| Aug 18, 2014
| 8:15 AM
They'll be dancing in the streets of Oakland on Monday (today) toasting Berry Gordy, the man who created Motown Records in Detroit. Alameda County invites the public to celebrate Berry Gordy Day in the East Bay with an event that features the legendary...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 3:03 PM
An exhibit featuring an urn filled with the late DJ Alan Freed’s ashes was recently removed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, just a week or so after Beyoncé’s wardrobe moved in.
The overlapping events birthed...
| Aug 1, 2014
Michael Jackson made a few brilliant business decisions in his life and a lot of cruddy ones. But probably his most effective move of all — from a financial sense, anyway — was to die of a drug overdose at age 50 on June 25, 2009.
| Jul 28, 2014
| 2:26 PM
At "Motown the Musical," written and authorized by Berry Gordy and now playing its final weeks in downtown Chicago, the legendary founder of Motown Records is painted as a big-hearted patriarch who turned singers into stars. But a very different, and...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Eric Gold -- Ellen DeGeneres' former manager and one of the producers of "Holler if Ya Hear Me," the much-ballyhooed Broadway musical based on the life of Tupac Shakur -- shelled out $9 million in 2009 for a 1960s Buff & Hensman-designed beachfront...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"I NEED love, love to ease my mind/And need to find time, someone to call mine/But Mama said, you can't hurry love, no you just have to wait!"
DIANA ROSS (and the Supremes) belted that one out about four decades ago. And today, the great star, Miss...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 3:29 PM
A lineup divided almost evenly between old favorites and newcomers constitutes the 2014-15 schedule for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
A golden oldie kicks things off Nov. 11 when "Pippin" arrives for a two-week engagement. The Broadway version...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Entertainment attorney Louis C. Blau, who represented directors Stanley Kubrick and Francois Truffaut, Motown founder Berry Gordy and actors including Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Walter Matthau, Richard Widmark and Lana Turner, has died. He was 99....
| Jun 6, 2014
| 7:42 AM
NEW YORK — Sometime around 2004, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, a rock star with 16 Grammys and more than 100 million records sold, found himself with a severe case of writer's block. It wasn't that he stopped touring (he didn'...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:55 AM
How to tell the story of Berry Gordy, the visionary who signed and nurtured Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and countless other Motown hit-makers? The self-described "bum with a dream" who built Motown Records into...
| May 8, 2014
| 9:04 PM
In one of the most revealing lines of Berry Gordy's “Motown the Musical,” the legendary founder of Motown Records gets some advice from a lawyer. Unchallenged perceptions, he's told, have a way of becoming reality.
When it comes to the...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 4:50 PM
On one level, it was no surprise that veteran record company executive Gil Friesen was drawn to the theme of "20 Feet From Stardom," the film about backup singers that won the Oscar for documentary feature Sunday night.
Friesen, longtime president of A&...