Janis Martin has been pulled from the Americana Festival on Doctors orders, Janis suffering with severe headaches and breathing problems is currently waiting on test results hopefully ruling out a suspected brain aneurism. The worlds most loved female rockabilly is resting while she waits for the results mid to late June. We will give you more news as we receive it.

Our thoughts are with you Janis and we wish you a speedy and full recovery.

Janis's latest recording produced by Rosie Flores will be released as planned, Rosie says Janis has never been in better voice the 10 track rockin' and bluesy CD includes songs from the Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline songbooks.
Janis will be replaced at the Americana by Ray Campi and Kevin Fennell on lead guitar one of the original Rockabilly Rebels, Ray will be playing his customised trademark jewelled upright bass sporting the confederate flag on the back the pair will be backed by the Hemsby House Band and the set will comprise of all the rockabilly hits plus some rockin' country.

The Rat Pack are laying down plans to record a new album of original material at Shack Studios the first since their Rockin’ For Independence album. Planned for release before christmas the album will be recorded in September and songs taken from it will enter their set in the meantime. The decision to make an original album was taken from requests by their audience it appears that the most requested tracks are the ones that the band wrote themselves including the incredibly popular Rockin’ Express. The album will still follow the lines of a good old Rat Pack gig including jivers, strollers,boppers and a ballad.
Watch this space for release details.

A new book entitled Elvis Straight Up, is on release now from www.elvisstraightup.com the book written by Joe Esposito and Joe Russo will not be available in shops but is poised to set the Elvis fan world on fire. On the website you will find a trailer and what the critics are saying about this book. The book also contains unseen photographs.

Rockabilly Underground - London 1980’s is available for sale on ebay 89 copies of the best selling book at a buy it now price of 11.99 + postage. Use the search engine on ebay to find it.

Congratulations to The Southern Jivers Club in Chelmsford who over a peiod of a couple of weekends raised enough money to buy a special bed for the Cancer unit at Broomfields Hospital. Well done, to the organisers, the bands, the Dj’s and the attendees.

Over 500 was raised for the Helen Rollason Cancer Fund by Karen at Hatfield Peveral FC on the 16th June. Cat & The HOt Tin Trio supported by Mark Happy Cat and 140 revellers had a great night. Well Done to all involved.

A tribute from Sandy Ford.

The Rock’n’Roll circuit has lost one of its most highly respected Teds. Alan Flockhart, fondly known as Al, has sadly passed away. Al was one of the few remaining original Teds from the fifties. He was a successful businessman who had his own HGV driving school and yard where The Flying Saucers used to record and rehearse.

Everybody remembers him for his generosity, especially when it came to buying everyone in the pub a drink at every gig. It was Al who provided the Flying Saucers a coach for their fan club to go to the Saucers gigs from The Burnell Arms, East ham, and at another time a red double decker bus like the one in the film ‘Summer Holiday’. Talking about films, Al can be seen as the singer of The High-Tones in the film Buddys Song so he will be remembered forever on the silver screen as a latter day Gene Vincent
look alike. However friends will remember him more for his harmonica playing.

A happy go lucky generous Scot, Al will be sadly missed by his friends and family.

Mad Rat, we wanted to let any fellow vinyl lovers know that The Rock-A-Billy Record Company, in Denver, CO, founded by Rockabilly Hall of Famer Willie Lewis, is once again putting out Authentic Rockabilly music on vinyl 45s! Founded in 1982, the company has put out traditional rockabilly for 25 years! HIGHLY collectible, limited-run colored vinyl copies available at:

Hi All i am the Front man from rock n Roll Band "Somethin' "Else" i have some bad new two break. Saturday 7th April Saw us Play Our last gig, Chipping Camden British Legion, after a lengthy discussion it was decided we had reached the end of the road as a group and it was now time to go our separate ways. this was for a few reasons including other ties for our drummer preventing him from being able to carry on.

