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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Still reelin’ and rockin’

Feb 2013 Still reelin’ and rockin’

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After a rather barren 2012, Cliff Richard fans have something to look forward to in 2013.

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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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