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Bringing It All Back Home – Champion Jack Dupree

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Champion Jack Dupree’s startling life story took in everything from early tragedy to transatlantic success. John Howard remembers a chance encounter with the blues icon when he returned home for a show in New Orleans… Twenty four years after I first caught blues piano player Champion Jack Dupree’s highly entertaining act, I was sitting in [...]

A Life in Rock ‘n’ Roll: Vince Eager

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Vince Eager lifts the lid on tales of touring with the legendary Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, including the perils of letting an American Rock ‘n’ Roller take over the driving wheel in rural Somerset… It was always a dream of mine to own either an S-Type Jaguar or a Jaguar XK120, but when the [...]

The latest Elvis special collectors edition of Vintage Rock magazine is on sale now!


Available at WH Smith, Tesco and independent newsagents, our lavishly illustrated 132-page tribute to the King of rock’n’roll picks up the story from his legendary ’68 Comeback TV Special onwards and looks in-depth at his Las Vegas live show residencies, classic albums and latter-years songs, fashion and much more besides. We speak to Elvis’ right-hand [...]

Legends of Rock: Paul Barrett

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Paul Barrett has been a mainstay of the UK rock’n’roll scene for more than 50 years, not only managing and promoting homegrown talent butalso bringing over many top-drawer American rockers. He mulls over his busy career with Jack Watkins… From Shakin’ Stevens to Matchbox, Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers to Bill Haley’s original Comets line-up [...]

Album of the week! The Supremes – Meet The Supremes


Unlike The Miracles, Diana Ross and her winsome young group were just starting out when Motown pressed up their debut LP Meet The Supremes in that same year, 1962. The 10-song album is also newly available on Not Now vinyl and contains their first two minor hits, Let Me Go The Right Way and Your [...]

Top 40 Unsung Uk Artists: No.23 – Kim Roberts

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Kim Roberts’ recording career began at Joe Meek’s RGM studio in London’s Holloway Road after Heinz, his principal protégé, lodged at her parents’ guest house in Halifax. Until then, her performances had been confined to the immediate neighbourhood, but, attracted by Kim’s coltish charms, Heinz arranged an audition with Meek, who supervised her first single, [...]

Top 40 Unsung Uk Artists: No.4 – Dave Berry

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First, he was one of The Dominoes, a Sheffield duo of Everly Brothers persuasion, and then victor of a holiday camp jiving contest before his absorption into The Chuck Fowler Rhythm And Blues Band. This combo had mutated into Dave Berry and the Cruisers by 1960, when the nation at large first saw Dave via [...]

Long live Vinyl – Album Of The Week: The Sonics – 50


    Light In The Attic Records are celebrating a half-century of blistering Pacific Northwest rock’n’roll with a three-LP boxed set by the Sonics – easily one of the most essential releases to be offered during the recent Black Friday Record Store Day. The first two platters reproduce the band’s seminal Here Are The Sonics! [...]

Vintage Rock writer John Howard pays tribute to Scotty Moore


The guitar that changed the world has been silenced. Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s legendary guitarist has died at 84. Scotty, a semi-regular visitor to the UK, had been in poor health for most of this year. Not only did he feature on Elvis Sun and RCA releases, he also appeared with the King on the [...]

Issue 21 Of Vintage Rock Out Now !

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  The new issue of Vintage Rock is out now! This month marks the 30th anniversary of the tragic plane crash that took the lives of Ricky Nelson, his band and tour manager while they were on the way to perform at a New Year’s Eve show in Dallas. In this issue of Vintage Rock Nelson biographer Sheree [...]