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Elvis: Girlfriend Linda remembers ‘the greatest love imaginable’

Elvis Presley dated Linda for four and a half years. It was the longest, most significant relationship of his life apart from Priscilla. They split up less than year before his death but Linda was invited by the family to his funeral and has guarded and honoured his memory and legacy ever since. She also married Jenner and had two sons, Brody and Brandon Jenner, as well as forging a successful career as a songwriter and marrying second husband, legendary record producer David Foster.

While those closest to Elvis started to release revelatory tell-all books in the final year of his life and then endlessly ever since, Linda remained notably silent for forty years.

In 2016 she released her only book on the subject, A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between.

She said: “Everything that could have possibly been written about Elvis had been written and then some, or made-up stories. So I really thought this was a huge responsibility, to this day. I’ve always attempted to represent him in the light which he deserves.”

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Linda said of Elvis: “He was such a remarkable human being and I tried to write the book with kindness and tolerance and understanding.

“And also just a bit of knowledge that you can only garner through life experience. I had to live my life and carve out my own career. I didn’t want to be one of those people that just jumped on the bandwagon and wrote a book and made a profit at his expense and to capitalise on that relationship. I was very guarded about that. 

“I wanted to carve out my own position in life, write my own songs, carve out my own career, have my kids and my family and then write about my life and where he fit into it, which is, of course, the greatest love imaginable.”

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Linda dated Elvis from July 1972 to December 1976. As well as being his companion and sometimes nursemaid, Linda also became close to The King’s young daughter, who was only four when they started dating.

On the devastating night when Elvis died, nine-year-old Lisa Marie called Linda.

Last month, Linda described that terrible call: “She (Lisa Marie) said, ‘My daddy’s dead, my daddy’s dead.’ I can’t even tell you what I felt. I was stunned and paralysed. I said, ‘What? No, he’s not.’

She said, ‘Yes he is, yes he is. He’s dead.’ The only thing that brought it to reality was when she said, ‘He’ smothered in the carpet.’ And when she said that, I just threw the phone because I thought, ‘Ok, he’s gone. That’s it.’”

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Brian May shares his favourite song on Queen’s Greatest Hits ‘It had to battle its way on’

Queen’s Greatest Hits is the UK’s best-selling album ever and a recent 40th anniversary re-issue narrowly missed out on being UK No 1 for a fifth time this week. Nevertheless, Brian May is proud of the iconic tracks featured on the record that he made with Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. And now the Queen guitarist has shared which song on the record-breaking album is his favourite.

Speaking with Absolute Radio, Brian May struggled to pick a song at first, before landing on one he penned himself.

The 73-year-old said: “Oh it’s very hard to say. What’s my favourite? I don’t know if I do have favourites.

“If I was being very…allowing myself to be partisan, probably would be We Will Rock You.

“Because it sort of says everything in a short time and it’s something that’s always worked for us.”

Brian continued: “Everybody’s jumping up and down, making a noise. And what they were doing was singing along.”

“In those days, it was really new I have to tell you. You just didn’t go to concerts where people sang to rock bands. But on this particular occasion, they didn’t stop. And when we went off stage they sang You’ll Never Walk Alone to us.”

The Queen guitarist went to sleep that night thinking: “What could an audience do? What could you ask them to do?”

In the end, he realised: “They’re all crammed in there, they can’t do much. But they can stamp their feet, they can clap their hands, and they can sing.”

Queen’s Greatest Hits on course for UK No 1 after 40 years: ‘Unbelievable!’ says Brian May

While Roger wrote: “Rumour has it Greatest Hits is currently #1 in the UK midweek charts too. “That’s pretty cool! Thanks to all who are keeping us there! Can we hold it ‘til Friday?”

The Queen drummer also posted a Spotify ad for Queen’s Greatest Hits that’s been digitally displayed in New York’s Time Square.

According to the Official Charts, the album leads by over 4000 sales in the midweek charts.

It turns out the 86 per cent of this is in physical formats, including a collector’s edition of the CD with an exclusive slipcase cover and the limited edition cassette versions available in five different colours.

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Led Zeppelin crowned Greatest Guitar Riff of All Time beating AC/DC, Ozzy and Deep Purple

Led Zeppelin exploded onto the scene in 1969 with their eponymous debut album. It was swiftly followed the same year by Led Zeppelin II. No need for fancy album titles (or, indeed, single releases) the London foursome let their music do the talking. From the start, the band had negociated remarkable freedom with their record label, allowing Page to take full control over the production side, as well as writing most of the music on the earlier albums, with Robert Plant on lyrics. But the guitarist is also regarded as one of the greatest musicians of all time and his artistry is being celebrated again this week.

