The ‘real’ P J Proby and the link...

Two great 60s male vocalists, who were rivals but also good mates. Some more things friends and rivals, P J and T J did together, after they first met in early 1965. Final part: more things they did together plus info about some of their mutual pals.

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Breakfast with: Carly Simon

The life and career of Carly Simon. Her international singles.

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Glenn’s in a purple patch

By Martin Hutchinson FORMER Deep Purple bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes returns to his homeland to perform his Deep Purple Legacy show. Glenn was poached from the funk-rock band Trapeze in 1973 when just 20 years old, and as bassist and co-lead vocalist with Deep Purple, spent the next three years touring the world and […]

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Way back when… Laura Ann Branigan

A TRIBUTE HER SONGS HER SUCCESS HER HOPES MOST OF ALL – GLORIA

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Behind the mic – Tony Blackburn

By Ian Woolley MOVING from Guildford to Bournemouth at a very early age, how did Tony Blackburn get into the music business. “I started performing at the Bournemouth Pavilion ballroom at 19 with the resident orchestra there for about three years as their singer. Then came Tony Blackburn & The Swinging Bells and we had […]

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Breakfast with: Original Album Collections

By James Stewart LAST MONTH, Graham Hunter told us of the pleasure and satisfaction compiling retrospective collections for RPM Records had given him. Their policy had allowed him to go beyond the regular size sets you would expect for the artists and include one, possibly two extra discs of either rare, unissued or alternative takes […]

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Brian Hyland as he talks about The Grassy Knoll, Flash Gordon, and The Three Stooges. By Jane Quinn I was nine years old when I first heard Brian Hyland sing Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. He was 16 (an older man), and I loved that record. By the time I was evolving […]

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Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

BEHIND THE MIC – PAUL BURNETT (Former Radio Luxembourg and Caroline DJ) By Ian Woolley Many disc jockeys harbour a secret ambition to also have a hit record. But Paul Burnett’s appearance on Top Of The Pops dressed as a chicken takes some beating. More of that later… Paul’s radio career started in 1962 when […]

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Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ ...

By Ian Woolley Showaddywaddy started out in 1973 and their first hit was in the following year with Hey Rock N’Roll . Theyhave been on the road continuously since then, bringing joy with their infectious doo-wop covers and rock ‘n’roll staples to fans all over the world. Now in their 46th year, I met their […]

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The next best thing?

Oct 2019 The next best thing?

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By David Parker As time goes by, we have to learn to live with many changes. It is difficult to accept second best, necessary when the first choice is no longer available. It applies in all or most things, but in show business the stars are one-offs, never to be repeated. So when we get the choice of hearing our favourite music...

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Gold still glistens on the tours

Sep 2019 Gold still glistens on the tours

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By Martin Hutchinson THE END of the year is replete with great tours, one of which is the annual 60s Gold Tour. This years’ line-up consists of five of the very best from the sixties: Hermans Hermits, The Merseybeats, Marmalade, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, and Steve Ellis’ Love Affair. The tour starts on September 27 and...

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P J versus T J – Jimmy versus Tommy

Sep 2019 P J versus T J – Jimmy versus Tommy

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By Ron Tennant Part two. Two great 60s male vocalists who were rivals but also good mates. Some of the things P J and T J did together after their first meeting in mid March,1965. TOM SAID in February, 1965: “I am not trying to copy P J Proby. I’ve only worn a bow in my hair once and my latest group, The Squires, laughed themselves...

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Duets, duettists duos: Entertaining the listening public

Sep 2019 Duets, duettists duos: Entertaining the listening public

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By Derek Mead THERE has always been doubt and sometimes cynicism about musical/vocal duets available to the listening public many of which have become famous only by repetitive playing and overstated publicity. Currently, the media offers offers a very limited menu – for example, Kiki Dee and Elton John singing Don’t Go...

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From the era of modern music to an era long past

Sep 2019 From the era of modern music to an era long past

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By Derek Mead A Jo Stafford tribute MANY MUSIC lovers of a certain age living in a now unacceptable world of rock and roll – and many strange musical influences – are more and more looking back over their years of listening to their favourite artistes who sang and played in a timeless era of pure voices and musical treasure. In...

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Early rock ‘n’ rollers in the country market

Sep 2019 Early rock ‘n’ rollers in the country market

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By Pat Murphy GIVEN the origins of rock ‘n’ roll, you’d expect its early exponents would’ve got some traction in the country market. But that wasn’t generally the case. Elvis Presley was an exception. In fact, he cracked the country charts a good half-year before making it in the pop world. And between 1957 and 1961, the Everly...

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Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

Sep 2019 Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

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NEWEST members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Zombies embark on another US tour including a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They join Brian Wilson for a series of concerts and featuring The Zombies original and current line-ups. Cruising in a few months “On The Blue Cruise”, is seven...

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Statue seeks peace setting

Sep 2019 Statue seeks peace setting

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THE FUTURE of the statue of John Lennon, currently wowing the crowds at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall was in question when the exhibition finished at the end of August. The life-size bronze statue – also displayed at this year’s Glastonbury Festival – shows Lennon leaning on the CND sign with the word ‘Imagine’ on the...

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Canned Heat bassist dies

Sep 2019 Canned Heat bassist dies

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LARRY TAYLOR, bassist of 60s rock band Canned Heat has died aged 77 at his home in Lake Balboa, California, on August 19 after a 12-year battle with cancer. Larry is on albums by The Monkees, John Mayall and Tom Waits, Albert King, Leo Kottke, The Blasters and Sunnyland Slim. He began his music career aged 18, touring with rock...

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What might have been?

Sep 2019 What might have been?

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By David Parker LIVING a long time gives us the opportunity to look back on our lives and our ups-and downs, best and worst moments. For many of us, the deaths of performers 60 years on, who gave us so much pleasure in our younger days, has left a lasting impression, especially when remembering those who died young in accidents...

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