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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win Give More Love by Ringo Starr

Win Give More Love by Ringo Starr

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Republic Media Music to offer two lucky readers the chance to win Give More Love, a fabulous new album by Ringo Starr.

Give More Love was recorded at Ringo's home studio in Los Angeles, Give More Love.
The album includes 10 new tracks featuring a selection of collaborations with friends.

Ringo Starr

Give More Love Track Listing

1. We’re On The Road Again - featuring Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather
2. Laughable - co-written and performed with Peter Frampton as well as Benmont Tench, Timothy B Schmidt, Richard Page and Amy Keys
3. Show Me The Way - co-written and performed with Steve Lukather and with Paul McCartney
4. Speed of Sound - co-written with Richard Marx and featuring Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton and Nathan East
5. Standing Still - co- written with Gary Burr
6. King of the Kingdom - including performances by Dave Stewart and Edgar Winter
7. Electricity - co-written with Glen Ballard and featuring Joe Walsh and Don Was
8. So Wrong For So Long - co written and performed with Dave Stewart 
9. Shake It Up - co written and performed with Gary Nicholson and including Don Was and Edgar Winter
10. Give More Love co-written with Gary Nicholson including Timothy B Schmidt and All Starrs Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette

Bonus tracks include:

1. Back Off Boogaloo
2. You Can’t Fight Lightning
3. Photograph
4. Don’t Pass Me By

Ringo Starr

This version of Back Off Booglaloo is based on the original recording Ringo made when he wrote the song. He recently discovered the tape when he moved houses.

The other three bonus tracks are collaborations based on performances from Starr’s 2016 Peace & Love Birthday event. Alberta Cross performed You Can’t Fight Lightning and Vandaveer performed Photograph and Don’t Pass Me By. Starr loved their renditions and asked them to each record them for his new album, also adding his own vocals.

For more information visit Ringo's website at www.ringostarr.com
 

For Your Chance to Win

  Just tell us which
  famous band was
       Ringo Starr
     a member of?


a) The Turtles
b) The Beatles
c) The Beach Boys
d) The Rolling Stones


  To Enter the Competition

Tell us which famous band was Ringo Starr a member of? Then send in your answer, together with your name, address and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers address as shown below:
 sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

* Please label your entry
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* This competition is open to
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An Evening with Jimmy Osmond
and His Band


Jimmy Osmond

Jimmy Osmond, who celebrated his 50th anniversary in the music business in 2016, returns to the UK in 2018 with his hugely popular show - A Tribute to Andy Williams – Moon River and Me.

Packed with award-winning music, nostalgic footage and Jimmy’s own personal memories of Andy Williams, the 36-date tour will run from 31st January through 16th March 2018.

Jimmy who made his performance debut at the age of three on television on the Andy Williams Show will perform many of the romantic songs that made the legendary singer so popular including Music To Watch Girls By, Happy Heart, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Almost There, May Each Day, Days of Wine and Roses and of course the song that was to become his theme, Moon River.

Jimmy Osmond

The youngest member of the world-famous Osmond family is joined by The Moon River Band with special guest stars including Charlie Green and naturally, a show with an Osmond would not be complete without some of the chart-topping hits that made Jimmy and his brothers famous.

With an array of Platinum and Gold discs to his credit, Jimmy Osmond’s multi-faceted career has seen him star in the West End production of Grease, a role he recently reprised in selected dates around the UK and tours with Boogie Nights, and Chicago; appear in British Panto; produce television specials amongst which was The Osmonds’ 50th Anniversary for PBS and author and illustrate the award winning children’s book Awesome Possum Family Band, in which Jimmy used his cartooning skills to create the characters himself and if all this is not enough Jimmy was a finalist in the 2016 Celebrity MasterChef series.

