| Dec 26, 2006
| 5:00 AM
Last month, on a frosty night in Zagreb, Croatia, they draped the shimmering cape on the shoulders of James Brown for the last time. As the crowd cheered, the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business," whose career had begun six decades and a world away as a...
| Jul 22, 2007
Knowing how obsessed Elvis fans can be, I wasn't surprised when my wife and I drove up to the Heartbreak Hotel and found, true to the song's lyrics, that it was actually "down at the end of Lonely Street" and that the desk clerk was...
| Jun 2, 2008
| 9:25 PM
Bo Diddley, who died Monday at age 79 in Florida, was as essential to the creation of rock 'n' roll as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Little Richard, though he seldom got the credit or the accolades that were showered on his better-known peers.
| Nov 7, 2009
| 3:59 PM
One year into its Chicago run, and with its four stellar key performers now back in place, the musical "Million Dollar Quartet" has lost none of its crowd-pleasing energy nor raw musical exuberance. And with some lingering song-rights issues now resolved,...
| Jan 28, 2009
They came to West Hollywood on Monday night not to bury one of the celebrated figures in L.A. music's storied past, but to praise him.
A few hundred family members, friends, former employees and just plain fans of Whisky A Go-Go co-founder Elmer...
| Feb 7, 2009
No invention since the phonograph more dramatically affected how popular music is made than Fender guitars, arriving as they did with the birth of rock 'n' roll. Buddy Holly was an early Fender convert; Jimi Hendrix used the Stratocaster to...
| Oct 9, 2009
Shelby Singleton, a maverick country music mogul and talent scout who launched the careers of Roger Miller and Ray Stevens before resuscitating the fabled Sun Records label to give new life to recordings by 1950s Sun discoveries including Johnny Cash...
| Aug 4, 2009
Billy Lee Riley, a rockabilly pioneer and songwriter who recorded for the legendary Sun Records label and is best remembered for his 1957 singles "Flyin' Saucers Rock and Roll" and "Red Hot," has died. He was 75.
Riley died Sunday of colon cancer that...
| Oct 3, 2008
Nick Reynolds, who as a college student grabbed a guitar, donned a broad-striped button-down shirt and quickly helped propel the 1950s folk music revival to the top of the pop music charts as a founding member of the Kingston Trio, died Wednesday in San...
| Nov 2, 2006
It's barely dawn, but the cars, pickups, vans, trailers and U-Haul trucks are lined up around all four sides of Veterans Stadium's parking lot, each vehicle filled with the detritus of American consumer culture. The engines are off, and vendors...
| Dec 12, 2006
The first rock 'n' roll summit meeting occurred 50 years ago this month when Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins got together in Memphis' famed Sun Records studio — and we finally can hear the whole thing.