A new poll from the readers of Guitar World and Total Guitar has selected the 50 greatest rock guitar riffs of all time.

Van Halen’s Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love is in fifth, Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water in fourth, AC/DC’s Back in Black is third with Randy Roads’ legendary riff from Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train in second place.

But it’s not the first and it won’t be the last time that Led Zeppelin’s iconic Whole Lotta Love takes the crown.

Fifty years later and the 1969 track remains as fresh and fiercely influencial as ever. Just look at the faces of Jack White and U2’s Edge as Page takes them through that iconic solo in the video below.

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Page said: “I came up with the guitar riff for Whole Lotta Love in the summer of ’68, on my houseboat along the Thames in Pangbourne, England. I suppose my early love for big intros by rockabilly guitarists was an inspiration, but as soon as I developed the riff, I knew it was strong enough to drive the entire song, not just open it.

“When I played the riff for the band in my living room several weeks later during rehearsals for our first album, the excitement was immediate and collective. We felt the riff was addictive, like a forbidden thing.”

The guitarist also revealed how added his playing inspired frontman Robert Plant to greater heights.

Page said: “Robert’s vocal was just as extreme. He kept gaining confidence during the session and gave it everything he had. His vocals, like my solos, were about performance. He was pushing to see what he could get out of his voice. We were performing for each other, almost competitively.”

And Page has acknowledged how important the band’s creative freedom was in their evolution: “None of that might’ve happened if I had an outside producer. They might’ve questioned, or not understood, what I was doing, or thought I was just making a bunch of noise. I was able to make sure our ideas were carried out without interference.”

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Blake Shelton Admits Meeting Gwen Stefani Has Been The ‘Greatest Part’ Of 10 Years On ‘The Voice’

While reflecting about his 10-year stint on ‘The Voice’ during the show’s anniversary special, Blake Shelton reminisced about meeting his now-fiancee, Gwen Stefani, on the show.

Blake Shelton has The Voice to thank for his relationship with Gwen Stefani, who he’s currently engaged to. On May 3, the show celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a special episode, and Blake discussed meeting Gwen on the show during the tribute. “People ask me all the time, ‘What’s the greatest thing that’s happened to you since you’ve been on The Voice?’” Blake explained. “That’s a no brainer, right? I met my fiancee here!”

Blake has been a coach on The Voice since its very first season in 2011, and Gwen made her debut on the show during season 7 in 2014. At the time, she was married to Gavin Rossdale and Blake was married to Miranda Lambert. However, when Gwen came back for season 9 in 2015, both she and Blake were recently divorced from their former spouses. They connected on a deeper level while dealing with the same heartbreak in their personal lives. Behind the scenes, they quietly started dating, and have been together ever since!

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on ‘The Voice’ together. (Trae Patton/NBC)

“If you told me back in 1996 that Gwen Stefani was going to be my girlfriend, I would have laughed you out of the room,” Blake admitted on the anniversary special. “I would have thought you were crazy. Saying it right now, I almost bust out laughing, that’s how ridiculous it is.”

However, Blake added that he “loves it” when Gwen is on the show (she returned as a coach for seasons 12, 17 and 19 as well). “She brings a very complicated element of competition for me in particular,” he gushed. “But I love that. I love the challenge. Just knowing that she’s there and she has my back is pretty cool.”

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani pose on ‘The Voice.’ (Trae Patton/NBC)

Blake proposed to Gwen in October 2020 after five years of dating. The two haven’t revealed their wedding date yet, but in March, Blake told Hoda Kotb that they’re hoping for sometime “this summer.” Gwen also recently said that she and her man are planning for a “simple wedding” that surprisingly “won’t have a lot of musicians” in attendance. “It’s gonna be, like, my mom and my dad, and like, just literally going to be family,” she explained. “We are looking forward to that, though. It’s going to be fun. We’re going to make it really fun, but it’s not going to be a big, like — you know, it’s not like the king and queen are getting married or something!”

