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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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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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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Seekers find their forte

Jun 2013 Seekers find their forte

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World-renowned Australian band The Seekers receive top honour at this year’s ARPA Awards later this month. The news will give vocalist Judith Durham a big boost as she continues to recover from a minor cerebral haemorrhage in hospital. Judith is in the Rehabilitation Unit at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne and has begun an active...

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Music and fun of Vanity Fare

May 2013 Music and fun of Vanity Fare

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This is a summer sound evoking the golden rays and golden era of American Music. West Coast – where Vanity Fare to this day maintain cult status.

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JF’s Memory Time Machine: Leon Russel

May 2013 JF’s Memory Time Machine: Leon Russel

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Today he’s acknowledged as one of rock music’s great contributors.

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50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

May 2013 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

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[private] 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds St. George’s Suite, Twickenham Stadium March 15   I headed down to Twickenham Stadium for the 50th anniversary concert of the Yardbirds. The special event was in the presence of the Mayor of Richmond. The concert was in the St. George’s Suite. The venue was just the right size for an...

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