Editors Beat with David Parker

Apr 2018 Editors Beat with David Parker

‘BIG GIRLS Don’t Cry‘ is a show claiming to celebrate the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
The publicity states: ‘Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band’. The group sold 100 million records worldwide: ‘the internationally acclaimed show authentically revives the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest. It showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos, and features his solo hits Grease, Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin’, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Who Loves You. It would be interesting to see if the tribute bands do make up for the sounds that are fading from the real originals. Can you tell me?

Odyssey in Brum

SEVENTIES and eighties dance music group ODYSSEY
with special guests JAKI GRAHAM & voice of ROSE ROYCE Gwen Dickey were in
New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham on Sunday, April 1.
Classic hits Use it Up Wear It Out, Car Wash, Could it Be I’m Falling in Love and Going Back to My Roots were among the non-stop hits performed back-to-back by the three dance music legends in the new Soul Unlimited compilation show. Gwen Dickey performed Rose Royce’s number one single Wishing on a Star.
Jaki Graham achieved a Guinness World Record for being the first black British female solo artists to record six consecutive Top 20 hits including Could it be I’m Falling in Love, Set Me Free, Breaking Away, Round and Around and Step Right Up.

Bowie in sculture
THE FIRST David Bowie sculpture was unveiled today in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Andrew Sinclair who created the statue, said: “I am a lifelong fan of David Bowie and I am honoured to immortalise such a globally iconic figure. I broke the rules on this project; I wanted my sculpture to tell a story rather than be a static tribute.
“There was so much choice in deciding how to best create the tribute. I settled on showing the final version of David, the content family man, looking back on his slighted, crazed younger self as Ziggy Stardust.
The statue was unveiled in Aylesbury by Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment who worked with Bowie on his last two albums. Rob described the statue as “beautiful”.
“I thought it would be one figurine and it’s actually a complete compendium of his life,” he said.

THIS PIANO DAY was on March 29.
Decca Classics and Steinway & Sons wanted pianists to post short video clips on social media playing the piano, using #PianoDayChallenge and tagging three friends in the post, asking them to do the same, for a chance to win a Steinway mug and a signed copy of Alfred Brendel’s new album!
Why not a drum day or guitar day or any other instrument? I’m sure some big name bangers such as Barry Whitwam, Paul Francis and John Firminger would be on their stools for a spot of fun drum.

Mark’s tribute to Sir Ken
“SO GOOD to meet up with Ken Dodd again at a party in Buckingham Palace in 2016.
“I sang at several Sunday concerts during the sixties when he was top of the bill. A genius, he stood alone as our greatest characterful comedian: forever etched in the memories of those of us who not only worked with him but got to see him work and what a pro.
“Very fond memories. Top of the tree. RIP and thank you, Doddy.”
Mark Wynter

Collectors’ Beats
WE HAVE all ‘The Beat Goes On’ issues from the very start, October 1996, 190 issues, plus one reprint because that issue had got smudged during printing.
We also have every issue of The Beat from 2002 – 46 issues up to December 2017.
We would like £100 for them, plus postage and packing unless it is local and delivery could be arranged.
Kathy Lawrence 07599 058910 klawrence08@btinternet.com

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