Fan’s tribute to star backed by 86 voic...

By Ron Tennant, Belgium. ON Friday and Saturday evening, September 28 and 29, the brilliant show Welcome To The 60s was at the Swan Theatre,Worcester. It was a show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the giant life-changing choir from Worcester, called Voices Unlimited. For these two shows, an 86-piece Voices Unlimited vocal group appeared and […]

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Timeless music still in demand

By Martin Hutchinson BEATLEMANIA lives on, and the tribute band that grew out of the show of the same name con­tinues to delight audiences around the world with their accurate portrayal of The Fab Four. Originally an American pro­duction, ‘Beatlemania!’ came to London’s West End and toured the country to great acclaim. However, when the […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway as he speaks of the meaning of life, comics, bullies et al. If Bob Dylan was a gymnastic punk rocker, his name would be John Otway. Mr Otway is a singer-songwriter, word­smith, author, an awkward wit, Pete Town­shend’s gifted protégé, and a poetic non-driving tea drinker. You saw him […]

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Chas Hodges – my best friend

By Mike Berry Chas Hodges was probably the most ‘gifted’ musician I ever had the pleasure and good fortune to meet and work with! I met Charles Nicholas Hodges when he was 17 and I was 18. And not long after we started working together, I remember calling him a ‘genius’ in a music paper […]

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Remembering Chas Hodges

By John Firminger THE AMOUNT of publicity in the media announcing the passing of Chas Hodges on September 22 shows how much he was admired and loved by both fans and fellow musicians. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep. It goes without […]

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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Ro...

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black […]

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Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller

Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller who became Britain’s premier song and dance man By Pat Murphy When Tommy Steele steps onto the stage of the London Coliseum this July, it’ll be almost 60 years since he debuted there in a lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. And it isn’t fanciful to regard that long […]

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Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Wa...

Editors Beat with David Parker THE ‘Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been set up by Walk of Fame Media and the owners of Brighton Palace Pier. The permanent ‘free to view’ cultural attraction pays tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJs closely associated with the city and Sussex from the early sixties […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

BILL MUMY as he talks Zorro, cornfields, and Nikola Tesla Boy star to master multi-musician Do you remember a vintage television series called The Twilight Zone? If you said “yes” you will no doubt remember the episode about a six-year-old red- haired, freckle-faced little boy who had the very bizarre power to read minds. Even […]

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Editors Beat with David Parker

Apr 2018 Editors Beat with David Parker

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‘BIG GIRLS Don’t Cry‘ is a show claiming to celebrate the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. The publicity states: ‘Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically...

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Old style music preferred to youth pop

Mar 2018 Old style music preferred to youth pop

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By Pat Murphy THE early Grammys didn’t care for rock ‘n’ roll. The Grammys were invented in the late 1950s to give the American music industry its own version of Hollywood’s Oscars. Ostensibly, “artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence” would be the watchword. And right from the get-go, the works honoured...

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Dean thanks his lucky stars

Mar 2018 Dean thanks his lucky stars

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At the height of the Punk Rock explosion in the late seventies, a song by a relatively unknown American singer-songwriter drifted into the charts. Dean Friedman’s Lucky Stars followed his first chart entry, Woman Of Mine, which got to No.52 in the early summer of 1978. In September, Lucky Stars climbed to No.3 and has since become...

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Gary’s Gap opens up 50th anniversary

Mar 2018 Gary’s Gap opens up 50th anniversary

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By Peter Robertson THIS SPRING marks the 50th anniversary of the classic, if controversial, international hit Young Girl by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. About a man who has become distressed upon finding out that the girl he’s with is under the legal age of consent, Young Girl was a UK No.1 for four weeks from May 22, 1968....

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No studio trickery – just live recording

Jul 2017 No studio trickery – just live recording

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DREAMGIRLS: ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING. SONY CLASSICAL: 88985429492 (2CD SET) WHEN I first heard Jennifer Holiday sing ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, I was completely blown away. I had to have more, the Complete’ Dreamgirls’ Broadway Cast Recording quickly followed, maintaining my love of the music, and I waited...

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‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ SHARON SEXTON INTERVIEW

Jul 2017 ‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ SHARON SEXTON INTERVIEW

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By Jim Stewart AS YOU read this, the most eagerly-awaited theatrical event of the year will have just started a two-week season of previews ahead of the West End. Opening Night on June 20, at THE LONDON COLISEUM, home of The English National Opera, JIM STEINMAN’s ‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ may seem an unlikely production for...

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New stars needed, says Jane

Jul 2017 New stars needed, says Jane

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It is almost 20 years since 54-year-old Jane McDonald made a splash with the BBC TV docu-soap The Cruise. This month, she returned to the town that brought her to the public’s attention with a show called Making Memories. Since cruising out of Southampton waters in the 1990s, Jane McDonald has built a career of live shows and album...

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Board members reform

May 2017 Board members reform

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Ken Knox has kept the legacy of the legendary Chairmen of The Board alive after the 2010 death of General Johnson. He continued to record songs true to the group’s past, even as they pave a new way. Ken said he was fulfilling a promise made to General Johnson and Danny Woods to continue their legacy, with new members Thomas Hunter...

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Open air Quo plays acoustic and electric

May 2017 Open air Quo plays acoustic and electric

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By Martin Hutchinson Recent events seemed to put the future of Status Quo in doubt. The passing of Rick Parfitt on Christmas Eve, 2016, could possibly have put an end to the band, but as front-man and last-remaining founder member Francis Rossi told me, this is far from the truth. “Everything’s alright at the moment in the camp....

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Rolling with the flow of Monkee business

May 2017 Rolling with the flow of Monkee business

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By Ian Ravendale The story of Michael Nesmith’s November 1975 one and only UK tour “How do you want the stage lights?” “Just turn them on.” “Light? Bright? Dark? Flashing?” “No. Lights on.” “Bright? You want them bright?” “Just on.” The pair playing out...

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