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Who will be leaving the competition tomorrow?

Pop: So Who Were Those Voices?

A short history of some of pop's unsung female singers

Arts: If you can take it, she can dish it out

The minute she walked in the joint, you could she was a woman of distinction. Ed Seckerson spent a little time with Shirley Bassey

CORPORATE STRATEGIES: THE INSIDE TRACK ON BECOMING A CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL

15: Are You Being Observed? The shady business of corporate surveillance

Pop: Rhythmic rumpus

Pop: Propellerheads

How We Met Cilla Black And Sir George Martin

Producer and composer Sir George Martin, 72, studied at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1962 he signed the Beatles to EMI, producing every record they made until they disbanded in 1970. With 'Candle in the Wind', Elton John's tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, he achieved his 30th No 1 single, the most of any producer. George lives in Wiltshire with his second wife, Judy; he has four children. Singer and television personality Cilla Black OBE, 54, served her apprenticeship on the Merseyside music scene. Her collaboration with George Martin produced a string of Top 10 hits, including 'Anyone Who Had a Heart'. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and manager, Bobby Willis

98 for 98 The century in photographs: today 1955

This latest image from The Independent and the Hulton Getty Picture Gallery's "98 for 98 - the Century in Photographs" shows the young Shirley Bassey, a few years before her first hit single.

Rewind: Video reviews

A Dance to the Music of Time (15), C4, pounds 19.99 This rich, though ridiculously condensed, adaptation of Anthony Powell's epic introduces 43 characters in the first two hours - a gallop through the music of time. Simon Russell Beale takes centre stage as Widmerpool. HHHH

My philosophy is to get your kit off - for operational reasons of course

From time to time I like to bring you a round-up of new words or new usages in current English, a kind of part-work glossary, and I think it is time to offer a few more examples of the way in which English is changing as we move towards the millennium.

Rock: No Jarvis, no Verve, Nobacon

WHAT, wondered Ben Elton, would be "the Jarvis Cocker" at this year's Brit Awards? What would be the defining, heroic moment that matched Cocker's conquering the north face of Michael Jackson's ego in 1996? Two hours later, and our compere still didn't have an answer. Little did he know that "the Jarvis Cocker" had occurred offstage, in the audience; and it was, as he might say, a little bit of politics. While disgruntled Polygram employees lobbed eggs and waved placards outside the Docklands Arena on Monday, inside, Chumbawamba's Danbert Nobacon (he chose that name himself, believe it or not) gave John Prescott an early bath, possibly just because it was something to do while Fleetwood Mac were onstage. In a year when a pop star-ice bucket-MP interface means Noel accepting a cold beer from Tony at Number 10, this sort of disrespect can only be healthy. But it was nowhere near as daring or as fun as Cocker vs Jackson.

Pop music: Decks'n'drums'n'rock'n'roll

Propellerheads

Please rethink me, let me be hip...

Interview: Engelbert Humperdinck

Good Venue Guide; 17: Glasgow Theatre Royal

Date of birth: 1867.

Bassey wins court fight over aide's 'sacking'

Shirley Bassey yesterday won a court battle against her former personal assistant, Hilary Levy, who claimed that she was sacked after a drunken row.

Bassey 'attacked her assistant in drunken rage'

Singer Shirley Bassey slapped and insulted her personal assistant during a row in a hotel room, a court heard yesterday. Hilary Levy, 44, who had worked for the singer for 15 years, claimed she was sacked by Miss Bassey after a dispute over working hours.
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