It is 2016 and we have given ourselves the year to put together a little project. We are on an archival journey to convert some superb and classic radio shows from the cassette library (alongside any other interesting discoveries via dusty tape), hoping we can bring back some great memories or perhaps serve as a reference for younger music enthusiasts. We will summarise at the end of the year and leave it in the archive.
27. Femi Fem and Marco Nelson of The Young Disciples
We are listening to Kiss100 FM back on January 17th 1993 and there was Apparently Nothin’ these two could not do well – funk, soul, rap – it is all here. One hell of a show. So what of the duo these days?
“I used run house parties in West London in the eighties. Then did a crazy house party with Norman Jay 1984 in Acton leading to the Shake & Fingerpop warehouse parties with Judge Jules & Dan Benidict. Met Marco Nelson & formed Young Disciples after bringing Bobby ‘I Know You Got Soul’ Byrd & The Original James Brown band over to London 1987 to the Town & Country Club, Kentish Town. Met Carleen Anderson at the second of those seminal rare-groove concerts – she joined the band. Released Mercury nominated album ‘Road To Freedom’ in 1991 on Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud. Embarked on international DJ career taking me to Australia, St Maartin, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Czech, Europe and the US. In 1994 set up the MOBO winning Rotation at Subterainea with the Fugees as the opening act. Spike Lee, Laurence Fishbourne, Wesley Snipes, Puff Daddy, Snoop, GURU, Bjork, Goldie & Prince all graced the dancefloor at Rotation. Currently Musical Advisor & Resident @ supper club London” – Femi Williams (aka Femi Fem)
Femi Fem can now be found on Mi Soul each Sunday between 7pm-9pm here
Marco Nelson can be found as part of Paul Weller’s band. Now that’s recognition for you!
26. Jo Shinner
The team here have been somewhat frustrated by the lack of shows with female presenters amongst the archives, so it was a delight to uncover this from GLR 94.9FM, albeit only a small snippet. For the best in African, Caribbean and Latin rhythms, we give you Jo Shinner with her Sunday afternoon “Global Beatbox”. GLR had some high profile presenters like Johnnie Walker, Dave Pearce, Annie Nightingale, Danny Baker and Chris Evans, but it was the Ranking Miss P’s show and Jo’s weekly global dose of music that listeners in London got the most satisfaction.
HB is part of the Soul II Soul sound and he sits in for Jazzie B on this Kiss100 FM show. There’s a wide selection of styles with classic tunes played one after the other. The year is 1992 and the date is June 23rd. We can’t recall if HB had his own regular show, so be sure to send us a message if you can fill in the blanks. Back to life – back to reality radio!
24. Gilles Peterson
Think Gilles, think Radio Invicta / K Jazz / Horizon Radio / BBC Radio London / Jazz FM / Kiss 100 FM / Radio 1 / Radio 6 Music / Vibrazone / Worldwide / WAG / Talkin’ Loud / Acid Jazz / Brownswood / Jazz Juice Street Sounds / Impressed / Brownswood Bubblers / Mad on Jazz / Havana Cultura / Sonzeira / Shibuya Jazz Classics / Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls / Horo / Black Jazz Radio / Pure Fire!
All things considered, Gilles is one of a handful of people who has enriched the world with jazz and the promotion of the art form. He has continued to push forward with music and yet offer the utmost respect for the masters. Here we give you GP on Kiss100 FM, Sunday June 7th 1992 with his “Vibrazone” and the return of “The Herbie Sessions”.
Gilles Peterson can now be found each Saturday at 3pm over at Radio 6 Music here
23. Dean Savonne
Dean Savonne was one of those wonderful presenters that slipped from the airwaves after a successful stint on Kiss FM. We have fond memories of his pirate days on Kiss circa 1988, and overjoyed at his weekly Thursday night show on the legal incarnation Kiss100 FM. Dean was also part of the Funky House Arena for the ‘Kiss celebrates 20 years with 100 DJs’ back in 2005 at London’s Alexandra Palace. A quick search on Twitter and it’s not difficult to find Dean @deansavonne – now operating a cab around London, and presumably with a few tunes playing! We only have one show in the library but our December 1990 show is a great one – running down the top 20 soul albums of 1990.
22. Joey Jay
Conscious selections to compliment your weekly dose of Nick Manasseh. Stable mate Joey Jay delivers his Roots Rock Reggae recipe under the banner “Words, Sound and Power”. Big during the 80s with his sound system and still found each year at Notting Hill Carnival beside younger brother Norman under the ‘Good Times’ banner. We are listening to Sunday 11th October 1992 and one of the original DJ shareholders of Kiss 100FM.
Jump to the 21st century and you can find some great compilations put together by Joey under the ‘Good Times’ logo.
