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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Goin’ back – early days

Jan 2014 Goin’ back – early days

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By John Firminger   Continuing our monthly visit to the cinema, when I went to see this month’s selection, ‘Disc Jockey Jamboree’ (its UK title) from 1957, I discovered it was on with ‘The Green-Eyed Blonde’ which had an ‘A’ certificate, which meant I couldn’t get in unaccompanied by an adult.   Keen to see the film, I did what all...

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Hall of Fame bid for Epstein

Jan 2014 Hall of Fame bid for Epstein

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 By Robert Rush   Greetings from Across the Pond, and all best wishes for a healthy, happy and rockin’ 2014! Here’s what’s happening:   In America, we’re calling 2014 “The Beatles’ 50th Anniversary.” Now, you and I know that’s not really the case, but apparently the US media is looking at it from a typically American,...

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When was Bobby born?

Jan 2014 When was Bobby born?

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BOBBY DAY (1928?), the first Black American rock ‘n’ roller to visit the UK on the strength of the 70s/80s revival, seems to have a variable birth date.   Bobby played one show at The Powerhouse, Birmingham, promoted by Colin Silcocks, with backing from Welsh band ‘The Red Hot Pokers’. New movie ‘Last Vegas’, starring Michael...

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R&B 50th anniversary

Jan 2014 R&B 50th anniversary

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THE BLUESCLUB Band opens 2014 at The Eel Pie Club, Twickenham on Thursday, January 9.   Later in the month, Chimes International launch the 50th anniversary Ultimate Rhythm and Blues tour starting at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.   The Eel Pie’s club gig will be a rip-roaring start to 2014! Bluesclub’s star line-up is Guy...

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Mike makes his mark in the USA

Jan 2014 Mike makes his mark in the USA

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 I get emails from all over and some of them are quite surprising for the news they report.   Here’s a typical one from a reader in the United States.   “Mike Pender has asked me to forward to you some pictures and a couple of messages from fans who were at the BigE Festival in West Springfield, Massachusetts that he was...

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Shock death of Phil Everly

Jan 2014 Shock death of Phil Everly

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Phil Everly who, with his brother Don, formed the influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including The Beatles and Bob Dylan, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday, January 3. He was 74.   Full obituary in February issue of The...

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New album catches the wind for Donovan

Jan 2014 New album catches the wind for Donovan

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By Ralph Gowling   Donovan decided to go back to Nashville, Tennessee to record his latest album because the now iconic American music hub was where it all started for him with ‘Catch The Wind’.   “I never forgot Nashville and I knew I would go back to Nashville one day with a set of songs I have kept in my jean’s back pocket,”...

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The standard is Essex

Jan 2014 The standard is Essex

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David Essex: Live At The BIC, Bournemouth   Wienerworld DVD: WNRD 2579   With a career stretching back almost 50 years David Essex: Live At The BIC, Bournemouth is an excellent reminder of the standard Essex set across a number of genres that far exceed his recording legacy.   Recorded during his ‘Secret Tour’ in 2009, he has never...

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Actor with writing talents

Jan 2014 Actor with writing talents

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By Jim Stewart   Arriving in Los Angeles in a dubious mode of transport with aspirations of becoming an actor, Paul Williams was initially unsuccessful in auditions to become either a Monkee or a Mouseketeer.    But acting roles soon followed, and unforeseen opportunities led him to a career as a singer/ songwriter spanning 45...

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Happy days are here again

Jan 2014 Happy days are here again

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As we enter 2014, the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, unveils the strongest season for quite a while.   Not only is there something for everyone, but the theatre has the best of the new productions, returning favourites, plus the cream of original, tribute and comedy acts.   January opens with ‘HAPPY DAYS’ (January 11-18), the...

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