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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Dave asks fans for funding

Jan 2014 Dave asks fans for funding

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THE KINKS lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies is working on a documentary film about himself.   “Dave Davies Rock ‘n Roll Journey” features highlights from his current concerts in support of his new album “I Will Be Me”, behind-the-scenes action, archive segments, and reminiscences about his life and career, meeting fans and...

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Get well soon, Spencer

Dec 2013 Get well soon, Spencer

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By Ralph Gowling   SPENCER DAVIS has been battling to overcome health problems in the hope he can perform on the Ultimate Rhythm and Blues 50th Anniversary Tour starting in January, John Steel of The Animals told the beat.   “Poor Spencer. We’ve got fingers crossed hoping that he is going to be okay for the tour, but we can’t...

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The Zombies just keep on going on worldwide

Dec 2013 The Zombies just keep on going on worldwide

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By Ralph Gowling   For a group that disbanded in the 60s in frustration at lack of any major commercial success, The Zombies are amazed by the phenomenal demand for them to play at concerts around the world.   UK fans have a chance to see The Zombies in action when they star with The Yardbirds, The Animals, Spencer Davis and Maggie...

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Sixties legends tour again

Sep 2013 Sixties legends tour again

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THE music of the 1960s is alive and well with many of the bands from that decade still touring – albeit minus a few band original members. These days, quite a few package tours gather together, on one bill, a number of artistes from that magical time. One such tour is heading our way in the autumn. The 50th Anniversary Solid...

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Ronnie Wood Band is at Bluesfest 2013

Sep 2013 Ronnie Wood Band is at Bluesfest 2013

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THE Ronnie Wood Band will close BluesFest 2013 in a huge grand finale on Friday, November 1.   Natalie Cole is part of a special co-headline show with Gregory Porter. Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall get together for an All Star Tribute to blues and soul legend Bobby Bland.   Other additions include Steve Craddock, Big Boy...

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Yes, it’s a UK tour

Aug 2013 Yes, it’s a UK tour

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It was 1967 when Rock came of age and was accorded its own genre within music.

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Brentwood rocked all weekend

Aug 2013 Brentwood rocked all weekend

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Brentwood

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Debbie stays in Blondie

Aug 2013 Debbie stays in Blondie

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 To THE RELIEF of her fans around the world, Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry issued this message as The Beat went to press: “No plans to stop working. Don’t believe everything you read!”   The Daily Mail had sent shockwaves across the globe with a report quoting Blondie drummer Clem Burke that Debbie was considering retiring...

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Stones in the Park

Aug 2013 Stones in the Park

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HIGHLIGHTS of both Rolling Stones concerts, almost 44 years to the day since the Stones first played Hyde Park – July 5, 1969, can be downloaded from the iTunes Store (iTunes.com/TheRollingStones).   Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood did what they do best: performing foot stomping, crowd-pleasing sets...

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Steve Ellis

Aug 2013 Steve Ellis

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But it wasn’t an everlasting Love Affair

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