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They vowed to focus on the music, not the impending silence. So on Sunday night, the men of the Ellis-Orpheus Choir lifted their voices for the last time in a final concert before a packed crowd at Riviera United Methodist Church in Torrance. The 112-year-old chorus, L.A.'s oldest men's choir, is disbanding because it has been unable to attract new members to replace those who have died or lost their voices to age, said choir director Randall Schwalbe.
April 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
January 5, 1986
A Dec. 22 letter putting down Pia Zadora's concert took up more than six column inches (not counting her picture, which was fine; print as many pictures of her as you can). It was unfair. Why? Because what does the price of admission have to do with her singing? On New Year's Eve all shows raise their prices. What does a bad movie have to do with her singing? What does her money have to do with her singing? Lots of singing stars have money. I saw Zadora's concert last month at the Beverly and feel that she compares favorably with Streisand and Ronstadt.
April 11, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
My, Lorde, you sure can sing - and swear too. In case you missed it, the precocious New Zealand teen with the unique voice - and the performing style she copied from Joe Cocker - helped induct Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday night. Lorde's rendition of “All Apologies,” backed by Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic as well as added guitarist Pat Smear, certainly did the late Kurt Cobain proud. Then, showing that she can not only rock with the best of them but roll with the guys too, she tweeted: “so honoured and happy i got to help celebrate nirvana's rock and roll hall of fame induction tonight.
August 12, 2002
He became a familiar presence at memorial events after Sept. 11. Now tenor Daniel Rodriguez, New York's "singing policeman," gets top billing in "The Spirit of America Concert" (at 8 tonight on KCET). He'll be singing at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 30-31.
December 11, 1994
Yes, we would certainly prefer watching "Matlock" (ABC) as opposed to "McKenna." "Matlock" is a great program and we never miss it. Good, clean and entertaining. We enjoy the segments where he (Andy Griffith) conducts the church choir and they sing the lovely hymns. Dorothy and Jerry Stromberg, Reseda
June 8, 1989
Singing Pirate led all the way to win the $31,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf Wednesday at Hollywood Park. Felidia, the favorite of the crowd of 12,960, finished three lengths back in second place but was disqualified for interference in the stretch and dropped to fourth. The stewards awarded the runner-up spot to Precious Metal, who finished 4 3/4 lengths behind Singing Pirate. Trained by Ron Ellis and ridden by Robbie Davis, Singing Pirate covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41 2/5 for her second victory in five starts and her first at more than seven furlongs.
April 30, 1989 | RANDY LEWIS
BONNIE RAITT "Nick of Time." Capitol. . The adult world Bonnie Raitt sings about is lightyears away from the black-and-white pains and pleasures of teen rock. It's where people run out of time, out of patience, out of love and out of luck, but never out of hope and compassion. In an album that's as eclectic emotionally as musically, Raitt moves gracefully from the silky R&B of the poignant title tune to the wise and sassy rock of John Hiatt's "Thing Called Love" to the heartbreakingly elegant balladry of "I Ain't Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again" to the Fabulous Thunderbirds-backed roadhouse blues of "The Road's My Middle Name."
July 13, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
AN award-winning Canadian music-maker, an effervescent homegrown trio and a zany newcomer add up to play-along, sing-along fun for preschoolers and their favorite adults in the second annual Summer Family Songfest at South Coast Botanic Garden.
Comedian Roseanne Barr was full of contrition at a crowded press conference Friday as she told how panic set in four notes into her now-legendary screeching of "The Star Spangled Banner" before the start of a San Diego Padres baseball game Wednesday night.
April 10, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - "Don't speak! Don't speak!" Dianne Wiest immortalized these words in her Oscar-winning portrayal of aging Broadway diva Helen Sinclair in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway," and I kept murmuring them to myself for a different reason while writing this review of the new musical adaptation. There's certainly much to savor in this gin fizz cocktail of a show, tossed back in the Art Deco glory of Prohibition-era New York. But the ostentatious flaws of this much-anticipated production, which opened at Broadway's St. James Theatre, make it difficult for me to hold my tongue.
