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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Recipe for success – handcrafted

Feb 2013 Recipe for success – handcrafted

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[private]   In the words of the old song: ‘Take a pinch of white man’, add a mixture of Johnny Cash,  a track or two of Gene Vincent, stir with a gloved hand and a sample of black clothes, tip in a spot of Rhythm & Blues music  – and what have you got? The man known as the glove also has a touch of Bo Diddley and Stan...

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January Editorial

Jan 2013 January Editorial

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Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues has named The Shadows as one band with whom he would like to have played.

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Complete set of memories in a box of nostalgia

Jan 2013 Complete set of memories in a box of nostalgia

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T. REX – THE SLIDER: 40th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET

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OBITUARY: Patti Page

Jan 2013 OBITUARY: Patti Page

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The “Singing Rage” who sang one of the first hit records of the Top Twenty era, Tennessee Waltz, and made it one of the best-selling recordings ever, died on New Year’s Day in California, aged 85.

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Lifetime award for Rosemary

Jan 2013 Lifetime award for Rosemary

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SINGER Rosemary Squires was awarded the British Music Hall Society’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual ball on December 2.

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Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”

Jan 2013 Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”

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Bryan Ferry is to embark on an ambitious, big production tour this year featuring not only his usual band but also The Bryan Ferry Orchestra with whom he has just released the album ‘The Jazz Age’.

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Solo Hendrix experience on 12 new tracks

Jan 2013 Solo Hendrix experience on 12 new tracks

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A new album premiering 12 previously unreleased studio recordings by guitarist Jimi Hendrix is released by Experience Hendrix LLC and Sony Commercial Music Group on March 4.

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Wild historic rock ‘n’ roll ride

Jan 2013 Wild historic rock ‘n’ roll ride

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He was born on exactly the same day as Keith Richards. And as it turns out, the star sax player Bobby Keys is probably best known for his association with the Rolling Stones, which began back in 1969.

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‘Radical and tumultuous jazz period

Jan 2013 ‘Radical and tumultuous jazz period

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It is a book that is subtitled “British Jazz, 1960-1975” – and which, therefore, recalls a fervently radical and tumultuous period of jazz music.

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New BeeGees dedication

Jan 2013 New BeeGees dedication

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The Bee gees, Barry, Maurice, Robin, and Andy Gibb are all featured on a news CD box set ‘Mythology’ with a disc dedicated to each brother.

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