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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70s at its best

Feb 2013 70s at its best

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This is a party that requires no thinking whatsoever. Just turn up, tune in, let yourself go, and enjoy the ride.

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February Editorial

Feb 2013 February Editorial

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Graham Hunter raves to me: “Great to see Mark Wynter back in the West End again and to hear him singing, I wonder if it will inspire him to do more? As I write, the current West End production has just closed in London – and what an energetic and talented cast, with the band ‘live’ on the stage, no click tracks. The cast of young singers and dancers are also musicians – and what a show they put on.

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All ‘action – no gimmicks’

Feb 2013 All ‘action – no gimmicks’

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The title to this live performance by the great jazz drummer and his band is taken from a brief introduction in which he explains the philosophy behind his music .

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Jethro is back at RAH

Feb 2013 Jethro is back at RAH

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Ian Anderson plays a special one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall on June 30, his first return to the venue in 41 years. The gig is part of an extensive world tour taking Jethro Tull to Europe, USA, Japan and South America.

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Ellis the Widowmaker

Feb 2013 Ellis the Widowmaker

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The 70s hard rock group Widowmaker saw Love Affair’s singer Steve Ellis fronting a somewhat “heavier” outfit than the one with which he’d enjoyed such success in the late 60s.

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Hits from a nostalgic era

Feb 2013 Hits from a nostalgic era

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During the late 50s and early 60s, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote dozens of hit songs for Elvis Presley, The Drifters, Dion, Andy Williams, Ray Charles and many others. The new musical ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ features some of their biggest hits.

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Bread supplies limited edition

Feb 2013 Bread supplies limited edition

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The first biography of the 70s musical collective known as Bread – the book reveals the story behind the band members’ formative years.

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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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