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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Johnny Otis, R&B Pioneer

R.I.P. Johnny Otis, R&B Pioneer

Johnny Otis, the Vallejo-born musician who helped coalesce jazz, blues, and gospel into rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues, died Tuesday at his home in Altadena, California. He was 90. Best known for classics like "Hand Jive" -- an…
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Bowled Over

We love to dress up on New Year's Eve. Unless you're fabulously well-to-do and frequent high-end events with power brokers, fashion mavens, and the biggest wheels of industry, when else can you wear tails and a top hat or a…
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Riff Raff

The Wedding Present Weddings are generally boring. Or, rather, they're boring to write about -- how the New York Times consistently stomachs scribbling about the pâté available at the nuptials of some Park Avenue daughter-of-doctors working in "marketing" and a…
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Night Crawler

"What is 10,000 accordions at the bottom of the ocean?" asks a beaming accordion sage. The riddle's obvious conclusion: A good start. The 50-odd people gathered at the foot of the Great American Music Hall stage have undoubtedly heard the…
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