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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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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Drivers of the 6.5 Special

Jul 2013 Drivers of the 6.5 Special

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THE sheet-anchor of the “6.5 Special” was undoubtedly the talented team of personality comperes – Jo Douglas, Pete Murray and Freddie Mills. To those who knew these artists before the advent of “6.5,” they would be considered an unlikely combination. But they have adapted themselves to the mood of the programme with great...

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The Beatles come to town – 1963! Who?

Jul 2013 The Beatles come to town – 1963! Who?

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By Peter Killick Something Good Productions   From 1950 to the mid-1970s Urmston Urban District Council, a suburb of Manchester, staged the “Urmston Show” on Abbotsfield Park in Urmston.   After the 1962 show, the youth of Urmston spoke out, claiming there was little of interest in the show for them: they weren’t seriously...

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Summer of ’63…..

Jul 2013 Summer of ’63…..

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It was 50 years ago this summer that it became clear there’d really been a major shift in the British music industry.

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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...

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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...

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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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