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Lehigh Valley MusicBy Steve Siegel Special to The Morning Call “JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology” Smithsonian Folkways Singer Mel Torme once commented that both jazz and love are easy to experience, yet are the hardest two things to describe. With jazz, the...
Pop & Hiss: The L.A. Times music blogElvis Costello's never been one to shrink from a challenge. And on his new album, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," he's taken on a big one, a song cycle of sorts incorporating themes that wind like the muddy Mississippi through the cultural legacy of the...
Pop & HissFor much of her career, Rihanna was seen as being not entirely herself. From her high-profile signing during Jay-Z’s Def Jam tenure to her steely, minimalist presence on blustery tracks by the-Dream and Tricky and Ne-Yo, Rihanna’s most successful...
Pop & HissWhat do "real music" and meaningful sex have in common? Everything, it seemed, for the committed couples and best-girlfriend clusters who filled Staples Center on Saturday night to enjoy the R&B grooves of Maxwell and Jill Scott. The two singers......
Who performed the first "blues" recording "Crazy Blues", recorded on August 10, 1920? a) Mamie Smith b) Ida Cox c) Bessie SmithWGN NewsANSWER: a) Mamie Smith
(WGN-AM)- Hundreds of mourners turned out Thursday at a music-filled wake and memorial service for Chicago blues icon Koko Taylor, whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the nickname "Queen of the Blues." Among those who paid tribute to Taylor...
Tags: PBS (tv network), Buddy Guy, Otis Clay, Memphis, Radio
Politics have provided gay Americans like myself with no end of schadenfreude in recent years, what with the antics of Mark Foley, Larry Craig and other I'm-not-gay Republicans. But last weekend, a competing Democratic farce debuted: Barack Obama's...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn the long and often embarrassing history of intellectuals' attempts to grapple with pop culture, there are, at least, a few high points. One of them is the work of the late Leslie Fiedler, the garrulous and provocative critic of literature who could...
Mae Mercer, a deep-voiced blues singer who spent much of the 1960s performing at a blues bar in Paris and touring Europe before launching an acting career back home in films and television, has died. She was 76. Mercer was found dead Oct. 29 at her...
Ibrahim Nasir Maldives' 1st president Ibrahim Nasir, 82, who led the Maldives' independence movement from the British and became the archipelago's first president, died Saturday at a Singapore hospital, Ahmed Shaeed, the foreign minister of the Maldives,...
Tags: Idaho, Singapore, Maldives, Health, Washington (U.S. state)
On her latest full-length collection, Marianne Faithfull, the queen of torch songs for the damaged soul, reteams with producer Hal Willner for another beautifully haunting tour of a landscape littered with the detritus of shredded hearts. "I sit in my...
Sun ReporterBillie Holiday April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959 "Lady Day" Considered by many to be the greatest of all jazz singers, her talent was matched only by tragedy. Born Eleanora Fagan Holiday in Baltimore, as a child she was abandoned by her father. She...
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