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The Daily Telegraph is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper, published in London and distributed throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. It is also published online.

Robert Cray: Wedded Bliss Blues

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, September 1990

Mark Cooper asks, can contented men sing the blues? I do, says Robert Cray ...

Tony Bennett: Hi-De-Hi-Me To The Moon: Tony Bennett At Butlins

Report by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, December 1990

IT WAS AN ADVERT in a tabloid that caught my eye. "Lose Your Heart To Tony Bennett... Butlin's Super Weekend Break." Mesmerised, I read on: ...

Joni Mitchell: Lookin' Good, Sister

Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, February 1991

THE HAIR still tumbles to the shoulders, sunshine blonde; the smile is as winsome as ever; the perfect bone-structure remains, well, perfect. ...

Richard Thompson: The Unsung Thompson

Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, May 1991

Mark Cooper meets the folk hero who is now sharply observing home from abroad. ...

Kirsty MacColl: Kirsty In Control

Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, June 1991

Mark Cooper watches as Kirsty MacColl reluctantly prepares to meet the world ...

Lyle Lovett: The Singer Who Argues With God

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, March 1992

Lyle Lovett's latest album gives a contemporary twist to the Old Testament, says Mark Cooper ...

Frank Zappa: The Double Life Of Frank Zappa,

Profile and Interview by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, September 1992

SINCE CONTRACTING prostate cancer in 1989 Frank Zappa, now 51, has cancelled many public appearances and new projects. Tonight he re-emerges at the Frankfurt Music ...

Frank Zappa 1940-1993

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, Daily Telegraph, December 1993

A FEW YEARS AGO, Gail Zappa, wife and business partner of the late Frank Zappa, was shopping for groceries in Los Angeles when the cashier ...

Bo Diddley: Godfather Back On The Beat

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, May 1996

If guitar rhythms could be copyrighted, Bo Diddley would be a millionaire. As it is Mark Cooper finds him warily hitting the comeback trail again ...

Ray Coleman: The Man Behind the Maker

Obituary by Chris Charlesworth, Daily Telegraph, September 1996

RAY COLEMAN, who has died from cancer aged 59, played a leading role in the growth of the British music press in the Sixties and ...

The Pogues, Shane MacGowan: Shane MacGowan: One More For The Road

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, November 1997

THERE ARE THOSE who believe that Shane MacGowan is among the most gifted and singular singer-songwriters to have emerged in British music in the past ...

Chess Set Still Sings The Blues: Marshall Chess and Chess Records

Interview by James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, 1998

JUST OVER 50 YEARS AGO, brothers Phil and Leonard Chess, two industrious Polish immigrants in Chicago, tentatively established what would become the most famous blues ...

Massive Attack: Looking for Identities: Massive Attack

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, May 1998

A STATELY HARPSICHORD looms up out of a gently tapping drumbeat. A piano escorts an exquisite female voice through a bass guitar archway with the ...

Missy Elliott: Missy In Action: The Divine Ms. Elliott

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, May 1999

MISSY "MISDEMEANOR" Elliott is an infamously snappy dresser, so when she emerges from a discreet recess in her LA hotel room wearing nothing more elaborate ...

Dr. John: The Doctor and the Duke: A Night with Mac Rebennack

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, July 1999

ON A WARM Saturday afternoon, in a studio just off 5th Avenue, in the downtown section of New York, Dr John is recording an album ...

Supergrass: Supergrass (Parlophone)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Daily Telegraph, September 1999

WE HEAR AN awful lot about how Oxford is still the gateway to eminence in thrusting new young Britain, but what about Wheatley Park Comprehensive? ...

Eminem: His Name Is: Eminem

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, October 1999

THE ATMOSPHERE of ersatz serenity that is supposed to prevail in newly-refurbished West End hotel lobbies was never going to withstand the arrival of Eminem. ...

Robert Johnson: Turning Points: Robert Johnson

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, Daily Telegraph, November 1999

THE LEGEND OF Robert Johnson was a long time in the building, and it was forged by the fusion of his brilliance and his obscurity. ...

