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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2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the link to TJ Tom Jones

Jul 2019 2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the link to TJ Tom Jones

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P J PROBY appears to have brought his career to a sudden halt after an off-the-record chat with a freelance journalist who saw fit to publish the raucus claims and remarks.
What is the real story?

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Obituary: Dr John

Jul 2019 Obituary: Dr John

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LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack. The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie and rock...

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Jul 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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MATTHEW FISHER of Procol Harum as he talks about Helen Shapiro, secrets, and the light fandango. By Jane Quinn Matthew Charles Fisher is a classically- trained English musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing and playing the Hammond organ on the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol...

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DarkerPoet, sage or songwriter – talent will shine through

Jun 2019 DarkerPoet, sage or songwriter – talent will shine through

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LEONARD COHEN. Poet – Novelist – Singer – Song Writer
Songs and Covers

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For the love of music

Jun 2019 For the love of music

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IN 1968, GRAHAM NASH shocked the music world, as well as his family and friends by upping sticks and moving to America

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Can success strike twice?

Jun 2019 Can success strike twice?

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The announcement of ‘Summer Loving’ as the title of a prequel to Grease (1978) has re-awakened many memories of the late 1970s and those who starred in the iconic film adaptation of the Broadway musical rather than memories of the film itself.

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Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

Jun 2019 Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

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DJ MIKE READ talks about his long and diverse career when I asked him how it all come about. By Ian D Woolley “JULIE ANDREWS’S mum and aunt taught dancing lessons in their house and so I was tap dancing and singing at a very early age. I was on stage at six or seven performing, and played the part of Lysandra in A...

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Tribute to Les Reed

Jun 2019 Tribute to Les Reed

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The great Les is estimated to have written more than 2,000 songs… what an amazing achievement.

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Jun 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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MICKY DOLENZ as he spills a few secrets, chats about physics, tells us why he has no tree house, and all about his dreams coming true. By Jane Quinn IN 1958, Micky Dolenz was TV’s Circus Boy and I became a fan. In 1966, Micky Dolenz was a Monkee and I became a bigger fan! Now I find we are talking and laughing and drinking tea...

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Tributes to success

Apr 2019 Tributes to success

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Money for Nothing, stated to be the No.1 Dire Straits Trib­ute Band is an amazing example of the accurate re-creation of the sound of the original seventies band.

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Suzi Quatro 2019

Apr 2019 Suzi Quatro 2019

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The Lady of rock is still in control

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Country songs you never knew you knew

Apr 2019 Country songs you never knew you knew

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By Pat Murphy

The music we now know as country evolved out of a genre that used to be referred to as hillbilly.

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Record vote never beaten

Apr 2019 Record vote never beaten

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Breakfast with: Nicky Stevens – Brotherhood of Man.

With the 64th Eurovision Song Contest looming, I thought it was time to look back some 43 years to the UK’s biggest success story of the competition.

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What a great way to party

Mar 2019 What a great way to party

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By Jim Stewart THE THREE DEGREES is not only one of the most successful girl groups in music history. They also hold the Guinness record as the longest working group touring and recording group since 1963 constantly. VALERIE HOLIDAY has been ever present since 1967, which must also be a record, and the trio have no intention of...

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Breakfast with: The Beverly Sisters

Mar 2019 Breakfast with: The Beverly Sisters

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By Derek Mead WITH the recent death in October of Babs Beverley, it is time for some reflection on the Beverley Sisters trio which emerged from the war years to succeed in an era so different from the music and musicians of today. Only The Kaye sisters can be considered a good comparison, and they were not sisters but three...

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Suzi Quatro

Feb 2019 Suzi Quatro

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By Jim Stewart EVEN in the highly adrenaline-fuelled music business, it’s rare to find a bundle of energy on a par with Suzi Quatro. The American rock vocalist has successfully worked as a musician for more than 50 years, delivering with unbridled energy her greatest hits such as ‘Can The Can’, ‘48 Crash’, ‘Devil Gate Drive’, ‘If...

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