Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

BEHIND THE MIC – PAUL BURNETT (Former Radio Luxembourg and Caroline DJ) By Ian Woolley Many disc jockeys harbour a secret ambition to also have a hit record. But Paul Burnett’s appearance on Top Of The Pops dressed as a chicken takes some beating. More of that later… Paul’s radio career started in 1962 when […]

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Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ ...

By Ian Woolley Showaddywaddy started out in 1973 and their first hit was in the following year with Hey Rock N’Roll . Theyhave been on the road continuously since then, bringing joy with their infectious doo-wop covers and rock ‘n’roll staples to fans all over the world. Now in their 46th year, I met their […]

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Maddy spans the years

By Martin Hutchinson Folk legends Steel eye Span are in a celebratory mood as they are about to set off on a 20-date UK tour to commemorate their 50th Anniversary! Many members have come and gone, but vocalist Maddy Prior is still there, as she was back in 1969. Speaking from her home, Maddy expresses […]

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Way back when… Boney M

By Derek Mead Boney M has a complicated background, almost political, and covering many countries. But after a brief introduction, we will move away from that scenario and concentrate solely on their music which, to say the least, is melodic dramatic and totally enjoyable. The group has been described in many ways including its genres […]

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Breakfast with: Steve Ellis

By Derek Mead This is a short story about the London-based pop and soul group formed in 1966 and active until 1971. There were five appearances in the UK Singles Chart with Everlasting Love reaching UK No.1 for two weeks with 12 weeks in the UK Top 40 and in the Top 10 in seven […]

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Suzi Quatro as she tells us what’s new, all about her Happy Days, and love of Scrabble. By Jane Quinn She is a singer/songwriter/bass player/percussionist/author/actress/radio presenter/poet/trailblazer/multi-instrumentalist/Gemini…She was the first woman to become a major rock star. Who else could my guest be other than Suzi Quatro? Suzi and I share many childhood similarities. We were […]

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Breakfast with: Clarke – ex Hollies

By Martin Hutchinson ALLAN CLARKE, one of the most distinguished voices in British music history, is set for a dramatic return to the musical frontline – and no one is more than surprised than Allan himself. ‘Resurgence’ is the title of Allan Clarke’s new solo album, and as a title it couldn’t be more apt. […]

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Breakfast with: P P Arnold

THE MID-SIXTIES was a boom time for Soul Music in the UK. By Jim Stewart Tamla Motown and Stax were becoming the dominant sounds, opening the door for R&B artists galore to be picked up by promoters and brought over to the UK for package and club tours. Many found the audiences more appreciative, knowledgeable […]

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IAN ANDERSON of Jethro Tull. Join Ian as we discuss the Eagle, puppies, and being a cautious adventurer. By Jane Quinn A singer and composer, Ian Anderson is also a multi-instrumentalist, including acoustic and electric guitars, saxophone, percussion, keyboards, bagpipe, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, violin, balalaika, clarinet and a large variety of whistles. He is the […]

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Jun 2019 DarkerPoet, sage or songwriter – talent will shine through

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LEONARD COHEN. Poet – Novelist – Singer – Song Writer
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For the love of music

Jun 2019 For the love of music

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IN 1968, GRAHAM NASH shocked the music world, as well as his family and friends by upping sticks and moving to America

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Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

Jun 2019 Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

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DJ MIKE READ talks about his long and diverse career when I asked him how it all come about. By Ian D Woolley “JULIE ANDREWS’S mum and aunt taught dancing lessons in their house and so I was tap dancing and singing at a very early age. I was on stage at six or seven performing, and played the part of Lysandra in A...

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Sweets sounds the same

Jun 2019 Sweets sounds the same

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AFTER Their sold-out “Still Got the Rock” European Tour legendary 70’s rock band SWEET embark on a 16-date nationwide tour November 28 until December 21. With more than 55 million records sold worldwide, 34 No.1 hits worldwide, by the early 70s The Sweet had a string of Top 10 records in the UK and Europe including Blockbuster,...

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Chance meeting of music minds

Jun 2019 Chance meeting of music minds

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A NATIONWIDE UK tour begins in October for Robin Trower, Maxi Priest and Livingstone Brown. The three musicians have joined forces on a new album, United State of Mind, to be released later in the year. Special guest on the tour will be American Blues Rock vocalist Sari Schorr. All tickets, £30, went on sale in April. If...

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Rolling on and on and on

Jun 2019 Rolling on and on and on

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THE ROLLING STONES rock and roll circus just goes on and on, come wind, rain, sun, storms and tempests. While other artists pack away their instruments after playing in public for the last time, the stones roll on without gathering much moss, it seems. We’ve heard the last of some names who have quietly slipped from the...

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John Lodge Tour 2019

Apr 2019 John Lodge Tour 2019

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Asked why it had taken so long for John to tour on his own, his reply was: ‘I’ve been so busy with my other band.

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Brother dies

Apr 2019 Brother dies

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SCOTT WALKER has died at the age of 76. He was one of The Walker Brothers, whose hits were The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore and Make It Easy On Yourself. The singer was said to be “one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music.” Walker was an actor before hooking up with John Maus and Gary...

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Not at a theatre near you

Apr 2019 Not at a theatre near you

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One of the most distressing parts of my job as a jour­nalist, magazine and news­paper editor is to relay news to you that you don’t really want to hear. But it’s also upsetting for us at The Beat to hear that readers have stopped sub­scribing because we did not report something they’d hoped to see in The Beat....

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What a great way to party

Mar 2019 What a great way to party

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By Jim Stewart THE THREE DEGREES is not only one of the most successful girl groups in music history. They also hold the Guinness record as the longest working group touring and recording group since 1963 constantly. VALERIE HOLIDAY has been ever present since 1967, which must also be a record, and the trio have no intention of...

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