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Glenn Ford - MEGA star, The original 3:10 to Yuma

Hollywood Walk of FamerGolden Globe Winner 

Glnn Ford DeathGwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was an acclaimed Canadian-born actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. Ford was a versatile actor best known for playing either cowboys or ordinary men in unusual circumstances.

Death of Glenn Ford
Flenn Ford suffered a series of minor strokes which left him in frail health in the years leading up to his death.
Glenn Ford was 90 years old at the time of his death

Early life and career
He was born to Anglo-Quebecer parents at Jeffrey Hale Hospital in Quebec City, Quebec and was a great-nephew of Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. Ford moved to Santa Monica, California with his family at the age of eight, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939.

Glenn Ford - Scene from "Gilda"

Jack Warden,

Emmy Award Winner 

Jack Warden ActorJack Warden (September 18, 1920 – July 19, 2006) was an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated American character actor.

Death of Jack Warden
Jack Warden died of heart and kidney failure in a New York hospital on July 19, 2006.
Jack Warden was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Career
Warden had his first credited film role in The Man with My Face in 1951, and in 1952 he began a three-year role in the television series Mr. Peepers. After a role as a sympathetic corporal in From Here to Eternity (1953), Warden's breakthrough film role was his performance as Juror No. 7, a salesman who wants a quick decision in a murder case, in 12 Angry Men (1957).

He received a supporting actor Emmy Award for his performance as Chicago Bears coach George Halas in Brian's Song (1971), and was nominated for Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He also had notable roles in such films as All the President's Men (1976), ...And Justice for All and Being There (both 1979), Used Cars (in which he played a celebrated dual role in 1980), The Verdict (1982), Problem Child (1990) and its sequel (1991), While You Were Sleeping (1995), and the Norm MacDonald film Dirty Work (1998).

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Warden appeared in over one hundred movies, typically playing gruff cops, sports coaches, trusted friends and similar roles, during a career which spanned six decades. His last film was 2000s The Replacements, opposite Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves.

Personal life
Warden married French actress Vanda Dupre in 1958 and had one son, Christopher. Although they separated in the 1970s they never divorced.

Early life
Warden was born John H. Lebzelter in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Laura M. (née Costello) and John Warden Lebzelter, who was an engineer and technician. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, he was expelled from high school for fighting and eventually fought as a professional boxer under the name Johnny Costello. He had 13 welterweight bouts but earned little money. He worked as a nightclub bouncer, tugboat deckhand and lifeguard before joining the Navy in 1938. He was stationed in China for three years with the Yangtze River Patrol.

In 1941, he joined the United States Merchant Marine; but quickly tiring of the long convoy runs, he switched to the Army in 1942 where he served as a paratrooper in the elite 101st Airborne Division during World War II. In 1944, on the eve of the D-Day invasion (during which many of his friends died), Warden shattered his leg by landing on a fence during a night-time practice jump in England. After almost a year in the hospital (during which time he read a Clifford Odets play and decided to become an actor after the end of the war), he recovered enough to participate in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

After leaving the military with the rank of sergeant, he moved to New York City and pursued an acting career on the G.I. Bill. He joined the company of the Dallas Alley Theater and performed on stage for five years. In 1948 he made his television debut on The Philco Television Playhouse and Studio One. He made an uncredited film debut in 1951 in You're in the Navy Now, a movie which also featured the film debuts of Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson.

Filmography
The Replacements (2000)
Bulworth (1998)
Chairman Of The Board (1998)
Dirty Work (1998)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (1995)
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Toys (1992)
Problem Child 2 (1991)
Problem Child (1990)
The Presidio (1988)
Dead Solid Perfect (1988)(Cable TV)
Still Crazy Like a Fox (1987) (TV)
September (1987)
Crazy Like a Fox (1984) TV Series
Crackers (1984)
The Verdict (1982)
So Fine (1981)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Used Cars (1980)
Being There (1979)
Topper (1979) (TV)
The Bad News Bears (1979) TV Series
...And Justice for All (1979)
Death on the Nile (1978)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Raid on Entebbe (1977) (TV)
The White Buffalo (1977)
All the President's Men (1976)
Jigsaw John (1976) TV Series
Shampoo (1975)
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
Brian's Song (1971) (TV)
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)
Bye Bye Braverman (1968)
N.Y.P.D. (1967) TV Series
The Invaders (1967) TV series guest appearance
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965) TV Series
The Thin Red Line (1964)
Bewitched - It Shouldn't Happen To A Dog (1964) TV series Guest appearance
Donovan's Reef (1963)
The Asphalt Jungle (1961) TV Series
Wake Me When It's Over (1960)
The Twilight Zone (1960) TV series Guest appearance
That Kind of Woman (1959)
Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
Darby's Rangers (1958 film)
12 Angry Men (1957)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Mr. Peepers (1952) TV Series
Man with My Face (1951)
You're in the Navy Now (1951) (uncredited)  

