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September 5, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanks to Garth Brooks, a very, very green Christmas is in the offing for songwriter Rex Benson of Tustin and his partner, Steve Gillette. "Unto You This Night," a song by the veteran songwriting duo, is one of the 11 tracks on Brooks' just-released Christmas album, "Beyond the Season." Brooks, the country singer who has emerged as the hottest-selling pop figure of the '90s, told Billboard magazine recently that his label, Liberty Records, expects to sell 3 million copies by Christmas.
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September 5, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanks to Garth Brooks, a very, very green Christmas is in the offing for songwriter Rex Benson of Tustin and his partner, Steve Gillette. "Unto You This Night," a song by the veteran songwriting duo, is one of the 11 tracks on Brooks' just-released Christmas album, "Beyond the Season." Brooks, the country singer who has emerged as the hottest-selling pop figure of the '90s, told Billboard magazine recently that his label, Liberty Records, expects to sell 3 million copies by Christmas.
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February 27, 1987 | RAY LOYND
There's something about talented actors with bald heads that makes them vaguely dangerous, sexy, disturbing. The skeletal Martin Beck is particularly apt casting as a fading stand-up comic compelled to choose between tent shows and playing the lucrative/hateful Sun City, South Africa. "Joey," a West Coast premiere by William Sterritt, is the first production at a comfortable new Equity-Waiver theater, the Park View Stage, in the venerable Park Plaza Hotel.
SPORTS
August 21, 1991
Rowland (Rex) Benson, 51, who played for the Rams in 1965, underwent a heart transplant at the University of Florida's Shands Hospital.
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June 13, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
With some luck, the Shade Tree instrument shop in Laguna Niguel could become Orange County's scaled-down answer to McCabe's Guitar Shop, the Santa Monica music store that doubles as the prime L.A. acoustic music club. Owners Greg and Margie Mirken took a promising first step toward that goal Saturday with the first in a series of five concerts featuring local talent.
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February 25, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
Steve Gillette recently made this joking assessment of the life that he and his wife, Cindy Mangsen, lead as itinerant folk singers with a tradition-steeped approach that isn't geared for the mainstream: "It's really not oblivion, but you can see it from here." Gillette--who traces his career roots back to the Orange County folk clubs of the early '60s--can afford to joke about oblivion.
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March 9, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM
In the 1960s, Steve Gillette was one of the first folkies from Orange County to make a mark in the wider world when his songs were covered by the likes of Ian & Sylvia and Linda Ronstadt. Thirty years on, the '60s folk boom may be a distant memory, but Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, his wife and musical accomplice since 1989, continue to show how valuable and moving tradition-steeped folk songs can be.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Most California voters are willing to take more drastic steps than Gov. Jerry Brown favors to reduce prison crowding, including the early release of nonviolent offenders, but they don't want to sacrifice public safety to reduce the inmate population, according to a new poll. Support for softened penalties comes as Brown is fighting an order from a panel of federal judges to continue shrinking the number of inmates in state prisons. He says California has done enough and any more changes could increase crime.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 1987 | RAY LOYND
There's something about talented actors with bald heads that makes them vaguely dangerous, sexy, disturbing. The skeletal Martin Beck is particularly apt casting as a fading stand-up comic compelled to choose between tent shows and playing the lucrative/hateful Sun City, South Africa. "Joey," a West Coast premiere by William Sterritt, is the first production at a comfortable new Equity-Waiver theater, the Park View Stage, in the venerable Park Plaza Hotel.
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December 6, 1990 | MIKE BOEHM
I'm back on the street again, Gotta stand on my own two feet again, I'm walkin' that lonely beat again, Rememberin' when. Few folk troubadours have waxed more wistful and melancholic than Steve Gillette did when he thought up those lyrics in the shower one day, almost 25 years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1988 | Mike Boehm
Ray Charles emphatically refuses the genius label that admirers conferred on him long ago, but he isn't shy about proclaiming his versatility. "I've never seen any music yet that I couldn't do and wouldn't feel comfortable with," Charles said Tuesday night while he relaxed over a game of chess between shows at the Crazy Horse Steak House in Santa Ana. "I only do the things I like, so as a result, I don't have a problem." Charles' recent activities in Orange County attest to his diversity.
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