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Antoine Duquesne, Belgian politician died he was , 69

He was a substitute for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, a vice-chair of the Delegation for relations with Mercosur and a substitute for the Delegation to the EUBulgaria Joint Parliamentary Committee.

(3 February 1941 – 4 November 2010)


In 1965 Duquesne became a Doctor of Law at the University of Liège. From 1965 to 1971 he served as an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Law of that university. He was a practicising lawyer from 1965 to 1975 and again from 1988.http://www.youtube.com/v/DdxH5Q3VfsM?fs=1&hl=en_US
From 1975 to 1977 he was Deputy Secretary-General of the National Committee for Training and Further Training in Trade and Commerce. Frol 1977 to 1982 he served as general administrator of the National Committee for Coordination and Dialogue on Continuing Education for Small Businesses and the French-Speaking Institute for Continuing Training for Small Businesses. From 1983 to 1988 he was the Director of the National Fund for Professional Credit.

[edit]Political career

From 1973 to 1987 Duquesne served as an advisor and chief of staff to various liberal state secretaries and ministers. In 1988 he was elected a member of the Municipal Council of Manhay and was reelected in 1994 and 2000. He served until his resignation in 2003. From 1995 to 1999 he also served as mayor of Manhay. From 1994 to 2004 he was Chairman of the MR Federation of the Province of Luxembourg.
From 1987 to 1988 Duquesne served as Minister of Education. In 1988 Duquesne was elected a member of the Belgian Senate. In 1990 Duquense was made President of the PRL. In 1991 Duquesne was elected as a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, re-elected in 1995 and 1999, and concurrently for a time served as a member of the Walloon Regional Council and the French Community Council (1991–1995). During this time he served as Quaestor (1995), Chairman of the Committee on Justice (1996–1999) and the Committee on Foreign Relations (1999) and Vice-President of the Chamber of Representatives and Chairman of the PRL-FDF parliamentary intergroup.
In the Verhofstadt I Government Antoine Duquesne served as the minister of the interior (1999–2003). In 2003–2004 Duquesne served as President of the MR. In 2003 Duquesne was elected to the Senate once more, served as Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Agriculture and Small Businesses, but he resigned in 2004 upon election to the European Parliament, in which he served 2004–2009. In 2006 Duquesne had a cerebral infarction which left him paralysed and unable to speak and which prevented him to fulfill his office of member of the European parliament for the remainder of his term or even to resign his mandate, as that formally required his signature, which he no longer was able to give.


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James Freud, Australian vocalist and bassist (Models) and solo artist, commited suicide he was , 51

 James Randall Freud was born Colin Joseph McGlinchey, an Australian rock musician-songwriter commited suicide he was , 51. He was a member of Models during the 1980s and wrote their two most popular singles, “Barbados” and “Out of Mind, Out of Sight“.

His autobiographies I am the Voice Left from Drinking (2002) and I am the Voice Left from Rehab (2007) detail his career in music entertainment and addictions. On 27 October 2010, Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by former member Wendy Matthews, Freud’s absence from the ceremony was explained as being due to “another bicycle accident”. Freud committed suicide on 4 November and is survived by his wife, Sally, and two sons, Jackson and Harrison.

 ( 29 June 1959 – 4 November 2010)


Early life

Freud was born as Colin Joseph McGlinchey on 29 June 1959 to Joe and Hannah McGlinchey and grew up in Melbourne.[1][2] His interest in music began before he started school. “From the time I was five, I realised that was what I wanted to do. My uncle gave me all Frankie Avalonrecords and I just loved them. That was it, that was all I wanted to do”. His father left the family when Freud was in his early teens.[2] He attended St Thomas Moore Catholic Boys College.[1]
Despite his passion and musical talent, Freud’s mother, Hannah, was against the idea. He later changed his name to James Randall Freud.[3] At age 17, Freud left to pursue his career and did not contact her for over two years. “We didn’t communicate in any way until I could validate myself as a musician”.[4]

