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April 28, 1994
* Bob Armstrong, 82, a two-time Grammy nominee who was Jack Paar's musical arranger on the "Tonight Show," died Monday in Buffalo, N.Y. Police were investigating the death as a possible homicide because Mr. Armstrong had been attacked twice in the past month by another patient at Veterans Hospital. After leaving Mr. Paar's show in 1962, Mr. Armstrong was a musical arranger for RCA records, where he was nominated for two Grammy Awards.* Krista Blake, 22, an AIDS activist who was featured in a Newsweek cover story and traveled the country urging young people to use condoms, died Monday in Cleveland of AIDS.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | March 10, 2009
Kelly Clarkson [RCA Records] ** 1/2 (2 1/2 STARS) Take a good look at Kelly Clarkson's expression on the cheap-looking cover of her fourth CD, All I Ever Wanted, in stores today. Noticeably airbrushed against a Crayola-bright backdrop, the pop superstar looks bored and distant. Clarkson's look seems to say, "OK. Here's the big pop record you wanted. Happy now?" That flippant attitude, unusual for one of the most charming acts of the American Idol machine, permeates the music. Everything about the bombastic, paint-by-number production is so obvious, so lazy, that the CD feels like a rote exercise in pop pandering.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | November 18, 2008
David Cook [RCA Records] *** Even if post-American Idol albums are as calculated and overblown as the show itself, they generally succeed at evoking a sound pop fans had forgotten. Before she reinvented herself as an expressive pop-rocker, Kelly Clarkson, the show's inaugural winner, recalled the sweeping, innocuous power pop of vintage Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. The same is true about Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino, whose barnstorming, idiosyncratic vocals were a throwback to the churchy sounds of Southern soul circa 1967.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | November 18, 2008
David Cook [RCA Records] *** Even if post-American Idol albums are as calculated and overblown as the show itself, they generally succeed at evoking a sound pop fans had forgotten. Before she reinvented herself as an expressive pop-rocker, Kelly Clarkson, the show's inaugural winner, recalled the sweeping, innocuous power pop of vintage Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. The same is true about Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino, whose barnstorming, idiosyncratic vocals were a throwback to the churchy sounds of Southern soul circa 1967.
NEWS
By RASHOD D. OLLISON | March 10, 2009
Kelly Clarkson [RCA Records] ** 1/2 (2 1/2 STARS) Take a good look at Kelly Clarkson's expression on the cheap-looking cover of her fourth CD, All I Ever Wanted, in stores today. Noticeably airbrushed against a Crayola-bright backdrop, the pop superstar looks bored and distant. Clarkson's look seems to say, "OK. Here's the big pop record you wanted. Happy now?" That flippant attitude, unusual for one of the most charming acts of the American Idol machine, permeates the music. Everything about the bombastic, paint-by-number production is so obvious, so lazy, that the CD feels like a rote exercise in pop pandering.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rashod D. Ollison | July 1, 2004
Again and again, she made me smile that year. And just when I thought she'd be around for a while, just when I thought she'd lift me into the stratosphere with more of her music -- poof! -- the girl was gone. Adriana Evans is the mysterious songstress whose CD stayed in my changer and Walkman for an entire year, filling my headphones day in and out. I still play her album regularly. In '97, my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas, the San Francisco-raised artist dropped her self-titled debut.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tricia Bishop | March 29, 2001
Award winner talks about book illustration Jerry Pinkney, an award-winning children's-book illustrator (four times a Caldecott Honor medalist), will be at the Randallstown Branch Library Tuesday to sign copies of his books and give a presentation. Pinkney will explain the process of creating artwork for books, which he's been doing since 1964. He's illustrated more than 75 books, many of which carry multicultural themes. He's also worked for a variety of other clients, including the U.S. Postal Service (he designed stamps for the Black Heritage Series)
NEWS
May 26, 1999
Kenneth Donald Glancy, 74, former RCA Records president who helped the careers of David Bowie and Cleo Laine, among others, died Sunday in New York. He was in charge of the artists and repertory of Columbia Records, Columbia's European operations and, in the 1970s, all of RCA's labels worldwide.In 1980, he formed Finesse label and issued albums by Mel Torme, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Paul Desmond. He retired in the early 1990s.Retired Vice Adm. John T. "Chick" Hayward, 90, who helped develop the atomic bomb dropped over Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II, died Sunday of cancer in Atlantic Beach, Fla. He also developed systems for ground and air-launched rockets and became a pioneer in the development of weapons used to fight submarines.
