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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2003
Tracy McCleary, a saxophonist who led the house band in Baltimore's principal black theater and accompanied Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole during a musical career that spanned six decades, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Edmondson Village resident was 89. From 1948 to 1966, Mr. McCleary led his 12-man group, Tracy McCleary and His Royal Men of Rhythm, seven days a week, four shows a day at the old Royal Theater in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in the heart of the city's African-American entertainment and business district.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Abraham "Al" Baitch, a musician recalled as one of Baltimore's finest saxophone players, died March 24 at Northwest Hospital after suffering a fall. The Pikesville resident was 89. During his 70 years in the local entertainment scene, Mr. Baitch was a fixture at nightclubs, where his onstage antics earned him the nickname "Madman. " He headed the house band for WJZ-TV's "The Buddy Deane Show" in the 1950s and 1960s. "We played everywhere, from The Block to the French Embassy in Washington," said John Baxter, a piano player who worked alongside Mr. Baitch for 42 years.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Abraham "Al" Baitch, a musician recalled as one of Baltimore's finest saxophone players, died March 24 at Northwest Hospital after suffering a fall. The Pikesville resident was 89. During his 70 years in the local entertainment scene, Mr. Baitch was a fixture at nightclubs, where his onstage antics earned him the nickname "Madman. " He headed the house band for WJZ-TV's "The Buddy Deane Show" in the 1950s and 1960s. "We played everywhere, from The Block to the French Embassy in Washington," said John Baxter, a piano player who worked alongside Mr. Baitch for 42 years.
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Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
This is our last week of DWTS this fall. Tonight, we'll lose one couple at the end of the show; tomorrow night, the champion will be declared. The show starts with a very dramatic entry set to Avicii's "Wake Me Up. " C'mon, you guys, never forget you're a cheesy dancing show. This feels like a results show from past seasons, particularly when we start with a live performance from Kellie Pickler. After that, the stars enter to a remix (or maybe a live version by the house band) of Martin Solveig's "Hello.
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By GILBERT SANDLER | February 22, 1994
IF YOU are going to talk about black history in Baltimore, you have got to talk about the Royal Theater. It was located for more than half a century at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. Sadly, it is no more.From its beginnings in 1920, the biggest names in black (and white, too) entertainment played the Royal. (Black entertainers were usually barred from playing white theaters.) The list of stars included Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, "Fats" Waller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald.
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August 29, 2004
David T. McLaughlin, 72, a business executive who became president of Dartmouth College in the 1980s, a time of academic and political turbulence on its campus, died in his sleep Wednesday while on vacation at a lodge in Dillingham, Alaska. He served on many corporate boards, including a term as chairman of CBS in the late 1990s, and his charitable work included serving as chairman of the American Red Cross during relief efforts after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
James Haddow "Reds" Orpin, a retired salesman and former Overlea resident, died Monday of a heart attack at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He was 70. Mr. Orpin was born in Newark, N.J., and moved with his family at an early age to Meise Drive in Northeast Baltimore. He was a graduate of Parkville High School and served in the Army in Alaska from 1964 to 1966, when he was discharged with the rank of private. A musician who played guitar and bass, Mr. Orpin was a founder in the early 1960s of Danny and the Elegants, which for a time was the house band at Hollywood Park in Essex.
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 2, 1994
Being the house band at MTV's Beach House is no, er, day at the beach.Just ask David Walker of the Annapolis band, Bovox Clown. Even though it's barely 8 p.m., Walker is beat.Bovox Clown spent nearly nine hours taping Beach House segments in the Hamptons on Long Island; and having to play songs, soak up sun and frolic with good-looking beach kids has taken its toll."I don't know if you can imagine being fatigued from being out in the sun," he says, laughing. "But after eight hours of standing there with your guitar, you're just ready to go to sleep."
ENTERTAINMENT
Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
The show opens with Aloe Blacc performing "Wake Me Up. " This is one of those songs that I've heard a million times but couldn't have told you the title or the singer. Now that we've gotten rid of a few couples, we should go back to the individual walk-out, long-form introductions, but they're just coming in from the side of the stage instead of down the stairs. They're also entering to the house band's rendition of "Wake Me Up" instead of my beloved cheesy "Dancing with the Stars" theme music.
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By Glenn McNatt | February 4, 1996
ARISTOTLE taught there is no beauty that hath not some strangeness to it. Even so, he surely would have been baffled by the pop genre known as "gangsta" rap, which turns conventional notions of beauty -- not to mention music itself -- upside down.Last year, for example, I came across a recording of gangsta rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut album, "Doggy Style," which has sold more than 4 million copies over the last two years.Here is approximately what I heard:Sounds of a man and woman taking a bath together.
