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The Rock-itt : August 2012
Rick Astley, that red haired entertainer in the trench coat whom we’ve all seen so many times on Max Music stars of the 80s singing ‘Never Gonna Give You UP’, became a virtual millionaire over night, according to overseas resources. “ I had a record out in August and by March I was a millionaire”’ recalls Rick. Over a period after his first hit, Never Gonna Give You Up in 1987, Rick Astley sold more than 40 million records, including eight consecutive number one singles. Rick lives in swinging London with his wife and child. Rick says; “I was the youngest of four kids, and Dad, who had a garden centre before he retired, came from a large Lancashire family. Every one of my uncles had their own business, including a post office, two fish and chip shops and a painting and decorating business. None of them were titans of industry who made loads of money, but they were grafters who had the spirit of being an entrepreneur within them. It also meant I grew up understanding the problems that came with being a small business owner, like bad debts, VAT and cash flow.” It’s good to see guys like Rick make it. He learnt the hard way and knew how to handle his new found fame and fortune unlike many others in the business who have too much too soon. The Spice girls are re-uniting once more to perform at the Olympic Games ceremony Those lively young lasses who captured the imagination of generations of adoring fans have been absent from the hub of the music world for quite awhile after they unanimously decided to go their separate ways. They still look absolutely marvellous and if they sound as good as they look then the music lovers worldwide are in for quite a treat. According to the English tabloids, this is only going to be a one off performance. But who knows, the experience m ay just rekindle a spark which could ignite a flame which could motivate these lovely ladies to pick up where they left off. Don’t know about you but it will be great to see these beautiful British ladies up there strutting their stuff again. We’ve m issed them and the Olympics have assured us that we’ll see them at least one more time before they hang up their stilettos or whatever girl bands hang up. So I’m hanging out for just a bit more of WANNA BE! Aren’t you? P Joe Allen was a young photographer in 1964 when the ‘Fab Four’ hit America for a whirlwind tour. He is about to release a new book of unseen photos dating back to the young Beatles. There was so much going on at that time in the US with the tragic loss of President Kennedy in 1963 and the Vietnam war in full bloom that America was looking for a distraction from the horror that they were embroiled in. When The Beatles landed at JFK Airport in 1964 their prayers were answered as The Beatles not only brought with them their fabulous music but also they oozed charisma and an unbelievable wit which had the Nation in stitches. There are bound to be some wonderful old pictures of the ‘Fab Four’ as everyone that could hold a camera in close proximity of the group were snapping away madly. Apparently a lot of these photos have survived so it will be the real thing rather than staged shots as The Beatles barrelled through town after town and state after state giving unforgettable performances to hundreds of thousands of hysterical fans. There was something magical about those old black and white images when I look back on it that makes one think, what a time, what an era, and what a remarkable four human beings to have made the world such a happy place. With Pete Johnson