Jimmy Osmond And His Band

Find out more about Jimmy Osmond and his tour at http://jimmyosmond.com 
 

Nick Heyward Releases Perfect Sunday Sun

Nick Heyward

Following the release of his critically acclaimed new album ‘Woodland Echoes’, Nick Heyward will release a new single ‘Perfect Sunday Sun’ on 17th November via his own label Gladsome Hawk. The “idyllic” track, as described by Uncut magazine, focuses on “my interpretation of indecision, idealism and havering - a kind of trilogy, like Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ‘Three Colours’ film series,” explains Nick. Its college rock choruses part away from the bucolic pop of the rest of the album, making the single into the perfect soundtrack of an endless English summer’s afternoon.

Prior to his hugely successful and prolific solo career, Nick came to prominence as the frontman of percolating pop-funk new wave group Haircut 100, a foundational part of the 80s-pop explosion. They released four UK Top 10 hit singles, with their debut album ‘Pelican West’ reaching no. 2 in the UK album charts, no. 31 in USA’s Billboard 200, and ending up being certified platinum by BPI, with Nick gracing the cover of pacesetting style magazine The Face.

Entering as the highest new entry at No. 4 in the Official Independent UK Albums chart, ‘Woodland Echoes’ has seen support across the board with positive reviews from the most credible music publications including; The Observer, Sunday Times Culture, Mojo, Uncut, Classic Pop and Record Collector, while previous singles have been supported by Sarah Cox and Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio 2, Gary Crowley on BBC London - who made ‘Baby Blue Sky’ his ‘Record of the Week’ – as well as Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 and BBC London’s Robert Elms.

Having already appeared on TV shows including Lorraine, London Live and BBC Red Button, Nick will perform for BBC 1 Children in Need at Wembley Arena in November, and is co-starring in an upcoming Channel 5 show which will see the singer songwriter tour the UK in a campervan in a show called ‘Celebrity Motor Homes’ alongside celebrities such as Lesley Joseph, Melvin Hayes and Cleo Rocos.

Perfect Sunday Sun by Nick Heyward

With his recent solo set at this year’s Great Escape Festival praised by Drowned In Sound as “one of the finest we heard all weekend, his second coming is imminent” and his recent full band headline show at 229 received rave reviews by the likes of Metro, Nick is set to return to the live circuit with a full UK tour in Spring 2018.

His first record in 18 years “can't be called a return to form for Heyward because he never lost his form; it just went unheard for years,” as written by All Music within the full star’s review. “Call it a welcome return instead, because the world of pop music always needs music this smart, tuneful, and unabashedly romantic.” Nick Heyward – as perfectly described by Louder Than War is still “a songwriter of the highest order.”

Nick is touring in 2018 starting on 24th May at Concorde in Brighton, taking in 13 dates including 02 Academy Islington in London. For tickets http://nickheyward.com/gigs

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Music


Sixtyplusurfers Interview


Frank Allen from
The Searchers


Frank Allen and The Searchers

Interview by Jenny
Itzcovitz & Simon Fine


Frank Allen, bass guitarist for The Searchers for more than 50 years, has recently performed to packed audiences in the band's sell-out UK tour. We caught up with him to find out about the early days of the band, their hit records, what it's like to perform with top names such as Cliff Richard, and his special collection of vintage archtop guitars and the memories they bring.

When did you first start singing, pick up a guitar and learn to play?

I always sang along to pop songs in the early to mid fifties but Rock & Roll and guitars came when I was around 14 in 1957/58.

Can you tell us a bit about the band, the early days and how it was formed?

The Searchers


The Searchers were formed as a band in Liverpool in the mid to late fifties long before I ever met them I was a Londoner and met them later at The Star Club in Hamburg, 1963.

They were a skiffle group first then a semi pro group playing rock and pop at the Cavern and The Iron door etc before turning pro to go to The Star Club.

How did you come to join The Searchers?

I was in Hamburg with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers and palled up with the guys simply because they were my kind of people. We were a recording band with no hits while they had never made any records.

And then six months later they went to number one with Sweets For My Sweet, so my accidental friends were now superstars. They were not getting along with bassist Tony Jackson so a change was needed. And on August 3rd 1964 I became a Searcher.

How did The Searchers get its name?

The Searchers


Simply by standing at a bus stop and thinking of possibilities. According to John McNally it was a temporary singer called Ron Woodbridge who suggested The Searchers, inspired by the John Wayne film of the same name.

