LOWRELL SIMON, MATT ‘GUITAR; MURPHY R.I.P.
We are sad to report the passing of two fine artists from the world of soul and R&B.
LOWRELL SIMON of the Lost Generation, the Chicago-based quartet, known for their 1970 hit, “Sly Slick and the Wicked” passed away on June 18th at the age of 75. Born March 18, 1943, Lowrell had sung with the LaVondells (later the Vondells) before forming the Lost Generation with Larry Brownlee (formerly with the C.O.D,’s of “Michael, The Lover” fame), Fred Simon and Jesse Dean. The Lost Generation cut two Brunswick albums and a further single for Innovision IV Records in 1974, “Your Mission (If You Decide To Accept It)”. The group broke up shortly after.
Lowrell went on to have a solo career that resulted in the 1979 hit, “Mellow Mellow Right On” on AVI Records.
Matt 'Guitar' Murphy enjoyed a long career as a sideman on Chicago blues sessions before being spotted by Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi and hired to play in the Blues Brothers Band - also featuring strongly in the classic movie, particularly in the 'Think' performance by Aretha Franklin.
SEPTEMBER SOUL CRUISE – TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!
Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE, at just £20.00 each, for the SEPTEMBER SOUL CRUISE, this on Sunday September 23td aboard m.v. Golden Jubilee, 2.00pm to 7.00pm from Temple Pier on the Victoria Embankment. Two decks of music from Solar Radio DJs playing floor-fillers and club classics, with food available to purchase. Click Here for the Shop.
BACK TO THE SOLENT – SEPTEMBER 9…
Following the popularity of the recent event aboard the Princess Caroline, cruising the Solent waters, we have booked the vessel again for a late summer soiree. This will be on Sunday September 9th from 1pm – 6pm with Solar Dj’s Nick Aravis,Tony Mac, Mike Gee and Tony Monson. We will be sailing from the Town Quay Marina, Town Quay, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2AQ, and tickets are available NOW, price just £18.00 each. Click Here for the Shop.
SOUL ON THE TYNE – 2018 – SUNDAY AUGUST 26
From 5 - 8pm onboard The Fortuna- Sailing from East Quayside Pontoon, Newcastle Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
With Soul, Funk & Jazz from Solar Dj's Andrea Robertson & Tony Monson plus Guest Dj Wayne C McDonald - Plus an after party 'Reviving the spirit of the iconic Julie's nightclub' from 8.30pm - 2am at : Tiger Hornsby 8-10 Close, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3RE . Please note that tickets for Solar Radio events are NOT sent out by mail, but are held for collection at the event on the day.
AUGUST SOUL CRUISE – TICKETS SOLD OUT!
LATE JULY SOUL CRUISE – SUNDAY JULY 29 – SOLD OUT – WAITING LIST
All tickets are now sold for the Late July Soul Cruise, Sunday July 29. We depart aboard m.v. GOLDEN JUBILEE from TEMPLE PIER, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN, leaving at 2.00 pm, returning at 7.00 pm, tickets at just £20.00 each.
Featuring Solar Radio DJs playing the best in soul & funk, food available to purchase.
SOLAR RADIO EVENTS – TICKETING PROCEDURE
With the ever-increasing number of people tuning to Solar Radio, we are happy to welcome new customers to our events including the ever-popular Soul Cruises, and it may be timely to advise new folk (and remind valued 'regulars'!) of our ticketing procedures. TICKETS ARE SOLD ON A 'FIRM SALE' BASIS. There is no automatic refund for cancellations unless we have published a 'Buy Back' message - any returns will be offered to any Waiting List customers for re-sale. We do not send out tickets for our river events, either by post or as e-tickets, but we do hold all tickets for collection on the day, just before the event. After the initial acknowledgement, the buyer will later be sent another email, advising of collection time and boarding information. We hope this helps!
SUMMER BOATS UPDATE JULY 1 and 29 and AUGUST sold out- SEPTEMBER now on sale
All tickets are now SOLD for our Soul Boat Parties aboard m.v. Golden Jubilee, Sunday July 1st, Sunday July 29 and August 19, departing from TEMPLE PIER, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN, aboard m.v. GOLDEN JUBILEE, leaving at 2.00 pm, returning at 7.00 pm. To go on the WAITING LIST for returns, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for the September boat, featuring Solar Radio DJs playing the best in soul & funk, food available to purchase. Click Here for the Shop.