Oasis: New Oasis, No Danger

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Daily Telegraph, February 2000

"I'M NOT INTO CHAOS," says Noel Gallagher, who along with his brother Liam has always appeared to be one of the last true standard bearers ...

Kelis: The 'I Hate You So Much Right Now' Woman: Kelis

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, April 2000

STRIDING PURPOSEFULLY down one of the seamiest streets in Soho, 20-year-old Kelis (pronounced kuh-leece) Rogers is a day-glo Amazon. ...

Badly Drawn Boy

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, May 2000

THERE WAS ONE gig that really caught the attention of the swarming hordes of A&R men at 1998's In The City convention in Manchester. The ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Life On The Edge

Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, August 2000

"EVERYBODY," Rickie Lee Jones sang on her 1997 album Ghostyhead, "starts out pure, starts out ridiculous, starts out beautiful..." And then? And then, says Jones ...

Dion: A Masterpiece? Was It?

Interview by Tom Cox, Daily Telegraph, February 2001

IMAGINE IF YOU made the best record of your career, in collaboration with one of your heroes, and it was released only abroad, leaving such ...

Bob Dylan: The Art of the Ageless Bob Dylan

Retrospective by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, April 2001

Bob Dylan is approaching his 60th birthday on a tide of adulation. Michael Gray, a long-time Dylan chronicler, considers his lasting appeal. ...

Cachaito: Buena Vista Bassman

Report and Interview by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, June 2001

A TOUGH-LOOKING character in a back-to-front baseball cap slaps hard around a semi-circle of conga drums. An older man, small and self-contained, who could easily ...

David Axelrod: Swinging with The Ax: David Axelrod

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, June 2001

"LET ME straighten something out first," rasps living Los Angeles legend David Axelrod; crooking a bony finger at the heavy sunglasses he wears even though ...

The Incredible Bongo Band: The Strange Life Of The Incredible Bongo Band

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, June 2001

THE TALE OF the Incredible Bongo Band is, aptly, an improbable one. With a highly eclectic cast that includes Bobby Kennedy’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, ...

The Beta Band

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, July 2001

ON ENCOUNTERING a would-be interviewer who'd just been robbed of all his pound coins by a renegade parking meter, the Beta Band of a couple ...

N*E*R*D: The Search Is Over: N*E*R*D

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, August 2001

THEIR NAMES MIGHT not be familiar, but you'll know Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo by the sounds they make. As multi-million selling production team the ...

Elvis Presley: The King and I: A Visit to Graceland

Report by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, August 2001

KREATURE COMFORTS – "the Lowlife Guide to Memphis" – claims that Memphis can offer visitors "the best or worst of vacations: you could hit a ...

So Solid Crew: They Do Know: So Solid Crew

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, October 2001

SIFTING THROUGH a pile of So Solid Crew fanmail might be a disturbing experience for anyone worried about the state of the nation's spelling, but ...

Lambchop's New Flavour

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, February 2002

Kurt Wagner, songwriter and former floor-layer, has stripped down the sound of his 13-strong band for their latest and finest album. He tells Ben Thompson ...

Cornershop: Back In Business: Cornershop

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, February 2002

Four years after a tribute to Bollywood chanteuse Asha Bhosle gave them 1998's most unlikely number one single, Ben Thompson welcomes the return of Cornershop. ...

Miriam Makeba

Profile and Interview by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, March 2002

BEFORE MIRIAM Makeba's first venture outside South Africa in 1959, her mother, a sangoma or traditional medium, was warned by one of her familiar spirits ...

Wilco: Taking Control in a Crisis

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, March 2002

ROCK AND ROLL is not the first place you would look for a new form of patriotism. Yet Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the latest album by ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan Opens New European Tour

Report by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, April 2002

THE OMENS ARE bad from the start. Take the Stockholm subway to Globen, the stop for the stadium, and you alight in a postmodern mega-estate, ...

Bob Dylan: On the trail of the Bobcat: Bob Dylan

Live Review by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, April 2002

THE OMENS are bad from the start. Take the Stockholm subway to Globen, the stop for the arena, and you alight in a postmodern estate, ...

