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Record Mirror

Launched as a competitor to New Musical Express in 1954, Record Mirror was a British weekly music newspaper. After a number of changes of ownership and the absorption of Disc and Music Echo in 1975, it closed in 1991.

Beat Group Names from America and Liverpool

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1962

IS THE Liverpool area the rockingest part of the great British Isles? A publication, Mersey Beat, just arrived, makes me think this is the ...

Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer: Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins: The Quiet Men from Nashville, Tennessee

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1962

THE TWO most dominant figures in the Nashville, Tennessee, music scene – a scene noted for loud noises – are QUIET men. Chet Atkins, we ...

Brook Benton: Disappointed Brook

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1963

Peter Jones looks at the Million-Selling Ex-Truck Driver... ...

Fats Domino: The Man Who Sang Rock Before Haley

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1963

HIS first million-seller was named after himself. Until last year he had more million-sellers than Elvis, who finally caught up with him after a hard ...

The Shirelles: The Neglected Shirelles

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1963

"I MET HIM on a Sunday" sang Addie, Doris, Shirley, and Beverly. They were heard by a class-mate at Passiac high school during a rehearsal ...

The Beatles: Beatles Beatles

Report and Interview by Wesley Laine, Record Mirror, February 1963

WHETHER YOU like them or not, you've got to admit that the Beatles are just about the most talked-about group on the British beat scene. ...

Chris Montez: Give Me The Flamenco

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1963

"I REALLY like Spanish dancing best." Chris Montez told me over the transatlantic phone, "And 'though I jive and twist a lot I guess it's ...

The Bachelors: 'Don't Call Us Paddy' Begged The Bachelors

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1963

"WHENEVER we talk to anyone they call us 'Paddy'," complained the three Bachelors. "We've got names you know." ...

The Beatles: New Album and Single

Report and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1963

THERE'S been a lot of stuff written on the Beatles lately. Rightly, too, for they happen to be in the class of the rarest performers ...

Del Shannon: 'I Can't Wait To Get Back' Says Del Talking About His British Tour

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, February 1963

DEL SHANNON, fast becoming a contender for the "Mr. Consistency" department of pop, took time off from a session on his new L.P. to scatter ...

Bobby Rydell: Twenty Years Plus Bobby

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1963

A SIGNIFICANT thing happened to Bobby Rydell when he was five years old. His father took him to see a stage show. And another stage ...

Screaming Lord Sutch: Two Sides Of Sutch

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1963

ROCK SINGING, horror, comedy – and now politics. Such are the interests, professional and personal, of Screamin' Lord Sutch. ...

The Beatles, Dave Berry: The Hamburg Scene: An NRM Special Report

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1963

WHERE, WOULD you reckon, is the greatest training ground for British beat singers and groups? ...

Dusty Springfield, The Springfields: The Springfields: The White Negress

Report and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1963

"THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL ME" – DUSTY SPRINGFIELD ...

The Rolling Stones: The Rollin' Stones: Genuine R&B!

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1963

AS THE TRAD scene gradually subsides, promoters of all kinds of teen-beat entertainment heave a long sigh of relief that they have found something to ...

The Beach Boys, The Chantays, Dick Dale, Jan & Dean: Let's Go Surfin'...

Report by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1963

Peter Jones takes a close look at the latest U.S. craze to hit the scene ...

Nat King Cole: Great Jazzman To Great Businessman

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, July 1963

SOFT LIGHTS, a smoke-hazed atmosphere, gentleness, smooth (and, if you're a susceptible girl, spine-tingling) singing. ...

Brenda Lee: A Brenda Bargain – Re-Issue Collection on Ace of Hearts

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1963

LITTLE MISS NEWLY-MARRIED has had, believe it or not, no less than SEVEN years in the music business. And that's seven years making discs too. ...

Chubby Checker: Dance Crazes? "They're Out" Says Chubby Checker

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1963

CHUBBY CHECKER emerged from the bathroom in his London hotel. He'd showered and shaved. Light blue shirt, dark mohair slacks, open sandals. And a limp. ...

Heinz, Joe Meek: Faith Plus Enthusiasm: Heinz' Success Story

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1963

SO HEINZ crashes handsomely into the charts. After the false start of his debut solo disc, 'Dreams Do Come True', his "heartfelt" tribute to Eddie ...

Joe Brown: Joe Gets Boot!

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1963

JOE BROWN has really put his foot in it this time. ...

Frank Ifield: Right Song!

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1963

Frank Ifield had all the Star Qualities – Good Looks, Good Voice, Charm, etc., but it took him three years to hit the top, because ...

Josh White

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1963

A ROOM in a plush London hotel. The centre of the attraction is an American Negro, 48 years old, his face leathery and worn. Dark ...

Lonnie Mack: The Instrumental Influence and Hit Star

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1963

BEAT instrumentals are probably at a higher degree of popularity in the States than ever before. Discs like 'Wipeout', 'Tips Of My Fingers', 'Pipeline', 'Hot ...

Howlin' Wolf: The Great Unknowns No. 11: Howlin' Wolf Burnette

Profile by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, August 1963

WHEN PYE records launched their second R & B campaign, one of the artists involved was a gentleman by the strange name of Howlin' Wolf. ...

Cliff Richard: How Cliff Rose To Fame

Profile by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, September 1963

David Griffiths spotlights the early days of Cliff's career... ...

The Hollies: A Hit Despite Juke Box Jury

Profile by Wesley Laine, Record Mirror, September 1963

AFTER A long-drawn-out success with their 'Just Like Me' hit, the popular Hollies, Manchester's second-biggest chart group, seem to have another of the same calibre ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: Gerry And The Pacemakers Too Busy For Recordings!

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, September 1963

IT'S BEEN a bit quiet on the recording front for Gerry and the Pacemakers — and the main reason is that the effervescent Mr. Marsden ...

Roy Orbison: An Unexpected U.S. Hit For Roy

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1963

But although he's clicking with a rocker, he's recording with 'Those Great British Strings' ...

The Tremeloes: The Tired Tremeloes..!

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1963

In the charts with 'Twist And Shout' and with 'Do You Love Me' crashing in at No. 33, Brian and the boys begin to feel ...

Mickie Most: Do-It-Yourself Mick!

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1963

AFTER A MINOR record success with his 'Mr. Porter', Mickey Most looks all set for a far bigger success with the follow-up 'The Feminine Look', ...

Trini Lopez: Pop-Folk Is Here To Stay — Like It Or Not

Profile by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1963

SOME SAY IT'S TOO COMMERCIAL, IMPURE, PHONEY, ETC., BUT WHATEVER THEY SAY ABOUT IT... ...

Billy Fury, Dickie Pride, Joe Brown, Marty Wilde, The Tornados: Billy Fury, The Tornados, Joe Brown et al: ABC Cinema, Croydon

Live Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1963

WHEN LARRY Parnes puts out a touring show, he puts out a big 'un. He slams in plenty of acts, plenty of variety, plenty of ...

Del Shannon on The British Scene

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1963

PETER JONES TALKS TO DEL SHANNON AND GETS SOME INTERESTING VIEWS ...

Muddy Waters: Great Unknowns: No. 15 Muddy Waters

Profile by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, October 1963

MUDDY WATERS was born McKinley Morganfield, at Rolling Fork, Mississippi, on April 4th, 1915. ...

Cliff Richard, The Shadows: Cliff Richard & The Shadows: Cliff's New Film and Hank's New Guitar!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1963

IT WAS BUSY-ness as usual for birthday boy Cliff Richard this week. On Sunday night he cut his next record (out in about three weeks) ...

Quincy Jones: One Of The Greatest!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1963

SITTING IN a deserted recording studio at Philips, listening to the playback of a just-completed session by the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra, Quincy Jones – trumpeter, ...

Willie Dixon, Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Victoria Spivey, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson: Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters et al: The American Folk Blues Festival, Fairfield Hall, Croydon, and the Twisted Wheel, Manchester

Live Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, November 1963

THAT FESTIVAL ...

Johnny Burnette: 'No Dance Discs From Me'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, November 1963

THE MAN who has had many U.S. and British top 20 hits is over here again in Britain — and no-one seems to know anything ...

The Beatles: With The Beatles (Parlophone)

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1963

WITH THE BEATLES IS THE TITLE OF THE FANTASTIC NEW BEATLES ALBUM. HERE'S A DETAILED REVIEW BY PETER JONES ...

Billy Fury, The Tornados: It Took All Day — It Was Fantastic

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1963

WE WANT BILLY! IS BILLY FURY SINGING THE SONGS HE LIKES TO SING ...

Duane Eddy, Little Richard, The Shirelles: Little Richard, Duane Eddy, The Shirelles: The Regal, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, November 1963

THE OPENING night of the Duane Eddy/Little Richard/Shirelles tour was a lot better than most people expected at the Regal Edmonton, 2nd performance on Saturday. ...

Chuck Berry: I Can't Wait To Meet My Friends In Britain

Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, November 1963

THE RECORD MIRROR TELEPHONES CHUCK BERRY IN MISSOURI ...

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates: Johnny Kidd: It's The Song, Not My Name Which Sells

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1963

Johnny Kidd's Latest Success Was Quite A 'Sleeper' ...

1963: Rhythm And Blues Made The News

Overview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1963

THIS HAS been THE year for rhythm and blues fans. There is no doubt about it. At the beginning of the year the R & ...

Helen Shapiro: Will Helen Make Her Comeback in 1964?

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1963

From child prodigy to star of stage, screen etc. That's the career of young Helen Shapiro. She has a talent way ahead of her years. ...

The Beatles: Backstage at the London Palladium

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1963

The Man Who Guides The Stars Behind The Scenes ...

1963: Year Of Rhythm & Blues #2

Overview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1963

Part two of a series spotlighting all the important events in the R & B world this year. ...

Bert Weedon: I'm All For Contrast Says Bert Weedon

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1964

IN ANY OUT-and-out pop disc show during the last year, about 10 out of a dozen records would be full of twang and beat, says ...

Mort Shuman: The Man Who Writes Hits For The U.S. Stars

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1964

IF ANYONE bothers to look just under the titles of their records, they'll see a name or names in brackets. Those names are the songwriters. ...

Gene Pitney, The Rolling Stones: Gene Pitney: Why 'Tulsa' Made The Charts

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1964

NORMAN JOPLING SUPPLIES THE ANSWER TO A CURRENT CHART SURPRISE ...

The Ronettes: Wrong Phone Number Brought Success

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1964

TALK ABOUT a coincidence! A thundering great coincidence — a flash of fate which virtually launched the swinging Ronettes, one of the most successful girlie ...

The Crystals, Darlene Love, Phil Spector, The Ronettes: Phil Spector: The Man Behind America's Big Hits Comes to Britain

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1964

ONE OF the mystery men of the U.S. recording scene is currently here in Britain following the interests of his artistes. His name is Phil ...

The Crystals' Story: Their Sound, Their Career And Their X-Certificate Disc

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1964

Norman Jopling talks to the group with the hottest U.S. hit sound ...

The Joy Strings: Invasion By The Unexpected Army

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, March 1964

EVERY NOW and then, something happens which astounds and astonishes everybody in the disc biz. ...

Chuck Berry, Little Walter: Chuck Berry Tells Guy Stevens About 'How I Write My Songs'

Report and Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

MY FIRST MEETING with Chuck Berry proved to be as exciting and interesting as I had expected. I met him in the offices of Chess ...

Jimmy Reed: Talks Like He Sings

Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

JIMMY REED is perhaps the most successful blues singer on the American scene today, for his music has found wide acceptance among both the white ...

Larry Williams: Heir To Little Richard

Profile by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

IN OCTOBER 1958, Little Richard decided, in the words of the late Chuck Willis, to "Hang up his rock'n'roll shoes" and enter the Church. Many ...

Millie: A Blue Beat Bombshell!

