Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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Dan Worsley, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:34 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

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

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

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

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 08:40 (four months ago) Permalink

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

calzino, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 09:18 (four months ago) Permalink

fred bass, owner of new york bookstore the strand

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:37 (four months ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 22:19 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

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

flappy bird, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:15 (four months ago) Permalink

there are 5 left btw

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

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

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 January 2018 04:53 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

Alba, Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:27 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

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

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:18 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

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

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

aw man, that's sad.

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

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

maura, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:30 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

Tucking cancer again!!

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Monday, 14 May 2018 22:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Auto correct don't like the F bomb

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Monday, 14 May 2018 22:24 (one week ago) Permalink

I was listening to Theoretical Girls for maybe the first time in five years yesterday.

I'm Finn thanks, don't mention it (fionnland), Monday, 14 May 2018 23:14 (one week ago) Permalink

What! RIP Glenn ;_;

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Monday, 14 May 2018 23:43 (one week ago) Permalink

he always seemed so likeable in interviews :(

calzino, Monday, 14 May 2018 23:54 (one week ago) Permalink

Jlloyd Samuel, premier league footballer for a good portion of the 00's

gneb farts (darraghmac), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 14:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Also a Trinidad international and one of the few U.K.-based footballers ever to play in the Iranian league. Very sad news.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 14:42 (one week ago) Permalink


Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 14:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Tom Wolfe

WilliamC, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 15:09 (one week ago) Permalink

saw him on the street in the white suit once

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 16:35 (one week ago) Permalink

rip big man, the right stuff is an amazing piece of reportage

martin short's interiors (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 16:47 (one week ago) Permalink

RIP. Was very into him in college, read everything I could get my hands on. Right Stuff is brilliant.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Joseph Campanella, "that guy" character actor

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 May 2018 21:18 (six days ago) Permalink

Huh. For a "that guy" I don't think I've seen anything he was in. I guess he played a bartender in "The Producers" and "man on street" in "Seconds?" Dunno if I would recognize him from those. Morbs, what do you know him from?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 May 2018 21:29 (six days ago) Permalink

at least a couple dozen TV guest shots in the '70s

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 19 May 2018 03:41 (five days ago) Permalink

(MTM, Rockford Files, Quincy)

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 19 May 2018 03:47 (five days ago) Permalink

Golden Girls

nourish nourish your turtleheart (Eric H.), Saturday, 19 May 2018 05:55 (five days ago) Permalink

JiC, you are citing the credits of FRANK Campanella, Joe's brother.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 19 May 2018 08:56 (five days ago) Permalink

xpost That's right! Just looked though and I've seen even less of Joe's stuff. Maybe only ... Ben? Know of but never saw any of those TV shows he and his brother were in.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 May 2018 13:44 (five days ago) Permalink

my posts are primarily aimed at the olds, and lovers of Romanian cinema

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:11 (five days ago) Permalink

My first exposure to Joe Campanella was as the narrator on the Canadian science TV show "What Will They Think Of Next?"

THERE IS NO PHIL D. THERE IS ONLY LIZ (Phil D.), Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:16 (five days ago) Permalink

Campanella seems less for the Romanian cinema set and more for the "Mannix" set.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:24 (five days ago) Permalink

Reggie Lucas:

⚫️ #RIP Reggie Lucas, Legendary Guitarist who played for Miles Davis, produced the majority of the first Madonna album and founded the Quantum Sound recording studio where Jodeci, Jeff Buckley and Pet Shop Boys recorded 🙏

— Vinnie Crocker (@Vinnie_Crocker_) May 19, 2018

...and wrote "Borderline" for Madonna too.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:28 (five days ago) Permalink


Reggie Lucas, producer of most of Madonna's first album, but more importantly (to me anyhow) the rhythm guitarist in Miles Davis's band from 1972-75. He's on Agharta, Pangaea, Dark Magus, Live at Philharmonic Hall, Get Up With It and some posthumous live compilations and the Complete On The Corner Sessions box.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:30 (five days ago) Permalink

Knew him from Pangaea-era Miles, didn't realize he did all that other stuff too. RIP

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:30 (five days ago) Permalink

Wow. So slot him in with Narada Michael Walden and Quincy Jones as legit jazz dudes who turned out to be super adept at '80s pop.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:32 (five days ago) Permalink

my posts are primarily aimed at the olds, and lovers of Romanian cinema

it's always jarring to me when someone else posts about the death of, e.g., the gaffer on spartacus, before you

mookieproof, Saturday, 19 May 2018 19:51 (five days ago) Permalink

"Borderline" (and "Lucky Star") are Madonna's zenith for me. RIP Reggie.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Sunday, 20 May 2018 08:20 (four days ago) Permalink

Campanella seems less for the Romanian cinema set and more for the "Mannix" set.

Just as an aside, three of Joseph Campenella sons have/had bands in the LA scene for years. Rob C. has been in the Brian Jonestown Massacre for over a decade and also plays in the Quarter After with his brother Dominick. Andy C had a band called Captain Planet (I think that was their name?) and has played drums in a couple others. Anyway, Joseph Campenella would occasionally be at one of the big parties at Rob's house - he loved listening to the music and he was amazing to talk to - total gentleman. In addition to The Invaders, Mannix, Ironside, One Day At A Time, and Dallas, he also has a credit for whistling on a BJM record.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 21 May 2018 07:25 (three days ago) Permalink

had no idea, Elvis!

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 May 2018 13:43 (three days ago) Permalink

xpost -- Good grief, never heard of Gold before. Total legend, I now realize.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 May 2018 13:50 (three days ago) Permalink

Patricia Morison, 103, original Broadway star of Kiss Me Kate

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 May 2018 16:43 (three days ago) Permalink

middle east historian/neocon tool bernard lewis

mookieproof, Monday, 21 May 2018 21:42 (three days ago) Permalink

richard goodwin, JFK/LBJ/RFK speechwriter + spouse of doris kearns:

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 21 May 2018 23:09 (three days ago) Permalink

Robert Indiana, whom you may know from the



YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:50 (two days ago) Permalink

Alas, the heroic pop art generation dwindles further.

valorous wokelord (silby), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:58 (two days ago) Permalink

Wow, a big one. Last of the big ones? One of the last.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 03:30 (yesterday) Permalink

6'6'' western star Clint Walker (Cheyenne, None But the Brave, The Dirty Dozen)

Josefa, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:24 (yesterday) Permalink

Glenn Snoddy, the guy who invented the fuzz pedal.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:03 (eleven hours ago) Permalink

Fucking Rest in Fuzz brother

flappy bird, Thursday, 24 May 2018 05:15 (eight hours ago) Permalink

RIP, where was the Nobel Prize for this guy?

Poisoned by Johan's pea soup. (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 May 2018 07:52 (five hours ago) Permalink

if they'd have found a way to use his fuzz pedal for committing genocide, he'd have been a major contender #trenchant

calzino, Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:12 (five hours ago) Permalink

Pretty sure My Bloody Valentine weaponised it.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:01 (four hours ago) Permalink

where was the Nobel Prize for this guy?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:25 (two hours ago) Permalink

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