MC Romeo, So Solid Crew: MC Romeo: Alpha Romeo

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, August 2002

IN THE TOP floor of the London bus that is taking me to interview fast-talking UK garage heartthrob MC Romeo, an effervescent group of black ...

Elvis Presley: He Made Old Men's Blues Sound Young: Remembering Elvis

Comment by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, August 2002

WE REMEMBER his ignominious end, and the cavalcade of white Cadillacs driving through Memphis for his funeral 25 years ago this month, but mostly the ...

Elvis Presley: Memphis Still Sings The Blues

Report by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, August 2002

MEMPHIS IS ONLY technically in Tennessee. In psychic reality, it's the capital of Mississippi. Everyone who lives there knows it. What this 50 per cent ...

The Beatles: Miles: John, Paul, George and… Barry

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, October 2002

IN 1965, A YOUNG bookseller named Barry Miles decided to throw a birthday party in his London flat for his friend, the beat poet Allen ...

Louis Prima: An Entertainer In His Prime: The Great Louis Prima

Retrospective by James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, December 2002

2003 note: I interviewed his saxophonist and arranger, Sam Butera, for an article that was published in the month of what would have seen Louis ...

James Brown: The Making Of James Brown Live At The Apollo

Retrospective by James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, February 2003

"ARE YOU READY for Star Time?" exclaimed MC Lucas "Fats" Gonder from the stage of Harlem’s Apollo on 24th October, 1962. The eager crowd ...

Robert Wyatt: Triumph Of A Late Bloomer: Robert Wyatt

Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, October 2003

CONTRARY TO THE impression given by the list of cool, metropolitan mates who play on his latest album - Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Paul Weller, ...

Eddie Palmieri: The Man Who Stirred Up Salsa

Interview by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, March 2004

Eddie Palmieri, maverick genius and opening act in next month's Latin music festival at the South Bank, tells Mark Hudson why salsa is more than ...

Digital Magic Makes A Musician Of Me

Comment by Tom Cox, Daily Telegraph, May 2004

I THINK IT'S SAFE to say I'm never going to learn to play a musical instrument properly now. The realisation first came to me about ...

Nick Drake: Brighter Very Much Later: Nick Drake

Retrospective by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, May 2004

POSTHUMOUS ACCLAIM is not uncommon in rock - "death sells" and all that - but the clamour surrounding the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake gets more ...

Sufjan Stevens: The 50 States of Rock: Sufjan Stevens

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, June 2004

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY extra-curricular activities traditionally associated with the life of the travelling rock'n'roller. Teaching knitting to the blind is not one of them. ...

Windsor 1974: The Forgotten Festival – I Was There

Memoir by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, June 2004

A world away from today's money-spinning Glastonbury, the Windsor Free Festival of 1974 was illegal, drug-happy and absurdly idealistic, recalls Mark Hudson ...

Björk: 'This Time It's Intuition Only – No Brain, Please'

Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, August 2004

Icelandic singer Björk has made a compelling new album that contains not a single musical instrument and is named after the Latin for 'marrow'. Robert ...

Elvis Costello and the Imposters: The Delivery Man

Review by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, September 2004

RECORDED AT Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Mississippi, with guest appearances by Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, The Delivery Man initially looks like a bold ...

Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti: Fela Kuti: A Difficult Fela To Follow

Report and Interview by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, October 2004

As the Barbican celebrates the life and music of Fela Kuti, Mark Hudson travels to Lagos to meet his sons Femi and Seun, bitter rivals ...

Rail Good Lesson in the Blues

Report by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, October 2004

Michael Gray follows the trail of some great American musicians who moved from the rural South in the early 1900s. ...

Buggles: Trevor Horn: Vast Cities Of Sound

Profile by Paul Morley, Daily Telegraph, November 2004

Trevor Horn, one of pop music's great ministers of sound, celebrates 25 years of recording wizardry this week. And it all started with The Buggles, ...

Gang of Four: The Gang's All Here – Again

Retrospective and Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, January 2005

LIKE THE VELVET Underground a decade before them, Gang of Four were one of those bands who never had a proper hit but who created ...

