The Fat Lady Dawn French Divorces Lenny Henry after 25 years.British comedy star Dawn French and husband Lenny Henry are getting a divorce. The divorce was granted in the High Court in London, citing Henry’s “unreasonable behavior.” According to our source, the “quickie” divorce was granted to French by District Judge Penny Cushing. The couple did not attend the court proceedings. French and Henry were married for 25 years before announcing their separation back in April. The 53-year-old French and 52-year-old Henry have an adopted daughter named Billie. “They fully intend to maintain their close friendship,” their spokesman said in a statement about the couple’s “entirely amicable” split. He also said their priority was “to commit to the future joint parenting of their daughter.” French is best known for her comedy series “The Vicar of Dibley” and “French & Saunders,” which spoofed everyone from Britney Spears and Madonna to the Spice Girls. She’s also starred as the Fat Lady in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and has voiced characters in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Coraline.” Comedian and TV host Henry made his TV debut on a talent show called “New Faces” in 1975 at the age of 16. He won and went on to things such as “The Fosters” (1976) and “Tiswas” (1974), which was when his career as a comedian took off. In 1989, Lenny Henry made the stand-up comedy movie Lenny Live and Unleashed (1989), which caught the eyes of the Walt Disney Company, which gave him the lead role in the American movie True Identity (1991) and a contract to do two other Disney films for about US$1 million. The movie flopped, bringing in less than US$5 million. The contract was canceled, and Lenny got half of what he would have if he had done the three films. Lenny is now becoming well-known in the United States for the role of Gareth Blackstock in the hit BBC show “Chef!” (1993).
Muse, U2 and Stevie Wonder To Headline Glastonbury Festival. Muse, U2 and Stevie Wonder will headline this year’s Glastonbury. Muse will play the legendary pyramid stage on Saturday, June 26th with Motown star Stevie Wonder closing the event the following night. U2 had already been announced to open the festival on the Friday.
The Somerset located festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with 175,000 people attending the event that has now had its license to continue until 2016. Muse headlined the event in 2004 and described it as “very special.” Lead singer Matt Bellamy told BBC news, “When you go out to the countryside and look at some cows and breathe in some fresh air and watch some good music, I think everyone connects with something which has been missing from city life.” Glastonbury tickets have now sold out, but Muse will also be playing stadium shows in London and Manchester. The rock act is also nominated for best group at the Brit Awards, however Bellamy won’t be attending due to “personal reasons.” Other acts on the line up are Dizzee Rascal, Corinne Bailey Rae, Andy Williams and Jack Johnson. Also the organizers have promised a surprise big name performance to help celebrate the festival’s 40th anniversary
TONY CHRISTIE has been added to this year’s Glastonbury line-up. The crooner will play the main Pyramid Stage on the Sunday afternoon of the three-day festival. Christie, who said he was “in awe” of the event, follows in the footsteps of Neil Diamond, Dame Shirley Bassey, Brian Wilson and James Brown, who have all played Sunday slots over the past few years. Fans can expect to hear him perform his number one hit (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, which spent seven weeks at the top 2005 after it was re-released for Comic Relief. Christie said he was “excited” about performing at the event and told BBC News: “I’m going to do some of the new album tracks and I’ve got to do my old stuff as well. “I did the V Festival three years ago but I think Glastonbury is the big one, so it’s a great honour.” Neil Young, Blur and Bruce Springsteen have already been confirmed as headliners at the festival, with Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen and Fleet Foxes among the other acts performing. The full line-up will be announced nearer the event, which takes place in Somerset from 27-29 June.
British balladeer Tony Christie proved the continued commercial viability of traditional pop in a post-psychedelic world, scoring a series of easy listening hits that spanned the 1970s. Born Anthony Fitzgerald in South Yorkshire, England, on April 25, 1943, at 18 he joined the popular local group the Counterbeats, later fronting his own combo, Tony Christie & the Trackers. After mounting a solo career, he cut his debut single, “Life’s Too Good to Waste,” in 1966, followed a year later by “Turn Around.” Upon signing to MCA in 1969, Christie teamed with the songwriting and production tandem of Mitch Murray and Peter Callender. Although their first collaboration, “God Is on My Side,” went nowhere, the 1971 LP Las Vegas proved the singer’s breakthrough, generating the Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield-penned smash “Is This the Way to Amarillo?” (a number one hit in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Spain), “I Did What I Did for Maria,” and “Don’t Go Down to Reno.” Christie remained a constant of the European charts for much of the decade via subsequent hits including “Avenues and Alleyways” (the theme to the television series The Protectors) and “The Queen of Mardi Gras,” selling more than ten million records during the Me Decade. He also hosted his own BBC variety series, and in 1976 played the role of Magaldi during recording sessions for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical +Evita.
In 1979 Christie paired with producer Graham Sacher for the blockbuster “Sweet September,” but his stardom waned during the decade to follow. He nevertheless maintained a demanding international tour schedule, and remained a regular presence on television as well. Upon teaming with producer Jack White, who previously masterminded hits for Engelbert Humperdinck and Baywatch heartthrob David Hasselhoff, Christie scored a massive comeback hit with 1990′s “Kiss in the Night.” However, he again spent a number of years on the cabaret circuit before enjoying a new wave of popularity and credibility via the 1999 single “Walk Like a Panther,” written for him by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. The single earned Christie his first appearance on Top of the Pops in a quarter century, and his newfound hipster cachet was further solidified when the smash comedy series Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights employed “Is This the Way to Amarillo?” as its theme song. In the spring of 2005, the single was re-released to raise funds for the charity Comic Relief, and spent seven weeks atop the U.K. pop charts. After cutting the theme for Kay’s spinoff series Max and Paddy, Christie closed out the year with a tongue-in-cheek big-band cover of Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody,” which fell shy of the British Top 40
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