Chas Hodges – my best friend

By Mike Berry Chas Hodges was probably the most ‘gifted’ musician I ever had the pleasure and good fortune to meet and work with! I met Charles Nicholas Hodges when he was 17 and I was 18. And not long after we started working together, I remember calling him a ‘genius’ in a music paper […]

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Remembering Chas Hodges

By John Firminger THE AMOUNT of publicity in the media announcing the passing of Chas Hodges on September 22 shows how much he was admired and loved by both fans and fellow musicians. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep. It goes without […]

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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Ro...

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black […]

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Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller

Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller who became Britain’s premier song and dance man By Pat Murphy When Tommy Steele steps onto the stage of the London Coliseum this July, it’ll be almost 60 years since he debuted there in a lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. And it isn’t fanciful to regard that long […]

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Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Wa...

Editors Beat with David Parker THE ‘Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been set up by Walk of Fame Media and the owners of Brighton Palace Pier. The permanent ‘free to view’ cultural attraction pays tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJs closely associated with the city and Sussex from the early sixties […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

BILL MUMY as he talks Zorro, cornfields, and Nikola Tesla Boy star to master multi-musician Do you remember a vintage television series called The Twilight Zone? If you said “yes” you will no doubt remember the episode about a six-year-old red- haired, freckle-faced little boy who had the very bizarre power to read minds. Even […]

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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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Diamond sparkles in new show

Aug 2018 Diamond sparkles in new show

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‘A BEAUTIFUL NOISE’ is a lavish new production celebrating the life and music of Neil Diamond, and the show is about to tour the UK and Eire throughout October and November. This joyful celebration will be delivered with an assured virtuosity by the award-winning singer Fisher Stevens. The music of Neil Diamond has been with us for...

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Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

Aug 2018 Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

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By Pat Murphy This is the fourth in a series marking Cliff’s 60th anniversary in the music business. The first three looked at the international dimension of his career and his live performances in the UK, but the focus this time is on the various TV dimensions. FROM the late 1950s through to the 1980s, Cliff was a regular,...

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Record rivals – the producers

Aug 2018 Record rivals – the producers

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By John Firminger RESPONSIBLE for creating the hits – with probably just as many misses – one of the most important, if not THE most important, person in the recording industry is the record producer. Some of them, like George Martin, (top)Norrie Paramor, and even Joe Meek, (centre) have become equally as famous as the artists...

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Gillan and The Javelins back together

Aug 2018 Gillan and The Javelins back together

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EVERY DEEP PURPLE true lover knows how much their magic and powerful style is the result of many different influences brought in by the single members, all merging into the powerful sound loved by millions of rock fans. Ian Gillan’s love for American soul and R&B, as well as skiffle and early rock and roll, has been well...

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Steve gets Gerry’s praise

Aug 2018 Steve gets Gerry’s praise

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STEVE ELLIS sent me a T shirt with the motif Boom! Bang! Twang! –the title of his latest CD compilation. About one of the tracks, Steve said: “Here is a quote from Gerry Marsden about my latest single Don`t let the sun catch you crying. I thought it was very nice.” Gerry wrote: “I’ve been mates with Steve a...

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Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

Aug 2018 Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

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The odds are 7/4 on ABBA to reunite in 2018. The Swedish quartet is rumoured to be preparing set for a reunion before the year’s end. A sensational ABBA comeback could be on the cards this year and Betway odds are as short as 7/4 for the pop group to announce a reunion in 2018. With ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ in the cinemas at...

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Super trooper

Aug 2018 Super trooper

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JESS CONRAD was born on February 24, 1936. That makes him 83 next birthday and he is still willing to perform. He was one of the first to congratulate Sir Cliff Richard, who Jess has known from the early days, after the recent court case victory. Jess’s long career started when he was a repertory actor and film extra. He was...

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Hair-raising crew cuts

Jul 2018 Hair-raising crew cuts

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Russell’s ReviewBEAT CD: Various artists – The Wrecking Crew Wienerworld Most people don’t know any of their names, let alone their faces, but between them, they played on many of the biggest hits recorded in America during the 60s and 70s. The ironically-named Wrecking Crew was a loose squad of...

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Getting to know ELP

Jul 2018 Getting to know ELP

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‘Group relationship grows stronger’Emerson’ A massive nerve- straining European tour over, Emerson, Lake and Palmer are safely back home rehearsing and recording again in preparation for another American stint and their fifth album. Parts of the European tour were recorded, and if, when they’ve heard the tapes,...

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Rock tour and tea for Bowie

Jul 2018 Rock tour and tea for Bowie

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Fans are invited to celebrate the 46th anniversary of David Bowie’s iconic album with a ‘Rock Tour + Tea’ at K West Hotel & Spa. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album artwork features the hotel’s name ‘K West’. The ‘Rock Tour + Tea’ package includes overnight accommodation in one of K West’s plush...

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