October 4, 1987 |
Chuck Berry has been prized by rock musicians and fans for four decades as a symbol of the revolution that chased away Big Band music and other dull adult sounds. In hits like "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Sweet Little Sixteen," Berry reflected the frisky independence and innocence of '50s teens with such unwavering accuracy that they remain anthems of the era. You know my temp'rature's risin' and the juke box blowin' a fuse.
June 21, 1992 |
The state's largest city, which was the focal point of 1960s civil rights demonstrations, has its first black police chief. Johnnie Johnson, 50, was selected by Mayor Richard Arrington, the city's first black mayor. "I stand for making blacks' lives better, but I'll be the chief of the whole city," Johnson said. The choice was approved Friday by the county personnel board.
September 23, 1987 |
The strike to end all strikes, it wasn't. No picketing. No violence. Not one raw chicken leg flung. But what the National Football League walkout and lockout of 1982 lacked in classic labor drama, it more than made up in ill will and in-fighting. For 57 days, as an NFL season wasted away, management and players stuck their tongues out at each other. The NFL Players Assn. demanded, among other things, that its members receive 55% of the league's gross revenues.
August 9, 1997
Taylor Dent of Newport Beach won his quarterfinal match Friday at the U.S. Tennis Assn. boys' 18-16 tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich. Dent, seeded sixth, defeated Jeffrey Morrison of Huntington, W. Va., 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5 in the tiebreaker). * Michael Hilde, 12, of the Mission Viejo Nadadores won the bronze medal in the boys' 13-and-under three-meter springboard competition Friday at the Speedo National Junior Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
April 8, 1988 |
*** 1/2 "Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll." MCA. $79.95. PG. This 1987 film of Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert, held in St. Louis' Fox Theater--which was off-limits to blacks in Berry's youth--finds the legendary singer-guitarist-writer joined by Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Julian Lennon, Robert Cray and Berry's old piano accompanist Johnnie Johnson. The music and movie pound with life's beat, passion's pulse.
October 24, 2002 |
A federal judge has thrown out a royalties lawsuit against Chuck Berry by former collaborator Johnnie Johnson, ruling that too many years had passed since the more than 30 songs in dispute were written. Johnson, a piano player, sued Berry in November 2000 in U.S. District Court in St. Louis over royalties generated by songs written from 1955-66. They include some of rock 'n' roll's most famous songs, including "No Particular Place to Go," "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Sweet Little Sixteen."
March 18, 1989
The Rams on Friday announced the signing of defensive end Byron Darby, left unprotected by the Indianapolis Colts. Darby, a seven-year veteran from USC, had 23 tackles and two sacks for the Colts last season. Darby, 28, becomes the second unprotected player signed by the Rams, joining former Phoenix outside linebacker Wayne Davis.
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November 6, 1998 |
Frank and Margaret Greinke, Johnnie Johnson and the Rev. Dr. Robert B. Shepard Jr. recently received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the National Conference for Community and Justice. The awards were presented at the group's 22nd annual Community Gala at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. The Greinkes, of Tustin, have been community leaders in Orange County for more than three decades. They are the founders of Southern Counties Oil Co.
January 30, 1985
Sports agent Mike Trope said Tuesday that he and about 25 of his clients in the NFL will donate approximately $100,000 to the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) to establish a neighborhood family center in South Central Los Angeles as a memorial to the late Ricky Bell. Trope said he has contributed $27,000 to the agency, and that he has received donations from a number of his clients, including a $5,000 check from the Rams' Johnnie Johnson.
July 9, 2001 |
The annual Hootenanny Festival always celebrates the maverick spirit of roots rock and punk music, and this year's edition on Saturday at a new site--Hidden Valley Ranch in Irvine, adjacent to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater--was no exception. But thanks to key moments in headlining performances by rock elder statesman Chuck Berry and veteran punk band Social Distortion, Hootenanny 2001 also turned into a poignant thanksgiving for another day on planet Earth.