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Prince plays at the Montreux Jazz Festival

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When Prince comes to the Montreux Jazz Festival, all bets are off. On his third visit to the Swiss Riviera for the 47th edition of the event, he was given carte blanche over three consecutive, sold-out evenings and appeared determined to cover as many bases as possible.

Soul and blues legend Bobby “Blues” Bland died yesterday at the age of 83, according to reports.

Soul legend Bobby 'Blues' Bland dies aged 83

Soul and blues legend Bobby “Blues” Bland died yesterday at the age of 83, according to reports.

Carole King, singer-songwriter

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Smudger Smith, the journeyman pro: welcome back Rio, those bags won't walk themselves on to the team bus

In a professional career spanning almost two decades, Simon "Smudger" Smith has played for over 67 clubs and has reinvented himself time and again, from poacher to holding midfielder, centre-back to goalkeeper.

Rumer, St James' Church, London

“I’m tremendously proud of this album,” Rumer demurely claims about her impending new record, Boys Don’t Cry.

Past glory: Mahalia Jackson was remembered in 'Conjuring Halie'

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Mahalia Jackson was a woman on fire," said Cerys Matthews in Conjuring Halie in that tremulous half-whisper of hers. "Her hair danced madly when she sang out in her rich contralto voice, and (she) moved her listeners to shout and cry."

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston cause of death 'not known'

US officials have said it is too soon to determine whether prescription drugs were involved in Whitney Houston's death.

Album: Various Artists, The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (Kent)

Established by producer Rick Hall in 1961, Florence Alabama Music Enterprises became the epicentre of the Southern Soul boom during the '60s, as labels like Atlantic and Chess sent their artists south to access some of that Muscle Shoals Sound, a potent funk groove which many admirers (and singers) were surprised to learn was performed by white musicians.

Album: Dusty Springfield, Goin' Back: The Definitive Dusty Springfield (Mercury)

Though far from definitive, the 4CD/3DVD set Goin' Back fulfils a valuable service by augmenting the mandatory hits with copious tranches of previously unreleased material, from an early '50s recording of "Can't We Be Friends" through several discfuls of BBC sessions, soundtrack contributions and alternative takes from Dusty In Memphis.

Album: Rebecca Ferguson, Heaven (RCA)

Throughout her stint on 2010's X Factor, shy Scouse single mum Ferguson was constantly being told by buffoonish Louis Walsh that she had a "recording voice" and that he couldn't wait "to hear her album".

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Cornell Dupree: Guitarist who played on more than 2,500 jazz, rock and soul tracks

The American guitarist Cornell Dupree lent his instrumental prowess to over 2,500 recordings by some of the biggest jazz, soul and rock performers of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, including Miles Davis, Archie Shepp, Grover Washington Jr, James Brown, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Duane Allman, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon and James Taylor.

Aretha Franklin: Return of the Queen of Soul

At 69, the Queen of Soul has survived surgery and a traumatic break-up to record her first new album in a decade. In a rare interview, she talks to Rob Hoerburger about her music, her glory days – and why she is still looking for love

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Alicia Keys, Royal Albert Hall, London

"I don't always get a chance to do this like this," says the much-accomplished Alicia Keys, as she proudly looks out into the Royal Albert Hall, with just her piano and more than 5,000 audience members for company.

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