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Archive - May 2012

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May 29th

Dick Beals, voice of Gumby and Speedy Alka Seltzer, dies 85

Richard "Dick" Beals (March 16, 1927 - May 29, 2012) was an American voice actor. He performed many voices in his career, which spanned the period from the early 1950s into the 21st century. He specialized primarily in doing the voices of young boys.

Perhaps his most recognizable characterization was the voice of the stop-motion animation figure called "Speedy Alka-Seltzer", featured in television commercials for more than 50 years.

His high voice and boyish appearance were due to a glandular problem; he did not go through puberty. Beals was 4 foot 7 inches (just under 140 cm) tall and weighed just under 70 pounds (about 31 kg).

During the late 1980s, Beals provided the voices for various characters on Garfield and Friends with the most major character he voiced being Jon's cruel nephew Rosco.

Dick Beals cause of Death
Dick Bealspassed away on May 29, 2012, at the age of 85

Vintage Alka Seltzer Commercial - Funny Buster Keaton

Doc Watson, Folk-Music Legend, Dies 89

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.

Doc Watson-Deep River Blues

May 20th

Robin Gibb, Singer, Bee Gees co-founder, dies 62


All Awards: won as a Group Bee Gees

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.

Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive

May 17th

Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies 63

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

Donna Summer - Last Dance

May 16th

Chuck Brown, Godfather of Go-Go, dies 75

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)

May 10th

Carroll Shelby, Legendary car designer, racer, dies 89

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.

May 9th

Vidal Sassoon, Celebrity stylist, dies 84

Vidal Sassoon, CBE (January 17, 1928 - May 9, 2012) was a British hairdresser, credited with creating a simple geometric, "Bauhaus-inspired" hair style, also called the bob.

Vidal Sassoon cause of death
Sassoon died on 9 May 2012 at his home in Los Angeles. At the time of his death, the cause was as yet unspecified

In June 2011 it was reported that Sassoon had been diagnosed with leukaemia two years earlier, and was receiving treatment in Beverly Hills and London.

May 6th

George Lindsey, ‘Andy Griffith Show’s’ Goober, dies 83

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

Goober takes off on Cary Grant

May 5th

'Sweet Joe' Russell, singer with the Persuasions, dies 72

"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)

May 4th

MCA Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys Rapper, Dies 47

Breaking News, More Coming

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

May 2nd

Junior Seau, NFL great, died in apparent suicide 43

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.

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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.