| Apr 29, 2009
| 11:59 AM
Bob talked to legendary pop icon Connie Francis, who is performing March 20th at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles. Click here for ticket information and to see other exciting performances coming to the theater!
| Dec 28, 2008
Pop music and jazz figures
Bob Popescu, 77; co-owner of Catalina Bar & Grill, turned the Los Angeles club into one of the top jazz venues in the country (Jan. 5)
Ken Nelson, 84; longtime Capitol Records talent scout had an ear for country music (Jan. 6)...
| Dec 21, 2008
Fifty years ago, Baltimore was a grimy, rowdy, unpretentious town of rolled-up sleeves and red-hot steel, a warren of row homes and warehouses, a place where a man could walk into a bar on Greenmount Avenue and gab with a Colts player over a cold Natty...
| Feb 1, 2009
Maxine Schackman grew up with Jewish music always in her home in Brooklyn. When her parents died, she inherited perhaps 75 Jewish records.
And she threw them out.
"I thought of it as trash," Schackman says ruefully. "I was an American, and I wanted to...
| Nov 5, 2008
Ray Ellis, the versatile pop music arranger who wrote the charts for hits by the Four Lads, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Doris Day and Johnny Mathis, has died. He was 85.
Ellis, a longtime resident of Ojai, died Oct. 27 of liver cancer at an assisted-...
| Mar 28, 2010
By the time Liza Minnelli took the stage at Birdland, just after midnight, the party was in full swing: Michael Feinstein hugged the Broadway legend and a bubbly, upbeat crowd sang happy birthday to her.
Parker Posey performed a wild, gyrating dance to...
| Apr 16, 2011
Giorgio Baldi, 66, whose Santa Monica trattoria was a favorite among celebrities such as Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Rihanna, died Monday while on vacation in Mexico, his family said. The cause of death was...
| Jan 24, 2011
Let the other ships have their rock climbing walls and their water slides, their come as-you-are and do-as-you-please ambience. On the new Queen Elizabeth, it's lawn bowling and croquet, formal nights and afternoon teas, assigned seating and fixed...
| Feb 2, 2011
| 3:03 PM
Nothing says "baby, I love you," like porkchop sideburns and a white jumpsuit.
"For me, Elvis of the '70s is what Elvis is all about," said Tim Rotz, who will impersonate The King during Antietam Recreation's Valentine's Special. The variety show debuts...
| Sep 20, 2010
| 2:44 PM
"AMORE: The Story of Italian American Song"
By Mark RotellaFarrar, Straus & Giroux, 320 pages, $26.00
1947 was a splendid year for Italian Americans. For decades, Italian immigrants, especially those from the poorer southern regions, were feared,...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 2:45 PM
It's no small feat to decode the lyrics of Don McLean's "American Pie," but most critics I've read believe "the jester" in verse three is a reference to Bob Dylan. That's the character, of course, who sings "in a coat he borrowed from James Dean/and a...