This Tuesday September 16th join Tony Rodriguez with the ‘Move On Up’ show from 10pm to midnight and special guests live in the studio, Jorge Montiel and Juan Laya from the Los Charly’s Orchestra.

WE HAVE BOOKED A BONUS BOAT for a soul cruise on SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, from 2.00pm – 7.00pm aboard the GOLDEN JUBILEE, for which tickets, priced at £20.00 each, are available here or click on the boat banner ad above.

We are sad to report the deaths of three major names in the annals of R&B and soul recording:

JOE SAMPLE R.I.P. Jazz pianist & composer JOE SAMPLE died at his home in Houston, Texas, on Friday (12th), aged 75 years. Cause of death was not specified, but Joe has suffered two heart attacks in latter years, and was recently hospitalised with pneumonia. Joe Sample came to fame as a member of the (Jazz) Crusaders, with numerous albums and an international hit single with “Nightlife” featuring the vocal of Randy Crawford. He is survived by his wife Yolanda and son Nicklas.
COSIMO MATASSA R.I.P. New Orleans songwriter/producer/engineer COSIMO MATASSA died Thursday (11th) at his home in the Crescent City, aged 88 years, after a long illness following a stroke suffered in 2009. His studios on Governor General St and North Rampart St in New Orleans yielded thousands of R&B and soul records through the 1950s and 1960s, amassing more than 200 chart hits and 20 million-sellers by artists including Paul Gayten, Little Richard, Big Joe Turner, and 60s stars Chris Kenner, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and many others. He is survived by three sons, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, but was pre-deceased by his wife Jennie in 2009.
New York singer/songwriter/producer BOB CREWE also died Thursday (11th), aged 82 years. He was the creative talent behind the Rays in the 1950s, charting with “Silhouettes”, then in 1961 teamed with Bob Gaudio to write and produce numerous hits for the Four Seasons including “Sherry” and “Candy Girl”, then launched Dyno-Voice Records with hits by the Toys and Mitch Ryder among others. He was also writer of 1970s smash “Lady Marmalade” by Labelle.
Richard Searling on Solar RadioRICHARD SEARLING – “SOUL SAUCE”- SOLAR RADIO at 16:00 GMT every SUNDAY. Listen to Richard Searling’s “SOUL SAUCE” show on Solar Radio. Hour one, 4.00 to 5.00pm, is “A Cellar full of Soul”, retracing the glory years of Northern Soul, recounting experiences from some of the legendary venues as well as all that’s making the scene so vibrant to this day. A fast moving, uplifting blend of the very best 60s rare soul. At 5.00pm comes a deeper selection of Richard’s favourite tracks in an hour called “Rare….and well done”. Expect the unexpected!
initioprint sponsors notes & tones with ruth fisherSTRAIGHT AHEAD with MIKE PARLETT, SUNDAY at MIDNIGHT. MIKE PARLETT presents Straight Ahead, Sunday midnight until 02.00 Monday morning, sponsored by INITIO Print & Design.
Kef sponsors Les AdamsEach Friday at 6.00pm brings the LES ADAMS request show “The Two Hour Takeover” sponsored by KEF.COM, in which you, the listeners, select the entire playlist via Les’ posting on FACEBOOK. Tune in to Solar Radio to hear the listeners selection at 18:00 BST.