They can do the can-can

Mar 2014 They can do the can-can

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was amused to come across the picture above of the group posing for the press outside EMI’s then London HQ when they turned professional in February, 1967.   “Oh for the days when I could still lift my leg up that high!” said Nick,  the only constant member of Pink Floyd since their formation in...

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Marrakesh Express man still riding

Mar 2014 Marrakesh Express man still riding

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David Crosby calls himself a lucky man after he heeded his doctors and underwent a cardiac catheterisation and angiogram last month.   A routine cardiac stress test had shown the left anterior coronary artery was 90% blocked, and two stents were placed to provide blood flow to his heart muscle. David – expected to make a...

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Ronnie reveals all

Mar 2014 Ronnie reveals all

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By Ralph Gowling   Ronnie Spector presents a special concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday, March 9 chronicling her 50-year career that began when she led The Ronettes to international stardom with hits like ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Baby I Love You’ and ‘Walking In The Rain’.   “Fifty years ago, The Ronettes and I...

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Hermits out and about

Mar 2014 Hermits out and about

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Herman’s Hermits, one of the busiest groups on the Golden Oldies circuit, have embarked on a 50th anniversary tour of the UK.   The group first soared to stardom back in 1964 when they went to No.1 in the UK charts and No.13 in the US charts with ‘I’m Into Something Good’, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.  ...

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Honeycombs have the right to celebrate with a few dates

Mar 2014 Honeycombs have the right to celebrate with a few dates

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The Honeycombs, featuring original leader Martin Murray, perform concerts this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Have I The Right’ topping charts around the world.   Martin, on rhythm guitar just like the hit-making days, lines up on stage with Geoff Thomas (lead vocals), Gayle Fraser (vocals), Martin Donald (lead...

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Mike and the Mechanics

Feb 2014 Mike and the Mechanics

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With a time-span of more than four and a half decades between his first and his latest recordings MIKE RUTHERFORD is showing no signs of resting

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Artistes and artists!

Feb 2014 Artistes and artists!

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January was a busy month in Los Angeles and in the UK.   L.A. correspondent Elvis Aggy caught up with Ed Hill.   Ed was the baritone singer for Elvis Presley. He was with Elvis’ back-up singers, JD Summers and the Stamps Quartet, for 25 years. He is also the famous voice at the end of every Elvis concert saying: “Elvis has...

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Rockers of real note

Feb 2014 Rockers of real note

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FOREIGNER, with special guests Europe and FM, appear on-stage together for the first time when they undertake a short tour of the UK throughout April.

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Reelly rockin ‘n’ rollin’

Feb 2014 Reelly rockin ‘n’ rollin’

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Vince Eager nearly had a crashing fall off stage last month – 55 years after tumbling into an orchestra pit at the Southend Odeon.   “Joe Brown was backing me on guitar at the Southend Odeon and, to this day, he considers it to be the funniest thing he’s seen on stage!” said Vince.   “Last night at The Guildhall Arts...

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Man of courage

Feb 2014 Man of courage

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Bobby Vee has braved Alzheimer’s disease and recorded a new album called “The Adobe Sessions.”   The album is released this month to mark the 55th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP ‘‘The Big Bopper’’ Richardson near Clear Lake, Iowa on the way to a gig.   The tragedy also launched...

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Manilow to work nights

Feb 2014 Manilow to work nights

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Barry Manilow has a new album out in March and tours the UK in May.   “‘Night Songs’ is the most intimate album I’ve ever made, just me playing the piano, bass and singing – that’s it,” said Barry.   “The songs I’ve chosen are a batch of my favourite standards, most of them not very famous, but fantastic songs by...

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When was Bobby born?

Jan 2014 When was Bobby born?

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BOBBY DAY (1928?), the first Black American rock ‘n’ roller to visit the UK on the strength of the 70s/80s revival, seems to have a variable birth date.   Bobby played one show at The Powerhouse, Birmingham, promoted by Colin Silcocks, with backing from Welsh band ‘The Red Hot Pokers’. New movie ‘Last Vegas’, starring Michael...

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R&B 50th anniversary

Jan 2014 R&B 50th anniversary

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THE BLUESCLUB Band opens 2014 at The Eel Pie Club, Twickenham on Thursday, January 9.   Later in the month, Chimes International launch the 50th anniversary Ultimate Rhythm and Blues tour starting at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.   The Eel Pie’s club gig will be a rip-roaring start to 2014! Bluesclub’s star line-up is Guy...

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Shock death of Phil Everly

Jan 2014 Shock death of Phil Everly

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Phil Everly who, with his brother Don, formed the influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including The Beatles and Bob Dylan, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday, January 3. He was 74.   Full obituary in February issue of The...

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Keith is frank elder statesman

Jan 2014 Keith is frank elder statesman

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The iconic life and career of the famed guitarist of The Rolling Stones is detailed in a compilation of interviews that spans the past 50 years.   Featuring articles from GQ, Melody Maker, and Rolling Stone, with interviews never previously in print, it charts Keith Richards’s journey from gauche, young pretender and swaggering...

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Sporting gesture from Elton

Jan 2014 Sporting gesture from Elton

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Sir Elton John CBE gives a live solo performance at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire this summer to help young Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls striving to achieve their sporting ambitions.   SportsAid hopes to raise £500,000 to create a new athlete fund with Sir Elton John, whose support for the charity dates back to its founding years...

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Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

Jan 2014 Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

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Dozy speaks out Three original members, Tich, Dozy, (Mick) and Beaky By Ralph Gowling   Dozy Ward-Davies of Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich has become the latest star to raise the vexed question of original artists in acts.   “We are still rocking and rolling into another year with a two-month tour starting on the 3rd of...

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Warm welcome back for Chip

Jan 2014 Warm welcome back for Chip

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CHIP HAWKES is back and his determination has driven him to return with a polished, powerful and impassioned performance.

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Beatles celebration

Jan 2014 Beatles celebration

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TOMMY ROE AND CHRIS MONTEZ perform during “Beatle Week” at Liverpool’s Cavern Club in August.

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Sun rises on The Animals

Jan 2014 Sun rises on The Animals

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JOHN STEEL of ANIMALS & FRIENDS, says the group had to change the original lyrics of ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ as there were suggestions that the song was about a brothel in New Orleans.   “We loved the song when we first heard it, but it was 1964 and we knew there was no way any radio station would play a...

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