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Playlist: Romford Snooker Club owner and DJ Richard Willis shares his top 10

PUBLISHED: 17:32 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:34 21 November 2016

Romford Snooker Club owner Richard Willis, aka DJ Richard Douglas

Romford Snooker Club owner Richard Willis, aka DJ Richard Douglas

Romford Snooker Club

In the sixties and seventies, snooker hall owner Richard Willis was a familiar sight in the pubs and clubs, spinning records under his stage name Richard Douglas.

GEORGIE FAME LEAVES HEATHROW AIRPORT LAST NIGHT FOR A 14 DAY COAST TO COAST TOUR OF AMERICA, WHERE HIS CURRENT DISC, THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE HAS ENTERED THE CHARTS WITHIN A FEW DAYS OF ITS RELEASE. GEORGIE FAME LEAVES HEATHROW AIRPORT LAST NIGHT FOR A 14 DAY COAST TO COAST TOUR OF AMERICA, WHERE HIS CURRENT DISC, THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE HAS ENTERED THE CHARTS WITHIN A FEW DAYS OF ITS RELEASE.

He has shared his all-time top 10 favourite tunes.

Soul Man – Sam and Dave

As a DJ playing the pubs and clubs in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the music of Sam and Dave was never far from the turntables, and Soul Man could always be relied upon as, to use the modern parlance, a floor filler.

Private Number – Judy Clay and William Bell

Another great memory from the days of disco and a great “smooch time” number.

Sharon Corr performs on stage during a concert by 'the Corrs' at the Wembley Arena, London. Sharon Corr performs on stage during a concert by 'the Corrs' at the Wembley Arena, London.

Days of Pearly Spencer – David McWilliams

Growing up in the mid-1960s, Pirate Radio, and for me Radio Caroline, was very much part of life, and this was a song heavily promoted by Radio Caroline, which became a minor hit.

Eros Hotel – Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame is probably my favourite recording artist, and I have great memories of seeing him playing live at Ronnie Scott’s club. Eros Hotel is one of his less well known album tracks, but the lyrics paint a wonderful picture of life in Soho in days gone by.

I’m Still in Love With You – Al Green

Another great soul artist, from the early 1970s, still as great a song today as it was then.

Old Town – The Corrs

This was a song played a lot by the late great Terry Wogan, on his breakfast show, which has always stuck in my mind.

Monkey Man – The Maytals

It would be great to do a playlist of just reggae and ska, but Monkey Man again brings back good memories of my days on the disco decks.

Green Onions – Booker T and the MGs

Another iconic soul sound from the early 1960s.

Dublin in the Rare Old Times – The Dubliners

With a salute to my Irish ancestry, I have always enjoyed the music of The Dubliners, and have even met the band a few times over the years. This song conjures up a nostalgic picture of one of my favourite countries.

Snooker Loopy – Chas and Dave

Being in the snooker business, no playlist would be complete without Snooker Loopy, and it is interesting to note that part of the video which accompanied the record was filmed at the Matchroom Club that now forms part of Romford Snooker Club.

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