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“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt”—Ella Fitzgerald

Marilyn and Ella at Mocambo Club, 1955

Glamour and gangs defined the Sunset Strip between the 1930s and the 1950s, as its renowned restaurants and nightclubs became a playground for the rich and famous. There were movie legends and power brokers, and everyone of significance danced to stardom at such legendary clubs as Ciro’s, the Mocambo and the Trocadero. Frank Sinatra made his Los Angeles debut at ... Read More »

Honoring Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith Wall, Los Angeles

Six years ago today, singer-songwriter Elliott Smith died from a pair of stab wounds. And it’s still unclear whether his death was a suicide or murder. Since then, a cloud of mystery has grown around the artist, and still, years later, fans gather at the so-called Elliott Smith Wall in LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood, wedged between an electronics shop and ... Read More »

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