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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Share a Cuppa Tea…Billy Kinsley of The Merseybeats

Dec 2016 Share a Cuppa Tea…Billy Kinsley of The Merseybeats

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The Merseybeats had the best name for any pop group of the early Sixties. Bill Harry, copyright owner of the newspaper Mersey beat, had given his blessing and approval to the band to use the name. With their compelling tunes, their numerous appearances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and Brian Epstein as manager; they appeared to...

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Cheryl’s still fizzing

Nov 2016 Cheryl’s still fizzing

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By Martin Hutchinson It was a memorable night in music back on April 4, 1981, at Dublin’s Royal Dublin Society when two attractive women had their skirts ripped off in front of half a billion people watching on live TV across Europe. Yes, it was Bucks Fizz winning the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with Making Your...

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

….BRIAN ‘SAXOPHONE’ JONES of The Undertakers By Jane Quinn Join Brian as he talks about hoarding, Mozart, and Marmite. The Undertakers were originally called Bob Evans and the Five Shillings; but that just doesn’t sound as good, does it? They started out as part of the Merseyside music scene in the early 1960s, and they are...

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Gary’s back for the Gold tour 2016

Aug 2016 Gary’s back for the Gold tour 2016

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On one of his rare excursions from the US, where he is kept busy with one-nighters all over the country, GARY PUCKETT is back in the UK for the Solid Gold 60s tour. Gary and his and Union Gap are probably best-known and remembered for their Civil War uniforms, was one of the successful musical groups of the sixties. He led the band...

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Now you see ‘em, now you don’t, now you do…

Aug 2016 Now you see ‘em, now you don’t, now you do…

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By Brian Poole The Beat asked Brian Poole to suggest a topic we could feature in The Beat that was really off-beat. He came up with this idea. “Well, how about getting to know a few of the people who make the shows roll, and keep the wheels turning. Some of these people have stories that are really interesting and unusual....

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No wall of sound on this one

Apr 2016 No wall of sound on this one

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RONNIE SPECTOR ‘ENGLISH HEART’ 429 RECORDS: FTN16121 Ten years since her last release Ronnie Spector delivers her most complete album for three decades with ‘English Heart’, a personal collection of songs recalling the artists she either met while touring the UK back in 1964 with The Ronettes, or within the flood of bands that...

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The unpredictable side of Cliff

Nov 2015 The unpredictable side of Cliff

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A huge part of Cliff Richard’s multi-decadal success derives from an ability to spot a potentially commercial song and serve it up in an accessible manner.

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Rumours can come true

Oct 2015 Rumours can come true

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There are rumours flying around that there is a superb tribute band to Fleetwood Mac doing the rounds. For once, the rumours are, in fact – er – fact, and the celebrated Rumours of Fleetwood Mac are touring their acclaimed show in an exhaustive 26-date UK tour. The original Fleetwood Mac had a string of hits from ‘Albatross’...

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Reviewbeat: Rebel Dean

Aug 2015 Reviewbeat: Rebel Dean

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I first saw Rebel Dean perform in 2002, at the annual `Eddie Cochran Memorial Weekend` in Chippenham, UK, from where I would regularly broadcast my radio show live. Given the event, Rebel was obviously doing a mostly Eddie set, but I could see this young guy was more than just a `tribute` artiste. So I was pleased to see him there...

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Timeless Manfred music

Jun 2015 Timeless Manfred music

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By Martin Hutchinson Back in the sixties, Manfred Mann was a big hit-making machine, and from 1964 to 1969, they were almost ever-present in the charts due to such classic hits as ‘5-4-3-2-1’, ‘Doo Wah Diddy Diddy’, ‘Pretty Flamingo’ and ‘Come Tomorrow’ to name but four. Their music was so good that they survived a change of...

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PP’s got plans for her talent

Jun 2015 PP’s got plans for her talent

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I caught up with the 2015 Solid Silver Sixties Tour in The Pavilion, Bournemouth last month. I was greeted at the stage door by the highly-professional tour manager Bob Balchin, who was obviously pleased to see me – I don’t know why! He gave me the layout of the dressing rooms so I went for a walk round to see who had...

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Sunny in Seattle – not so long ago!

May 2015 Sunny in Seattle – not so long ago!

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John Lodge releases his second solo album ‘10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO’ ahead of the Moody’s UK tour in June.

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I can still remember when

May 2015 I can still remember when

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Don Mclean: from aspiring young songwriter to internationally acclaimed artist.

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50 years since ‘The Voice’ hit

Mar 2015 50 years since ‘The Voice’ hit

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By Jim Stewart ‘The Voice’ was one of The Moody Blues biggest hits and to their legion of fans worldwide JUSTIN HAYWARD is The Voice. Since joining the band late 1966, he has enjoyed incredible success both as a band member and a solo artist. In 2015 he is touring the UK in both guises, with promoting a new eight-disc box set ‘THE...

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Acting like a ‘right prima donna’

Mar 2015 Acting like a ‘right prima donna’

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By Jim Stewart Ray Thomas, The Moody Blues, ‘The Magnificent Moodies’ 50th Anniversary Deluxe 2CD Edition, Esoteric Recordings: ECLEC 22473 As the sixties turned the page for 1965 the future looked good for THE MOODY BLUES, their UK No.1 ‘Go Now’ was now repeating its success worldwide, and their follow-up had also...

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Graham Gouldman 2015

Feb 2015 Graham Gouldman 2015

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Originally scheduled as the second leg of 10cc’s 2014-15 Nationwide Tour the dates now have a greater significance to their fans as the band will feature the complete ‘Sheet Music’ album onstage for the very first time. They begin at Reading Hexagon on February 5th, followed by The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury on Saturday 7th...

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All influences are in there

Jan 2015 All influences are in there

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Singer Jimmy Somerville is releasing his sixth solo album, Homage, on March 9. The record, a collection of 12 original disco tracks, is a tribute to the genre that inspired Jimmy so much during his teenage years. “A homage to disco is something I always wanted to do. I never really thought I could pull it off but I did, and it’s a...

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Mac is back

Jan 2015 Mac is back

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Martin Hutchinson They say the New Year is a time for new beginnings, and so it was exactly 40 years ago for Fleetwood Mac. After a number of hits between 1968 and 1970, blues-based, times were hard for the band. ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘Albatross’, ‘Oh Well’ and ‘The Green Manalishi’ had all been successful, but they had not had a...

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The Four Seasons music to be cheerful

Jan 2015 The Four Seasons music to be cheerful

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By Katie Davis The Rag dolls, one of the top European Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute acts, take you back through the Jersey Boy’s career and before their fame, playing songs such as Oh! Carol and Teenager in Love that Frankie, Tommy, Bobby and Nick would have covered in the early days. I had the pleasure of seeing them...

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