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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

Album: Rihanna, Unapologetic (Mercury/Def Jam)

The fact that Rihanna has released seven studio albums in seven years does little to diminish the impression that if you flipped up her impassive panel of a face, you'd find circuit boards and wires.

Oscar scores Chelsea's second last night from long range

Rihanna unveils duet with Chris Brown 'Nobodies Business' three years after assault

R&B star Rihanna unveiled a duet entitled "Nobodies Business" with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown on Tuesday, three years after Brown was charged with assaulting her.

Usain Bolt got the better of Yohan Blake over both 100 and 200 metres in London

Usain Bolt still open to more events at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

World's fastest man Usain Bolt is still toying with the notion of adding the 400 metres or long jump to his repertoire after retaining his 100 and 200 Olympic titles.

Album: The Orb featuring Lee Scratch Perry, The Observer in the Star House (Cooking Vinyl)

"Hearing is a feeling," sings Lee Scratch Perry on "Ball of Fire", "I am the maddest, scooby-dooby-doo" – and who would gainsay either claim?

Ranking Trevor: Jamaican pioneer of rap-reggae

The Seventies saw the emergence of several Jamaican deejays and toasters whose claim to excellence in the genre that prefigured rap and dancehall was reflected by the use of Ranking in their stage name.

Toots and the Maytals, Concorde 2, Brighton
Jessie Ware, Plan B, London

If ever someone needed to relax, it's Toots

Album: Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Disco Devil - The Jamaican Discomixes (Trojan)

Legend and fallible memory suggest that the extended 12-inch mixes from Perry's Black Ark studio are the holy grail of late-1970s reggae.

Alfie Brown: Soul for Sale, Underbelly, Edinburgh

Alfie Brown isn’t the only comedian at the Fringe berating his industry for catering to the lowest common denominator, but he may well be the one doing it with the least amount of grace.

Jamaica to honour late reggae star Peter Tosh

Firebrand reggae star Peter Tosh will receive Jamaica's third-highest honor in a ceremony later this year.

Jamaica 50: Jimmy Cliff, Indig02, London

The weekend before this last of 12 gigs at this venue celebrating Jamaica’s 1962 independence, Usain Bolt leads the tiny nation’s dominance of the Olympics’ most iconic event, and West Indies manage a rare Test match win in Kingston.

Golden mo-ment: Farah crosses the line to win the 10,000 metres and the emotion begins to show

Farah kicks to glory and seals our finest day

10,000m winner embraces pregnant wife after securing Team GB's sixth gold on Super Saturday

Album: Toots and the Maytals, Unplugged on Strawberry Hill (Metropolis)

Even deprived of a cooking Jamaican band, Toots Hibbert can still rouse the spirit thanks mainly to the possession of the most soulful voice in reggae.

Reggae's unsung hero reopens his Songbook

If Bob Andy had received the same recognition as Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff he “would be dead now”, he conceded over a cup of tea in London last week.

US rapper Snoop Dogg has made friends with a Welsh farmer and swede champion Ian Neale

Snoop Dogg to 'reincarnate' as Snoop Lion

Snoop Dogg says he was "born again" during a visit to Jamaica in January, is changing his name to Snoop Lion and is ready to make music that his "kids and grandparents can listen to."

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