Rolling Obituary Thread: 2019

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Another lap around the sun but the reaper's job is never done.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 05:04 (one year ago) link

he took the day off

flappy bird, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 05:53 (one year ago) link

Just learned that Ugandan Real World act Geoffrey Oryema died in June 2018. Exile and Beat the Border are two of my favorites.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 11:35 (one year ago) link

Dean Ford of The Marmalade

Yep, it's beginning...

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 15:48 (one year ago) link

WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76. https://t.co/DyPiEiVLoV

— WWE (@WWE) January 2, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 15:48 (one year ago) link

Former Heart of Midlothian defender Freddie Glidden who captained the team to wins in the League Cup, Scottish Cup, and the League title in 1955, 1956 and 1958 respectively.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:23 (one year ago) link

When Milton Berle and other comics told jokes at his father’s 1958 funeral, the teenage Einstein decided he would never go into comedy.

Instead, he went to college and played basketball at Chapman University and then pursued a career in advertising. But when he did a TV performance on a local cable show for a friend, pretending to be the man who installed the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it caught the eye of Tom Smothers. After Smothers invited the 26-year old to the set, Einstein recalled how it transformed his life. “I go over and now I’m sitting and watching rehearsals and my mind is burning and all of sudden out of nowhere I want this, a bee has stung me in the back, and I want this.”

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:05 (one year ago) link

Who was his father, Albert?

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:18 (one year ago) link

no, that's his brother

Number None, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:19 (one year ago) link

(Countdown to at least one post in the 'shockingly old' thread once people who didn't know realize who his brother is.)

The Mandal Brah Set (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:33 (one year ago) link

ugh that's a tough one, always loved his deadpan

bros before HOOS (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:30 (one year ago) link

he was a very funny comedic actor

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:37 (one year ago) link

I grew up watching Einstein as Super Dave Osborne on John Byner's show "Bizarre." Great stuff.

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:47 (one year ago) link

Hammer Films Producer Roy Skeggs:

http://petercushingblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/hammer-films-producer-roy-skeggs-dies.html

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:02 (one year ago) link

(Countdown to at least one post in the 'shockingly old' thread once people who didn't know realize who his brother is.)

That'll be me then.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:04 (one year ago) link

RIP Funkhouser.

calzino, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:16 (one year ago) link

Albert and Bob, together

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/456595/Modern-Romance-Movie-Clip-You-Want-Happiness-.html

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:23 (one year ago) link

Nine minutes of madness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdOYE7IWouo

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:33 (one year ago) link

Whoa, this day.

Just In: The "Captain" Daryl Dragon of 70s pop music husband-and-wife duo Captain & Tennille has died at age 76. https://t.co/jBN5N0oQQS

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) January 2, 2019

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:58 (one year ago) link

RIP, he was on some good Beach Boys/Dennis Wilson stuff

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:02 (one year ago) link

how the heck was he known professionally as "the Captain" and not fuckin DARYL DRAGON

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:07 (one year ago) link

lol my thoughts exactly

Number None, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:07 (one year ago) link

a 70s porn star was already using that name, probably

StanM, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:09 (one year ago) link

Oof RIP

Οὖτις, Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:33 (one year ago) link

Daryl Dragon was quite an odd man, going by Toni Tennille's memoir. Seems to have suffered from serious OCD his whole life, and probably schizophrenia in his later years.

Thanks for all the great tunes, Captain.

Josefa, Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:34 (one year ago) link

gutted about Pegi

RIP, amazing lady

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 3 January 2019 03:25 (one year ago) link

didn't the Captain live in a trailer behind Sunset Sound in the nineties?

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:21 (one year ago) link

or the Village Recorder or something

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:23 (one year ago) link

aw pegi :(

an erotic picnic with Ming (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 3 January 2019 05:51 (one year ago) link

That'll be me then.

Brooks took his stage surname for obvious reasons. Their dad was a "lol ethnics" character comedian as Parkyakarkus, successful in radio and film, who died onstage at a Friar's Roast benefit for hospitals. The hilarity continued backstage as doctors left their dinner to cut his chest open with a penknife and attempt to defibrillate him by stripping a lamp cord.

sans lep (sic), Thursday, 3 January 2019 08:45 (one year ago) link

Joe Casely-Hayfiord, fashion designer. He was 62.

suzy, Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:37 (one year ago) link

Yeah I saw that on Susie Bubble’s Instagram, but I was also struck that she was happy to be seen visiting Bicester Village outlets. I thought that was super uncool for tourists ? Is this a thing now?

