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Archive - Jan 2011

Charles Sellier, Grizzly Adams creator, dies 67

Charles Edward Sellier, Jr. (November 19, 1943 – January 31, 2011) was an American television producer and director, best known for creating the American televsion series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.

Death of Charles Sellier, Jr.
Charles Sellier, Jr. died unexpectedly at his home in Idaho.
Charles Sellier, Jr. was 67 years old at the time of his death.

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, is the title of a 1972 novel by Charles E. Sellier Jr., a 1974 film based on the novel, a two-season NBC television series, and a 1982 TV movie. The title character — played by Dan Haggerty—is loosely based on the actual trapper, J. Capen "Grizzly" Adams.

Grizzly Adams Pilot Episode Part 1

 

Country Singer Doc Williams Dies 96

Doc Williams (June 26, 1914 – January 31, 2011) was an influential American country music band leader and vocalist.

Death of Doc Williams
Doc Williams died on January 31, 2011 in Wheeling, West Virginia, aged 96

 Doc Williams. Abdul Abulbul Amir

January 30th

John Barry, James Bond composer dies 77

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (November 3, 1933 – January 30, 2011) was an Oscar winning English film score composer. He was best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and was hugely influential on the 007 series' distinctive style.

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Barry received a number of awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won a BAFTA Award), Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves (for which he also won a Grammy Award).

Death of John Barry
John Barry died of a heart attack on 30 January 2011 at his Oyster Bay home.
John Barry was 77 years old at the time of his death.

John Barry - Greatest Hits

 

January 27th

Charlie Callas, Comedian Charlie, dead in Las Vegas at 83

Charlie Callas (December 20, 1924 — January 27, 2011) was an American comedian and actor most commonly known for his work with Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin and his many stand-up appearances on television talk shows in the 1970s. He was also known for his role as Malcolm Argos, the restaurant owner of Eddie Albert's and Robert Wagner's characters on Switch.

Charlie Callas was a big-band drummer in the 1940s

Appearing on an episode of The Merv Griffin Show in 1967, one of the guests, Jerry Lewis, practically fell off his chair in hysterics as Callas performed his hunting routine. Lewis turned to Griffin and said he had to use Callas in his current project. The one appearance on the Griffin show landed Callas a role in Lewis' film, The Big Mouth. Lewis recalled the story on his short lived 1984 talk show in which Callas served as his sidekick and performed the hunting routine.

Familiar from his many appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (from which he was eventually permanently banned by Carson himself, on air, for shoving Carson in a desperate attempt to generate laughs while bombing), he is known for his rubbery face, trademark nervous chattering and dark comedy. He appeared on The Andy Williams Show at various times as "Captain Weird", a parody of superheroes. Aside from comedy, his only known dramatic role was that of a restaurant owner, Malcolm Argos, in the popular 1970s show, Switch. He was also a regular performer on The ABC Comedy Hour in 1972.

Death of Charlie Callas
Charlie Callas died from natural causes.
Charlie Callas was 86 years old at the time of his death

Charlie Callas roasts Frank

Charlie Callas Grand Canyon Suite

January 26th

Jimmy Buffett out of the hospital, 'doing well' after fall

On January 26, 2011, it was reported that Buffett was hospitalized with head injuries after taking a fall off the stage at a concert in Sydney, Australia. The following morning, Buffett was released from St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney after being given a clean bill of health by doctors.

Gladys Horton of The Marvelettes Dies 66

Gladys Horton (1944 – January 26, 2011) was an American R&B singer, famous for being the co-founder and lead singer of the popular Motown all-female vocal group The Marvelettes.

She had been recovering from complications from a stroke she suffered last year.

Death of Gladys Horton
Horton passed away on January 26, 2011 at the age of 66 at a nursing home in Sherman Oaks, California.
Cause of death is unknown.

 The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman - Original version
Lead Singer Gladys Horton

Rocker Vince Neil jailed for DUI

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Rocker Vince Neil will serve 15 days behind bars next month after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Motley Crue frontman initially pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour drink driving and speeding charges stemming from an arrest in Las Vegas in June.

Charlie Louvin, Country Singer, Dies 83

Charles Elzer Loudermilk (July 7, 1927 - January 26, 2011), known professionally as Charlie Louvin, was an American country music singer and songwriter. He is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers.

Death of Charlie Louvin
Charlie Louvin died of complications of pancreatic cancer

January 25th

Rocker Bret Michaels has surgery to repair heart

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(Reuters) - Rocker and reality TV star Bret Michaels had successful surgery at a Phoenix hospital to repair a hole in his heart, a hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Human Torch of 'Fantastic Four', one of Marvel's first superheroes, dies

The Human Torch (Jonathan Lowell Spencer "Johnny" Storm) is a fictional character and superhero appearing in the Marvel Comics universe. He is a member of the Fantastic Four, making his first appearance in Fantastic Four #1 November 1961. Writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby re-introduced the Torch as a Silver Age version of the Golden Age character of the same name created by Carl Burgos.

Death of Human Torch
In Fantastic Four #587 (March 2011), the concluding chapter of Jonathan Hickman's "Three" storyline, Johnny Storm the Human Torch dies stopping an angry horde of Negative Zone monsters preparing for a second "Annihilation Wave". The following issue, #588, will be the final issue of the series, which will relaunch in March as simply FF

January 24th

Zsa Zsa Gabor Released From Hospital After Leg Amputation

93 years old Zsa Zsa Gabor's right leg was amputated above the knee on January 14, 2011. She is now released from hospital.

January 23rd

Jack LaLanne, Fitness guru, dies 96

Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 - January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who had been called "the godfather of fitness". He published numerous books on fitness and hosted a fitness television show between 1951 and 1985. He had four children.

LaLanne gained recognition for his success as a bodybuilder, as well as his prodigious feats of strength. He was inducted to the California Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Until his death at the age of 96, LaLanne continued to work out every morning for two hours. He spent 1½ hours in the weight room and half an hour swimming or walking. When interviewed by Katie Couric on NBC's Today show, LaLanne said his two simple rules of nutrition are: "if man made it, don't eat it", and "if it tastes good, spit it out." He often said, "I cannot afford to die, it will ruin my image."

On December 8, 2009, the 95-year-old LaLanne underwent heart valve surgery at a Los Angeles Hospital.

Death of Jack LaLanne
Jack LaLanne died on January 23, 2011 of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California. He was married to Elaine LaLanne; they had two sons and a daughter.

Jack LaLanne Sings His Theme Song

 Jack Lalanne - Unhappy people

January 21st

Tori Spelling's son hospitalized

From Tori Spelling's Twitter # Liam is feeling better. Thanks for all your well wishes! Xoxo 7:11 PM Jan 19th via ÜberTwitter # Scary morning. Liam fell off kitchen table rt on back of his head. Strted throwing up. Jst got back frm ER. He's better. Just hve 2watch him 11:27 AM Jan 19th via ÜberTwitter

January 20th

Alex Kirst, 47, Iggy Pop/Trolls drummer, dies in hit-and-run

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Alex Kirst, a drummer with Iggy Pop's Trolls band, has died following a hit-and-run accident in Cathedral City, Calif.

Police said the 47-year-old drummer was hit Jan. 13 by a Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon while he was out walking.

January 17th

Don Kirshner, ‘The Man With The Golden Ear,’ Dies at 77

Don Kirshner (April 17, 1934 – January 17, 2011), known as "The Man With the Golden Ear", was an American song publisher and rock producer who is best known for managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups, such as The Monkees and The Archies.

Death of Don Kirshner
Don Kirshner died of heart failure in a Boca Raton, Florida hospital on January 17, 2011, at age 76.