April 9, 2014 | By David Ng
Anne Hathaway has yet to make good on her oft-professed desire to perform in a Broadway musical. Her Oscar-winning turn as Fantine in the 2012 movie version of "Les Miserables" showed that she has the singing chops. And if we need more proof, the actress appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday to remind us that she can belt it out as good as Broadway's best. Hathaway, sporting close-cropped hair and a black pant-suit number, was accompanied on the piano by host Jimmy Fallon in a series of rap and hip-hop songs performed in a humorously over-the-top Broadway style.
April 7, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Ed Sheeran might be past his frizzy-haired Brit-folk phase. A year after the young guitar-picker teamed with Elton John for a rather warbly performance of "The A Team" at the 2013 Grammy Awards, Sheeran released a new song Monday, one that trades the cozy acoustic vibe of the earlier tune for a high-gloss pop-funk sound shaped in part by Pharrell Williams. "Sing" is the lead single from an album Sheeran is expected to release this summer, the anticipated follow-up to his hit major-label debut, "+," which came out in the U.K. in 2011 before arriving in U.S. stores the next year.
April 2, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran serenaded a 15-year-old Irish fan just minutes before she died Tuesday of cystic fibrosis, according to British media reports. "Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x," "The A Team" singer tweeted after finding out the teen had passed away. Before lunchtime that day, he'd been on the phone singing her the tune " Little Bird " from his 2010 album "Loose Change. " He was reportedly her favorite singer, and "Little Bird" her favorite song. Triona's brother Colm, along with his sister's friends, started a #SongForTri Twitter campaign last week after she revealed her dying wish, Ireland's Independent reported Wednesday.
March 13, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
A show about the late Weimar era vocal troupe the Comedian Harmonists bearing the title "Harmony" had better have memorable singing, and on that score this musical by Barry Manilow and his writing partner Bruce Sussman doesn't disappoint. In solos, duets and ensemble numbers especially, the voices soar on lilting melodies that strive to conjure the glory days of the American musical, that period bookended between Rodgers & Hammerstein and Kander & Ebb. The show's numbers may not evoke those easy-listening Manilow hits of the 1970s, but they have an ingratiating beauty that serves to remind that the man who made famous the Bruce Johnston lyric "I am music.
March 4, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Idina Menzel, the mysterious "Adele Dazeem" of Oscar fame, performed "Let It Go" with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on Monday night.  And it's arguably a more outstanding performance than on Sunday's Oscar telecast. Tony-winner Menzel, whose name was mangled by presenter John Travolta, sings her heart out along with Fallon, who chimes in charmingly on the high notes. Luckily, that doesn't ruin it. The talk-show host appears to be playing children's blocks. The Roots are on other instruments straight from the toy box.  There's even a kazoo.  And the whole group rocks out. It's infectious!
August 12, 1990
I would suggest to Roseanne Barr that she sign up immediately with 6-year-old Christopher Lee Parker for national-anthem-singing lessons. MARY-GENE MARR Laguna Beach
May 26, 2004 | From Associated Press
New York City police officer Daniel Rodriguez, the "singing cop" who gained prominence when he performed at the Yankee Stadium memorial service shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, turned in his retirement papers Tuesday and said he will devote himself to music. "I'd like to dedicate myself to learning how much I can actually accomplish as a singer," said the 40-year-old Rodriguez. "I'm sad to leave because I really love the job, but I'm also happy to be moving forward."
March 3, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Composer-singer-vocal contractor Ronald Hicklin has sold his Pasadena home for $2.25 million in less than a month and at 25% above the asking price. Set in a quaint neighborhood near the Huntington Library, the one-story 1952 traditional sits on a knoll of more than a third of an acre. Features include an oversized family room, two bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,080 square feet of living space. A 527-square-foot guest house has a kitchenette, fireplace and a three-quarter bathroom.
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