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Who is Martine BesWick?

Who is Martine Beswick? The entertainment and Acting world knows her best known for her roles in two James Bond movies. Did you know Did you know that in the Bond series of films, that Martine was one of three actresses that made reappearances as different Bond girls?


Beswick was born on 26 September 1941 in Port Antonio, Jamaica to English parents.
Beswick is best known for her two appearances in the James Bond film series. The role of a Bond Girl, as it has evolved in the films, is typically a high-profile part that sometimes can give a major boost to the career of unestablished actresses. When she auditioned for the first Bond film Dr. No, she was cast in the second film From Russia with Love as the fiery gypsy girl, Zora. She engaged in the famous “catfight” scene with her rival Vida (played by former Miss Israel Aliza Gur). She was incorrectly billed as “Martin Beswick” in the title sequence. Beswick then appeared as the ill-fated Paula Caplan in Thunderball. She had been away from the Caribbean so long that she was required to sunbathe constantly for two weeks before filming, in order to look like a local.
Martine went on to appear in One Million Years B.C. opposite Raquel Welch, with whom she also engaged in a catfight. She then appeared in various Hammer Studio low budget films, most notably Prehistoric Women and the gender-bending Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde. She played Adelita in the well-regarded Spaghetti Western A Bullet for the General in 1967 opposite Klaus Kinski and Gian Maria Volonté. She starred as the Queen of Evil in Oliver Stone‘s 1974 directorial debut, Seizure, aka “Queen of Evil”. In the 1970s, Beswick moved to Hollywood and regularly appeared on both the big screen and small screen. She made numerous guest appearances in TV series including Sledge Hammer!, Fantasy Island, The Fall Guy, Mannix, The Six Million Dollar Man and Falcon Crest. In 1980, she played the lead role in the comedy film The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood.

Beswick’s career was active well into the 1990s. In recent years, she has mainly participated in film documentaries, providing commentary and relating her experiences on the many films she has appeared in. She owned a removals business in London, but is now semi-retired except for her guest appearances at international Bond conventions.
Contrary to speculation recorded elsewhere, Beswick never married and was not one of the silhouetted dancing girls in the opening credits to Dr. No.



Year Title
1963 Saturday Night Out
1963 From Russia with Love
1965 Thunderball
1966 One Million Years B.C.
1967 John il Bastardo
1967 Prehistoric Women (aka Slave Girls)
1967 The Penthouse
1967 A Bullet for the General
1971 Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde
1973 Ultimo tango a Zagarol
1974 Seizure, aka Queen of Evil
1980 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood
1980 Melvin and Howard
1987 Cyclone
1987 The Offspring
1990 Evil Spirits
1990 Miami Blues
1991 Critters 4
1991 Trancers II
1992 Life on the Edge
1993 Wide Sargasso Sea
1995 Night of the Scarecrow


Year Title
1965 Danger Man
1969 It Takes a Thief
1970 Mannix
1971 Longstreet
1975 Strange New World
1975 Switch
1976 City of Angels
1976 The Six Million Dollar Man
1977 Baretta
1980 Hart to Hart
1981 Quincy, M.E.
1982 The Fall Guy
1983 The Powers of Matthew Star
1984 Fantasy Island
1984 Days of our Lives
1985 Cover Up
1985 Falcon Crest
1987 Sledge Hammer!

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Roxana Briban, Romanian soprano, committed suicide she was 39,

Roxana Briban was a well-known Romanian operatic soprano  committed suicide she was  39,.[1]
Born in Bucharest, Roxana Briban first became interested in music at the age of six, when she began to sing and play the violin, soon becoming a soloist of the Romanian Radio Children’s Choir, which supports over 300 concerts in Romania and abroad. She attended the George Enescu Music High School in Bucharest, which she left in 1995. Later graduating from the Bucharest National University of Music, Briban received awards from the Romanian Musical Forum and the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company (SRR).[2] She made her debut as a soloist with the Romanian National Opera in 2000 as the Contessa in Mozart‘s The Marriage of Figaro.[3][4]

(28 October 1971 – 20 November 2010) 

She made her international debut at the Vienna State Opera in 2003 in Bizet‘s Carmen[3] as Michaela, and she continued to appear there until her final season in 2009-2010, when she played the roles of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Boheme, Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra, Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin. She also appeared at the Vienna Volksoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Théâtre du Capitole, the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile and the Muziektheater in Amsterdam.[2].

