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 (ten months ago) link

he took the day off

flappy bird, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 05:53 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

Dean Ford of The Marmalade

Yep, it's beginning...

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 15:48 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

Who was his father, Albert?

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

no, that's his brother

Number None, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:19 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

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

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

he was a very funny comedic actor

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

RIP Funkhouser.

calzino, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:16 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

Nine minutes of madness

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

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:33 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

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

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:02 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

lol my thoughts exactly

Number None, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:07 (ten months ago) link

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

StanM, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:09 (ten months ago) link

Oof RIP

Οὖτις, Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:33 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

gutted about Pegi

RIP, amazing lady

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 3 January 2019 03:25 (ten months ago) link

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

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:21 (ten months ago) link

or the Village Recorder or something

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:23 (ten months ago) link

aw pegi :(

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

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

suzy, Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:37 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

Nancy Roman, Nasa’s first Chief of Astronomy

Madchen, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:03 (ten months ago) link

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

koogs, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:41 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

aw no :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 5 January 2019 05:27 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

^ was just about to post that one :(

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

Victor "The Mascara Snake" Hayden died in December.

visiting, Monday, 7 January 2019 22:27 (ten months ago) link

Paul Barerre of Little Feat

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 27 October 2019 01:51 (three weeks ago) link

Robert Evans

"...the human anus is almost nightmarishly elastic..."

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Monday, 28 October 2019 16:58 (three weeks ago) link

That Patton bit is the only reason I knew that Evans survived the 70s.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Monday, 28 October 2019 19:21 (three weeks ago) link

Film producer Robert Evans.

― Dan Worsley, Sunday, February 3, 2019 4:48 PM (eight months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Was he young? Not anymore. Was he still active? Not as much as he’d like to be. But was he still spending his days on the right side of the dirt, entertaining old pals in his long-time residence, and toying with the notion of making one last hit? You bet your sweet bippy, baby.

― The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Sunday, February 3, 2019 5:11 PM (eight months ago) bookmarkflaglink

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 October 2019 19:42 (three weeks ago) link

Is that post fantastic? Better than that, friend: it's sensational.

Eldridge Borgnine (Old Lunch), Monday, 28 October 2019 19:48 (three weeks ago) link

The guy who sang "Little Girl" for the Syndicate of Sound--one of the greatest garage hits ever--died a few days ago.

http://bestclassicbands.com/don-baskin-obituary-10-24-19/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA8tUUrSTIw

clemenza, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 02:26 (two weeks ago) link

Just saw that. RIP. Loved him in Hollywood Shuffle

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 12:18 (two weeks ago) link

The guy who sang "Little Girl" for the Syndicate of Sound--one of the greatest garage hits ever--died a few days ago.

Love this song.

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 12:19 (two weeks ago) link

Two months old, but Richard Gregson, ex-husband of Natalie Wood, father of Natasha Gregson-Warner, Brother of Michael Craig (and actor & agent in his own right):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/10/28/richard-gregson-film-producer-oscar-nominated-screenwriter-agent/

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:16 (two weeks ago) link

*Natasha Gregson Wagner

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

John Witherspoon

https://www.vibe.com/2019/10/beloved-friday-actor-john-witherspoon-passes-away-at-age-77

― a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, October 29, 2019 10:53 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

"you better put some water on that damn shit"

ت (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 17:06 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50232957

Julian Keane, BBC WS reporter. Could recognise his voice but not his face.

calzino, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

RIP Yahoo Groups

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 1 November 2019 10:06 (two weeks ago) link

Bernard Slade, creator of "The Partridge Family" and author of Broadway warhorse Same Time, Next Year

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bernard-slade-dead-partridge-family-creator-was-89-1251174

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 November 2019 16:20 (two weeks ago) link

Gerry Teekens, owner of the Dutch jazz label Criss Cross. Tons of great records on this label over the years, but they always had a low profile in the US thanks to a basically nonexistent promo budget.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 2 November 2019 12:16 (two weeks ago) link

Marie Laforêt
https://youtu.be/VcOd-sfsYcY

Jeff W, Sunday, 3 November 2019 13:00 (two weeks ago) link

Gay Byrne

The death has been announced of RTÉ broadcaster Gay Byrne. He was 85 and had been ill for some time. | https://t.co/fWGZqrGHqR https://t.co/kTRuH0QUDd

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) November 4, 2019

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 4 November 2019 14:52 (two weeks ago) link

He's looking well there!