We would like to apologise to all the Club owners we Have Let down especially Ken Hearsey of "Showtime Enterprises" as i had to ring him at 7:15 am to let him know that we were (try as i Might) unable to fulfil the gig we were due to play out side the Bristol hippodrome sunday morning (8th April) though i personally made every effort possible to me to try and sort something out (i would of gone on my own but i cant drive and had no means of transport) However on the Upside myself and the Bass Player, Terry Howse, will Be setting up soon with a couple of lads from the Canvey Island area and setting off again (under a different Name which has not been decided as yet) i am setting up a New Rock n Roll Band based in the Gloucester area and we are currently in need of a Drummer Dedication, practice, enthusiasm and determination are all a must the contact for this is myself Steve Ridgway 07786216313 or write to 15 Sapphire Close Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0RR as soon as possible. We hope to see you around on the rock 'n' roll Circuit Very soon Rockin' Regards

Steve Ridgway

Travis LeDoyt, touted as the "world's best young Elvis" will not be returning to the UK's Americana Festival in 2007 but will be returning to the UK in the near future according to Ledoyt's manager, Dick McVey.
n a statement released by McVey, he states, "There is a lot of false and untrue information being circulated about Travis LeDoyt and me and Travis's failure to return to the UK for this year's Americana Festival and I feel obligated to our fans and interested parties there to set the record straight. I want to assure everyone there that the reasons for us not returning to the Americana are simple and have nothing to do with money or greed on our part. The primary reason we are not returning to the Americana stems from the return of the Americana contract from the promoter to us with items stricken from the contract that are essential to us providing the fans with our best show. On our last tour in October 2006 with this same promoter, there were several broken promises and contractual oversights on his part and we didn't want to return to the Americana without protecting ourselves from these kinds of things happening again. I want to assure the fans that Travis and the band loved performing in the UK and Travis is very appreciative of the outpouring of love and support he received there. He will return to the UK."

LeDoyt is working on several dates in the UK for the future. McVey adds that he doesn't want the fans in the UK to think LeDoyt will not be returning to the UK, and adds they are looking at several options and offers to return to the UK in the near future. McVey advises fans to watch LeDoyt's website at www.travisledoyt.com for future dates in the UK.

A MySpace post and email from Wanda Feathers
Five star un-issued gem from Charlie on the topside b/w whacked out head spinnin' flip! These sides are a manic sneak preview to Norton's upcoming treasure trove of several albums' worth of rare and un-issued sides by the late Memphis King of Rockabilly! Most songs never before released... be forewarned!!!

Crondall rock 'n' roll club
has been invited by Gwen Hale from Showtime Enterprises to host a cruise that she and her partner Ken have organised.The cruise will start at Bristol Hippodrome where Somethin' Else will be performing, (also to perform at Crondall later) and will take place on Easter Sunday - April 8th. There will be bands playing at Crondall, which have all been organised & arranged by Gwen Hale of Showtime Enterprises.
Crondall rock 'n' roll club has organised various stalls, (including Steve Runicorn's c.d. stall) a tattooist, & raffle. We have also organised a little extra parking space in the school grounds nearby. The event, to be held in memory of Eddie Cochran, at Crondall r 'n' r club starts at 2pm and there will be hot food & a fully licensed bar available from that time.This is the first event of its kind that has taken place at Crondall rock 'n' roll club.
Visit www.crondallrocknrollclub..co.uk for details, map & places to stay
Hope you can join us on that day, if not, enjoy yer Easter egg hunting, and rock it up wherever you are gonna be.

Janie - Crondall rock 'n' roll club organiser

Wanted: Lead/Rhythm guitarist based within reach of mid Kent although gigs will be UK wide. Obviously you need your own equipment and
to know your way around rockin' music . Transport would be useful too. Backing vocals would be useful tho not essential but reliability and commitment are. Next step would be rehearsals. For more information give us a call - 01622 209136/07877127787

Rockin' Dave Taylor is free after spending his 100 day sentence finishing his soon to be released album A Rockers Guide To The Galaxy. Mr Taylor now legally named Rockin' Dave denies claiming £60,000 of benefits dishonestly and intends to clear his name. His album is due to be released later this year. In a complex statement issued to planetjive.com Rockin' Dave attempts to get his life back on track albeit in the shadow of a heart operation that will take place in the next few weeks.
Terry Lee has himself a real wild child!

