/funk records . . . Steven Fay (Darwen) doesn’t have the Invitations ‘Skiing In The Snow‘ but gets great reaction to a version by the Beach Girls, which cost him a fortune anyway! . . Graham ‘Disco Kid’ Cambridge (York) asked over 500 of his mobile Outer Limits disco punters to compile an all-time chart and Little Eva ‘The Loco-motion’ came in at number five! . . . LET THE MUSIC PLAY!
EARTHA KITT ‘Where Is My Man’ (Record Shack SOHOT 11, via IDS)
The latest “diva” to revive her fortunes after adoption by Boys Town, the veteran growling and purring chanteuse sets all her cornily seductive tricks to a tuneful simple solidly pulsating 117bpm 12in rhythm produced by Jacques Morali (inst flip), good out of Madonna and likely to cross over massively once radio jocks follow Greg Edwards in playing it to death. You’ve been warned.
GERRY TREW: ‘Deeper’ (Bluebird BRT 6, via PRT)
Possibly Steve Jerome’s best-ever song, this softly starting then huskily crooned spurting and soaring 112bpm 12in hustler has female backups, exotic brass and thumping break, all rising to several exciting crescendoes and sounding extremely powerful on radio especially (where it should have wide appeal). Selling well in London after many plays on Capital, it’s looking like a hit for the Watford Baileys singer.
SHARON REDD: ‘Somebody Save The Night’ (LP ‘Love How You Feel’ Dutch Rams Horn RHR 5065)
Prod/penned by Eric Matthew with no mention of Steve Harvey amongst the sleeve’s fulsome thanks!), Sharon’s insubstantial but danceable set —oddly out first in Holland — revolves rhythmically around her now drastically slowed-down 112bpm title track hit, this 113bpm canterer and the faster 120bpm ‘You’re A Winner‘ both imperceptibly mixing with it for a good sandwich, while the chunkier ‘Activate‘ and ‘Got Ya’ Where I Want‘ are both 0-114bpm, the slightly Mtume-ish ‘Sweet Sensation‘ is a pleasant 92½bpm slow slinker, and ‘Liar On the Wire‘ a rock-tinged 109bpm throbber. Continue reading “November 26, 1983: Eartha Kitt, Gerry Trew, Sharon Redd, Kool & The Gang, George Benson”