Michael lives in Ben tribute show

SAID to be the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star starts a UK tour in Bath on January 11. From dancing along to the legendary pop videos as a child, to playing to a crowd of weeping fans the day after Michael Jackson died, Ben Bowman has dedicated his life to be the UK’s ultimate […]

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Sounds of ’69: first time plays

By Pat Murphy Looking back a half-centu­ry, 1969 was a pretty decent year for pop music. Here are 10 records to prove the point. The organisation is chronological, based on my recollection of when I first heard them on Toronto radio. The Fifth Dimension: Aquari­us/Let the Sunshine In Although I wasn’t initially keen on this, […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina

Intelligent lyrics, lovely music. Jane Quinn shares a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina who chats about Walt Disney, Love, Bolero and his metal shop. JAMES MELVIN joined us on Planet Earth in 1947 in a land known as California before spending time in another land called Texas. James later morphed into Jim Messina, musician, songwriter, […]

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Diddy’s delighted with his Retro tour

60s Retro Night: The Fortunes, David Hamilton HELPING raise money for Vari- ety Wessex, a 60s Retro event stars The Fortunes, with a retro 60s disco hosted by former Radio 1 DJ David Diddy Hamilton. The Fortunes, one of the UK’s premier harmony groups with a string of hit records including You’ve Got Your Troubles, […]

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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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Great musical influence

Jun 2014 Great musical influence

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS STUDIO CANAL:  Blu-ray  OPTBD 2542  DVD OPTD2542   The Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 60s was an extremely influential period, but it has virtually been ignored by movie makers until now.   The Coen Brothers ‘INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS’ corrects that with authentically atmospheric brilliance that captures...

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One of the best ever Solid Silver

Jun 2014 One of the best ever Solid Silver

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Solid Silver 60s Show Orchard  Theatre, Dartford, May 10 When I heard Wayne Fontana was forced to pull out of this year’s Solid Silver 60s Show, my initial thoughts were to wish him well, and look forward to seeing again next year.   I then hoped that Flying Music would stick to the remaining four acts and allow them to expand...

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Tommy is back in Liverpool

Jun 2014 Tommy is back in Liverpool

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AMERICAN 60s pop singer songwriter Tommy Roe returns to Liverpool for the first time in more than 20 years to headline International Beatle Week,with two shows at the world famous Cavern Club on August 26.   In 1963, The Beatles opened for Tommy on his first UK tour, and after Beatlemania hit the USA, they asked him to open their...

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Freddie’s are unwrapped

Jun 2014 Freddie’s are unwrapped

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Queen have released unheard Freddie Mercury tracks.   The long-rumoured unheard music from Queen, with Freddie Mercury, may see the light of day before the end of the year.   The tentatively-titled ‘Queen Forever’ will include music going back to the 1980s, according to Brian May in a recent interview with BBC Wales. May and Roger...

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He had the time of his life

Jun 2014 He had the time of his life

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By Jim Stewart   For the past 50 years Bill Medley has had the respect and admiration of his fellow artists and fans worldwide, and, when you look at just some of his achievements, it is easy to see why.   He formed The Righteous Brothers with Bobby Hatfield in 1963, giving a whole new take on R&B that made the music...

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There will be a Buzz on the night

Jun 2014 There will be a Buzz on the night

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By John Firminger   When it comes to a musical career, Buzz Cason has done it all – singer, songwriter, musician, sideman, recording artist, record producer, song publisher and author.   In the late 50s James E ‘Buzz’ Cason was a member of The Casuals, Nashville’s first young rock’n’roll combo.   They subsequently became...

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For the British beat group boom, it didn’t get better than the Summer of 64

Jun 2014 For the British beat group boom, it didn’t get better than the Summer of 64

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By Pat Murphy The summer of 1964 was a personal watershed, as it was the first time I ventured outside of Ireland.   As a university student on summer break, I lived and worked in London for three whole months. While it may not sound very daring by today’s standards, it was quite an adventure for a hitherto cloistered 20 year-old...

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Girl who never made it to charts

May 2014 Girl who never made it to charts

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Donna Loren: These Are The Good Times.  Now Sounds CD: CRNOW 47   She was the perfect ‘Pop Princess’ pretty, great voice and a bubbly personality.   Between 1963-68 she, possibly, made more TV and live appearances than any other teenage girl. Her face was known across America and yet, despite all of the promotional opportunities,...

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Labradors benefit show

May 2014 Labradors benefit show

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On Friday evening, April 11, P J Proby was in Mapperley Plains, Nottingham to perform for the East Midlands Labrador Charity.   The organisation, founded in 1981 by Harry Cook MBE, in the past 33 years has re-homed more than 6,000 Labradors.   P J has had many pets in the past 50 years, plenty of cats and even more dogs. He, in...

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End of road for Blackberry Way

May 2014 End of road for Blackberry Way

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By Ralph Gowling   “Many thanks to everyone who has been to a Move show since that debut show at the Belfry on January 23, 1966, and to all of those who are coming along to these last few shows.”   Bev Bevan has announced the current Move UK tour is their last because he and fellow original Trevor Burton are embarking on separate...

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