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Holidays 2021: Visit the greatest capes around the world

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Cabo da Roca, Sintra, Portugal: You get three capes for the price of one here – it’s the westernmost point of mainland Portugal, of continental Europe and of the entire Eurasian land mass. The lighthouse at the top of the 460ft cliffs opened in 1772 and the site is home to numerous roosting migratory and marine birds. Next stop: East coast of the USA (though you might clip the Azores). More info: visitportugal.com 
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 

The eponymous city may be one of Mexico’s most up to date tourist destinations, but the area has been inhabited for perhaps 10,000 years.

But that’s a mere blink in time compared to the geological showstopper here – the distinctive sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas was formed in the Cretaceous period 115 million years ago.

It’s the end of the 775-mile long Baja California Peninsula and where the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California.

The best, and safest, way to see the arch is on a boat trip from the port. 

Next stop: Antarctica… eventually. It’s across more than 7,000 miles of open Pacific.

More info: visitmexico.com

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Sintra boasts a lighthouse at the top of 460ft cliffs (Image: Getty)

Land’s End, Sennen, Cornwall 

There’s a clue in the name – this is where England stops.

The 200ft-high granite rocks stand sentinel over the pounding Atlantic Ocean and the site focuses on what is probably Britain’s most photographed signpost, starting or finishing point for John o’Groats ‘end to enders’.

It’s a commercial tourist attraction, so expect to pay for pretty much everything, but it’s quite a sight.

Next stop: East coast of Canada. 

More info: visitcornwall.com

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA 

An evocative place with its many links to the Kennedy family, it is very busy in summer with numerous visitors attracted by charming villages of white clapboard homes, lighthouses and food ranging from fine dining to simple seafood shacks.

While the Atlantic beaches are truly immense, don’t miss the freshwater kettle ponds, formed by glaciers in the last Ice Age.

Next stop: the far north of Portugal.

More info: visitmassachusetts.com

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Cape cod has plenty of charming villages to visit (Image: Getty`)

Cape Reinga, North Island, New Zealand

Maori mythology says the spirits of the deceased journey to Cape Reinga en route to the underworld. 

Tourists travel here in numbers too, despite the remoteness.

While not quite the northernmost point of the North Island and New Zealand – a point 20 miles east has that particular honour – it is where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet in a tempestuous swirl of waves, eddies and dangerous currents, which are best seen from the obligatory lighthouse.

More info: newzealand.com

Pointe du Raz, Brittany, France

While it is not the country’s westernmost point, it is a major tourist hotspot much like Cornwall’s Land’s End, though far less commercialised.

It is named after the Raz de Sein, a perilous stretch of water between it and the five miles offshore.

If you want lighthouses, seriously rugged rocks, foaming waves and howling winds, then this is the place for you.

Next stop: The Île de Sein, then the east coast of Canada.

More info: uk.france.fr

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Pointe du Raz, Brittany, is a major tourist hotspot (Image: Getty)

Cape Horn, Chile 

Possibly the world’s most famous, or indeed infamous, cape.

Cabo de Hornos is located on 10 square mile Isla Hornos, which forms part of the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile. 

Hazards include ferocious winds, up to 40ft waves with 100ft not unknown, strong currents and icebergs – this is why the Panama Canal was built!

The best way to visit is on an adventure cruise (not cheap), as passengers can disembark by transfer boat at the Chilean Navy Station to use the wooden walkways that crisscross boggy, treeless Hornos Island and visit the Cape Horn monument and lighthouse.

Next stop: Antarctica… just 400 wild miles away.

More info: chile.travel

Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa 

It isn’t the southernmost tip of Africa, and it isn’t where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.

But the national park is one of the world’s most epic coastal points and, given its original Portuguese sailors’ name Cabo das Tormentas (Cape of Storms), it can be very lively.

Wildlife includes eland, red hartebeest and zebra, and it’s well worth stopping en route at Simon’s Town to see the local penguin colony.

You don't need a Samsung TV anymore to get one of its greatest features

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Samsung’s brilliant TV Plus service has been serving up free content to television owners for over five years. The popular app now comes pre-installed on all new tellies from the firm and can also be downloaded onto most modern smart TVs that were made after 2016. Once launched, you’ll find a swathe of shows from platforms such as Vevo Pop, CNN, SuperToons TV and the Comedy Channel without paying a penny to view.
In fact, there’s a total of 94 free channels with no sign-ups asking for your email address or annoying subscriptions raiding your bank account each month.

