May 5, 2015 |
On 2012's Lonesome Dreams and 2015's Strange Trails , traveling storyteller Ben Schneider - the Lord of the indie band Lord Huron - makes victory laps around Lake Wobegon with detours through the surf of Laguna Beach, the silt of the Colorado River, and the dust of the Oklahoma panhandle. There is an ambience of location - real and psychedelically imagined - and the nuanced detail of mystical experience to all that Huron does, with just a hint of hip-shimmying Elvis Presley in Schneider's vocal delivery.
April 2, 2014 |
WHEN SALVATORE Giusti arrived in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos to visit his daughter in September 2006, he discovered that a World Series of Poker tournament was scheduled. Salvatore considered himself a fair poker player, having sharpened his skills at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, and when he was asked to join the tournament as an amateur, he couldn't say no. The tournament ran for three days, and Salvatore came out No. 30, out of 100 amateurs. "He was very proud of that," said his daughter Antoinette Sottak, who lived in Turks and Caicos for 13 years.
November 15, 2013 |
"I THINK WHAT Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed, and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z. I've been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past 10 years . . . I got the answers. I understand culture.
July 29, 2013 |
When the artist formerly known as Dolores Hart attended the Academy Awards in 2012, it was her third time on the red carpet and the first time she didn't fret about what to wear. She wore black - her nun's habit, a crisp white wimple framing her radiant face. On a recent sultry July afternoon in Philadelphia, she demonstrates the garment's versatility. It has built-in ventilation, says Mother Dolores, 74, gentling her hem to circulate cool air. Over her headpiece she sports a jaunty black beret.
June 20, 2013 |
MIAMI - Country singer Slim Whitman, 90, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy Mars Attacks! , died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. Mr. Whitman died of heart failure at Orange Park Medical Center, his son-in-law, Roy Beagle, said. Mr. Whitman's tenor falsetto and ebony mustache and sideburns became global trademarks - and an inspiration for countless jokes - thanks to the TV commercials that pitched his records and that he called "one of the smartest things I ever did. " But he was a serious musical influence on early rock, and in the British Isles, he was known as a pioneer of country music for popularizing the style there.
March 28, 2013 |
NASHVILLE, TENN. - Gordon Stoker, a member of the Jordanaires vocal group that backed Elvis Presley, died Wednesday. He was 88. His son Alan told the Associated Press that Stoker died at his home in Brentwood, Tenn., after a lengthy illness. Stoker, who was born in Gleason, Tenn., got his start playing the piano on WSM radio and its signature show, the Grand Ole Opry. Alan Stoker said his father was just 15 when he started playing professionally. He joined the Jordanaires as a piano player, but then became tenor vocalist.
March 28, 2013
Gordon Stoker, 88, a member of the Jordanaires vocal group that backed up Elvis Presley, died Wednesday at his home in Brentwood, Tenn., after a lengthy illness, his son, Alan, told the Associated Press. Mr. Stoker, who was born in Gleason, Tenn., got his start playing the piano on WSM radio and its signature show, The Grand Ole Opry . He joined the Jordanaires as a piano player, but then became a tenor vocalist. The quartet originated in Missouri and went to Nashville, where it backed Red Foley on a segment of the Opry called "the Prince Albert Show.
January 13, 2013
Rhythm-guitar player John Wilkinson, 67, who performed with Elvis Presley more than a thousand times, died of cancer Friday at home in Springfield, Mo. Mr. Wilkinson met Elvis Presley at age 10 after sneaking into the singer's dressing room before a show in Springfield. He amused Presley when he told him, "You can't play guitar worth a damn. " After that meeting, Mr. Wilkinson developed a name for himself as a singer and guitarist, performing with such groups as the New Christy Minstrels.
December 14, 2012 |
Recording sessions have the mystique of making music history behind closed doors. No matter that the single most famous one in pop culture - the December day in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, now known as the Million Dollar Quartet, were all in the same Memphis studio - yielded nothing of great musical consequence. It was lions at play, singing gospel and blues that the public didn't want to hear from them. But who wouldn't have wanted to be a fly on that wall?
August 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As Homer Simpson would say, "D'oh!" The Postal Service guessed that the TV cartoon character and his family were twice as popular as Elvis Presley when it came to sales of commemorative stamps. In a move that wasted $1.2 million in printing costs, the service produced one billion of The Simpsons stamps and sold 318 million. The Postal Service inspector general in a report singled out the overproduction of stamps marking the 20th anniversary of the cartoon's run as an example of failing to align stamp production with demand.