Glam bands battle it out

Jan 2014 Glam bands battle it out

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SLADE & SWEET The Palace Theatre, Manchester Wednesday, December 4. IT was a battle of the Glam bands at the Palace Theatre, as Slade took on Sweet in a no-holds-barred contest.   Sweet were up first with a full hour of excellent music. The original guitarist Andy Scott held things together while bandmates Pete Lincoln (lead...

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Goin’ back – early days

Jan 2014 Goin’ back – early days

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By John Firminger   Continuing our monthly visit to the cinema, when I went to see this month’s selection, ‘Disc Jockey Jamboree’ (its UK title) from 1957, I discovered it was on with ‘The Green-Eyed Blonde’ which had an ‘A’ certificate, which meant I couldn’t get in unaccompanied by an adult.   Keen to see the film, I did what all...

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Hall of Fame bid for Epstein

Jan 2014 Hall of Fame bid for Epstein

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 By Robert Rush   Greetings from Across the Pond, and all best wishes for a healthy, happy and rockin’ 2014! Here’s what’s happening:   In America, we’re calling 2014 “The Beatles’ 50th Anniversary.” Now, you and I know that’s not really the case, but apparently the US media is looking at it from a typically American,...

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When was Bobby born?

Jan 2014 When was Bobby born?

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BOBBY DAY (1928?), the first Black American rock ‘n’ roller to visit the UK on the strength of the 70s/80s revival, seems to have a variable birth date.   Bobby played one show at The Powerhouse, Birmingham, promoted by Colin Silcocks, with backing from Welsh band ‘The Red Hot Pokers’. New movie ‘Last Vegas’, starring Michael...

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R&B 50th anniversary

Jan 2014 R&B 50th anniversary

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THE BLUESCLUB Band opens 2014 at The Eel Pie Club, Twickenham on Thursday, January 9.   Later in the month, Chimes International launch the 50th anniversary Ultimate Rhythm and Blues tour starting at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.   The Eel Pie’s club gig will be a rip-roaring start to 2014! Bluesclub’s star line-up is Guy...

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Mike makes his mark in the USA

Jan 2014 Mike makes his mark in the USA

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 I get emails from all over and some of them are quite surprising for the news they report.   Here’s a typical one from a reader in the United States.   “Mike Pender has asked me to forward to you some pictures and a couple of messages from fans who were at the BigE Festival in West Springfield, Massachusetts that he was...

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Shock death of Phil Everly

Jan 2014 Shock death of Phil Everly

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Phil Everly who, with his brother Don, formed the influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including The Beatles and Bob Dylan, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday, January 3. He was 74.   Full obituary in February issue of The Beat....

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New album catches the wind for Donovan

Jan 2014 New album catches the wind for Donovan

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By Ralph Gowling   Donovan decided to go back to Nashville, Tennessee to record his latest album because the now iconic American music hub was where it all started for him with ‘Catch The Wind’.   “I never forgot Nashville and I knew I would go back to Nashville one day with a set of songs I have kept in my jean’s back pocket,”...

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The standard is Essex

Jan 2014 The standard is Essex

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David Essex: Live At The BIC, Bournemouth   Wienerworld DVD: WNRD 2579   With a career stretching back almost 50 years David Essex: Live At The BIC, Bournemouth is an excellent reminder of the standard Essex set across a number of genres that far exceed his recording legacy.   Recorded during his ‘Secret Tour’ in 2009, he has never...

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Actor with writing talents

Jan 2014 Actor with writing talents

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By Jim Stewart   Arriving in Los Angeles in a dubious mode of transport with aspirations of becoming an actor, Paul Williams was initially unsuccessful in auditions to become either a Monkee or a Mouseketeer.    But acting roles soon followed, and unforeseen opportunities led him to a career as a singer/ songwriter spanning 45...

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Happy days are here again

Jan 2014 Happy days are here again

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As we enter 2014, the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, unveils the strongest season for quite a while.   Not only is there something for everyone, but the theatre has the best of the new productions, returning favourites, plus the cream of original, tribute and comedy acts.   January opens with ‘HAPPY DAYS’ (January 11-18), the...

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Mae makes her own mark in music

Jan 2014 Mae makes her own mark in music

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With a professional singing career spanning four decades, Mae McKenna has worked in every conceivable genre of music at the highest level.   She made her first album when only 17 years old as lead singer with Contraband on the legendary Transatlantic label. Mae has since recorded five critically- acclaimed solo albums – three...

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Keith is frank elder statesman

Jan 2014 Keith is frank elder statesman

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The iconic life and career of the famed guitarist of The Rolling Stones is detailed in a compilation of interviews that spans the past 50 years.   Featuring articles from GQ, Melody Maker, and Rolling Stone, with interviews never previously in print, it charts Keith Richards’s journey from gauche, young pretender and swaggering...

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Message from Dave Munden:

Jan 2014 Message from Dave Munden:

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“On January 17, I am going into hospital to have a double knee replacement operation. I should be in for about five days and then I will be recuperating for anywhere from six weeks up to three months. I hope it will only be six weeks.   “I will not be able to play drums for quite a while, but I have asked Mark Ellen of Vanity...

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Message from Brian Poole

Jan 2014 Message from Brian Poole

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Hi All Just finished touring all over the UK with my good friend Chip Hawkes   When we first met, it was at a time when our music was very popular, and even the clothes we wore were given to us by some of the top King’s Road fashion designers.   That was 50 years ago (before my time, oh! OK, no it wasn’t). Ever since we...

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Sporting gesture from Elton

Jan 2014 Sporting gesture from Elton

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Sir Elton John CBE gives a live solo performance at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire this summer to help young Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls striving to achieve their sporting ambitions.   SportsAid hopes to raise £500,000 to create a new athlete fund with Sir Elton John, whose support for the charity dates back to its founding years...

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It’s tough at the bottom – and the top!

Jan 2014 It’s tough at the bottom – and the top!

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By David Parker   Here, at The Beat office, through emails and letters, and at shows, we listen to readers and fans expressing their views on the replica music they hear.   Some say they are glad the music lives on after all these years: others say the groups should not pass themselves of as originals, even if they still have...

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Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

Jan 2014 Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

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Dozy speaks out Three original members, Tich, Dozy, (Mick) and Beaky By Ralph Gowling   Dozy Ward-Davies of Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich has become the latest star to raise the vexed question of original artists in acts.   “We are still rocking and rolling into another year with a two-month tour starting on the 3rd of...

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Golden sixties moments

Jan 2014 Golden sixties moments

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We went to the second house of Sixties Gold at Leeds on November 3 and it was full.

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Band in top form

Jan 2014 Band in top form

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CD review Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live   MANY Deep Purple fans regard the Mark II line-up (Gillan, Blackmore, Paice, Glover & Lord) as the ‘classic’ of the band and were saddened when they split.   In 1984, that line-up announced a reunion and there was much rejoicing among the fans. More joy came when the Perfect...

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