Submitted by john on Thu, 2014-04-03 08:56
Arthur Smith (April 1, 1921 – April 3, 2014) was an American musician and songwriter.
In 1955, Smith composed a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos" and recorded the song with five-string banjo player Don Reno. Later the composition appeared in the popular 1972 film Deliverance as "Dueling Banjos" played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel. Not given credit, Smith had to proceed with legal action that eventually gave him songwriting credit and back royalties. It was a landmark copyright infringement suit.
Arthur Smith won a Grammy Award in 1973 for Dueling Banjos (original writer)
Arthur Smith cause of death
Arthur Smith died at his home on April 3, 2014. A family member confirmed the death but did not specify a cause. Arthur Smith was 93 years old at the time of his death.
Dueling Banjos - Deliverance
Submitted by john on Sat, 2014-03-29 18:30
Marcel Emile Gaston LePlat (December 2, 1913 – March 29, 2014), known professionally as Marc Platt, was an American ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, and actor. He was best known for his portrayal of Daniel Pontipee, one of the seven brothers in the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Platt danced the role of Chalmers/Dream Curly in the original 1943 Broadway production of Oklahoma!.
Platt appeared in the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! in a dancing / speaking role as one of Curly's cowboy friends. He is the cowboy friend who buys Curly's saddle for $10 at the auction - and who also comments that, the previous year, Ado Annie's sweet potato pie gave him a 'three day bellyache' (Marc Platt is credited in the cast list of the film as a dancer). After he stopped dancing, Platt ran the Radio City Music Hall Ballet for several years, then transitioned to full-time teaching. In 2000, Platt was presented with the Nijinsky Award at the Ballets Russes Reunion. He appeared in the 2005 documentary Ballets Russes.
Marcel LePlat cause of death
Marcel Platt died of pneumonia at a hospice in San Rafael, California on March 29, 2014. Marcel LePlat was 100 years old at the time of his death.
Barn Raising Dance - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Marc Platt (Dan) in purple shirt
Submitted by john on Sun, 2014-03-23 18:47
David Murray "Dave" Brockie (August 30, 1963 – March 23, 2014) was a lead vocalist of the metal band Gwar. The character of Oderus Urungus appeared as an intergalactic humanoid barbarian with devil horns and a meaty-looking face, and carried a long sword named "Unt Lick" and a cuttlefish around his loins.
Brockie portrayed Urungus from the band's beginning in 1982 until his death on March 23, 2014.
Oderus Urungus was the only character to have existed in every incarnation of Gwar, having started as a guitar player, then moving to bass, and finally the vocals.
David Brockie cause of death
On Sunday March 23, 2014, Brockie was found dead in his house by a band member. According to police, Brockie was found deceased and sitting upright in a chair. Foul play and suicide have been ruled out as causes of death, but drugs are being considered as the official word awaits from a medical examiner. Gwar's management confirmed the reports of Brockie's death on the official Gwar website at 4am on March 24 and news of Brockie's death spread quickly with many of his fellow musicial peers and bandmates responding through social media. Mike Bishop, former member of Gwar, was one of the first to confirm Brockie's death. David Brockie was 50 years old at the time of his death.
GWAR "Madness at the Core of Time" - Lead singer is David Brockie
Submitted by john on Thu, 2014-03-20 09:00
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Rev. Fred Phelps, the virulently antigay preacher who drew wide, scornful attention for staging demonstrations at military funerals as a way to proclaim his belief that God is punishing America for its tolerance of homosexuality, died here on Wednesday. He was 84.
Read more: The New York Times
Submitted by john on Sun, 2014-03-16 11:58
Mitch Leigh (born Irwin Michnick; January 30, 1928 – March 16, 2014) was an American musical theatre composer and theatrical producer best known for the musical Man of La Mancha.
He also composed the jingle: "Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee". He established Music Makers, Inc., in 1957 as a radio and television commercial production house and is its creative director.
Leigh won a Tony Award for composing the music for Man Of La Mancha. He was also nominated for a Tony Award as the director of the revival of The King and I.
He received the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for "The Impossible Dream."
The Impossible Dream-Man of La Mancha
Submitted by john on Sat, 2014-03-15 12:45
David Norris Brenner (February 4, 1936 – March 15, 2014) was an American stand-up comedian, actor and author. The most frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 80s, Brenner was a pioneer in the genre of observational comedy.
Brenner was a writer, director or producer of 115 television documentaries and headed the documentary units of Westinghouse Broadcasting and Metromedia, winning nearly 30 awards including an Emmy, before moving to comedy. His first paid gig was at The Improv in June 1969, and then frequently performed at clubs in Greenwich Village. After making his national television debut in 1971, on the The Tonight Show, he became the show's most frequent guest, with 158 appearances. He guest-hosted for Johnny Carson 75 times between 1975 and 1984, putting him fifth on the list of Carson's favorite and most frequent guest hosts. Brenner was ranked No. 53 on Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. "At one point, he had appeared more often on major TV talk shows than any other entertainer. He also wrote five books, and starred in four HBO Specials.
David Brenner cause of death
Brenner died on March 15, 2014, at the age of 78 from cancer at his Manhattan home. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his three sons, Cole, Wyatt, Slade and his grandson, Wesley.
David Brenner on The Tonight Show
Submitted by john on Fri, 2014-03-14 10:00
Glenn Edward McDuffie (May 31, 1927 – March 14, 2014) was an American retired World War II soldier. He was known for being the subject of Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph V-J Day in Times Square. He was kissing nurse Edith Shain because World War II ended.
McDuffie was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
Glenn Edward McDuffie cause of death
Glenn McDuffie died on March 14, 2014 in Dallas, Texas from a heart attack. He was 86 years old at the time of his death.
Related Story: Edith Shain, Girl In WWII Time Square Kiss Picture, Dies 91
Submitted by john on Mon, 2014-03-10 18:48
Cynthia Lynn (born Zinta Valda Zimilis; April 2, 1937 in Riga, Latvia – March 10, 2014) was a Latvian born American actress.
Lynn is most notable for her portrayal of Fraulein Helga in Hogan's Heroes during the first season (1965-66). She returned to the series in the 1968 episode, "Will the Blue Baron Strike Again", for a background part, and again in the 1971 episode, "Easy Come, Easy Go", as Eva, another background part. She last acted in 1975 in an episode of Harry O.
She wrote an autobiography titled Escape to Freedom with co-author Edward Ansara.
Cynthia Lynn cause of death
Cynthia Lynn died on March 10, 2014, from multiple organ failure after being stricken with hepatitis. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Brando, whose father was Marlon Brando. Cynthia Lynn was 76 years old when she died.
Submitted by john on Sat, 2014-03-08 09:22
I had to deal with death in my family. I am doing good now. Life is beautiful.
If we remember our loved ones, they will live forever. Our cute Shirley Temple will live forever. This is the reason why I started this website... we love them.
I lost motivation for a few month.
I am back now.
I will try to catch up with past events I missed.
God bless everyone.
Submitted by john on Thu, 2014-03-06 09:38
Sheila Margaret MacRae (September 24, 1920 – March 6, 2014) was an English actress and author. She appeared in such films as Pretty Baby (1950), Caged (1950), Backfire (1950) and Sex and the Single Girl (1964).
On television, MacRae played herself in an episode of I Love Lucy, "The Fashion Show" in which she asks Lucy to participate in a Hollywood fashion show organized by Don Loper and featuring actors' wives as models.
MacRae later played Alice Kramden on 52 episodes of The Jackie Gleason Show (between 1966 and 1970). She was not the first actress to play Alice; Audrey Meadows remains best-known for the role.
Sheila MacRae cause of death
Sheila MacRae died in Englewood, New Jersey, from natural causes at the Lillian Booth Actor's Home. No funeral was planned as she had been a devout Christian Scientist. Sheila MacRae was 93 years old at the time of her death.
Submitted by john on Tue, 2014-02-25 11:29
James John "Jim" Lange (August 15, 1932 – February 25, 2014) was an American game show host and disc jockey. He was known to listeners in the San Francisco and Los Angeles radio markets with stints at several stations in both markets, racking up over 45 years on the air. Lange was also known to television viewers as the host of several game shows, including The Dating Game.
