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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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Ro...

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black […]

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Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller

Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller who became Britain’s premier song and dance man By Pat Murphy When Tommy Steele steps onto the stage of the London Coliseum this July, it’ll be almost 60 years since he debuted there in a lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. And it isn’t fanciful to regard that long […]

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Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Wa...

Editors Beat with David Parker THE ‘Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been set up by Walk of Fame Media and the owners of Brighton Palace Pier. The permanent ‘free to view’ cultural attraction pays tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJs closely associated with the city and Sussex from the early sixties […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

BILL MUMY as he talks Zorro, cornfields, and Nikola Tesla Boy star to master multi-musician Do you remember a vintage television series called The Twilight Zone? If you said “yes” you will no doubt remember the episode about a six-year-old red- haired, freckle-faced little boy who had the very bizarre power to read minds. Even […]

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Everlasting sound of music and rhythm

Breakfast with: Steve Ellis “MAYBE if we live long enough, we grow into what we always wanted to be. “Just maybe, if we stick at what we love, it’ll come around and come good. Steve Ellis has earned the right to sing the Blues if he wants. And sing it he does!” Paul Weller IT […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Peter Noone

Hi, Noone Share a Cuppa Tea with PETER NOONE as he talks about aging, broken hearts, and cats and dogs Peter Noone is fond of referring to himself as Peter NO-ONE. Well, he is not a no-one but, indeed, a SOME-ONE, and I had the pleasure of sharing a big cuppa tea with the ever […]

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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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Star in US and UK

Jan 2015 Star in US and UK

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Joe Cocker’s voice was the stuff of real legends on the sound-tracks of movies, theme songs of TV classics, and advertising, as well as on stage and on records and CDs. Award winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Joe died of lung cancer at his home in Crawford, Colorado, on December 22, aged 70. His hoarse, bluesy voice and his...

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Live rock and roll music

Jan 2015 Live rock and roll music

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Many of us will look back on 2014 as the year when too many artists of the 60s era finally played their last encore. Other big names of the 60s have hung up their overnight bags and decided to stay at home with their cars. They will look back at the time when they bundled themselves and their kit into a van and set off on the road...

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Town has Troggs memorial plan

Jan 2015 Town has Troggs memorial plan

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A council wants to put up a plaque to commemorate Love is All Around singer Reg Presley outside the premises where he rehearsed in his early days. Reg was a close friend of nearby Salisbury’s 60s hitmakers Dave Dee and his group, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich who also had big hits at the height of the 60s rock and roll revolution. The...

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Maddness: One Step Beyond ‘35th Anniversary Edition’

Oct 2014 Maddness: One Step Beyond ‘35th Anniversary Edition’

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SALVO SOUND & VISION: SALVOSVX034: CD+DVD SET First issued in 1979 MADNESS ‘ONE STEP BEYOND’ was the start of a new dawn, a six piece band that brought fun and their own brand of 2Tone Ska to UK audiences. They and their album were an instant success and now, Salvo look back and celebrate with a ‘35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION’. I...

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East for Eden

Oct 2014 East for Eden

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Eden Kane (aka Richard Sarstedt) is coming back to the UK, although he lives on the East coast of America.   “As you know, I’ll be touring with Marty Wilde and the Wildcats, and John Leyton in October /November, and the tour also has a terrific singer, Nancy Ann Lee.   “I’ve been doing my thing here in Los Angeles,...

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More sixties nights depend on support

Oct 2014 More sixties nights depend on support

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On Saturday October 18, Cupids Inspiration and The Sorrows – featuring Don Fardon – in conjunction with Dynamic Music Management, are putting on a one-off 60s show at the Lime Tree Park club, Templar Avenue, Coventry.   The bands will showcase their hits including Cupids Inspirations “Yesterday Has Gone”, The Sorrows...

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven

Sep 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven

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Orchard Theatre, Dartford, September 22, 2014   When Danny And The Juniors sang ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Here To Stay, It Will Never Die’ it was as much in hope as belief, music experts gave it a year, let alone seeing the 50s out, and now as the 60th Anniversary approaches it remains the most popular form of entertainment on...

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Graham Gouldman & 10cc interview

Sep 2014 Graham Gouldman & 10cc interview

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It may only be a few months since I last spoke to GRAHAM GOULDMAN but when you have a work ethic like his there is always plenty of new and interesting information to catch up on. A new month long UK tour with 10cc begins on October 4th in Aberdeen with Kent dates at THE ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD on the 12th, TUNBRIDGE WELLS...

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Blockbuster

Sep 2014 Blockbuster

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Orchard Theatre, Dartford, September 16   Throughout the ‘70s Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn reigned supreme, writing huge chart hits for every year of the decade, including 5 number one’s, mainly short, catchy, infectious tunes that got inside your head and within 90 seconds you’d be singing along to them.   Transferring that same...

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Love and affection for Joan

Aug 2014 Love and affection for Joan

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By Martin Hutchinson   AFTER 42 years of touring, Joan Armat­rading is undertaking her first solo world tour, and it’ll be her last major tour.   “I’ve always toured with a band before, but as this will be the last major tour that I’ll be doing, I’ve decided to do it on my own.”   It will be a chance for her to pay the songs as...

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