Junior Campbell: The life and times of a shy ...

By Peter Robertson FOR JUNIOR CAMPBELL and his fellow band members, the first few weeks of 1969 were definitely – in the slang of the time – ‘groovy’. Marmalade had just become the first Scottish group ever to reach No.1 in the charts. To a studio audience of mini-skirted fans – not to mention a […]

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Eddie Cochran, Remembering – nearly 50 ...

By Ian Wooley, former DJ and MD of Retro Nights IT WAS 20 years ago when local Eddie Cochran fan Ange­la Powell first laid a memorial on the Chippenham roadside verge where the 21-year-old Rock ‘n’ Roll singer’s hire car crashed one fatal night in April, 1960. The cream Consul in which he was traveling […]

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Faithful to the Bowie music – not just ...

By Martin Hutchinson HARD to believe, but it’s three years since David Bowie passed away, yet his leg­acy is still very much apparent today. There is a surfeit of Bowie tribute acts on the circuit, some of which are excellent, but they all have a certain ingredient missing – the magic of the man himself. […]

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Knights like this: The final joust

By Pete Langford WHOA: is it really coming up to 60 years for us Barron Knights. So many things, going back all those years, have stuck in my mind and will always be there. I was 15 when I bought my first guitar and luckily I met Butch who lived only three miles away.His dad […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jimmy Mack

SHARE A CUPPA TEA with American Broadcasting Legend Jimmy Mack speaks of Stones, Nehru Jackets and Goatees, WWII, AND MORE! Secret talents of an icon of our time JIMMY MACK is an American broadcasting icon. He is also the most youthful 96- year-old I am likely ever to share a cuppa tea with. The conversational […]

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Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming

Ahead of the 50th anniversary, Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming. The most interesting thing about looking back on artists from previous eras is often seeing which ones have withstood the test of time, or even which ones have become bigger than they ever were. A few obvious names come to mind: your Beatles and […]

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Michael lives in Ben tribute show

SAID to be the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star starts a UK tour in Bath on January 11. From dancing along to the legendary pop videos as a child, to playing to a crowd of weeping fans the day after Michael Jackson died, Ben Bowman has dedicated his life to be the UK’s ultimate […]

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Sounds of ’69: first time plays

By Pat Murphy Looking back a half-centu­ry, 1969 was a pretty decent year for pop music. Here are 10 records to prove the point. The organisation is chronological, based on my recollection of when I first heard them on Toronto radio. The Fifth Dimension: Aquari­us/Let the Sunshine In Although I wasn’t initially keen on this, […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina

Intelligent lyrics, lovely music. Jane Quinn shares a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina who chats about Walt Disney, Love, Bolero and his metal shop. JAMES MELVIN joined us on Planet Earth in 1947 in a land known as California before spending time in another land called Texas. James later morphed into Jim Messina, musician, songwriter, […]

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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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Who goes to Brum

Feb 2013 Who goes to Brum

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Following a hugely successful North American tour, The Who have added the LG Arena in Birmingham to their UK tour. They will perform their 1973 double album Quadrophenia, in its entirety, with a selection of Who classics.

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The Beat Awards 2014 – Vote Now!

The Beat readers can nominate and vote for their favourite artists to be included in the 2013 Roll of Honour. Your vote will decide who wins the awards and gets into the top 10 places in each category.

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Aggression brilliantly on display

Feb 2013 Aggression brilliantly on display

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The Who’s inimitable brand of joyous aggression is showcased brilliantly in this DVD and double-CD package.

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