THE HELEN SHAPIRO FRIEND'S CLUB

NEWS 2010


GOSPEL TESTIMONY

Recorded at Penkhull Christian Fellowship, Stoke-On-Trent 2006, this superb DVD features Helen sharing her remarkable story in word and song, presenting a powerful Gospel challenge to both Jew and Gentile alike. Running time: 100 minutes


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Song List:
There is Someone
Oh the Deep Deep Love of Jesus
He is My Defence
Walking Back to Happiness
and excerpts from others

DVD 12.00 plus postage and packing

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One Touch Can Opener
Free Hit Counters
One Touch Can Opener

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Desmond Carrington

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Desmond Carrington
FRIDAYS 19:00-20:00

Desmond Carrington plays popular music of all types, from light classical to rock and roll, swing band to operatic arias, all taken from his own collection of 80,000 78s, LPs and CDs. Enjoy the view from Scotland from the Webcam.



ORDER YOUR COPY OF 'WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS'

Manna Music has added 15 sample tracks from Helen's new album on their website....

What Wondrous Love Is This - A brand new Gospel album by Helen Shapiro! Fifteen scriptural and uplifting tracks of worship, praise and exhortation. Helen's first Gospel album in 12 years.

Special offer: 10.00 plus p&p

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The Gospel Collection - A compilation of Helen's first four gospel albums with a total of 35 songs! Available as a double CD for 12.00 plus p&p
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Extra Special Offer: Buy 1 'Gospel
Collection' and 1 'What Wondrous
Love Is This' for 20.00 plus p&p.
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6TH DECEMBER

THE ULTIMATE HELEN SHAPIRO 3 CD

EMI will be releasing a THREE CD album, entitled 'The Ultimate Helen Shapiro', in February next year, to co-incide with Helen's 50th Anniversary, on the 10th February 2011.

It is planned to have 90 tracks and as well as including all the hits, it will also include quite a few rarities.

More details- artwork, etc, when I get them.

19TH NOVEMBER

REWIND THE 60's BBC ONE

Rewind the 60's with Lulu was shown from
Monday to Friday this week, and there was
a very brief clip of Helen singing 'Walkin'
back to happiness', with video footage
of Helen and David Jacobs.

The recording is available on BBC iPlayer - 1960- 1961,for the next fourteen days...

29TH SEPTEMBER

DAILY EXPRESS ARTICLE

Helen was one of several people featured
in a two page article in yesterday's Daily
Express-'What happened to the prodigies?'

3RD SEPTEMBER

EMI- CLASSIC ICONS CD SERIES

EMI Gold 50999 6 48100 2 7 /648 1002. This 2CD has been released as part of a new series of CDs from EMI Gold. CD1 features Shirley Bassey, with Helen on CD2:

1. Walkin' Back To Happiness 2. It's My Party 3. Lipstick On Your Collar 4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow 5. Beyond The Sea 6. It Might As Well Rain Until September 7. Please Mr Postman 8. It's In His Kiss 9. Let's Talk About Love 10. Keep Away From Other Girls 11. My Guy 12. Don't Treat Me Like A Child 13. Little Miss Lonely 14. Are You Lonesome Tonight 15. Walk On By 16. Shop Around 17. A Teenager In Love 18. Move Over Darling 19. Tomorrow Is Another Day 20. Fever

According to sellers on eBay, these CDs are being sold in the UK as a 'limited distribution' i.e not likely to be available direct from your usual retailers - but that remains to be seen...

28TH AUGUST

RECORD COLLECTOR SEPTEMBER 2010 Record Collector logo

The September issue of Record Collector has a nice three page article, with John Schroeder talking about his career as a record producer. He mentions Helen, writing hits for her with Mike Hawker. The article includes a small photo of Helen and John.

24TH JULY

POP GO THE SIXTIES

Another chance to see 'Pop Go the Sixties' on The Yesterday Channel (Freeview 12/Satellite 537), showing at 17:00 and 22:00 on Thursday 29th, also 06:00 and 11:00 on Friday 30th.

