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My parents loved the blues and early jazz, and I grew up to the sounds of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Leadbelly and Fats Waller.
Produced again by Joe Henry, the follow-up to Let Them Talk follows a similar format of easy-rolling jazz arrangements and simpatico guest spots supporting Hugh Laurie's blues piano.
Golfers and caddies were left stunned when they were joined on the 14th hole by an unexpected visitor - a huge alligator.
George Jackson, who died in his Mississippi home on 14 April at the age of 68 after a year-long struggle against cancer, was the co-author of "Old Time Rock and Roll" and hundreds of other soul, rock and rhythm and blues tunes. Jackson recorded dozens of singles in the 1960s but made his mark as a writer, beginning with FAME Studios. He later was a songwriter for Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. When Malaco bought Muscle Shoals Sound, it hired Jackson to write songs.
Mo Farah has been asked many questions by journalists since rising to fame by winning two gold medals at the London Olympics in the 5,000m and 10,000m. But none will have been as ill-researched as those posed by LaTonya Norton of New Orleans station WDSU.
Underdogs welcomed home today after beating the odds, 49ers' fightback and a bizarre power cut
The city was decimated by Katrina, but now it's blazing a recovery trial
Southern sound lies in the Mississippi, says Matthew Longhurst
New Orleans is being battered by powerful winds and torrential rain tonight, as Hurricane Isaac tears across the Gulf Coast, bringing storm damage and heavy flooding to under-protected suburbs of the City.
Van Halen's fractious past and frequent bust-ups have won a reputation as one of rock's greatest feuds.
Tennessee Williams as dance? I do declare! But Scottish Ballet triumphs with a perfectly told tale
The French Quarter of the city was moulded by its history of piracy, slavery, royalty – and ghosts
The novelist Jonathan Franzen has called Twitter an "irresponsible medium" which has become the enemy of writers and readers.
Yelena Isinbayeva, the long-time pole vault queen, was in action in Volgograd on Saturday, preparing for the defence of her Olympic crown. She must be worried. A rising young British star is threatening to dethrone her.
BP is accusing Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement that went into the Deepwater Horizon well that exploded, killing 11 people and causing America's worst offshore oil spill.
On 28 August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the American city of New Orleans with the force of a nuclear explosion.