Jackie Trent: Being me

FROM the music halls of Stoke-on-Trent to topping the charts with Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark, singer-songwriter Jackie Trent finally shares her colourful life in her fascinating new autobiography. “[Their songs] changed my life. They changed the whole course of my career.” Petula Clark ‘Being Me’ charts, for the first time, the glittering career of […]

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Yesterday is back with Cupid’s Terry

ORIGINAL founder-members of the 1968 successful pop recording group Cupid’s Inspiration have reformed. Cupid’s Inspiration had big hits in 1968 that topped the British charts – Yesterday Has Gone and My World followed by Dream, including best album in 1969. The band has reformed under the name Cupid’s with the original voice of Terry Rice-Milton. […]

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Shakin’ all over

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN – a Tribute to Shakin’ Stevens’ is live at theatres in the UK. The 80s Welsh answer to Elvis finally has his own tribute show with all the hits, including ‘This Ol’ House’, ‘Green Door’, ‘Oh Julie’. The rags to riches story is based on his 40 hits, starring Rebel Dean. The […]

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Sharing a cuppa tea with…Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric chats about many things including Tom Petty, secrets, and plynths. REMEMBER that legendary song The Whole Wide World? Of course you do. Written by singer/songwriter/musician Wreckless Eric, it has been covered by many artists including The Monkees, Elvis Costello, Marilyn Manson, The Proclaimers, Amanda Palmer, Will Ferrell, plus others and is a hit […]

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TV teen show pioneer dies

JACK GOOD died on September 24, apparently without much of a fanfare. The early British TV producer whose shows included Six-Five Special and Oh Boy!, also found and managed UK rock ‘n’ roll stars Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, and Cliff Richard, and is also behind the legacy of P J Proby in the UK, having […]

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Sharing a cuppa with Alan Clayson

Sharing a cuppa tea with…. Alan Clayson of The Argonauts as he discusses Elvis and Elvis, monkeys, and new projects talks about fear, Beatles, and tattoos. Well, as I grew up in the American cornfields, I never suspected one day I would share a cuppa tea with a genuine Argonaut. But here we are, chatting […]

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Wind of heaven to pass on tour

By Martin Hutchinson “I CAN’T remember his name, but he sang Nights In White Satin,” said Jeff Wayne when he was casting his legendary album ‘The Musical Version of The War of the Worlds’. He wanted the perfect voice for the song Forever Autumn and he thought the voice of The Moody Blues was perfect. […]

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‘Win a city break to Hamburg,’

On October 20 and 21, Hamburg on Tour visits London to show off what Hamburg has to offer. Visitors can experience what the Hamburg festival region offers – something for every taste – from metal to jazz, rock to classic music. London will host to a one-of-a-kind pop up event in Shoreditch to showcase one […]

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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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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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