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Toyah and Hazel – electric ladies of th...

By Ian Woolley On the eve of their first UK tour together for many years, we caught up with two true survivors of the punk era – Toyah Wilcox & Hazel O’Connor. The latter recently underwent a knee operation so was recuperating at her home in the South of France where she splits her time […]

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Kiki Dee – still loving and free

By Ian Woolley For 25 years, Kiki Dee has toured with celebrated guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, in which time they have written and recorded several albums together with their new one due out later in the year. Back in 1994, they first got together after being introduced through a friend. Born Pauline Matthews in Yorkshire in […]

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Steve’s on an odyssey

BackBeat: Odyssey – Native New Yorker By Martin Hutchinson DISCO legends Odyssey are taking their party night around the country in what promises to be an energetic and boogie-licious experience. Odyssey was one of the most successful soul/disco acts from the late 70s to the 80s. The hit run started in 1977 with Native New […]

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A Mann and his music

Backbeat: Manfred – the timeline By Derek Mead Manfred Mann was bom in 1940 and has been active as a UK musician from 1961. 1962 – 1963; Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers 1962 to 1963 then changed name to 1962 – 1969 Manfred Mann 1963 to 1969 during which time vocalists were Paul Jones 62-66 then Mike […]

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Andy’s non-rock collectibles

By Pat Murphy Andy Williams was a consummate albums artiste. If you were searching for the quintessential non-rock American album artiste of the 1960s/70s, Andy Williams would definitely be on your shortlist. Between 1960 and 1972, he put 19 different albums onto Billboard’s US Top 40. A dozen made the Top 10. In the UK, […]

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Boy bands moved aside for the girls

By Derek Mead AMONG OUR SOUVENIRS: Memories keeping alive the music and songs of the early girl groups’ It was inevitable that after extensive American male and female vocal and musical popularity from the 1950s, highlighted in two recent articles in The Beat, numerous girl groups formed at about the same time – some with […]

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Meet: The Holly ‘s Bobby

By Martin Hutchinson IT’S looking like a great year for fans of The Hollie: not only do they have TWO UK tours to look forward to – one in the Spring and the other in the Sutumn – but the long-awaited autobiography of drummer Bobby Elliott has been published. ‘He Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Story’ […]

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It’s a family affair

by Ian Woolley On the tail end of his current tour at the age of 80, we met Marty in Dorset just a week after celebrating his diamond anniversary. Born Reg Smith, Marty was going to record under the name of Reg Patterson but Larry Parnes had other ideas. “We tossed a coin, not once […]

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What to listen to

Mar 2020 What to listen to

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Two to enjoy STEVE HARLEY UNCOVERED By Jane Quinn Sometimes a song comes along that is just too good to be sung only once. The new Steve Harley album contains many such tunes by composers as eclectic as Lennon/McCartney, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Keith Richards/Mick Jagger, and others. All of this, plus two Harley originals; each...

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Jim Stewart picks out some of the more obscure oldies

Mar 2020 Jim Stewart picks out some of the more obscure oldies

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Loose cannon BETTY DAVIS: THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT’ MVD VISUAL DVD: MVD3032D Before watching ‘THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT’ I knew who BETTY DAVIS was, as I had some singles from the 70s in my collection plus a handful of others across various Funk compilations. But, despite knowing she was so different, I must admit to pretty much...

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Reviews

Mar 2020 Reviews

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Exciting vocalist KAY STARR – The One And Only! (Jasmine JASMCD 2698) Dynamic American vocalist with her third outing from Jasmine. Here, early singles tracks are included with those from a couple of landmark albums for Capitol Records. The first half-dozen rare and collectable tracks are from Kay’s period with RCA...

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Following in her father’s footsteps…

Mar 2020 Following in her father’s footsteps…

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Jim’s Review KIM WILDE ‘The RAK Reissues’ KIM WILDE was always going to be a pop star. Music was in her genes, both parents key figures from the early days of British rock’n’roll, Marty was one of the genre’s first stars, with his popularity showing no signs of waning 60+ years on, her mother, Joyce, a real life Vernons...

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Russell Reviews

Mar 2020 Russell Reviews

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REVIEWS BY Russell Newmark More tracks on The Beatles Book: On Track… The Solo Beatles 1969-1980 By Andrew Wild Sonic Bond Publishing, £14.99 160 pages It was inevitable that, after the Fab Four split up, the individual components would forever have their subsequent activities reported with the words ‘ex-Beatle’ in attendance. This...

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Russell’s Beat Review

Mar 2020 Russell’s Beat Review

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Super super-group? CD: Blind Faith: Hyde Park‘69 London Calling With a collective personnel in which former members of Traffic and Family joined forces with two musicians lately with Cream, an outfit that had been widely described as a supergroup, Blind Faith was effectively a super-supergroup. Much anticipation surrounded the new...

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All charts valid

Mar 2020 All charts valid

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Dear Editor All Charts Valid I read with interest Pat Murphy’s Country 1960 feature in the March 2020 issue of The Beat. While identifying five chart- topping country recordings, he has done a disservice to another two. In Billboard’s listings Skeeter Davis’s ‘(I Can’t Help You) I’m Falling...

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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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