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RoLL oUT THE DARREL

Fans of Bill Haley And His Comets are treated to a revival of Rockin’ Through The Rye on the new Darrel Higham And The Enforcers album Bop Machine. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Higham may be more associated with his championing of Eddie Cochran and, thanks to last year’s meticulous and excellent Believe What You Hear album, Ricky Nelson, but he’s long been one of Haley’s staunchest advocates…
Contemporary rockabilly hero Darrel Higham began his rock’n’roll career in the late 1980s

Bill Haleys been airbrushed out of the history of rocknroll and I dont quite understand why,Darrel Higham says emphatically. “It’s a travesty because his influence was, and is, profound. There’s nothing wrong with rock’n’roll just being happy music, but people today seem to think there has to be some hidden meaning in lyrics for songs to be taken seriously. Throughout his life, Haley thought that rock’n’roll was a very positive source for youngsters, never saw the harm in it and defended it until the day he died. And the musicianship on those recordings he made at the Pythian Temple in New York was outstanding. Very few bands, even with all the technology available today, get close to replicating that sound, even if the likes of The Stargazers, The Jive Romeros and Phil Haley And The Comments do a great job.”

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About Vintage Rock

In this issue of Vintage Rock we enter the riotous world of Wanda Jackson. She's finally just hung up her touring boots this year aged 81, so we decided it was time to honour the Queen Of Rockabilly's tenure at the top from her incredible rise to glory as both a country and rockabilly star to her greatest ever performances – "It's been a wild ride!" Little Miss Dynamite goes out with a bang! We got the exclusive on Brenda Jackson's retirement too! In our candid interview Brenda remembers her spectacular career, from rubbing shoulders with Elvis to surviving the British Invasion intact. It's been 60 years since the storming debut album that positioned Cliff Richard as the UK's own Elvis – with The Drifters in support – we remember a raw classic. It's also been 60 years since rock'n'roll was hit with it's first major scandal. Inside we get to the bottom of the infamous 'Payola Scandal', the real rock'n'roll swindle in which the scene's major players had to face the music. From villains to heroes, we talk to Memphis Mafia man Jerry Schilling about his days with Elvis and the upcoming 'Elvis In Concert' tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus we speak to instrumental hero Johnny Farina, one half of duo Santo & Johnny, about their timeless hit 'Sleepwalk'. Bringing things up to date, we chat with Darrel Higham about his new album Bop Machine, we met Nick Lowe, who tells about his new project with masked marauders Los Straitjackets, and we review Stray Cats long-awaited return to the London stage – and what a night it was! Plenty more besides from fresh talent and rockin' weekenders to news, reviews and more!