Rock Legend Roundup: Sir Cliff, Sir Tom, and Sir Paul

  • Sir Cliff Richard shows off an Adonis bod at 70. It’s for his 2011 calendar, and he tells The Daily Mail: “I heard that 60 is the new 40 so I am making 70 the new 50. If you can prolong your life and hold off death for a while, why not? I would like to play tennis for my 100th birthday and I will.” For comparison’s sake, check out Cliff 30 years ago singing his classic duet “Suddenly” alongside Olivia Newton-John. It holds up like a finely aged Cheddar.
  • Sir Tom Jones says, at 70, he’s “in better voice now” than ever, and adds, “Except maybe for Elvis, there’s never been a more versatile singer than me and, to be truthful, I can’t think of anyone around who sings better.” (Daily Mail)
  • Audio evidence of a collaboration between Sir Paul McCartney, 68, and Travis frontman Fran Healy. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • The future Sir Mark Ronson, is producing D’Angelo‘s first album in a decade. Will it hit stores before Amy Winehouse‘s comeback release? (Rolling Stone)
  • Den of Geek rounds up reaction to the announcement that Doctor Who Season 6 will be split into two parts.
  • Returns for Sherlock and Luther are officially official. (BBC NEWS)
  • UK broadcaster ITV’s 2011 lineup has been revealed: it includes a legal thriller starring James Purefoy, a detective drama from At Home with the Braithwaites creator Sally Wainwright starring Lesley Sharp, and a “character-based” legal drama from Peter Morgan.
  • Graham Norton will take over Jonathan Ross‘ Friday night time slot in the UK. (The Stage)
  • Top Gear co-host James May teaches you how to seduce – with a little help from his friend Ludwig. (Telegraph)
  • David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay, and their kids have a playdate. (The Sun)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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