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Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
The show opens with Aloe Blacc performing "Wake Me Up. " This is one of those songs that I've heard a million times but couldn't have told you the title or the singer. Now that we've gotten rid of a few couples, we should go back to the individual walk-out, long-form introductions, but they're just coming in from the side of the stage instead of down the stairs. They're also entering to the house band's rendition of "Wake Me Up" instead of my beloved cheesy "Dancing with the Stars" theme music.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
James Haddow "Reds" Orpin, a retired salesman and former Overlea resident, died Monday of a heart attack at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He was 70. Mr. Orpin was born in Newark, N.J., and moved with his family at an early age to Meise Drive in Northeast Baltimore. He was a graduate of Parkville High School and served in the Army in Alaska from 1964 to 1966, when he was discharged with the rank of private. A musician who played guitar and bass, Mr. Orpin was a founder in the early 1960s of Danny and the Elegants, which for a time was the house band at Hollywood Park in Essex.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2010
When the Roots joined "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last year, fans cried foul. What would they be doing in the tacky Siberia that late night can be? Slumming with "Stump the Band" skits? The gig smacked of selling out. Most alarmingly, it would at least spell reduced touring for a group that was accustomed to being on the road 42 weeks a year. "I definitely felt the heat," said band leader and drummer Ahmed "Questlove" Thompson. But in that time, Thompson hasn't turned into Doc Severinsen.
NEWS
August 29, 2004
David T. McLaughlin, 72, a business executive who became president of Dartmouth College in the 1980s, a time of academic and political turbulence on its campus, died in his sleep Wednesday while on vacation at a lodge in Dillingham, Alaska. He served on many corporate boards, including a term as chairman of CBS in the late 1990s, and his charitable work included serving as chairman of the American Red Cross during relief efforts after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2003
Tracy McCleary, a saxophonist who led the house band in Baltimore's principal black theater and accompanied Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole during a musical career that spanned six decades, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Edmondson Village resident was 89. From 1948 to 1966, Mr. McCleary led his 12-man group, Tracy McCleary and His Royal Men of Rhythm, seven days a week, four shows a day at the old Royal Theater in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in the heart of the city's African-American entertainment and business district.
FEATURES
By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2001
It is a musical moment that could only happen at home; in this instance, a cozy Northeast Baltimore bungalow. Adults and children sprawl on pillows and chairs and a dog futilely scratches the wrong side of a basement door. A spotlight, rigged to the kitchen doorway, shines on singer/songwriter Mary Byrd Brown, while she wraps listeners around her strumming fingers. Soon, three little girls cluster at her stockinged feet, dancing up a storm. One of them is 3-year-old, pink-tutu-clad Kateri Pelton, daughter of Carl and Jennifer, and inspiration for the festivities at their home this night.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | May 31, 1993
Success has a way of turning innovations into institutions, and that definitely seems to be the case with "MTV Unplugged."At first, these all-acoustic live sets offered viewers the chance to see well-known bands performing in an intimate, informal environment. It wasn't something everyone did, and as such, seemed sort of special.Now, of course, "Unplugged" dates are almost expected of major artists, and everyone from Eric Clapton to Paul McCartney to Neil Young has taped shows. So it hardly seems surprising that MTV has decided to kick off its summer season with a week's worth of new shows -- after all, they need something more than "Beavis and Butthead" to keep their audience indoors at night.
ENTERTAINMENT
Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
This is our last week of DWTS this fall. Tonight, we'll lose one couple at the end of the show; tomorrow night, the champion will be declared. The show starts with a very dramatic entry set to Avicii's "Wake Me Up. " C'mon, you guys, never forget you're a cheesy dancing show. This feels like a results show from past seasons, particularly when we start with a live performance from Kellie Pickler. After that, the stars enter to a remix (or maybe a live version by the house band) of Martin Solveig's "Hello.
NEWS
By Glenn McNatt | February 4, 1996
ARISTOTLE taught there is no beauty that hath not some strangeness to it. Even so, he surely would have been baffled by the pop genre known as "gangsta" rap, which turns conventional notions of beauty -- not to mention music itself -- upside down.Last year, for example, I came across a recording of gangsta rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut album, "Doggy Style," which has sold more than 4 million copies over the last two years.Here is approximately what I heard:Sounds of a man and woman taking a bath together.
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 2, 1994
Being the house band at MTV's Beach House is no, er, day at the beach.Just ask David Walker of the Annapolis band, Bovox Clown. Even though it's barely 8 p.m., Walker is beat.Bovox Clown spent nearly nine hours taping Beach House segments in the Hamptons on Long Island; and having to play songs, soak up sun and frolic with good-looking beach kids has taken its toll."I don't know if you can imagine being fatigued from being out in the sun," he says, laughing. "But after eight hours of standing there with your guitar, you're just ready to go to sleep."
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