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.
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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."
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.
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June 26, 2006 |
Arthur Malvin, a composer and lyricist whose work with Carol Burnett and Frank Sinatra earned him two Emmy Awards, and who received a Tony nomination for helping create the musical "Sugar Babies," has died. He was 83. Malvin died in his sleep at his Century City home June 16 after a long illness, said his daughter, Janet Malvin. In 1978, Malvin shared an Emmy with Stan Freeman for the mini-musical "Hi-Hat," a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers parody the pair wrote for "The Carol Burnett Show."
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."
January 12, 1997 |
Excitement is building for the Costume Council's premiere exhibition of "Galanos" on March 25. The event will begin with a champagne reception and viewing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and progress to a black-tie dinner. American couturier James Galanos is being honored for 45 years of design. Seventy costumed mannequins, some dressed in gowns first worn by former First Lady Nancy Reagan, will highlight the exhibition. Reagan is honorary patroness.
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.
February 12, 1991 |
He's still the king of the hill, the top of the heap. From the first notes of his sold-out concert Sunday at the Long Beach Arena, Frank Sinatra put any possible doubts to rest. Like his career, Sinatra's songs can be measured not in years but in decades. Several times he alluded to the quality of the works he performed by Arlen, Gershwin, Cole Porter and their ilk. "For me," he said, "there ain't no other kind of music." Maybe it's true that they just don't write songs like that anymore.