Who were your early influences in music and how did this affect your sound?

All of the early rockers, Buddy Holly, Elvis, Eddie Cochrane and then the Motown artistes and other R&B acts. Drifters, Temptations, Crystals, Ronnettes and so on.

What was it like to be part of the Merseybeat scene?

For me it was more a case of the international Merseybeat scene as I never played the Liverpool clubs like the others. When I joined it was being a part of the excitement and madness that The Beatles created. It was brilliant.

Which is your favourite Searchers song and what makes it special to you?

The Searchers


When You Walk In The Room. And it's not because it was the first one I sang and played on although that makes it special to me. It's just a classic powerful pop song that has all the right ingredients and it is the song every other group includes in its play list.

I particularly like Needles and Pins, can you tell us about the song and how it was written?

Needles I suppose is the one that people think of first here in the U.K. Written by Sony Bono & Jack Nitzsche although Jackie DeShannon insists that she had input but was not credited.

Which other sixties groups do you admire and can you tell us why you like them?

The Kinks for their songwriting abilities. The Who for pretty much the same thing in a much different style.

The Searchers are currently touring with Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Tremeloes, Vanity Fare and Steve Ellis. How much fun has the tour been, especially as ticket sales have been so phenomenal?

The Searchers

It's been a terrific tour that has sold out faster than any other recent one. Maybe because they are wondering how much longer they have to catch us. The guys are all great.

The Tremeloes alas have had some health problems so they have been off and on the tour. And of course we are doing without John McNally who is recovering from an illness. Steve Thompson of The Pacemakers has been depping for him and doing a brilliant job.

What do you enjoy most about performing live and interacting with the audience?

The Searchers


Your question has the right answers. I love performing and I absolutely love the interaction which I suppose is one of the main jobs I have to take care of.

How do you prepare for a tour like this and keep your voice in good shape and stay in good health?

Health is often down to good genes as much as anything but I also do everything in moderation whether it be drink or food. And I have never in my life done any kind of illicit drug.

You must have worked with some interesting people during your career. Do you have any special memories you can share?

Wembley Stadium with Cliff Richard in front of 80,000 on each of two days in June 1989. We also backed him at a charity function at Wentworth Golf Club once.

In September 1964 we topped the bill for 42 shows in New York over Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, Millie, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, Smokey & The Miracles, The Temptations, The Contours, Little Anthony, The Ronnettes, The Shangri-Las, The Dovels, Jay & The Americans and The Newbeats. That is some line-up.

How do you like to spend your leisure time? Are there any favourite ways you have to unwind and take a break?

Nice meals in nice London restaurants and a yearly trip to New York for the shows and a bit of bar hopping.

How many guitars do you own? Do you have any favourites? And how do you look after them so they stay in tune and ensure they are ready to play for a tour?

The Searchers


I am a collector of vintage instruments and have about 50. Most are not playable in today’s terms because I collect archtops (the old traditional style) rather than solid guitars which is what everyone plays today.

There isn't one favourite because they are all so different. And it is not necessarily the value. It's the history and the emotions it creates within me as I think back to the days when I would stare into music shop windows unable to afford any of them.

I have two main basses for our stagework plus a headless bass for emergencies. They have to be kept in good condition with the intonation kept up to scratch so that they will be in tune.

Do you have any special musical souvenirs that you have collected over the years? Or any treasures or gifts that you were given?

Lots of memorabilia, programmes, photos, flight tickets, etc. It has come very useful for my writing.

What other projects are you working on at the moment? And what are your plans for 2018?

Nothing in particular. When this tour ends we will revert to our standard all-evening shows which take up the main part of the year.

Do you have a special message for readers of Sixtyplusurfers?

Keep surfing. It will keep you young. And so will our concerts so get along whenever you can.

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JD & The Straight Shot Announce Video for Run For Me

JD & The Straight Shot Announce Video for Run For Me

 

Americana band JD & The Straight Shot released their vibrant sixth studio album Good Luck And Good Night on September 15th.

The band comprises of vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) and drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band).

