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April 3, 1985 | DJ
RCA Corp. was awarded a $14.4-million Army contract for classified electronic equipment.
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July 1, 2012 | Tim Page, Page is a professor of music and journalism at USC. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 while with the Washington Post
It is always illuminating to immerse oneself every now and again in the collected works of a great artist. Ezra Pound defined a classic as something that "remains news," and after listening to many, many hours of Arturo Toscanini's recorded conducting over the past month, it is clear that he more than passes Pound's test. Toscanini's bristling energy, his sense of propulsion and his ability to exact clear, clean, precise playing from the orchestras he led contributed to a career that lasted almost 60 years.
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NEWS
May 21, 1986 | Associated Press
The Justice Department's antitrust division today cleared the way for General Electric Co. to buy RCA, the parent of NBC, for $6.28 billion, despite objections to one small part of the transaction. It would be the largest non-oil acquisition in U.S. history. The department said it believes the purchase would violate a section of the Clayton Act because one portion of GE's business is in the production and sale of vidicons, a type of electron tube used in TV cameras.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2011
RCA Music Group is slimming down for the holidays by shuttering its Arista, Jive and J Records subsidiaries, a move by new label execs to strengthen the identity of the RCA brand. Artists who have been with those three imprints, which have been home to Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Pitbull, Whitney Houston, Justin Timberlake, Barry Manilow, R. Kelly, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Dido, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis and others, will be shifted to RCA. Jive produced several of the biggest-selling albums of all time in the midst of the youth pop boom a decade ago, including the multi-platinum hits for 'N Sync, the Backstreet Boys and Spears.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1986 | Associated Press
The Justice Department on Wednesday endorsed General Electric's proposed purchase of RCA for $6.28 billion, raising no objections to the two companies' overlapping consumer electronics business. The combination, which still faces approval by the Federal Communications Commission, would be the largest non-oil acquisition in U.S. history. RCA is the parent of National Broadcasting Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 1996 | ROBERT HILBURN
In 1976 this compilation seemed a rather carelessly designed overview of country music's immensely valuable outlaw movement, but it holds a special place in the heart of Nashville because it was the first country album to sell 2 million. For this update, RCA has taken the 11 original tracks (including music by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser) and added nine more recordings from the same period. In addition, Jennings and Nelson recorded Steve Earle's "Nowhere Road."
BUSINESS
June 18, 1985 | KATHLEEN DAY, Times Staff Writer
Ending weeks of speculation that it was about to divest the car rental unit, RCA said Monday that it has tentatively agreed to sell its Hertz subsidiary to UAL Inc., Chicago-based parent of United Airlines, for $587.5 million cash.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1997 | RANDY LEWIS
Black tries to broaden his sonic palette on his sixth studio album, while striving with several new and old writing partners, mostly to reach beyond country formulas. The noble efforts really come together only a few times, the best being the fetching ode to marriage, "Something We Do." Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1989 | RANDY LEWIS
If this is therapy, Freud better stock up on malpractice insurance. Actually, anyone familiar with Wainwright's wacky history (this is the man who had a Top 10 hit in 1973 singing about a dead skunk) will know that in his sketches on mental health, it's the "before" shot, not the "after," that matters.
BUSINESS
June 28, 1989
Gary Khammar, executive vice president, and Richard Pinson, vice president-sales and marketing, have resigned their positions at RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, Burbank.
