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Pete Seeger: Folk Music Legend, Political Activist

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyPete Seeger, who passed away on Jan. 27 at age 94 in New York, accomplished the nearly unimaginable. He showed that one man, armed only with a banjo, a tenor singing voice and the courage of his convictions, not only could leave an indelible stamp upon popular music, but also challenge injustice and fight for a better world. Seeger helped popularize folk music, a genre derived from the traditional chants, hymns and laments of hardscrabble rural America, and wrote or …

Take Him Out to the Ball Game

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeJoe Price had just rolled back into town, looking weary but still possessing the excitable manner of a guy who might burst into song at any moment. He had just completed half a year on the road visiting 104 minor league baseball parks in 40 states, where he had sung America’s national anthem to start their games. It was a labor of love and academic duty. Price, who is 64, is a professor of religious studies at L.A.’s Whittier University, …

Ray Price: King of the Honky Tonk Jukebox

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacySinger Ray Price once was Hank Williams’ protege, but he might have left an even bigger stamp on country music. Price, who died on Dec. 16 at age 87 in Mount Pleasant, Texas, was an amiable iconoclast — a bold experimenter who was never content to play it safe and just do what seemed to be popular at the time. Back in 1956, for example, Price decided to tinker with the then-standard country style of a 2/4 beat that emphasized …

Kris Kristofferson’s Coolest Concert Ever

Posted on 11/18/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentKris Kristofferson’s career as a singer-songwriter spans nearly 50 years, and his career as an actor nearly that, so it saddened me a little to learn that he’s struggling just a bit with memory loss. “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” Kristofferson, 77, told Fox News on Nov. 4, following a screening of the indie film “The Motel Life,” in which he plays a used-car salesman. “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions …

Eydie Gormé: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Pop Diva

Posted on 08/12/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyEydie Gormé was the sort of entertainer that you could imagine a young Don Draper taking his first wife Betty to see in some swank late-1950s nightclub — or better yet, curling up with her on the couch to watch on the Philco TV as Gormé  appeared with husband-to-be Steve Lawrence on The Tonight Show, where the musical couple were regulars during the Steve Allen era. Gormé, who died on Aug. 10 at age 84 in Las Vegas, was a superstar of the …