December 5, 1990 |
It was a night, said Ginny Mancini, when singers came together to take care of their own. Did they ever. The Society of Singers paid tribute to Frank Sinatra Monday night at the Beverly Hilton, honoring the Chairman of the Board with its second Ella, a lifetime achievement award named after Fitzgerald, the first recipient. The event was also timed to celebrate Sinatra's 75th birthday on Dec. 12. But the award formalities were done away with early so the real fun--the singing--could begin.
April 10, 1986 |
The big news so far concerning the Orange County outdoor concert season is that the Bob Dylan-Tom Petty tour will make its only stop in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in June at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. The date of the show is expected to be announced at a press conference today in Los Angeles. Beyond that show, the nearly 30 confirmed concerts at the Pacific and Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre contain few surprises.
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March 14, 2007 |
Murray Grand, a composer, lyricist and pianist best known for his song "Guess Who I Saw Today," has died. He was 87. Grand, a longtime New York City cabaret singer and pianist, died of emphysema March 7 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, said Barbara Jericiau, a friend. "Guess Who I Saw Today," which he wrote with Elisse Boyd, was introduced by June Carroll in the hit Broadway revue "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952."
April 30, 1992 |
"He is one of the best live performers I've ever seen," says Miami Sound Machine's Emilio Estefan. Adds Gloria Estefan: "He expresses so much emotion, he gives me goose bumps. I loved him the first time I heard his voice." They are referring to Emilio's musical discovery, Jon Secada.
November 30, 1987 |
Some Las Vegas performers like to bowl you over. They huff and puff, they razzle and dazzle, they sweat and slave to earn what is--to them--the ultimate accolade: "The Hardest-Working Man (or Woman) in Show Business." Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, who headlined the Universal Amphitheatre over the weekend, don't take themselves that seriously.
October 28, 1999
A dash of maturity in Blink-182's lyrics hasn't eliminated the cheerful infantilism that has endeared the San Diego punk trio to legions of fans, and the band's current album, "Enema of the State," has sold more than a million. * Blink-182, with Fenix TX, Bren Events Center, UC Irvine, 7:30 p.m. Sold out. (949) 824-5000. Also Nov. 5, with Silverchair and Fenix TX, at the Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 8:15 p.m. Sold out. (818) 622-4440.
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July 24, 1998 |
Corbett Monica, the durable comedian who opened for such luminary singers as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme and did his stand-up act on television variety programs from "The Ed Sullivan Show" to "The Tonight Show," has died. He was 68. Monica, also remembered as sidekick and manager Larry Corbett on "The Joey Bishop Show," which ran on TV from 1963 to 1965, died Wednesday at his home in North Miami, Fla., of cancer.
May 17, 1992
Here are some of the significant events during Johnny Carson's nearly 30-year run as host of "The Tonight Show": 1962--Show debuts Oct. 1 from New York City with guests Groucho Marx, Mel Brooks, Joan Crawford, Rudy Vallee and Tony Bennett. The show runs one hour, 45 minutes. Ed McMahon is the sideman; Skitch Henderson leads the orchestra. 1964--Debut of Carson's skit characters Carnac the Magnificent and Aunt Blabby.
September 15, 1999 |
Harry Crane, legendary comedy writer best remembered for creating and writing Jackie Gleason's indelible "Honeymooners," has died. He was 85. Crane died Monday night of cancer in his Beverly Hills home, his publicist and son-in-law Warren Cowan said Tuesday. Crane's sketch known as "The Honeymooners" featuring Gleason as New York bus driver Ralph Kramden first appeared in 1951 as part of the early DuMont television network's series "Cavalcade of Stars."
June 24, 1995 |
Fans at Kikuya had a real treat on Thursday when pianist Terry Trotter left early from a rehearsal prepping for a tour with Natalie Cole so he could perform in the Japanese restaurant's cozy lounge. Trotter, truth be told, is one of the major Southern California jazz players, an artist who was a bright star on the Los Angeles scene as far back as the late '50s.