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 3 January 2019 19:31 (one year ago) link

Every so often Bicester Village hires a coach and fills it with fashion editors, who are also given gift cards for their day trip. In Susie’s case, she might just be buying toddler clothes (her partner is one of my editors at work).

suzy, Thursday, 3 January 2019 19:50 (one year ago) link

For a brief time I was in touch with Joe C-H for work, and he was kind and quick to respond when to be honest he could legitimately have ignored me.

Madchen, Friday, 4 January 2019 08:44 (one year ago) link

Nancy Roman, Nasa’s first Chief of Astronomy

Madchen, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:03 (one year ago) link

https://sh-s7-live-s.legocdn.com/is/image/LEGO/21312_alt3

koogs, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:41 (one year ago) link

Herb Kelleher, innovative founder of Southwest Airlines (first to dress flight attendants in hot pants, to name one innovation)

Josefa, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:51 (one year ago) link

Man, massive news we all missed! The legendary Al Reinert, director of THE moon landing documentary For All Mankind -- which also produced a legendary soundtrack, Eno's Apollo -- passed on, initial news announced yesterday:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Former-Chronicle-reporter-Al-Reinert-co-writer-13504713.php

Ned Raggett, Friday, 4 January 2019 23:15 (one year ago) link

I showed that to my daughters just a month ago - what a gem.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 4 January 2019 23:46 (one year ago) link

aw no :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 5 January 2019 05:27 (one year ago) link

Howell Begle, who was a key figure via his pro bono support of Ruth Brown in getting royalties and more to any number of African American musicians from earlier years who'd been cheated out of them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/howell-begle-lawyer-who-championed-penniless-randb-stars-dies-at-74/2019/01/03/fdf1ac7e-0e32-11e9-84fc-d58c33d6c8c7_story.html?utm_term=.bb6514e3f36c

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 January 2019 16:54 (one year ago) link

Percussionist-composer Alvin Fielder, founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 6 January 2019 12:29 (one year ago) link

Alan R. Pearlman, founder of ARP Instruments:
http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2019/01/06/arp-founder-alan-r-pearlman-has-died/

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 6 January 2019 21:34 (one year ago) link

^ was just about to post that one :(

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:34 (one year ago) link

Victor "The Mascara Snake" Hayden died in December.

visiting, Monday, 7 January 2019 22:27 (one year ago) link

RIP. She’s in the classic Night of the Iguana

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 05:11 (one month ago) link

also John Ford's last film

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 December 2019 07:03 (one month ago) link

Don Imus was king until Howard Stern blew him out of the water. Imus scrambled ever after, courting favor with NY/DC insiders who felt that Imus gave them street cred. They tolerated his racism until it became too much. Lesson? Keep your racism on low. Don't be obvious. pic.twitter.com/zp8xMGu4Xy

— Dennis Perrin (@DennisThePerrin) December 27, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 December 2019 07:03 (one month ago) link

Alasdair Gray: https://canongate.co.uk/news/alasdair-gray-author-and-artist-has-died-aged-85/
Sad news.

Tim, Sunday, 29 December 2019 10:57 (one month ago) link

Ah, shame, RIP Alasdair.

Soup on my lanyard (Tom D.), Sunday, 29 December 2019 11:32 (one month ago) link

i saw him read once, a very long time ago. seemed like a good guy.

Bojo Rabid (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 29 December 2019 11:43 (one month ago) link

RIP fat Glaswegian pedestrian

Baby yoda laid an egg (wins), Sunday, 29 December 2019 11:50 (one month ago) link

Shame about his response to the queasy Hillhead Station mural.

Madchen, Sunday, 29 December 2019 13:07 (one month ago) link

bloody hell, that was a bit of rum business.

calzino, Sunday, 29 December 2019 13:10 (one month ago) link

Oh bloody hell I am reading Lanark again at the moment, prompted, I have to say, by the thought that he couldn't be long for this world. Massive RIP

Alba, Sunday, 29 December 2019 13:23 (one month ago) link

Very sorry to learn about the mural. I didn't know about that.

Alba, Sunday, 29 December 2019 13:26 (one month ago) link

Oh no, now Vaughan Oliver


Desperately sad to announce that Vaughan Oliver died peacefully today, with his partner Lee by his side. Great loss of friend and design hero. Vaughan Oliver (1957—2019.

