Michael lives in Ben tribute show

SAID to be the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star starts a UK tour in Bath on January 11. From dancing along to the legendary pop videos as a child, to playing to a crowd of weeping fans the day after Michael Jackson died, Ben Bowman has dedicated his life to be the UK’s ultimate […]

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Sounds of ’69: first time plays

By Pat Murphy Looking back a half-centu­ry, 1969 was a pretty decent year for pop music. Here are 10 records to prove the point. The organisation is chronological, based on my recollection of when I first heard them on Toronto radio. The Fifth Dimension: Aquari­us/Let the Sunshine In Although I wasn’t initially keen on this, […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina

Intelligent lyrics, lovely music. Jane Quinn shares a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina who chats about Walt Disney, Love, Bolero and his metal shop. JAMES MELVIN joined us on Planet Earth in 1947 in a land known as California before spending time in another land called Texas. James later morphed into Jim Messina, musician, songwriter, […]

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Diddy’s delighted with his Retro tour

60s Retro Night: The Fortunes, David Hamilton HELPING raise money for Vari- ety Wessex, a 60s Retro event stars The Fortunes, with a retro 60s disco hosted by former Radio 1 DJ David Diddy Hamilton. The Fortunes, one of the UK’s premier harmony groups with a string of hit records including You’ve Got Your Troubles, […]

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Fan’s tribute to star backed by 86 voic...

By Ron Tennant, Belgium. ON Friday and Saturday evening, September 28 and 29, the brilliant show Welcome To The 60s was at the Swan Theatre,Worcester. It was a show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the giant life-changing choir from Worcester, called Voices Unlimited. For these two shows, an 86-piece Voices Unlimited vocal group appeared and […]

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Timeless music still in demand

By Martin Hutchinson BEATLEMANIA lives on, and the tribute band that grew out of the show of the same name con­tinues to delight audiences around the world with their accurate portrayal of The Fab Four. Originally an American pro­duction, ‘Beatlemania!’ came to London’s West End and toured the country to great acclaim. However, when the […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with John Otway as he speaks of the meaning of life, comics, bullies et al. If Bob Dylan was a gymnastic punk rocker, his name would be John Otway. Mr Otway is a singer-songwriter, word­smith, author, an awkward wit, Pete Town­shend’s gifted protégé, and a poetic non-driving tea drinker. You saw him […]

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Chas Hodges – my best friend

By Mike Berry Chas Hodges was probably the most ‘gifted’ musician I ever had the pleasure and good fortune to meet and work with! I met Charles Nicholas Hodges when he was 17 and I was 18. And not long after we started working together, I remember calling him a ‘genius’ in a music paper […]

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Remembering Chas Hodges

By John Firminger THE AMOUNT of publicity in the media announcing the passing of Chas Hodges on September 22 shows how much he was admired and loved by both fans and fellow musicians. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep. It goes without […]

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Love – the best album

Dec 2015 Love – the best album

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By Jim Stewart As the 60th anniversary of entering a recording studio for the first time approaches, Phil­lies legend Darlene Love releases her best album of her long career. ‘Introducing Darlene Love’ returns Darlene to the ca­pable hands of Steven Van Zandt, who created the perfect mix of Spector and Springsteen with ‘Alone At...

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The Christmas hit they never had

Nov 2015 The Christmas hit they never had

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Breakfast with: Alan Williams – The Rubettes Echos of better late than never – but after 40 years, that seems ridiculous, I know. If there has ever been one regret over the years, it’s the fact that we never recorded a Christmas single. Unlike ‘Slade’ and ‘Mud’ and ‘Wizard’ – and the list goes on – the...

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Fishy stories

Oct 2015 Fishy stories

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THE LINDISFARNE STORY Fans of North-East legends Lindisfarne may be bemoaning the fact that the band itself never tours these days, content to perform their traditional Christmas Show in Newcastle’s City Hall during the festive season, but – thanks to two former members, the music will be echoing around the theatres of Britain from...

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Glitz, blitz and 70s hitz

Oct 2015 Glitz, blitz and 70s hitz

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A few sixties – and even eighties – packages are doing the rounds these days, but apparently not many from the seventies. However, that omission is being corrected as the latest ‘Glitz, Blitz and 70s Hitz tour is set for November and December. This is the fourth of the tours, which celebrate the ‘Glam’ rock era....

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Rumours can come true

Oct 2015 Rumours can come true

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There are rumours flying around that there is a superb tribute band to Fleetwood Mac doing the rounds. For once, the rumours are, in fact – er – fact, and the celebrated Rumours of Fleetwood Mac are touring their acclaimed show in an exhaustive 26-date UK tour. The original Fleetwood Mac had a string of hits from ‘Albatross’...

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The odyssey rolls on

Oct 2015 The odyssey rolls on

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By Martin Hutchinson After more than 50 years, the highly-influential band The Zombies are in the midst of a very productive and busy period. Not only are they gearing up for a five-week tour of the US, performing their iconic album ‘Odessey and Oracle’ (sic) which will be followed by shows on the continent, and then a tour of the...

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Former Cricket Jerry Naylor loses sight

Aug 2015 Former Cricket Jerry Naylor loses sight

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By Paul Bowen The Jerry Naylor Connection Jerry Naylor, lead singer with The Crickets from 1961 to 1965, has been fighting to save his sight for the greater part of 2015. After some issues he was experiencing, he was diagnosed with a problem where a group of blood clots filled the nerves to blood vessels in his eyes which, in turn,...

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Reviewbeat: Rebel Dean

Aug 2015 Reviewbeat: Rebel Dean

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I first saw Rebel Dean perform in 2002, at the annual `Eddie Cochran Memorial Weekend` in Chippenham, UK, from where I would regularly broadcast my radio show live. Given the event, Rebel was obviously doing a mostly Eddie set, but I could see this young guy was more than just a `tribute` artiste. So I was pleased to see him there...

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Leo’s ‘restless years’ on tour

Aug 2015 Leo’s ‘restless years’ on tour

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Leo Sayer returns to his native country for a mammoth UK Tour celebrating the release of his brand new studio album ‘Restless Years’. During 43 years since his first album, he’s had five worldwide No.1 hits, and is a Grammy winning songwriter. Leo’s 14th studio album, and first for six years, was recorded over 3 months and features...

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Cilla’s last surprise

Aug 2015 Cilla’s last surprise

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Cilla Black, whose impressive career spanned 50 years has died at her holiday home in Spain, aged 72. Cilla had two No.1 singles at the start of her career. Cilla, who often flew to Spain in the summer months, also had homes in London, Buckinghamshire and Barbados. From Liverpool, the star was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on...

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