Jimmy Ruffin | Solar RadioJIMMY RUFFIN R.I.P.

We are sad to report that Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold on to My Love,” died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer’s children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death. “Jimmy Ruffin was a rare type of man who left his mark on the music industry. My family in its entirety is extremely upset over his death. He will truly be missed,” a statement from Philicia Ruffin and the Ruffin family said.   Jimmy Lee Ruffin was born on May 7, 1936, in Collinsville, Mississippi. He was signed by Berry Gordy Jr, with discs on Miracle before moving to the Soul label within Motown Records, and had a string of hits in the 1960s, including “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” which became a Top 10 pop hit.  He had continued success with songs such as “I’ve Passed This Way Before” and “Gonna Give Her All the Love I’ve Got,” but Ruffin marked a comeback in 1980 with his second Top 10 hit, “Hold on to My Love.” Ruffin worked with his brother David in the 1970s on the album, “I Am My Brother’s Keeper”, and also lived in England for many years. Funeral arrangements are pending, the family said.(A.P.)

Solar Radio Late Summer Boat Party _Golden FlameVALENTINE’S SOUL CRUISE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

Whisper it quietly, but as people tend to like to organise special occasions early, tickets are now available for the SOLAR RADIO VALENTINE’S SOUL CRUISE, this on Saturday February 14, 2015 aboard m.v. Golden Flame from 7.00pm to Midnight, sailing from and returning to Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 1PN. Despite the occasion, no premium prices for us, just the usual £20.00 per ticket for FIVE HOURS of great party music from Solar Radio DJs, with food available to purchase, and a special P.A. to be announced shortly. Click  http://www.solarradio.com/product/valentines-soul-cruise/ to buy.

Kef sponsors Les AdamsTHE TWO HOUR TAKE-OVER

Each 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.

Solar Radio | Your Classic & 21st Century Soul StationTICKETS ARE  SOLD OUT for the SOLAR RADIO CHRISTMAS SOUL CRUISE!

All tickets have been SOLD  for the CHRISTMAS SOUL CRUISE aboard the Golden Jubliee on SUNDAY DECEMBER 21st. Departing at 14:00, returning at 19:00. If you wish to go on the WAITING LIST for possible returns or cancellations, please send an e-mail to info@solarradio.com with ‘waiting list’ as subject, include your contact details and advise us how many tickets you would need, and we will contact you if any become available.

Solar Radio _ Your Classic & 21st Century Soul StationOCTOBER SOUL CRUISE REVIEW by Amelia Ellis

Click to read a review of the OCTOBER SOUL CRUISE by one of our  guests onboard the boat.

See what Amelia Ellis had to say: here.

Solar Radio _ Your Classic & 21st Century Soul StationOTHER RIVER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY during 2015

Into 2015, we are delighted to announce our VALENTINE SOUL CRUISE on Saturday February 14, from 19:00 until 00:00 aboard m.v. GOLDEN FLAME, with attractions to be confirmed, and for which tickets will also be available soon.

We will also be launching Soul Cruises aboard m.v. GOLDEN JUBILEE on:

SUNDAY APRIL 12 (2pm – 7pm)
SUNDAY MAY 24 (2pm – 7pm)
SATURDAY JULY 4 – our ‘Independence Day Party’ – (7pm – 12 midnight)
SUNDAY AUGUST 11 (2pm – 7pm)
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27 (2pm – 7pm)
SUNDAY DECEMBER 20 (2pm – 7pm)

Richard Searling on Solar RadioRICHARD SEARLING – “SOUL SAUCE”- SOLAR RADIO at 16:00 GMT every SUNDAY. 

Listen to Richard Searling’sSOUL 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

Live from Los Angeles. An eclectic mix of Jazz, Funk, Fusion & Soul with a helping of Gospel. SUNDAY at MIDNIGHT. MIKE PARLETT presents Straight Ahead, Sunday midnight until 02.00 Monday morning, sponsored by INITIO Print & Design.

Tricia O'Neal presents Mellow Mondays on Solar RadioJoin Tricia O’Neal for ‘Mellow Mondays’ between 10pm & midnight  The best in Soul, Rare-Grooves, Neo Soul and a slice of Reggae to spice it all for you.

With a bit of chat, weather and words of Wisdom. The perfect way to wind down your Monday!