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Disc and Music Echo

Disc and Music Echo

Disc and Music Echo, originally published as Disc and then Disc Weekly, was a weekly British popular music magazine, published between 1958 and 1975, in competition with Melody Maker, New Musical Express and Sounds. In 1975 it was merged into Record Mirror.

Cilla Black: Cilla on Marriage

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1966

'THE QUEEN HASN'T DONE TOO BADLY – BUT IT'S NOT YET FOR ME!' ...

Cat Stevens: Cat: What A Drag It Is Being Young

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, January 1967

THE LYRICS IN Cat Stevens’ songs would imply that he was a simple person involved with the simple things in life. Working for a rotten ...

Manfred Mann: That Mobbing Scene Is Over

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1967

MICHAEL D'ABO burst into song, sitting in the sun outside a London pub, and signed two autograph books proffered by two slightly embarassed fans. ...

Pink Floyd: They're all in the PINK!

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1967

THE PINK Floyd burst on to the London club scene in a kaleidoscope of colours some months ago. Literally, because colour, shapes and light gave ...

The Rolling Stones: Swedes Riot For The Stones While Jagger Plans A Fresh Tour Draw...

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1967

HALFWAY through their Continental tour last week the Rolling Stones were experiencing scenes of fantastic fan fervour, riots and galloping policemen. ...

The Beatles: Down in Deepest Beatle-land, All John Gets is Love

Report by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, August 1967

DOWN IN the prosperous community of St. George's. Hill, Weybridge, in Surrey, something stirred. It wasn't a bird – it was a caravan, John Lennon's ...

Sandie Shaw: Bella Ragazza

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, August 1967

SANDIE SHAW was engaged in something of a friendly battle with an Italian waiter at the Palace Hotel, Viareggio, when I finally caught up with ...

Tom Jones: The Champagne World of Tom Jones

Profile and Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, August 1967

'The doctor says champagne is good for the throat' ...

Jefferson Airplane: Airplane Magic Creeps Up... Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow (RCA Victor)

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, September 1967

'My Best Friend'; '3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds'; 'D.C.B.A.25'; 'How Do You Feel'; 'Embryonic Journey'; 'Don't Slip Away'; 'Come Up The Years'; 'Chauffeur ...

Tim Rose: Meet Tim Rose, Man Who Helped To Put Jimi Hendrix On The Hit Trail

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, February 1968

TIM ROSE is an American in the odd position of having been responsible for two of pop's standard classics — without actually having a hit ...

Tim Hardin Talking Of Life's Raw Deal...

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, July 1968

THAT TIM HARDIN actually arrived in London last week to embark on his first concert tour is a history-making event in itself. ...

Jack Good: Blasting British Pop TV

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, October 1968

T.V. whizz-kid Jack Good flies in to make a spectacular and says: "I don't want the masses; they can go watch Coronation Street" ...

David Ackles: Meet David Ackles, The Man Who Wrote Jools' Next Hit

Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, October 1968

WHEN THE man came to see David Ackles with a view towards making him lots of money and propelling him into a world of beautiful ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Zappa, Vegetables And Uncle Meat...

Report and Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, October 1968

THE FOLLOWING scene is not recommended for the squeamish, children below the age of three months, soldiers, policemen, politicians or vegetable-lovers (but may be seen ...

Hair: Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

The Lesson of Hair ...

Dusty Springfield: Five Great Years of Dusty

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

ON NOVEMBER 5, 1968, Dusty Springfield celebrates five years as a solo star. ...

Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland (Track)

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

rock at its sublimest level ...

Underground: Not So Much Pop Music More A Way Of Life

Overview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

Let's kill all barriers in music... ...

The Action, Pete Brown and His Battered Ornaments: Underground: The Writing is on the Wall for Pete Brown and Action!

Profile and Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

WAY BACK in 1960 Pete Brown gave everything up to try to make a living writing poetry. Not surprisingly, it wasn't too easy — five ...

