Soul and gospel singer Fontella Bass, whose 1965 hit "Rescue Me" endures as one of the most recognizable soul records of the '60s, died last week on the day after Christmas. She was 72 years old. Despite the success of "Rescue Me," it was the number one R&B single for four weeks, it took years of litigation before Bass could claim her share of songwriting credit and royalties. In 1993, she sued American Express for using the song in a commercial and received what she said was a significant settlement.
Defendants in the "Operation Family Secrets" trial included Frank Calabrese Sr. (clockwise from left), Joey Lombardo, Anthony Doyle, Paul Shiro and James Marcello. The men are pictured during an Aug. 15, 2007, court hearing in Chicago.
Louie talks with author Ken Hudnall. Hudnall talks about the Chinese immigrant workers who came to El Paso in the 1880s to work on the railroad system. Hundreds of Chinese immigrants remained in El Paso, creating El Paso's Chinatown. After a Chinese exclusion law was passed by Congress in 1882, many El Pasoans began to illegally smuggle Chinese into the city. Legends persist of a tunnel system hundreds of miles long and an underground city below Downtown El Paso which hid & protected many of these Chinese illegal immigrants. Hudnall talks about his quest to map this complex series of tunnels and his search for the underground city. http://kenhudnall.comAired Jan. 4, 2013.
UPDATED: 4:50 p.m. Looking for a little weekend reading? The Food and Drug Administration has just the thing. On Friday, the agency released two proposed rules designed to boost the safety of the nation's food supply, encompassing hundreds of pages.
Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:00 am
Historian Gerda Lerner, a pioneer in the creation of women's studies as an academic discipline, has died in Madison, Wisc. She was 92.
A prolific feminist author, Lerner wrote texts that traced the history of patriarchy going back thousands of years to more modern topics, such as African American women's history. Her many books included a two volume work called 'Women in History': the first book examined the history of patriarchy and the second dealt with the start of feminist consciousness.
Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:25 am
In its annual December feature called "The Music They Made" commemorating artists who have died in the preceding year, the New York Times Magazine once again neglected to include a single classical musician.