Tammy Wynette

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Liam Tilly in his Christmas jumper outside his house on Bath Avenue in Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Liam Tilly is not going mad for Christmas this year. He has ordered only three turkeys: one each for two of his sons, and one for himself. Each one wi(...)

 British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. His   gentle guitar plucking transported me to another time.  Photograph: Getty Images

It is amazing how certain sounds or songs can flood your brain with memories so specific and detailed that you almost feel you are reliving them. My(...)

Louis Walsh: 'I say things I shouldn’t say and as I’m saying it I know I shouldn’t say it.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“I never wanted to be on TV,” says one of Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV stars. “It was never part of the plan. Never, ever. I just wanted to be a m(...)

Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty arrive at the News from Nowhere Bookshop as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu present Welcome To The Dark Ages last week in  Liverpool. Photograph:  Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images

Along with 399 other (mostly middle-aged, mostly male) ticket holders, I arrived in Liverpool on August 23rd with very little idea as to what I’d boug(...)

Hillary Clinton addresses staff and supporters  as husband Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky look on.  Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

“As I was standing in the street, as quiet as can be, A great big ugly American came up and tied his horse to me.” These lines might be running thro(...)

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Photograph: Beth Gwinn/Film Magic

Dolly Parton travelled there from the tiny community of Locust Ridge, Tennessee, at the age of 18. Texan Willie Nelson made his first journey there i(...)

What do you think might play when Enda’s phone rings? Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron stopped a recent cabinet meeting to give his chief whip Michael Gove a bit of a dressing down.The former minister(...)

After last year’s intro to the maverick women who raised hell in the world of country music, the second compilation seeks to further redress the ge(...)

George Jones was nicknamed No-Show Jones for the concerts he missed during drinking and drug binges. Photograph: AP Photo/John Russell
Obituary: George Jones

George Jones, who has died in Nashville aged 81, was the definitive country singer of the past 50 years, whose songs about heartbreak and hard (...)

Country singer George Jones with the late Tammy Wynette at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee in in 1995. Photograph: Jeff Mitchell/Reuters

George Jones, a classic country singer with a voice full of raw honky-tonk emotion and a life full of honky-tonk turmoil, died today at the age(...)

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