Piano Pounding Terry Lee who up'd sticks at a young age and headed off to America in search of greater things has found himself the greatest gift of all. Terry has become a father to a little boy born February 15th at 11:25am USA time 5:25pm GMT! He was 7lbs 3 and is doing great! Mummy is well and resting after the speedy delivery! Terry says we were expecting a baby Girl but He's fooled us all! Because we were expecting a girl,we had no name but we have a name now…..Alexzander Paul Stephen … Congratulations to Terry and Krystal and big brother Matthew from all at Mad Rat Mag and your friends in the UK/

we are currently lookin' for new bands for our next season we would be pleased if you could send us some material from your band. You can visit our site www.radiomodern.be or www.myspace.com/radiomodern
Material can be sent to

Radio Modern
Dodoensstraat 6
2140 Borgerhout

Thanks in advance and all the best, King B and Miss Lucy

Janis Martin will record a new album this April in memory of her 49 year old son who sadly passed away earlier this year. Entitled I did it my way this will be the first recording for many years the last being a Hydra records release called Here I Am which contained material recorded in 1992 . Other news recently in is that Janis will be performing at the Americana Festival in Newark (common knowledge) but for the first time ever in the UK she will be performing some country as well as her hits from the 50's. Watch this space for news of the forthcoming release.

The Memphis Ballet have performed the world premiere of IN DREAMS, The Music of Roy Orbison put to dance by renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre. The first performance was at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN on Saturday, February 10th, , as part of the 5th year celebration of Mr. McIntyre's residency in Memphis titled, "Trey Bien!; The McIntyre Residency".
There was an additional show on Sunday, February 11th and the dance will also make the stage with the company traveling to the Joyce Theatre in New York later this spring. The show will feature seven Orbison classics including "Crying", "In Dreams" and "Dream Baby".
To view a podcast of rehearsals for the piece, follow this link:
or visit the Memphis Ballet website at
www.balletmemphis.org/ for more information.

We are so excited that Mr. McIntyre has chosen Roy's music as the basis for this new piece of work. Roy loved the idea of his music in films and to see what Mr. McIntyre has done in dance is awesome!

Thank you for your continued support,
The Roy Orbison Fan Club

Billy Lee Riley appears to have fallen upon hard times after an accident that hurt his hip and a law suit that cost him dearly. Bobby Crafford drummer in The Pacers performed with Sonny Burgess and Riley in his old hometown just before christmas and had this to say ofhis old mucker.

Riley is doing better he had a hip replaced and then fell and hurt it but is doing ok and playing shows Benefit gigs will be held acrss the Uk and the USA from now until the summer to help pay for the Rockabilly legends hospital bills. Watch this space for detailsof a show near you.

Letter to the Rat from Billy Lee Riley

On September 2004 I fell in Target store in Little Rock Arkansas and broke my hip. I had complete hip replacement in November 2004. I thought it was doing alright and I worked several shows in that year. Then around April the pain came back to my leg, hip & knee which was also torn and had to be repaired. Finely I went back to my Dr and he did an Xray and an MRI and found out that it had all came apart which meant that I would have to have another Complete hip replacement. So in December I had another complete hip replacement. There has been some nerve damage which my DR said would always be there and sooner or later another hip replacement is possible. I sued Target and waited two years to get into court working very very little because of the pain. Well we finely went to court in January and lost everything. I am now stuck and facing Dr's with bills that I will never be able to pay and my work has all but stopped. I am still gonna try to work as much as I can which will be very little because it is very hard just to stand on my feet. I have two shows booked for this year one is close to home ,in Memphis and the other is in London for the guy that is putting on the benefit thete with the understandings that if I can't make it there will be no problem. He uhas known for a long time that I have been in this fix. So I thought that maybe you could condense it down and be fair to my fans and let them know where their money is going. Adding it to the poster someway.
Your Friend

Billy Lee Riley

Tickets for the first Hemsby river boat cruise featuring Wildcat Pete and The Lonesome Valley Boys are flying out the door... proving to be a popular attraction there are only a quarter of the available tickets left. Ship Ahoy!

On April 28th Robert Gordon’s 30th anniversary tour will hit the Uk for a one off exclusive gig at the 100 club 100 oxford Street London W1D 1LL...... 30 years after he first recorded Red Hot also the name of the tour, his set will include all the Gordon classics plus a sneaky peak at forthcoming releases. Robert Gordon will be joined on stage by Steve Hooker.

Travis Ledoyte pulled from Americana international 2007 Manager Dick McVey says 'he prefers to keep Travis in America' Chris Jackson of Americana International says that McVey had been a constant thorn in his side since his first booking!
See www.americana-international.co.uk for details of the show and who will replace Travis. see www.crackerjackmagazine.co.uk next month for the full story.

Cherry Records recording artist Art Adams will appear on Feb 16th at The Red Rose backed by The Tunebusters and supported by DJ's Topper from LA Trevor Collins and Tikistu 129 seven sisters road N7 8pm til late

Crocs returns for one off valentines special!!!! One time Essex rockin’ hot spot The Pink Toothbrush AKA CROCS in Rayleigh high street returns with a one off gig on valentines night. Featuring Essex based DJ Lil’ Diane mixing up the rock’n’roll, rockabilly, authentic stompin’ rhythm n blues, sixties surf and Doo Wop with DJ Russ administering some serious northern soul, motown and ska.

For information on this event call Lil Diane on 07915 312335

Flying Saucer Rock’n’Roll a film by Eric Callero has been released, Mad Rat is lucky enough to have seen this hysterical B movie and gives it a huge thumbs up.http://www.flyingsaucerrocks.com/ for details of how to buy the film which features a purely rockin soundtrack including the UKs own Rockin’ Rocket ‘88 and a special guest performance by The Top Chops. Nicely shot and brilliantly acted with all the ooh and arghhhhs! And ghastly effects of original fifties movies….. Go on get out your popcorn!

Western Star are soon to release Jack Rabbit Slims latest album Sleaze a Billy. JRS’s last album became Western Stars best selling album to date we at Mad Rat Mag predict that this album will knock Sin-Uendo off the top stop. To order your copy email info@westernstar-studio.co.uk or go to www.western-star.co.uk

USA’s Truly Lover Trio and Honkytonk / Rockabilly singer Dawn Shipley will be touring Europe and the UK this July. There are still a few dates to fill and details can be obtained here at the mag. Dawn has just been awarded 2006 Americana Female Singer/Songwriter the Year and Americana Artist of the Year by the Los Angeles Music Awards! Check out www.dawnshipley.com and www.trulylovertrio.com

Pookie Hudson, 72, Singer and Songwriter for the Spaniels, Dies

Pookie Hudson, lead singer and songwriter for the doo-wop group the Spaniels, who lent his romantic tenor to hits like “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” and influenced generations of later artists, died on Tuesday at his home in Capitol Heights, Md. He was 72.Pookie Hudson Family, via Associated Press Pookie Hudson, standing second from left, with other members of the Spaniels, a group that formed in 1952 and existed in various formations. The cause was complications of cancer of the thymus, his publicist, Bill Carpenter, said.Mr. Hudson continued performing into last fall, when he learned that his cancer had returned after a remission. His last recordings were done in October for a CD scheduled for release this fall, Mr. Carpenter said.Mr. Hudson’s longtime manager, Wellington Robinson, said he wrote “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” (also known as “Goodnight, Well It’s Time to Go”) for a young woman he was dating at the time. That signature Spaniels song was a Top 5 R&B hit in 1954. The McGuire Sisters rushed out a version that sold even more copies. At the time, only black radio stations would play Mr. Hudson’s version, Mr. Carpenter said. (The McGuire Sisters are white.)The Spaniels’ version was heard nearly two decades later on the soundtrack of “American Graffiti.” Among the Spaniels’ other Top 20 R&B hits, Mr. Carpenter said, were “Baby, It’s You,” “Peace of Mind” and “Let’s Make Up.”Mr. Hudson was born Thornton James Hudson on June 11, 1934, in Des Moines. The Spaniels first came together at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Ind., where Mr. Hudson grew up and began singing in church choirs.He was homeless for a time after he went solo and hit a slump in the 1960s, but he got back to work in the 1980s. He and fellow former Spaniels members took part in some oldies tours, holding down ordinary jobs on the side. He began receiving regular royalties for “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” in the 1990s.He is survived by his wife, Delores, nine children and 16 grandchildren

New band members wanted The Mad Rat Team are looking for female musicians interested in creating a rockin’ rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll band. The new band will consist of drums, stand-up bass, piano, guitar, two saxes and vocals. Candidates must have a love of 50’s music and be able to perform in energetic style. The successful applicants will record an album at Essex’s Shack Studio and be promoted by Mad Rat Agency with a view to playing live at clubs and festivals across the UK and Europe.. So, all you rockin’ gals who fancy a bash, get in touch with the Rat at 01268 454494 for an initial chat.

