Born in 1965 with 2 older brothers, one into Motown and
and the other into The Who (but later discovering Earth, Wind & Fire) along with parents into Jazz, I was destined to love the music that makes up the wide spectrum of music that we nowadays call “The Soul Scene”.
Sadly I wasn’t old enough to attend the first Caister back in 1979 although I was alreadyattending clubs in my local area such as Snoopy’s in Chadwell Heath, The Rezz in Romford, Lord’s and Room at the Top in Ilford and of course the legendary Froggy’s under 18 nights at The Ilford Town Hall. By the time I attended my first Caister in October 83 (Caister 11) I was a regular at the Gold Mine and every other event that Chris Hill or Froggy played.
I attended every “Caister” weekender event until the late 80’s when the responsibility of kids and family came along. I came back home to Caister in the early 2000’s to find it was even better than “back in the day” especially as we now drunk more beer than we threw over each other! I’ve attended every one since and started DJing on Caister radio in May 2015. Prior to that I had DJ’d in Gran Canaria when “working” there in the Summer of 1986 and then took it up again in 2005 when a work colleague and long time soul DJ asked me to be his warm-up at a series of events. I now play at the Russ Club, 5 Star Soul at The Orsett Hall and various other events as well as hosting a weekly show on ZeroRadio.
When it comes to choosing my favourite 10 songs that is nigh on impossible but here is my attempt:
(In no particular order)
Sausalito – Grover Washington Jr.
Where Are We Going? – Marvin Gaye
The Look In Your Eyes – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Love Will Bring Us Back Together – Roy Ayers
The More I Get The More I Want – Teddy Pendergrass
Everyday – The Sunburst Band
Under Your Spell – One Way
The Bottle – Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson
I Need Your Lovin’ – Teena Marie
You’re So Good To Me – Curtis Mayfield
This list could go on and on.......................
Top 10 Films
The Shawshank Redemption
The Godfather Part 1 & 2
When Harry Met Sally
The Magnificent Seven (original version)
The Great Escape
The Life Of Brian
The Usual Suspects
Good Will Hunting
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest