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December 5, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country's rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form of sacred rhythm music. That changed while the former South African president and longtime democratic activist was imprisoned by the pro-apartheid government from 1962 to 1990. He wasn't allowed access to music. Artists, however, used Mandela's jailing to fuel global protest songs, and during his years in captivity, Mandela's messages were delivered on the wings of rhythm and melody.
February 16, 1990
A songwriter who once sued pop icon Stevie Wonder over the song "I Just Called to Say I Love You" testified Thursday in Los Angeles that any similarities between that tune and a song he wrote are coincidental. Lee Garrett said he withdrew from the copyright infringement suit against Wonder, a longtime friend who had prevented Garrett from committing suicide in 1977, "because it (the suit) was based on a lie."
December 16, 2004 | Steve Baltin
Stevie Wonder has reason to be overjoyed. In April, he'll end a 10-year hiatus from studio recording with the release of his album "A Time 2 Love." And Saturday he'll hold his ninth annual House Full of Toys show at the Forum to benefit underprivileged kids. At the concert, Wonder promises to preview at least one track from the album. "I don't know which of the new songs I'm going to do," he said. Joining Wonder on the bill Saturday are host Dave Chappelle, rapper Doug E.
April 24, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Times has boxer Victor Ortiz, a former WBC welterweight champion, guest-blogging while he competes on "Dancing With the Stars . " Each week while he competes on the show, Ortiz will answer a few questions from Sports Now editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Ortiz's thoughts about Week 6, which he offered via email. This week, Ortiz was eliminated, finishing in eighth place overall. Q. You had to learn two dances this week, a solo dance and a team dance.
January 1, 1991
Voice theft. Song theft. Voice fraud. The cops should have had a voice squad instead of a vice squad in 1990. Silly Story Of The Year award goes to the pop group Milli Vanilli, focus of an international scandal after it was revealed that "singers" Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan had not sung a note on their 7-million-selling debut album "Girl You Know It's True."
May 10, 2005 | Richard Cromelin
Music video has been a meaningless medium for blind and visually impaired people, and Stevie Wonder has decided to do something about it. The musician, who has been blind virtually all his life, will release a video of his new song "So What the Fuss" that includes a descriptive audio track by rapper Busta Rhymes.
October 26, 1988 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Four sure things and a dark horse have been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Rolling Stones, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and Dion will be honored at ceremonies in New York on Jan. 18, it was announced late Monday. The first four acts were considered shoo-ins for enshrinement in their first year of eligibility--25 years after their first record release.
June 25, 2013 | By David Horsey
On Monday morning, I strolled from the East India Club - my temporary address while working from London - and went to watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Little did I know I would come away from the event with a novel insight into the controversial cyber-spying operations being run by British and American intelligence agencies. Navigating through the tourist throng, I took a position near the front gate of the palace with a decent view of marching red-coated soldiers in their towering bearskin hats.
March 4, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
When singer Minnie Riperton died from breast cancer on July 12, 1979, she was listening to a song Stevie Wonder had written especially for her, according to her husband, Dick Rudolph. On Sunday, Wonder will again sing for Riperton. He is the headliner of a benefit concert at the Universal Amphitheatre launching the Minnie Riperton Fund, a venture administered through the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research.
Pop singer-composer Stevie Wonder, accused in a lawsuit of stealing the song "I Just Called to Say I Love You," testified Thursday in federal court that he got the idea for the hit tune in 1976 while being driven to a hotel in Hollywood.
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