21. Paul Jones
The show’s introduction went “Paul Jones – blues, gospel, soul and jazz”, and with one of pop music’s royalty you had knowledge to boot. Yes, the once front man for Manfred Mann made the decision in 1984 to follow Christianity and after a successful stint on GLR with his Gospel Show, Paul moved in 1990 to Jazz FM with a brand new black gospel show called “Paul Takes It As Gospel” before joining the mighty BBC for his “weekly dose of Rhythm and Blues” on Radio 2. So to the show we have for you… It is 26th May 1992 where we now find ourselves on the ever-popular Jazz FM – May your musical prayers be answered.
Paul Jones is enjoying a lengthy spell on the BBC and can still be found each Monday on Radio 2 here
20. Tim Westwood
October 1990 with special guest KRS-One in the studio promoting H.E.A.L and ‘Civilisation Vs. Technology’. We are listening to 95.8 Capital FM and the “Capital Rap Show”. Westwood joined Capital in 1987, after his Kiss FM days, gaining popularity each week until in 1994 he left to secure a 20 year stretch at Radio 1. KRS-One brings knowledge, controversy and enlightenment to the show, bouncing off the live callers’ questions and dropping some classic BDP music. KRS-One talks briefly about his 1987 debut “Criminal Minded” and hints at his next project in 1991.
You can now catch Tim Westwood each Saturday at 7pm over at Capital Xtra here
19. Dave Gregory
Happy New Year! It is January 2nd, 1993 and Dave provides the best soul tracks from 1992. ‘The Soul Mine’ on “London’s New 102”, Jazz FM, was a popular Saturday night show bringing London a selection of US and UK Independent soul releases. First heard on the airwaves in 1970, Dave has had a long and healthy career in broadcasting with the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio London, Radio Luxembourg and Choice FM being just a few stations he has plyed his trade. The show we have for you, from Jazz FM 102.2, reaches a high with particular favourites in Josie James’ ‘Win Your Love’ and The Keepers’ ‘Picture This’ typifying the quality of music Dave gave to each show. A true legend in broadcasting.
Dave Gregory’s “Gregamix” can now be found 3pm-6pm on the last Monday of the Month over at Solar Radio here
18. Wilber Wilberforce
‘For The Love of Music’ was Wilber Wilberforce’s collection of “jazz, gospel, soul and all things funky”. This is 1992 and the Acid Jazz and New Jack Swing phenomenons are rooted deep. His ‘In My Opinion’ feature is typical of daytime programming and maybe even Maceo Parker and Omar, but tunes like “SOS” by Side Effect was far from mainstream. There has been a shuffle to scheduling on Kiss with Gilles Peterson’s show shifting times, making way for Wilber to mix up a versatile blend of music on Kiss100 FM. We have lifted all but one rather special advert to keep your attentions focused, so be sure to set aside some quality time. There’s a ‘Popcorn’ threesome to ride the recording we have out with Hank Ballard, Freddie and the Kinfolk and Jimbo Jackson & Violators… A Sunday lunchtime classic. Originally found on Starpoint FM in 1988 (apparently under the name of DJ Jazz) before his Kiss FM days. Wilber went on to be BBC 1Xtra’s Programme Editor and Deputy Head Of Programmes.
17. Soul On Sound
Discogs lists all of these sampler cassettes on their site. Founded by Tony Jenkins in 1982, these tapes were for many, their only means of hearing new US Single & Album Releases. We have Tape 017 for you, called ‘The Virgin Tape Special’ and features interviews with Coati Mundi, Prince Charles and Vince Montana. Hosted by Tony Jenkins, Ralph Tee and Kev Edwards. The cassettes were only available from record dealers or direct from the now obsolete SOS (Music Cassettes) Ltd. Be sure to listen with an open mind. In 1983 when this circulated, you would not have had many other sources at your disposal.
16. Jazzie B OBE
Trevor Beresford Romeo brought his sound to Kiss 100 with a selection of styles and some heavy dub plate support. This presenter became a household name for production, DJing and for the sound that was London – Soul II Soul. Black British Music sums up this entrepreneur’s journey through time, relentless in his strive for great music. Sample then the presence of the original funky dread – a mighty force.
