July 1, 2010 |
Is John Waters a victim of his own popularity? The pencil-mustached favorite son of Baltimore started out as a purveyor of the outrageous; his greatest star, the 300-pound transvestite Divine, once ate dog feces on screen. (No, it wasn't a special effect.) But Waters' gleeful tastelessness has been softened by mainstream acceptance, beginning with his 1988 film "Hairspray," which became a modest breakthrough hit. The story of a hefty girl who integrates an early 1960s TV dance show, it was eventually turned into a Broadway show that won eight Tony Awards, including best musical — and then was remade as a big-budget film.
December 13, 2006 |
MY MOTHER loves Johnny Mathis. In my family, this is notable because my mother is not the fan type at all. Born in blue-collar New Orleans, she has an almost congenital indifference to famous people. She likes pop music and is fond of many songs, but that never translated into liking musicians or following their careers or, God forbid, going to concerts. (As teenagers, we always got a stock response to our occasional, frantic attempts to score tickets to a concert. "David Bowie?"
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April 4, 2005 |
Ann Dee, a singer and San Francisco club owner who helped boost the careers of Johnny Mathis and other entertainers, has died. She was 85. Dee died March 22 at her home in Joshua Tree, Calif., of unspecified causes. Born Angela Maria De Spirito, Dee had some success in her youth as a cabaret and supper club singer. But for several years, she suffered vocal problems.
November 28, 2002 |
R&B and soul pioneer Etta James, balladeer Johnny Mathis, orchestra leader Glenn Miller, salsa giant Tito Puente, and folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards in February, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday. In addition, the New York Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S.
August 4, 2002
I cannot recall reading a more mean-spirited article than Paul Brownfield's slice-and-dice job on Danny Gans ("Las Vegas Loves Who?," July 28). Almost everything about Gans seems to have ticked off Brownfield, from Gans' religiously inspired lifestyle to the simpletons who inexplicably enjoy his allegedly marginal talents. The result of all this negativity is that I now really want to see a guy I'd never heard of. LEONARD G. KASSEL Los Angeles Why so grumpy, Mr. Brownfield?
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April 10, 2002 |
Helen Noga, the feisty music industry player who discovered the young Johnny Mathis and tough-mindedly developed his extraordinary singing career, has died at the age of 88. Noga died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of heart failure, according to her publicist, Warren Cowan. In the mid-1950s, Noga and her husband, John [who died in 1999], owned two San Francisco jazz clubs, the Black Hawk and the Downbeat.