Breakfast with: Clarke – ex Hollies

By Martin Hutchinson ALLAN CLARKE, one of the most distinguished voices in British music history, is set for a dramatic return to the musical frontline – and no one is more than surprised than Allan himself. ‘Resurgence’ is the title of Allan Clarke’s new solo album, and as a title it couldn’t be more apt. […]

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Breakfast with: P P Arnold

THE MID-SIXTIES was a boom time for Soul Music in the UK. By Jim Stewart Tamla Motown and Stax were becoming the dominant sounds, opening the door for R&B artists galore to be picked up by promoters and brought over to the UK for package and club tours. Many found the audiences more appreciative, knowledgeable […]

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Share a cuppa tea with…

IAN ANDERSON of Jethro Tull. Join Ian as we discuss the Eagle, puppies, and being a cautious adventurer. By Jane Quinn A singer and composer, Ian Anderson is also a multi-instrumentalist, including acoustic and electric guitars, saxophone, percussion, keyboards, bagpipe, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, violin, balalaika, clarinet and a large variety of whistles. He is the […]

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Elkie stays as young as she wants to

AS EACH summer approaches, we are offered more and more music festivals to enjoy. Cornbury Music Festival, in Oxfordshire between July 5 and 7 is the perfect one for me. I was offered a choice of artists to talk to about the event and I opted for another chat with ELKIE BROOKS, celebrating 60 years as a professional singer very soon.

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Connie Francis – living the American dr...

CONNIE FRANCIS was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1938. She is described as the original Italian-American queen of pop; the most successful international female vocalist of the 1950s and 1960s; the first female teenager to register a UK No.1 single, and the first female solo artist to top the UK album chart.

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Behind the mic – Golden days before the...

JOURNALIST and broadcaster Alan Thompson has worked in BBC and independent radio in a senior capacity and was one of a handful of Brits who made their professional broadcasting début in the United States.

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2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the ...

P J PROBY appears to have brought his career to a sudden halt after an off-the-record chat with a freelance journalist who saw fit to publish the raucus claims and remarks. What is the real story?

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Obituary: Dr John

LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack. The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie […]

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MATTHEW FISHER of Procol Harum as he talks about Helen Shapiro, secrets, and the light fandango. By Jane Quinn Matthew Charles Fisher is a classically- trained English musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing and playing the Hammond organ on the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum, Naturally, […]

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Gold still glistens on the tours

Sep 2019 Gold still glistens on the tours

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By Martin Hutchinson THE END of the year is replete with great tours, one of which is the annual 60s Gold Tour. This years’ line-up consists of five of the very best from the sixties: Hermans Hermits, The Merseybeats, Marmalade, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, and Steve Ellis’ Love Affair. The tour starts on September 27 and...

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P J versus T J – Jimmy versus Tommy

Sep 2019 P J versus T J – Jimmy versus Tommy

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By Ron Tennant Part two. Two great 60s male vocalists who were rivals but also good mates. Some of the things P J and T J did together after their first meeting in mid March,1965. TOM SAID in February, 1965: “I am not trying to copy P J Proby. I’ve only worn a bow in my hair once and my latest group, The Squires, laughed themselves...

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Duets, duettists duos: Entertaining the listening public

Sep 2019 Duets, duettists duos: Entertaining the listening public

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By Derek Mead THERE has always been doubt and sometimes cynicism about musical/vocal duets available to the listening public many of which have become famous only by repetitive playing and overstated publicity. Currently, the media offers offers a very limited menu – for example, Kiki Dee and Elton John singing Don’t Go...

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From the era of modern music to an era long past

Sep 2019 From the era of modern music to an era long past

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By Derek Mead A Jo Stafford tribute MANY MUSIC lovers of a certain age living in a now unacceptable world of rock and roll – and many strange musical influences – are more and more looking back over their years of listening to their favourite artistes who sang and played in a timeless era of pure voices and musical treasure. In...

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Early rock ‘n’ rollers in the country market

Sep 2019 Early rock ‘n’ rollers in the country market

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By Pat Murphy GIVEN the origins of rock ‘n’ roll, you’d expect its early exponents would’ve got some traction in the country market. But that wasn’t generally the case. Elvis Presley was an exception. In fact, he cracked the country charts a good half-year before making it in the pop world. And between 1957 and 1961, the Everly...

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Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

Sep 2019 Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

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NEWEST members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Zombies embark on another US tour including a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They join Brian Wilson for a series of concerts and featuring The Zombies original and current line-ups. Cruising in a few months “On The Blue Cruise”, is seven...

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Statue seeks peace setting

Sep 2019 Statue seeks peace setting

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THE FUTURE of the statue of John Lennon, currently wowing the crowds at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall was in question when the exhibition finished at the end of August. The life-size bronze statue – also displayed at this year’s Glastonbury Festival – shows Lennon leaning on the CND sign with the word ‘Imagine’ on the...

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Canned Heat bassist dies

Sep 2019 Canned Heat bassist dies

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LARRY TAYLOR, bassist of 60s rock band Canned Heat has died aged 77 at his home in Lake Balboa, California, on August 19 after a 12-year battle with cancer. Larry is on albums by The Monkees, John Mayall and Tom Waits, Albert King, Leo Kottke, The Blasters and Sunnyland Slim. He began his music career aged 18, touring with rock...

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What might have been?

Sep 2019 What might have been?

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By David Parker LIVING a long time gives us the opportunity to look back on our lives and our ups-and downs, best and worst moments. For many of us, the deaths of performers 60 years on, who gave us so much pleasure in our younger days, has left a lasting impression, especially when remembering those who died young in accidents...

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Backbeat legend: Doris Day

Jul 2019 Backbeat legend: Doris Day

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Last month, JOHN FIRMINGER looked back at the life of the true legend Doris Day, who died in May. This month, DEREK MEAD recalls her life in music and films.

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