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January 11, 2001 |
What do the Jelly Beans' "I Wanna Love Him So Bad," The Raindrops' "What a Guy," Lesley Gore's "Look of Love" and Darlene Love's "(Today I Met) the Boy I'm Gonna Marry" have in common? The '60s hits all are featured-- with many better-remembered songs--in "Leader of the Pack," a musical playing through this weekend at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and featuring current members of the rock 'n' roll revival band Sha Na Na.
March 6, 1987 |
Unpredictability is the hallmark of most good actors, and a sense of danger can carry you a long way. In "Lethal Weapon" (citywide), Mel Gibson gets hold of one of those archetypal, dangerous, star-making parts: a wildly unpredictable character who careens through the movie, pulling crazy stunts, magnetizing everyone's attention. It's a good thing he does. Gibson is the lethal weapon of the title, and without him or co-star Danny Glover the movie would really be lost.
June 18, 2013 |
You've seen them but not noticed them. You've heard them but not listened to them. The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" shines a spotlight away from center stage over to the world of female backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film looks most specifically at the lives and careers of six women - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Claudia Lennear and Judith Hill - who span generations of music and have worked with a broad spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.
December 16, 2009
ABBA, others in rock hall The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is opening its arms to welcome in ABBA, Genesis, the Hollies, the Stooges and Jimmy Cliff, but has given the KISS-off, for this year at least, to hard rock's most celebrated tongue-wagging, makeup-loving band. The Cleveland-based rock hall announced the 2010 inductees Tuesday. Its 25th annual induction ceremony will be held March 15 in New York City. Veteran music mogul David Geffen also will enter the hall as a non-performer, along with two of the Brill Building's most celebrated songwriting teams, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
April 27, 1989 |
Rosemary Clooney couldn't have chosen a more appropriate song to close the fourth annual Singers' Salute to the Songwriter on Tuesday night--Jerome Kern's "Look for the Silver Lining." It was in an effort to do something constructive after her sister Betty's death of a brain injury 11 years ago that Clooney came up with the idea of the salute. This year's event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion raised nearly $500,000 for the Betty Clooney Foundation for Persons with Brain Injury and its offspring, the Betty Clooney Center in Long Beach.
August 24, 1990 |
In stark contrast to the recent trend in which any number of producers are enlisted by a hit artist for a new album, the "Dick Tracy" song soundtrack album instead has one producer riding herd over a daunting diversity of name performers. The range of voices includes k.d lang, Erasure, Brenda Lee, Ice-T, Tommy Page, Darlene Love, Al Jarreau and Jerry Lee Lewis.
January 25, 2014 |
Composer or cowriter of melodic skyscrapers including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got a Friend," "So Far Away" and dozens more, Carole King was feted on Friday as part of MusiCares' annual gala, which each year during Grammy weekend honors a musician's legacy. Those shining light on King's ubiquitous, beautiful hits were, among others, Alicia Keys, Pink, Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves (in duet with R&B singer Miguel), Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown, James Taylor and, in the night's highlight, the singers featured in the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," who delivered a spectacular rendition of "Way Over Yonder.
December 23, 2009
The Early Show Mel Brooks; chef Eric Ripert. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Kevin Michael Connolly; Colbie Caillat; the Stunners. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Ali Wentworth ("It's Complicated"). (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Regis and Kelly Repeat segments. 9 a.m. KABC The View Maggie Gyllenhaal; Mary J. Blige performs. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors The health, maintenance and well-being of the breast; Crystal Hunt ("One Life to Live")