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September 27, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
For years, three topics were inevitable when talking about Bobby Brown: his dynamic talent, Michael Jackson and drugs. Now, there's four: Whitney Houston. The couple's wedding last July was possibly the most publicized ever by two pop stars--the recording world's equivalent of Burton and Taylor.
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February 27, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
Melinda Doolittle had many reasons to let nearly two years pass between the end of her "American Idol" stint and the beginning of her solo recording career. The Season 6 third-place runner-up spent time mulling over the styles that she'd already mastered during years spent as a background singer: She could handle gospel, standards, blues, rock and R&B, and had a hard time choosing which of those would be her focus. In addition, she needed to put together a management team and find the right record label.
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July 2, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT
Where are all the great R&B singers of today? Where are the successors to Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Sam Cooke? At their primes in the '50s and '60s, those figures were electrifying vocalists. Blessed with incredible ranges, they could seemingly hold notes forever. They sang with incredible passion and fire, reflecting the gospel background that's the common denominator among the R&B marvels.
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October 4, 2003
Hall of Fame: Veteran music producer, record executive and Grammy-winning songwriter Kenneth Gamble has proposed establishing an R&B Hall of Fame and museum in his native Philadelphia. Mayor John Street and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell have backed the idea. More Michael: Michael Jackson's album of his No. 1 hits, titled "Number Ones," coming Nov. 18, will include a new single, "One More Chance," written by R. Kelly and co-produced by Kelly and Jackson, according to Billboard.
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March 12, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Can you imagine a Soul Train Awards ceremony where such superstars as Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston and Hammer could only manage a single award among them? That's what happened Tuesday night at the Shrine Auditorium, where newcomers Color Me Badd, Jodeci and Lisa Fischer swept key awards during the sixth annual R&B/soul awards competition.
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June 28, 1992 | JON BREAM
The teacher and the pupils. How do Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis stack up against their mentor, Prince? The first two albums on Jam and Lewis' year-old Perspective Records produced hit singles. "Evolution of Gospel," by Sounds of Blackness, a 40-member vocal and instrumental ensemble, produced three R&B and dance hits, including "Optimistic," and earned a Grammy for best gospel album.
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April 28, 1991 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic. and
Ask 10 soul music fans to name the greatest soul record label of the '60s and nine will say Motown. But the remaining person may well counter with Stax Records. There are days--especially after hearing a couple of classic Stax singles by Otis Redding or Sam & Dave--when you are tempted to agree. Stax didn't match Motown in terms of the number of great artists or in sociological influence.
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June 28, 1992 | JON BREAM, Jon Bream is pop music critic for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
In an unmarked blond-brick building in this suburb of Minneapolis, more R&B and pop hits have been churned out than in any place else in the Midwest since the glory days of Motown. Producer-writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis over the last decade have accounted for 22 Top 10 pop songs (including seven No. 1 records) and 46 Top 10 R&B hits (including 18 chart-toppers).
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April 5, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
President Bush doesn't play on the new album featuring Lee Atwater, his former campaign manager and the current Republican Party chairman who is also a noted blues fan and amateur guitarist. But there is a King on "Red Hot & Blue," which is due in record stores on Tuesday: B.B. King, that is.
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January 19, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roomful of Blues has gone through a houseful of changes in its 30-year history as an astonishingly diverse, eminently danceable all-purpose purveyor of blues, swing, R&B and old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. But the past year brought so much turnover that only a band with a truly durable mission and concept, not to mention a sterling ensemble reputation, could have survived it.
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January 5, 2002 | Marc Weingarten
Given the current R&B renaissance, Grammy voters could have it both ways this year: They could nominate artists that sold well and also had something compelling to offer listeners. The female categories, in particular, were a can't-miss proposition, what with strong debuts from Alicia Keys and India.Arie, a great dance album from Destiny's Child and a smattering of fine singles from other artists. All of the female R&B vocal nominees are worthy of inclusion. Look for Keys to snag a statuette, thought Jill Scott's sultry live version of "A Long Walk" is perhaps the most imaginative vocal display of the bunch.
