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Note: This is a past column from April 01, 2011
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Las Vegas - April 1, 2011 (no foolin')

Lorna Luft

Toni Braxton

Wish we had known this before the fact, rather than after...
When Don Rickles headlined at The Orleans on March 19th and 20th, it was singer/actress Lorna Luft that served as his opening act. Also known as "Judy Garland's OTHER daughter," Lorna is a favorite of Broadway composer (he writes the lyrics AND the music), Jerry Herman. Over the years, the lady's one-woman show, Songs My Mother Taught Me, was performed in a number of Vegas showrooms, including those at the Desert Inn and Suncoast. We feel that Ms. Luft's name, in the advertising and on The Orleans marquee, would have added interest and ticket sales for the weekend billing. Unfortunately, Boyd Gaming did not receive the information in advance. Hopefully, the next time she appears in Vegas, Lorna Luft fans will know about it early enough to see her perform.

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R&B star Toni Braxton is in financial trouble again. In October, the "Unbreak My Heart" hitmaker filed for bankruptcy for the second time. According to the New York Post, on an upcoming reality show called Braxton Family Values (scheduled at premiere on April 12th), Braxton bragged about her lavish lifestyle, saying "I have a big-ass house, three cars, and I fly first class all around the world. Some say I have the perfect life." Last year, the six-time Grammy-winner's $2.6 million home in Henderson, Nevada, went into foreclosure, selling for a little more than $1 million after she and her company, Liberty Entertainment, filed for bankruptcy last September. Braxton ran up debt ranging from $10 million to $50 million against $1 million to $10 million in assets. Her $1.2 million home in Georgia, also went into foreclosure proceedings, marking the latest financial aftershock from a string of dates Braxton canceled in Las Vegas in 2008 after chest pains she experienced during performances. Those pains were later diagnosed as a heart problem that insurer Lloyd's of London called a "pre-existing condition" when refusing to cover her losses. Later that year, she was forced to pull out of the series finale of ABC's Dancing With The Stars because of medical issues. The singer can't be blamed for her health issues, but creditors, including the Internal Revenue Service, Flamingo Las Vegas hotel and casino, the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Neiman Marcus, the Screen Actors Guild, RCA Music Group and Tiffany & Co., weren't very sympathetic. If anyone knows the difference between medical hardship and outright financial irresponsibility, though, it's Braxton. This is Braxton's second bankruptcy after filing in 1998. Unlike her current situation, her past troubles were brought on by a split with her record label and poor financial choices, including accumulating $500,000 in overdraft fees in 1997 alone. Regarding cancellation of the Tony Braxton: Revealed shows at the Flamingo in 2008, the singer was contracted to perform until August of that year. She was hospitalized in April for chest pain, canceling her shows until June, at which time she was scheduled to return. We predicted that would not happen. We were right. She did not return, leaving dancers in her show out of work with no warning. We think the lady needs a financial planner, and a conscience.