Briban’s lirico-spinto soprano voice allowed her to play a wide variety of roles, from Leila in The Pearl Fishers, Micaela in Carmen, Helena in Mephistopheles, or as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Violetta Valery in La Traviata, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra and Aida in Aida, Elisabetta de Valois in Don Carlo, as well as playing the roles of Mimi in La Boheme and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly.
Also in her repertoire were vocal-symphonic works by Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Shostakovich and Hindemith.
Her last public appearance took place at the Royal Palace in Warsaw in Poland, where she performed in a recital in celebration of Romania’s National Day, on 1 December 2009.[5]

She committed suicide, following a period of depression caused (according to her husband Alexandru Briban, whom she married in 1997) by the termination of her contract with the National Opera in June 2009. He stated that she had attempted suicide on other occasions and had been receiving treatment.[2][6]

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Who is DeAndre Cortez Way?

Who is DeAndre Cortez Way? , The rap and entertainment world knows him by his stage name Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy is an American rapper and record producer.
In September 2007, his single “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was initially self-published on the Internet, and it became a number-one hit in the United States for seven non-consecutive weeks starting in September 2007.[3]
Despite his commercial success, his music has been the subject of ridicule from his peers and critics.[4][5]

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Early life

DeAndre Way was born July 28, 1990 in Chicago and moved to Atlanta at age six,[6] where he became interested in rap music.[7] At age 14, he moved to Batesville, Mississippi, with his father, who provided a recording studio for Way to explore his musical ambitions.[6]

Music career

Career beginnings and souljaboytellem.com (2005–2008)

Way founded the record label “Stacks on Deck Entertainment” in 2004. While Way was signed under Interscope and Collipark Music, he claimed that his label had distribution deals with Interscope, Universal Records, and Koch.[8]
In November 2005, Way posted his songs on the website SoundClick. Following positive reviews on the site, he then established his own web pages on YouTube and MySpace.[9][10] In March 2007, he recorded “Crank That” and released his first independent album Unsigned & Still Major: Da Album Before da Album, followed by a low-budget video filmed demonstrating the “Crank That” dance. By the end of May 2007, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” received its first airplay and Way met with Mr. Collipark to sign a deal with Interscope Records.
On August 12, 2007, the song appeared on the Emmy-award winning HBO series Entourage, and by September 1, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot RingMasters charts.[11] Way’s major label debut album Souljaboytellem.com, which was reportedly recorded using just the demo version of FL Studio,[7][12] was released in the United States on October 2,[13] peaking at #4 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[14] On December 9, 2007, Way was sued by William Lyons (a.k.a. Souljah Boy of Mo Thugs Family) who claims he first created the stage name “Souljah Boy”.[15]
For the 50th Grammy Awards, Way was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song with “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”. He lost to Kanye West‘s and T-Pain‘s “Good Life“.
Souljaboytellem.com received a favorable review from Allmusic,[13] but received mainly negative reviews from other sources such as Entertainment Weekly.[16] Several reviewers credited Soulja Boy with spearheading a new trend in hip-hop, while speculating he will likely be a one-hit wonder.[17][18][19]

iSouljaBoyTellem (2008–2009)

In June 2008, on DJ Cisco’s Urban Legend mixtape, Ice-T criticized Way for “killing hip-hop”

and his song “Crank That”

  for being “garbage” compared to the works of other hip-hop artists such as Rakim, Das EFX, Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube. One of the comments in the exchange was when Ice-T told Way to “eat a dick”.[20] The two then traded numerous videos back and forth over the Internet. These videos included a cartoon and video of Ice-T dancing on Way’s behalf and an apology, but reiteration of his feelings that Way’s music “sucks”, on Ice-T’s behalf.[21] Rapper Kanye West defended Way by arguing that the younger artist created a new, original work for hip-hop, thus keeping the authentic meaning of the music.[22]
The follow-up to souljaboytellem.com, iSouljaBoyTellem, was released on December 16, 2008, to negative critical reception.[23] The first single from the album, “Bird Walk“, peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and the top 20 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. “Kiss Me Thru the Phone“, with Sammie, followed, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Rap Tracks charts.[24]

The DeAndre Way (2009–present)

