October 22, 2005
Shirley Horn, Washington native and Grammy-winning jazz pianist and vocalist known for her exquisitely slow ballad style, died Thursday night from complications of diabetes at Gladys Spellman Specialty Hospital and Nursing Center in Cheverly. She was 71. In a career of more than 50 years, Ms. Horn, who was honored last year at a Kennedy Center tribute concert, became famous for her impressionistic piano playing and the meditative way she rendered ballads. But she was also known for her swinging, rhythmic gait on faster pieces.
November 13, 1997
The "Ruler of the Queen's Navee" comes clean, or at least clear, in "Innocent Merriment, or Gilbert without Sullivan," a one-man rendition of the works of William S. Gilbert that opens tomorrow at Theatre Outback at Howard County Community College in Columbia.Walt Witcover, the play's creator and sole performer, said he does not mean to ignore Sir Arthur Sullivan, the other member of the Gilbert and Sullivan team, but wants to draw attention to Gilbert's lyrics and lesser-known ballads -- by speaking them, not singing them.
March 31, 1997
Augusta White, 91, who with her husband wrote the classic cowboy ballad "Get Along, Little Dogie," died Thursday of natural causes at the Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Chatham, N.J.She and her husband, John I. White, wrote the western song and other ballads published in "Songs and Songmakers of the American West" in 1976.They married in 1930 and became a symbol of cowboy lore, even though they lived most of their lives in New Jersey. John White, who died two years ago, played the "Lonesome Cowboy" on the NBC radio program, "Death Valley Days."
January 8, 2004
Thanks to the MTV reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, Nick Lachey has become a guy you want to like. His role as the harried, good-natured husband of Jessica Simpson practically earns him sainthood status, not just because of his patience but also because he transmits a persona that is hard-working and genuine. His solo debut, the irksomely titled SoulO, is much like the man on TV: uncomplicated but likable -- characteristics, unfortunately, that don't play as well on disc as they do on TV. SoulO lacks the kind of fire that makes you crave the sound of it again and again.
October 14, 2010
Rob Zombie — death metal heavy, horror movie director — is a tease. When asked about his Sunday show with Alice Cooper at Merriweather Post Pavilion , he brags: "Expect, without a doubt, the greatest spectacle you'll ever see. " But asked for specifics, he gave away few details. "We'll do every possible gag, gimmick imaginable. Giant robots and everything," he said. "But I don't like to give it all away. " All right, Zombie, have it your way. He doesn't need to promote the show much.
November 23, 1992
Country music fans lucky enough to get tickets were treated to a double bill of top-flight talent as two of Nashville's most revered recording artists, Vince Gill and Mary Chapin Carpenter, pTC performed for a sellout crowd of 4,100 at the Naval Academy's Alumni Hall in Annapolis Friday night.Gill, a 36-year-old veteran who has broken into the record charts in a big way in the past few years with hits like "When I Call Your Name" and "Cinderella," is one of country's most gifted and distinctive vocalists.