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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Blues Band Live

Feb 2013 Blues Band Live

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One of the most highly-regarded of British Blues outfits, The Blues Band have their albums Brand Loyalty (1982) and the double live CD Bye Bye Blues (1983) reissued on the Repertoire Records label this month.

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Chas & Dave UK Tour 2013 – Back by demand!

Feb 2013 Chas & Dave UK Tour 2013 – Back by demand!

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Due to ‘phenomenal’ demand from fans, Chas & Dave are back and about to embark on an extensive UK tour, kicking off at the Cambridge Corn Exchange February 28.

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Santana

Feb 2013 Santana

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Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide, performed to over 100 million people globally and with 10 GRAMMY® Awards. Santana’s first UK shows in three years will start at Birmingham’s LG Arena in July.

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Princess Royal joins sound celebrations

Feb 2013 Princess Royal joins sound celebrations

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The Princess Royal joined in to celebrate a successful year of 50th anniversary celebrations for the music icon Marshall Amplification.

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Starr and team performance

Feb 2013 Starr and team performance

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Keeping the legend that was Edwin Starr and his music alive is his original eight-piece band The Team.

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Joe makes touring a family affair

Feb 2013 Joe makes touring a family affair

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Joe Brown is a legend. Now in his seventies, Joe is as busy as ever and has a touring schedule that would leave most of today’s artists begging for mercy.

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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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