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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Generation on: Rebel Dean

It’s been a couple of years since The Beat magazine interviewed the rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ singer/actor Rebel Dean, and boy has he been busy since then! He is the performer who the mighty Darrel Higham was quoted as saying: “Rebel Dean – probably the most successful male Rock n’ Roll artiste in Britain today” and […]

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A century of caring, sharing and family

Dame Vera Lynn, 100 years old, in conversation with David Parker Dame Vera: you were not even a teenager at the start your singing career? Would you say you were fortunate to have become a famous singer at such a young age? Yes, I was a great deal younger when I first began singing – […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with Jim Pilster – ...

I first saw Columbia recording group, The Cryan’ Shames, live in concert during the summer of 1966. Never – and I mean NEVER – have I been so excited by a live gig. The combination of musicality to such a high standard and performance energy was second to none. Opening with the fastest-ever version of […]

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Last chance tour?

Why was Tom Jones on a beach in Cornwall to begin his 2017 tour, widely thought to be his last stage show live appearances. Tom was in Perranporth, Cornwall, a venue very different to the world’s biggest stadiums where he is more likely to be billed. The show was part of the summer’s Bands In […]

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Tony regrets leaving Brian Epstein

Newly-honoured Tony Crane MBE in conversation with David Parker Tony: you were a teenager at the start your singing career, would you say you were walking into good fortune on stage in front of paying fans? We were lucky being in Liverpool at the time. There were lots of great bands around, but at the […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Emperor Rosko

By Jane Quinn PLEASE allow me to introduce you to THE IMP…Michael Joseph ‘Mike’ Pasternak, or as you will know him – ‘Emperor Rosko’. He is an American presenter of pop music programmes most widely-known for his shows on Radio Caroline and BBC Radio 1 in the 1960s and 70s. Around 1975, he briefly hosted […]

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He only wanted to rock and roll

Looking back over 60 years, Marty Wilde has many memories and achievements, not least of all his MBE which will be presented to him this month.

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Suzi sets her sights on UK tour – at last

If you read my review of SUZI QUATRO’s poetry book ‘Through My Eyes’ you will recall I gave a list of Suzi’s achievements over the past 50 years.

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For the love of Terry

May 2014 For the love of Terry

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Wonderful musical evening I recently attended at the Gainsborough Hotel, Kidderminster, Worcestershire.   I have always been a great admirer of Terry Rice Milton. His songs with Cupid’s Inspiration in 1968,  “Yesterday Has Gone” and “My World” are, in my opinion, two of the most powerful & memorable songs ever recorded....

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They were sure at the time

May 2014 They were sure at the time

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By John Firminger These days, the Euro-vision Song Contest has become almost a parody of itself, thanks – in part – to some of the show’s presenters.   However, back when it started in the 50s and 60s it was a great international event of great pride for all its participants, especially if you were successful. One such...

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Wilko has major surgery

May 2014 Wilko has major surgery

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AN OFFICAL statement from Wilko Johnson’s manager on May 2 said: “Wilko is recovering following a nine-hour operation on Wednesday in which doctors successfully removed a pancreatic tumour.   “The head of the medical team treating Wilko said that they were happy with his condition. Wilko will stay under very close observation...

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Ozzy ‘clueless’

May 2014 Ozzy ‘clueless’

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Ozzy Osbourne says he is ‘clueless’ about who will ‘carry the flag’ for rock stars from now on.   The 65-year-old former frontman of Black Sabbath who also had a successful solo career, is concerned about who can take over his reputation.   ‘That might be a very true statement,’ he told Kerrang! magazine when asked if he...

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The good old days

May 2014 The good old days

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Fun The good old days with the fans – Joe Meek ‘Special’ – Borderline London April 27   A special concert to remember the work of legendary record producer Joe Meek at London’s West End Borderline Club was a great reunion night for artists and fans.   Artistes appearing included Cliff Bennett, Chas Hodges, Billie...

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Laughter and tears

Mar 2014 Laughter and tears

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SEE HOW THEY RUN   CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY   FEBRUARY 20   When Warwick Davies decided to form The Reduced Height Theatre Company,  he must have thought long and hard about which play would be best for them.   He decided on ‘See How They Run’, a classic wartime farce from 1945 and, judging by the performance of the...

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Simply the best!

Mar 2014 Simply the best!

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I recently went to see a show called ‘The Billy Fury Years’ at the Orchard Theatre, in Dartford, Kent, and it was absolutely sensational and totally out of this world.   The name of the guy who portrayed Billy Fury is Michael King, and he is a performer of outstanding brilliance. I loved every minute of the show and was...

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Rocking in heaven

Mar 2014 Rocking in heaven

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Francis ‘Franny’ Beecher, lead guitarist for Bill Haley and His Comets, died in his sleep last month at a nursing home near Philadelphia. He was 92.   Franny played with Benny Goodman and Buddy Greco before joining Bill Haley and His Comets in 1955, when they helped begin the rock ‘n’ roll era with the worldwide chart-topper...

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Percy Sledge returns after surgery

Mar 2014 Percy Sledge returns after surgery

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Percy Sledge pulled out of a UK tour last month because of liver cancer treatment, but was back to performing at a concert in Jamaica on March 1 after the surgery.   Sledge’s spokesman Mark Lyman said the ‘When A Man Loves A Woman‘ star underwent a procedure to have a cancerous polyp removed from his liver in...

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They can do the can-can

Mar 2014 They can do the can-can

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was amused to come across the picture above of the group posing for the press outside EMI’s then London HQ when they turned professional in February, 1967.   “Oh for the days when I could still lift my leg up that high!” said Nick,  the only constant member of Pink Floyd since their formation in...

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