Interviews from 18th April include Pete Cross live in the studio, writer Lesley Jones, Joey Class of The Senton Bombs, along with Mari Wilson.
Pete Cross has been a DJ since 1970, beginning his career at Portsmouth’s top night spots, The Tricorn Club, Neros Nightclub and the Mecca Ballroom working alongside many of the top names of the day including Slade, Mud, Status Quo, T. Rex, plus making a guest spot on the BBC Radio 1 with Noel Edmonds. In the mid seventies Pete went on the road and has appeared at club’s, hotels, restaurants, civic centres, military establishments etc. throughout the Southern Counties including functions on board HM Royal Britannia, The Brighton Centre, Porthsmouth Guildhall, Southampton Guildhall and for two years presented the Christmas party nights at the U.K’s top cabaret venue The Lakeside Club in Camberley. For three years he was the Compere for The Miss Southern Evening Echo Contest and Fronted Roadshows for Bass Charington and ‘Music for Pleasure Records’. Pete appeared for five years on BBC Radio Solent presenting ‘Pete Cross in Cabaret Land’ and the Juke Box Jury shows plus regular live appearances at the Southsea and Southampton shows and not forgetting the near hit single March Of The Mods released in 1982.
Lesley Jones was born and raised in Essex England but moved to Australia in 2006 with her family. Her first book Saviour, was published in 2013, this was followed up with Resolution, Carnage 1&2, Conviction and Marley, a companion novel to the Carnage series. She has quickly gained a reputation as a writer of gritty, down to earth characters, involved in angsty and emotional plot lines. Carnage having won a number of awards for ‘Best Ugly Cry’ Her readers love the fact that she can switch her stories from hot and steamy, to snot bubble crying, followed by laugh out loud moments, in the space of a few sentences. When not writing, she has admitted to being a prolific reader, getting through around four or five books a week. She is a fan of trashy reality TV, listening to music, watching her son play football and enjoys a glass of wine… or three.
The Senton Bombs are a hard rock band from Blackpool in the UK. Regulars on the live-circuit, they have amassed a number of admirers of their high octane live shows, explosive recordings and distinct rock sound.
Mari Wilson has been a popular performer since the early eighties. With her striking beehive hair‐style and fully choreographed twelve‐piece band The Wilsations her childhood dreams came true as she became a mainstay of Top Of The Pops and sold-out concerts around the world. Chart hits included ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘Just What I’ve Always Wanted’ ‘Beat The Beat’ and ‘Showpeople’. Mari also recorded the themes for BBC’s comedy Coupling and the motion picture Dance With A Stranger. She has been a regular at Ronnie Scotts, and performed at the South Bank with BB King and Ray Charles. As well as starring in Dusty The Musical, other West End productions she has appeared in include Taboo (alongside Boy George), Sweet Charity and The Chainsaw Manicure. Regarded by many as one of the UK’s best pop singers and interpreters of songs, Mari Wilson (aka The Neasden Queen Of Soul) is releasing a new album Pop Deluxe in which she brings her own unique take to some classic pop songs from British icons including Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw and Cilla Black.
Pete Cross (Live in the Studio)
Joey Class of The Senton Bombs