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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Share a cuppa tea with…

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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Jethro is back at RAH

Feb 2013 Jethro is back at RAH

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Ian Anderson plays a special one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall on June 30, his first return to the venue in 41 years. The gig is part of an extensive world tour taking Jethro Tull to Europe, USA, Japan and South America.

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Ellis the Widowmaker

Feb 2013 Ellis the Widowmaker

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The 70s hard rock group Widowmaker saw Love Affair’s singer Steve Ellis fronting a somewhat “heavier” outfit than the one with which he’d enjoyed such success in the late 60s.

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Hits from a nostalgic era

Feb 2013 Hits from a nostalgic era

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During the late 50s and early 60s, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote dozens of hit songs for Elvis Presley, The Drifters, Dion, Andy Williams, Ray Charles and many others. The new musical ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ features some of their biggest hits.

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Bread supplies limited edition

Feb 2013 Bread supplies limited edition

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The first biography of the 70s musical collective known as Bread – the book reveals the story behind the band members’ formative years.

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‘Today’s’ spectacular conclusion

Feb 2013 ‘Today’s’ spectacular conclusion

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When the credits rolled on December 1, 1976, the ‘Today’ programme’s viewers and its production team alike were still reeling from what they’d just seen and heard.

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10 top tips for building your own electric guitar

Feb 2013 10 top tips for building your own electric guitar

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In his new book, author Paul Balmer tutors the budding guitar builder-player. Available from all good bookshops.

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Shades of Procul Harum uncovered

Feb 2013 Shades of Procul Harum uncovered

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In 1967, Procol Harum recorded the song that would top the charts worldwide, it also became a milestone around the band’s neck, a weight on their shoulders they found impossible to shake off.

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Clayson’s Classicals ‘Nice little band’

Feb 2013 Clayson’s Classicals ‘Nice little band’

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Mighty Baby backed Reggie King, The Action’s front man, on his only solo album – and you could be talking money if it turns up in mint-condition vinyl at a car-boot sale.

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Lens-eye view of Ike and Tina everywhere

Feb 2013 Lens-eye view of Ike and Tina everywhere

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Bob Gruen joined Ike And Tina Turner on tour. He spent two years, portable video camera in hand, filming their every move, on stage, at home and in the studio.

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Reg Presley – the Troggs

Feb 2013 Reg Presley – the Troggs

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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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