Kasabian

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Daily Telegraph, March 2005

THERE ARE many ways to reach a rock band's heart. Sex and drugs are the most tried and tested, but I've never found either very ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: Adam And The Fall

Interview by Paul Lester, Daily Telegraph, April 2005

STUART GODDARD is one of the most gifted – and most troubled – pop stars this country has ever produced. ...

Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins: Beyond The Nightmares: Billy Corgan

Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, June 2005

THE YOUNGER ONES recognise him and stop to say hello, but heaven knows what the older visitors make of Billy Corgan as we wander around ...

Eric Clapton: From Sex and Drugs to Domestic Bliss

Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, August 2005

It's day four of Eric Clapton's week off from paternal duties, and the born-again family man doesn't know what to do with himself. On Monday ...

Field Music, The Futureheads, Maximo Park: Maximo Park, The Futureheads, Field Music: How the North East was won

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, August 2005

Their accent may be regional but their success is global. Ben Thompson meets three new bands from pop music's latest hotspot ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire: Relighting the Fire

Report and Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, September 2005

MAYBE IT'S AN effect of the baking late-August heat, but the concert scene in Houston, Texas has gone all topsy-turvy. ...

Bon Jovi: Jon Bon Jovi Has a Nice Day

Interview by Precious Williams, Daily Telegraph, September 2005

GONE is the once fearsome mane of highlighted hair and without it Jon Bon Jovi is almost unrecognizable. Strolling into Beverly Hills' Four Seasons ...

Kate Bush: Aerial

Review by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, November 2005

Ben Thompson reviews an album of two halves ...

Jamie Lidell: King's Cross Scala, London

Live Review by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, November 2005

JAMIE LIDELL'S live show at the King's Cross Scala offers a number of delightfully incongruous spectacles. Looming large among them is the sight of a ...

The White Stripes: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Daily Telegraph, November 2005

Paul Morley watches The White Stripes at the Hammersmith Apollo and is blown away by their impeccably skewed greatness ...

Sandy Denny: Taken Too Early

Retrospective by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, November 2005

Mark Hudson reveals the tragic tale of the British Joni Mitchell; Sandy Denny ...

David Bowie, Morrissey: Tony Visconti: Bolan, Bowie, Morrissey And Me

Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, March 2006

"WHAT A LOT of people don't realise about Morrissey," says the producer of his new album, Tony Visconti, "is that he has a sense of ...

Elvis Presley: Rediscovering the joy in the sad story of Elvis

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Daily Telegraph, May 2006

NO POP ICON ever came to a sadder or less regal end than the once gorgeous, gaudy "King" of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley. When ...

The Dixie Chicks: Dixie Chicks: How The Chicks Survived Their Scrap With Bush

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, June 2006

Adam Sweeting assesses how the Dixie Chicks have weathered a political storm ...

Allen Toussaint: The Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Simon Witter, Daily Telegraph, November 2006

THOUGH HE IS the greatest living exponent of the extraordinary New Orleans piano tradition that produced Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Huey Smith, James Booker, Dr ...

Tony Joe White: Audience With The Other Elvis

Interview by Chris Campion, Daily Telegraph, December 2006

Tony Joe White, writer of 'Polk Salad Annie' and 'Rainy Night in Georgia', talks to Chris Campion about his mythic songs and his Louisiana childhood ...

Lou Reed: Iron Glove, Velvet Fist

Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, May 2007

The legendarily cantankerous Lou Reed's definition of abject misery is being interviewed by an English journalist. But get him on the right subject and he ...

How I Took On The New York Dolls

Memoir by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, June 2007

As a new exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of punk, Mark Hudson, lead singer in a college band, recalls the once-in-a-lifetime feeling of the summer ...

The White Stripes: Detroit Spinners

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, June 2007

SON HOUSE WAS one of the greatest of all blues singers. Born on a Mississippi cotton plantation in 1902, he died 86 years later – ...

New York Noise: Anarchy in the USA

Book Review by Simon Witter, Daily Telegraph, December 2007

PERUSING THE WEALTH of multi-disciplinary artistic talent beaming out of the 400 black and white images in New York Noise (Soul Jazz Publishing), it's hard ...

