January 11, 2006 |
David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor and the Weavers have been named recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors "lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium," the academy said Tuesday.
January 23, 2004 |
Four major pop acts will play rare club shows the week before the Grammys in a benefit series sponsored by American Express. Elvis Costello & the Imposters (Feb. 4), the Strokes (Feb. 5), Stevie Wonder (Feb. 6) and Counting Crows (Feb. 7) will play the House of Blues in West Hollywood, with proceeds going to music education programs in public schools nationwide.
December 28, 1986
Peter Gabriel lacks the force and charisma of Springsteen ("Gabriel Crowns a Breakthrough Year," by Richard Cromelin, Dec. 17)? Has Hilburn's Syndrome claimed another member of the Calendar staff? (Primary symptom: the delusion that Bruce Springsteen is a god, by which all other rock musicians fall short in comparison.) In performance at the Forum, Gabriel's integration of music, lighting and dramatics proved both unique and at times devastating, deserving far better than an apologetic review.
January 20, 2005 |
"Tell me your name, tell me your story," Diego Garcia sings in his best sweep-you-off-your-feet croon. On Elefant's debut album "Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid," the New York band crafts a sound that's sultry, spare and sexy, to frame the seductions of its charismatic, Argentina- born singer. The vibe might be more fashion runway than rock-club stage, but from Elvis to the Doors to Bowie to the Police, rock has always had a place for hot music behind a cool dude.
April 18, 1993
Regarding "The Solitary Outsider," by Richard Cromelin (April 4): Dwight Yoakam as the James Dean of country music? C'mon. James Dean was honest. I'll buy Yoakam when he takes off that g.d. hat (if he's a byproduct of his dad's pompadour with the Vitalis curl, we'd like to see it) and stops yodeling every second word of a lyric. Rather than Dean, he sounds more like Woody Allen with all that pretentious, pseudo-psychological, self-analysis. Anyone who would wear his hat during a Whoopi Goldberg interview needs more therapy than he can give himself.
February 15, 2007 |
The touted British invasion of the Grammy Awards didn't turn out too well on Sunday, as most of the high-profile English nominees, such as James Blunt and Corinne Bailey Rae, went home from Staples Center empty-handed. There's no such problems with the Brit Awards, whose main honors are reserved for British acts.
August 29, 2004
The story by Richard Cromelin, "Groove Remixers Spiked the Champagne" (Aug. 8), recalled an interview I once had with a man considered by many to be the laughing stock of the music industry. In the 25 years I was a newspaper reporter and writer in the public relations offices of Hollywood, I probably interviewed 500 figures in show business and other endeavors. I was not happy when assigned to interview Lawrence Welk because I was a card-carrying member of the hipster set. We spent two hours together -- more time than I had given any other subject.
September 12, 1992
Regarding "Saturday Night's All Right for an Understated Elton" (Aug. 31): It should read as follows, "Saturday Night's All Right for an Understated Eric"! I was appalled that Richard Cromelin totally ignored the fantastic performance that Eric Clapton delivered with the greatest of ease. He failed to mention the heart-wrenching performance of "Tears in Heaven," which Clapton dedicated to his late son, Connor. Second, Cromelin failed to mention the undeniably marvelous rendition of "Layla."