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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Rod’s on time

Jun 2013 Rod’s on time

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Rod Stewart is said to be excited about tackling two rock-star milestones in 2013. The first is his landmark new album ‘Time’ – his first album of new material in almost 20 years. The second is the planned UK tour. As part of the four-city ‘Time tour’, Rod is one of the initial headliners for the first...

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Burt at 85

Jun 2013 Burt at 85

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Burt Bacharach, award-winning composer/songwriters, celebrated his 85th birthday  on May 12 with a new autobiography released on May 28. The career-spanning 2-CD collection covers his best songwriting collaborations. ‘The Art Of The Songwriter: Anyone Who Had A Heart – The Best Of Burt Bacharach’ collects 40 of Bacharach’s songs...

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Full album of Motown music

Jun 2013 Full album of Motown music

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The original Broadway cast recording of Motown The Musical, a show nominated for four Tony® Awards, was released on June 4. The album features new versions of Motown classics including Dancing In The Street, My Girl, You’re All I Need To Get By, Where Did Our Love Go, I Want You Back, and many more.  Among the album’s 14 tracks are...

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Cohen back in UK

Jun 2013 Cohen back in UK

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With his London show at The O2 in June sold out, Leonard Cohen returns for a full UK arena tour starting at Birmingham’s LG Arena on September 8. Tickets went on sale on Friday May 31. With a career spanning six decades and sell-out shows around the world, the writer, poet, troubadour and hugely influential artist, returned to the...

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Joel in Birmingham

Jun 2013 Joel in Birmingham

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BILLY JOEL returns to the UK for the first time in seven years to perform at Birmingham’s LG Arena on November 8. Having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, Billy is six-time Grammy Award Winner with numerous other awards and honours, including induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame,...

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Jerry in UK

Jun 2013 Jerry in UK

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Jerry Naylor, former front man with the post-Buddy Holly Crickets visits the UK this month to promote his new CD. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his time with The Crickets, the CD was issued here through Palawan Productions. It contains new material written specifically for the album as well as new recordings of Crickets...

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Lyrics in library

Jun 2013 Lyrics in library

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Some of John Lennon’s lyrics are to be added to the British Library. The library already has a formidable collection with handwritten lyrics to Beatles classics Strawberry Fields Forever, She Said She Said and In My Life. Although these three songs are legally credited to Lennon and Paul McCartney, the lyrics are primarily...

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John is on form again

Jun 2013 John is on form again

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John Leyton is back to base and ready for the road again, although he does not expect to work so hard, after suffering a health setback. He told me: “Towards the end of last year, I was in hospital briefly which, unfortunately, resulted in me having to pull out of a national tour with Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and The Wildcats. Mike...

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Judith is on the mend

Jun 2013 Judith is on the mend

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Judith Durham of The Seekers is recovering from her recent mild cerebral haemorrhage  in the Rehabilitation Unit at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne. Graham Simpson, her bio-grapher, said: “She has begun an active rehabilitation programme. “When I visited her, she was in excellent spirits, and keen to progress with her treatment. We had...

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Seekers find their forte

Jun 2013 Seekers find their forte

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World-renowned Australian band The Seekers receive top honour at this year’s ARPA Awards later this month. The news will give vocalist Judith Durham a big boost as she continues to recover from a minor cerebral haemorrhage in hospital. Judith is in the Rehabilitation Unit at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne and has begun an active...

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