Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

Oct 2019 Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

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BEHIND THE MIC – PAUL BURNETT (Former Radio Luxembourg and Caroline DJ) By Ian Woolley Many disc jockeys harbour a secret ambition to also have a hit record. But Paul Burnett’s appearance on Top Of The Pops dressed as a chicken takes some beating. More of that later… Paul’s radio career started in 1962 when he was out in Aden...

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Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ roll road

Oct 2019 Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ roll road

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By Ian Woolley Showaddywaddy started out in 1973 and their first hit was in the following year with Hey Rock N’Roll . Theyhave been on the road continuously since then, bringing joy with their infectious doo-wop covers and rock ‘n’roll staples to fans all over the world. Now in their 46th year, I met their original drummer Romeo...

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Maddy spans the years

Oct 2019 Maddy spans the years

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By Martin Hutchinson Folk legends Steel eye Span are in a celebratory mood as they are about to set off on a 20-date UK tour to commemorate their 50th Anniversary! Many members have come and gone, but vocalist Maddy Prior is still there, as she was back in 1969. Speaking from her home, Maddy expresses an unusual emotion about the...

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Way back when… Boney M

Oct 2019 Way back when… Boney M

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By Derek Mead Boney M has a complicated background, almost political, and covering many countries. But after a brief introduction, we will move away from that scenario and concentrate solely on their music which, to say the least, is melodic dramatic and totally enjoyable. The group has been described in many ways including its...

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Breakfast with: Steve Ellis

Oct 2019 Breakfast with: Steve Ellis

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By Derek Mead This is a short story about the London-based pop and soul group formed in 1966 and active until 1971. There were five appearances in the UK Singles Chart with Everlasting Love reaching UK No.1 for two weeks with 12 weeks in the UK Top 40 and in the Top 10 in seven other countries, with sales to date of more than 10...

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Oct 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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Suzi Quatro as she tells us what’s new, all about her Happy Days, and love of Scrabble. By Jane Quinn She is a singer/songwriter/bass player/percussionist/author/actress/radio presenter/poet/trailblazer/multi-instrumentalist/Gemini…She was the first woman to become a major rock star. Who else could my guest be other than Suzi...

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Breakfast with: Clarke – ex Hollies

Sep 2019 Breakfast with: Clarke – ex Hollies

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By Martin Hutchinson ALLAN CLARKE, one of the most distinguished voices in British music history, is set for a dramatic return to the musical frontline – and no one is more than surprised than Allan himself. ‘Resurgence’ is the title of Allan Clarke’s new solo album, and as a title it couldn’t be more apt. Allan’s place in music...

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Breakfast with: P P Arnold

Sep 2019 Breakfast with: P P Arnold

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THE MID-SIXTIES was a boom time for Soul Music in the UK. By Jim Stewart Tamla Motown and Stax were becoming the dominant sounds, opening the door for R&B artists galore to be picked up by promoters and brought over to the UK for package and club tours. Many found the audiences more appreciative, knowledgeable without the...

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Sep 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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IAN ANDERSON of Jethro Tull. Join Ian as we discuss the Eagle, puppies, and being a cautious adventurer. By Jane Quinn A singer and composer, Ian Anderson is also a multi-instrumentalist, including acoustic and electric guitars, saxophone, percussion, keyboards, bagpipe, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, violin, balalaika, clarinet...

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Elkie stays as young as she wants to

Jul 2019 Elkie stays as young as she wants to

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AS EACH summer approaches, we are offered more and more music festivals to enjoy. Cornbury Music Festival, in Oxfordshire between July 5 and 7 is the perfect one for me. I was offered a choice of artists to talk to about the event and I opted for another chat with ELKIE BROOKS, celebrating 60 years as a professional singer very soon.

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Connie Francis – living the American dream

Jul 2019 Connie Francis – living the American dream

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CONNIE FRANCIS was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1938. She is described as the original Italian-American queen of pop; the most successful international female vocalist of the 1950s and 1960s; the first female teenager to register a UK No.1 single, and the first female solo artist to top the UK album chart.

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Behind the mic – Golden days before they end

Jul 2019 Behind the mic – Golden days before they end

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JOURNALIST and broadcaster Alan Thompson has worked in BBC and independent radio in a senior capacity and was one of a handful of Brits who made their professional broadcasting début in the United States.

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2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the link to TJ Tom Jones

Jul 2019 2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the link to TJ Tom Jones

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P J PROBY appears to have brought his career to a sudden halt after an off-the-record chat with a freelance journalist who saw fit to publish the raucus claims and remarks.
What is the real story?

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Obituary: Dr John

Jul 2019 Obituary: Dr John

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LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack. The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie and rock...

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Jul 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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MATTHEW FISHER of Procol Harum as he talks about Helen Shapiro, secrets, and the light fandango. By Jane Quinn Matthew Charles Fisher is a classically- trained English musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing and playing the Hammond organ on the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol...

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Can success strike twice?

Jun 2019 Can success strike twice?

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The announcement of ‘Summer Loving’ as the title of a prequel to Grease (1978) has re-awakened many memories of the late 1970s and those who starred in the iconic film adaptation of the Broadway musical rather than memories of the film itself.

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Tribute to Les Reed

Jun 2019 Tribute to Les Reed

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The great Les is estimated to have written more than 2,000 songs… what an amazing achievement.

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Jun 2019 Share a cuppa tea with…

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MICKY DOLENZ as he spills a few secrets, chats about physics, tells us why he has no tree house, and all about his dreams coming true. By Jane Quinn IN 1958, Micky Dolenz was TV’s Circus Boy and I became a fan. In 1966, Micky Dolenz was a Monkee and I became a bigger fan! Now I find we are talking and laughing and drinking tea...

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Rolling on and on and on and state-of-the-art new studio

Jun 2019 Rolling on and on and on and state-of-the-art new studio

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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 Aclam Guitars and custom pedalboards 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...

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Tributes to success

Apr 2019 Tributes to success

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Money for Nothing, stated to be the No.1 Dire Straits Trib­ute Band is an amazing example of the accurate re-creation of the sound of the original seventies band.

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