October 13, 2012 |
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... In early 1964, Jerry Lee Lewis' career couldn't have been in worse shape. The Beatles had exploded on U.S. shores, igniting the British Invasion that rendered the seminal American rockers who preceded - and profoundly influenced - them virtually obsolete. In addition, Lewis was a pariah in many circles for having married his 13-year-old cousin Myra, leaving him off-limits to disc jockeys, TV show hosts, record company executives and many fans who had originally supported him a few years earlier when he was one of the prime architects of rock 'n' roll.
November 13, 2011 |
The gig : Steven W. Streit is founder and chief executive of Monrovia-based Green Dot Corp., the nation's largest provider of prepaid debit cards. Customers, mostly people without bank accounts, buy the cards at retail outlets, load them with cash or direct-deposit paychecks and use them like bank-issued plastic. They are branded under the Green Dot name and also branded for Wal-Mart Stores. Past life : Streit was a disc jockey (Streiter with the Heater; the Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla)
July 18, 2011 |
Kang Hyun-min remembers the first time he slid an album from its cardboard jacket and delicately, almost reverently, placed it on the turntable. It was 1979, and Kang's father had made the record player off-limits to the 10-year-old. But home alone one day, the young Kang gave in to his curiosity; he flipped through his brother's album collection, thinking he might for once take control of that magical music player. Unable to read English, he knew musicians only by their album-cover art. He knew he had to hurry — someone could arrive at any minute.
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January 2, 2011 |
The arrival of the new year is traditionally an occasion for making predictions ?- often faulty ones, if an expert is doing the crystal-ball gazing. In 1931, for instance, The Times asked several prominent individuals to guess what life would be like in 1981. Sir Oliver Lodge, a British physicist, declared that "science and religion will be completely reconciled and we will be communicating with our departed dead. " Carmaker Henry Ford saw a society in which poverty was "no longer a reality.
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November 12, 2009 |
The disc jockey smiles when he hears Juanita Santos' raspy voice. "Art," she says from her small town near Fresno, "I want you to tell my husband, Juanito, 'You're my Chicano king. I'm your bootylicious. I can't live without you. I'll never let you go.' And I want you to blow him a big kiss for me and play 'You're my Shining Star.' " "OK, Juanita. Here goes that kiss . . . . Muaah !" Phone lines flash six nights a week inside a dimly lit Hollywood studio where Art Laboe sits before his microphone, faithful to his old-fashioned format: playing sentimental oldies and making dedications.
May 4, 2008 |
At a recent wedding, DJ Danno Metoyer sensed that the song he had cued up on his laptop wasn't right for the moment, so he made an on-the-spot swap to Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack." Like kismet, a guest walked up to request that very song just as it began to play. Call it intuition or premonition--it's that kind of connection Metoyer forms with his clients, who have been known to plan their wedding dates based on his availability. "There is an impact that needs to happen to give everyone in attendance a lifetime of memories," he says.