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Red Buttons - Comedian, Actor, dies 87

Hollywood Walk of FameOscar WinnerGolden Globe Winner 

Red ButtonsRed Buttons (February 5, 1919 – July 13, 2006) was an American comedian and actor.

Death of Red Buttons
Red Buttons died of vascular disease on July 13, 2006 at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles. Red Buttons was 87 years old. Buttons had been ill for some time and was with family members when he passed away

Early life
Red Buttons was born Aaron Chwatt on February 5, 1919 in New York City to Jewish immigrants. At sixteen years old, Buttons got a job as an entertaining bellhop at Ryan's Tavern in City Island, Bronx. The combination of his red hair and the shiny buttoned bellhop uniform inspired orchestra leader Charles "Dinty" Moore to call him Red Buttons, the name under which he would later perform.

Later that same summer, Buttons worked on the Borscht Belt; his straight man was Robert Alda. In 1939, Buttons started working for Minsky's Burlesque; in 1941, José Ferrer chose Buttons to appear in a Broadway show The Admiral Had a Wife. The show was a farce set in Pearl Harbor, and it was due to open on December 8, 1941. It never did, as it was deemed inappropriate after the Japanese attack. In later years Buttons would joke that the Japanese only attacked Pearl Harbor to keep him off Broadway.

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Career
In September 1942, Buttons at last got his Broadway debut in Vickie with Ferrer and Uta Hagen. Later that year, he appeared in the Minsky's show Wine, Women and Song; this was the last Burlesque show in New York City history, as the Mayor La Guardia administration closed it down. Buttons was on stage when the show was raided.

1943 saw Buttons in the Army Air Corps. He was chosen to appear in the Broadway show Winged Victory, as well as appearing in the Darryl F. Zanuck movie version. He later went on to entertain troops in the European Theater of operations in the same unit as Mickey Rooney.

After the war, Buttons continued to do Broadway shows. He also performed at Broadway movie houses with the Big Bands. In 1952, Buttons received his own variety series on television - The Red Buttons Show ran for three years, and achieved high levels of success. His catch phrase from the show, "strange things are happening," entered the national vocabulary briefly in the mid-1950s.

His role in Sayonara was a dramatic departure from his previous work. In that film, he played Joe Kelly, an American airman stationed in Kobe, Japan during the Korean War, who falls in love with Katsumi, a Japanese woman (played by Miyoshi Umeki), but is barred from marrying her by military rules intended to reassure the local populace that the U.S. presence is temporary. His portrayal of Kelly's calm resolve not to abandon the relationship and touching reassurance of Katsumi impressed audiences and critics alike; both he and Umeki won Academy Awards for the film. After his Oscar-winning role, Buttons performed in numerous feature films, including Hatari!, The Longest Day, Harlow, The Poseidon Adventure, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Pete's Dragon, and 18 Again! with George Burns. Buttons also made many memorable TV appearances on programs including Little House on the Prairie, It's Garry Shandling's Show, ER and Roseanne.

He became a nationally recognizable comedian, and his "Never Got A Dinner" sketch was a standard at the Dean Martin roasts for many years.

Number 71 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Buttons received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television, located at 1651 Vine Street.

Personal life
Buttons was married to actress Roxanne Arlen in 1947, but it soon ended in divorce. His next marriage was to Helayne McNorton, from December 8, 1949 until 1963. His last marriage was to Alicia Pratt, which lasted from January 27, 1964 until her death in March 2001. Buttons had two children, daughter Amy Buttons and son Adam Buttons. He was the advertising spokesman for the Century Village, Florida retirement community.

Buttons was an early member of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts, and at the time, Rabbi Jerome cutler was the Rabbi.

