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Toyah and Hazel – electric ladies of th...

By Ian Woolley On the eve of their first UK tour together for many years, we caught up with two true survivors of the punk era – Toyah Wilcox & Hazel O’Connor. The latter recently underwent a knee operation so was recuperating at her home in the South of France where she splits her time […]

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Kiki Dee – still loving and free

By Ian Woolley For 25 years, Kiki Dee has toured with celebrated guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, in which time they have written and recorded several albums together with their new one due out later in the year. Back in 1994, they first got together after being introduced through a friend. Born Pauline Matthews in Yorkshire in […]

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Steve’s on an odyssey

BackBeat: Odyssey – Native New Yorker By Martin Hutchinson DISCO legends Odyssey are taking their party night around the country in what promises to be an energetic and boogie-licious experience. Odyssey was one of the most successful soul/disco acts from the late 70s to the 80s. The hit run started in 1977 with Native New […]

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A Mann and his music

Backbeat: Manfred – the timeline By Derek Mead Manfred Mann was bom in 1940 and has been active as a UK musician from 1961. 1962 – 1963; Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers 1962 to 1963 then changed name to 1962 – 1969 Manfred Mann 1963 to 1969 during which time vocalists were Paul Jones 62-66 then Mike […]

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Andy’s non-rock collectibles

By Pat Murphy Andy Williams was a consummate albums artiste. If you were searching for the quintessential non-rock American album artiste of the 1960s/70s, Andy Williams would definitely be on your shortlist. Between 1960 and 1972, he put 19 different albums onto Billboard’s US Top 40. A dozen made the Top 10. In the UK, […]

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Boy bands moved aside for the girls

By Derek Mead AMONG OUR SOUVENIRS: Memories keeping alive the music and songs of the early girl groups’ It was inevitable that after extensive American male and female vocal and musical popularity from the 1950s, highlighted in two recent articles in The Beat, numerous girl groups formed at about the same time – some with […]

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Meet: The Holly ‘s Bobby

By Martin Hutchinson IT’S looking like a great year for fans of The Hollie: not only do they have TWO UK tours to look forward to – one in the Spring and the other in the Sutumn – but the long-awaited autobiography of drummer Bobby Elliott has been published. ‘He Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Story’ […]

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It’s a family affair

by Ian Woolley On the tail end of his current tour at the age of 80, we met Marty in Dorset just a week after celebrating his diamond anniversary. Born Reg Smith, Marty was going to record under the name of Reg Patterson but Larry Parnes had other ideas. “We tossed a coin, not once […]

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Faded glory of Frankie, man out of his time.

Mar 2013 Faded glory of Frankie, man out of his time.

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Frankie Vaughan is someone whose place in popular memory seems to have receded dramatically since his death in 1999. For at least two reasons, that’s a bit surprising.

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Forever autumn for Justin

Mar 2013 Forever autumn for Justin

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Justin Hayward has taken a break from The Moody Blues to release his first solo album in nearly 20 years.

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Shock death of DC5 bassist

Mar 2013 Shock death of DC5 bassist

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Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of 1960s chart stars The Dave Clark Five, has died suddenly at the age of 72.

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Bad Vibrations

Mar 2013 Bad Vibrations

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Brian Wilson has suggested that The Beach Boys might never reunite again after last year’s highly successful world tour ended in acrimony.

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Masterclass in songs of the Sixties

Mar 2013 Masterclass in songs of the Sixties

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AS part of 10CC, Graham Gouldman wrote and performed some of the most technically brilliant hits of the seventies.

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Build your own electric guitar

Feb 2013 Build your own electric guitar

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Hard-hitting 10 top tips for building your own electric guitar

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Heaven-sent sales for Jess

Feb 2013 Heaven-sent sales for Jess

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Jess Conrad OBE, and his manager Steve Long, asked Haydn Williams, General Manager of Universal Music TV to send to The Beat this image of him collecting his gold disc for 100,000 sales of ‘Dreamboats & Petticoats – Three Steps To Heaven’.

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Billy has a new album – Andrew has a new book

Feb 2013 Billy has a new album –  Andrew has a new book

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News from across the Great Divide! I just got off the phone with my dear friend Billy J Kramer who’s excited to have just released the first single called “To Liverpool With Love” from his new album.

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Who goes to Brum

Feb 2013 Who goes to Brum

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Following a hugely successful North American tour, The Who have added the LG Arena in Birmingham to their UK tour. They will perform their 1973 double album Quadrophenia, in its entirety, with a selection of Who classics.

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The Beat Awards 2014 – Vote Now!

The Beat readers can nominate and vote for their favourite artists to be included in the 2013 Roll of Honour. Your vote will decide who wins the awards and gets into the top 10 places in each category.

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