Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies in hospital in Spain at 68

Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain after suffering a severe infection, his manager has said. The 68-year-old guitarist had been taken to hospital in Marbella on Thursday, “following complications to a shoulder injury”. The Surrey-born musician had recently pulled out of a Status Quo tour after suffering a heart attack in the summer. At the time his manager, Simon Porter, said Parfitt had “died” for several minutes, and the episode had affected him mentally. There had been health concerns for years. In 1997, Parfitt underwent quadruple…

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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe secure Britain’s most popular album this Christmas

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe secure Britain’s most popular album this Christmas Plus Little Mix, Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones will be part of many families’ Christmases thanks to huge sales. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have gone one better than last week’s Number 1 – they’re officially the holders of the UK’s Christmas Number 1 album. Ball & Boe’s Together accumulated a further 110,000 combined chart sales, 98% of which was made up by physical sales – that’s a lot of Christmas presents. Alfie’s first ever Number 1…

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