Junior Campbell: The life and times of a shy ...

By Peter Robertson FOR JUNIOR CAMPBELL and his fellow band members, the first few weeks of 1969 were definitely – in the slang of the time – ‘groovy’. Marmalade had just become the first Scottish group ever to reach No.1 in the charts. To a studio audience of mini-skirted fans – not to mention a […]

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Eddie Cochran, Remembering – nearly 50 ...

By Ian Wooley, former DJ and MD of Retro Nights IT WAS 20 years ago when local Eddie Cochran fan Ange­la Powell first laid a memorial on the Chippenham roadside verge where the 21-year-old Rock ‘n’ Roll singer’s hire car crashed one fatal night in April, 1960. The cream Consul in which he was traveling […]

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Faithful to the Bowie music – not just ...

By Martin Hutchinson HARD to believe, but it’s three years since David Bowie passed away, yet his leg­acy is still very much apparent today. There is a surfeit of Bowie tribute acts on the circuit, some of which are excellent, but they all have a certain ingredient missing – the magic of the man himself. […]

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Knights like this: The final joust

By Pete Langford WHOA: is it really coming up to 60 years for us Barron Knights. So many things, going back all those years, have stuck in my mind and will always be there. I was 15 when I bought my first guitar and luckily I met Butch who lived only three miles away.His dad […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jimmy Mack

SHARE A CUPPA TEA with American Broadcasting Legend Jimmy Mack speaks of Stones, Nehru Jackets and Goatees, WWII, AND MORE! Secret talents of an icon of our time JIMMY MACK is an American broadcasting icon. He is also the most youthful 96- year-old I am likely ever to share a cuppa tea with. The conversational […]

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Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming

Ahead of the 50th anniversary, Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming. The most interesting thing about looking back on artists from previous eras is often seeing which ones have withstood the test of time, or even which ones have become bigger than they ever were. A few obvious names come to mind: your Beatles and […]

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Michael lives in Ben tribute show

SAID to be the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star starts a UK tour in Bath on January 11. From dancing along to the legendary pop videos as a child, to playing to a crowd of weeping fans the day after Michael Jackson died, Ben Bowman has dedicated his life to be the UK’s ultimate […]

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Sounds of ’69: first time plays

By Pat Murphy Looking back a half-centu­ry, 1969 was a pretty decent year for pop music. Here are 10 records to prove the point. The organisation is chronological, based on my recollection of when I first heard them on Toronto radio. The Fifth Dimension: Aquari­us/Let the Sunshine In Although I wasn’t initially keen on this, […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina

Intelligent lyrics, lovely music. Jane Quinn shares a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina who chats about Walt Disney, Love, Bolero and his metal shop. JAMES MELVIN joined us on Planet Earth in 1947 in a land known as California before spending time in another land called Texas. James later morphed into Jim Messina, musician, songwriter, […]

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Suzi Quatro

Feb 2019 Suzi Quatro

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By Jim Stewart EVEN in the highly adrenaline-fuelled music business, it’s rare to find a bundle of energy on a par with Suzi Quatro. The American rock vocalist has successfully worked as a musician for more than 50 years, delivering with unbridled energy her greatest hits such as ‘Can The Can’, ‘48 Crash’, ‘Devil Gate Drive’, ‘If...

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Desecration – Sacrilege

Feb 2019 Desecration – Sacrilege

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WHILE the recently released Buddy Holly CD album ‘ TRUE LOVE WAYS – BUDDY HOLLY & THE ROYAL PHILHARMON- IC ORCHESTRA has been a success in the UK pop charts, die-hard Holly fans found the album’s concept hard to swallow. Some might say its success helped to keep Holly’s name and music alive, which maybe...

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Ireland’s first top 10

Feb 2019 Ireland’s first top 10

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Top 10 in Dublin in 1959 was actually 11 By Pat Murphy THIS YEAR marks the 60th anniversary of the first Irish Top 10. On February 12, 1959, Dub­lin’s Evening Herald newspaper launched a chart compiled on its behalf by music columnist Rick O’Shea. To quote: “They tell you what’s top in London and New York. But who tells you what’s...

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Obituary: Paul Barrett

Feb 2019 Obituary: Paul Barrett

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Heartbreaking loss PAUL BARRETT, (pictured) Charlie Gracie’s exclusive Euro­pean agent of 40 years, passed away on January 20. Paul, based in Cardiff, Wales was perhaps the leading purveyor of Roots Rock & Roll and Rockabilly in the UK and throughout Europe. He became CHARLIE GRACIE’s agent in 1979 and created more than 40 UK...

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Who’s been busy

Feb 2019 Who’s been busy

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THE WHO singer Roger Dal­trey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are unleashing the combustible force of The Who, with symphonic accompa­niment this summer at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, July 6, with special guests Eddie Vedder and the Kaiser Chiefs. The Who release their first album of new songs in 13 years...

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Editor’s Beat: Tribute shows don’t fill theatres

Feb 2019 Editor’s Beat: Tribute shows don’t fill theatres

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ALL GOOD things must end, according to some soothsayers. So the era of the 50s, 60s and 70s must end as well, we surmise: but will it? Nowadays, tribute shows are springing up and original artists long gone –and not so long gone – are being resurrected with full orchestral backing. Not all fans think this is a good thing and a way...

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Hall of Fame for The Zombies

Jan 2019 Hall of Fame for The Zombies

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By Martin Hutchinson FINALLY it has happened. The Zombies have at last been inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. The award, voted for by fans and peers, comes after the band has undergone a bit of a change following bassist Jim Rodford’s passing last January. “Jim was a mentor to me,” said founder-member...

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All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

Jan 2019 All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

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By Derek Mead JUDITH DURHAM was born Judith Mavis Cock in Essendon, Victoria, Australia on July 3, 1943. Until 1950, she lived in Essendon and attended the primary school there. From early 1950 she lived in Taroona, Hobart, Tasmania, before returning to Melbourne in 1956. There, she attended Ruyton Girls School before enrolling at...

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Chas the soloist

Dec 2018 Chas the soloist

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CHAS HODGES Talking Elephant Records, TECD138, 2009 By John Firminger STILL remembering the much admired Chas Hodges, to reiter­ate Mike Berry’s comments in his tribute to his pal, Chas really was a musical genius. He certainly displayed that in many ways during his career. A perfect example is the solo self-titled album he...

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More of Cliff’s hidden gems

Dec 2018 More of Cliff’s hidden gems

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By Pat Murphy With 124 Top 40 hits under his belt – 68 of which were Top 10 – it’s inevitable people associate Cliff with his hit records. To many, that’s who he is: nothing less but nothing more. In reality, though, there’s much more. In this sixth and concluding instalment of a series acknowl­edging Cliff’s 60th anniversary in...

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