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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2002
When Linda Ronstadt's record label put out her fourth "hits" retrospective last month, she reacted as she always does: by doing nothing. She didn't advise. She didn't pick the songs. She didn't lend an ear. "I never listen to stuff I'm finished with," she says. "I don't want to hear what I was struggling with back when. That's like staring at yourself in a mirror. "You know what? If I were forced to sing [the 1974 rock hit] `You're No Good' today, I think I'd bolt for the exits. Sure, it was good material for that time.
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January 21, 2009
CLINT BALLARD JR., 77 Wrote hit songs including 'You're No Good' Clint Ballard Jr., whose "You're No Good" was taken to the top of the charts by Linda Ronstadt in 1975, died in his sleep Dec. 23 in Texas. In 1958, Mr. Ballard's "Hey, Little Baby," was the theme of the World's Fair in Belgium. In 1965, his "Game of Love" made it to No. 1.
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January 21, 2009
CLINT BALLARD JR., 77 Wrote hit songs including 'You're No Good' Clint Ballard Jr., whose "You're No Good" was taken to the top of the charts by Linda Ronstadt in 1975, died in his sleep Dec. 23 in Texas. In 1958, Mr. Ballard's "Hey, Little Baby," was the theme of the World's Fair in Belgium. In 1965, his "Game of Love" made it to No. 1.
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August 12, 2007
THEATER DEMOCRACY / / 2 p.m. today. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $25-$41. 301-924-3400, olneytheatre.org. ....................... Set against the backdrop of Germany in the 1970s, Democracy re-creates the relationship between former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and the spy who loved him. Brandt's personal assistant, Gunter Guillaume, passed on copies of documents and his own insights to the Stasi, East Germany's notorious secret police. The drama by Tony Award-winning playwright Michael Frayn (Noises Off, Copenhagen)
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | August 28, 1992
BEYOND THE SEASONGarth Brooks (Liberty 98742)Given its late-summer release, Garth Brooks fans might want to take the title of his newest album, "Beyond the Season," a little more literally than usual. Why? Because the season Brooks has in mind is Christmas, and each of the 11 songs is focused on Dec. 25. To his credit, he treats each of them as country fare, meaning that there's a boisterous, honky-tonk beat behind the Santa-centered "The Old Man's Back in Town," "White Christmas" coasts in on a jazzy, western-swing arrangement, and "The Gift" is given a lovely Tex-Mex ballad treatment.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | July 21, 2004
Linda Ronstadt's bicoastal, 18-concert tour with backup from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra generated international headlines when the 58-year-old singer was denied the accommodations that had been planned for her at the Aladdin hotel and casino in Las Vegas after her performance there Saturday night. The management took a dim view of Ronstadt's idea of dedicating her encore, the Eagles' hit "Desperado," to controversial filmmaker Michael Moore and encouraging the audience to see his latest documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.
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By HEATHER HAY and HEATHER HAY,GASTON GAZETTE | February 8, 1996
Here are some bon-bons of Valentine trivia for your heart-shaped box:Romantic deitiesWho are the most romantic men and women in America? According to the Harlequin Romance Report, these are the top 20:The men:1. Brad Pitt2. Daniel Day Lewis3. Kenneth Branagh4. Kevin Costner5. Hugh Grant6. Liam Neeson7. Ralph Fiennes8. Mel Gibson9. Tom Cruise10. David CarusoThe women:1. Emma Thompson2. Meg Ryan3. Andie MacDowell4. Michelle Pfeiffer5. Annette Bening6. Janine Turner7. Helena Bonham Carter8. Meryl Streep9.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | December 10, 1993
THE SIGNAce of Base (Arista 18740) Vocally, Ace of Base comes on as a sort of latter-day ABBA, with two pert-voiced women handling the lead work while the two guys stay in the background. Where this Swedish foursome parts company with its predecessor is in its devotion to the beat, as every melody on "The Sign" is grounded in some form of dance music, be it the lithe, reggae-inflected pulse of "All That She Wants" or the techno-tinged groove of "Young and Proud." And even though the songs tend to be a touch on the frothy side, the blend of melody and rhythm in songs like "All That She Wants" or "Happy Nation" is all but irresistible.
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By J.D. Considine | October 5, 1995
Starting OverReba McEntire (MCA 11264)Imitation may be mere flattery elsewhere, but in the music world it's more often meant as a means of illuminating an artist's influences. That's part of the reason Reba McEntire recorded "Starting Over," a collection of songs she describes as having "influenced me, and ultimately the music I record." McEntire's selection of songs ranges from the expected, Crystal Gayle's "Talking In Your Sleep" and Linda Ronstadt's version of "You're No Good," to such out-of-left-field oldies as the Michael McDonald/Gladys Knight hit "On My Own," and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Diana Ross and the Supremes.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | May 17, 1993
As Warren Zevon sees it, his job description is fairly simple: "Write 10 pop songs and record 'em."That's what he's been doing, on a more or less steady basis, since 1976. And he's been relatively successful at it, too. He cracked the Top 40 with "Werewolves of London" and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (though the latter hit came courtesy of Linda Ronstadt), and churning out a steady stream of sardonic rockers, the best of which bear blood-and-guts titles like "Boom Boom Mancini" or "Lawyers, Guns and Money."
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | July 21, 2004
Linda Ronstadt's bicoastal, 18-concert tour with backup from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra generated international headlines when the 58-year-old singer was denied the accommodations that had been planned for her at the Aladdin hotel and casino in Las Vegas after her performance there Saturday night. The management took a dim view of Ronstadt's idea of dedicating her encore, the Eagles' hit "Desperado," to controversial filmmaker Michael Moore and encouraging the audience to see his latest documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.