Bands already booked include firebirds the tonemasters for Saturday night may 26th and for Sunday may 27th the avengers big band spitfires kingcats and rockin the joint meanstreak plus cat and the hot tin trio plus all your usual jive djs mick the mic wildcat pete mr rusty and galaxy bob all enquiries 01883 714289
Or 01491 636046

17 years of Rock'n'Roll at The Pavilion. On February 2nd 2007 the TTs celebrate 17 years of Rock'n'Roll at The Pavilion Pub, Battersea Park Road. The TTs started the Rock'n'Roll there in February 1990, and the music has continued every weekend since then under the mangement of Ray, and Mary Reynolds which must make it the longest
established Rock'n'Roll Pub in the U.K.The gig starts at 8pm, and goes on untill 12. It is expected that many of the members of the vast list of bands who play at The Pavilion will attend,including past members of The TTs . Wild Wax Stu will be spinning the records.Regards,Terry Clemson

The Rockabilly Party Weekend! April 5-8, 2007 Viva Las Vegas 10 will take place at:The Gold Coast Hotel & Casino 4000 W. Flamingo RoadLas Vegas, NV 89103 Showrooms open until 7am Friday - Sunday Ballrooms open until 4am Thursday - Sunday attractions include: Don Woody, Sleepy La Beef, Mac Curtis, Narvel Felts, Big Sandy, James Intveld 36 acts in all 15 dj's go to www.vivalasvegas.net

Sunsetters in Brentwood Tickets for The Sunsetters at Brentwood theatre are selling quickly contact the box office for information. See advert in THIS mag.

Isle of Jive Three Essex bands have been booked to perform at the Isle Of Jive weekend on the Isle Of Wight. Steve and Carol Ashdown had not seen the connection until they began to take bookings and customers connected the three. The Slammers Maximum Jive Band from Essex and Oo Bop Sh' Bam and Ocean Seven all have their roots firmly in Essex. Mad Rat says he couldn't have booked three better bands but warns there may be some dancing round their handbags! The cost of this weekend in early February is £159 per person including ferry and half board accommodation, Bargain! For booking forms and details on Allways Music promotions, telephone Steve or Carol Ashdown on 01763 241301 / 07808 340776 or email: steve_ashdown@hotmail.com View: www.strollinsteve.co.uk

Help wanted I am a student at the University of East Anglia and I am researching for a project on Scopitone Jukeboxes from the 1960s. I was wondering if you've had the jukeboxes at the show in the past and if you will this coming year? Do you know who I could get in contact with that has a Scopitone, Cinebox, or Colorama jukebox? My project is due in March and I was hoping to get some footage of the jukebox running or an interview with someone who owns one or has a knowledge about them. Thank you, Carla Reiter carlareiter@gmail.com

Ruth Brown - R'n'B Legend Dies at 78 Ruth Brown, the gutsy rhythm-and-blues singer whose career extended to acting and crusading for musicians’ rights, died on Friday in Las Vegas. She was 78 and lived in Las Vegas. The cause was complications following a heart attack and stroke she suffered after surgery, and Ms. Brown had been on life support since Oct. 29, said her friend, lawyer and executor, Howell Begle. “She was one of the original divas,” said the singer Bonnie Raitt, who worked with Ms. Brown and Mr. Begle to improve royalties for rhythm-and-blues performers. “I can’t really say that I’ve heard anyone that sounds like Ruth, before or after. She was a combination of sass and innocence, and she was extremely funky. She could really put it right on the beat, and the tone of her voice was just mighty. And she had a great heart". R.I.P..

Border Radio has ceased to broadcast Unfortunately, we have run out of time and funds to continue with the station. Our apologies to all of you that have supported us in this endeavor and also a huge thanks! We have truly appreciated all of the listeners, the bands and the labels. It is our hope that many of you have been able to discover new bands through our broadcast and will continue to support these artist. That was the whole reason for Border Radio, really. Adios, friends!

