LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys and...
Mansion where Phil Spector killed actress is for sale
ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) — The hilltop Los Angeles-area mansion where music producer Phil Spector killed actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 is for sale at $5.5 million.
Matt Costa, "Santa Rosa Fangs" (Dangerbird)
Rock 'n' roll is now old enough to draw social security, which means that for contemporary acts, influences become multigenerational. Such is the case with California singer-songwriter Matt Costa, who borrows from those who borrowed on his engaging new album, "Santa Rosa Fangs."
The music's reminiscent of such pioneers as the Byrds, Phil Spector and Nick Drake, but also Oasis, World Party and the Polyphonic Spree.
One approaches Cynthia Weil’s second full-length novel, “806,” with very high hopes. Weil is a songwriter of much renown, with a long list of accolades and a roster of songs recorded by artists such as Celine Dion, The Monkees, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and Lionel Richie. Perhaps the most famous one in her repertoire, co-written with Phil Spector, is “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” which I first heard in the movie “Top Gun.”
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PACINO, 'PATERNO' AND 'HOWARDS END'
Has Al Pacino ever played a nice guy? Pacino stars in the title role of "Paterno" (7 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA), the latest in a string of portrayals of deeply flawed men, including Roy Cohn, Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector. And that's just on HBO.
LOS ANGELES - There was a time when the idea of Al Pacino doing television seemed as unlikely as the pope hosting Saturday Night Live. But as the small screen became more prestigious, and movie studios grew less enamored of urban dramas driven by characters desperately in need of a nap, Pacino was one of the many actors who broadened their horizons.
Darlene Love shows why she’s the ‘Queen’ at her ‘Love for the Holidays’ show at INB Performing Arts Center
For anyone who may have needed a refresher on her career, Darlene Love had them covered before Wednesday’s show at the INB Performing Arts Center, part of her “Love for the Holidays” tour.
As the lights dimmed, a video showing career highlights began to play.
The video was no more than two or three minutes, but it could have been much longer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mugshot newly taken of Phil Spector in prison shows the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer completely free of the huge hair that was so striking during his trial.
The photo taken in June and provided Tuesday by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also shows the 76-year-old music producer smiling broadly and wearing hearing aids on both ears.
Imelda May, "Life, Love, Flesh, Blood" (Verve)
Imelda May's marriage of 18 years recently ended, and "Life, Love, Flesh, Blood" finds her on the romantic rebound. As May gets back into the game, she makes even the words "rub-a-dub-dub" sound sexy.
The Mavericks, "Brand New Day" (Mono Mundo Recordings)
The Mavericks' "Brand New Day" is skillfully paced for the dancefloor, straddling the southern American borders and shores with a spinning wheel of styles and rhythms.
Led by rhapsodic vocalist Raul Malo, the band displays its usual high standards on tunes brimming with Tex-Mex accordions, Cuban rhythms, sophisticated 1960s pop, sensitive ballads and swirling bossa nova.
When it comes to classics, Danbury resident Ronnie Spector is one of the benchmarks of the American music scene. Lead singer in the 1960s of the R&B/pop vocal group, the Ronettes, the girl who grew up in Harlem, N.Y., skyrocketed to fame with songs like “Be My Baby” and “Walking in the Rain.” Ex-wife of music mogul Phil Spector, she moved on after a bad marriage, jump-starting her career and personal life. An author, music producer and Rock and Roll...
A founder of the New Orleans girl group The Dixie Cups dies
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the founding members of the New Orleans girl group The Dixie Cups, who had a No. 1 hit in 1964 with "Chapel of Love," has died. Joan Marie Johnson was 72.
According to former bandmate Barbara Ann Hawkins, Johnson died of congestive heart failure Oct. 3 at a hospice in New Orleans.