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Bob Marley & The Wailers – Easy Skanking in Boston ’78

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Easy Skanking in Boston '78

"Bob Marley & The Wailers - Easy Skanking in Boston '78" features a previously unreleased show captured at the Boston Music Hall on June 8, 1978.

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Elvis Presley’s first recording sells for $240,000

Elvis Presley's first recording sells for $240,000

The acetate of Elvis Presley's first recording, "My Happiness," has sold for $240,000 at an auction held at Graceland in Memphis.

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Musicians we lost in 2014

Musicians we lost in 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, we remember some of the many musicians who passed away over the last 12 months.

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“Bob Dylan and The Band – The Basement Tapes Complete” box set

Bob Dylan and The Band - The Basement Tapes Complete box set

Check out an unreleased song from the highly anticipated 6-CD box set, which brings together all of the recordings from Bob Dylan's so-called "Basement Tapes".

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New releases

New releases

Check the new and upcoming CD, Blu-ray and DVD music releases.

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“The Beatles: All These Years Volume  1: Tune In” – Review

The Beatles: All These Years Volume 1: Tune In - Review

George Smith reviews the first of Mark Lewisohn's three-volume biography of The Beatles.

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Conan O’Brien interviews music historian Peter Guralnick

Conan O'Brien interviews music historian Peter Guralnick

Watch Conan O'Brien's in-depth interview with music historian Peter Guralnick.

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Song of the week

Song of the week

Each week we showcase a classic track as Song of the Week. Check the current and past choices.

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Before they were famous – high school yearbook photos

Before they were famous - high school yearbook photos

See if you can identify these stars before they were famous.

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New CD, DVD and Blu-ray releases

Cilla Black dies aged 72

Written by admin on August 2, 2015 – 2:02 pm -

British singer and television star, Cilla Black, has sadly passed away aged 72. Cilla died on Saturday night at her home in Estepona, Spain while holidaying with one of her sons.

Cilla Black

A Spanish police spokeswoman said:

I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72. We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.

Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on May 27 1943 in Liverpool, England, the singer changed her name when she was mistakenly referred to as Priscilla Black in an issue of the Mersey Beat magazine in 1963. Cilla was gigging at various venues in Liverpool in this period and also working as a cloakroom attendant at The Cavern. John Lennon introduced Cilla to the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, in the summer of 1963 and she became his only female client after seeing her perform at the Blue Angel jazz club.

After just breaking into the UK Top 40 with her first single, “Love of the Loved”, Cilla achieved back-to-back UK number ones with “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “You’re My World”. Other notable hits included “Don’t Answer Me”, “Alfie” and “Step Inside Love”.

Cilla began a hugely successful television career in the late 1960s, achieving success with the BBC variety show, “Cilla”, from 1968 to 1976 and then hosting the hugely popular hit shows, “Blind Date” and “Surprise Surprise”, in the 1980s.

In 2014, Cilla was presented with a “Special Award” by Bafta in recognition of her 50-year career.

Cilla was married to her manager Bobby Willis for more than 30 years until his death in 1999. She leaves behind three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack, and two grandchildren.

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Buddy Holly publishing rights move to BMG

Written by admin on July 2, 2015 – 4:25 pm -

Buddy Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, has entrusted the U.S. publishing rights to Buddy’s songs to BMG.

Buddy Holly

Maria Elena Holly has welcomed the move, saying:

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Elvis Presley’s Pink Cadillac on display in London

Written by admin on June 19, 2015 – 2:12 pm -

Elvis Presley’s iconic pink Cadillac is the latest of the temporary exhibits to arrive at the “Elvis at The O2″ exhibition in London. The huge exhibition features around 300 items from Graceland, many of which have never been seen before. Some of the most high profile items, such as the Cadillac, appear for two-month intervals before being returned to their Memphis home.

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Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate dies aged 71

Written by admin on May 6, 2015 – 9:54 pm -

Errol Brown, the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, passed away at his home in the Bahamas today (6 May). The 71-year-old had been battling liver cancer for some time.

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Percy Sledge – 1940-2015

Written by admin on April 15, 2015 – 8:52 am -

Percy Sledge died yesterday morning (April 14) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana aged 74. The American soul singer, best known for his classic number one hit “When a Man Loves a Woman,” had battled cancer for years.

Percy Sledge

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