Early career (1976–1982)

Freud formed his first band, Sabre, at the age of 16, with high school friend and guitarist Sean Kelly and drummer Ian McFarlane. Their first performance was at his younger sister’s slumber party. After hearing the Sex Pistols‘ song “God Save the Queen” in 1977, Freud formed The Spred with Kelly, and three other members. Formed late in 1977, Teenage Radio Stars was a glam-punk band with Freud on lead vocals and guitar and Kelly on guitar and vocals.[5] When the opportunity came to record a single, “I Wanna Be Your Baby”, later covered by Uncanny X-Men, two members were fired.
By early 1979, with ex-members of Colt, he formed James Freud & the Radio Stars with Murray Doherty on bass guitar, Roger Mason on keyboards, Glen McGrath on drums and Bryan Thomas on guitar, and later Tony Harvey playing guitar.[5][6] Later, Tony Lugdon (ex-Steeler) replaced Harvey on guitar and also provided keyboards.[5] Further changes by year’s end resulted in Freud and Mason joined by Peter Cook on guitar and backing vocals, Tommy Hosie on drums and Mick Prague on bass guitar.[5] They signed with Mushroom Records and their debut single, “Modern Girl,” was released in May 1980, which peaked at No. 12 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.[5][7] They supported United Kingdom, New Romantics singer-keyboardist, Gary Numan, on his Australian tour. James Freud & the Radio Stars’ debut album Breaking Silence was released in June, it was produced by Tony Cohen.[5][6]
Breaking Silence impressed Numan such that he offered to produce an album for Freud in the UK. Due to a UK band called The Radio Stars, a name change to James Freud & Berlin occurred. In October, they released “Enemy Lines” from Breaking Silence.[5] “Automatic Crazy”, produced by Numan, followed in March 1981.[6] However, neither Freud nor Numan were happy with the London-recorded album and it was not released. One month later he disbanded the group.[5]

Models (1982–1988)

In 1982, Freud joined Models as bass guitarist after the departure of Mark Ferrie, reuniting with old collaborator Kelly.[8] Freud shared lead vocalist duties on some songs, beginning with one of his compositions, “Facing The North Pole in August” from The Pleasure of Your Company, recorded in 1983. In 1985, Two Freud-penned hits, “Barbados” and “Out of Mind, Out of Sight“, took Models to No. 2 and No. 1 on the Australian singles chart, respectively. He remained in the band until they split in 1988.

Post-Models solo career (1989–2010)

In 1989, Freud went solo again, releasing Step into the Heat,[6] the most expensive album released by Mushroom Records up to that point. However, it was not successful. In his 2002 autobiography Freud blamed the low quality of the songs. After performing on pop music show, Countdown Revolution he criticised the show’s format to music commentator, Ian Meldrum (creator and presenter on the earlier Countdown). Meldrum dismissed Freud with, “You’re nothing but a fucking has-been. Look around you. See the new hosts of the show. They are the future of Australian music. You’re on your way out now”.[4][9]
Freud teamed with vocalist and guitarist Martin Plaza of Mental as Anything as the dance group Beatfish, releasing an eponymous record in 1992. In 1995, Freud canned his next proposed solo album, BigMouth, but some material was used on the Hawaiian surf-themedPostcard to Hawaii album released in 1996 by his next band, Moondog. Freud was the lead vocalist with Plaza and Phil Ceberano on guitar and backing vocals. In 1999, he performed “One Tony Lockett”, an ode to the footballer Tony Lockett, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and released Today’s Legends of AFL Football as James Freud & the Reserves.
Freud published his first autobiography in 2002, I Am the Voice Left from Drinking where he detailed his alcoholism and described how he nearly died on 24 March 2001 from alcohol poisoning and massive blood loss, “I was standing upon the wreckage of my youth; I probably wouldn’t make it through the night and as I lay there, I couldn’t help but wonder, ‘How did I end up like this?'”.[4][10]
In 2007 to 2009 Freud performed with Melbourne tribute band 80s Enuff at Melbourne’s Crown Casino. In 2008, he released See You in Hell, which was to prove his last solo studio album. Prior to his death, Freud was manager for his sons’ band, Attack of the Mannequins, and assisted them with the development of their debut album, Rage of the World.

