Popular songs that make the stage come alive

Aug 2014 Popular songs that make the stage come alive

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GODSPELL THE 70s MUSICAL at the QUEENS THEATRE, HORNCHURCH By Leslie Dunn   I first saw Godspell in the early 70s when a 23-year-old actor called David Essex played the part of Jesus and I loved it.   I wasn’t sure if putting it on in 2014 would work but how wrong I was. It was truly amazing. Coming from the...

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One man, two Guvnors

Aug 2014 One man, two Guvnors

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Orchard Theatre, Dartford, August 4   As we entered the auditorium of The ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD for the opening night of ‘ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS’, we were surprised to find we  were midway through a Skiffle session: new songs, authentically played  and delivered in true ‘Lonnie’ style, intended to set the mood for an...

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Old time burlesque is ‘tease not sleaze’

Jul 2014 Old time burlesque is ‘tease not sleaze’

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In its fourth year, Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza An Evening of Burlesque is responsible for exposing the cream of the West End of London’s thriving burlesque scene to the world.   Not only has the ever-so-cheeky production revealed the secrets of the art of burlesque to delighted audiences across the UK, it has also...

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Goin’ Back

Jul 2014 Goin’ Back

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Back in 1957, singer Terry Dene (real name; Terry Williams) looked like being the ‘golden boy’ of British pop.   With hit records, a film star and appearances on stage and TV he was riding high, before it all went pear-shaped. It was actually in a wrestling ring, in between bouts I might add, that Terry had given an impressive...

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They still like teaching the world to sing

Jul 2014 They still like teaching the world to sing

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The New Seekers, possibly the UKs most successful vocal group of the seventies, return to the stage on Saturday September 20, headlining Pulse Radio’s Music Festival weekend at Cheddar in Somerset.   With a string of UK hits, including Beg, Steal or Borrow, Never Ending Song of Love, You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me, and of...

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Rock of Ages

Jun 2014 Rock of Ages

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CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY 17 June 2014   A Broadway and West End smash hit, a hugely successful movie, which I viewed with caution as the music featured is so precious to me but I thoroughly enjoyed, and now the nationwide tour of ‘ROCK OF AGES’ hits the CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY with a huge bang.   The simplest of...

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The real gear used by group

Jun 2014 The real gear used by group

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The Rolling Stones Gear by Andy Babiuk & Greg Provost. Backbeat Books: isbn: 9781617130922 If you are to devote 10 years of your life to researching and preparing a book, you need to know the final presentation is going to warrant the effort.   Rolling Stones Gear by Andy Babiuk & Greg Provost with Backbeat has done...

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Great musical influence

Jun 2014 Great musical influence

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS STUDIO CANAL:  Blu-ray  OPTBD 2542  DVD OPTD2542   The Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 60s was an extremely influential period, but it has virtually been ignored by movie makers until now.   The Coen Brothers ‘INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS’ corrects that with authentically atmospheric brilliance that...

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One of the best ever Solid Silver

Jun 2014 One of the best ever Solid Silver

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Solid Silver 60s Show Orchard  Theatre, Dartford, May 10 When I heard Wayne Fontana was forced to pull out of this year’s Solid Silver 60s Show, my initial thoughts were to wish him well, and look forward to seeing again next year.   I then hoped that Flying Music would stick to the remaining four acts and allow them to expand...

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Tommy is back in Liverpool

Jun 2014 Tommy is back in Liverpool

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AMERICAN 60s pop singer songwriter Tommy Roe returns to Liverpool for the first time in more than 20 years to headline International Beatle Week,with two shows at the world famous Cavern Club on August 26.   In 1963, The Beatles opened for Tommy on his first UK tour, and after Beatlemania hit the USA, they asked him to open...

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Freddie’s are unwrapped

Jun 2014 Freddie’s are unwrapped

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Queen have released unheard Freddie Mercury tracks.   The long-rumoured unheard music from Queen, with Freddie Mercury, may see the light of day before the end of the year.   The tentatively-titled ‘Queen Forever’ will include music going back to the 1980s, according to Brian May in a recent interview with BBC Wales. May...

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He had the time of his life

Jun 2014 He had the time of his life

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By Jim Stewart   For the past 50 years Bill Medley has had the respect and admiration of his fellow artists and fans worldwide, and, when you look at just some of his achievements, it is easy to see why.   He formed The Righteous Brothers with Bobby Hatfield in 1963, giving a whole new take on R&B that made the music...

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There will be a Buzz on the night

Jun 2014 There will be a Buzz on the night

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By John Firminger   When it comes to a musical career, Buzz Cason has done it all – singer, songwriter, musician, sideman, recording artist, record producer, song publisher and author.   In the late 50s James E ‘Buzz’ Cason was a member of The Casuals, Nashville’s first young rock’n’roll combo.   They...

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For the British beat group boom, it didn’t get better than the Summer of 64

Jun 2014 For the British beat group boom, it didn’t get better than the Summer of 64

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By Pat Murphy The summer of 1964 was a personal watershed, as it was the first time I ventured outside of Ireland.   As a university student on summer break, I lived and worked in London for three whole months. While it may not sound very daring by today’s standards, it was quite an adventure for a hitherto cloistered 20...

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Girl who never made it to charts

May 2014 Girl who never made it to charts

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Donna Loren: These Are The Good Times.  Now Sounds CD: CRNOW 47   She was the perfect ‘Pop Princess’ pretty, great voice and a bubbly personality.   Between 1963-68 she, possibly, made more TV and live appearances than any other teenage girl. Her face was known across America and yet, despite all of the promotional...

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Labradors benefit show

May 2014 Labradors benefit show

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On Friday evening, April 11, P J Proby was in Mapperley Plains, Nottingham to perform for the East Midlands Labrador Charity.   The organisation, founded in 1981 by Harry Cook MBE, in the past 33 years has re-homed more than 6,000 Labradors.   P J has had many pets in the past 50 years, plenty of cats and even more dogs....

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Just Sweet Soul Music

May 2014 Just Sweet Soul Music

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Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band, The Foundations, featuring Alan Warner and Jaki Graham, got off to a cracking start on their Superstars of Soul Tour at Birmingham’s Jam House on April 30.

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End of road for Blackberry Way

May 2014 End of road for Blackberry Way

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By Ralph Gowling   “Many thanks to everyone who has been to a Move show since that debut show at the Belfry on January 23, 1966, and to all of those who are coming along to these last few shows.”   Bev Bevan has announced the current Move UK tour is their last because he and fellow original Trevor Burton are embarking on...

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For the love of Terry

May 2014 For the love of Terry

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Wonderful musical evening I recently attended at the Gainsborough Hotel, Kidderminster, Worcestershire.   I have always been a great admirer of Terry Rice Milton. His songs with Cupid’s Inspiration in 1968,  “Yesterday Has Gone” and “My World” are, in my opinion, two of the most powerful & memorable songs ever recorded....

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They were sure at the time

May 2014 They were sure at the time

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By John Firminger These days, the Euro-vision Song Contest has become almost a parody of itself, thanks – in part – to some of the show’s presenters.   However, back when it started in the 50s and 60s it was a great international event of great pride for all its participants, especially if you were successful. One such...

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