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Talking ’bout that Who generation – back in conversation with Richard Houghton

Did you happen to catch a band called The High Numbers in Greenford, West London, in 1963? They were regulars at the Oldfield Hotel around then, still playing there the following year, by which time they’d changed name to The … Continue reading

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Sunshine, moonlight, good times, boogie – the Tito Jackson interview

It’s not even 9am in California, but it’s already Tito Time, with the third eldest Jackson sibling more than happy to share a few stories from his impressive career. Guitarist and vocalist Tito – real name Toriano Adaryll Jackson – … Continue reading

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Jimmy’s Merry Transatlantic Christmas – in conversation with Jimmy Osmond

There are moments in life which seem a little surreal, and one came for me last week, on the phone to a performer who was first introduced to the world as Little Jimmy Osmond. While I’m quick to tell people … Continue reading

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Tripping the dark fantastic with The Membranes – in conversation with John Robb

It’s fair to say that the bands topping the bill at this weekend’s Un-Peeled Christmas Party at The Continental, Preston, Lancashire, are enjoying something of a renaissance. Post-punk outfit The Membranes and C86 outsiders The Wolfhounds have both released LPs … Continue reading

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Beyond the Dandelion Adventure – having words with Ajay Saggar and Marcus Parnell

This story starts with The Membranes, because without that Lancashire post-punk band a singer known as Fat Mark and a lanky Asian indie kid called Ajay might never have met. That initial meeting came sometime in the mid-‘80s amid an … Continue reading

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Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra – Blackpool Empress Ballroom

If a building really carries social history within its walls, there can be few greater examples in Lancashire than Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom. The ornate decoration throughout the Winter Gardens tells its own stories, and there’s no disguising the magic of … Continue reading

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Testing the Big Band theory – the Jools Holland interview

It’s difficult to write about Jools Holland without going down the retro route. He is after all a man who carved out a career celebrating the best in popular music from the past century. His long-running BBC television show Later … Continue reading

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