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DUSTY SPRINGFIELD was one of the finest singers to emerge from the froth and bubble of the Swinging Sixties. In many ways she epitomised the sound and style of the era. Yet her unique voice, powerful, sensual and rich in passion, had a timeless quality that has proved appealing to new generations of fans.

Football: Partly incompetent, wholly misguided

It's a lousy job but it could be an even worse hobby. Kevin Keegan's much-debated arrangement with the Football Association to coach England in his spare time over the next four months contains so many areas of potential calamity it is difficult to know which to fret about first. But before we evaluate the troubles ahead it is worth studying how English football came to find itself in this strange situation.

Television: Burning bright in the Cotswolds

The hospital starring in the new series of `Trauma Team' has unrealistically empty corridors. But a tame story has been rescued by a fierce tiger.

Arts: She talks to rainbows

Phil Spector built a Wall of Sound around her, then imprisoned her behind real gates and barbed wire. Game over? Not likely. Meet Ronnie Spector, pop's finest moment.

People and Business: Tina Turner wins despite Iron Maiden's charms

MARTIN GOODCHILD, recently installed managing partner of the accountants Pannell Kerr Forster, proudly sports two gold discs on his office wall, both million-sellers by head-banging heavy metal heroes Iron Maiden.

No wonder Tony is a control freak

THE PRIME Minister has just announced that he is not a control freak, a gesture guaranteed to have the opposite effect to its stated purpose. Rather like film stars telling the newspapers that their marriage is not in trouble, there would be no need to deny the allegation were there not a hard nub of truth in it.

Could these notes save your life?

The impulse to sing was once irresistible - at home, in the factory, down the mine. Now we leave it to the professionals - except at moments of desperation

Obituary: Charlie Foxx

WHILE BROTHER pairings are commonplace enough in rock and pop groups, sister-brother teams occur less frequently. Inez and Charlie Foxx, whose single "Mockingbird" became a perennial Sixties favourite, were the sibling rhythm 'n' blues duo par excellence, regularly visiting Britain and earning more than a cult following amongst mods and northern soul fanatics.

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The week in radio: The beginner's guide to death

Last Sunday, R1 crossed The Final Frontier and boldly went into death. The programme followed a dance-music show and they forgot to turn down the music, so it wasn't always clear what people were saying. However, some lines were frequently repeated, like mantras. These included: "I couldn't say what death will be like. It'll probably be ... relaxing". That was plumbing the shallows, all right.

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