In the summer of 1968, Dave Van Ronk and Joni Mitchell played a series of shows TOGETHER at the Troubadour. Think about that. And consider the year you were born, and if it wasn’t early enough for you to have been of concertgoing age in 1968, know that I share your sadness.
(This was published in the L.A. Times on June 13, 1968.)
It’s Stephen Sondheim’s birthday today (he’s 83), so we took a spin through our archives in search of interesting Sondheim stories. Here’s one: A 1969 item from gossip columnist Joyce Haber on an apparent run-in between Sondheim and his Manhattan neighbor, Katharine Hepburn, over a party that was too noisy for Hepburn’s liking.
Winston Churchill was born 138 years ago today, on Nov. 30, 1874. We thought we were reasonably well-versed in Churchill trivia, but this tidbit about his “painstaking neatness” was new to us. This Reuters article ran in The Times on March 20, 1955.
It’s Elton John’s 66th birthday. Here’s former L.A. Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn’s review of John’s 1970 Los Angeles debut, at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. As you can see (and this seems like a good time to point out that you can click to enlarge it), it was a rave.
Eighty-two years ago today, gambling was legalized in Nevada, which had outlawed it several decades earlier. This article published in the L.A. Times on March 19, 1931, predicted the decision would cause the state to become “a harbor for the offscouring of the nation."