The DeAndre Way[25] is Way’s third studio album, released on November 30, 2010. Way has stated that the album is intended to be his most personal and successful album thus far. When speaking on possible collaborations, he stated he wished to work with artists such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West,[26] Eminem,[27] among others. The album was originally called “The DeAndre Way” but was changed in early 2010 to Dre, however it was changed back to The DeAndre Way in July 2010.
The lead single from the album, “POW”, was released in January 2009 but failed to garner success and was dubbed a promo single. The official lead single from the album, “Pretty Boy Swag“, was released in June 2010. The single has reached number thirty-four on the Billboard Hot 100, number six on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number five on the Billboard Rap Songs chart.[28] The album’s second single was due to be “Digital”, then “Speakers Going Hammer”, but “Blowing Me Kisses” was released on August 31, 2010 as the second single instead.[29] Soulja Boy was to be part of the Summerbeatz tour held in Australia alongside Flo Rida, Jay Sean and Travie McCoy in November 2010, but in lieu of his current album release date and a new tour, Soulja Society, Soulja Boy had declined the offer.

Musical style

Critics and hip hop figures such as Method Man[30] have cited Soulja Boy as artistically typical of contemporary rap trends such as writing for the lucrative ringtone market, and the ascendence of “Southern hip hop“, emphasizing catchy music that discards rap’s traditional emphasis on message.[31][32] Soulja Boy identifies his goal as making upbeat, party-themed music that avoids the negative, violent image that he sees in most hip-hop.[31][32]
Despite this, his music has been banned from some school dances for sexual, violent content or innuendo. However, he has denied these claims.[33] In the original YouTube video for “Shootout”, Soulja Boy demonstrates his dance while holding a handgun in each hand and pretending to shoot into the audience.[34]

Personal life

On December 30, 2008, Way was robbed and assaulted in his home. Initial reports indicated that the robbers were six masked men with AK-47s and pistols but on December 31, 2008, video clips surfaced on the Internet of two masked men claiming sole credit for the crime.[35] Soulja Boy described the incident to MTV News a month later: He had come home very late at night after attending an album release party and was recording songs with friends when the robbers came in pointing their guns.[36]
On October 7, 2009, Way was arrested on one count of obstruction, a misdemeanor, for running from police when he’d been ordered to stop. The rapper was released on $550 bond.[37]


Studio albums

 Souljaboytellem.com (2007)

 iSouljaBoyTellem (2008)

The DeAndre Way (2010)



Awards and nominations

  • BET Hip-Hop Awards
    • 2007: Best Hip-Hop Dance (Won)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2008: Best Rap Song: “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” (Nominated)
  • Ozone Awards
    • 2007: Patiently Waiting: Mississippi (Won)
    • 2008: Best Breakthrough Artist (Nominated)
    • 2008: TJ’s DJ’s Tastemaker Award (Nominated)
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • 2009: Choice Music: Rap Artist (Nominated)
    • 2009: Choice Music: R&B Track for “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” (Nominated)
    • 2009: Choice Music: Hook Up for “Kiss Me Thru the Phone”
    • 2009: Choice Music: Artist (Nominated)

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Santha Devi, Indian actress has died she was , 85

Santha Devi  better known by her stage name Kozhikode Santha Devi, was an Indian Malayalam film and stage actress has died she was , 85. In a career spanning about sixty years, she acted in more than 1000 plays and about 480 films.[1]

(1927 – 20 November 2010),


Santha Devi was born in Kozhikode in 1927 as the daughter of Thottathil Kannakkuruppu and Karthiyayani Amma as the seventh daughter of their 10 children. She did her studies from Sabha school and then B.E.M school. She got married at the age of 18 with her uncle’s son Balakrishnan who was a Railway guard, but the relationship did not last long. He left Santha Devi after the couple had a son. Later, she got married to Kozhikode Abdul Kader, a popular Malayalam playback singer. He was a Christian during the time of their marriage and later changed his religion to Islam. She has two kids in her second marriage, Suresh Babu and the late Sathyajith.

She made her debut as an actress through a 1954 drama Smarakam written by Vasu Pradeep and directed by Kundanari Appu Nair. She made her cinema debut in Minnaminungu (1957) directed by Ramu Karyat. She has acted in over 480 movies including Moodupadam, Kuttikkuppayam, Kunjalimaraykkar, Iruttinte Athmavu, Sthalathe pradhana payyans and Adwaitham. Kerala Cafe, produced by director Ranjith, was her last movie where she enacted the role of a forlorn grandmother with no one to look after her. Besides movies, she was also active in television serials. Her most memorable roles are from Manasi and Minnukettu.
Santha Devi died on 20 November 2010 evening in a private hospital in Kozhikode.[2]


She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Yamanam (1992) directed by Bharath Gopi.[3] She has received the Kerala State award for best Stage actress in 1968 for her role in Kudukkukal. In 1968, she received award from Thrissur Fine Arts Society and in 1973 she received best actress award again. In 1978, her acting in Ithu bhoomiyanu and Inquilabinte makkal fetched her Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Acamedy’s award for best actress. She won the Kerala Film Critics Association Award in 1979 and Kerala State Award for Best Actress in State plays in 1983 for Deepasthambham Mahashcharyam.[1]
In 1992 she got Film critics award again. Santha Devi was awarded Premji award and later in 2005 the life time achievement award from Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.

