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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Love – the best album

Dec 2015 Love – the best album

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By Jim Stewart As the 60th anniversary of entering a recording studio for the first time approaches, Phil­lies legend Darlene Love releases her best album of her long career. ‘Introducing Darlene Love’ returns Darlene to the ca­pable hands of Steven Van Zandt, who created the perfect mix of Spector and Springsteen with ‘Alone At...

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Fishy stories

Oct 2015 Fishy stories

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THE LINDISFARNE STORY Fans of North-East legends Lindisfarne may be bemoaning the fact that the band itself never tours these days, content to perform their traditional Christmas Show in Newcastle’s City Hall during the festive season, but – thanks to two former members, the music will be echoing around the theatres of Britain from...

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Glitz, blitz and 70s hitz

Oct 2015 Glitz, blitz and 70s hitz

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A few sixties – and even eighties – packages are doing the rounds these days, but apparently not many from the seventies. However, that omission is being corrected as the latest ‘Glitz, Blitz and 70s Hitz tour is set for November and December. This is the fourth of the tours, which celebrate the ‘Glam’ rock era....

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Rumours can come true

Oct 2015 Rumours can come true

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There are rumours flying around that there is a superb tribute band to Fleetwood Mac doing the rounds. For once, the rumours are, in fact – er – fact, and the celebrated Rumours of Fleetwood Mac are touring their acclaimed show in an exhaustive 26-date UK tour. The original Fleetwood Mac had a string of hits from ‘Albatross’...

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The odyssey rolls on

Oct 2015 The odyssey rolls on

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By Martin Hutchinson After more than 50 years, the highly-influential band The Zombies are in the midst of a very productive and busy period. Not only are they gearing up for a five-week tour of the US, performing their iconic album ‘Odessey and Oracle’ (sic) which will be followed by shows on the continent, and then a tour of the...

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The dark side of stardom

Aug 2015 The dark side of stardom

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“Fame isn’t all Sugar and Spice”

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Collecting the “Greatest Hits”

Jun 2015 Collecting the “Greatest Hits”

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By Pat Murphy When I first started to buy albums more than 50 years ago, “greatest hits” compilations were a particular attraction. After all, you could get a whole whack of favourites in one package, most of which you hadn’t been able to afford as separate singles. It seemed like a perfect deal. Of all the hit collections around...

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