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Las Vegas has lots of hidden gems in its midst. One of them will be revealed from April 5th through June 3rd, when some of the works by artist Martin Kreloff are exhibited at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery in a show called Made In Vegas. A relative newcomer to the Southern Nevada community, Brooklyn-born Kreloff started painting at the age of 12 and began his studies at the Brooklyn Museum. He went on to do undergraduate work at Parsons School of Design and earned his BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Miami. Kreloff spent some years in Miami before moving to Los Angeles for 15 years. Seven years ago, Las Vegas became his home. Kreloff's hard edge style paintings are internationally known. His brightly colored, witty canvases are in museums and public collections, including New York's Museum of Modern Art. With more than 20 solo exhibitions to his credit, Kreloff has also been commissioned to create artwork for such corporate clients as Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Burger King, Esther Williams Swimwear, Intercontinental Banks, Harley- Davidson, Bloomingdale's and Miami Design Preservation League. In Las Vegas, 66-year-old Kreloff, who was inspired and influenced by the work of pop art masters Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as that of Walt Disney and Al Hirschfeld, has done family portraits of a number of prominent community members, as well as that of politico, David Parks. Kreloff also created the poster for the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival. Images from his "Pole Dancer" designs will be featured on a series of banners for the City of Las Vegas' Cultural Corridor Urban Trail. Last year, Kreloff's Stars and Sumos exhibit was held at the Laura Henkel Fine Art Gallery inside the Arts Factory. The frontier spirit of this city has had a profound impact on Martin's art. Seduced by the convergence of desert cacti and neon, of stark, natural vistas and exquisite excess, the artist presents work made during his seven years in this truly unique and diverse city that he now calls home. The Winchester exhibition will showcase Kreloff's portrait series of family, friends, and patrons, and includes his signature vibrant, hard-edged portraits and more recent, intimate colored pencil drawings. The artist's love of the figure is evident in his ability to capture the essence of his sitters through the sincerity of line, shape, color and composition, and he blurs the lines between his commissioned paintings of Las Vegas residents and celebrity portraits of Ethel Merman, Cary Grant, Mr. Blackwell, Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh, Lucille Ball, George Clooney and many others. Here, everyone shines, everyone is a star. The Winchester Cultural Center Gallery is located at 3130 McLeod, one block north of Desert Inn. The artist reception is Friday, April 8th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a talk on Wednesday, May 4th at 1 p.m. in the Winchester Theater.

We urge you not to miss Martin Kreloff/Made in Vegas.

Martin Kreloff by Steve Marcus

Anna Nateece by Jim K. Decker

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If you watch local news on KNTV-Channel 13 in Las Vegas, you may have heard and seen the story of woman who was beaten unconscious and robbed of her handbag after leaving a CVS pharmacy on Sunday night. The victim was in shock and hospitalized due to her injuries. That woman was Anna Nateece. For those who aren't familiar with the name, Anna, a decades-long Las Vegan, and her then-husband, owned the LeNobel of Athens fur shop in the Dunes Hotel (now the site of Bellagio). Anna gained fame as Liberace's furrier, designing his elaborate fur capes and fur-trimmed costumes. She was also a close personal friend of Mr. Showmanship, and a board member of the, now closed, Liberace Museum. The 72-year-old grandmother had been very active in the community. A petite lady, Anna was always stylish and fashionable when out in public, and rarely seen without a hat. We hope that this traumatic and frightening experience doesn't force this sweet woman into becoming a recluse. We also hope that whoever did this to Ms. Nateece, in the drug store parking lot at Durango and Charleston, are quickly caught and severely punished. A supervisor at CVS states that surveillance cameras outside the store captured a portion of the attack. That video is now in the hands of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. If anyone has any information on this crime, they are urged to call CrimeStoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Note: We are very surprised that the other local television news programs did not cover this story, both as a warning to other potential victims, and because the crime involved a well-known Las Vegan. The only written piece we have seen came from Greenspun Media's John Katsilometes. Apparently, the Las Vegas Review-Journal didn't feel the story was newsworthy.

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Legendary comedy icon, Marty Allen, and his talented stage partner, Karon Kate Blackwell, will debut their new Hello Dere show at Catch a Rising Star in Reno. Catch is located inside the Silver Legacy Resort Casino on Virginia Street in downtown Reno. Hello Dere will play Tuesday, April 12th, through Sunday, April 17th, with performances at 7:30 p.m. nightly. A second 10 p.m. show will be added on Friday and Saturday. On March 23rd, Marty turned 89. Apparently, he didn't get the memo informing him that these were supposed to be his golden, leisure years! Marty, who is celebrating more than 60 years in show business, and Karon work almost steadily, stopping in to visit their Vegas residence and have bagels and coffee with friends, during the lulls. Karon is not only a terrific singer/pianist and songwriter, she is, by far, the prettiest of Marty's partners. One never knows what to expect when the Burns & Allen of the 21st Century take to the stage. They are continuously changing and revitalizing their Hello Dere production. Tickets for Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell are available at Catch a Rising Star's Web site, or at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Call (775) 329-4777 for reservations or additional information. To see the kind of live variety entertainment by two of the industry's pros, check out Hello Dere. You can get a hint of what lies in store, by checking out their site at MARTY ALLEN & KARON KATE BLACKWELL.

