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December 8, 2008 | Cynthia Dizikes, Dizikes is a writer in our Washington bureau.
Barbra Streisand, a vocal critic of President Bush, visited the White House this weekend but kept the gloves on. The Brooklyn-born diva was one of six performing artists celebrated at this year's Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most prestigious awards in the arts.
May 10, 2008
I LOVE the line "Rascal Flatts . . . was remarkably off pitch in several spots" ["A Powerful Chord," by Randy Lewis, Monday]. Fact is, when Gary Le Vox hits a note on pitch and can sustain it, it is a cause for celebration. He has 12 notes to choose from, and sometimes he beats the odds. Meanwhile, George Jones, whom I have always hated, made me, an Avenged Sevenfold fanatic, cry. I had tears in my eyes during "He Stopped Loving Her Today." I was so embarrassed. At Stagecoach, the old guys were great and the new guys [stank]
October 28, 2006 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
It was to be a trip to country music Valhalla, the summit meeting in August of the two men widely considered the genre's greatest living singers: George Jones and Merle Haggard.
February 13, 2006 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Anyone who has racked up more than 150 chart hits over half a century in country music speaks with some authority on the subject. "Anyone," in this case, translates to precisely one person: George Jones. But the venerated singer wasn't exactly right Friday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts when he good-naturedly griped to the sold-out house that country radio stations today "don't play songs anymore about drinkin'. Or about cheatin'."
Not so long ago, it would have been hard to find a betting man willing to offer odds that George Jones would be alive at 70--much less enjoying a thriving career. But Jones, who's survived drugs, alcohol abuse, major heart surgery and a near-fatal car crash, says he's never felt better. His birthday was Wednesday. "The big seven-oh!" he crowed. "It's not a big deal to me, because I'm feeling 50."
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