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September 4, 2007 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
This seems like an easy pop-music trivia question: Name the first hugely successful African American-owned record label. Here are even a couple of hints: The company was located in the Midwest and one of its first hits was by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Motown, right? The answer is Vee-Jay, a Chicago company that despite specializing in R&B and gospel may be best known today because it released one of the Beatles' earliest hits. The label was also home briefly to the Four Seasons.
March 8, 2007 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Richard S. Prather, whose mystery stories about Shell Scott, a former Marine turned private investigator, were set in Southern California, died at his home in Sedona, Ariz., on Feb. 14. He was 85. The cause was complications from pulmonary disease, author Linda Pendleton, a friend of Prather, said this week. Prather, who also wrote several novels under the pseudonyms David Knight and Douglas Ring, won a lifetime achievement award from the Private Eye Writers of America in 1986.
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.
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.
October 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prentiss Barnes, 81, who sang with the Moonglows, a rhythm and blues group of the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday in a car accident in Mississippi. In his heyday, the bass singer performed such hit singles as "Sincerely," "Most of All," "We Go Together," and "The Ten Commandments of Love," with the Moonglows. The group made several albums, including "Look, It's the Moonglows" in 1959, which was reissued as a classic in 1990. Barnes was born April 12, 1925, in Magnolia, Miss.
January 26, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
THEY stride on stage like the grizzled veterans they are: a band of blues brothers (and one sister) whose roots reach back to the explosively creative Chicago South Side music scene of the late 1950s and early '60s. More than four decades later, they've come together as the Chicago Blues Reunion, channeling the sounds of one of the great eras in American popular music.
May 2, 2004 | Morris Newman, Special to The Times
Taylor Souriall said she felt immediately drawn to the architecture of the 48 Arenas condominium complex when she first saw the drawings two years ago. The cluster of two-story, square-shouldered buildings was clean and hard-edged, painted in desert colors: dusty red, greenish clay and pale yellow. Tough-looking steel verandas and canopies cut sharp horizontal lines into the vertical mass of the buildings.
February 13, 2004 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Julius Schwartz, the influential DC Comics editor whose successful revamping of the Flash, Green Lantern and other defunct 1940s superheroes in the late 1950s and early '60s led to what became known as the "Silver Age" of comics, has died. He was 88.
June 27, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
LONG before Russell Crowe slipped on a toga for "Gladiator" or Brad Pitt unsheathed his sword for the upcoming "Troy," there were the Italian "sword and sandals" epics of the 1950s and '60s -- those poorly dubbed, often cheesy, delightfully quirky fantasy-adventures nominally set in the ancient world, featuring beefcake musclemen and buxom, shapely sex kittens that usually aired Saturday afternoons on U.S. television.
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.
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