Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) was an American guitar player, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Watson's flatpicking skills and knowledge of traditional American music are highly regarded. He performed with his son Merle for over 15 years until Merle's death in 1985, in an accident on the family farm.
Doc Watson cause of death In late May 2012, Watson was listed in critical condition but was responsive at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after undergoing colon surgery. Watson had fallen early in the week. Watson did not break any bones, but an underlying condition prompted the surgery. Doc Watson was 89 years old at the time of his death.
Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE (December 22, 1949 – May 20, 2012) was a British singer and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. He had another younger brother, Andy Gibb, who was also a very popular singer.
Robin Gibb was the fraternal twin brother of Maurice Gibb, and the elder of the two, born 35 minutes before Maurice. Maurice Gibb passed on January 12, 2002 of of complications resulting from a twisted intestine. Currently, Barry Gibb is the only surviving original member of the Bee Gees.
The Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time with record sales estimated in excess of 200 million units.
Robin Gibb cause of death. Robin Gibb died after long battle with colorectal cancer. Robin Gibb was 62 years old at the time of his death.
Donna Summer (LaDonna Adrian Gaines) (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and was a five-time Grammy Award winner. Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period.
Donna Summer cause of death Donna Summer died after a battle with lung cancer and breast cancer. Donna Summer was 63 years old at the time of her death
Chuck Brown (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012) was a guitarist and singer who is affectionately called "the Godfather of Go-go". Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and around Washington, D.C. in the mid- and late-1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Brown is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music.
Chuck Brown cause of death Chuck Brown died at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital of multiple organ failure including heart failure or heart problems. Chuck Brown was 75 years old at the time of his death
Several weeks prior to his death, he had postponed and canceled shows due to hospitalization for pneumonia.
Bustin' Loose - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers (1978)
Carroll Hall Shelby (January 11, 1923 – May 10, 2012) was an American automotive designer and racing driver. He was most well known for making the AC Motors-based Shelby American Cobra and later the Mustang-based performance cars for Ford Motor Company known as Mustang Cobras which he has done since 1965. His company, Shelby American Inc., founded in 1962, currently sells modified Ford vehicles, as well as performance parts.
He was Sports Illustrated's driver of the year in 1956 and 1957.
He competed in Formula One from 1958 to 1959, participating in a total of eight World Championship races and several non-championship races.
He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1991, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1992.
Carroll Shelby cause of death Carroll Shelby's cause of death was not disclosed. Carroll Shelby was 89 years old at the time of his death.
George Lindsey (December 17, 1928 – May 6, 2012) was an American character actor, best known for his role as "Goober Pyle" on The Andy Griffith Show and his subsequent tenure on Hee-Haw.
In 1964, he got his big break as the slow-witted but kindly "Goober Beasley" on the now legendary The Andy Griffith Show. His character was eventually renamed "Goober Pyle" to retain the same name as his cousin Gomer Pyle, another slow-witted yokel played by Jim Nabors, another Alabamian. Goober's antics frequently included his exaggerated "Goober Dance" and his comically bad Cary Grant impression ("Judy, Judy, Judy").
As Lindsey started his portrayal as Goober, he also had a minor role in the Walter Brennan series The Tycoon on ABC. Lindsey also had a role in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea entitled Submarine Sunk Here. He played a blackmailing taxicab driver in the "Bed of Roses" episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
George Lindsey cause of death George Lindsey died in Nashville after a brief illness. George Lindsey was 83 years old at the time of his death
"Sweet Joe" Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the "kings of a cappella," has died. (May 5, 2012)
Joe Russell Cause of death Joe Russell in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes. Joe Russell was 72 years old at the time of his death
The Persuasions are an a cappella group that began singing together in Brooklyn, New York in the mid 1960s. They have performed interpretations of both secular and non-secular music, and have covered a wide range of musical genres.
The Persuasions with Jerry Lawson - 1974 Performance and Interview Joe? Russell in the middle (on the step)
Adam Nathaniel Yauch (August 5, 1964 - May 4, 2012) was a founding member of hip hop trio, the Beastie Boys. He was frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and other pseudonyms such as Nathanial Hörnblowér.
Yauch died on May 4, 2012. He announced in 2009 that he was being treated for cancer, but it is not yet known if his death was a direct result of the cancer
Beastie Boys Live on Conan (performance and interview) Adam (MCA) wears sunglasses on the stage
Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau, Jr., (January 19, 1969 – May 2, 2012) was an American football linebacker. A ten-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowl selection, Seau was a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
He played college football at the University of Southern California and was the progenitor of the "NFL-USC linebacker". He was drafted fifth overall by the San Diego Chargers during the 1990 NFL Draft, later played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, and retired from pro football in 2010.
Personsl Seau survived with minor injuries a 100-foot fall down a cliff in his SUV in October 2010; he said he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Hours earlier he was arrested for domestic violence after his girlfriend reported an incident to the police. He was never charged.
Junior Seau cause of death On May 2, 2012, Seau was found dead by his girlfriend at his home in Oceanside, California, with a gunshot wound to the chest that was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County medical examiner's office.
Seau's family decided to allow researchers to study his brain for possible damage due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition traced to concussion-related brain damage with depression as a symptom.
* 40 years before Twilight, there was Dark Shadows. Motion picture version of "Dark Shadows", starring Johnny Depp, is scheduled to release in 2012.
John Herbert Frid (December 2, 1924 – April 13, 2012) was a Canadian theater, television, and film actor, best known for having played the role of vampire Barnabas Collins on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows.
Jonathan Frid cause of death Jonathan Frid died of natural causes on April 14, 2012, at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Jonathan Frid was 87 years old at the time of his death.
The Tragic Loves of Barnabas Collins - "I Wasn't Her"
Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 - April 19, 2012), was an American rock multi-instrumentalist and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and frequent lead and backing vocalist for The Band.
Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of The Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", "Ophelia" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". His 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008, and in November of that year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #91 in the list of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2010, Electric Dirt, his 2009 follow-up to Dirt Farmer, won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, an inaugural category in 2010. In 2011, his live album Ramble at the Ryman was nominated for the Grammy in the same category and won.
On April 17, 2012, his wife and daughter announced on Helm's website that he was "in the final stages of his battle with cancer" and thanked fans while requesting prayers.
Levon Helm cause of death Levon Helm died on April 19, 2012, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Levon Helm was 71 years old at the time of his death
Levon Helm (on Drums & vocal) & John Hiatt - The Weight
Greg Norman Ham (September 27, 1953 - April 19, 2012) was an Australian songwriter, actor and saxophone player known for playing multiple instruments in the 1980s band Men at Work. In addition to the saxophone, he played flute, organ, piano and the synthesiser. He replaced Greg Sneddon in the band.
As an actor, Ham was a regular cast member on While You're Down There.
Later in life, Ham taught guitar at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne.
Greg Ham cause of death Ham was found dead at his home in Carlton North, Melbourne, on 19 April 2012. Further details on his death and its circumstances are yet to be clarified. Greg Ham was 58 years old at the time of his death.
Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now (1981) Greg Ham on Saxophone
Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark (November 30, 1929 - April 18, 2012) was an American game-show host, radio and television personality, and businessman. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he has sold part of in recent years. Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
Clark has long been known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick Clark...so long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager."
Dick Clark cause of death Dick Clark died of a massive heart attack in his home after undergoing a procedure. Dick Clark was 82 at the time of his death.
Clark suffered a significant stroke in late 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show since then.
Daytime Emmy Awards tribute to American Bandstand and Dick Clark
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