Strollin' Steve is pleased to announce the line-up for the 8th Railway Rock and Roll All-dayer with is to be held at The Railway Sports & Social Club, Broad Green, Wellingborough NN8 4LH on Sunday, May 6th 2007 (bank holiday weekend). Appearing live will be The Jets, The Firebirds, The Jive Romeros, Rockin' The Joint and The Juke Box Eddies. Doors open at 12.30pm and the show which includes a jive competition and prize raffle will run non-stop until 11pm. The venue has a huge dance floor and plenty of car parking for both caravans and mobiles. Hot and cold food will be served through out the day and there are licensed bars serving drinks at social club prices. Strollin' Steve and Houndog Jim are the DJs and MCs. The price is 20 on the door (10 after 8pm) or 15 in advance. Under 14s 5 anytime (under 5s free). CIU Members, Affiliated Members and Bonafide Guests Welcome. For details on how to obtain tickets, telephone Steve or Carol Ashdown on 01763 241301 / 07808 340776 or email: steve_ashdown@hotmail.com View: www.strollinsteve.co.uk

Hemsby- What a fantastic weekend was had by all.Just one thing that took the edge off the fun was the asshole that decided it would be good fun to try to kill my buddy by letting her tyres down, ripping out the wires and pissing over her bike on the way back to their chalet. I assume this was because it was a 'N' reg Red Suzuki Bandit and not a 1947 Harley low rider!!!!!! If anybody knows who this was please let them know that she did survive their efforts!!!! Also let them know that she has been on our scene for the last 25 years and thought, as I did, that this crap had stopped happening back at Caister!!!!!!!!!!! I would like to think that this is not one of our crowd please PRINT this so that as many people can see it as possible and hopefully it will reach the right people eventually.Many thanks Cindy xx

Vocalist/Front man wanted for Sugar Creek Trio. Tel: Martin 01865 516732. Friends Of The Shadows Guitar Club meets every last tuesday of the month at the Ecko Club Southend. Established for nearly ten years, playing to backing tracks, bring a guitar if you like or just come for a beer, everyone welcome ,friendly bunch. Colin Chandler 07752012540 FOR DETAILS

Danny 'tequila!' Flores, dead at 77 HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Friday, Sep 22, 2006 - Danny Flores, who played the saxophone and shouted the word "tequila!" in the 1950s hit song "Tequila!," has died. He was 77. Flores, who lived in Westminster, Calif., died Tuesday at Huntington Beach Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Kathleen Curran. He died of complications from pneumonia, the Long Beach Press-Telegram newspaper reported. The man sometimes called the "godfather of Latin rock" was born in Santa Paula, Calif., but grew up in Long Beach. By age five he was playing guitar in church and at 14 he was a member of a trio that performed Mexican music. In 1957, Flores was in a group that recorded some work with rockabilly singer Dave Burgess. One of the songs was based on a nameless riff Flores had written. He played the "dirty" saxophone part and repeatedly growled the single-word lyric: "Tequila!" The next year it appeared as the B-side of a single, credited to the Champs. Flores used the name Chuck Rio because he was under contract to a different record label. "Tequila!" went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart and won a Grammy in 1959 for best rhythm and blues performance. Flores continued to play it for the next 40 years. The song has been used in numerous commercials and TV shows. It became popular with a new generation after it was used in the 1985 movie "Pee Wee's Big Adventure." The Canadian Press, 2006  

US film company ETIT Productions are currently working on a Vincent documentary. It will feature interveiws with the original Blue Caps, the Capitol records producer who is 95years old, Slim Jim Phantom & many more... They are in europe for three weeks and are filming the Gene Vincent Tribute night at The Cavern, Mathew Street, Liverpool - 14th October!!! Loads of top class Rockin' bands on the bill...Including Liverpool's own Furious! They wanna see anybody who ever met Gene, seen Gene, was Influenced by Gene, had any connection in the slightest with Gene there on the night to be included in the film! The Cavern only charge 1 to get in, Good booze with the best rockin audience there is, so get down there if ya can! Gene completed his last 2 shows at The 'Wookey' Hollow Club, Belmont Road, Liverpool on the 3rd & 4th October at this time his health finally gave out and he died on the 12th of October 1971............

Ocean's Seven - In the studio
Essex based, seven piece Rockin' Rhythm & Blues band, Ocean's Seven, are back in the studio to record their follow up CD to the 2005 release "Just A Little Bit of Rhythm & Blues Vol.1". The first tracks are to be laid down in mid-October, with a completion and release predicted for December/January. The CD will consist of a covers of R'n'B rareties and self-penned numbers. More news as we get it.

