September 8, 1989 |
During the day, Greg Baum is vice president of a Kansas City stock brokerage. But after he and his wife Karen put their three young sons to bed, the Baums retreat to their home music studio to pursue their dream of being hit songwriters. "We do it every spare moment we have," Greg Baum said. "It's truly our love." But how can a couple from Overland, Kan., break into today's cutthroat music business?
May 11, 2008
Frankie VALLI is a phenomenal singer and performer ["Their Hit Parade," May 4]. He's also hilarious. I was deeply honored when, as my career was just beginning, Frankie wanted to record two of my songs, co-written with Jerry Corbetta, "One of Those Days/One of Those Nights" and "If It Really Wasn't Love." Summoned to Frankie's home in the Hollywood Hills to go over the tunes, we were told Mr. Valli was detained. Through the window we could see him wading through his trash cans and muttering Hail Marys, desperate to find a package he'd wrapped in tin foil and stuffed in his freezer, only to have a new girlfriend toss it during her attempt to look domesticated.
March 23, 1996
Although in his March 18 review ("Wondrous Wynonna") Robert Hilburn states that Wynonna's main challenge as a performer is that she doesn't write her own material, I disagree. For those of us songwriters who don't sing, the non-writer status of such a major music talent is cause for celebration. Over the past two decades, all songwriters who don't sing have felt increasingly disenfranchised as the music business has sunk into a monopoly for singer-songwriters, leaving us non-singing songcrafters wondering where our successful careers went.
April 22, 1993 |
The $300 green sweater highlighted her red hair and brought compliments--until the dry cleaner returned it with spots. Then, in trying to remove the blemishes, the cleaner ruined the sweater, Molly-Ann Leikin says. When the cleaner refused many requests to pay for the garment, the Brentwood woman complained to the county Department of Consumer Affairs. About 100 people filed such grievances about dry cleaning last year with the department and the Better Business Bureau of the Southland.
September 6, 1996
Wild things: The animal-rights group PETA wants the city of Fishkill, N.Y., to change its name to the less-hostile-sounding Fishsave. Says Steve Tatham, "What's next? The Catskill Mountains become the Kittypets? Huntsville, Ala., becomes Nurtureville? Hamburg, Germany, becomes Veggieburg? And Mt. Kilimanjaro . . . kill-a-man, that one's OK--especially if he ever stepped on a bug." * Adds Bill Williams, "In a related story, militia members want 'Oregon' changed to 'Oregun.'