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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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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