NEWS
August 22, 2011 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Grammy-winning R&B singer Brandy has signed a record deal with RCA Records, Pop & Hiss confirmed Monday. The deal, a joint venture between RCA and producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Records, returns the singer to the Sony Music Entertainment fold. She previously called Epic Records home, but severed ties with the label in 2009 after the commercial disappointment of her only album for the label, 2008's "Human. " "Throughout her career, Brandy has consistently won the vote as everyone's favorite female vocalist," Peter Edge, chief executive of RCA Music Group, said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2011 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Composer Milton Babbitt, who was known for his complex orchestral compositions and credited with developing the first electronic synthesizer in the 1950s, has died. He was 94. Babbitt died Saturday of natural causes at University Medical Center at Princeton in New Jersey, the university announced. In the 1950s, RCA hired Babbitt as a consultant as it was developing the Mark II synthesizer. He became a founder and director of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, where the synthesizer was installed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2007 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Jon Lucien, a singer who used his rich, expressive baritone to pioneer smooth jazz years before it was fashionable to do so, died Saturday at a hospital in Orlando, Fla. He was 65. Lucien died of respiratory failure and complications from kidney surgery, according to his wife, Delesa. He had undergone a kidney transplant two years ago, she said. With his blend of Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms and a suave style, Lucien emerged on the music scene in the early 1970s with a recording contract for RCA. But although his early albums drew devoted fans, the records never sold in large numbers.
SPORTS
July 26, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Andy Roddick used his trademark blistering serve and powerful groundstrokes to overwhelm Nicolas Kiefer, 6-2, 6-3, Sunday and win a second straight RCA Championships title at Indianapolis. Roddick hit 10 aces, routinely topping 140 mph, and Kiefer couldn't keep up. The second-ranked American joined 1991-92 winner Pete Sampras as the only repeat champions since the event switched from clay to hard courts in 1988. Boris Becker is the only other multiple champion on hard courts there.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2004 | From Associated Press
People wanting to automatically mute the foul language in "Seabiscuit" or skip the violence in "The Patriot" have a new option: a DVD player from RCA that filters content deemed objectionable. Thomson, which owns the RCA brand, will sell the players in some Wal-Mart and Kmart stores as well as on Wal-Mart's website starting this month even as the filtering software they employ faces a legal challenge from Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Grelun Landon, 80, a veteran music industry official and longtime head of West Coast publicity for RCA Records who was an early supporter and helped develop the career of Elvis Presley, died Monday in Ojai. The cause of death was not reported. A native of Marion, Ohio, Landon graduated from USC with a major in journalism. In the 1950s, as vice president of Hill & Range Music in New York, he worked with many of the top stars of the Grand Ole Opry, including Hank Snow and Johnny Cash.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2001
RCA isn't a subsidiary of GE or anyone else (Puzzler, Sept. 30), nor is it any longer a corporation. Although originally the initials of the Radio Corp. of America, RCA is now merely a trademark shared by two European companies: the manufacturer Thomson Industries for appliances such as television sets, and the publisher Bertelsmann for recordings. THOMAS D. BRATTER Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Top Country Singles 1."Where Did I Go Wrong," Steve Wariner, MCA 2."Better Man," Clint Black, RCA 3."Love Out Loud," Earl Thomas Conley, RCA 4."She Don't Love Nobody," Desert Rose Band,MCA-Curb 5."I Got You," Dwight Yoakam, Reprise 6."I Don't Want to Spoil the Party," Rosanne Cash,Columbia 7."They Rage On," Dan Seals, Capitol 8."Call On Me," Tanya Tucker, Capitol 9."Lovin' Only Me," Ricky Skaggs, Epic 10."Come From the Heart," Kathy Mattea, Mercury 11."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2004 | Keith David Hamm, Special to The Times
A piece of rock 'n' roll history hit cyberspace's most popular auction block last week as bidding began on a 1974 piano glowing with Elvis Presley's Midas touch. The white Yamaha baby grand piano is seeking some serious bidders willing to drop six figures to own a slice from the twilight of the career and life of the bestselling solo artist in U.S. history. Since bidding began Jan.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2003 | Richard Cromelin
RCA Records declined to comment Tuesday on reports that "American Idol" performer Justin Guarini had been dropped by the label. The singer's self-titled album has sold 135,000 copies since its release in June, compared with million-plus figures for his "Idol" colleagues Clay Aiken and Kelly Clarkson. Guarini finished second to Clarkson last year in a viewers' poll capping the show's first season and co-starred with her in the movie musical "From Justin to Kelly."
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