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Lindsey Durlacher, American Greco-Roman wrestler died he was , 36

Lindsey Durlacher was an American Greco-Roman wrestler whose career highlight was a bronze medal at the 2006 FILA Wrestling World Championships  died he was , 36. He died at the age of 36 in his sleep on June 4, 2011, at his home in Denver, Colorado.


(September 14, 1974  – June 4, 2011)

Durlacher had surgery three days earlier. He was a graduate of Buffalo Grove High School in Buffalo Grove, IL where he still coached and mentored students.

 

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Lawrence Eagleburger, American diplomat and politician, Secretary of State (1992–1993) died he was , 80

Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger was an American statesman and former career diplomat, who served briefly as the United States Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush died he was , 80. Previously, he had served in lesser capacities under Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. Eagleburger is the only career Foreign Service Officer to have served as the United States Secretary of State.


(August 1, 1930 – June 4, 2011)

Education and personal life

Eagleburger was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Helen (née Van Ornum), an elementary school teacher, and Leon Sidney Eagleburger, a physician.[4] He graduated from P J Jacobs High School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, then attended Stevens Point State College (now the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point), before earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. During his time at Wisconsin, he joined Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. On May 6, 1995, he delivered the commencement address to the 1995 graduating class of James Madison University.[5]
He was formerly a member of the Board of Visitors at the College of William and Mary.
Eagleburger also served in the United States Army (1952–1954), attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.
He had three sons, all of whom are named Lawrence Eagleburger, though they have different middle names.[1] The eldest is from his first marriage, which ended in divorce. The other two are from his second marriage, which was to Marlene Heinemann from 1966 until her death in 2010.[6]

Governmental career

In 1957, Eagleburger joined the United States Foreign Service, and served in various posts in embassies, consulates, and the Department of State. From 1961 to 1965 he served as a staffer at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
Starting in 1969, he served in the Nixon administration as an assistant to National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. He stayed in this appointment until 1971; thereafter he took on several positions, including advisor to the U.S. Mission to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, and, following Kissinger’s appointment as Secretary of State, a number of additional posts in the State Department.
Following Nixon’s resignation, he briefly left government service, but was soon appointed as ambassador to Yugoslavia by President Jimmy Carter, a post he held from 1977 to 1980.
In 1982, Reagan appointed him as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs (the State Department’s third-ranking position), a position he held for several years. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed him Deputy Secretary of State (the Department’s second-ranking position); he also served as the President’s primary advisor for affairs relating to the quickly disintegrating Yugoslavia. On August 23, 1992, James A. Baker resigned as Secretary of State (to head up Bush’s unsuccessful re-election campaign), and Eagleburger served as Acting Secretary of State until Bush gave him a recess appointment for the remainder of the Bush administration.
His period as advisor for Yugoslavian affairs from 1989 to 1992 was highly controversial. He gained a reputation for being a strong Serbian partisan, most controversially denying that Serbian paramilitaries and the Yugoslav National Army had committed atrocities in the breakaway republic of Croatia. This perceived partisanship led the European press to dub him Lawrence of Serbia[7] (a reference to Lawrence of Arabia).
In 1991, President Bush awarded him the Presidential Citizens Medal. He was a member of the board of directors of the International Republican Institute.[8]

International Commission on Holocaust-Era Insurance Claims

Eagleburger became chairman of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, or ICHEIC, which was set up in 1998. The purpose of the Commission was to resolve unpaid Nazi-era insurance claims for survivors of the Holocaust. In 2005, Eagleburger announced that the ICHEIC was offering approximately 16 million dollars to Holocaust victims and their heirs, noting as he did so the research ability of the ICHEIC staff which allowed them to evaluate claims from companies which no longer existed.[9][clarification needed] In the years prior to this there had been some controversy about the Commission, including reports that it was over-budgeted and too slow, and that insurance companies which had previously agreed to work with the ICHEIC had failed to disclose policyholder lists.[10] Eagleburger responded to these accusations by saying, among other things, that it was difficult to work quickly when many of the claimants lacked basic information such as the name of the insurance company involved.[11]

Stance on Middle Eastern conflict

After serving in the Foreign Service for 27 years, Eagleburger retained an interest in foreign policy and was a familiar figure on current events talk shows. He caused some discussion with public comments about President George W. Bush’s foreign policy. In August 2002, Eagleburger questioned the timing of possible military action in Iraq, saying, “I am not at all convinced now that this is something we have to do this very moment.”[12] He did indicate he believed that Iraqi regime change could be a legitimate U.S. endeavor at some point, but that at that time he did not believe the administration was fully prepared for such a conflict.[13] In April 2003, following warnings by the Bush administration to the government of Syria, Eagleburger condemned the possibility of military action in Syria or Iran, saying that public opinion would not support such a move and that “If President Bush were to try it now, even I would feel he should be skinned alive.”[14]
On January 5, 2006, he participated in a meeting at the White House of former Secretaries of Defense and State to discuss United States foreign policy with Bush administration officials. On November 10, 2006 it was announced that he would replace Secretary of Defense designate Robert Gates in the Iraq Study Group.[15]
After the election of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Eagleburger seemed to think that Iran was moving in a direction which may at some point call for military action, saying in an interview that while “we should try everything else we can first,” at some point it would probably be necessary to use force to ensure that Iran did not obtain or use nuclear weapons.[16]
He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Forum for International Policy, and a member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) Board of Advisors.

2008 Presidential election

Before Republican primaries, Eagleburger endorsed John McCain for President.[17] In an NPR interview on October 30, 2008, he described McCain’s running-mate Sarah Palin as “not prepared” for top office. He also stated that many Vice Presidents have not been ready.[18] The next day, in an interview on Fox News, he retracted his comments about Palin.[19]
On October 30, 2008, on the Fox News Channel, Eagleburger referred to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama as a “charlatan“, citing his fundraising methods and other aspects of his presidential campaign.[20]

Death

Eagleburger died of pneumonia at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.[21] He was 80 and had lived outside Charlottesville since 1990. He is survived by his three sons.[6]

 

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Donald Hewlett, English actor died he was , 90.

Donald Marland Hewlett was an English actor, born in Northenden, Manchester, and best known for his sitcom roles al Colonel Charles Reynolds in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and Lord Meldrum in You Rang, M’Lord?, both written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft died he was , 90. He also had a number of parts in British film and television productions.


