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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50 years since ‘The Voice’ hit

Mar 2015 50 years since ‘The Voice’ hit

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By Jim Stewart ‘The Voice’ was one of The Moody Blues biggest hits and to their legion of fans worldwide JUSTIN HAYWARD is The Voice. Since joining the band late 1966, he has enjoyed incredible success both as a band member and a solo artist. In 2015 he is touring the UK in both guises, with promoting a new eight-disc box set ‘THE...

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Silver sixties on disc, the winners

Jan 2015 Silver sixties on disc, the winners

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By Pat Murphy The music industry historically awarded Gold Discs for sales of a million or more, but the overwhelming bulk of the discs were for performance in the American market. Relatively speaking, Britain was too small to compete in that league. Indeed, throughout the 1950s, it’s estimated that only three records – Rock Around...

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On the road with new-born Nazareth

Jan 2015 On the road with new-born Nazareth

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By Martin Hutchinson Veteran Scot-rockers Nazareth are undertaking a short UK tour in January, their first British dates with the bands’ new lead singer Linton Osbourne. After the retirement of co-founder member and singer Dan McCafferty, due to ill health, the band decided to continue and recruited Linton, who has been settling...

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Goin’ back: JF’s Memory Time Machine

Aug 2014 Goin’ back: JF’s Memory Time Machine

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By John Firminger   Continuing with our look back at the mixed fortunes of British rocker Terry Dene, we look at the more positive side, namely his recorded work.   As a vocalist he had managed to copy some of the vocal style he’d heard by a young singer from Tupelo, Mississippi. This may have been as a result of him...

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Tommy versus Elvis

Aug 2014 Tommy versus Elvis

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Tommy versus Elvis? No way!

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Breakfast with: Paul Francis – Tony Jackson & The Vibrations

Aug 2014 Breakfast with: Paul Francis – Tony Jackson & The Vibrations

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From Takeovers to good Vibrations By Paul Francis WHILE working as a professional musician for many years, and playing in bands since the early 60s, I went through many highs and lows.   When working with certain musicians you know straight away when it clicks and everything just seems to gel. When I put The Paul Francis Band...

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Goin’ Back

Jul 2014 Goin’ Back

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Back in 1957, singer Terry Dene (real name; Terry Williams) looked like being the ‘golden boy’ of British pop.   With hit records, a film star and appearances on stage and TV he was riding high, before it all went pear-shaped. It was actually in a wrestling ring, in between bouts I might add, that Terry had given an impressive...

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He had the time of his life

Jun 2014 He had the time of his life

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By Jim Stewart   For the past 50 years Bill Medley has had the respect and admiration of his fellow artists and fans worldwide, and, when you look at just some of his achievements, it is easy to see why.   He formed The Righteous Brothers with Bobby Hatfield in 1963, giving a whole new take on R&B that made the music...

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There will be a Buzz on the night

Jun 2014 There will be a Buzz on the night

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By John Firminger   When it comes to a musical career, Buzz Cason has done it all – singer, songwriter, musician, sideman, recording artist, record producer, song publisher and author.   In the late 50s James E ‘Buzz’ Cason was a member of The Casuals, Nashville’s first young rock’n’roll combo.   They...

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For the British beat group boom, it didn’t get better than the Summer of 64

Jun 2014 For the British beat group boom, it didn’t get better than the Summer of 64

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By Pat Murphy The summer of 1964 was a personal watershed, as it was the first time I ventured outside of Ireland.   As a university student on summer break, I lived and worked in London for three whole months. While it may not sound very daring by today’s standards, it was quite an adventure for a hitherto cloistered 20...

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End of road for Blackberry Way

May 2014 End of road for Blackberry Way

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By Ralph Gowling   “Many thanks to everyone who has been to a Move show since that debut show at the Belfry on January 23, 1966, and to all of those who are coming along to these last few shows.”   Bev Bevan has announced the current Move UK tour is their last because he and fellow original Trevor Burton are embarking on...

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The good old days

May 2014 The good old days

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Fun The good old days with the fans – Joe Meek ‘Special’ – Borderline London April 27   A special concert to remember the work of legendary record producer Joe Meek at London’s West End Borderline Club was a great reunion night for artists and fans.   Artistes appearing included Cliff Bennett, Chas Hodges, Billie...

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Welcome back on stage – Dave Davies!

Mar 2014 Welcome back on stage  – Dave Davies!

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Dave Davies makes a courageous return to performing in the UK after a decade of battling to overcome a stroke when he stages a concert at London’s Barbican on April 11.   The concert follows a highly popular and critically acclaimed series of shows in the US last year which announced to the world that The Kinks’ lead guitarist...

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Ronnie reveals all

Mar 2014 Ronnie reveals all

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By Ralph Gowling   Ronnie Spector presents a special concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday, March 9 chronicling her 50-year career that began when she led The Ronettes to international stardom with hits like ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Baby I Love You’ and ‘Walking In The Rain’.   “Fifty years ago, The Ronettes and I...

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Freda’s back

Mar 2014 Freda’s back

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“album in the pipeline, ready to release, maybe in time for the tour: also working on autobiography”

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Artistes and artists!

Feb 2014 Artistes and artists!

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January was a busy month in Los Angeles and in the UK.   L.A. correspondent Elvis Aggy caught up with Ed Hill.   Ed was the baritone singer for Elvis Presley. He was with Elvis’ back-up singers, JD Summers and the Stamps Quartet, for 25 years. He is also the famous voice at the end of every Elvis concert saying: “Elvis has...

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