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Los Angeles Times

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

  • Why B.B. King was a slam dunk for a Grammy tribute

    Why B.B. King was a slam dunk for a Grammy tribute

    Just since the start of a new year, the world has lost what feels like an inordinate number of high-profile music-world figures: rock provocateur David Bowie, singer Natalie Cole, Eagles founding member Glenn Frey, composer-conductor Pierre Boulez, Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner, jazz...

  • Grammy Awards to broadcast 'Hamilton' opening number live from Broadway

    Grammy Awards to broadcast 'Hamilton' opening number live from Broadway

    Producers of the Grammy Awards telecast typically leave Broadway production numbers to their brethren who stage the annual Tony Awards, but this year they are making an exception. The opening number from the Grammy-nominated hip-hop musical “Hamilton” will be among nearly two dozen performance...

  • Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute

    Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute

    Surviving founding members of the Doors John Densmore and Robby Krieger will reunite for the first time in 15 years with some help from Exene Cervenka and John Doe of long-running L.A. punk band X to salute Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek with a benefit concert Feb. 12 on what would have been Manzarek’s...

  • Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead 51st ACM Awards nominations

    Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead 51st ACM Awards nominations

    The Academy of Country Music has heaped nominations for its upcoming 51st awards ceremony on singer-songwriters Eric Church and Chris Stapleton, each of whom received five nods including album and male vocalist recognition. Church’s “Mr. Misunderstood” and Stapleton’s “Traveller” are vying in the...

  • For Elton John it's a 'Wonderful Crazy Night'; yes, he's in a happy place

    For Elton John it's a 'Wonderful Crazy Night'; yes, he's in a happy place

    In addition to his myriad accomplishments as an artist, Elton John has long maintained a reputation as a tastemaker. He's been an early champion of emerging pop acts from Swing Out Sister and Eminem in the '80s and '90s through current stars Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd, thanks to a voracious appetite...

  • Coldplay to play Rose Bowl in August on summer U.S. stadium tour

    Coldplay to play Rose Bowl in August on summer U.S. stadium tour

    Coldplay will set down in a large handful of major-market stadiums across the U.S. this summer as part of the group’s first world tour in five years, the band announced Thursday. The stateside leg of A Head Full of Dreams tour opens July 16 at New York’s Met Life Stadium and will reach the Rose...

  • Bert Berns tabbed for Rock Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award

    Bert Berns tabbed for Rock Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award

    Songwriter, producer and record label executive Bert Berns will be this year’s recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held April 8 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Berns, who died in 1967 of heart failure at age 38, is best...

  • Kanye West to roll out 'Waves' album Feb. 11 in New York

    Kanye West to roll out 'Waves' album Feb. 11 in New York

    Rapper Kanye West will roll out his new album, which he has retitled “Waves” after announcing it as “Swish,” at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11 during his “Yeezy Season 3” presentation during New York Fashion Week, Billboard reports. He also plans to release a track per week up until the album’s...

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