What if The Beatles had never formed?

The runaway success of American stars like Frank Sinatra, Johnny Ray and Elvis Presley ensured that by 1957 Britain’s teenage market for short, catchy songs delivered by handsome men was firmly established and clamouring for home grown talent. But if a 16-year-old tearaway from Liverpool called John Lennon had decided not to enlist the services Read More…

Bonny Sartin 2016

It’s more than 350 years since the first Sartins arrived in Dorset, as Huguenots fleeing persecution. They settled in Corscombe to work the land and today the family is about as Dorset as it gets. Yet the name of Bonny Sartin is familiar to countless thousands worldwide, as he has spent the best part of Read More…

Gordon Haskell

Singer songwriter Gordon Haskell is on his way back to Blighty for his first UK gig in almost seven years. It’s 12 years since he claimed a famous victory for the underdog, notched up a hit single from nowhere with How Wonderful You Are and declared his earnings “back pay”. Only kept from the top Read More…

Gordon Haskell 2010

It’s nearly four years since Gordon Haskell posted a note on his website that said, “Gone fishing”, changed his pounds for euros and fled to a Greek island to find the peace and freedom his late-flowering fame had failed to deliver. For more than 40 years he held success at bay because “it felt phoney” Read More…