CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2013 |
Jimmy O'Neill, an Oklahoman barely out of his teens when he became Los Angeles' top-rated radio deejay and only 24 when he catapulted to national celebrity as the host of "Shindig!," one of the earliest rock 'n' roll shows on prime-time television, died Friday at his West Hollywood home. He was 73. He had diabetes and heart problems, said his son, James O'Neill. In 1959, O'Neill made radio history as the first voice heard on KRLA-AM (1110) when it dropped its country-western format for rock music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
December 13, 1987 |
"Can 12 great Christmas songs be . . . (recorded) with the same feeling and sound that is found on the hit singles (of today's most exciting artists) without losing for a moment the feeling of Christmas?"
May 25, 2011
Behold, the man who brought you "Survivor," "The Voice" and "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" has found religion. Executive producer Mark Burnett is bringing the docudrama "The Bible" to the History channel, the network announced Tuesday. The five-part, 10-hour series is planned for 2013 and will cover the Good Book from Genesis to Revelation, using CGI to re-create famous stories, including Noah's ark and the Resurrection of Jesus. The cable channel also said that Kevin Costner will star in "The Hatfields and McCoys," a miniseries for next year about the feuding families from the late 19th century American South.