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May 23, 1998
* Recording artist Gordon Jensen will perform and minister at Love International Outreach Fellowship in Ventura at the 9:20 a.m. service Sunday. Child care will be available during the service, at 1620-A Mesa Verde Drive, behind Skating Plus. For more information, call 647-5463. Evangelist to Give Dinner Speech * Pastor Lane Adams, an evangelist who recorded the entire Bible on audiocassettes this year, will speak Friday at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel at Ventura Harbor.
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December 7, 2013 | By Brendan Buhler
Think you've got a handle on what people want? Take this quiz on the chart toppers of 2013, and see if you know what happens when “Superman” battles “Iron Man” at the box office, whether Justin Timberlake can outsell Miley Cyrus, and which pet Americans prefer: cats or dogs. @thebuhler 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ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2012 | Evelyn McDonnell
A Natural Woman A Memoir Carole King Grand Central: 488 pp., $27.99 -- My favorite scene in Carole King's long-awaited "A Natural Woman" comes near the beginning -- appropriately, since the teen hitmaker was the epitome of an early starter. The high school student born Carol Klein had just signed a recording contract with ABC-Paramount. She was attending her first session as a guest when her host Don Costa, the conductor of the session's orchestra, had to leave the room.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
Appropriately enough, the award-winning recording artist Moby, nicknamed for his ancestor Herman Melville's great white whale, joined the Young Literati 's party Thursday to read to the group from the classic American novel. "My dad gave me the name 10 minutes after I was born," said Moby, who is actually named Richard Melville Hall. Calling the nickname ironic, owing to his tiny size at the time, he later said, “I don't think that either of my parents thought that 47 years later, I would still be saddled with my infant joke nickname.” Other “readers” at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica included actor Colin Hanks, of “Dexter,” “Orange County” and “Parkland”; author Mark Z. Danielewski of “House of Leaves” and “Only Revolutions”; and author Attica Locke of “The Cutting Season” and “Black Water Rising.” Dhani Harrison, son of the late Beatle George Harrison, and his band, thenewno2, came to perform, while artist Shepard Fairey served as the night's DJ. The cocktail party celebrated Amanda Fairey's new role as chair of Young Literati -- a support group for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles -- which is targeted at Angelenos in their 20s, 30s and 40s.  Previously, Amanda and her husband had been honorary chairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jerome A. "Jerry" Rusch, 59, a Los Angeles-based jazz trumpeter, composer and recording artist, died Monday of liver cancer at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Rusch played or recorded with Louie Belson, Ray Charles, Teddy Edwards, Joe Henderson, Stan Kenton, Gladys Knight, the Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, the Temptations, Gerald Wilson Big Band and many others. A native of St. Paul, Minn., he attended the University of Minnesota and served in the Army Reserve.
NEWS
October 8, 1997
A Santa Ana recording artist was among six Orange County residents indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges of distributing cocaine and methamphetamine across the country, authorities said. Jose Mendez Pineda, 29, a ranchera singer with Mexico-based Zacatecas Records, used couriers and Federal Express to send drugs to Florida and Minnesota, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Carmen R. Luege.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1995 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a generation, the Venice Beach Boardwalk has been a steady source of employment for an unrelenting stream of characters who walk on glass, juggle chain saws or strum guitars while roller-skating. Street singer/recording artist Ted Hawkins never needed such gimmicks during the many years he entertained for spare change at the surfside mecca of the zany and trendy.
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September 24, 1993 | GARY KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Gary Klein writes frequently for The Times
Norman Foote loathes comparing himself to other children's recording artists. But when pressed, the Canadian singer-songwriter will admit to a similarity with at least one children's pop icon. "If I get really sunburned," Foote said, "I do look an awful lot like Barney." Foote's keen wit is evident throughout his two American releases, "Foote Prints" (1991) and "If the Shoe Fits . . ." (1992) on Walt Disney Records.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2009 | Eric Ducker
Sitting in the makeshift studio in the garage behind his Leimert Park home, Dam-Funk says he doesn't know who dubbed him "the Ambassador of Boogie Funk," but he wants to be clear that he didn't give himself that title. "Boogie is fun, but I don't want to be lumped into a hole," he says. "I'm not going to let anybody peg me." As an artist, producer and DJ, Dam (pronounced "dame") might have resurrected the genre of boogie, which got big in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as electronic instruments and disco smoothed out funk's grit, but his songs are also influenced by Chicago house, experimental electronic music and the slow roll of '90s gangsta rap. The 38-year-old's compositions are full of blown-out synthesizers, thwapping drum machines and vocodered vocals, all wrapped in a thick purple fog. It's the kind of stuff that would blare from the stereo of a homemade spaceship.
