October 19, 1986 |
Pop queen Joni James marched into the executive offices of MGM Records two decades ago and laid down a payment in six figures to buy back the masters of her enormous catalogue of 25 top 40 singles and more than 20 LPs. James, now living in Miami, furiously guarded such hits as "How Important Can It Be?" from Golden Oldie marketeers. She even declined a $1.3-million offer from a mass TV sales corporation to market a three-record set in 1979.
October 2, 1986
Anthony Acquaviva, a composer-conductor whose lush recordings with his wife, singer Joni James, sold millions of copies in the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday in Florida. Acquaviva was 61 and died of complications of diabetes. He and his wife had moved to Florida from Beverly Hills many years ago after adopting two children. A West Point graduate who served with the Army's orchestral division from 1944 to 1948, Acquaviva met Miss James in a recording session.
October 2, 1986 |
Dan Alvino can't forget that Bob and Earl did the original "Harlem Shuffle" in the early '50s. Or that Ginny Arnell, a singer who never had a hit record, recorded an album for MGM in 1964. "I can't tell you why I remember these things," he said. "Either you have it or you don't." Alvino apparently does. And that has earned him the gratitude of Valley record collectors and people whose business is coming up with vintage music.
September 14, 1995
Everybody likes a little gossip, and Betty Garrett is no exception. Garrett, a veteran of stage and screen, will present her one-woman show "No Dogs or Actors Allowed" this weekend at Theatre West in Universal City. The show, first produced at Theatre West in 1989, is an evening of personal anecdotes from Garrett's career. "Most of the stories are funny and affectionate," Garrett says. "I felt it was time to do it again."
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June 28, 2005 |
Bernard A. Schriever, a retired Air Force general who successfully shepherded the development of the intercontinental ballistic missile program and established a framework for the Air Force's space program, has died. He was 94. An aeronautical engineer by training, Schriever died June 20 of complications from pneumonia at his home in Washington, D.C.
March 26, 2001 |
Andrea Marcovicci came up with a good idea Saturday night at UCLA's Royce Hall: Embrace the music of the '60s and later as a continuing installment in the Great American Songbook. Toward that end, she devoted the first half of her program to songs by Lennon & McCartney, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Jimmy Webb, among others.