Twenty Years Ago

Sunday March 26th 1995.

On this day 20 years ago, I had a regular Sunday show on one of the JazzFM incarnations. It was broadcast from a studio in Castlereagh Street, Central London used by Marvin Gaye to work on his album In Our Lifetime. I think I saw his ghost a few times.

What did I play on the day Madonna topped the USA charts with Take A Bow produced by Babyface and Celine Dion was Queen of the British charts with Think Twice.

How many of these do you remember and how many bring back a special memory – happy or sad. The full two-hour official playlist as follows.

All Over The World – Chuck Jackson.

Illusions – George Duke.

george duke

Looking Up To You – Blackness All Stars.

Baby Mother Baby Father – Noel McKoy.

Goodbye Manhattan – Pieces Of A Dream.

I’m New – Stevie Wonder.

French Dreams – Marc Antoine.

Girls – The Moments.

A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin.

You Can Make The Story Right – Chaka Khan

chaka khan

Low Rider – War.

Keep On Truckin – Eddie Kendricks.

Culture Of Jazz – Colour Club.

Lights Out – Pieces Of A Dream.

Daybreak –Tom Scott.

Let’s Get Smooth – Pieces Of A Dream.

Nadias Groove – Vincent Green.

Is It In – Eddie Harris.

Eddie Harris

A Touch Of Jazz – Zapp.

Burma Road – Greg Adams.

Night Of Latin Sun – Physical Therapy.

Hook Me Up – Johnny Guitar Watson.


Deeper And Deeper  – Pauline Wilson.

I Tried My Best – Freddie Jackson.

Gonna Get You Home Tonight – Eugene Wilde. (wind down threesome track)

Star Of The Story – Vincent Green. (wind down threesome track)

Groove With You – Gene Dunlap. (wind down threesome track)

I’ll Be Around  Detroit Spinners.

Buttercup – Carl Anderson.

Lets Clean Up The Ghetto – Philadelphia International All Stars


Birthdays on this day included Diana Ross born in 1944 and the wonderful Rufus Thomas born Mississippi in 1917. Rufus had his own radio show and branded himself as “the big bad dog on the radio”. Teddy Pendergrass was 45 on this day and featured in the Philladelphia International All Stars line up that   included Lou Rawls, Billy Paul, The O’Jays and Archie Bell.

rufus thomasBlues and Soul March 1995

Blues and Soul March 1995

Three Pieces Of A Dream tracks came from their new album at the time Goodbye Manhattan. The Star Of The Story from Vincent Green is a cover from the second Heatwave album Central Heating. Written by Rod Temperton it still sounds hauntingly beautiful. Greg Adams a founder member of Tower Of Power is in a gentle mood with Burma Road. This track is said to be inspired by the wartime experiences of his father Robert. A Salvation Army missionary he drove the Burma Road to deliver bibles.







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3 Responses

  1. mark mccarthy says:

    Exellent”! You are making me wonder if I have a recording of that show Robbie!
    If I have I will send you a link once I have found it and digitised it. I have a feeling however that in 1995 any shows that I recorded from you /other presenters on Jazz Fm were quite random even though I was listening to the station at that time.
    My 1995 recordings would mostly I think have been from much later in that year.I will look though.
    I was not aware of the Star of a story Cover or I don’t remember it!
    Thanks for that I will check it out
    Best Regards

    I was not aware of the Star of a story cover, thank you for that Robbie will check that out I will also check the Blues and Soul because I still have a stash of them somewhere which I really ought to auction off!

  2. Nick says:

    Enjoying your blogs
    Me and my wife both have fond memories of your phone in shows
    Every time i hear someone say they are a first time caller i can still hear you saying ‘big night for both of us’

  3. Stuart Cushing says:

    When will we here you once again on the air waves .

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