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July 31, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Comb and electric razor at the ready, Martin Corona stood over his customer, poised to create a version of his specialty retro-cool hairstyle. The rockabilly cut. "I'll take the regular pomp," the customer said. "High and tight on the sides. " Corona nodded. He understood precisely what the man wanted, a cut still in demand even six decades after it made its debut among American youth. The rockabilly look was spawned by the 1950s music that melded rock 'n' roll with bluegrass, with its twirling stand-up basses and twangy vocals.
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July 31, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Comb and electric razor at the ready, Martin Corona stood over his customer, poised to create a version of his specialty retro-cool hairstyle. The rockabilly cut. "I'll take the regular pomp," the customer said. "High and tight on the sides. " Corona nodded. He understood precisely what the man wanted, a cut still in demand even six decades after it made its debut among American youth. The rockabilly look was spawned by the 1950s music that melded rock 'n' roll with bluegrass, with its twirling stand-up basses and twangy vocals.
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August 4, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Billy Lee Riley, a rockabilly pioneer and songwriter who recorded for the legendary Sun Records label and is best remembered for his 1957 singles "Flyin' Saucers Rock and Roll" and "Red Hot," has died. He was 75. Riley died Sunday of colon cancer that had spread to the bone at a hospital in Jonesboro, Ark., said his wife, Joyce. The Arkansas-born son of a sharecropper who began playing harmonica and guitar as a child, Riley landed at Sam Phillips' Sun Records in 1956.
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July 2, 2011
EVENTS Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier Get ready for a full pirate immersion weekend, circa 1711, with the Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier, which includes twice-daily pirate battles and sword fights, pirate encampments and parades, a pirate arts and crafts market, pirate costume contest, food, grog and rum on the pier, plenty of buccaneers and wenches circulating in full regalia, song and dance and a screening of the 1935 pirate classic "Captain...
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May 13, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
The band took the stage at midnight, five South Korean musicians with day jobs and a dream of stardom playing an unlikely brand of music borrowed from another place and time. Early in a frenetic 12-song set, the RockTigers launched into an old standard that made the crowd, most of them foreigners, many already standing, jammed near the stage, surge in movement. An American turned to a companion. "Elvis," she shouted. It was the King's "Baby, Let's Play House," being crooned in Korean by lead singer Velvet Geena.
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May 30, 1986 | CRAIG LEE
Yes, Virginia, there are still rockabilly fans out there--people who don't seem to care if their absorption in this brand of American roots music is pretty passe, at least by the fad standards in trendy Los Angeles. As Dave Gomez of the Paladins told the small audience at the Lingerie on Wednesday night, "There's only a few of us left." A good few, if this trio from San Diego is any indication.
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June 30, 2011
MUSIC Punk rock and rockabilly collide with a splash of Brylcreem, motor oil and black leather during Hootenanny 2011, an all-star celebration of revved up rock 'n' roll madness. Dropkick Murphys headline with their pugnacious Celtic punk aesthetic, preceded by rockabilly revivalist Reverend Horton Heat and L.A.'s own Luis & the Wildfires, plus the mellow sounds of John Doe and fancy swing from Royal Crown Revue. Oak Canyon Ranch, 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Irvine. 12 p.m. Sat. $39-$100.
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July 18, 1986 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
Whenever Dave Gomez and his band, the Paladins, tour Texas, they stop at a barber shop in a small town just outside Dallas and get their hair cut by a guy named Sid King. That's real devotion for you.
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October 24, 1998
RE: "The Swing Set Needs a Push" (Riffs, by Randy Lewis, Calendar Weekend, Oct. 15): Randy, you obviously are not a dancer. One of the reasons the big bands went under in the '40s was that they moved away from the dancers and started playing concerts. The bands you list are all blues and rockabilly. If people go to the places you listed, on the nights you listed, they might enjoy themselves if they want to sit around and listen to jazz and rockabilly, but they won't find anyone who can even rockstep!
