Ginger Baker

In sports journalism, there is a tradition that when someone so loathed by all of his peers dies, the obituary refers to them as “one of the game’s great characters”. Ginger Baker was one of the music industry’s great characters. A man who made Bono look humble, Kanye West appear chilled out and Van Morrison […]

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll was one of the entertainment industry’s last great glass ceiling-smashers: the first African-American with her own sitcom (Julia), the first African-American woman to win an Emmy and a groundbreaker as Dominique Deveraux in 80s shoulderpad-fest Dynasty.  A performer from a young age, she first paid the bills as a model and regular in Ebony magazine. […]

Jose Jose

Jose Jose was one of the most successful, popular and troubled artists in the entirety of Latin music. First breaking through with his song “El Triste” in 1970, Jose was soon dubbed “El Príncipe de la Canción” (“The Prince of Songs”) by Mexican media. Into the 80s, his music began to achieve popularity outside of […]

Anna Quayle

Dying back in August but with her death only making it to the papers a few months later, let’s pay our respects to actress Anna Quayle. A child actress (she first appeared on stage aged 3 in a production of East Lynne) Quayle’s first significant film role was as the girl who fails to recognise John Lennon […]

Jacques Chirac

Two-time French president, two-time French prime minister, and a mortal enemy of both George W. Bush and Bono: Jacques Chirac has died aged 86. A promising rugby player in his youth, Chirac was an avowed Communist until his political views were dragged to the right during military service in Algeria. Upon returning to France he […]