Rhythm & blues and rock & roll – Salena’s road to fame

Mar 2019 Rhythm & blues and rock & roll – Salena’s road to fame

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By Derek Mead JOAN SHAW/SALENA JONES is American by birth but resident in England since 1965. Salena sings Jazz – Latin – Pop – Funk Gospel – Cabaret – Swing – Rhythm and Blues as the forerunner to rock’n’roll – and has extended to the standards of the The Great American...

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Breakfast with: The Beverly Sisters

Mar 2019 Breakfast with: The Beverly Sisters

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By Derek Mead WITH the recent death in October of Babs Beverley, it is time for some reflection on the Beverley Sisters trio which emerged from the war years to succeed in an era so different from the music and musicians of today. Only The Kaye sisters can be considered a good comparison, and they were not sisters but three...

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

Mar 2019 Share a Cuppa Tea with…

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RUSTY YOUNG, founding member of Poco, songwriter, vocalist, et al, chats about Ann-Margret, sleepwalk, tap dancing, and more. By Jane Quinn RUSTY joined us on Planet Earth in 1946 as Norman Russell “Rusty” Young. He is, of course, the original POCO-man and the master of the pedal steel guitar; but did you know Rusty...

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The Pretty Things meant a lot – farewell

Aug 2018 The Pretty Things meant a lot – farewell

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THE PRETTY THINGS have announced they are retiring from electric performances at the end of the year. All current and forthcoming dates throughout 2018 are being billed as part of a farewell tour. Their announcement read: “I am sorry to tell you that this year will be the band’s last full year of touring. We are playing...

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The drummer boy who never grows up!

Jul 2016 The drummer boy who never grows up!

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The Beat editor David Parker asked Herman’s Hermits stalwart Barry Whitwham to tell readers about his 50 years on the drums.

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Life of inner torment

Jan 2015 Life of inner torment

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‘Telling it like it was’ – Mike’s own revelations: origins of The Searchers and ‘The Search for Myself.’

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Several bands, but no original singers in them

Mar 2014 Several bands, but no original singers in them

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I was surprised to see Nigel Lees’ rant in The Beat.   Terry Rice Milton may have been the singer on the original (2) hit records of 1968 but he was only in Cupids for two years, choosing to leave before 1970.  The band continued as Cupid’s Inspiration without him from then on.   As I understand it, Terry Rice Milton did...

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Goin’ back – early days

Jul 2013 Goin’ back – early days

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ADAM FAITH: turning our gaze towards Britain’s pop scene of the early 60s and one Adam Faith.

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Guitar riff remembered

Jun 2013 Guitar riff remembered

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It was the 40th anniversary of Deep Purple’s classic masterpiece Smoke On The Water, last month. It was also the ruby anniversary of what is believed to be the most popular and played guitar riff of all time.… Dah dah DAAH, dah dah da DAAH, dah dah DAAH, dah dah. Earlier this year, Fender®, the American guitar builder, meticulously...

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