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 4 November 2019 14:57 (two weeks ago) link

Just caught a small fish though

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 4 November 2019 15:02 (two weeks ago) link

weird, I saw gerry adams in that pic the first time!

calzino, Monday, 4 November 2019 15:03 (two weeks ago) link

That's who it was!

There'll be something good written about the limits of state broadcasters to actually push stuff leftwards, and how they get all the credit for the (poorer, usually female) people actually doing the hard graft, and how he made a decent fist of it all the same - but there will also be a lot of valedictory shite.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 4 November 2019 15:09 (two weeks ago) link

I remember as a kid seeing two punk types in the audience sniggering and absolutely taking the piss out of some emotional trad Irish song type dirge someone was singing on the late late show while the credits were rolling and some of the old bastards were wiping a tear of the corner of their eye. It was quite funny at the time and was sort of what passed for rebellious counter-culture back then!

calzino, Monday, 4 November 2019 15:14 (two weeks ago) link

The problem with Gay Byrne, in a way, is that he made his style of broadcasting look so easy that everyone thinks they can do it, especially when it comes to taking calls from members of the public.

trishyb, Monday, 4 November 2019 15:21 (two weeks ago) link

The musical policy was fairly decent, but I assume that had nothing to do with him. I like the fact that he was over in the UK working for Granada when he became the first person to introduce the Beatles on TV.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 4 November 2019 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

RIP Gay.

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Monday, 4 November 2019 16:16 (two weeks ago) link

not my cuppa but wouldnt want anything taken away from him, was installed at rte along with the cabling and floors

rip

deems of internment (darraghmac), Monday, 4 November 2019 18:10 (two weeks ago) link

longtime ECM engineer jan erik kongshaug

https://www.dagsavisen.no/kultur/musikk/jan-erik-kongshaug-er-dod-1.1613025

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:32 (one week ago) link

White Ring’s Kendra Malia Dead at 37.

https://pitchfork.com/news/white-rings-kendra-malia-dead-at-37/

nickn, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 22:50 (one week ago) link

Rest In Peace Christopher Dennis. Hollywood Superman. pic.twitter.com/u3ClbLBVsV

— Shadi Petosky (@shadipetosky) November 7, 2019


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaRJqZhVFkM
dennis at 3.37

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 7 November 2019 19:45 (one week ago) link

Robert Freeman, photographer who shot five of The Beatles' album covers

Josefa, Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:28 (one week ago) link

Bob Norris, the original "Marlboro Man" from cigarette ads, at 90. Was not a smoker.

Josefa, Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:41 (one week ago) link

*one of the original Marlboro Men, evidently

Josefa, Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:49 (one week ago) link

Sad news for Twin Cities punk rock aficionados, Terry Katzman has left us.

A breezy pop-rock feel fairly typical of the mid-'80s (Dan Peterson), Saturday, 9 November 2019 16:59 (one week ago) link

devastating. Terry was the best.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Saturday, 9 November 2019 17:01 (one week ago) link

Jackie Moore, soul singer.

mike t-diva, Monday, 11 November 2019 16:11 (one week ago) link

aww no! this tune is classic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7wgSguvOcE

Wee Bloabby (NickB), Monday, 11 November 2019 16:23 (one week ago) link

"Precious Precious" is one of my alltime favorite songs.

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

A breezy pop-rock feel fairly typical of the mid-'80s (Dan Peterson), Monday, 11 November 2019 16:29 (one week ago) link

I played "Both Ends Against The Middle" out a couple of months ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK8KyAmEtr4

mike t-diva, Monday, 11 November 2019 17:12 (one week ago) link

Frank Dobson, former Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras, Health Secretary and London Mayoral candidate, 79. Lived just around the corner from me, as it happens.

santa clause four (suzy), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:02 (six days ago) link

RIP Frank, never cared for you as Uncle Albert in "Only Fools and Horses" though.

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:08 (six days ago) link

Low on the beeb - an ignominious death.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:34 (six days ago) link

He can have a chat with Uncle Albert in heaven about how PFI's reinvigorated the NHS and how little anybody cares about the deaths of plodding professional pols.

calzino, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:54 (six days ago) link

Ted Cullinan, architect, 88.

If you were a fan of the Too Pure label, his son Tom was in Th’ Faith Healers.

santa clause four (suzy), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 13:32 (six days ago) link

Comics journalist Tom Spurgeon

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:18 (four days ago) link

... married to Faye Dunaway at one point, that I didn't know.

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Sunday, 17 November 2019 11:24 (yesterday) link

That’s when I first heard of him!

santa clause four (suzy), Sunday, 17 November 2019 14:21 (yesterday) link


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