February 8, 1997
What a pleasure it was seeing Gene Pitney's name in print ("Pitney Feels His Rock Hall Election Just Matter of Time," Feb. 3); we certainly don't hear nearly enough of his music. It's so cliche to refer to someone as being "overlooked," but that label fits. I'll hold Pitney's "Town Without Pity" and "It Hurts to Be in Love" right up there with the best offerings of Roy Orbison or Del Shannon, both of whom have enjoyed mini-revivals with renewed appreciation. Gene Pitney deserves the same; he has earned his place among his peers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
September 15, 1986 |
The Palace finally found an attraction perfectly suited to its cavernous sound: Chris Isaak & Silvertone, a band already employing enough echo, vibrato, tremolo and whatever-o to reverberate from here to Stockton.
December 8, 1990
Milli Vanilli's attack on my competence and integrity as a journalist requires rebuttal ("We Sold Our Souls to the Devil,' Nov. 21). I am the Time magazine reporter mentioned in your article to whom Milli Vanilli said, in an interview last February, "We are musically more talented than any Bob Dylan. Musically we are more talented than a Paul McCartney." After they said this, I gave them a chance to explain or retract it by asking, "What do you mean by that exactly?" They answered, "Creative.
March 11, 1988 |
Roy Orbison and the Coasters will launch a series of weekend rock 'n' roll oldies concerts at Disneyland beginning March 19 and continuing through May 22. The shows are part of "Blast to the Past," a continuing program in which the theme park will take on trappings from the '50s and '60s. Other rockers who will be performing in the series include Chuck Berry, the Four Tops, the Righteous Brothers, Gary (U.S.
February 26, 1990 |
"H ey! Mr. Tambourine man, play a song for me . ..." Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman didn't catch anyone off guard when they began singing that Bob Dylan song during a mini-Byrds reunion Saturday night at the Universal Amphitheatre. "Mr. Tambourine Man" was the Byrds' first hit, and it remains the tune most identified with the landmark Los Angeles folk-rock group from the '60s.