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Eddy Amoo: The Real Thing singer dies at 73

Eddy Amoo, one of 1970s soul band The Real Thing – who had hits including You To Me Are Everything and Feel the Force – has died at the age of 73. Amoo was a vocalist and songwriter with the pioneering Liverpool quartet. Friend Simon Sheridan said he had died suddenly in Australia and paid tribute to him as an “inspirational character”. Sheridan told the BBC The Real Thing were “huge pioneers of black music in the UK” and the first all-black British band to have a UK number one…

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Barbara Alston: Singer with 1960s girl group The Crystals dies at 74

The Crystals singer Barbara Ann Alston, who recorded hits like Da Doo Ron Ron and Then He Kissed Me, has died at the age of 74. Her band, along with The Ronettes, were among the definitive girl groups of the 1960s and helped construct Phil Spector‘s Wall of Sound. Alston sang lead vocals on their first three singles, including the US top 20 hit There’s No Other Like My Baby. She died on Friday 16 February after contracting flu, her daughter said. “She loved The Crystals,” Donielle Prophete told BBC…

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Stephen Fry recovering from prostate cancer surgery

Stephen Fry is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and said “it all seemed to go pretty well”. The broadcaster, who had his operation in early January, said on his website: “They took the prostate out,” adding: “So far as we know it’s all been got.” He said it was an “aggressive” cancer and surgeons removed 11 lymph nodes. He added: “For the moment I’m fit and well and happy and I just wanted to let you know because rumours had started to swirl.” In the video on his site,…

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Milan Fashion Week: Models carry fake heads on Gucci catwalk

Models were seen cradling replicas of their own heads on the Gucci catwalk, in one of Milan Fashion Week’s most surreal shows. The fake heads were eerily accurate, down to the hairstyles and the expressions of those walking in the show. And the strangeness didn’t end there – Gucci’s creative director also sent models down the catwalk cradling baby dragons and snakes, and another had a third eye in the centre of her forehead. All of this was done in a space made up to look like an operating theatre,…

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Ed Sheeran: I would love to write a UK Eurovision song

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ed Sheeran has said he would be up for writing a Eurovision entry for the United Kingdom – but wouldn’t want to perform it himself. The superstar is one of Britain’s biggest pop exports of recent years. Meanwhile, the UK hasn’t won Eurovision since 1997. “I would love to write a Eurovision song,” he said. “I don’t know that I’d ever enter it singing it. But I don’t think the rest of Europe wants England to win because of history and stuff.” He…

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