Desecration – Sacrilege

Feb 2019 Desecration – Sacrilege

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WHILE the recently released Buddy Holly CD album ‘ TRUE LOVE WAYS – BUDDY HOLLY & THE ROYAL PHILHARMON- IC ORCHESTRA has been a success in the UK pop charts, die-hard Holly fans found the album’s concept hard to swallow. Some might say its success helped to keep Holly’s name and music alive, which maybe...

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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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Michael lives in Ben tribute show

Jan 2019 Michael lives in Ben tribute show

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SAID to be the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star starts a UK tour in Bath on January 11. From dancing along to the legendary pop videos as a child, to playing to a crowd of weeping fans the day after Michael Jackson died, Ben Bowman has dedicated his life to be the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute artist. Ben, 33, who...

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Chas the soloist

Dec 2018 Chas the soloist

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CHAS HODGES Talking Elephant Records, TECD138, 2009 By John Firminger STILL remembering the much admired Chas Hodges, to reiter­ate Mike Berry’s comments in his tribute to his pal, Chas really was a musical genius. He certainly displayed that in many ways during his career. A perfect example is the solo self-titled album he...

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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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Fan’s tribute to star backed by 86 voices

Nov 2018 Fan’s tribute to star backed by 86 voices

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By Ron Tennant, Belgium. ON Friday and Saturday evening, September 28 and 29, the brilliant show Welcome To The 60s was at the Swan Theatre,Worcester. It was a show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the giant life-changing choir from Worcester, called Voices Unlimited. For these two shows, an 86-piece Voices Unlimited vocal...

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Hair-raising crew cuts

Jul 2018 Hair-raising crew cuts

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Russell’s ReviewBEAT CD: Various artists – The Wrecking Crew Wienerworld Most people don’t know any of their names, let alone their faces, but between them, they played on many of the biggest hits recorded in America during the 60s and 70s. The ironically-named Wrecking Crew was a loose squad of...

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Gary’s Gap opens up 50th anniversary

Mar 2018 Gary’s Gap opens up 50th anniversary

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By Peter Robertson THIS SPRING marks the 50th anniversary of the classic, if controversial, international hit Young Girl by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. About a man who has become distressed upon finding out that the girl he’s with is under the legal age of consent, Young Girl was a UK No.1 for four weeks from May 22, 1968. To...

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No studio trickery – just live recording

Jul 2017 No studio trickery – just live recording

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DREAMGIRLS: ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING. SONY CLASSICAL: 88985429492 (2CD SET) WHEN I first heard Jennifer Holiday sing ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, I was completely blown away. I had to have more, the Complete’ Dreamgirls’ Broadway Cast Recording quickly followed, maintaining my love of the music, and I waited...

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‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ SHARON SEXTON INTERVIEW

Jul 2017 ‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ SHARON SEXTON INTERVIEW

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By Jim Stewart AS YOU read this, the most eagerly-awaited theatrical event of the year will have just started a two-week season of previews ahead of the West End. Opening Night on June 20, at THE LONDON COLISEUM, home of The English National Opera, JIM STEINMAN’s ‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ may seem an unlikely production for...

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Collecting The Beatles vinyl

Apr 2017 Collecting The Beatles vinyl

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You have probably seen the TV ad for ‘THE BEATLES VINYL COLLECTION’, a new 23 ‘partwork’ series of every original Beatles album on 180 vinyl, plus all of the Anthology, Live At The BBC, Past Masters and other significant compilations of the bands material. With a magazine detailing either the recording sessions of the accompanying...

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Starry line-up for Gillingham Festival 2017

Apr 2017 Starry line-up for Gillingham Festival 2017

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Gillingham Festival returns with a line-up that includes poet and witty observer Pam Ayres, rock composer Rick Wakeman, folk singer Cara Dillon, guitar maestro Gary Ryan and Paul Jones with the Manfreds.  The festival, based for 2017 mainly at Gillingham School and the Methodist church, in the Dorset town, runs from June 30 to July...

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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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