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February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Rock guitar hero Jeff Beck remembers falling in love for the first time. "I'd only ever seen Spanish-style or jazz guitars, and then I saw a Stratocaster," said Beck, 69, of his schoolboy crush. "I was fascinated by the shape, the double cutaways; it was all too cool. It had all these pickups and knobs and controls - it embodied all the excitement of modern living. "A few years later I saw one in London hanging in a window, and the guy let me try it on," said the former member of the Yardbirds.
February 7, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- It isn't enough that Olympic athletes ride the rails with skill and verve, get to the bottom of the course faster than the rest of the field or even hurl stones with reasonable accuracy down a sheet of ice. That's just not sufficient any longer. How about adding singing, dancing and lip syncing to the Olympic motto of faster, higher, stronger? In the realm of parody videos, it all really picked up momentum two years ago at the Summer Games in London. USA Swimming's video, a visual rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," went viral just before the Games, a byproduct of the vision of Olympic swimmers Kathleen Hersey, Caitlin Leverenz and Alyssa Anderson, and USA Swimming staffer Mark Russell.
February 3, 2014 | By David Ng
The Seattle Seahawks took home the Super Bowl championship on Sunday, roundly beating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Another big winner for the evening was operatic soprano Renée Fleming, whose near flawless rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" provided a rousing start to pro football's biggest night.  Fleming, wearing a black dress with a white wrap, sang the national anthem to a recording provided by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, with a...
February 1, 2014
Letters written in response to an obituary rarely number more than a few. The Times' article this week on the life and passing of balladeer Pete Seeger, by contrast, drew nearly two dozen letters. Most who wrote reflected on Seeger's music, but some shared their personal experiences with the folk singer. One reader sent us a lengthy letter she received from Seeger in 1962 in response to her fan mail. "Take it easy, but take it," Seeger ended his response. Here is a selection of the letters on Seeger.
January 29, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Beverly Hills pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 100 t h anniversary as a city Tuesday night, an easy feat given the abundant material created by dozens of notable composers and lyricists who have called the gilt-edged community home. A capacity crowd of about 1,500 attended the centennial concert and sing-along at the historic Saban Theater, where selections covered the melodic spectrum - from Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird" to George and Ira Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band" to David Rose's "The Stripper.
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Dennis Dugan is a well-known Hollywood director ("Happy Gilmore," "Grown Ups"), but his real love is baseball. His son Kelly was a standout outfielder at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and is a member of the Philadelphia Phillies' 40-man roster. Dugan helped design the new $3-million Notre Dame High baseball field , and he's helping unveil it with some first-class entertainment. Dugan says that his friend, singer Neil Diamond , will open Notre Dame's field on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. by singing "Sweet Caroline.
January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at this year's Super Bowl, they will be serenaded by soprano Renée Fleming in a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Fleming has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A publicist for the soprano said it hasn't been determined yet if Fleming will be accompanied by musicians. The Super Bowl is to be broadcast on Fox, with kickoff time scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years Fleming joins a long list of performers -- mostly pop stars, including Alicia Keys last year -- to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
January 13, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Investigators are reviewing video and talking to witnesses to try to determine what led to a stabbing on the Red Line on Monday morning, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman for the sheriff's Transit Services Bureau, said deputies who arrived on scene have spoken to several witnesses. A passenger was stabbed about 9:18 a.m. by another rider and rushed to a hospital in grave condition after the train stopped at the Vermont/Santa Monica Station, said Metro spokesman Marc Littman.
January 8, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Dennis Rodman helped Kim Jong Un mark his 31st birthday Wednesday with sport and song, serenading the North Korean dictator with a warbly rendition of “Happy Birthday” in a Pyongyang gymnasium and then leading fellow ex-NBA players in a game against a local squad. Spectators were not allowed to bring cameras into the modestly appointed arena, but video posted later online showed Rodman in sunglasses leading the crowd - many of them in sport coats and dress shirts - in a singing tribute to “The Marshal.” Then the Americans, in blue and white uniforms, faced off against the North Koreans, or the “Torch Team,” in red. Simon Cockerell, a tour guide with Beijing-based Koryo tours who is traveling with Rodman's group, described the event as a “bizarre and unusual occasion.” In a video dispatch from Pyongyang posted to Koryo's Facebook page, he said the teams played two 10-minute halves, with the North Koreans prevailing at the final buzzer (by a score of 47-39, according to Associated Press)
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