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By NEWSDAY | November 25, 2008
Kanye West [RCA Records] *** 1/2 Kanye West, the self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don, is a flashy dude - known, on record, for clever turns of phrase, attention-grabbing beats and huge walls of sound, and off, for his cool-gear-and-hot-girls lifestyle blog. Subtlety is not his strong suit. Neither is self-control. Yet, his new album, 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam), is austere and disciplined. And his self-imposed constrictions - singing (with loads of AutoTune) instead of rapping, sticking to distinctly nonhip-hop rhythms and new-wave-era synths - have unleashed a new burst of creativity that rivals his debut, The College Dropout.
FEATURES
By Randy Lewis and Randy Lewis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 22, 2002
The single as a format is dead, and everyone knows it. Just look at the stats: Sales of singles are down 63 percent from last year at this time, according to Billboard magazine, after heading downward for a decade or more. So who forgot to tell more than a half-million people who've bought American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson's hit "A Moment Like This" in the last four weeks? Or all those consumers who have gobbled up more than 300,000 copies of B2K's "Uh Huh" single this year? "We feel confident there is still a singles market out there," says Richard Sanders, executive vice president and general manager of RCA Records, which put out the Clarkson single and now plans to issue singles with the other American Idol finalists.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rashod D. Ollison | July 1, 2004
Again and again, she made me smile that year. And just when I thought she'd be around for a while, just when I thought she'd lift me into the stratosphere with more of her music -- poof! -- the girl was gone. Adriana Evans is the mysterious songstress whose CD stayed in my changer and Walkman for an entire year, filling my headphones day in and out. I still play her album regularly. In '97, my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas, the San Francisco-raised artist dropped her self-titled debut.
NEWS
April 28, 1994
* Bob Armstrong, 82, a two-time Grammy nominee who was Jack Paar's musical arranger on the "Tonight Show," died Monday in Buffalo, N.Y. Police were investigating the death as a possible homicide because Mr. Armstrong had been attacked twice in the past month by another patient at Veterans Hospital. After leaving Mr. Paar's show in 1962, Mr. Armstrong was a musical arranger for RCA records, where he was nominated for two Grammy Awards.* Krista Blake, 22, an AIDS activist who was featured in a Newsweek cover story and traveled the country urging young people to use condoms, died Monday in Cleveland of AIDS.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | August 24, 1991
NEW YORK -- In a potential real-estate deal sending shivers through New York's already depressed office market, Citicorp, the city's largest lender to developers, said yesterday that it was negotiating the sale of a vacant 42-story office tower that it holds in foreclosure to Bertelsmann AG. The sale would most likely be at a loss.Bertelsmann, the diversified German concern whose U.S. holdings include RCA Records and Bantam Doubleday Dell, the publishing concern, confirmed the negotiations were going on.If a deal is struck, the price would almost certainly be far below the $250 million mortgage that Citicorp holds on the building.
FEATURES
By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | February 24, 1991
All recent recordings of the Schumann symphonies -- including original-instruments versions by Roger Norrington (EMI-Angel) and Derek Solomons (Collins) -- feature the lean, incisive style in Schumann that was pioneered by George Szell, rather than the more romantically inflected approach of Wilhelm Furtwangler and the late Leonard Bernstein.Among the best of the sons of Szell is David Zinman, who has recorded the symphonies on two Telarc discs with the Baltimore Symphony. It is good that these discs are separately available because the performances of Nos. 1 and 4 are better than those of Nos. 2 and 3. Part of the problem with the latter seems be tubby recorded sound -- the albums had different producers.
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