John Lennon: Fighting The Good Fight With All Of His Might

Comment by Derek Taylor, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

THIS IS addressed to those who love Lennon, who call him John and who give thanks for his being alive, hard by, at hand, dear ...

Blue Cheer, John Fahey, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell: New LPs from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Blue Cheer and John Fahey

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

Marvin and Tammi: big warm glow! ...

The Who: Cattiest Group In The Business...

Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

IN A LARGE, mellowed house just a few yards from the River Thames in Twickenham, a rather staid suburb of London, Pete Townshend, noted composer ...

Bonzo Dog Band: Urban Spacemen DO Exist! The Mad, Mad Mad World Of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

CAROLINE BOUCHER INSIDE A DOO DAH DEN! ...

Whatever Happened To All The Christmas Hits?

Report and Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

REMEMBER THAT golden oldie from the King Presley, 'Blue Christmas'? 'Twas something of a hit four years ago, and in 1968 just about sums up ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: It's A Revolution

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, December 1968

IN A SMALL TOP-FLOOR flat off Bayswater, London, a music revolution is taking place. ...

Chicken Shack, Christine Perfect/McVie, Fleetwood Mac: A Perfect Marriage: Christine Of Chicken Shack And John Of Fleetwood Fame

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, January 1969

BLONDE, GRITTY Christine Perfect not only bears the distinction of being lead singer of the famed Chicken Shack blues band, but is also married to ...

Jethro Tull: Why It's Wrong To Judge Jethro Tull By Looks

Report and Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1969

HEREWITH A MESSAGE to all dubious parents who are still of the opinion that every hairy and strangely attired pop group — like the one ...

David Bowie: 'Space Oddity'

Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, July 1969

DAVID BOWIE – AMAZING SOUND! ...

David Bowie Says Most Things The Long Way Round!

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, October 1969

ON HEARING a new LP called David Bowie, someone remarked: 'Well it's very nice, but do you think he's a lasting talent?' ...

Chicken Shack, Christine Perfect/McVie: Christine Perfect part 1: Who's Perfect? Christine's Rise From Shopgirl To Stardom

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, November 1969

WHEN CHRISTINE Perfect was 19 and studying to be a sculptress in Birmingham, she was roped into playing bass for a local group that didn't ...

Christine Perfect/McVie: Christine Perfect part 2: Perfection In Married Life, By Christine And John...

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, November 1969

HER VOICE IS dry with a tinge of North Country humour in it; she's not conventionally pretty – but she is pleasant and warm and ...

Desmond Dekker

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, November 1969

DESMOND DEKKER had a pretty nasty experience the other day when fans got hold of his scarf and nearly strangled him. He was unconscious for ...

Joni Mitchell

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, January 1970

...

Stephen Stills keeps fighting — against violence in pop music

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, February 1970

STEPHEN STILLS is possibly the most underrated musician and musical force of our time. But he’s no demi-god. It is one of those strange ironies ...

Ginger Baker

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1970

GINGER BAKER is 31 years old and you DON’T ignore him. You can’t. He has accumulated a monstrous reputation over the past 10 years that ...

MC5 Problem

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, August 1970

THE MC5 are a very good, very determined rock band. In the old days when people weren't too bothered about listening to them, they used ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa: A Frank Talk With Zappa On Being A 'Rebel Chief'!

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, August 1970

AFTER A recent concert in Texas, Frank Zappa was accosted by a very smart elderly man, and three society women. "We want you to know ...

Clarence Carter: Am I A Bit Of A Fraud?

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, October 1970

CLARENCE CARTER is beginning to think perhaps he's a bit of a fraud! So many people are rushing out to buy his first British hit ...

Elton John: The Record Rise Of A Superstar Called Reg

Essay by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 1971

IN APRIL 1970 an album was released that was to whisk Reg Dwight of Pinner into Elton John. It was, quite simply, titled Elton John, ...

Marmalade: Marmalade May Become Even Tastier

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, March 1971

HUGHIE NICHOLSON is fairly small, very handsome, likeable, unassuming, smart and – so they tell me – a more-than-adequate guitarist, singer and writer. ...

