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August 9, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Marshall Grant, who played standup bass in Johnny Cash's original trio and helped create the legendary singer's distinctive, rhythmic sound in the 1950s, has died. He was 83. Grant, who remained with Cash as a bass player for more than two decades and later managed the Statler Brothers, died Sunday in a hospital in Jonesboro, Ark., according to a spokesman for Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis. A resident of Hernando, Miss., Grant was in Jonesboro last week for a Johnny Cash Music Festival to raise funds for the restoration of Cash's boyhood home.
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July 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
This post has been corrected, as noted below. Rapper Kanye West probably won't face any felony charges over his altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport and may even be able to resolve a misdemeanor battery charge by compensating the photographer, sources said. After reviewing video of last Friday's altercation , detectives agreed with the rapper's lawyer that it doesn't amount to an attempted robbery, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
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August 21, 2009 | Keith Thursby
Otha Young, who wrote the 1980s hit "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" for Grammy-winning singer Juice Newton during their long musical partnership, died of cancer Aug. 6 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said his wife, Brenda. He was 66. Young played guitar with Newton since the 1970s, appearing on all of her albums. He wrote primarily for Newton and was a singer, producer and for a time also served as Newton's road manager. "The Sweetest Thing" was a No. 1 hit on adult contemporary and country charts.
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July 22, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Rapper Kanye West may like to be the focus of attention, but LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division is probably not what he had in mind. The elite Los Angeles police division that investigates high profile murders, robberies and sexual assaults is now handling the probe in an altercation between  Kanye West  and a photographer last Friday at  Los Angeles International Airport , said Cmdr. Andy Smith. West, who has long maintained a hostile stance toward the paparazzi and even rapped about his contempt for the media, was captured on video wrestling a paparazzo to the ground.
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January 24, 2012 | Don Heckman
John Levy, an accomplished bassist who became the first African American personal manager in the jazz field, has died. He was 99. Levy, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, died in his sleep Friday at his Altadena home, said his wife, writer Devra Hall Levy. He had recently been treated for heart problems. During his long career as a personal manager, Levy guided a stellar array of jazz artists -- among them Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Herbie Mann, Freddie Hubbard, George Shearing, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson.
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October 24, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
A court commissioner dismissed all charges Friday against rapper Kanye West related to a confrontation with paparazzi last year at Los Angeles International Airport. On Sept. 12, 2008, West and his road manager, Don Crowley, were arrested at LAX after the two men reportedly confronted a photographer and smashed his camera, authorities said. The city attorney filed eight misdemeanor charges, including battery, grand theft and vandalism. Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman dismissed the charges against both West and Crowley.
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March 14, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
There are few people so well suited to pull a song out of a recent sequence of surreal events than Texas country rocker Joe Ely. Ely had a one-of-a-kind custom guitar stolen from him 27 years ago, and he recently learned that it had turned up. On Tuesday night at a gig in San Francisco, the instrument was returned to him by Matt Wright of Merced, Calif., who'd bought it at a pawn shop years earlier, discovering later who the rightful owner was....
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July 22, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Rapper Kanye West may like to be the focus of attention, but LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division is probably not what he had in mind. The elite Los Angeles police division that investigates high profile murders, robberies and sexual assaults is now handling the probe in an altercation between  Kanye West  and a photographer last Friday at  Los Angeles International Airport , said Cmdr. Andy Smith. West, who has long maintained a hostile stance toward the paparazzi and even rapped about his contempt for the media, was captured on video wrestling a paparazzo to the ground.
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July 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
This post has been corrected, as noted below. Rapper Kanye West probably won't face any felony charges over his altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport and may even be able to resolve a misdemeanor battery charge by compensating the photographer, sources said. After reviewing video of last Friday's altercation , detectives agreed with the rapper's lawyer that it doesn't amount to an attempted robbery, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
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March 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
“Did you hear the latest?” Joe Ely asked backstage Sunday night at Pappy & Harriet's, the colorful restaurant and saloon in Pioneertown, a few minutes before starting his set. The question referred to the surreal series of events he experienced last week while on his string of shows down the California coast, for which he's accompanied by guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn.   While Ely was onstage at Slim's in San Francisco Tuesday night, a fan reunited him with a custom guitar that was stolen from him 27 years ago. Ely said Slim's is about three blocks from where the guitar was originally taken along with other band equipment when he was on tour in 1986.
