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Two people were killed and dozens more injured yesterday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, when a series of tornadoes ripped through the state, causing extensive property damage in several communities.

Elmer Valentine: Promoter behind Los Angeles' Whisky a Go Go and Roxy clubs

When the policeman turned club promoter Elmer Valentine visited the Whisky à Gogo, Paul Pacine's Paris discothèque in 1963, he saw mini-skirted girls dancing to records spun by a disc jockey rather than to a live band – and had an epiphany. On his return to Los Angeles, in partnership with Shelly Davis, Theodore Flier and Phil Tanzini, he opened his own Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in January 1964 and decided to hire a female DJ to generate further interest in his new venture.

Album: Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere, Nudge It Up a Notch (Stax)

Though more associated respectively with the soul-music scenes of Memphis and New York, both MGs guitarist Steve Cropper and Young Rascals singer Felix Cavaliere now reside in Nashville, a proximity that led them to perform together and to this recording.

Hank Crawford: The musical director and alto saxophonist who played with Ray Charles

When Hank Crawford joined Ray Charles in 1958, he was playing the baritone saxophone in a small group behind the rhythm and blues pioneer, but he really made his mark when he switched to the more expressive alto, an instrument his boss also played early on in his career. Crawford became Charles’s musical director and helped to organise the horn section at the heart of the big band which backed the singer and pianist in the early Sixties.

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Sarah Palin's student hacker has trial delayed

The complexity of a computer crime trumped the need for a speedy trial in the case of the son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker charged with breaking into the email account of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Know thine Public Enemy

So, Chuck D's a workaholic, Flavor will bust your ribs, and you can have a laugh with Griff. Russell Myrie, Public Enemy's official biographer, tells of life on tour with the legendary hip-hop crew

You write the reviews: Big Star, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Back in the early Seventies, Big Star made their mark on the post-Sixties landscape with their brand of melodic, melancholy pop, and were described by the rock critic Jason Ankeny as the "quintessential American power- pop band". Alex Chilton, formerly a teenybopper pin-up with the Box Tops, had teamed up with Chris Bell, an old mate from his home town of Memphis, Tennessee, to join a band called Icewater. He changed the name to Big Star, and in 1972 they made a debut album, # 1 Record, that was acclaimed as a masterpiece. But it was heard by virtually no one on account of abysmal distribution.

Big Star, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Alex Chilton was a teenybopper pin-up via his first band The Box Tops. In 1971 Chilton teamed up with Chris Bell, an old mate from his home town of Memphis, Tennessee, to join a band called Icewater. He changed the name to Big Star, and they made a debut album, No 1 Record, that critics acclaimed as a masterpiece, but which was heard by virtually no one on account of abysmal distribution.

Jerry Wexler: Co-owner of Atlantic Records who produced Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield

The record producer Jerry Wexler was a champion of black music. He not only devised the term "Rhythm and Blues", but he also made some of the best records in the genre during his 22-year tenure at Atlantic Records, including "Shake, Rattle and Roll" by Big Joe Turner, "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "In The Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett.

Isaac Hayes: Seventies soul superstar who won an Oscar for 'Theme from Shaft'

When the singer and musician Isaac Hayes met MGM executives in 1970, the conversation turned to the Ernest Tidyman novel Shaft, to which the studio had just acquired the film rights. Hayes thought he might be up for the lead role as the black private detective John Shaft, as the studio seemed keen to cash in on the emerging blaxploitation genre.

Isaac Hayes, soul legend and voice of Chef, dies at 65

Isaac Hayes, the pioneering musician and songwriter whose orchestral soul albums took the genre in a new direction and who became known to another generation as the voice of South Park's Chef, has died at the age of 65.

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