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July 28, 2001 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
India Arie, one of the young female stars rejuvenating R&B music, believes one reason for her success is that she has tapped a nerve in women who don't look like the buxom young supermodels inhabiting most music videos. The reaction stems from her "Video," a hit single that rejects impossible-to-attain standards of beauty perpetuated in videos, fashion magazines, television and movies.
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March 15, 2001 | RICHARD CROMELIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blues singer John Hammond's career has been all about the nose-to-the-grindstone life of the working musician. But even in this blue-collar context, a little storybook magic has fallen--twice in fact, once at the start and now again some 40 years later. The first time was one of those only-in-L.A. scenes. Hammond, the Greenwich Village-raised son of legendary record producer and talent scout John Hammond Sr.
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December 2, 2000 | ROGER CATLIN, HARTFORD COURANT
Last summer, it could have been mistaken as a trend story: Women in top-selling songs by various R&B groups were rising up and declaring their dissatisfaction with men. TLC sold millions of copies of "No Scrubs," which disdained losers "hangin' around the passenger side of his best friend's ride, trying to holler at me." Then Destiny's Child rose on the strength of "Bills, Bills, Bills," decrying a "triflin' good-for-nothin' type of brother."
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October 14, 2000 | JOHN L. MITCHELL
When Aaron Song took over his family's Chinese restaurant, he decided to change the menu that for decades had been dominated by the usual dishes of sweet and sour pork, Sichuan beef, kung pao chicken and the like. It was time, he decided, to give the Tea House Restaurant in Torrance a little taste of the blues. "I just wanted the place to have a funkier edge," said Song, who in 1998 assumed the reins of the restaurant his parents founded 45 years ago.
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July 16, 2000 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Galaxy learned a painful lesson in arithmetic Saturday night. Eleven minus seven equals a 2-1 defeat. With one starter, Danny Pena, absent because of injury and six others missing because they are playing for either the United States, El Salvador, Mexico or St. Vincent and the Grenadines in World Cup qualifying today, Los Angeles did not have the depth it needed. With four exceptions, those it put on the field were essentially its not-quite-ready-for-prime-time players.
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March 15, 2001 | RICHARD CROMELIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blues singer John Hammond's career has been all about the nose-to-the-grindstone life of the working musician. But even in this blue-collar context, a little storybook magic has fallen--twice in fact, once at the start and now again some 40 years later. The first time was one of those only-in-L.A. scenes. Hammond, the Greenwich Village-raised son of legendary record producer and talent scout John Hammond Sr.
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February 29, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER
One step forward, two steps back. That young talents such as D'Angelo and Brandy were nominated for top awards in the R&B categories suggested that Grammy voters finally had conceded to the cutting edge. But the predictable wins by Stevie Wonder (R&B song and male vocal) and Anita Baker (female R&B vocal) for songs that are mediocre by those artists' own standards demonstrate that reputation rather than quality is often the deciding factor in the final balloting.
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June 17, 2000 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are going to be some changes to the Beat. And it's not just that R&B/hip-hop station KKBT-FM is moving up the dial from 92.3 to 100.3 in a swap of signals with Latino-targeted "jammin' oldies" outlet KCMG-FM that is expected to take effect around the end of June. The tone and focus of KKBT will likely have some dramatic changes under new owner, Maryland-based Radio One Inc., which is buying the Beat format and the 100.
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June 8, 2000 | JOHNATHON E. BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rally had all the energy of a rock concert, with thousands of teenagers screaming and chanting Wednesday at Hamilton High in West Los Angeles. But behind the noise was a message: ending gun violence. About 2,000 students crowded into the gym to hear double platinum R&B artist Michael "D'Angelo" Archer, who was kicking off a national initiative.
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