Looking back: 60s pop star Steve Ellis, Lov...

Looking back: 60s pop star Steve Ellis, Love Affair Legend! There I’ve said it. From a No.1 single in 1968 with the iconic tune ‘Everlasting Love’, singing with his then band, Love Affair, to other Top Twenty hits like ‘Rainbow Valley’ and ‘Bringing on Back the Good Times’. In one form or the other, Steve […]

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Generation on: Rebel Dean

It’s been a couple of years since The Beat magazine interviewed the rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ singer/actor Rebel Dean, and boy has he been busy since then! He is the performer who the mighty Darrel Higham was quoted as saying: “Rebel Dean – probably the most successful male Rock n’ Roll artiste in Britain today” and […]

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A century of caring, sharing and family

Dame Vera Lynn, 100 years old, in conversation with David Parker Dame Vera: you were not even a teenager at the start your singing career? Would you say you were fortunate to have become a famous singer at such a young age? Yes, I was a great deal younger when I first began singing – […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with Jim Pilster – ...

I first saw Columbia recording group, The Cryan’ Shames, live in concert during the summer of 1966. Never – and I mean NEVER – have I been so excited by a live gig. The combination of musicality to such a high standard and performance energy was second to none. Opening with the fastest-ever version of […]

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Last chance tour?

Why was Tom Jones on a beach in Cornwall to begin his 2017 tour, widely thought to be his last stage show live appearances. Tom was in Perranporth, Cornwall, a venue very different to the world’s biggest stadiums where he is more likely to be billed. The show was part of the summer’s Bands In […]

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Tony regrets leaving Brian Epstein

Newly-honoured Tony Crane MBE in conversation with David Parker Tony: you were a teenager at the start your singing career, would you say you were walking into good fortune on stage in front of paying fans? We were lucky being in Liverpool at the time. There were lots of great bands around, but at the […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Emperor Rosko

By Jane Quinn PLEASE allow me to introduce you to THE IMP…Michael Joseph ‘Mike’ Pasternak, or as you will know him – ‘Emperor Rosko’. He is an American presenter of pop music programmes most widely-known for his shows on Radio Caroline and BBC Radio 1 in the 1960s and 70s. Around 1975, he briefly hosted […]

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He only wanted to rock and roll

Looking back over 60 years, Marty Wilde has many memories and achievements, not least of all his MBE which will be presented to him this month.

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Suzi sets her sights on UK tour – at last

If you read my review of SUZI QUATRO’s poetry book ‘Through My Eyes’ you will recall I gave a list of Suzi’s achievements over the past 50 years.

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Marrakesh Express man still riding

Mar 2014 Marrakesh Express man still riding

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David Crosby calls himself a lucky man after he heeded his doctors and underwent a cardiac catheterisation and angiogram last month.   A routine cardiac stress test had shown the left anterior coronary artery was 90% blocked, and two stents were placed to provide blood flow to his heart muscle. David – expected to make a...

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Jack’s back

Mar 2014 Jack’s back

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JACK BRUCE is said to be one of the greatest popular musicians Britain has ever produced.   A supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist, respected by his peers, Jack’s pioneering bass-playing style has influenced successive generations of bassists, including Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius and Sting, and more contemporary...

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Welcome back on stage – Dave Davies!

Mar 2014 Welcome back on stage  – Dave Davies!

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Dave Davies makes a courageous return to performing in the UK after a decade of battling to overcome a stroke when he stages a concert at London’s Barbican on April 11.   The concert follows a highly popular and critically acclaimed series of shows in the US last year which announced to the world that The Kinks’ lead guitarist...

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Ronnie reveals all

Mar 2014 Ronnie reveals all

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By Ralph Gowling   Ronnie Spector presents a special concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday, March 9 chronicling her 50-year career that began when she led The Ronettes to international stardom with hits like ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Baby I Love You’ and ‘Walking In The Rain’.   “Fifty years ago, The Ronettes and I...

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Hermits out and about

Mar 2014 Hermits out and about

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Herman’s Hermits, one of the busiest groups on the Golden Oldies circuit, have embarked on a 50th anniversary tour of the UK.   The group first soared to stardom back in 1964 when they went to No.1 in the UK charts and No.13 in the US charts with ‘I’m Into Something Good’, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.  ...

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Honeycombs have the right to celebrate with a few dates

Mar 2014 Honeycombs have the right to celebrate with a few dates

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The Honeycombs, featuring original leader Martin Murray, perform concerts this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Have I The Right’ topping charts around the world.   Martin, on rhythm guitar just like the hit-making days, lines up on stage with Geoff Thomas (lead vocals), Gayle Fraser (vocals), Martin Donald (lead...

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Stars mourn Phil Everly

Feb 2014 Stars mourn Phil Everly

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Paul McCartney: “Phil Everly was one of my great heroes. With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on The Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don. Years later when I finally met Phil, I was completely star-struck and at the same time extremely im- pressed by his humility...

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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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