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1964

A DARK-SKINNED very feminine ball of fire named simply, Millie. A Jamaican-born bombshell who is an old trouper at the age of 16... and could ...

Dee Clark, Dionne Warwick, Freddie King, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Solomon Burke, The Tymes: The Tymes, Freddy King, Dionne Warwick, Dee Clark, Solomon Burke, The Miracles: Regal Theatre, Chicago IL

Live Review by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

ON STAGE WITH THE R&B LEGENDS ...

Peter and Gordon: Jane Asher Speaks...

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1964

EXCLUSIVE STORY ABOUT ACTRESS JANE ASHER AND HER BROTHER PETER, OF PETER & GORDON ...

The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones (Decca)

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1964

GREAT NEW L-P FROM STONES ...

John Paul Jones: Bass With Every Thing

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1964

STRIKING OUT on his own with a new solo disc: John Paul Jones, bass guitarist with the Tony Meehan Group. And the disc which could ...

Manfred Mann: Meet The Manfreds

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1964

PART ONE OF A NEW SERIES — MIKE HUGG AND TOM McGUINESS ...

Manfred Mann: More of the Manfred Men

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

ONLY 18 months ago. Mike Vickers and Manfred Mann were eking out meagre existences as scuffling would-be jazz musicians. Both were fervent modern jazz enthusiasts. ...

Roy Orbison Off The Cuff

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

SLOW TALKING, deep thinking Roy Orbison – our first American to be featured in Off The Cuff – made an ideal interviewee. Following is a ...

Manfred Mann: The Paul Jones Mann

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1964

"UH-HU, IT'S THE Manfreds" yells Paul Jones, who is, to use the most overworked cliché in the book, last but not least in our series ...

The Swinging Blue Jeans: The Blue Jeans Ordeal

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

The Swinging Blue Jeans talk to R.M's David Griffiths about the R&B fanatics who spoilt their act ...

Dionne Warwick: Going Shopping With Dionne!

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1964

DIONNE WARWICK is tall and willowy — a shapely frame built on the curviest of legs. The dark eyes smoulder. The whiter-than-white teeth flash a ...

It's the NEW Juke Box Jury!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

WHAT'S behind the New Look Juke Box Jury? ...

Elvis Presley: The Facts About Elvis

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Keith Matthews, Record Mirror, May 1964

FROM JIMMY SAVILE ...

The Yardbirds: The Blueswailers With The Mod Appeal

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1964

ALTHOUGH THE Sunday Telegraph insisted that the Yardbirds were called the Yardsticks, and also claimed they were public school boys it doesn't seem to have ...

Billy Fury Off The Cuff

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1964

BILLY FURY – who's likely to be footsore and weary by the time you read this – was a worried man a few days ago. ...

John Lee Hooker, Long John Baldry: Long John meets John Lee Hooker

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1964

THEY COULD hardly have been a bigger contrast in background and appearance: the young, very tall, bright white Englishman Long John Baldry, and the mature, ...

The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (Dir: Richard Lester)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1964

It's a Great Day's Night! ...

The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (Parlophone)

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1964

AND THEIR NEW LP... ...

The Who: The High Numbers: How High Will These Numbers Go?

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1964

HAILED AS "the first authentic mod record," four hip young men called the High Numbers are out right now with 'I'm the Face', backed with ...

Inez & Charlie Foxx: The Pounding Breakthrough

Profile and Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, August 1964

ONE OF THE biggest and most interesting breakthroughs in the record industry here in recent months is the appearance of Inez Foxx with 'Hurt By ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham: Secrets Of The Stones' Man

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1964

The Stones are no longer a challenge... they need no pushing... the Andrew Oldham Orchestra doesn't exist ...

Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield: Burt Bacharach: 'Time Is My Enemy'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1964

"I JUST DON'T get enough time to cram everything in," top U.S. songwriter, arranger and producer Burt Bacharach told me, during a two-day visit last ...

Jack Nitzsche, The Righteous Brothers: Jack Nitzsche: Disc Producer To Film Gerry...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1964

HAVE YOU heard about Electronovision? If not, you soon will. For American composer-arranger Jack Nitzsche is in London this week lining up appearances in the ...

The Kinks: Kinks

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1964

HOT NEW KINKS L.P.! ...

The Beatles: Brian Epstein: A Cellarful Of Noise (Souvenir Press)

Book Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1964

The night George got a black eye… ...

Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Long John Baldry, Sleepy John Estes, Sonny Boy Williamson: The American Folk-Blues Festival: All About The Croaker!

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1964

Long John Baldry talks to RM's David Griffiths about the Folk-Blues Festival ...

Heinz's Hat, Some Surfing, & The Sharks!

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1964

THE FACT that Heinz has just visited Australia stuck out the proverbial mile when I met him last week, after an exhausting two week tour ...

The Shangri-Las: Shangris' Sensational Seagull Sounds

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1964

THE LATEST gimmick in pop discs: sound effects! ...

Jackie DeShannon: Jackie Jumps For Joy

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1964

RIGHT NOW, let's stop messing around. Let's not keep the delectable Jackie de Shannon in suspense any longer... just one good heave-ho and her first-rate ...

The Rolling Stones: 'Little Red Rooster'; 'Off The Hook' (Decca F 12014)

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, November 1964

Way-out Sound from Stones ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha's Mad On Fashion

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1964

NEXT TO music, probably the most important thing to Martha, of the Vandellas, is fashion. When I saw her in her room at the Strand ...

The Beatles, Elvis Presley: Ringo Talks About El

Interview by Keith Matthews, Record Mirror, November 1964

ALTHOUGH the Beatles are continually quoted and misquoted, interpreted and misinterpreted, they don't really mind what is said about them. ...

The Animals: The Animals (Columbia)

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, November 1964

BLUESY NEW ANIMALS LPREVIEW IN DEPTH by NORMAN JOPLING ...

Brenda Lee: Brenda And Her Baby

Interview by Keith Matthews, Record Mirror, November 1964

WHEN SHE isn't rocking up a storm "on stage", Mrs. Charles Shacklett nee Brenda Lee — or Miss Dynamite if you prefer, is rocking the ...

Marvin Gaye: Marvin — He Never Forgets A Face

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1964

PETER JONES TALKS TO AMERICA'S SMOOTH-VOICED BLUESMAN, MARVIN GAYE, THE LATEST OF THE TAMLA-MOTOWN STARS TO HIT BRITAIN ...

Downliners Sect, Jimmy Reed: The Downliners Quiz R&B King Jimmy Reed...

Report and Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, November 1964

JIMMY REED sat back into his chair and contemplated the five long-haired boys sitting opposite him. A group called the Downliners Sect. The subject of ...

The Yardbirds: 'We Nearly Packed It In' said The Yardbirds to Peter Jones

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1964

"WE WERE as low as we could be. Our lead singer was desperately, dangerously, ill — in fact, he nearly died. When we heard he ...

James Brown, The Rolling Stones: James Brown: The Stones Can't Stop Talking About King James

Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, December 1964

EVERY NOW and then, a rhythm and blues artist in America breaks through the confines of his own field of music and becomes a giant ...

Sam Cooke Tragedy

Report by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, December 1964

WITH THE DEATH of Sam Cooke in Hollywood last Friday, the RCA-Victor label lost one of its most consistent hit recording artistes. ...

Dusty Springfield: Dusty — There Were Threats

Report by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, December 1964

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD flew home on Friday morning to a heroine's welcome. Half of Fleet Street waited at London Airport to greet her on her return ...

The Searchers: Strings and Searchers!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1964

THERE THEY were — four Searchers in a Pye recording studio. Said Chris Curtis: "We're doing a new album, an elaborate one using strings." ...

The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones No. 2

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1965

"WE THINK IT'S a lot better than our first one... there's a more varied selection of songs... no instrumentals... we cut it at three different ...

Betty Everett: At Last Betty Hits Our Charts

Profile by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1965

BETTY EVERETT lounged decoratively, elegantly dipping into a bowl of Indian food — her first Press reception on her first visit to Britain. Her trip ...

Chuck Berry, Graham Bond, The Moody Blues: Chuck Berry, Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organisation: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, January 1965

Chuck goes down a bomb on R & B tour ...

Billy Fury: Billy's Horse — A Film Star Now!

Interview by Richard Green, Record Mirror, January 1965

AS STANLEY Holloway would say, "Wiv a little bit of luck" Billy Fury should be better off by quite a few quid in three months' ...

Del Shannon: 'My Success Changed My Friends'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1965

ONE OF THE chief attractions about Del Shannon is his own individual style of singing and guitar playing. So it'll come as a shock to ...

Phil Spector, The Righteous Brothers: 'Sorry Cilla,' Said The Righteous Brothers To RM's Norman Jopling, But 'We Don't Like Your Record!'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1965

"WHAT do we think of Cilla's version of 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling'?" said America's Righteous Brothers when I posed them the question. "Well, we ...

The Rockin' Berries: The 'Accidental' Sound

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1965

The Rockin' Berries explain how they found their sound to David Griffiths ...

The Pretty Things: The Things Hit Back!

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1965

ONE ACCUSATION that can't be levelled against the Pretty Things is that they're dull. In fact this wild-sounding, and equally wild-looking group are one of ...

Johnny Rivers Tries His Rhythm Here

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, February 1965

AFTER EIGHT years in and out of show business, Johnny Rivers has finally struck gold – In USA. During the last year he's been packing ...

The Walker Brothers: The Boy Scout Group

Profile and Interview by Richard Green, Record Mirror, March 1965

A FORD Thunderbird hot rod and an Austin Healey smashed into each other in Hollywood — and that was the beginning of the Walker Brothers. ...

Andrew Loog Oldham: What Has Truth Got To Do With Pop?

Comment by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, March 1965

ROLLING STONES DISCOVERER ANDREW OLDHAM SLAMS AT RSG's NEW POLICY ...

The Yardbirds: 'We'll Play More Pop'

Interview by Richard Green, Record Mirror, March 1965

"RHYTHM AND blues is becoming what trad became and we are going to change some of our numbers." ...

Unit 4+2: Unit With The Crazy Nicknames

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1965

UNIT FOUR Plus 2. A bit cumbersome as a title? Ah, but remember the man who pioneered ball point pens in America just after World ...

The Who: The Group That Slaughters Their Amplifiers...

Interview by Richard Green, Record Mirror, April 1965

WITH A name like The Who, any group is bound to attract a certain amount of attention. But anyone who has watched The Who at ...

Burt Bacharach: 'Money Means Nothing To Me' says Bacharach

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1965

ISN'T IT weird how people who make a living out of a particular talent often have personalities quite different from that you might expect? A ...

Them: The Session That Started It All...

Interview by Richard Green, Record Mirror, May 1965

ONE RECORDING session. Approximately four or five hours work. That was all it took to produce two smash hits for Them. ...

Bob Dylan: Inside Bob Dylan

Report and Interview by Richard Green, Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1965

DYLAN NOW is big business! He ambles and shambles (apparently) through a business that needs his sort of way-out personality. He parries questions, mumbles inconsequently, ...

Bob Dylan, Donovan: Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, May 1965

DONOVAN REVIEWS NEW DYLAN ALBUM! RM Exclusive by Richard Green ...

The Beatles: How The Beatles Spend An Evening

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1965

IT WAS A typical quiet evening at London's Savoy Hotel. Quiet that is until the Beatles turned up to see Bob Dylan. They all trooped ...

The Rolling Stones: We Want The Stones (Decca EP)

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, June 1965

STONES EP – EXCITING & DIFFERENT ...

James Brown, Solomon Burke: Solomon Burke: The Burke v. Brown Feud

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, July 1965

"TELL ME," I said, "all about you and James Brown. There was a two-second hush, and then Solomon Burke, king of rock & soul, launched ...

