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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Maddy spans the years

By Martin Hutchinson Folk legends Steel eye Span are in a celebratory mood as they are about to set off on a 20-date UK tour to commemorate their 50th Anniversary! Many members have come and gone, but vocalist Maddy Prior is still there, as she was back in 1969. Speaking from her home, Maddy expresses […]

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Way back when… Boney M

By Derek Mead Boney M has a complicated background, almost political, and covering many countries. But after a brief introduction, we will move away from that scenario and concentrate solely on their music which, to say the least, is melodic dramatic and totally enjoyable. The group has been described in many ways including its genres […]

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Breakfast with: Steve Ellis

By Derek Mead This is a short story about the London-based pop and soul group formed in 1966 and active until 1971. There were five appearances in the UK Singles Chart with Everlasting Love reaching UK No.1 for two weeks with 12 weeks in the UK Top 40 and in the Top 10 in seven […]

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Suzi Quatro as she tells us what’s new, all about her Happy Days, and love of Scrabble. By Jane Quinn She is a singer/songwriter/bass player/percussionist/author/actress/radio presenter/poet/trailblazer/multi-instrumentalist/Gemini…She was the first woman to become a major rock star. Who else could my guest be other than Suzi Quatro? Suzi and I share many childhood similarities. We were […]

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Breakfast with: Clarke – ex Hollies

By Martin Hutchinson ALLAN CLARKE, one of the most distinguished voices in British music history, is set for a dramatic return to the musical frontline – and no one is more than surprised than Allan himself. ‘Resurgence’ is the title of Allan Clarke’s new solo album, and as a title it couldn’t be more apt. […]

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Breakfast with: P P Arnold

THE MID-SIXTIES was a boom time for Soul Music in the UK. By Jim Stewart Tamla Motown and Stax were becoming the dominant sounds, opening the door for R&B artists galore to be picked up by promoters and brought over to the UK for package and club tours. Many found the audiences more appreciative, knowledgeable […]

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IAN ANDERSON of Jethro Tull. Join Ian as we discuss the Eagle, puppies, and being a cautious adventurer. By Jane Quinn A singer and composer, Ian Anderson is also a multi-instrumentalist, including acoustic and electric guitars, saxophone, percussion, keyboards, bagpipe, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, violin, balalaika, clarinet and a large variety of whistles. He is the […]

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All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

Jan 2019 All about Judith Durham: a woman of our time

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By Derek Mead JUDITH DURHAM was born Judith Mavis Cock in Essendon, Victoria, Australia on July 3, 1943. Until 1950, she lived in Essendon and attended the primary school there. From early 1950 she lived in Taroona, Hobart, Tasmania, before returning to Melbourne in 1956. There, she attended Ruyton Girls School before enrolling at...

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Chas the soloist

Dec 2018 Chas the soloist

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CHAS HODGES Talking Elephant Records, TECD138, 2009 By John Firminger STILL remembering the much admired Chas Hodges, to reiter­ate Mike Berry’s comments in his tribute to his pal, Chas really was a musical genius. He certainly displayed that in many ways during his career. A perfect example is the solo self-titled album he...

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More of Cliff’s hidden gems

Dec 2018 More of Cliff’s hidden gems

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By Pat Murphy With 124 Top 40 hits under his belt – 68 of which were Top 10 – it’s inevitable people associate Cliff with his hit records. To many, that’s who he is: nothing less but nothing more. In reality, though, there’s much more. In this sixth and concluding instalment of a series acknowl­edging Cliff’s 60th anniversary in...

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Share a cuppa tea with Georgiana Steele-Waller

Dec 2018 Share a cuppa tea with Georgiana Steele-Waller

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By Jane Quinn GEORGIANA STEELE-WALLER Top sixties model and so much more… ENGAGE in enigmatic chat about being a hippie, rodeos, fear, and Beach Boys. The year was 1966. It was the year Lyndon Johnson was the USA’s President, Walt Disney died, England won the World Cup, I got my first kiss in an ancient Indiana graveyard, and...

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60s music still as good as gold

Nov 2018 60s music still as good as gold

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Review by music historian and author Peter Checksfield THE HIGHEST point for me recently was the publication in July of my first book, Channel­ling The Beat!, which received almost unanimous glowing reviews. I was now really looking for­ward to what is almost becoming an annual event, the Sixties Gold show, which I would watch at...

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Musical space war

Nov 2018 Musical space war

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The return of the Martians By Martin Hutchinson NO-ONE would have believed that, in 2015, after a sixth sell-out UK tour, when Jeff Wayne said that that was the final ‘War Of The Worlds’ tour, that he’d be back. “It was genuinely thought to be the last.” Jeff said. “We had just signed to do a West End run and for that, the show had...

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Festive shows for merry Osmonds

Nov 2018 Festive shows for merry Osmonds

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By Martin Hutchinson THE OSMONDS are back – well, two of the singing brothers are heading back to the UK with their band to recreate the joy of their Christmas shows – but with a difference. The group, famous for hits Love me For A Reason, Let Me In and of course Crazy Horses, has been performing in some guise or other for six...

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He’s still swinging after all these years

Nov 2018 He’s still swinging after all these years

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By Martin Hutchinson YES, it’s that time again. The annual Sensational 60s Experi­ence from October to Spring. It gathers arguably some of the best of the sixties artists, half a dozen of them – as well as the terrific New Amen Corner, who back the solo acts. Mike Pender, original voice of The Searchers who – with his trusty...

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Goodbye Kiss

Nov 2018 Goodbye Kiss

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After a 45-year career said to have launched an era of rock ‘n’ roll legends, KISS set off on their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named End of the road. The initial announcement was made a month ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent which sent the internet into overdrive with fans hoping their city and country...

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Psychedelia star Marty Balin dies

Oct 2018 Psychedelia star Marty Balin dies

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By James Stewart Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane guitarist and co-founder has died, aged 76. The San Francisco psychedelic rock band was founded in 1965 and Marty helped create their 1960s albums, including Surrealistic Pillow and Volunteers. Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady said: “He was a great songwriter and singer who...

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