Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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

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

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

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

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

fred bass, owner of new york bookstore the strand

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

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

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

there are 5 left btw

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

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

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

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

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

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

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

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

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

Reg E. Cathey was also a guest star on the greatest SVU episode ever.

tokyo rosemary, Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

He played a homeless guy on regular Law & Order, too. He was great.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Liam Miller, former Irish international footballer and player with Utd and Celtic among others

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Saturday, 10 February 2018 09:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

... Celtic, Utd, among others.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Saturday, 10 February 2018 10:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If you must

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Saturday, 10 February 2018 10:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

John Gavin was Reagan's ambassador to Mexico as well as a boring actor

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 10 February 2018 13:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Always got him and John Saxon mixed up.

WilliamC, Saturday, 10 February 2018 13:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Saturday, 10 February 2018 13:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Psmith, Pharmacist (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 February 2018 14:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Really shocking. Reports indicate he was found in his Berlin apartment yesterday, and that there'll be an autopsy, cause of death unknown.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP John Gavin - I read somewhere on Fbk that his passing now only leaves Vera Miles (aged 88) and Pat Hitchcock (89) still with us from the cast of Psycho.

Agharta Christie (Ward Fowler), Saturday, 10 February 2018 19:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sad that johannsson's obit has the theory of everything as his most famous work

adam the (abanana), Saturday, 10 February 2018 22:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink


maura, Saturday, 10 February 2018 23:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oof, only 46.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Per Damon Krukowski on Twitter, Pearls Before Swine's Tom Rapp.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 February 2018 16:47 (one week ago) Permalink

People you thought were.... RIP Vic.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Monday, 12 February 2018 18:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Tom Rapp, according to his daughter-in-law, on Twitter

too notch (stevie), Monday, 12 February 2018 20:39 (one week ago) Permalink

(oh, missed your post there Ned)

too notch (stevie), Monday, 12 February 2018 20:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Just heard about Reg Cathey yesterday--excellent in House of Cards, especially the big episode involving his son.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Marty Allen--some other world, one I remember.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:40 (one week ago) Permalink

goodbye dere, Marty

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:45 (one week ago) Permalink

BREAKING: #Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies in South Africa - MDC

— Reuters Africa (@ReutersAfrica) February 14, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Kenneth Haigh, who played Jimmy Porter in the original Look Back in Anger production, and told George Harrison "You can be replaced, chickie baby" in A Hard Day's Night.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 February 2018 16:59 (one week ago) Permalink

Peggy Cooper Cafritz, DC-area patroness of the arts.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Monday, 19 February 2018 00:50 (six days ago) Permalink

As the obit notes, she fought against racism as a young student at George Washington university in the 60s and then later co-founded the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. For those 2 things alone she deserves kudos.

curmudgeon, Monday, 19 February 2018 06:34 (six days ago) Permalink

Norm Rogers, drummer for the Cows, the Jayhawks and more besides

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:22 (five days ago) Permalink

Boyd Jarvis, House music producer.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:43 (five days ago) Permalink

Billy Graham

and no link available yet, but Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay, who arrested Muswell Hill Murderer, Dennis Nilsen.

Madchen, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:28 (four days ago) Permalink

Eddy Amoo

Anybody who says You To Me Are Everything hasn't touched them is a liar.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:38 (yesterday) Permalink

rip eddy my man

alien lames (NickB), Saturday, 24 February 2018 11:29 (yesterday) Permalink

I see on the Stern’s music store & label blog that singer Medoune Diallo has died. He was in the great West African groups Orchestra Baobab and Africando.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 February 2018 15:42 (yesterday) Permalink

Emma Chambers, from Vicar of Disley, 53

Mark G, Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:34 (yesterday) Permalink

Was just coming here to post that

ailsa, Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:35 (yesterday) Permalink

She sang lead on early songs including “Uptown “ & “He Hit Me (and it felt like a kiss)”

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 February 2018 22:53 (yesterday) Permalink

“He Hit Me (and it felt like a kiss)”

jesus christ

reverse-periscoping (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 24 February 2018 23:22 (yesterday) Permalink

oh shit :( Barbara was the living end, i love the Crystals so much
rip lady <3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 24 February 2018 23:55 (yesterday) Permalink

like Ronnie was THE voice but Barbara had such a sweet sincerity, I really love her early songs

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 24 February 2018 23:58 (yesterday) Permalink

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 24 February 2018 23:59 (yesterday) Permalink

Would never have guessed the lead singer of the Crystals was still alive. Close call between them and the Ronettes--they're even tied in the iconic-Scorsese-shots department.

clemenza, Sunday, 25 February 2018 00:00 (three hours ago) Permalink

ronnie? i meant darlene ugh ugh

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 February 2018 00:02 (three hours ago) Permalink

also xposts to AA: the girls all HATED the song. written by Goffin & King

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 February 2018 00:04 (three hours ago) Permalink

I was a little confused too..."sang lead on early songs"--so it's Darlene Love on "Then He Kissed Me"?

clemenza, Sunday, 25 February 2018 00:04 (three hours ago) Permalink

No, that's LaLa Brooks.

...some of y'all too woke to function (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 25 February 2018 00:35 (three hours ago) Permalink

The Crystals started out as a quintet with Barbara in lead til 62

Spector pulled a switcheroo & recorded Love’s group The Blossoms AS the Crystals doing He’s A Rebel while the real Crystals were on the road touring. Suuuuuuper dick move
Then the real Crystals were back on deck with LaLa in 63 and she sang Then He Kissed Me and Da Doo Ron Ron

it’s sad tho bcz I always forget it’s LaLa and not Darlene on those 2!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 February 2018 00:41 (two hours ago) Permalink

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