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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April 17, 1967, a momentous point in pop

Jan 2013 April 17, 1967, a momentous point in pop

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Thirteen minutes and 20 seconds before 4pm on April 17, 1967, was a momentous point in time for pop.

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Who do it again in USA

Jan 2013 Who do it again in USA

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Having been an original 60s mod and survived my favourite group was always The Who.

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Paying homage at the Quo show

Jan 2013 Paying homage at the Quo show

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ON a very cold night on the coast, we wanted warming up, so a Status Quo gig was just what the doctor ordered.

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Goin’ back

Jan 2013 Goin’ back

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Following on from last month’s ramble, and not wanting to appear sexist, there were also a number of girl duos and trios who had varying degrees of success ranging from being household names down to vague recollections.

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Beatled off by tribute act

Jan 2013 Beatled off by tribute act

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Having seen The Jersey Boys, and Dreamboats And Petticoats, I was looking forward to seeing another great live London show, this time featuring the songs of The Beatles.

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War of the Worlds

Jan 2013 War of the Worlds

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The live version of Jeff Wayne’s magnum opus has been pulling the crowds in since 2006, and following the release of a new version of the epic tale of a Martian invasion of the earth, a new realisation on the live stage just couldn’t live up to the original.

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Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

Jan 2013 Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

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It is every singer’s worst nightmare, and it is even more devastating when it comes in the middle of a tour – losing your voice.

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Rockin’ Americans in 50s Britain

Jan 2013 Rockin’ Americans in 50s Britain

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For 1950s American rockers, the combination of language and market size made Britain the preferred offshore destination. But not all experiences were completely successful.

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The Beatles battle Cliff – where’s Elvis?

Jan 2013 The Beatles battle Cliff – where’s Elvis?

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From the media – being what it is – we can expect umpteen Beatle commemorations in 2013, all noting the 50th anniversary of this or that early milestone.

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Fabian: big – but not in Britain

Jan 2013 Fabian: big – but not in Britain

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Back in the 50s and 60s, most American pop stars made at least a bit of a splash in Britain. Some, like Ricky Nelson, didn’t do it on the same scale as in their homeland. And others, such as Buddy Holly and Gene Pitney, were actually bigger in Britain.

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