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July 20, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Where do old doo-wop singers go? That's not the set-up line to a joke, but the mission of Steve Propes. And Propes, founder and director of the Southern California Doo-Wop Society, believes there is no single answer. Dewey Terry, who had regional hits with the Pasadena-based Squires in the age of Eisenhower, made Little Richard-style rock in the '50s and worked with the English punk group Tupelo Chain Sex in the '80s.
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July 20, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Where do old doo-wop singers go? That's not the set-up line to a joke, but the mission of Steve Propes. And Propes, founder and director of the Southern California Doo-Wop Society, believes there is no single answer. Dewey Terry, who had regional hits with the Pasadena-based Squires in the age of Eisenhower, made Little Richard-style rock in the '50s and worked with the English punk group Tupelo Chain Sex in the '80s.
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April 1, 2007 | Steve Harvey
It's almost as complicated as the Anna Nicole Smith situation and it involves another deceased Hollywood star -- the late horse Mister Ed, star of the 1960s sitcom of the same name. Homebuilder Todd Carroll, who owns the Tahlequah, Okla., site where some say Ed is buried, has built a 1,000-pound granite monument to the horse. And now he wants to cash in on the creature's fame and build a subdivision on the 16-acre site with the entrance going past the monument.
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February 23, 1997
Mike Boehm's timeline of Orange County rock 'n' roll history (Feb. 16) was of great interest to me since I'm researching a history on L.A.-area R&B groups from 1945 through '65. There's one piece of O.C. rock history not known by many but overwhelming in its legacy: namely, the Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim, where Richard Berry in 1956, after hearing the Rhythm Rockers (a.k.a. the Rillera Brothers, who later backed Dick Dale and the Righteous Brothers) perform "El Loco Cha Cha," took pen to napkin and created "Louie Louie."
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August 16, 1992
Regarding the question of the first rock 'n' roll record as discussed in Pop Eye (Aug. 2), I kindly submit that authors Steve Propes and Jim Dawson completely miss the mark. While there were probably many small events instrumental in rock's formation, as a first-generation rock 'n' roller I know what ignited the flame in the breasts of the teen record buyers of the day, and it was a man, a movie, a song and a medium. The man was Bill Haley, the song was "Rock Around the Clock," the movie was "Blackboard Jungle," and the medium was a 45-rpm piece of vinyl.
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March 12, 1994
I couldn't agree more with Andrea 'Enthal ("She's Not Your Typical Night Owl," Feb. 25) on the state of rock 'n' roll radio in Los Angeles. For nearly 10 years on the air, I fought a variation of those same wars, spinning roots of rock 'n' roll discs that ranged from hits to the most unknown of the obscure. I am thus dismayed to note the attitude of commercial radio to anyone who tries anything different. They don't get it, they don't want to, they never will. Although programming staff tries to position their station differently from others, the only thing they won't do to achieve this is to alter the very thing that they are there to do: Present the music.
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July 4, 1993
Though I agree with much of what Robert Palmer wrote in his "What Ike Had to Do With It" (June 20), I think it is also important to keep the details straight. First off, Ike's group on Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88" was not the Kings of Rhythm, it was the Delta Cats. In early 1956, his constantly changing band became Ike Turner's Rhythm Rockers and later that same year it became the Kings of Rhythm, five full years after "Rocket 88." I also agree about "I'm Tore Up," recorded for Federal in 1956, except it wasn't an Ike Turner release.
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November 16, 2012 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Cleve Duncan, whose plaintive tenor captured the heartache of teen love in the enduring 1954 doo-wop hit "Earth Angel," died Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. He was 78. A spokeswoman for the Inglewood Park Cemetery Mortuary confirmed his death but could not provide the cause. "Earth Angel," which reached No. 1 on rhythm and blues charts, was the only hit for the doo-wop act that Duncan fronted, the Penguins. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 But what a hit. "Earth Angel" sold millions of copies through the decades, has been repeatedly covered by other bands and been used in movie soundtracks as a nostalgic evocation of post-World War II youth culture.
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May 3, 2003 | Steve Harvey
You can't be too safe these days. Alex Baker of Upland saw an announcement that San Bernardino County Grand Jury officials were looking for applicants who must "be of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment and good character. Elected public officials are ineligible." * Don't you just hate it when guests drop in uninvited? The police log of the Laguna News-Post said "a resident called police when she found a snake lying in her dining room."
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June 13, 2006 | Steve Harvey
It sounds like a Vince Vaughn/Will Ferrell movie plot. Steven Edward sent me a clipping from the Burbank Leader about a couple who united in marital bliss and then "took separate honeymoons." The bride, a Cal State Northridge grad, "traveled to Europe, and the groom went hunting. Upon returning, the couple have made Phoenix their home." I guess they'll have separate honeymoon scrapbooks. It's been cursed for a long time: For an unassuming town, Ontario seems to attract its share of knocks.
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August 14, 2003 | Steve Harvey
It's bad enough that the Dodgers have been eating the diamond dust of the first-place San Francisco Giants all season. Now ex-Newbury Park resident Jeff Bliss has found an ad in the Giants' Pac Bell Park poking fun at the City of Angels (see photo). And it was placed by Bank of America, of which L.A. is still a part (pending the next magnitude-8 earthquake, anyway). I phoned B of A to see if the City by the Bay would get similar treatment down here.
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