Liverpool visit is ‘like Christmas come early’

Feb 2014 Liverpool visit is ‘like Christmas come early’

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By Katie Davis   Liverpool, the original home of Britain’s most famous band, The Beatles, is one of my favourite places.   The atmosphere there is like no other I’ve experienced. Being a Beatles fan, visiting Liverpool was like Christmas come early, with the excitement and anticipation building up on the journey.   The day we...

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Rockers of real note

Feb 2014 Rockers of real note

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FOREIGNER, with special guests Europe and FM, appear on-stage together for the first time when they undertake a short tour of the UK throughout April.

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Goin’ back – early days

Jan 2014 Goin’ back – early days

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By John Firminger   Continuing our monthly visit to the cinema, when I went to see this month’s selection, ‘Disc Jockey Jamboree’ (its UK title) from 1957, I discovered it was on with ‘The Green-Eyed Blonde’ which had an ‘A’ certificate, which meant I couldn’t get in unaccompanied by an adult.   Keen to see the film, I did what all...

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Actor with writing talents

Jan 2014 Actor with writing talents

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By Jim Stewart   Arriving in Los Angeles in a dubious mode of transport with aspirations of becoming an actor, Paul Williams was initially unsuccessful in auditions to become either a Monkee or a Mouseketeer.    But acting roles soon followed, and unforeseen opportunities led him to a career as a singer/ songwriter spanning 45...

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Mae makes her own mark in music

Jan 2014 Mae makes her own mark in music

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With a professional singing career spanning four decades, Mae McKenna has worked in every conceivable genre of music at the highest level.   She made her first album when only 17 years old as lead singer with Contraband on the legendary Transatlantic label. Mae has since recorded five critically- acclaimed solo albums – three...

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Message from Dave Munden:

Jan 2014 Message from Dave Munden:

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“On January 17, I am going into hospital to have a double knee replacement operation. I should be in for about five days and then I will be recuperating for anywhere from six weeks up to three months. I hope it will only be six weeks.   “I will not be able to play drums for quite a while, but I have asked Mark Ellen of Vanity...

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Message from Brian Poole

Jan 2014 Message from Brian Poole

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Hi All Just finished touring all over the UK with my good friend Chip Hawkes   When we first met, it was at a time when our music was very popular, and even the clothes we wore were given to us by some of the top King’s Road fashion designers.   That was 50 years ago (before my time, oh! OK, no it wasn’t). Ever since we...

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Get well, Sally Carr

Jan 2014 Get well, Sally Carr

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SALLY CARR, the glamorous lead singer of Middle Of The Road, will not be able to perform on stage for at least another year because of illhealth, but she will be re-recording some of the group’s songs from the 1970s.   This is the latest news on Sally from fellow original group member Ken Andrew, who has known her since Middle of...

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Rick’s rock journey

Jan 2014 Rick’s rock journey

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RICK WAKEMAN embarks on a “Journey to the Centre Of The earth” tour in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of his landmark concept album.

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Oldfield’s new album inspires

Jan 2014 Oldfield’s new album inspires

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By Ralph Gowling Mike Oldfield has an album of fresh material coming out in January after a six-year gap during which he thought he would never record anything new again.   It was Mike’s appearance before a global audience of 900 million at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games that sparked his return to the studio and led...

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Baker’s dozen

Jan 2014 Baker’s dozen

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WHO CAN forget that magical split second that lifted an already outstanding performance into a Eurovision winning classic back in 1981.

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Yes, it’s a UK tour

Aug 2013 Yes, it’s a UK tour

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It was 1967 when Rock came of age and was accorded its own genre within music.

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Goin’ back – early days

Jul 2013 Goin’ back – early days

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ADAM FAITH: turning our gaze towards Britain’s pop scene of the early 60s and one Adam Faith.

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Up-staged or partners?

Jul 2013 Up-staged or partners?

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Legendary 1960s bubble-gum pop songwriter Tommy Roe took a career full of stories with him when he appeared at BB King’s earlier this year.   But so did his musical director/guitarist/business manager Rick Levy. Levy has kept his own career going since the ‘60s, as manager and musician. His clients over the years, as well as Roe,...

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Drivers of the 6.5 Special

Jul 2013 Drivers of the 6.5 Special

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THE sheet-anchor of the “6.5 Special” was undoubtedly the talented team of personality comperes – Jo Douglas, Pete Murray and Freddie Mills. To those who knew these artists before the advent of “6.5,” they would be considered an unlikely combination. But they have adapted themselves to the mood of the programme with great...

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Summer of ’63…..

Jul 2013 Summer of ’63…..

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It was 50 years ago this summer that it became clear there’d really been a major shift in the British music industry.

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Cupids Inspiration back on the road

Jun 2013 Cupids Inspiration back on the road

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After more than 40 years, Cupids Inspiration are back on the road with Bob Poole, Paul Shanahan, ex Peppermint Circus and Hard Horse vocalist and front man Paul “Tommy” Thomas and drummer Rick Medlock. Playing favourite songs from the sixties – plus, of course, their hit records and incorporating three-part vocal harmonies...

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Music and fun of Vanity Fare

May 2013 Music and fun of Vanity Fare

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This is a summer sound evoking the golden rays and golden era of American Music. West Coast – where Vanity Fare to this day maintain cult status.

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JF’s Memory Time Machine: Leon Russel

May 2013 JF’s Memory Time Machine: Leon Russel

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Today he’s acknowledged as one of rock music’s great contributors.

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Keeping pace was once a problem for Ian Paice

May 2013 Keeping pace was once a problem for Ian Paice

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LITTLE did I realise that when I was teaching myself to drum, a decade before, a man who would become a legend in rock drumming was teaching himself in exactly the same way.

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