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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Your kind of music news

New BeeGees dedication

Jan 2013 New BeeGees dedication

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The Bee gees, Barry, Maurice, Robin, and Andy Gibb are all featured on a news CD box set ‘Mythology’ with a disc dedicated to each brother.

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April 17, 1967, a momentous point in pop

Jan 2013 April 17, 1967, a momentous point in pop

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Thirteen minutes and 20 seconds before 4pm on April 17, 1967, was a momentous point in time for pop.

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Who do it again in USA

Jan 2013 Who do it again in USA

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Having been an original 60s mod and survived my favourite group was always The Who.

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Paying homage at the Quo show

Jan 2013 Paying homage at the Quo show

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ON a very cold night on the coast, we wanted warming up, so a Status Quo gig was just what the doctor ordered.

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Goin’ back

Jan 2013 Goin’ back

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Following on from last month’s ramble, and not wanting to appear sexist, there were also a number of girl duos and trios who had varying degrees of success ranging from being household names down to vague recollections.

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Beatled off by tribute act

Jan 2013 Beatled off by tribute act

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Having seen The Jersey Boys, and Dreamboats And Petticoats, I was looking forward to seeing another great live London show, this time featuring the songs of The Beatles.

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War of the Worlds

Jan 2013 War of the Worlds

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The live version of Jeff Wayne’s magnum opus has been pulling the crowds in since 2006, and following the release of a new version of the epic tale of a Martian invasion of the earth, a new realisation on the live stage just couldn’t live up to the original.

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Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

Jan 2013 Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

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It is every singer’s worst nightmare, and it is even more devastating when it comes in the middle of a tour – losing your voice.

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Rockin’ Americans in 50s Britain

Jan 2013 Rockin’ Americans in 50s Britain

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For 1950s American rockers, the combination of language and market size made Britain the preferred offshore destination. But not all experiences were completely successful.

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The Beatles battle Cliff – where’s Elvis?

Jan 2013 The Beatles battle Cliff – where’s Elvis?

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From the media – being what it is – we can expect umpteen Beatle commemorations in 2013, all noting the 50th anniversary of this or that early milestone.

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