2021 Stewsters!

Happy New Year everyone....

Well, here we all are, almost in 2021 and it has to be better than 2020 hasn't it?

2021 is going to be a brilliant year for AOR as we have so many exciting plans to roll out, so please sign up for our newsletter and you will be first to hear any developments.

Let me say a BIG 'Thank-You' for listening to the Super Saturday Soul Stew Party every week... You are loving the mix of music we are playing and Motown Chartbusters gets more comments than ever on social media. Seems albums 1 – 3 are your favourites.

Don't forget that you can be part of the show by picking the 'Twofers' that I play...

Twofer 1, two tunes with the same title from two different soul artists/soul band and

Twofer 2, two tunes from one great soul artist/soul band. Email hello@alloldiesradio.com (Put Soul Stew in the subject line)

Thought I would share some memories in these blogs from when I used to DJ at The California Ballroom in Dunstable, Bedfordshire (UK) back in the 70's. We used to call it 'The Cali' or 'Soul City'.. It was an amazing venue that played host to many of the big names of the 60s & 70's..

Let me take you back to June24th 1972 when for just £1 you could see Slade live on stage in a year that the band had released “Take Me Bak Ome”, “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” & “Gudbuy T'Jane”. My fellow DJ Bruce Benson had just finished a marathon set of 5 days and 3 hours to introduced the band to a very very packed audience.

They went on and the whole place went berserk. About 10 minutes into the act, bouncers were hauling fainting punters over the stage and depositing them on the floor in the artistes lounge. One lad who was wearing one of the multi-coloured suede jackets so popular at the time, had steam coming off him.

The band had so much equipment there wasn't much room left on the stage. When they finished their set I went back on to finish the night off, switched on the decks and blew all the fuses. Slade hadn't turned their kit off. We couldn't play any music so I used Slade's mike to tell the crowd to go home. In a funny way it was a good thing it happened. There were so many fans in that night that it took more than half an hour to clear the hall.

Good times back in the day!!!

More memories next time, much love from your Captain Stewster,

Paul Gray

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