|Ben Fong-Torres (2004)|
|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.
|# 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)|
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