(30 August 1920 – 4 June 2011)

Early life

Hewlett was born into a wealthy family, his father Thomas Hewlett owned the Anchor Chemical Company which is based in Clayton, Manchester and is now a subsidiary of Air Products.
Hewlett was educated at Clifton College followed by St John’s College, Cambridge where he was part of the Footlights Revue.[5] During World War II he served in the Royal Navy as a meteorologist[3] and was stationed for several years in Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands where he was a founder member of the Kirkwall Arts Club.[6][7] He was later posted to Singapore.[5]

Career

Following his demobilization, Hewlett trained at RADA and gained his first professional acting job in repertory theatre at the Oxford Playhouse where he worked alongside Ronnie Barker.[5] His first television acting role was the part of Lincoln Green in 1954′s Orders are Orders.
His television appearances included The Ronnie Corbett Show, The Ronnie Barker Playhouse, The Saint, The Avengers, The Dick Emery Show and the 1971 Doctor Who story The Claws of Axos. However, he gained his most prominent role in the Croft and Perry sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum (1974–81) as Colonel Charles Reynolds. He was reunited with fellow actor Michael Knowles in another David Croft sitcom, the sci-fi spoof Come Back Mrs. Noah (1977–78), and later with the successful You Rang, M’Lord? (1988–93) as Lord George Meldrum. Other roles included ‘Winkworth’ in Morris Minor’s Marvellous Motors in 1989 and The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington-Bull. His last TV appearance was in The Upper Hand in 1995.[8]
Hewlett made a number of film appearances including Spike Milligan‘s Adolf Hitler – My Part in His Downfall, A Touch of Class, Carry On Behind and The First Great Train Robbery.[8]
Hewlett’s previous marriages, to Christine Pollon and Diana Greenwood, ended in divorce.[1] He had two sons and a daughter by Greenwood.[1] Having previously lived for several years in Whitstable, Kent, he lived in Fulham, SW London,[citation needed] with his third wife Therese McMurray-Hewlett, by whom he had a son and daughter.[citation needed] He died from pneumonia, aged 90.[citation needed] He is survived by his wife and his five children.[1]
His daughter, Siobhan Hewlett, is an actress, best known for her role in Irina Palm.

Selected television roles

Year
Title
Role
1959
Captain Sooty Pikington
1974–1981
Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Reynolds
1977–1978
Carstairs
1988–1993
George, Lord Meldrum

Filmography

 

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Martin Rushent, English record producer (Buzzcocks, Human League, The Stranglers) died he was , 63

Martin Rushent  was an English record producer, best known for his work with The Human League, The Stranglers and The Buzzcocks died he was , 63.


(11 July 1948 – 4 June 2011)

Early life

Rushent was born on 11 July 1948 in Enfield, Middlesex. His father was a car salesman. Rushent attended Minchenden Grammar School in Southgate, Middlesex.[1]

Career

Early career

Rushent’s first experience in a recording studio was at EMI House in London’s Manchester Square, when his school band (of which he was the lead singer) had the opportunity to record a demo.[5] After leaving school, Rushent, who had already experimented with his father’s 4-track recorder, worked at a chemical factory before working for his father while applying for studio jobs. After numerous rejections, Rushent was employed by Advision Studios as a 35mm film projectionist. After approximately 3 months, Rushent began working in the audio department as a tape operator alongside Tony Visconti. He worked on sessions for Fleetwood Mac,[6] T-Rex, Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Petula Clark, Jerry Lee Lewis and Osibisa.[7] Rushent stated that while at Advision, Jerry Lee Lewis threw a tantrum as Yes had been booked into the studio when he was not ready to leave, and chased the studio staff around the complex until they locked themselves in a different studio.[8]
Rushent progressed to senior assistant engineer, staff engineer, and eventually head engineer. He then began working freelance, where he built his reputation and was employed by United Artists (UA).[5] While with UA, Rushent recorded sessions alongside Martin Davies, recording artists such as Shirley Bassey and The Buzzcocks, as well as convincing the company to sign The Stranglers provided that he produced the band’s material. Rushent produced the group’s Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black and White albums and recorded demos for Joy Division, before tiring of his commute to London and leaving UA at the end of the 1970s.[1][5]

Synthpop

Rushent expressed a desire to move away from guitar bands, and bought a LinnDrum,[8] Roland MC-4 Microcomposer and Jupiter-8 synthesiser to learn sequencing and synthesis techniques.[5] Rushent set up his own studio, Genetic, with Synclavier and Fairlight CMI synthesisers[5] and an MCI console.[7] He spent £35,000 on air conditioning alone, and had a Mitsubishi Electric digital recorder costing £75,000.[5] Rushent used his Roland equipment to record Pete Shelley‘s first solo album, Homosapien. Originally aimed to be a collection of demos, the recordings were signed to Island Records. They were heard by Simon Draper of Virgin Records, who asked Rushent to produce The Human League. Rushent’s work on the group’s 1981 album Dare earned him a BRIT Award in 1982 for Best British producer.[9] Rushent’s production on Dare frustrated the group’s guitarist Jo Callis, as the only guitar on the album was used to trigger a gate on the synthesiser. Singer Susanne Sulley was also frustrated by the lengthy process of Rushent’s synth programming. Rushent walked out of his own studio and never worked with the band again after Sulley made an off-the-cuff comment toward him.[5] After the Human League, Rushent worked with XTC, Generation X, Altered Images and The Go-Go’s.[10]
Rushent decided to take a break from production in 1984,[11] and sold his assets – including Genetic Studios. He briefly took up a consultancy position with Virgin, but retired from the industry to raise his children.[5]

Later career

Rushent returned to the music industry in the mid 1990s when he established Gush, a dance club on Greenham Common. The club’s opening night was headlined by The Prodigy.[5] Rushent soon began redeveloping his interest in recording, and decided to catch up on the technological advances he had missed.[5]
Rushent built a home studio around a Mackie console, Alesis ADAT HD24 recorder and Cubase 5,[7] with which he produced music by The Pipettes,[9] Does It Offend You, Yeah?[8] and Killa Kela.[12] In 2005, he produced Hazel O’Connor‘s album Hidden Heart.[5] The following year, he was involved with the BBC Electric Proms when he recorded Enid Blitz at a 15th-century manor house in Brentford, using a BBC truck as the control room.[7]
In 2007, Rushent produced the recording Cherry Vanilla by The (Fabulous) Cult of John Harley. The recording was used by the American singer and actress Cherry Vanilla in the launch of her autobiography Lick Me: How I Became Cherry Vanilla.[13]
At the time of his death, Rushent was working on a 30th anniversary version of Dare, remixed like Love and Dancing but using musical instruments instead of synthesisers.[5][7]

