July 29, 1989 |
The vocal sound was like nothing ever heard before in popular music. A high, soaring tenor lead; rich, warm harmonies; the resonant, sensual voice of a bass softly speaking the lyrics. The result: instant hits. "If I Didn't Care" was followed by "My Prayer," "We Three," "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" and more--much more. The group, as anyone on the sunset side of 50 will instantly know, was the Ink Spots.
September 30, 1990 |
Artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as performers and forefathers: 1985: Performers--Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Elvis Presley. Forefathers--Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy Yancey. 1986: Performers--the Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B. B.
February 6, 1998 |
**** THE CLOVERS: "The Very Best of the Clovers" Rhino/Atlantic Unlike fellow Atlantic Records vocal groups the Coasters and the Drifters, the Clovers haven't been voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the quintet made a series of extraordinary singles that helped define Atlantic's pivotal role in popularizing R&B in the '50s. In some ways, in fact, you can think of the Clovers as Atlantic co-founder Ahmet Ertegun's musical workshop.
June 20, 1989 |
"I know I can't save the world," says locally based choreographer-dancer Loretta Livingston. "But I can make through my dance a saving note and dedicate my life to the true guardianship of our planet." All through her career as a prominent member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company, Livingston remained involved with ecological issues. And now, at 39--after marriage to fellow Lewitzky dancer David Plettner and with a 4-year-old company of her own to run--she says she has found "a deeper ecological resolve."
November 15, 1987 |
For years I struggled to understand why nightclubs do bang-up business with performers who merely imitate famous singers, while other musicians who play anything--heaven forbid--original must labor constantly to find a following. Or even a club that will allow them on stage.
November 20, 1991 |
Ken Green of Claremont complains that he doesn't like it when someone cuts into a line in front of him. However, this is a form of me-firstism that can usually be dealt with by rude remarks or shoving. He is more annoyed, Green says, by an electronic kind of cutting-in. "People are cutting into line in front of me all the time, and I have difficulty in preventing it. The way they do it is to dial the telephone."