Last chance tour?

Jul 2017 Last chance tour?

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Why was Tom Jones on a beach in Cornwall to begin his 2017 tour, widely thought to be his last stage show live appearances. Tom was in Perranporth, Cornwall, a venue very different to the world’s biggest stadiums where he is more likely to be billed. The show was part of the summer’s Bands In The Sands series of gigs on...

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New stars needed, says Jane

Jul 2017 New stars needed, says Jane

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It is almost 20 years since 54-year-old Jane McDonald made a splash with the BBC TV docu-soap The Cruise. This month, she returned to the town that brought her to the public’s attention with a show called Making Memories. Since cruising out of Southampton waters in the 1990s, Jane McDonald has built a career of live shows and album...

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Tony regrets leaving Brian Epstein

Jul 2017 Tony regrets leaving Brian Epstein

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Newly-honoured Tony Crane MBE in conversation with David Parker Tony: you were a teenager at the start your singing career, would you say you were walking into good fortune on stage in front of paying fans? We were lucky being in Liverpool at the time. There were lots of great bands around, but at the very start ,we sang and played...

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He only wanted to rock and roll

May 2017 He only wanted to rock and roll

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Looking back over 60 years, Marty Wilde has many memories and achievements, not least of all his MBE which will be presented to him this month.

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Open air Quo plays acoustic and electric

May 2017 Open air Quo plays acoustic and electric

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By Martin Hutchinson Recent events seemed to put the future of Status Quo in doubt. The passing of Rick Parfitt on Christmas Eve, 2016, could possibly have put an end to the band, but as front-man and last-remaining founder member Francis Rossi told me, this is far from the truth. “Everything’s alright at the moment in the camp....

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Rolling with the flow of Monkee business

May 2017 Rolling with the flow of Monkee business

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By Ian Ravendale The story of Michael Nesmith’s November 1975 one and only UK tour “How do you want the stage lights?” “Just turn them on.” “Light? Bright? Dark? Flashing?” “No. Lights on.” “Bright? You want them bright?” “Just on.” The pair playing out...

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Suzi sets her sights on UK tour – at last

May 2017 Suzi sets her sights on UK tour – at last

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If you read my review of SUZI QUATRO’s poetry book ‘Through My Eyes’ you will recall I gave a list of Suzi’s achievements over the past 50 years.

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Genesis in Mechanics mix

Apr 2017 Genesis in Mechanics mix

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Showcasing songs from their about-to-be released album ‘Let Me Fly’, Mike + The Mechanics played a scintillating set in an almost-full Bridgewater Hall.

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Manic years of manic screaming fans were Merrill’s wake-up call

Apr 2017 Manic years of manic screaming fans were Merrill’s wake-up call

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By Martin Hutchinson Once Osmondmania had run its course, the various brothers embarked upon solo careers. After Alan and Wayne, Merrill was the middle of the five original performing brothers. Jay was born two years after Merrill, and Donny came two years after that, and thet were heavily influenced by country music. As well as...

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Music is her food of love

Apr 2017 Music is her food of love

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I am fully convinced that one day soon, I will find a new door within my house that, when opened, will give me direct immediate access back to the year 1965 unquestionably the finest in the popular music era.

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David says he will miss us if we don’t go

Dec 2016 David says he will miss us if we don’t go

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There’s a show doing the rounds starring DJ and broadcasting legend ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton.  The Fab 50s and Swinging 60s show is hosted by David and he brings on the amazing live band The Fugitives and sensational singers, Ash Denver and the Tiffany Girls This fabulous show will make you smile, laugh, and most definitely...

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Share a Cuppa Tea…Billy Kinsley of The Merseybeats

Dec 2016 Share a Cuppa Tea…Billy Kinsley of The Merseybeats

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The Merseybeats had the best name for any pop group of the early Sixties. Bill Harry, copyright owner of the newspaper Mersey beat, had given his blessing and approval to the band to use the name. With their compelling tunes, their numerous appearances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and Brian Epstein as manager; they appeared to...

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Cheryl’s still fizzing

Nov 2016 Cheryl’s still fizzing

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By Martin Hutchinson It was a memorable night in music back on April 4, 1981, at Dublin’s Royal Dublin Society when two attractive women had their skirts ripped off in front of half a billion people watching on live TV across Europe. Yes, it was Bucks Fizz winning the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with Making Your...

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David says he will miss us

Nov 2016 David says he will miss us

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Martin Hutchinson The title of David Essex’s November tour is aptly named. The ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ Tour takes in the whole country and the title was chosen deliberately. “It’s called ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ because I will miss everybody. You see, it’s my final tour so it will be very emotional. “I have a great band, the same...

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Bobby leaves his own legacy

Nov 2016 Bobby leaves his own legacy

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Bobby Vee, the Sixties teen idol who had Hot 100 hits with ‘Take Good Care of My Baby,’ ‘Run to Him’ and ‘Rubber Ball,’ died on October 24, after five years with progressive Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73. Mark Wynter sent this via Graham Hunter. “Early on in my career, when I was...

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

….BRIAN ‘SAXOPHONE’ JONES of The Undertakers By Jane Quinn Join Brian as he talks about hoarding, Mozart, and Marmite. The Undertakers were originally called Bob Evans and the Five Shillings; but that just doesn’t sound as good, does it? They started out as part of the Merseyside music scene in the early 1960s, and they are...

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Home of the hits and Emperor Rosko

Aug 2016 Home of the hits and Emperor Rosko

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Who is your favourite artist, band or group of the 50s and 60s?

Hit45s has teamed up with The Beat magazine to find out. Log on to the Hit45s.com website and vote now!

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Celebrate early days

Aug 2016 Celebrate early days

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By Martin Hutchinson Gary Numan is taking on a UK tour to celebrate three of his early albums; ‘Replicas’, ‘The Pleasure Principle’ and ‘Telekon’. The tour follows the success of his last album ‘Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)’ which reached the Top 20. “2016 seems an ideal time to revisit the three albums that changed my life....

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Share a Cuppa Tea with..

Aug 2016 Share a Cuppa Tea with..

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TOAD from The Cryan’ Shames as he discusses Elmer Fudd, Jackie Kennedy, and singing in the shower. Summer, 1966, and I was a teen correspondent for an American pop music magazine. My treasured press card gained me an audience with many of the top musicians of the heady days of the Sixties. Luck delivered an opportunity to interview...

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A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Aug 2016 A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

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By John Firminger Taking a break from my usual ramble I would like to look at the rise and fall and rise again of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis. It’s almost 60 years since the infamous British tour of Jerry Lee Lewis in May, 1958, and in part one we looks back at the furore surrounding it, and how Jerry’s career managed...

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