News Lawson: his first big gig was supporting the Jackson Five at the Michigan State Fair in 1969

Leading session drummer who played with Jackson, Houston, Wonder, Clapton, Collins, Midler and Jarreau

Album review: Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go? (Stones Throw/Island)

Blessed with a clear, warm voice that soars on choruses to a pure high-register croon, and all-round instrumental skills to rival Stevie Wonder, Mayer Hawthorne is a blue-eyed R&B prodigy admired even by those whose crown he threatens, such as Justin Timberlake.

Phil Neville will return to his old club Manchester United as a coach this summer to join David Moyes' backroom staff

Phil Neville set for return to Manchester United among David Moyes' backroom staff

Neville played for Moyes for eight years at Everton

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Ferguson has always been prepared to move on good players and Rooney, it appears, may be about to find that he is as dispensable as the others that feature on this list. The relationship between the manager and former star striker was tested when Rooney handed in a transfer request in 2010. All seemed well until Ferguson decided that a player that cost him £27 million to sign, is apparently not good enough anymore to pose a threat against Real Madrid. Is the writing on the wall for his United career? Click through to see the other United stars who were cast aside...

Glenn Moore: Despite Alex Ferguson's assertions, Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United remains far from certain

The Manchester United manager says Rooney will not be sold

IoS album review: Various artists, Rolling with the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook (Ace)

When it came to modernist funk, New Orleans composer, producer and performer Toussaint was your go-to guy.

1. Lace ball pendant shade, £36.98, B&Q. A cut-out lampshade diffuses the light and casts lacy shadows. 0845 609 6688, diy.com

Play the lace card: Add some Victoriana drama with a frilling touch

1. Lace ball pendant shade

Callier, whose music had timeless appeal, on stage during the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006

Terry Callier: Songwriter and singer whose folk and soul blend influenced British artists

He said when working with Beth Orton that music cut across age and race barriers

Singer Chris Brown won four 2011 BET Awards.

Bottle row for R&B artists Brown and Drake

Chris Brown and Drake are being sued over a bottle-throwing nightclub brawl involving their entourages.

Album: Sam Sparro, Return to Paradise (Virgin/Positiva

Sooner than you could say "one-hit wonder", Sam Sparro sank from the public eye.

Album: East of Underground, Hell Below (Now Again)

Those who remember the Monty Python skit about the "groovy" Royal Navy recruitment campaign will be left jaw-dropped by Hell Below, an archival release featuring participants in actual US Army "Battle of the Bands" contests from the late 1960s.

Reginald D Hunter: White Woman,

Album: The Blind Boys of Alabama

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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