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FRIDAY SONG: Chuck Berry, YOU NEVER CAN TELL (1964)

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For pity's sake, let's have a happy Friday Song - something sunny, celebratory, about being young, about getting out and having fun. Here's an idea: what better than one of those great songs written between 1955 and 1964 by the...

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Adios, auf wiedersehen, Europa, Mein Amour – a song for Europe

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A few months ago, I went to Maurizio Sarnicola's Goldmine studio two hours south of Naples and, with my German friend, the accordionist Hartmut Saam, and new Italian friends Fortunata Monzo (vocals), Giovanni Rago (guitar), Domenice de Marco (drums), Gianni...

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Holidaying in a catastrophe: letter from Australia

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Camping was off. That much was clear as we took our flight from Heathrow to Australia on the last day of 2019. Our first destination, a campsite at Cape Conran on the coast of Victoria, had declared that the risk...

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Friday Song: Harry Nilsson, WITHOUT HER (1967)

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When he died in 1994 at the age of 52, Harry Nilsson left behind several versions of himself. There was the almost spookily pure-voiced singer of 'Everybody's Talkin' (written by Fred Neil) for the film Midnight Cowboy; or the fringe...

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