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Chalmers Johnson, American scholar and author died he was , 79

 Chalmers Ashby Johnson [1] was an American author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego died he was , 79.  He served in the Korean war, was a consultant for the CIA from 1967–1973, and chaired the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley from 1967 to 1972.[2] He was also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute (now based at the University of San Francisco), an organization promoting public education about Japan and Asia.[3] He wrote numerous books including, most recently, three examinations of the consequences of American Empire: Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.

(August 6, 1931 – November 20, 2010)


Johnson was born in 1931 in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned a B.A. degree in Economics in 1953 and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science in 1957 and 1961 respectively. Both of his advanced degrees were from the University of California, Berkeley. During the Korean War, Johnson served as a naval officer in Japan.[4] He taught political science at the University of California from 1962 until he retired from teaching in 1992. He was best known early in his career for his scholarship on the subjects of China and Japan.[5]

Johnson set the agenda for ten or fifteen years in social science scholarship on China with his book on peasant nationalism. His book MITI and the Japanese Miracle, on the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry was the preëminent study of the country’s development and created the subfield of what could be called the political economy of development. He coined the term “developmental state“. As a public intellectual, he first led the “Japan revisionists” who critiqued American neoliberal economics with Japan as a model; their arguments faded from view as the Japanese economy stagnated in the mid-90s and beyond. During this period, Johnson acted as a consultant for the Office of National Estimates, part of the CIA, contributing to analysis of China and Maoism.[6]
Johnson was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1976. He served as Director of the Center for Chinese Studies (1967–72[2]) and Chair of the Political Science Department at Berkeley, and held a number of important academic posts in area studies. He was a strong believer in the importance of language and historical training for doing serious research. Late in his career he became well known as a critic of “rational choice” approaches, particularly in the study of Japanese politics and political economy.
Johnson is perhaps today best known as a sharp critic of American imperialism. His book Blowback (2000) won a prize in 2001 from the Before Columbus Foundation, and was re-issued in an updated version in 2004. Sorrows of Empire, published in 2004, updated the evidence and argument from Blowback for the post-9/11 environment, and Nemesis concludes the trilogy. Johnson was featured as an expert talking head in the Eugene Jarecki-directed film Why We Fight[3], which won the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In the past, Johnson has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the London Review of Books, Harper’s Magazine, and The Nation

The Blowback series

Johnson believed that the enforcement of American hegemony over the world constitutes a new form of global empire. Whereas traditional empires maintained control over subject peoples via colonies, since World War II the US has developed a vast system of hundreds of military bases around the world where it has strategic interests. A long-time Cold Warrior, he applauded the collapse of the Soviet Union: “I was a cold warrior. There’s no doubt about that. I believed the Soviet Union was a genuine menace. I still think so.”[7] But at the same time he experienced a political awakening after the collapse of the Soviet Union, noting that instead of demobilizing its armed forces, the US accelerated its reliance on military solutions to problems both economic and political. The result of this militarism (as distinct from actual domestic defense) is more terrorism against the US and its allies, the loss of core democratic values at home, and an eventual disaster for the American economy. Of four books he wrote on this topic, the first three are referred to as The Blowback Trilogy:

  • Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

Chalmers Johnson summarized the intent of Blowback in the final chapter of Nemesis.

“In Blowback, I set out to explain why we are hated around the world. The concept “blowback” does not just mean retaliation for things our government has done to and in foreign countries. It refers to retaliation for the numerous illegal operations we have carried out abroad that were kept totally secret from the American public. This means that when the retaliation comes — as it did so spectacularly on September 11, 2001 — the American public is unable to put the events in context. So they tend to support acts intended to lash out against the perpetrators, thereby most commonly preparing the ground for yet another cycle of blowback. In the first book in this trilogy, I tried to provide some of the historical background for understanding the dilemmas we as a nation confront today, although I focused more on Asia — the area of my academic training — than on the Middle East.”[8]
  • The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic

Chalmers Johnson summarizes the intent of The Sorrows of Empire in the final chapter of Nemesis.

