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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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Editor’s Beat: New Hermit emerges

Jul 2019 Editor’s Beat: New Hermit emerges

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HERMAN’S HERMITS have a new member in the group, so the band plays on while others slow down and stop. Paul Cornwell left Herman’s Hermits on June 8, for reasons leader Barry Whitwam has chosen not to reveal at this time. Paul has been replaced by Duncan Keith who plays lead guitar and also is a very good vocalist. Duncan makes his...

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DarkerPoet, sage or songwriter – talent will shine through

Jun 2019 DarkerPoet, sage or songwriter – talent will shine through

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LEONARD COHEN. Poet – Novelist – Singer – Song Writer
Songs and Covers

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For the love of music

Jun 2019 For the love of music

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IN 1968, GRAHAM NASH shocked the music world, as well as his family and friends by upping sticks and moving to America

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Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

Jun 2019 Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

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DJ MIKE READ talks about his long and diverse career when I asked him how it all come about. By Ian D Woolley “JULIE ANDREWS’S mum and aunt taught dancing lessons in their house and so I was tap dancing and singing at a very early age. I was on stage at six or seven performing, and played the part of Lysandra in A...

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Sweets sounds the same

Jun 2019 Sweets sounds the same

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AFTER Their sold-out “Still Got the Rock” European Tour legendary 70’s rock band SWEET embark on a 16-date nationwide tour November 28 until December 21. With more than 55 million records sold worldwide, 34 No.1 hits worldwide, by the early 70s The Sweet had a string of Top 10 records in the UK and Europe including Blockbuster,...

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Chance meeting of music minds

Jun 2019 Chance meeting of music minds

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A NATIONWIDE UK tour begins in October for Robin Trower, Maxi Priest and Livingstone Brown. The three musicians have joined forces on a new album, United State of Mind, to be released later in the year. Special guest on the tour will be American Blues Rock vocalist Sari Schorr. All tickets, £30, went on sale in April. If...

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Rolling on and on and on

Jun 2019 Rolling on and on and on

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THE ROLLING STONES rock and roll circus just goes on and on, come wind, rain, sun, storms and tempests. While other artists pack away their instruments after playing in public for the last time, the stones roll on without gathering much moss, it seems. We’ve heard the last of some names who have quietly slipped from the...

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John Lodge Tour 2019

Apr 2019 John Lodge Tour 2019

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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

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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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