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The Woman Behind Ronson/Winehouse hit "Valerie"

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Valerie Star is a makeup artist from Florida and the inspiration behind the worldwide hit "Valerie" by Mark Ronson and featuring one of the most inspired vocal performances by the late Amy Winehouse. The original version was by Liverpool band The Zutons, whose frontman Dave McCabe met and dated Star after a gig in Florida. Elvis Costello will be recognized as an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his service to music. And 58-year-old Flaming Lips singer and visual artist Wayne Coyne has announced the birth of a son, Bloom Coyne. 

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