Jazzy B’s “Back II Life” can now be found on Solar Radio Sunday 2pm-4pm here
15. Robbie Vincent
This is Kiss FM and Robbie Vincent has not long welcomed in 1992 (neither has he been on Kiss FM long). Why not play all the best tunes from 1991? Why not indeed, and just for the hell of it, let’s also bring into the studio Chris Hill – BAM! There’s no coming back from that kind of punch! Two supremos in the house. This was always going to be one of our uploads so do enjoy. Oh, and “If it moves, Funk it”. Best place to read about the man is on Toby’s site here. For those who would like to check out what he is up to these days head over to robbievincent.co.uk
14. Jez Nelson
Creative Director for Somethin’ Else Production Company, Jez Nelson has now rejoined Jazz FM after a lengthy stay over at BBC Radio 3. His history is long; joining forces with Gilles Peterson to fire up the pirate jazz station K JAZZ back in the 1980s, followed with an unforgettable stint on Kiss FM before joining Jazz FM. For this offering we give you Jez Nelson on Kiss FM with Manchester’s own ‘Chapter and the Verse’ in interview. Groundbreaking radio from yesteryear and glad too that we are still privileged to have Jez Nelson each week on the radio. Kick off your slippers and crank up the music.
Jez Nelson’s “Somethin’ Else” can now be found on Jazz FM Saturday 10pm-midnight here
13. Dr Bob Jones with Steve Davis
Steve ‘Interesting’ Davis, the six times world snooker champion was more than a sports personality. Whilst joining forces with Rod Dearlove to bring us ‘Voices from the Shadows’ magazine, he was touring the world playing snooker and hunting down some quality soul music at the same time. Steve was invited into the studio by Bob Jones to talk about some of his favourite soul records and so, brings with him some lesser known tunes from Independent labels. It’s 1991, the year he wins his first World Championship and we’re on Kiss FM. Interesting? Oh yes! Believe it or not, Steve has been presenting ‘The Interesting Alternative Show’ on Phoenix FM each week for the past few years, where he confesses he “has a real vinyl problem”. We had to dig deep for this 30min sample so white gloves on and savour the moment.
Dr Bob Jones’ “The Surgery” can now be found on Mi-Soul here
Steve Davis’ “The Interesting Alternative Show” can now be found on Phoenix 98FM each Monday 10pm-midnight here
12. David Rodigan with Gordon Mac
The founder of Kiss FM, Gordon McNamee, joins up with British Radio Academy Hall of Fame member David Rodigan for a “Version Excursion”. It’s 4th May 1992 with reggae and soul tunes dropped side by side in an attempt to outwit each other. Kiss FM London two years into its legalisation and at its best, before the shareholders decided to take the station on an alternative path. This particular show is serious broadcasting history.
David Rodigan can now be found on Radio 1 here
Gordon Mac’s “THE TAKEOVER” can now be found on Mi Soul each Friday between 12noon-2pm here
11. Frankie Crocker (with Tim Westwood and Pete Tong)
Frankie “Hollywood” Crocker, and the whole ‘Studio 54’ discothèque in New York were legendary. WBLS-FM chief rocker joins Tim Westwood and Pete Tong in London on Capitol Radio. Guests on this show were Neneh Cherry, Will Downing, Jazzie B and Chaka Khan. What a stunning piece of broadcasting and linked too via satellite to NY. So who’s the real legend here? Well, we went into the Tim Westwood archive looking for something special and got smacked in the face with this monster collaboration, so Frankie just had to be showcased. Have your sense of humour with you when you listen to this one; there are a few cringeworthy moments with the ladies. This is entertainment.
Tim Westwood can now be found Saturday 7pm-midnight over at Capital XTRA here
Pete Tong can be found over on Radio 1 here
Frankie sadly died on Saturday, October 21, 2000.
10. Andy Peebles
Andy Peebles’ “SOUL TRAIN” first hit the airwaves in 1987, drifting from Sunday to Saturday evenings (although his first show launched in 1974 in Manchester). In 1990, when the station became a 24hr service, this particular broadcast was born – we give you a 40min sample of his late night Friday offering. Yes, we’re on BBC Radio One and just two more years before his departure. We hear his ‘Quiet Storm’ feature and his trademark soul competition. The music is mainstream but the presentation is flawless, a distinctive voice for radio in the UK. With 40 years under his belt, Andy hung up his headphones back in 2014.
09. Daddy Bug
A full-on soul show from Kiss FM with the wonderful Jean Carne in interview – what more of a reason do we need to post this fabulous 1992 broadcast? A monster show with some great tunes but please don’t try entering his competition, you’re 20+ years late!
08. Chris Philips
Switching between jazz-funk, Brit funk, soul, new jack swing, deep funk and house as he sits in the seat for Robbie Vincent on Sunday 21st February 1992. Kiss FM supremo Chris Philips applies the pressure in all departments and a stunning show this is. We’ve tried our best to give you most of this one to appreciate the sounds of Incognito, Marxsman, Prince, Flora Purim, Escoffries, even Ronnie Jordan with I.G. Culture. Boy, this is what Sunday afternoons were made for… and he was just warming up for Norman Jay – Ouch!
