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Lasagna at Bruce Springsteen's: Stand Up for Heroes/ Women in Comedy at Caroline's

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Lee Woodruff, an exceptional M.C. for this event every year, sported some trendy tattoo jewelry created by the wife of the doctor who made the plate for her husband Bob's skull. Expect to see the awesome gold and silver body art sold at next year's event.

Thanks For the Memories: An Interview with Richard Zoglin on Bob Hope

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.06.2014 | Books
Regina Weinreich

In his long dynamic career, Bob Hope's story resonates as a cultural history of the last decade: a rags-to-riches immigrant, he was a pioneer in vaude...

Sinatra for Introverts: How to Channel Ol' Blue Eyes in Your Everyday Life

Sharon Glassman | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharon Glassman

Frank Sinatra as a role model for modern introverts? The idea sounds nuts. But trust me, friends of innie-useful info. I've been reading and lis...

When Music Is Like "Sex on the Beach"

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 11.07.2014 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

A variety of ingredients, all stirred-up with the beach as the backdrop and intoxicating -- that was the music scene in New Jersey this past summer, almost over but maybe a few more warm breezes of sound before the end of the year.

Singles Charts and the Battle for Bullets

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In the record industry boom of the early 1970s, revenue from album sales was the mother lode. But the most effective way to break a new artist or take an existing act to the next level was the hit single. A single that permeated the nation's airwaves and galvanized the culture was the royal road to the multi-platinum LP.

Tailored Football Fans

Rob Taub | Posted 10.20.2014 | Sports
Rob Taub

All of my football friends were out of town this weekend, and I can't stand to watch a game alone, so I decided to invite my tailors -- Wang, Patel and Rabinowitz -- over to watch some NFL action on Sunday.

Norman Lear's New Memoir is Frank, Funny and Fascinating - Just Like the Man!

Jay Weston | Posted 10.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

all photos from Penguin Press I have known Norman Lear for many, many years....ever since we were both yo...

Living That Fantasy

Julian McWilliams | Posted 10.20.2014 | Sports
Julian McWilliams

Some stories deserve to be retold; with it breeds new life, purpose and most importantly understanding. It makes the process that much more magical -- an indelible piece of our history, if not in the physical, the mental and emotional.

First Nighter: George Kelly's Fatal Weakness Not Fatally Weak

David Finkle | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In The Fatal Weakness, George Kelly's 1946 vehicle for Ina Claire and now revived at the Mint after 68 years, Ollie Espenshade (Kristin Griffith) is a spoiled rich woman who initially looks as if she could be Harriet Craig's younger sister. She's so off-putting that it very soon seems the script in which she's embedded is becoming unfortunately weak, if not fatal.

The Great Songwriter And Producer Bob Crewe Dies At 82

Charles Alexander | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Alexander

Crewe, one of the most successful songwriters and producers in pop-music history, died on Thursday at 82 after a long illness. It's a personal loss for me, because I got to know Crewe a bit when I helped produce and write liner notes for a box set of Four Seasons' hits in 2007.

How To Have Fun With a Serious Song

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In the wake of "Ebb Tide," Carl's 1953 oceanic collaboration with composer Robert Maxwell, hundreds of orchestras and singers recorded it. Millions purchased those recordings. Critics fawned over it. Teens made out to it. Couples chose it as their wedding song.

Little Italy's San Gennaro Feast, More Tales From The Godfather by Det. Sonny Grosso, and an 'Offer He Can't Refuse!'

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 11.03.2014 | New York
Ashley Jude Collie

Grosso, who received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor award in 1997 alongside former president Bill Clinton, recalls what his own immigrant family used to tell him as a kid.

At the Intersection of Abbey Road and Tin Pan Alley

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The mission impossible: write a brilliant lyric, and write it yesterday. Carl chose to accept it.

From Fillmore East To The Moon: Chats with ABB's Jaimoe, CPD's Steve Perry, POTM's Sam & Barry Shear and Cris Cab...Plus!

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.01.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jaimoe: You go in, and it's "Hey man, I've got this song, let's try it here. I heard it on the radio the other day and it goes similar to this." [hums tune] You relate to that like bouncing a ball against the wall. The ball comes back, but it's not going to come straight back at you

Field Notes From a Music Biz Life (Part 3)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

My father, the songwriter Carl Sigman, was a rational man and his anti-rock screeds had their own internal logic: "It's noise," therefore "it's not music." Ipso facto, "they should call it something else." QED.

Gene Kelly's Wife On How She's Keeping His Legacy Alive

Cathy Chester | Posted 10.08.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

Here's an easy question for you: Can you name a legendary dancer and innovative choreographer who also successfully directed movies, and whose athleticism, masculinity and exuberance won audiences' hearts the world over each time his magical gifts leapt onto the silver screen?

On The Road Again: Summer Travels

Rock Paper Photo | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Rock Paper Photo

Our collection is brimming with travel shots -- artists from Boston to U2 going places. Planes, trains and automobiles -- not to mention motorcycles and sailboats.

Robert Davi: Singing the Songs He Loves in a Place He Loves

Ellen Sterling | Posted 09.26.2014 | Entertainment
Ellen Sterling

Backed by a lush 21-piece orchestra assembled by musical promotion icon Len Triola, Davi performed 28 songs. As he is one of -- if not the -- leading interpreters of Sinatra's Great American Songbook,

Astoria Characters: The Lawyer and the Singer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's music playing when Marc Gross opens the door. Cara Samantha, his wife, is sitting on the sofa. She's not singing, merely speaking softly, but her sultry voice relegates the famous one on the CD to deep background.

From Eagles to Jersey Boys: Interviews With Irving Azoff and Bob Gaudio, Plus a John Mark Nelson Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The current "History of the Eagles'" tour -- via music and anecdotes -- traces the various chapters of this important American band, journaling its climb from salad days to huge international success.

74-Year-Old Singer Overcomes His Stutter, And Wows 'America's Got Talent' Judges With His Performance

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 06.30.2014 | Good News

Frank Dmitri can teach you a thing or two about overcoming obstacles. The 74-year-old recently took the stage on "America's Got Talent," and earned...

Life Happens to Candi Staton

Tom Semioli | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

Witness Candi Staton as heard on her latest album Life Happens (Beracah Records). Her overall influence on popular music is incalculable. The artist who Frank Sinatra referred to as "the only true genius in show business" once bestowed upon Ms. Staton the title of "Female Ray Charles" a few decades ago.

Get Me: Guitarist Joe Beck Leaves a Shining Legacy

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

If Joe Beck somehow had the desire, the dream to leave one last recorded legacy of what this music really meant to him, then surely the brilliantly recorded Get Me is a wonderfully realized dream.

Conversations with Colbie Caillat, Diane Schuur, Morgan James and Wendy Colonna

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Colbie Caillat: "I love vinyl. My parents raised us listening to that, with the importance of how music sounds, and the quality and everything. So yes, I have a record player and I love listening to it."

Bill Stadiem's "JET SET" is a Nostalgic, Scandalous, Fun Read!

Jay Weston | Posted 08.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

all photos from the publisher I am just old enough to remember when travel was fun. And easy. And inexpensive. I'm t...