Elkie stays as young as she wants to

AS EACH summer approaches, we are offered more and more music festivals to enjoy. Cornbury Music Festival, in Oxfordshire between July 5 and 7 is the perfect one for me. I was offered a choice of artists to talk to about the event and I opted for another chat with ELKIE BROOKS, celebrating 60 years as a professional singer very soon.

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Connie Francis – living the American dr...

CONNIE FRANCIS was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1938. She is described as the original Italian-American queen of pop; the most successful international female vocalist of the 1950s and 1960s; the first female teenager to register a UK No.1 single, and the first female solo artist to top the UK album chart.

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Behind the mic – Golden days before the...

JOURNALIST and broadcaster Alan Thompson has worked in BBC and independent radio in a senior capacity and was one of a handful of Brits who made their professional broadcasting début in the United States.

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2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the ...

P J PROBY appears to have brought his career to a sudden halt after an off-the-record chat with a freelance journalist who saw fit to publish the raucus claims and remarks. What is the real story?

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Obituary: Dr John

LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack. The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie […]

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MATTHEW FISHER of Procol Harum as he talks about Helen Shapiro, secrets, and the light fandango. By Jane Quinn Matthew Charles Fisher is a classically- trained English musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing and playing the Hammond organ on the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum, Naturally, […]

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Can success strike twice?

The announcement of 'Summer Loving' as the title of a prequel to Grease (1978) has re-awakened many memories of the late 1970s and those who starred in the iconic film adaptation of the Broadway musical rather than memories of the film itself.

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Tribute to Les Reed

The great Les is estimated to have written more than 2,000 songs... what an amazing achievement.

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MICKY DOLENZ as he spills a few secrets, chats about physics, tells us why he has no tree house, and all about his dreams coming true. By Jane Quinn IN 1958, Micky Dolenz was TV’s Circus Boy and I became a fan. In 1966, Micky Dolenz was a Monkee and I became a bigger fan! […]

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Princess Royal joins sound celebrations

Feb 2013 Princess Royal joins sound celebrations

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The Princess Royal joined in to celebrate a successful year of 50th anniversary celebrations for the music icon Marshall Amplification.

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Starr and team performance

Feb 2013 Starr and team performance

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Keeping the legend that was Edwin Starr and his music alive is his original eight-piece band The Team.

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Joe makes touring a family affair

Feb 2013 Joe makes touring a family affair

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Joe Brown is a legend. Now in his seventies, Joe is as busy as ever and has a touring schedule that would leave most of today’s artists begging for mercy.

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Jerry springs some surprises on radio

Feb 2013 Jerry springs some surprises on radio

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An interview with Jerry Naylor on Sunday January 20 was very interesting and well received. One special e-mail came from Peggy Sue Gerron, yes, the same Peggy Sue from the songs.

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JF’s ‘Memory Time’ Machine

Feb 2013 JF’s ‘Memory Time’ Machine

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A look back at the early days of some artists that we’re all familiar with, while their early careers are not as well known. In this first musical expose, we’ll look at Glen Campbell.

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Tony Crane – Original Mersey Beat

Feb 2013 Tony Crane – Original Mersey Beat

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Thinking back 50 years to January, 1963, little did we know the impact the following 12 months would have on our lives, not just musically but also culturally.

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Breakfast with – Dave Berry

Feb 2013 Breakfast with  – Dave Berry

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The man known as the glove also has a touch of Bo Diddley and Stan Laurel in his act. These were the influences that make up the Dave Berry we all know and love today.

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70s at its best

Feb 2013 70s at its best

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This is a party that requires no thinking whatsoever. Just turn up, tune in, let yourself go, and enjoy the ride.

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February Editorial

Feb 2013 February Editorial

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Graham Hunter raves to me: “Great to see Mark Wynter back in the West End again and to hear him singing, I wonder if it will inspire him to do more? As I write, the current West End production has just closed in London – and what an energetic and talented cast, with the band ‘live’ on the stage, no click tracks. The cast of young singers and dancers are also musicians – and what a show they put on.

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All ‘action – no gimmicks’

Feb 2013 All ‘action – no gimmicks’

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The title to this live performance by the great jazz drummer and his band is taken from a brief introduction in which he explains the philosophy behind his music .

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