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Archive - Mar 2011

Mel McDaniel, Grand Ole Opry Country musician, dies 68

Mel McDaniel (September 6, 1942 – March 31, 2011) was an American country music artist. His chartmaking years were the 1980s and his hits from that era include "Louisiana Saturday Night," "Stand Up," "Anger and Tears," the Number One "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On", "I Call It Love", "Stand On It" and a remake of Chuck Berry's "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)."

His career finally took off with “Louisiana Saturday Night” in 1981, a number one hit "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" in 1984 and Top 10 hits, like “Right in the Palm of Your Hand” (later covered by Alan Jackson in 1999), “Take Me to the Country,” “Big Ole Brew,” and “I Call It Love.”

McDaniel was a member of the Grand Ole Opry (since 1986) and made frequent appearances on the show.

McDaniel was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2006, along with induction classmate Leon Russell.

Mel McDaniel's Health and Cause of Death
Since 1996, he had been recovering from a near-fatal fall into an orchestra pit, suffered while he was performing at a show in Lafayette, Louisiana. On June 16, 2009, McDaniel suffered a heart attack, putting him in a medically induced coma in a Nashville area hospital according to The Tennessean. Mel's wife, Peggy, requested the prayers of the singer's fans, saying his situation was "not good." McDaniel died March 31, 2011 as a result of cancer.

Mel McDaniel - Louisiana Saturday Night

Mel McDaniel - Baby's Got Her BlueJeans On

March 30th

Judge Judy (Judith Sheindlin) Hospitalized

TV Judge, Judith Sheindlin was rushed to hospital after complaining nausea and intestinal discomfort on the TV set.

She will stay over night at hospital for tests.

Judith Sheindlin (born October 21, 1942, 68 years old), better known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality and author. She passed the New York Bar examination in 1965 and became a prosecutor in the family court system. In 1976, Mayor Ed Koch appointed her a judge, first in criminal court and later, in 1980, as Manhattan's supervising family court judge. She was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes in the 1990s as a result of her reputation as a tough judge.

Judge Judy recieves star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame! 14/02/06

March 29th

Susan Lucci's Memoir Published - All My Life: A Memoir

Susan Victoria Lucci (born December 23, 1946) is an American actress, best known for portraying Erica Kane on the daytime drama All My Children. The character is considered an icon, and Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide, with New York Times and Los Angeles Times citing her as the highest-paid actor in daytime television. Midway into her career, her salary had been reported as over $1 million a year.

Lucci is best known for playing Erica Kane on the ABC television soap opera All My Children, on which she has appeared since the show's inception on January 5, 1970. She is the only original cast member remaining on the series.

March 27th

Farley Granger, Hitchcock actor, 'Strangers on a Train', dead at 85

Farley Earle Granger (July 1, 1925 – March 27, 2011) was an American actor. In a career spanning several decades, he perhaps was known best for his two collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951.

Farley Granger Cause of Death
Farley Granger died of natural causes
Farley Granger was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Strangers on a Train Trailer

March 26th

Eric Zentner, Versace Model, Killed in Hit-and-Run at 30

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Near Buellton, California.

Zentner is believed to have gotten out of his car after running out of gas and started walking. He was reportedly en route to visit his mother in Sacramento. He was struck around 3:45 a.m. by a light blue, '90s Dodge Caravan. There are no suspects in custody and California Highway Patrol officers are looking for tips.

Eric Zentner's Official Blogspot Page

Michael Jackson Death Trial


  • March 24, 2011: Jury selection started (2 day process).  Selected jurors will return in May.  27 page questionnaire will be given to those jurors for further evaluation.
  • The trial is expected to last about 45 days.

March 23rd

Zsa Zsa Gabor Hospitalized After Liz Taylor's Death

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was hospitalized Wednesday with high blood pressure, her publicist said, caused by shock over Elizabeth Taylor's death.

He said Gabor was inconsolable, and said, "Oh, Jane Russell and Liz Taylor -- I'm next."

Elizabeth Taylor, Screen Legend, Dies 79

Q: What's your favorite Elizabeth Taylor movie?

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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011), also known as Liz Taylor, was an English-American actress. A former child star, she grew to be known for her acting talent and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle, including many marriages. Taylor was considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's golden age. The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list.

Elizabeth Taylor Cause of Death
Elizabeth Taylor dealt with various health problems over the years. In 2004 it was announced that she was suffering from congestive heart failure, and in 2009 she underwent cardiac surgery to replace a leaky valve. In February 2011 new symptoms related to congestive heart failure caused her to be admitted into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment.

Elizabeth Taylor died on 23 March 2011 surrounded by her four children at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California
Elizabeth Taylor was 79 years old at the time of her death.

Elizabeth Taylor's Twitter Account (last 5 tweets)

March 22nd

Lawrence Taylor, ex-Giants star, declared sex offender

Lawrence Taylor (one of the greatest NFL players) was arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. He was charged with felony third-degree statutory rape, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with someone under 17. He was also charged with third-degree patronization for allegedly paying the underage girl $300 to have sex with him. His bail was set at $75,000. Taylor is facing up to five years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted of both crimes. On June 23, 2010, Taylor was indicted on these charges, and pleaded not guilty on July 13. On January 13, 2011 Taylor pleaded guilty to some of the charges thereby resolving the case. On March 22, 2011 Taylor was sentenced to six years probation as part of a plea agreement, which saw him plead guilty to the misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute.