Neil Diamond: A Boy Who Outgrew His Hits

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, March 1971

IT TOOK a long while but the U.K. public woke up one day and discovered Neil Diamond. And with 'Sweet Caroline' providing a quick follow-up ...

Dave and Ansell Collins: Ansell Plays It Cool While Dave Searches For His Mum...!

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

DAVE BARKER is a well-built Jamaican who talks fast and enthusiastically and punctuates his sentences with finger-clicking and hearty slaps of his right thigh. Ansell ...

King Crimson Take To The Road!

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

IT'S HARDLY surprising that King Crimson are scared stiff at the prospect of their first British gig, for it will be the first time they've ...

Ronnie Spector: Ronnie Tries It Solo

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

THE SUCCESS of Motown's Supremes somewhat overshadowed most of the other girlie-groups in America back in the mid-sixties. But one trio who managed to hold ...

Freda Payne: Freda Speak

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

IT'S NOT been all peaches and cream for Freda Payne since she had a worldwide hit with 'Band Of Gold'. As she says: "Until recently ...

The Byrds: Byrds From The Egg

Memoir by Derek Taylor, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

They're back! The American group who soared to success her in 1965 with 'Mr. Tambourine Man', then quickly 'disappeared'. Here Disc traces the Byrds' flight ...

Mountain

Profile and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

AT A SESSION last week for Bobby Keyes' album, Jim Gordon, Dave Mason, pianist Nicky Hopkins, Felix Pappalardi on bass and Leslie West on guitar ...

Osibisa Swing From the Jungle

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

OSIBISA – the name is now on the lips of everyone just as we prophesied. The criss-cross rhythms are exploding with happiness right across the ...

The Band – Or When The Booing Ended

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

NOBODY SEEMS to know much about the Band. That they're a living legend is a fact, a household name, true, but few people could enlighten ...

The Elgins: Down Tools, Folks, It's A Lucky Strike

Report and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

The dispirited Elgins quit in 1967 and took up humdrum jobs in industrial Detroit. And then it all happened... ...

Funkadelic: When The Circus Hit Town

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

FUNKADELIC man George Clinton casually made the understatement of the year. There they were, the five front men of the year's most outrageous band, dressed ...

R. Dean Taylor: The Great White Hope

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

In our March 13th issue we called R. Dean Taylor the great white hope. He didn't have a hit then but he has now and ...

Rick Wakeman, The Strawbs: Rick Wakeman: The Down To Earth Star

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

RICK WAKEMAN has been described as the saviour of the Strawbs, a musical genius, the great white wonder of progressive music and numerous other pretentious ...

Tami Lynn: Tami Worked Hard For Overnight Success!

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

"IT'S LIKE a Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland story. Just when you think it's all over it starts to happen." ...

Marvin Gaye: A Study of Marvin Gaye's Liberation

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

MARVIN GAYE is a mystery man. Most people know him as the singer who made the biggest-selling Motown record ever – 'I Heard It Through ...

Neil Diamond: The Jekyll and Hyde of Pop

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

NEIL DIAMOND is a latter day Jekyll and Hyde. The quiet, hesitant, sensitive man you meet in a plush London hotel suite is nothing like ...

Slade: When Their Hair Finally Grew

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, August 1971

"A YEAR AGO a lot of people back home walked on the other side of the street if they saw us coming so they didn't ...

Andy Fraser: The Tea-Boy And The Van Driver Join Andy's Group!

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, August 1971

ANDY FRASER is, as they say, getting things together in the country. He's got a 400 year old cottage and a three week old hand ...

The Chi-Lites Are Deep But Not Too Deep

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, August 1971

WE'RE ALL familiar with the Detroit "sound." Well it seems the next big American industrial city to become famous for its music will be Chicago. ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions: Curtis Mayfield: Soul Music's Elusive Dynamo

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, December 1971

CURTIS MAYFIELD is a hard man to catch these days. If he's not locked away in a studio all night recording himself, the Impressions, or ...