Personal life

In 1972, Rushent married Linda Trodd, with whom he had three children – sons James and Tim and daughter Joanne.[1] They separated in the 1980s, and Rushent later married Ceri Davis, with whom he had a daughter named Amy.[1] Rushent lived with Ceri and Amy in the Berkshire village of Upper Basildon.[1][14] Rushent’s son James is the lead singer for the dance punk band Does It Offend You, Yeah?.[3] Rushent died on 4 June 2011.[3]

Discography

This list of songs or music-related items is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.
Year
Artist
Record
Type
Role
Reference
1970
Studio album
Engineer
1971
Studio album
Engineer
Studio album
Engineer
Studio album
Engineer, producer
Teenage Licks
Studio album
Engineer
Studio album
Engineer
1972
Studio album
Engineer
Studio album
Engineer
Studio album
Engineer
Ontinuous Performance
Studio album
Engineer
Studio album
Engineer
1973
Studio album
Producer
Chaos
Down At The Club/You Could Be My Girl
Studio single
Composer & Producer
All to Bring You Morning
Studio album
Engineer, remixing
One Live Badger
Live album
Engineer
1974
Original Man
Studio album
Engineer
Studio album
Engineer
Studio album
Engineer
The World Became the World
Studio album
Engineer
1975
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Engineer
Studio album
Engineer
Panic
Studio album
Engineer
1976
New Nation
Studio album
Engineer
Too Young to Feel This Old
Studio album
Engineer
1977
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Téléphone
Studio album
Producer
1978
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Gomm with the Wind
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Summer Holiday
Studio album
Producer
1979
Live album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
1980
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
1981
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Engineer, producer
Before Your Very Eyes
Studio album
Engineer, producer
Studio album
Mixing
1982
Remix album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
1983
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Producer
1984
Studio album
Programming
Smile
Studio album
Producer
Studio album
Engineer, producer
1985
Studio album
Producer
1988
Studio album
Producer
Heart of Glass
Single
Producer
1997
Come On
Single
Producer
1990
Single
Producer
2005
Hidden Heart
Studio album
Producer
Under the Influence
Studio album
Producer
2009
Amplified
Studio Album
Producer
2010
Studio album
Producer
2011
Studio album
Producer

 

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Did you know that Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975?

Did you know that James Arness was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon?

Did you know that Arness played in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years?
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Did you know that  Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975?

James Arness, American actor (Gunsmoke), died from natural causes on June 3, 2011  he was , 88?

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Wally Boag, American performer (Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue) died he was , 90.

Wallace Vincent “Wally” Boag was an American performer known for his starring role in Disney‘s long running stage show the Golden Horseshoe Revue died he was , 90.

(September 13, 1920 – June 3, 2011)

An early publicity poster of Wally Boag’s pre-Disney days.

Biography

Boag was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1920 to Wallace B. and Evelyn G. Boag. He joined a professional dance team at age nine, later established his own dance school, and by the age of 19 had turned to comedy. He toured the world’s stages in hotels, theaters and nightclubs. While appearing at the London Hippodrome in Starlight Roof, he brought a young 12-year-old girl on stage to help with his balloon act. The girl, a young Julie Andrews, astonished the audience with her voice and was kept in the show. In 1945, Boag signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and appeared in films such as Without Love and Thrill of a Romance, in uncredited roles.[citation needed]
In the early 1950s, while appearing in revues in Australia, he met tenor Donald Novis. It was Novis who got Walt Disney to audition Boag for the Golden Horseshoe Revue, a 45-minute stage show which was written by its first pianist Charles LaVere and lyricist Tom Adair. Novis was the show’s first tenor and was replaced by Fulton Burley when he retired in 1962. Both Boag and The Golden Horseshoe Revue were cited in The Guinness Book of World Records for having the greatest number of performances of any theatrical presentation. The show was often incorrectly introduced before a performance as the record holder of the longest running revue in the history of show business. The 10,000th performance of the Golden Horseshoe Revue was featured on NBC‘s The Wonderful World of Disney.[citation needed]
Boag’s Pecos Bill/Traveling Salesman character was a fast-paced comedy routine featuring slapstick humor, squirt guns, a seemingly endless supply of broken teeth which he would spit out throughout the routine, and his signature balloon animals (Boagaloons).
In 1963, Julie Andrews once again performed with Boag on the Golden Horseshoe stage along with the Dapper Dans, at a special press-only event to promote the following year’s release of Mary Poppins. Together, Andrews and Boag recreated their act of long ago and sang “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.”
While Walt Disney was alive, he did everything he could to further Boag’s career. Boag voiced Jose in “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” and also wrote much of the script for the attraction, participating also in the development of “Haunted Mansion” in Disneyland.
Disney had small roles written for Boag in The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber. It was Disney’s intention to use Boag as the voice of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh, but Disney died in 1966 and the role ultimately went to Paul Winchell.

In 1971, Boag took his Pecos Bill character to the newly-opened Walt Disney World and re-crafted the saloon show into a faster, funnier Diamond Horseshoe Revue. Three years later he returned to Disneyland and finished his career there, entertaining adoring crowds at the Golden Horseshoe, retiring in 1982. (He had in the meantime performed his act as the human guest on the fifth season of The Muppet Show.) The Golden Horseshoe Revue closed in 1986. In 1995, Boag was inducted into the ranks of the Disney Legends and has his own window on Main Street in Disneyland above the Carnation Company. The inscription reads “Theatrical Agency – Golden Vaudeville Routines – Wally Boag, Prop.”
Boag’s performances have influenced many later performers and comedians, most notable of whom is Steve Martin, who studied Boag’s humor and timing while working at Disneyland as a teenager. Boag’s performance appears on Week One of the Mickey Mouse Club DVD collection, and the soundtrack of the Golden Horseshoe Revue has been released on CD.
Boag lived in California with his wife, Ellen Morgan Boag. His autobiography, entitled “Wally Boag, Clown Prince of Disneyland,” was published in August 2009 and is available for purchase at wallyboag.com.[3] On June 3, 2011, it was announced by Steve Martin on Twitter “My hero, the first comedian I ever saw live, my influence, a man to whom I aspired, has passed on. Wally Boag.”[4][5] The following day, June 4, 2011, Boag’s long time partner at the Golden Horseshoe Revue, Betty Taylor, died.[6]

Filmography

 

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Andrew Gold, American singer-songwriter (“Lonely Boy”, “Thank You for Being a Friend”), died from a heart attack he was , 59

Andrew Maurice Gold  was an American singer, musician and songwriter died from a heart attack he was , 59. His works include the Top 10 singleLonely Boy” (1977), as well as the singles “Thank You for Being a Friend” (1978), and “Never Let Her Slip Away” (1978).
His rendition of the theme from the television series Mad About You, titled “Final Frontier,” was used as the wake-up call for the Mars Pathfinder space probe in 1996.
Gold was a prolific multi-instrumentalist as artist, producer, film composer, session musician, actor, painter, and singer.