Now, in a major change, Samsung is bringing this service to more of its fans and they won’t need a TV to tune in.

From today it will be available in the Galaxy Store and Google Play Store for select Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

That means those with one of the latest devices from Samsung will be able to watch shows like Hot in Cleveland, Russell Howard’s Good News and Taskmaster Best Bits straight on their portable devices.

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TV Plus on first launched on smartphones in the US last year and, due to its success, UK and Europe is now being treated to the update as well.

To download the Samsung TV Plus app, users can simply search and download the app from Galaxy Store or Google Play Store to tap into hours of free content.

Samsung TV Plus has become one of the fastest-growing streaming services in the world following its debut in 2015 and that’s probably not hard to dispute considering the amount of content that’s available without reaching for your wallet.

“The growth of Samsung TV Plus has everything to do with the quality of the content, the ease of access and the multi-screen experiences offered,” said Sang Kim, SVP of Product & Marketing for Samsung Electronics. “We are working hard to deliver more to our customers wherever they are – including our mobile offering.”

Fight fans share ‘greatest 3 minutes in boxing history’ in tribute to ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler after death aged 66 (VIDEO)

The boxing world has paid its respects to ring icon ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler after his death aged 66. Fans, fighters and pundits all mourned the loss, with many sharing Hagler’s iconic 1985 war with Tommy Hearns as tribute.

Hagler’s family confirmed that he had passed away on Saturday, with his wife Kay announcing the news on a Facebook page for the middleweight legend’s fans.

“I am sorry to make a very sad announcement,” she wrote. “Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

One of Hagler’s sons, James, later told US outlet TMZ that his father had been taken to hospital earlier on Saturday after experiencing breathing trouble and chest pains at home. The family was reportedly later notified of his death, although the exact cause remains unknown.  

Hall of Famer Hagler was one of boxing’s brightest lights in a golden era during the 1980s. The Newark-born fighter ruled as undisputed middleweight king from 1980 to 1987, a period which included victories over Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran – fellow members of the famous ‘Four Kings’ of a gilded age.  

In all, Hagler fought 67 times across 14 years as a professional, earning a staggering 52 knockouts and suffering three defeats and two draws. He went undefeated for 37 fights, making 12 successive title defenses before losing a highly-contested split decision to fellow all-time great Sugar Ray Leonard at Caesar’s Palace in 1987. That was to be Hagler’s last fight before he retired, disgusted at the judges’ scoring. 

After the news of Hagler’s death, the world of boxing paid tribute to one of its greatest-ever practitioners.

Fans also shared the opening round from Hagler’s 1985 showdown with Hearns, a contest so hell-for-leather that it was dubbed ‘The War’ while the first three minutes of the bout are often cited as the greatest round in boxing history. Hagler would go on to win the bout with a third-round KO of his rival.

Events in the boxing world paid mourning to Hagler’s passing on Saturday, including at the super flyweight showdown between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez in Dallas.

Fittingly, that fight played out as an all-out war which was hailed as an instant classic in which a super flyweight record of 2,529 punches were thrown before Estrada earned a split-decision victory.  

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Freddie Mercury: Queen celebrate 50th anniversary with series on their greatest moments

It added: “Some of these moments will be familiar, others rare or forgotten, some record-breaking milestones, others quirky and unusual but all of which remind us of the impact Queen has maintained for five decades and continues through to today.”

Queen The Greatest’s creators also teased what’s in store for the first few weeks of YouTube videos.

They said: “First months of the regular weekly output will see it celebrate classic hits such as Killer Queen, Somebody To Love and, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody, along with iconic performances at London’s The Rainbow, Hammersmith Odeon and the band’s massive outdoor Hyde Park concert.

“In addition, revealing some gems from the band’s first tours abroad to Europe, Scandinavia, and North America.”

Brian May crowns the greatest guitar solo ever and it's not his: 'I'll never get over it'

Unprompted, he then offered up his personal favourite guitar solo of all time.

Brian told Guitar World: “It’s Clapton, Key To Love, from the John Mayall’s Blues Breakers album.

“It’s the hottest burning high-passion piece I’ve ever heard in my life – still to this day. I just love it.

“It totally rips, and I’ll never get over that. That’s one of my great inspirations.”

Asked to describe what it was about the sound Clapton managed to create on the track, Brian waxed poetic.

He said: “Incendiary is a good word, yes. He burned in that solo! The whole track revolves around that solo.”