Nicky Hopkins

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, December 1971

DURING THE NEXT 12 months Nicky Hopkins, the world's best-known anonymous pianist, will be the fourth German on the right no more. After years of ...

Patto's Royal Command Performances

Report and Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, December 1971

MIKE PATTO and his friends like to be known as the last of the raving bands – and they may well be right. Meeting them ...

Badfinger: Straight Up

Review and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

THIS IS THE story of how Badfinger won the West. They didn't really have to do much in fact. They just went to America, did ...

Bloodstone: Diggin' Bloodstone

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

IF THE reaction to Bloodstone's first London appearance – at the Rainbow Theatre on a recent Soul concert – is anything to go by, then ...

King Crimson: Reshuffle At The Court Of The King

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

"WE'VE ALL gone through our various changes and Peter and I came out at different places." ...

Man: Violence? Man You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet!

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

MAN HAD JUST finished a gig in Hamburg's notorious Top Ten Club and were ambling around town looking for action when someone stuck a two-bore ...

Sly & The Family Stone: There's A Riot Goin' On (Epic)

Review by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

SYLVESTER STEWART and Sly Stone (OK so you know they're one and the same but the sleeve credits insist this album was written, arranged and ...

The Chi-Lites Step Out Of The Shadows

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

THANK heaven for the Chi-Lites. This four-man Chicago-based outfit has brought back to soul music two elements missing from it for too long – good ...

Humble Pie: The New Filling In Humble Pie

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

EVERY NOW and again, America latches onto an English band in a big way. Last year it was Elton John, the Faces, and Long John ...

John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra: John McLaughlin: Man For All Seasons

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

Meet John McLaughlin the jazz giant, man of God, New York hermit and cult leader ...

Steamhammer's Fight for Survival

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

STEAMHAMMER... ah, yes, they weren't a bad blues band were they? ...

Yes: The Squire Of Nottihg Hill Gate

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

...talks to David Hughes ...

Black Sabbath

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

"THE TROUBLE with English and European crowds," said Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, "is that they listen to you as if you were a jukebox. ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Fogerty: Tom Fogerty: "Creedence Clearwater? I've Never Known Such A Bunch Of Egotistical Maniacs"

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

IT'S ALWAYS sad when a group splits up amidst much bad feeling. It's even worse when one member leaves amidst equal bad feelings, and then ...

Carly Simon: Carly

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

CARLY SIMON has been compared to a lot of people. She admits: "I'm told I sound like Judy Collins and my style of writing is ...

MC5 Turn Onto Love

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

IT COMES AS something of a shock when the MC5 – long since branded as a revolutionary and rather spine-jarring band – looks deep into ...

Mungo Jerry: Ray Loses that Happy Habit

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

RAY DORSET, it transpires, is a seasonal songwriter. He writes at the end of the summer and just before the spring, but at other times ...

Rick Nelson: How Ricky Became Rick

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

A YEAR and a half ago and full of enthusiasm for his new band, Rick Nelson set off for Europe and a tour of American ...

Michael Jackson: The One Who Got Away

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

THE MOST amazing thing about little Michael Jackson's solo success is how calmly he's taking it all. "I think it's great," is all he says ...

Manassas, Stephen Stills: Stephen Stills: Angry in Suburbia

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

"HEY, THERE'S a tape recorder going. Hey, there's a tape going here," Steve Stills tosses a dice in the direction of the chatter and chuckles, ...

Ten Years After: Alvin Lee On The Hassles Of Being A Success

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

ALVIN LEE is currently suffering from a surfeit of everything. He's had too much touring, too much hype, too much idolatry. Nowadays the band can't ...

Ben E. King Why Ben Stopped Drifting

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

KEEPING abreast of the times, says Ben E. King, is one of the most important and difficult jobs for a singer. He's been singing and ...

Genesis: Too Posh For Fame

Profile and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

ASK GENESIS how their careers are progressing and they'll tell you they're superstars in Aylesbury and Belgium, but little known elsewhere. In fact their fame ...

Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Knees Up

Report by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

THE PINNER contingent were no match for the notorious East Enders from Stepney, London, even though they did outnumber them 42 to 12. ...

Judee Sill: A Sill-y Story: Judee Sill

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, April 1972

JUDEE SILL is quite a remarkable woman. When you consider her past it becomes apparent just how remarkable. She lost both her parents and her ...

Rory Gallagher: Rollicking Rory - Live at Leeds

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, April 1972

YOU SEE THEM EVERYWHERE. Those uniformed peak capped gendarmes with sergeant stripes and an air of placid bewilderment. ...

David Bowie: Bent on Success

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

DAVID BOWIE is at last letting the Great British Public catch up with him. With grasshopper alacrity, he has kept ahead of us for years ...

The Faces Under The Big Top

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

AFTER A while you get the feeling you're part of the scenario for one of those colossally far-fetched paperbacks with titles like Rock God (make ...

Chicago: Chicago Is…

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

"IT'S RIDICULOUS really," said Chicago's composer and keyboard man, Bob Lamm, "Here I am in Hollywood, living in grand style and my parents are still ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson Lake and Palmer: Why Keith Wants To Become Immortal

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

KEITH EMERSON would like to be remembered as a twentieth century composer – he thinks about it quite a lot and finds it curious that ...

Joe Cocker: I Almost Forgot What Rock 'N' Roll Was All About

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

THE CURRY looked sort of ropey. It had probably been frozen for a lifetime between cardboard. Joe Cocker examined it incredulously, sifting it through his ...

Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge: Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge: Kris and the Delta lady

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and the Delta Lady — Rita Coolidge — arrived in London last week to a hero's welcome. Could it be that people are ...

The Everly Brothers: Back In Favour

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

JUST WHEN we were getting used to thinking of the Everly Brothers as a monument to a distant era they come up with Stories We ...

Jo Jo Gunne: The Spirit of Jo Jo Gunne

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

SOME say the stench given off by their first album is just too rank to bear. Others are moved to disagree. Strong stuff, it is ...

Yes: Yes are Well and Grooving

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

IN THE basement of Una Billings School of Dancing, Shepherd's Bush, London, Yes are bouncing ideas off each other for a new album. Jon Anderson, ...

Spencer Davis Group: Spencer Davis: Waiting For The Next Crack-Up

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, June 1972

SPENCER DAVIS' ailment is that he's hooked on music. It has made him ill, broke, come near to wrecking his marriage and, although he talks ...

Stackridge: The Stackridge Story

Review and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, June 1972

NOW JIM Walters has passed his bricklaying exams he's rejoined his old band Stackridge. If things don't work out, you see, he'll have something to ...

Caravan: Missing Out On Hysteria

Report by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, June 1972

YOU CAN almost see the sky through the hazy plastic roof. Richard Sinclair hands around huge pastries stuffed with stringy macro weeds. Guzzling Cokes and ...

Gladys Knight: Gladys and Her British Problem

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1972

"UNDERRATED" is a fond word of Press agents and record companies to explain away lack of success for their artists. So when someone uses the ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelsohn, Disc and Music Echo, June 1972

VIRTUALLY nowhere during the past week could a Hollywood hipster fail to encounter signs proclaiming the purchasability (mostly at prices reminiscent of a prince's ransom) ...

Viola Wills

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, June 1972

THE SANCTIFIED Sisters, four beautiful black ladies Joe Cocker collected in the US for his British homecoming, are more than visual relief from all those ...

J. Geils Band: J Geils Band: Rude Noises

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, July 1972

J. GEILS make the sort of rude music Jagger and his band specialised in before they started showering regularly and holidaying in the South of ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves Goes Solo

Report and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, July 1972

MARTHA REEVES is going solo. After 10 years fronting one of Motown's most successful groups, Martha and the Vandellas, Miss Reeves is stepping out alone. ...

