January 20, 2012 |
It cost $200 a ticket to hear President Obama speak at a fundraiser Thursday in New York. Obama singing? That was just a bonus. The president thrilled the crowd of about 1,400 at the landmark Apollo Theater when he briefly launched into song, crooning a few lines of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" to the surprise of, well, just about everyone. Even more -- he wasn't half bad. "I - I - I -- I'm so in love with you," he crooned in a somewhat sheepish falsetto, as the audience roared in approval.
July 29, 2010 |
The aspiring Democratic U.S. senator from South Carolina is a bumbling speaker. He's been accused of showing porn to a teenage college student, a felony. He's never heard of the pollution control strategy called "cap and trade." And when asked whether he believes Palestinians should have a separate state, he looked confused, then snapped, "For what?" Nevertheless, Alvin Greene, a 32-year-old unemployed veteran, is confident about his chances this fall against incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who has a war chest of about $3.5 million.
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January 6, 2010 |
Willie Mitchell, an influential record producer, label head and musician who worked closely with singer Al Green and other stars to help mold the Memphis soul sound, died Tuesday. He was 81. Mitchell died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., more than two weeks after he suffered cardiac arrest Dec. 19, said his son, Lawrence Mitchell. A trumpeter, Willie Mitchell signed with Hi Records of Memphis in 1959 and recorded several instrumental hits in the 1960s, including "Soul Serenade" and "20-75."
September 3, 2009 |
"We've had people faint and fall on the ground; we've had people throw up . . . ," starts Sky Shivers, manager of the Big Red Barn at the Los Angeles County Fair. He is describing various Southern Californians' reactions to watching a live cow birth. "We've had mothers shield their children's eyes and drag them out of the pen," he recollects with a chuckle and an Oklahoma drawl. Starting Saturday and running through Oct. 4, the L.A. County Fair is expected to lure roughly 70,000 people a day to the Pomona Fairplex for carnival rides, funnel cakes, live music and acres of sawdusty attractions including pig races, chicken hatchings, mini ponies, mammoth donkeys, baby bunnies and a new exhibit dedicated to the goat meat industry.
May 27, 2008 |
Usher "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Zomba) *** Usher must really take criticism to heart. One of the prominent complaints about his last album, "Confessions," was that it was too long, at some 73 minutes, so now the Atlanta-based R&B star delivers a follow-up that's shorter -- by about a minute. The sheer bulk of "Here I Stand" (out today) requires more commitment of a listener than many of the protagonists in Usher's songs of conflicting urges are able to muster.
July 3, 2007 |
B.B. King returned to his hometown of Indianola for the aptly titled "B.B. King Homecoming Festival." "It is something that I have been doing for 42 years, playing free for the kids," the 81-year-old blues legend said. "Watching them grow." With his trademark guitar that he named "Lucille," King is one of the nation's most influential blues musicians. His long list of hits includes "The Thrill Is Gone," "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "You Upset Me Baby."