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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‘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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Mike Pender – no longer searching

Feb 2013 Mike Pender – no longer searching

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Mike Pender talks to David Parker about life in general – and in the fast lane, in particular.

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