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October 30, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Byrds, the Los Angeles band whose 1965 recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man" ignited the folk-rock movement, and Ike & Tina Turner, whose soul revue was among the most dynamic live acts ever in pop, are among the seven new inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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October 27, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Eight months ago at private Hollywood venue the Sayers Club, Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. stood on a tiny stage with his backing band and performed to a small but capacity crowd of handpicked music industry insiders. The 28-year-old player, who came up in a storied Austin blues scene that takes its music seriously, had just been signed by Warner Bros. Records, after years of being managed by his mother from the family's kitchen table and releasing music independently. Last week, Warner released his major label debut, "Blak and Blu. " Though Clark had established himself in Texas and had just released a new four-song EP, most were there as much out of curiosity as drooling anticipation.
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October 27, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Eight months ago at private Hollywood venue the Sayers Club, Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. stood on a tiny stage with his backing band and performed to a small but capacity crowd of handpicked music industry insiders. The 28-year-old player, who came up in a storied Austin blues scene that takes its music seriously, had just been signed by Warner Bros. Records, after years of being managed by his mother from the family's kitchen table and releasing music independently. Last week, Warner released his major label debut, "Blak and Blu. " Though Clark had established himself in Texas and had just released a new four-song EP, most were there as much out of curiosity as drooling anticipation.
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May 29, 2007 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
Classic blues is something we've heard a lot more of than seen over the years because there is so little footage of the great early blues musicians. "The American Folk Blues Festival: The British Tours" DVD series reminds us of what we've been missing. We not only get to see such vital figures as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Sister Rosetta Tharpe on the just-released Volume 4 in the series, but we also see them at a key period in their careers.
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January 29, 1998
S.P. Leary, 67, blues drummer for such stars as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Born in Carthage, Texas, Leary began playing drums when he was 14. He toured with T-Bone Walker in the mid-1940s before moving on to the Chicago blues scene. He performed on many of Howlin' Wolf's most famous recordings with Chicago-based Chess Records, including "Howling for My Darling," "I've Been Abused" and "I'm Leaving You." He backed Muddy Waters on "The Same Thing" and "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had."
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May 29, 2007 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
Classic blues is something we've heard a lot more of than seen over the years because there is so little footage of the great early blues musicians. "The American Folk Blues Festival: The British Tours" DVD series reminds us of what we've been missing. We not only get to see such vital figures as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Sister Rosetta Tharpe on the just-released Volume 4 in the series, but we also see them at a key period in their careers.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
MCA Wins Judgment: The Music Entertainment division won a $7-million judgment against Swiss-based Charley Records for unauthorized use of MCA's Chess Records catalogue, which includes recordings by such seminal American artists as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. The U.S. District Court ruling supersedes a 1994 jury verdict of $4 million, which Charley elected to contest in a new trial.
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January 25, 2004 | Robert Hilburn
Howlin' Wolf "The Howlin' Wolf Story" (Bluebird) * If you care about the blues, you'll likely find this smart, evocative documentary of one of the field's most charismatic stars infinitely more valuable than all of Martin Scorsese's recent series of blues films on PBS. Why did Scorsese ever think that the best way to honor this invaluable musical art form was to ask some of his fellow directors to give us their personal take on the blues?
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July 7, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I'm an old guy, but I ain't too bad, I hope," bluesman Hubert Sumlin told his appreciative audience at the Mint on Wednesday. That was some understatement coming from the erstwhile Howlin' Wolf sideman, whose raw, discordantly elastic guitar work influenced a generation of rock icons four-plus decades ago. On this first of two nights, he proved a vital living link to the music that remains the heartbeat of rock 'n' roll.
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July 31, 1994 | ROBERT HILBURN
VARIOUS ARTISTS "Stone Rock Blues" MCA/Chess * * * * One reason "Voodoo Lounge" is being hailed as the most appealing Rolling Stones album in years is that it is, in part, a return to the band's early blues roots. "Stone Rock Blues" focuses on those roots by dishing up the original versions of 18 R&B or blues tunes that the Stones have recorded.
NEWS
January 29, 1998
S.P. Leary, 67, blues drummer for such stars as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Born in Carthage, Texas, Leary began playing drums when he was 14. He toured with T-Bone Walker in the mid-1940s before moving on to the Chicago blues scene. He performed on many of Howlin' Wolf's most famous recordings with Chicago-based Chess Records, including "Howling for My Darling," "I've Been Abused" and "I'm Leaving You." He backed Muddy Waters on "The Same Thing" and "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had."
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October 30, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Byrds, the Los Angeles band whose 1965 recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man" ignited the folk-rock movement, and Ike & Tina Turner, whose soul revue was among the most dynamic live acts ever in pop, are among the seven new inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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October 7, 1990 | DON WALLER
*** Robert Cray Band, "Midnight Stroll," Mercury. A stinging guitarist, a smokin' vocalist, a true brown-eyed handsome man, young Cray revamps his band, adds the semi-legendary Memphis Horns and checks in to the Cheatin' Place with yet another solid album of nether soul noir blues.
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February 20, 1989 | DON SNOWDEN
The show at the Music Machine on Saturday could have been a buoyant celebration of the Chicago blues tradition. In the past, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Rogers and Hubert Sumlin all played important supporting roles to the premier Chicago artists--pianist Perkins and guitarist Rogers with Muddy Waters, guitarist Sumlin with Howlin' Wolf. But the trio's hourlong second set turned into the blues nightmare: half-hearted, under-rehearsed performances of overdone blues standards.
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