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Picturesfromthepast

October 3, 2013

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Julian Cope, right, came to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter for Liverpool postpunk band The Teardrop Explodes. His first band - never actually performed in public and last just six weeks - was named The Crucial Three. His fellow band members were Ian McCulloch, who went on to form the very successful Echo & the Bunnymen, and guitarist Pete Wylie created Wah! Heat. Julian has followed a solo career since 1983 and worked on musical side projects such as Queen Elizabeth, Brain Donor and Black Sheep. In addition to musician, Cope's credentials also include author, antiquary, musicologist, poet and cultural commentator.

IN last week's Herald we revealed how 12-year-old Eleanor Orme was hoping to set tails wagging after appearing a new CBBC show alongside her pet pooch.

The youngsters and her Cavapoo Lucy auditioned for Who Let The Dogs Out? - a new TV talent show demonstrating the skills of dogs and their owners.

Eleanor isn't alone in her bid for stardom. In this week's Pictures from the Past we look at some of the performers from Blaze Bayley has had a lengthy career in music, dating back to the early eighties. His rise to fame began with the band Wolfsbane, before he joined Iron Maiden as frontman in 1994. After five years with the metallers, Blaze formed his own band Blaze, before creating the Blaze Bayley band in 2007. He now continues to perform as a solo artist.

(PB10150-1098TH) across Tamworth and the surrounding villages who have all tried to claim their 15 minutes of fame.

If these pictures bring back some fond musical memories for you please do share them with our readers. Write a letter and drop it into our offices or post it to: The Editor, Tamworth Herald, CIN, Ventura Park Road, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3LZ. Or you can email heraldletters@cintamworth.co.uk attaching any available images as high resolution jpegs.

Rebekah Ryan was signed to MCA Records in 1996. Her debut single, You Lift Me Up reached number 26 in the UK Top 40. As well as two recording contracts, Rebekah was selected as one of the 12 finalists in the '''' over 25s'''' group of The X Factor in 2007. She is now managing Tamworth indie-pop group The Capulets.

Phil bates has been a member of many notable bands but is most known for his roles as lead guitarist, songwriter and joint lead vocalist for ELO Part II from 1993 through to 1999. He was also a member of include Trickster, Quill and Eleanor Rigby Experience, among others. Phil's music CV includes record contracts with EMI''''s Parlophone label and Jet Records and songwriting for RCA/ Arista Music. Phil continues to gigging extensively as a solo artist, as a member of the Orchestra and BBBV, plus several German- based projects.

Polesworth's Niki Evans was one of two local lasses to apply for the 2007 series of X Factor. Niki made it through to the live shows in the over 25s category under mentor Louis Walsh. She even went as far as the semi-finals losing out on a final spot to eventual winner Leon Jackson, Same Difference and Rhydian. Since starring in the show Niki has made an even bigger name for herself on stage and theatre, performing in her own show, panto and taking on one of the lead roles in a muchloved musical theatre masterpiece. Niki has performed extended runs in London's West End as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, inset, touring with the show across the country, and winning plaudits from every corner. She has entertained families at The Grand in Wolverhampton The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and The Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk. More recently she returned to the role as Mrs Johnstone on Also claiming to have the X Factor in 2007 was Dosthill's Kimberley Southwick. Singled out by Simon Cowell in the auditions as 'potentially the most annoying contestant ever' thanks to her hyperactive performance. But her vocal talents saw her through to the live shows as part of Team Sharon's 'girls'. But her X Factor dream came to an emotional end after the first live shows, when she failed win over judges and was sent home. Her brief spell in the spotlight has since been followed by local and regional gigs, as well as another attempt at TV stardom with Britain's Got Talent. As part of band The Club Town Freaks, she auditioned for the show earlier this year but was unsuccessful.

Stonydelph's Treyc Cohen, above right, beat thousands of hopefuls to get through to the live shows of 2009's X Factor. Treyc thought she'd missed out on a final 12 place, but girls' mentor Cheryl Cole travelled to Tamworth to reveal she'd picked Treyc as a wildcard contestant. The singer made it through to week six. Her shock exit came when she found herself in the bottom two acts and was ousted from the show after judge Cheryl Cole failed to vote. It was branded one of the most controversial X Factor shows ever, drawing more than 1,200 complaints from viewers. But her dazzling vocals didn't go unnoticed and in 2011 Treyc was put forward by Simon Cowell's right- hand woman Sinita for the lead role in an award-winning musical. Treyc landed the role of Dorothy in the revival of super soul musical The Wiz.

Sam Buttery, left, began his journey into the spotlight when he auditioned for a place on last year's BBC talent show The Voice. Selected by the legendary Sir Tom Jones to join his team, Sam reached the competition's battle stages but lost out to fellow team mates Matt and Sueleen. Sam vowed never to give up on his musical career after his elimination. And the former Woodhouse High School pupil's resolve was rewarded when he secured the lead role of Leigh Bowery in the critically Hailing from Atherstone, Love Bites were branded the female Busted. The four-piece, who were originally Danielle Graham and sisters Aimee and Hannah Haddon, later joined by Nicki Wood, were signed to Universal Records. The band released their debut single, You Broke My Heart in 2005, reaching number 13 in the UK Singles Chart. As well as a tour of UK schools, the band appeared on the Channel 4 show Sugar Rush. The band relaunched in late 2006, after Nicki left the band, with new member Beka Pritchard and a more mature look and sound, still under TK1 Management and Universal Records. They finally called it quits in 2007.

PB3252-8219TH The Herald was invited backstage with Lovebites during a busy promo trip to London in 2006, which included an interview with The Sun and an appearance on Top of the Pops

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