The Sorrows of Empire was written during the American preparations for and launching of the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. I began to study our continuous military buildup since World War II and the 737 military bases we currently maintain in other people’s countries. This empire of bases is the concrete manifestation of our global hegemony, and many of the blowback-inducing wars we have conducted had as their true purpose the sustaining and expanding of this network. We do not think of these overseas deployments as a form of empire; in fact, most Americans do not give them any thought at all until something truly shocking, such as the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, brings them to our attention. But the people living next door to these bases and dealing with the swaggering soldiers who brawl and sometimes rape their women certainly think of them as imperial enclaves, just as the people of ancient Iberia or nineteenth-century India knew that they were victims of foreign colonization.”[9]
  • Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic

Chalmers Johnson summarizes the intent of the book Nemesis.

“In Nemesis, I have tried to present historical, political, economic, and philosophical evidence of where our current behavior is likely to lead. Specifically, I believe that to maintain our empire abroad requires resources and commitments that will inevitably undercut our domestic democracy and in the end produce a military dictatorship or its civilian equivalent. The founders of our nation understood this well and tried to create a form of government – a republic – that would prevent this from occurring. But the combination of huge standing armies, almost continuous wars, military Keynesianism, and ruinous military expenses have destroyed our republican structure in favor of an imperial presidency. We are on the cusp of losing our democracy for the sake of keeping our empire. Once a nation is started down that path, the dynamics that apply to all empires come into play – isolation, overstretch, the uniting of forces opposed to imperialism, and bankruptcy. Nemesis stalks our life as a free nation.”[10]
  • Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope

Johnson outlines how the United States can reverse American hegemony.

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Rob Lytle, American football player (Michigan Wolverines, Denver Broncos), died from a heart attack he was , 56

Rob Lytle  was an American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of NFL died from a heart attack he was , 56 . He attended the University of Michigan (1973–1976). Lytle was drafted in the second round of the 1977 NFL Draft by Denver with the 45th overall pick.

(November 12, 1954 – November 20, 2010)

Lytle was born in Fremont, Ohio. He was a consensus All-American as a senior at Michigan in 1976, setting a then school record with 1,469 rushing yards and finishing third in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind Tony Dorsett and Ricky Bell. Lytle also broke the Michigan career rushing record with 3,307 yards. His record was broken five years later by Jamie Morris, and he now ranks seventh in rushing yards by a Michigan player.[1] Lytle was involved in both of the games in which Michigan had three rushers accumulate 100 yards.[2][3][4]
After his college career, Lytle spent seven seasons in the NFL with the Broncos. During that time, he rushed for 1,451 yards, caught 61 passes for 562 yards, returned six kickoffs for 99 yards, and scored 14 touchdowns (12 rushing and two receiving). He also scored the only touchdown of the game for the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. Lytle holds the distinction of being the first player to score a touchdown in both the Rose Bowl and the Super Bowl.
Lytle suffered a heart attack and died at Fremont Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio. He is survived by his wife Tracy Lytle, his son Kelly Lytle, his daughter Erin Lytle Tober, his granddaughter Audrey and his father William Lytle.[5]

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Danny McDevitt, American baseball player (Brooklyn Dodgers) died he was , 78

Daniel Eugene McDevitt  was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1957 through 1962 for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Athletics. He was born in New York City when he died he was , 78.

(November 18, 1932 – November 20, 2010)

 McDevitt was born on November 18, 1932, in Manhattan. He relocated together with his family to Hallstead, Pennsylvania, where he was a star player on his high school baseball team.[1] He attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York, but dropped out after he was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in September 1951.[2] He was released by the Yankees and served in the United States Army during the Korean War before being signed by the Dodgers after the completion of his military service.[1]

McDevitt is most remembered as the starting pitcher for the Dodgers last home game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn on September 24, 1957, during his first season in the major leagues, in which McDevitt pitched a 2–0 complete game shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of a crowd of 6,702, in a game in which he threw nine strikeouts and gave up five hits.[1][3] He finished the 1957 season with a 7-4 record, to go along with 90 strikeouts and an earned run average of 3.25.[2] The Dodgers finished the season with a three-game series on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies, and ended the year in third place.[1] In October, just weeks after what turned out to be the team’s final game in Brooklyn, owner Walter O’Malley announced that the Dodgers would be moving to Los Angeles.[3]