The programme went out on New Year's Eve 1969, and features Helen singing 'Walkin' Back'

Also appearing are: Cliff, Sandie Shaw, Tom Jones, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Adam Faith, The Hollies.

20TH JULY

RADIO 2 TRIBUTE TO DAVE ALLEN

Helen was interviewed as part of the BBC Radio 2 programme: Tribute to Dave Allen, which will be broadcast on Wednesday 28th July at 10p.m. It is entitled 'Goodnight And May Your God Go With You'.

23RD JUNE

RETROSELLERS.COM INTERVIEW

Helen was interviewed by David 'Digger' Barnes, of retrosellers.com, earlier this month.

4TH JUNE

POP GO THE SIXTIES

The Yesterday Channel (Freeview 12/Satellite 537/538 ) is showing 'Pop Go the Sixties' at 23:00/00:00 on Saturday.
The programme went out on New Year's Eve 1969, and features Helen singing 'Walkin' Back'
Also appearing are: Cliff, Sandie Shaw, Tom Jones, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Adam Faith, The Hollies.

19TH MAY

PREMIER RADIO INTERVIEW

Helen's interview on Premier Radio with Patrick Forbes, is on Sunday 23rd May at 2.30p.m - Freeview 725 and DAB.

6TH MAY

BBC FOUR - MICHAEL GRADE ON VARIETY

Helen has been booked to be interviewed for the BBC FOUR programme: "Michael Grade On Variety",due to be screened later in the year in two parts. The two programmes will be Michael Grade's personal perspective on the world of variety, from the viewpoints of performers, agents, theatre managers and audiences.

2ND MAY

BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE

Helen is interviewed on The Sunday Breakfast Show this morning between 8:30 and 9:00am.She talks about being a child star and her faith, with a track being played from her album.You can listen again on the BBC iplayer

BBC RADIO 2 INTERVIEW.

She has also recorded an interview for a BBC Radio 2 programme about the comedian Dave Allen,keep checking back for details...

28TH APRIL

NUMBER ONE IN THE NEW CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHARTS AGAIN...

Helen is Number One with 'What Wondrous Love Is This' in the NCM Euro Chart and NCM UK Chart w/e 30 April

She will be recording some interviews tomorrow for BBC stations all over the UK re her gospel album.

21ST APRIL

REVELATION TELEVISION INTERVIEW

Helen will be interviewed, along with Simon Elman about the Crisis in Jewish Missions LIVE@NINE on Revelation TV today at 9 pm - Sky 581.

15TH APRIL

BIRTH OF BRITISH ROCK EXHIBITION PORTSMOUTH

David with Vilma, from The Honeys
On Sunday, David Barber gave a talk at the museum on Helen, and met the Honeys again, Vilma, Anita and Pearl, who toured with Helen on her concerts in the early 1960s.

David also presented a model of the Essoldo cinema Albert Road Southsea, to Dave Allen, lecturer of Portsmouth University, curator of the Pop Music exhibition.


Helen's film Play it Cool was shown there in 1962

The exhibition runs until the 6th of June.

Opening times: 10:00-17:00, admission is free.

Essoldo Cinema model

13TH APRIL

REVELATION TELEVISION INTERVIEW

Helen will be interviewed, along with Simon Elman about the Crisis in Jewish Missions live on Revelation TV Wednesday April 21st at 9 am - Sky 581.

31ST MARCH

PREMIER RADIO INTERVIEW

Helen's interview on Premier Radio with Patrick Forbes, is on Sunday 23rd May at 2.30p.m - Freeview 725 and DAB.

There is an excellent two page
spread in the 27th March edition
of the Salvation Army newspaper
.........'The War Cry'.........

27TH MARCH

RADIO ESSEX INTERVIEW

Helen will be interviewed by Eric Hall on BBC Radio Essex at approximately 4.30p.m. on Sunday 28th March. - 95.3 FM / 103.5 FM / DAB.
She will also be giving an interview to Patrick Forbes on Premier Radio next week - Freeview 725. The date of the broadcast is to be confirmed....

