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November 23, 1986 | KRISTINE MCKENNA
"FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT." Jennifer Warnes. Cypress. Warnes is best known for her Grammy- winning duet with Joe Cocker on "Up Where We Belong," but that Vegas showstopper is an inaccurate reflection of her talent. In fact, Warnes is a fairly unconventional artist with first-rate taste in material. She proves that much by making her first album for a new label consist exclusively of songs by the great Leonard Cohen.
May 19, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Leonard Cohen, 83, a co-founder of National Medical Enterprises, one of the first publicly traded hospital companies and a founding partner of the Beverly Hills law firm Ervin, Cohen and Jessup, died May 9 in Modesto. He had been in declining health with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. With Richard Eamer and John Bebrosian, Cohen co-founded National Medical Enterprises in 1969. From its inception, Cohen was an executive officer and director of the firm and oversaw much of the company's corporate development activities.
December 18, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
This year Interscope Records has a little surprise for us under the tree: Arriving amid the good cheer, the caroling and the mistletoe comes gangsta rapper Chief Keef's studio debut, "Finally Rich. " Landing a week before the big day, the 17-year-old Chicago thug offers infectious odes to nihilism and tirades against haters that are as simple-minded and catchy as they are brutal. Musically, however, the album shimmers with power, which makes the dozen songs feel even more dangerous. Apparently unintentional is Keef's placement of a song called "Hallelujah" near the beginning of his album in the week leading up to Christmas.
July 31, 1988 | CHRIS WILLMAN
***THE RAVE-UPS. "The Book of Your Regrets." Epic. ***DANCING HOODS. "Hallelujah Anyway." Relativity. These two emigre L.A. bands--the Rave-Ups from Pittsburgh and Dancing Hoods from Long Island--used to share the same bass player and still share a feisty-yet-marketable rock 'n' roll attitude. Following independent debut LPs, the Rave-Ups have issued their long-delayed major-label debut, while the Hoods are out with another, better heralded indie release.
June 26, 2006 | Kevin Crust;Carina Chocano
Even the traffic gods were smiling I'd like to begin by thanking the couple in the Mercedes parked behind me at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday night for allowing me to back up and escape the stacked parking via the row opening up next to us. I'd also like to acknowledge the two blonds in that row who, while waiting for the Acura driver blocking them, set the generous, patient tone of the moment by repeatedly saying, "Life is good!"
The U.S. government formally announced Wednesday that it has settled its giant fraud case with National Medical Enterprises, but it said it continues a far-reaching investigation into individuals and businesses suspected of accepting kickbacks and bribes from the Santa Monica-based hospital chain.
September 24, 1995 | Robert Hilburn
Scores of today's most acclaimed musical figures, from U2's Bono and Willie Nelson to Courtney Love and Trent Reznor, have spoken with awe about the music of Leonard Cohen, frequently asking how anyone was able to write in such a deeply personal, unguarded style. But Cohen himself speaks with disarming ease about the songs that have made him such a respected force for the last quarter-century.
October 7, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn, the Times pop music critic, can be reached at
Leonard Cohen, who has written some of the most intimate and absorbing love songs of the modern pop era, has come down from the mountain. After five years of living a spartan lifestyle at a Zen center near the resort village of Mount Baldy, Cohen has traded his modest robes for the finely tailored suits that were once his trademark. More important, he has recorded his first group of new songs in nine years.
April 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Tom Jones sits in a cozy booth along one wall of a favorite Beverly Hills restaurant. At 72, his curly hair and neatly manicured mustache and goatee are more salt than pepper after his decision to give up black hair dye a few years ago. But Jones appears dapper as usual, ultra-tan and fit in his smart black suit and dark, ribbed crew-neck shirt. The era-spanning entertainer is here to talk about his new album, "Spirit in the Room," coming out Tuesday. His latest work continues a career rejuvenation that kicked off in earnest three years ago with "Praise & Blame," a collection produced by Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns.
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