(August 2, 1951 – June 3, 2011)

Early life

Andrew Maurice Gold was born in Burbank, California,[1] and later joined a family business. His mother is singer Marni Nixon (who provided the singing voice for numerous actresses, notably Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady); his father was Ernest Gold, the Academy Award-winning composer for the movie Exodus.[4] He has two younger sisters. Gold began writing songs at the age of 13.

Career

1970-1979

By the early 1970s he was working as a musician, songwriter and record producer for many musicians. He was a member of the Los Angeles band Bryndle alongside Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman and Karla Bonoff. He played a major role as multi-instrumentalist and arranger for Ronstadt’s breakthrough album, 1974′s Heart Like a Wheel, and her next four albums. Among other accomplishments, he played the majority of instruments on the album’s first track, including the guitar work on “You’re No Good,” Ronstadt’s first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, and the same on “When Will I Be Loved“, “Heatwave“, and many others. He was in her band from 1973 until 1977, and then sporadically throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1975, Gold began recording as a solo artist, releasing four studio albums in the 1970s and over twelve since then. His hit single “Lonely Boy” reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June, 1977[5] and has appeared in many film soundtracks, including Boogie Nights (1997) and Adam Sandler‘s movie Water Boy, among others. Although “Lonely Boy” was the bigger radio hit in the States, his single “Thank You For Being A Friend” (which peaked at #25 in 1978[6]) later gained popularity as the theme song for the 1985–1992 NBC situation comedy The Golden Girls (performed by Cindy Fee for the show). Gold is also known for his biggest UK hit song “Never Let Her Slip Away”, which was a UK #5 hit twice, by him and again at #5 fourteen years later by Undercover. Freddie Mercury, who was a friend of Gold’s, assisted him with the harmony background vocals of the song. Gold was pleased that Petula Clark covered ‘Lonely Boy’ in French (‘Poor Lonesome Playboy’). It is on her ‘Paris, Orleans, Paris’ set. He attended one of her performances and reminded her that she had recorded the song. In 1976 Gold wrote the title track ‘Endless Flight’ for Leo Sayer’s hit album.
1975 also marked a successful collaboration with Art Garfunkel, playing most of the instruments on Garfunkel’s solo hit “I Only Have Eyes For You” (which went to no.1 on the UK Singles Chart), as well as several other cuts on Garfunkel’s album Breakaway, and Gold played guitar on two cuts of Eric Carmen‘s, Boats Against the Current album, including “She Did It“, which was a #23 hit that same year.[7] Throughout the years, he played and/or sang on records and/or live performances with Carly Simon, Jennifer Warnes, Stephen Bishop, Nicolette Larson, Maria Muldaur, Neil Diamond, Barbi Benton, Juice Newton, Leo Sayer, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Karla Bonoff, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Don Henley, Cher‘s hit album, Heart of Stone, wrote hits for Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd, for whom he co-wrote the #1 single “I Saw The Light” with Lisa Angelle, who he later produced in her own right. He toured with The Eagles, played on records and toured with Jackson Browne, produced, wrote and sang/played on three 10cc tracks; played and sang on record, and toured with James Taylor, produced singles for Vince Gill, and wrote and produced for Celine Dion; was second engineer on part of Joni Mitchell‘s Blue album.

1980-2011

In the early 1980s, after 10cc’s 1981 album Ten Out of 10 was completed, founding members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman invited Gold to become a member. Although he was a fan of “I’m Not In Love” and “The Things We Do for Love”, and wanted to join, business conflicts prevented him from doing so. In late 1983, 10cc broke up, but Gold and Gouldman formed Wax. Wax recorded and toured for five years, enjoying success worldwide and had several top 10 hits including “Right Between the Eyes”, and their biggest hit “Bridge to Your Heart“. In 1986, interestingly, the duo had a #1 hit in Spain, lasting 6 months on top, and in a bizarre record company decision, no further singles were released there. The band broke up in 1989, but Gold and Gouldman continued to write and record together when possible.
During the 1990s Gold once again joined forces with bandmates Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman and Kenny Edwards to re-form Bryndle and release their first album. In 1996, he left Bryndle and released, Halloween Howls, considered by Dr. Demento as one of the two best Halloween albums in history.The same year he recorded under a pseudonym, The Fraternal Order Of The All, “Greetings from Planet Love” on his own record label, QBrain Records. This album utilized a fake 1960s band, with original songs in the style of Gold’s favorite 1960s bands, such as The Beatles, The Byrds and The Beach Boys. He released a rareties Wax album, Bikini Wax, and the same year he released ….Since 1951. He has since also produced, composed, and/or written songs for numerous films, such as the comedy Rectuma from director Mark Pirro and contributed songs for many television soundtracks and commercials. He also sang “Final Frontier”, the theme song for the Paul Reiser/Helen Hunt sitcom Mad About You. He produced seven albums for Eikichi Yazawa.

Personal life

Gold married Vanessa Gold (step sister of Billy Brown http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestra_JB) with whom he had three daughters.[4] After his divorce, he married Leslie Kogan.[4]
Although Gold put personal references in “Lonely Boy” (1975) including his year of birth, he told Spencer Leigh in an interview that it was not autobiographical: “Maybe it was a mistake to do that but I simply put in those details because it was convenient. I hadn’t been a lonely boy at all – I’d had a very happy childhood.”[8]

Death

On June 3, 2011, Gold died in his sleep, apparently from heart failure,[1] at age 59 (two months before his 60th birthday) in Los Angeles after having been treated for renal cancer.[4] He is survived by Kogan, his three daughters and his mother, Marni Nixon.[9]

Discography

Albums

  • 1975: Andrew Gold
  • 1976: What’s Wrong with This Picture? (95 US)
  • 1978: All This and Heaven Too (81 US)(#31 UK)[10]
  • 1978: An Interview with Andrew Gold [Promo-only interview & music LP]
  • 1979: Whirlwind
  • 1991: Home is Where the Heart Is
  • 1996: …Since 1951
  • 1996: Halloween Howls (as Andrew Gold & Friends)
  • 1997: Thank You for Being a Friend (compilation album)
  • 1998: Leftovers
  • 1998: Warm Breezes
  • 2000: The Spence Manor Suite
  • 2002: Intermission
  • 2008: Copy Cat

With Wax

  • 1984: Common Knowledge
  • 1986: Magnetic Heaven
  • 1987: American English
  • 1989: A Hundred Thousand in Fresh Notes
  • 1997: The Wax Files (‘Best of’ compilation)
  • 2000: Wax Bikini (Compilation of outtakes, demos, etc.)