Good Luck And Good Night was conceived as an all-acoustic record and was produced and mixed by Copely (Toby Lightman, Owen Danoff, Upright Man) and engineered by Chuck Ainley (Mark Knopfler, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) at the famous Soundstage Studios in Nashville.

Frontman Dolan says, “We pushed ourselves harder than ever before on this album and are so proud of the new music.” Influenced by artists like The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and The Beatles along with traditional Irish folk music and classical music, Good Luck And Good Night delivers a huge sound steeped in the quiet fire of American roots music and the swagger of rock n’ roll.

Scorching lead single, ‘Run For Me’ showcases unbridled energy, galloping rhythms and expansive sonic layers. Imagine yourself at the races, bet slip in hand, excited and thrilled to be in the crowd. Experience the exhilaration and expectation of your chosen horse running especially for you and ultimately winning! It is all in this one song.

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   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

    Win The Frank
  Sinatra Collection


Win The Frank Sinatra Collection

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Eagle Rock Entertainment to offer one lucky reader the chance to win The Frank Sinatra Collection on DVD.

The Frank Sinatra Collection from Eagle Rock Entertainment celebrates the legendary entertainer and makes the perfect Christmas gift, presenting some of the finest performances on television and in concert from the greatest entertainer of the 20th century.

Frank Sinatra

We have a package of all the Sinatra Collection DVD titles so far to giveaway, including the festive ‘Happy Holidays with Frank & Bing’ - a timeless Christmas favourite featuring the magical combination of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby in an early colour television special.

Frank Sinatra

The Frank Sinatra Collection includes live performances from legendary venues such as the Carnegie Hall, Caesars Palace and The Royal Festival Hall.

The DVDs feature Sinatra’s guests; Nancy Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Tony Mottola, Sammy Davis Jr, Cary Grant, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Gene Kelly, Harry James, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.

Frank Sinatra

With extensive archive interviews and with rarely seen footage including home movies and concert performances, the Frank Sinatra Collection is an unprecedented tribute to the beloved showman.


For more information about the Frank Sinatra Collection visit www.eagle-rock.com

 For Your Chance to Win

Tell us which famous singer starred with Frank Sinatra in the 'Happy Holidays' television special?

   a) Gene Kelly
   b) Danny Kaye
   c) Bing Crosby
   d) Cliff Richard


  To Enter the Competition

Tell us which famous singer starred with Frank Sinatra in the 'Happy Holidays' television special? Then send in your answer together with your full name, postal address
and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers email address as shown below:

sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

* Please label your entry
Frank Sinatra Competition

* This competition is open to our
UK readers only

 

Sarah McGuinness Releases No More Sad Songs 


Sad Songs by Sarah McGuinness


Out of strength and toil comes the sweetness of Christmas, that’s the heart-bursting message that’s gifted by Sarah McGuinness this Yuletide as she delivers her Xmas track ‘No More Sad Songs’ released on 22nd December. In a year when this Emmy nominated British film producer made her debut onto the global music scene with her new album ‘Unbroken’, Sarah McGuinness sprinkles a glittering of musical fairy-dust over our emotions as she gift-wraps the perfect song for Christmas.

‘No More Sad Songs’ is the epitome of the ultimate Christmas pop track – timeless and touching with a generous dose of addictive festive cheer that defies you not to sing this over and over. Cascading jingle bells wrap and weave their way around Sarah McGuinness’ distinctive vocals, as she casts her spell of happiness over that one important day of the year.

Hang up your troubles and worries just for one day and open your hearts to laughter and Christmas cheer. Accompanying Sarah on this slice of delicious Christmas heaven are the angelic voices of The Inishowen Children’s Choir, who appear alongside Sarah as her infant nativity choir, (conducted by Maureen Hegarty, Sarah’s aunt who is a singing sensation in her own right) in the captivating video to ‘No More Sad Songs’. Produced and directed personally by Sarah, and shot in her home town of Donegal, the video depicts the literal ‘coming home of father Christmas.

