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Anguished-sounding Tennessee singer/keyboards player Whitlock followed Eric Clapton from Delaney & Bonnie into Derek and the Dominos.

Double Take: 'Got My Mind Set on You' - James Ray/George Harrison

Robert Webb on cover versions

Album: George Harrison

Brainwashed (Dark Horse)

Harrison's last songs to be released

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WHEN Bill and Kris Brittian took over the First Christian Church in Auburn, outside Seattle, there were just 14 regular members of the congregation, all of them the wrong side of 50. So they made a few changes.

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On 17 August 1979, Monty Python's Life of Brian was released in the US. The satirical film told the story of a man (Graham Chapman), born in the stable next door to Jesus, who lives 33 unremarkable years before being mistaken for a messiah and sentenced to "cwucifixion" by the Roman governor (Michael Palin). John Cleese played a pedantic Roman centurion and a pedantic Judean terrorist leader; director Terry Jones was Brian's screeching mother; Eric Idle leapt around saying "only joking" a lot.

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Why do monsoons seem to generate great art and poetry? Jeremy Atiyah finds out in Bangladesh

Arts and Books: Power and glory at the court of Queen Nina

A NINA SIMONE concert is more like a prayer meeting than a musical event, a religious experience in which the audience declared its devotion and projected its emotions on to a performer they treated like a deity, a people's princess. By the end of a long evening, the audience - young, middle-aged, old, men and women (and particularly the women) - were her devout acolytes, chanting her phrases and singing her praises, celebrating every brief sign. She had become Queen Nina, a sculpture with an inscrutable smile.

First Night: Acolytes chant the praises of Queen Nina

Nina Simone Meltdown/Royal Festival Hall London

`I Am The Very Expensive Walrus'

THE HANDWRITTEN lyrics to one of The Beatles' most famous songs are expected to fetch more than pounds 60,000 when they are sold at auction later this year. The original words to "I Am The Walrus", which were written by John Lennon in black ink on a simple sheet of A4 paper, are slightly different from the final version.
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