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Mel Blanc, Pat Boone: Boone Changes Style Again

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 28 July 1962

IT LOOK A bit of the old rock 'n' roll, a screaming female, and a voice that takes you back to the sordid cartoon theatres ...

Rolf Harris: The Zany 'Kangaroo Man' Is Back

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, 8 September 1962

TWO YEARS ago, 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport' hit the British charts with all the fury of an aboriginal war dance. So did Rolf Harris, ...

Cassius Clay: Clay Wins: Columbia Swings

Report by uncredited writer, Billboard, 7 March 1964

NEW YORK — The upset victory of Cassius Clay over Sonny Liston for the heavyweight boxing championship last week (25) also upset the operational procedures ...

The Chipmunks: He Is Those Chipmunks

Interview by Maureen Cleave, The San Francisco Examiner, 29 November 1964

Ross Bagdasarian's Electronic Creatures Are Vastly Real ...

The New Vaudeville Band: Band Plays, But Didn't Cut 'Cathedral'

Profile and Interview by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, 31 December 1966

DID YOU SEE the New Vaudeville Band on television? Or maybe catch a personal appearance? ...

The First Class, The Wombles: First Class: The First Class (UK/London); The Wombles: Remember You're a Womble (Columbia)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, December 1974

I've decided to give up surfing and become a homo. — Les Crammer from Surfing Comedy Annual '74 ...

David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Donovan, The Goodies, George Harrison, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Kenny, Diana Ross, The Rubettes, Ringo Starr, The Three Degrees: Singles from Elton John, David Bowie et al

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 1 March 1975

Elton gets lost ...

Disco-Tex and his Sex-O-Lettes: Disco Tex: Boogoo Boogoo to Choo

Interview by David Hancock, Record Mirror, 24 May 1975

Sir Monti talks to David Hancock ...

C.W. McCall: Wilderness (Polydor)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, July 1976

LET'S FACE it. 'Convoy' was probably the one moment of pure inspiration C.W. McCall's adcopy-blighted brain will ever enjoy, and those fans hoping for a ...

Meri Wilson: Have you checked out your Telephone Man recently? MERI WILSON has — and she's never looked back

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, 1 October 1977

"I'VE BEEN singing 'Telephone Man' for years," explained a very chatty Meri Wilson in a flirtatious southern lilt. ...

New Order, Pop Will Eat Itself, Saint Etienne: Football Songs: The Final scores

Report by Martin Aston, The Independent, 16 May 1990

For this year's World Cup, England has its most sophisticated anthem ever. Martin Aston reports ...

Jive Bunny: Where are they now? Jive Bunny

Interview by Martin Aston, Q, May 1997

The guy who works down the chip shop swears he's Elvis. And the woman on the M&S tights counter might well be Tanita Tikaram. ...

The Baha Men, Hampton and the Hampsters: I Still Want a Hula Hoop: Hampton and the Hampsters

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, The Village Voice, 17 October 2000

OK, HERE'S THE hamster scoop: Last fall a U.K. indie-artsy outfit named the Cuban Boys took note of the wacky hamster sample (manipulated from the ...

Last Christmas, I gave you my chart

Column by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 26 November 2003

Caroline Sullivan is appalled by this year's efforts for the Chrismas No 1, but finds some consolation in the thought that next year the singles ...

Embrace: Hear we go!

Comment by Pete Paphides, The Times, 31 March 2006

We get the football anthems we deserve, says Pete Paphides. Can Embrace score a winner? ...

Ray Parker Jr.: Who you gonna call? 118 118

Comment by Johnny Sharp, The Guardian, 4 April 2009

Ray Parker Jr is the latest ad/pop crossover. Johnny Sharp wants more ...

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