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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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Ro...

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black […]

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Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller

Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller who became Britain’s premier song and dance man By Pat Murphy When Tommy Steele steps onto the stage of the London Coliseum this July, it’ll be almost 60 years since he debuted there in a lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. And it isn’t fanciful to regard that long […]

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Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Wa...

Editors Beat with David Parker THE ‘Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been set up by Walk of Fame Media and the owners of Brighton Palace Pier. The permanent ‘free to view’ cultural attraction pays tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJs closely associated with the city and Sussex from the early sixties […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

BILL MUMY as he talks Zorro, cornfields, and Nikola Tesla Boy star to master multi-musician Do you remember a vintage television series called The Twilight Zone? If you said “yes” you will no doubt remember the episode about a six-year-old red- haired, freckle-faced little boy who had the very bizarre power to read minds. Even […]

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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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Ronnie Wood Band is at Bluesfest 2013

Sep 2013 Ronnie Wood Band is at Bluesfest 2013

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THE Ronnie Wood Band will close BluesFest 2013 in a huge grand finale on Friday, November 1.   Natalie Cole is part of a special co-headline show with Gregory Porter. Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall get together for an All Star Tribute to blues and soul legend Bobby Bland.   Other additions include Steve Craddock, Big Boy Bloater...

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Yes, it’s a UK tour

Aug 2013 Yes, it’s a UK tour

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It was 1967 when Rock came of age and was accorded its own genre within music.

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Brentwood rocked all weekend

Aug 2013 Brentwood rocked all weekend

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Brentwood

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Debbie stays in Blondie

Aug 2013 Debbie stays in Blondie

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 To THE RELIEF of her fans around the world, Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry issued this message as The Beat went to press: “No plans to stop working. Don’t believe everything you read!”   The Daily Mail had sent shockwaves across the globe with a report quoting Blondie drummer Clem Burke that Debbie was considering retiring...

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Stones in the Park

Aug 2013 Stones in the Park

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HIGHLIGHTS of both Rolling Stones concerts, almost 44 years to the day since the Stones first played Hyde Park – July 5, 1969, can be downloaded from the iTunes Store (iTunes.com/TheRollingStones).   Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood did what they do best: performing foot stomping, crowd-pleasing sets...

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Steve Ellis

Aug 2013 Steve Ellis

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But it wasn’t an everlasting Love Affair

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Anniversary album

Aug 2013 Anniversary album

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CHAS AND DAVE release a new studio album on October 28, said to be featuring special guests and marking their 50th anniversary.

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Mess of BluesFest

Aug 2013 Mess of BluesFest

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Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples, Chris Rea are all confirmed for a celebration of music inspired by the Blues – BluesFest 2013.   BluesFest is at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1 It’s the first full-scale music festival of its...

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Generations unite

Aug 2013 Generations unite

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Two special gigs at the Eel Pie Club, Twickenham, pay tribute to the Island’s huge significance in British musical history.

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Jerry’s celebration

Jul 2013 Jerry’s celebration

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Jerry Naylor, former lead singer with The Crickets, completed his promotional tour of the UK last month.   Arriving at Glasgow on Sunday June 2, Jerry went straight to doing radio interviews at stations all over mainland Britain, including visits to the three capital cities, Edinburgh, London and Cardiff, and many places in...

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