March 31, 1993 |
T he record industry loses one of its icons today when Joe Smith retires as president and chief executive officer of Capitol-EMI Music. Smith's career roughly spans the rock 'n' roll era. After years as a disc jockey, he spent 1961-1983 as an executive at Warner Bros. Records and Elektra/Asylum Records, where he had an up-close view of the pop culture revolution. Among the acts he helped sign: the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and James Taylor.
April 6, 1990 |
Bonnie Raitt held on to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard magazine pop album chart for the second straight week, leading the unprecedented onslaught of solo female singers in the Top Six. The only male in the Top Six is Michael Bolton, with his third-ranked "Soul Provider." Joining Raitt, Jackson, Abdul and Myles in the elite circle is Sinead O'Connor with her "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got," which rocketed to No. 6 in just two weeks.
August 9, 1991 |
Bonnie Raitt's album, "Luck of the Draw," is gathering strength, jumping from No. 5 to No. 2 on the Billboard magazine pop chart, partly thanks to the boost from her fast-rising single, "Something to Talk About" (No. 39 on the pop singles chart). But can she topple Natalie Cole, whose "Unforgettable" tops the chart for the fourth straight week? Maybe, but Cole has a hot single too--the album's title song is No. 16, which is helping her cling to No. 1.
November 17, 1989 |
The rare pairing of sly git-tar whizzards Ry Cooder and David Lindley provided the highlights, caustic comic Bob Goldthwait provided the punch lines and red-haired bluesrocker Bonnie Raitt provided the headliner at the benefit concert for the California Environmental Protection Initiative that sold out the Santa Monica Civic on Wednesday.
January 26, 1992
Regarding "Chances Are," by Robert Hilburn (Jan. 12): Looking over Hilburn's list of potential artists to be named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I can only feel sorry for Pete Rose. Poor Pete, locked out of the Baseball Hall of Fame for such a mundane thing as gambling. At least rock's hall can look forward to honoring Madonna (simulates performing fellatio on bottles and masturbating on stage); Michael Jackson (is there a part of him we haven't seen him grab?); Neil Young, Elton John and Bonnie Raitt, all of whom have acknowledged drug or alcohol problems over the years, and other artists who have been guilty of acts ranging from adultery to providing hookers for guests at parties.