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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Cohen back in UK

Jun 2013 Cohen back in UK

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With his London show at The O2 in June sold out, Leonard Cohen returns for a full UK arena tour starting at Birmingham’s LG Arena on September 8. Tickets went on sale on Friday May 31. With a career spanning six decades and sell-out shows around the world, the writer, poet, troubadour and hugely influential artist, returned to the...

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Joel in Birmingham

Jun 2013 Joel in Birmingham

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BILLY JOEL returns to the UK for the first time in seven years to perform at Birmingham’s LG Arena on November 8. Having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, Billy is six-time Grammy Award Winner with numerous other awards and honours, including induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame,...

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Jerry in UK

Jun 2013 Jerry in UK

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Jerry Naylor, former front man with the post-Buddy Holly Crickets visits the UK this month to promote his new CD. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his time with The Crickets, the CD was issued here through Palawan Productions. It contains new material written specifically for the album as well as new recordings of Crickets...

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Lyrics in library

Jun 2013 Lyrics in library

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Some of John Lennon’s lyrics are to be added to the British Library. The library already has a formidable collection with handwritten lyrics to Beatles classics Strawberry Fields Forever, She Said She Said and In My Life. Although these three songs are legally credited to Lennon and Paul McCartney, the lyrics are primarily...

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John is on form again

Jun 2013 John is on form again

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John Leyton is back to base and ready for the road again, although he does not expect to work so hard, after suffering a health setback. He told me: “Towards the end of last year, I was in hospital briefly which, unfortunately, resulted in me having to pull out of a national tour with Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and The Wildcats. Mike...

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Judith is on the mend

Jun 2013 Judith is on the mend

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Judith Durham of The Seekers is recovering from her recent mild cerebral haemorrhage  in the Rehabilitation Unit at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne. Graham Simpson, her bio-grapher, said: “She has begun an active rehabilitation programme. “When I visited her, she was in excellent spirits, and keen to progress with her treatment. We had...

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Seekers find their forte

Jun 2013 Seekers find their forte

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World-renowned Australian band The Seekers receive top honour at this year’s ARPA Awards later this month. The news will give vocalist Judith Durham a big boost as she continues to recover from a minor cerebral haemorrhage in hospital. Judith is in the Rehabilitation Unit at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne and has begun an active...

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Music and fun of Vanity Fare

May 2013 Music and fun of Vanity Fare

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This is a summer sound evoking the golden rays and golden era of American Music. West Coast – where Vanity Fare to this day maintain cult status.

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JF’s Memory Time Machine: Leon Russel

May 2013 JF’s Memory Time Machine: Leon Russel

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Today he’s acknowledged as one of rock music’s great contributors.

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50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

May 2013 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

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[private] 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds St. George’s Suite, Twickenham Stadium March 15   I headed down to Twickenham Stadium for the 50th anniversary concert of the Yardbirds. The special event was in the presence of the Mayor of Richmond. The concert was in the St. George’s Suite. The venue was just the right size for an...

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Keeping pace was once a problem for Ian Paice

May 2013 Keeping pace was once a problem for Ian Paice

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LITTLE did I realise that when I was teaching myself to drum, a decade before, a man who would become a legend in rock drumming was teaching himself in exactly the same way.

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Stop-gap TV show that became a cult

May 2013 Stop-gap TV show that became a cult

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“SIX-FIVE SPECIAL” – which became one of the most shows ever transmitted on BBC Television, was presented as a six-week stop-gap – to give the planners sufficient time to conceive something with more appeal!

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Bob’s the ace builder of the shows

May 2013 Bob’s the ace builder of the shows

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While you’re sitting in the auditorium waiting for the show to start, a sudden calm descends backstage as the first performers get ready to take the stage.

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Back to their roots for a new record

May 2013 Back to their roots for a new record

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David Parker talks to members of Vanity Fare.

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Zombies are taking to the road in May.

May 2013 Zombies are taking to the road in May.

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THE legendary Zombies are taking to the road in May.

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Timeless trio

Apr 2013 Timeless trio

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After their 2012 year-long world tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash tour again in 2013, stopping off at the NIA in Birmingham.

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Rattle and shake in the woods

Apr 2013 Rattle and shake in the woods

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If you go down to the woods this summer, don’t be surprised to see Blondie performing their hits like ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Sunday Girl’, ‘Atomic’, ‘Call Me’, ‘The Tide Is High’ and ‘Maria’.

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Bruce switches to Olympic Park

Apr 2013 Bruce switches to Olympic Park

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Bruce Springsteen returns to London Hard Rock Calling festival, a year after authorities pulled the plug on his duet with Paul McCartney for violating a curfew.

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