The ‘real’ P J Proby and the link...

Two great 60s male vocalists, who were rivals but also good mates. Some more things friends and rivals, P J and T J did together, after they first met in early 1965. Final part: more things they did together plus info about some of their mutual pals.

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Breakfast with: Carly Simon

The life and career of Carly Simon. Her international singles.

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Glenn’s in a purple patch

By Martin Hutchinson FORMER Deep Purple bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes returns to his homeland to perform his Deep Purple Legacy show. Glenn was poached from the funk-rock band Trapeze in 1973 when just 20 years old, and as bassist and co-lead vocalist with Deep Purple, spent the next three years touring the world and […]

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Way back when… Laura Ann Branigan

A TRIBUTE HER SONGS HER SUCCESS HER HOPES MOST OF ALL – GLORIA

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Behind the mic – Tony Blackburn

By Ian Woolley MOVING from Guildford to Bournemouth at a very early age, how did Tony Blackburn get into the music business. “I started performing at the Bournemouth Pavilion ballroom at 19 with the resident orchestra there for about three years as their singer. Then came Tony Blackburn & The Swinging Bells and we had […]

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Breakfast with: Original Album Collections

By James Stewart LAST MONTH, Graham Hunter told us of the pleasure and satisfaction compiling retrospective collections for RPM Records had given him. Their policy had allowed him to go beyond the regular size sets you would expect for the artists and include one, possibly two extra discs of either rare, unissued or alternative takes […]

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Brian Hyland as he talks about The Grassy Knoll, Flash Gordon, and The Three Stooges. By Jane Quinn I was nine years old when I first heard Brian Hyland sing Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. He was 16 (an older man), and I loved that record. By the time I was evolving […]

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Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

BEHIND THE MIC – PAUL BURNETT (Former Radio Luxembourg and Caroline DJ) By Ian Woolley Many disc jockeys harbour a secret ambition to also have a hit record. But Paul Burnett’s appearance on Top Of The Pops dressed as a chicken takes some beating. More of that later… Paul’s radio career started in 1962 when […]

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Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ ...

By Ian Woolley Showaddywaddy started out in 1973 and their first hit was in the following year with Hey Rock N’Roll . Theyhave been on the road continuously since then, bringing joy with their infectious doo-wop covers and rock ‘n’roll staples to fans all over the world. Now in their 46th year, I met their […]

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The Glitter Band

Nov 2019 The Glitter Band

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By Ian Woolley “All that glitters is not gold”, an aphorism which means that not everything that is precious or true turns out to be so. For the Glitter Band this was to prove very ironic. Originally, they started as the Mike Leander Showband back in 1965, when they backed a lot of artists on tour. Founder Glitter Band member John...

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BackBeat: Ladies in the Country rhythm

Nov 2019 BackBeat: Ladies in the Country rhythm

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Country ladies who topped the pops

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Four hours of Eric Clapton live

Nov 2019 Four hours of Eric Clapton live

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NEARLY four hours of live performances by Eric Clapton and his music festival are on vinyl for the first time. A six-LP Collection features 40 tracks with performances by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B B King, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Steve...

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Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates one billion YouTube views

Nov 2019 Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates one billion YouTube views

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TO CELEBRATE “Bohemian Rhapsody” becoming the first pre-1990s video to reach one billion views on YouTube, Queen and YouTube Music worked together with Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records to enlist the band’s loyal fans from around the world. They helped create new, user- generated fan music videos for three of the...

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Confessions of the metal god

Nov 2019 Confessions of the metal god

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ROB HALFORD’S one-of-a-kind autobiography ‘Confess’ is to be published in hardback in Autumn, 2020. Rob is the frontman of Judas Priest, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, with more than 50 million albums sold worldwide. Known as ‘The Metal God’ by his global fan base, ‘Confess’ gives...

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Three great bands together on one tour

Nov 2019 Three great bands together on one tour

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WHITESNAKE and Foreigner touring the UK in 2020 alongside special guests Europe. Tickets went on sale on Friday, November 8, at LiveNation.co.uk The tour starts on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in London and goes on to Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester. Whitesnake and Foreigner have a catalogue that spans the decades...

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Robin’s son does the BGs

Nov 2019 Robin’s son does the BGs

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R J GIBB’S spectacular new music show is planned to tour the UK. Following in Dad’s footsteps, he will be singing his own songs and celebrating the hit songs of his father Robin Gibb and the Bee Gees, with ‘special guests’ performing their own songs and glamorous dancers performing hits from ‘Saturday Night...

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When it was Cliff versus Elvis

Oct 2019 When it was Cliff versus Elvis

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By Pat Murphy If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember when the pre-eminent chart rivalry was between Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley. From the time Elvis came out of the army in early 1960 until the Beatles arrived in 1963, schoolyard debates about pop music invariably gravitated towards the question of who you were for:...

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Martika’s back in town

Oct 2019 Martika’s back in town

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By James Stewart One of the brightest stars to emerge during the ’80s was MARTIKA, formerly a child actress with a TV series and a role in the movie ‘Annie’ to her credit, who released two million- selling albums and equally huge singles before completely disappearing from the scene. I always thought the sixties was all about...

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Who goes on tour

Oct 2019 Who goes on tour

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The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. From the mid-1960s, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music’s most passionate followings and the band was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The...

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