Baby Dee: The Torch-Singing Tree Surgeon Branches Out

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, February 2008

"SOMETIMES I WORRY that I've become addicted to upheaval," says Baby Dee, torch singer, native of Cleveland, Ohio, and former harpist for Mercury Prize-winner Antony ...

John Mayer: Famous Girlfriend Blues

Interview by Angus Batey, Daily Telegraph, June 2008

John Mayer would prefer to talk about his guitar-playing, but what everyone really wants to know is how he's treating his woman, Jennifer Aniston. "I've ...

Tricky: Return Of The Bristol Rover

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, June 2008

After exploding on to the trip-hop scene with Massive Attack and as a solo artist, Tricky decamped to America to go through what some see ...

Kings of Leon: Only By The Night (RCA)

Review by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, September 2008

WITH THE White Stripes facing an uncertain future, and The Strokes fragmenting into underwhelming solo careers, Kings of Leon are the sole survivors of America's ...

Buddy Holly: Why Buddy Holly will never fade away

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Daily Telegraph, January 2009

ON A BASIS OF simply counting heads, rock music surpasses even film as the 20th century's most influential art form. By that reckoning, there is ...

DAF: 02 Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Witter, Daily Telegraph, April 2009

IN A YEAR in which it would be almost easier to count the bands not reforming, and in which a startling percentage of pop newcomers ...

The Specials: 02 Academy, Birmingham

Live Review by Simon Witter, Daily Telegraph, April 2009

FROM AGING ROCKERS who won’t let it be to '80s ravers going to pilled-up, Facebook-coordinated reunions, everybody these days is raging against the dying of ...

Lily Allen: Somerset House, London ***

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, July 2009

The queen of MySpace and Twitter struggles to make herself heard in the real world. ...

Frank Zappa, Tom Waits: Frank Zappa's Manager: A Smile On His Lips, And A Pistol Under The Bar

Obituary by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, March 2010

Mick Brown pays tribute to Herb Cohen, who managed Frank Zappa while maintaining an enthusiasm for music, cheese, confectionery and armaments. ...

Courtney Love: Damage Limitation

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Daily Telegraph, April 2010

Courtney Love has declared her image ripe for rebranding, and with her drug addiction under control and her band reinvigorated, she is heading in the ...

Duffy: Living The Dream

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Daily Telegraph, September 2010

Growing up in north Wales, Aimée Ann Duffy dreamt of being a singing star. When success came suddenly, it brought adulation, awards and a call ...

Brian Eno: 'Lady Gaga's Meat Dress? I Did It First'

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, November 2010

Fashion disasters, electronic music, even the Lib-Con coalition...The super-producer and former Roxy Music wizard saw it all coming ...

Janet Jackson: 'I Eat To Fill The Void'

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Daily Telegraph, November 2010

With an Oscar-tipped role in Tyler Perry's new film and a handsome young billionaire in her life, Janet Jackson is, finally, 'in a good place'. ...

Beyoncé Is Too Good For Glastonbury

Comment by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, June 2011

Glastonbury's complacent Pyramid Stage crowd just doesn't deserve the great Beyoncé ...

Bobby Bland: Charles Farley: Soul of the Man – Bobby "Blue" Bland

Book Review by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, July 2011

I HAVE TWO REASONS to vividly remember the first occasion I saw Bobby "Blue" Bland perform in a Los Angeles nightclub 35 years ago. ...

'Summertime' Forever

Retrospective by James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, November 2011

IT'S EVERYWHERE. It's become part of the air we breathe. 'Summertime' certainly feels like it's been with us forever. One day this June, while making ...

The Monkees: This Boy Band Never Monkeyed Around

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, Daily Telegraph, March 2012

Fact and fantasy were intertwined in the Monkees, but we'll never see their like again ...

The Rolling Stones: the greatest rock and roll band in the world? That's a bit rich

Comment by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, November 2012

Their latest shows prove the Rolling Stones can still work a crowd, but their music is of a time long gone ...

Liza Minnelli: "Each song is a movie to me"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, January 2013

Ahead of her show at the Royal Festival Hall, Liza Minnelli takes a break from rehearsals in New York to serenade Adam Sweeting. ...

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