Jackie Trent: Being me

FROM the music halls of Stoke-on-Trent to topping the charts with Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark, singer-songwriter Jackie Trent finally shares her colourful life in her fascinating new autobiography. “[Their songs] changed my life. They changed the whole course of my career.” Petula Clark ‘Being Me’ charts, for the first time, the glittering career of […]

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Yesterday is back with Cupid’s Terry

ORIGINAL founder-members of the 1968 successful pop recording group Cupid’s Inspiration have reformed. Cupid’s Inspiration had big hits in 1968 that topped the British charts – Yesterday Has Gone and My World followed by Dream, including best album in 1969. The band has reformed under the name Cupid’s with the original voice of Terry Rice-Milton. […]

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Shakin’ all over

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN – a Tribute to Shakin’ Stevens’ is live at theatres in the UK. The 80s Welsh answer to Elvis finally has his own tribute show with all the hits, including ‘This Ol’ House’, ‘Green Door’, ‘Oh Julie’. The rags to riches story is based on his 40 hits, starring Rebel Dean. The […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric chats about many things including Tom Petty, secrets, and plynths. REMEMBER that legendary song The Whole Wide World? Of course you do. Written by singer/songwriter/musician Wreckless Eric, it has been covered by many artists including The Monkees, Elvis Costello, Marilyn Manson, The Proclaimers, Amanda Palmer, Will Ferrell, plus others and is a hit […]

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TV teen show pioneer dies

JACK GOOD died on September 24, apparently without much of a fanfare. The early British TV producer whose shows included Six-Five Special and Oh Boy!, also found and managed UK rock ‘n’ roll stars Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, and Cliff Richard, and is also behind the legacy of P J Proby in the UK, having […]

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Sharing a cuppa with Alan Clayson

Sharing a cuppa tea with…. Alan Clayson of The Argonauts as he discusses Elvis and Elvis, monkeys, and new projects talks about fear, Beatles, and tattoos. Well, as I grew up in the American cornfields, I never suspected one day I would share a cuppa tea with a genuine Argonaut. But here we are, chatting […]

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Wind of heaven to pass on tour

By Martin Hutchinson “I CAN’T remember his name, but he sang Nights In White Satin,” said Jeff Wayne when he was casting his legendary album ‘The Musical Version of The War of the Worlds’. He wanted the perfect voice for the song Forever Autumn and he thought the voice of The Moody Blues was perfect. […]

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‘Win a city break to Hamburg,’

On October 20 and 21, Hamburg on Tour visits London to show off what Hamburg has to offer. Visitors can experience what the Hamburg festival region offers – something for every taste – from metal to jazz, rock to classic music. London will host to a one-of-a-kind pop up event in Shoreditch to showcase one […]

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Looking back: 60s pop star Steve Ellis, Lov...

Looking back: 60s pop star Steve Ellis, Love Affair Legend! There I’ve said it. From a No.1 single in 1968 with the iconic tune ‘Everlasting Love’, singing with his then band, Love Affair, to other Top Twenty hits like ‘Rainbow Valley’ and ‘Bringing on Back the Good Times’. In one form or the other, Steve […]

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No studio trickery – just live recording

Jul 2017 No studio trickery – just live recording

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DREAMGIRLS: ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING. SONY CLASSICAL: 88985429492 (2CD SET) WHEN I first heard Jennifer Holiday sing ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, I was completely blown away. I had to have more, the Complete’ Dreamgirls’ Broadway Cast Recording quickly followed, maintaining my love of the music, and I waited...

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‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ SHARON SEXTON INTERVIEW

Jul 2017 ‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ SHARON SEXTON INTERVIEW

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By Jim Stewart AS YOU read this, the most eagerly-awaited theatrical event of the year will have just started a two-week season of previews ahead of the West End. Opening Night on June 20, at THE LONDON COLISEUM, home of The English National Opera, JIM STEINMAN’s ‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ may seem an unlikely production for...

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New stars needed, says Jane

Jul 2017 New stars needed, says Jane

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It is almost 20 years since 54-year-old Jane McDonald made a splash with the BBC TV docu-soap The Cruise. This month, she returned to the town that brought her to the public’s attention with a show called Making Memories. Since cruising out of Southampton waters in the 1990s, Jane McDonald has built a career of live shows and album...

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Board members reform

May 2017 Board members reform

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Ken Knox has kept the legacy of the legendary Chairmen of The Board alive after the 2010 death of General Johnson. He continued to record songs true to the group’s past, even as they pave a new way. Ken said he was fulfilling a promise made to General Johnson and Danny Woods to continue their legacy, with new members Thomas Hunter...

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Open air Quo plays acoustic and electric

May 2017 Open air Quo plays acoustic and electric

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By Martin Hutchinson Recent events seemed to put the future of Status Quo in doubt. The passing of Rick Parfitt on Christmas Eve, 2016, could possibly have put an end to the band, but as front-man and last-remaining founder member Francis Rossi told me, this is far from the truth. “Everything’s alright at the moment in the camp....

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Rolling with the flow of Monkee business

May 2017 Rolling with the flow of Monkee business

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By Ian Ravendale The story of Michael Nesmith’s November 1975 one and only UK tour “How do you want the stage lights?” “Just turn them on.” “Light? Bright? Dark? Flashing?” “No. Lights on.” “Bright? You want them bright?” “Just on.” The pair playing out...

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Back to basics for Billie & Co.

May 2017 Back to basics for Billie & Co.

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Billie Davis is in Spain for the week of Sunday, April 30 to May 7, but returns for her new stage touring show at the Gordon Craig in Stevenage on May 11. During the show, Alan Warner, and Iain ‘Hound-dog’ Terry perform tributes, playing Nivram. (Marvyn backwards, according to Billie.) On drums is John Tuck of The...

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Collecting The Beatles vinyl

Apr 2017 Collecting The Beatles vinyl

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You have probably seen the TV ad for ‘THE BEATLES VINYL COLLECTION’, a new 23 ‘partwork’ series of every original Beatles album on 180 vinyl, plus all of the Anthology, Live At The BBC, Past Masters and other significant compilations of the bands material. With a magazine detailing either the recording sessions of the accompanying...

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Starry line-up for Gillingham Festival 2017

Apr 2017 Starry line-up for Gillingham Festival 2017

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Gillingham Festival returns with a line-up that includes poet and witty observer Pam Ayres, rock composer Rick Wakeman, folk singer Cara Dillon, guitar maestro Gary Ryan and Paul Jones with the Manfreds.  The festival, based for 2017 mainly at Gillingham School and the Methodist church, in the Dorset town, runs from June 30 to July...

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Manic years of manic screaming fans were Merrill’s wake-up call

Apr 2017 Manic years of manic screaming fans were Merrill’s wake-up call

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By Martin Hutchinson Once Osmondmania had run its course, the various brothers embarked upon solo careers. After Alan and Wayne, Merrill was the middle of the five original performing brothers. Jay was born two years after Merrill, and Donny came two years after that, and thet were heavily influenced by country music. As well as...

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