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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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Ro...

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black […]

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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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Never a punk band, they say

Mar 2013 Never a punk band, they say

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SEEMINGLY, it has now become a tradition that The Stranglers tour the UK during March, and this year is no exception with their ‘Feel It Live’ tour.

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Three names on a journey

Mar 2013 Three names on a journey

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THREE of the most explosive names in rock are getting together for a series of dates around the UK in May.

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Faded glory of Frankie, man out of his time.

Mar 2013 Faded glory of Frankie, man out of his time.

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Frankie Vaughan is someone whose place in popular memory seems to have receded dramatically since his death in 1999. For at least two reasons, that’s a bit surprising.

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Forever autumn for Justin

Mar 2013 Forever autumn for Justin

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Justin Hayward has taken a break from The Moody Blues to release his first solo album in nearly 20 years.

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Shock death of DC5 bassist

Mar 2013 Shock death of DC5 bassist

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Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of 1960s chart stars The Dave Clark Five, has died suddenly at the age of 72.

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Bad Vibrations

Mar 2013 Bad Vibrations

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Brian Wilson has suggested that The Beach Boys might never reunite again after last year’s highly successful world tour ended in acrimony.

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Masterclass in songs of the Sixties

Mar 2013 Masterclass in songs of the Sixties

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AS part of 10CC, Graham Gouldman wrote and performed some of the most technically brilliant hits of the seventies.

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Build your own electric guitar

Feb 2013 Build your own electric guitar

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Hard-hitting 10 top tips for building your own electric guitar

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Heaven-sent sales for Jess

Feb 2013 Heaven-sent sales for Jess

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Jess Conrad OBE, and his manager Steve Long, asked Haydn Williams, General Manager of Universal Music TV to send to The Beat this image of him collecting his gold disc for 100,000 sales of ‘Dreamboats & Petticoats – Three Steps To Heaven’.

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Billy has a new album – Andrew has a new book

Feb 2013 Billy has a new album –  Andrew has a new book

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News from across the Great Divide! I just got off the phone with my dear friend Billy J Kramer who’s excited to have just released the first single called “To Liverpool With Love” from his new album.

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