Juke Joint Norfolk - Date Change
We could urgently do with your help in advertising the fact that for reasons beyond our control we have cancelled Octobers band at The Juke Joint, Norfolk. The reason being we originally advertised that on the 21st October the B17's were playing at The Juke Joint Gorleston Norfolk. We cancelled this date due to the fact that we clashed with another club in Norfolk on the same date. They tried to change their date but were unable to do so. Our usual venue was booked on the 14th October but we managed to book another venue in Lowestoft. Unfortunately the B17's were unable to play that night so we booked Jelly Bean to play the 14th October at Lowestoft Football Club. For some reason having emailed the new date, email and band to the Complete UK Gig Guide asking for the 21st to be removed and the 14th to be added along with the new details. As you can see this hasn't been done. The 14th was only added recently although we have been trying to change the details for months. It has caused great confusion all round, as a lot of the Rock n Roll magazine use The Complete UK Gig Guide as a point of reference for their monthly listings of what is going on, on the rockin scene. They have therefor advertised the B17's at the Juke Joint for October playing on the 21st instead of Jelly Bean playing on the 14th at Lowestoft. To stop any further confusion and with deep regret we decided to cancel October completely. The decision to cancel completely was made on 25th September after receiving a phone call at 8.30 in the morning from a concerned promoter and friend who runs another Rock n Roll club in Norfolk asking did we know that our club was still advertised as having a band playing on October 21st. It seemed the only sensible solution to an ever growing problem. As you can see on the Complete UK Gig Guide it looks like we now have bands TWO bands advertised as playing in October, ONE on the 14th and ONE on the 21st. The bands at The Juke Joint Rock n Roll Club, The Shrublands Community Centre, Gorleston, Norfolk for November and December 2006 are as follows; November 11th Rockin the Joint December 9th Porkys Hot Rockin feat. Colin Evans (from the Doomsday Rockers) as per normal on these nights there will be full support from rockin DJ's "The Professor" and the big man himself "Rockin Shades" A big thank you to all the rockin people from Norfolk, Suffolk Cambridge, Essex and further afield who have supported us over the previous months this year. Sorry to mess you about.
Many thanks, Steph and Michele

Jumpin' Gene Simmons (born July 10, 1937 in Tupelo, Mississippi; died August 29, 2006 in Tupelo, Mississippi) was an American rockabilly singer and songwriter.He had his biggest success with the top 20 hit "Haunted House" in 1964. He was a part of the Sun Records family in the 1950s. More recently, he co-wrote "Indian Outlaw," which became a big hit in 1994 for country superstar Tim McGraw.
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumpin%27_Gene_Simmons"

Rockin’ Dave Taylor in court over benefit fraud accusations amounting to £60,000.
Over 80 witnesses are to be called over the four weeks that the trial at Canterbury is expected to last. Dave Taylor has pleaded not guilty. Many people have known about the trial for many months as they have been called as witnesses and have kept quiet until now. For the lowdown see www.planetjive.com

The Sunsetters land prestige support!

New Kids? On the block! The Sunsetters have landed a prestige support gig at The Corn Exchange Ipswich sharing the billing with Tupelos official young Elvis, Travis LeDoyt.
The two shows on the 19th and 20th October are being promoted by Perry Williamson of Pink’n Black Event Promotion. Tickets are priced at £25 each although concessions are available to book call the box office on 01473 433100 Travis Ledoyt will also play The Monaco Ballroom for Nifty Fifties in Manchester on Oct 15th. Tickets are £18. 01942 724166  For details

Shopping News
www.underground-england.co.uk have a good selection of ladies wedges, mens pickers, crepes, boots, and shoes belts leather jackets and much more. See the website for their extensive catalogue.

Scot sensations The CoyDogs are looking to fill Friday 20th July 2007 somewhere on their way to play Crondall Rock n Roll club on the Saturday. For details, demo etc, please phone Linette on 01268 457767

Eight piece Italian Jump Jive Band Jumpin up arelooking to fill gigs around the Rhythm Riot, anyone interested should contact Giuseppe at info@jumpinup.it the dates available are 29th and 30th Nov and 1st and 2nd Dec 2006 check out www.jumpinup.it

The Midnight Howlers, who launched their new CD at the Woodgrange in Southend, gave away a free Cowboy Hat with every CD, the pub was filled with Hats and twoof their new tracks have reached great heights on the Border radio charts and they are most requested on Rockabilly Radio.