What might have been?

Sep 2019 What might have been?

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By David Parker LIVING a long time gives us the opportunity to look back on our lives and our ups-and downs, best and worst moments. For many of us, the deaths of performers 60 years on, who gave us so much pleasure in our younger days, has left a lasting impression, especially when remembering those who died young in accidents...

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Editor’s Beat: The Tremeloes return

Jul 2019 Editor’s Beat: The Tremeloes return

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HERE’S more good news from an old ‘trouper’ whose staying power is amazing. After a daunting spell of physical poor health, Chip Hawkes is going back on the road with Rick Westwood, on lead guitar, former member Mick Clarke (Rubettes) on bass and vocals, Richard Marsh on guitar and vocals, and Chip’s son...

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Editor’s Beat: Jerry Lee at 83

Jul 2019 Editor’s Beat: Jerry Lee at 83

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JERRY LEE LEWIS is recovering from a minor stroke. The 83-year-old rock and roll musician went into hospital at the end of February suffering a minor stroke. While in hospital he was visited by one of his greatest fans, Tom Jones. Tom combined the visit when performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May, where...

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Editor’s Beat: New Hermit emerges

Jul 2019 Editor’s Beat: New Hermit emerges

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HERMAN’S HERMITS have a new member in the group, so the band plays on while others slow down and stop. Paul Cornwell left Herman’s Hermits on June 8, for reasons leader Barry Whitwam has chosen not to reveal at this time. Paul has been replaced by Duncan Keith who plays lead guitar and also is a very good vocalist. Duncan makes his...

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Rolling on and on and on

Jun 2019 Rolling on and on and on

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THE ROLLING STONES rock and roll circus just goes on and on, come wind, rain, sun, storms and tempests. While other artists pack away their instruments after playing in public for the last time, the stones roll on without gathering much moss, it seems. We’ve heard the last of some names who have quietly slipped from the...

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Not at a theatre near you

Apr 2019 Not at a theatre near you

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One of the most distressing parts of my job as a jour­nalist, magazine and news­paper editor is to relay news to you that you don’t really want to hear. But it’s also upsetting for us at The Beat to hear that readers have stopped sub­scribing because we did not report something they’d hoped to see in The Beat....

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Let the music be heard

Mar 2019 Let the music be heard

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THAT SEEMS to be Billie Davis’s motto as she spends as lot of time and thought in co-operating with other artists who don’t get the chance to work in their own right as their names may not be known outside the ranks of the band in which they starred. So it’s heartwarming that shows put together by Billie and...

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This could be the last time

Mar 2019 This could be the last time

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THE SOLID SILVER 60s Show has notched up an incredible record-breaking 34 years, for what could be the last time. Often imitated, it has never been bettered! The show has performed to more than a million people since its first tour in the 1985. The range of artists sharing the stage included Bobby Vee, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The...

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Editor’s Beat: Tribute shows don’t fill theatres

Feb 2019 Editor’s Beat: Tribute shows don’t fill theatres

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ALL GOOD things must end, according to some soothsayers. So the era of the 50s, 60s and 70s must end as well, we surmise: but will it? Nowadays, tribute shows are springing up and original artists long gone –and not so long gone – are being resurrected with full orchestral backing. Not all fans think this is a good thing and a way...

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Steve gets Gerry’s praise

Aug 2018 Steve gets Gerry’s praise

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STEVE ELLIS sent me a T shirt with the motif Boom! Bang! Twang! –the title of his latest CD compilation. About one of the tracks, Steve said: “Here is a quote from Gerry Marsden about my latest single Don`t let the sun catch you crying. I thought it was very nice.” Gerry wrote: “I’ve been mates with Steve a...

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Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

Aug 2018 Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

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The odds are 7/4 on ABBA to reunite in 2018. The Swedish quartet is rumoured to be preparing set for a reunion before the year’s end. A sensational ABBA comeback could be on the cards this year and Betway odds are as short as 7/4 for the pop group to announce a reunion in 2018. With ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ in the cinemas at...

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Super trooper

Aug 2018 Super trooper

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JESS CONRAD was born on February 24, 1936. That makes him 83 next birthday and he is still willing to perform. He was one of the first to congratulate Sir Cliff Richard, who Jess has known from the early days, after the recent court case victory. Jess’s long career started when he was a repertory actor and film extra. He was...

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Linda was back in town

Jul 2018 Linda was back in town

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Screamin’ Festival: 1999 – 2018: – 20th Anniversary. Crazy Cavan with the Rhythm Rockers rock ‘n’ roll and rip it up with Linda Gail Lewis, at the fabulous Spanish festival ‘Screamin’ last month in Calella, just 45 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. It’s a week-long holiday and 50s rock and roll...

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News of Judith

Jul 2018 News of Judith

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Like The Seekers, Judith Durham has been out of the limelight for a long time, having suffered a brain haemorrhage. Just recently, Judith was able to arrange a phone call from Australia to Dame Vera Lynn, our own 101-year-old veteran pop star. The call was set up by The Beat reader and contributor Derek Mead, and Shelley Bovey, who...

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Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Walk of fame’

Jul 2018 Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Walk of fame’

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Editors Beat with David Parker THE ‘Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been set up by Walk of Fame Media and the owners of Brighton Palace Pier. The permanent ‘free to view’ cultural attraction pays tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJs closely associated with the city and Sussex from the early sixties to present...

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Editors Beat with David Parker

Apr 2018 Editors Beat with David Parker

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‘BIG GIRLS Don’t Cry’ is a show claiming to celebrate the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. The publicity states: ‘Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated...

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Festive favourites with Jimmy

After the success of last years’ tour, The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza is returning to the UK this month. The show has been a staple at The Moon River Theatre in Missouri for many years, but with the passing of Andy Williams, The Osmonds wanted to carry on the tradition and continue Andy’s legacy. The season ends early in...

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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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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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