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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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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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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