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Randy Lewis

Writer

Randy Lewis has covered pop music for the Los Angeles Times since 1981, working in that time as a reporter, music critic and editor for the Calendar section. He has interviewed most of the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's also written first-person accounts of performing the music of Shostakovich and Prokofiev on clarinet and singing Mozart’s Requiem with world-class professionals. In addition, he enjoys belting out "Wooly Bully" in dive bars with his band, the Rounders.

Recent Articles

  • 'Santiago' takes Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba and back

    'Santiago' takes Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba and back

    What happens when musicians from one of the must musically fertile spots on the planet collaborate with peers from an equally vibrant cultural melting pot? Something like “Santiago,” the first track from the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s forthcoming album, “So It Is,” inspired in large...

  • Alison Krauss goes solo again on 'Windy City'

    Alison Krauss goes solo again on 'Windy City'

    If Alison Krauss has learned one thing along the way to becoming the musician laden with more Grammy Awards than any other woman in pop history, it’s to trust her instincts. So when her intuition told her it was time to step away from her longtime band Union Station to make only her second solo...

  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

    'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

    Nearly 40 years ago “Weird Al” Yankovic began building his fan base the old-fashioned way: radio.  Yankovic would send tapes to disc jockey and comedy song expert Dr. Demento, who gave air time to Yankovic’s early parodies of the Knack’s then-chart-topping new wave hit “My Sharona” (recast as “My...

  • Harry Belafonte 90th birthday career retrospective collection due Feb. 24

    Harry Belafonte 90th birthday career retrospective collection due Feb. 24

    A 60th anniversary update of Harry Belafonte’s 1957 hit “When Colors Come Together (Island in the Sun)” caps a new retrospective album. The collection will survey the storied career of the veteran singer, actor and political activist who will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 1. The song, which...

  • Here's who benefited the most from the Grammy Awards

    Here's who benefited the most from the Grammy Awards

    Who benefited most from Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards telecast? That depends on which yardstick you use, but as usual the artists who scored performance slots generally experienced bigger immediate sales gains over actual award winners. The lucky few who won and performed during the telecast were...

  • Grammys may have missed an opportunity to salute Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard

    Grammys may have missed an opportunity to salute Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard

    Barley an hour after the conclusion of Sunday’s Grammy Awards, an email arrived from a friend expressing disappointment at the telecast making short shrift of the deaths of two of the greatest musical poets of the last century, Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard. Both were name- and photo-checked...

  • From birth till death, the Grammys captured the full circle of life

    From birth till death, the Grammys captured the full circle of life

    Grammys 2017: Katy Perry's white pant suit protest, plus Beyonce's red quick change Feb. 15, 2017, 9:33 a.m. Adele ended her night at the 2017 Grammy Awards with back-to-back wins for album of the year and record of the year, but used her final moments on stage to salute Beyoncé and her "monumental"...

  • This year's Grammy Awards were very much about life and death

    This year's Grammy Awards were very much about life and death

    The full spectrum of life was on display at Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards. Much of the attention surrounding the ceremony in Los Angeles centered on artist comments or performances on hot political issues, but some of the more emotional moments sprang from the timeless themes of life and death. There...

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