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Album: Paloma Faith, Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? (Epic)

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.

Story of the song - Jimmy Mack, Martha & the Vandellas (1967)

"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

Album: Andrea Bacchetti, Baldassarre Galuppi: Piano Sonatas (RCA Red Seal)

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.

Snow Patrol earn little from Leona cover

Gary Lightbody has revealed he won't be raking in the royalties from Leona Lewis' cover of his hit song Run.

Story of the Song: Chasing Pavements, Adele (2007)

Adele Adkins had an argument with her boyfriend in a London club.

Album: Candi Staton, Who's Hurting Now? (Honest Jons)

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.

Pandora: Soul singer proves she is in Vogue

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."

The Secret Life of Bees (12A)

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.

Lambchop, Union Chapel, London

Lambchop once played so quietly at London's Somerset House that you could hear the birds in the trees above them.

Janet Jackson taken ill before concert

Singer Janet Jackson is in hospital today after falling ill shortly before a concert.

Album: Al Green, Lay It Down (Blue Note)

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.

Album: Debussy, Nuit d'étoiles – Xavier de Maistre (RCA Red Seal)

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.

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