March 14, 2012 |
There's one upside to rising gas prices: Some hotels are bringing back the gas card as a perk. The Riviera Palm Springs offers a $50 gas card with your stay this spring. And with gasoline prices hovering around $4.40 a gallon in the L.A. area, who doesn't need a little extra gas money? The deal: The Riviera opened in the late 1950s and still has its historic, Midcentury glamour, although it was updated in 2008. Frank Sinatra performed here, and Elvis Presley visited with his band.
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February 24, 2012 |
Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has died. He was 74. A first-call pianist and keyboardist since the early 1960s, Melvoin died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his daughter Wendy. He had cancer. In addition to his studio work, Melvoin remained strongly linked to jazz, his first musical love, performing on a regular basis in local clubs, frequently touring internationally and releasing numerous recordings of his own groups.
November 9, 2011 |
Singer Nancy Sinatra has sold her home in Beverly Hills for $5.3 million. The 8,085-square-foot house, built in 1990, features an open floor plan in which a main living area, a den/media room and a lounge with a bar flow into one another. There are five bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms. The one-third-acre site includes a swimming pool, a cabana and a two-story guesthouse. Sinatra, 71, is the daughter of entertainer Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy. Among her 1960s hit songs were "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," "Sugar Town" and "Somethin' Stupid," which she sang with her father.
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November 1, 2011 |
Beryl Davis, a British-born singer who became a star in America performing with Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman during the big-band era, died Friday in Los Angeles. She was 87. The cause of death was complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to family spokesman Greg Purdy. The daughter of English band leader Harry Davis, she was born in Plymouth, England, on March 16, 1924, and began performing with her father at the age of 3. At 12 she was appearing with Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt in their all-string jazz band, Quintette du Hot Club de France.
October 23, 2011 |
I'm the girl in the blue dress dancing on Frank Sinatra's hat. I'm also on a key chain and a magnet. I'm not in the production of Twyla Tharp's musical "Come Fly Away" that's reaching the Pantages Theatre this week, but I'm proud my image is being used for publicity. There we are, my trusty partner and I, locked in a cameo dance embrace. My knee is wrapped faithfully around his waist. We are staring at each other's noses. I've seen this pose replicated over and over during the credits for "Dancing With the Stars.
October 4, 2011 |
An estate in Holmby Hills once owned by Frank Sinatra is on the market at $23.5 million. On more than two acres, the gated house is surrounded by expanses of lawn and mature trees. A large courtyard sits at the center of the hacienda-style home, built in 1936. There are seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 8,631 square feet of living space. Sinatra, who died in 1998 at 82, won an Oscar for his supporting role in "From Here to Eternity" (1953) and entertained generations of music fans with hits including "My Way" and "Come Fly With Me. " Public records show the property sold last year for $18.5 million.
September 26, 2011 |
Fairmont Newport Beach has adopted seven goats in an attempt to promote fresh local produce and ingredients. The interesting initiative (stunt?) is in collaboration with Drake Farms Goat Dairy, where the female goats reside. The farm uses the goats' milk to produce organic and sustainable goat cheese . . . . The historic London Bridge , relocated in part to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and dedicated into service 40 years ago this October, is being updated with energy-saving LED lamps.
June 20, 2011
The Hollywood Bowl has long been a favorite place to shoot movie and TV scenes. One of the first major films to shoot at the Bowl was 1937's iconic tale of Hollywood, "A Star Is Born" — that's where fledgling actress Janet Gaynor encounters drunk superstar Norman Maine (Fredric March). Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly sneak into the Bowl in 1945's "Anchors Aweigh. " Other films using the Cahuenga Pass landmark are 1944's "Double Indemnity" and 1980's "Xanadu. " TV series that have filmed there include "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Seinfeld" and "Melrose Place.
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June 5, 2011 |
One version of the story holds that Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra were having dinner at the Villa Capri restaurant in Hollywood on a November evening in 1954 when they got the tip: A private investigator phoned to say the ballplayer's estranged wife, Marilyn Monroe, was inside a nearby apartment building, possibly with a lover. Without bothering to pay the bill, DiMaggio stormed out of the eatery, followed by Sinatra and various associates, as well as Billy Karen, the restaurant maitre d'. Someone volunteered to pay the bill later, but the maitre d' responded that the bill was no problem, he just wanted "in on this thing," author J. Randy Taraborrelli wrote in "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.
April 4, 2011
On April 7, a revival of Cole Porter's classic 1934 musical "Anything Goes" is set to open on Broadway. But if you can't make it to New York, Entertainment One has just released the DVD of the 1954 live-TV production of the musical-comedy. It stars Ethel Merman, who caused a sensation in the original production as nightclub singer Reno Sweeney. Frank Sinatra, fresh from his success in "From Here to Eternity," plays her former agent and lover, and Bert Lahr is Moonface Martin, Public Enemy No. 13. The show has been cut to 53 minutes, and several other Porter songs have been added to the score.