Monday, 1 July 2013

Peter Sinacola

Washed ashore on a lonely island in the sea is this month's castaway, radio presenter Peter Sinacola.
We have history, both of us growing up on the same council estate in South West London. 

Peter is a few years older than me and was a friend of my brother on the mod scene of the early to mid-1960's at local places like St.Mary's and The Pontiac Club in Putney, The Crawdaddy in Richmond and Eel Pie Island in Twickenham. Often they would go 'up West' to The Marquee, The Flamingo and La Discotheque... not forgetting The Scene.
Peter started a mobile discotheque back in 1980 under the name of Bubbles Disco, playing weddings, birthday parties and anything else where required.

In 1986 he secured his first club residency at Perrys in Wokingham, doing both Friday and Saturday nights, for about 3 years. From there, he went Caversham's Nightclub in Reading for the Saturday night slot, and was then asked to take over Friday nights as well. After opening a record shop called the Record Basement, he moved slots to Churchill's Night Club before moving to Gatzby's, where he stayed until the owner wanted to change to Rave music. That was when he called it a day and retired for the first time in 1996.
In 2008 he was asked by some old mates if he wanted to join them playing the tunes that they loved and didn't hear any more. He agreed and they started Soulstice, and from this the radio station developed.  
Peter called it a day last December, but continues presenting his 'Night Train' radio show (a superb mix of Mod, Motown, R&B, Atlantic/Stax, Ska, Bluebeat and Northern) every Friday night from 9.30 pm on

"This is more difficult than I thought, but let's get going."

Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving

"I have lot of decades to cover,  but I  met my wife to be in 1963 and the Four Tops debut album (which was released in 1964) soon became our favourite. I could have picked almost any track from it, but we always called this one 'OUR SONG'." 

Jeff Perry - Love Don't Come No Stronger

"I DJ'd at an early Southport Weekender, where the northern custom was to clap if they liked the tune being played. I played this and the whole room stopped and clapped me. That is something that will stay with me forever."

Gift Of Dreams - By My Side

"This is from their first album 'The Gift'.  The melody and the lyrics just do it for me."

Donald Byrd - (Fallin' Like) Dominoes

"In 1975 during my jazz-funk days, Donald Byrd's iconic album 'Places & Spaces' was released. There was not one duff track on it, but this was the track that stood out for me." 

The Impressions - You've Been Cheating

"The year is 2013 and I've gone right back to my roots, playing 60's tunes again. This track shows off the wonderful vocal talents of the groups back then. I defy you not to tap your feet and nod your head when you hear this."

If, like me, you enjoy 60's soul, R & B, Motown, Stax, Atlantic and Sue with a smidgen of Ska,  Bluebeat and Northern Soul, then tune in to Pete Sinacola's Night Train on Soulstice Radio 24.

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