Tributes to success

Money for Nothing, stated to be the No.1 Dire Straits Trib­ute Band is an amazing example of the accurate re-creation of the sound of the original seventies band.

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Suzi Quatro 2019

The Lady of rock is still in control

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Country songs you never knew you knew

By Pat Murphy The music we now know as country evolved out of a genre that used to be referred to as hillbilly.

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Record vote never beaten

Breakfast with: Nicky Stevens - Brotherhood of Man. With the 64th Eurovision Song Contest looming, I thought it was time to look back some 43 years to the UK’s biggest success story of the competition.

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Leo Sayer as we chat about Versailles, broken hearts, The Little Prince and more.

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Rhythm & blues and rock & roll R...

By Derek Mead JOAN SHAW/SALENA JONES is American by birth but resident in England since 1965. Salena sings Jazz – Latin – Pop – Funk Gospel – Cabaret – Swing – Rhythm and Blues as the forerunner to rock’n’roll – and has extended to the standards of the The Great American Songbook and International best-sellers. […]

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Breakfast with: The Beverly Sisters

By Derek Mead WITH the recent death in October of Babs Beverley, it is time for some reflection on the Beverley Sisters trio which emerged from the war years to succeed in an era so different from the music and musicians of today. Only The Kaye sisters can be considered a good comparison, and they […]

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RUSTY YOUNG, founding member of Poco, songwriter, vocalist, et al, chats about Ann-Margret, sleepwalk, tap dancing, and more. By Jane Quinn RUSTY joined us on Planet Earth in 1946 as Norman Russell “Rusty” Young. He is, of course, the original POCO-man and the master of the pedal steel guitar; but did you know Rusty Young […]

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Eddie Cochran, Remembering – nearly 50 ...

By Ian Wooley, former DJ and MD of Retro Nights IT WAS 20 years ago when local Eddie Cochran fan Ange­la Powell first laid a memorial on the Chippenham roadside verge where the 21-year-old Rock ‘n’ Roll singer’s hire car crashed one fatal night in April, 1960. The cream Consul in which he was traveling […]

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The Beat on tour

Aug 2018 The Beat on tour

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THE BEAT, starring Dave Wakeling, performed around the UK from May 25 to June 17. From the late seventies into the early eighties, The Beat was one of the biggest bands around. Their first two albums got to No.3 in the charts and they garnered no less than five Top Ten singles hits, including Mirror In The Bathroom and a brace of...

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Proby in love?

Aug 2018 Proby in love?

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THE LATE Dean Martin is a legend, an absolute all- time great comedian, singer and actor. He was born and named Dino Paul Crocetti on June 17, 1917, in Ohio, USA to Italian immigrant parents. At the age of 17, he started singing and enjoyed doing it very much. In the late 1930s, after singing for about four years under his real...

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Diamond sparkles in new show

Aug 2018 Diamond sparkles in new show

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‘A BEAUTIFUL NOISE’ is a lavish new production celebrating the life and music of Neil Diamond, and the show is about to tour the UK and Eire throughout October and November. This joyful celebration will be delivered with an assured virtuosity by the award-winning singer Fisher Stevens. The music of Neil Diamond has been with us for...

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Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

Aug 2018 Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

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By Pat Murphy This is the fourth in a series marking Cliff’s 60th anniversary in the music business. The first three looked at the international dimension of his career and his live performances in the UK, but the focus this time is on the various TV dimensions. FROM the late 1950s through to the 1980s, Cliff was a regular,...

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Record rivals – the producers

Aug 2018 Record rivals – the producers

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By John Firminger RESPONSIBLE for creating the hits – with probably just as many misses – one of the most important, if not THE most important, person in the recording industry is the record producer. Some of them, like George Martin, (top)Norrie Paramor, and even Joe Meek, (centre) have become equally as famous as the artists...

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Gillan and The Javelins back together

Aug 2018 Gillan and The Javelins back together

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EVERY DEEP PURPLE true lover knows how much their magic and powerful style is the result of many different influences brought in by the single members, all merging into the powerful sound loved by millions of rock fans. Ian Gillan’s love for American soul and R&B, as well as skiffle and early rock and roll, has been well...

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Steve gets Gerry’s praise

Aug 2018 Steve gets Gerry’s praise

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STEVE ELLIS sent me a T shirt with the motif Boom! Bang! Twang! –the title of his latest CD compilation. About one of the tracks, Steve said: “Here is a quote from Gerry Marsden about my latest single Don`t let the sun catch you crying. I thought it was very nice.” Gerry wrote: “I’ve been mates with Steve a...

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Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

Aug 2018 Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

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The odds are 7/4 on ABBA to reunite in 2018. The Swedish quartet is rumoured to be preparing set for a reunion before the year’s end. A sensational ABBA comeback could be on the cards this year and Betway odds are as short as 7/4 for the pop group to announce a reunion in 2018. With ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ in the cinemas at...

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Super trooper

Aug 2018 Super trooper

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JESS CONRAD was born on February 24, 1936. That makes him 83 next birthday and he is still willing to perform. He was one of the first to congratulate Sir Cliff Richard, who Jess has known from the early days, after the recent court case victory. Jess’s long career started when he was a repertory actor and film extra. He was...

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Hair-raising crew cuts

Jul 2018 Hair-raising crew cuts

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Russell’s ReviewBEAT CD: Various artists – The Wrecking Crew Wienerworld Most people don’t know any of their names, let alone their faces, but between them, they played on many of the biggest hits recorded in America during the 60s and 70s. The ironically-named Wrecking Crew was a loose squad of...

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