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Faces of the week
Faces of the week

Our regular look at some of the faces which have made the news this week. Above are Jools Holland (main picture), with Jerry Hall, Michael Owen, Kenneth Clarke and Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper.

Jools Holland

Friend of royalty, favoured collaborator of music's biggest stars, and now married into the aristocracy: what next for the ubiquitous Jools Holland?

For TV's Mr Music, it's been a year graced by two swanky weddings. First, in April, was that of the Prince of Wales to Camilla Parker Bowles, where Jools Holland was a guest, along with luminaries like Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry and Richard E Grant.

Then, earlier this week, it was Holland himself who tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend, Christabel McEwan, a sculptor who is also the former wife of Lord Durham.

Guests at this bash - held by special permission of the Archbishop of Canterbury in a church which had been closed for 30 years - included Sir Paul and Lady McCartney, Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach and Stephen Fry, presumably the man with more confetti in his turn-ups than anyone alive.

Squeeze
Up the charts: Squeeze, with Jools Holland on the left
But these two glittering occasions were but the tip of the iceberg in a breathless summer schedule which has also seen Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra perform at venues including Glastonbury, Brecon Jazz, Kew Gardens and Kenwood House.

Not bad for the working-class kid from Deptford with a natural gift for music whose virtuoso piano skills were first heard in dockside pubs in London's East End.

Born in 1958, Julian Miles Holland began to play boogie-woogie piano at just eight after being taught the rudiments by his Uncle Dave.

"I just spent hours and hours sitting at the piano," he once explained, "trying to make that noise and I think that is what most people who are successful musicians do. They hear a thing as a child and try to make that sound."

By the age of 15, he had left school and teamed up with Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Gifford to form Squeeze.

Perky presenter

The band's witty, literate and catchy songs, which included Cool For Cats, Up The Junction, Black Coffee In Bed and Pulling Mussels From A Shell, drew comparisons with The Beatles and The Kinks.

Despite spectacular success and a lucrative US tour, Holland decided to move on. In 1987, he formed the Jools Holland Big Band, which initially boasted just two musicians, Jools himself and Squeeze's Gilson Lavis on drums.

Today there are 18 members of the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, including its founders, and it averages 100 gigs a year, playing to half a million people.

In 1998, performing at the G8 Summit, the band almost provoked a diplomatic crisis when Jacques Chirac, confused by the opening bars of All You Need Is Love, stood to attention, only to find Tony Blair and Boris Yeltsin holding hands and bopping as the song progressed.

But Holland has always had more than one string to his bow. In the 1980s, with the late Paula Yates, he co-presented Channel Four's mould-breaking answer to Top of the Pops, The Tube, once being suspended for six weeks for the use of a popular four-letter expletive.

Jools and Christabel Holland on their wedding day
Making sweet music: Jools and Christabel marry
He has also conducted the interviews for the Beatles Anthology television series, hosted his own BBC Radio 2 programme and interviewed his heroes, including Ray Charles, Little Richard and Dr John, for an acclaimed TV history of the piano.

And, for the past 14 years, Holland has acted as master of ceremonies for BBC Two's annual New Year's Eve Hootenanny.

His other show, Later With... has featured everyone from Oasis and The Stereophonics to Leonard Cohen and BB King. Many of these artists have also played on his three Small World Big Band albums.

A model car enthusiast, with a natty collection of suits and his own recording studio, Jools Holland is at the peak of his career. Even so, he remains driven and committed to his music.

"I am always thinking, how can I make what we are playing more exciting?

"The excitement that I got when I was a child and heard a record like I'm Down by the Beatles or by Little Richard. I want to get that excitement again and then be able to communicate it to others."


Too raunchy: Jerry Hall
Jerry Hall

Raunchy posters of Texan temptress Jerry Hall have been removed from the London Underground after an advertising watchdog branded them "sexually demeaning". The hoardings, which featured Ms Hall with 12 semi-naked men on a dog leash, were promoting Kept, a new series in which a dozen Americans battle it out to become the model's toy-boy. Ms Hall, whose previous lovers include Mick Jagger and Bryan Ferry, is said to be thrilled to bits at the ban.

Michael Owen: Newcastle-bound
Michael Owen

England striker Michael Owen has been snapped-up by Newcastle United for a cool 17m. The 25-year-old, who had been increasingly frustrated during his time at Real Madrid, has promised to do The Toon Army proud. "The one thing I can guarantee is goals. I have never seen anything like this, even at Real Madrid. I hope the fans will be watching me for four years. I want to win a trophy and medals here."

Leadership bid: Ken Clarke
Kenneth Clarke

Conservative bruiser Kenneth Clarke has joined the race to succeed Michael Howard. The former chancellor and home secretary dismissed as "faintly absurd" talk that he was too old to take over as Tory leader. "If you start ruling out anybody at the age of 65, which is where I am, from serious participation in politics, you'd clear out half the world's politicians. And some of those would include some of the world's best politicians," he said.

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper: My old Dutch
Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, the Dutch woman officially recognised as the oldest person in the world, has died in her sleep aged 115. The former needlework teacher, who was born in 1890, was a passionate football fan, and supported Ajax Amsterdam for most of her life. Mrs van Andel said her longevity was due to two things: ""I eat a herring every day and I drink a glass of orange juice every day for the vitamins."

Compiled by BBC News Profiles Unit's Andrew Walker


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