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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Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven

Sep 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven

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Orchard Theatre, Dartford, September 22, 2014   When Danny And The Juniors sang ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Here To Stay, It Will Never Die’ it was as much in hope as belief, music experts gave it a year, let alone seeing the 50s out, and now as the 60th Anniversary approaches it remains the most popular form of...

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Graham Gouldman & 10cc interview

Sep 2014 Graham Gouldman & 10cc interview

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It may only be a few months since I last spoke to GRAHAM GOULDMAN but when you have a work ethic like his there is always plenty of new and interesting information to catch up on. A new month long UK tour with 10cc begins on October 4th in Aberdeen with Kent dates at THE ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD on the 12th, TUNBRIDGE WELLS...

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Blockbuster

Sep 2014 Blockbuster

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Orchard Theatre, Dartford, September 16   Throughout the ‘70s Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn reigned supreme, writing huge chart hits for every year of the decade, including 5 number one’s, mainly short, catchy, infectious tunes that got inside your head and within 90 seconds you’d be singing along to them.   Transferring...

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Love and affection for Joan

Aug 2014 Love and affection for Joan

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By Martin Hutchinson   AFTER 42 years of touring, Joan Armat­rading is undertaking her first solo world tour, and it’ll be her last major tour.   “I’ve always toured with a band before, but as this will be the last major tour that I’ll be doing, I’ve decided to do it on my own.”   It will be a chance for her to pay the...

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Goin’ back: JF’s Memory Time Machine

Aug 2014 Goin’ back: JF’s Memory Time Machine

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By John Firminger   Continuing with our look back at the mixed fortunes of British rocker Terry Dene, we look at the more positive side, namely his recorded work.   As a vocalist he had managed to copy some of the vocal style he’d heard by a young singer from Tupelo, Mississippi. This may have been as a result of him...

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Breakfast with: Paul Francis – Tony Jackson & The Vibrations

Aug 2014 Breakfast with: Paul Francis – Tony Jackson & The Vibrations

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From Takeovers to good Vibrations By Paul Francis WHILE working as a professional musician for many years, and playing in bands since the early 60s, I went through many highs and lows.   When working with certain musicians you know straight away when it clicks and everything just seems to gel. When I put The Paul Francis Band...

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Popular songs that make the stage come alive

Aug 2014 Popular songs that make the stage come alive

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GODSPELL THE 70s MUSICAL at the QUEENS THEATRE, HORNCHURCH By Leslie Dunn   I first saw Godspell in the early 70s when a 23-year-old actor called David Essex played the part of Jesus and I loved it.   I wasn’t sure if putting it on in 2014 would work but how wrong I was. It was truly amazing. Coming from the...

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One man, two Guvnors

Aug 2014 One man, two Guvnors

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Orchard Theatre, Dartford, August 4   As we entered the auditorium of The ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD for the opening night of ‘ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS’, we were surprised to find we  were midway through a Skiffle session: new songs, authentically played  and delivered in true ‘Lonnie’ style, intended to set the mood for an...

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Old time burlesque is ‘tease not sleaze’

Jul 2014 Old time burlesque is ‘tease not sleaze’

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In its fourth year, Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza An Evening of Burlesque is responsible for exposing the cream of the West End of London’s thriving burlesque scene to the world.   Not only has the ever-so-cheeky production revealed the secrets of the art of burlesque to delighted audiences across the UK, it has also...

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Goin’ Back

Jul 2014 Goin’ Back

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Back in 1957, singer Terry Dene (real name; Terry Williams) looked like being the ‘golden boy’ of British pop.   With hit records, a film star and appearances on stage and TV he was riding high, before it all went pear-shaped. It was actually in a wrestling ring, in between bouts I might add, that Terry had given an impressive...

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