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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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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Liverpool visit is ‘like Christmas come early’

Feb 2014 Liverpool visit is ‘like Christmas come early’

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By Katie Davis   Liverpool, the original home of Britain’s most famous band, The Beatles, is one of my favourite places.   The atmosphere there is like no other I’ve experienced. Being a Beatles fan, visiting Liverpool was like Christmas come early, with the excitement and anticipation building up on the journey.   The day we spent...

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Rockers of real note

Feb 2014 Rockers of real note

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FOREIGNER, with special guests Europe and FM, appear on-stage together for the first time when they undertake a short tour of the UK throughout April.

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Reelly rockin ‘n’ rollin’

Feb 2014 Reelly rockin ‘n’ rollin’

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Vince Eager nearly had a crashing fall off stage last month – 55 years after tumbling into an orchestra pit at the Southend Odeon.   “Joe Brown was backing me on guitar at the Southend Odeon and, to this day, he considers it to be the funniest thing he’s seen on stage!” said Vince.   “Last night at The Guildhall Arts Centre,...

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Man of courage

Feb 2014 Man of courage

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Bobby Vee has braved Alzheimer’s disease and recorded a new album called “The Adobe Sessions.”   The album is released this month to mark the 55th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP ‘‘The Big Bopper’’ Richardson near Clear Lake, Iowa on the way to a gig.   The tragedy also launched Bobby’s...

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Manilow to work nights

Feb 2014 Manilow to work nights

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Barry Manilow has a new album out in March and tours the UK in May.   “‘Night Songs’ is the most intimate album I’ve ever made, just me playing the piano, bass and singing – that’s it,” said Barry.   “The songs I’ve chosen are a batch of my favourite standards, most of them not very famous, but fantastic songs by fantastic...

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Glam bands battle it out

Jan 2014 Glam bands battle it out

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SLADE & SWEET The Palace Theatre, Manchester Wednesday, December 4. IT was a battle of the Glam bands at the Palace Theatre, as Slade took on Sweet in a no-holds-barred contest.   Sweet were up first with a full hour of excellent music. The original guitarist Andy Scott held things together while bandmates Pete Lincoln (lead...

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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, egocentric...

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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 Fletcher...

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