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Viola Wills: Disco diva best known for her hit 'Gonna Get Along Without You Now'

When the American singer Viola Wills finally hit the charts in the UK and the rest of Europe with her disco version of "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" in October 1979, it was the culmination of a long-held ambition. She started out in her native Los Angeles when she came to the attention of Barry White in the mid-Sixties, then became a backing vocalist for Joe Cocker and relocated to London where she recorded her debut album, Soft Centres, in 1974. Her career continued into the Eighties and she scored another UK hit with the self-penned, dreamy soul of "Dare To Dream" and an uptempo cover of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now".

Album: Yusuf, Roadsinger (Island)

Just as he had to get past the songs on Mona Bone Jakon in order to get to the material for his major breakthrough with Tea For The Tillerman, explains Yusuf, so did he have to work through the songs on his comeback album An Other Cup in order to reach the more satisfying condition represented by Roadsinger.

Ane Brun, Union Chapel, London

Given the packaging that surrounds many a budding pop career, it comes as a pleasant surprise to encounter a performer whose style is as pared down as that of the Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun. For her, it's clear, all that matters is the music.

Herbie Hancock, Royal Festival Hall, London

Jazz's highest-profile keyboardist says he is interested in projects that could be "events, not just records". The flagship night of this year's London Jazz Festival certainly lives up to that hope, as Herbie Hancock ignores recent albums and unleashes his most vibrant group for years.

Joanna Newsom, Somerset House, London

In 2007, Joanna Newsom toured her spellbinding, wordy second album Ys backed by international orchestras. Now that Ys has just about sunk in – and acquired a cult classic status – the Californian harpist and singer is back on her own again. On the Somerset House stage, it's just Newsom, her golden harp and her long, golden hair. And those harp-plucking hands, which look like yours or mine, but are anything but. When she hits a bum note – which isn't very often – it's reassuring rather than disappointing, as it proves that Newsom is, in fact, human.

Laura Marling, St James's Church, Piccadilly, London

When she was little, Laura Marling's dad apparently used to sit her down and force her to listen to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, insisting that this was "real music". The teenage singer-songwriter has learnt those lessons well.

Album: Joan as Police Woman, To Survive (Reveal)

Just as Antony Hegarty first came to prominence as one of Lou Reed's backing singers, Joan Wasser started out as one of Antony and the Johnsons' backing singers before renaming herself Joan as Police Woman.

Album: Jackie DeShannon, Her Own Kind of Light (EMI Zonophone)

Like Carole King, DeShannon bridged the Tin Pan Alley model of post-war pro songwriting and the singer-songwriter culture that superseded it: she was a technical songwriter who could come out front and sing.

Baby, baby, bay-BEE!...The greatest sreaming singers

Sometimes a singer just can't resist unleashing an almighty, no-holds-barred, throat-scraping, take-no-prisoners scream. Anthony Quinn selects his favourite lung-busters

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