Personal life

Freud married Sally Clifton in 1984. Sally has written four books including Thank You, Goodnight: A Backstage Pass to Australian Rock’n’roll(1997) on the music industry.[11][12] Together they had two sons, Jackson (born 1989) and Harrison Freud (born 1988).[2] The brothers formed their own rock band, Sonic Dogma, in 2005, which later became Attack of the Mannequins; the band was managed by Freud. His two autobiographies’ titles, I am the Voice Left from Drinking (2002) and I am the Voice Left from Rehab (2007) refer to a lyric in the hit song “Barbados”.[2] The books chronicle his descent into alcoholism and his subsequent recovery attempts. His widow and two children reside in Melbourne, Australia.[4]


On 4 November 2010, Freud was found dead at his home in Hawthorn, Melbourne.[13] A week earlier, on 27 October, Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame without Freud attending the ceremony. His absence was explained publicly as due to commitments to managing his sons’ band. Privately, organisers were told that Freud would not attend because he could not be anywhere near alcohol. During the ceremony, Kelly explained the absence by saying Freud had “another bicycle accident”.[14]
A statement by Michael Gudinski, whose Mushroom Records launched Freud’s solo career and that of Models, said:
James’ battle with alcoholism has been well chronicled. His two books on his recovery and five years’ sobriety were bestsellers and gave a lot of people who were suffering the same affliction comfort and hope. Unfortunately, James has succumbed to his disease and taken his own life this morning.[14] 





  • Breaking Silence – Mushroom (June 1980)
  • Step Into the Heat – Mushroom (1989)
  • See You in Hell – Independent (February 2008)
with Models
with Berlin
  • “Automatic Crazy” – Mushroom (1981)
with Beatfish
  • Beatfish – RCA (November 1991)
with Moondog
  • Postcard to Hawaii (1995)
with James Freud and the Reserves
  • Today’s Legends of AFL Football – Sony Music (1999)Bibliography
Freud has written the following:[15]

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Did you know the Best Selling albums of all time?

Did you know thatA Diamond Record is the award given to a performing artist (typically musical artist) for the sale of ten million units of records, CDÕs, or cassettes through legal distribution sources. The Diamond Record award was created in 1998 as the industry saw the sales of individual singles and albums reaching ten million units. The Gold Record is awarded for the sales of 500,000 units and the Platinum Record is awarded for the sales of one million units of an album or single.

Did you know the first four artist went double diamond?

Did you know that Michael Jackson and the Eagles almost went triple diamond? 

Did you know the Best Selling albums of all time?

1Michael Jackson

Highest selling album by a solo artist and pop artist – Thriller
27x platinum

2 Eagles

Highest selling album by a group – Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)
29x platinum

Highest selling album by a progressive rock group – The Wall
23x platinum

Highest selling album by a hard rock group – Led Zeppelin IV
23x platinum

Highest selling album by a male Rock artist – Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2
21x platinum

3. Garth Brooks
Highest selling live album – Double Live
20x platinum

4. Shania Twain

Highest selling album by a female artist – Come on Over
20x platinum

Highest selling soundtrack – The Bodyguard
17x platinum

Backstreet Boys

Highest selling debut album by a female artist – Jagged Little Pill
16x platinum

Highest selling album by a Pop group – Backstreet Boys
14x platinum

Britney Spears

Highest selling album by a female Pop artist – …Baby One More Time
14x platinum

Highest selling album by a heavy metal group – Metallica
14x platinum

 Did you know who is the most successful artist?
Did you know what The Diamond Award is?
Did you know what rap artist has not received a diamond award?
Did you know these artist have gone double diamond?

Now if you didn’t know, now you know…

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Who is Zachary James Baker?

