Chas Hodges – my best friend

By Mike Berry Chas Hodges was probably the most ‘gifted’ musician I ever had the pleasure and good fortune to meet and work with! I met Charles Nicholas Hodges when he was 17 and I was 18. And not long after we started working together, I remember calling him a ‘genius’ in a music paper interview….. because I realised that’s just...

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Remembering Chas Hodges

Oct 2018 Remembering Chas Hodges

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By John Firminger THE AMOUNT of publicity in the media announcing the passing of Chas Hodges on September 22 shows how much he was admired and loved by both fans and fellow musicians. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep. It goes...

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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Roag Aspinall Best

Oct 2018 Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Roag Aspinall Best

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By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black leather years, the up, up...

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Rock tour and tea for Bowie

Jul 2018 Rock tour and tea for Bowie

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Fans are invited to celebrate the 46th anniversary of David Bowie’s iconic album with a ‘Rock Tour + Tea’ at K West Hotel & Spa. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album artwork features the hotel’s name ‘K West’. The ‘Rock Tour + Tea’ package includes overnight accommodation in one of K West’s plush...

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Led Zeppelin or Fleetwood Mac?

Jul 2018 Led Zeppelin or Fleetwood Mac?

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FLEETWOOD MAC AND LED ZEPPELIN top the betting on Glastonbury Festival’s 2019 headline acts. Stairway to Heaven rockers Led Zeppelin head Betway’s list of potential Pyramid Stage head- liners. With a year to go before the festival returns, Led Zeppelin appear to be clear favourites followed by Fleetwood Mac at 3/1. Neither...

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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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Stones filter through

Apr 2018 Stones filter through

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Stones filter through THE ROLLING STONES  No Filter tour is in the UK and Ireland this summer, with more shows in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, and Poland. They play 13 shows in 12 venues across Europe in September and October. STONES – NO FILTER has Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood out on the road...

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TV teen show pioneer dies

Oct 2017 TV teen show pioneer dies

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JACK GOOD died on September 24, apparently without much of a fanfare. The early British TV producer whose shows included Six-Five Special and Oh Boy!, also found and managed UK rock ‘n’ roll stars Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, and Cliff Richard, and is also behind the legacy of P J Proby in the UK, having brought him over from the US...

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Sharing a cuppa with Alan Clayson

Oct 2017 Sharing a cuppa with Alan Clayson

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…. Alan Clayson of The Argonauts as he discusses Elvis and Elvis, monkeys, and new projects talks about fear, Beatles, and tattoos. Well, as I grew up in the American cornfields, I never suspected one day I would share a cuppa tea with a genuine Argonaut. But here we are, chatting about Elvis and...

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Wind of heaven to pass on tour

Oct 2017 Wind of heaven to pass on tour

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By Martin Hutchinson “I CAN’T remember his name, but he sang Nights In White Satin,” said Jeff Wayne when he was casting his legendary album ‘The Musical Version of The War of the Worlds’. He wanted the perfect voice for the song Forever Autumn and he thought the voice of The Moody Blues was perfect. He was right and Justin Hayward...

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‘Win a city break to Hamburg,’

Oct 2017 ‘Win a city break to Hamburg,’

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On October 20 and 21, Hamburg on Tour visits London to show off what Hamburg has to offer. Visitors can experience what the Hamburg festival region offers – something for every taste – from metal to jazz, rock to classic music. London will host to a one-of-a-kind pop up event in Shoreditch to showcase one of the most desirable...

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Sharing a cuppa tea with Jim Pilster – JC Hooke

Aug 2017 Sharing a cuppa tea with Jim Pilster – JC Hooke

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I first saw Columbia recording group, The Cryan’ Shames, live in concert during the summer of 1966. Never – and I mean NEVER – have I been so excited by a live gig. The combination of musicality to such a high standard and performance energy was second to none. Opening with the fastest-ever version of Hey Joe was a stroke of...

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Last chance tour?

Jul 2017 Last chance tour?

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Why was Tom Jones on a beach in Cornwall to begin his 2017 tour, widely thought to be his last stage show live appearances. Tom was in Perranporth, Cornwall, a venue very different to the world’s biggest stadiums where he is more likely to be billed. The show was part of the summer’s Bands In The Sands series of gigs on...

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Tony regrets leaving Brian Epstein

Jul 2017 Tony regrets leaving Brian Epstein

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Newly-honoured Tony Crane MBE in conversation with David Parker Tony: you were a teenager at the start your singing career, would you say you were walking into good fortune on stage in front of paying fans? We were lucky being in Liverpool at the time. There were lots of great bands around, but at the very start ,we sang and played...

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Board members reform

May 2017 Board members reform

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Ken Knox has kept the legacy of the legendary Chairmen of The Board alive after the 2010 death of General Johnson. He continued to record songs true to the group’s past, even as they pave a new way. Ken said he was fulfilling a promise made to General Johnson and Danny Woods to continue their legacy, with new members Thomas Hunter...

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Back to basics for Billie & Co.

May 2017 Back to basics for Billie & Co.

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Billie Davis is in Spain for the week of Sunday, April 30 to May 7, but returns for her new stage touring show at the Gordon Craig in Stevenage on May 11. During the show, Alan Warner, and Iain ‘Hound-dog’ Terry perform tributes, playing Nivram. (Marvyn backwards, according to Billie.) On drums is John Tuck of The...

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Prince tribute

Apr 2017 Prince tribute

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Purple Rain a live celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince, begins a tour of the UK starting in Cambridge, taking in Guildford, Salisbury, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Leicester Glasgow and Edinburgh, then to Ireland.  Later in the year the band performs in Hastings, Exeter, Birmingham, Blackpool, Ipswich, Worthing,...

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Clem Curtis dies aged 76

Apr 2017 Clem Curtis dies aged 76

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Foundations singer Clem Curtis has died aged 76. The original lead singer of the British band The Foundations, Clem was the lead on the band’s 1967 No.1 hit Baby, Now That I’ve Found You. The song is claimed to be the first chart-topper by a British multi-racial band. Clem lived in Olney, Buckinghamshire. He left the...

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Share a Cuppa Tea with……..

Jan 2017 Share a Cuppa Tea with……..

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……..Sir Tim Rice Born in an historic English country house near Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, Sir Timothy Miles Bindon, ‘Tim’ Rice, is an English author and Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Award, and Grammy Award-winning lyricist. After studying for a year in Paris at the Sorbonne, Rice joined...

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