May 11, 1993 |
When it comes to collecting and paying royalties for songs played everywhere from radio stations to shopping malls, the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers is so far behind its competitors that few people have even heard of it. The sleepy organization is dwarfed by the music industry's two nonprofit giants--American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and Broadcast Music Inc., which together collect an estimated 97% of the $700 million in performance royalties annually.
October 11, 1988 |
--The aircraft carrier Forrestal's complement of sailors and officers has grown by one--a ghost nicknamed George--according to stories circulated aboard ship. George became something of a national celebrity in July, when the ship's public affairs officer, Lt. James Brooks, issued a news release about him and a photograph of a disembodied pair of khaki slacks entering a hatch while the Forrestal was patrolling the North Arabian Sea.
April 11, 1989 |
Alabama, the country-rock group whose 21 consecutive No. 1 singles include "Feels So Right," "The Closer You Get," "Roll On" and "You've Got the Touch," was named artist of the decade at the 24th Academy of Country Music Awards show. The other contenders were Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and groups the Statler Brothers and the Oak Ridge Boys. K.T. Oslin won this year's best-album award for "This Woman." Oslin also was named best female vocalist at the awards show, which was broadcast on NBC-TV from Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.
October 16, 1991 |
Having struck out with two stars from former hit series, James Garner and Robert Guillaume, NBC said Tuesday it will turn to country music to take over its 8-9 p.m. time slot Sunday nights beginning Nov. 24. "Hot Country Nights" will feature comedy and musical performances by such popular country artists as Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, K.T. Oslin, Ricky Van Shelton and Travis Tritt. Dick Clark will serve as executive producer.
February 23, 1989
Here are the winners in key categories at the 31st annual Grammy Awards. For the rest of the winners, see Page 29.
August 10, 1989 |
Randy Travis might look a little like James Dean, but when he delivers a song he's like Spencer Tracy at work: no apparent effort, no visible technique, just utter devotion to and absorption in the role. On stage Tuesday at the Universal Amphitheatre, Travis didn't monkey with his strength. He toyed with some melodies a little more than he does on record, but he kept it clean and simple. He flashed no eccentricities, he didn't employ any mannerisms or quirks as an easy signature.
September 10, 1990 |
K.T. Oslin brought so much gusto, sureness and skill to her musical role playing Friday night that you would have thought she was on a Broadway stage rather than putting on a country music concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Actually, Oslin was on Broadway years ago, long before she emerged in 1987, at age 45, as one of the most unlikely and most distinctive new stars in Nashville.
November 23, 1990 |
"Another 48 HRS." was barbecued by most critics during the summer and earned a "disappointing" gross of slightly more than $80 million, but the new videocassette (Paramount, priced for rental, R) still delivers most of the things action fans want--tension, speed, nasty humor and, above all, an explosion every 15 minutes or so. It may be true that this sequel to 1982's "48 HRS."