December 22, 1994 |
Only three people born since "Blue Suede Shoes" hit the charts have managed to follow Elvis Presley and his '50s peers to stardom by playing rockabilly music. Lee Rocker is one of them. He was still in his teens back in 1980, when he and his band mates in the Stray Cats--Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom--began scoring hits with a musical style that had gone out of fashion before the Kennedy Administration began.
June 26, 1994 |
Until the law caught up with them, the 20 stray cats of Riverside Park led a charmed existence. The portly tabbies spent their days wandering sun-dappled bike trails and lolling on the rocks overlooking the Potomac River. Dinner came on schedule every day, a huge mound of cat chow toted in by feline-fancying neighbors of this leafy National Park Service land south of Washington, D.C.
April 15, 1994 |
It would seem that Brian Setzer was born in the wrong era. The former front man of rockabilly revivalists the Stray Cats lately has been mining even deeper into America's musical past with the 17-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, which is introducing big-band swing to a new generation. Setzer, who performs to a sold-out crowd tonight at the Coach House, confesses that leading a big band has been a long-time dream.
February 1, 1993 |
My protest against a new county law requiring the licensing of cats has provoked anguished counterattacks. The law was adopted recently by the county Board of Supervisors, 3 to 2. It imposes a $5 fee on neutered cats, a $10 fee on the un-neutered. It is expected to produce $200,000 a year in revenue. In opposing the law, I pointed out that most cats are not owned, but are independent even of those who feed them. My wife, I noted, feeds five wild cats every morning.
August 15, 1992 |
It was so stiflingly hot inside a people-packed Sound FX on Thursday night that the club's open side doors were like steam vents. But, if the damp bodies clogging the venue's interior testified to the sweltering humidity, the patrons didn't seem to mind. That's because there was something even hotter in the joint: the Stray Cats, with the original configuration of guitarist Brian Setzer, stand-up bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1992 |
It's "cat season," the time of year when thousands of kittens are born. But thousands die too, put to death when the unwanted felines end up at Ventura County's animal shelters. "We are full of cats," said Kathy Jenks, director of the Ventura County Animal Regulation Department. "Every cat cage in the place is taken." Partly in response, county officials next fall will consider a new law requiring cats to be licensed, a move they hope will encourage owners to spay and neuter their cats.
August 27, 1991 |
An official memo ordering that stray cats found scrounging around Tulare County dumps be dispatched with a "swift, one-stroke blow to the head" has been rescinded after complaints. Solid Waste Manager Roger Hunt said, "We decided that it's probably not the best way, or at least not something we want our employees to have to do." He said the Humane Society of Tulare County recommended the move to rid landfills of unwanted cats.
August 8, 1991 |
Sufferin' Succotash! These cats apparently have way more than nine lives. Either they are always around like Sylvester or at least the grin remains like the Cheshire Cat. These guys, who rock a lot more than most felines, are the Stray Cats. These veteran rockabilly rockers are coming to the venerable Ventura Theatre Tuesday night with all three original members--Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and the one and only Slim Jim Phantom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1990 |
A longstanding controversy over cats that lived for decades among the beachfront rocks near Ventura's Holiday Inn has apparently been resolved, but hundreds of thousands of other homeless cats still roam Ventura County, animal experts say. Estimates of how many of the animals survive in virtually all parts of the county range from 350,000 to more than 2 million.
October 5, 1990
An Echo Park man was stabbed and robbed early Saturday morning in the 4000 block of Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles police said. Arthur Margolis, 49, told police that he was feeding stray cats in the area near Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue when he was approached by two assailants who demanded that he turn over his money, Detective Maria Rivas said. Margolis told police that one of the two assailants demanded his money and pushed him. Margolis said he pushed the man back.