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July 29, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
Blushing brides, the sweet smell of roses and chance encounters at Coney Island. These are the good old-fashioned themes of barbershop songs, dear to the hearts of the over 100 members of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. On Wednesday, the members, known as the Valleyaires, celebrated their 35th anniversary with spirited harmonizing and performances at the Bernardi Multi-Purpose Center in Van Nuys.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
Four Orange County singers have been chosen to be among 10 Americans to sing in a chorus under German conductor Helmut Rilling in a "Live from Lincoln Center" PBS broadcast scheduled for Oct. 14.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A singer has sued San Francisco Opera over fake fog used in performances, alleging that the mist made her sick with asthma and prevented her from hitting the right notes, her attorney said. The lawsuit is the latest twist in a fight between the opera company and several singers who say the fake fog is damaging their health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
Christopher Lee Parker, 6, wearing neon green clothes, fidgets and giggles in the huge chair in his father's office. It's not until the tiny, red-haired, freckled-nosed boy stands straight and tall and belts out a tear-jerking rendition of the national anthem that you realize this is no ordinary kid.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 1988 | DON HECKMAN
Remember the haunting sound of the vocal in Campbell's "Mmmm, good!" commercial? And the ungrammatical little ditty that led many to believe that "Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should"? How about "Weekends were made for Michelob"? All different, all effective, and all examples of the singing of New York City's nonpareil studio singer, Marlene VerPlanck. For more than 20 years, VerPlanck has ranked at the top of the call list for Madison Avenue's advertising jingles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER
Deb Comer, a terminally ill resident, has returned from a two-week expense-paid trip to Russia, during which she fulfilled her dream of singing "The Messiah" at concert halls in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
NEWS
November 12, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, Bill Kohlhaase is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
Michael Feinstein, the singer who has dedicated his career to perpetuating classic American popular music, reports that recently his fans are requesting one song more than any other. Something from Gershwin, or Cole Porter or Jule Styne perhaps? Guess again. It's "The Teddy Bear's Picnic." It's been in demand since the release in April of his children's music collection entitled "Pure Imagination," Feinstein said by phone from a tour stop in Chicago earlier this week.
NEWS
April 30, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dancing energetically on stage before a crowd of cheering teen-agers, Chuckie P. clenches a microphone and belts out the words to his latest rap record. The bass is pounding and the rhyme is catchy. But when it comes to the message, Chuckie P.--a.k.a. Chuckie Perez--is miles away from the more famous rap artists of these times. "You think I'm strange 'cause I won't do the wild thing. You call me a fruitie cat," he sings before a crowd at a San Juan Capistrano church.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1991 | DIRK SUTRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Persistence is finally paying off for singer Sheila Jordan, who is in the middle of a five-night stand at Elario's. Jordan, 61, has been singing jazz seriously since the early 1950s. She made her first album in 1953, but until 1987 she worked full-time at assorted office jobs to support herself. "Then I got laid off from my job at an advertising agency," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1990 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richie Havens, the folk singer who grew up a street kid in Brooklyn and later founded an East Coast-based environmental education program for urban children, on Wednesday planted the seeds for a West Coast branch of his Natural Guard. At a Glendora press conference attended by Havens, U.S. Forest Service officials and environmental educators, the Angeles National Forest was singled out as one of the first places the seeds will probably grow here.
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