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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Generation on: Rebel Dean

It’s been a couple of years since The Beat magazine interviewed the rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ singer/actor Rebel Dean, and boy has he been busy since then! He is the performer who the mighty Darrel Higham was quoted as saying: “Rebel Dean – probably the most successful male Rock n’ Roll artiste in Britain today” and […]

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A century of caring, sharing and family

Dame Vera Lynn, 100 years old, in conversation with David Parker Dame Vera: you were not even a teenager at the start your singing career? Would you say you were fortunate to have become a famous singer at such a young age? Yes, I was a great deal younger when I first began singing – […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with Jim Pilster – ...

I first saw Columbia recording group, The Cryan’ Shames, live in concert during the summer of 1966. Never – and I mean NEVER – have I been so excited by a live gig. The combination of musicality to such a high standard and performance energy was second to none. Opening with the fastest-ever version of […]

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Last chance tour?

Why was Tom Jones on a beach in Cornwall to begin his 2017 tour, widely thought to be his last stage show live appearances. Tom was in Perranporth, Cornwall, a venue very different to the world’s biggest stadiums where he is more likely to be billed. The show was part of the summer’s Bands In […]

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Tony regrets leaving Brian Epstein

Newly-honoured Tony Crane MBE in conversation with David Parker Tony: you were a teenager at the start your singing career, would you say you were walking into good fortune on stage in front of paying fans? We were lucky being in Liverpool at the time. There were lots of great bands around, but at the […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Emperor Rosko

By Jane Quinn PLEASE allow me to introduce you to THE IMP…Michael Joseph ‘Mike’ Pasternak, or as you will know him – ‘Emperor Rosko’. He is an American presenter of pop music programmes most widely-known for his shows on Radio Caroline and BBC Radio 1 in the 1960s and 70s. Around 1975, he briefly hosted […]

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He only wanted to rock and roll

Looking back over 60 years, Marty Wilde has many memories and achievements, not least of all his MBE which will be presented to him this month.

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Suzi sets her sights on UK tour – at last

If you read my review of SUZI QUATRO’s poetry book ‘Through My Eyes’ you will recall I gave a list of Suzi’s achievements over the past 50 years.

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Jerry springs some surprises on radio

Feb 2013 Jerry springs some surprises on radio

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An interview with Jerry Naylor on Sunday January 20 was very interesting and well received. One special e-mail came from Peggy Sue Gerron, yes, the same Peggy Sue from the songs.

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JF’s ‘Memory Time’ Machine

Feb 2013 JF’s ‘Memory Time’ Machine

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A look back at the early days of some artists that we’re all familiar with, while their early careers are not as well known. In this first musical expose, we’ll look at Glen Campbell.

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Tony Crane – Original Mersey Beat

Feb 2013 Tony Crane – Original Mersey Beat

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Thinking back 50 years to January, 1963, little did we know the impact the following 12 months would have on our lives, not just musically but also culturally.

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Breakfast with – Dave Berry

Feb 2013 Breakfast with  – Dave Berry

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The man known as the glove also has a touch of Bo Diddley and Stan Laurel in his act. These were the influences that make up the Dave Berry we all know and love today.

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70s at its best

Feb 2013 70s at its best

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This is a party that requires no thinking whatsoever. Just turn up, tune in, let yourself go, and enjoy the ride.

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February Editorial

Feb 2013 February Editorial

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Graham Hunter raves to me: “Great to see Mark Wynter back in the West End again and to hear him singing, I wonder if it will inspire him to do more? As I write, the current West End production has just closed in London – and what an energetic and talented cast, with the band ‘live’ on the stage, no click tracks. The cast of young singers and dancers are also musicians – and what a show they put on.

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All ‘action – no gimmicks’

Feb 2013 All ‘action – no gimmicks’

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The title to this live performance by the great jazz drummer and his band is taken from a brief introduction in which he explains the philosophy behind his music .

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Jethro is back at RAH

Feb 2013 Jethro is back at RAH

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Ian Anderson plays a special one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall on June 30, his first return to the venue in 41 years. The gig is part of an extensive world tour taking Jethro Tull to Europe, USA, Japan and South America.

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Ellis the Widowmaker

Feb 2013 Ellis the Widowmaker

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The 70s hard rock group Widowmaker saw Love Affair’s singer Steve Ellis fronting a somewhat “heavier” outfit than the one with which he’d enjoyed such success in the late 60s.

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Hits from a nostalgic era

Feb 2013 Hits from a nostalgic era

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During the late 50s and early 60s, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote dozens of hit songs for Elvis Presley, The Drifters, Dion, Andy Williams, Ray Charles and many others. The new musical ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ features some of their biggest hits.

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