Music Archive (271)

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 19:13

Reg Presley Wild Thing

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The music world is mourning the loss of Reg Presley who died on Feb 4th after a number of strokes and a battle with cancer. Fans expressed their loss with comments such as “another 60s great gone” and “Sad news indeed. ‘Wild thing’ was a great proto-punk single and is, as far as I know, the only hit single ever to contain an ocarina solo.” 

Monday, 04 February 2013 20:31

Marion Ryan and Paul and Barry Ryan

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Marion Ryan was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK in 1931. As a professional singer she worked with the Ray Ellington orchestra which springboarded her recording career. She had a good singing voice and was capable of a wide rage of styles. Her glamous good looks earned her the title "the Marilyn Monroe of popular song," but despite her popularity her recording career was mediocre. She did have one UK Top Five hit with 'Love ne forever' (1958).
Monday, 04 February 2013 19:21

Billy Bragg Tooth & Nail

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It’s nearly five years since Billy Bragg’s last album, 2008’s Mr Love and Justice, and much has changed. The flag above Downing Street has changed hue, the banks don’t even pretend to be on our side anymore, public sector pensions are now worth as little as those in the private sector, British forces are out of Basra, but not yet home – you could say they’re stuck between Iraq and a hard place.
Monday, 21 January 2013 20:43

Fats Domino – King of The Boogie Woogie

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Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino was born in 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He learned to play the piano aged 7, and his style was influenced by boogie woogie pianists like Albert Ammons, and Meade Lux Lewis. Later his triplet piano play came from Little Willie Littlefield.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:56

Sixties Legend Billy J Kramer Talks to ZANI

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Do you want to know a secret? Billy J Kramer is back and very soon it will be common knowledge, as he has been busy recording a comeback album, which has spawned a single To Liverpool with Love.  A native of Merseyside and now happily residing in New York, yet it seems he has never forgotten his roots, and why should he as he was at the centre of the Merseybeat in the early sixties?  Young northern teenagers inspired by American rock ‘n’ roll artists like Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course Elvis,  making music.
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