February 5, 1997 |
Never judge a book . . . , at least not in the case of jazz singers. Ian Shaw looks a lot more like the kind of guy with whom you'd like to lift a pint or two at the local pub than an English singer who can deliver a first-rate jazz performance. Shaw, who made his L.A. debut opening a three-night run at the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill on Monday night, somewhat resembles Van Morrison in both appearance and sound. But Shaw has moved well beyond Morrison's urban jump band blues style.
April 7, 1991 |
Get ready to rewrite the box-office record books again. Sometime in the next three days, "Home Alone" will replace "Jaws" to become the fourth-highest-grossing movie in the United States. But don't write it in ink. Within another week to 10 days, the John Hughes film about an 8-year-old boy defending his house from burglars will overtake "Return of the Jedi" to become the No. 3-ranked film at the box office. You're probably safe putting that one in ink.
July 18, 1998 |
A judge on Friday blocked the parents of a 12-year-old girl who is six months pregnant by her older brother from taking her to Kansas for a late-term abortion. Intervening at the request of prosecutors, Judge Pamela Gilbert O'Sullivan ordered the girl to undergo psychological tests before the court decides whether to allow the abortion. The judge ruled without explanation.
December 18, 1991 |
The longstanding pop-world debate over the propriety of using "samples" of other people's music in records has accelerated with a federal judge's ruling that the practice constitutes theft. In what is believed to be a first in music copyright cases, Judge Kevin Duffy of the U.S. District Court in New York has referred a case involving a "sample" by rapper Biz Markie of Gilbert O'Sullivan's 1972 hit "Alone Again (Naturally)" to the U.S. attorney for possible criminal prosecution.
December 28, 1990 |
It's easy to think of the celebrated "Performance" album soundtrack--which has just been reissued in compact disc--as a Mick Jagger album. After all, the most famous Rolling Stone co-starred in the unsettling 1970 cult film. He also sang and co-wrote "Memo From Turner," the best-known song on the album. And it's Jagger's face on the cover.
August 12, 2012 |
On Aug. 24, 1972, Neil Diamond stood on the stage of the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and made history. Diamond had selected the open-air Griffith Park venue as the setting for a live album, "Hot August Night. " His goal? "To leave the audience remembering something," he said recently. "I'd been on the road for five or six years at that point, and I knew I was about to [take a break]. So we pulled out all the stops and let it all hang out. " He laughed. "I didn't know they'd remember it for 40 years.