The Pretty Things: Why The Things Like Their Hair...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, July 1965

PRETTY THING Dick Taylor was gazing out of the window of his flat in Kensington, London, recently when a group of girls happened to look ...

The Byrds: 'That Criticism Is Fair!'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1965

...say the Byrds to David Griffiths ...

Sonny & Cher: Look At Us

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, August 1965

SONNY & CHER — THEIR FIRST GREAT L.P.! ...

Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (American Columbia)

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1965

THOUGHT I'D jump the gun and tell you all about this LP, just issued in the States but not here. Side one starts off with ...

The Pretty Things: Viv — "It's All Lies"

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1965

'I could sue them' says Viv Prince, about newspaper articles which appeared about him in New Zealand. Norman Jopling reports...' ...

Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, Dr. Ross, J.B. Lenoir, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Roosevelt Sykes, Walter "Shakey" Horton: J.B. Lenoir, Buddy Guy, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Mama Thornton et al: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, October 1965

WHEN EIGHT blues artistes leap about a stage, blowing harmonicas, thumping drums and piano, playing guitars and singing and shouting their song, it is impossible ...

Barry McGuire Talks About Protest And His War On Evil

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1965

WE WERE talking about protest and folk music. I suggested to Barry McGuire that so many of them are fundamentally silly because they either protest ...

The Beatles: Rubber Soul

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, December 1965

It's Rubber Soul Time... ...

The Beatles: Rubber Soul (Parlophone)

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, December 1965

(Pssst... here's someone who 
actually DISLIKES
 the new Beatles LP.
 It's RM's Richard 
Green...) ...

Otis Redding: Otis Blue (Atlantic ATL 5041) ***

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, February 1966

Final R&B acceptance for the STONES? (Yes, Otis has recorded 'Satisfaction') ...

James Brown: Brown's A Super-Spectacle: James Brown: Walthamstow Granada, London

Live Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, March 1966

OUT INTO THE cold streets of Walthamstow, ears ringing and apparently not working properly; eyes definitely out of focus; legs a trifle shaky. ...

James Brown: The Soul Of Mr. Brown

Interview by Dave Godin, Record Mirror, March 1966

JAMES BROWN has at last been to Britain. His all too brief stay had just about the maximum impact that it could have had. It ...

The Rolling Stones: Aftermath (Decca)

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, April 1966

The smash LP of the year? ...

Lee Hazlewood, Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood: Love

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1966

'Everything about Nancy and her Mother is love, love, love' says 'Boots' writer Lee Hazelwood ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon: 'I Thought I Was a Has-Been at 19'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1966

PAUL SIMON is the composer of 21 songs, most of which have been put to work for him very profitably. ...

Bob Lind, Bobby Fuller Four, The , Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Percy Sledge, The Rolling Stones, Sandie Shaw, Scott Walker, Tom Jones, The Tremeloes, Unit 4+2, The Yardbirds: The Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge et al: The Week's New Singles

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1966

Plenty of tips, including a new Stones. Many follow-ups which aren't marvellous, and some outsiders, including Percy Sledge and Jimmy James and the Vagabonds ...

Bob Dylan: You Name Something, and I'll Protest About It Said Bob Dylan

Report by Richard Green, Record Mirror, May 1966

BOB DYLAN stuck his head through the window, placed his foot on the window ledge and — from outside — asked: "Is anyone in here?" ...

Johnny Cash — The C&W Legend Also Beloved By Rockers

Interview by Richard Green, Record Mirror, May 1966

JOHNNY CASH has become almost a country and western legend in the twelve years that he's been recording. Rock 'n' roll fans in this country ...

The Animals: Animalisms (Decca)

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, May 1966

A ROCKIN' ANIMALS LP! ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, June 1966

With A Mixture Of Folk, Rock And Comedy, Dylan Shows He Can Take Every Insult But Not A Compliment ...

The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds (Columbia)

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, July 1966

THE YARDBIRDS wrote all the numbers themselves, so they've got the right kind of material here. All the tracks have been produced well and there's ...

The Beatles: Revolver (Parlophone)

Review by Richard Green, Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1966

WELL, THIS is it! The latest Beatle LP, aptly called Revolver. The production that blokes like RM's Tony Hall, having been granted advance whispers of some of ...

Bob Dylan: Blonde On Blonde (CBS)

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1966

"GUILTY UNDERTAKERS sighed..." sings Bob Dylan, somewhat prophetically on his latest folk-rock-rhythm-blues-smash-top-twenty hit. And now, as Bob is lying in hospital with a broken neck, ...

The Mindbenders Tell Of U.S. Race Rioting, The Girl Who Writes Their Songs, And What Happens When You Hire A 'Plane

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1966

RACE RIOTS and pop music don't mix. If you buy records by a coloured artiste and you happen to be white, it's difficult to be ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Troggs, The Walker Brothers: The Walker Brothers, The Troggs, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Granada, East Ham, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1966

Scott Was The Hit On Walker Tour First Night ...

Jimi Hendrix: Mr. Phenomenon!

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, December 1966

NOW hear this — and kindly hear it good! Are you one of the fans who think there's nothing much new happening on the pop ...

Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett: Atlantic '67

Report and Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, December 1966

FRANK FENTER is a tall, tanned, talkative South African who has a way of expression with his hands that would do credit to an Italian. ...

The Walker Brothers: The Reluctant American: Some Interesting Opinions from Scott Walker

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1966

"I DIDN'T like it in America, and I'm not going back to live there. When I did live there it was terrible – once I ...

The Chiffons, The Four Tops, Keith, Ken Dodd, The Koobas, The Moody Blues, The New Vaudeville Band, Otis Redding, Paul Jones, Rita Pavone, The Rolling Stones: New Singles from the Rolling Stones, Four Tops et al

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1967

GOODIES THIS WEEK INCLUDE A MUCH-BETTER ROLLING STONES, SIMILAR, BUT DISTINCTIVE SOUND FROM TOPS, AND A PLAINTIVE PAUL JONES, NOT-SO INSTANT VAUDEVILLE BAND, AND A ...

Booker T & The MGs, The Mar-Keys, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Sam & Dave, The Vibrations: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge et al: New Albums Reviewed by Norman Jopling and Peter Jones

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1967

Rhythm & Blues galore! ...

Don Covay: Quotes by Don Covay

Profile and Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, January 1967

DON COVAY burst on the music scene as a singer in the U.S. in 1964 with a self-penned smash hit called 'Mercy Mercy'. As a ...

The Koobas Give The Reasons Why They Revived The Gracie Fields' Oldie 'Sally'

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1967

THE KOOBAS, sometime trendsetters in exotic stage wear, are 'trendy' again with their new single, 'Sally' — a novel version of the Gracie Fields' hit ...

The Rolling Stones: Between The Buttons (Decca)

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1967

'Yesterday's Papers'; 'My Obsession'; 'Back Street Girl'; 'Connection'; 'Cool, Calm and Collected'; 'All Sold Out'; 'Please Go Home'; 'Who's Been Sleeping Here?'; 'Complicated'; 'Miss Amanda ...

Jimi Hendrix, The Who: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1967

GLOOMY SAVILLE ...

Cream, Edwin Starr: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1967

AFTER LAST week's unfortunate non-happening at the Saville, almost everything that happened this Sunday seemed to be in contrast. ...

The Easybeats; Two In A Row?

Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, February 1967

A peep into the studio where The Easybeats are cutting the follow-up to 'Friday On My Mind' ...

Andy Williams, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Love, Mose Allison, The Shangri-Las: New Albums From Aretha Franklin, Mose Allison, Love et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1967

NEW US SOUNDS INCLUDE Soul (Joe Tex & Aretha), Cool (Andy Williams) Beat (Shangri-Las, Love) Jazz (Mose Allison)   ...

Chuck Berry: Rock Lives!

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, March 1967

...especially it seems, at the Saville. Chuck Berry talks to RM's Norman Jopling for this in-depth interview ...

Chuck Berry: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, March 1967

Rockers Dominate Saville Again ...

Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison, Paul and Barry Ryan, The Small Faces: Roy Orbison, Small Faces: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, March 1967

ORBISON THE STAR ...

Kathy Kirby: Kathy And The Problems Of Being A Girl Singer

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1967

KATHY KIRBY loves her work but it happens to be one of the commercial facts of life that a highly paid entertainer sometimes gets in ...

Cat Stevens, The Walker Brothers: The Walker Brothers: Images; Cat Stevens: Matthew & Son

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, March 1967

Moody Walkers L.P. and a great debut L.P. from Cat Stevens ...

Jeff Beck, Guy Darrell, The Four Tops, Jimi Hendrix, Manfred Mann, Peter and Gordon, Cat Stevens: Jimi Hendrix, Four Tops, Jeff Beck et al: Singles Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, March 1967

Catchy debut solo from Jeff Beck, and a typical but powerful Four Tops. Better showcase for Jimi Hendrix on his newie, and best yet from ...

Harry Secombe: Hearty Harry Talks Of His First Big Hit...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1967

POOR OLD Harry Secombe! ...

The Monkees: More Of The Monkees (RCA)

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1967

IT'S A STRANGE thing to review an LP which you know will go to the top of the LP charts and sell a load of ...

The Doors, James Brown, Joe Tex, Lonnie Mack, McKinley "Soul" Mitchell, Petula Clark, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher: New Albums From The Doors, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1967

Orbison Gibson album — a fine LP but could be depressing... ...

The Bee Gees, Booker T & The MGs, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, P.P. Arnold, Prince Buster, Sam & Dave, The Tremeloes, The Who: Who, Prince Buster, Bee Gees et al: New Singles Reviewed

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1967

Top class, dramatic newie from Bee Gees, and a not so commercial Tremeloes — slow soul from Sam & Dave, & delicate new P. P. ...

The Beach Boys, Val Doonican, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, Bob Dylan, Chris Farlowe, Clinton Ford, Jimi Hendrix, Vince Hill, John's Children, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The New Vaudeville Band, Elvis Presley, Percy Sledge, Them: Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Them, Beach Boys, Kinks et al: Singles Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1967

A multitude of newies this week including Presley, Dylan, & Beach Boys ...

The Byrds, Marvin Gaye, Gerry & The Pacemakers, John Lee Hooker, Mantovani, The Modern Jazz Quartet, The Olympics, Roy Orbison, Prince Buster, Jimmy Ruffin, The Supremes, Jackie Trent: Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, John Lee Hooker, Byrds, Prince Buster et al Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1967

Some sophisticated new Motown albums ...

The Beach Boys, Helen Shapiro: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1967

Happy Beach Boys sing the single they don't like ...

The Yardbirds: Bill Harry's Pop Talk: The Yardbirds

Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, May 1967

KEITH RELF, Chris Dreja and Jimmy Page are quite angry about the continuous, almost hysterical attacks the pop world has been receiving from all directions ...

Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall: Fleetwood Mac: Peter Green – The Guitarist Who Won't Forsake The Blues

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1967

ANYONE WHO in a year has built up the reputation of being Britain's best blues guitarist, must have some interesting things to say, and therefore ...

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: Aftermath: Mick Jagger Answers Some Questions

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1967

WHEN I SPOKE to Mick Jagger everything was "nice" and "groovy" with him, so don't believe everything you read in the papers. And he's happy ...

The Flowerpot Men: Flowered, Belled and Beaded

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, September 1967

"I WAS strolling casually through the dining-car of a British Railways choo-choo train the other day, flowered belled and beaded, as befits a Flowerpot Man, ...

Vanilla Fudge: Vanilla Fudge

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1967

Vanilla Fudge LP – even more dramatic than the hit single ...

Procol Harum: The Harum Troubles

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, September 1967

WHEN FIVE individuals come together to experiment with music and ideas, and produce a collection of individual sounds blended together to create one of the ...

Traffic: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, September 1967

TRAFFIC GREAT AT SAVILLE ...

