Several bands, but no original singers in them

Mar 2014 Several bands, but no original singers in them

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I was surprised to see Nigel Lees’ rant in The Beat.   Terry Rice Milton may have been the singer on the original (2) hit records of 1968 but he was only in Cupids for two years, choosing to leave before 1970.  The band continued as Cupid’s Inspiration without him from then on.   As I understand it, Terry Rice Milton did...

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Laughter and tears

Mar 2014 Laughter and tears

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SEE HOW THEY RUN   CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY   FEBRUARY 20   When Warwick Davies decided to form The Reduced Height Theatre Company,  he must have thought long and hard about which play would be best for them.   He decided on ‘See How They Run’, a classic wartime farce from 1945 and, judging by the performance of the...

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Simply the best!

Mar 2014 Simply the best!

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I recently went to see a show called ‘The Billy Fury Years’ at the Orchard Theatre, in Dartford, Kent, and it was absolutely sensational and totally out of this world.   The name of the guy who portrayed Billy Fury is Michael King, and he is a performer of outstanding brilliance. I loved every minute of the show and was...

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Rocking in heaven

Mar 2014 Rocking in heaven

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Francis ‘Franny’ Beecher, lead guitarist for Bill Haley and His Comets, died in his sleep last month at a nursing home near Philadelphia. He was 92.   Franny played with Benny Goodman and Buddy Greco before joining Bill Haley and His Comets in 1955, when they helped begin the rock ‘n’ roll era with the worldwide chart-topper...

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Percy Sledge returns after surgery

Mar 2014 Percy Sledge returns after surgery

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Percy Sledge pulled out of a UK tour last month because of liver cancer treatment, but was back to performing at a concert in Jamaica on March 1 after the surgery.   Sledge’s spokesman Mark Lyman said the ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ star underwent a procedure to have a cancerous polyp removed from his liver in...

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They can do the can-can

Mar 2014 They can do the can-can

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was amused to come across the picture above of the group posing for the press outside EMI’s then London HQ when they turned professional in February, 1967.   “Oh for the days when I could still lift my leg up that high!” said Nick,  the only constant member of Pink Floyd since their formation in...

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Marrakesh Express man still riding

Mar 2014 Marrakesh Express man still riding

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David Crosby calls himself a lucky man after he heeded his doctors and underwent a cardiac catheterisation and angiogram last month.   A routine cardiac stress test had shown the left anterior coronary artery was 90% blocked, and two stents were placed to provide blood flow to his heart muscle. David – expected to make a...

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Jack’s back

Mar 2014 Jack’s back

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JACK BRUCE is said to be one of the greatest popular musicians Britain has ever produced.   A supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist, respected by his peers, Jack’s pioneering bass-playing style has influenced successive generations of bassists, including Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius and Sting, and more contemporary...

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Welcome back on stage – Dave Davies!

Mar 2014 Welcome back on stage  – Dave Davies!

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Dave Davies makes a courageous return to performing in the UK after a decade of battling to overcome a stroke when he stages a concert at London’s Barbican on April 11.   The concert follows a highly popular and critically acclaimed series of shows in the US last year which announced to the world that The Kinks’ lead guitarist...

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Ronnie reveals all

Mar 2014 Ronnie reveals all

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By Ralph Gowling   Ronnie Spector presents a special concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday, March 9 chronicling her 50-year career that began when she led The Ronettes to international stardom with hits like ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Baby I Love You’ and ‘Walking In The Rain’.   “Fifty years ago, The Ronettes and I...

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Hermits out and about

Mar 2014 Hermits out and about

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Herman’s Hermits, one of the busiest groups on the Golden Oldies circuit, have embarked on a 50th anniversary tour of the UK.   The group first soared to stardom back in 1964 when they went to No.1 in the UK charts and No.13 in the US charts with ‘I’m Into Something Good’, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.  ...

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Honeycombs have the right to celebrate with a few dates

Mar 2014 Honeycombs have the right to celebrate with a few dates

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The Honeycombs, featuring original leader Martin Murray, perform concerts this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Have I The Right’ topping charts around the world.   Martin, on rhythm guitar just like the hit-making days, lines up on stage with Geoff Thomas (lead vocals), Gayle Fraser (vocals), Martin Donald (lead...

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Freda’s back

Mar 2014 Freda’s back

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“album in the pipeline, ready to release, maybe in time for the tour: also working on autobiography”

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PJ – star act with staying power

Mar 2014 PJ – star act with staying power

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The life of James Marcus Smith

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