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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Share a cuppa tea with…

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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Suzi Quatro

Feb 2019 Suzi Quatro

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By Jim Stewart EVEN in the highly adrenaline-fuelled music business, it’s rare to find a bundle of energy on a par with Suzi Quatro. The American rock vocalist has successfully worked as a musician for more than 50 years, delivering with unbridled energy her greatest hits such as ‘Can The Can’, ‘48 Crash’, ‘Devil Gate Drive’, ‘If...

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Desecration – Sacrilege

Feb 2019 Desecration – Sacrilege

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WHILE the recently released Buddy Holly CD album ‘ TRUE LOVE WAYS – BUDDY HOLLY & THE ROYAL PHILHARMON- IC ORCHESTRA has been a success in the UK pop charts, die-hard Holly fans found the album’s concept hard to swallow. Some might say its success helped to keep Holly’s name and music alive, which maybe...

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Ireland’s first top 10

Feb 2019 Ireland’s first top 10

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Top 10 in Dublin in 1959 was actually 11 By Pat Murphy THIS YEAR marks the 60th anniversary of the first Irish Top 10. On February 12, 1959, Dub­lin’s Evening Herald newspaper launched a chart compiled on its behalf by music columnist Rick O’Shea. To quote: “They tell you what’s top in London and New York. But who tells you what’s...

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Obituary: Paul Barrett

Feb 2019 Obituary: Paul Barrett

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Heartbreaking loss PAUL BARRETT, (pictured) Charlie Gracie’s exclusive Euro­pean agent of 40 years, passed away on January 20. Paul, based in Cardiff, Wales was perhaps the leading purveyor of Roots Rock & Roll and Rockabilly in the UK and throughout Europe. He became CHARLIE GRACIE’s agent in 1979 and created more than 40 UK...

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Who’s been busy

Feb 2019 Who’s been busy

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THE WHO singer Roger Dal­trey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are unleashing the combustible force of The Who, with symphonic accompa­niment this summer at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, July 6, with special guests Eddie Vedder and the Kaiser Chiefs. The Who release their first album of new songs in 13 years...

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Editor’s Beat: Tribute shows don’t fill theatres

Feb 2019 Editor’s Beat: Tribute shows don’t fill theatres

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ALL GOOD things must end, according to some soothsayers. So the era of the 50s, 60s and 70s must end as well, we surmise: but will it? Nowadays, tribute shows are springing up and original artists long gone –and not so long gone – are being resurrected with full orchestral backing. Not all fans think this is a good thing and a way...

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Hall of Fame for The Zombies

Jan 2019 Hall of Fame for The Zombies

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By Martin Hutchinson FINALLY it has happened. The Zombies have at last been inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. The award, voted for by fans and peers, comes after the band has undergone a bit of a change following bassist Jim Rodford’s passing last January. “Jim was a mentor to me,” said founder-member...

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All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

Jan 2019 All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

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By Derek Mead JUDITH DURHAM was born Judith Mavis Cock in Essendon, Victoria, Australia on July 3, 1943. Until 1950, she lived in Essendon and attended the primary school there. From early 1950 she lived in Taroona, Hobart, Tasmania, before returning to Melbourne in 1956. There, she attended Ruyton Girls School before enrolling at...

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Chas the soloist

Dec 2018 Chas the soloist

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CHAS HODGES Talking Elephant Records, TECD138, 2009 By John Firminger STILL remembering the much admired Chas Hodges, to reiter­ate Mike Berry’s comments in his tribute to his pal, Chas really was a musical genius. He certainly displayed that in many ways during his career. A perfect example is the solo self-titled album he...

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More of Cliff’s hidden gems

Dec 2018 More of Cliff’s hidden gems

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By Pat Murphy With 124 Top 40 hits under his belt – 68 of which were Top 10 – it’s inevitable people associate Cliff with his hit records. To many, that’s who he is: nothing less but nothing more. In reality, though, there’s much more. In this sixth and concluding instalment of a series acknowl­edging Cliff’s 60th anniversary in...

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