26TH MARCH

JOHN SCHROEDER INTERVIEW ON RADIO CAROLINE

John has a radio interview with Radio Caroline on Tuesday March 30th, sometime between 6.00pm and 9.00 pm - (Sky channel 0199).
He also has a book signing at Waterstones Guildford on the previous Saturday - 27th March, between 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm - 71-73 High Street Guildford GU1 3DY Tel: 01483 536366

13TH MARCH

SECOND DAVID BARBER RADIO INTERVIEW

David was interviewed again, by Robbin Kay on The History Show.
The broadcast went out on March 7th. You can hear the podcast
by logging on to The History Show and clicking on the link.
His interview is towards the very end of the broadcast.

He also met Dougie, from the Portsmouth pop group The Venturers,
who apparently judged Helen, in a contest way back in the early 60s.

Dougie and Dave

9TH MARCH

NEW CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHARTS (CONTINUED)

Helen is now top of both the NCM Euro Chart, and the NCM UK Chart, with 'What Manner Of Man Is This', track 8 of her new Gospel album, for week ending 12 March.

Manna Music has added 15 track samples from Helen's Gospel album on their website....

5TH MARCH

JOHN SCHROEDER BOOK SIGNING

John has a book signing at Waterstones Guildford on Saturday 27th March between 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm.
71-73 High Street Guildford GU1 3DY Tel: 01483 536366

3RD MARCH

MATT MONRO WEBSITE: 'SPOTLIGHT ON'

Helen is featured this month in the 'Spotlight On' section.
There is also a photograph of Helen and Michele Monro at Matt's autobiography book launch.

22ND FEBRUARY

TOP OF THE CHARTS AGAIN....

Helen is currently Number One in the New Christian Music UK Chart, (third week), and the New Christian Music Euro Chart(second week), with 'Bless The Lord oh my soul', the first track of the 'What Wondrous Love Is This' album

These charts are based on plays on the radio and the response of DJs around the world.

13TH FEBRUARY

BIRTH OF BRITISH ROCK EXHIBITION -EXPRESS FM RADIO

You can hear Dave Allen, the Portsmouth university lecturer on the pop music scene of the 1960s, talking about the exhibition, and David Barber's Helen Shapiro contribution of artifacts.
The programme was presented by Robin Kay on The History Show, which is transmitted every Sunday at 9am.

You can hear the podcast which is available until Monday afternoon, here.

David Barber is happy to answer any questions that you might have about his involvement -
please email me


11TH FEBRUARY

TALK RADIO ONE

Helen was interviewed by Mike Mendoza for TALK RADIO ONE, a radio station mainly broadcast to the west coast of America.

The interview was for an hour and Mike played many of Helen's tracks - 60s, jazz and Gospel.

The Mike Mendoza programme seems to be broadcast every Friday evening at 20:00 local time. (US Pacific?). so might be broadcast tomorrow..
Have a look on www.talkradioone.com as it is probably available as a podcast after the broadcast.

10TH FEBRUARY

RADIO TWO AIRING

Radio Two played two of Helen's recordings yesterday - Walkin' back To Happiness on the Steve Wright Show, and It's Only A Paper Moon, on the Desmond Carrington Show....

9TH FEBRUARY

BIRTH OF BRITISH ROCK EXHIBITION

The Birth of British Rock: photographs by Harry Hammond.

A touring exhibition from the Victoria & Albert Theatre Collection, featuring 100 photographs
of many of the rock 'n' roll stars of the 50s and 60s. It includes three interactive exhibits,
and a collection of original Portsmouth pop memorabilia.

The exhibition includes HELEN memorabilia which David Barber has loaned: photos, letters,
concert programes, recordings etc.

He went to the opening night of the exhibition, and will be attending on Mondays,
to answer any questions that the general public may have.

The exhibition runs from 6 February, until the 6th of June.

Opening times: 10:00-17:00, admission is free!

The City Museum, Museum Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LJ Tel: 023 9282 7261.

