Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono

It’s hard to believe that half a century has passed since John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their famous ‘Bed-In’ at the Amsterdam Hilton. The couple decided to spend their honeymoon staging a week-long protest against the Vietnam War and other conflicts. They took to...
Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame

It’s hard to believe that nearly 55 years have passed since Georgie Fame topped the singles charts with his 1964 release Yeh, Yeh. The catchy Latin soul tune, first recorded by Mongo Santamaria, ended the Beatles’ five-week reign at No. 1 with I Feel Fine. It was a...
Merseybeat Music Quiz

Merseybeat Music Quiz

There are plenty of familiar faces, facts and figures to stir the memory over the Christmas holiday – with some general questions thrown in too. Many of the questions come from Clive Hardy’s book Around Merseyside in the 1960s, featuring unmissable photos from an...
Manchester Music Quiz

Manchester Music Quiz

Once again, there are plenty of familiar faces, facts and figures to stir the memory over the Christmas holiday. Many of the questions come from Clive Hardy’s trio of Around Manchester books focusing on the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Each features more than 300 unmissable...
Mindbenders

Mindbenders

It’s fair to say there was a seismic shift in the Manchester music scene during 1968. Freddie and the Dreamers split up after a lack of chart success, Graham Nash left The Hollies and The Mindbenders folded after their latest album and single flopped. A potent mix of...
Hall of Fame – Tim Burgess

Hall of Fame – Tim Burgess

Anyone who turned up at Manchester Cathedral on the evening of Thursday November 15th 2012 could be forgiven for thinking they’d walked into the wrong place. For instead of the usual choir, the music was being provided by a Manchester supergroup to help the city’s...