Jonny Whiteside

Love and Hell

Photo © Jim Marshall ®Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is as high an honor as any country performer can attain, a validation reaching far beyond engraved-plaque prestige and industry recognition. When California singer Merle Haggard got the Hall of Fame nod in 1994, he took the stage,......
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LadyBoy

Troy Walker? Louella Parsons described him as ”an inspiration.“ Ronald Reagan called him ”a great entertainer.“ Jerry Lee Lewis titled him ”Killer.“ Local wildo Johnny Legend remembers ”playing on a bill with Troy in ‘66 -- it was him, my band and the Seeds, and Troy was weirder than anyone......
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Give the Drummer Some

Photo by Rick MalkinTHOUGH YOU MIGHT NOT RECOGNIZE THE NAME Earl Palmer, he has rocked, swung and thrilled American music for over 50 years. The New Orleans­born, Los Angeles­based drummer is an essential force in our musical culture, having defined the rock & roll idiom with the likes of "Tutti......
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Pleasure Pits on Parade

Los Angeles rock & roll clubs thrive on a common, almost mythic perception as the great leaping-off point, exotic locales where each stage offers wild, unlimited potential. For the audience, they provide the hope of elation, thrills, glamour; for the performer, they murmur softly of fame, glory, riches. A motley......
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Honky-Tonk Redemption

Photo by Anne FishbeinWEST COAST COUNTRY, FORMERLY A GLORIOUS and deeply influential movement with a sound as distinct as Memphis soul, is indisputably in its sorriest-ever shape. Once a thriving, nationally renowned community of California-based million-sellers (Bob Wills, Gene Autry, Tex Williams, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ferlin Husky and Jean Shepard,......
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Pink Champagne

Photo by Debra DiPaoloDEWEY TERRY HELPED INVENT ROCK & ROLL, BUT ALL it's given him is a case of the blues. As the songwriting force that drove late-'50s Specialty Records duo Don & Dewey, he and partner Don "Sugarcane" Harris took command of the fledgling rock & roll idiom with......
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Charles Brown, 1922–1999

Photo by Debra DiPaolo Charles Brown, who died of congestive heart failure in an Oakland hospital on January 21, was an essential force in postwar Los Angeles R&B. Brown was a long, tall study in grace whose demeanor and speech were always gentle, playful and, despite the often mournful nature......
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Grin 'n' Bare It

Photo by Jay BlakesburgThose Nashville cats just get weirder and weirder: John Carter Cash escorting father Johnny to a Metallica show; Waylon Jennings' boy Shooter is, come to find out, a stone NIN freak, while Bobby Bare Jr. gets his kicks cranking up Ministry and Korn. Nashville, in fact, has......
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Grin 'n'Bare It

Those Nashville cats just get weirder and weirder: John Carter Cash escorting father Johnny to a Metallica show; Waylon Jennings' boy Shooter is, come to find out, a stone NIN freak, while Bobby Bare Jr. gets his kicks cranking up Ministry and Korn. Nashville, in fact, has seen no less......
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The Wildest Keely Smith Returns

Pop-jazz vocalist Keely Smith is a siren, a dark-eyed, clear-toned temptress whose passionate vocals and often idiosyncratic phrasing never fail to reach an audience's soul. When Smith meanders through her signature song, "I Wish You Love," she doesn't just get a response, she ignites and exploits emotion with almost surgical......