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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Eve still wants ‘To Teach The World To Sing’

Oct 2018 Eve still wants ‘To Teach The World To Sing’

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By Peter Robertson A familiar singer from decades gone by is making a courageous comeback. Forty-seven years ago, Scottish singer Eve Graham shot to international stardom as lead vocalist with the clean-cut super-group The New Seekers. Now aged 75, Eve is about to release a new solo album entitled A Matter Of Time, and in Spring,...

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Sixties sounds inspired by family

Oct 2018 Sixties sounds inspired by family

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A young band used family inspiration to revive the sounds of the 60s. The Tyneside band celebrates 60s music but the members were born in the 80s. Now a professional 60s tribute band, The Moonbeats, are four Tyneside based musicians in their late 20s and early 30s. Inspiration from their parents and a love of the music of the time...

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Cliff the duetist

Oct 2018 Cliff the duetist

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By Pat Murphy The fifth installment in an occasional series marking Cliff’s 60th anniversary in the music business. The focus this time is on Cliff the duetist, a career dimension that blossomed in the 1980s. Interestingly, all of the tracks mentioned are ones where Cliff was invited to guest on other people’s projects. While the...

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Club band or concert artists?

Aug 2018 Club band or concert artists?

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THE BLACK funk music sounds of six off-white Scottish musicians has been arousing a deal of enthusiastic comment. By Richard Green IN TERMS of hard work, the Average White Band must be near the top of the big league lately. Almost exactly a year ago they were invited to America to back Bonnie Bramlett on her solo album, they began...

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Sailor returns?

Aug 2018 Sailor returns?

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THE BAND SAILOR’S last chart entry – the humorous One Drink Too Many, in 1977, possibly led to their break-up in 1980. Georg formed the eclectic band Data, Grant became a teacher, Henry composed music for film and TV, and Phil Pickett had success as keyboard player with Culture Club, and co-wrote their massive hit Karma...

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The Beat on tour

Aug 2018 The Beat on tour

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THE BEAT, starring Dave Wakeling, performed around the UK from May 25 to June 17. From the late seventies into the early eighties, The Beat was one of the biggest bands around. Their first two albums got to No.3 in the charts and they garnered no less than five Top Ten singles hits, including Mirror In The Bathroom and a brace of...

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Proby in love?

Aug 2018 Proby in love?

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THE LATE Dean Martin is a legend, an absolute all- time great comedian, singer and actor. He was born and named Dino Paul Crocetti on June 17, 1917, in Ohio, USA to Italian immigrant parents. At the age of 17, he started singing and enjoyed doing it very much. In the late 1930s, after singing for about four years under his real...

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Diamond sparkles in new show

Aug 2018 Diamond sparkles in new show

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‘A BEAUTIFUL NOISE’ is a lavish new production celebrating the life and music of Neil Diamond, and the show is about to tour the UK and Eire throughout October and November. This joyful celebration will be delivered with an assured virtuosity by the award-winning singer Fisher Stevens. The music of Neil Diamond has been with us for...

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Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

Aug 2018 Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

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By Pat Murphy This is the fourth in a series marking Cliff’s 60th anniversary in the music business. The first three looked at the international dimension of his career and his live performances in the UK, but the focus this time is on the various TV dimensions. FROM the late 1950s through to the 1980s, Cliff was a regular,...

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Record rivals – the producers

Aug 2018 Record rivals – the producers

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By John Firminger RESPONSIBLE for creating the hits – with probably just as many misses – one of the most important, if not THE most important, person in the recording industry is the record producer. Some of them, like George Martin, (top)Norrie Paramor, and even Joe Meek, (centre) have become equally as famous as the artists...

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