One year ago: Arthur Ferrante
Over the course of their 40-year partnership, they recorded 150 albums, earning 22 gold and platinum records and selling 90 million records worldwide, and performed 5,200 concerts before retiring in 1989.
"They made beautiful music, but they were not easy listening," said Ferrante's manager, Scott W. Smith. "They were very dynamic."
Showmen from the start, they weren't content to merely play notes from a sheet of music. They would add objects to their pianos and would pluck, pound or strum the strings to make alternative sounds. These "gimmicks," as they called them, landed them spots on the leading TV variety programs.
For more on the piano man, read Arthur Ferrante's obituary by The Times.
Photo: Arthur Ferrante, left, and duo partner Lou Teicher. Credit: Los Angeles Times