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Toyah and Hazel – electric ladies of th...

By Ian Woolley On the eve of their first UK tour together for many years, we caught up with two true survivors of the punk era – Toyah Wilcox & Hazel O’Connor. The latter recently underwent a knee operation so was recuperating at her home in the South of France where she splits her time […]

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Kiki Dee – still loving and free

By Ian Woolley For 25 years, Kiki Dee has toured with celebrated guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, in which time they have written and recorded several albums together with their new one due out later in the year. Back in 1994, they first got together after being introduced through a friend. Born Pauline Matthews in Yorkshire in […]

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Steve’s on an odyssey

BackBeat: Odyssey – Native New Yorker By Martin Hutchinson DISCO legends Odyssey are taking their party night around the country in what promises to be an energetic and boogie-licious experience. Odyssey was one of the most successful soul/disco acts from the late 70s to the 80s. The hit run started in 1977 with Native New […]

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A Mann and his music

Backbeat: Manfred – the timeline By Derek Mead Manfred Mann was bom in 1940 and has been active as a UK musician from 1961. 1962 – 1963; Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers 1962 to 1963 then changed name to 1962 – 1969 Manfred Mann 1963 to 1969 during which time vocalists were Paul Jones 62-66 then Mike […]

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Andy’s non-rock collectibles

By Pat Murphy Andy Williams was a consummate albums artiste. If you were searching for the quintessential non-rock American album artiste of the 1960s/70s, Andy Williams would definitely be on your shortlist. Between 1960 and 1972, he put 19 different albums onto Billboard’s US Top 40. A dozen made the Top 10. In the UK, […]

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Boy bands moved aside for the girls

By Derek Mead AMONG OUR SOUVENIRS: Memories keeping alive the music and songs of the early girl groups’ It was inevitable that after extensive American male and female vocal and musical popularity from the 1950s, highlighted in two recent articles in The Beat, numerous girl groups formed at about the same time – some with […]

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Meet: The Holly ‘s Bobby

By Martin Hutchinson IT’S looking like a great year for fans of The Hollie: not only do they have TWO UK tours to look forward to – one in the Spring and the other in the Sutumn – but the long-awaited autobiography of drummer Bobby Elliott has been published. ‘He Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Story’ […]

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It’s a family affair

by Ian Woolley On the tail end of his current tour at the age of 80, we met Marty in Dorset just a week after celebrating his diamond anniversary. Born Reg Smith, Marty was going to record under the name of Reg Patterson but Larry Parnes had other ideas. “We tossed a coin, not once […]

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Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

Sep 2019 Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

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NEWEST members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Zombies embark on another US tour including a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They join Brian Wilson for a series of concerts and featuring The Zombies original and current line-ups. Cruising in a few months “On The Blue Cruise”, is seven...

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Statue seeks peace setting

Sep 2019 Statue seeks peace setting

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THE FUTURE of the statue of John Lennon, currently wowing the crowds at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall was in question when the exhibition finished at the end of August. The life-size bronze statue – also displayed at this year’s Glastonbury Festival – shows Lennon leaning on the CND sign with the word ‘Imagine’ on the...

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Canned Heat bassist dies

Sep 2019 Canned Heat bassist dies

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LARRY TAYLOR, bassist of 60s rock band Canned Heat has died aged 77 at his home in Lake Balboa, California, on August 19 after a 12-year battle with cancer. Larry is on albums by The Monkees, John Mayall and Tom Waits, Albert King, Leo Kottke, The Blasters and Sunnyland Slim. He began his music career aged 18, touring with rock...

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What might have been?

Sep 2019 What might have been?

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By David Parker LIVING a long time gives us the opportunity to look back on our lives and our ups-and downs, best and worst moments. For many of us, the deaths of performers 60 years on, who gave us so much pleasure in our younger days, has left a lasting impression, especially when remembering those who died young in accidents...

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Backbeat legend: Doris Day

Jul 2019 Backbeat legend: Doris Day

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Last month, JOHN FIRMINGER looked back at the life of the true legend Doris Day, who died in May. This month, DEREK MEAD recalls her life in music and films.

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Abbey Road 50 years on

Jul 2019 Abbey Road 50 years on

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SEPTEMBER 2019 brings the golden anniversary of The Beatles’ multi-platinum album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. Released in September 1969, it was the end of both the Sixties and allegedly the biggest and greatest band of all time. Now, leading Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn – whose...

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More celeb guitars under the hammer

Jul 2019 More celeb guitars under the hammer

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The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars, was 100% sold and made $21,490,750 / £16,935,185/
€19,035,147.

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Michael is remembered 10 years on

Jul 2019 Michael is remembered 10 years on

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JUST 10 years after his death, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is for sale. Michael’s former Neverland Ranch, now renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch, has had massive price reductions from the original $100 million to $31 million.

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Editor’s Beat: The Tremeloes return

Jul 2019 Editor’s Beat: The Tremeloes return

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HERE’S more good news from an old ‘trouper’ whose staying power is amazing. After a daunting spell of physical poor health, Chip Hawkes is going back on the road with Rick Westwood, on lead guitar, former member Mick Clarke (Rubettes) on bass and vocals, Richard Marsh on guitar and vocals, and Chip’s son...

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Editor’s Beat: Jerry Lee at 83

Jul 2019 Editor’s Beat: Jerry Lee at 83

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JERRY LEE LEWIS is recovering from a minor stroke. The 83-year-old rock and roll musician went into hospital at the end of February suffering a minor stroke. While in hospital he was visited by one of his greatest fans, Tom Jones. Tom combined the visit when performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May, where...

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