With Bryndle

  • 1995: Bryndle

Singles

  • 1968: “Of All The Little Girls” (UK release – recorded as duo of ‘Villiers & Gold’)
  • 1970: “Woke Up This Morning” (with the band ‘Bryndle’)
  • 1975: “Heartaches in Heartaches”
  • 1975: “That Is Why I Love You” (#68 US)
  • 1976: “Stay”
  • 1976: “Do Wah Diddy”
  • 1976: “One Of Them Is Me”
  • 1977: “Lonely Boy” (#7 US; #11 UK)[10]
  • 1977: “Go Back Home Again”
  • 1978: “How Can This Be Love” (#19 UK)[10]
  • 1978: “I’m On My Way”
  • 1978: “Thank You for Being a Friend” (#25 US; #42 UK)[10]
  • 1978: “Never Let Her Slip Away” (#67 US; #5 UK)[10]
  • 1979: “Kiss This One Goodbye”
  • 1979: “Stranded On The Edge”
  • 1979: “Nine To Five” (UK)

With Graham Gouldman as WAX;

  • 1984: “Don’t Break My Heart” (UK – Released under the band’s initial name of World In Action)
  • 1984: “Don’t Break My Heart” (UK – Re-released under the band’s subsequent name of Common Knowledge)
  • 1985: “Victoria” (UK – Released under the band name of Common Knowledge)
  • 1986: “Right Between The Eyes” (#60 UK )[11]
  • 1986: “Ball & Chain”
  • 1986: “Shadows Of Love”
  • 1986: “Systematic” (UK)
  • 1987: “Bridge to Your Heart” (#12 UK)[11]
  • 1987: “In Some Other World” (UK & Germany)
  • 1987: “American English” (Germany)
  • 1989: “Anchors Aweigh” (UK)
  • 1989: “Wherever You Are” (UK)

He had a worldwide #5 (average) hit in over 5 major countries[vague][clarification needed] with “Bridge To Your Heart”, and a #43 album in the US, Magnetic Heaven.
Some singles released as promo copies only; some chart numbers are from the magazines Cashbox and Record World.

 

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John Henry Johnson, American Hall of Fame football player (San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers) died he was , 81.


John Henry Johnson was an American football fullback died he was , 81. He played from 1954 to 1965 for the San Francisco 49ers, the Detroit Lions, and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. Outside of the NFL, Johnson also played one season with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 1953, and with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League in 1966.

(November 24, 1929 – June 3, 2011)

College football

Prior to his professional career, he split his college career between Saint Mary’s College of California and Arizona State University. He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Professional career

He is best remembered for being a member of the 49ers famed “Million Dollar Backfield“. Upon his retirement, John was ranked fourth on pro football’s all-time rushing list, behind only Jim Brown, Jim Taylor and his fellow “Million Dollar Backfield” teammate, Joe Perry. He is also still currently ranked fourth on the all-time Steelers rushing list, behind only Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis, and Willie Parker. In 1987, he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 49ers “Million Dollar Backfield” is currently the only full-house backfield to have all four of its members enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Death

On Friday, June 3, 2011, Johnson died in Tracy, California at the age of 81.[2] On June 9, 2011, it was announced that Johnson and his fellow “Million Dollar Backfield” teammate, Joe Perry, who died on April 25, 2011, would have their brains examined by researchers at Boston University who are studying head injuries in sports. Both men were suspected of suffering form Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder linked to repeated brain trauma. According to his daughter, Johnson couldn’t talk or swallow in the final year of his life and also was in a wheelchair. She told the San Francisco Chronicle that she hopes by donating her father’s brain, it will “help with a cure.”[3]

 

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Did you know that Angus T. Jones deal features a guaranteed $7.8 million for the next two seasons of Two and a Half Men plus a $500,000 signing bonus?

Did you know that Angus T. Jones of Two and a Half Men, is now the highest paid kid in Hollywood?


Did you know that Jones at the moment with gets $300,000-per-episode? 


Did you know that Angus T. Jones deal features a guaranteed $7.8 million for the next two seasons of Two and a Half Men plus a $500,000 signing bonus?

Miranda Cosgrove

Did you know that Miranda Cosgrove for heriCarly role on Nickelodeon, is current receiving the second highest for a child which is $180,000 per episode, which is a huge difference from Jones current and past paycheck.

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Jack Kevorkian, American right to die activist, died from pulmonary thrombosis he was , 83.

Jacob “Jack” Kevorkian commonly known as “Dr. Death”, was an American pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, composer and instrumentalist died from pulmonary thrombosis he was , 83. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient‘s right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he said he assisted at least 130 patients to that end. He famously said, “dying is not a crime”.
Beginning in 1999, Kevorkian served eight years of a 10-to-25-year prison sentence for second-degree murder. He was released on parole on June 1, 2007, on condition he would not offer suicide advice to any other person.
As an oil painter and a jazz musician, Kevorkian marketed limited quantities of his visual and musical artwork to the public.

(May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011),

Early life

Kevorkian was born in Pontiac, Michigan to Armenian immigrants. His father Levon was born in the village of Passen, near the ancient Armenian city of Garin, and his mother Satenig was born in the village of Govdun, near Sepastia.[5] His father moved from Turkey in 1912 and made his way to Pontiac, where he found work at an automobile foundry. Satenig fled the Armenian Genocide of 1915, finding refuge with relatives in Paris, and eventually reuniting with her brother in Pontiac. Levon and Satenig met through the Armenian community in their city, where they married and began their family. The couple had a daughter, Margaret, in 1926, followed by son Jacob — who later earned the nickname “Jack” from an American teacher who misread the birth certificate[6] — and, lastly, the third child, a daughter, Flora.[7] Kevorkian, who taught himself German and Japanese,[8] graduated from Pontiac Central High School with honors in 1945, at the age of 17. In 1952, he graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.[9][10][11] Kevorkian never married.[12]

