Elkie stays as young as she wants to

AS EACH summer approaches, we are offered more and more music festivals to enjoy. Cornbury Music Festival, in Oxfordshire between July 5 and 7 is the perfect one for me. I was offered a choice of artists to talk to about the event and I opted for another chat with ELKIE BROOKS, celebrating 60 years as a professional singer very soon.

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Connie Francis – living the American dr...

CONNIE FRANCIS was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1938. She is described as the original Italian-American queen of pop; the most successful international female vocalist of the 1950s and 1960s; the first female teenager to register a UK No.1 single, and the first female solo artist to top the UK album chart.

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Behind the mic – Golden days before the...

JOURNALIST and broadcaster Alan Thompson has worked in BBC and independent radio in a senior capacity and was one of a handful of Brits who made their professional broadcasting début in the United States.

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2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the ...

P J PROBY appears to have brought his career to a sudden halt after an off-the-record chat with a freelance journalist who saw fit to publish the raucus claims and remarks. What is the real story?

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Obituary: Dr John

LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack. The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie […]

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Share a cuppa tea with…

MATTHEW FISHER of Procol Harum as he talks about Helen Shapiro, secrets, and the light fandango. By Jane Quinn Matthew Charles Fisher is a classically- trained English musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing and playing the Hammond organ on the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum, Naturally, […]

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Can success strike twice?

The announcement of 'Summer Loving' as the title of a prequel to Grease (1978) has re-awakened many memories of the late 1970s and those who starred in the iconic film adaptation of the Broadway musical rather than memories of the film itself.

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Tribute to Les Reed

The great Les is estimated to have written more than 2,000 songs... what an amazing achievement.

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MICKY DOLENZ as he spills a few secrets, chats about physics, tells us why he has no tree house, and all about his dreams coming true. By Jane Quinn IN 1958, Micky Dolenz was TV’s Circus Boy and I became a fan. In 1966, Micky Dolenz was a Monkee and I became a bigger fan! […]

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Sweets sounds the same

Jun 2019 Sweets sounds the same

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AFTER Their sold-out “Still Got the Rock” European Tour legendary 70’s rock band SWEET embark on a 16-date nationwide tour November 28 until December 21. With more than 55 million records sold worldwide, 34 No.1 hits worldwide, by the early 70s The Sweet had a string of Top 10 records in the UK and Europe including Blockbuster,...

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Chance meeting of music minds

Jun 2019 Chance meeting of music minds

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A NATIONWIDE UK tour begins in October for Robin Trower, Maxi Priest and Livingstone Brown. The three musicians have joined forces on a new album, United State of Mind, to be released later in the year. Special guest on the tour will be American Blues Rock vocalist Sari Schorr. All tickets, £30, went on sale in April. If...

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Rolling on and on and on

Jun 2019 Rolling on and on and on

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THE ROLLING STONES rock and roll circus just goes on and on, come wind, rain, sun, storms and tempests. While other artists pack away their instruments after playing in public for the last time, the stones roll on without gathering much moss, it seems. We’ve heard the last of some names who have quietly slipped from the...

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John Lodge Tour 2019

Apr 2019 John Lodge Tour 2019

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Asked why it had taken so long for John to tour on his own, his reply was: ‘I’ve been so busy with my other band.

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Brother dies

Apr 2019 Brother dies

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SCOTT WALKER has died at the age of 76. He was one of The Walker Brothers, whose hits were The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore and Make It Easy On Yourself. The singer was said to be “one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music.” Walker was an actor before hooking up with John Maus and Gary...

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Not at a theatre near you

Apr 2019 Not at a theatre near you

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One of the most distressing parts of my job as a jour­nalist, magazine and news­paper editor is to relay news to you that you don’t really want to hear. But it’s also upsetting for us at The Beat to hear that readers have stopped sub­scribing because we did not report something they’d hoped to see in The Beat....

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What a great way to party

Mar 2019 What a great way to party

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By Jim Stewart THE THREE DEGREES is not only one of the most successful girl groups in music history. They also hold the Guinness record as the longest working group touring and recording group since 1963 constantly. VALERIE HOLIDAY has been ever present since 1967, which must also be a record, and the trio have no intention of...

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Who’s been busy

Mar 2019 Who’s been busy

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THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are unleashing the combustible force of The Who, with symphonic accompaniment this summer at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, July 6, with special guests Eddie Vedder and the Kaiser Chiefs. The Who release their first album of new songs in 13 years later...

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Let the music be heard

Mar 2019 Let the music be heard

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THAT SEEMS to be Billie Davis’s motto as she spends as lot of time and thought in co-operating with other artists who don’t get the chance to work in their own right as their names may not be known outside the ranks of the band in which they starred. So it’s heartwarming that shows put together by Billie and...

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This could be the last time

Mar 2019 This could be the last time

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THE SOLID SILVER 60s Show has notched up an incredible record-breaking 34 years, for what could be the last time. Often imitated, it has never been bettered! The show has performed to more than a million people since its first tour in the 1985. The range of artists sharing the stage included Bobby Vee, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The...

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