The Glitter Band

Nov 2019 The Glitter Band

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By Ian Woolley “All that glitters is not gold”, an aphorism which means that not everything that is precious or true turns out to be so. For the Glitter Band this was to prove very ironic. Originally, they started as the Mike Leander Showband back in 1965, when they backed a lot of artists on tour. Founder Glitter Band member John...

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Way back when… Laura Ann Branigan

Nov 2019 Way back when… Laura Ann Branigan

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A TRIBUTE
HER SONGS HER SUCCESS
HER HOPES MOST OF ALL – GLORIA

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BackBeat: Ladies in the Country rhythm

Nov 2019 BackBeat: Ladies in the Country rhythm

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Country ladies who topped the pops

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Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

Oct 2019 Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

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BEHIND THE MIC – PAUL BURNETT (Former Radio Luxembourg and Caroline DJ) By Ian Woolley Many disc jockeys harbour a secret ambition to also have a hit record. But Paul Burnett’s appearance on Top Of The Pops dressed as a chicken takes some beating. More of that later… Paul’s radio career started in 1962 when he was out in Aden...

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Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ roll road

Oct 2019 Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ roll road

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By Ian Woolley Showaddywaddy started out in 1973 and their first hit was in the following year with Hey Rock N’Roll . Theyhave been on the road continuously since then, bringing joy with their infectious doo-wop covers and rock ‘n’roll staples to fans all over the world. Now in their 46th year, I met their original drummer Romeo...

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Maddy spans the years

Oct 2019 Maddy spans the years

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By Martin Hutchinson Folk legends Steel eye Span are in a celebratory mood as they are about to set off on a 20-date UK tour to commemorate their 50th Anniversary! Many members have come and gone, but vocalist Maddy Prior is still there, as she was back in 1969. Speaking from her home, Maddy expresses an unusual emotion about the...

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Way back when… Boney M

Oct 2019 Way back when… Boney M

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By Derek Mead Boney M has a complicated background, almost political, and covering many countries. But after a brief introduction, we will move away from that scenario and concentrate solely on their music which, to say the least, is melodic dramatic and totally enjoyable. The group has been described in many ways including its...

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When it was Cliff versus Elvis

Oct 2019 When it was Cliff versus Elvis

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By Pat Murphy If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember when the pre-eminent chart rivalry was between Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley. From the time Elvis came out of the army in early 1960 until the Beatles arrived in 1963, schoolyard debates about pop music invariably gravitated towards the question of who you were for:...

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Breakfast with: Steve Ellis

Oct 2019 Breakfast with: Steve Ellis

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By Derek Mead This is a short story about the London-based pop and soul group formed in 1966 and active until 1971. There were five appearances in the UK Singles Chart with Everlasting Love reaching UK No.1 for two weeks with 12 weeks in the UK Top 40 and in the Top 10 in seven other countries, with sales to date of more than 10...

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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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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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