Bob Marcucci: Pop impresario who launched the careers of Frankie Avalon and Fabian

The musical impresario Bob Marcucci discovered and launched the careers of both Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

Carl Gardner: Singer and founder-member of the Coasters, ‘the Clown Princes of Rock ’n’ Roll’

Carl Gardner was the last surviving member of the hit-making line-up of the Coasters which had success with "Searchin'", "Yakety Yak", "Poison Ivy" and many other titles in the late 1950s. The Coasters were dubbed the Clown Princes of Rock'n'Roll and the wit of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's songwriting, and the humour of their performances, made their work unique. Their records have not dated as no one made records like theirs either before or since. The Coasters made great records, and gave you a laugh as well.

Leading article: Bringing the music revolution home

The news that British artists have suffered their worst showing in the six-decade history of the UK singles chart will come as no surprise to students of post-war history. The Americans invented popular music, both as an industry and as a cultural phenomenon, but by the 1960s it had become an Anglo-American enterprise, with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who among the most popular bands on the planet.

Elvis becomes a Budapest citizen

Budapest's city council has named Elvis Presley an honorary citizen of the Hungarian capital in gratitude for his support of Hungary's anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.

Vegas stripped of hotel to the stars

The venerable Sahara hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, where Elvis Presley and the Beatles stayed, has dealt to its final gamblers and checked out its last guests after six decades.

Terence Blacker: The great writers' guide to happiness

Cyril Connolly warned sternly that one should beware of "charming failures" in life

Diary: Seconds out – Brian vs Elvis

The last time Brian Wilson threw a punch, he tells GQ.com, was in 1976. "At Elvis! He knew karate, right, so as soon as I raised my hand he [chopped] it out of my way. It was in a recording studio in Los Angeles," explains the former Beach Boy, in London this week to appear on Later With Jools Holland. "He had a really long burgundy cape on and kept calling everyone 'Duke'." The memory is sweeter for the knowledge that both men were in questionable shape in 1976, thanks to hamburgers and a combined drug intake to rival any East European weightlifting team.

Inside the jumbled mind of Peter Blake

As an exhibition of his collection of curios opens in Bath, the veteran Pop Artist tells Simon Tait why this 'junk' is his inspiration

Dylan Jones: 'Bobby Darin was a sickly child, and his weak heart coloured pretty much everything that he did'

"Beyond the Sea" was the "Stairway to Heaven" of its day, beginning quietly, almost casually, and then building into something of a euphoric crescendo. Bobby Darin's swinging version was definitive – it's one of the greatest singles of its year (1959), a record that sounds as wistful today as it probably did when it was released.

Travel Agenda: The Rosewood Hotel Georgia; Isle of WIght Walking Festival; Museums at Night; The Lanesboroughhotel; National Skiathon

Today: The Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, first opened in 1927, flings open its doors once more after an overhaul. The historic hotel, right, has in its time hosted Elvis, The Beatles and miscellaneous royals; it re-opens with a contemporary look, a spa and nightclub ( rosewoodhotelgeorgia.com). Closer to home, the Isle of WIght Walking Festival begins today, making the most of 500 miles of public rights of way (to 22 May; isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk).

Adele, Academy, Leeds<br/>Jim Jones Revue, Concorde 2, Brighton

That Adele has achieved soul diva status says more about us than it does about this 'daahn-to-erff' chart phenomenon

Bob Dylan - Ballad of a thin man, from half a century ago

As Bob Dylan approaches 70, we present an exclusive, unseen extract from Robert Shelton's definitive, newly expanded, biography. Here, he goes behind the scenes of the singer's controversial 1966 'electric' tour

A headline you can believe: The 'Sport' closes

As the Daily Sport appeared to have breathed its last yesterday, as its parent company ceased trading and called in administrators, it was still styling itself as "the world's most outrageous newspaper".

Album: Boubacar Traore, Mali Denhou (Lusafrica)

When Malian bluesmen discovered the bluesmen of America's deep South, Traore's art was one of the results. Acclaimed at 20 as Mali's answer to Elvis Presley, he had dizzy fame followed by political exile, and was only put back on his pedestal after being rediscovered in Paris as part of the army of migrant workers. This new album is vintage stuff: his voice mixes warmth with a genial toughness, while his guitar is backed by the expressive harp of Vincent Bucher.

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