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April 20, 1989
Composer Jerome Kern will be the posthumous recipient of the first "American Legend Award" at the fourth annual Singers' Salute to the Songwriter on Tuesday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Other honors will go to songwriters Johnny Mandel, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Mitchell Parish. Carol Burnett, Bob Hope, Linda Ronstadt, Dinah Shore and Suzanne Somers will perform at the concert, which benefits the Betty Clooney Foundation for Persons With Brain Injuries and the Betty Clooney Center in Long Beach.
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January 13, 2011 | By Don Heckman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Margaret Whiting, a pop singer for television, film, cabaret and Broadway whose recordings of such standards as "That Old Black Magic" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" sold millions of copies in the 1940s and '50s, has died. She was 86. Whiting died Monday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., said Jordan Strohl, administrator for the retirement home. The cause was not given. Blessed with a distinctive voice and a warm, insightful singing style, Whiting had a career that stretched over seven decades.
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February 2, 1985 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
I've spent several recent evenings in the warm, ambrosial glow of the music of Jerome Kern, being awed all over again, as you have to be, at his miraculous gift of melody. Lyric-writing I understand; it is its own miraculous gift, especially when it takes you soaring beyond "moon/June" to "the promised kiss of springtime that makes the lonely winter seem long." But it's a gift within a medium I think I understand a little.
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June 2, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Playboy Enterprises Inc. said it had hired Freedom Communications Inc. Chief Executive Scott N. Flanders to lead the company. Flanders' selection as CEO ends a five-month search for a new leader at the struggling Chicago company after Christie Hefner, daughter of founder Hugh Hefner, resigned in January. Jerome Kern has been serving as interim CEO. Flanders, 52, helped expand online revenue and streamline operations at Freedom, owner of the Orange County Register.
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November 29, 1996
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art kicks off a film series celebrating the work of composer Jerome Kern on Dec. 13 with a screening of the 1946 film "Till the Clouds Roll By" at 7:30 p.m. at the museum's Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. The series will continue on Friday and Saturday evenings with such beloved films as "Show Boat" (1936), "The Cat and the Fiddle" (1934) and "Lovely to Look At" (1952) through Dec. 21.
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November 18, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
"In Performance at the White House" presents a stiff, once-over-lightly tribute to Jerome Kern tonight (Channels 28 and 15 at 8 p.m., Channels 50 and 24 at 10 p.m.). The concert was shot exactly one month ago, in the East Room. President Reagan has the best seat in the house. Emcee Marvin Hamlisch sets the tone with excessively laudatory opening remarks that offer no real information.
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February 24, 2005 | Rob Kendt, Special to The Times
What fun the taffeta-light confection "Roberta" proves to be, in Musical Theatre Guild's modest but smoothly played new staged concert reading. This 1933 artifact is mainly known for the Jerome Kern standards it introduced -- "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Yesterdays" (though another, "Lovely to Look At," was written for the Astaire/Rogers film version of 1935) -- and as a footnote in Bob Hope's career (it was his first Broadway book show after years in vaudeville).
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April 30, 1989
Stars came out for Fourth Annual Singers' Salute to the Songwriter benefit concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Wednesday night honorees were: Jerome Kern, "An American Legend Award"; Johnny Mandel, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Mitchell Parish and Peter Matz, "Arranger's Award." Nearly $500,000 was raised for the Betty Clooney Foundation for Persons With Brain Injury.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Playboy Enterprises Inc. said it had hired Freedom Communications Inc. Chief Executive Scott N. Flanders to lead the company. Flanders' selection as CEO ends a five-month search for a new leader at the struggling Chicago company after Christie Hefner, daughter of founder Hugh Hefner, resigned in January. Jerome Kern has been serving as interim CEO. Flanders, 52, helped expand online revenue and streamline operations at Freedom, owner of the Orange County Register.
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November 18, 2006
I marveled at the audacity and absurdity of Robert Hilburn's assertion that Bob Dylan is "the most important songwriter of the 20th century" ["Young Dylan, the Man of Ideas," Nov. 15]. Of the last half of the 20th century, maybe. Surely, most people wouldn't rate him as a songwriter in the same league with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen or Duke Ellington, to name a few from the "golden age" of American popular song.