BOOKS
September 17, 1995
For a biography of opera singer, recording artist, actor, and union organizer Lawrence Tibbett, I will appreciate hearing from anyone with personal reminiscences, documents, letters or memorabilia. JEROME KLEINSASSER, DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS, CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD, BAKERSFIELD, CA. 93311-1099
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Months after Lil Wayne created a firestorm for lyrics that name-dropped slain civil rights figure Emmett Till along with a vulgar sexual reference, the rapper has formally apologized to Till's family. In a letter sent to the Till family, which they released to the public Wednesday, the Young Money leader atoned for the controversial line taken from a remix of the hit "Karate Chop" by Atlanta rapper Future that was released earlier this year. “It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist's song has deeply offended your family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Janos Starker, a renowned concert cellist as well as a distinguished teacher and recording artist, died Sunday at his home in Bloomington, Ind. He was 88 and had been in declining health. Since 1958, Starker had been a professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The university announced his death. Starker's cello seminars attracted students from all over the world. "I personally cannot perform without teaching, and I cannot teach without performing," he told the Chicago Tribune in 1993.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2012 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Time
Andy Williams' signature hit song from the early 1960s was no accident of timing. Audrey Hepburn sang it first in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and it was nominated for an Oscar. But when the producers of the Academy Awards show asked Williams to perform "Moon River" on the 1962 broadcast, his record label hatched a plan. With four weeks till air time, Williams recorded an album featuring "Moon River" and other "great movie themes. " It was rushed into stores on Oscar day and by the next morning was on its way to being a hit. Williams, 84, whose soothing baritone and laid-back style made him one of America's top vocalists from the 1950s into the 1970s, died Tuesday at his home in Branson, Mo., his family said.
OPINION
May 17, 2012
As a singer and songwriter for the 1970s disco group the Village People, Victor Willis scored multiple hits that helped define that era for the baby boom generation. Now, Willis (the one dressed as a motorcycle cop, not the cowboy, the construction worker, the Native American or the biker) stands to collect a larger share of the money those hits generate. This month he won a legal battle to reclaim his share of the copyrights to the songs he co-wrote, including such classics as "Y.M.C.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2012 | Evelyn McDonnell
A Natural Woman A Memoir Carole King Grand Central: 488 pp., $27.99 -- My favorite scene in Carole King's long-awaited "A Natural Woman" comes near the beginning -- appropriately, since the teen hitmaker was the epitome of an early starter. The high school student born Carol Klein had just signed a recording contract with ABC-Paramount. She was attending her first session as a guest when her host Don Costa, the conductor of the session's orchestra, had to leave the room.
SPORTS
February 24, 2012 | By Gary Klein
New USC receivers coach Tee Martin and the man who hired him, Lane Kiffin, both laughed when asked about comments Martin made two years ago after Kiffin bolted from Tennessee to USC. Kiffin's exit, after only 14 months in Knoxville, Tenn., sent Volunteers alums and fans into an uproar. Martin, the quarterback for Tennessee's 1998 national championship team, told the Sporting News at the time that he was “embarrassed by the timing of it all” and that Kiffin “wanted everyone to buy into what he was selling, and then he left after one year.” Kiffin said this week that he was unaware of Martin's comments until Martin brought them up during a daylong interview on campus on Feb. 13. “He said, 'I want to let you know that was kind of out of context,'” Kiffin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1994
In response to "TV Pioneer, Entertainer Dinah Shore Dies at 76," Feb. 25: The articles about Dinah Shore understandably emphasize her remarkable professional career. She was the best! It should also be noted, however, that she devoted her skill and prestige to innumerable civic, sporting, charitable and political activities. I was the beneficiary of Dinah's active support in my 1958 campaign for attorney general and as a result we became good friends. Indeed, I had the pleasure of performing her daughter's wedding ceremony.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 1992
Regarding the Sept. 17 article, "Texas Death Renews Debate Over Violent Rap Lyrics" (Section A), the alleged rap music-related killing of a Texas state trooper at the hands of a black youth has raised a familiar set of questions: To what extent should provocative lyrics be protected by the First Amendment? To what degree can the violence committed by people be attributed to the music to which they listen? Should the youth, the recording artist or the record label be held accountable?
OPINION
September 6, 2011
The federal copyright law that went into effect in 1978 gave creators a chance to reclaim their rights to a work 35 years after they sold them. Whether musicians and songwriters can exercise that option, however, is in dispute. Many bands and solo acts have signed contracts since then that declare them ineligible to reclaim their recordings. Numerous songwriters signed long-term contracts with music publishers before 1978 that their publishers say are controlled by the previous federal law, which prevents copyrights from being reclaimed for 56 years.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Although it dropped the word "music" from its logo earlier this year, MTV is still searching for the right chord. The main MTV channel hasn't had a prominent series devoted to musical trends or artists for more than a year, instead riding such rough-hewn reality shows as the popular "Jersey Shore" and "Teen Mom. " Distancing itself from music became something of a sore point among some viewers who worried that MTV was straying too far from its...
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