He will also have to register as a sex offender.

Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959), nicknamed "L.T.", is a Hall of Fame former American football player. Taylor played his entire professional career as a linebacker for the New York Giants in the National Football League (NFL). He is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of football,

March 21st

Joe Willie 'Pinetop' Perkins, Blues legend, dies 97

Joseph William Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011), better known by the stage name Pinetop Perkins, was an American Blues musician, specializing in piano music. He played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history, and received numerous honors during his lifetime including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Along with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, he was one of the last two original Mississippi Delta blues musicians, and also to have a personal knowledge of and friendship with Robert Johnson.

At age 97, he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined at the Hip, an album he recorded with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Perkins thus became the oldest-ever Grammy winner, edging out comedian George Burns who had won in the spoken word category 16 years earlier.

Pinetop Perkins Cause of Death

Pinetop Perkins died on 21 March 2011 at his home in Austin, Texas.
Pinetop Perkins was 97 years old at the time of his death.

Pinetop Perkins, Harvelle's Santa Monica

 Pinetop Perkins - Official Website

 

Loleatta Holloway, Disco singer, dies 64

Loleatta Holloway (November 5, 1946 – March 21, 2011) was an American singer, mainly known for disco songs such as "Hit and Run" and "Love Sensation", both of which have been sampled extensively.

Whitney Houston sampled Holloway's 1976 track "We're Getting Stronger" on her 2009 hit single "Million Dollar Bill".

Loleatta Holloway Cause of Death

Loleatta Holloway died on March 21, 2011 after slipping into a coma.
Loleatta Holloway was 64 years old at the time of her death.

Love Sensation by Loleatta Holloway (1980)

Loleatta Holloway's official Myspace

Memorable Comments from Visitors

Thank you for your comments.

Guest comment on John Walker's death:
http://www.hollywoodmemoir.com/john-walker

I grew up with this incredible talent singing on the radio in the 60's. I graduated high school in '67 and this is one of the groups, and particularly him, that gave us the music that is still played today. I'm an older dad with 14 and 15 year old kids. When I saw news of his passing yesterday, I played "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" for them before they got on the school bus. They sat in awe of his voice and I said, 'now that's music". (They both agreed.) This type of news hurts my heart because of what his music meant to me. I mourn his passing and hope time helps his loved ones' hearts heal.
Rick Columbia
Pensacola, Florida

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Guest comment on Mel McDaniel's death:
www.hollywoodmemoir.com/mel-mcdaniel

I learned the 10-step to "Lousiana Saturday Night", I learned the 19-step to "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" at Silver Dollar Saloon in Las Vegas, Nv. and "Stand Up" was one of my all time favorites. My prayers go out to your family for their loss, and my congradulations go out to u for being called home by the Father.

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Guest comment on Chris Benoit's death:
www.hollywoodmemoir.com/chris-benoit-memory

"I am not a wrestler but have known a few over the years Chris (Benoit) was my helper on a furniture delivery truck when he was 16 and training to be a wrestler He was a good kid I hate what he did to himself and family but I feel he should be in the Hall of Fame Because he was a legend in the wrestling world"

Nancy Pelosi hospitalized in Italy

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940, 70 years old) was hospitalized in Italy, after having a fainting spell. After undergoing tests, she is now resting at her hotel. Today's meeting with Italian defense minister was canceled.

March 18th

Monaco's Princess Antoinette, sister to long-reigning Prince Rainier, dies 90

* She was Grace Kelly's sister-in-law

Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Countess of Polignac, Baroness of Massy (Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne Grimaldi; December 28, 1920 – March 18, 2011) was a non-dynastic member of the princely family of Monaco and the elder sister of the late Prince Rainier III and aunt of Albert II, Prince of Monaco. Her parents were Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois and Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois.

Her brother, Prince Rainier III, was married to American actress Grace Kelly.

Princess Antoinette Cause of Death

On 18 March 2011 Princess Antoinette died in hospital, aged 90.

 Princess Antoinette with her parents, brother and maternal grandfather.

March 17th

Ferlin Husky, Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Dies 85

Ferlin Eugene Husky (December 3, 1925 – March 17, 2011) was an American singer who became well-known as a country-pop chart-topper under various names, including Terry Preston and Simon Crum. In the 1950s and 60s, Husky had several hits, including "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove", each reaching number one on the country charts. In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Husky has suffered from heart problems for many years and has been hospitalized several times since the late 1970s, most recently for heart surgery in 2005 and blood clots in his legs in 2007. He was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri on April 19, 2009, with congestive heart failure and pneumonia. On July 15, 2009 his spokesman said he was recuperating at home after being released from a Nashville hospital.

Death of Ferlin Husky
On March 17, 2011, Management released a statement saying that Husky died from congestive heart failure.
Ferlin Husky was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Ferlin Husky - Wings of a Dove