Junior Campbell: The life and times of a shy ...

By Peter Robertson FOR JUNIOR CAMPBELL and his fellow band members, the first few weeks of 1969 were definitely – in the slang of the time – ‘groovy’. Marmalade had just become the first Scottish group ever to reach No.1 in the charts. To a studio audience of mini-skirted fans – not to mention a […]

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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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Faithful to the Bowie music – not just ...

By Martin Hutchinson HARD to believe, but it’s three years since David Bowie passed away, yet his leg­acy is still very much apparent today. There is a surfeit of Bowie tribute acts on the circuit, some of which are excellent, but they all have a certain ingredient missing – the magic of the man himself. […]

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Knights like this: The final joust

By Pete Langford WHOA: is it really coming up to 60 years for us Barron Knights. So many things, going back all those years, have stuck in my mind and will always be there. I was 15 when I bought my first guitar and luckily I met Butch who lived only three miles away.His dad […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jimmy Mack

SHARE A CUPPA TEA with American Broadcasting Legend Jimmy Mack speaks of Stones, Nehru Jackets and Goatees, WWII, AND MORE! Secret talents of an icon of our time JIMMY MACK is an American broadcasting icon. He is also the most youthful 96- year-old I am likely ever to share a cuppa tea with. The conversational […]

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Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming

Ahead of the 50th anniversary, Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming. The most interesting thing about looking back on artists from previous eras is often seeing which ones have withstood the test of time, or even which ones have become bigger than they ever were. A few obvious names come to mind: your Beatles and […]

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Michael lives in Ben tribute show

SAID to be the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star starts a UK tour in Bath on January 11. From dancing along to the legendary pop videos as a child, to playing to a crowd of weeping fans the day after Michael Jackson died, Ben Bowman has dedicated his life to be the UK’s ultimate […]

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Sounds of ’69: first time plays

By Pat Murphy Looking back a half-centu­ry, 1969 was a pretty decent year for pop music. Here are 10 records to prove the point. The organisation is chronological, based on my recollection of when I first heard them on Toronto radio. The Fifth Dimension: Aquari­us/Let the Sunshine In Although I wasn’t initially keen on this, […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina

Intelligent lyrics, lovely music. Jane Quinn shares a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina who chats about Walt Disney, Love, Bolero and his metal shop. JAMES MELVIN joined us on Planet Earth in 1947 in a land known as California before spending time in another land called Texas. James later morphed into Jim Messina, musician, songwriter, […]

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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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Sixties legends tour again

Sep 2013 Sixties legends tour again

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THE music of the 1960s is alive and well with many of the bands from that decade still touring – albeit minus a few band original members. These days, quite a few package tours gather together, on one bill, a number of artistes from that magical time. One such tour is heading our way in the autumn. The 50th Anniversary Solid...

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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...

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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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