T-Model Ford: Hard-living blues singer

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Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, who died on 10 April aged 76, was a Chicago bluesman known for his guitar playing and his mellow singing voice

Jimmy Dawkins: Blues guitarist

Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, who died on 10 April aged 76, was a Chicago bluesman known for his guitar playing and his mellow singing voice.

Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis was released from a north Mississippi jail on Tuesday and charges against him were dropped

Elvis impersonator blames long-time enemy for ricin sent to Barack Obama

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