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November 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alphonse Halimi, 74, a former world bantamweight boxing champion from France who was nicknamed "The Little Terror," died of pneumonia Nov. 12 in Paris. He had Alzheimer's disease. The Algerian-born Halimi held the world bantamweight championship title from 1957 to July 8, 1959, when he was knocked out by Jose Becerra of Mexico before a crowd of 15,110 at the first event held in the newly opened Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
The city will have a park concert this weekend over the objection of several neighborhood residents who are concerned about traffic and noise. City Council members thought the Sunday concert at Rimgate Park, near Lake Forest Drive and Trabuco Road, was too close at hand to cancel. "Why do that?" asked Councilwoman Ann Van Haun. "Let's go ahead and have it because we've never put one on before."
NEWS
February 5, 1989
Paul Robi, an original member of the Platters, one of popular music's most successful vocal teams in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday. Robi's daughter, Franchesca, said her father was 57 and died of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital. Another member of the original group, David Lynch, died on Jan. 2, 1981, also of cancer. At a time when rock 'n' roll was becoming the nation's signature music, the Platters managed to appeal to both rock and traditional movements.
NEWS
December 27, 1994 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rossano Brazzi, who played a series of aristocratic romantics in films ranging from "South Pacific" to "The Barefoot Contessa" before reverting to character parts in his later years, has died in Rome, Italian news agencies said Monday. One of them, ANSA, quoting sources close to the actor's family, said Brazzi died Saturday in a Rome hospital from an undisclosed virus that affected his nervous system. He was 78. Brazzi played in more than 200 movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2002 | SORINA DIACONESCU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Martha Schoeman, a retired social worker from New York City who will turn 80 next week, sat in a dressing room on the Hollywood lot of TV station KTLA last week and waited for her turn to perform a rap routine built around the lyric "I'm a sexy granny." Her hair was styled in blond curls. She wore a short skirt and a lace blouse.
NEWS
September 2, 1993
Bernie Baum, 63, songwriter who co-wrote the 1950 Teresa Brewer hit "Music, Music, Music." In the 1950s and 1960s, Baum contributed music and lyrics to songs recorded by such performers as Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Eartha Kitt and Peggy Lee. He also wrote "That's Old-Fashioned" for the Everly Brothers in 1962 and "You're the Devil in Disguise" for Elvis Presley in 1963.
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December 28, 2002 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
William T. Orr, the Warner Bros. executive who launched the movie studio's entry into television production in the mid-1950s and for nearly a decade presided over a string of hit shows that included "Cheyenne," "Maverick" and "77 Sunset Strip," has died. He was 85. Orr, a former actor who became studio head Jack L. Warner's executive assistant in the mid-1940s, died of natural causes Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. As the head of Warner Bros.
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February 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Charlie Biddle, 76, a leader of Montreal's jazz scene in the 1950s and '60s who played bass with pianist Thelonious Monk and saxophonist Charlie Parker, died Tuesday in Montreal after a battle with cancer. Biddle was a native of Philadelphia who moved to Canada in 1948. Over the next five decades, the World War II veteran and former car salesman became synonymous with jazz in Montreal. Biddle opened his own club, Uncle Charlie's Jazz Joint, in suburban Ste-Therese in 1958.
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April 13, 2002 | RICHARD CROMELIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
B.J. Baker, a backup singer on dozens of recordings from the 1950s and '60s, including hits by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke and Bobby Darin, died April 2 in Rancho Mirage of complications from a stroke. She was 74. In addition to her work at the microphone, Baker was a highly regarded vocal contractor--a person who selects and directs background singers for recording sessions.
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April 4, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Rusty Draper, a country and pop singer in the 1950s and '60s remembered for such hits as "Gambler's Guitar" and "The Shifting, Whispering Sands," has died. He was 80. Draper died of pneumonia March 28 in a Bellevue, Wash., hospital. For the last two decades, he had suffered from heart disease, strokes and, more recently, throat cancer that destroyed his melodic voice. Beginning with "Gambler's Guitar" in 1953, which sold more than 1 million records and hit No.
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