— Adrian Shaughnessy (@AJWShaughnessy) December 29, 2019

Alba, Sunday, 29 December 2019 14:29 (one month ago) link

Oh fuck no, he was my friend.

santa clause four (suzy), Sunday, 29 December 2019 14:34 (one month ago) link

I'm very sorry, suzy x

Alba, Sunday, 29 December 2019 14:40 (one month ago) link

Wow, pretty young ... rip.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 December 2019 14:44 (one month ago) link

The first time I met him, the Guardian sent me to interview him at 4AD the morning after the Jarvis moons Jacko Brits, both of us had stinking hangovers and had to drink about a gallon of tea each to get through the task at hand. Still delightful and intelligent in an inclusive way, had zero side. Latterly he’d been head of the design department at UCA Epsom (and was posting absolutely as normal on FB on Thursday, so this must be sudden, which makes it worse).

santa clause four (suzy), Sunday, 29 December 2019 14:57 (one month ago) link

Yeah just running through the classic covers in my head he did — what an achievement.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 December 2019 15:05 (one month ago) link

Alasdair Gray was maybe my first favourite author and a very important formative influence on my tastes and sense of humour. Was so good to visit Glasgow, my ancestral town, with my dad this summer and to see his murals
RIP

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Sunday, 29 December 2019 15:07 (one month ago) link

RIPs.

Trying to remember that Anthony Burgess pull-quote on the cover of Lanark. Something like “Heaven needed a shattering work from Scotland in the modern idiom. This is it.”

Interesting interview with Vaughan Oliver here: https://www.longlivevinyl.net/cover-star-vaughan-oliver-interview/

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 December 2019 15:30 (one month ago) link

Simon Raymonde just now on Oliver:

https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/story.php?story_fbid=10158151851003714&id=502913713

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 December 2019 15:50 (one month ago) link

For a split second I thought Simon died, too ...

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 December 2019 16:06 (one month ago) link

RIP Jack Scott , rockabilly singer who did “The Way I Walk”

curmudgeon, Sunday, 29 December 2019 17:02 (one month ago) link

Norma Tanega, folksinger and songwriter (including "You're Dead" the What We Do In The Shadows series theme). It seems she ended up teaching in Claremont, California, and knew a friend of mine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norma_Tanega

nickn, Monday, 30 December 2019 02:58 (one month ago) link

Simon Raymonde just now on Oliver:

is this publicly readable anywhere?


memorial threads by J0hn D4rnielle:

this is hard news. I will tell you a story https://t.co/4vdrQzvEro

— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) December 29, 2019

and Emma Anderson:

Absolutely gutted to hear about Vaughan Oliver.
Someone asked me recently if working with him had been ‘claustrophobic’ as he seemed to thrust his ideas onto the artists and he didn’t seem to care what they felt about his designs.
Well, I’ll tell you what happened.. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/hckA503rbe

— Emma Anderson 🇪🇺 (@evjanderson) December 29, 2019

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Monday, 30 December 2019 03:05 (one month ago) link

Warren Defever:

he was a beast he used to send me naked selfies before it was cool. he put a wedding photo from his first marriage on the back of our single the b-side was called Your Word Against Mine. when i slept in the apt above the 4ad office you could hear him howling late into the night pic.twitter.com/3M8mgp2NsA

— Warren Defever (@hisnameisalive) December 29, 2019

Ned Raggett, Monday, 30 December 2019 03:38 (one month ago) link

Nice focus on Alasdair gray in the National today, if you can find it

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Monday, 30 December 2019 11:04 (one month ago) link

Neil Innes


Deeply saddened by the death of Neil Innes. I fell for Neil’s humour and humanity with the Rutland Weekend Television album in 1976. Big fan ever since and saw/met him many but not enough times. Loved his brilliant witty music, loved him. Mankind will miss his wry sagely wisdom.

— Mark Lewisohn (@marklewisohn) December 30, 2019

Alba, Monday, 30 December 2019 12:06 (one month ago) link

Ugh. RIP :(

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 30 December 2019 12:09 (one month ago) link

:(

great story-teller as well as a songwriter whose pastiches i often prefer to the original

Bojo Rabid (Noodle Vague), Monday, 30 December 2019 12:18 (one month ago) link

RIP, but at least he’ll live on in the form of all the money Eric Idle ripped him off for over the decades

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Monday, 30 December 2019 12:26 (one month ago) link

Oh fuck, what a way to end the year.

