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Michael Jackson: Singer whose personal troubles overshadowed his status as one of pop's greatest performers

Michael Jackson, an icon of popular music culture since the late 1960s and one of its leading creative influences in the 1980s, had by the 1990s undergone a disturbing metamorphosis which threatened to overshadow the impact his considerable artistic contributions.

Mad, bad, or merely misunderstood? The bizarre life of 'Wacko'

Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, the seventh of nine children in a working class family. His mother was a devout Jehovah's Witness while his father – a steel worker and guitarist in an R&B band – became known for the brutal work ethic he instilled in the the five Jackson boys – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael, who first performed together at a talent show when Michael was just six, bagging first prize. By 1964 Jackson had joined his brothers' pop group as an instrumentalist but his boyish looks, sharp falsetto and exceptional talent often outshone his siblings.

Jackson dies aged 50 on the eve of his 'final tour'

Huge crowds gather to mourn the man who bestrode the pop world for 25 years

The Hypnotic Brass Band - A true band of brothers

The Hypnotic Brass Band are from Chicago – young, black and gifted players on a variety of horns who owe more to soul and jazz than the marching band tradition. They play outdoors, too, but don't mention busking, says Andy Gill

Freddie Hubbard: Virtuoso jazz trumpeter who played with John Coltrane, Art Blakey and Herbie Hancock during a 50-year career

If Louis Armstrong burst upon the jazz world like a star in 1923, then the trumpeter Freddie Hubbard became one of its biggest comets when he did the same in 1959. The incandescent moment came with the issue of an album, Sister Salvation, made under the leadership of the trombonist and Hubbard's fellow Indianapolitan Slide Hampton. Suddenly, here was a fully formed virtuoso, crackling with a full, brazen technique and bursting with ideas.

You won't believe your ears: The new sound revolution

Fed up with tinny headphones and speakers, Rhodri Marsden enrolled on a 'sound-tasting' course – and discovered hidden depths to his MP3 collection

Henri Salvador: France's 'Monsieur Joie de Vivre'

The television appearances of the entertainer Henri Salvador brightened up many a childhood in France throughout the Sixties and Seventies. He was best known as a performer of catchy novelty songs such as "Zorro Est Arrivé" (a version of the Coasters' "Along Came Jones" which cashed in on the Western craze), the ode to laziness "Le Travail C'est La Santé", the nonsensical "Juanita Banana" and "Mais Non Mais Non" (a French version of "Mah Na Mah Na", the Piero Umiliani ditty subsequently made famous by The Muppet Show). Salvador was an effervescent, joyful presence, capturing the mood of a nation discovering the delights of the consumer society.

Obituary: Jimmy Smith

Braggadocio jazz musician dubbed the Charlie Parker of the Hammond organ

Art: The diva that time forgot

The world's first concept album is re-released this week, and no one has noticed. Peggy Lee should be an icon, but lost it to changing tastes and bad fashion moments.

Arts: The sweet sound of paradox

Feted in Europe as a major jazz composer and performer, Carla Bley has found little acclaim at home. Can she really be too adventurous for the United States?

Pope joins rock stars in poverty campaign

THE POPE added his voice to a campaign pressing Western political leaders to cancel Third World debt.

Obituary: Harry Edison

THE SOUND of Harry Edison's trumpet was, after that of Louis Armstrong, perhaps the most instantly identifiable signature in jazz. It could be recognised after just one note. Edison could play a note, bend it and place it with such impeccable timing that he was never successfully copied. He swung powerfully with a sparse and repetitive simplicity. Although he had been ill for some years, his death in his sleep on Monday night was unexpected. He had been practising his trumpet as usual during the day.

Obituary: Melba Liston

THE CODE of behaviour at ladies' finishing schools never recommended taking up the trombone. The instrument didn't rival the piano or the cello in drawing room decorum. And yet the only two well-known women trombonists were both glamorous to look at. Melba Liston was one of them and the English Annie Whitehead, assured enough to appear naked with her horn on the sleeve of her last CD, was the other.

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