Category Archives: Rock ‘n’ Roll

Movieland Mystery Photo — From Our Readers [Updated]

      Photos courtesy of Matthew Harris   [Update: Please congratulate Steve Stoliar for identifying this mystery group as the T-Bones! Nice research, Steve!]     [Update: Here’s a frame grab from YouTube.] Here’s a series of mystery photos … Continue reading

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Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock, Jan. 21, 1961

       Jan. 21, 1961: Paul Coates has a terrific item on a radio announcer whose life fell apart after he  lost his job because the station went to rock ‘n’ roll. Charley used to patronize a place on … Continue reading

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Teena Marie, 1956 — 2010: ‘I wish I was colorless’

Teena Marie: “I’m a different kind of person. Blacks and whites don’t really react in any special way to me. I don’t get anything negative from blacks and not really anything negative from whites now. But I will say it was different before I started getting some popularity. I don’t think it was prejudice from whites as much as ignorance of something they didn’t know much about. You know, I wish I was colorless sometimes.”
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Beatle John Lennon Slain; Shot Down Outside New York Apartment

    Dec. 9, 1980: Former Beatle John Lennon, 40, who led a revolution in popular music that captured the imagination of an entire generation, was shot to death Monday outside his exclusive Manhattan apartment house. He was rushed to … Continue reading

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Ritchie Valens and ‘Donna’

       Feb. 5, 1959: Here’s a story I neglected to post in my original coverage of “The Day the Music Died,” an interview with Donna Ludwig of Granada Hills, the subject of Ritchie Valens’ song “Donna.”  The Times … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in San Francisco, 1980

           Nov. 11, 1980: Robert Hilburn writes about Bob Dylan playing at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater in a concert that emphasized his “born-again” Christian material rather than his standards. ”Unwilling to turn himself into a museum … Continue reading

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Talking Heads at the Greek – Psychedelic Furs at the Whisky

      Oct. 20, 1980: Robert Hilburn reviews Talking Heads at the Greek Theater. On the jump, Psychedelic Furs and Wall of Voodoo at the Whisky.

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Found on EBay: Psychedelic Neckties

 Yes, people really did wear ties like this – with bell bottom pants. If you’re lucky, you’re too young to remember it. What’s the best use of these ties? A quilt? Halloween? ‘60s night at the Cicada Club? Sending poor … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, April 21, 1960

  Being a Celebrity Weighs So Heavily     Since everyone else is hesitant to say it, I'll say it myself.       I'm a celebrity.       It's been a long, hard, often discouraging fight to reach the top.  But, … Continue reading

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Elvis Arrives in L.A.

    April 21, 1960: Elvis Presley’s return to Los Angeles to film “G.I. Blues” is put safely on Page 2. Instead, The Times leads the paper with the resignation of the South Korean cabinet.    ps. Georg Solti is … Continue reading

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On the Road With Linda Ronstadt, April 20, 1980

  April 20, 1980: Linda Ronstadt tells Robert Hilburn, “A lot of musicians mistakenly think you're supposed to know everything about your craft at age 18 just because a couple of geniuses, like Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger, seem to … Continue reading

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GOP Loses Voting Strength, Poll finds

March 20, 1960: The Gallup Poll says: “…the Republican Party nationwide continues at one of its lowest ebbs in basic voting strength.” I have to wonder whether results like this set off any alarms among Republicans. Perhaps later stories will … Continue reading

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Robert Hilburn on The Jam, March 18, 1980

  March 18, 1980: Robert Hilburn wonders whether The Jam will be The Who of the 1980s. Actually, they broke up about 1983.

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Voices – Alex Chilton

June 16, 1985: "Having a band is a very difficult thing, especially if you're not making a whole lot of money,” Alex Chilton tells Don Snowden. 

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Robert Hilburn on 38-Special, Rush

March 10, 1980: “Bearable by most standards, 38-Special was a godsend next to headliner Rush,” Robert Hilburn says. 

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Kennedy Pulls Even With Nixon in Poll

  March 4, 1960: Nancy Sinatra greets Elvis! March 4, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.) pulls even with Vice President Richard Nixon – even though Kennedy is Catholic! (More on the jump). 

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Fiery Train Wreck Kills 17

The San Francisco Santa Fe Chief smashes into an oil tank truck and trailer 12 miles west of Bakersfield. March 2, 1960: Gov. Pat Brown gives up hope that the California Legislature will abolish the death penalty …  and Elvis … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, March 1, 1960

Way Out Walkout     A great many people walked out on Miles Davis and John Coltrane, two great men of music they had primarily come to see and hear, at last Saturday's jazz concert at Shrine Auditorium, thereby provoking a … Continue reading

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Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel Shut Out Disco at Grammys

  Feb. 28, 1980: The Doobie Brothers' "What a Fool Believes" wins the Grammy for best single while Billy Joel's "52nd Street" wins for best album. Bonus appearance: Bob Dylan! … and Jim Murray writes about Spectacular Bid.

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Matt Weinstock, Feb. 25, 1960

    Mad Memories       The prohibition era (1920-1933) was a long time ago but to many persons it remains the most unforgettable time of their lives.  It had for them an aura of pleasurable deviltry.       It … Continue reading

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