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Larry Steinbachek, former keyboardist with 1980s synthpop group Bronski Beat, has died at the age of 56.

 

Steinbachek formed the group with Jimmy Somerville and Steve Bronski in 1983 and they had chart success with songs including Smalltown Boy and Why?.

 

Their cover of Donna Summer's I Feel Love with Marc Almond was also a hit.

 

Steinbachek's sister Louise Jones told BBC News he died last month after a short battle with cancer, with his family and friends at his bedside.

 

The electronic trio were also known for raising awareness about gay rights.

 

 

To those of us who enjoyed a lot of the 80's, this band may certainly have figured for a time.

 

56 - no age at all.

 

Coach Trip

Anybody watching new series tonight at 7.30 channel 4?

Former England football manager Graham Taylor has died at the age of 72.

Taylor was a defender for Grimsby and Lincoln City before becoming a manager when he took over the latter in 1972.

 

He also had two spells at both Watford and Aston Villa - leading both to the runners-up spots in the old First Division - as well as having a stint at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

Taylor was appointed England manager in 1990 and spent just over three years at the helm of the national team.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38599231

Plans are underway for a census of all live music in 7 cities in England and Scotland. It will be for a period of 24 hours from midday on Thursday 9 March. It will be held in Glasgow, Newcastle, Oxford, Leeds, Birmingham, Southampton and Brighton. It will cover all gigs from street performers and choirs to pop bands in arenas.

 

It's described as a "Springwatch for music," and the project will be conducted by the universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Glasgow.

 

They aim to discover the challenges facing artists and venues at a time when live music is under pressure.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38568269

 

There will also be an online survey for people to say how much they have to spend and how far they have to travel to see their favourite artists. It will launch on the same day.

 

If you are interested you can register for updates and info:
http://uklivemusiccensus.org/

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