YearFilmRoleOther notes
1947Winged VictoryWhitey/Andrews Sisteras Cpl. Red Buttons
13 Rue MadeleineSecond Jump Masteruncredited
1951Footlight VarietiesHimself
1957SayonaraAirman Joe KellyAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated - BAFTA Award for most promising newcomer
1958Imitation GeneralCpl. Chan Derby 
1959The Big CircusRandy Sherman 
1961One, Two, ThreeMP sergeantuncredited
1962Hatari!Pockets 
Five Weeks in a BalloonDonald O'Shay 
The Longest DayPvt. John Steele 
Gay Purr-eeRobespierrevoice
1963A Ticklish AffairUncle Cy 
1964Your Cheatin' HeartShorty Younger 
1965Up from the BeachPfc. Harry Devine 
HarlowArthur LandauNominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1966StagecoachPeacock 
1969The MoviemakersHimselfshort subject
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?SailorNominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1971Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name?Mickey 
1972The Poseidon AdventureJames Martin 
1976Gable and LombardIvan Cooper 
1977Viva Knievel!Ben Andrews 
Pete's DragonHoagy 
1978Movie MoviePeanuts/Jinks Murphy 
1979C.H.O.M.P.S.Bracken 
1980When Time Ran OutFrancis Fendly 
1985Alice in WonderlandThe White Rabbit 
198818 Again!Charlie 
1990The AmbulanceElias Zacharai 
1994It Could Happen to YouWalter Zakuto 
1999The Story of UsArnie Jordan 
2001Odessa or BustThe Old Manshort subject
2004Goodnight, We Love You documentary
2005Sid Bernstein Presents...Himselfdocumentary

June Allyson - Golden Globe winner, Actress from 1940s 1950s

Hollywood Walk of FamerGolden Glove Winner 

June AllysonJune Allyson (October 7, 1917 – July 8, 2006) was a Golden Globe-winning American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Death of June Allyson
June Allyson had been in failing health since undergoing a hip-replacement surgery, and died at her home in Ojai, California on July 8, 2006. She was 88 years old. Her death was a result of pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis. Her husband of nearly 30 years, David Ashrow, was at her side.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, June Allyson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1537 Vine Street.

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Filmography

Features
Best Foot Forward (1943)
Thousands Cheer (1943)
Girl Crazy (1943)
Meet the People (1944)
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
Music for Millions (1944)
Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)
The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945)
Two Sisters from Boston (1946)
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
The Secret Heart (1946)
High Barbaree (1947)
Good News (1947)
The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
Words and Music (1948)
Little Women (1949)
The Stratton Story (1949)
The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)
Right Cross (1950)
 Too Young to Kiss (1951)
The Girl in White (1952)
Battle Circus (1953)
Remains to Be Seen (1953)
The Glenn Miller Story (1953)
Executive Suite (1954)
Woman's World (1954)
Strategic Air Command (1955)
The Shrike (1955)
The McConnell Story (1955)
The Opposite Sex (1956)
You Can't Run Away from It (1956)
Interlude (1957)
My Man Godfrey (1957)
A Stranger in My Arms (1959)
They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)
Blackout (1978)
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun (2001)
 
Short subjects
Ups and Downs (1937)
Pixilated (1937)
Swing for Sale (1937)
Dime a Dance (1937)
Dates and Nuts (1937)
Not Now (1938)
 Sing for Sweetie (1938)
The Prisoner of Swing (1938)
The Knight Is Young (1938)
All Girl Revue (Short subject, 1940)
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars (1956)

Biography

Early life
Allyson was born Eleanor (Ella) Geisman in the Bronx, New York City to Clara Provost and Robert Geisman on October 7, 1917. Her paternal grandparents, Harry Geisman and Anna Hafner, were immigrants from Germany, although Allyson has claimed that her last name was originally "Van Geisman", and was of Dutch origin.June was six months old when her alcoholic father who'd worked as a janitor abandoned the family. Her mother worked as a telephone operator and restaurant cashier. Allyson was brought up in near poverty. At eight, a dead tree branch fell on her while she was bicycling. Several bones were broken, and doctors said she would never walk again. She underwent months of swimming exercises and regained her health.

