Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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Dan Worsley, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Twitter reporting that Peggy Cummins of film noir classic Gun Crazy has died age 92.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:35 (one year ago) Permalink

was thinking last night about how freaked out everyone was over the abundance of celebrity deaths in 2016, that definitely didn't carry over into 2017, and i was trying to think of other years that were like that... remembered that ingmar bergman and antonioni died on the same day in 2007, which is arguably crazier than the cavalcade in 2016 imo

flappy bird, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Honestly, I think Bowie and Prince were just so shocking that it sort of readied us for virtually anybody kicking the bucket. When Tom Petty died, sad and untimely though it was, it just didn't feel as epochal as the passing of Bowie and Prince. There's going to be a steadily accelerating wave of notable deaths, given that youth culture and celebrity as we know it sort of kicked into gear in the 1950s and really only hit its stride in the '60s.

Anyway, RIP Rick Hall.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:03 (one year ago) Permalink

I mean, the '50s died last yeat but Chuck, Fats and Jerry Lewis were ancient.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

^^And all had been known to be in declining health for years, which many of the big 2016'ERS had been able to keep under wraps to varying degrees.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink

xpost Hah, I thought you meant Jerry Lee Lewis, who is, of course, still alive, though probably barely. And Little Richard is still around, too.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:33 (one year ago) Permalink

I thought he meant Jerry Lee too, almost Googled to make sure.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:34 (one year ago) Permalink

It’s been mentioned elsewhere, but 1977 took some pretty big names: Presley, Bolan, Nin, Nabokov, Callas, 2 x Marx brothers etc etc

Madchen, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 08:33 (one year ago) Permalink

So, will Mark E Smith make it through the year?

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 08:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

calzino, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 09:18 (one year ago) Permalink

fred bass, owner of new york bookstore the strand

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Fuck Jerry Lee Lewis. I hope he dies this year.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 22:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I liked John Young; he was the Apollo astronaut notorious for cursing while on mike during his flight/moonwalk.

Poor Dick Van Dyke, losing his brother and two of his old castmates in the last year.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Unbelievable that John Young flew the first Gemini and the first Shuttle mission. Oh and landed on the moon.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:36 (one year ago) Permalink

John Young hurts, considering my favorite present this year was the LEGO scale model of the Saturn V.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:43 (one year ago) Permalink

any moonwalkers left besides Aldrin?

My dad took me to NYC to see the Apollo 16 astronauts get the Keys to the City from Mayor Lindsay.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:14 (one year ago) Permalink

had an "is he/isn't he dead" moment with Buzz the other day

flappy bird, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:15 (one year ago) Permalink

there are 5 left btw

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Recommend the book Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth, by Andrew Smith, to those who have not read.

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Cinamon Hadley, the model for Death in Gaiman's The Sandman:

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 January 2018 04:53 (one year ago) Permalink

France Gall, ye-ye star and singer of Gainsbourg's Poupee de Cire Poupee de Son.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Sunday, 7 January 2018 11:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

Alba, Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Geez, Jerry Van Dyke:

Not sure if "stay safe" really applies to either Dick Van Dyke (92) or Carl Reiner (95).

clemenza, Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Producer Chris Tsangarides. A huge loss to rock and metal in particular, but the dude worked on an unbelievable number of records.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:57 (one year ago) Permalink

People I know who recorded with him said he was a really good guy, sad news.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Tony Calder, promoter and co-founder of Immediate records with Andrew Loog-Oldham.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:18 (one year ago) Permalink

xpost -- yeah Tsangarides's death is a real loss, what a credit list. Remember being happy to see him turn up in Anvil! The Story of Anvil and he had some of the best moments! Would have been great to get a book from him at some point, probably would have been the hard rock/metal equivalent to something like Are We Still Rolling?.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:29 (one year ago) Permalink

2018 is warming up now, the deaths are beginning to roll in.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

aw man, that's sad.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 05:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Mikio Fujioka, aka Ko-Gami of Babymetal's backing band, age 36.

“Kami Band member Mikio Fujioka has passed away at the age of 36. Mikio Fujioka fell from a high astronomical observation deck on December 30, and died on January 5, with his 2 daughters next to him.”

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:27 (one year ago) Permalink

The “Little” Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL ‘s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.

We are the one
We're the only one
You are the one


めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Jeff "Antennae Jimmy Semens" Cotton of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, 68.