Marty Allen & Karon Kate

Jake Shimabukuro

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Ukulele prodigy and virtuoso and YouTube sensation Jake Shimabukuro will kick off the spring season of Henderson's ArtBeat concert series, presented by Target, on tonight, Friday, April 1st. The 33- year-old Hawaii native began playing the four-stringed, two-octave instrument when he was just four-years-old. With his lightning-fast fingers, innovative playing techniques and contemporary sound, Shimabukuro has revolutionized the perception of the ukulele. The Hawaii native rose to fame through the popularity of YouTube, garnering millions of page hits with his performance of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Shimabukuro has shared the stage with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Yo-Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper and Ziggy Marley, as well as played on popular television programs like The Today Show and The Late Show with Conan O'Brien. The musician's newest album, Peace Love Ukulele, debuted earlier this year at No. 1 on the Billboard World Album chart. It combines a number of music genres including rock, classical, bluegrass, funk and jazz. "This magical instrument has been a positive force in my life," Shimabukuro said in a statement. "It has fueled my passion for music and development of my mind, body and spirit." Shimabukuro will perform songs from his latest album, Peace Love Ukulele, which debuted earlier this year at No. 1 on Billboard's World Album chart. He will also play ukulele renditions of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." The performance is part of ArtBeat, Henderson's cultural arts series held on Friday evenings each spring and fall. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St, in the Water Street District). Pre-show begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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Late yesterday (Thursday, March 31st), we got word that veteran Las Vegas musician/realtor, Sam Melchionne, had passed away. Melchionne, who played the accordion, was a well-known performer around Las Vegas. His "Big Band Sounds" lasted for decades on the Las Vegas Strip, playing in places such as the Sahara's Don the Beachcomber and the Desert Inn's Sky Room. We hope to have more information on the New Jersey-natives' musical history in next Friday's column. Sam's longtime friend, Nelson Sardelli, states, "A true Las Vegas icon has passed away. Sam was a great talent, and unmatched in integrity and character." Services for Melchionne will be held next Friday, April 8th, at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seaton Catholic Church, 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive in Summerlin. May he rest in peace.

Vintage Sam Melchionne

Vegas Showbiz Veterans

Photo caption: The Vegas showbiz veterans shown are (from left to right), Carme Pitrello, Sam Melchionne, Nelson Sardelli, Sam Butera, Blackie Hunt, Sonny King and Freddie Bell.

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Bill Fayne performs My Musical Life at the Sun City Summerlin Starbright Theatre, tomorrow and Sunday. His one-man show is as diverse as his career has been and goes through his life musically from age eight to the present day. It includes standards, opera, Broadway, and original music done in a light-hearted and fun way. Bill is known for his outstanding contributions to music during a more than 40 year career. He has performed all over the world, as a musical director, conductor, arranger and singer. He has worked with everyone from Clint Homes, to Jean-Pierre Reggiori, to Ann Jillian, Mickey Rooney, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hal Linden, Suzanne Somers, and Gloria Loring. On television, Bill has scored theme songs for popular shows, and appeared on Bob Hope specials, Dick Clark productions, the Joan Rivers' Show, and the Tonight Show, among many others. Fayne has been entertaining in Las Vegas for more than 10 years, where he has put together successful shows including The Las Vegas Tenors, Voci Vegas, and his latest project, Voices 3. Showtimes for My Musical Life are Saturday, April 2nd, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, the 3rd, at 3 p.m. Bill's new CD, Here's To Life, will be on sale at the discounted price of $15 (normally $20). Tickets for Fayne's shows are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents, and are on sale at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle community centers in Summerlin, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. All shows at the Starbright Theatre, located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd., are on a first come, first served basis, with no limit on the amount of tickets purchased. Be sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out! If an event sells out, every attempt will be made to provide additional show times, if possible. Ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax, and are non-refundable. Starbright Theatre shows are open to everyone ages 12 and over. There is no reserved seating, and saving seats is not permitted. There is not a bad seat in the theater, so everyone can enjoy the performances no matter where they are seated. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

