Although always in the shadow of the great Morecambe and Wise, Mike and Bernie Winters were British television's other popular comedy duo during the Golden Age of Television. Mike was straight man to the gormless twit played by Bernie, who wore a bowler hat, pulled a toothy grin, grabbed his elder brother's cheek and called him "choochy face". The pair's boisterous, unsubtle, knockabout humour and music-hall crosstalk kept them at the top for 15 years and the professional partnership ended only when brotherly acrimony resulted in their splitting up.
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Tuesday 26 February 2013
Oscar host Seth MacFarlane has drawn criticism for his opening song “We saw your boobs” as well as his tasteless jokes about Jews, race and domestic violence.
Thursday 30 August 2012
Friday 23 March 2012
One man does more to shape our music industry than any other. As he begins another star search, the svengali talks to our guest editor David Walliams.
Friday 17 February 2012
Drums - Picasso
I've always wondered what he could do with a pair of sticks.
Saturday 19 November 2011
Further to your obituary of Jackie Leven (17 November), when I was writing a book about the British on holiday, and wanted to include a chapter on cruising, a mutual friend put me in touch with the singer-songwriter, who in his droll Scottish manner told me about his experience as the "entertainment" on a two-week cruise of the Norwegian fjords in 2002.
Monday 14 March 2011
Four years ago, Plan B aka Ben Drew was a mouthy hoodie-clad rapper from east London whose acclaimed debut album offered such odes to the street as the inspired "Mama (Loves a Crackhead)".
Saturday 26 February 2011
Thursday 20 January 2011
They called themselves "The Clan" and "The Summit". The press termed them the "Rat Pack", after the group of roistering friends who had attached themselves to Humphrey Bogart a decade earlier. Bogart and his coterie, which included Frank Sinatra, were never photographed at play. Their successors – Frank Sinatra again, but this time with Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin – were, in private snaps never intended to be published. The images have now been recovered from a cardboard box of negatives found in a photographic agent's office.
Thursday 01 April 2010
There would surely have been water in those ol' blue eyes if Frank Sinatra were still alive today to witness the shuttering of his once-beloved casino, Cal Neva Lodge, for lack of folk at the gambling tables.
Kathryn Grayson: Actress and singer described as 'the most beautiful woman in the history of movies'
Monday 22 February 2010
The singer and actress Kathryn Grayson was a resident soprano at MGM from 1940 until the early Fifties, her films including the acclaimed versions of Show Boat and Kiss Me, Kate. She was particularly favoured by producer Joe Pasternak, who had moved from Universal, where he had brilliantly handled the career of Deanna Durbin. Grayson's operatic background and training appealed to the producer, who liked to mix classics with popular songs in his musicals.
Sunday 06 December 2009
Setzer is the Jedwardhairedsinger-guitarist whonot only spearheaded therockabilly revival of theearly 1980s with the StrayCats but also had a majorhand in the big-band jivemovement of the late1990s with his GrammywinningTheDirty Boogie.Nowadays, Setzer switchesbetween Rat Pack croonerand rockabilly rebel, oftenin the space of one line.Simultaneously smoothand raw, one minute it'screpe-soled jitterbug, thenext it's Vegas razzledazzle,and beneath thehorn section's glitzy blarethere always beats abadass heart.
Sunday 08 November 2009
As history is celebrated on the streets of Berlin today, behind the scenes, another, though more discreet, chapter in European history may also be penned in that same city.
Monday 05 October 2009
Sunday 10 May 2009
Sunday 22 March 2009
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
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