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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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 interview….. because I realised that’s just...

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Remembering Chas Hodges

Oct 2018 Remembering Chas Hodges

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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...

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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Roag Aspinall Best

Oct 2018 Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Roag Aspinall Best

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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 leather years, the up, up...

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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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The Pretty Things meant a lot – farewell

Aug 2018 The Pretty Things meant a lot – farewell

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THE PRETTY THINGS have announced they are retiring from electric performances at the end of the year. All current and forthcoming dates throughout 2018 are being billed as part of a farewell tour. Their announcement read: “I am sorry to tell you that this year will be the band’s last full year of touring. We are playing...

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Diamond sparkles in new show

Aug 2018 Diamond sparkles in new show

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‘A BEAUTIFUL NOISE’ is a lavish new production celebrating the life and music of Neil Diamond, and the show is about to tour the UK and Eire throughout October and November. This joyful celebration will be delivered with an assured virtuosity by the award-winning singer Fisher Stevens. The music of Neil Diamond has been with us for...

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Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

Aug 2018 Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

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By Pat Murphy This is the fourth in a series marking Cliff’s 60th anniversary in the music business. The first three looked at the international dimension of his career and his live performances in the UK, but the focus this time is on the various TV dimensions. FROM the late 1950s through to the 1980s, Cliff was a regular,...

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Record rivals – the producers

Aug 2018 Record rivals – the producers

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By John Firminger RESPONSIBLE for creating the hits – with probably just as many misses – one of the most important, if not THE most important, person in the recording industry is the record producer. Some of them, like George Martin, (top)Norrie Paramor, and even Joe Meek, (centre) have become equally as famous as the artists...

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Gillan and The Javelins back together

Aug 2018 Gillan and The Javelins back together

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EVERY DEEP PURPLE true lover knows how much their magic and powerful style is the result of many different influences brought in by the single members, all merging into the powerful sound loved by millions of rock fans. Ian Gillan’s love for American soul and R&B, as well as skiffle and early rock and roll, has been well...

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Steve gets Gerry’s praise

Aug 2018 Steve gets Gerry’s praise

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STEVE ELLIS sent me a T shirt with the motif Boom! Bang! Twang! –the title of his latest CD compilation. About one of the tracks, Steve said: “Here is a quote from Gerry Marsden about my latest single Don`t let the sun catch you crying. I thought it was very nice.” Gerry wrote: “I’ve been mates with Steve a...

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Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

Aug 2018 Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

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The odds are 7/4 on ABBA to reunite in 2018. The Swedish quartet is rumoured to be preparing set for a reunion before the year’s end. A sensational ABBA comeback could be on the cards this year and Betway odds are as short as 7/4 for the pop group to announce a reunion in 2018. With ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ in the cinemas at...

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