Average White Band: Above Average White Band

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, July 1972

THIS PIECE, unless I serve a personal restraining order and keep my legs firmly crossed, is likely to develop into a hysterical citation of the ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy & The Stooges: Kingsound (King's Cross Cinema), London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, July 1972

IGGY AND the Stooges made their first performance in over a year on Saturday night, Sunday morning. Despite the event happening in the dead of ...

Little Richard: The Georgia Peach

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, August 1972

OOOWEE, Lawd knows it was a bad night's work. According to the divine plan, the Wembley crowd should have been blowing kisses at the Georgia ...

Bill Withers: Leanin' On Bill Withers

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, August 1972

THAT OLD saying "never too late" is certainly true in the case of Bill Withers. Withers is just about the hottest male singer in America ...

Bobby Vee: Bye Bye Bobby – Meet Mr Villene

Profile and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, August 1972

A CLAIM to fame you don't often associate with Bobby Vee is that he once sacked Bob Dylan from his band. Over here having just ...

Joe's Lights: Many Hands Make Lights Work

Profile and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, September 1972

A look at the people behind the glitter. Caroline Boucher meets JOE'S LIGHTS, one of the best creative light shows around today ...

Thelma Houston: Happy Houston

Interview by Robin Katz, Disc and Music Echo, September 1972

IT WASN'T very long ago that Thelma Houston was on everyone's list as most probable new star. The reasoning was simple. Thelma's first album had ...

Bobby Womack: Preacher Bobby's Hour-Long Sermon

Interview by Robin Katz, Disc and Music Echo, October 1972

YOU JUST CAN'T talk to Bobby Womack. Don't misunderstand. It's not that this man doesn't have a thing to say, quite the contrary. ...

Lou Reed: The Black Sheep of New York

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, October 1972

THE INTERVIEW is to take place in a pub just off London's Curzon Street at around lunch-time. Lou Reed arrives late, looking papery. He's not ...

Gary Glitter: A Raven in Rich Plumage

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

"YOU WILL bear in mind that he's got dreadful 'flu, won't you," says Gary Glitter's publicity agent when we fixed up the interview. And sure ...

Argent, Nazareth: Sundown, Mile End, London

Live Review by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

SUPPOSE A Rock-n-Roll band gave a concert and no one came – a thought that might have flashed through Rod Argent's mind as he scanned ...

Dennis Coffey: The White Soul Guitar

Profile by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

DENNIS COFFEY is a white man who plays soul music. Ask any soul fan. Regular pop fans might not be acquainted with his name but ...

Bill Withers: Lots of Sunshine for Bill Withers

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

MOST SONGWRITERS dream of one day writing a standard. Singers dream of establishing one. Bill Withers does both – frequently. You only have to look ...

Roxy Music: Central Hall, Chatham

Live Review by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

"COR," SAID the bloke behind me after Roxy Music had finished their first number, "I like the way they take the micky out of themselves." ...

The Jackson 5: Caroline Boucher Meets The Father Of A Phenomena

Report and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

THE TWO rival fan factions swarm round the Churchill Hotel, Osmond Brothers fans to the left waving up to those windows, Jackson Five ones massed ...

The Jackson 5: The Jackson Five: The Talk of the Town, London

Live Review by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

TWO DAYS after they arrived, the Jackson Five had the unenviable task of doing a 45-minute spot to the British press at a champagne party ...

Lindisfarne: On and Off the Wagon

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

THERE HAVE BEEN more dazzling, more debauched rock'n'roll roadshows. Some of the more spectacular have been known to cushion the strain of touring with sultry ...

Led Zeppelin: Page Five

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

ROCK OF AGES: Andrew Tyler meets rock recluse JIMMY PAGE, ex-Yardbird, on the completion of Led Zeppelin's fifth album. ...

Lou Reed: Transformer (RCA)

Review by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, December 1972

THOSE OF you kind enough to read the idiocies I write to introduce the live gigs will know that, as far as I'm concerned, Lou ...