Bill Fayne

Wendy Edmead

Also this weekend, it's Tony Award-winning hits from Broadway's greatest musicals, at UNLV's Artemus Ham Concert Hall. Theater favorites will be sung by New York's James Barbour, Julia Murney and Lauren Kennedy. Show time is at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, April 2nd). Tickets range from $40 to $85, and may be purchased at the UNLV box office. Call (702) 895-2787 for reservations or additional information.

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Singer Wendy Edmead e-mailed us to let us know that this week's Dennis Bono Show was a tribute celebration to honor the late Scott O'Neil. The show was taped in the South Point Showroom yesterday. Guest performers included Steve Lawrence, Clint Holmes, Lena Prima, Reva Rice, Art Vargas, Regi Brown, Denise Clemente, Corrie Sachs, Spectrum, and Edmead. O'Neil, a former DJ for KJUL radio, and Bono's radio show sidekick for the past 11 years, was a few minutes into last Thursday's (March 24th) show, when he suffered a fatal heart attack. If you are reading this early enough, you can hear the tribute program, from 7 to 8 this evening, on KUNV 91.5 AM.

Steve Lawrence

Bill Nolte

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Bill Nolte, who portrayed the wacky pigeon-raising Nazi, Franz Liebkind, in The Producers at Paris Las Vegas, reports that he is enjoying some time off and getting ready for spring. Nolte appeared with Kelsey Grammer in the Broadway revival of Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles. His most recent project, The Road to Qatar, ended in February. Bill describes the experience as "a great ride." The cast recorded a CD that should be released this summer. The talented singer, dancer, actor will be doing a workshop of Josephine, a new musical based on the life of Josephine Baker, starring Deborah Cox. Nolte will play Herman Goehring, "another Nazi." Later in the summer, Nolte is off to Sacramento Music Circus to, once more, play Franz in another production of The Producers. During the lulls between gigs, Bill, a talented artist, is doing lots of painting.

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The Ronnie Rose Band will appear at the Rampart Casino Addison's Lounge, tonight and tomorrow night. Do you like to swing dance? Join the crowd and have some fun! A six-piece horn band gets the place jumping with lots of old classics from the likes of Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joe Williams, among others. Ronnie Rose reports that the Roma Grill, where he performed frequently, has closed. The establishment, located on South Eastern, is yet another victim of the troubled economy. Ronnie praises the staff and management for providing a wonderful environment to make music.

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Ronnie Rose

Norm Johnson

Gerry McCambridge

Well-known Las Vegas columnist/journalist, Norm Johnson, and entertainer and humanitarian, Nelson Sardelli, both underwent surgery recently. Happily, both are doing fine and are pretty much back in the swing of things.

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Las Vegas' favorite mentalist, Gerry McCambridge, has just signed on for another two years at the V Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. McCambridge is known internationally for his remarkable ability to get inside the minds of others. He combines this unique gift, plus, comedy and magic, to astound audiences, turning skeptics into believers. Among his many TV appearances, McCambridge is best known as the executive producer and star of the NBC prime time TV show The Mentalist. He was also on the reality show, Phenomenon, with Criss Angel. Gerry was awarded "Mentalist of the Decade" by the International Magicians Society. The Las Vegas Weekly voted Gerry as one of the "Ten shows that you absolutely have to see" in Las Vegas. Producer David Saxe is thrilled that The Mentalist will continue to perform at V Theater. "Performers like Gerry don't come along every day. He is stand-out. A true talent and the type of entertainer who made Las Vegas what it is today. We are truly lucky to continue our working relationship with him," said Saxe. The Mentalist runs Thursdays through Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, go to

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The Chicago Blues Busters, featuring Larry "Wild" Wrice on drums and vocals, performs at Lucille's BBQ, in The District at Green Valley Ranch, tomorrow night, starting at 6.