Who is Zachary James Baker? The heavy metal and rock music world knows hims better by his stage name Zacky Vengeance. He is the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist for the American metal/rock band Avenged Sevenfold.


Baker was born December 11, 1981, he taught himself how to play the guitar when he was thirteen. He attended Huntington Beach High School, and formed Avenged Sevenfold there with M. Shadows and The Rev. Before Avenged Sevenfold, he was in a punk band called MPA*, which stands for Mad Porno Action. He implied that they were not successful. Baker came up with his stage name “Zacky Vengeance” because he wanted to get back at all the people from his youth who doubted his potential. He also came up with Johnny’s stage name “Johnny Christ,” saying it suited him. Vengeance was also responsible for the creation of the acronym “A7X”.[1]
Despite being left-handed, Vengeance recalls the first guitar he learned to play on was actually a right-handed his parents had bought him for his thirteenth birthday. He learned by playing upside-down, watching his favorite bands and other people he knew who played, and practiced as much as he could. He would also read each edition of Guitar World cover to cover, learning the tabs of the songs published therein and watching the professionals perform them until he could play just as well. His influences in his style are Rancid, Misfits and Bad Religion. Vengeance’s favorite bands also include Metallica and Guns N’ Roses.
In high school he played baseball. He claims that if not for his music career, he would have played in college and might have gone pro. He was scouted by the New York Yankees. He played first base, third base, and catcher for his high school baseball team. His favorite Major League Baseball team is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[2]



Vengeance uses Schecter Guitars, and endorses the company.

  • The Vengeance standard
  • The Vengeance Standard model
  • The Vengeance Standard model (rebel flag as seen in “Walk” at Ozzfest in 2006)
  • The ZV special designed by Zacky Vengeance
  • The ZV Blade
  • The ZV special with FR (as seen behind the scenes in the Live in the LBC DVD)
  • The ZV mirror
  • The ZV “Gynecologist” with blood splatters. This version is different to the others as this comes with Seymour Duncan Invaders instead of his usual Seymour Duncan SH-4 “JB” set
  • Vengeance has many custom shop S-1 models made exclusively for him.
  • All models are loaded with Seymour Duncan JB Pickups.
  • Formerly a Gibson SG left-handed was used by him (as seen in Warmness on the soul music video)


  • Marshall Head
  • Marshall Cab

Effects units and accessories

  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
  • Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor
  • Line 6 PODxt Pro
  • Voodoo Lab GCX Audio Switcher
  • Radial JDX
  • Ernie Ball “Skinny Top, Heavy Bottom 10-52” strings
  • Dunlop Tortex Yellow plectrums 0.73mm (Avenged Sevenfold logo)
  • White Get’m Get’m Sergeant Stripes Strap




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    Michelle Nicastro, American singer, actress (When Harry Met Sally…) and voice actress (The Swan Princess), died from lung cancer she was , 50

    Michelle Nicastro a singer and actress who was the voice behind the swan in the animated feature “The Swan Princess,” has died at age 50.

    (March 31, 1960 – November 4, 2010)

    Life and career

    Nicastro was born in Washington D.C., the daughter of Carole Rose (née Guarino) and Norman Joseph Nicastro, who was an ophthalmologist.[1] She provided the voice of Princess Odette in The Swan Princess and its sequels, The Swan Princess II: Escape from Castle Mountain and The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom,http://www.youtube.com/v/KWJhPrsGMiM?fs=1&hl=en_US and the singing voice of Callisto for the Xena: Warrior Princess episode “The Bitter Suite“. She also had guest starring roles in Airwolf and Knight Rider. She appeared, briefly, as the college sweetheart of Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. In 1996 she played Snow White in Coach episode “Grimmworld” as the girlfriend of Michael “Dauber” Daubinski (Bill Fagerbakke). Nicastro also had a small role in Full House as Roxanne. She also played Lois “Old Lady” Scranton on an episode of Who’s The Boss?. From September 1989 to May 1990 she appeared as singer Sasha Schmidt on Santa Barbaraduring one of its Daytime-Emmy-award-winning years.http://www.youtube.com/v/NSy-t78XKnQ?fs=1&hl=en_US
    On the stage, she created the role of Ariadne in the 1983 Broadway musical Merlin. She was the first Eponine in the second US tour of Les Misérables in 1988.
    Nicastro has recorded four albums released on the Varese Saraband label. Two albums, Toonful and Toonful Too feature songs from animated musicals, Reel Imagination features songs from family musicals, and On My Own features songs from contemporary Broadway musicals, including her version of On My Own. They feature Paul Goldberg on drums and percussion, Walt Fowler on trumpet, Jimmy Hoff on bass, and Lanny Meyers piano/arranger.


