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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Yesterday is back with Cupid’s Terry

ORIGINAL founder-members of the 1968 successful pop recording group Cupid’s Inspiration have reformed. Cupid’s Inspiration had big hits in 1968 that topped the British charts – Yesterday Has Gone and My World followed by Dream, including best album in 1969. The band has reformed under the name Cupid’s with the original voice of Terry Rice-Milton. […]

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Shakin’ all over

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN – a Tribute to Shakin’ Stevens’ is live at theatres in the UK. The 80s Welsh answer to Elvis finally has his own tribute show with all the hits, including ‘This Ol’ House’, ‘Green Door’, ‘Oh Julie’. The rags to riches story is based on his 40 hits, starring Rebel Dean. The […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric chats about many things including Tom Petty, secrets, and plynths. REMEMBER that legendary song The Whole Wide World? Of course you do. Written by singer/songwriter/musician Wreckless Eric, it has been covered by many artists including The Monkees, Elvis Costello, Marilyn Manson, The Proclaimers, Amanda Palmer, Will Ferrell, plus others and is a hit […]

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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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Recipe for success – handcrafted

Feb 2013 Recipe for success – handcrafted

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[private]   In the words of the old song: ‘Take a pinch of white man’, add a mixture of Johnny Cash,  a track or two of Gene Vincent, stir with a gloved hand and a sample of black clothes, tip in a spot of Rhythm & Blues music  – and what have you got? The man known as the glove also has a touch of Bo Diddley and Stan...

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January Editorial

Jan 2013 January Editorial

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Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues has named The Shadows as one band with whom he would like to have played.

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Complete set of memories in a box of nostalgia

Jan 2013 Complete set of memories in a box of nostalgia

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T. REX – THE SLIDER: 40th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET

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OBITUARY: Patti Page

Jan 2013 OBITUARY: Patti Page

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The “Singing Rage” who sang one of the first hit records of the Top Twenty era, Tennessee Waltz, and made it one of the best-selling recordings ever, died on New Year’s Day in California, aged 85.

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Lifetime award for Rosemary

Jan 2013 Lifetime award for Rosemary

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SINGER Rosemary Squires was awarded the British Music Hall Society’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual ball on December 2.

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Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”

Jan 2013 Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”

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Bryan Ferry is to embark on an ambitious, big production tour this year featuring not only his usual band but also The Bryan Ferry Orchestra with whom he has just released the album ‘The Jazz Age’.

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