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.
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July 18, 2008 |
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."
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 10, 1998 |
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.
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.
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.
March 20, 1994 |
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.