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A familiar story of Lennon's post-Beatles years – with some fascinating new detail

Deke Richards (centre), with Alphonzo Mizell (left) and Freddie Perren

Deke Richards: Motown man who masterminded
the Jackson 5

When the Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. fell out with the hit songwriting triumvirate of Lamont Dozier and Brian and Eddie Holland at the end of 1967, he resolved not to have any more “back room superstars.” He pushed Deke Richards, the white guitarist and songwriter he had recruited the previous year during a trip to Los Angeles, to take a commanding role in helping Diana Ross & the Supremes return to the top of the US charts.

John Lennon letter to Paul and Linda McCartney to go on sale in online auction

Letters from John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and Dwight Eisenhower are among hundreds of historical documents being offered in an online auction.

Sam Coldy's prints focus on the impact that running has on the foot

A step in the right fashion direction

Put a spring in your step  with Nike’s new collection of re-issued Air Max trainers, just in time for the shoe’s 25th birthday

Album: Eric Clapton, Old Sock (Polydor)

As in "comfy as an …". Clapton in sunny eclectic mode. Reggae, show tunes, Hank Snow and low-temperature choogling as far as the ear can hear – "All of Me", "Born to Lose", Gary Moore's "Still Got the Blues", buttressed by the rhythm attributes of Willie Weeks and Steve Gadd.

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Henry Grossman was a trusted friend to the band, and got over 6,000 snaps

He saw them standing there: Henry Grossman's never-before-seen photos of The Beatles

The photographer was a trusted friend to the band, and got over 6,000 snaps

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell

Sir Paul McCartney: I tried to turn 'Yesterday' into a piece of early electronica

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed how he had planned to get the musical pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme to make one of The Beatles' most famous songs, "Yesterday", into an early piece of electronica.

The Weekend's Viewing: Kevin Eldon can make a dumb joke and a clever one simultaneously, a trick he pulled off more than once

It's Kevin, Sun, BBC2 // The Lady Vanishes, Sun, BBC1 // In the Flesh, Sun, BBC3

Sir Paul Ruddock to leave Lansdowne

Sir Paul Ruddock, one of the world's best-known hedge fund managers, is to step down from Lansdowne Partners later this year. The 54-year-old, who co-founded the company with Steven Heinz in 1998, will leave in June to focus on his work in the arts and on charity work.

Freda Kelly was The Beatles’ PA for more than a decade

Got to get you into my life: Loyal PA to The Beatles, Freda Kelly, is finally telling her story

They were the biggest band in the world and she was their biggest fan. "You were there in the beginning," George Harrison told her. "You're there at the end." Freda Kelly was The Beatles' PA for more than a decade. She ran their fan club and was a trusted member of their inner circle. Yet her story has remained untold – until now.

Director, Bob Tomson with cast members of
'Carnaby Street The Musical'

Rolling Stones threaten legal action over new swinging 60s musical Carnaby Street

The Rolling Stones are threatening legal action to halt a new musical set in London's Swinging 60s heyday which is set to include one of their biggest hits.

Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench trounces Laurence Olivier to be name Britain's best actor

Dame Judi Dench has been named Britain's greatest actor, ahead of figures such as Lord Olivier and Sir John Mills.

The new Madness album, Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da. Artist Sir Peter Blake is to appear on the record sleeve, after years of creating striking images for artists such as The Beatles, The Who and Oasis.

Sir Peter Blake to feature on Madness album 'Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da'

Artist Sir Peter Blake is to appear on a record sleeve, after years of creating striking images for artists such as The Beatles, The Who and Oasis.

Dalels in Westminster in 2011

Ray Cusick: The man who left a generation of children cowering behind the sofa from the Daleks

Michael Bywater pays tribute to Ray Cusick, who died last week, and his invention of a quintessentially British baddie

Picture book review: The Beatles - On the Road, 1964-1966, By Harry Benson

In 1964, Harry Benson was boarding a plane for an assignment in Africa when he received a phonecall from his editor at The Daily Express. He was now to embark on a magical mystery tour with the Fab Four to document Beatlemania abroad.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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