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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."
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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.
OPINION
April 18, 2010 | By Joe Domanick
Former Police Chief Daryl F. Gates cast a long shadow, not just on the LAPD but on Los Angeles and American policing. Some of what he will be remembered for is positive: He displayed immense loyalty to the officers who served him, and for that was revered by many of them. But the largest part of his legacy remains a cautionary tale that future generations ignore at their peril. Gates' tumultuous tenure as chief began in 1978 and ended with his forced resignation following the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Sid Davis, an educational filmmaker in the 1950s and '60s who specialized in dark, cautionary tales crafted to frighten captive classroom audiences away from even thinking about misbehaving, has died. He was 90. Davis died of lung cancer Oct. 16 at the Atria Hacienda senior residence in Palm Desert, said his daughter, Jill. Before John Wayne lent him seed money to start his production company, Davis was best known as Wayne's stand-in on movie sets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Kathie Browne McGavin, an actress for two decades who appeared in television series from "Gunsmoke" and "Perry Mason" to "Star Trek" and "The Love Boat," has died. She was 63. Browne McGavin, a breast cancer survivor, died April 8 in Beverly Hills of natural causes, according to a news release from the family. Born in San Luis Obispo, she began acting at age 6 in a school play and, after moving to Hollywood in her teens, studied at Los Angeles City College and acted in small theaters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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