1950s #1 Move to San Fernando Valley. Recording Industry LA. Celebrity Connections. Leith Stevens.

Hereafter known as SFV. 1950 Around this year Diana and her family move to 13055 Moorpark St., located on the west side of Studio City close to the border with Sherman Oaks. Specifically off of the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Ventura Blvd. This image shows the Hughes Market that stood on that intersection. I believe it is the southeast corner. The Los Angeles…

Family History#2 Great Depression. Arrival In LA. 1940s Radio Row. Radio City. Sunset and Vine. KNX. CBS. Tom Breneman. NBC Building.

Two LaRocca brothers, Frank and Joseph, move to Los Angeles. Frank was a violinist and music director in Decatur, Illinois. My research shows that Frank, along with his wife Rose, moved to Los Angeles in about 1930. The couple resided at 2303 Gatewood.   1934 Ned and Virginia and their 9 year old Donna, joined Frank and Rose in Los Angeles. The family moved…

Family History #1: Teens, 1920s Vaudeville. Joseph And Roxy LaRocca. Peoria, Ill. Virginia Young. Salt Lake City. The Great Depression. Jane Harker. Warner Bros.

Family Background: Census records, military records and local directories show that Joseph Ned LaRocca (Diana/Paige’s grandfather) was born in 1894 in Peoria, Illinois and grew up there. Known as “Ned,” and “Ned Argo” he was a harpist in a family of several brothers, oldest brother Roxy show above. The brothers were all musicians and many of them toured with the major vaudeville circuits like…