Back in the USA

Oct 2014 Back in the USA

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The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, New Jersey, September 12

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven

Sep 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven

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Orchard Theatre, Dartford, September 22, 2014   When Danny And The Juniors sang ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Here To Stay, It Will Never Die’ it was as much in hope as belief, music experts gave it a year, let alone seeing the 50s out, and now as the 60th Anniversary approaches it remains the most popular form of...

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Blockbuster

Sep 2014 Blockbuster

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Orchard Theatre, Dartford, September 16   Throughout the ‘70s Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn reigned supreme, writing huge chart hits for every year of the decade, including 5 number one’s, mainly short, catchy, infectious tunes that got inside your head and within 90 seconds you’d be singing along to them.   Transferring...

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Love and affection for Joan

Aug 2014 Love and affection for Joan

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By Martin Hutchinson   AFTER 42 years of touring, Joan Armat­rading is undertaking her first solo world tour, and it’ll be her last major tour.   “I’ve always toured with a band before, but as this will be the last major tour that I’ll be doing, I’ve decided to do it on my own.”   It will be a chance for her to pay the...

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Popular songs that make the stage come alive

Aug 2014 Popular songs that make the stage come alive

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GODSPELL THE 70s MUSICAL at the QUEENS THEATRE, HORNCHURCH By Leslie Dunn   I first saw Godspell in the early 70s when a 23-year-old actor called David Essex played the part of Jesus and I loved it.   I wasn’t sure if putting it on in 2014 would work but how wrong I was. It was truly amazing. Coming from the...

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One man, two Guvnors

Aug 2014 One man, two Guvnors

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Orchard Theatre, Dartford, August 4   As we entered the auditorium of The ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD for the opening night of ‘ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS’, we were surprised to find we  were midway through a Skiffle session: new songs, authentically played  and delivered in true ‘Lonnie’ style, intended to set the mood for an...

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Rock of Ages

Jun 2014 Rock of Ages

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CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY 17 June 2014   A Broadway and West End smash hit, a hugely successful movie, which I viewed with caution as the music featured is so precious to me but I thoroughly enjoyed, and now the nationwide tour of ‘ROCK OF AGES’ hits the CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY with a huge bang.   The simplest of...

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The real gear used by group

Jun 2014 The real gear used by group

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The Rolling Stones Gear by Andy Babiuk & Greg Provost. Backbeat Books: isbn: 9781617130922 If you are to devote 10 years of your life to researching and preparing a book, you need to know the final presentation is going to warrant the effort.   Rolling Stones Gear by Andy Babiuk & Greg Provost with Backbeat has done...

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Great musical influence

Jun 2014 Great musical influence

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS STUDIO CANAL:  Blu-ray  OPTBD 2542  DVD OPTD2542   The Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 60s was an extremely influential period, but it has virtually been ignored by movie makers until now.   The Coen Brothers ‘INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS’ corrects that with authentically atmospheric brilliance that...

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One of the best ever Solid Silver

Jun 2014 One of the best ever Solid Silver

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Solid Silver 60s Show Orchard  Theatre, Dartford, May 10 When I heard Wayne Fontana was forced to pull out of this year’s Solid Silver 60s Show, my initial thoughts were to wish him well, and look forward to seeing again next year.   I then hoped that Flying Music would stick to the remaining four acts and allow them to expand...

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Girl who never made it to charts

May 2014 Girl who never made it to charts

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Donna Loren: These Are The Good Times.  Now Sounds CD: CRNOW 47   She was the perfect ‘Pop Princess’ pretty, great voice and a bubbly personality.   Between 1963-68 she, possibly, made more TV and live appearances than any other teenage girl. Her face was known across America and yet, despite all of the promotional...

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Labradors benefit show

May 2014 Labradors benefit show

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On Friday evening, April 11, P J Proby was in Mapperley Plains, Nottingham to perform for the East Midlands Labrador Charity.   The organisation, founded in 1981 by Harry Cook MBE, in the past 33 years has re-homed more than 6,000 Labradors.   P J has had many pets in the past 50 years, plenty of cats and even more dogs....

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Just Sweet Soul Music

May 2014 Just Sweet Soul Music

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Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band, The Foundations, featuring Alan Warner and Jaki Graham, got off to a cracking start on their Superstars of Soul Tour at Birmingham’s Jam House on April 30.

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For the love of Terry

May 2014 For the love of Terry

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Wonderful musical evening I recently attended at the Gainsborough Hotel, Kidderminster, Worcestershire.   I have always been a great admirer of Terry Rice Milton. His songs with Cupid’s Inspiration in 1968,  “Yesterday Has Gone” and “My World” are, in my opinion, two of the most powerful & memorable songs ever recorded....

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Laughter and tears

Mar 2014 Laughter and tears

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SEE HOW THEY RUN   CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY   FEBRUARY 20   When Warwick Davies decided to form The Reduced Height Theatre Company,  he must have thought long and hard about which play would be best for them.   He decided on ‘See How They Run’, a classic wartime farce from 1945 and, judging by the performance of the...

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Simply the best!

Mar 2014 Simply the best!

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I recently went to see a show called ‘The Billy Fury Years’ at the Orchard Theatre, in Dartford, Kent, and it was absolutely sensational and totally out of this world.   The name of the guy who portrayed Billy Fury is Michael King, and he is a performer of outstanding brilliance. I loved every minute of the show and was...

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PJ – star act with staying power

Mar 2014 PJ – star act with staying power

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The life of James Marcus Smith

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Home-loving Suzi Quatro

Feb 2014 Home-loving Suzi Quatro

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FOR STARS on the Golden Oldies circuit, tours usually mean living out of a suitcase and staying in hotels just for one night all over the country or countries where the concerts take place.   For many, that is the downside of gigging because they are often far from home and miss all the comforts. Suzi Quatro found a way to...

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It’s the 50th anniversary

Feb 2014 It’s the 50th anniversary

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with Jim Stewart   Top of the Pops: 50th Anniversary Illustrated Hardcover   Patrick Humphries & Steve Blacknell McNIDDER & GRACE: ISBN:  9780857160522   IN THE EARLY 60s, it was common practice to transfer successful radio programmes to TV and In 1964 adapting ‘Pick Of The Pops’ into the visual ‘Top Of The Pops was a...

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Happy Days

Feb 2014 Happy Days

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The Musical Churchill Theatre, Bromley.  January 10   The Chill of a cold January night was soon lost on entering the packed foyer of The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, for the opening night of ‘happy Days – the musical’, based on the TV show and written by its creator, Garry Marshall.   With a score+1 of songs by multi...

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