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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They were sure at the time

May 2014 They were sure at the time

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By John Firminger These days, the Euro-vision Song Contest has become almost a parody of itself, thanks – in part – to some of the show’s presenters.   However, back when it started in the 50s and 60s it was a great international event of great pride for all its participants, especially if you were successful. One such...

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Wilko has major surgery

May 2014 Wilko has major surgery

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AN OFFICAL statement from Wilko Johnson’s manager on May 2 said: “Wilko is recovering following a nine-hour operation on Wednesday in which doctors successfully removed a pancreatic tumour.   “The head of the medical team treating Wilko said that they were happy with his condition. Wilko will stay under very close observation for...

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Ozzy ‘clueless’

May 2014 Ozzy ‘clueless’

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Ozzy Osbourne says he is ‘clueless’ about who will ‘carry the flag’ for rock stars from now on.   The 65-year-old former frontman of Black Sabbath who also had a successful solo career, is concerned about who can take over his reputation.   ‘That might be a very true statement,’ he told Kerrang! magazine when asked if he thinks...

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The good old days

May 2014 The good old days

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Fun The good old days with the fans – Joe Meek ‘Special’ – Borderline London April 27   A special concert to remember the work of legendary record producer Joe Meek at London’s West End Borderline Club was a great reunion night for artists and fans.   Artistes appearing included Cliff Bennett, Chas Hodges, Billie Davis, Danny...

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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 nine-member...

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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 completely...

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Rocking in heaven

Mar 2014 Rocking in heaven

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Francis ‘Franny’ Beecher, lead guitarist for Bill Haley and His Comets, died in his sleep last month at a nursing home near Philadelphia. He was 92.   Franny played with Benny Goodman and Buddy Greco before joining Bill Haley and His Comets in 1955, when they helped begin the rock ‘n’ roll era with the worldwide chart-topper ‘Rock...

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Percy Sledge returns after surgery

Mar 2014 Percy Sledge returns after surgery

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Percy Sledge pulled out of a UK tour last month because of liver cancer treatment, but was back to performing at a concert in Jamaica on March 1 after the surgery.   Sledge’s spokesman Mark Lyman said the ‘When A Man Loves A Woman‘ star underwent a procedure to have a cancerous polyp removed from his liver in...

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They can do the can-can

Mar 2014 They can do the can-can

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was amused to come across the picture above of the group posing for the press outside EMI’s then London HQ when they turned professional in February, 1967.   “Oh for the days when I could still lift my leg up that high!” said Nick,  the only constant member of Pink Floyd since their formation in 1965....

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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 full...

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