Career
After graduating from a wheelchair to crutches to braces, she was inspired to dance by obsessively watching Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies. In 1938, fully recovered, she tried out for a chorus job in the Broadway show "Sing out the News." The choreographer gave her a job and a new name: Allyson, a family name, and June, for the month.

Like other musical performers in New York, the 5'1" Allyson found work in movie short subjects that were filmed there. Her first opportunity came from Educational Pictures at its Astoria, Long Island studio. Educational cast her as an ingenue opposite singer Lee Sullivan, comic dancers Herman Timberg, Jr. and Pat Rooney, Jr., and future comedy star Danny Kaye. When Educational ceased operations, Allyson moved over to Vitaphone in Brooklyn, and starred or co-starred (with dancer Hal LeRoy) in musical shorts until that studio discontinued New York production in 1940.

Allyson returned to the New York stage. After her appearance in Best Foot Forward in 1941, she was selected for the 1943 film version, and followed it up with several other musicals, including Two Sisters from Boston (1946) and Good News (1947). She also played straight roles such as Constance in The Three Musketeers (1948), the tomboy Jo March in Little Women (1949), and a nurse in Battle Circus (1953). June was very adept at opening the waterworks on cue, and many of her films incorporated a crying scene. Fellow MGM player Margaret O'Brien recalled that she and Allyson were known as "the town criers."

In 1950, June Allyson had been signed to appear opposite Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding, but had to leave the production due to pregnancy. (She was replaced initially by Judy Garland, and later Jane Powell.)

James Stewart was a frequent co-star, teaming up with Allyson in films such as The Glenn Miller Story, The Stratton Story and Strategic Air Command.

Allyson was an extremely active star in the 1940s and 1950s. She won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the comedy Too Young To Kiss in 1951. In 1955, she was named the ninth most popular movie star in the annual Quigley Exhibitors Poll and the second most popular female star (behind Grace Kelly). She starred in 1956 with a young rising star named Jack Lemmon in a musical comedy, You Can't Run Away From It.

After her film career ended in the late 1950s, Allyson starred on television as hostess and occasional star of The DuPont Show with June Allyson. The anthology series lasted two seasons. In later years the actress appeared on popular shows such as The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote.

Personal life
On August 19, 1945, Allyson caused Hollywood studio chiefs some consternation by marrying Dick Powell, who was 13 years her senior and had been previously married to Mildred Maund and Joan Blondell. They had two children, Pamela Allyson Powell (adopted in 1948 through the Tennessee Children's Home Society in an adoption arranged by Georgia Tann) and Richard Powell, Jr. born on December 24, 1950. The couple briefly separated in 1961, but reconciled and remained married until his death on January 2, 1963, which led to Allyson's effective retirement from the screen.

Following Powell's death, she went though a bitter court battle with her mother over custody of her children, Ricky and Pamela. Reports at the time revealed that writer/director Dirk Summers, with whom Allyson was romantically involved from 1963 to 1975, was named legal guardian for Ricky and Pamela as a result of a court petition. Members of the nascent jet-set, Allyson and Summers were frequently seen in Cap d'Antibes, Madrid, Rome and London. However, Summers refused to marry her and the relationship did not last. Allyson twice married and divorced Powell's barber, Alfred Glenn Maxwell, who she claimed physically abused her. During this time, Allyson struggled with alcoholism, which she overcame in the mid-seventies. She was married to David Ashrow, a dentist turned actor, from 1976 until her death. The couple occasionally performed together in regional theater.

Allyson returned to the Broadway stage in 1970 in the play Forty Carats and later toured in a production of No, No Nanette.

Dick Powell had been a major television player with his own production company, Four Star, owning several network shows. When he died, Allyson was left very well off and didn't need to work. She occasionally made appearances on talk and variety shows.

After Dick Powell developed kidney problems and died of cancer, June Allyson committed herself to charitable work on his behalf. She championed the importance of research in urological and gynecological diseases in seniors, and represented the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in commercials for Depend adult diapers. Her name made the headlines again when actor-turned-agent Marty Ingels publicly charged Allyson with not paying his large commission on the Depend deal. Allyson counter-charged that Ingels was harassing her with dozens of phone calls daily and nightly.

Allyson made a special appearance in 1994 in That's Entertainment III, as one of the film's narrators. She spoke about MGM's golden era, and introduced vintage film clips.

