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Friday 25 September 2009
The ancients may have believed that art was all about truth and beauty; these days, as Paloma Faith recognises from her previous stints as burlesque performer, it's more about interesting lies.
Friday 28 August 2009
"Jimmy Mack" dozed on a shelf for two years before Motown's boss, Berry Gordy, realised he had a sleeping giant. ,/p>
"Get this thing ready to go out right away," he is reported to have said when he heard the song. "This is a damn hit record." Gordy was right: 40 years on, it remains one of the label's defining releases, helping to create the sound of Sixties America. It was recorded by the 25-year-old Martha Reeves and her Vandellas (Rosalind Ashford and Betty Kelly), formerly the Del-Phis, in June 1964 and was included on their 1966 album, Watchout!. It finally made it as a single the following year. Although "Jimmy Mack" is credited to Motown's writing/production team of Lamont Dozier and the brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, it was Dozier who came up with the original idea. At a music industry awards dinner in 1964, Dozier saw the mother of the songwriter Ronnie Mack accept an award for her son, who had recently died, for his composition "He's So Fine", a No 1 for the Chiffons. Under pressure to come up with a hit for Reeves and the Vandellas, Dozier and the team wrote "Jimmy Mack", in part a tribute to Mack the writer. The Vietnam war may have helped propel the nostalgic longings of "Jimmy Mack" into the charts
Friday 22 May 2009
Though rarely performed today, the Venetian composer Baldassarre Galuppi was so popular in the 18th century that publishers passed off earlier pieces by Vivaldi as his.
Wednesday 25 February 2009
Gary Lightbody has revealed he won't be raking in the royalties from Leona Lewis' cover of his hit song Run.
Friday 13 February 2009
Adele Adkins had an argument with her boyfriend in a London club.
Friday 13 February 2009
Like her acclaimed 2006 comeback album His Hands, Candi Staton's latest was produced by Lambchop's Mark Nevers and follows much the same formula of smouldering Southern soul commentaries on the rocky terrain of relationships, tempered with nods to faith-based redemption.
Thursday 29 January 2009
V V Brown's fledgling career is coming along nicely. The edgy soul singer, 24, released her debut single "Crying Blood" two months ago and has now been invited to appear in a photoshoot for Vogue. "I've got three pages," she said at the launch of the Elle Style Awards. "It's such an honour. Until then I'll be doing plenty of sit-ups."
Friday 05 December 2008
This ghastly ode to female companionship apparently derives from a bestselling novel, but it feels more like something stitched together from other sorority movies – How To Make Travelling Pants With The Ya-Ya Sisterhood at the Whistlestop Café, with PC knobs on. Dakota Fanning, the human meerkat, plays a teenage runaway who finds love, hugs and honeybees at the home of Queen Latifah, at her most bee-atific. Honestly, I would rather watch Michael Caine in The Swarm.
Thursday 06 November 2008
Lambchop once played so quietly at London's Somerset House that you could hear the birds in the trees above them.
Tuesday 30 September 2008
Singer Janet Jackson is in hospital today after falling ill shortly before a concert.
Friday 23 May 2008
Producers from Arthur Baker to Al B Sure have striven to find a more potent vehicle for Al Green's ecstatic falsetto than that originally devised in the early Seventies by Willie Mitchell, characterised by the occasional prompt of horns or organ against that trademark flat snare, clipped guitar and discreet curtain of strings.
Sunday 11 May 2008
Somewhere in this lovely recital there's a more interesting disc waiting to be heard. Exquisite as harpist Xavier de Maistre's tone and technique are, it is impossible to listen to his arrangements of Debussy's "Mélodies" and "Préludes" without thinking that had Debussy wanted to write them for the harp, he would have done so.
Wednesday 19 March 2008
Friday 25 January 2008
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
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- 4 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting
- 5 Man hospitalised with pneumonia after downing eggnog at office Christmas party