Elkie stays as young as she wants to

AS EACH summer approaches, we are offered more and more music festivals to enjoy. Cornbury Music Festival, in Oxfordshire between July 5 and 7 is the perfect one for me. I was offered a choice of artists to talk to about the event and I opted for another chat with ELKIE BROOKS, celebrating 60 years as a professional singer very soon.

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Connie Francis – living the American dr...

CONNIE FRANCIS was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1938. She is described as the original Italian-American queen of pop; the most successful international female vocalist of the 1950s and 1960s; the first female teenager to register a UK No.1 single, and the first female solo artist to top the UK album chart.

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Behind the mic – Golden days before the...

JOURNALIST and broadcaster Alan Thompson has worked in BBC and independent radio in a senior capacity and was one of a handful of Brits who made their professional broadcasting début in the United States.

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2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the ...

P J PROBY appears to have brought his career to a sudden halt after an off-the-record chat with a freelance journalist who saw fit to publish the raucus claims and remarks. What is the real story?

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Obituary: Dr John

LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack. The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie […]

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Share a cuppa tea with…

MATTHEW FISHER of Procol Harum as he talks about Helen Shapiro, secrets, and the light fandango. By Jane Quinn Matthew Charles Fisher is a classically- trained English musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing and playing the Hammond organ on the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum, Naturally, […]

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Can success strike twice?

The announcement of 'Summer Loving' as the title of a prequel to Grease (1978) has re-awakened many memories of the late 1970s and those who starred in the iconic film adaptation of the Broadway musical rather than memories of the film itself.

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Tribute to Les Reed

The great Les is estimated to have written more than 2,000 songs... what an amazing achievement.

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MICKY DOLENZ as he spills a few secrets, chats about physics, tells us why he has no tree house, and all about his dreams coming true. By Jane Quinn IN 1958, Micky Dolenz was TV’s Circus Boy and I became a fan. In 1966, Micky Dolenz was a Monkee and I became a bigger fan! […]

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Mac is back

Jan 2015 Mac is back

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Martin Hutchinson They say the New Year is a time for new beginnings, and so it was exactly 40 years ago for Fleetwood Mac. After a number of hits between 1968 and 1970, blues-based, times were hard for the band. ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘Albatross’, ‘Oh Well’ and ‘The Green Manalishi’ had all been successful, but they had not had a...

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The Four Seasons music to be cheerful

Jan 2015 The Four Seasons music to be cheerful

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By Katie Davis The Rag dolls, one of the top European Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute acts, take you back through the Jersey Boy’s career and before their fame, playing songs such as Oh! Carol and Teenager in Love that Frankie, Tommy, Bobby and Nick would have covered in the early days. I had the pleasure of seeing them...

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Silver sixties on disc, the winners

Jan 2015 Silver sixties on disc, the winners

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By Pat Murphy The music industry historically awarded Gold Discs for sales of a million or more, but the overwhelming bulk of the discs were for performance in the American market. Relatively speaking, Britain was too small to compete in that league. Indeed, throughout the 1950s, it’s estimated that only three records – Rock Around...

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On the road with new-born Nazareth

Jan 2015 On the road with new-born Nazareth

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By Martin Hutchinson Veteran Scot-rockers Nazareth are undertaking a short UK tour in January, their first British dates with the bands’ new lead singer Linton Osbourne. After the retirement of co-founder member and singer Dan McCafferty, due to ill health, the band decided to continue and recruited Linton, who has been settling...

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Star in US and UK

Jan 2015 Star in US and UK

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Joe Cocker’s voice was the stuff of real legends on the sound-tracks of movies, theme songs of TV classics, and advertising, as well as on stage and on records and CDs. Award winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Joe died of lung cancer at his home in Crawford, Colorado, on December 22, aged 70. His hoarse, bluesy voice and his...

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Live rock and roll music

Jan 2015 Live rock and roll music

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Many of us will look back on 2014 as the year when too many artists of the 60s era finally played their last encore. Other big names of the 60s have hung up their overnight bags and decided to stay at home with their cars. They will look back at the time when they bundled themselves and their kit into a van and set off on the road...

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Town has Troggs memorial plan

Jan 2015 Town has Troggs memorial plan

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A council wants to put up a plaque to commemorate Love is All Around singer Reg Presley outside the premises where he rehearsed in his early days. Reg was a close friend of nearby Salisbury’s 60s hitmakers Dave Dee and his group, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich who also had big hits at the height of the 60s rock and roll revolution. The...

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Maddness: One Step Beyond ‘35th Anniversary Edition’

Oct 2014 Maddness: One Step Beyond ‘35th Anniversary Edition’

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SALVO SOUND & VISION: SALVOSVX034: CD+DVD SET First issued in 1979 MADNESS ‘ONE STEP BEYOND’ was the start of a new dawn, a six piece band that brought fun and their own brand of 2Tone Ska to UK audiences. They and their album were an instant success and now, Salvo look back and celebrate with a ‘35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION’. I...

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East for Eden

Oct 2014 East for Eden

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Eden Kane (aka Richard Sarstedt) is coming back to the UK, although he lives on the East coast of America.   “As you know, I’ll be touring with Marty Wilde and the Wildcats, and John Leyton in October /November, and the tour also has a terrific singer, Nancy Ann Lee.   “I’ve been doing my thing here in Los...

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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...

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