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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Junior Campbell: The life and times of a shy singer

Feb 2019 Junior Campbell: The life and times of a shy singer

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By Peter Robertson FOR JUNIOR CAMPBELL and his fellow band members, the first few weeks of 1969 were definitely – in the slang of the time – ‘groovy’. Marmalade had just become the first Scottish group ever to reach No.1 in the charts. To a studio audience of mini-skirted fans – not to mention a TV...

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Eddie Cochran, Remembering – nearly 50 years on

Feb 2019 Eddie Cochran, Remembering – nearly 50 years on

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By Ian Wooley, former DJ and MD of Retro Nights IT WAS 20 years ago when local Eddie Cochran fan Ange­la Powell first laid a memorial on the Chippenham roadside verge where the 21-year-old Rock ‘n’ Roll singer’s hire car crashed one fatal night in April, 1960. The cream Consul in which he was traveling had a...

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Faithful to the Bowie music – not just another tribute band

Feb 2019 Faithful to the Bowie music – not just another tribute band

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By Martin Hutchinson HARD to believe, but it’s three years since David Bowie passed away, yet his leg­acy is still very much apparent today. There is a surfeit of Bowie tribute acts on the circuit, some of which are excellent, but they all have a certain ingredient missing – the magic of the man himself. Probably the closest...

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Knights like this: The final joust

Feb 2019 Knights like this: The final joust

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By Pete Langford WHOA: is it really coming up to 60 years for us Barron Knights. So many things, going back all those years, have stuck in my mind and will always be there. I was 15 when I bought my first guitar and luckily I met Butch who lived only three miles away.His dad taught him banjo but he soon got good on the guitar and...

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Sounds of ’69: first time plays

Jan 2019 Sounds of ’69: first time plays

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By Pat Murphy Looking back a half-centu­ry, 1969 was a pretty decent year for pop music. Here are 10 records to prove the point. The organisation is chronological, based on my recollection of when I first heard them on Toronto radio. The Fifth Dimension: Aquari­us/Let the Sunshine In Although I wasn’t initially keen on this, it did...

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Hall of Fame for The Zombies

Jan 2019 Hall of Fame for The Zombies

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By Martin Hutchinson FINALLY it has happened. The Zombies have at last been inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. The award, voted for by fans and peers, comes after the band has undergone a bit of a change following bassist Jim Rodford’s passing last January. “Jim was a mentor to me,” said founder-member...

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All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

Jan 2019 All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

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By Derek Mead JUDITH DURHAM was born Judith Mavis Cock in Essendon, Victoria, Australia on July 3, 1943. Until 1950, she lived in Essendon and attended the primary school there. From early 1950 she lived in Taroona, Hobart, Tasmania, before returning to Melbourne in 1956. There, she attended Ruyton Girls School before enrolling at...

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More of Cliff’s hidden gems

Dec 2018 More of Cliff’s hidden gems

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By Pat Murphy With 124 Top 40 hits under his belt – 68 of which were Top 10 – it’s inevitable people associate Cliff with his hit records. To many, that’s who he is: nothing less but nothing more. In reality, though, there’s much more. In this sixth and concluding instalment of a series acknowl­edging Cliff’s 60th anniversary in...

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Breakfast with Craig Douglas

Dec 2018 Breakfast with Craig Douglas

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And now this… from the man with a ‘freak’ career By Peter Robertson MOST SATURDAYS, on his Sounds Of The Sixties show on BBC Radio 2, Tony Blackburn plays hits by his old friend Craig Douglas. Pretty Blue Eyes, A Hundred Pounds Of Clay, Time, and chart-topper Only Sixteen are among the classic singles this...

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Diddy’s delighted with his Retro tour

Dec 2018 Diddy’s delighted with his Retro tour

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60s Retro Night: The Fortunes, David Hamilton HELPING raise money for Vari- ety Wessex, a 60s Retro event stars The Fortunes, with a retro 60s disco hosted by former Radio 1 DJ David Diddy Hamilton. The Fortunes, one of the UK’s premier harmony groups with a string of hit records including You’ve Got Your Troubles, Here...

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60s music still as good as gold

Nov 2018 60s music still as good as gold

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Review by music historian and author Peter Checksfield THE HIGHEST point for me recently was the publication in July of my first book, Channel­ling The Beat!, which received almost unanimous glowing reviews. I was now really looking for­ward to what is almost becoming an annual event, the Sixties Gold show, which I would watch at...

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Musical space war

Nov 2018 Musical space war

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The return of the Martians By Martin Hutchinson NO-ONE would have believed that, in 2015, after a sixth sell-out UK tour, when Jeff Wayne said that that was the final ‘War Of The Worlds’ tour, that he’d be back. “It was genuinely thought to be the last.” Jeff said. “We had just signed to do a West End run and for that, the show had...

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Festive shows for merry Osmonds

Nov 2018 Festive shows for merry Osmonds

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By Martin Hutchinson THE OSMONDS are back – well, two of the singing brothers are heading back to the UK with their band to recreate the joy of their Christmas shows – but with a difference. The group, famous for hits Love me For A Reason, Let Me In and of course Crazy Horses, has been performing in some guise or other for six...

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He’s still swinging after all these years

Nov 2018 He’s still swinging after all these years

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By Martin Hutchinson YES, it’s that time again. The annual Sensational 60s Experi­ence from October to Spring. It gathers arguably some of the best of the sixties artists, half a dozen of them – as well as the terrific New Amen Corner, who back the solo acts. Mike Pender, original voice of The Searchers who – with his trusty...

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Psychedelia star Marty Balin dies

Oct 2018 Psychedelia star Marty Balin dies

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By James Stewart Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane guitarist and co-founder has died, aged 76. The San Francisco psychedelic rock band was founded in 1965 and Marty helped create their 1960s albums, including Surrealistic Pillow and Volunteers. Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady said: “He was a great songwriter and singer who...

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Aretha remembered

Oct 2018 Aretha remembered

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By Jim Stewart On August 16, we lost someone special: Aretha Franklin, has been like an ever-present friend of mine for the past 55 years. A true legend, the like of which we will never see again. Music is only part of her legacy; she was also prominent in the Civil Rights struggle, continuing to work and challenge for equality...

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Verity, one of the names behind the names

Oct 2018 Verity, one of the names behind the names

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By Robert Ruiz John Verity began his music career in the 1960s. By the spring of 1970, John was living and working in the US, doing prestigious support slots with many of the big names of the day, including Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat, Savoy Brown, and Janis Joplin. The John Verity Band, formed in Miami later that year. On...

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