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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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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“Performing is better than any drug”

Apr 2013 “Performing is better than any drug”

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BOBBY Elliott, The Hollies drummer since 1963, is in a good frame of mind ahead of their 2013 UK dates, as is the rest of the band.

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Dionne Warwick puts on a brave face

Apr 2013 Dionne Warwick puts on a brave face

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Dionne Warwick has told fans she is fine and they should not worry about her after the American star’s shock announcement last month that she was filing for bankruptcy after amassing tax debts of nearly $10 million (£6.6 million) since 1991.

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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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