Larry "Wild" Wrice

Nunsense Cast

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The talented, singing and dancing ladies of Nunsense - Diane Ellis, Kelly Clinton-Holmes, Michelle Johnson, Kathryn Arianoff, Robin Berry Vincent and Natalie Carson - recently made a special appearance at the swanky Stirling Club. For this occasion, The Little Sisters of Hoboken left their habits in the dressing room at the Las Vegas Hilton's Shimmer Cabaret, where they perform at 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Thursdays. Tickets for Nunsense range from $39 to $69, with special reduced prices for locals with proper ID (taxes and fees will be added). Call (702) 732-5755 for reservations.

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Last week, Barry Manilow celebrated his one year anniversary at Paris Las Vegas. To commemorate the special milestone, Paris Las Vegas Regional Vice President and General Manager David Hoenemeyer, along with AEG Live Las Vegas Vice President John Nelson, presented Manilow and his cast and crew with a special anniversary cake and a champagne toast. "This past year has been truly magical and we have had a great time performing our new show in the Paris Théâtre," said Manilow. "We are looking forward to another amazing year at Paris Las Vegas." Manilow's new show, directed by renowned stage and film choreographer and director Jeffrey Hornaday (Flashdance, A Chorus Line, High School Musical 4), opened its doors in March 2010 at the intimate and elegant Paris Théâtre to rave reviews by fans and critics alike. With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records); with no less than 25 consecutive top 40 hits to his credit between 1975 and 1983, on the Billboard Hot 100. Manilow has worked on over 40 albums over the course of his career as a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. He recently released "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time," a new album chronicling the most touching love songs ever written.

Barry Manilow & Backup Singers

Tickets for 33 more performance dates will go on-sale tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m. Show dates are September 2-4, 9-11, 16-18; October 8-10, 14-16, 21-23; November 4-6, 11-13, 18-20; and December 2-4, 9-11. Tickets are available on-line at or, in person at the Paris Théâtre box office, or by calling 1.800.745.3000. Ticket prices are $250, $175, $125, $95 and $65. Front Row tickets for these dates are available now at Visit for room and ticket packages. For more information on Barry Manilow at Paris Las Vegas visit Las Vegas middle school and high school music programs will continue to benefit from Manilow's shows at Paris by sharing in the proceeds of the special, weekly Platinum Experience Tickets. Platinum Experience Tickets which include a front row seat, pre-show champagne reception, meet & greet and photo with Barry Manilow and an autographed show program are available now at or at (310) 957-5788. Proceeds from Platinum Experience Tickets go directly to the Manilow Music Project which is part of Manilow's non-profit, The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, and will put instruments into the hands of middle school and high school students in the Las Vegas Unified School District. AEG Live, the live- entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, 15 regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books 35 state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Kenny Chesney, P!nk and Paul McCartney. The company is also currently producing shows in Las Vegas, including Celine Dion at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos. The AEG Live exhibition portfolio boasts the most successful exhibition of all time, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoaohs, which has attracted more than 7 million visitors since 2005. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Paris Las Vegas is a Caesars Entertainment resort. From its dramatic 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower to authentic architectural reproductions, Paris Las Vegas features elegant décor, European-inspired boutiques and a distinctive array of fine cuisine, including Chef Joho's acclaimed Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Les Artistes Steakhouse and French-bistro Mon Ami Gabi. The resort celebrates the romance and excitement of the European City of Light. In the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the passion and sophistication of Paris Las Vegas transports guests to Europe's most romantic city.

Shown in the accompanying photo by Denise Truscello are (from left to right): backup singers Kye Brackett, Muffy Hendrix, Melanie Nyema, Keely Vasquez and Manilow.