Syd Barrett - Founding member of Pink Floyd dies 60

Syd BarrettRoger Keith "Syd" Barrett (January 6, 1946 – July 7, 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist and artist. He is most remembered as a founding member of British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, providing major musical and stylistic direction in their early work, although he left the group in 1968 amidst speculations of mental illness exacerbated by heavy drug use.

Death of Syd Barrett
Barrett died on Friday 7 July 2006 at his home in Cambridge. He died of pancreatic cancer, but this was usually reported as "complications from diabetes." The occupation on his death certificate was given as "retired musician."

According to a local Cambridge newspaper, Barrett left approximately £1.25 million to his two brothers and two sisters. This income was apparently largely acquired via royalties from Pink Floyd compilations and live recordings which featured songs he had written whilst with the band.

A tribute concert was held at the Barbican Centre, London on 10 May 2007 with Robyn Hitchcock, Captain Sensible, Damon Albarn, Chrissie Hynde, Kevin Ayers and his Pink Floyd bandmates performing (albeit not on stage at the same time for the last).

Patsy Ramsey, Jonbenet's Mother dies 49

Patricia Ann "Patsy" Ramsey (December 29, 1956 - June 24, 2006), was the mother of JonBenét Ramsey, a 6-year-old American beauty pageant contestant who was murdered on December 26, 1996.

Death of Patsy Ramsey
Patsy Ramsey had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1993 but the cancer was in remission at the time of her daughter's murder. In 2003, she suffered a relapse and died on June 24, 2006. She died less than two months before Boulder law enforcement officials announced their plans to arrest John Mark Karr, a former elementary school teacher who falsely confessed to the murder

On July 9, 2008, nearly 12 years after their daughter's murder, John and Patsy Ramsey were officially cleared in the death by the Boulder District Attorney's office based on new DNA evidence collected from JonBenet's clothing; this particular type of DNA analysis did not exist at the time of the killing. Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy said new DNA tests point to an "unexplained third party" as responsible for the murder.

Claydes Smith, guitarist in Kool & the Gang, dies 57

Claydes Charles Smith (September 6, 1948 – June 20, 2006) was an American musician best known as co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was introduced to jazz guitar by his father in the early 1960s.

Later in that decade he was in a group of New Jersey jazz musicians, including Ronald Bell (later Khalis Bayyan), Robert "Kool" Bell, George Brown, Dennis Thomas and Robert "Spike" Mickens, who became Kool & the Gang. Other members would include lead singer James "JT" Taylor.

Kool & the Gang grew from jazz roots in the 1960s to become one of the major groups of the 1970s, blending jazz, funk, R&B, and pop. Despite their popularity waning briefly, the group enjoyed a return to stardom during the 1980s.[1]

Illness forced Smith to stop touring with the group in January 2006. He died in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Smith, who was known professionally as Charles Smith, wrote the hits "Joanna" and "Take My Heart," and was a co-writer of others, including "Celebration," "Hollywood Swinging," and "Jungle Boogie."

Smith is survived by his six children -- Claydes A. Smith, Justin Smith, Aaron Corbin, August Williams, Uranus Guray, and Tyteen Humes -- and nine grandchildren.

Aaron Spelling, TV producer dies 83

TV producer diedAaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. As of 2007, Spelling holds the record for most prolific television producer, with 218 producer and executive producer credits

Illness, lawsuit, and death
In 2001, Spelling was diagnosed with oral cancer.

On January 28, 2006, Spelling was sued by his former nurse, who sought unspecified damages for 10 claims, including sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, sexual battery, assault, wrongful termination and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

On June 18, 2006, Spelling suffered a severe stroke at his estate in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California. He died there on June 23, 2006, from complications of the stroke, at the age of 83. A private funeral was held several days later, and Spelling was entombed in a mausoleum in Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.

Notable productions
Spelling worked in some capacity on almost 200 productions beginning with the Zane Grey Theatre in 1956. His most recognizable contributions to television include Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, Starsky and Hutch, Family, Hotel, The Rookies, Beverly Hills 90210 and its adult spin-off Melrose Place, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Vega$, Hart to Hart, The Colbys, T.J. Hooker, Nightingales, Kindred: The Embraced, 7th Heaven, Charmed, Burke's Law, Honey West, The Mod Squad, and S.W.A.T.. His company also co-produced the David Lynch series Twin Peaks (although Spelling himself was not directly involved in its production).

