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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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Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

Aug 2018 Cliff: 50 years later and still in the limelight

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By Pat Murphy This is the fourth in a series marking Cliff’s 60th anniversary in the music business. The first three looked at the international dimension of his career and his live performances in the UK, but the focus this time is on the various TV dimensions. FROM the late 1950s through to the 1980s, Cliff was a regular,...

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Record rivals – the producers

Aug 2018 Record rivals – the producers

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By John Firminger RESPONSIBLE for creating the hits – with probably just as many misses – one of the most important, if not THE most important, person in the recording industry is the record producer. Some of them, like George Martin, (top)Norrie Paramor, and even Joe Meek, (centre) have become equally as famous as the artists...

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Gillan and The Javelins back together

Aug 2018 Gillan and The Javelins back together

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EVERY DEEP PURPLE true lover knows how much their magic and powerful style is the result of many different influences brought in by the single members, all merging into the powerful sound loved by millions of rock fans. Ian Gillan’s love for American soul and R&B, as well as skiffle and early rock and roll, has been well...

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Steve gets Gerry’s praise

Aug 2018 Steve gets Gerry’s praise

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STEVE ELLIS sent me a T shirt with the motif Boom! Bang! Twang! –the title of his latest CD compilation. About one of the tracks, Steve said: “Here is a quote from Gerry Marsden about my latest single Don`t let the sun catch you crying. I thought it was very nice.” Gerry wrote: “I’ve been mates with Steve a...

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Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

Aug 2018 Mamma mia! Is it an odds-on comeback

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The odds are 7/4 on ABBA to reunite in 2018. The Swedish quartet is rumoured to be preparing set for a reunion before the year’s end. A sensational ABBA comeback could be on the cards this year and Betway odds are as short as 7/4 for the pop group to announce a reunion in 2018. With ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ in the cinemas at...

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Super trooper

Aug 2018 Super trooper

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JESS CONRAD was born on February 24, 1936. That makes him 83 next birthday and he is still willing to perform. He was one of the first to congratulate Sir Cliff Richard, who Jess has known from the early days, after the recent court case victory. Jess’s long career started when he was a repertory actor and film extra. He was...

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Hair-raising crew cuts

Jul 2018 Hair-raising crew cuts

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Russell’s ReviewBEAT CD: Various artists – The Wrecking Crew Wienerworld Most people don’t know any of their names, let alone their faces, but between them, they played on many of the biggest hits recorded in America during the 60s and 70s. The ironically-named Wrecking Crew was a loose squad of...

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Getting to know ELP

Jul 2018 Getting to know ELP

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‘Group relationship grows stronger’Emerson’ A massive nerve- straining European tour over, Emerson, Lake and Palmer are safely back home rehearsing and recording again in preparation for another American stint and their fifth album. Parts of the European tour were recorded, and if, when they’ve heard the tapes,...

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Rock tour and tea for Bowie

Jul 2018 Rock tour and tea for Bowie

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Fans are invited to celebrate the 46th anniversary of David Bowie’s iconic album with a ‘Rock Tour + Tea’ at K West Hotel & Spa. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album artwork features the hotel’s name ‘K West’. The ‘Rock Tour + Tea’ package includes overnight accommodation in one of K West’s plush...

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Led Zeppelin or Fleetwood Mac?

Jul 2018 Led Zeppelin or Fleetwood Mac?

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FLEETWOOD MAC AND LED ZEPPELIN top the betting on Glastonbury Festival’s 2019 headline acts. Stairway to Heaven rockers Led Zeppelin head Betway’s list of potential Pyramid Stage head- liners. With a year to go before the festival returns, Led Zeppelin appear to be clear favourites followed by Fleetwood Mac at 3/1. Neither...

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