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When the policeman turned club promoter Elmer Valentine visited the Whisky à Gogo, Paul Pacine's Paris discothèque in 1963, he saw mini-skirted girls dancing to records spun by a disc jockey rather than to a live band – and had an epiphany. On his return to Los Angeles, in partnership with Shelly Davis, Theodore Flier and Phil Tanzini, he opened his own Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in January 1964 and decided to hire a female DJ to generate further interest in his new venture.

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There's no faulting insurer Aviva for the list of celebrities it has signed up to promote an ad campaign designed to explain why it is dropping the Norwich Union brand. It includes Bruce Willis, below, Ringo Starr, Alice Cooper and even Dame Edna Everage, all explaining why they once changed their name. There can't have been much change out of Aviva's £10m marketing budget once that lot were paid their fees.

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