As mother and daughter busy themselves with preparations for a cosy yule tide, they wait in nervous anticipation for their husband/ father to return from his dangerous and gruelling fishing on the high seas. Out his strength and steely grit comes the joy of Christmas, as he returns home to the comforting glow of home, into the open arms of his loving family. Whilst the song itself will make festive spirits soar, the video delves to a place in our hearts which often ignore; a warm, cosy place called love.

A debut artist stomping her indelible stiletto mark onto the global music scene, Sarah McGuinness personifies glamour. But, behind the lush lashes and perfect pout, there’s a steely inner core defining her music and everything she stands for.

Fuse Marianne Faithful, Sandi Shaw and Dusty Springfield with the spirit of Lulu and a dash of silver-screen mystery, serve shaken (not stirred) and embrace with the wisdom of this modern girl as she packs a meaningful punch within her lyrics. The full story of Sarah McGuinness’ musical songbook can be found in her debut album, ‘Unbroken’, out now.

But Xmas is round the corner, so snap the gingerbread, devour the intoxicating cinnamon and pine aromas and find that inner festive smile; ‘No More Sad Songs’ brings the ultimate gift of happiness this Christmas. Smile and be happy!

‘No More Sad Songs’ is released on 22nd December on Right Track Records. The debut album from Sarah McGuinness, ‘Unbroken’ is available now.

For more information about Sarah McGuinness visit www.sarahmcguinness.com


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   No More Sad Songs




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Engelbert Humperdink Releases The Man
I Want To Be


Engelbert Humperdink releases The Man I Want To Be


Iconic careers don’t come any bigger than Engelbert Humperdink's. One would be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t familiar with his multiplatinum selling hits such as ‘Release Me’, ‘The Last Waltz’ or ‘After the Lovin’’. These and many other of his hits have contributed greatly to 150 million worldwide album sales by the “King of Romance”, as Engelbert is lovingly nicknamed by his legion of fans.

Just having entered a new decade of his life, the very youthful Engelbert is also celebrating his 50th year in showbiz with the release of a brand new album The Man I Want To Be via OK! Good Records. Not content with being a legacy artist, Engelbert demonstrates effortlessly with this album (his first album of original material in over a decade), that he is very much a relevant artist for today’s audiences as he has been over the last five decades of his career.

Engelbert Humperdink

Doubling as a love letter to his wife Patricia of 53 years who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, The Man I Want To Be presents the singer in a much more contemporary style and introspective mood, covering topics such as self-realisation (‘The Man I Want To Be’, ‘I Followed My Heart’, ‘Absolute Beginner’), remorse (‘How Can You Live’, ‘Prodigal Son’), and melancholic nostalgia (‘Photograph’, ‘I’m Glad I Danced With You’).

A collection of love songs crafted by stellar array of songwriters like Willie Nelson (‘Crazy’), Jon Allen (‘The Man I Want To Be’), Richard Scott (‘Just Like The First Time’), Steve Mac (‘Absolute Beginner’), Richard Marx and Fee Waybill (‘How Can You Live’), it also includes two unexpected covers - Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Just The Way You Are’, definite highlights of the album. Much more than simple cover versions Engelbert gives the songs a much deeper reading, lyrically and musically.

Another unexpected surprise is a duet with his nine year old granddaughter Olivia, ‘I’m Glad I Danced With You’, a bittersweet ode dedicated to his wife Patricia.

To celebrate his 50th anniversary in show business, his original label Decca Records released a comprehensive Greatest Hits package in May of 2017, which promptly became a Top 5 Chart record in the UK Official Album Charts. Decca honoured his celebrated career with an additional 11 CD box set which includes Engelbert's first 11 albums recorded for the label.

Engelbert Humperdink

Engelbert will be taking the new songs on the road, making them an integral part of his ongoing 50th Anniversary Live tour to destinations all around the world – including London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Still doing up to a 100 shows every year is proof positive that there is no stopping the man.

A very special show focused mostly on the new album is being arranged for the beginning of 2018 in Los Angeles. In a departure from his usual big room shows this one will be in a much more intimate setting.

For more information about Engelbert Humperdink visit www.engelbert.com