Tributes to success

Money for Nothing, stated to be the No.1 Dire Straits Trib­ute Band is an amazing example of the accurate re-creation of the sound of the original seventies band.

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Suzi Quatro 2019

The Lady of rock is still in control

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Country songs you never knew you knew

By Pat Murphy The music we now know as country evolved out of a genre that used to be referred to as hillbilly.

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Record vote never beaten

Breakfast with: Nicky Stevens - Brotherhood of Man. With the 64th Eurovision Song Contest looming, I thought it was time to look back some 43 years to the UK’s biggest success story of the competition.

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Leo Sayer as we chat about Versailles, broken hearts, The Little Prince and more.

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Rhythm & blues and rock & roll R...

By Derek Mead JOAN SHAW/SALENA JONES is American by birth but resident in England since 1965. Salena sings Jazz – Latin – Pop – Funk Gospel – Cabaret – Swing – Rhythm and Blues as the forerunner to rock’n’roll – and has extended to the standards of the The Great American Songbook and International best-sellers. […]

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Breakfast with: The Beverly Sisters

By Derek Mead WITH the recent death in October of Babs Beverley, it is time for some reflection on the Beverley Sisters trio which emerged from the war years to succeed in an era so different from the music and musicians of today. Only The Kaye sisters can be considered a good comparison, and they […]

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RUSTY YOUNG, founding member of Poco, songwriter, vocalist, et al, chats about Ann-Margret, sleepwalk, tap dancing, and more. By Jane Quinn RUSTY joined us on Planet Earth in 1946 as Norman Russell “Rusty” Young. He is, of course, the original POCO-man and the master of the pedal steel guitar; but did you know Rusty Young […]

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Eddie Cochran, Remembering – nearly 50 ...

By Ian Wooley, former DJ and MD of Retro Nights IT WAS 20 years ago when local Eddie Cochran fan Ange­la Powell first laid a memorial on the Chippenham roadside verge where the 21-year-old Rock ‘n’ Roll singer’s hire car crashed one fatal night in April, 1960. The cream Consul in which he was traveling […]

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Sun rises on The Animals

Jan 2014 Sun rises on The Animals

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JOHN STEEL of ANIMALS & FRIENDS, says the group had to change the original lyrics of ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ as there were suggestions that the song was about a brothel in New Orleans.   “We loved the song when we first heard it, but it was 1964 and we knew there was no way any radio station would play a...

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Get well, Sally Carr

Jan 2014 Get well, Sally Carr

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SALLY CARR, the glamorous lead singer of Middle Of The Road, will not be able to perform on stage for at least another year because of illhealth, but she will be re-recording some of the group’s songs from the 1970s.   This is the latest news on Sally from fellow original group member Ken Andrew, who has known her since Middle of...

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Rick’s rock journey

Jan 2014 Rick’s rock journey

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RICK WAKEMAN embarks on a “Journey to the Centre Of The earth” tour in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of his landmark concept album.

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Oldfield’s new album inspires

Jan 2014 Oldfield’s new album inspires

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By Ralph Gowling Mike Oldfield has an album of fresh material coming out in January after a six-year gap during which he thought he would never record anything new again.   It was Mike’s appearance before a global audience of 900 million at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games that sparked his return to the studio and led...

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Baker’s dozen

Jan 2014 Baker’s dozen

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WHO CAN forget that magical split second that lifted an already outstanding performance into a Eurovision winning classic back in 1981.

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The boys are back in town

Jan 2014 The boys are back in town

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What started as a joke has led to what is claimed to be ‘one of the most exciting events to happen at Stratford Town Hall in over 50 years’.

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Breafast with: Proud history of eagles – Eagles dare to fly off forever

Jan 2014 Breafast with: Proud history of eagles – Eagles dare to fly off forever

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By Ralph Gowling   The Eagles stage concerts in the UK in May and June as part of what they say may be their farewell world tour.   Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will perform classics spanning their career, including some that have never been performed live, as well as songs featured in “History of The...

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Dave asks fans for funding

Jan 2014 Dave asks fans for funding

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THE KINKS lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies is working on a documentary film about himself.   “Dave Davies Rock ‘n Roll Journey” features highlights from his current concerts in support of his new album “I Will Be Me”, behind-the-scenes action, archive segments, and reminiscences about his life and career, meeting fans and...

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Get well soon, Spencer

Dec 2013 Get well soon, Spencer

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By Ralph Gowling   SPENCER DAVIS has been battling to overcome health problems in the hope he can perform on the Ultimate Rhythm and Blues 50th Anniversary Tour starting in January, John Steel of The Animals told the beat.   “Poor Spencer. We’ve got fingers crossed hoping that he is going to be okay for the tour, but we can’t...

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The Zombies just keep on going on worldwide

Dec 2013 The Zombies just keep on going on worldwide

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By Ralph Gowling   For a group that disbanded in the 60s in frustration at lack of any major commercial success, The Zombies are amazed by the phenomenal demand for them to play at concerts around the world.   UK fans have a chance to see The Zombies in action when they star with The Yardbirds, The Animals, Spencer Davis and Maggie...

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