Jackie Trent: Being me

FROM the music halls of Stoke-on-Trent to topping the charts with Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark, singer-songwriter Jackie Trent finally shares her colourful life in her fascinating new autobiography. “[Their songs] changed my life. They changed the whole course of my career.” Petula Clark ‘Being Me’ charts, for the first time, the glittering career of […]

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Yesterday is back with Cupid’s Terry

ORIGINAL founder-members of the 1968 successful pop recording group Cupid’s Inspiration have reformed. Cupid’s Inspiration had big hits in 1968 that topped the British charts – Yesterday Has Gone and My World followed by Dream, including best album in 1969. The band has reformed under the name Cupid’s with the original voice of Terry Rice-Milton. […]

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Shakin’ all over

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN – a Tribute to Shakin’ Stevens’ is live at theatres in the UK. The 80s Welsh answer to Elvis finally has his own tribute show with all the hits, including ‘This Ol’ House’, ‘Green Door’, ‘Oh Julie’. The rags to riches story is based on his 40 hits, starring Rebel Dean. The […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric chats about many things including Tom Petty, secrets, and plynths. REMEMBER that legendary song The Whole Wide World? Of course you do. Written by singer/songwriter/musician Wreckless Eric, it has been covered by many artists including The Monkees, Elvis Costello, Marilyn Manson, The Proclaimers, Amanda Palmer, Will Ferrell, plus others and is a hit […]

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TV teen show pioneer dies

JACK GOOD died on September 24, apparently without much of a fanfare. The early British TV producer whose shows included Six-Five Special and Oh Boy!, also found and managed UK rock ‘n’ roll stars Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, and Cliff Richard, and is also behind the legacy of P J Proby in the UK, having […]

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Sharing a cuppa with Alan Clayson

Sharing a cuppa tea with…. Alan Clayson of The Argonauts as he discusses Elvis and Elvis, monkeys, and new projects talks about fear, Beatles, and tattoos. Well, as I grew up in the American cornfields, I never suspected one day I would share a cuppa tea with a genuine Argonaut. But here we are, chatting […]

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Wind of heaven to pass on tour

By Martin Hutchinson “I CAN’T remember his name, but he sang Nights In White Satin,” said Jeff Wayne when he was casting his legendary album ‘The Musical Version of The War of the Worlds’. He wanted the perfect voice for the song Forever Autumn and he thought the voice of The Moody Blues was perfect. […]

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‘Win a city break to Hamburg,’

On October 20 and 21, Hamburg on Tour visits London to show off what Hamburg has to offer. Visitors can experience what the Hamburg festival region offers – something for every taste – from metal to jazz, rock to classic music. London will host to a one-of-a-kind pop up event in Shoreditch to showcase one […]

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Looking back: 60s pop star Steve Ellis, Lov...

Looking back: 60s pop star Steve Ellis, Love Affair Legend! There I’ve said it. From a No.1 single in 1968 with the iconic tune ‘Everlasting Love’, singing with his then band, Love Affair, to other Top Twenty hits like ‘Rainbow Valley’ and ‘Bringing on Back the Good Times’. In one form or the other, Steve […]

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Timeless Manfred music

Jun 2015 Timeless Manfred music

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By Martin Hutchinson Back in the sixties, Manfred Mann was a big hit-making machine, and from 1964 to 1969, they were almost ever-present in the charts due to such classic hits as ‘5-4-3-2-1’, ‘Doo Wah Diddy Diddy’, ‘Pretty Flamingo’ and ‘Come Tomorrow’ to name but four. Their music was so good that they survived a change of...

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PP’s got plans for her talent

Jun 2015 PP’s got plans for her talent

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I caught up with the 2015 Solid Silver Sixties Tour in The Pavilion, Bournemouth last month. I was greeted at the stage door by the highly-professional tour manager Bob Balchin, who was obviously pleased to see me – I don’t know why! He gave me the layout of the dressing rooms so I went for a walk round to see who had...

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Collecting the “Greatest Hits”

Jun 2015 Collecting the “Greatest Hits”

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By Pat Murphy When I first started to buy albums more than 50 years ago, “greatest hits” compilations were a particular attraction. After all, you could get a whole whack of favourites in one package, most of which you hadn’t been able to afford as separate singles. It seemed like a perfect deal. Of all the hit collections around...

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50 years since ‘The Voice’ hit

Mar 2015 50 years since ‘The Voice’ hit

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By Jim Stewart ‘The Voice’ was one of The Moody Blues biggest hits and to their legion of fans worldwide JUSTIN HAYWARD is The Voice. Since joining the band late 1966, he has enjoyed incredible success both as a band member and a solo artist. In 2015 he is touring the UK in both guises, with promoting a new eight-disc box set ‘THE...

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Acting like a ‘right prima donna’

Mar 2015 Acting like a ‘right prima donna’

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By Jim Stewart Ray Thomas, The Moody Blues, ‘The Magnificent Moodies’ 50th Anniversary Deluxe 2CD Edition, Esoteric Recordings: ECLEC 22473 As the sixties turned the page for 1965 the future looked good for THE MOODY BLUES, their UK No.1 ‘Go Now’ was now repeating its success worldwide, and their follow-up had also...

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Graham Gouldman 2015

Feb 2015 Graham Gouldman 2015

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Originally scheduled as the second leg of 10cc’s 2014-15 Nationwide Tour the dates now have a greater significance to their fans as the band will feature the complete ‘Sheet Music’ album onstage for the very first time. They begin at Reading Hexagon on February 5th, followed by The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury on Saturday 7th...

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All influences are in there

Jan 2015 All influences are in there

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Singer Jimmy Somerville is releasing his sixth solo album, Homage, on March 9. The record, a collection of 12 original disco tracks, is a tribute to the genre that inspired Jimmy so much during his teenage years. “A homage to disco is something I always wanted to do. I never really thought I could pull it off but I did, and it’s a...

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Mac is back

Jan 2015 Mac is back

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Martin Hutchinson They say the New Year is a time for new beginnings, and so it was exactly 40 years ago for Fleetwood Mac. After a number of hits between 1968 and 1970, blues-based, times were hard for the band. ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘Albatross’, ‘Oh Well’ and ‘The Green Manalishi’ had all been successful, but they had not had a...

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The Four Seasons music to be cheerful

Jan 2015 The Four Seasons music to be cheerful

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By Katie Davis The Rag dolls, one of the top European Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute acts, take you back through the Jersey Boy’s career and before their fame, playing songs such as Oh! Carol and Teenager in Love that Frankie, Tommy, Bobby and Nick would have covered in the early days. I had the pleasure of seeing them...

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Silver sixties on disc, the winners

Jan 2015 Silver sixties on disc, the winners

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By Pat Murphy The music industry historically awarded Gold Discs for sales of a million or more, but the overwhelming bulk of the discs were for performance in the American market. Relatively speaking, Britain was too small to compete in that league. Indeed, throughout the 1950s, it’s estimated that only three records – Rock Around...

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