Category Archives: Blues

In Walter (Cronkite) We Trust, March 14, 1981

             March 14, 1981: Howard Rosenberg, The Times Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic, watches Dan Rather’s debut in taking over from Walter Cronkite on the “CBS Evening News” and he is not a happy man. Art … Continue reading

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Les Paul, 1915 – 2009

Solid-Body Legend Plagued by arthritis, Les Paul acknowledges that his playing days are probably numbered, but new releases will preserve his work  November 24, 1991 By MICHAEL WALKER, Michael Walker is a free-lance writer based in New York. NEW YORK … Continue reading

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Police Botch Raid on Club

July 19, 1899: Police testified about a raid on the Republican Club, run by African Americans, but although they described debauchery, they couldn't cite specific instances. They just said it was a bad place: "Officers who testified were woefully lacking … Continue reading

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Holy Barbarians

Above, the dust jacket of Lawrence Lipton's "Holy Barbarians" that's in pretty good shape. Obviously owned by a square. June 28, 1959: Lawrence Lipton uses a review of "The Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men," by Gene Feldman and … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, 1959!

The rest of the world may peer into a darkened crystal ball, but at the Daily Mirror, we know what the future has to bring. In 1959, Los Angeles won the series and we lost Errol Flynn and Raymond Chandler. … Continue reading

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Poison gas kills Disney’s mother, November 27, 1938

  Above, Walt Disney gave his parents a home at 4605 Placidia Ave., Toluca Lake, for their golden wedding anniversary. According to The Times, a faulty furnace connection let carbon monoxide into the house. Disney’s father, Elias, was found unconscious … Continue reading

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End of the view

I’m sorry to note that one of my favorite downtown blogs, "View From a Loft," is going to be mothballed. Through "Loft," graphic artist Ed Fuentes explored downtown Los Angeles as only a resident can. He writes: HELLO, I MUST … Continue reading

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The ‘Heidi Game’ remembered, November 17, 1968

Big Scream TV Today is the 30th Anniversary of ‘The Heidi Game’, a Landmark Moment in Television Sports History Timeline 1:05: Jets take a 32-29 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Jim Turner. Raiders’ Charlie Smith returns kickoff to … Continue reading

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Box Set — Hank Williams

Hank Williams’ obituary in The Times, Jan. 2, 1953 October 28, 2008 By Robert Hilburn More than a half century after his death, Hank Williams remains so revered as a songwriter that his gifts as a singer are often underappreciated. … Continue reading

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Blind Tom dies

he Daily Mirror overlooked the death of "Blind Tom" Wiggins, reported June 28, 1908. Blind Tom played the piano, but he was more than a pianist. He wrote music, but he was far more than a composer. Blind Tom was … Continue reading

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Elvis update

Oct. 29, 1957 Los Angeles You may remember my post on Elvis Presley’s concerts at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium, based on contemporary reviews by those two keen observers of popular culture: Wally George and Hedda Hopper. I’m sorry to say I … Continue reading

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Elvis live!

  Oct. 29, 1957 Los Angeles He came out of nowhere, barely a blip on the nation’s radar in 1955 (according to Proquest, he wasn’t mentioned even once in The Times that year). But by 1957, he was an unstoppable … Continue reading

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Prisoner’s dream

  Aug. 16, 1957 Santa Monica We will never know what really happened on the night ad executive Guy F. Roberts was shot to death in a Santa Monica motel room because everyone involved was lying to cover up the … Continue reading

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