Chas Hodges – my best friend

By Mike Berry Chas Hodges was probably the most ‘gifted’ musician I ever had the pleasure and good fortune to meet and work with! I met Charles Nicholas Hodges when he was 17 and I was 18. And not long after we started working together, I remember calling him a ‘genius’ in a music paper […]

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Remembering Chas Hodges

By John Firminger THE AMOUNT of publicity in the media announcing the passing of Chas Hodges on September 22 shows how much he was admired and loved by both fans and fellow musicians. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep. It goes without […]

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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Ro...

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black […]

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Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller

Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller who became Britain’s premier song and dance man By Pat Murphy When Tommy Steele steps onto the stage of the London Coliseum this July, it’ll be almost 60 years since he debuted there in a lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. And it isn’t fanciful to regard that long […]

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Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Wa...

Editors Beat with David Parker THE ‘Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been set up by Walk of Fame Media and the owners of Brighton Palace Pier. The permanent ‘free to view’ cultural attraction pays tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJs closely associated with the city and Sussex from the early sixties […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

BILL MUMY as he talks Zorro, cornfields, and Nikola Tesla Boy star to master multi-musician Do you remember a vintage television series called The Twilight Zone? If you said “yes” you will no doubt remember the episode about a six-year-old red- haired, freckle-faced little boy who had the very bizarre power to read minds. Even […]

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Everlasting sound of music and rhythm

Breakfast with: Steve Ellis “MAYBE if we live long enough, we grow into what we always wanted to be. “Just maybe, if we stick at what we love, it’ll come around and come good. Steve Ellis has earned the right to sing the Blues if he wants. And sing it he does!” Paul Weller IT […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Peter Noone

Hi, Noone Share a Cuppa Tea with PETER NOONE as he talks about aging, broken hearts, and cats and dogs Peter Noone is fond of referring to himself as Peter NO-ONE. Well, he is not a no-one but, indeed, a SOME-ONE, and I had the pleasure of sharing a big cuppa tea with the ever […]

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Jackie Trent: Being me

FROM the music halls of Stoke-on-Trent to topping the charts with Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark, singer-songwriter Jackie Trent finally shares her colourful life in her fascinating new autobiography. “[Their songs] changed my life. They changed the whole course of my career.” Petula Clark ‘Being Me’ charts, for the first time, the glittering career of […]

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Goin’ back: JF’s Memory Time Machine

Aug 2014 Goin’ back: JF’s Memory Time Machine

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By John Firminger   Continuing with our look back at the mixed fortunes of British rocker Terry Dene, we look at the more positive side, namely his recorded work.   As a vocalist he had managed to copy some of the vocal style he’d heard by a young singer from Tupelo, Mississippi. This may have been as a result of him working as a...

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Breakfast with: Paul Francis – Tony Jackson & The Vibrations

Aug 2014 Breakfast with: Paul Francis – Tony Jackson & The Vibrations

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From Takeovers to good Vibrations By Paul Francis WHILE working as a professional musician for many years, and playing in bands since the early 60s, I went through many highs and lows.   When working with certain musicians you know straight away when it clicks and everything just seems to gel. When I put The Paul Francis Band...

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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  evening...

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Old time burlesque is ‘tease not sleaze’

Jul 2014 Old time burlesque is ‘tease not sleaze’

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In its fourth year, Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza An Evening of Burlesque is responsible for exposing the cream of the West End of London’s thriving burlesque scene to the world.   Not only has the ever-so-cheeky production revealed the secrets of the art of burlesque to delighted audiences across the UK, it has also...

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Goin’ Back

Jul 2014 Goin’ Back

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Back in 1957, singer Terry Dene (real name; Terry Williams) looked like being the ‘golden boy’ of British pop.   With hit records, a film star and appearances on stage and TV he was riding high, before it all went pear-shaped. It was actually in a wrestling ring, in between bouts I might add, that Terry had given an impressive...

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They still like teaching the world to sing

Jul 2014 They still like teaching the world to sing

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The New Seekers, possibly the UKs most successful vocal group of the seventies, return to the stage on Saturday September 20, headlining Pulse Radio’s Music Festival weekend at Cheddar in Somerset.   With a string of UK hits, including Beg, Steal or Borrow, Never Ending Song of Love, You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me, and of...

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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 stories,...

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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 captures...

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