| Jun 7, 2011
When he auditioned for a starring role in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue before the Anaheim theme park opened in 1955, comedian Wally Boag thought he was trying out for just another two-week booking.
It was anything but.
By the time he retired from...
| Jun 16, 2011
Bob Banner, an Emmy Award-winning television producer and director whose credits included "The Garry Moore Show," "Candid Camera" and "Solid Gold" and who gave a career boost to a young Carol Burnett years before becoming executive producer of her popular...
| Jul 16, 2011
In a Burbank shop in the 1970s, Travis Bean reinvented the electric guitar.
To enhance string vibration, he suggested making the instrument's neck and headstock out of solid aluminum instead of wood. The resulting guitars, manufactured for only five...
| Jun 21, 2011
James P. Hosty, the FBI agent who inherited Lee Harvey Oswald's file the year before President Kennedy was assassinated and spent nearly five decades defending himself against accusations that he should have investigated Oswald more closely, has died....
| Jul 28, 2011
Polly Platt, the Oscar-nominated production designer of such films as "The Last Picture Show" and "Terms of Endearment" and producer of "Broadcast News" and "Say Anything," has died. She was 72.
Platt died Wednesday of Lou Gehrig's disease at her home in...
| May 17, 2011
Bob Flanigan, a founding member and original lead singer of the innovative vocal group the Four Freshmen, whose elegantly intricate jazz-rooted singing was a profound influence on Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson as well as the Lettermen, the...
| Jul 9, 2011
Award-winning Cuban guitarist
Manuel Galban, 80, a Grammy-winning Cuban guitarist who rose to international fame as a member of the Buena Vista Social Club, died Thursday of a heart attack in Havana.
Born in 1931 in Gibara, in the eastern...
| Jul 23, 2011
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Joe Lee Wilson, 75, a jazz vocalist who performed with saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Archie Shepp and trumpeters Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard and hosted a thriving loft club in New York City in the 1970s, died July 17 at his home in Brighton, England,...
| Mar 3, 2011
Electric Prunes bassist
Mark Tulin, 62, bassist for the Electric Prunes, a short-lived 1960s garage band best known for their distortion-filled psychedelic-acid rock single "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)," died Saturday in Avalon after...
| Aug 11, 2011
Tom Garvin, a jazz pianist and composer-arranger who was best known as an exceptional accompanist, died July 31 at an assisted living facility in Encino. He was 67.
The cause was cancer, which diagnosed three years ago, said Tom Mitchell, a close friend....
| Aug 24, 2011
Nick Ashford, half of the Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for singers Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday, his former publicist said. He was 70.
Ashford, who along...