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March 20, 2009 |
Harvey Geller, 86, a lyricist and former vice president and West Coast editor of Cash Box magazine, died March 12 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills after a brief illness, said his daughter, Alix. During a music career that he began as a song plugger in New York City in the mid-1950s, Geller also worked as a columnist, feature writer, reviewer and sales executive for Billboard magazine and Daily Variety. He served for many years on various selection committees of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
March 18, 1996
Hooray for Jack Jones for echoing the sentiments of artists such as myself, and I'm sure, countless others ("Grammy Voting Changes Are Just a Form of Ageism," Calendar, March 11). I was never fortunate enough to win a Grammy, but I have been nominated three times in the jazz category, and sat on the board of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences various times, starting in 1978 through the 1980s. I remember being sadly disappointed when the organization decided to abandon the separate vocal categories of best jazz female, best jazz male and best vocal or duo, and just have one to include all of the above.
December 6, 1998
What is the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences thinking (Pop Eye, Nov. 29)? Including veteran recording artists in this season's list of nominees up for the best new artist Grammy? No offense to Lucinda Williams and Massive Attack, but new artists they are not. When NARAS first changed the rules in this category, at least some progress was made in nominating critically acclaimed artists over lesser acclaimed or novelty acts. This new rule is a slap in the face to artists who've released their debut recordings during the Grammy eligibility period--which I believe defines the category best new artist.
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March 1, 1998 |
When the phone rings in the Chatoff kitchen, it could be a credit-card pitch--or it could be a well-known actress with emotional problems less well-known to her fans. "Trust the process," Steven Chatoff counsels in a firm, soothing voice. "Trust it." Translation: Take your medication. The problem right now isn't the business. The problem is you. From his Thousand Oaks home, Chatoff routinely delivers such messages to entertainment figures--particularly rock musicians--on both coasts.
February 22, 1998 |
In 10 years, C. Michael Greene has transformed the Grammy Awards from a minor industry ritual into the global television event airing Wednesday night before an audience of 1.5 billion. Along the way, the 49-year-old Greene, chief executive of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has transformed himself into one of the most powerful and controversial figures in the music industry. Once a struggling Atlanta saxophonist, Greene now lives in a $1.
February 26, 1995
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences may have honored such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, but Grammy watchers can't forget these milestones.