Category Archives: Music

Jan. 19, 1907: A Conductor Throws Caution to the Winds

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Jan. 19, 1907 Los Angeles Despite his ill health, Harley Hamilton drove himself to conduct a concert by the Los Angeles Symphony because he believed so much in bringing the music of … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Sentinel Refuses Ads From Central Avenue Club Over White Cashier

4201 S. Central, the location of the Downbeat Room, via Google Street View. Notice the Dunbar Hotel next door. The famous Club Alabam’ was nearby at 4215 S. Central.   Jan. 9, 1947: Mabel Scott and Gerald Wilson open the … Continue reading

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Jan. 7, 1947: Man Uses Same Coffee Cup for 27 Years

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Same Coffee Cup Used 27 Years WHITTIER, Jan. 6—Truman B. Carl, a city employee, today rounded out 27 consecutive years of coffee drinking from the same oversized china … Continue reading

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Jan. 6, 1947: Artist Dies While Hanging From Ceiling to Ease Spinal Pain

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Jan. 6, 1947: Charles Clyde Atchison, 66, a sculptor and stone mason, had back problems—at least that’s what he told his sister Leona of 1110 W. 30th St. … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Mary Lou Williams ‘Waltz Boogie’

“Leon Wheaton of 1011 E. 43rd Place, Los Angeles, one of the latest local victims of police brutality,” in a photo published Jan. 2, 1947, in the Los Angeles Sentinel.  Unfortunately, there is no further information in the Sentinel about … Continue reading

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Jan. 3, 1947: Actress Helen Walker Hurt in Crash That Kills Soldier, Injures 2 Others

Yes, this is the Jan. 2, 1947, comics page, which pops up for Jan. 3, 1947. Note: This is a post that I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. This is one of those days where there’s too much to … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: The Harvey Wallbanger

A vintage 1972 iron-on transfer of Harvey Wallbanger himself, on EBay for $12. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. We have been looking at some historic drinks for this holiday season. To the millennials in the audience: This … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘White Christmas’ Soothes the Home Front in 1942

Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale in “Holiday Inn.” Note: This is an encore post from 2015. Recognized today as one of the top selling singles and pieces of sheet music of all time, Irving Berlin’s “White … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Organist C. Sharp Minor, Major Talent

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Music was an integral part of silent films, giving emotional texture or humorous voice to the films’ precious images. Different types of music and musicians accompanied them: orchestras, bands, photoplayers, pianists and … Continue reading

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L.A. Philharmonic Opens Season — Glitter and Be Gay, but With Mozart

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening night program with a souvenir bit of golden film, one of thousands of pieces showered on the audience at the end of the performance. Tuesday’s opening night of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2017-18 season concluded … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘I’m the Guy’ – Rube Goldberg as Comic Performer

  The cover of “I’m the Guy” as a refrigerator magnet, available on EBay for $4.99. Long before newspaper humorists like Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry came on the scene, there was Rube L. Goldberg, Renaissance Man of entertainment. Cartoonist, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Nigel De Brulier — Soothsayer From the East?

Nigel de Brulier, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2014 For decades, Hollywood typed actors for their looks, personality, temperament, a shorthand telling audiences what they could expect whenever the actor appeared. Some personalities like … Continue reading

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RIP: Dave Pell, Jazz Musician 1925 – 2017

Veteran jazz musician and record producer Dave Pell has died at the age of 92, according to his Facebook page. Here are excerpts of an interview I did in 2007. (The full interview is at latimes.com.) Dave Pell on Lenny … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Some People . . .

Ethel Merman in Gypsy on the cover of Playbill. So Barbra Streisand is still talking about playing Mama Rose in Gypsy. Now, I love Babs, but she is 74, and when Dainty June and Rose Louise went into vaudeville in … Continue reading

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Musical-Political Theater by the Tucson Symphony in the Time of Trump

Tucson Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Markus Huber. Photo by René Achenbach. Note: This has nothing to do with Los Angeles or with history – except perhaps my own history as onetime classical music critic of the Arizona Daily Star. Feel … Continue reading

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Eve Golden’s Radio Theater: Rich Conaty’s ‘Big Broadcast’

Photos of Rich Conaty courtesy of WFUV.     I am hijacking the usual YouTube Theater for a tribute to Rich Conaty, who hosted The Big Broadcast radio show—playing hits of the 1920s and ’30s—since 1973. He died of cancer … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘I’m Just Wild About Animal Crackers’ Heats Up Promotions

The sheet music for “I’m Just Wild About Animal Crackers,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Popular culture, be it music, the written word, or mass entertainment, so often unintentionally defines a time and place in history, revealing so much about a … Continue reading

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L.A. Celebrates Fourth of July With Cricket Match, Bagpipe Contest

Note: This is a post from 2007. July 4, 1907 Los Angeles And how does Los Angeles celebrate Independence Day? With cricket matches and bagpipe contests.  

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Take Your Girlie to the Movies’ Promotes Film and Romance

   “Take Your Girlie to the Movies,” as recorded by Billy Murray, 1919. Popular songs often speak to issues of the period in which they are written, providing commentary on political, social, and cultural issues. Most of the songs in … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: The Harvey Wallbanger

A vintage 1972 iron-on transfer of Harvey Wallbanger himself, on EBay for $12. Note: This is a repost from 2013. We have been looking at some historic drinks for this holiday season. To the millennials in the audience: This is … Continue reading

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