February 1, 2006 |
"Evita" came full circle Tuesday with Andrew Lloyd Webber announcing plans to revive the '70s musical in London with Argentine star Elena Roger in the lead role. Roger, a fan of Madonna in the film version, was born in 1974, the year that Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice started work on what was to become one of their most successful musicals. Lloyd Webber said he had no plans to write new songs for the show, which opens in June.
April 21, 1995 |
In 1968, a fledgling band called Iron Butterfly released an album featuring a decidedly unorthodox acid-rock song that rambled on for 17 minutes and included a 2 1/2-minute drum solo. Executives at the band's label, Atlantic Records, cringed at the prospect of marketing an album whose title track took up the entire side of a vinyl LP and came with the tongue-twisting title "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." Efforts to persuade the San Diego-based group to edit its opus proved futile.
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September 13, 2006 |
Joachim Fest, a journalist and historian who wrote one of the best-regarded biographies of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, has died. He was 79. Fest, who worked closely with Hitler's architect Albert Speer on his memoirs, died Monday at his home in Kronberg of unspecified causes, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Tuesday. Fest worked at the newspaper for two decades before leaving in 1993.
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June 15, 1992 |
When Tina Abel sees the American flag, she remembers arriving in this country 40 years ago from Germany. "I stepped down from a ship in New York Harbor," said Abel, 69, who fled Europe after spending three years in a camp for war refugees. "They played 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' and we all cried." Abel was one of six flag bearers in a Flag Day ceremony sponsored by the Simi Valley Elks Lodge at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sunday.
September 2, 1991 |
Jimmy Connors celebrates his 39th birthday today by playing Aaron Krickstein in a fourth-round match. Krickstein, who is 0-5 against Connors, says he doesn't think he will be psyched out by the Connors mystique. "I think a lot of guys . . . you get a five-time U.S. Open champion . . . if you read into it, you think about it too much," Krickstein said. "Then you can be in awe of him. We grew up watching him on TV, so it is kind of weird to be playing him (in important matches).
November 4, 1989 |
East Harlem is inner-city America: where crack sells in rubble-caked lots, guns sound in the night, public housing darkens under graffiti, abandoned tenements rot on decrepit streets and tattered men just hang around. "You don't walk around here at night," said Allister Whitman, who supervises the speech programs in East Harlem's public schools. "If you walk around 109th Street," said Leslie Moore, director of a junior high school on that street, "you will see lines forming for crack.
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August 21, 2006 |
When Frank Sinatra ended his two-year retirement at 57 in 1973, Warner Bros. Records art director Ed Thrasher came up with the perfect title for the legendary singer's comeback album. The album -- for Warner's Reprise Records label -- with its cover photograph by Thrasher showing a relaxed and grinning Sinatra during a recording session, was called "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back." "Ed showed the artwork to Frank, and he just flipped, as we all did," recalled Joe Smith, former president of Warner Bros.
February 10, 2003 |
A Croatian fan sitting courtside waved a sign as James Blake was about to serve: "You can't beat without Pete." The United States certainly didn't have Pete Sampras on Sunday when it was eliminated by Croatia in the first round of the Davis Cup. These are different times for the Americans at the Davis Cup. Instead of Sampras or Andre Agassi, or even the injured Andy Roddick, it was left to James Blake to keep their prospects alive.
May 4, 1987
Ken Garcia broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning with a two-run single, then threw out a runner at the plate for the game's final out as Cal State Fullerton defeated San Jose State, 6-5, in a Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. baseball game Sunday at Fullerton. Longo Garcia (10-2) went the distance as Fullerton (16-2, 39-14) won its fifth consecutive game. Garcia got the first two outs in the ninth but walked two batters and allowed a single to load the bases.
October 13, 1994 |
On a team of World Cup superstars--Romario, Hristo Stoitchkov, Gheorghe Hagi and Ronald Koeman--the most talked-about player this season for Spanish League power FC Barcelona has been a thin, 20-year-old midfielder with one of international soccer's most famous names. In the tradition of Brazilian and many Spanish players, he prefers to be called by only his first name: Jordi. But everyone in European soccer knows who he is--Jordi Cruyff, son of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.