In her prime: a youthful Whitney Houston on stage  in June 1988. Photograph: RDA/Getty Images

On February 11th, 2012, as musical royalty descended on Los Angeles for the Grammys, Whitney Houston checked in to the Beverly Hilton hotel with an en(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair: all insight and no standing. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

It goes some way to explain his restlessness that Tony Blair, who became Britain’s prime minister in 1997, is just three years older than Theresa May,(...)

Sub-titled “A Bacharach & David Songbook”, there’s little room for manoeuvre here: ever since UK singer Rumer released her 2010 debut album, Seas(...)

Track of the week: The Summer by Spring King The time has come to announce our summer crush. As you all know, crushes are unpredictable, a little b(...)

Cilla Black, who has died aged 72. In her long career she overtook Esther Rantzen to become the highest-paid female performer on British television. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The British pop revolution of the 1960s involved not only male guitar bands, but also a plethora of young female singing stars, including Cilla Black,(...)

Bobbi Kristina Brown at the premiere of “Sparkle” in Hollywood, California, in 2012. Photograph: Sue Schneider/MGP Agency

An initial autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown on Monday found no significant injuries and no obvious underlying cause of death for the daughter of the la(...)

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late pop star Whitney Houston and of singer Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home near Atlanta on Saturday and was taken to the hospital where she was breathing.  Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia ho(...)

One morning about 20 years ago, I stood in my kitchen and watched one of my children as he lay on his stomach on the floor, playing with his toy cars.(...)

Nothing’s fur ever: Dionne Warwick in 1960. Photograph: Tony Russell/Redferns

As Wilkins Micawber says in David Copperfield : “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness(...)