Elkie stays as young as she wants to

AS EACH summer approaches, we are offered more and more music festivals to enjoy. Cornbury Music Festival, in Oxfordshire between July 5 and 7 is the perfect one for me. I was offered a choice of artists to talk to about the event and I opted for another chat with ELKIE BROOKS, celebrating 60 years as a professional singer very soon.

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Connie Francis – living the American dr...

CONNIE FRANCIS was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1938. She is described as the original Italian-American queen of pop; the most successful international female vocalist of the 1950s and 1960s; the first female teenager to register a UK No.1 single, and the first female solo artist to top the UK album chart.

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Behind the mic – Golden days before the...

JOURNALIST and broadcaster Alan Thompson has worked in BBC and independent radio in a senior capacity and was one of a handful of Brits who made their professional broadcasting début in the United States.

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2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the ...

P J PROBY appears to have brought his career to a sudden halt after an off-the-record chat with a freelance journalist who saw fit to publish the raucus claims and remarks. What is the real story?

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Obituary: Dr John

LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack. The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie […]

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MATTHEW FISHER of Procol Harum as he talks about Helen Shapiro, secrets, and the light fandango. By Jane Quinn Matthew Charles Fisher is a classically- trained English musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing and playing the Hammond organ on the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum, Naturally, […]

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Can success strike twice?

The announcement of 'Summer Loving' as the title of a prequel to Grease (1978) has re-awakened many memories of the late 1970s and those who starred in the iconic film adaptation of the Broadway musical rather than memories of the film itself.

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Tribute to Les Reed

The great Les is estimated to have written more than 2,000 songs... what an amazing achievement.

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MICKY DOLENZ as he spills a few secrets, chats about physics, tells us why he has no tree house, and all about his dreams coming true. By Jane Quinn IN 1958, Micky Dolenz was TV’s Circus Boy and I became a fan. In 1966, Micky Dolenz was a Monkee and I became a bigger fan! […]

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Masterclass in songs of the Sixties

Mar 2013 Masterclass in songs of the Sixties

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AS part of 10CC, Graham Gouldman wrote and performed some of the most technically brilliant hits of the seventies.

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Build your own electric guitar

Feb 2013 Build your own electric guitar

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Hard-hitting 10 top tips for building your own electric guitar

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Heaven-sent sales for Jess

Feb 2013 Heaven-sent sales for Jess

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Jess Conrad OBE, and his manager Steve Long, asked Haydn Williams, General Manager of Universal Music TV to send to The Beat this image of him collecting his gold disc for 100,000 sales of ‘Dreamboats & Petticoats – Three Steps To Heaven’.

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Billy has a new album – Andrew has a new book

Feb 2013 Billy has a new album –  Andrew has a new book

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News from across the Great Divide! I just got off the phone with my dear friend Billy J Kramer who’s excited to have just released the first single called “To Liverpool With Love” from his new album.

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Who goes to Brum

Feb 2013 Who goes to Brum

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Following a hugely successful North American tour, The Who have added the LG Arena in Birmingham to their UK tour. They will perform their 1973 double album Quadrophenia, in its entirety, with a selection of Who classics.

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The Beat Awards 2014 – Vote Now!

The Beat readers can nominate and vote for their favourite artists to be included in the 2013 Roll of Honour. Your vote will decide who wins the awards and gets into the top 10 places in each category.

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Aggression brilliantly on display

Feb 2013 Aggression brilliantly on display

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The Who’s inimitable brand of joyous aggression is showcased brilliantly in this DVD and double-CD package.

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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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