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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They still like teaching the world to sing

Jul 2014 They still like teaching the world to sing

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The New Seekers, possibly the UKs most successful vocal group of the seventies, return to the stage on Saturday September 20, headlining Pulse Radio’s Music Festival weekend at Cheddar in Somerset.   With a string of UK hits, including Beg, Steal or Borrow, Never Ending Song of Love, You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me, and of...

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Rock of Ages

Jun 2014 Rock of Ages

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CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY 17 June 2014   A Broadway and West End smash hit, a hugely successful movie, which I viewed with caution as the music featured is so precious to me but I thoroughly enjoyed, and now the nationwide tour of ‘ROCK OF AGES’ hits the CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY with a huge bang.   The simplest of...

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The real gear used by group

Jun 2014 The real gear used by group

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The Rolling Stones Gear by Andy Babiuk & Greg Provost. Backbeat Books: isbn: 9781617130922 If you are to devote 10 years of your life to researching and preparing a book, you need to know the final presentation is going to warrant the effort.   Rolling Stones Gear by Andy Babiuk & Greg Provost with Backbeat has done...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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