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June 3, 1989
Feather's assertion that Baker "was a limited trumpeter . . . and an even less talented singer" is way off the mark and damning to Baker's talent ("Film Portrait Does Jazz a Disservice"). The first time I heard Baker's voice, I said to myself, "That's not singing, that's communicating!" He didn't take over a song, but rather he made it a listener's song. Baker had a talent to give of himself, like a Nina Simone or a Piaf or a Merle Haggard and damn few others. Chet Baker is gone and so are his troubles.
January 11, 2006 | Richard Cromelin
David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor and the Weavers have been named recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors "lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium," the academy said Tuesday.
August 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Country music star Merle Haggard, whose new album "Blue Jungle" contains two songs about the homeless, says people are paying more attention to song lyrics. "There's so much entertainment, so many records being done, and music videos," Haggard said in a recent interview. "In some ways, it's got to come back to the basics and lyrics are the basics. I think people listen more closely now than they used to."
July 24, 2003 | Randy Lewis
Merle Haggard's record label is rush-releasing his new single, "That's the News," a song critical of the media's handling of the continuing U.S. military involvement in Iraq. The 66-year-old country singer and songwriter's music has been heard infrequently in recent years on youth-oriented commercial country stations, but the new song has generated significant interest following a piece that aired Monday on Fox News Channel in response to a July 15 story in The Times.
There was a farmer had a dog, And Bingo was his name-o! Country music's legendary Merle Haggard singing "Bingo" on a children's record is about as incongruous as Bob Dylan's rendition of "This Old Man" on last year's pop all-star album "For the Children," from Walt Disney Records. Sing it Haggard does--smooth and sweet--on Disney's latest all-star effort, "Country Music for Kids," this one a for-profit venture, unlike "For the Children," which benefited the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
May 30, 1993
I want to thank Robert Hilburn for the excellent review he gave the new retrospective collection of Lefty Frizell's performances ("Hail to the Real King," May 9). I was pleased that Charles K. Wolfe asked for my recollections for his superb album biography of Lefty. I met Lefty when his manager, Jim Beck, brought him to Nashville with his first release in 1950. Lefty's appearance on my radio program was his first interview, and I remember it vividly. Lefty was a very shy man, and without his social lubricant, alcohol, he simply froze.
January 26, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Country music's Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson turned heads as they walked together down the red carpet at the Grammys on Sunday. The trio is scheduled to perform in honor of Kristofferson's lifetime achievement award. Looking dapper and very salt-and-pepper, the men took questions on the red carpet but kept their answers to a minimum. Nelson's handlers said he was tired and would be skipping the carpet for the most part. Grammys 2014: Red carpet arrivals Still, they stopped for a moment to say that the best part about Kristofferson getting recognized on Sunday was, as Kristofferson and Nelson said in unison, "Being together.
April 24, 2011
RICHARD J. DORSO Talent agent, TV exec, boutique owner Richard J. "Dick" Dorso, 101, whose lengthy Hollywood career ranged from talent agent to television writer and producer to haberdasher, died April 6 at his home in Los Angeles, his family said. The cause was not given. Born in San Francisco in November 1909, Dorso as a talent agent represented such entertainers as Artie Shaw, Judy Holliday, Ethel Merman, Gordon McRae, the Andrews Sisters and Doris Day. When television was overtaking film and becoming the dominant entertainment medium, Dorso was an executive overseeing programming for United Artists Television.
January 25, 2012
An Oklahoma hospital in Garth Brooks' hometown must pay $1 million to the country singer because it failed to build a women's health center in honor of his late mother, jurors ruled Tuesday. Jurors ruled that the hospital must return a $500,000 donation to Brooks plus pay him $500,000 in punitive damages in Brooks' breach-of-contract lawsuit against IntegrisCanadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon. Brooks said he thought he'd reached a deal in 2005 but sued after learning the hospital wanted to use the money for other construction projects.
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