    Nicastro died of breast and brain cancer on November 4, 2010 at her home with her family.[2] An episode of The Event originally aired November 15, 2010, is dedicated to her memory.

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    Rudy Regalado, Venezuelan percussionist and bandleader (El Chicano), died from complications of pneumonia he was , 67

     Héctor José Regalado  was a Venezuelan Latin musicbandleaderpercussionistcomposer and educator. He played professionally under the name Rudy Regalado died from  complications of pneumonia he was , 67.[1]

    (January 29, 1943 – November 4, 2010)


    Although he toured extensively in a career spanning more than 50 years, Rudy Regalado is better known for being one of the founding members of El Chicano, which surfaced during theSantana and Malo Latin-tinged rock era in the early 1970s. Besides this, he led his own groups and performed on countless recording sessions with distinguished artists. In addition to recording five albums with El Chicano, Regalado also collaborated in projects led by Alex AcuñaQuincy JonesAlphonse MouzonBill Summers and Joe Zawinul, among others.[2]

    Early life

    Regalado was born and raised in a working class family in Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela. Largely self-taught, he started to playdrums and timbales as a teenager in his home town. A devoted baseball fan, he adopted his nickname after former Cleveland Indians infielderRudy Regalado.[3]

    Professional career

    In 1963, Regalado moved to Puerto Rico and started playing in hotels and clubs in the San Juan area, while studying harmony andpercussion at Pablo Casals Conservatory of Music. He settled in Los Angeles, California in 1970, where he played with local jazz and Latin groups before joining El Chicano late in the year.[2]
    Regalado spent twelve years with El Chicano, singing and playing the timbales in five albums, which included Top 40 hits during the 1970s with the songs “Viva Tirado” and “Tell Her She’s Lovely”. El Chicano also created the theme song for the television series Baretta, which ran on ABC from 1975 to 1978.[1][4]

    After spending 12 years with El Chicano, Regalado formed his own Latin Jazz All-Star Band in 1983, which included a select group of musicians from Los Angeles. Initially known as Todos Estrellas, the band eventually became known as Chévere and appeared at the Playboy Jazz FestivalDisneyland and Fiesta Broadway, among other engagements. The band also performed overseas in summer festivals inCanadaHong KongIndonesiaKuala LumpurMalaysiaSingaporeThailand, and throughout the European continent.[2]

    As part of an El Chicano reunion in 2009, Regalado performed during the 40th anniversary of Woodstock Festival at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse in San Francisco, where the group actually celebrated their own 40th Anniversary, and last played with them at the Greek Theatre of Los Angeles.[2][4][5]


    Other credits

    Regalado also toured with Aretha Franklin in charge of her percussion section, was a drummer for Los Melódicos on its 1980 tour of United States, and performed on the Tonight Show, the Nancy Wilson Show and American Bandstand.[2][6]

    His film credits include The Skeleton Key (2005), as well in the television series Pepe Plata (1990) and Clubhouse (2004).[7]
    Regalado moved later to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he died from complications of pneumonia at the age of 67.[4]