The Bees, Laurel Aitken: Bluebeat!! A New EMI Label For Blue Beat Devotees

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1967

BLUE BEAT, Ska, West Indian sounds generally — if the pundits of pop are right, we'll be getting more and more of it in the ...

Cat Stevens: A Different Cat

Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, October 1967

AT THE moment Cat Stevens could no doubt walk around the West End for hours and not be recognised. Not that he doesn't have a ...

Arthur Brown, Eire Apparent, The Herd, Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Arthur Brown, The Herd, Eire Apparent: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, October 1967

Hendrix and Brown triumph at the Saville Theatre... ...

The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile (Capitol)

Review by Wesley Laine, Record Mirror, October 1967

BEACH BOY fans will be delighted with the new LP Smiley Smile. At least, that is if (a) the record is released in the American ...

The Beatles: The Times Of India and Sgt. Pepper

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, October 1967

IN THE POP column of a recent edition of the Times of India, critic Z. H. has his first listen to Sgt Pepper. Here's his ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Fantasy World of Grace Slick...

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, October 1967

THE WONDERS of modern science never fail to leave me gasping for breath. I find it absolutely incredible to think that I could, for example, ...

Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker & the Allstars, Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1967

IT WAS A 'soul show' at the Saville last Sunday, in the very widest sense of the term. Jimmy Cliff started off, and when he ...

Arthur Conley, Linda Carr, Percy Sledge, Sam & Dave: Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge et al: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1967

ALL SOUL CAN sometimes be a little too much for one whole show. But the Soul Explosion package tour going around at the moment manages ...

The Rascals: The Young Rascals' Peace Tour...

Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, October 1967

HAD A CALL from Felix Cavaliere, organist with The Young Rascals during his recent short visit here. He told me: "I'm only here for forty-eight ...

Pink Floyd: 'We Feel Good' Say The Pink Floyd

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, October 1967

LITTLE DID Mike Leonard know, during the second half of the nineteen-forties, that the experiments he was making in a new art form he was ...

Arthur Conley: The Prince Of Sweet Soul Music

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, October 1967

THE WORLD of Pop is pretty crazy. And it's pretty crazy when a twenty-one-year-old singer is 'discovered' twice in his twenty-one-year-old life by two of ...

Vanilla Fudge, The Who: The Who, Vanilla Fudge: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, October 1967

OH MY GOODNESS yes. It was definitely an ear-splitting, mind-blowing, supersonic-sounding sensation at the Saville last Sunday. ...

The Foundations: Before This Record, We Were Just What You'd Call 'Bums' Say The Foundations

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, November 1967

IT'S ENOUGH to make psychedelia and Flower Power turn in its grave. I mean, how dare a group like the Foundations have the effrontery to ...

Sam & Dave: Soul Explosion!

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, November 1967

A DOUBLE Dynamite Duo with a tradition to live up to. That's Sam and Dave – and their tradition is hit records. Hits like 'Soul ...

Bonzo Dog Band: The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: The Bonzo's Humanoid Machines

Profile and Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, November 1967

THE HUGE starship from Alpha Centuri entered the Solar System and Computer XII directed it to the third planet from the sun. The expedition scanned ...

Dusty Springfield: Where Am I Going? (Philips)

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1967

WHERE IS DUSTY GOING? HER NEW ALBUM IN DEPTH ...

Miriam Makeba: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, November 1967

Cat-like Miriam at the Albert Hall... ...

The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1967

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR is another example of a subject in which the Beatles have been able to exercise their vivid imaginations. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Axis: Bold as Love (Track)

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, December 1967

A vivid listening experience — that's Axis: Bold as Love — the latest album from Jimi Hendrix ...

The Beach Boys, Murry Wilson: Murry Wilson: 'If The Beach Boys Realize Their Dad Is On The Ball, They'll Work Harder!'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1967

ARRIVING at the Hilton Hotel to talk to Murry Wilson, I phoned his room to enquire as to whether I could go up and start ...

Roger Miller: In The Red For Eight Of His Ten Singing Years

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1967

ROGER MILLER – both on and off record – has a quiet, relaxed, uncomplicated approach to his music and to life. Yet he's had 10 ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: New Dylan

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1967

Ten New Songs (RBP Editor's note: these songs would later be bootlegged, then released, as The Basement Tapes) ...

Aretha Franklin: A History Of Soul Queen Aretha Franklin

Profile by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, December 1967

WELL, WHAT'S going to happen in 1968? New faces? New stars? Of course. But as we step gingerly over the threshold into the new year, ...

The 5th Dimension, The Byrds, Dion: Best Records of 1967: The Fifth Dimension, Dion & The Belmonts, The Byrds

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1968

UNLIKE DAVID Griffiths, I have no really clear-cut LP choices of last year. I've narrowed the field down to three records which I've written about ...

The Beach Boys, The Beatles: Records of the Year: The Beatles, The Beach Boys

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1968

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band THIS ONE has historical value as a milestone in pop music, and in the art of recording, so ...

Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding (U.S. Columbia)

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1968

BOB DYLAN'S LATEST LP JOHN WESLEY HARDING – A REVIEW IN DEPTH BY NORMAN JOPLING ...

Denny Laine, Jeff Beck, Kiki Dee, Ten Years After: Jeff Beck, Ten Years After, Kiki Dee, Denny Laine: Has Jeff Recorded a Yuccchhh Ballad?

Report and Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, March 1968

THERE'S A great song around at the moment — a song that was number one in the U.S. charts. A song that's been recorded by ...

Boots Randolph, Fleetwood Mac, Frankie Laine, Jack Jones, James Brown, John Fred and his Playboy Band, John Mayall, The Peddlers, Robert Mitchum, Van Morrison: New Albums by John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, March 1968

Staunch British blues fans will dig Mayall's Diary LP set ...

Ten Years After: The Fastest Guitarist Alive!

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, March 1968

I'VE RECKONED Ten Years After since I first saw them, months ago, down at the Marquee club, where they were busy playing their own kind ...

Tony Bennett: 'Paul McCartney Has a Spirit That Moves Me'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1968

THOUGH THE MUSICAL approach of Tony Bennett – and the bands he works with, such as Buddy Rich – is not usually treated with adulation ...

Scott Walker: Scott 2 (Philips)

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1968

Scott's LP in depth ...

Tim Buckley

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1968

TIM BUCKLEY is a vague, interesting folksinger who doesn't know how many copies his records have sold or which of his songs have been put ...

The Small Faces: At Last The 1948 Cockney Show...

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, April 1968

I WAS DIGGING the sounds of this record called 'Lazy Sunday', and grooving along gently thinking I was listening to Tony Newley singing with a ...

The Shadows, Tom Jones: Tom Jones, The Shadows: Palladium, London

Live Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1968

ANATOMY OF AN ACT: THE FANTASTIC WELSHMAN COMMANDS THE PALLADIUM... ...

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1968

SOME PEOPLE are going around saying that Aretha Franklin is the Queen Of Soul, many people are buying her records, and one person (show compère ...

Albert King, Big Joe Turner, Booker T & The MGs, The Box Tops, The Dells, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Merrill Moore, Otis Redding: James Brown, Box Tops, Albert King, Otis Redding et al, Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1968

Loads of R&B albums including Otis' great Dock Of The Bay LP ...

The Byrds, Gram Parsons: The Byrds: Middle Earth, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1968

HIGH FLYING BYRDS TRIUMPH WITH A BRITISH AUDIENCE... ...

Bobbie Gentry: 'I'll Never Tire Of Billy Joe'

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1968

STANDING around, waiting to meet Bobbie Gentry, I glanced through the two press handouts about her. ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, Simon & Garfunkel: Simon & Garfunkel: Bookends (Columbia); Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick & Tich: If No One Sang (Fontana)

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, June 1968

FOCUS ON 2 GIANT LPs ...

Glen Campbell, Hank Williams, The Righteous Brothers, Sandy Posey, The Small Faces, Velvet Underground: Small Faces, Velvet Underground etc.: New Albums Reviewed

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, June 1968

Cockney Rock LP puts Small Faces in West Coast bracket ...

Tiny Tim Explodes

Report by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1968

the dear sweet ageless hippy... ...

Esther and Abi Ofarim: The Dance That Lasted A Hundred Years...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1968

RM's MULTI-LINGUAL DAVID GRIFFITHS TALKS TO ESTHER AND ABI OFARIM ABOUT THEIR NEW SINGLE ...

The Nice: Bernstein Is Peeved

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1968

LEONARD BERNSTEIN IS NOT PLEASED WITH 'AMERICA' ...

Sly & The Family Stone: "The Topless Came In So I Quit, Says Sly.."

Interview by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, August 1968

IT’S NOT every group that can boast a girl trumpeter, but Sly and the Family Stone can — and do. An unusual feature in what ...

Harry Nilsson: Computers to Composer

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, September 1968

SOMETIMES – not very often – but sometimes. What? Sometimes exciting things happen in pop music. Talents emerge that are new, refreshing. A shot in ...

Cat Stevens: Cat's Back

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, October 1968

Cat's back. Dogs and Matthew and his offspring and guns and things and now his wife. Not that he has a wife – but here ...

Joe Cocker: They Said... It Couldn't Be Done But... Joe Did It!

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, October 1968

THEY SAID it couldn't be done... couldn't be done... couldn't be done. But Joe Cocker's done it. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (Track 613008/613009)

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, November 1968

NEW DOUBLE SET HENDRIX LP! ...

Bonzo Dog Band, Joe Cocker, Peter Sarstedt, Tiny Tim: Tiny Tim, Joe Cocker et al: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, November 1968

ONCE UPON a time in the land of the Charity, a concert was given in aid of all the boys' clubs all over the country. ...

The Deviants: From the Underground: The Deviants

Profile and Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, November 1968

IT'S BEEN SAID of the Deviants that they are the only real underground group. Like roots of the underground perhaps – because Mick Farren, first ...

Aphrodite's Child: 'Rain & Tears' 300 Yrs Old!

Profile and Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, November 1968

ONCE UPON a time, about three hundred years ago as the crow flies, a German organist with nothing better to do sat down at his ...

The Rolling Stones: Beggars' Banquet (Decca)

Review by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, November 1968

'Sympathy For The Devil'; 'No Expectations'; 'Dear Doctor'; 'Parachute Woman'; 'Jig-Saw Puzzle'; 'Street Fighting Man'; 'Prodigal Son'; 'Stray Cat Blues'; 'Factory Girl'; 'Salt Of The Earth' ...

Cream, Yes: Goodbye To The Cream

Live Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1968

THE CREAM delivered all that was expected of them, and a little more, at their final, farewell-type Albert Hall concert last week. Of course, the ...

Crosby Stills and Nash, John Sebastian: Sebastian's Workshop... Combining John, Donovan, Dave, Steve, Graham, Al, Mike and Mama Cass...!

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, December 1968

RECIPE FOR nice sounds: take John Sebastian, Dave Crosby, Steve Stills, and Graham Nash. Add the occasional Mama Cass or Al Kooper or Mike Bloomfield, ...

The Beach Boys, Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson: Dennis Wilson: 'I Live With 17 Girls'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1968

SAID DENNIS WILSON, a bemused frown on his face: "I don't know why I'm telling you all this..." Well, whatever Dennis's reasons (if any), the ...

Easy Rider: The Rock Generation Takes Over

Film/DVD/TV Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1969

Songs by Steppenwolf, the Byrds and the Band underline the message of EASY RIDER ...

Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox: Buddy Holly and Buddy Knox: Texas Buddies

Discography by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1969

LIKE THE rest of society, pop music isn't fair. The most successful singers earn more than they know what to do with, and the majority ...

Amos Milburn, Fats Domino: Jump Boogie and Shuffle

Retrospective by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1969

IT WOULD BE nice to be able to point to a man, a record, a year, and say, "There! Rock and roll started with him, ...

Reggae: A Night at Count Suckle's and Reggae

Film/DVD/TV Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1969

JUST WHEN all hope had been abandoned, the ITV Network surprised us. ...