Career

In the 1980s, Kevorkian wrote a series of articles for the German journal Medicine and Law that laid out his thinking on the ethics of euthanasia.[13][14]
Kevorkian started advertising in Detroit newspapers in 1987 as a physician consultant for “death counseling”. His first public assisted suicide was in 1990, of Janet Adkins, a 54-year-old woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1989. He was charged with murder, but charges were dropped on December 13, 1990 as there were, at that time, no laws in Michigan regarding assisted suicide.[15] However, in 1991 the State of Michigan revoked Kevorkian’s medical license and made it clear that given his actions, he was no longer permitted to practice medicine or to work with patients.[16] Between 1990 and 1998, Kevorkian assisted in the deaths of 130 terminally ill people, according to his lawyer Geoffrey Fieger. In each of these cases, the individuals themselves allegedly took the final action which resulted in their own deaths. Kevorkian allegedly assisted only by attaching the individual to a euthanasia device that he had made. The individual then pushed a button which released the drugs or chemicals that would end his or her own life. Two deaths were assisted by means of a device which delivered the euthanizing drugs mechanically through an I.V. Kevorkian called it a “Thanatron” (death machine).[17] Other people were assisted by a device which employed a gas mask fed by a canister of carbon monoxide which was called “Mercitron” (mercy machine).[18]

Criticism and Kevorkian’s Response

According to a report by the Detroit Free Press, 60% of the patients who committed suicide with Kevorkian’s help were not terminally ill – at least 17 of them could have lived indefinitely – and in 13 cases, the patients had no complaints of pain. The report further asserted that Kevorkian’s counseling was too brief (with at least 19 patients dying less than 24 hours after first meeting Kevorkian) and lacked a psychiatric exam in at least 19 cases, 5 of which involved people with histories of depression, though Kevorkian was sometimes alerted that the patient was unhappy for reasons other than their medical condition. (In 1992, Kevorkian himself wrote that it is always necessary to consult a psychiatrist when performing assisted suicides because a person’s “mental state is . . . of paramount importance.” [19]) The report also stated that Kevorkian failed to refer at least 17 patients to a pain specialist after they complained of chronic pain, and sometimes failed to obtain a complete medical record for his patients, with at least three autopsies of suicides Kevorkian had assisted with showing the person who committed suicide to have no physical sign of disease. Rebecca Badger, a patient of Kevorkian’s and a mentally troubled drug abuser, had been mistakenly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The report also stated that Janet Adkins, Kevorkian’s first patient, had been chosen without Kevorkian ever speaking to her, only with her husband, and that when Kevorkian first met Adkins two days before her assisted suicide he “made no real effort to discover whether Ms. Adkins wished to end her life,” as the Michigan Court of Appeals put it in a 1995 ruling upholding an order against Kevorkian’s activity.[19] Furthermore, according to the The Economist: “Studies of those who sought out Dr. Kevorkian, however, suggest that though many had a worsening illness … it was not usually terminal. Autopsies showed five people had no disease at all. … Little over a third were in pain. Some presumably suffered from no more than hypochondria or depression.”[20]
In response, Kevorkian’s attorney Geoffrey Fieger published an essay stating, “I’ve never met any doctor who lived by such exacting guidelines as Kevorkian … he published them in an article for the American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry in 1992. Last year he got a committee of doctors, the Physicians of Mercy, to lay down new guidelines, which he scrupulously follows.”[19] Fieger stated that Kevorkian found it difficult to follow his “exacting guidelines” due to “persecution and prosecution”, adding “[H]e’s proposed these guidelines saying this is what ought to be done. These are not to be done in times of war, and we’re at war.”[19]
In a 2010 interview with Sanjay Gupta, Kevorkian stated an objection to the status of assisted suicide in Oregon, Washington, and Montana. Only in those three states is assisted suicide legal in the United States, and then only for terminally ill patients. To Gupta, Kevorkian stated “What difference does it make if someone is terminal? We are all terminal.”[21] In his view, a patient did not have to be terminally ill to be assisted in committing suicide, but did need to be suffering. However, he also said in that same interview that he declined four out of every five assisted suicide requests, on the grounds that the patient needed more treatment or medical records had to be checked.[22]

Art career

Kevorkian was a jazz musician and composer. The Kevorkian Suite: A Very Still Life was a 1997 limited release CD of 5,000 copies from the ‘Lucid Subjazz’ label. It features Kevorkian on the flute and organ playing his own works with “The Morpheus Quintet”. It was reviewed in Entertainment Weekly online as “weird” but “good natured”.[23] As of 1997, 1,400 units had been sold.[23] Kevorkian wrote all the songs but one; the album was reviewed in jazzreview.com as “very much grooviness” except for one tune, with “stuff in between that’s worthy of multiple spins.”[24]
He was also an oil painter. His work tended toward the grotesque; he sometimes painted with his own blood, and had created pictures such as one “of a child eating the flesh off a decomposing corpse.”[14] Of his known works, six were made available in the 1990s for print release. The Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan is the exclusive distributor of Kevorkian’s artwork. The original oil prints are not for release.[25] Sludge metal band Acid Bath used his painting “For He is Raised” as the cover art for their 1996 album Paegan Terrorism Tactics.[26]

Trials

Kevorkian was tried four times for assisting suicides between May 1994 to June 1997. With the assistance of Fieger, Kevorkian was acquitted three times. The fourth trial ended in a mistrial.[2] The trials helped Kevorkian gain public support for his cause. After Oakland County prosecutor Richard Thompson lost a primary election to a Republican challenger,[27] Thompson attributed the loss in part to the declining public support for the prosecution of Kevorkian and its associated legal expenses.[28]

