Marl Young. Lucy's Piano Man

Marl Young.  Lucy's Piano ManFrom West Adams Landmarks of African American History. A Publication of West Adams Heritage Association:Desi Arnaz first asked Marl Young (1917 - 2009) to play the piano for the studio audience warm-up band for The Lucy Show. Young was instrumental in the merger of the all-black and all-white musicians unions…

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Nellie Lutcher. Gone But Not Forgotten

Nellie Lutcher. Gone But Not Forgotten Hurry on Down – Hurry on Down to a new exhibit about Nellie Lutcher (1912-2007), ground-breaking singer, songwriter and jazz pianist, renowned for hits like “Fine Brown Frame” and “Hurry on Down.” The exhibition, on view at the William Grant Still Arts Center, is comprised of Lutcher’s personal papers, business…

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Black History Month - All That Jazz

Black History Month - All That JazzCentral Avenue is justly celebrated as the heart and soul of the jazz and R&B scene from the 1920s through the early 1950s. On the “Eastside,” the Lincoln Theater, Club Alabam, the Dunbar Hotel and myriad other spots showcased the best in African American music.Yet even during the Central…

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Lena Horne in Country Club

Lena Horne in Country ClubLena Horne’s signature song, from a 1943 film of the same name, is Stormy Weather. Some would say she weathered many storms in her life.At age 16 Horne began working at Harlem’s Cotton Club, first as a dancer, then in the chorus and later as a solo singer. She…

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Oldest Cemetery in Los Angeles

Oldest Cemetery in Los AngelesRosedale Cemetery (now Angelus Rosedale) was founded in 1884, when Los Angeles was a small town and its location at what is now the corner of Washington Boulevard and Normandie Avenue was in the countryside, outside the city limits. It was the first cemetery in Los Angeles open to all…

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WAHA's Living History Tour 2015

WAHA's Living History Tour 2015On Saturday, September 26, the West Adams Heritage Association presents the Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, where visitors “meet” some of Los Angeles’s most interesting early pioneers, war veterans and entertainment industry personages as costumed actors, at graveside, portray their lives. Tour “shepherds” guide the visitors on a…

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Reverend James Cleveland King of Gospel Music

Reverend James Cleveland King of Gospel MusicSitting on the south side of Washington Blvd. a block and a bit west of Vineyard is an unassuming small white building that houses the Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church.  Little do passing drivers and new members of our community know about  the important history this little church boasts.  It was…

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Pico Blvd. 1925

Pico Blvd. 1925 Found by Alvaro Gomez

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What Is An HPOZ? Clue Historic Preservation Overlay Zone

What Is An HPOZ? Clue Historic Preservation Overlay ZoneMany communities in CD10 are now or are in the process of becoming historic districts. With this designation neighborhoods are able to preserve the distinctive character and beauty of their respective communities, which in turn will preserve the rich cultural and architectural history for future generations.Historic districts in Los…

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Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDanielOscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952) owned several homes in the West Adams area, each one finer than the last, as her career progressed from singer and vaudeville entertainer to world-renown actress. McDaniel was born in 1895 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter former slaves. Hattie toured the country as a singer…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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