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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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Complete set of memories in a box of nostalgia

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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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New BeeGees dedication

Jan 2013 New BeeGees dedication

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The Bee gees, Barry, Maurice, Robin, and Andy Gibb are all featured on a news CD box set ‘Mythology’ with a disc dedicated to each brother.

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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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