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January 14, 1989
Television celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with several specials pegged to Monday's national holiday in his honor. Shari Belafonte-Harper and Robert Guillaume host "Living the Dream: A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.," a gospel music celebration of the late civil rights leader's life, at 8 p.m. Sunday on KTLA Channel 5. Oprah Winfrey, Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls will also appear in this two-hour special from the Aquarius Theater. At 10 p.m.
December 26, 1992 | N. F. MENDOZA
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 | Lynne Heffley
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 ...
July 18, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hayward "Chuck" Carbo, 82, a singer who fronted the 1950s quintet the Spiders, a group that made the world aware of New Orleans rhythm and blues, died July 11 in New Orleans after a long illness. Carbo and his brother Leonard "Chick" Carbo started singing in their father's New Orleans church choir. They sang with the gospel group the Zion City Harmonizers before forming the Spiders under the guidance of studio owner Cosimo Matassa. The Spiders had rhythm and blues hits in 1954 for Imperial Records with "I Didn't Want to Do It" and "You're the One."
March 20, 1994 | ERIN J. AUBRY
The financially troubled Crenshaw Cafe, a popular eatery on the Crenshaw strip that served up lively conversation with its plates of soul food, has closed. The fortunes of the cafe began a fast decline after owner Jamil Shabazz, 40, was sentenced to state prison in November on conspiracy and insurance fraud charges for his involvement in one of the largest auto insurance fraud rings in the country, according to the district attorney's office.
October 19, 1998 | MARC WEINGARTEN
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 | DENNIS HUNT
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.
December 26, 1987 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
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.
Nik Venet, credited with discovering the Beach Boys for Capitol Records, has died of complications from treatment for Burkitt's lymphoma. He was 61. Venet died Jan. 2 at County-USC Medical Center, said Susan Crawford, his partner in the independent Evening Star Records company. Born Nikolas Kostantinos Venetoulis on Dec. 3, 1936, in Baltimore, Venet began his career at 17 as a writer in New York's famed Brill Building pop song factory, where he rented a small office with Bobby Darin.
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