FEATURES
By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2002
When Linda Ronstadt's record label put out her fourth "hits" retrospective last month, she reacted as she always does: by doing nothing. She didn't advise. She didn't pick the songs. She didn't lend an ear. "I never listen to stuff I'm finished with," she says. "I don't want to hear what I was struggling with back when. That's like staring at yourself in a mirror. "You know what? If I were forced to sing [the 1974 rock hit] `You're No Good' today, I think I'd bolt for the exits. Sure, it was good material for that time.
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By J.D. Considine | October 16, 1997
ChumbawambaTubthumper (Republic/Universal 53099)Although it would be perfectly accurate to describe Chumbawamba's music as socialist agit-pop, it would also be misleading. True, the group's album is full of leftist social commentary, from the pointedly political lyrics to the sly, sarcastic soundbites sprinkled between tracks. But the phrase "socialist agit-pop" sounds preachy, dreary and annoying, whereas "Tubthumper" is catchy, approachable and fun. A giddy mix of rock and funk, songwriting and sampling, Chumbawamba's music is full of pop smarts, from the cheery, chant-along chorus of the title tune to the crunchy power chords that kick along the verse to "Amnesia."
ENTERTAINMENT
By HEATHER HAY and HEATHER HAY,GASTON GAZETTE | February 8, 1996
Here are some bon-bons of Valentine trivia for your heart-shaped box:Romantic deitiesWho are the most romantic men and women in America? According to the Harlequin Romance Report, these are the top 20:The men:1. Brad Pitt2. Daniel Day Lewis3. Kenneth Branagh4. Kevin Costner5. Hugh Grant6. Liam Neeson7. Ralph Fiennes8. Mel Gibson9. Tom Cruise10. David CarusoThe women:1. Emma Thompson2. Meg Ryan3. Andie MacDowell4. Michelle Pfeiffer5. Annette Bening6. Janine Turner7. Helena Bonham Carter8. Meryl Streep9.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J.D. Considine | October 5, 1995
Starting OverReba McEntire (MCA 11264)Imitation may be mere flattery elsewhere, but in the music world it's more often meant as a means of illuminating an artist's influences. That's part of the reason Reba McEntire recorded "Starting Over," a collection of songs she describes as having "influenced me, and ultimately the music I record." McEntire's selection of songs ranges from the expected, Crystal Gayle's "Talking In Your Sleep" and Linda Ronstadt's version of "You're No Good," to such out-of-left-field oldies as the Michael McDonald/Gladys Knight hit "On My Own," and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Diana Ross and the Supremes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | December 10, 1993
THE SIGNAce of Base (Arista 18740) Vocally, Ace of Base comes on as a sort of latter-day ABBA, with two pert-voiced women handling the lead work while the two guys stay in the background. Where this Swedish foursome parts company with its predecessor is in its devotion to the beat, as every melody on "The Sign" is grounded in some form of dance music, be it the lithe, reggae-inflected pulse of "All That She Wants" or the techno-tinged groove of "Young and Proud." And even though the songs tend to be a touch on the frothy side, the blend of melody and rhythm in songs like "All That She Wants" or "Happy Nation" is all but irresistible.
NEWS
August 12, 2007
THEATER DEMOCRACY / / 2 p.m. today. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $25-$41. 301-924-3400, olneytheatre.org. ....................... Set against the backdrop of Germany in the 1970s, Democracy re-creates the relationship between former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and the spy who loved him. Brandt's personal assistant, Gunter Guillaume, passed on copies of documents and his own insights to the Stasi, East Germany's notorious secret police. The drama by Tony Award-winning playwright Michael Frayn (Noises Off, Copenhagen)
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By ERNEST B. FURGURSON | March 10, 1991
Washington.--Most military analysts have given preparatory air strikes credit for the quick penetration of Iraqi defenses by U.S. and coalition ground forces. Here's the rest of the story.lTC Before the ground blitz began, word leaked of another, even more demoralizing new weapon used to soften up Saddam Hussein's front-line troops. After being pounded by this weapon, thousands of Iraqi soldiers gave up without a fight.The secret is heavy metal -- not the kind that makes tank armor, or the latest rounds designed to perforate that armor, but the kind that punches holes in human eardrums.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | May 17, 1993
As Warren Zevon sees it, his job description is fairly simple: "Write 10 pop songs and record 'em."That's what he's been doing, on a more or less steady basis, since 1976. And he's been relatively successful at it, too. He cracked the Top 40 with "Werewolves of London" and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (though the latter hit came courtesy of Linda Ronstadt), and churning out a steady stream of sardonic rockers, the best of which bear blood-and-guts titles like "Boom Boom Mancini" or "Lawyers, Guns and Money."
ENTERTAINMENT
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | August 28, 1992
BEYOND THE SEASONGarth Brooks (Liberty 98742)Given its late-summer release, Garth Brooks fans might want to take the title of his newest album, "Beyond the Season," a little more literally than usual. Why? Because the season Brooks has in mind is Christmas, and each of the 11 songs is focused on Dec. 25. To his credit, he treats each of them as country fare, meaning that there's a boisterous, honky-tonk beat behind the Santa-centered "The Old Man's Back in Town," "White Christmas" coasts in on a jazzy, western-swing arrangement, and "The Gift" is given a lovely Tex-Mex ballad treatment.
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