Ireland’s first top 10

Feb 2019 Ireland’s first top 10

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Top 10 in Dublin in 1959 was actually 11 By Pat Murphy THIS YEAR marks the 60th anniversary of the first Irish Top 10. On February 12, 1959, Dub­lin’s Evening Herald newspaper launched a chart compiled on its behalf by music columnist Rick O’Shea. To quote: “They tell you what’s top in London and New York. But who tells you what’s...

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Obituary: Paul Barrett

Feb 2019 Obituary: Paul Barrett

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Heartbreaking loss PAUL BARRETT, (pictured) Charlie Gracie’s exclusive Euro­pean agent of 40 years, passed away on January 20. Paul, based in Cardiff, Wales was perhaps the leading purveyor of Roots Rock & Roll and Rockabilly in the UK and throughout Europe. He became CHARLIE GRACIE’s agent in 1979 and created more than 40 UK...

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Who’s been busy

Feb 2019 Who’s been busy

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THE WHO singer Roger Dal­trey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are unleashing the combustible force of The Who, with symphonic accompa­niment this summer at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, July 6, with special guests Eddie Vedder and the Kaiser Chiefs. The Who release their first album of new songs in 13 years...

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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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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jimmy Mack

Feb 2019 Share a Cuppa Tea with Jimmy Mack

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SHARE A CUPPA TEA with American Broadcasting Legend Jimmy Mack speaks of Stones, Nehru Jackets and Goatees, WWII, AND MORE! Secret talents of an icon of our time JIMMY MACK is an American broadcasting icon. He is also the most youthful 96- year-old I am likely ever to share a cuppa tea with. The conversational possibilities are...

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Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming

Jan 2019 Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming

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Ahead of the 50th anniversary, Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming. The most interesting thing about looking back on artists from previous eras is often seeing which ones have withstood the test of time, or even which ones have become bigger than they ever were. A few obvious names come to mind: your Beatles and Rolling Stones,...

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Hall of Fame for The Zombies

Jan 2019 Hall of Fame for The Zombies

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By Martin Hutchinson FINALLY it has happened. The Zombies have at last been inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. The award, voted for by fans and peers, comes after the band has undergone a bit of a change following bassist Jim Rodford’s passing last January. “Jim was a mentor to me,” said founder-member...

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All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

Jan 2019 All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

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By Derek Mead JUDITH DURHAM was born Judith Mavis Cock in Essendon, Victoria, Australia on July 3, 1943. Until 1950, she lived in Essendon and attended the primary school there. From early 1950 she lived in Taroona, Hobart, Tasmania, before returning to Melbourne in 1956. There, she attended Ruyton Girls School before enrolling at...

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina

Jan 2019 Share a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina

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Intelligent lyrics, lovely music. Jane Quinn shares a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina who chats about Walt Disney, Love, Bolero and his metal shop. JAMES MELVIN joined us on Planet Earth in 1947 in a land known as California before spending time in another land called Texas. James later morphed into Jim Messina, musician, songwriter,...

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More of Cliff’s hidden gems

Dec 2018 More of Cliff’s hidden gems

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By Pat Murphy With 124 Top 40 hits under his belt – 68 of which were Top 10 – it’s inevitable people associate Cliff with his hit records. To many, that’s who he is: nothing less but nothing more. In reality, though, there’s much more. In this sixth and concluding instalment of a series acknowl­edging Cliff’s 60th anniversary in...

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Share a cuppa tea with Georgiana Steele-Waller

Dec 2018 Share a cuppa tea with Georgiana Steele-Waller

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By Jane Quinn GEORGIANA STEELE-WALLER Top sixties model and so much more… ENGAGE in enigmatic chat about being a hippie, rodeos, fear, and Beach Boys. The year was 1966. It was the year Lyndon Johnson was the USA’s President, Walt Disney died, England won the World Cup, I got my first kiss in an ancient Indiana graveyard, and...

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Timeless music still in demand

Nov 2018 Timeless music still in demand

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By Martin Hutchinson BEATLEMANIA lives on, and the tribute band that grew out of the show of the same name con­tinues to delight audiences around the world with their accurate portrayal of The Fab Four. Originally an American pro­duction, ‘Beatlemania!’ came to London’s West End and toured the country to great acclaim. However,...

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60s music still as good as gold

Nov 2018 60s music still as good as gold

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Review by music historian and author Peter Checksfield THE HIGHEST point for me recently was the publication in July of my first book, Channel­ling The Beat!, which received almost unanimous glowing reviews. I was now really looking for­ward to what is almost becoming an annual event, the Sixties Gold show, which I would watch at...

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Musical space war

Nov 2018 Musical space war

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The return of the Martians By Martin Hutchinson NO-ONE would have believed that, in 2015, after a sixth sell-out UK tour, when Jeff Wayne said that that was the final ‘War Of The Worlds’ tour, that he’d be back. “It was genuinely thought to be the last.” Jeff said. “We had just signed to do a West End run and for that, the show had...

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Festive shows for merry Osmonds

Nov 2018 Festive shows for merry Osmonds

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By Martin Hutchinson THE OSMONDS are back – well, two of the singing brothers are heading back to the UK with their band to recreate the joy of their Christmas shows – but with a difference. The group, famous for hits Love me For A Reason, Let Me In and of course Crazy Horses, has been performing in some guise or other for six...

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He’s still swinging after all these years

Nov 2018 He’s still swinging after all these years

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By Martin Hutchinson YES, it’s that time again. The annual Sensational 60s Experi­ence from October to Spring. It gathers arguably some of the best of the sixties artists, half a dozen of them – as well as the terrific New Amen Corner, who back the solo acts. Mike Pender, original voice of The Searchers who – with his trusty...

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Goodbye Kiss

Nov 2018 Goodbye Kiss

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After a 45-year career said to have launched an era of rock ‘n’ roll legends, KISS set off on their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named End of the road. The initial announcement was made a month ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent which sent the internet into overdrive with fans hoping their city and country...

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Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway

Nov 2018 Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway

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By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway as he speaks of the meaning of life, comics, bullies et al. If Bob Dylan was a gymnastic punk rocker, his name would be John Otway. Mr Otway is a singer-songwriter, word­smith, author, an awkward wit, Pete Town­shend’s gifted protégé, and a poetic non-driving tea drinker. You saw him...

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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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