Actor with writing talents

Jan 2014 Actor with writing talents

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By Jim Stewart   Arriving in Los Angeles in a dubious mode of transport with aspirations of becoming an actor, Paul Williams was initially unsuccessful in auditions to become either a Monkee or a Mouseketeer.    But acting roles soon followed, and unforeseen opportunities led him to a career as a singer/ songwriter spanning 45...

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Happy days are here again

Jan 2014 Happy days are here again

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As we enter 2014, the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, unveils the strongest season for quite a while.   Not only is there something for everyone, but the theatre has the best of the new productions, returning favourites, plus the cream of original, tribute and comedy acts.   January opens with ‘HAPPY DAYS’ (January 11-18), the musical...

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Mae makes her own mark in music

Jan 2014 Mae makes her own mark in music

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With a professional singing career spanning four decades, Mae McKenna has worked in every conceivable genre of music at the highest level.   She made her first album when only 17 years old as lead singer with Contraband on the legendary Transatlantic label. Mae has since recorded five critically- acclaimed solo albums – three...

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Keith is frank elder statesman

Jan 2014 Keith is frank elder statesman

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The iconic life and career of the famed guitarist of The Rolling Stones is detailed in a compilation of interviews that spans the past 50 years.   Featuring articles from GQ, Melody Maker, and Rolling Stone, with interviews never previously in print, it charts Keith Richards’s journey from gauche, young pretender and swaggering...

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Message from Dave Munden:

Jan 2014 Message from Dave Munden:

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“On January 17, I am going into hospital to have a double knee replacement operation. I should be in for about five days and then I will be recuperating for anywhere from six weeks up to three months. I hope it will only be six weeks.   “I will not be able to play drums for quite a while, but I have asked Mark Ellen of Vanity Fare...

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Message from Brian Poole

Jan 2014 Message from Brian Poole

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Hi All Just finished touring all over the UK with my good friend Chip Hawkes   When we first met, it was at a time when our music was very popular, and even the clothes we wore were given to us by some of the top King’s Road fashion designers.   That was 50 years ago (before my time, oh! OK, no it wasn’t). Ever since we worked...

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Sporting gesture from Elton

Jan 2014 Sporting gesture from Elton

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Sir Elton John CBE gives a live solo performance at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire this summer to help young Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls striving to achieve their sporting ambitions.   SportsAid hopes to raise £500,000 to create a new athlete fund with Sir Elton John, whose support for the charity dates back to its founding years...

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It’s tough at the bottom – and the top!

Jan 2014 It’s tough at the bottom – and the top!

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By David Parker   Here, at The Beat office, through emails and letters, and at shows, we listen to readers and fans expressing their views on the replica music they hear.   Some say they are glad the music lives on after all these years: others say the groups should not pass themselves of as originals, even if they still have only...

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Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

Jan 2014 Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

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Dozy speaks out Three original members, Tich, Dozy, (Mick) and Beaky By Ralph Gowling   Dozy Ward-Davies of Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich has become the latest star to raise the vexed question of original artists in acts.   “We are still rocking and rolling into another year with a two-month tour starting on the 3rd of January...

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Golden sixties moments

Jan 2014 Golden sixties moments

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We went to the second house of Sixties Gold at Leeds on November 3 and it was full.

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Band in top form

Jan 2014 Band in top form

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CD review Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live   MANY Deep Purple fans regard the Mark II line-up (Gillan, Blackmore, Paice, Glover & Lord) as the ‘classic’ of the band and were saddened when they split.   In 1984, that line-up announced a reunion and there was much rejoicing among the fans. More joy came when the Perfect...

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Warm welcome back for Chip

Jan 2014 Warm welcome back for Chip

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CHIP HAWKES is back and his determination has driven him to return with a polished, powerful and impassioned performance.

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Beatles celebration

Jan 2014 Beatles celebration

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TOMMY ROE AND CHRIS MONTEZ perform during “Beatle Week” at Liverpool’s Cavern Club in August.

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Last of a lifetime

Jan 2014 Last of a lifetime

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DAVID ESSEX, The Osmonds, Showaddywaddy and Les Mc- Keown’s Legendary Bay City Rollers star next June in The Once In A Lifetime – The Final Tour.

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Sun rises on The Animals

Jan 2014 Sun rises on The Animals

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JOHN STEEL of ANIMALS & FRIENDS, says the group had to change the original lyrics of ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ as there were suggestions that the song was about a brothel in New Orleans.   “We loved the song when we first heard it, but it was 1964 and we knew there was no way any radio station would play...

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Get well, Sally Carr

Jan 2014 Get well, Sally Carr

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SALLY CARR, the glamorous lead singer of Middle Of The Road, will not be able to perform on stage for at least another year because of illhealth, but she will be re-recording some of the group’s songs from the 1970s.   This is the latest news on Sally from fellow original group member Ken Andrew, who has known her since Middle of...

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Rick’s rock journey

Jan 2014 Rick’s rock journey

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RICK WAKEMAN embarks on a “Journey to the Centre Of The earth” tour in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of his landmark concept album.

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Oldfield’s new album inspires

Jan 2014 Oldfield’s new album inspires

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By Ralph Gowling Mike Oldfield has an album of fresh material coming out in January after a six-year gap during which he thought he would never record anything new again.   It was Mike’s appearance before a global audience of 900 million at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games that sparked his return to the studio and led...

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Baker’s dozen

Jan 2014 Baker’s dozen

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WHO CAN forget that magical split second that lifted an already outstanding performance into a Eurovision winning classic back in 1981.

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The boys are back in town

Jan 2014 The boys are back in town

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What started as a joke has led to what is claimed to be ‘one of the most exciting events to happen at Stratford Town Hall in over 50 years’.

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