Chris Philips can be found weekdays from 9am-1pm and “The Blueprint” midnight-3am Sundays on Jazz FM here
07. Dr Bob Jones
Dr. Bob Jones kicked his DJ career off in 1967 and regularly fires up the burners up and down the country when not soul-searching in Bognor Regis. “THE SURGERY” Radio Show with Bob Jones will go down in the record books as a momentous period in radio and we at UK Vibe have offered up a classic show, with none other than Isaac Hayes in the studio. 11th June 1995 London England. We just couldn’t resist uploading this one.
Dr Bob Jones’ “The Surgery” can now be found on Mi-Soul here
06. Nick Manasseh
Manassah Sound System joined Kiss FM in 1987 providing a roots reggae weekly that boosted the already magnificent Joey Jay and David Rodigan programmes. Enjoying both radio and sound system popularity Nick was fundamental in the advancement of the music in London and a brilliant example of how the music of the street, being provided by Pirate radio became legal, accessible and popular and why these pages of ours stand as key moments in the history of black music in this country. Manassah then went on to produce and release records with the same conviction as the shows themselves. So we go back – back to Kiss FM and a show that speaks for itself. Reggae music how we at UK Vibe like it – RUFF!
Nick Manasseh can now be found on Soundcloud here
05. Norman Jay OBE
From his early runnings with pirate radio to the present day, and a damn fine sound system at carnival, Norman Jay has been at the top of his game, working his magic in the clubs around the world, entertaining thousands. There’s not a music lover out there that doesn’t acknowledge this OBE holder and little can be said in brief to represent his achievements. When Kiss FM launched legally it was Norman who presented the first show. So what have we at UK Vibe offered up? Well, we are in 1991 and James Brown has been imprisoned, Norman has a rave party to promote that he is doing with Gilles Peterson (their first gig together), so let’s drop a few James Brown tunes for the hell of it and see where we go from there. Remember folks, as much as you may know many of the tunes now, you have to ask yourself when listening how many you would have known in ’91. The supremo that is Norman Jay gives you his “MUSIQUARIUM”.
04. Patrick Forge
Nothing we can say will describe the diversity of Patrick’s “COSMIC JAM” – possible the most listened to show of all time here at Vibe HQ… and boy do we have the cassettes to prove it! Jazz is treated with respect with upfront music from all walks of life. When the jazz drops, it drops heavy, the rest? Well, that as they say, is history. So why did we pick this show from 1992? Because our very own Michael J Edwards picks up a prize… well, we had to have some sort of selection process – every show was solid.
Patrick Forge’s “Cosmic Jam” can now be found on Mi-Soul Sunday 11pm-1am here
03. Robbie Vincent
We are listening to Robbie Vincent in the closing days of 1979. Christmas and New Year’s Eve are almost upon us and Robbie has some monster tunes to play… Johhny Bristol, Brass Construction and Bobby Womack to name a few. Tom Holland and Brother Louie pass through the studio with a few of their favourite records and legendary clubs The Lacy Lady and Didoz (The California Ballroom) are soon to close their doors. These shows were sought after up and down the country and passed around as a means to hear new releases from the jazz and soul world. Robbie Vincent in his hey day and a 60min full-on sample for your consideration. We need more like this! For a little educational insight into the times check out the California Ballroom page here
02. Steve Hobbs
Following three years presenting on Hospital radio, and two years on Solar Radio (in its original state), Steve Hobbs joins Jazz FM in 1990 for an all soul show. Two years into his show the station decides to ditch all non-jazz programmes leaving his weekly “SOUL BOWL” show dead in the water. Bridging the gap between then and now, Steve had been a fundamental part of Blues & Soul magazine for seventeen years. So what have we chosen? For this offering, we thought we would drop one of his last shows on Jazz FM – you can feel the frustration in his voice but the music holds it true. This is upfront soul music done properly. Credit for his commitment to the music.
Steve Hobbs’ “Soul Cruisin” can now be found on Solar Radio Friday 8pm-10pm here
01. Tony Monson
There is a long list of radio stations Tony Monson has waved his wand over from as far back as the early 60s. Probably more remembered in the Midlands and North for his record distribution company Disc Empire, bringing many a vinyl gem to our local independent record shops, particularly when it came to Japanese Jazz, but the real wonders were experienced in the South via Kiss FM, Solar and Invicta. We really could dedicate a whole page to Mr. Monson but sadly our intentions are purely to give you a taster from a bygone era. Let’s just hope our offering does this music spinning wizard justice. Respect for keeping the Solar burners fired up.
Tony Monson’s “Mid Morning Mayhem” can now be found on Solar Radio Monday to Friday 10am-1pm here