Bruce Springsteen has scored his tenth UK number one album with High Hopes, beating the likes of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.
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Friday 18 June 2010
Sunday 06 June 2010
As a wise critic said of CGI film-making, when anything’s possible, nothing surprises.
Tuesday 01 June 2010
They called them the Swinging Sixties, so it comes as no surprise that there are four Beatles singles in the top five in a new compilation of the best-selling singles of the decade.
Monday 26 April 2010
Tuesday 06 April 2010
When Harry Baldwin was growing up in south London, political meetings on Sunday mornings and evenings were a feature of social life. His father introduced him to these popular events, in which the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB) held up to 1,000 meetings a year. Harry, who was born in Brixton on 17 October 1930 and was a conscientious objector to National Service, became a party member in 1950. He was a plumber by trade throughout his working life.
Friday 26 February 2010
The New York publisher and songwriter Aaron Schroeder was one of the key figures around the Brill Building in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a songwriter who preferred to collaborate with others, especially in improving the commerciality of a promising song. Several of his 300 published compositions were recorded by Elvis Presley, including the multi-million seller "It's Now or Never" (1960). He liked to say, not entirely in jest, "I don't read music – that's why I make so much money."
Saturday 13 February 2010
Friday 15 January 2010
Wednesday 06 January 2010
Argentina is coming to terms with the news that the national treasure who brought the swinging Sixties to much of South America had died at the age of 64 after suffering fatal complications related to heart and lung surgery.
Sunday 03 January 2010
One disc better endowed and not to be confused with the box set confined to the top 20 hits, Good Rockin' Tonight is a four-disc chronological collection of Presley moments expected and surprising.
Elvis' 75th birthday special: Meet the fans, artists and entrepreneurs behind the $45m Presley industry
Saturday 02 January 2010
Wednesday 30 December 2009
Shelby Singleton: Record producer who unearthed undiscovered treasures in the vaults of the Sun label
Friday 13 November 2009
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.
Friday 06 November 2009
Thursday 05 November 2009
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".
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