February 2, 1997 |
Brokenhearted over a woman, Johnny Jay Johnson spent all his money on a bus ticket from Virginia and rolled into town five years ago in tears, planning to kill himself. Today, he's married, owns a two-bedroom house, works as a salesman, invests at a brokerage house and preaches positive thinking and self-discipline, sounding not unlike the speakers on motivational tapes he listens to daily. Now 40, he's confident he'll reach his goal of having $2 million by the time he's 54.
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.
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.
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.