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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Frantic Four ride again!

Feb 2013 Frantic Four ride again!

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The ‘classic’ line-up of Status Quo are going on the road for their first dates together since the departure of original drummer John Coghlan in 1981.

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From Ireland to London

Feb 2013 From Ireland to London

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This very attractively presented hardback tells the Rory Gallagher story in words and pictures, tracing his passage from the Irish showband circuit to his emergence in London.

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Meanwhile… back in the sixties…

Feb 2013 Meanwhile… back in the sixties…

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At this time of the year, the biggest stars of the sixties get together to tour the country under the ‘Solid Silver Sixties’ banner – now in it’s 28th year.

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My Desert island disc

Feb 2013 My Desert island disc

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If I was to be castaway on a desert island for a decade, this is the album I’d take with me – because it’s likely to take that long to ‘get into it’.

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Candid Camera back-stage

Feb 2013 Candid Camera back-stage

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Presented in a generous coffee table hardback ‘Forever Young’ celebrates The Rock And Roll Photography Of Chuck Boyd.

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Tommy’s album and tour

Feb 2013 Tommy’s album and tour

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World-renowned Australian ‘fingerstyle-acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, and Britain’s Martin Taylor, MBE, release their collaboration album.

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Goin’ back

Feb 2013 Goin’ back

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I’ve always been interested in the early careers of various artists. As with many names, later success often brings recordings from their early days out of the woodwork, much to their chagrin.

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‘Wild man’ Reg, colourful and lovable

Feb 2013 ‘Wild man’ Reg, colourful and lovable

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Readers of The Beat would definitely 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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I did my homework and things worked out for me and my family…

Feb 2013 I did my homework and things worked out for me and my family…

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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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Still reelin’ and rockin’

Feb 2013 Still reelin’ and rockin’

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After a rather barren 2012, Cliff Richard fans have something to look forward to in 2013.

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