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Nee-Nee GwynnThe Insider

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Move over, Britney and Christina: Nee-Nee Gwynn, the 17-year-old daughter of Padres legend (and current SDSU baseball coach) Tony Gwynn, has scored a national hit with the single “No Means No,” which shot up to No. 18 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 4 on the magazine’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. The single and a forthcoming album, due this summer, were released by Base Hit Records, a new label launched by Nee-Nee’s mom, Alicia. The single was recorded last December at Skip Saylor Recording in Hollywood, the same studio frequented by such major stars as R. Kelly, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears.

This isn’t the junior Gwynn’s first brush with fame. As a child, Nee-Nee was in a vocal quartet called Flame that was briefly signed to Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records.

Pete Wilson quietly slipped into town recently and had dinner at Bertrand’s at Mr. A’s on Bankers Hill. At the ex-governor’s request, Bertrand Hug personally selected the wine.

San Diego’s getting gobs of publicity for having a new baseball stadium named for a pet-supply company. Petco Park even earned a mention in a trade publication known as DVM: The Newsmagazine of Veterinary Medicine, where the item shared space in the Small Animal News column with a blurb on how nervousness and emotional stress “can drive a cat to go bald.”

KSDO-AM’s news and talk days are finally ending. The station, sold by Chase Radio Partners to Hi-Favor Broadcasting LLC, has been rechristened Radio Nueva Vida and now broadcasts religious programming in Spanish. KSDO was once home to San Diego’s top talkers, from Dave Dawson to Michael Reagan and Stacy Taylor, but under a joint sales agreement with media giant Clear Channel Communications, the stars were moved to KOGO and replaced by a revolving door of second-stringers, most of them with a business bent.

Buddy Blue, the founding Beat Farmer who has recorded with such legends as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Floyd Dixon and Richard Barry (of the original “Louie, Louie” fame), has a new CD out this month, Sordid Lives. It’s Blue’s first all-jazz album, distributed internationally by Bizarre Planet Records, the Los Angeles label that also is home to George Duke and Al Jarreau. “Bizarre had heard the jazz cuts I had done on some of my previous albums and asked me to do a whole album of nothing but jazz,” says Blue, of La Mesa, who played roots rock (with the Beat Farmers and his own band, The Jacks) and, later, jump blues.

This Month in San Diego History: 1908

A Sour Note
To San Diego lovers of culture and the arts, it will forever be known as The Day the Music Died. On May 31, 1996, the San Diego Symphony began Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy proceedings after failing to obtain major donations from past big givers, who were scared off by the orchestra’s $3 million debt. Trustees had initially voted to liquidate in January but delayed the action while symphony president Elsie Weston pleaded with potential donors for a bailout.

Performances were canceled and musicians were idled. “Helen K. Copley, publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune and the symphony’s most generous individual supporter [to the tune of $4 million] in recent years, called the board’s decision ‘a shame for San Diego,’” the hometown paper reported.

Formed as a community ensemble in 1910, the symphony incorporated as a nonprofit cultural institution in 1936. Since then, the symphony had been on the forefront of San Diego’s cultural scene, and in 1986 was rewarded with a posh new home of its own when the flamboyant Fox Theatre at 750 B Street was transformed into the elegant Copley Symphony Hall.

The bankruptcy filing, while not unexpected, was still a shock to some who had hoped for a last-minute rescue. Even though the symphony ultimately filed for a less-drastic Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan, the orchestra remained in limbo for more than two years. It finally reemerged in October 1998, thanks to a cadre of major donors, including Qualcomm chief Irwin Jacobs. In January 2002, Jacobs gave the symphony a record $120 million gift, making it among the most well-funded orchestras in the country.
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