SOLAR RADIO ON ECHO DOT
SOLAR RADIO now has a dedicated SKILL app on the ECHO DOT device to enable easy access.
Listening to Solar Radio on an Amazon Dot or Echo and Google Home device:
AMAZON DOT / ECHO: If you have an Amazon Dot or Echo (or any other Amazon smart speaker device) you can listen to Solar Radio by enabling the Solar Radio Alexa Skill. All you have to do is say “Alexa, Launch Solar Radio”. You may need to repeat the sentence a couple of times before it responds but once enabled you can simply say “Alexa, Play Solar Radio” to play the station. You can also enable the Skill via the Amazon store HERE.
GOOGLE HOME: For Google Home simply say “Okay Google, Play Solar Radio”. You may need to add “… on TuneIn” at the end if it fails to respond
THAMES SOUL CRUISES – Dates for 2018
Here are dates in the THAMES SOUL CRUISE 2018 diary for the year -
Sailing from and returning to Temple Pier aboard the Golden Jubilee **:
- Sunday July 1st 2pm to 7pm (sold out)
- Sunday July 29th 2pm to 7pm (sold out)
- Sunday August 19th 2pm to 7pm (sold out)
- Sunday September 23rd 2pm to 7pm
- Sunday October 28th 2pm to 7pm
- Sunday December 16th 1.00pm to 6.00pm
- Sailing from and returning to Tower Millennium Pier aboard the Dixie Queen
SOLAR RADIO LOGO T-SHIRTS – NOW AVAILABLE
We now have available in the Solar Radio online shop a Gildan cotton t-shirt printed with our logo and strap-line, initially in sizes Men's Medium, Large, X-Large, and Ladies Medium and Large, price £15.00 including postage and packing, and available now at http://www.solarradio.com/shop/
ANDROID APP for SOLAR RADIO and upgraded i-PHONE APP
A reminder that the dedicated SOLAR RADIO app for Android devices is available NOW to download and install FOR FREE from the Google Play Store, featuring choice of 64k or 128k streams, schedule information, contact and social media links, available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SolarRadioAndroid Also available from the Apple Store, is an UPGRADE to the SOLAR RADIO app for i-PHONE.
Solar Radio DJ Gathering…
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SOLAR RADIO ON DAB
Solar Radio can be heard on DAB in Birmingham, Brighton, in the London area, with the boundary of the North and South Circular Roads, Manchester, and Norwich, all part of the Small Scale DAB trial as promoted by OfCom. If you are new to DAB radio receivers, it is worth noting that the most complete range of available stations will be found by doing a full scan near to a window and in the highest available location in your property.
SOUL CITIZEN – Autobiography of Clive ‘R’
Our Sunday morning 'In Orbit' man, CLIVE R, has written his autobiography - entitled SOUL CITIZEN- relating his memories and experiences over his fifty years as a soul fan, record-collector, music journalist, club and concert-goer, oh, and soul radio DJ!
Following the excellent response to his set on the April Soul Cruise, Clive is now making the book available direct to Solar Radio listeners. Purchase the book HERE
LISTEN TO SOLAR RADIO ON THE MOVE
There are several ways to access SOLAR RADIO on the move, via your Android, IPhone, Tablet or similar device and DAB, the latter to Birmingham, Brighton, London, Manchester & Norwich.
From the Android Play Store, free downloads are available of apps for either Radioplayer UK, TuneIn Radio or Nobex Radio, which you can install on your device in seconds and a quick search will soon reveal SOLAR RADIO, which can then be saved as a 'favourite' or can be 'followed'.
The Nobex Radio app is also suitable for use on an I-Phone, while the dedicated SOLAR RADIO app is also available from the Apple Store.
Your device can usually be linked to a car audio system via Bluetooth for in-car entertainment. Please ensure you have an adequate data package with your provider.
SOLAR RADIO is part new Ofcom initiative of experimental Small-Scale DAB radio for London, within the area bounded by the North and South circular roads and for the city of Norwich.
Please re-scan your DAB receiver.
MERCHANDISE – SOLAR RADIO T-SHIRTS etc
A range of SOLAR RADIO MERCHANDISE including branded clothing, t-shirts, sweatshirts and other items is available Here