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Michael Flanagan, Baltimore Orioles, Cy Youung winner, commits suicide 59

Michael Kendall Flanagan (December 16, 1951 – August 24, 2011) was an American left-handed pitcher, front office executive, and color commentator. With the exception of four years with the Toronto Blue Jays (1987–1990), he was most associated with the Baltimore Orioles during almost all of his time in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career highlights and awards

  • All-Star (1978)
  • World Series champion (1983)
  • 1979 AL Cy Young Award
  • 1979 AL TSN Pitcher of the Year

Michael Flanagan cause of death
On August 24, 2011 police discovered a body on his property but could not immediately determine the identity because the wounds were so severe. The body was later identified as Flanagan, with the cause of death determined to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Police said that Flanagan was distressed about financial issues. WBAL-TV reported that Flanagan was still despondent by perceived failures during his tenure in the Orioles' front office.

Andrew Gold, singer 'Lonely Boy', 'Thank you for being a friend', died 59

Andrew Maurice Gold (August 2, 1951  – June 3, 2011) was an American singer, musician and songwriter. His work includes the Top 10 single "Lonely Boy" (1977), as well as the singles "Thank You for Being a Friend" (1978), and "Never Let Her Slip Away" (1978).

"Thank You for Being a Friend" was a theme song for "The Golden Girls"

Andrew Gold was a prolific multi-instrumentalist as artist, producer, film composer, session musician, actor, painter, and singer.

Andrew Gold was born in Burbank, California, and later joined a family business. His mother is singer Marni Nixon (who provided the singing voice for numerous actresses, notably Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady); his father was Ernest Gold, the Academy Award-winning composer for the movie Exodus. He has two younger sisters. Gold began writing songs at the age of 13.

Andrew Gold Cause of Death
Gold died on June 3, 2011, Andrew died in his sleep at age 59 from Heart Attack. He leaves behind his wife, Leslie Kogan; daughters Emily, Victoria and Olivia and his mother, Marni Nixon.

Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy 

Andrew Gold - Thank you for being a friend

Andrew Gold - Official Website

Gregory Isaacs, Reggae Singer, Dies 59

Gregory Isaacs (July 15, 1951 – October 25, 2010) was a Jamaican reggae musician, described as "the most exquisite vocalist in reggae".

More than 500 Gregory Isaacs albums have been released during his career, many being compilations.

Death of Gregory Isaacs
Gregory Isaacs died of lung cancer at his home in London.
Gregory Isaacs was 59 years old at the time of his death

Gregory Isaacs-Material man

Alex Chilton, Influential Singer from Box Tops (The Letter), Dies 59

William Alexander Chilton
Born: December 28, 1950, Memphis, Tennessee
Died: March 17, 2010, New Oleans, (aged 59)

Alex Chilton was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music  bands the Box Tops and Big Star. Chilton's early commercial sales success in the 1960s as a teen vocalist for the Box Tops was not repeated in later years with Big Star and in his indie music solo career on small labels, but he did draw a loyal following in the indie and alternative music fields.

Death of Alex Chilton:
Chilton was taken to hospital in New Orleans on March 17, 2010, complaining of health problems, and died the same day of a suspected heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Laura and son, Timothy.

Box Tops, The Letter - Alex Chilton Singing

 

Teddy Pendergrass, Soul Singer, dies 59

Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 — January 13, 2010) was an American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. Also known by the nicknames Teddy P, TP, or Teddy Bear, Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career at the end of the decade.

Death of Teddy Pendergrass
Teddy Pendergrass died at Bryn Mawr Hospital at age 59, from complications following surgery for colon cancer.

Pendergrass was Paralyzed from the waist down since 1982
On March 18, 1982, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia on Lincoln Drive, Pendergrass was involved in an automobile accident. The brakes failed on his 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, causing the car to hit a guard rail, cross into the opposite traffic lane, and hit two trees. Pendergrass and his passenger, Tenika Watson, a transsexual nightclub performer with whom Pendergrass was casually acquainted, were trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes. While Watson walked away from the accident with minor injuries, Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down

Teddy Pandergrass - close the door (live)

