He persuaded his father to buy him his first guitar, for 15 shillings in London’s Petticoat Lane market
One man does more to shape our music industry than any other. As he begins another star search, the svengali talks to our guest editor David Walliams.
Hitmaker Simon Cowell tells David Walliams what it's like to be Britain's biggest pop maestro
Drums - Picasso
I've always wondered what he could do with a pair of sticks.
He had said he was stepping into shoes that are bigger than his own, and he did try not to put his foot in it. But when Chris Evans took the helm of Europe’s most popular breakfast show today it was not unlike a children’s entertainer trying to stay wacky for a bunch of stony-faced five-year-olds.
Chris Evans kicked off his first show in the Radio 2 breakfast slot today by playing The Beatles' classic All You Need Is Love and telling listeners: "Thanks for tuning in."
In a sardine-tight flight to Miami. I can see clouds, rivers, the headtops of cities and my naked fear in the laptop reflection (turbulence).
Extravagant, inspired and wildly romantic, the performer who takes his cue from Judy Garland walks his own yellow brick road
Brian Viner Interviews: The jury is still out on the England coach, who has presided over his side's fall to fifth in the Test rankings. But he believes that by emphasising development the players can turn the tide in the New Zealand series, starting next week. With exclusive website content