Bonzo Dog Band: The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse (Liberty)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

ONLY JUST received this one, so can't claim much familiarity, but I like it well enough already to want to include it anyway. ...

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band: Strictly Personal (Liberty)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

APTLY TITLED. The unique Beefheart outfit have thoroughly fulfilled the promise of their first album. ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) (Apple PCS 7067 & 8)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

LAST YEAR'S obvious standout LP was Sergeant Pepper and now we have its unbelievable, impossible, out-of-sight successor. It's no feat of critical perception to pick ...

The Moody Blues: In Search Of The Lost Chord (Deram)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

THERE ARE some sumptuous sounds on this LP, all of them made by just the five Moodies. No session musicians, simply (?!) the group's instrumental ...

Sergio Mendes: What Exactly Is Brazil 66? Sergio knows...

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1969

IN IPANEMA, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, a pianist-singer-arranger-composer named Sergio Mendes conceived what is known today as Brasil '66. A hotter-than-hot recording sound ...

Deep Purple: From The Underground: Deep Purple

Profile and Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, January 1969

AND WHILE the rain falls in Britain, Deep Purple look out of their windows in America and the sun is shining a spotlight upon them ...

"Mama" Cass Elliot, The Mamas and The Papas: After The Split With The Mamas & Papas, Mama Cass' Broke, But Happy!

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, March 1969

A ROARING log fire and its reflection in the pine-panelled walls gave the whole room a cosy reddish glow all ankle-deep in carpet and large ...

Cream: Goodbye... (Polydor)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1969

'I'm So Glad'; 'Politician'; 'Sitting On Top Of The World'; 'Badge'; 'Doing That Scrapyard Thing'; 'What A Bringdown' – Polydor Stereo 583 053. ...

Jimmy Webb, Richard Harris: Richard Harris: 'He Still Wants To Be A Pop Star..!'

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, March 1969

Richard Harris Talking Of His Boy Jim Webb ...

Scott Walker: Scott 3

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, March 1969

'It's Raining Today'; 'Copenhagen'; 'Rosemary'; 'Big Louise'; 'We Came Through'; 'Butterfly'; 'Two Ragged Soldiers'; '30 Century Man'; 'Winter Night'; 'Two Weeks Since You've Gone'; 'Sons ...

Joe South: Joe Tells Of The Games People Play...

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, April 1969

GET UP, GO over to the window and look out. Up and down that pavement outside every day walk people, some for pleasure, some going ...

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (Atlantic) *****

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, April 1969

'Good Times Bad Times'; 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You'; 'You Shook Me'; 'Dazed And Confused'; 'You're Time Is Gonna Come'; 'Black Mountainside'; 'Communication Breakdown'; 'I ...

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (CBS STEREO 63601)

Review by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, April 1969

'Girl Of The North Country' (with Johnny Cash); 'Nashville Skyline Rag'; 'To Be Alone With You'; 'I Threw It All Away'; 'Peggy Day'; 'Lay Lady ...

Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb: "Jimmy Webb Is A Country Boy", Glen Campbell tells R.M.'s Lon Goddard

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, May 1969

"JIMMY WEBB," explained smooth voiced Glen Campbell, somewhere south of Wichita, but still on the line, "is a likeable easy going country boy. One of ...

Desmond Dekker, Errol Dixon: Reggay: Son of R & B

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, May 1969

THERE WERE two kinds of reaction when Desmond Dekker's 'Israelites' started up the hit parades in March: blimey, I heard that before Christmas; and, the ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Life With The Lions (Apple)

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, May 1969

JOHN AND YOKO DO THEIR OWN THING (Part 2) ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: 'We're Not Part Of The Tamla Sound' Says Junior Walker

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1969

OKAY, THE story has been told before. But here goes once again... so this guy Autry deWalt was a school-kid and he walked everywhere. Everyone ...

Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey: Made in New Orleans: Record Production Techniques and the Land Of Dreams

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, May 1969

THERE WAS a time, not so long ago, when almost all the writing about popular music was descriptive or informative. ...

The Who: Born to Sing The Blues

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, June 1969

COLLECTORS of rhythm and blues music are doomed to perpetual frustration, as they witness one white singer after another plundering the culture they love. Occasionally, ...

Max Romeo: This Is The Record That Will Give The BBC Troubles — If It Reaches The Top...

Report by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1969

HOVERING AROUND the lower end of the charts is a record that has had no plugs, and certainly no air plays – nor is it ...

Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Hawkins: Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich and Ronnie Hawkins: Arkansas Rock Pile

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, June 1969

ROCK AND roll was the victory of regional locality over the world, of precise beliefs over general theory, of particular feelings over universal philosophies. ...

R & B in Vogue

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, July 1969

THIS ARTICLE mentions a lot of singers you've never heard of. Why haven't you heard of them? (They're all very good, very important, and have ...

The Beach Boys, Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson: The Continuing Story Of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, July 1969

...and his house of seventeen women. RM'S Lon Goddard reports from the loo!!! ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: The Urban Villagers

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, July 1969

POPULAR music is sentimental, trivial or melodramatic, and therefore need never be listened to by people who care about real feelings. ...

Lonnie Mack, Tony Joe White: The Real White Blues: Tony Joe White/Lonnie Mack

Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, August 1969

TONY JOE WHITE may well be the most sympathetic man making music today. His records show a man who cares about people, a Southerner with ...

Nik Cohn: Pop; Paul Oliver: The Story of The Blues

Book Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, August 1969

Charlie Gillett reviews two books on music: Pop by Nik Cohn, and The Story of The Blues by Paul Oliver ...

Gospel: Soul Sources

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, August 1969

ON STAGE at the Apollo, Harlem: standing at one microphone, an immaculately dressed man dramatically insists his love. At the second mike, four men bend ...

James Brown: Telling The Natural Truth

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, September 1969

'SAY IT LOUD – I'm Black and I'm Proud' sold 20,000 copies in Britain, although the BBC played it only once. Is James Brown surprised? ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: The Band: Working With Bob

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, September 1969

JAMIE ROBBIE Robertson, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko are privileged to be five of the closest people to Bob Dylan. They ...

Little Milton and The New Black Blues

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, September 1969

THROUGH THE 1950's, men with loud voices, amplified guitars and a few noisy accompanists made a modest but sufficient living out of singing the blues ...

Gene Vincent Cuts A New LP: John Peel’s Label Gets A New Version of ‘Be-Bop-a-Lula’

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, September 1969

ROCK'N'ROLL, WHICH HAS NEVER been far away since it made its first appearance in the early fifties, is without much doubt about to become all-powerful ...

The Flamingos, The Jive Five: The Jive Five: Where Are You Now

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, September 1969

To the editor, R 'n' B World, New York. ...

Derrick Morgan, Desmond Dekker, Jackie Edwards, Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Johnny Nash, Max Romeo, Root & Jenny Jackson, The Skatalites, Tony Tribe: Desmond Dekker, Johnny Nash et al: Reggae Festival, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, October 1969

Jamaica triumph ...

Duke/Peacock: 20 Years of Don Robey's R&B Empire

Report by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, October 1969

1969 Is the Twentieth Anniversary of Duke/Peacock Records of Houston, Texas, one of the best R & B Soul companies. ...

Delaney & Bonnie: Clapton, Jagger, Harrison and Lennon Rave Over Them

Profile by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, October 1969

REPUTATIONS travel, Delaney And Bonnie's travel via Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and George Harrison. ...

Johnny Otis: The New Johnny Otis Show

Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, November 1969

"I'm gonna lay right here on this wall, And drink this beer, And watch her walk. You heard me call a while ...

Percy Sledge: The Best Of Percy Sledge

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, December 1969

PERCY SLEDGE is here for a three-week tour, and to coincide with it Atlantic have released a single, 'True Love Travels On A Gravel Road', ...

Wilbert Harrison: Bring Back The Fifties

Column by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1970

EVERY YEAR, the manager of the Apollo Theatre in Harlem stages an 'oldies' show, in which almost forgotten stars of R&B relive their past for ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: The Start of It All

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1970

I PLAYED 'Great Balls Of Fire' to some college students last week. And while it played, and while they listened, I closed my eyes and ...

Donovan: Meditation Is Like A Miracle Cure

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1970

IT IS A FAR CRY from 'Catch The Wind' to songs like 'Winking Blinking and Nod' or 'A Poke At The Pope' but then Donovan ...

How to Build a Bridge Backwards: Life as a Part-time Disc Jockey

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, January 1970

I HAD A STRANGE TIME the other day, playing records at a college party. ...

Quintessence: Notting Hill Gate – a Single, a Group, and a Place

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, January 1970

LONDON WEST Ten is the Grove. It is that part of Notting Hill straddling Ladbroke Grove, where, over the past few years, a whole new ...

The Pioneers: 'Longshot' Never Let Them Down. Will 'Ramases' Do The Same?

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Record Mirror, January 1970

'Long Shot, Kick The Bucket' brought pop fame and a trip to Britain for the Pioneers; 'Poor Ramases' is their latest disc and to give ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott & The Name Game...

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, January 1970

SOME BANDS try harder. Like Mott The Hoople for instance. You try walking around with a name like that. ...

Bonzo Dog Band: The Bonzo Dog Band: 'We Were Unsexual, Unattractive And Musically Unexciting'

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1970

VIV STANSHALL TALKS TO KEITH ALTHAM ABOUT THE BONZO BREAK-UP ...

The Dave Clark Five: The Dave Clark 5's Mike Smith

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1970

NOT UNLIKE 'old man river' the Dave Clark Five keep rolling along and just when the critics are about to re-write their obituaries – missing ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Superstar

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1970

JIMMY PAGE is the phoenix who has arisen from the ashes of the Yardbirds to emerge amongst the electric guitarist gods, through the meteoric success ...

Bill Justis, Booker T & The MGs: Bill Justis: The Baldest Rock'n'Roll Star

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, March 1970

THE PRESS reception is for Booker T and the MG's. They introduce themselves through the mike on a stage at one end of the room, ...

The Faces: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, March 1970

THE FIRST thing you notice about them is why they're not "The Small Faces" anymore. Rod Stewart, the new vocalist, is head and shoulders above ...

Don Gibson: Lonesome Number One: Profile of Don Gibson

Profile by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, March 1970

DON GIBSON is the most original country and western singer of the past 15 years, and that's been his problem. While everybody else has been ...

Brinsley Schwarz: The Lost Weekend

Report by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, April 1970

Charlie Gillett's impressions of Brinsley Schwarz, the Fillmore East, and night life in New York ...

Elton John: Good Laugh

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, April 1970

PEOPLE ARE too serious in this business is the conclusion presented by Elton John. Elton and Bernie Taubin composed 'Border Song', which is receiving wide ...

Paul McCartney: McCartney (APPLE PCS 7102).

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1970

'The Lovely Linda'; 'That Would Be Something'; 'Valentine Day'; 'Every Night'; 'Hot As Sun'; 'Glasses'; 'Junk'; 'Man We Was Lonely'; 'Oo You'; 'Momma Miss America'; ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney: Let It Be

Interview by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, April 1970

Your own dossier on The McCartney Affair: Paul replies ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney: Your Friendly Press Agent Knew That The Day Would Not Be Easy

Report by Derek Taylor, Record Mirror, April 1970

DEREK TAYLOR, THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE McCARTNEY AFFAIR (AND WHAT BETTER PLACE TO BE?) TELLS THE INSIDE STORY ...

Is Pop Music Putting The Boot In For Bovver?

Overview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, May 1970

Robert Partridge argues that violence has taken on a different meaning ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Leon Russell — Super Group?

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, May 1970

THERE ARE GROUPS, super-groups and super-super-groups. But there must be a new name for a combination of Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, ...

The Moody Blues: When Is A Single Not A Single?

