The ‘real’ P J Proby and the link...

Two great 60s male vocalists, who were rivals but also good mates. Some more things friends and rivals, P J and T J did together, after they first met in early 1965. Final part: more things they did together plus info about some of their mutual pals.

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Breakfast with: Carly Simon

The life and career of Carly Simon. Her international singles.

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Glenn’s in a purple patch

By Martin Hutchinson FORMER Deep Purple bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes returns to his homeland to perform his Deep Purple Legacy show. Glenn was poached from the funk-rock band Trapeze in 1973 when just 20 years old, and as bassist and co-lead vocalist with Deep Purple, spent the next three years touring the world and […]

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Way back when… Laura Ann Branigan

A TRIBUTE HER SONGS HER SUCCESS HER HOPES MOST OF ALL – GLORIA

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Behind the mic – Tony Blackburn

By Ian Woolley MOVING from Guildford to Bournemouth at a very early age, how did Tony Blackburn get into the music business. “I started performing at the Bournemouth Pavilion ballroom at 19 with the resident orchestra there for about three years as their singer. Then came Tony Blackburn & The Swinging Bells and we had […]

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Breakfast with: Original Album Collections

By James Stewart LAST MONTH, Graham Hunter told us of the pleasure and satisfaction compiling retrospective collections for RPM Records had given him. Their policy had allowed him to go beyond the regular size sets you would expect for the artists and include one, possibly two extra discs of either rare, unissued or alternative takes […]

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Share a cuppa tea with…

Brian Hyland as he talks about The Grassy Knoll, Flash Gordon, and The Three Stooges. By Jane Quinn I was nine years old when I first heard Brian Hyland sing Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. He was 16 (an older man), and I loved that record. By the time I was evolving […]

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Behind the mic – Paul Burnett

BEHIND THE MIC – PAUL BURNETT (Former Radio Luxembourg and Caroline DJ) By Ian Woolley Many disc jockeys harbour a secret ambition to also have a hit record. But Paul Burnett’s appearance on Top Of The Pops dressed as a chicken takes some beating. More of that later… Paul’s radio career started in 1962 when […]

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Showaddywaddy – still on rock n’ ...

By Ian Woolley Showaddywaddy started out in 1973 and their first hit was in the following year with Hey Rock N’Roll . Theyhave been on the road continuously since then, bringing joy with their infectious doo-wop covers and rock ‘n’roll staples to fans all over the world. Now in their 46th year, I met their […]

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John Lodge Tour 2019

Apr 2019 John Lodge Tour 2019

Posted by in Gig Beat, News Beat

Asked why it had taken so long for John to tour on his own, his reply was: ‘I’ve been so busy with my other band.

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Brother dies

Apr 2019 Brother dies

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SCOTT WALKER has died at the age of 76. He was one of The Walker Brothers, whose hits were The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore and Make It Easy On Yourself. The singer was said to be “one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music.” Walker was an actor before hooking up with John Maus and Gary...

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Not at a theatre near you

Apr 2019 Not at a theatre near you

Posted by in Editor's Beat, News Beat

One of the most distressing parts of my job as a jour­nalist, magazine and news­paper editor is to relay news to you that you don’t really want to hear. But it’s also upsetting for us at The Beat to hear that readers have stopped sub­scribing because we did not report something they’d hoped to see in The Beat....

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What a great way to party

Mar 2019 What a great way to party

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By Jim Stewart THE THREE DEGREES is not only one of the most successful girl groups in music history. They also hold the Guinness record as the longest working group touring and recording group since 1963 constantly. VALERIE HOLIDAY has been ever present since 1967, which must also be a record, and the trio have no intention of...

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Who’s been busy

Mar 2019 Who’s been busy

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THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are unleashing the combustible force of The Who, with symphonic accompaniment this summer at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, July 6, with special guests Eddie Vedder and the Kaiser Chiefs. The Who release their first album of new songs in 13 years later...

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Let the music be heard

Mar 2019 Let the music be heard

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THAT SEEMS to be Billie Davis’s motto as she spends as lot of time and thought in co-operating with other artists who don’t get the chance to work in their own right as their names may not be known outside the ranks of the band in which they starred. So it’s heartwarming that shows put together by Billie and...

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This could be the last time

Mar 2019 This could be the last time

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THE SOLID SILVER 60s Show has notched up an incredible record-breaking 34 years, for what could be the last time. Often imitated, it has never been bettered! The show has performed to more than a million people since its first tour in the 1985. The range of artists sharing the stage included Bobby Vee, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The...

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Suzi Quatro

Feb 2019 Suzi Quatro

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By Jim Stewart EVEN in the highly adrenaline-fuelled music business, it’s rare to find a bundle of energy on a par with Suzi Quatro. The American rock vocalist has successfully worked as a musician for more than 50 years, delivering with unbridled energy her greatest hits such as ‘Can The Can’, ‘48 Crash’, ‘Devil Gate Drive’, ‘If...

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Desecration – Sacrilege

Feb 2019 Desecration – Sacrilege

Posted by in News Beat, Review Beat

WHILE the recently released Buddy Holly CD album ‘ TRUE LOVE WAYS – BUDDY HOLLY & THE ROYAL PHILHARMON- IC ORCHESTRA has been a success in the UK pop charts, die-hard Holly fans found the album’s concept hard to swallow. Some might say its success helped to keep Holly’s name and music alive, which maybe...

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Ireland’s first top 10

Feb 2019 Ireland’s first top 10

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Top 10 in Dublin in 1959 was actually 11 By Pat Murphy THIS YEAR marks the 60th anniversary of the first Irish Top 10. On February 12, 1959, Dub­lin’s Evening Herald newspaper launched a chart compiled on its behalf by music columnist Rick O’Shea. To quote: “They tell you what’s top in London and New York. But who tells you what’s...

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