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Shirley Mitchell, the comic actress who played Marion Strong, Lucy Ricardo's friend with the cackling laugh on the TV classic I Love Lucy, has died. She was 94. Mitchell, who was believed to be the last surviving adult castmember from the legendary CBS sitcom, died Nov. 11 of heart failure at her condominium in Westwood, her sister-in-law, the Oscar-nominated Sunset Blvd. actress Nancy Olson, told The Hollywood Reporter. Mitchell was the widow of Jay Livingston, the pop composer and lyricist who collaborated with Ray Evans on the Academy Award-winning songs “Mona Lisa” (performed by Nat King
- Mike Barnes
I’m a sucker for vintage sheet music, but most of my favorite examples are movie-related. I never realized how many songs were written as paeans to the city of Los Angeles and its way of life, or how great a role these songs played in the boosterism that made Southern California a sun-kissed Mecca for thousands of people in the early 20th century. City fathers were still pursuing that public-relations angle as late as 1959, when Oscar-winning tunesmiths Jay Livingston and Ray Evans composed a commissioned city song called “Angeltown.” All of that is documented in an eye-opening, lavishly designed volume called Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Sheet Music from the Collection of the...
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- Leonard Maltin
Los Angeles -- For a city that has argued for decades over what its official song ought to be, Los Angeles has never lacked for serious contenders.
Anyone who has spent time here knows the city already has at least one unofficial tune: Randy Newman's "I Love La" is played after every home game the Los Angeles Lakers or Dodgers win.
But have you heard Bing Crosby warble about how he once planned to "settle down and nevermore roam, and make the San Fernando Valley my home?" Or songwriter George G.W. Morgan's tuneful boast in 1876 that if you really wanted great wine, forget the fancy European stuff, just open a bottle of La's best and drink up.
Crosby's "San Fernando Valley," a hit in 1943, and Morgan's "The Wines of Los Angeles County" are just two of nearly 200 songs that promote, mystify, glamorize and, let's be honest, often exaggerate »
Warner Music is being sued over the theme song from TV's Bonanza. According to a new lawsuit from a legendary songwriter, the music publishing giant won't substantiate withheld royalties and refuses to allow an audit. Jay Livingston and Ray Evans were the songwriting duo behind songs like "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)," "Mona Lisa" and "Silver Bells" that sold over 400 million copies. The two also created theme songs for popular TV shows like Bonanza and Mr. Ed. In 2003, Jay Livingston Music granted Warner Music the right to administer the international publishing rights to
- Eriq Gardner
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