Donovan in the late 1960s. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns/Getty

Donovan, born Donovan Phillips Leitch in Scotland in 1946, was famous enough before he was 18 for the world to be on first-name terms with him. You do(...)

Robert Plant and  Jimmy Page: rock nerds have long whispered about similarities between the opening of Stairway to Heaven and an interlude on the debut album from psych-rockers Spirit. Photograph:  Robert Knight Archive/Redferns

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File photograph dated March 2013 of former BBC and ITN newsreader Peter Sissons, who has died at the age of 77. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

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Peter Tork: role in the band’s TV adventures was as a goofy, dopey comic foil. Photograph:  Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
Peter Tork of The Monkees dead at 77
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  • February 21, 2019, 18:10

Peter Tork, bassist-and-singer of 1960s pop sensations The Monkees, has died aged 77. The actor and musician was best known as the keyboardist and bas(...)

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Tom Petty performs with the Heartbreakers at the 3Arena,  then known as   the O2, to a packed audience in June 2012. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

US singer Tom Petty has died aged 66 following a heart attack. Spokeswoman Carla Sacks confirmed the singer’s death and said Petty died on Monday nig(...)

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