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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Diddy’s delighted with his Retro tour

60s Retro Night: The Fortunes, David Hamilton HELPING raise money for Vari- ety Wessex, a 60s Retro event stars The Fortunes, with a retro 60s disco hosted by former Radio 1 DJ David Diddy Hamilton. The Fortunes, one of the UK’s premier harmony groups with a string of hit records including You’ve Got Your Troubles, […]

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Fan’s tribute to star backed by 86 voic...

By Ron Tennant, Belgium. ON Friday and Saturday evening, September 28 and 29, the brilliant show Welcome To The 60s was at the Swan Theatre,Worcester. It was a show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the giant life-changing choir from Worcester, called Voices Unlimited. For these two shows, an 86-piece Voices Unlimited vocal group appeared and […]

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Timeless music still in demand

By Martin Hutchinson BEATLEMANIA lives on, and the tribute band that grew out of the show of the same name con­tinues to delight audiences around the world with their accurate portrayal of The Fab Four. Originally an American pro­duction, ‘Beatlemania!’ came to London’s West End and toured the country to great acclaim. However, when the […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway as he speaks of the meaning of life, comics, bullies et al. If Bob Dylan was a gymnastic punk rocker, his name would be John Otway. Mr Otway is a singer-songwriter, word­smith, author, an awkward wit, Pete Town­shend’s gifted protégé, and a poetic non-driving tea drinker. You saw him […]

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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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Mike Pender – no longer searching

Feb 2013 Mike Pender – no longer searching

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Mike Pender talks to David Parker about life in general – and in the fast lane, in particular.

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Frantic Four ride again!

Feb 2013 Frantic Four ride again!

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The ‘classic’ line-up of Status Quo are going on the road for their first dates together since the departure of original drummer John Coghlan in 1981.

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From Ireland to London

Feb 2013 From Ireland to London

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This very attractively presented hardback tells the Rory Gallagher story in words and pictures, tracing his passage from the Irish showband circuit to his emergence in London.

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Meanwhile… back in the sixties…

Feb 2013 Meanwhile… back in the sixties…

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At this time of the year, the biggest stars of the sixties get together to tour the country under the ‘Solid Silver Sixties’ banner – now in it’s 28th year.

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My Desert island disc

Feb 2013 My Desert island disc

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If I was to be castaway on a desert island for a decade, this is the album I’d take with me – because it’s likely to take that long to ‘get into it’.

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Candid Camera back-stage

Feb 2013 Candid Camera back-stage

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Presented in a generous coffee table hardback ‘Forever Young’ celebrates The Rock And Roll Photography Of Chuck Boyd.

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Tommy’s album and tour

Feb 2013 Tommy’s album and tour

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World-renowned Australian ‘fingerstyle-acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, and Britain’s Martin Taylor, MBE, release their collaboration album.

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Goin’ back

Feb 2013 Goin’ back

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I’ve always been interested in the early careers of various artists. As with many names, later success often brings recordings from their early days out of the woodwork, much to their chagrin.

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‘Wild man’ Reg, colourful and lovable

Feb 2013 ‘Wild man’ Reg, colourful and lovable

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Readers of The Beat would definitely join me in remembering the great singer and songwriter and performer who gave us the first taste of a different slant on rock and roll.

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I did my homework and things worked out for me and my family…

Feb 2013 I did my homework and things worked out for me and my family…

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Mike Pender talks to David Parker about life in general – and in the fast lane, in particular

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