In response to Prof. Lee Cronbach's letter charging that Robert Hilburn's "L.A.'s Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band--Who Is It?" (Aug. 21) was a "whitewash," the professor seems to be confusing "act" with "band."
Sure, T-Bone Walker, Richard Berry, Big Mama Thornton and Bobby Day were great and innovative but they weren't a "band."
Johnny Otis, Joe Liggins and Earth, Wind and Fire are great bands but not primarily rock 'n' roll.
As for Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie and the Crusaders, these are great pop and jazz artists. Save them for some other best-of list.
That leaves Love, the only rock band from L.A. that included two black musicians, who incorporated their blues, soul and jazz influences into what was L.A.'s own version of the Rolling Stones.