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March 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
“Did you hear the latest?” Joe Ely asked backstage Sunday night at Pappy & Harriet's, the colorful restaurant and saloon in Pioneertown, a few minutes before starting his set. The question referred to the surreal series of events he experienced last week while on his string of shows down the California coast, for which he's accompanied by guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn.   While Ely was onstage at Slim's in San Francisco Tuesday night, a fan reunited him with a custom guitar that was stolen from him 27 years ago. Ely said Slim's is about three blocks from where the guitar was originally taken along with other band equipment when he was on tour in 1986.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
There are few people so well suited to pull a song out of a recent sequence of surreal events than Texas country rocker Joe Ely. Ely had a one-of-a-kind custom guitar stolen from him 27 years ago, and he recently learned that it had turned up. On Tuesday night at a gig in San Francisco, the instrument was returned to him by Matt Wright of Merced, Calif., who'd bought it at a pawn shop years earlier, discovering later who the rightful owner was....
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January 24, 2012 | Don Heckman
John Levy, an accomplished bassist who became the first African American personal manager in the jazz field, has died. He was 99. Levy, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, died in his sleep Friday at his Altadena home, said his wife, writer Devra Hall Levy. He had recently been treated for heart problems. During his long career as a personal manager, Levy guided a stellar array of jazz artists -- among them Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Herbie Mann, Freddie Hubbard, George Shearing, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Marshall Grant, who played standup bass in Johnny Cash's original trio and helped create the legendary singer's distinctive, rhythmic sound in the 1950s, has died. He was 83. Grant, who remained with Cash as a bass player for more than two decades and later managed the Statler Brothers, died Sunday in a hospital in Jonesboro, Ark., according to a spokesman for Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis. A resident of Hernando, Miss., Grant was in Jonesboro last week for a Johnny Cash Music Festival to raise funds for the restoration of Cash's boyhood home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
A court commissioner dismissed all charges Friday against rapper Kanye West related to a confrontation with paparazzi last year at Los Angeles International Airport. On Sept. 12, 2008, West and his road manager, Don Crowley, were arrested at LAX after the two men reportedly confronted a photographer and smashed his camera, authorities said. The city attorney filed eight misdemeanor charges, including battery, grand theft and vandalism. Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman dismissed the charges against both West and Crowley.
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August 21, 2009 | Keith Thursby
Otha Young, who wrote the 1980s hit "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" for Grammy-winning singer Juice Newton during their long musical partnership, died of cancer Aug. 6 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said his wife, Brenda. He was 66. Young played guitar with Newton since the 1970s, appearing on all of her albums. He wrote primarily for Newton and was a singer, producer and for a time also served as Newton's road manager. "The Sweetest Thing" was a No. 1 hit on adult contemporary and country charts.
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May 22, 1999 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
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September 1, 2000
Mort Ruby, 97, who managed such musicians as Nat King Cole. Ruby did advance work for Charlie Barnet and Spike Jones, and then became the first road manager for Cole when the young pianist was beginning his career. Ruby remembered Cole playing solo piano at Los Angeles' Swannee Inn in the early 1940s, shortly before the King Cole Trio was formed. Ruby spent five years as Cole's road manager and in his later years wrote a book, "The King and Me."
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March 25, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Neil Aspinall, a lifelong pal of the Beatles from their scuffling days in Liverpool who became their road manager and then spent nearly 40 years as the chief protector of the group's recorded legacy as head of Apple Corps, has died. He was 66. Aspinall died Sunday night of lung cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he'd been treated since being diagnosed with the disease two months ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
The $1,000 George Harrison memorial book that comes out this week is just the latest sample of an upsurge in rock-themed special-edition publishing. It would be easy to blow the inheritance just to stock one short shelf of your library. You can spend about $950 for the David Bowie memoir "Moonage Daydream," $860 for a Jimi Hendrix experience, $720 for a Queen celebration, $1,000 for an Ian Stewart tribute.... Ian Stewart?
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