MyClassic Soul Hour started life on SuperGold, originally and finally, as the last segment of Sunday Will Never Be The Same. The essence of this show was to highlight the best, and rarest, of the Golden Age of Stax, Altantic, Chess, Motown, and some of the lesser known record labels. For a while, this show became a stand-alone programme on a Friday night, and attracted a considerable audience.
On one of my trips to Memphis, I had lunch atB.B. King's club, on Beale Street, with Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson of the legendary Memphis Horns. We recorded an interview, which I turned into a special about the Memphis Sound.
With Andrew Love & Wayne Jackson - Memphis, 1995.
Later that day, I met up with Rufus Thomas, who also gave me a super interview. Almost a year later, he came over to the UK to perform, and popped in to join me on mySuperGold Lunchtime Show. Below: with Rufus Thomas, Dunstable, 1996.
When, in September 1997, I moved to help launchRadio 106FM, the regional station covering the East Midlands, I produced and presented A Soulful Sunday, which expanded the original format to a weekly 3 hour show. It proved to be an immediate hit, with massive audience reaction and participation. After a few months the station was re-branded as Century 106, and the programme went from strength to strength. The audience figures surpassed the weekend Breakfast show, which was not surprising, given the popularity of Northern Soul, in the East Midlands. The show ran until I left in October 1998.
I returned to Nottingham to present a series of seven programmes, entitledThe Roots of Soul, on Soul-FM, in July 1999. Each programme featured Classic Soul from a specific year, and we covered the period from 1966 to 1972.
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