Martika’s back in town

Oct 2019 Martika’s back in town

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By James Stewart One of the brightest stars to emerge during the ’80s was MARTIKA, formerly a child actress with a TV series and a role in the movie ‘Annie’ to her credit, who released two million- selling albums and equally huge singles before completely disappearing from the scene. I always thought the sixties was all about...

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Who goes on tour

Oct 2019 Who goes on tour

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The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. From the mid-1960s, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music’s most passionate followings and the band was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The...

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The next best thing?

Oct 2019 The next best thing?

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By David Parker As time goes by, we have to learn to live with many changes. It is difficult to accept second best, necessary when the first choice is no longer available. It applies in all or most things, but in show business the stars are one-offs, never to be repeated. So when we get the choice of hearing our favourite music...

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Oct 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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Suzi Quatro as she tells us what’s new, all about her Happy Days, and love of Scrabble. By Jane Quinn She is a singer/songwriter/bass player/percussionist/author/actress/radio presenter/poet/trailblazer/multi-instrumentalist/Gemini…She was the first woman to become a major rock star. Who else could my guest be other than Suzi...

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Breakfast with: Clarke – ex Hollies

Sep 2019 Breakfast with: Clarke – ex Hollies

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By Martin Hutchinson ALLAN CLARKE, one of the most distinguished voices in British music history, is set for a dramatic return to the musical frontline – and no one is more than surprised than Allan himself. ‘Resurgence’ is the title of Allan Clarke’s new solo album, and as a title it couldn’t be more apt. Allan’s place in music...

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Gold still glistens on the tours

Sep 2019 Gold still glistens on the tours

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By Martin Hutchinson THE END of the year is replete with great tours, one of which is the annual 60s Gold Tour. This years’ line-up consists of five of the very best from the sixties: Hermans Hermits, The Merseybeats, Marmalade, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, and Steve Ellis’ Love Affair. The tour starts on September 27 and...

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P J versus T J – Jimmy versus Tommy

Sep 2019 P J versus T J – Jimmy versus Tommy

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By Ron Tennant Part two. Two great 60s male vocalists who were rivals but also good mates. Some of the things P J and T J did together after their first meeting in mid March,1965. TOM SAID in February, 1965: “I am not trying to copy P J Proby. I’ve only worn a bow in my hair once and my latest group, The Squires, laughed themselves...

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Duets, duettists duos: Entertaining the listening public

Sep 2019 Duets, duettists duos: Entertaining the listening public

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By Derek Mead THERE has always been doubt and sometimes cynicism about musical/vocal duets available to the listening public many of which have become famous only by repetitive playing and overstated publicity. Currently, the media offers offers a very limited menu – for example, Kiki Dee and Elton John singing Don’t Go...

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From the era of modern music to an era long past

Sep 2019 From the era of modern music to an era long past

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By Derek Mead A Jo Stafford tribute MANY MUSIC lovers of a certain age living in a now unacceptable world of rock and roll – and many strange musical influences – are more and more looking back over their years of listening to their favourite artistes who sang and played in a timeless era of pure voices and musical treasure. In...

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Early rock ‘n’ rollers in the country market

Sep 2019 Early rock ‘n’ rollers in the country market

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By Pat Murphy GIVEN the origins of rock ‘n’ roll, you’d expect its early exponents would’ve got some traction in the country market. But that wasn’t generally the case. Elvis Presley was an exception. In fact, he cracked the country charts a good half-year before making it in the pop world. And between 1957 and 1961, the Everly...

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Breakfast with: P P Arnold

Sep 2019 Breakfast with: P P Arnold

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THE MID-SIXTIES was a boom time for Soul Music in the UK. By Jim Stewart Tamla Motown and Stax were becoming the dominant sounds, opening the door for R&B artists galore to be picked up by promoters and brought over to the UK for package and club tours. Many found the audiences more appreciative, knowledgeable without the...

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Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

Sep 2019 Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

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NEWEST members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Zombies embark on another US tour including a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They join Brian Wilson for a series of concerts and featuring The Zombies original and current line-ups. Cruising in a few months “On The Blue Cruise”, is seven...

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Statue seeks peace setting

Sep 2019 Statue seeks peace setting

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THE FUTURE of the statue of John Lennon, currently wowing the crowds at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall was in question when the exhibition finished at the end of August. The life-size bronze statue – also displayed at this year’s Glastonbury Festival – shows Lennon leaning on the CND sign with the word ‘Imagine’ on the...

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Canned Heat bassist dies

Sep 2019 Canned Heat bassist dies

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LARRY TAYLOR, bassist of 60s rock band Canned Heat has died aged 77 at his home in Lake Balboa, California, on August 19 after a 12-year battle with cancer. Larry is on albums by The Monkees, John Mayall and Tom Waits, Albert King, Leo Kottke, The Blasters and Sunnyland Slim. He began his music career aged 18, touring with rock...

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What might have been?

Sep 2019 What might have been?

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By David Parker LIVING a long time gives us the opportunity to look back on our lives and our ups-and downs, best and worst moments. For many of us, the deaths of performers 60 years on, who gave us so much pleasure in our younger days, has left a lasting impression, especially when remembering those who died young in accidents...

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Sep 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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IAN ANDERSON of Jethro Tull. Join Ian as we discuss the Eagle, puppies, and being a cautious adventurer. By Jane Quinn A singer and composer, Ian Anderson is also a multi-instrumentalist, including acoustic and electric guitars, saxophone, percussion, keyboards, bagpipe, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, violin, balalaika, clarinet...

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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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