He also produced the HBO miniseries And the Band Played On, based on Randy Shilts's bestseller. The miniseries won an Emmy Award, Spelling's first.

Billy Preston, Legend "Nothing from Nothing" - dies 59

William Everett "Billy" Preston (September 2, 1946 - June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his successful, Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Eric Burdon, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Richie Sambora, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He played the Fender Rhodes electric piano and the Hammond organ on the Get Back sessions in 1969.

Preston is the only non-Beatle to receiving billing as an artist alongside the Beatles (as distinct from receiving credit as a session musician on album packaging) on an official Beatles record release. The label of the Get Back single credits the artists on the record as "The Beatles with Billy Preston".

Death of Billy Preston
Billy Preston had battled kidney disease in his later years, brought on by his hypertension. He received a kidney transplant in 2002, but his health continued to deteriorate. He died on June 6, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona, of complications of malignant hypertension that resulted in kidney failure and other complications. He had voluntarily entered a drug rehabilitation clinic in Malibu, Calif., and suffered pericarditis there, leading to respiratory failure that left him in a coma since November 21, 2005.[5] His funeral was held on June 20 at the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California. Preston was interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.

Billy Preston - Nothing from nothing 1975

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Billy Preston Discography

Albums
(1965) The Most Exciting Organ Ever
(1965) Early Hits of'65
(1966) The Wildest Organ in Town
(1967) Club Meeting
(1969) That's The Way God Planned It
(1970) Encouraging Words
(1971) I Wrote a Simple Song
(1972) Music Is My Life
(1973) Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music
(1974) Live European Tour 1973 featuring Mick Taylor on guitar (CD release A&M, 2002)
(1974) The Kids and Me
(1975) It's My Pleasure
(1976) Billy Preston
(1977) A Whole New Thing
(1979) Late At Night
(1981) The Way I Am
(1982) Pressin' On
(1984) On the Air
(1986) You Can't Keep a Good Man Down
(2001) You and I (featuring the Italian band "Novecento")
(2004) The Wildest Organ in Town (Re-released on Stateside Records)

Gospel albums
(1962) Sixteen Years Old Soul
(1965) Hymns Speak from the Organ
(1973) Gospel In My Soul (Re-edition of Hymns Speak from the organ)
(1978) Behold!
(1980) Universal Love
(1994) Ministry of Music
(1995) Minister of Music
(1996) Words and Music
(2001) Music From My Heart

Singles
1969: "That's the Way God Planned It" - US Pop #62, UK #11
1971: "My Sweet Lord" - US Pop #90, US R&B #23
1972: "I Wrote a Simple Song" - US Pop #77
1972: "Outa-Space" - US Pop #2, US R&B #1, UK #44
1972: "That's the Way God Planned It" (re-release) - US Pop #65
1972: "Slaughter" - US Pop #50, US R&B #17
1973: "Will It Go Round in Circles" - US Pop #1, US R&B #10
1973: "Space Race" - US Pop #4, US R&B #1
1974: "You're So Unique" - US Pop #48, US R&B #11
1974: "Nothing from Nothing" - US Pop #1, US R&B #8
1974" "Struttin'" - US Pop #22, US R&B #11
1975: "Fancy Lady" - US Pop #71, US R&B #11
1977: "Wide Stride" - US R&B #33
1978: "Get Back" - US Pop #86
1979: "With You I'm Born Again" (with Syreeta Wright) - US Pop #4, UK #2
1980: "One More Time for Love" (with Syreeta Wright) - US Pop #52
1982: "I'm Never Gonna Say Goodbye" - US Pop #88

