Breakfast with: Clarke – ex Hollies

By Martin Hutchinson ALLAN CLARKE, one of the most distinguished voices in British music history, is set for a dramatic return to the musical frontline – and no one is more than surprised than Allan himself. ‘Resurgence’ is the title of Allan Clarke’s new solo album, and as a title it couldn’t be more apt. […]

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Breakfast with: P P Arnold

THE MID-SIXTIES was a boom time for Soul Music in the UK. By Jim Stewart Tamla Motown and Stax were becoming the dominant sounds, opening the door for R&B artists galore to be picked up by promoters and brought over to the UK for package and club tours. Many found the audiences more appreciative, knowledgeable […]

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Share a cuppa tea with…

IAN ANDERSON of Jethro Tull. Join Ian as we discuss the Eagle, puppies, and being a cautious adventurer. By Jane Quinn A singer and composer, Ian Anderson is also a multi-instrumentalist, including acoustic and electric guitars, saxophone, percussion, keyboards, bagpipe, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, violin, balalaika, clarinet and a large variety of whistles. He is the […]

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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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New red hot raw talents

Feb 2013 New red hot raw talents

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The first two albums issued under the name of The Keith Tippett Group alerted the contemporary jazz world to the arrival of some red-hot new talents.

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Memories of a great performer

Feb 2013 Memories of a great performer

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With a voice that embraces fine ballads, country, folk, blues and rock and roll, John Walker could play a concert on his own.

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Mike Pender – no longer searching

Feb 2013 Mike Pender – no longer searching

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Mike Pender talks to David Parker about life in general – and in the fast lane, in particular.

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Frantic Four ride again!

Feb 2013 Frantic Four ride again!

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The ‘classic’ line-up of Status Quo are going on the road for their first dates together since the departure of original drummer John Coghlan in 1981.

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From Ireland to London

Feb 2013 From Ireland to London

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This very attractively presented hardback tells the Rory Gallagher story in words and pictures, tracing his passage from the Irish showband circuit to his emergence in London.

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Meanwhile… back in the sixties…

Feb 2013 Meanwhile… back in the sixties…

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At this time of the year, the biggest stars of the sixties get together to tour the country under the ‘Solid Silver Sixties’ banner – now in it’s 28th year.

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My Desert island disc

Feb 2013 My Desert island disc

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If I was to be castaway on a desert island for a decade, this is the album I’d take with me – because it’s likely to take that long to ‘get into it’.

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Candid Camera back-stage

Feb 2013 Candid Camera back-stage

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Presented in a generous coffee table hardback ‘Forever Young’ celebrates The Rock And Roll Photography Of Chuck Boyd.

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Tommy’s album and tour

Feb 2013 Tommy’s album and tour

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World-renowned Australian ‘fingerstyle-acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, and Britain’s Martin Taylor, MBE, release their collaboration album.

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Goin’ back

Feb 2013 Goin’ back

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I’ve always been interested in the early careers of various artists. As with many names, later success often brings recordings from their early days out of the woodwork, much to their chagrin.

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