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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Yesterday is back with Cupid’s Terry

ORIGINAL founder-members of the 1968 successful pop recording group Cupid’s Inspiration have reformed. Cupid’s Inspiration had big hits in 1968 that topped the British charts – Yesterday Has Gone and My World followed by Dream, including best album in 1969. The band has reformed under the name Cupid’s with the original voice of Terry Rice-Milton. […]

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Shakin’ all over

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN – a Tribute to Shakin’ Stevens’ is live at theatres in the UK. The 80s Welsh answer to Elvis finally has his own tribute show with all the hits, including ‘This Ol’ House’, ‘Green Door’, ‘Oh Julie’. The rags to riches story is based on his 40 hits, starring Rebel Dean. The […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric chats about many things including Tom Petty, secrets, and plynths. REMEMBER that legendary song The Whole Wide World? Of course you do. Written by singer/songwriter/musician Wreckless Eric, it has been covered by many artists including The Monkees, Elvis Costello, Marilyn Manson, The Proclaimers, Amanda Palmer, Will Ferrell, plus others and is a hit […]

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TV teen show pioneer dies

JACK GOOD died on September 24, apparently without much of a fanfare. The early British TV producer whose shows included Six-Five Special and Oh Boy!, also found and managed UK rock ‘n’ roll stars Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, and Cliff Richard, and is also behind the legacy of P J Proby in the UK, having […]

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Sharing a cuppa with Alan Clayson

Sharing a cuppa tea with…. Alan Clayson of The Argonauts as he discusses Elvis and Elvis, monkeys, and new projects talks about fear, Beatles, and tattoos. Well, as I grew up in the American cornfields, I never suspected one day I would share a cuppa tea with a genuine Argonaut. But here we are, chatting […]

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Wind of heaven to pass on tour

By Martin Hutchinson “I CAN’T remember his name, but he sang Nights In White Satin,” said Jeff Wayne when he was casting his legendary album ‘The Musical Version of The War of the Worlds’. He wanted the perfect voice for the song Forever Autumn and he thought the voice of The Moody Blues was perfect. […]

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‘Win a city break to Hamburg,’

On October 20 and 21, Hamburg on Tour visits London to show off what Hamburg has to offer. Visitors can experience what the Hamburg festival region offers – something for every taste – from metal to jazz, rock to classic music. London will host to a one-of-a-kind pop up event in Shoreditch to showcase one […]

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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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Goin’ back – early days

Jan 2014 Goin’ back – early days

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By John Firminger   Continuing our monthly visit to the cinema, when I went to see this month’s selection, ‘Disc Jockey Jamboree’ (its UK title) from 1957, I discovered it was on with ‘The Green-Eyed Blonde’ which had an ‘A’ certificate, which meant I couldn’t get in unaccompanied by an adult.   Keen to see the film, I did what all...

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Hall of Fame bid for Epstein

Jan 2014 Hall of Fame bid for Epstein

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 By Robert Rush   Greetings from Across the Pond, and all best wishes for a healthy, happy and rockin’ 2014! Here’s what’s happening:   In America, we’re calling 2014 “The Beatles’ 50th Anniversary.” Now, you and I know that’s not really the case, but apparently the US media is looking at it from a typically American,...

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When was Bobby born?

Jan 2014 When was Bobby born?

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BOBBY DAY (1928?), the first Black American rock ‘n’ roller to visit the UK on the strength of the 70s/80s revival, seems to have a variable birth date.   Bobby played one show at The Powerhouse, Birmingham, promoted by Colin Silcocks, with backing from Welsh band ‘The Red Hot Pokers’. New movie ‘Last Vegas’, starring Michael...

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R&B 50th anniversary

Jan 2014 R&B 50th anniversary

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THE BLUESCLUB Band opens 2014 at The Eel Pie Club, Twickenham on Thursday, January 9.   Later in the month, Chimes International launch the 50th anniversary Ultimate Rhythm and Blues tour starting at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.   The Eel Pie’s club gig will be a rip-roaring start to 2014! Bluesclub’s star line-up is Guy...

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Mike makes his mark in the USA

Jan 2014 Mike makes his mark in the USA

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 I get emails from all over and some of them are quite surprising for the news they report.   Here’s a typical one from a reader in the United States.   “Mike Pender has asked me to forward to you some pictures and a couple of messages from fans who were at the BigE Festival in West Springfield, Massachusetts that he was...

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Shock death of Phil Everly

Jan 2014 Shock death of Phil Everly

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Phil Everly who, with his brother Don, formed the influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including The Beatles and Bob Dylan, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday, January 3. He was 74.   Full obituary in February issue of The Beat....

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New album catches the wind for Donovan

Jan 2014 New album catches the wind for Donovan

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By Ralph Gowling   Donovan decided to go back to Nashville, Tennessee to record his latest album because the now iconic American music hub was where it all started for him with ‘Catch The Wind’.   “I never forgot Nashville and I knew I would go back to Nashville one day with a set of songs I have kept in my jean’s back pocket,”...

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The standard is Essex

Jan 2014 The standard is Essex

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David Essex: Live At The BIC, Bournemouth   Wienerworld DVD: WNRD 2579   With a career stretching back almost 50 years David Essex: Live At The BIC, Bournemouth is an excellent reminder of the standard Essex set across a number of genres that far exceed his recording legacy.   Recorded during his ‘Secret Tour’ in 2009, he has never...

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Actor with writing talents

Jan 2014 Actor with writing talents

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By Jim Stewart   Arriving in Los Angeles in a dubious mode of transport with aspirations of becoming an actor, Paul Williams was initially unsuccessful in auditions to become either a Monkee or a Mouseketeer.    But acting roles soon followed, and unforeseen opportunities led him to a career as a singer/ songwriter spanning 45...

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Happy days are here again

Jan 2014 Happy days are here again

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As we enter 2014, the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, unveils the strongest season for quite a while.   Not only is there something for everyone, but the theatre has the best of the new productions, returning favourites, plus the cream of original, tribute and comedy acts.   January opens with ‘HAPPY DAYS’ (January 11-18), the...

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