| Mar 9, 2011
Singer had No. 1 hit with 'Running Bear'
Johnny Preston, 71, who had a No. 1 pop single in 1960 with "Running Bear," died Friday at a hospital in Beaumont, Texas, his son Scott told the Associated Press. The elder Preston had bypass...
| Mar 7, 2011
Above all else, Martin Scorsese is a character.
Brilliant, brazen, engaging, esoteric, reverent, irreverent, ironic — all are qualities that have forged the 68-year-old director into an unqualified master. Much revered, once reviled, Scorsese has...
| Mar 11, 2011
Ask Gary Busey about his life these days, and he's likely to flash his trademark toothy grin. He might also jump up and declare, as he did in a recent interview, "It's CRAZY good!"
The 66-year-old actor is keenly aware of the perceptions about him ...
| Jun 7, 2011
Rob Young's "Electric Eden" is a rich, overgrown garden of a book. Subtitled "Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music," its ostensible purpose is to chronicle the late 1960s/early 1970s heyday of British folk rock: artists such as Fairport Convention, Nick...
| Sep 19, 2009
| 4:34 AM
The reunited trio amps up the racy humor in the first of two concerts at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Near the end of Blink-182's show Thursday night at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, bassist Mark Hoppus revealed what anyone who'd...
| Jan 10, 2009
| 8:41 PM
Don Randall, the dynamic sales and marketing force behind legendary electric guitar designer Leo Fender's phenomenal success during his company's first two decades, has died. He was 91.
Randall, one of the founders of what is now the Scottsdale, Ariz.-...
| Jun 3, 2008
Primal rock and blues musician Bo Diddley, who helped cast the sonic template of rock more than 50 years ago with a signature syncopated rhythm that became universally recognized as "the Bo Diddley beat," died Monday. He was 79.
Diddley died of heart...
| Jun 4, 2008
"Whatever you do, do not play 'the Beat!' "
That was the first thing Bo Diddley said to us before we walked onto the stage of the Music Machine club in West L.A. for two sets in 1983. We were a mix of members of the Blasters and X who had agreed, with...
| Jun 15, 2008
IT TAKES a certain sort of idiot bravery (brave idiocy?) to board a small plane with a music star. There's just too much grim history to keep you on the tarmac. But what sort of lunatic would get into a plane with a rock star as the pilot?
| Jun 29, 2008
THE STAR-MAKING machine in Nashville does a lot of things well, but nurturing musicians who work outside the box isn't one of them. In the 1950s, Buddy Holly was rebuffed when he first recorded there, and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings spent most of...
| Oct 12, 2009
Hilburn, former pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times, is author of "Corn Flakes With John Lennon (and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life)." An excerpt in Sunday Calendar recalled his relationship with Lennon after the Beatles' breakup. In today's...