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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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Paying homage at the Quo show

Jan 2013 Paying homage at the Quo show

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ON a very cold night on the coast, we wanted warming up, so a Status Quo gig was just what the doctor ordered.

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Goin’ back

Jan 2013 Goin’ back

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Following on from last month’s ramble, and not wanting to appear sexist, there were also a number of girl duos and trios who had varying degrees of success ranging from being household names down to vague recollections.

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Beatled off by tribute act

Jan 2013 Beatled off by tribute act

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Having seen The Jersey Boys, and Dreamboats And Petticoats, I was looking forward to seeing another great live London show, this time featuring the songs of The Beatles.

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War of the Worlds

Jan 2013 War of the Worlds

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The live version of Jeff Wayne’s magnum opus has been pulling the crowds in since 2006, and following the release of a new version of the epic tale of a Martian invasion of the earth, a new realisation on the live stage just couldn’t live up to the original.

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Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

Jan 2013 Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

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It is every singer’s worst nightmare, and it is even more devastating when it comes in the middle of a tour – losing your voice.

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Rockin’ Americans in 50s Britain

Jan 2013 Rockin’ Americans in 50s Britain

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For 1950s American rockers, the combination of language and market size made Britain the preferred offshore destination. But not all experiences were completely successful.

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The Beatles battle Cliff – where’s Elvis?

Jan 2013 The Beatles battle Cliff – where’s Elvis?

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From the media – being what it is – we can expect umpteen Beatle commemorations in 2013, all noting the 50th anniversary of this or that early milestone.

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Fabian: big – but not in Britain

Jan 2013 Fabian: big – but not in Britain

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Back in the 50s and 60s, most American pop stars made at least a bit of a splash in Britain. Some, like Ricky Nelson, didn’t do it on the same scale as in their homeland. And others, such as Buddy Holly and Gene Pitney, were actually bigger in Britain.

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Full circle for Peter after great 50 years

Jan 2013 Full circle for Peter  after great 50 years

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What is Peter doing now?

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