Soup on my lanyard (Tom D.), Monday, 30 December 2019 12:29 (one month ago) link

RIP Neil ;_; The Rutles are only the band the Beatles could have been.

Soup on my lanyard (Tom D.), Monday, 30 December 2019 12:30 (one month ago) link

RIP Neil ;_; The Rutles are only the band the Beatles could have been.

otm

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 30 December 2019 14:17 (one month ago) link

Sad news, he could probably have been a successful mainstream singer-songwriter if he'd so chosen, instead of being fleeced by the least popular member of Monty Python. Still, maybe Eric Idle could chip in for the funeral costs?

AMM stands for Axe-Murdering Motherfuckers (Matt #2), Monday, 30 December 2019 14:19 (one month ago) link

Horrible news. The Rutles yes, but he was brilliant in the Bonzos too. RIP.

F Eric Idle forever. I bet Innes never outed himself as a Tory either.

glumdalclitch, Monday, 30 December 2019 14:35 (one month ago) link

Is this where I mention his "Silver Jubilee" single?

Apparently, it was someone else's idea...

Mark G, Monday, 30 December 2019 16:10 (one month ago) link

Seeing reports that legendary industrial artist/designer and film designer Syd Mead (BLADE RUNNER, TRON, ALIENS) has died but no confirmation.

Pete Swine Cave (Eliza D.), Monday, 30 December 2019 20:04 (one month ago) link

I read there's confirmation on his Facebook but I can't see it

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 30 December 2019 20:05 (one month ago) link

News was first reported by John McElroy, the publisher of Autoline, who has interviewed Mead on his webcast in the past. pic.twitter.com/e0ymc3SQzX

— cartoonbrew.com (@cartoonbrew) December 30, 2019

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 30 December 2019 20:11 (one month ago) link

Jazz guitarist Vic Juris.

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 17:50 (one month ago) link

Norma Tanega

Wow, I like her music. I'd only heard the song from the tv show before. Definitely up there with E-40 among the great artists from Vallejo CA.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 19:08 (one month ago) link

Former NBA commissioner David Stern

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 21:13 (one month ago) link

I made a new one.

Rolling Obituary Thread: 2020

nickn, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 22:26 (one month ago) link

https://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/music/article_b3410680-2677-11ea-a4a7-e3253f3bf2f5.html

Obit for Haitian vodou percussionist Daman FanFan Louis who died earlier in December. He lived in Haiti, then NYC, and for the past 8 years in New Orleans. He received a second line sendoff.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 January 2020 16:29 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

listening to david klion and others discussing norman podhoretz's MAKING IT (1967) on their stitcher podcast know your enemy and looking up to check when norman p died (he didn't yet, he's 90!), when midge decter died (ditto, she's 92!!), when gertrude himmelfarb died (30 dec 2019 aged 97, hence relevant to this thread's interests if not ilx's politics)

if you want to live for nearly ten decades be a neocon :0

mark s, Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:45 (one month ago) link

By coincidence, I too had cause to Google Norman Podhoretz recently. after reading Janet Malcolm's piece about the MAKING IT reissue, excerpted here https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/03/22/norman-podhoretz-making-it/

I do like this review Malcolm quotes (by 'Wilfred Sheed, a prominent critic and novelist of the time'):

In this mixture of complacency and agitation, he has written a book of no literary distinction whatever, pockmarked by clichés and little mock modesties and a woefully pedestrian tone…. Mediocrities from coast to coast will no doubt take Making It to their hearts and will use it for their own justification…. In the present condition of our society and the world, I cannot imagine a more feckless, silly book.

Besides seeing Podhoretz's name in things like MAD magazine, I had no idea who or what he was (maybe a figure like Lionel Trilling, who seems equally obscure in the UK?) so the right wing politics were something of a surprise.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 16 January 2020 20:25 (one month ago) link

the podcast is good and even (very briefly) mentions lionel trilling

mark s, Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:07 (one month ago) link

I only know about Podhoretz, Decter, and Himmelfarb from reading Gore Vidal.

Does this mean John Podhoretz and William Kristol are going to be around another 30 years? Greeeeaaaaaat.

tokyo rosemary, Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:50 (one month ago) link

N Podhoretz's rag Commentary was skewered regularly in Woody Allen films

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:54 (one month ago) link


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