Lange's network television career began in San Francisco with The Ford Show in 1962, where he was the announcer for and sidekick to host Tennessee Ernie Ford. Three years later he would sign on to host The Dating Game. While still on-air at KSFO, he commuted to Los Angeles to tape the TV program.
His other game shows included $100,000 Name That Tune, The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime, Hollywood Connection, Bullseye and the ABC version of The New Newlywed Game, as well as short-lived shows including, Spin-Off, Triple Threat and Give-n-Take.
Lange also appeared as himself on Bewitched, Laverne & Shirley, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Moesha. He appeared as a celebrity player on Scrabble during their 1988 "Game Show Host Week", and on Hollywood Squares for their "Game Show Week" in December 2002.
In later years, he lived in Marin County, California, with his wife, Michigan native Nancy Fleming, former Miss America 1961, whom he married in 1978.
Jim Lange cause of death
Jim Lange died of a heart attack at their home in Mill Valley, California on February 25, 2014. Jim Lange was 81 years old at the time of his death.
The Dating Game (1973) With Jim Lange.
Submitted by john on Mon, 2014-02-24 11:41
Francis "Franny" Beecher (September 29, 1921 – February 24, 2014), also known as Frank Beecher, was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962, and is best remembered for his innovative guitar solos combining elements of country music and jazz. He composed the classics "Blue Comet Blues", "Goofin' Around", "Week End", and "Shaky" when he was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets. He continued to perform with surviving members of the Comets into 2006. In 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Beecher as a member of the Comets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the previous mistake of not inducting the Comets with Bill Haley.
Franny Beecher cause of death
Beecher died on February 24, 2014 in his sleep from natural causes. Franny Beecher was 92 years old at the time of his death.
Best Solos Riff's Of Franny Beecher
Submitted by john on Thu, 2014-02-20 11:49
Roger Hill (July 31, 1948 – February 20, 2014) was an American actor. A lifelong New Yorker, Roger Hill spent most of his 20-year career in theater.
Hill played the role of Cyrus in the 1979 film The Warriors. He also portrayed the character of Lil John in the 1974 film The Education of Sonny Carson, and took on the role of Ernest Clay in the 1976 TV Movie Hazzard's People starring John Houseman. After his work in The Warriors, Hill performed in the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live playing the part of Alex Lowndes from 1983-1984.
Hill was chosen to portray the doomed gang lord Cyrus in The Warriors after the original actor chosen for the part, a real life gang leader, mysteriously disappeared just before filming started.
In 2006, Hill filed a lawsuit of $250,000 against Take-Two for using his voice and depiction in the Warriors video game. He claimed that it would not have been difficult for Take-Two to pay, since the game made $37 million. A spokesman for Take-Two stated that the company "has a valid third-party license for the rights to use Roger Hill's likeness and the character of Cyrus in The Warriors video game and related marketing materials".
Hill was the father of Big Brother editor, Chris W. Hill.
Roger Hill cause of death.
The cause of death was not disclosed. Roger Hill was 65 years old at the time of his death.
Can You Dig It? - The Warriors
Submitted by john on Mon, 2014-02-10 09:55
Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, most famous as a child star in the 1930s. As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States.
Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three.
Shirley Temple was a lifelong smoker.
Shirley Temple cause of death
Shirley Temple died on February 10, 2014. She was at her home in Woodside, California, surrounded by family and caregivers. Despite her family claiming she died of natural causes, according to her death certificate, revealed on March 3, 2014, it was actually due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A lifelong smoker, she avoided revealing her habit in public to avoid setting a bad example to her fans. She is survived by her three children, as well as a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. Shirley Temple was 85 years old at the time of her death.
Submitted by john on Mon, 2013-12-23 10:03
Lieutenant-general Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (November 10, 1919 – December 23, 2013) was a Russian general and small arms designer, most famous for developing the AK-47 assault rifle and its improvements, AKM and AK-74, as well as the PK machine gun.
Even though Kalashnikov felt sorrow at the weapons' uncontrolled distribution, he took pride in his inventions and in their reputation for reliability, emphasizing that his rifle is "a weapon of defense" and "not a weapon for offense".
Death of Mikhail Kalashnikov
Mikhail Kalashnikov died on December 23, 2013 at a hospital after a prolonged illness.