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July 23, 1995 | Dennis Hunt, Dennis Hunt is a Times staff writer
Jon B. has a sheepish grin on his face as he quietly explains how an upstart white teen-ager from Altadena has taken the predominantly black world of R&B by storm. "People seem to like what I do, which is still sort of amazing to me," says the lanky 19-year-old singer, whose last name is Buck. At this point in his young career, most people know him from "Someone to Love," the dreamy Top 10 ballad that's a duet with Babyface.
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November 18, 2011 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
Jon B. Lovelace, who led the Los Angeles-based American Funds mutual fund company as it became one of the country's largest money management firms, has died. He was 84. His family said Lovelace died of natural causes at his home in Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Lovelace is credited with some of the key innovations that helped set the stage for American Funds' explosive growth from the 1980s through the mid-2000s, as it became synonymous with successful buy-and-hold stock investing.
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REAL ESTATE
March 30, 1986
Jon B. Hedberg, president of the Pacifica Corp., Westlake Village, has been installed as the new president of the Ventura County chapter of the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California. Other new officers include Rick Niec, Griffin Development, first vice president and legislative chairman; Tom Zanic, Urban West Communities, second vice president; Steve McCollum, McCollum Geotechnical, secretary, and John Markley, Safeco Title Insurance, treasurer.
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August 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jon B. Riffel, 84, a retired public relations executive who helped launch the Marine Corps' popular Toys for Tots program after World War II, died Thursday at a Santa Monica hospital, his son Jim said. Riffel was a longtime resident of Pacific Palisades. Riffel was the Southern California Gas Co.'s vice president of public relations and advertising from 1968 until his retirement in 1986. He had held similar positions at Lockheed in Sunnyvale, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2001 | RICHARD CROMELIN
The latest Southern California record maker to enjoy home cooking, sales-wise, is Jon B. The R&B singer's new album has left the national Top 10 after entering at No. 6, but the Pasadena-based artist remains at the higher position in the regional tally.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1998 | NATALIE NICHOLS
After kicking off his Greek Theatre concert with a musical nod to P-Funk on Thursday, R&B artist Jon B and his band slipped into a smoother, more seductive groove, reflecting the young vocalist's closer stylistic ties to the romantic pop of Babyface, Prince and Marvin Gaye. Though the 80-minute show had some spark, the laid-back mood and singular subject matter proved monotonous. The 23-year-old performer had three basic messages: "I love you" . . . "I'm heartbroken" . . . and "I want you."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2001 | NATALIE NICHOLS
JON B "Pleasures U Like" Edmonds/Epic ** 1/2 The auteur theory of modern R&B-pop holds that the best artists are singing their own songs, playing their own instruments, producing their own records or, preferably, all of the above. Pasadena's Jon B does a lot of everything on his third album (in stores Tuesday), the follow-up to 1997's "Cool Relax."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2011 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
Jon B. Lovelace, who led the Los Angeles-based American Funds mutual fund company as it became one of the country's largest money management firms, has died. He was 84. His family said Lovelace died of natural causes at his home in Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Lovelace is credited with some of the key innovations that helped set the stage for American Funds' explosive growth from the 1980s through the mid-2000s, as it became synonymous with successful buy-and-hold stock investing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jon B. Riffel, 84, a retired public relations executive who helped launch the Marine Corps' popular Toys for Tots program after World War II, died Thursday at a Santa Monica hospital, his son Jim said. Riffel was a longtime resident of Pacific Palisades. Riffel was the Southern California Gas Co.'s vice president of public relations and advertising from 1968 until his retirement in 1986. He had held similar positions at Lockheed in Sunnyvale, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1998 | Natalie Nichols, Natalie Nichols writes about pop music for Calendar
Jon B's first hit was a duet with urban superstar Babyface. His current single "Are U Still Down" features vocals by the late rapper Tupac Shakur. R&B-pop acts from Toni Braxton to Color Me Badd have recorded his songs. How has this 23-year-old from Pasadena managed to make an impression on urban pop not seen from a white artist since the glory days of George Michael? Blame it on the Bee Gees.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2001 | RICHARD CROMELIN
The latest Southern California record maker to enjoy home cooking, sales-wise, is Jon B. The R&B singer's new album has left the national Top 10 after entering at No. 6, but the Pasadena-based artist remains at the higher position in the regional tally.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2001 | NATALIE NICHOLS
JON B "Pleasures U Like" Edmonds/Epic ** 1/2 The auteur theory of modern R&B-pop holds that the best artists are singing their own songs, playing their own instruments, producing their own records or, preferably, all of the above. Pasadena's Jon B does a lot of everything on his third album (in stores Tuesday), the follow-up to 1997's "Cool Relax."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1998 | NATALIE NICHOLS
After kicking off his Greek Theatre concert with a musical nod to P-Funk on Thursday, R&B artist Jon B and his band slipped into a smoother, more seductive groove, reflecting the young vocalist's closer stylistic ties to the romantic pop of Babyface, Prince and Marvin Gaye. Though the 80-minute show had some spark, the laid-back mood and singular subject matter proved monotonous. The 23-year-old performer had three basic messages: "I love you" . . . "I'm heartbroken" . . . and "I want you."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1998 | Natalie Nichols, Natalie Nichols writes about pop music for Calendar
Jon B's first hit was a duet with urban superstar Babyface. His current single "Are U Still Down" features vocals by the late rapper Tupac Shakur. R&B-pop acts from Toni Braxton to Color Me Badd have recorded his songs. How has this 23-year-old from Pasadena managed to make an impression on urban pop not seen from a white artist since the glory days of George Michael? Blame it on the Bee Gees.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1995 | Dennis Hunt, Dennis Hunt is a Times staff writer
Jon B. has a sheepish grin on his face as he quietly explains how an upstart white teen-ager from Altadena has taken the predominantly black world of R&B by storm. "People seem to like what I do, which is still sort of amazing to me," says the lanky 19-year-old singer, whose last name is Buck. At this point in his young career, most people know him from "Someone to Love," the dreamy Top 10 ballad that's a duet with Babyface.
REAL ESTATE
March 30, 1986
Jon B. Hedberg, president of the Pacifica Corp., Westlake Village, has been installed as the new president of the Ventura County chapter of the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California. Other new officers include Rick Niec, Griffin Development, first vice president and legislative chairman; Tom Zanic, Urban West Communities, second vice president; Steve McCollum, McCollum Geotechnical, secretary, and John Markley, Safeco Title Insurance, treasurer.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1999
Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu and Vanessa Bell Calloway will host a music-filled fund-raiser Sunday for the Jenesse Center, a women's and children's domestic violence shelter in South-Central Los Angeles. "Cafe Soul" begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Conga Room, 5364 Wilshire Blvd. The three hosts will perform along with R&B stars Ronnie Laws, Angela Bofill and Jon B. Tickets are $35 at the door. Information: (323) 938-2414.
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