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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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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

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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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Obituary: Paul Barrett

Feb 2019 Obituary: Paul Barrett

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Heartbreaking loss PAUL BARRETT, (pictured) Charlie Gracie’s exclusive Euro­pean agent of 40 years, passed away on January 20. Paul, based in Cardiff, Wales was perhaps the leading purveyor of Roots Rock & Roll and Rockabilly in the UK and throughout Europe. He became CHARLIE GRACIE’s agent in 1979 and created more than 40 UK...

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Who’s been busy

Feb 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...

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Editor’s Beat: Tribute shows don’t fill theatres

Feb 2019 Editor’s Beat: Tribute shows don’t fill theatres

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ALL GOOD things must end, according to some soothsayers. So the era of the 50s, 60s and 70s must end as well, we surmise: but will it? Nowadays, tribute shows are springing up and original artists long gone –and not so long gone – are being resurrected with full orchestral backing. Not all fans think this is a good thing and a way...

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