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You have to applaud the restlessness and drive of a talent such as JTE's. At its best (see Harlem River Blues), the results are a beguiling blend of demon-driven countryfied rock-gospel and Earle could easily have stuck in that groove/rut.

Van's the man. (But he's not the daddy)

News of baby for rock star, 64, was posted by website hacker

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To Mr Van Morrison: an apology. Sincere apologies for erroneously reporting that you had fathered a fourth child. If it's any consolation, many would consider it a complement to be thought capable of adding to the global population at the mature age of 64.

Van Morrison says baby story was hacker's hoax

Music veteran Van Morrison today described claims he had become a father again as "completely and utterly" unfounded.

Van Morrison is a father again at 64

The veteran singer Van Morrison revealed he had become a father again, at the age of 64, and said his new son was his "spitting image".

Album: Various Artists, You Heard Them Here First (Ace)

This compilation features the early, often largely unheard, efforts of performers who later became stars.

Van Morrison, Royal Albert Hall, London

Stellar classic is born again

The Tom and Rickie show: Why the relationship of rock's superstar couple was doomed

In 1979, Rickie Lee Jones became the rock superstar that her lover Tom Waits had never been. In an extract from his new biography, Barney Hoskyns recalls the drugs and envy that blighted Waits's wildest romance

Terence Blacker: Public service comes before public grief

Have you heard the one about Joe Biden, America's new Vice-President? It is something of an online favourite at the moment. During a television appearance, he urged viewers to visit a new US government website, and then sheepishly admitted he had forgotten "the website number". Apparently, he thought that one used the internet by dialling up numbers, rather like a telephone. Not since George Bush referred to "the Google" has there been such merriment.

Hiram Bullock: Charismatic jazz-rock guitarist

Hiram Bullock was a talented and charismatic guitarist, a rock'n'roller with a jazz head who bridged the world of sophisticated pop and the avant-garde New York jazz scene.

Album: Van Morrison, No Guru No Method No Teacher (Polydor/Universal)

The four great Van albums are ‘Astral Weeks’, ‘Moondance’, ‘Veedon Fleece’ and … this one. It is a little-regarded thing from the height of Morrison’s rapturous period in the Eighties and it is utterly beautiful.

You have all the time in the world in North Carolina

Slow and simple America – it's a movement that has been taken to heart in these laid-back Appalachian mountain towns, discovers Robert Nurden

Album: Counting Crows, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings (Geffen)

In many ways, Counting Crows suffer from a Stateside version of the Supergrass syndrome.

Album: Bert Berns, The Bert Berns Story - Twist And Shout Volume 1: 1960-1964 (Ace)

Bert Berns was the crossover king of early-Sixties R&B pop.

Album: Dom Brown

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