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November 25, 2006
RE Len Gardner's assertion that Robert Hilburn's opinion that Bob Dylan is "the most important songwriter of the 20th century" is absurd [Letters, Nov. 18]: I have heard of all the songwriters that you mentioned, sir [Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington]; I even like some of them. They all were wonderful artists, but can it be said that they changed the culture of this country the way Dylan did? FRED LUCERO Oxnard
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November 18, 2006
I marveled at the audacity and absurdity of Robert Hilburn's assertion that Bob Dylan is "the most important songwriter of the 20th century" ["Young Dylan, the Man of Ideas," Nov. 15]. Of the last half of the 20th century, maybe. Surely, most people wouldn't rate him as a songwriter in the same league with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen or Duke Ellington, to name a few from the "golden age" of American popular song.
NEWS
February 24, 2005 | Rob Kendt, Special to The Times
What fun the taffeta-light confection "Roberta" proves to be, in Musical Theatre Guild's modest but smoothly played new staged concert reading. This 1933 artifact is mainly known for the Jerome Kern standards it introduced -- "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Yesterdays" (though another, "Lovely to Look At," was written for the Astaire/Rogers film version of 1935) -- and as a footnote in Bob Hope's career (it was his first Broadway book show after years in vaudeville).
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November 30, 2003 | Barbara Isenberg, Special to The Times
New York Accepting a Tony Award for her performance as a fantasy-prone dancing housewife in the 2000 musical, "Contact," actress Karen Ziemba thanked her parents for all the ballet lessons they'd given her as a child. Those lessons, she said, "really paid off this time." But as anyone who saw her in "Contact" knows, it wasn't just the dance lessons.
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March 3, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY
Where do the good songs go? In 1917, lyricist P.G. Wodehouse outlined the journey taken by old songs after "they had their day and then we threw them away." The heavenly ditties flew to a land "on the other side of the moon," where "they're always loved and they're always new," wrote Wodehouse. These lines were part of "The Land Where the Good Songs Go," a number from the musical "Miss 1917," for which Jerome Kern wrote the music.
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March 1, 2001
Photography A collection of 40 photographs taken by Stephen Wilkes during a 52-day cross-country journey offers a unique look at contemporary life in America in "Epson's America in Detail," opening Friday in Santa Monica. The New York photographer traveled 18 states in an effort to capture the face of America.
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February 10, 1985
Having produced all of the Ella Fitzgerald song books (Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser and others) and researching hundreds of songs, I have a pretty good idea of what the great songwriters created. I should like, therefore, to comment on a point that Charles Champlin made in his paean to Jerome Kern ("Remembering a Master of Melody: Jerome Kern," Feb. 2). With all respect to Kern as a great melodist, I submit that he is not in the same class as George Gershwin in quality--and certainly not in quantity.
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November 25, 2006
RE Len Gardner's assertion that Robert Hilburn's opinion that Bob Dylan is "the most important songwriter of the 20th century" is absurd [Letters, Nov. 18]: I have heard of all the songwriters that you mentioned, sir [Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington]; I even like some of them. They all were wonderful artists, but can it be said that they changed the culture of this country the way Dylan did? FRED LUCERO Oxnard
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1996
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art kicks off a film series celebrating the work of composer Jerome Kern on Dec. 13 with a screening of the 1946 film "Till the Clouds Roll By" at 7:30 p.m. at the museum's Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. The series will continue on Friday and Saturday evenings with such beloved films as "Show Boat" (1936), "The Cat and the Fiddle" (1934) and "Lovely to Look At" (1952) through Dec. 21.
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November 5, 1989 | William Ratliff
These are world premiere recordings of the original versions of eight overtures (composed between 1914 and 1939) and selections from the film score for "Swing Time" (1936). Though well played, the music is mostly second rate and seriously dated and will interest mainly the nostalgic and the musicologists.
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