Drivers of the 6.5 Special

Jul 2013 Drivers of the 6.5 Special

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THE sheet-anchor of the “6.5 Special” was undoubtedly the talented team of personality comperes – Jo Douglas, Pete Murray and Freddie Mills. To those who knew these artists before the advent of “6.5,” they would be considered an unlikely combination. But they have adapted themselves to the mood of the programme with great...

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The Beatles come to town – 1963! Who?

Jul 2013 The Beatles come to town – 1963! Who?

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By Peter Killick Something Good Productions   From 1950 to the mid-1970s Urmston Urban District Council, a suburb of Manchester, staged the “Urmston Show” on Abbotsfield Park in Urmston.   After the 1962 show, the youth of Urmston spoke out, claiming there was little of interest in the show for them: they weren’t seriously...

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Summer of ’63…..

Jul 2013 Summer of ’63…..

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It was 50 years ago this summer that it became clear there’d really been a major shift in the British music industry.

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Barry brings out new generation

Jul 2013 Barry brings out new generation

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BARRY Gibb, the eldest of The legendary Bee Gees is bringing his acclaimed Anthology tour to the UK for a short series of dates.

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Ray in Joe’s hall of fame

Jul 2013 Ray in Joe’s hall of fame

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Ray Dexter may not be the biggest name in pop but he was inducted into the Joe Meek Hall Of Fame in May.   “I played the Metro in Holloway Road, London. On an accoustic session of Joe Meek artists, I topped the bill. Afterwards I was interviewed for Radio Sutch, and they played many of my tracks,  like The Coalman’s Lament, on...

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Beat it to the Hard Rock fashion show

Jul 2013 Beat it to the Hard Rock fashion show

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A new exhibition of clothing items from pop and rock superstars and legends including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson and Elton John go on display in the UK this summer, courtesy of a never-seen-before touring memorabilia exhibition produced by Hard Rock Cafe.   “Hard Rock Couture”, celebrating the strong...

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Paul leaves the Gap

Jul 2013 Paul leaves the Gap

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Paul Cornwell, former Union Gap member, has joined Herman’s Hermits on lead guitar and vocals.   HH’s Barry Whitwam said: “Actually, he has been in the group for six months and went on tour with us in Australia last April. We tour Australia again in August and September, and then we are on The Sensational Sixties Experience...

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If you love the big band sound…

Jul 2013 If you love the big band sound…

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West Cliff Theatre Clacton is staging a mammoth musical tribute on on July 14.   According to the producers, this is not the typical tribute Rat Pack shows, but an honest rendition of Sinatra’s ’50s Hollywood Glamour from his Capitol Records years – backed by a full big band live on stage.   Pete Long’s all-star...

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Des is in town

Jul 2013 Des is in town

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Des O’Connor is to perform at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, next month in what’s claimed as an afternoon of comedy, music and laughter.   Des has been seen on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky Arts 1, to name but a few of his small screen appearances. He starred in his own mainstream television show for more than 45 years – longer than...

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Honey at its bitter comb

Jul 2013 Honey at its bitter comb

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The New Honeycombs have toured with one of the founder members and now are on tour in their own right recreating the sounds of the Sixties

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So, yesterday really has gone

Jul 2013 So, yesterday really has gone

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From Bob Poole, bobpoole55@btinternet.com   Terry knows very well who we are and how long we have been Cupids Inspiration. He was only in the band for a year or so but much more to the point, we own the name, as he, or anyone else can find out by checking the business register. He would be well advised not to go out under our name...

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Don’t be stupid Cupids

Jul 2013 Don’t be stupid Cupids

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Cupid’s Inspiration is the latest group name to confuse fans.  From Terry Rice-Milton terry.ricemilton@btinternet.com   I read with interest the Backbeat article – CUPIDS (no apostrophe, but should be!) INSPIRATION back on the road (40 yr Reunion) and I felt I needed to clarify one thing.   I am aware that various...

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Rock Legends, Yes, Set for Triple-Header 2014 European Tour

Jul 2013 Rock Legends, Yes, Set for Triple-Header 2014 European Tour

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Yes, announce triple-album Europe 2014 tour. The band will perform three of rock’s most influential albums, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One, in their entirety.

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Cupids Inspiration back on the road

Jun 2013 Cupids Inspiration back on the road

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After more than 40 years, Cupids Inspiration are back on the road with Bob Poole, Paul Shanahan, ex Peppermint Circus and Hard Horse vocalist and front man Paul “Tommy” Thomas and drummer Rick Medlock. Playing favourite songs from the sixties – plus, of course, their hit records and incorporating three-part vocal harmonies...

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Folk legend Felix here

Jun 2013 Folk legend Felix here

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Folk legend Julie Felix celebrates her 75th birthday with a Gemini Concert in London’s Leicester Square Theatre on June 15. Joining her on stage are American Soul Singer, Madeline Bell, singer-songwriter Rosalie Deighton with Steve Balsamo (Jesus Christ Superstar), and friends ranging from Leonard Cohen and John Paul Jones to...

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Guitar riff remembered

Jun 2013 Guitar riff remembered

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It was the 40th anniversary of Deep Purple’s classic masterpiece Smoke On The Water, last month. It was also the ruby anniversary of what is believed to be the most popular and played guitar riff of all time.… Dah dah DAAH, dah dah da DAAH, dah dah DAAH, dah dah. Earlier this year, Fender®, the American guitar builder, meticulously...

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Rod’s on time

Jun 2013 Rod’s on time

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Rod Stewart is said to be excited about tackling two rock-star milestones in 2013. The first is his landmark new album ‘Time’ – his first album of new material in almost 20 years. The second is the planned UK tour. As part of the four-city ‘Time tour’, Rod is one of the initial headliners for the first...

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Burt at 85

Jun 2013 Burt at 85

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Burt Bacharach, award-winning composer/songwriters, celebrated his 85th birthday  on May 12 with a new autobiography released on May 28. The career-spanning 2-CD collection covers his best songwriting collaborations. ‘The Art Of The Songwriter: Anyone Who Had A Heart – The Best Of Burt Bacharach’ collects 40 of Bacharach’s songs...

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Doors founder dies aged 74

Jun 2013 Doors founder dies aged 74

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Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founding member of The Doors, who had a dramatic impact on rock `n’ roll, has died aged 74, in Rosenheim, Germany.

Manzarek founded The Doors after meeting Jim Morrison in California. The band became one of the most successful rock `n’ roll acts to emerge from the 1960s.

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Full album of Motown music

Jun 2013 Full album of Motown music

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The original Broadway cast recording of Motown The Musical, a show nominated for four Tony® Awards, was released on June 4. The album features new versions of Motown classics including Dancing In The Street, My Girl, You’re All I Need To Get By, Where Did Our Love Go, I Want You Back, and many more.  Among the album’s 14 tracks are...

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