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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!' ...

The Lovin' Spoonful, The Searchers, Dusty Springfield, The Vibrations: The Lovin' Spoonful, Dusty Springfield, The Vibrations, The Searchers: Ready Steady Go! (Rediffusion/ITV)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1966

FRIDAY'S EDITION of Ready Steady Go! proved it is possible to have a good half-hour live pop show — IF the artists are good enough. ...

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 ...

Simon & Garfunkel: 'Mrs. Robinson'

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

I HAVE A strange and nice feeling that this is going to be the record to break the Simon & Garfunkel chart silence in Britain. ...

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. ...

The Deviants: Revolution — With Guitars, Not Bullets

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

FOR MICK FARREN, magnificently hairy leader of the (formerly Social) Deviants, the underground is a very definite force against the establishment, blind authority and the ...

The Mothers Of Invention: The Mothers of Invention: Royal Festival Hall, London

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

Mothers Superior ...

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: My Personal Life is a Shambles

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

GENTLE, SHY Joni Mitchell flew into London last week with her friends, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, to do her last concert for a long, ...

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, ...

James Brown: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, March 1971

SOUL POWER TO THE PEOPLE... AND HOW! ...

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 ...

The Faces: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

They're fantastic! ...

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. ...

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