Conviction and imprisonment

On the November 22, 1998 broadcast of 60 Minutes, Kevorkian allowed the airing of a videotape he had made on September 17, 1998, which depicted the voluntary euthanasia of Thomas Youk, 52, who was in the final stages of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. After Youk provided his fully informed consent (a sometimes complex legal determination made in this case by editorial consensus) on September 17, 1998, Kevorkian himself administered Thomas Youk a lethal injection. This was highly significant, as all of his earlier clients had reportedly completed the process themselves. During the videotape, Kevorkian dared the authorities to try to convict him or stop him from carrying out mercy killings.
On March 26, 1999, Kevorkian was charged with second-degree murder and the delivery of a controlled substance (administering the lethal injection to Thomas Youk).[9] Kevorkian’s license to practice medicine had been revoked eight years previously; he was not legally allowed to possess the controlled substance. As homicide law is relatively fixed and routine, this trial was markedly different from earlier ones that involved an area of law in flux (assisted suicide). Kevorkian discharged his attorneys and proceeded through the trial representing himself, a decision he later regretted.[2] The judge ordered a criminal defense attorney to remain available at trial as standby counsel for information and advice. Inexperienced in law but persisting in his efforts to represent himself, Kevorkian encountered great difficulty in presenting his evidence and arguments. He was not able to call any witnesses to the stand as the judge did not deem the testimony of any of his witnesses relevant.[29]
After a two day trial, the Michigan jury found Kevorkian guilty of second-degree homicide.[2] Judge Jessica Cooper sentenced Kevorkian to serve 10–25 years in prison and told him:
This is a court of law and you said you invited yourself here to take a final stand. But this trial was not an opportunity for a referendum. The law prohibiting euthanasia was specifically reviewed and clarified by the Michigan Supreme Court several years ago in a decision involving your very own cases, sir. So the charge here should come as no surprise to you. You invited yourself to the wrong forum. Well, we are a nation of laws, and we are a nation that tolerates differences of opinion because we have a civilized and a nonviolent way of resolving our conflicts that weighs the law and adheres to the law. We have the means and the methods to protest the laws with which we disagree. You can criticize the law, you can write or lecture about the law, you can speak to the media or petition the voters.
Kevorkian was sent to a prison in Coldwater, Michigan to serve his sentence.[30]After his conviction (and subsequent losses on appeal) Kevorkian was denied parole repeatedly until 2007.[31]
In an MSNBC interview aired on September 29, 2005, Kevorkian said that if he were granted parole, he would not resume directly helping people die and would restrict himself to campaigning to have the law changed. On December 22, 2005, Kevorkian was denied parole by a board on the count of 7–2 recommending not to give parole.[32]
Reportedly terminally ill with Hepatitis C, which he contracted while doing research on blood transfusions,[33] Kevorkian was expected to die within a year in May 2006. After applying for a pardon, parole, or commutation by the parole board and Governor Jennifer Granholm, he was paroled for good behavior on June 1, 2007. He had spent eight years and two and a half months in prison.[34][35]
Kevorkian was on parole for two years, under the conditions that he not help anyone else die, or provide care for anyone older than 62 or disabled.[36] Kevorkian said he would abstain from assisting any more terminal patients with death, and his role in the matter would strictly be to persuade states to change their laws on assisted suicide. He was also forbidden by the rules of his parole from commenting about assisted suicide.[37][38]

Activities after his release from prison

Kevorkian gave a number of lectures upon his release. He lectured at universities such as the University of Florida,[39] Nova Southeastern University,[40] and the University of California, Los Angeles.[41] His lectures have not been limited to the topic of euthanasia; he has also discussed such topics as tyranny, the criminal justice system, politics, the Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Armenian culture. He appeared on Fox News Channel‘s Your World with Neil Cavuto on September 2, 2009 to discuss health care reform.
On April 15 and 16, 2010, Kevorkian appeared on CNN‘s Anderson Cooper 360°,[42] Anderson asked, “You are saying doctors play God all the time?” Kevorkian said: “Of course. Anytime you interfere with a natural process, you are playing God.”[43] Director Barry Levinson and actors Susan Sarandon and John Goodman, who appeared in You Don’t Know Jack, a film based on Kevorkian’s life, were interviewed alongside Kevorkian. Kevorkian was again interviewed by Cavuto on Your World on April 19, 2010 regarding the movie and Kevorkian’s world view. You Don’t Know Jack premiered April 24, 2010 on HBO.[44] The film premiered April 14 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. Kevorkian walked the red carpet alongside Al Pacino, who portrayed him in the film.[45] Pacino received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his portrayal, and personally thanked Kevorkian, who was in the audience, upon receiving both of these awards. Kevorkian stated that both the film and Pacino’s performance “brings tears to my eyes – and I lived through it”.[46]

2008 Congressional race

n March 12, 2008, Kevorkian announced plans to run for United States Congress to represent Michigan’s 9th congressional district against eight-term congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-Bloomfield Hills), Central Michigan University Professor Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township), Adam Goodman (L-Royal Oak) and Douglas Campbell. (G-Ferndale). Kevorkian ran as an independent and received 8,987 votes (2.6% of the vote).[47]

Death

Kevorkian had struggled with kidney problems for years.[48] He had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer, which “may have been caused by hepatitis C,” according to his longtime friend Neal Nicol.[49] Kevorkian was hospitalized on May 18, 2011, with kidney problems and pneumonia.[2] Kevorkian’s conditions grew rapidly worse and he died from a thrombosis on June 3, 2011, eight days after his 83rd birthday, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.[2] According to his attorney, Mayer Morganroth, there were no artificial attempts to keep him alive and his death was painless.[49] Judge Thomas Jackson, who presided over Kevorkian’s first murder trial in 1994, commented that he wanted to express sorrow at Kevorkian’s passing and that the 1994 case was brought under “a badly written law” aimed at Kevorkian, but he tried to give him “the best trial possible”. Former Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca said “I think it was a certain level of hypocrisy in not choosing suicide” referring to Kevorkian’s death. Jack was buried in White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery Troy, Michigan.

Legacy

Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan, said Kevorkian “was a major historical figure in modern medicine.”[50] Geoffrey Fieger, Kevorkian’s lawyer in the 1990s, said that Kevorkian revolutionized the concept of suicide by working to help people end their own suffering, because he believed physicians are responsible for alleviating the suffering of patients, even if that meant allowing patients to die.[50] Maria Silveira, a professor of internal medicine, said she became involved with palliative care partly because of the attention Kevorkian brought to the complex issue of unintended suffering, adding that he had a tremendous impact and fueled the public awareness of unintended suffering and the need to address it.[50] “Dr. Jack Kevorkian didn’t seek out history, but he made history,” she said.

Selected publications

Books
  • Kevorkian, Jack (2010). When the People Bubble POPs. World Audience, Inc.. ISBN 978-1-935444-91-6.
  • Kevorkian, Jack (2009). glimmerIQs. World Audience, Inc.. ISBN 978-1-935444-88-6.
  • Kevorkian, Jack (1991). Prescription: Medicide, the Goodness of Planned Death. Prometheus Books. ISBN 978-0879758721.
  • Kevorkian, Jack (2005). Amendment IX: Our Cornucopia of Rights. Penumbra, Inc.. ISBN 0-9602030-I-X.
Journal articles
  • Kevorkian, J. (1989). “Marketing of human organs and tissues is justified and necessary”. Medicine and Law 7. (6): 557–565. PMID 2495395. edit
  • Kevorkian, J. (1988). “The last fearsome taboo: Medical aspects of planned death”. Medicine and Law 7 (1): 1–14. PMID 3277000. edit
  • Kevorkian, J. (1987). “Capital punishment and organ retrieval”. Canadian Medical Association Journal 136 (12): 1240. PMC 1492232. PMID 3580984. edit
  • Kevorkian, J. (1985). “Opinions on capital punishment, executions and medical science”. Medicine and Law 4 (6): 515–533. PMID 4094526. edit

 

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Benny Spellman American R&B singer, died from respiratory failure he was , 79,

 Benny Spellman was an American rhythm and blues singer, best known for his 1962 hit “Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette),” written by Allen Toussaint and the original version of “Fortune Teller“, covered by The Rolling Stones among others died from respiratory failure he was , 79,.. “Lipstick Traces” reached #28 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and #80 on the Hot 100.