Ringo Starr, T. Rex: Ringo Starr on Born to Boogie

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, December 1972

"BOLAN STRUTS, man, and I like that about him a lot. A lot of people, when they first meet him, can be put off because ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: The Boogie Merchants: Marc Bolan

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, December 1972

CAROLINE BOUCHER takes a bleary, cross-eyed view of Marc Bolan who started life as a Tooting Mod, pro­gressed to a flower child, bopped as an ...

Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, Kim Fowley: The Government and Alice Cooper’s Panties

Report by John Mendelsohn, Disc and Music Echo, Summer 1972

WOTTA week it’s been here in Hollywood, guys and gals, what with each and every day virtually splitting its trousers with grand and glamorous events, ...

Crazy Horse: Crazy Horse At Crooked Lake (Epic £2.29) **

Review by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1973

LIKE THOSE unfortunates who happen to be the son, daughter, sister or brother of a famous personage, Crazy Horse seemed to be lumbered with the ...

Steely Dan: Can't Buy A Thrill (Probe SPB 1062, £2.25)

Review by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1973

THIS ONE'S already speeding up the Billboard and Cashbox charts – currently around the 30 mark and likely to jump about 20 places by next ...

Claudia Lennear: Brown Sugar Lady

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1973

A CLUSTER of fly-bursting, brown-skinned ladies has become pretty much standard roadshow equipment for plenty of white rock bands these past few years. The lead ...

Sweet: Sweet Talking Guy

Report and Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

Sweet's Andy Scott Talks To Ray Fox-Cumming ...

Colin Blunstone: Hard Work But Still No Miracles

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

SLIMMING IS a soul-destroying business. While I'm drinking a mug of sugarless tea, Colin Blunstone is sitting opposite me, blithely assuring me that he is ...

Fairport Convention: Town Hall, Watford

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

Fairport Below Par ...

Olivia Newton John: Nights in White Satin

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

SOME INTERVIEWEES need only to be given their head with a single question before sounding off about their whole life history and psyche, while the ...

John Peel: Peel And The Pig — An Everyday Story Of Country Folk

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

JOHN PEEL is a sensitive figure with a sturdy patch on the crotch of his jeans and a tendency towards schoolgirls and sensible underwear. A ...

The Osmonds: The Business Of Being An Osmond

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, March 1973

EDD LEFFLER knows just how to take care of his boys. He knows all about double and triple entendres and how reporters sometimes like to ...

Eddie Kendricks: When Temptation Got The Best Of Eddie Kendricks

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, March 1973

IT'S A big decision quitting a world-famous group, especially when they're on top, and look like sitting pretty for a long while. So it was ...

The Osmonds: Golden Age Of The Osmonds

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, March 1973

THE OSMONDS have been around for years and Alan has known success with earlier line-ups, but it is with Donny that the brothers have discovered ...

David Cassidy: Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, March 1973

Nice one David! ...

Procol Harum: Six Years In The Harum

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, March 1973

'GARY'S GOT GOUT,' Keith Reid explains without so much as a trace of nonsense in his eyes, 'so he couldn't make it today.' ...

Roxy Music: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, April 1973

SIX OR SEVEN months ago, a Roxy performance was such a cool business you got the impression the band would be just as satisfied if ...

Cherry Vanilla, David Bowie: Cherry Vanilla: Cherry Sauce

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, April 1973

...Or hot gossip from a former skin-flick queen who's been hired to handle David Bowie's publicity machine. ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Scotland

Report and Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, May 1973

RAY FOX-CUMMING WATCHES THAT MAN STUN THE SCOTS IN ABERDEEN ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Scotland (part 2)

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, June 1973

Part two of Ray Fox-Cumining's report on David Bowie in the North ...

Yes: A Story of Chinese Scriptures and Vegetable Eaters

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, June 1973

STEVE HOWE... ENGLAND IS STILL BEST ...

Jethro Tull: Wembley Arena

Live Review by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, June 1973

I REMEMBER THE TIME when you could hum along to a Jethro Tull tune. I even remember the time you could hum along to a ...

