September 27, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and his signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. The singer - known for his easy-listening style and his wholesome middle-America appeal - was the antithesis of the counterculture that gave rise to rock 'n' roll. Williams' plaintive tenor, boyish features and clean-cut demeanor helped him outlast many of the decade's rock stars and fellow crooners, such as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.
July 17, 1987 |
In 1943, when the members of Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band were taking basic training at Atlantic City's Ambassador Hotel, one of the recruits was a Juilliard-trained young pianist/arranger who was trying out for the band that Miller led in England before being killed in a 1944 plane crash. In his book, "Glenn Miller and His Orchestra," jazz critic George Simon recalls that the soldier was a "shy but very warm" musician who had done some arranging for the Claude Thornhill and Randy Brooks bands.
July 21, 2002 |
Will Smith, Wynnefield's gift to Hollywood, is looking to revive a vintage concept about the fame game for a forthcoming film. He's working on recruiting Jennifer Lopez for a remake of A Star Is Born. "This . . . might work if we can get our schedules together," Smith told Newsweek. Joel Schumacher has agreed to help develop the project and may direct. The original film, made in 1937, starred Janet Gaynor as an unknown actress who marries a movie legend (Fredric March). Their union is strained when her career begins to eclipse his. At the end, the sad spouse walks into the ocean to drown.
January 7, 2005 |
If one role, and one movie, defines the gamine essence of Audrey Hepburn, it's arguably Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards' 1961 gem, Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's the tale of a charming waif who arrives in bustling New York City and makes a living by - well, that part is left a little vague, as were many matters of sex and romance in prudish, early-'60s Hollywood. Adapted from a Truman Capote novella, and featuring George Peppard as the upstairs neighbor whose feelings toward Holly are in a bit of a tangle, this airy classic is sweet and sentimental in the most glamorous, dressed-up sort of way. With its misty, melancholy Henry Mancini score (and theme song, "Moon River")
September 27, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series, and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. The singer, known for his easy-listening style and wholesome, middle-America appeal, was the antithesis of the counterculture that gave rise to rock and roll. The 84-year-old entertainer died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo., after a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, his Los Angeles publicist, Paul Shefrin, said Wednesday.
May 16, 1997 |
If you have ears for music - almost any kind of music - then this is one weekend to get up and prowl. From the best of big-band Hollywood to the newest in avant-garde jazz, with the trippiest thing in techno and the truest icons of folk, Philadelphia's clubs and concert-throwers have you covered. Dance trance: If electronic music goes big time, as some trendies predict, it'll likely ride on the backs of Manchester, England, player/producers Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, known collectively as Chemical Brothers.
June 15, 1994 |
Henry Mancini, the swing-loving pianist whose jazzy themes for Peter Gunn, The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany's defined the American soundtrack in the 1960s, died yesterday of liver and pancreatic cancer at his home in Beverly Hills. At the bedside of the 70-year-old composer-conductor was his wife of 47 years, Ginny, a former jazz singer. The Mancini mantel was crowded with Henry's numerous awards. In all, there were 20 Grammys, including one for "Baby Elephant Walk," the theme from the film Hatari!
April 2, 2004 |
As a youth, Henry Mancini learned from his music-loving father to play the flute and piccolo. But those gave way to the piano, the instrument that launched Mancini on a stellar career as a composer and scorer for films and television. The U.S. Postal Service is honoring that career with a 37-cent commemorative that will be issued April 13. Mancini's nearly 100 film credits included Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, and the Pink Panther series. The traipsing panther is squeezed in the lower left corner of the stamp design, with Mancini directing.
January 10, 1990 |
There's hardly a moviegoer, TV watcher or music listener around who hasn't heard something written by Henry Mancini. The tall, quiet, 65-year-old composer-performer-arranger has won so many awards over the years he's running out of shelf space on which to store them, and he has a home in Los Angeles with plenty of room. Let's take a look at his record: He has been nominated for 70 Grammys and has walked home with 20. He was nominated for 18 Academy Awards and went home with four Oscars.
September 22, 1994 |
Video, like other branches of the media, is in a marketing frenzy over the O.J. Simpson case. About a dozen tapes on Simpson and his troubles have been rushed into stores, some under the imprimatur of network news organizations and all playing off the sensational double murder of which he stands accused. But videotape now has an "instant publishing" rival from an even higher- tech plane: The People v. O.J. Simpson, an "interactive" casebook on the affair put together on CD-ROM for the computer crowd by Turner Home Entertainment.