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

Tony Sheridan: Singer and guitarist who was a catalyst in the early career of The Beatles

The Beatles’ ‘teacher’ Tony Sheridan dies

Tony Sheridan, the guitarist and singer-songwriter who had The Beatles as his back-up band before they hit the big time, died at the weekend in Hamburg, Germany.

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The Dave Clark Five performing during the Sixties with Dave Clark himself playing the drums and bassist Rick Huxley on bass (left). Musician Huxley, one of the founding members of the 1960s chart stars, has died at the age of 72.

Dave Clark Five 'devastated' at death of bassist Rick Huxley

Musician Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of 1960s chart stars The Dave Clark Five, has died at the age of 72.

Steve Coogan in The Look of Love

Steve Coogan: The British have got a very difficult relationship with sex

The actor spoke after his film The Look of Love, in which he plays porn baron Paul Raymond, was screened at the Berlin Film Festival

Adele has been asked to perform 'Skyfall' at the Oscars

Adele's producer gets early Brit Award

Adele's collaborator Paul Epworth has been handed an early Brit Award after landing the best producer prize.

Charles Manson

Charles Manson killed 'a bunch of other people' according to cult member's lawyer in never before heard tapes

Attorney Billy Boyd claimed Charles ‘Tex’ Watson revealed Manson had been involved in a number of other murders

Imagine all the people: three young men named after the Beatles star have been arrested in separate incidents in Brazil

Imagine that! Beatlemania in Brazil as police arrest three John Lennons

Police officers in Brazil have been left scratching their heads after not one, but three criminals called John Lennon have been arrested in recent weeks - and another John Lennon has been found dead.

Chris Brown and other celebrities who've compared themselves to Jesus

While non-famous people might consider it a little grandiose, comparing yourself to the Lord is fairly common among celebrities.

Do you want to know a secret? The Beatles gave their opinion on Elvis in an interview with a DJ in 1965, a tape of which is being auctioned

New book of poetry celebrates The Beatles' impact

It is one of the most quoted gobbets of British poetry: “Sexual intercourse began/ In nineteen sixty-three/(which was rather late for me) –/Between the end of the Chatterley ban/And the Beatles’ first LP.”

Paul McCartney is embarrassed by the state of his old sheep

Sir Paul McCartney 'embarrassed' by the state of his old sheep

Sir Paul McCartney has confessed he is embarrassed when visitors see the state of his sheep - because they live to be so old on his farm.

Dung beetles navigate by the light of the Milky Way

The beetles with stars in their eyes

They may spend their lives rolling around lumps of dung, but scientists have proven that dung beetles are still looking at the stars.

Bytesize Blog: Make yourself ‘appy’ this year - handy tools and apps for keeping your New Year's resolutions

Keeping New Year's resolutions has been a laughing point for decades - we never keep them. But, in the age of modern technology, what do we have available at our fingertips to aid us? James Congdon finds out

My Secret Life: Miles Kane, 26, musician

'The Snowman made me cry'

Ian Hart to play John Lennon for third time in Snodgrass

Actor Ian Hart is set to play John Lennon for the third time in a one-off television show that imagines the legendary musician walked out on The Beatles in 1962 just before they became famous.

Why the news about HMV closing means a little bit of magic has gone out of our lives

When I worked there in the mid-70s the queues stretched to the back of the shop

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there