    Selected discography

    Year     Album Artist Credit
    1972 Celebration El Chicano Percussion, Drums
    1973 Chicano El Chicano Percussion, Drums
    1974 Cinco El Chicano Percussion, Drums
    1974 Yaqui Yaqui Drums
    1975 Pyramid of Love & Friends El Chicano Percussion, Drums
    1976 Viva El Chicano! Their Very Best     El Chicano Vocals, Timbales, Percussion
    1977 Blue Note Live at the Roxy Alphonse Mouzon (Various Artists)   Timbales, Percussion
    1977 Roots Quincy Jones Percussion
    1988 Immigrants Joe Zawinul Vocals, Percussion
    1990 Thinking of You Alex Acuña and the Unknowns Percussion
    1992 Iroko Bill Summers Composer
    1994 La Gloria Rudy Regalado y Chévere Producer, Drums, Vocals, Timbales
    1996 My People Joe Zawinul Percussion, Composer
    1998 Painting the Moment El Chicano Percussion, Timbales
    1999 Suckers Original Soundtrack Percussion
    2000 Late Night Sessions Caravana Cubana Cata, Timbales
    2000 Acuarela de Tambores Alex Acuña Maracas, Chekere
    2002 Faces & Places Joe Zawinul Percussion
    2002 Cinco de Mayo Celebration Various Artists Timbales, Percussion
    2002 Del Alma Caravana Cubana Timbales, Cata
    2004 20th Century Masters – Millennium Collection     El Chicano Timbales, Percussion

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    Charles Reynolds, American magician, died from liver cancer he was , 78

    Dengue fever (UK: /ˈdɛŋɡeɪ/, US: /ˈdɛŋɡiː/), also known as breakbone fever, is an acute febrileinfectious disease caused by the dengue virus. Typical symptoms include headache, a petechial rash, and muscle and joint pains; in a small proportion the disease progresses to life-threatening complications such as dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome.
    Dengue is usually transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, and rarely Aedes albopictus. The virus has four different serotypes, and an infection with one usually gives lifelong immunity to it but only short-term immunity to the others. There is currently no available vaccine, but outbreaks can be prevented by reducing the habitat and number of mosquitoes, and limiting exposure to bites.
    Treatment of acute dengue is supportive, using either oral or intravenous rehydration for mild or moderate disease and blood transfusions for more severe cases. Rates of infection have increased dramatically over the last 50 years with approximate 50–100 million people being infected yearly. The disease has become global and is currently endemic in more than 110 countries with 2.5 billion people living in areas where it is prevalent.

    Noel Taylor, American Emmy Award-winning costume designer died he was , 97

    Noel Taylor  was an American costume designer of the stage, television, and film. A four time Emmy nominee, Taylor won an Emmy Award in 1978 for his designs for the PBS drama Actor: The Paul Muni Story  died he was , 97.[1][2]
    Taylor, who designed costumes for more than 70 Broadway shows, as well as thirty films and television shows, was the recipient of the Costume Designers Guild lifetime achievement award in 2004.[1][2]

    (17 January 1917 – 4 November 2010)

