Monday, April 18, 2005

You gotta have ART...

LABOE that is!

Back in 1955, when every radio station in L.A. was playing Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Dean Martin, Art Laboe introduced racey music to Angelenos. Yes, Art was the first DJ on the West Coast to play rock & roll!

But it wouldn’t be Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis who would garner Art Laboe a legion of listeners (including every Cholo and his dedications). It was the "angels," as in "Earth Angel" by the Penguins and "Angel Baby" by Rosie and the Originals, the "oldies but goodies." Art Laboe is now celebrating his 45th anniversary of Oldies but Goodies with a concert featuring 11 artists, including the Penguins ("Memories of El Monte"), The Platters ("Only You"), Gene Chandler ("Duke of Earl"), Barbara Lynn ("You’ll Lose a Good Thing") and Big Jay McNeely.

Special appearance by comedian Paul Rodriguez before Sunday’s show. Where’s the Kodak Theater, you say? — across the street from Art Laboe’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!


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