Marshall Lytle, the upright bass player for Bill Haley and His Comets, was the most enthusiastic musician that anyone could possibly meet. He lived for his music and, up until he retired through ill health in 2009, he was recreating his "slap bass" sound and indulging in comic showmanship. He gave the impression that he had made his last hit record yesterday; in his mind, it was always 1955.
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Saturday 05 February 2011
For her advanced years, she looks remarkable. Despite nearing the ripe old age of 4,000, long eyelashes still frame her half-open eyes and hair tumbles down to her remarkably well-preserved shoulders.
Monday 27 December 2010
Scientists have pieced together the genetic code of the cacao tree, and believe the DNA sequence will lead to chocolate that is healthier, more sustainable, and more delicious.
Friday 26 November 2010
Unspeakable, more like. Tony Scott, having directed some of my least favourite movies of all time (Man on Fire, Domino), adds to his charge-sheet with another bumptious slam-bang thriller.
Tuesday 27 July 2010
A man robbed a bank wearing a woman's blond wig, fake breasts under a sweater and clown trousers, US authorities said.
Saturday 29 May 2010
Royal Dutch Shell has increased its holding of unconventional "shale gas" by buying a privately owned US company – East Resources of Pennsylvania – for $4.7bn (£3.2bn).
Friday 19 March 2010
A Pennsylvania woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to kill in a foreign country.
Thursday 11 March 2010
Friday 27 November 2009
Not since the ghost of Banquo appeared at Macbeth's table has there been a more shocking case of gatecrashing. Whatever else one might say about Tareq and Michaele Salahi, they don't aim low. The couple might have chosen any number of dinners to intrude upon on Tuesday night. But they went for the biggest of them all: a state banquet at the White House.
Thursday 19 November 2009
Wednesday 05 August 2009
A gunman walked into an exercise class at a health club and opened fire, killing four people and himself and injuring at least 10 others.
Sunday 12 July 2009
A lawyer has been released from prison after serving 14 years for contempt of court because he refused to hand over millions of dollars in a bitter divorce battle.
Wednesday 08 July 2009
In the 1970s, the Three Degrees embodied a certain style of classy, sophisticated, orchestrated soul, and were equally at home on Top Of The Pops, TV variety shows, in cabaret or in the presence of royalty. Indeed, the easy-on-the-ear, easy-on-the-eye girl trio from Philadelphia who topped the UK charts in 1974 with the soft, smooth, seductive "When Will I See You Again", became favourites of Prince Charles and were even tagged "Charlie's Angels" by the British tabloids.
Thursday 28 May 2009
The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the Stanley Cup finals after beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 to win the Eastern Conference title on Tuesday.
Sunday 22 February 2009
The instrument in question is the mighty baritone sax, which Philadelphia-born Charles Evans turns into a quartet, chamber group or bari-choir through judicious overdubbing on this intermittently amazing solo recording.
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