Elkie stays as young as she wants to

AS EACH summer approaches, we are offered more and more music festivals to enjoy. Cornbury Music Festival, in Oxfordshire between July 5 and 7 is the perfect one for me. I was offered a choice of artists to talk to about the event and I opted for another chat with ELKIE BROOKS, celebrating 60 years as a professional singer very soon.

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Connie Francis – living the American dr...

CONNIE FRANCIS was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1938. She is described as the original Italian-American queen of pop; the most successful international female vocalist of the 1950s and 1960s; the first female teenager to register a UK No.1 single, and the first female solo artist to top the UK album chart.

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Behind the mic – Golden days before the...

JOURNALIST and broadcaster Alan Thompson has worked in BBC and independent radio in a senior capacity and was one of a handful of Brits who made their professional broadcasting début in the United States.

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2019The ‘real’ P J Proby and the ...

P J PROBY appears to have brought his career to a sudden halt after an off-the-record chat with a freelance journalist who saw fit to publish the raucus claims and remarks. What is the real story?

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Obituary: Dr John

LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack. The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie […]

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MATTHEW FISHER of Procol Harum as he talks about Helen Shapiro, secrets, and the light fandango. By Jane Quinn Matthew Charles Fisher is a classically- trained English musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing and playing the Hammond organ on the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum, Naturally, […]

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Can success strike twice?

The announcement of 'Summer Loving' as the title of a prequel to Grease (1978) has re-awakened many memories of the late 1970s and those who starred in the iconic film adaptation of the Broadway musical rather than memories of the film itself.

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Tribute to Les Reed

The great Les is estimated to have written more than 2,000 songs... what an amazing achievement.

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MICKY DOLENZ as he spills a few secrets, chats about physics, tells us why he has no tree house, and all about his dreams coming true. By Jane Quinn IN 1958, Micky Dolenz was TV’s Circus Boy and I became a fan. In 1966, Micky Dolenz was a Monkee and I became a bigger fan! […]

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Collecting The Beatles vinyl

Apr 2017 Collecting The Beatles vinyl

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You have probably seen the TV ad for ‘THE BEATLES VINYL COLLECTION’, a new 23 ‘partwork’ series of every original Beatles album on 180 vinyl, plus all of the Anthology, Live At The BBC, Past Masters and other significant compilations of the bands material. With a magazine detailing either the recording sessions of the accompanying...

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Starry line-up for Gillingham Festival 2017

Apr 2017 Starry line-up for Gillingham Festival 2017

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Gillingham Festival returns with a line-up that includes poet and witty observer Pam Ayres, rock composer Rick Wakeman, folk singer Cara Dillon, guitar maestro Gary Ryan and Paul Jones with the Manfreds.  The festival, based for 2017 mainly at Gillingham School and the Methodist church, in the Dorset town, runs from June 30 to July...

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Manic years of manic screaming fans were Merrill’s wake-up call

Apr 2017 Manic years of manic screaming fans were Merrill’s wake-up call

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By Martin Hutchinson Once Osmondmania had run its course, the various brothers embarked upon solo careers. After Alan and Wayne, Merrill was the middle of the five original performing brothers. Jay was born two years after Merrill, and Donny came two years after that, and thet were heavily influenced by country music. As well as...

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Prince tribute

Apr 2017 Prince tribute

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Purple Rain a live celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince, begins a tour of the UK starting in Cambridge, taking in Guildford, Salisbury, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Leicester Glasgow and Edinburgh, then to Ireland.  Later in the year the band performs in Hastings, Exeter, Birmingham, Blackpool, Ipswich, Worthing,...

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Clem Curtis dies aged 76

Apr 2017 Clem Curtis dies aged 76

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Foundations singer Clem Curtis has died aged 76. The original lead singer of the British band The Foundations, Clem was the lead on the band’s 1967 No.1 hit Baby, Now That I’ve Found You. The song is claimed to be the first chart-topper by a British multi-racial band. Clem lived in Olney, Buckinghamshire. He left the...

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Share a Cuppa Tea with……..

Jan 2017 Share a Cuppa Tea with……..

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……..Sir Tim Rice Born in an historic English country house near Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, Sir Timothy Miles Bindon, ‘Tim’ Rice, is an English author and Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Award, and Grammy Award-winning lyricist. After studying for a year in Paris at the Sorbonne, Rice joined...

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Festive favourites with Jimmy

After the success of last years’ tour, The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza is returning to the UK this month. The show has been a staple at The Moon River Theatre in Missouri for many years, but with the passing of Andy Williams, The Osmonds wanted to carry on the tradition and continue Andy’s legacy. The season ends early in...

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David says he will miss us if we don’t go

Dec 2016 David says he will miss us if we don’t go

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There’s a show doing the rounds starring DJ and broadcasting legend ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton.  The Fab 50s and Swinging 60s show is hosted by David and he brings on the amazing live band The Fugitives and sensational singers, Ash Denver and the Tiffany Girls This fabulous show will make you smile, laugh, and most definitely...

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Share a Cuppa Tea…Billy Kinsley of The Merseybeats

Dec 2016 Share a Cuppa Tea…Billy Kinsley of The Merseybeats

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The Merseybeats had the best name for any pop group of the early Sixties. Bill Harry, copyright owner of the newspaper Mersey beat, had given his blessing and approval to the band to use the name. With their compelling tunes, their numerous appearances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and Brian Epstein as manager; they appeared to...

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Cheryl’s still fizzing

Nov 2016 Cheryl’s still fizzing

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By Martin Hutchinson It was a memorable night in music back on April 4, 1981, at Dublin’s Royal Dublin Society when two attractive women had their skirts ripped off in front of half a billion people watching on live TV across Europe. Yes, it was Bucks Fizz winning the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with Making Your...

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