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Legendary Andre Crouch..Rest in Peace…

080612-music-topic-andrae-crouchVia Highland Desert Inland Valley News
Andraé Crouch, a gospel musician who bridged the worlds of church and mainstream music for more than 50 years, died Thursday afternoon. The 72-year-old singer, songwriter and choir director had been hospitalized since Saturday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area after suffering a heart attack.

Crouch, sometimes called “the father of modern gospel music,” led the choirs that sang on such hits as Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and Madonna’s Like a Prayer. As a songwriter, he wrote several gospel favorites, most notably The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon, a song sung at Jackson’s public memorial service.

A San Francisco native who grew up in the Church of God in Christ, Crouch wrote his first gospel tune at age 14. By 1960, he had formed the Church of God in Christ Singers, a group that featured Billy Preston on keyboards.

He started another group, Andraé Crouch & the Disciples, in 1965, eventually signing to a contemporary Christian label, Light Records. Crouch brought a contemporary pop and R&B melodic sensibility to gospel, making him uniquely suited to appeal to both black and white audiences during the early days of the countercultural “Jesus movement” and also bringing him attention beyond the church.

Elvis Presley recorded Crouch’s I’ve Got Confidence for his 1972 gospel album He Touched Me, and Paul Simon recorded his Jesus Is the Answer on 1974’s Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’. Crouch also became the go-to vocal arranger for Los Angeles recording sessions that needed a gospel sound, working not only with Jackson and Madonna but also Elton John, Quincy Jones, The Commodores, Diana Ross and Ringo Starr.

Crouch’s gospel albums often featured guests from the R&B and jazz worlds, including Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, Wilton Felder and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey. Chaka Khan, Sheila E. and vocal group Take 6 appeared on his most recent album, 2011’s The Journey.

His recordings brought him seven Grammys, and Crouch also received an Academy Award nomination for his arranging work on the 1985 film The Color Purple.

Throughout his life, Crouch struggled with dyslexia, sometimes memorizing words by the shapes of their combination of letters. He often drew simple pictures to help him comprehend words and write songs.

Crouch’s sister, Sandra Crouch, served as his spokeswoman, and the siblings were pastors at the New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, Calif., carrying on a work begun by their parents.

Crouch survived multiple bouts with cancer and also suffered from diabetes. In early December, Crouch was hospitalized with pneumonia and congestive heart failure, forcing the cancelation of his Let the Church Say Amen Celebration tour, which had been scheduled to begin Dec. 6 in Philadelphia. He was re-admitted to the hospital Saturday with what his sister characterized in a statement as “serious health complications.”

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 2015

Photos by Earl Heath

L to R New Rose Bowl inductees Dick Vermiel UCLA, Knute Rockne lll (Notre Dame) Kijana Carter (Penn State)as  M-Cee Harvey Hyde looks on.

L to R New Rose Bowl inductees Dick Vermiel UCLA, Knute Rockne lll (Notre Dame) Kijana Carter (Penn State)as
M-Cee Harvey Hyde looks on.

Larry Mellon (L)  and Ki-jana Carter new Hall of Famer share a moment

Larry Mellon (L) and Ki-jana Carter new Hall of Famer share a moment

The 126th Tournament of Roses –Was Truly “Inspiring”

Love Boat cast in front of Princess Cruises Float  (L to R)  Fred Grandy (Chief Purser Gopher),Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie),Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing),Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac) Jill Whelan (Captain's daughter Vicki), Bernie Kopell (Doc),

Love Boat cast in front of Princess Cruises Float (L to R)
Fred Grandy (Chief Purser Gopher),Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie),Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing),Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac)
Jill Whelan (Captain’s daughter Vicki), Bernie Kopell (Doc),

By Earl Heath
Rose Bowl Queen Madison Triplett with U of  Oregon President Scott Coltrane and wife

Rose Bowl Queen Madison Triplett with U of Oregon President Scott Coltrane and wife

Its been an annual event for well over a century and the 2015 Tournament of Roses didn’t disappoint. The theme “Inspiring Stories was named in honor of  one of America’s war hero’s of WWII Louis Zamperini. Seven years ago Rose Bowl 2015 President Richard Chenin read the book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. The story of USC Graduate and Olympian in the 1936 games became an air bombardier.

Zamperini spent two years as a POW in Japan after his plane went down in the Pacific Ocean. He and a crew-mate survived for 47 days in shark infested waters before being captured by the Japanese. After a family discussion, the theme “Inspiring Stories” was born.
“We thought the story was so inspirational,” said Cheinn.  “It was a family idea”.

Luke Zampeerini speaks at Kick-off Luncheon

Luke Zampeerini speaks at Kick-off Luncheon

Zamperini passed away last July two months after being named Grand Marshal. He was represented by his family during the parade. “The Love Boat” cast reunited to celebrate Princess Cruises 50th anniversary by appearing on a float at the Rose Bowl Parade. The Love Boat cast, including Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Chief Purser Gopher), Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie) and Jill Whelan (Captain’s daughter Vicki), recently named Regal Princess, having served as the ship’s godparents before the cruise ship’s maiden Caribbean season and their appearance in the New Year’s Day parade. Ted Lange is still as sharp as ever. The show ran for ten years and has a place in everyone’s heart. “It was about romance every week ,“ said Lange. That’s the one thing that’s in a lot of people lives tuned in because the show gave them a feeling .”
“Since the theme of this year’s Rose Parade was ‘Inspiring Stories,’ we thought it was the perfect opportunity to launch our 50th anniversary year celebrations,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “For the last five decades our guests have been sailing with us to amazing places and they’ve returned with inspiring memories that have lasted a lifetime, and we want to celebrate this throughout our golden anniversary year.”
The Princess Cruises float measured 60 feet long and 24 feet high with more than 24,000 flowers and natural materials. Flowers included roses, orchids and carnations, dendrobs, tulips, cymbidiums, delphiniums and gerbera daisies.
The Donate to Life Parade float represents thousands around the world. In their passing deceased donors open up a whole new world of health, sight  and mobility to people in need.  John Brockington won the National Championship in the 1968 Rose Bowl while playing for Ohio State. He went on to play for the Green Bay Packers.  He moved to San Diego and befriended long time Packer fan Diane Scott. He suffered kidney failure in 2000. In 2001 she donated her kidney to John they later married. In the Parade John rode the Float  and Dianne was one of  30 donors to walk along side the Donate to Life float .
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl Game and a variety of associated events. The Tournament’s 935 volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization within the community and serve on one of 31 committees that ensure the success of the parade and game. Collectively, they contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 126th Rose Parade was presented by Honda.
Lisa Brighton of Washington DC. put finishing touches on Donate to Life Float

Lisa Brighton of Washington DC. put finishing touches on Donate to Life Float

Rose Bowl champions Oregon Ducks  (L-R) Tony Washington, Keanon Lowe, Erick Dargan,  Head Coach  Mark Helfrich  Jake Fisher, Derrick Malone

Rose Bowl champions Oregon Ducks
(L-R) Tony Washington, Keanon Lowe, Erick Dargan, Head Coach Mark Helfrich Jake Fisher, Derrick Malone