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January 3, 2011
POP MUSIC The Cannoneers Formed in the spring of 2009, the L.A. band delivers nuggets of straightforward rock dusted with Brit-pop sensibilities and interlocking guitar riffs. This show marks the first of a monthlong residency at the Echo. 1822 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Free. (213) 413-8200. Dave Alvin The Downey-born roots-rocker was a founding member of the seminal Southland rockabilly act the Blasters in the late '70s, but he's still going strong more than 30 years later.
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June 30, 2011
MUSIC Punk rock and rockabilly collide with a splash of Brylcreem, motor oil and black leather during Hootenanny 2011, an all-star celebration of revved up rock 'n' roll madness. Dropkick Murphys headline with their pugnacious Celtic punk aesthetic, preceded by rockabilly revivalist Reverend Horton Heat and L.A.'s own Luis & the Wildfires, plus the mellow sounds of John Doe and fancy swing from Royal Crown Revue. Oak Canyon Ranch, 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Irvine. 12 p.m. Sat. $39-$100.
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May 13, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
The band took the stage at midnight, five South Korean musicians with day jobs and a dream of stardom playing an unlikely brand of music borrowed from another place and time. Early in a frenetic 12-song set, the RockTigers launched into an old standard that made the crowd, most of them foreigners, many already standing, jammed near the stage, surge in movement. An American turned to a companion. "Elvis," she shouted. It was the King's "Baby, Let's Play House," being crooned in Korean by lead singer Velvet Geena.
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August 4, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Billy Lee Riley, a rockabilly pioneer and songwriter who recorded for the legendary Sun Records label and is best remembered for his 1957 singles "Flyin' Saucers Rock and Roll" and "Red Hot," has died. He was 75. Riley died Sunday of colon cancer that had spread to the bone at a hospital in Jonesboro, Ark., said his wife, Joyce. The Arkansas-born son of a sharecropper who began playing harmonica and guitar as a child, Riley landed at Sam Phillips' Sun Records in 1956.
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January 15, 2009 | Todd Martens
Run-DMC, Metallica and Jeff Beck are among the artists who will be inducted into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Run-DMC is only the second rap act so honored, following the induction of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 2007. Meanwhile, this marks the second time famed guitarist Beck will be recognized, as he was honored as a member of English rockers the Yardbirds in 1992. Other inductees announced Wednesday were soul singer Bobby Womack and the R&B group Little Anthony & the Imperials.
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November 14, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Lewis is a Times staff writer.
Jody Reynolds, the 1950s rockabilly singer and songwriter whose one and only Top 10 hit, "Endless Sleep," was the first of a wave of melodramatic "teen tragedy" tales, died of liver cancer Nov. 7 in Palm Desert. He was 75. "Endless Sleep," which peaked at No.
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February 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Charles Ryan, the musician and songwriter who co-wrote the hit song "Hot Rod Lincoln," died Saturday in Spokane, Wash., after a long battle with heart disease, his family said. He was 92. Ryan and W.S. Stevenson wrote "Hot Rod Lincoln" and in 1955 Ryan first recorded the song with the rockabilly beat and the vivid lyrics describing a nighttime car chase: "My fenders was clickin' the guardrail posts; the guy beside me was white as a ghost."
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April 11, 1999 | NATALIE NICHOLS
While honoring such personal American-roots "outlaw" heroes as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash on his solo debut album (due Tuesday), the leader of seminal Orange County punk band Social Distortion continues to examine a favorite theme: What happens when you don't go out in a blaze of glory?
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March 30, 1986 | JEFF SPURRIER
"If you get yourself stuck in a rut, that's it," says Adrian Remijio, 26, of the Wild Cards. "Everybody thinks you're one thing and if they like it they're not going to accept anything else from you." And for the Cypress-based Wild Cards, the "anything else" is clearly what it's all about. With a genre-bending sound the flows freely through swing, soul, jazz, funk and even a touch of rockabilly, the band is clearly playing by its own set of rules.
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September 10, 2007 | Matt Schudel, Washington Post
Janis Martin, a teenage rockabilly sensation of the 1950s who was billed as "the female Elvis," died Sept. 3 of cancer at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. She was 67. After beginning her career on country music radio shows in Virginia, Martin had a short but bright burst of fame in the '50s with the dawn of rock 'n' roll. By 15, she was recording for RCA, had a top 40 hit and seemed poised for stardom.
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