December 26, 1992 |
The weekend's post-Christmas television fare includes a special, a documentary and honors at the White House. Today's "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars," which raises money for the United Negro College Fund, is co-hosted by Marilyn McCoo, Ed McMahon and Nancy Wilson. The seven-hour telethon, originating from Hollywood and New York, will begin at 6 p.m. on KCOP (13) and KGTV (10).
July 13, 1996
James W. "J.W." Alexander, a key figure in the development of African American gospel music and a close associate of singers Lou Rawls and Sam Cooke, has died. Alexander, 80, died Monday of prostate cancer in West Hollywood. Born in Hamilton, Miss., Alexander began singing in his early teens and reorganized the seminal gospel group the Pilgrim Travelers in 1945. The Travelers, the Blind Boys of Mississippi and the Soul Stirrers were the most popular gospel ensembles of the 1950s.
April 1, 2004 |
Not every track is memorable, but the positive, kid-celebrating messages and sunny spirit in Buena Vista Records' star-studded CD "A World of Happiness" can't be beat. The collection ($18.98; www.DisneyRecords. com) of original pieces from HyLo Productions, subtitled "Fun Songs & Poems of Joy Performed by Favorite Celebrities" (reminiscent of the feel-good 1970s soundtrack "Free to Be ...
February 24, 2010 |
Veteran R&B songwriters and producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff said that a fire over the weekend at the headquarters of their fabled Philadelphia International Records label destroyed about 40% of the memorabilia they'd collected from 40 years of business, but did not seriously damage the recording studio that is the heart of their operation. "Our space has been violated by someone who chose to set fire to it," the longtime musical partners said in a statement issued Tuesday after touring the building.
March 15, 1985
Rock 'n' roll entrepreneur Robert (Bumps) Blackwell, who said all Little Richard owned when he discovered him "was a shirt, pants and a pair of shoes," has died of pneumonia complications, it was learned Monday. Blackwell, 66, died Saturday night at Whittier Hospital Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said. She said the veteran producer of such acclaimed hits as Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" in 1957, had been admitted earlier that day and suffered cardiac arrest.
January 7, 1988 |
It offers what a nostalgia merchant should, the texture of things past as well as the objects themselves--in this instance, a record of sounds. You can find Nat King Cole singing live at the Sands here, captured in high fidelity about 2 a.m. one morning in 1960. You can browse among the racks of '70s Salsa and '50s rhythm and blues while over a loudspeaker Dinah Washington plaintively states "Unforgettable."
October 19, 1998 |
The primary objective of Saturday's "An Evening of Stars" benefit concert at the Shrine Auditorium was to raise funds for the United Negro College Fund. But the event also served as a kind of master class in polished R&B from a lineup of veteran performers. For the most part, the evening provided an opportunity for the audience to bask in the warm, comforting glow of nostalgia.
July 12, 1994 |
The Hollywood Bowl hosted another largely jazzless jazz festival on Sunday--this one sponsored by JVC rather than Playboy. In the performances of Buddy Guy, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls and Stanley Jordan, jazz took a back seat to blues, R&B, rock and pop. The nearly four-hour show was mostly routine, offering few surprises and just a smattering of breathtaking moments.
June 11, 1989
Daniel J. Travanti of "Hill Street Blues" fame and William Daniels, one of the former stars of "St. Elsewhere," will play opposing attorneys in "Howard Beach: Making the Case for Murder," a TV movie for NBC. Travanti will play prosecutor Joe Hynes; Daniels will portray defense attorney David Slaney. Also in the cast, playing a detective, is Dan Lauria, the father on "The Wonder Years." Anita Baker and Dick Clark will host a two-hour special for CBS on June 22, "The Songwriters Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary . . . The Magic of Music."
December 26, 1987 |
Just when you're probably a little weary of playing with your new Christmas toys, the networks have seemingly banded together Sunday at 9 p.m. to belatedly bestow competing Christmas presents designed to suit your post-holiday mood. CBS offers a new TV movie, drawn from a Barbara Cartland romance, called "A Hazard of Hearts." Helena Bonham Carter of "A Room With a View" fame stars as a young Englishwoman who becomes involved with a mysterious marquis and his mother during the early 1800s.