As a guest/session performer
(1963) Night Beat (Sam Cooke)
(1969) Get Back and Don't Let Me Down (The Beatles)
(1970) All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)
(1970) John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, piano on "God" (John Lennon)
(1971) Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones)
(1971) The Concert for Bangla Desh (George Harrison And Friends)
(1971) There's a Riot Goin' On (Sly & the Family Stone)
(1971) Live at Fillmore West (King Curtis & Aretha Franklin)
(1971) Barbara Joan Streisand, Billy plays keyboards, drums
(1972) Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones)
(1972) Wind of Change, Billy plays piano, keyboards, harpsichord, accordion (Peter Frampton)
(1973) Ringo, organ on "I'm The Greatest"
(1973) Goats Head Soup (Rolling Stones)
(1974) Goodnight Vienna, clavinet on the title track, electric piano on "Only You (And You Alone)"
(1974) It's Only Rock'n Roll (Rolling Stones)
(1975) "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker's biggest hit)
(1975) "Blood on the Tracks" (Bob Dylan)
(1976) Thirty Three & 1/3 (George Harrison)
(1976) Black and Blue (Rolling Stones)
(1978) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (also acted the part "Sgt. Pepper" in the film)
(1981) Tattoo You (Rolling Stones)
(1986) "Great Gosh A'Mighty (Been A Long Time Comin')" (co-written with Little Richard - from the hit motion picture 'Down And Out in Beverly Hills'. Little Richard - vocal.)
(1990) Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (Billy plays keyboards and vocals)
(1990) Giovani Jovanotti (Jovanotti) (Billy plays keyboards & Fender Rhodes)
(1991) ...E La Vita Continua (Nino D'Angelo)
(1996) "Voyage of Dreams" - Jephté Guillaume and the Tet Kale Orkestra (Billy plays Organ, Strings on Al Di Yo, Go Tell Them, Kanpe, Get Up)
(1997) Bridges to Babylon (Rolling Stones)
(1998) Undiscovered Soul (Richie Sambora)
(2000) The Harsh Light of Day (Fastball) (Billy played keyboards on "You're An Ocean")
(2001) Songs From The West Coast - Elton John ("Electric organ" on "I Want Love", "The Wasteland"; "Love Her Like Me")
(2001) Reptile (Eric Clapton)
(2001) One More Car, One More Rider (Eric Clapton, live) --DVD includes live performance of Will It Go Round in Circles
(2003) The Colored Section (Donnie) (Billy plays Hammond B3 on the last track: "The Colored Section")
(2003) Concert for George -- including Isn't It a Pity and My Sweet Lord
(2003) Get Born (Jet)
(2004) Me and Mr. Johnson (Eric Clapton) (also appears in the DVD companion Sessions for Robert J)
(2004) Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival (Eric Clapton)
(2004) Genius Loves Company (Ray Charles)
(2005) 12 Songs (Neil Diamond)
(2005) Back Home (Eric Clapton)
(2005) Choose Love (Ringo Starr)
(2005) The Concert for Bangladesh (George Harrison and Friends) (Re-mastered version & video)
(2006) Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (on "Warlocks")
(2006) The Road to Escondido (J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton)

 

Paul Gleason, actor (Principal from Breakfast Club) - dies 67

Breakfast Club dead actorPaul Xavier Gleason (May 4, 1939 – May 27, 2006) was an American film and television actor.

Death of Paul Gleason
Gleason died on May 27, 2006 at a Burbank, California hospital from mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer connected with asbestos, which he is thought to have contracted from asbestos exposure on building sites while working for his father as a teenager

Career
Gleason starred in many movies, and became well-known initially as Dr. David Thornton on All My Children, playing the role from 1976 to 1978. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Richard Vernon, the gruff disciplinary principal in the seminal 1985 movie The Breakfast Club. He reprised versions of that character several times, including in an A*Teens music video, on the television show Boy Meets World (although he was a dean on BMW) and in the films Johnny Be Good and Not Another Teen Movie. As a bookend to his modern fame as strict disciplinarian, Gleason played a tough yet forgiving and nurturing professor to the lead character in Van Wilder.

Gleason is known to Star Wars fans for his role as Jeremitt Towani in the 1985 made-for-TV film The Battle for Endor. He played the villainous Clarence 'Mr' Beeks in the famous 1983 comedy Trading Places starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. He also played Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T Robinson, the blowhard police official in Die Hard.

Tiger Woods' Father dies 74

Earl Dennison Woods (March 5, 1932 – May 3, 2006) was an athlete, a US Army infantry officer, (retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel), and the father of golfer Tiger Woods. Woods died from prostate cancer (which he had originally been diagnosed with in 1998) at his home in Cypress, California on May 3, 2006.

June Pointer (Pointer Sisters) dies 52

June Antoinette Pointer Whitmore (November 30, 1953 - April 11, 2006) was an American Pop/R&B singer and was a founding member of the vocal group The Pointer Sisters.

