Johnny Preston: Singer who had a No 1 on both sides of the Atlantic with the 1960 'death disc' 'Running Bear'

The popularity of TV westerns in the 1950s led to several related records such as the Coasters' "Along Came Jones" and the Olympics' "Western Movies". In addition, there was a vogue for death discs such as Marty Wilde's "Endless Sleep", Ricky Valance's "Tell Laura I Love Her" and the Everly Brothers' "Ebony Eyes". Early in 1960, the two genres combined for Johnny Preston's "Running Bear", the story of the doomed romance of two Red Indians (as they were then known) from rival tribes. The story of Running Bear and Little White Dove, complete with war whoops, was a No 1 record in both Britain and America.

'I cut a record at London's Riflemaker gallery. Literally'

I'm singing into a microphone that resembles a flattened colander, while, at waist level, there's another one picking up my guitar. In front of me is a battered, grey-green, four-foot wide control-desk like something out of an early nuclear power station, with trembling meter-needles over words like "attenuator" and "kilocycles".

Million Dollar Quartet, Noel Coward Theatre, London

On 4 December 1956 the ultimate jam session took place. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered at the Sun studio of their mentor Sam Phillips to make music and conversation. What is remarkable is that there haven't been innumerable plays, films and TV documentaries about this seminal moment in pop history.

Lamar Fike: Member of Elvis Presley's famed inner circle, the Memphis Mafia

Lamar Fike was one of Elvis Presley's career-long entourage who became the singer's friends, foils, scapegoats, bodyguards, road managers, lighting technicians, punchbags, babysitters (for the singer himself) and procurers of girls, pills or sweets. Or, as Fike put it, "his buffer zone."

Album: Beady Eye, Beady Eye (Beady Eye)

"The battle's on, and so is the prize," sings Liam Gallagher with typical bullish assertiveness on "Four Letter Word" – now, who do you suppose he's talking to? And with its snarly wah-wah guitars there's a triumphalist stridency about this opening track which bears out his confidence.

Arsene Wenger frustrated at extra Arsenal fixture

Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal could have done with a "little breather" rather than tackle Leyton Orient in a FA Cup fifth-round replay, but maintains the Gunners can sustain their assault on four fronts.

Arsenal were complacent and we out-thought them, claims Hearn

The Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn joked yesterday that the revenue from his side's lucrative FA Cup replay with Arsenal next week would "cover the legal expenses" of challenging West Ham's move to the nearby Olympic Stadium.

Glee cast smashes Elvis chart record

The cast of the comedy drama Glee have smashed Elvis Presley's record for the fastest act to score 20 top 40 hits, according to the Official Charts Company. Stars of the television show took 57 weeks to achieve the feat, with Toxic entering the singles chart at No 40. Presley took 88 weeks to achieve 20 hits.

Album: Wanda Jackson, The Party Ain't Over (Nonesuch / Third Man)

For years, maybe even decades, Wanda Jackson was written out of the accepted histories of women in rock.

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Don Kirshner: Music publisher and producer behind a wealth of Sixties hits

The music publisher Don Kirshner managed a team of New York songwriters who wrote such hit songs as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Oh! Carol" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". He was the key publisher in the early 1960s and knew how to spot talent; more than anyone else, he turned writing teenage songs into a profession.

Album: Neville Brothers, Authorized Bootleg: Warfield Theatre San Francisco (Hip-O Select/A&M)

The Neville Brothers were once one of the best live bands in America.

Marilyn makes a comeback from beyond the grave

Branding expert buys rights to use dead star's name to market makeup and lingerie

Miner joins Elvis fans for birthday

Hundreds of Elvis Presley fans – including the freed Chilean miner Edison Pena, who has been on a whirlwind tour of Memphis – gathered at Graceland to sing "Happy Birthday" on what would have been the rock 'n' roll icon's 76th birthday.

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