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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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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