Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

Oct 2019 Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

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BEHIND THE MIC – PAUL BURNETT (Former Radio Luxembourg and Caroline DJ) By Ian Woolley Many disc jockeys harbour a secret ambition to also have a hit record. But Paul Burnett’s appearance on Top Of The Pops dressed as a chicken takes some beating. More of that later… Paul’s radio career started in 1962 when he was out in Aden...

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Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ roll road

Oct 2019 Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ roll road

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By Ian Woolley Showaddywaddy started out in 1973 and their first hit was in the following year with Hey Rock N’Roll . Theyhave been on the road continuously since then, bringing joy with their infectious doo-wop covers and rock ‘n’roll staples to fans all over the world. Now in their 46th year, I met their original drummer Romeo...

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Maddy spans the years

Oct 2019 Maddy spans the years

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By Martin Hutchinson Folk legends Steel eye Span are in a celebratory mood as they are about to set off on a 20-date UK tour to commemorate their 50th Anniversary! Many members have come and gone, but vocalist Maddy Prior is still there, as she was back in 1969. Speaking from her home, Maddy expresses an unusual emotion about the...

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Way back when… Boney M

Oct 2019 Way back when… Boney M

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By Derek Mead Boney M has a complicated background, almost political, and covering many countries. But after a brief introduction, we will move away from that scenario and concentrate solely on their music which, to say the least, is melodic dramatic and totally enjoyable. The group has been described in many ways including its...

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When it was Cliff versus Elvis

Oct 2019 When it was Cliff versus Elvis

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By Pat Murphy If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember when the pre-eminent chart rivalry was between Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley. From the time Elvis came out of the army in early 1960 until the Beatles arrived in 1963, schoolyard debates about pop music invariably gravitated towards the question of who you were for:...

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Breakfast with: Steve Ellis

Oct 2019 Breakfast with: Steve Ellis

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By Derek Mead This is a short story about the London-based pop and soul group formed in 1966 and active until 1971. There were five appearances in the UK Singles Chart with Everlasting Love reaching UK No.1 for two weeks with 12 weeks in the UK Top 40 and in the Top 10 in seven other countries, with sales to date of more than 10...

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Martika’s back in town

Oct 2019 Martika’s back in town

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By James Stewart One of the brightest stars to emerge during the ’80s was MARTIKA, formerly a child actress with a TV series and a role in the movie ‘Annie’ to her credit, who released two million- selling albums and equally huge singles before completely disappearing from the scene. I always thought the sixties was all about...

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Who goes on tour

Oct 2019 Who goes on tour

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The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. From the mid-1960s, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music’s most passionate followings and the band was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The...

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The next best thing?

Oct 2019 The next best thing?

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By David Parker As time goes by, we have to learn to live with many changes. It is difficult to accept second best, necessary when the first choice is no longer available. It applies in all or most things, but in show business the stars are one-offs, never to be repeated. So when we get the choice of hearing our favourite music...

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Oct 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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Suzi Quatro as she tells us what’s new, all about her Happy Days, and love of Scrabble. By Jane Quinn She is a singer/songwriter/bass player/percussionist/author/actress/radio presenter/poet/trailblazer/multi-instrumentalist/Gemini…She was the first woman to become a major rock star. Who else could my guest be other than Suzi...

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