(December 11, 1931 – June 3, 2011),

Spellman was born in Pensacola, Florida. He worked with Huey “Piano” Smith and sang backup on Ernie K-Doe‘s #1 hit, “Mother in Law“.[2] He recorded a single, “Word Game”, on Atlantic Records in 1965, then he semi-retired from music to work in the beer industry.[2]
Benny Spellman’s contribution to the music industry and his talent was not forgotten. Dianna Chenevert, founder and president of Omni Attractions included Spellman on her roster of Southern entertainers in the early 1980′s. When Chenevert booked Spellman, he also autographed the Southern Stars Poster for clients. This helped historically document Spellman’s contribution to the music industry, and assisted in providing him with more steady gigs. In August of 1988, Chenevert arranged for Spellman to perform at a party for George H.W. Bush, which coincided with the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. This engagement took place at the Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza. In this same year, Collectables Records issued a retrospective album of 16 of Spellman’s recordings from the 1960s. Then in 2009, Benny Spellman was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

 

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Ray Bryant, American jazz pianist, died after a long illness he was , 79.

 Raphael Homer “Ray” Bryant  was an American Jazz pianist and composer died after a long illness he was , 79..

(December 24, 1931 – June 2, 2011)

Biography

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ray Bryant began playing the piano at the age of six, also performing on bass in junior High School. Turning professional before his age of majority, Bryant accompanied many other leading players such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Melba Liston, and Coleman Hawkins, as well as singers Carmen McRae and Aretha Franklin. From the late 1950s, he led a trio, performing throughout the world, and also worked solo. In addition, he was a noted jazz composer, with well-known themes such as “Cubano Chant,” “The Madison Time,” “Monkey Business,” and “Little Susie” to his credit.
The musicians Kevin Eubanks, Duane Eubanks, and Robin Eubanks are his nephews. His brothers are the bass player Tommy Bryant (May 21, 1930 – March 1, 1982) and Len Bryant, who plays drums and is also a singer. His niece Jennifer Bryant who is also Len Bryant’s daughter is a singer songwriter and producer.
Both Tommy and Ray Bryant formed a trio with Oz Perkins as the back-up band for the off-Broadway run of the comedy show Cambridge Circus, at Square East in 1964. The show starred John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, Graham Chapman, Jonathan Lynn, and Jean Hart.

Discography

This section requires expansion.

As leader

 

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Miriam Karlin, British actress and activist, died from cancer whe was , 85.

Miriam Karlin, OBEwas a British actress  died from cancer whe was , 85.

(23 June 1925 – 3 June 2011)

Early life

Born Miriam Samuels[1] in Hampstead, North London, she was brought up in an Orthodox Jewish family; members of her extended family were among those who later died at Auschwitz. She was the daughter of Céline (née Aronowitz) and Harry Samuels, a Jewish barrister, who specialised in industrial and trade union law. Her brother was Michael Samuels a historical linguist, responsible for the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.[2] When she was doing one of her first radio shows, Terry-Thomas‘s Top of the Town, she based some of the zany characters she invented and played on people who had appeared before the rent tribunal chaired by her father.[3][4]

Career

After training at RADA, Karlin made her stage debut for ENSA – the Forces Entertainment organisation – in wartime shows and subsequently appeared in repertory theatre and cabaret. She appeared in productions of The Diary of Anne Frank, The Bad Seed, The Egg, Fiddler on the Roof and Bus Stop, among others.
She made her film debut in 1952′s Down Among the Z Men, as well as featuring in Room at the Top, Heavens Above!, Ladies Who Do and Mahler by Ken Russell.
In 1960, she appeared opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in the film of John Osborne‘s play The Entertainer.[5] Karlin also had parts in A Clockwork Orange and The Millionairess. She appeared in the stage version of Fiddler on the Roof at Her Majesty’s Theatre, starring the Israeli actor Topol.
On television, Karlin became known for playing the belligerent shop steward Paddy in the The Rag Trade, a British sitcom set in a textile factory.[6] Paddy would use the slightest opportunity to cause a strike; her trademark was blowing a whistle and shouting “Everybody out!” She played the role, to great success, between 1961 and 1963. The show was resurrected by the BBC’s rival channel, ITV, in 1977, but did not meet with the same success as the original[citation needed]. She later played Yetta Feldman, the Jewish ghost, in the BBC sitcom, So Haunt Me.
Karlin appeared on stage for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, the Aldwych Theatre, and The Barbican Centre. She appeared in a national tour of 84 Charing Cross Road. In 1990 she became the first woman to play the title role in The Caretaker by Harold Pinter in a production at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. She appeared in the 1989 television film The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
In 2008 she appeared, aged 83, in the stage play Many Roads to Paradise by Stewart Permutt at the Finborough Theatre, London.[7]

Personal life

Karlin, who never married, lived in South London. She was a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association and a patron of the Burma Campaign UK, the London-based group campaigning for human rights and democracy in Burma.
A self-proclaimed atheist,[8] she was a lifelong campaigner for Jewish and left-wing causes and an anti-fascist activist. A member of the Anti-Nazi League she was prominent in protests against Holocaust denier David Irving and campaigned to expose the Nazi sympathies of Austrian politician Jörg Haider.[9] She had been an active member of the actors’ union, Equity, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)[10] in 1975 for her union and welfare work. She had been a patron of Dignity in Dying, a body that campaigns for a change to the laws on assisted dying.

Death

In 2006, while filming an Agatha Christie television mystery, By the Pricking of My Thumbs, Karlin was told that she had cancer and that part of her tongue would have to be removed. Unfortunately, her lengthy bout with cancer was unsuccessful and she died on 3 June 2011.[1] She was twenty days shy of her 86th birthday.

Works

  • Karlin, Miriam (2007). Jan Sargent. ed. Some Sort of a Life. London: Oberon Books. ISBN 9781840027808. (autobiography)

 

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