Sport Chris Chataway was the first winner of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 1954

Murray may well be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year tonight, but he won’t be there

Deborah Ross: I just wish I could give to everyone

I won't be contributing to the Dahl family's £500,000 appeal to help restore and shift Roald's shed, if only because I am already contributing towards the shifting of Sir Paul McCartney's pergola, which, sadly, is currently north-facing whereas south-facing would be more the ticket.

30 years of MTV

From the moment The Buggles appeared on the new video channel, music was never going to be the same again. Paul Bignell looks back at the medium that revolutionised popular culture

Sir Paul McCartney to marry in London

Sir Paul McCartney is to marry Nancy Shevell in London.

Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney, By Howard Sounes

McCartney...weighed and measured

My Fantasy Band: Rumer

My Fantasy Band: E, Eels

Keyboards - Sly Stone

There is nobody like him. You have to check out old YouTube clips of him. It doesn't matter if he's playing organ or acoustic piano, it's all totally unique. Our bass player jammed with him quite recently and he's most definitely still got it.

Sir Paul McCartney was advised to retire at 50

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed his advisers told him to retire at the age of 50.

Album: Various Artists, Rave On Buddy Holly (Concord)

If Elvis was rock'n'roll's id, then Buddy Holly was its ego, his more cerebral tinkerings with pop's structures opening up avenues that enabled the medium to flourish in myriad different ways.

McCartney halts sale of sketches

A set of drawings by Sir Paul McCartney of a cartoon mouse have been withdrawn from sale after a legal challenge by the former Beatle.

Caught & Social: A day in the life of Macca

The late Linda McCartney didn’t just marry a Beatle and try to turn the nation on to vegetarianism, she was also an accomplished photographer.

Paul McCartney's surprise Coachella appearance

Sir Paul McCartney stunned the crowd at the Coachella music festival by joining Afrojack on stage.

The Wombats, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Two years may be a long absence, but as his fans readily accede to singer Matthew Murphy's request for another wave, the empathy between both parties remains strong.

My Fantasy Band: Kyle Falconer, The View

Interview by Gillian Orr

Taylor Momsen wants Noel Gallagher collaboration

Taylor Momsen wants to write music with Noel Gallagher.

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