Stop-gap TV show that became a cult

May 2013 Stop-gap TV show that became a cult

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“SIX-FIVE SPECIAL” – which became one of the most shows ever transmitted on BBC Television, was presented as a six-week stop-gap – to give the planners sufficient time to conceive something with more appeal!

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Bob’s the ace builder of the shows

May 2013 Bob’s the ace builder of the shows

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While you’re sitting in the auditorium waiting for the show to start, a sudden calm descends backstage as the first performers get ready to take the stage.

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Back to their roots for a new record

May 2013 Back to their roots for a new record

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David Parker talks to members of Vanity Fare.

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Zombies are taking to the road in May.

May 2013 Zombies are taking to the road in May.

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THE legendary Zombies are taking to the road in May.

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And he really did do it his way

Apr 2013 And he really did do it his way

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Paul Anka celebrates his 55th year in show-business this month with the release of a new album called “Duets” on which he sings with some of the world’s top artists like George Benson, Michael Buble, Dolly Parton, Leon Russell, Gloria Estefan, Willie Nelson, Celine Dion and Tom Jones

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Roy Orbison Goin’ back – early days

Apr 2013 Roy Orbison Goin’ back – early days

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Roy was responsible for some of the most dramatic and emotional songs in pop music, some of which sadly reflect some of the tragedy that plagued his life.

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Carol’s a cool cat

Apr 2013 Carol’s a cool cat

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THE LATER part of 1987 was a golden period for the pop single, when every song that hit No.1 truly merited its place in Pop Music’s Hall Of Fame.
One record, by a group who had begun to make their mark a few months earlier was particularly refreshing. When ‘China In Your Hands’ made it to the top, it cemented the name T’Pau in our hearts forever.

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Plan for Van

Apr 2013 Plan for Van

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VAN MORRISON says he didn’t immediately know that he was born to sing and that he was 15 or 16 before he realised he could make a career of it.

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Wall wows worldwide audiences

Apr 2013 Wall wows worldwide audiences

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Roger Waters has been pushing out the boundaries of progressive rock for decades, both as co-founder of Pink Floyd and as a solo artist. Now, as he prepares to tour Europe this year with “The Wall”, Roger is excited about giving fans an even more thrilling show – particularly in large stadium venues – thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

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“Performing is better than any drug”

Apr 2013 “Performing is better than any drug”

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BOBBY Elliott, The Hollies drummer since 1963, is in a good frame of mind ahead of their 2013 UK dates, as is the rest of the band.

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Dionne Warwick puts on a brave face

Apr 2013 Dionne Warwick puts on a brave face

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Dionne Warwick has told fans she is fine and they should not worry about her after the American star’s shock announcement last month that she was filing for bankruptcy after amassing tax debts of nearly $10 million (£6.6 million) since 1991.

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‘50 & Counting’

Apr 2013 ‘50 & Counting’

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The Beat gets Satisfaction from The Rolling Stones

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Goin’ back

Mar 2013 Goin’ back

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This month’s retro ramble goes back to the 60s and my home town of Sheffield, and a man who became arguably the world’s greatest white soul singer and a superstar to boot – Joe Cocker.

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Glory days of EPs

Mar 2013 Glory days of EPs

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If, like me, your music buying days began in the late 50s, you probably have fond memories of the extended play record – or the EP as it was popularly known.

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Sweet search for success

Mar 2013 Sweet search for success

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Making your first record as a teenager your thoughts are only about ‘whether it will chart?’, ‘will it make number 1?’, and I’m going to enjoy this ride for as long as it lasts.

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It’s a “labour of love”

Mar 2013 It’s a “labour of love”

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Engelbert Humperdinck has postponed a scheduled UK tour in May because of hold-ups in finishing his new CD, which features duets with other leading artists.

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Never a punk band, they say

Mar 2013 Never a punk band, they say

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SEEMINGLY, it has now become a tradition that The Stranglers tour the UK during March, and this year is no exception with their ‘Feel It Live’ tour.

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Three names on a journey

Mar 2013 Three names on a journey

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THREE of the most explosive names in rock are getting together for a series of dates around the UK in May.

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Faded glory of Frankie, man out of his time.

Mar 2013 Faded glory of Frankie, man out of his time.

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Frankie Vaughan is someone whose place in popular memory seems to have receded dramatically since his death in 1999. For at least two reasons, that’s a bit surprising.

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Forever autumn for Justin

Mar 2013 Forever autumn for Justin

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Justin Hayward has taken a break from The Moody Blues to release his first solo album in nearly 20 years.

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