Fan’s tribute to star backed by 86 voic...

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 group appeared and […]

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Timeless music still in demand

By Martin Hutchinson BEATLEMANIA lives on, and the tribute band that grew out of the show of the same name con­tinues to delight audiences around the world with their accurate portrayal of The Fab Four. Originally an American pro­duction, ‘Beatlemania!’ came to London’s West End and toured the country to great acclaim. However, when the […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway as he speaks of the meaning of life, comics, bullies et al. If Bob Dylan was a gymnastic punk rocker, his name would be John Otway. Mr Otway is a singer-songwriter, word­smith, author, an awkward wit, Pete Town­shend’s gifted protégé, and a poetic non-driving tea drinker. You saw him […]

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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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More sixties nights depend on support

Oct 2014 More sixties nights depend on support

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On Saturday October 18, Cupids Inspiration and The Sorrows – featuring Don Fardon – in conjunction with Dynamic Music Management, are putting on a one-off 60s show at the Lime Tree Park club, Templar Avenue, Coventry.   The bands will showcase their hits including Cupids Inspirations “Yesterday Has Gone”, The Sorrows...

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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 entertainment on...

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Graham Gouldman & 10cc interview

Sep 2014 Graham Gouldman & 10cc interview

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It may only be a few months since I last spoke to GRAHAM GOULDMAN but when you have a work ethic like his there is always plenty of new and interesting information to catch up on. A new month long UK tour with 10cc begins on October 4th in Aberdeen with Kent dates at THE ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD on the 12th, TUNBRIDGE WELLS...

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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 that same...

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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 songs as...

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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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