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'Chipmunks' sequel gets a director

'Chipmunks' sequel gets a director

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel," the follow-up to the 2007 Hollywood hit, is to be directed by "28 Days" and "Private Parts" director Betty Thomas.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Maynard Ferguson, who was born in 1928 (age 75); Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy in 1931 (age 72); Ritchie Burns of the Hondells in 1941 (age 62); Nick Ashford, of Ashford and Simpson, in 1942 (age 61); Troggs drummer Ronnie Bond and A
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 3-9.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late David Seville of "The Chipmunks" fame, who was born in 1919. His real name was Ross Bagdasarian. Bobby "Blue" Bland was born in 1930 (age 73); Kevin Coyne in 1944 (age 59); Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason in 1945 (age 58);
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for January 25-31.
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(May 4) Today's birthdays include Maynard Ferguson, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy in 1931 (age 71); Ritchie Burns of the Hondells in 1941 (age 61); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(May 4) Today's birthdays include Maynard Ferguson, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy in 1931 (age 71); Ritchie Burns of the Hondells in 1941 (age 61); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Jan. 27) Today's birthdays include the late David Seville of "The Chipmunks" fame, who was born in 1919.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Jan. 26) Today's birthdays include Eartha Kitt, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Huey "Piano" Smith in 1934 (age 68); Derek Holt of the Climax Blues Band in 1949 (age 53); former Little River Band member David Briggs in 1951 (age 51); Van Halen guitarist E
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Rostom Sipan Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 – January 16, 1972) was an American pianist, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. In his professional life, he was better known by the stage name David Seville, which he used on his recordings featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Bagdasarian was of Armenian descent. As a young man, Bagdasarian was in the Broadway cast of The Time of Your Life, written by his famous cousin, William Saroyan. Bagdasarian's first musical success was the song he wrote with Saroyan, "Come on-a My House," sung by Rosemary Clooney. The lyrics are based on dialogue from Saroyan's novel The Human Comedy. They wrote the song on the post-Broadway tour bus of The Time of Your Life.

Bagdasarian had a moderate hit in 1956 under the name Alfi and Harry with the novelty record "The Trouble With Harry," a song with the same title as the then-recent Alfred Hitchcock comedy-thriller movie. According to his son, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., they were down to their last $200. Bagdasarian spent $190 on a V-M tape recorder that would allow him to change tape speeds. As David Seville, Bagdasarian had another number-one record with his song, "Witch Doctor," which was also his first experiment with speeding an audio track to get the distinctive, comical, squeaky, high-pitched voices. That success led to him to record "The Bird on My Head", then "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" with The Chipmunks, for which he won two Grammy Awards in 1959: Best Comedy Performance and Best Recording for Children.

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