‘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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Generation on: Rebel Dean

It’s been a couple of years since The Beat magazine interviewed the rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ singer/actor Rebel Dean, and boy has he been busy since then! He is the performer who the mighty Darrel Higham was quoted as saying: “Rebel Dean – probably the most successful male Rock n’ Roll artiste in Britain today” and […]

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A century of caring, sharing and family

Dame Vera Lynn, 100 years old, in conversation with David Parker Dame Vera: you were not even a teenager at the start your singing career? Would you say you were fortunate to have become a famous singer at such a young age? Yes, I was a great deal younger when I first began singing – […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with Jim Pilster – ...

I first saw Columbia recording group, The Cryan’ Shames, live in concert during the summer of 1966. Never – and I mean NEVER – have I been so excited by a live gig. The combination of musicality to such a high standard and performance energy was second to none. Opening with the fastest-ever version of […]

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Last chance tour?

Why was Tom Jones on a beach in Cornwall to begin his 2017 tour, widely thought to be his last stage show live appearances. Tom was in Perranporth, Cornwall, a venue very different to the world’s biggest stadiums where he is more likely to be billed. The show was part of the summer’s Bands In […]

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Tony regrets leaving Brian Epstein

Newly-honoured Tony Crane MBE in conversation with David Parker Tony: you were a teenager at the start your singing career, would you say you were walking into good fortune on stage in front of paying fans? We were lucky being in Liverpool at the time. There were lots of great bands around, but at the […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Emperor Rosko

By Jane Quinn PLEASE allow me to introduce you to THE IMP…Michael Joseph ‘Mike’ Pasternak, or as you will know him – ‘Emperor Rosko’. He is an American presenter of pop music programmes most widely-known for his shows on Radio Caroline and BBC Radio 1 in the 1960s and 70s. Around 1975, he briefly hosted […]

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He only wanted to rock and roll

Looking back over 60 years, Marty Wilde has many memories and achievements, not least of all his MBE which will be presented to him this month.

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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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