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1970

WHEN IS a single not a single? Apparently when it is the Moody Blues. The Moodies have broken into the Seventies with every indication of ...

The Who: Live At Leeds (Track)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, May 1970

'Young Man'; 'Substitute'; 'Summertime Blues'; 'Shakin' All Over'; 'My Generation'; 'Magic Bus'. ...

Fleetwood Mac: Falling Victim To An Epidemic

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, June 1970

GROUP SPLITS have become the foot-and-mouth disease of pop. And this year the splits have become almost endemic with British bands. ...

Joe South: The Other White South

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, June 1970

MOST WHITE people in the American South like country and western music. ...

Sexy Soulful Women

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, June 1970

I'M NOT sure why, but I'm more often moved by men singing than by women. Somehow I can identify with a much larger range of ...

Free: Free For All

Report by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, July 1970

A front row view of how Swindon got FREED ...

Bob Dylan, Randy Newman: Hyped By Your Heroes: Bob Dylan, Randy Newman

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, July 1970

THE SUMMER of 1970 will go down in the history books as the time when the music of the period finally let loose the truth ...

Roy Brown

Retrospective by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, August 1970

THE MOST influential singer of the last 25 years was Roy Brown. ...

Black Sabbath: It's All Word Of Foot

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, October 1970

THE BLACK SABBATH album Paranoid, slipped into your record shops a couple of weeks ago. No ballyhoo. The release was as quiet as it was ...

Deep Purple: Rock Is Where We're At

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1970

ORGANIST JON Lord asserts triumphantly that with Deep Purple In Rock the group have finally found their true musical identities following their early 'success' as ...

Rod Stewart: How Rod's Old Raincoat Didn't Let Him Down

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, October 1970

ROD STEWART is a walking synopsis of British rock music. He's been in there from the golden days of CND, through the Rod The Mod ...

The Moody Blues: Why Do People Get Moody About The Moodies?

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1970

THE MOODY BLUES – trick or treat? Their talent and ability to produce their unique sounds on live appearances is undeniable but a hard core ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Do You Really Know What Soul IS?

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, October 1970

I BELIEVE that the sudden rash of hit records by black singers is a flash in the pan, and doesn't mean anything in the long ...

Chairmen Of The Board, Mary Wells: Motown: Still Making It?

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, November 1970

FOUR years ago, there were a lot of people who made a point of going into their local record shops and asking, can I hear ...

Randy Newman: In Praise of the Ten Second Song

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, December 1970

THE MOST influential record of 1970 was the Edwin Hawkins' Singers' 'Oh Happy Day', which came out in 1969. It takes a while for people ...

Rufus Thomas: Push and Pull That Funky Dog

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1971

REHEARSALS at Top of the Pops. A man who looks close to 50 years old goes up to a taller, younger man in dark glasses. ...

Ike & Tina Turner, Sly & The Family Stone: Soul reviews

Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1971

Ike and Tina Turner: Hammersmith Odeon, LondonSly and the Family Stone: Greatest Hits (Epic) ...

Carole King

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, January 1971

THERE must be about four generations of pop music fans reading this paper, and to each of them Carole King means something different. ...

McGuinness Flint: McGunness Flint: My Goodness, McGuinness!

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

TOM McGUINNESS has been upon us now for many, many years, peering through little circular windows in a kindly and benign manner at the journalese ...

The Moody Blues

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

'GI-NORMOUS' is the only word to describe the Moody Blues present status in America. They have reached the kind of heights there which are only ...

The Moody Blues: Now I Know How McCartney Felt…

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

FLAUTIST RAY Thomas is now ensconced in the Moody Blues new "Threshold" HQ in Surrey after the group's pre-Christmas run across the States, shattering attendance ...

Chicken Shack

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, January 1971

STAN WEBB is Chicken Shack. And at the moment he's quite literally the whole band – the rest of the original members left when the ...

Black Sabbath: Nobody But The Public Digs Sabbath

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

THERE WOULD seem to be a lot of unnecessary resentment over Black Sabbath's success in this business. And even outside it by those bastions of ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk — Or Bunk?

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1971

RESENTMENT from the critics is something that Grand Funk Railroad are having to live with in the United States, but the pill is made the ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1971

WHITHER the Who? you might ask, for despite their Live At Leeds album and Pete Townshend's recently announced plans for "musically computerised character analysis" we ...

Linda Ronstadt: Get That Ronstadt Message

Report and Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, February 1971

WELL, MY lady took the message, and she wrote it on the wall: "Linda Ronstadt, EMI Press Reception, 4 o'clock tomorrow." ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Zep Come To The People

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1971

"WHAT DO YOU want if you don't want Money?" was the lyrical question once put but never answered by a certain Adam Faith nee Terence ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP Is On The Way…

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, March 1971

DESPITE PROTESTATIONS to the contrary, there is no such thing as an instant group – super or otherwise – and ELP are a testimony to ...

Jethro Tull: God Is Alive and Starring On…

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, March 1971

AQUALUNG is undoubtedly Jethro Tull's most significant album to date and although comparisons are often odious to the artist concerned, the highest compliment I feel ...

Tony Orlando: The Last Of The Teenage Idols

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, April 1971

THE ODEON, Kingston-upon-Thames. Or maybe it was The Granada. It's 9.20 p.m. on the 15th February 1962 and Clarence 'Frogman' Henry has just boogied his ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Energy Is What It's All About

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, April 1971

MARC BOLAN is ready to take on the world following his incredible success with two maxi singles, 'Ride A White Swan' almost indecently closely followed ...

Deep Purple

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

THE CRY most likely from the touchline as Deep Purple rocket on from standing ovation to standing ovation in the next few weeks is "bring ...

Hank Williams and Honky Tonk

Overview by Martin Hawkins, Record Mirror, May 1971

MUCH HAS been written recently about the influence of Sam Phillips' Memphis Sun label on rock 'n' roll, especially since its British releases of recent ...

Family

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

FAMILY ARE something else, that is they are not immediately classifiable into a particular bag – blues, rock, folk or progressive. ...

Rory Gallagher: Fresh Taste For Rory

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

WHAT WERE the real reasons for the break-up of the late lamented Taste at a time when it appeared they were THE live band and ...

James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix: James Taylor: On The Road With Sweet Baby James

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

AMONG THE very few road managers who have put their heads, hearts, hands and feet into their work is Super-Scot Eric Barrett who hit the ...

The Groundhogs: The Hogs Kept Clean And Still Made It

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

IF IT had not been for a clever piece of intuition on the part of Liberty Record's knowledgeable young A&R director Andrew Lauder the Groundhogs ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: The Generator Are Staying Very Content On The Continent

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

PERHAPS THE most obvious band of our times are Van der Graaf Generator who without any publicity hype – hit single or ballyhoo – have ...

Cat Stevens: The Honest Way For It To Happen

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, June 1971

MR STEVENS is, one might suppose of a young man who has survived the horrors of being initially conceived as a teen idol at 18 ...

Jimmy C. Newman: Cajun: Swamp Pop

Overview by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, June 1971

COUNTRY music does not accept outside influences as readily as r&b and r&b doesn't lap them up as greedily as pop music. ...

The Byrds

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, June 1971

THE BYRDS have flown leaving behind them a few thousand satisfied customers and a liberal sprinkling of Her Majesty's Musical Trade Press impressed with their ...

Deep Purple: "The Stones Are Out Of Date" — Ian

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, July 1971

DEEP PURPLE are the band who made it in spite of the critics, the press and most of the mass media and, for that alone, ...

Around The Rock Roots

Comment by Martin Hawkins, Record Mirror, July 1971

"DID YOU EVER HEAR A TENOR SAX, SWINGING LIKE A RUSTY AXE?" ...

Mike D'Abo Not For Sale

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, July 1971

AMONGST THOSE still waiting for D'Abo I count myself still waiting for the real man to stand up and declare himself. ...

Conway Twitty: The Lonely Country Blues Boy

Overview by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, August 1971

WHEN discussing the history of rock 'n' roll, a number of writers have recently implied that the attention paid to black influences has long obscured ...

Carly Simon Quits The Family Commune

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

IT SEEMS ENTIRELY possible that Carly Simon (with one highly successful album high in the American charts, following a top ten single) might well be ...

Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson Is No Rock Hitler

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

THAT BEARDED prankster Ian Anderson is amongst us once more with his reshuffled ensemble now featuring Barrie-More Barlow on percussion in place of Clive Bunker ...

Tir Na Nog

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

HAVE YOU HEARD the one about the Englishman, the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic in a pub at lunch time? And – the first ...

The Who: Keith Moon: Pitch And Bowl For A Pig!

Report by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

THERE WAS a Moon landing in Lyne, Surrey last week when the Who's very own 'lunar-tick' did his bit for his new community by putting ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Miracle of Smokey Robinson

Profile and Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, September 1971

ABOUT twelve years ago, Berry Gordy told Smokey Robinson how to write songs: "Every song should have an idea, tell a story, mean something." Smokey ...

The Coasters: Lecherous, Indolent, Stupid…and Comical: The Coasters

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, October 1971

THERE IS A passage in the Coasters' 'Sweet Georgia Brown' where the lead baritone flies off on the immortal line "she gotta walk that make ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan: I Am The Cosmic Dancer

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1971

I DO BELIEVE I am in grave danger of becoming a pleb! For example, in the opinion of a number of eminent musical critics Marc ...

Family Are A MAN'S Band

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1971

THEIR MUSIC is both uncompromising and aggressive but like most musical hard men they have their other side and their latest album Fearless is likely ...

Ten Years After: Alvin Lee

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1971

'THE FASTEST Guitar in the West', 'The Elvis Presley of the Woodstock Generation', 'King Guitar' (Bert Weedon would dispute that – rock on Bert) – ...

Freddy Fender, Ritchie Valens, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Sir Douglas Quintet: Chicano Rock

Special Feature by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, October 1971

ON 3 February 1959 Richard Valenzuela died in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly whose final recordings foretold the Beatless sixties; a more pop ...

Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Junior Parker: Memphis Blues: Sun Rise

Overview by Colin Escott, Record Mirror, November 1971

IN 1950 WHEN Sam Phillips gave up his job as band promoter for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and opened the studio of the Memphis ...

Mountain: Leslie West

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, December 1971

JEFF BECK has called him 'The greatest living guitarist in the World' and whatever you think of the American band Mountain there is no ignoring ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott — An Enigma

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, December 1971

"THE PLOT thickens" as they used to say in all the best detective stories and the mystery as to why Mott the Hoople cannot break ...

British Rock 'n' Soul

Overview by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, January 1972

THERE'S A HOT SEAT in my house. Right by the record player. Victims are required to sit in it and hazard a guess at the ...

Frank Zappa: Rude, Pompous…And Frank

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1972

EVERY ONE has a right to an opinion but there are some who believe he has no right to express it in public. There are ...

Lindisfarne: Selling Newcastle

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1972

LONG AGO AND far away when Hyde park was just a flower pot and underground meant the Bakerloo line to me I was given to ...

Curved Air: A Little Rift In Curved Air?

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1972

IT WAS SCOTT Fitzgerald who held to the theory that the test of a first rate intelligence was to hold two opposed ideas in the ...

The Cadillacs: Speedo's Back In Town

Interview by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, February 1972

EARL CARROLL is still a rocker. The other Coasters wear Afros but Mr. Earl's hair is black, shiny and slickered back. Thumbing through a copy ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Echoes: Jerry Lee Lewis

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, March 1972

ON 22nd MAY 1958, an immigration officer manning the desk for TWA flights from New York to London Airport North scratched his head, sighed, picked ...

Lindisfarne Tell All

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, March 1972

DEFINING Lindisfarne's success is rather like pulling the wings off a butterfly at present but there seems little doubt after having seen them on stage ...

