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December 30, 1994 | DAVID S. BARRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES, David S. Barry is a frequent contributor to The Times
Because four of the five Scarletts are women, the second thing you notice about them is their superb musicianship, which immedi ately marks them as seasoned pros. Of course, the first thing you notice is that they're female (except for the drummer) and strikingly attractive. Mentioning gender and looks in connection with professional skill is asking for trouble from the political correctness police, but not from the Scarletts, who casually refer to themselves as "chicks" or "girls" on stage.
August 6, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON
On that first day, a midsummer Friday, 50,000 people jammed into a dusty fairground in the San Fernando Valley. Sheets of burlap were laid across the barren field, but trampling crowds raised clouds of dirt anyway. A few dozen shade trees scattered across the grounds were useless in oppressive heat. The $2,000 worth of rented toilets simply weren't enough. The crowd didn't seem to mind. "Hippies" recalled one person who was there.
April 14, 1987 | ROBERT HILBURN, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
The following CDs are among the first 12 releases in A&M's new "Classics" series. "Joe Cocker." A&M (AAD). This 13-song/51-minute entry showcases one of the most compelling singers of the modern pop era. Cocker was as close to a male Janis Joplin as rock has produced, and Bud Scoppa's liner notes capture well the frequently absorbing qualities of this gritty, blues-based singer's intensely dramatic style.
April 1, 2005 | Richard Cromelin
The UCLA Library has completed its acquisition of the A&M Records Collection, a compendium of recordings, music manuscripts, photographs, correspondence and other materials from the personal collection of label founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, who donated them to UCLA. The archive is believed to be one of the only such collections installed in a library.
September 6, 2001 | Geoff Boucher
Bob Dylan plays Staples Center on Oct. 19, but if you can't wait, he has a date at UC Santa Barbara Events Center on Oct. 14 and at the RIMAC Arena at UC San Diego on Oct. 17. All three shows go on sale Sept. 9 .... Cypress Hill, Busta Rhymes, the Deftones and NOFX play the Smoke Out tour at Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion on Oct. 6. Tickets on sale Saturday .... Ray Davies, right, performs Oct. 19 at the John Anson Ford Theatre, tickets available Sunday morning ....
July 29, 1998
KLOS-FM (95.5) and KABC-TV Channel 7 are sponsoring a blood drive Aug. 6, 7 and 8. Donors will receive commemorative T-shirts and can choose a free Greek Theatre concert ticket for either the Steve Miller Band on Aug. 20; Grand Funk Railroad on Aug. 21; Buddy Guy & Johnny Lang on Aug. 22; or Joe Cocker on Sept. 25. Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 100 pounds and be in good health. Donations will be taken at the following locations: the Claremont Inn in Claremont; KLOS Funzone (Aug.
October 2, 1993 | DON HECKMAN
Jimmy Webb, "Suspending Disbelief," Elektra.** 1/2 On his first recording in a decade of his own music, Webb's unaffected, down-home approach to his tunes--despite their sometimes dark qualities--imparts a strikingly easygoing quality not always present in other singers' versions.
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