Sylvia Robinson: Not So Much A Debut For Sylvia

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1973

ONCE IN A while a record comes along that nothing will stop being a hit. Not even the fact that radio producers are frightened of ...

Al Kooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Who The Hell Are Lynyrd Skynyrd?

Profile and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, February 1974

LYNYRD SKYNYRD is, in fact, a used-car salesman somewhere in Florida. At least, he doesn't spell his name quite like that – the band had ...

David Bowie: O'Keefe Auditorium, Toronto

Live Review by Lenny Kaye, Disc and Music Echo, June 1974

THE POWER of the image took precedence as David Bowie opened the first leg of his North American tour with a string of Canadian dates. ...

David Bowie, T. Rex: Tony Visconti: Behind Bolan And Bowie

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, September 1974

THIS IS a story of Marc Bolan and David Bowie – compared and contrasted. Bolan, the complete professional, who lost out through believing himself above ...

Ann Peebles: Gulliver's, London

Live Review by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, October 1974

CONCERTS at the ultra-trendy Biba's Rainbow Room almost invariably, for some reason or other, turn out to be disappointing and, from the reviews I've read ...

Ann Peebles: I Can't Stand The Rain

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, October 1974

BRITAIN has been bitten by the Ann Peebles bug and, in a typical reciprocal move, our very own famous bug (commonly known as 'flu) has ...

T. Rex: Bolan Coming Up From The Bottom

Report and Interview by Lenny Kaye, Disc and Music Echo, October 1974

AH, YES, the garden state of New Jersey. MARC BOLAN is being raised on a five-pointed star, framed in light bulbs, crucified to the wings ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: The Dream Comes True

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, October 1974

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM is coming true. At last, after 20 years in and around the business, Alex Harvey has got himself a hit. Don't worry ...

Status Quo: Would You Live Next Door To Status Quo?

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, October 1974

A STATUS QUO recording session is an experience. What with furious neighbours bursting into the studio in the middle of "takes" and morse code messages ...

David Essex: The Busy Mr Essex

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

MR ESSEX, I Presume? One could be forgiven for asking the question because, caught unawares in his dressing room for the 45 show, he looks ...

The Bay City Rollers: Phil Coulter: The Creator

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

Disc meets the man behind the Rollers and many others ...

The Bay City Rollers: Rollers On The Run

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

FAN HYSTERIA is reaching its peak with the Bay City Rollers. It's got to the point now where the Rollers can't even go to the ...

Cockney Rebel: The Mellowing Of Mr Harley

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

STEVE HARLEY just sits there a-glowering, looking, if one can, defiantly mellow. The suggestion that the arrogant ol' sour puss has softened up a bit ...

Humble Pie: Odeon, Birmingham

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

FOR SOME bizarre reason, HUMBLE PIE have been finding it particularly hard to gain acceptance in England, despite the fact that they are now a ...

Peter Noone: High Noone

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

THESE WERE THE MYSTERIOUS INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO FOX-CUMMING WHEN HE SOUGHT AN INTERVIEW WITH THIS CHAP ...

The Glitter Band

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

"GARY IS great. His operation was a success and there are no aftereffects at all. If anything, it has improved his voice." ...

Mick Ronson, Mott The Hoople: Mick Ronson: Taking Care Of Business

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

YORKSHIREMEN are renowned for their good business sense and Hull-born Mick Ronson sure ain't going to be the one to let the side down. Already ...

David Bowie: Radio City Music Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Lenny Kaye, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

THE DAVID Bowie Minstrel Show shuffled into Radio City Music Hall last week for a stay of five days, in what had to be the ...

The Faces, Ronnie Wood: Ronnie Wood: Is This The Face Of Violence?

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

Ros Russell finds Woody on the warpath ...

Suzi Quatro: Poker Queen of Hearts

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

Rosalind Russell busts in on Suzi Quatro and discovers the games she likes to play ...

The Rubettes: Rubettes Bring Back Jive

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

IN DANCE-craze circles 'The Bump' is supposed to be all the rage...but is it? ...

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