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Percy Sledge: nobody’s voice broke as many hearts as his did

telegraph.co.uk — Percy Sledge was a struggling 25 year-old soul singer, making ends meet by working as a hospital orderly, when, on the recommendation of a patient, in February 1966 he walked into a small studio in the town of Sheffield, Alabama, owned by a local disc jockey named Quinn Ivy to make his first record.

Backstage secrets of American Buffalo: 'We're acting out hidden desires'

telegraph.co.uk — Tom Sturridge, centre: "The more you read the play, the more you see a reflection of all the ugly traits in all of us" American Buffalo tells the story of three small-time hustlers who gather in a junk shop owned by one of them, Donny (played by Goodman), to plot a heist of rare coins from a local collector.

Jose Mourinho: 'I have a problem. I'm getting better at everything'

telegraph.co.uk — José Mourinho's 10 best put-downs When, at the end of the session, everyone gathers round a laptop to examine the photographs, all eyes look expectantly to Mourinho for his verdict. "Not bad," he says. Not bad? Does this mean "excellent", "terrible"? Or simply, as he says, "not bad".

Sajid Javid: 'Plenty of British Muslims would agree we can no longer be held back by political correctness'

telegraph.co.uk — Javid has been described as 'wooden' and 'robotic', and he does not always present well on television. 'If he were more himself, he would come across much better,' one friend says. But he is a relaxed figure at the Dispatch Box, and a fluent and amusing speech-maker.

Another Little Piece of My Heart: My Life of Rock and Revolution in the '60s by Richard Goldstein, review: 'a curate's egg'

telegraph.co.uk — The Monterey Pop Festival in California, 1967 (PHOTO: Time and Life Pictures) Goldstein's press pass gave him unparalleled access to the important events and actors of the period. He writes interestingly about the Monterey Festival and San Francisco's summer of love. But his encounters with rock's aristocracy are invariably disappointing.

Matthias Schoenaerts interview: 'I think cautious is boring. I want to be bad'

telegraph.co.uk — Tough-guy roles softened by a vein of bruised, clumsy gentleness, in both Bullhead and Rust and Bone, signalled a formidable physical presence, an actor who used his body as an instrument. For Bullhead he bulked up his usual 14st 2lb to 16st 4lb with intense weightlifting and copious amounts of fast food.

Living goddesses: Isabella Tree on the young Nepali girls believed to embody a deity

telegraph.co.uk — 'At night you could see her,' Tree says, 'this little figure, running past her windows in a red dress. And then you hear the stories - that she can see into the past and future and everything that goes on in the present; that she has the power to cure illnesses, but if she looks at you and smiles you'll die within the day.

The Old Etonian who rolled with the Stones

telegraph.co.uk — Works by all of these artists and more are included in A Strong, Sweet Smell of Incense, a new exhibition at the Pace Gallery in Burlington Gardens, London, celebrating Fraser's place in the art world.

Whiplash: the cult of the drummer

telegraph.co.uk — His hero is Buddy Rich, by general consensus not only one of the greatest drummers in the history of jazz, but also the most ill-tempered. Rich had a reputation for splenetic temper tantrums, one of which was once captured by a member of his band on a widely circulated tape.

Luise Rainer on Hollywood's golden era

telegraph.co.uk — Photographs of Luise Rainer as a Hollywood star show a gamin beauty, with soulful eyes and rosebud lips - a face to stop hearts. "I was nobody to make a pass to," she says. "I was very thin like a boy and I was very un-sexy." But this is dissembling.
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Apr 18, 2015

Fantastic concert tonight by Jimmy Webb at Cadogan Hall: the supreme songwriter, but a wonderful singer too

Apr 15, 2015

@stanyanfan49 I'm a horrible purist about 'Dark End...' James Carr was first and best - although Ry Cooder's version is pretty good too

Apr 15, 2015

Warm breath on cold glass...My tribute to Percy Sledge and a southern soul classic telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/…

Apr 15, 2015

@rwilliams1947 Thanks Richard, much appreciated. Actually couldn't stop playing Out Of Left Field last night. Equally blissful!

Apr 14, 2015

RT @TelegraphMag: "I want the skate girls to be symbolic for girls everywhere." Meet the Afghan freedom riders: telegraph.co.uk/culture/photog… pic.twitter.com/9f5Tiquqhh

Apr 14, 2015

@kingstongorse @Telegraph Thank so much Jess, much appreciated. Hope all's good with you



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