Cotton died from complications of cancer on January 6, 2018.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:54 (one year ago) Permalink

The Boogie Report email newsletter and folks on Facebook are reporting that Denise LaSalle, Mississippi born r’n’b/soul singer has died as a result of surgery complications. Her biggest hit was “Trapped by a Thing called Love.” This century she recorded some great Southern soul for labels like Malaco and Ecko.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:07 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP. In the UK she's definitely best known for her cover of 'My Toot Toot', which was a top ten hit in 1985.

Akdov Telmig (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:10 (one year ago) Permalink

that was a big morning-zoo hit in the '80s too

maura, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:30 (one year ago) Permalink

betty jane willis, who released a couple of singles in the '60s, including this leon russell-produced cover of buck owens' 'act naturally'

this is an in-depth obituary

maura, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Any source for the Jeff Cotton death other than wikipedia (which is no source at all)? He's been notoriously hard to find for decades.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Only Gary Lucas's Facebook page, which is probably no source at all either. Hmm. Let's see if a proper statement comes out, apologies for jumping the gun if it turns out to be a false alarm.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Sleuthing reveals his wife died early last year, but I can't find anything on his dying other than that Lucas post.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Maura - thank you for that Betty Willis obit, very sad, but nice they spoke with her daughter, former coworker and Bill Medley to tell a little of her story.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Starting to look like Jeff Cotton isn't true, but nothing more than FOAF reports either way. I do know his wife died of cancer last year -- that might be the source of the rumors.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Neave Brown, architect of low-rise social housing in Camden, recently awarded RIBA medal for same. Lived until his death in north London’s Dunboyne Road flats, which he designed. Here’s an interview from October conducted by one of my best friends:

kim jong deal (suzy), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:54 (one year ago) Permalink

BREAKING: Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 1964 'Mississippi Burning' slayings of 3 civil rights workers, dies in prison.

— The Associated Press (@AP) January 12, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 12 January 2018 17:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Marilyn McCoo, get thee to a physician.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 22:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Evelyn Berezin, creator of the first word processor and designer of United Airlines’ 1960s online booking system.

Madchen, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 19:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Cool career! May her memory be a blessing.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 19:26 (five months ago) Permalink

RIP. Pretty sure United still uses that system

flappy bird, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 19:28 (five months ago) Permalink

Donald Moffat, a perennial of stage, film, and TV

I saw him play Larry Slade opposite Robards in The Iceman Cometh.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 21 December 2018 18:02 (five months ago) Permalink

File under "did not know he was still alive." I forgot he was on that Logan's Run TV series in the 70s. Yeesh.

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Friday, 21 December 2018 18:05 (five months ago) Permalink

So, will Mark E Smith make it through the year?

― Mark G, Wednesday, January 3, 2018


sleeve, Friday, 21 December 2018 18:07 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, sigh. Probably the most picked in this year's deadpool..

Mark G, Friday, 21 December 2018 18:11 (five months ago) Permalink

RIP Donald

omar little, Friday, 21 December 2018 18:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Paddy Ashdown.

Alba, Saturday, 22 December 2018 20:28 (five months ago) Permalink

Simcha "Kazik" Rotem. Last survivor of the Warsaw uprising.

calzino, Saturday, 22 December 2018 23:35 (five months ago) Permalink

(Peter Masterson = dad of Mary Stuart Masterson)

... (Eazy), Sunday, 23 December 2018 16:13 (five months ago) Permalink

Sister Wendy Beckett

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 17:54 (five months ago) Permalink

Honey Lantree of the Honeycombs

tokyo rosemary, Friday, 28 December 2018 02:32 (four months ago) Permalink

RIP, Honey, even if I wasn’t aware that you were still with us until recently

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 28 December 2018 03:08 (four months ago) Permalink

It's been 5 (five) yeras, but I would like to take this time to celebrate/eulogize acclaimed writer Maya Angelou, who died five (5) years ago. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.[3] Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

We take this moment on ILXOR to remember Maya.

del griffith, Friday, 28 December 2018 03:20 (four months ago) Permalink

also, Honey Laneytree.

del griffith, Friday, 28 December 2018 03:21 (four months ago) Permalink

Excuse me, Lantree.

del griffith, Friday, 28 December 2018 03:21 (four months ago) Permalink

was Maya Angelou an original member of the Bobbettes and/or the session guitarist who played the wah-wah bits in Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On"? if not, I'm afraid she doesn't meet the notability requirements for this thread

v. s. rupaul (unregistered), Friday, 28 December 2018 03:53 (four months ago) Permalink

Israeli novelist Amos Oz:

pomenitul, Friday, 28 December 2018 15:50 (four months ago) Permalink

Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, at 26.

