Backbeat legend: Doris Day

Jul 2019 Backbeat legend: Doris Day

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Last month, JOHN FIRMINGER looked back at the life of the true legend Doris Day, who died in May. This month, DEREK MEAD recalls her life in music and films.

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Elkie stays as young as she wants to

Jul 2019 Elkie stays as young as she wants to

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AS EACH summer approaches, we are offered more and more music festivals to enjoy. Cornbury Music Festival, in Oxfordshire between July 5 and 7 is the perfect one for me. I was offered a choice of artists to talk to about the event and I opted for another chat with ELKIE BROOKS, celebrating 60 years as a professional singer very soon.

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Connie Francis – living the American dream

Jul 2019 Connie Francis – living the American dream

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CONNIE FRANCIS was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1938. She is described as the original Italian-American queen of pop; the most successful international female vocalist of the 1950s and 1960s; the first female teenager to register a UK No.1 single, and the first female solo artist to top the UK album chart.

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Behind the mic – Golden days before they end

Jul 2019 Behind the mic – Golden days before they end

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JOURNALIST and broadcaster Alan Thompson has worked in BBC and independent radio in a senior capacity and was one of a handful of Brits who made their professional broadcasting début in the United States.

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2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the link to TJ Tom Jones

Jul 2019 2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the link to TJ Tom Jones

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P J PROBY appears to have brought his career to a sudden halt after an off-the-record chat with a freelance journalist who saw fit to publish the raucus claims and remarks.
What is the real story?

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Obituary: Dr John

Jul 2019 Obituary: Dr John

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LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack. The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie and rock...

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Abbey Road 50 years on

Jul 2019 Abbey Road 50 years on

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SEPTEMBER 2019 brings the golden anniversary of The Beatles’ multi-platinum album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. Released in September 1969, it was the end of both the Sixties and allegedly the biggest and greatest band of all time. Now, leading Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn – whose...

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More celeb guitars under the hammer

Jul 2019 More celeb guitars under the hammer

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The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars, was 100% sold and made $21,490,750 / £16,935,185/
€19,035,147.

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Michael is remembered 10 years on

Jul 2019 Michael is remembered 10 years on

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JUST 10 years after his death, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is for sale. Michael’s former Neverland Ranch, now renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch, has had massive price reductions from the original $100 million to $31 million.

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Editor’s Beat: The Tremeloes return

Jul 2019 Editor’s Beat: The Tremeloes return

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HERE’S more good news from an old ‘trouper’ whose staying power is amazing. After a daunting spell of physical poor health, Chip Hawkes is going back on the road with Rick Westwood, on lead guitar, former member Mick Clarke (Rubettes) on bass and vocals, Richard Marsh on guitar and vocals, and Chip’s son...

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Editor’s Beat: Jerry Lee at 83

Jul 2019 Editor’s Beat: Jerry Lee at 83

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JERRY LEE LEWIS is recovering from a minor stroke. The 83-year-old rock and roll musician went into hospital at the end of February suffering a minor stroke. While in hospital he was visited by one of his greatest fans, Tom Jones. Tom combined the visit when performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May, where...

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Editor’s Beat: New Hermit emerges

Jul 2019 Editor’s Beat: New Hermit emerges

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HERMAN’S HERMITS have a new member in the group, so the band plays on while others slow down and stop. Paul Cornwell left Herman’s Hermits on June 8, for reasons leader Barry Whitwam has chosen not to reveal at this time. Paul has been replaced by Duncan Keith who plays lead guitar and also is a very good vocalist. Duncan makes his...

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Jul 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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MATTHEW FISHER of Procol Harum as he talks about Helen Shapiro, secrets, and the light fandango. By Jane Quinn Matthew Charles Fisher is a classically- trained English musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing and playing the Hammond organ on the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol...

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DarkerPoet, sage or songwriter – talent will shine through

Jun 2019 DarkerPoet, sage or songwriter – talent will shine through

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LEONARD COHEN. Poet – Novelist – Singer – Song Writer
Songs and Covers

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For the love of music

Jun 2019 For the love of music

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IN 1968, GRAHAM NASH shocked the music world, as well as his family and friends by upping sticks and moving to America

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Can success strike twice?

Jun 2019 Can success strike twice?

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The announcement of ‘Summer Loving’ as the title of a prequel to Grease (1978) has re-awakened many memories of the late 1970s and those who starred in the iconic film adaptation of the Broadway musical rather than memories of the film itself.

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Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

Jun 2019 Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

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DJ MIKE READ talks about his long and diverse career when I asked him how it all come about. By Ian D Woolley “JULIE ANDREWS’S mum and aunt taught dancing lessons in their house and so I was tap dancing and singing at a very early age. I was on stage at six or seven performing, and played the part of Lysandra in A...

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Tribute to Les Reed

Jun 2019 Tribute to Les Reed

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The great Les is estimated to have written more than 2,000 songs… what an amazing achievement.

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Sweets sounds the same

Jun 2019 Sweets sounds the same

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AFTER Their sold-out “Still Got the Rock” European Tour legendary 70’s rock band SWEET embark on a 16-date nationwide tour November 28 until December 21. With more than 55 million records sold worldwide, 34 No.1 hits worldwide, by the early 70s The Sweet had a string of Top 10 records in the UK and Europe including Blockbuster,...

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Chance meeting of music minds

Jun 2019 Chance meeting of music minds

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A NATIONWIDE UK tour begins in October for Robin Trower, Maxi Priest and Livingstone Brown. The three musicians have joined forces on a new album, United State of Mind, to be released later in the year. Special guest on the tour will be American Blues Rock vocalist Sari Schorr. All tickets, £30, went on sale in April. If...

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