Seals and Crofts: Faith The Music

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, March 1972

NICE PEOPLE – Jim Seals and Dash Crofts. A couple of less unlikely Texans I have yet to meet, currently residing somewhat ironically in the ...

The Beatles, Captain Beefheart: Come Out, Paul... Beefheart's Here!

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1972

UNDERGROUND hero Captain Beefheart surfaced in London with a plea: "Where are you, Paul McCartney?" and being a helpful sort of diary page, we echo: ...

Captain Beefheart: Love Over Gold: Captain Beefheart Talks To RM Readers

Report and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1972

FIVE YEARS ago, the magic name of Captain Beefheart was no more than an imported LP in the window-display of clique-ey One-Stop Records. There ...

Fats Domino: Walking To New Orleans

Profile by Martin Hawkins, Record Mirror, May 1972

IN RECENT years the music of New Orleans in the 50's has been well documented on albums, but maybe now is the time to be ...

Acappella: The Rise And Fall Of Acappella

Guide by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, June 1972

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, 1954. Five young men stood around a tape recorder in a church cellar and gang. They couldn't afford a band but wouldn't ...

Little Willie John: Willie John: A Soul Who Died In Jail

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, June 1972

THE DEATH of Little Willie John is chronicled in the June 8th 1968 edition of Billboard. Datelined Walla Walla, Washington, May 27th, the notice reads: ...

Richard Berry: Echoes: Richard Berry

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, July 1972

"They took me to see that friend of mineyeah District court-room two-twenty-ninethe judge said 'your payments are way behind'I said 'Don't worry Daddy it won't ...

Johnny Otis: The Godfather of R&B

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, July 1972

I THOUGHT Johnny Otis was suffering from over-exposure Dave Wolf who has drained his life savings to bring over Johnny's entire package thinks not. So ...

Charlie Rich: Rich and Mellow

Discography by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, August 1972

"ULTIMATELY there was Charlie Rich. Rich was a Georgia cotton farmer and he was into his thirties, he had grey hair and a paunch. Still ...

The Jackson 5: Jacksons Fly In

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

"AH KISSED Jer-a-maine three times," cried the tall girl as she ran into me, almost pushing me to the ground. "I saw Michael! I saw ...

The Jackson 5: On Tour With The Jackson 5

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

Robin Katz goes behind the scenes to report on America's top soul group. ...

The Jackson 5: Don't Treat Them Like Children!

Report and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

Robin Katz continues her inside story of the Jackson Five with a frantic interview at the Churchill ...

Gladys Knight: Gladys v Motown

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, December 1972

Robin Katz on the likely outcome of a forthcoming battle over contracts ...

Queen: Queen of the Orient

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Record Mirror, May 1975

A FEW MONTHS ago Queen were the band everyone was talking about and the only reason why their name hasn't been on everyone's lips just ...

Reggae

Overview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, September 1975

You either love it or hate it. It's either boring, and all the same, or the most exciting thing you've ever heard. No other current ...

Roxy Music, Sadistic Mika Band: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Ray Fox-Cumming, Record Mirror, October 1975

THE EARLY part of Roxy's British tour has been a succession of 'welcome homes' for members of the band. ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry: So Ferry Stylish

Report and Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Record Mirror, October 1975

POST-CONCERT meals with Roxy Music are relaxed and refined affairs. The group change for dinner, sip pre-prandial drinks in their hotel bar, then dine with ...

The Temptations: Moving With The Times

Interview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, October 1975

IT'S SURE tough work being a Temptation. Before replacing Damon Harris in soul music's top fivesome, Glenn Leonard not only had to learn the group's ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves: Our Martha Aims Higher And Higher

Interview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, December 1975

"IF I won any fans over here on my first trip I still have them. They're so much more devoted than the people back home, ...

Smokie: Smokie Rising — 11 Years to Take Off!

Profile and Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Record Mirror, January 1976

MOST BRIGHTEST hope contenders in any year tend to be fairly new bands, but Smokie, although the name is newish, had their beginnings over 11 ...

Dionne Warwick, Thom Bell: Dionne Rings The Changes

Report and Interview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, January 1976

SINCE IT was the arranging/production and inspiration of Thom Bell which took Dionne Warwick (no final "e" these days) back into the charts after a ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Beware The Guitar Gangster

Profile and Interview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, January 1976

SUPERSTAR? MAYBE not. But despite a lack of any major hits, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson has long been acknowledged as a super-talent of the black American ...

The Future Of Rock 'N' Soul

Comment by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, February 1976

JUST ONE glance at the pop charts over the past decade is sufficient to indicate the domination of black music in general and soul music ...

Mary Hopkin: Mary Had A Little Jam...And Now She's Got A Single!

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Record Mirror, February 1976

MARY HOPKIN has at least one good reason for being glad to be back at work "It gives me an excuse to get a maid. ...

Brook Benton: Brook's No Hero Of The Past

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Record Mirror, April 1976

LIKE RAY CHARLES, Fats Domino and precious few others, Brook Benton's pulling power as one of the father figures of black American music continues despite ...

Gloria Jones, Marc Bolan: Gloria Jones: Keeping Up With The Joneses

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, May 1976

GLORIA JONES is the sultry lady sprawled across the sheets who screams through T. Rex's 'Get It On'. Very Tina Turner, and judging from all ...

Bobby Womack: Bobby Sox It To Ya

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, February 1977

"HELLO LONDON, it's Bobby Womack on the line." Hello Bobby, you friendly soul. How good to hear your voice again. ...

Eddie Kendricks: Kendricks Tempts The Mind And Body

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, March 1977

EDDIE KENDRICKS, I'm sorry to say, is not the man he used to be. Thirteen years ago he was one of the Temptations, and was ...

The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: In Town Tonight

Report and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, July 1977

On the last night of The Jacksons visit to London, Michael Jackson realised he hadn't seen the sights. Robin Katz (an American of all people) ...

The Only Ones: The Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, September 1977

IF THE graffiti in the ladles' toilet of the Speakeasy is anything to go by the Only Ones are already the subject of attention. But ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Marc Bolan: Glam Rock Is Dead

Obituary by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, September 1977

Even people who didn't care for his records acknowledged his charisma ...

David Bowie, Eddie & The Hot Rods: The Thin White Duke Has Gone. Here's The New David Bowie

Report and Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, September 1977

THE TONE is final. This negative is as impenetrable as it is predictable. "No." ...

Ian Dury: New Boots And Panties (Stiff SEEZ4)

Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

Dury's Verdict ...

999, The Adverts, Motorhead: Is Gaye Well Equipped? Will These Boys Show You Their Equipment?

Report and Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, October 1977

How easy is it to start your own band? How much does it cost? Rosalind Russell looks at 999's equipment and goes round the shops ...

X-Ray Spex: Vortex, London

Live Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

Tell Laura I love her ...

David Bowie: 'Heroes' (RCA PL 12622)

Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

Bowie and blind faith ...

Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, Wreckless Eric: Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Wreckless Eric — Bunch Of Stiffs Tour: Town Hall, High Wycombe

Live Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

A stiff undertaking ...

Jonathan Richman: If I Were A Richman...

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

Does Jonathan still love the modern world? TIM LOTT finds out — or does he? ...

ABBA: Case No 584938657 (B) The Imperial State of Newave vs Ulvaeus

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

Presided by Judge JoepublicCounsel for the Prosecution: Anne R. Quay, QCCounsel for the Defence: Joecon Sumer THE ABBA TAPES Transcription by TIM LOTT ...

Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer: Giorgio Moroder: Donna und Blitzen!

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, October 1977

GIORGIO, Ms Summer's producer, gives the low-down on their sessions in the studio ...

The Saints: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, October 1977

THE SAINTS opened their new British tour at the Camden Music Machine — that was their first and I hope only mistake. It's fine booking ...

Amanda Lear: Blood Sex and Lears

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

IN 1973 I fell in love. She was a photograph, a blue-black animal with a panther on a leash. She was with another, a man ...

XTC: An Everyday Story Of Country Punks

Report and Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

TIM LOTT visits them at The Manor ...

Barry White: On The White Line To Barry

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, November 1977

Barry cools down a heavy breathing Rosalind Russell, a bit more than arms length away ...

Allman and Woman: Allman And Woman: Two The Hard Way (Warner Bros.)*

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, November 1977

HARD ON THE HEARING ...

Gloria Jones, Marc Bolan: Marc Bolan: My Life Alone by Gloria Jones

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, November 1977

WHAT WERE you doing on the morning of September 16 this year? Were you, like me, numb with the shock of hearing that Marc Bolan ...

Frankie Miller: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, December 1977

Frankie blows it ...

Generation X, The Lurkers, The Saints, The Valves: Generation X, The Saints, The Lurkers, The Valves: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, December 1977

Gen Xcellent ...

The Sex Pistols: Winterland, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1978

London's pride take over USA – The Pistols' last gig? ...

Talking Heads: David Byrne: Talking Off The Top Of His Head

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, February 1978

I HAVE THIS talking head in front of me. In his talking mouth he is spooning scrambled eggs and bacon. So much for input. The ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Ol’ Bill: Be-Bop Deluxe’s Bill Nelson

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Record Mirror, February 1978

"THE AMERICAN interviewers have been saying, 'Hey, are you going to wear the suits again this time?' and I say, 'We've worn them the last ...

Kraftwerk: The Man Machine (Capitol EST 11728(1)

Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, May 1978

KRAFTY KRAUTS REALLY WERK! ...

Blondie: Starwood, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1978

They still don't know who Blondie is in LA ...

Kate Bush: Tête a Kate

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1978

The rock and roll business usually brings up its fair share of prima donnas, ready to grab what they can and cast off their friends ...

The Jacksons: No Signs Of Any Slackening

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, October 1978

'Blame It On The Boogie' may not be the Jacksons most exciting single, but it's doing the trick again. PAUL SEXTON talks to Michael Jackson ...

Van Halen: Vague

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, October 1978

Ros Russell spends a night in Germany posing with David Lee Roth, Van Halen's front man ...

Heatwave: Heating Up the Disco Crowd

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, November 1978

TO COME back from a very successful American tour to see your new single shoot into the chart at No 36 while making healthy strides ...

X-Ray Spex: Maturity Is Next: X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents (EMI)

Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, November 1978

SOUNDS FOR sophisticated head-bangers, noises for Nembuthal nights. X-Ray Spex carry the standard of 1977 (which reads fun) on the flagpole of 1979 (constructed from ...

Rod Stewart: Blondes Have More Fun (Rlva RVLP8)

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, November 1978

MORE LIVE THAN DYED ...

Boney M: Babylon on a Thin Wire

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, December 1978

TIM LOTT meets the lead voice of Boney M, Liz Mitchell ...

Chaka Khan: Chaka (Warner Bros.) ****

Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, December 1978

NOW THEN, an album which the whole team involved has obviously spent a good deal of time thinking about. Chaka Khan needs songs which exploit ...

Jean Michel Jarre: A Jarre With Bottle

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, March 1979

OR YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A LOUT TO HAVE CLOUT ...

Blondie: More Males Per Oxide

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, April 1979

EVER HEARD the one about New Yorkers in Los Angeles? Well there's more than one, as Woody Allen knows, and Blondie have a few on ...

Anita Ward: Emergency Ward

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, June 1979

Anita Ward rings PAUL SEXTON'S bells ...

Yellow Magic Orchestra: Yellow Magic Orchestra (A&M)

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, June 1979

THE ONLY REAL SURPRISE about Yellow Magic's emergence into Western pop music is that they took such a long time coming. ...

McFadden and Whitehead: Startin' 'N' Stoppin'

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, July 1979

PAUL SEXTON winds up old phillybusters McFadden and Whitehead ...

Kirsty MacColl: Double Lives

Profile and Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, July 1979

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN the hype and the hit, when the noise has died down before it lives again, there's a spell of anticipation when the ...

Minnie Riperton: Minnie (Capitol) ****

Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, August 1979

THIS WAS going to be a happy, triumphant comeback album... ...

