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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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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Golden sixties moments

Jan 2014 Golden sixties moments

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We went to the second house of Sixties Gold at Leeds on November 3 and it was full.

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Band in top form

Jan 2014 Band in top form

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CD review Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live   MANY Deep Purple fans regard the Mark II line-up (Gillan, Blackmore, Paice, Glover & Lord) as the ‘classic’ of the band and were saddened when they split.   In 1984, that line-up announced a reunion and there was much rejoicing among the fans. More joy came when the Perfect...

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Last of a lifetime

Jan 2014 Last of a lifetime

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DAVID ESSEX, The Osmonds, Showaddywaddy and Les Mc- Keown’s Legendary Bay City Rollers star next June in The Once In A Lifetime – The Final Tour.

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Sun rises on The Animals

Jan 2014 Sun rises on The Animals

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JOHN STEEL of ANIMALS & FRIENDS, says the group had to change the original lyrics of ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ as there were suggestions that the song was about a brothel in New Orleans.   “We loved the song when we first heard it, but it was 1964 and we knew there was no way any radio station would play a...

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Get well, Sally Carr

Jan 2014 Get well, Sally Carr

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SALLY CARR, the glamorous lead singer of Middle Of The Road, will not be able to perform on stage for at least another year because of illhealth, but she will be re-recording some of the group’s songs from the 1970s.   This is the latest news on Sally from fellow original group member Ken Andrew, who has known her since Middle of...

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Rick’s rock journey

Jan 2014 Rick’s rock journey

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RICK WAKEMAN embarks on a “Journey to the Centre Of The earth” tour in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of his landmark concept album.

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Oldfield’s new album inspires

Jan 2014 Oldfield’s new album inspires

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By Ralph Gowling Mike Oldfield has an album of fresh material coming out in January after a six-year gap during which he thought he would never record anything new again.   It was Mike’s appearance before a global audience of 900 million at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games that sparked his return to the studio and led...

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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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