    Life and career

    Taylor was born Harold Alexander Taylor Jr. in Youngstown, Ohio on January 17, 1917.[1] He was the second of his family’s two sons.[1] He moved to Paris, France, with his family when he was seven years old.[1] Taylor dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to pursue a career as an actor.
    His first and only leading leading role on Broadway was in 1935 at the age of 18 as Peter in Cross Ruff, a play which he had also written. Abandoning his acting career, he studied painting and design during the late 1930s and early 1940s.
    Taylor began vacationing in Austria when he was in his 20s, where he began to witness growing discrimination against Jewish residents in the years preceding World War II.[1] Taylor asked his mother for $200,000 USD to help Jewish refugees who had fled from the Nazis.[1] He was arrested by for attending pro-Jewish meetings, but was released by an Austrian interrogator after four days and returned to the United States.[1] He worked as an equestrian trainer for the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.[1]
    Taylor began his career as a costume designer in the 1940s when Chagall invited him to assist on costumes for productions with the New York City Ballet. He first worked on Broadway as a designer for Dennis Hoey‘s 1946 play The Haven. He went on to design costumes for more than 70 Broadway productions, including the original productions of Stalag 17 (1951), Bernardine (1952), Dial M for Murder (1952), The Teahouse of the August Moon (1953), No Time for Sergeants (1955), Auntie Mame (1956), The Body Beautiful (1958), Tall Story (1959), Write Me a Murder (1961), The Night of the Iguana (1961), Great Day in the Morning (1962), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1963), What Makes Sammy Run? (1964), Hughie (1964), Slapstick Tragedy (1966), Lovers (1968), The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1972), The Norman Conquests (1975), and Chapter Two (1977). He also designed costumes for revivals of Twentieth Century (1950), The Wild Duck (1951), The Apple Cart (1956), Strange Interlude (1963), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1972), Mourning Becomes Electra (1972), The Glass Menagerie (1994), and The Gin Game (1997). His last Broadway show was designs for the 1997 revival of Neil Simon‘s The Sunshine Boys.
    Taylor made his first foray into television designing costumes for several television films made for the Hallmark Hall of Fame between 1955-1965. He received his first Emmy nomination for one of these files, The Magnificent Yankee in 1965. In 1966 he designed the costumes for Gian Carlo Menotti‘s television opera Labyrinth. He continued to design costumes for television up into the mid 1990s, garnering further Emmy nominations for Eleanor, First Lady of the World (1982) and Ironclads (1991). He won the Emmy Award in 1978 for Actor: The Paul Muni Story. He also designed costumes for seven feature films during his career, including Mrs. Pollifax-Spy (1971), Rhinoceros (1974), An Enemy of the People (1978), and The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981).
    Noel Taylor died at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on November 4, 2010, at the age of 97.[1] He was a resident of West Hollywood, California.[1]

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    Rudolf Barshai, Russian conductor and viola player died he was , 86

     Rudolf Borisovich Barshai  was a Soviet/Russian conductor and violist died he was , 86.

    (RussianРудольф Борисович Баршай, September 28, 1924 – November 2, 2010 [1] [2] )

    Barshai was born in Stanitsa Lobinskaya, Krasnodar Krai, and studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Tseitlin and Vadim Borisovsky. He performed as a soloist as well as together with Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, and as a member of a trio with Mstislav Rostropovich and Leonid Kogan. He won numerous Soviet and international competitions. He was the founding violist of the Borodin Quartet in 1945[3] and was a member until 1953.
    Rudolf Barshai
    In 1955, Barshai formed the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, which he led and conducted until he emigrated to the West in 1977. He was the artistic director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra from 1976 to 1981. From 1981 until 1982 Barshai was principal conductor of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre National de France (National Orchestra of France)1985-1986. He was principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1986.
    Barshai achieved fame as a musical interpreter and arranger of Shostakovich‘s and Prokofiev‘s music. He is particularly noted for his arrangement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 for chamber orchestra.[4] In 2000, Barshai produced a completion of Gustav Mahler‘s Tenth Symphony, which was left unfinished at the composer’s death. In addition, he has recorded a number of Shostakovich’s works. Many of his recordings have earned critical acclaim and have won international awards:

    • 1988 Gramophone Awards – Concerto : Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 2, Rudolf Barshai conducting Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; solo: Donohoe (EMI)
    • 2003 Cannes Classical Music Award: Orchestral 20 Century: Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies; Barshai (Brilliant Classics)
    • 2003 Editor’s Award (ClassicsToday.com): Record of the Year: Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies; Barshai (Brilliant Classics).

    In 1954, Barshai married Anna Martinson, a Russian painter and costume designer, and daughter of the Soviet comic Sergey Martinson. They have a son, Walter Barshai, born June 6, 1955. After their divorce in 1963 and his marriage to a Japanese translator, Teruko Soda (son Takeshi, b. January 10, 1967), he married concert organist Elena Barshai (Raskova). Barshai resided in Switzerland until his death.
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