Chas Hodges – my best friend

By Mike Berry Chas Hodges was probably the most ‘gifted’ musician I ever had the pleasure and good fortune to meet and work with! I met Charles Nicholas Hodges when he was 17 and I was 18. And not long after we started working together, I remember calling him a ‘genius’ in a music paper […]

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Remembering Chas Hodges

By John Firminger THE AMOUNT of publicity in the media announcing the passing of Chas Hodges on September 22 shows how much he was admired and loved by both fans and fellow musicians. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep. It goes without […]

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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Ro...

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black […]

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Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller

Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller who became Britain’s premier song and dance man By Pat Murphy When Tommy Steele steps onto the stage of the London Coliseum this July, it’ll be almost 60 years since he debuted there in a lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. And it isn’t fanciful to regard that long […]

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Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Wa...

Editors Beat with David Parker THE ‘Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been set up by Walk of Fame Media and the owners of Brighton Palace Pier. The permanent ‘free to view’ cultural attraction pays tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJs closely associated with the city and Sussex from the early sixties […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

BILL MUMY as he talks Zorro, cornfields, and Nikola Tesla Boy star to master multi-musician Do you remember a vintage television series called The Twilight Zone? If you said “yes” you will no doubt remember the episode about a six-year-old red- haired, freckle-faced little boy who had the very bizarre power to read minds. Even […]

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Everlasting sound of music and rhythm

Breakfast with: Steve Ellis “MAYBE if we live long enough, we grow into what we always wanted to be. “Just maybe, if we stick at what we love, it’ll come around and come good. Steve Ellis has earned the right to sing the Blues if he wants. And sing it he does!” Paul Weller IT […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Peter Noone

Hi, Noone Share a Cuppa Tea with PETER NOONE as he talks about aging, broken hearts, and cats and dogs Peter Noone is fond of referring to himself as Peter NO-ONE. Well, he is not a no-one but, indeed, a SOME-ONE, and I had the pleasure of sharing a big cuppa tea with the ever […]

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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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Psychedelia star Marty Balin dies

Oct 2018 Psychedelia star Marty Balin dies

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By James Stewart Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane guitarist and co-founder has died, aged 76. The San Francisco psychedelic rock band was founded in 1965 and Marty helped create their 1960s albums, including Surrealistic Pillow and Volunteers. Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady said: “He was a great songwriter and singer who...

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Aretha remembered

Oct 2018 Aretha remembered

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By Jim Stewart On August 16, we lost someone special: Aretha Franklin, has been like an ever-present friend of mine for the past 55 years. A true legend, the like of which we will never see again. Music is only part of her legacy; she was also prominent in the Civil Rights struggle, continuing to work and challenge for equality...

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Verity, one of the names behind the names

Oct 2018 Verity, one of the names behind the names

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By Robert Ruiz John Verity began his music career in the 1960s. By the spring of 1970, John was living and working in the US, doing prestigious support slots with many of the big names of the day, including Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat, Savoy Brown, and Janis Joplin. The John Verity Band, formed in Miami later that year. On...

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Eve still wants ‘To Teach The World To Sing’

Oct 2018 Eve still wants ‘To Teach The World To Sing’

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By Peter Robertson A familiar singer from decades gone by is making a courageous comeback. Forty-seven years ago, Scottish singer Eve Graham shot to international stardom as lead vocalist with the clean-cut super-group The New Seekers. Now aged 75, Eve is about to release a new solo album entitled A Matter Of Time, and in Spring,...

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Sixties sounds inspired by family

Oct 2018 Sixties sounds inspired by family

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A young band used family inspiration to revive the sounds of the 60s. The Tyneside band celebrates 60s music but the members were born in the 80s. Now a professional 60s tribute band, The Moonbeats, are four Tyneside based musicians in their late 20s and early 30s. Inspiration from their parents and a love of the music of the time...

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Cliff the duetist

Oct 2018 Cliff the duetist

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By Pat Murphy The fifth installment in an occasional series marking Cliff’s 60th anniversary in the music business. The focus this time is on Cliff the duetist, a career dimension that blossomed in the 1980s. Interestingly, all of the tracks mentioned are ones where Cliff was invited to guest on other people’s projects. While the...

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Club band or concert artists?

Aug 2018 Club band or concert artists?

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THE BLACK funk music sounds of six off-white Scottish musicians has been arousing a deal of enthusiastic comment. By Richard Green IN TERMS of hard work, the Average White Band must be near the top of the big league lately. Almost exactly a year ago they were invited to America to back Bonnie Bramlett on her solo album, they began...

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Sailor returns?

Aug 2018 Sailor returns?

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THE BAND SAILOR’S last chart entry – the humorous One Drink Too Many, in 1977, possibly led to their break-up in 1980. Georg formed the eclectic band Data, Grant became a teacher, Henry composed music for film and TV, and Phil Pickett had success as keyboard player with Culture Club, and co-wrote their massive hit Karma...

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The Beat on tour

Aug 2018 The Beat on tour

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THE BEAT, starring Dave Wakeling, performed around the UK from May 25 to June 17. From the late seventies into the early eighties, The Beat was one of the biggest bands around. Their first two albums got to No.3 in the charts and they garnered no less than five Top Ten singles hits, including Mirror In The Bathroom and a brace of...

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Proby in love?

Aug 2018 Proby in love?

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THE LATE Dean Martin is a legend, an absolute all- time great comedian, singer and actor. He was born and named Dino Paul Crocetti on June 17, 1917, in Ohio, USA to Italian immigrant parents. At the age of 17, he started singing and enjoyed doing it very much. In the late 1930s, after singing for about four years under his real...

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