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 29 December 2018 15:01 (four months ago) Permalink

David Cavanagh, editor of Select in the 90s and author of some great, great books. (His Creation Records history also functions as a hell of a portrait of the UK indie scene as such in the 80s and 90s, and was the best source of a history of Postcard Records for a long while as well.)

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 29 December 2018 17:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Ringo Lam, director of (most notably) City On Fire.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 29 December 2018 18:51 (four months ago) Permalink

that is a loss for sure, though for me Full Contact is the go-to Ringo Lam picture.

omar little, Saturday, 29 December 2018 19:03 (four months ago) Permalink

the shadow he cast was a bit larger than his filmography might indicate; he doesn't have nearly the number of films (nor quality films) to his name as someone like Johnnie To, nor the same number of outsized classics as someone like John Woo, nor the industry-wide domination of someone like Tsui Hark. Nor the arthouse bonafides of Wong Kar-Wai and others. He faded after awhile, and after he made a pair of well-received films in the late nineties w/Victim and Full Alert, he moved into making a lot of Van Damme films and the Dennis Rodman action flick Simon Sez. But City on Fire, Prison on Fire, and Full Contact are absolutely astonishing movies, the latter is probably one of the most awe-inspiring low-grade action films of all time, if not THE most.

omar little, Saturday, 29 December 2018 19:21 (four months ago) Permalink

Been meaning to see Burning Paradise but I might bump Full Contact ahead.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:03 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah Full Contact is a hell of a thing. Should bust out my copy.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:09 (four months ago) Permalink

was disappointed to find how little of Lam, Woo, To, et al's filmography is available on streaming services.

Οὖτις, Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:14 (four months ago) Permalink

Johnny To’s stuff sometimes pops up on Mubi but yeah

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:20 (four months ago) Permalink

like, I can't even find the Killer or Hard Boiled

Οὖτις, Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:21 (four months ago) Permalink

John Woo's got several up on Amazon/Netflix: Red Cliff (which is fantastic in its complete version, however this is the truncated version), Manhunt (his most recent one, mixed reviews abound), and his Dolph Lundgren flick Blackjack. The best Johnnie To available on streaming that I've seen is Breaking News, which is mid-tier To but pretty interesting as a police standoff thriller with *ideas*.

omar little, Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:25 (four months ago) Permalink

lots of the available To is from the '90s, before he hit his stride and he was at that point making pretty interesting but not very gripping films.

omar little, Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:26 (four months ago) Permalink

June Whitfield according to twitter, but haven't seen a legit source yet.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:32 (four months ago) Permalink

Agent has confirmed, according to PA.

suzy, Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:51 (four months ago) Permalink

Man, that sucks.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 29 December 2018 22:26 (four months ago) Permalink

Norman Gimbel, film and TV lyricist.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 29 December 2018 23:19 (four months ago) Permalink

Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey (Chris Isaak, The Avengers) Dead At 61

nickn, Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:08 (four months ago) Permalink

☠️ is really cramming them in before the end of the year

flappy bird, Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:16 (four months ago) Permalink

like, what is that today? 6?

flappy bird, Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:17 (four months ago) Permalink

Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey (Chris Isaak, The Avengers) Dead At 61

Loved this guy. RIP.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:18 (four months ago) Permalink

was disappointed to find how little of Lam, Woo, To, et al's filmography is available on streaming services.

Randomly enough I just searched for Johnnie To movies on Netflix the other day and they have a pretty good set right now. None of the more famous Johnnie films but still pretty cool ... they used to only have Three (which I didn't like much).

Netflix has Loving You (1996), Lifeline (1997), Justice My Foot (1992), Mad Monk (1993), The Barefooted Kid (1993), Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2011), Blind Detective (2013), Three (2016)

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:27 (four months ago) Permalink

Norman Gimbel, film and TV lyricist

Whenever you hear a bossa nova classic sung in English it's about even odds the lyrics are his.

(Sometimes they're from Ray Gilbert or Gene Lees, who are also no longer with us).

Josefa, Sunday, 30 December 2018 01:48 (four months ago) Permalink

RIght. Or every once in a while Tom Jobim even wrote them himself. Not a big fan of the Gimble or Gilbert bossa lyrics tbh.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 30 December 2018 01:50 (four months ago) Permalink

Okay, I guess I like some of his lyrics more than I thought. "How Insensitive" for bossa, "Sway" and "Bluesette" in other styles.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 30 December 2018 01:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Oh noooooooo. Will be watching this epic triumph / trainwreck in tribute:

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:48 (four months ago) Permalink

aw shit

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 01:29 (four months ago) Permalink

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