Death of June Pointer
June died at 1:10pm on April 11, 2006 at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from bone cancer, liver cancer, and lung cancer. She died in the arms of her older sisters and brothers Ruth, Anita, Aaron, and Fritz.

Struggling with drug addiction for much of her career, June was ousted from the Pointer Sisters by 2004 as her sisters hoped and waited for her to become drug-free. Ruth's daughter filled in for June during stage performances.

Casper Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense under Reagan (88)

Caspar Willard "Cap" Weinberger (August 18, 1917- March 28, 2006), was an American politician and Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan from January 21, 1981, until November 23, 1987, making him the third longest-serving defense secretary to date, after Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld. He is also known for his roles in the Strategic Defense Initiative program and the Iran-Contra Affair.

Death of Casper Weinberger
While residing on Mount Desert Island, Maine, Weinberger was treated for and died from complications of pneumonia at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was eighty-eight years of age.

Buck Owens, Country Legend, Hee Haw Co-host, dies 76

Alvis Edgar "Buck" Owens, Jr., (August 12, 1929 – March 25, 2006) was an American singer and guitarist, with 20 number-one hits on the Billboard country music charts. Both as a solo artist and with his legendary band, the Buckaroos. Buck Owens and the the Buckaroos pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound — a reference to Bakersfield, California, the city Owens called home and from which he drew inspiration for what he preferred to call "American Music

Death of Buck Owens
Buck Owens died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March 25, 2006, only hours after performing at his Crystal Palace restaurant, club and museum in Bakersfield. He had successfully recovered from oral cancer in the early 1990s, but had additional health problems near the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century, including pneumonia and a minor stroke suffered in 2004. These health problems had forced him to curtail his regular weekly performances with the Buckaroos at his Crystal Palace.

Buck Owens - Crying Time Again

Maureen Stapleton - Actress, Award Magnet, dies 80

Lois Maureen Stapleton (June 21, 1925 - March 13, 2006) was an Academy Award-, Emmy- and two-time Tony Award-winning American actress in film, theater and television. She was also elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Death of Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton suffered from anxiety and alcoholism for many years and once told an interviewer, "The curtain came down and I went into the vodka." She also said that her unhappy childhood contributed to her insecurities. In 2006, Maureen Stapleton, who was a heavy smoker, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at her home in Lenox, Massachusetts, at the age of 80

A Tribute to Maureen Stapleton

Maureen Stapleton's awards & filmography continues next page

Academy Awards

Best Supporting Actress
1981 Reds

BAFTA Awards
Best Supporting Actress 1982 Reds

Emmy Awards
Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries/Movie 1968 Among the Paths to Eden

Golden Globe Awards
Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture 1971 Airport

Tony Awards
Best Leading Actress in a Play 1971 The Gingerbread Lady
Best Featured Actress in a Play 1951 The Rose Tattoo

Maureen Stapleton - Filmography

1958All the King's MenTV; Nominated - Emmy Award
LonelyheartsNominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1959The Fugitive Kind 
1961Vu du pontaka A View from the Bridge
1963Bye Bye Birdie 
1967Among the Paths to EdenTV; Emmy Award
1969Truman Capote's TrilogyReprise of Emmy winning 1967 role
1970AirportGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1971Plaza SuiteNominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Summer of '42Voice (Uncredited)
1972Dig 
1974Voyage to NextVoice
1975Queen of the Stardust BallroomNominated - Emmy Award
1977The GatheringNominated - Emmy Award
1978InteriorsNominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1979The Runner Stumbles 
Lost and Found 
1981RedsAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
The Fan 
On the Right Track 
1984Johnny Dangerously 
1985Cocoon 
1986Heartburn 
The Cosmic EyeVoice
The Money Pit 
1987Nuts 
Made in Heaven 
Sweet Lorraine 
1988Liberace: Behind the MusicTV
The ThornsTV series
Doin' Time on Planet Earth 
Cocoon: The Return 
1989B.L. StrykerNominated - Emmy Award
1992LincolnTV, voice
Miss Rose WhiteNominated - Emmy Award
1994Trading Mom 
The Last Good Time 
1995Road to AvonleaNominated - Emmy Award
1996My Universe Inside OutVoice
1997Addicted to Love 
1998Wilbur Falls 
2003Living and Dining

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