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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‘Win a city break to Hamburg,’

On October 20 and 21, Hamburg on Tour visits London to show off what Hamburg has to offer. Visitors can experience what the Hamburg festival region offers – something for every taste – from metal to jazz, rock to classic music. London will host to a one-of-a-kind pop up event in Shoreditch to showcase one […]

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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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Folk legend Felix here

Jun 2013 Folk legend Felix here

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Folk legend Julie Felix celebrates her 75th birthday with a Gemini Concert in London’s Leicester Square Theatre on June 15. Joining her on stage are American Soul Singer, Madeline Bell, singer-songwriter Rosalie Deighton with Steve Balsamo (Jesus Christ Superstar), and friends ranging from Leonard Cohen and John Paul Jones to...

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Rod’s on time

Jun 2013 Rod’s on time

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Rod Stewart is said to be excited about tackling two rock-star milestones in 2013. The first is his landmark new album ‘Time’ – his first album of new material in almost 20 years. The second is the planned UK tour. As part of the four-city ‘Time tour’, Rod is one of the initial headliners for the first...

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Burt at 85

Jun 2013 Burt at 85

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Burt Bacharach, award-winning composer/songwriters, celebrated his 85th birthday  on May 12 with a new autobiography released on May 28. The career-spanning 2-CD collection covers his best songwriting collaborations. ‘The Art Of The Songwriter: Anyone Who Had A Heart – The Best Of Burt Bacharach’ collects 40 of Bacharach’s songs...

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Full album of Motown music

Jun 2013 Full album of Motown music

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The original Broadway cast recording of Motown The Musical, a show nominated for four Tony® Awards, was released on June 4. The album features new versions of Motown classics including Dancing In The Street, My Girl, You’re All I Need To Get By, Where Did Our Love Go, I Want You Back, and many more.  Among the album’s 14 tracks are...

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Cohen back in UK

Jun 2013 Cohen back in UK

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With his London show at The O2 in June sold out, Leonard Cohen returns for a full UK arena tour starting at Birmingham’s LG Arena on September 8. Tickets went on sale on Friday May 31. With a career spanning six decades and sell-out shows around the world, the writer, poet, troubadour and hugely influential artist, returned to the...

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Joel in Birmingham

Jun 2013 Joel in Birmingham

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BILLY JOEL returns to the UK for the first time in seven years to perform at Birmingham’s LG Arena on November 8. Having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, Billy is six-time Grammy Award Winner with numerous other awards and honours, including induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame,...

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Jerry in UK

Jun 2013 Jerry in UK

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Jerry Naylor, former front man with the post-Buddy Holly Crickets visits the UK this month to promote his new CD. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his time with The Crickets, the CD was issued here through Palawan Productions. It contains new material written specifically for the album as well as new recordings of Crickets...

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Lyrics in library

Jun 2013 Lyrics in library

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Some of John Lennon’s lyrics are to be added to the British Library. The library already has a formidable collection with handwritten lyrics to Beatles classics Strawberry Fields Forever, She Said She Said and In My Life. Although these three songs are legally credited to Lennon and Paul McCartney, the lyrics are primarily...

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John is on form again

Jun 2013 John is on form again

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John Leyton is back to base and ready for the road again, although he does not expect to work so hard, after suffering a health setback. He told me: “Towards the end of last year, I was in hospital briefly which, unfortunately, resulted in me having to pull out of a national tour with Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and The Wildcats. Mike...

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Judith is on the mend

Jun 2013 Judith is on the mend

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Judith Durham of The Seekers is recovering from her recent mild cerebral haemorrhage  in the Rehabilitation Unit at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne. Graham Simpson, her bio-grapher, said: “She has begun an active rehabilitation programme. “When I visited her, she was in excellent spirits, and keen to progress with her treatment. We had...

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