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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Bread supplies limited edition

Feb 2013 Bread supplies limited edition

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The first biography of the 70s musical collective known as Bread – the book reveals the story behind the band members’ formative years.

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‘Today’s’ spectacular conclusion

Feb 2013 ‘Today’s’ spectacular conclusion

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When the credits rolled on December 1, 1976, the ‘Today’ programme’s viewers and its production team alike were still reeling from what they’d just seen and heard.

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10 top tips for building your own electric guitar

Feb 2013 10 top tips for building your own electric guitar

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In his new book, author Paul Balmer tutors the budding guitar builder-player. Available from all good bookshops.

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Shades of Procul Harum uncovered

Feb 2013 Shades of Procul Harum uncovered

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In 1967, Procol Harum recorded the song that would top the charts worldwide, it also became a milestone around the band’s neck, a weight on their shoulders they found impossible to shake off.

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Clayson’s Classicals ‘Nice little band’

Feb 2013 Clayson’s Classicals ‘Nice little band’

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Mighty Baby backed Reggie King, The Action’s front man, on his only solo album – and you could be talking money if it turns up in mint-condition vinyl at a car-boot sale.

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Lens-eye view of Ike and Tina everywhere

Feb 2013 Lens-eye view of Ike and Tina everywhere

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Bob Gruen joined Ike And Tina Turner on tour. He spent two years, portable video camera in hand, filming their every move, on stage, at home and in the studio.

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Reg Presley – the Troggs

Feb 2013 Reg Presley – the Troggs

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Join me in remembering the great singer and songwriter and performer who gave us the first taste of a different slant on rock and roll.

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Girl power released

Feb 2013 Girl power released

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Using more than 250 first-hand interviews covering nine decades, O’Brien charts the rise of the girl singer from the jazz clubs to the pop princesses.

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New red hot raw talents

Feb 2013 New red hot raw talents

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The first two albums issued under the name of The Keith Tippett Group alerted the contemporary jazz world to the arrival of some red-hot new talents.

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Memories of a great performer

Feb 2013 Memories of a great performer

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With a voice that embraces fine ballads, country, folk, blues and rock and roll, John Walker could play a concert on his own.

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