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  • Ben Fong-Torres (2004)

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    Ben Fong-Torres was born in Alameda, California, in 1945, and raised in Oakland's Chinatown, where his parents owned a restaurant. He attended San Francisco State College from 1962 through 1966, majored in Radio-TV-Film and served as a reporter and editor of the campus daily.

    He began writing for Rolling Stone magazine in 1968, in its eighth issue. He had a full-time job at another publication: Pacific Telephone’s employee magazine. By night, he was a volunteer editor at East West, a bilingual Chinatown newspaper. In May, 1969, Ben joined Rolling Stone as news editor.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Ray Charles, featuring Norah Jones Genius Loves Company Here We Go Again (Concord)
    # 2 Jimmy Smith Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith Walk on the Wild Side (Verve)
    # 3 Madeline Eastman Mad About Madeline Cheek to Cheek (Mad Kat)
    # 4 Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie Orchestra Sinatra at the Sands I've Got You under My Skin (Reprise)
    # 5 Jenna Mamina Under the Influence Watching the Detectives (Mamma Grace)
    # 6 Gene Ammons Fine and Mellow Play Me (Prestige)
    # 7 Pamela Rose You Can Have It All You Can Have It All (Three-Handed Records)
    # 8 Larry Ching Till the End of Time I Only Have Eyes for You (Forbidden City Records)
             
    Book On CD-ROM, either a music encyclopedia or The Encyclopaedia Britannica
             
    Luxury Item A portable karaoke machine
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Vince Guaraldi Jazz Impressions of "Black Orpheus" Cast Your Fate to the Wind (OJC)
    Castaways by date
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb