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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Yesterday is back with Cupid’s Terry

ORIGINAL founder-members of the 1968 successful pop recording group Cupid’s Inspiration have reformed. Cupid’s Inspiration had big hits in 1968 that topped the British charts – Yesterday Has Gone and My World followed by Dream, including best album in 1969. The band has reformed under the name Cupid’s with the original voice of Terry Rice-Milton. […]

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Shakin’ all over

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN – a Tribute to Shakin’ Stevens’ is live at theatres in the UK. The 80s Welsh answer to Elvis finally has his own tribute show with all the hits, including ‘This Ol’ House’, ‘Green Door’, ‘Oh Julie’. The rags to riches story is based on his 40 hits, starring Rebel Dean. The […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric chats about many things including Tom Petty, secrets, and plynths. REMEMBER that legendary song The Whole Wide World? Of course you do. Written by singer/songwriter/musician Wreckless Eric, it has been covered by many artists including The Monkees, Elvis Costello, Marilyn Manson, The Proclaimers, Amanda Palmer, Will Ferrell, plus others and is a hit […]

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TV teen show pioneer dies

JACK GOOD died on September 24, apparently without much of a fanfare. The early British TV producer whose shows included Six-Five Special and Oh Boy!, also found and managed UK rock ‘n’ roll stars Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, and Cliff Richard, and is also behind the legacy of P J Proby in the UK, having […]

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Sharing a cuppa with Alan Clayson

Sharing a cuppa tea with…. Alan Clayson of The Argonauts as he discusses Elvis and Elvis, monkeys, and new projects talks about fear, Beatles, and tattoos. Well, as I grew up in the American cornfields, I never suspected one day I would share a cuppa tea with a genuine Argonaut. But here we are, chatting […]

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Wind of heaven to pass on tour

By Martin Hutchinson “I CAN’T remember his name, but he sang Nights In White Satin,” said Jeff Wayne when he was casting his legendary album ‘The Musical Version of The War of the Worlds’. He wanted the perfect voice for the song Forever Autumn and he thought the voice of The Moody Blues was perfect. […]

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‘Win a city break to Hamburg,’

On October 20 and 21, Hamburg on Tour visits London to show off what Hamburg has to offer. Visitors can experience what the Hamburg festival region offers – something for every taste – from metal to jazz, rock to classic music. London will host to a one-of-a-kind pop up event in Shoreditch to showcase one […]

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Looking back: 60s pop star Steve Ellis, Lov...

Looking back: 60s pop star Steve Ellis, Love Affair Legend! There I’ve said it. From a No.1 single in 1968 with the iconic tune ‘Everlasting Love’, singing with his then band, Love Affair, to other Top Twenty hits like ‘Rainbow Valley’ and ‘Bringing on Back the Good Times’. In one form or the other, Steve […]

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Rootin’, tootin’ for The Hooters

Apr 2013 Rootin’, tootin’ for The Hooters

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Happy families? Father and talented daughters. Showbiz gossip from across the pond

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‘50 & Counting’

Apr 2013 ‘50 & Counting’

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The Beat gets Satisfaction from The Rolling Stones

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Eric’s sun rises again

Apr 2013 Eric’s sun rises again

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A major player in all this has been Bruce Springsteen, who paid tribute to Eric in March last year as a key influence – both musically and lyrically.

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Triumphant return for Frankie Valli

Apr 2013 Triumphant return for Frankie Valli

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fter their highly-successful first appearances in the UK for 18 years last June, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons return for a second year running.

This time, they are scheduled to perform twice as many concerts after last year’s originally planned three were increased at the last-minute, due to popular demand.

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Tears of success

Mar 2013 Tears of success

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Billie Davis celebrates the Golden Anniversary of her big hit ‘Tell Him’ this year, recalling how she was reduced to tears in the studio in the drive to get the sound that would propel the record into the UK Top 10.

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Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

Mar 2013 Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

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For inspiration for his new album “Long Wave”, Jeff Lynne has gone back to his childhood days in Birmingham when he heard songs on a crystal set

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Heep of good live music

Mar 2013 Heep of good live music

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UNLIKE many of the audience, this show was my first experience of seeing – and hearing – this vintage rock band live; and I was left with the thought, why have I waited this long?

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Goin’ back

Mar 2013 Goin’ back

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This month’s retro ramble goes back to the 60s and my home town of Sheffield, and a man who became arguably the world’s greatest white soul singer and a superstar to boot – Joe Cocker.

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Glory days of EPs

Mar 2013 Glory days of EPs

Posted by in Back Beat

If, like me, your music buying days began in the late 50s, you probably have fond memories of the extended play record – or the EP as it was popularly known.

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Sweet search for success

Mar 2013 Sweet search for success

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Making your first record as a teenager your thoughts are only about ‘whether it will chart?’, ‘will it make number 1?’, and I’m going to enjoy this ride for as long as it lasts.

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