He pitched three more seasons with the Dodgers, achieving a career-best 10 wins against eight losses in 1959, when the Dodgers would go on to win their first World Series championship in California, defeating the Chicago White Sox in six games, though McDevitt did not appear in the series.[1][2] He played for both the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins during the 1961 season, and ended his major league career with the Kansas City Athletics in 1962.[2]

McDevitt lived in Social Circle, Georgia, but died in Covington, Georgia, at the age of 78.[4]

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Little Smokey Smothers, American blues guitarist and singer, died from natural causes he was , 71

 Little Smokey Smothers [2] was an African American, Chicago blues guitarist and singer, died from natural causes he was , 71
His elder brother, Otis (died 1993), was known as the bluesman Otis “Big Smokey” Smothers, with whom he was sometimes confused.

(January 2, 1939[1] – November 20, 2010)


Albert Abraham “Abe” Smothers was born in Tchula, Mississippi,[1][2] learned guitar at the age of 15, and relocated to Chicago two years later.[3][4] He soon appeared on stage playing alongside Arthur “Big Boy” Spires, Magic Sam, Otis Rush and Lazy Bill Lucas.[4] In 1958 he joined up with Howlin’ Wolf, and played on Wolf’s recording session for Chess Records the following year. Tracks Smothers contributed to included “I’ve Been Abused,” “Howlin’ for My Darling,” and “Mr. Airplane Man.”[1]

In 1961 he founded Little Smokey Smothers and the Pipeplayers.[4] He later met Paul Butterfield and became a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He was replaced in the band by Elvin Bishop, but developed a friendship that lasted a lifetime.[4] Throughout the 1960s Smothers appeared with Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Earl Hooker, and Junior Wells.[3] Musical opportunities dried up in the 1970s, and Smothers worked in construction.[4] He re-appeared in the 1980s with The Legendary Blues Band.[5] Their 1989 recording, Woke up with the Blues, included contributions from Smothers.[4][6]
In 1993, Bishop made a guest appearance on Smothers first solo album with the Dutch Black Magic label, Bossman! The Chicago Blues of Little Smokey Smothers. The recording also included work from Smothers’ cousin, Lee “Shot” Williams.[1] Bishop and Smothers played at the 1993 Chicago Blues Festival.[7] Smothers had open heart surgery in 1995, but the following year issued Second Time Around.[4] Smothers performed at the 1999 San Diego Blues Festival, and at a party for Mick Jagger‘s 55th birthday.[3]
Alligator Records then issued That’s My Partner (2000), a live album recorded in San Francisco, which saw Smothers reunited with Bishop.[1] Smothers also appeared at the 2000 Chicago Blues Festival.[8] In 2006 Smothers and Bishop played live at the Ground Zero club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Latterly Smothers experienced health problems, and had both legs amputated due to diabetes.
In 2009, Bishop compiled the benefit album, Chicago Blues Buddies, incorporating recordings made by Smothers and Bishop dating back to 1992. Proceeds from the album helped to pay for Smothers’ medical costs.[7]

On November 20, 2010, after a spell in a Chicago hospital, Smothers died of natural causes.[2]



  • Bossman! The Chicago Blues of Little Smokey Smothers (1993) – Black Magic (Netherlands)
  • Second Time Around (1996) – Crosscut (Germany)
  • Chicago Blues Buddies (2009) – Black Derby[9]

Other appearances

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Ruth Springford Canadian actress (5 Card Stud, Hangin’ In), died after a short illness she was , 89,

Ruth Springford[1] was a Canadian radio, stage, television and film actress died after a short illness she was , 89.[2] 

Springford’s was credited as a regular role on the 70s sitcom The Frankie Howerd Show, nurse Mae in the CBC drama Corwin, voices in animated specials and series, and guest spots on The Littlest Hobo and Friday the 13th: The Series.

(circa 1921 – November 20, 2010) 

Her credits included the television series Hangin’ In, A Gift to Last, The Frankie Howerd Show and Maggie Muggins, as well as the Jim Henson teleplay The Cube and the feature film The Changeling.
A longtime member of ACTRA, she received the Andrew Allan Award, the John Drainie Award, the ACTRA Award and the Dora Mavor Moore Award.[3]
Springford died at Etobicoke General Hospital, aged 89, on November 20, 2010.

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