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Las Vegan Leigh Zimmerman got a nice birthday present. The beautiful and talented lady, currently starring on Broadway as Velma Kelly in Chicago, got a visit from composer John Kander, who came to see her in the hit musical. Kander, along with his late collaborating partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the music for Chicago, as well as for Flora the Red Menace, Cabaret, Zorba, Woman of the Year, Steel Pier and Kiss of the Spider Woman, among others. The songwriting duo were also the favorites of Liza Minnelli. Shown with Zimmerman and Kander in the accompanying photo are entertainer Domenick Allen, who happens to be married to Zimmerman, and their daughter, Cayleigh Capaldi.

Zimmerman, Allen, Capaldi & Kander

Loleatta Holloway

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Famed disco singer Loleatta Holloway, whose hits included "Cry to Me," died from heart failure at a Chicago-area hospital on March 21st. She was 64. Born and raised in Chicago, Holloway got her start singing gospel with the Holloway Community Singers. Born on November 5th, 1946, by the 1970s, she embarked on a solo career performing secular music. Her first R&B track was "Rainbow '71," produced by guitarist Floyd Smith, whom she later married. Smith also produced her first and second albums, "Loleatta" and "Cry to Me," respectively. But the singer's breakout hit came in the late '70s when "Love Sensation" reached No. 1 on the Dance Chart. Holloway's vocals from this hit were lifted by the Italian group Black Box for their "Ride on Time" track which grew to be a huge success in the United Kingdom. But the group didn't give Holloway proper credit for her original song, and featured another woman in the video that lip-synced her vocals. Rapper Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch also sampled the singer's work for their 1991 hit "Good Vibrations." Holloway is survived by four children and nine grandchildren. Services took place in Chicago.

Note: Although the names are very similar, we want to assure friends and fans of LORETTA Holloway, who lived and worked in Las Vegas for a couple of decades, that the singer is alive and well and currently living in her home state of South Carolina.

Farley Granger

Also, actor Farley Granger has died. He passed away on March 27th, at his home in Manhattan. He was 85. Granger was born on July 1, 1925, in San Jose, California. His father, also named Farley, owned a car dealership, but the stock market crash killed that business. Hoping to find work, the senior Mr. Granger moved the family to Los Angeles. In 1943, a casting director for Samuel Goldwyn saw the teenager in a play and had him come in for a reading. The rest, as they say, is show business history. Mr. Granger's youthful good looks gave him matinee-idol potential. His best- known films were both directed by Alfred Hitchcock - Rope, from 1948, and 1951's Strangers on a Train. In his 2007 autobiography, Include Me Out: My Life From Goldwyn to Broadway, written with his longtime romantic partner, Robert Calhoun, Granger was quoted as saying about Hitchcock, "He could make the phone book sound intriguing." Granger met Calhoun, who died in 2008, while doing a National Repertory Theater tour of which Mr. Calhoun was production manager. Mr. Granger's love life was often as adventurous as his career choices. He was linked romantically to some of the biggest names of the day, of both sexes. He had a longstanding hot-and-cold relationship with the actress Shelley Winters - "the love of my life and the bane of my existence," he called her in his book. Another serious love interest was the actress Janice Rule, with whom he had worked off- Broadway in the 1950s. Women who were in his life more briefly included Ava Gardner. Granger, who described himself as bisexual, also had relationships with conductor/composer, Leonard Bernstein, and American playwright, librettist, stage director and screenwriter (West Side Story, Gypsy, The Way We Were), Arthur Laurents. Among films Granger appeared in were, a favorite of Cousin Claire's, 1953's The Story of Three Loves (directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Kirk Douglas, Pier Angeli, Leslie Caron, Ethel Barrymore, James Mason, Moira Shearer, Ricky Nelson, Agnes Moorehead and Zsa Zsa Gabor), 1953's Small Town Girl (with Jane Powell, Ann Miller and Bobby Van) and 1952's Hans Christian Andersen (starring Danny Kaye, and featuring current Las Vegas resident, Beverly Washburn). Granger had scores of TV credits, including roles on a number of daytime soap operas, and made a number of Broadway appearances. Mr. Granger won an Obie Award in 1986 for his performance as Eldon in the Circle Repertory Company's production of Talley & Son, by Lanford Wilson, who died on March 24th. Farley Granger left no immediate survivors.

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