8TH FEBRUARY

WOMAN ALIVE MAGAZINE

Woman Alive magazine has done a lovely interview spread
on Helen, complete with some great photos.
Look for the March 2010 edition, which is out this week
(Feb. 8)! Available only in Christian Bookshops.

3RD FEBRUARY

HELEN ON DIVINE AUTHORITY RADIO

Helen is on this weeks' Christian Conversations with Philip Adams talking about the release of her new Gospel CD - 'What Wondrous Love Is This'.

Christian Conversations - Wednesday 12pm & 7pm, Saturday 12noon and Sunday 10pm (GMT).

2ND FEBRUARY

JOHN SCHROEDER BOOK SIGNING

John has his first book signing on Saturday February 20th between 12 and 3 pm at Bartons Books - 2 Bridge Street, Leatherhead, Surrey.

He received a 4 star review in Record Collector this month, and also had a picture and write up in the Surrey Herald -his local press.

He tells me that so far he has pre recorded three radio shows to promote the book - more details when I get them.

29TH JANUARY

MATT MONRO'S BOOK LAUNCH AT RONNIE SCOTT'S

Helen and John attended the book launch of the biography of Matt Monro at Ronnie's bar
(upstairs at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club) on Wednesday 27th January.

The biography is entitled 'The Singer's Singer' and is written by his daughter Michele Monro.
Matt Monro Junior sang three songs including one of his dad's hits 'I'm Gonna Change The
World' at the launch.

Helen wrote a short piece for inclusion in the book. There are also a couple of photos of Helen
with Matt in the book. The book is published by Titan books.

26TH JANUARY

WAR CRY MAGAZINE

Helen will be giving an interview to The War Cry (Salvation Army magazine), more details when the publication date is known.

25TH JANUARY

GOSPEL ALBUM- RADIO INTERVIEWS

Helen will be interviewed on Premier Radio (The Breakfast Show) re her new Gospel album at about 8am on Thursday 4th February.
Log on to www.premier.org.uk for more info. Also on London 1305, 1332 and 1413 MW National: Sky Digital 0123 & Freeview 725.

8TH JANUARY

'WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS' -GOSPEL ALBUM REVIEW BY PAUL DAVIS

"A winner in every department! Songs are engaging and memorable compositions, empathy songs - the best songs of all. Highly recommended, this gal is no novice and this album is a beauty! Musically, it is mature and classy coming through with ardor, fortitude and polish. A pop music legend among her peers Helen is a highly motivated mover, a superior song-stylist in the Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Jo Stafford league which is praise indeed!

This is a superior devotional P&W project recorded with class and distinction with the creative Jonathan Gooch at the production helm. With the help of solid musicianship, this is a gem of an album that features new and old repertoire set in the contemporary orchestrated worship-context. Many easy-listening sounds meet in a multi-genre fusion.

I suspect that Helen's deep faith is the essential reason for this album's existence after a long-time gap in releases. With a soundly believable quality in her forceful crystal-clear voice, she delivers an out-of-the-ordinary, lingering excellence. Don't miss it! " PAUL DAVIS
www.pauldavisauthor.com www.newchristianmusic.co.uk www.ncmradioshow.com www.ukcma.org

'WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS' -ARTWORK AND ORDERING DETAILS

I hope to have the album artwork shortly, and details of how to order - please keep checking back!

1ST JANUARY

'WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS' GOSPEL ALBUM

Update from Manna Music: "We are making progress with Helen's
album - but there is so much to do. 'What Wondrous Love Is This'
(release date 10th February 2010). Helen's very first record
was released on 10th February 1961!"

JOHN SCHROEDER'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY 'SEX AND VIOLINS- MY AFFAIR WITH LIFE, LOVE AND MUSIC'

"Schroeder was the producer or co-producer for no less than one hundred and seventy Artists throughout his career, including such stars as Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Helen Shapiro, and Status Quo."

The book was published on 21st November. 2009.

His story includes discovering Helen, and penning

her No.1 hit Walkin' back to happiness.

Order the book from Amazon

His Press

Release here..

There are over 17 pages devoted to Helen, with several black and white photos, and makes very interesting reading!

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