Madness: A Touch Of Madness

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1979

DOWN AT Acquarius Records an assistant keeps rushing out to put out more copies of 'One Step Beyond'. He's kept pretty busy. They're being bought ...

Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Marseille, Squeeze, Whitesnake: Are You A Whore For Rock 'N' Roll?

Report by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, December 1979

ROSALIND RUSSELL thinks most of you are ...

Japan: Ryerson Theatre, Toronto

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, January 1980

WEST OF JAPAN ...

The Sugarhill Gang: Beat The Rap

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, January 1980

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA: and the Parliafunk crowd are watching three ex-DJs performing 15 minutes of the hippest tongue twisting in town. "Said a hip-hop, the hibbitt. ...

Blondie: Pure Gloss

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

Now we can get back to those sexist headlines. Debbie Harry knows you need that to front a band, but don't forget the music and ...

Dan Hartman: Relight My Fire (Blue Sky) *

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

DAN HARTMAN has obviously learned all he knows from listening to TV theme music. Shame he didn't pay more attention to the master — Aaron ...

Pat Benatar: Old Waldorf, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, February 1980

PAT BENATAR is on her way — American style. She is exactly the kind of performer who points to the huge difference between English and ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Bitter Pill

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

Siouxsie isn't just concerned about being a rock musician, she has strong feelings on other matters as well. Interview by ROSALIND RUSSELL ...

The Tourists: It's Good To Be Back

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

Not that the Tourists have been away. Rosalind Russell talks to Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart about why they don't want to be just a ...

Ellen Foley: The Venue, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, March 1980

APART FROM a brief appearance on Ian Hunter's London concert, this was Ellen Foley's debut In the UK. And judging by the reaction, she could ...

Shalamar, The Whispers: Sex and the Solar People

Report and Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, March 1980

TIM LOTT goes to LA to watch the glitter and tinsel of the biggest thing happening in black music at the moment ...

The Specials: Stanford University, California

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

THE SPECIALS' mini-tour of California has, predictably enough, been full of incident. Three sold-out nights at the Whisky in LA, the club all decorated in ...

Gary Numan: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

Frozen Robots ...

The Eagles: Oakland Coliseum

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

THE EAGLES on home turf in California, even if it does rain more here in the north. ...

Public Image Ltd.: Lydon The Exorcist

Report by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

John Lydon's back in America, as cynical as ever. He wants to forget the memories, do away with the past and rock 'n'roll. MARK COOPER ...

The Pretenders: Talk Of The USA

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1980

LAST YEAR'S "next big thing" rarely succeeds in becoming "This year's model" with the ease with which the Pretenders have performed the feat in Britain. ...

Public Image Ltd: Market Cultural Center, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1980

PUBLIC IMAGE in a cultural centre — sounds arty enough to make you wonder if they've gone over the top. ...

Janis Ian: Theatre Royal, London

Live Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, May 1980

LONDON'S THEATRE ROYAL is one of the city's few large venues which maintain anything like a convivial atmosphere. ...

Average White Band: Picking Up The Pieces: Average White Band: Shine (RCA)

Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, May 1980

TWO OR THREE years ago, if the Average White Band had said, "Let's go round again", the vast majority of Britain's record-buying public would have ...

Judas Priest: The Empire Strikes Back

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, July 1980

MARK COOPER encounters JUDAS PRIEST under a pile of volcanic ash of the third kind ...

Blondie: Gimme Shelter

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, August 1980

BLONDIE will head for the hills if there's a nuclear attack. ROSALIND RUSSELL will whitewash the windows and wrap her head in a towel. What ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Man, The Myth, The Magic

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, October 1980

MILWAUKEE IS up by the Great Lakes in the industrial badlands. Concrete freeways, steel chimneys, cloudy skies and breweries. The kind of place "where Mister ...

Visage: The Young Pretender

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, November 1980

STEVE STRANGE, chief of the new clan of the beautiful people has made a record. MARK COOPER talks to him about the concept ...

John Lennon

Obituary by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1980

WHEN WE were growing up, my brother and I, he loved John Lennon especially. Our parents used to give us a Beatles album every Christmas. ...

The Stray Cats: On The Tiles With The Stray Cats

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1980

Your storyteller: MARK COOPER (MA, DFC, VD and Private Bar) ...

Au Pairs: Vote Vote Vote

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1981

MARK COOPER joins the AU PAIRS' campaign trail ...

Jane Kennaway: Lady Jane

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, January 1981

The queues of A&R men are stretching round the block to sign Jane Kennaway on a long term deal. Her single, 'IOU' has pricked their ...

The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: Off The Cuff

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1981

Stevie Wonder's rival? The black Bambi or just James Bond's scuba diving companion? Mark Cooper looks at the mystery behind Michael Jackson's shades… and finds ...

Stiff Little Fingers

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1981

'We've got to get out and we've got to fight back' is still the message from SLF and their commitment hasn't evaporated since the heady ...

The Beat: Wha'ppen? (Go Feet) ****

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1981

IN WHICH the Beat define their sound over a whole album, realise their strengths (most notably the individuality of each performer) and, in general, settle ...

Pink Floyd: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1981

PINK FLOYD'S The Wall is the ultimate rock concert, more a funeral than a celebration. ...

The Human League: Beautiful Dreamers

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, August 1981

Start with pop with a capital P, add a touch of glamour, stir with a generous helping of amateur enthusiasm and you've got the new ...

The Teardrop Explodes: We Can Be Heroes Just For One Day

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, September 1981

Christ, Warhol, Arthur Lee (who?), Scott Walker, JULIAN COPE. Are these the immortals of the next century and beyond? Julian Cope hopes so, after all ...

The Human League: A Soap Opera

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, October 1981

An everyday story of human life starring the HUMAN LEAGUE. Script MARK COOPER ...

Gregory Isaacs: Clean Up Man

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, October 1981

MARK COOPER talks to the 'cool ruler', Gregory Isaacs ...

The Teardrop Explodes: Club Zoo, Liverpool

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, November 1981

Escape from Tinseltown ...

Spandau Ballet: A Day In The Life Of Gary Kemp

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Record Mirror, November 1981

Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet talks to Chas De Whalley sbout one of his working days. ...

Scritti Politti: Suspicious Minds

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1981

Making their way from the margins to the mainstream SCRITTI POLITTI have discovered the beauties of pop. But what took them so long? "Professor" MARK ...

Duran Duran: Rum Runner, Birmingham

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Record Mirror, December 1981

THERE WASN'T a lot to see, for a start. When Duran Duran returned to their old stamping ground in Birmingham's trendy but tiny Rum Runner ...

A Certain Ratio: Sextet (Factory Fact 55)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

A CERTAIN JE NE SAIS QUOI ...

Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus: Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus: Disarmament (Trojan)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

DISARMAMENT IS a surprise – perhaps the first reggae album to openly confront the threat of nuclear warfare with the power of Jah Love while ...

Rhoda Dakar: Being Boiled – Rhoda Dakar

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

2-Tone's follow up to 'Ghost Town' is equally timely and a good deal more controversial. The single is 'The Boiler' and its subject is rape. ...

Talking Heads: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

Joining the stadium set ...

Kraftwerk: The Model Life

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, February 1982

"I'm not nuts," says RALF HÜTTER of mighty Germanic megastars KRAFTWERK. "Blimey," gasps MARK COOPER (PHD Engineering and Knitting) in disbelief. Well, is he or ...

Haircut 100: The Young Ones, Darling We're The Young Ones

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, February 1982

Young is beautiful, say HAIRCUT 100. MARK COOPER gets nostalgic with the band every mother wants her daughter to love. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen, The KLF, The Teardrop Explodes: A Life In The Day Of Bill Drummond

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, April 1982

Bill Drummond, manager of The Bunnymen and The Teardrops, talks to Mark Cooper ...

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: I Love Rock And Roll (Epic)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, April 1982

JOAN JETT is 23 years old. She's been in rock and roll for the last 10 years. It shows. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline, Scotland

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1982

COME FEEL THE NOISE! ...

The Clash: Combat Rock (CBS) ***

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1982

Gonna write a Clashic ...

Girlschool: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1982

THE SPECTACLE is always the same – blinding flashes and smokebombs, loud guitar and pounding drums. The band dedicate the songs to the crowd, the ...

The Human League: A Life In The Day Of Martin Rushent

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1982

MARTIN RUSHENT, producer of the Human League and Altered Images, talks to MARK COOPER. ...

Soft Cell: Non Stop Erotic Dancing (Some Bizarre) **

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1982

I'M NOT dancing, I'm sulking. Here we have a copy of Soft Cell's dance-mix album, a supposed treat, and I'm rooted to the floor. Church ...

Dennis Brown: Dennis the Menace

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1982

DENNIS BROWN talks high finance with MARK COOPER ...

Pigbag: Brand New Beanbag

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, July 1982

Mark Cooper throws a few questions at the brand new Pigbag ...

Pete Wingfield, The Sugarhill Gang: The Sugarhill Gang: Sweet Talking

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, August 1982

Rap? No, actually the Sugar hill Gang are pretty good, says Paul Sexton ...

Heaven 17: You Ware It Well

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, November 1982

THESE THREE men belong to neither pavement nor penthouse. Instead they've grown comfortable by the fireside. Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh and Glenn ...

Strawberry Switchblade: Every Witch Way But Loose

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1983

ROSE AND JILL of Strawberry Switchblade may look like Macbeth's weird witches but sisters they aren't. "We actually think we dress quite differently," complains Jill, ...

Kajagoogoo: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Betty Page, Record Mirror, May 1983

75% OF THIS Kajaudience measured less than 5ft 2ins and looked like the walking personification of Top Shop. Hundreds of young girls in crisp, virginal ...

Freeez: Two's Company... Freeez A Crowd

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, July 1983

PROFOUND STATEMENTS of our time, number 23. Let me introduce you to Freeez's John Rocca, who says assertively: "If you want a loaf of bread, ...

Dennis Edwards: Anyone For Dennis?

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, April 1984

IT WAS very nearly the combination of the year. Dennis Edwards and Chaka Khan. But hold on: Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett – maybe it ...

The SOS Band: $O$

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, April 1984

The selling of soul, by our financial staff, Paul Sexton ...

Billy Idol

Interview by Betty Page, Record Mirror, September 1984

Billy Idol introduces Betty Page to an exciting new phenomenon called 'punk rawk' ...

Full Force: Young Business People Of The Year?

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, January 1986

Well, they have created the biggest 12 inch record in CBS history and they are going to feature on a new tribute to Martin Luther ...

LL Cool J: Hard as Hell

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, January 1986

That's LL Cool J, possibly the best rapper ever and main thrust of Def Jam Recordings, possibly the coolest label this decade. They're both here ...

The Beastie Boys: Don't Be A Faggot

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, February 1986

Why anyone should want to be a small meatball in gravy we don't know, but this is (supposedly) the title of the Beastie Boys' forthcoming ...

Alexander O'Neal, Cherrelle: Cherrelle, Alexander O'Neal: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Live Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, March 1986

THEY PACK 'EM in down Croydon way. A brace of shows by the Tabu twosome, no less, proving that Saturday love really stretches this far ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie Sioux: "I rarely delve into anything… I usually have a head-on collision with it"

Interview by Betty Page, Record Mirror, March 1986

THE ELEGANT tea rooms at Fortnum And Mason's in London's Piccadilly may not seem like an obvious location for a meeting with someone as gloriously ...

Hot House: Hot Shots

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, February 1987

Hot House is one of the best new soul acts in Britain. Hot House was signed before their record company had even seen a picture ...

T'Pau: For Crying Out Loud!

Interview by Betty Page, Record Mirror, November 1987

STEP INTO CAROL Decker's parlour and she'll greet you with a firm but welcoming handshake. This is characteristic of this forthright, intelligent and sharp young ...

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