Michael lives in Ben tribute show

SAID to be the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star starts a UK tour in Bath on January 11. From dancing along to the legendary pop videos as a child, to playing to a crowd of weeping fans the day after Michael Jackson died, Ben Bowman has dedicated his life to be the UK’s ultimate […]

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Sounds of ’69: first time plays

By Pat Murphy Looking back a half-centu­ry, 1969 was a pretty decent year for pop music. Here are 10 records to prove the point. The organisation is chronological, based on my recollection of when I first heard them on Toronto radio. The Fifth Dimension: Aquari­us/Let the Sunshine In Although I wasn’t initially keen on this, […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina

Intelligent lyrics, lovely music. Jane Quinn shares a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina who chats about Walt Disney, Love, Bolero and his metal shop. JAMES MELVIN joined us on Planet Earth in 1947 in a land known as California before spending time in another land called Texas. James later morphed into Jim Messina, musician, songwriter, […]

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Diddy’s delighted with his Retro tour

60s Retro Night: The Fortunes, David Hamilton HELPING raise money for Vari- ety Wessex, a 60s Retro event stars The Fortunes, with a retro 60s disco hosted by former Radio 1 DJ David Diddy Hamilton. The Fortunes, one of the UK’s premier harmony groups with a string of hit records including You’ve Got Your Troubles, […]

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Fan’s tribute to star backed by 86 voic...

By Ron Tennant, Belgium. ON Friday and Saturday evening, September 28 and 29, the brilliant show Welcome To The 60s was at the Swan Theatre,Worcester. It was a show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the giant life-changing choir from Worcester, called Voices Unlimited. For these two shows, an 86-piece Voices Unlimited vocal group appeared and […]

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Timeless music still in demand

By Martin Hutchinson BEATLEMANIA lives on, and the tribute band that grew out of the show of the same name con­tinues to delight audiences around the world with their accurate portrayal of The Fab Four. Originally an American pro­duction, ‘Beatlemania!’ came to London’s West End and toured the country to great acclaim. However, when the […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway as he speaks of the meaning of life, comics, bullies et al. If Bob Dylan was a gymnastic punk rocker, his name would be John Otway. Mr Otway is a singer-songwriter, word­smith, author, an awkward wit, Pete Town­shend’s gifted protégé, and a poetic non-driving tea drinker. You saw him […]

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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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Ray in Joe’s hall of fame

Jul 2013 Ray in Joe’s hall of fame

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Ray Dexter may not be the biggest name in pop but he was inducted into the Joe Meek Hall Of Fame in May.   “I played the Metro in Holloway Road, London. On an accoustic session of Joe Meek artists, I topped the bill. Afterwards I was interviewed for Radio Sutch, and they played many of my tracks,  like The Coalman’s Lament, on Chas...

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Beat it to the Hard Rock fashion show

Jul 2013 Beat it to the Hard Rock fashion show

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A new exhibition of clothing items from pop and rock superstars and legends including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson and Elton John go on display in the UK this summer, courtesy of a never-seen-before touring memorabilia exhibition produced by Hard Rock Cafe.   “Hard Rock Couture”, celebrating the strong...

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Paul leaves the Gap

Jul 2013 Paul leaves the Gap

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Paul Cornwell, former Union Gap member, has joined Herman’s Hermits on lead guitar and vocals.   HH’s Barry Whitwam said: “Actually, he has been in the group for six months and went on tour with us in Australia last April. We tour Australia again in August and September, and then we are on The Sensational Sixties Experience...

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If you love the big band sound…

Jul 2013 If you love the big band sound…

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West Cliff Theatre Clacton is staging a mammoth musical tribute on on July 14.   According to the producers, this is not the typical tribute Rat Pack shows, but an honest rendition of Sinatra’s ’50s Hollywood Glamour from his Capitol Records years – backed by a full big band live on stage.   Pete Long’s all-star 15-piece...

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Des is in town

Jul 2013 Des is in town

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Des O’Connor is to perform at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, next month in what’s claimed as an afternoon of comedy, music and laughter.   Des has been seen on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky Arts 1, to name but a few of his small screen appearances. He starred in his own mainstream television show for more than 45 years – longer than...

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Honey at its bitter comb

Jul 2013 Honey at its bitter comb

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The New Honeycombs have toured with one of the founder members and now are on tour in their own right recreating the sounds of the Sixties

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So, yesterday really has gone

Jul 2013 So, yesterday really has gone

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From Bob Poole, bobpoole55@btinternet.com   Terry knows very well who we are and how long we have been Cupids Inspiration. He was only in the band for a year or so but much more to the point, we own the name, as he, or anyone else can find out by checking the business register. He would be well advised not to go out under our name...

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Don’t be stupid Cupids

Jul 2013 Don’t be stupid Cupids

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Cupid’s Inspiration is the latest group name to confuse fans.  From Terry Rice-Milton terry.ricemilton@btinternet.com   I read with interest the Backbeat article – CUPIDS (no apostrophe, but should be!) INSPIRATION back on the road (40 yr Reunion) and I felt I needed to clarify one thing.   I am aware that various line-ups...

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Rock Legends, Yes, Set for Triple-Header 2014 European Tour

Jul 2013 Rock Legends, Yes, Set for Triple-Header 2014 European Tour

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Yes, announce triple-album Europe 2014 tour. The band will perform three of rock’s most influential albums, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One, in their entirety.

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Cupids Inspiration back on the road

Jun 2013 Cupids Inspiration back on the road

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After more than 40 years, Cupids Inspiration are back on the road with Bob Poole, Paul Shanahan, ex Peppermint Circus and Hard Horse vocalist and front man Paul “Tommy” Thomas and drummer Rick Medlock. Playing favourite songs from the sixties – plus, of course, their hit records and incorporating three-part vocal harmonies...

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