Shelby Singleton: Record producer who unearthed undiscovered treasures in the vaults of the Sun label

The record producer and label owner Shelby Singleton is associated with several American hits of the 1960s but he will be best remembered for his re-marketing of the Sun Records catalogue in Memphis. He admitted that he had no great musical talent, but he knew what record buyers wanted to hear.

Google's Sesame Street 40th celebrations continue

Not only was it the year Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, Woodstock changed the concept of the music festival forever, and colour TV launched in the UK - 1969 was also the year that Sesame Street launched, 40 years ago today.

Images of Elvis Presley before he was famous

A new exhibition finds Elvis in a relaxed mood, on the cusp of stardom. By Charlotte Cripps

First music, then modelling – now Fuller trains his sights on Hollywood

The impresario Simon Fuller, who created the Spice Girls and now works with Victoria Beckham in fashion and her husband David in football, is to make his move into the Hollywood film industry. Fuller will be the executive producer of a feature film starring the young British heartthrob Robert Pattinson, known to his legion of young female fans as "RPattz".

Jackson fails to reach top spot in earnings chart

Despite raking in millions of dollars through the sale of rights to footage of his final rehearsals, Michael Jackson is not the top-earning dead celebrity, a new survey has found.

Album: Michael Jackson, This Is It (Sony)

Surely there's a question mark missing from the title? As a tribute to a recently deceased star, This Is It is a shoddy apology for an album, offering fans only one track not previously available, along with a selection of hits they already own, a poem already printed on an album sleeve, and three demos.

Billy Lee Riley: Charismatic rock 'n' roller who was eclipsed by Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records

Sun Records in Memphis is justly famous for discovering Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis and making their first hit singles. In the latter half of the 1950s, it was a very productive label and some of their most exciting records were made by Billy Lee Riley. Riley was to have a long and varied career but never became a chart name. He attributed that to being "in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people."

This is mine: Jackson's new hit turns out to be old

Pop king's estate agrees to split royalties on posthumous release after co-writer threatens legal action

Cliff Richard and the Shadows, O2 Arena, London

People forget we were a rock'n'roll band and we still are," Cliff maintains. Tonight, it appears it's only rock'n'roll, and, well, Sir Cliff likes it.

Freddy Bienstock: Music publisher whose portfolio encompassed acts as diverse as Cliff Richard and James Brown

One of the bigger lions in the international music industry jungle, Freddy Bienstock, who has died aged 86, was the mainstay of Carlin Songs, whose roster of pop talent facilitated its growth as a major publishing concern, occupying several addresses in New York alone, and emerging as the second largest UK company in its field. A portfolio of over 100,000 compositions spanned a century of copyrights, covering all stylistic waterfronts.

White Lightnin', Dominic Murphy, 92 mins, (18)

No cliché about American hillbilly life is left unturned in this messy biopic about an obscure dancer from the Appalachian mountains. Unfortunately, there's not much of a story either

Elvis Presley is alive and well... in Porthcawl

A slice of Britain: Emily Dugan in the town where every second person seems to be The King himself

Story of the Song: Elvis Presley, In The Ghetto (1969)

Scott "Mac" Davis, an Atlanta-based songwriter, had some success in 1968 thanks to Elvis Presley and "A Little Less Conversation".

365: Modern History, By Gerard Cheshire with John Farndon

A calendar year of the most significant dates in post-war history – each entry is an informative, one- or two-page essay on such events as the invention of the world wide web, the inaugural meeting of the UN, the birth of David Bowie, the break-up of the Beatles, the space-flight of Yuri Gagarin, the assassination of Anwar Sadat, the LA riots, the launch of the first transistor radio, and the election of the world's first female Prime Minister (Ceylon, 20 July 1960).

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