Teddy Pandergrass discography continues next page

Discography

Albums

    * 1977: Teddy Pendergrass (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #17, US R&B #5
    * 1978: Life Is a Song Worth Singing (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #11, US R&B #1
    * 1979: Teddy (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #5, US R&B #1
    * 1979: Live! Coast to Coast (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #33, US R&B #5
    * 1980: TP (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #14, US R&B #3
    * 1981: It's Time for Love (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #19, US R&B #6
    * 1982: This One's for You (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #59, US R&B #6
    * 1983: Heaven Only Knows (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #123, US R&B #9
    * 1984: Love Language (Asylum) - US Pop #38, US R&B #4
    * 1985: Greatest Hits (Philadelphia International) - US R&B #65
    * 1985: Workin' It Back (Asylum) - US Pop #96, US R&B #6
    * 1988: Joy (Elektra) - US Pop #54, US R&B #2
    * 1991: Truly Blessed (Elektra) - US Pop #49, US R&B #4
    * 1993: A Little More Magic (Elektra) - US Pop #92, US R&B #13
    * 1997: You and I (Surefire) - US Pop #137, US R&B #24
    * 1998: The Best of Teddy Pendergrass (The Right Stuff)
    * 1998: This Christmas I'd Rather Have Love (Surefire/Wind-Up) - US R&B #83
    * 2001: Greatest Slow Jams (The Right Stuff) - US R&B #98
    * 2002: From Teddy with Love (Razor & Tie) - US R&B #63
    * 2004: Love Songs Collection (The Right Stuff) - US R&B #70

Singles

    * 1977: "I Don't Love You Anymore" - US Pop #41, US R&B #5
    * 1977: "The Whole Town's Laughing At Me" - US R&B #16
    * 1978: "Close the Door" - US Pop #25, US R&B #1
    * 1978: "Only You" - US R&B #22
    * 1979: "Turn Off the Lights" - US Pop #48, US R&B #2
    * 1979: "Come Go With Me" - US R&B #14
    * 1980: "Shout and Scream" - US R&B #21
    * 1980: "It's You I Love" - US R&B #44
    * 1980: "Can't We Try" - US Pop #52, US R&B #3
    * 1980: "Love T.K.O." - US Pop #44, US R&B #2
    * 1981: "Two Hearts" (with Stephanie Mills) - US Pop #40, US R&B #3
    * 1981: "I Can't Live Without Your Love" - US R&B #10
    * 1982: "You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration" - US Pop #43, US R&B #4
    * 1982: "The Gift of Life" / "Nine Times Out of Ten" - US R&B #31
    * 1982: "I Can't Win for Losing" - US R&B #32
    * 1983: "I Want My Baby Back" - US R&B #61
    * 1984: "Hold Me" (with Whitney Houston) - US Pop #46, US R&B #5
    * 1984: "You're My Choice Tonight (Choose Me)" - US R&B #15
    * 1985: "Never Felt Like Dancin'" - US R&B #21
    * 1986: "Love 4/2" - US R&B #6
    * 1986: "Let Me Be Closer" - US R&B #67
    * 1988: "Joy" - US Pop #71, US R&B #1
    * 1988: "2 A.M." - US R&B #3
    * 1988: "Love Is the Power" - US R&B #57
    * 1990: "Glad to Be Alive" (with Lisa Fischer) - US R&B #31
    * 1991: "Make It with You" - US R&B #23
    * 1991: "It Should've Been You" - US R&B #1
    * 1991: "I Find Everything in You" - US R&B #31
    * 1993: "Voodoo" - US R&B #25
    * 1994: "Believe in Love" - US R&B #14
    * 1994: "I'm Always Thinking About You" - US R&B #90
    * 1997: "Don't Keep Wastin' My Time" - US Pop #90, US R&B #39
    * 1997: "Give It to Me" - US R&B #57

John Hughes, 80s teen movie director (16 candles), dies 59

Breaking News - More coming 

John Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer and writer, responsible for some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Hughes died on August 6, 2009, from a heart attack.

John Hughes' Filmography continues on next page

Writer
Delta House (1979) (TV Series)
National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982)
At Ease (1983) (TV Series)
Mr. Mom (1983)
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Nate and Hayes (1983) (with David Odell)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985; characters)
Weird Science (1985)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Uncle Buck (1989)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Home Alone (1990)
Career Opportunities (1991)
Dutch (1991)
Curly Sue (1991)
Beethoven (1992) (as Edmond Dantes)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Baby's Day Out (1994)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
101 Dalmatians (1996)
Flubber (1997)
Home Alone 3 (1997)
Reach The Rock (1998)
Just Visiting (2001) (with Jean-Marie Poire & Christian Clavier)
Maid in Manhattan (2002; story) (originally titled The Chambermaid) (as Edmond Dantes)
Drillbit Taylor (2008; story) (as Edmond Dantes)

Director
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Weird Science (1985)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Uncle Buck (1989)
Curly Sue (1991)

Producer
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Pretty in Pink (1986; executive producer)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
The Great Outdoors (1988; executive producer)
Uncle Buck (1989)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Home Alone (1990)
Career Opportunities (1991)
Only the Lonely (1991)

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

Billy Preston's discography on next page

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)

 

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