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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David says he will miss us

Nov 2016 David says he will miss us

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Martin Hutchinson The title of David Essex’s November tour is aptly named. The ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ Tour takes in the whole country and the title was chosen deliberately. “It’s called ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ because I will miss everybody. You see, it’s my final tour so it will be very emotional. “I have a great band, the same...

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Star sues BBC over raid on home

Nov 2016 Star sues BBC over raid on home

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Cliff Richard’s £1.2million legal claim includes how police gave a ‘running commentary’ to BBC of raid on his home, according to a report in the Press Gazette, from PA Media-point. Sir Cliff claimed police gave the BBC a “running commentary” of the highly publicised raid on his home, in legal papers outlining his...

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Bobby leaves his own legacy

Nov 2016 Bobby leaves his own legacy

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Bobby Vee, the Sixties teen idol who had Hot 100 hits with ‘Take Good Care of My Baby,’ ‘Run to Him’ and ‘Rubber Ball,’ died on October 24, after five years with progressive Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73. Mark Wynter sent this via Graham Hunter. “Early on in my career, when I was...

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….BRIAN ‘SAXOPHONE’ JONES of The Undertakers By Jane Quinn Join Brian as he talks about hoarding, Mozart, and Marmite. The Undertakers were originally called Bob Evans and the Five Shillings; but that just doesn’t sound as good, does it? They started out as part of the Merseyside music scene in the early 1960s, and they are...

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Celebrate early days

Aug 2016 Celebrate early days

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By Martin Hutchinson Gary Numan is taking on a UK tour to celebrate three of his early albums; ‘Replicas’, ‘The Pleasure Principle’ and ‘Telekon’. The tour follows the success of his last album ‘Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)’ which reached the Top 20. “2016 seems an ideal time to revisit the three albums that changed my life....

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Gary’s back for the Gold tour 2016

Aug 2016 Gary’s back for the Gold tour 2016

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On one of his rare excursions from the US, where he is kept busy with one-nighters all over the country, GARY PUCKETT is back in the UK for the Solid Gold 60s tour. Gary and his and Union Gap are probably best-known and remembered for their Civil War uniforms, was one of the successful musical groups of the sixties. He led the band...

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Are tickets becoming too expensive?

Aug 2016 Are tickets becoming too expensive?

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With audience numbers reportedly dropping for many types of shows, including 60 music tours and one-nighters, questions are being asked about the cost of tickets now that booking fees and other charges are added into the original price. Tickets for Björk’s Royal Albert Hall show cost £99. For Beyoncé’s Formation tour, it was...

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Aug 2016 Share a Cuppa Tea with..

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TOAD from The Cryan’ Shames as he discusses Elmer Fudd, Jackie Kennedy, and singing in the shower. Summer, 1966, and I was a teen correspondent for an American pop music magazine. My treasured press card gained me an audience with many of the top musicians of the heady days of the Sixties. Luck delivered an opportunity to interview...

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A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Aug 2016 A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

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By John Firminger Taking a break from my usual ramble I would like to look at the rise and fall and rise again of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis. It’s almost 60 years since the infamous British tour of Jerry Lee Lewis in May, 1958, and in part one we looks back at the furore surrounding it, and how Jerry’s career managed...

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Now you see ‘em, now you don’t, now you do…

Aug 2016 Now you see ‘em, now you don’t, now you do…

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By Brian Poole The Beat asked Brian Poole to suggest a topic we could feature in The Beat that was really off-beat. He came up with this idea. “Well, how about getting to know a few of the people who make the shows roll, and keep the wheels turning. Some of these people have stories that are really interesting and unusual....

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