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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Led Zeppelin or Fleetwood Mac?

Jul 2018 Led Zeppelin or Fleetwood Mac?

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FLEETWOOD MAC AND LED ZEPPELIN top the betting on Glastonbury Festival’s 2019 headline acts. Stairway to Heaven rockers Led Zeppelin head Betway’s list of potential Pyramid Stage head- liners. With a year to go before the festival returns, Led Zeppelin appear to be clear favourites followed by Fleetwood Mac at 3/1. Neither...

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Linda was back in town

Jul 2018 Linda was back in town

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Screamin’ Festival: 1999 – 2018: – 20th Anniversary. Crazy Cavan with the Rhythm Rockers rock ‘n’ roll and rip it up with Linda Gail Lewis, at the fabulous Spanish festival ‘Screamin’ last month in Calella, just 45 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. It’s a week-long holiday and 50s rock and roll...

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News of Judith

Jul 2018 News of Judith

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Like The Seekers, Judith Durham has been out of the limelight for a long time, having suffered a brain haemorrhage. Just recently, Judith was able to arrange a phone call from Australia to Dame Vera Lynn, our own 101-year-old veteran pop star. The call was set up by The Beat reader and contributor Derek Mead, and Shelley Bovey, who...

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Seekers ‘door remains open’

Apr 2018 Seekers ‘door remains open’

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THE NEW SEEKERS release 1974 albums on CD for the first time, Together/Farewell, on April 20 The New Seekers recording catalogue has been vastly overlooked on CD, considering just how enormous this mixed vocal group were between 1970 and the group’s split in 1974. In addition to their many hits which included I’d Like...

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Stones filter through

Apr 2018 Stones filter through

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Stones filter through THE ROLLING STONES  No Filter tour is in the UK and Ireland this summer, with more shows in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, and Poland. They play 13 shows in 12 venues across Europe in September and October. STONES – NO FILTER has Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood out on the road...

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Editors Beat with David Parker

Apr 2018 Editors Beat with David Parker

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‘BIG GIRLS Don’t Cry‘ is a show claiming to celebrate the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. The publicity states: ‘Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically...

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Old style music preferred to youth pop

Mar 2018 Old style music preferred to youth pop

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By Pat Murphy THE early Grammys didn’t care for rock ‘n’ roll. The Grammys were invented in the late 1950s to give the American music industry its own version of Hollywood’s Oscars. Ostensibly, “artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence” would be the watchword. And right from the get-go, the works honoured...

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Dean thanks his lucky stars

Mar 2018 Dean thanks his lucky stars

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At the height of the Punk Rock explosion in the late seventies, a song by a relatively unknown American singer-songwriter drifted into the charts. Dean Friedman’s Lucky Stars followed his first chart entry, Woman Of Mine, which got to No.52 in the early summer of 1978. In September, Lucky Stars climbed to No.3 and has since become...

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Gary’s Gap opens up 50th anniversary

Mar 2018 Gary’s Gap opens up 50th anniversary

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By Peter Robertson THIS SPRING marks the 50th anniversary of the classic, if controversial, international hit Young Girl by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. About a man who has become distressed upon finding out that the girl he’s with is under the legal age of consent, Young Girl was a UK No.1 for four weeks from May 22, 1968....

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No studio trickery – just live recording

Jul 2017 No studio trickery – just live recording

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DREAMGIRLS: ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING. SONY CLASSICAL: 88985429492 (2CD SET) WHEN I first heard Jennifer Holiday sing ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, I was completely blown away. I had to have more, the Complete’ Dreamgirls’ Broadway Cast Recording quickly followed, maintaining my love of the music, and I waited...

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