Bobby Rogers (February 19, 1940 – March 3, 2013), born Robert E. Rogers, was an American soul singer and songwriter, notable as a member of Motown Records' first signed act and first million selling group The Miracles from 1956 until 2011. He was inducted along with the other members of the Miracles - with the exception of Smokey Robinson - in 2012 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rogers was the grandfather of R&B singer Brandi Williams from the R&B girl group Blaque.
In addition to his work in The Miracles, Rogers was a part-time Motown songwriter; his most notable composition, authored with bandmate Smokey Robinson, was The Temptations' first hit single, "The Way You Do the Things You Do". Rogers also co-wrote The Temptations' 1965 hit "My Baby", Mary Wells' hit, "What Love Has Joined Together", The Contours' 1965 hit "First I Look at the Purse", (later covered by the J Geils Band), Marvin Gaye's 1966 Top 40 hit, "One More Heartache" and The Miracles' own 1964 Top 40 hit, "That's What Love Is Made Of", and their 1966 hit, "Going to a Go-Go". He is also noted for doing co-lead vocals on The Miracles' 1962 Top 10 smash, "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", and singing lead on the group's 1964 song, "You're So Fine And Sweet".Bobby was also reputed to be the group's best dancer, and was responsible for many of the Miracles' onstage routines,until the arrival of famed Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins.
Bobby Rogers cause of seath
Bobby Rogers died due to complications of diabetes on March 3, 2013. Bobby Rogers was 73 years old at the time of his death.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction in 2012 (controversy)
In 1987, Smokey Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. However, in a decision that has since sparked much scrutiny, debate, and controversy, the other original members of The Miracles were not inducted. This proved a source of many protests from angry Miracles fans.
On February 9, 2012, after a 26 year wait, it was announced rest of The Miracles would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Smokey Robinson. This induction occurred on April 14, 2012. This induction occurred without the usual process of nomination and voting, under the premise that the entire group should have been inducted with Smokey Robinson back in 1987.
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - You Really Got A Hold On Me Bobby Rogers is the tallest gentleman with glasses
Scott McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim, January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012) was an American singer. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)".
Scott McKenzie co-wrote "Kokomo" (1988), a #1 single for the Beach Boys.
Scott McKenzie cause of death Scott McKenzie died from Guillain–Barré syndrome he suffered since 2010. Scott McKenzie was 73 years old at the time of his death
James Farentino (February 24, 1938 – January 24, 2012) was an American actor. He appeared in nearly 100 television, film and stage roles, among them The Final Countdown, Jesus of Nazareth, and Dynasty.
Farentino was charged with stalking his former girlfriend, Tina Sinatra (youngest child of Frank Sinatra), in 1993. A restraining order was issued against him after he entered a plea of nolo contendere.
James Farentino cause of death On January 24, 2012, Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California following a long illness. James Farentino was 73 years old at the time of his death.
Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 - January 20, 2011) was an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in the mid 1950s, she gained fame with hits such as "Dance With Me, Henry", "At Last", "Tell Mama", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she claimed she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems including drug addiction before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album, The Seven Year Itch.
She is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number twenty-two on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number sixty-two on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.
Etta James cause of death Etta James died of Cancer (Leukemia). Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, Etta James was 73 years old at the time of her death
Related Death: Etta James was discovered by Johnny Otis. He died a day before Etta James' death
Recent quote from Etta James on Beyonce (when Beyonce sang 'At Last' for president Obama on February 2009) "I can't stand Beyonce. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' president day ... singing my song that I've been singing forever."
Jessy Dixon (March 12, 1938 - September 26, 2011) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist, with success among audiences across racial lines. He has three Gold albums and seven Grammy nominations.
Jessy Dixon cause of death Jessy Dixon died affter long illness Jessy Dixon was 73 years old at the time of his death
Important Background Story: Joseph Brooks was waiting for a trial on charges of sexually assaulting of more than a dozen women. He allegedly lured the women to his apartment to audition for movie roles. He was indicted on June 23, 2009. He was being tried by Manhattan's state Supreme Court for 91 counts and charged with rape, sexual abuse, criminal sexual act, assault, and other charges.
A month ago, Joseph Brooks' son was accused of murdering a swimsuit designer.
Joseph Brooks (March 11, 1938 – May 22, 2011) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, and composer. He composed the hit song "You Light Up My Life" for the film of the same name that he also wrote, directed, and produced.
In the 1960s Brooks was a composer of advertising jingles, including highly successful ones for Pepsi, "You've Got a Lot to Live", and Maxwell House, "Good to the Last Drop Feeling".
In October 1977 "You Light Up My Life" reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 popularity charts where it held the top position for 10 consecutive weeks, which was then the longest run at #1 in the chart's history. With sales of over four million copies in the United States alone, the song ultimately became the biggest hit of the 1970s. It also hit #1 Adult Contemporary and was even a Top 10 "Country" single. The passionate ballad also earned Brooks a Grammy Award for Song of the Year as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe Award and an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award. The song was Debby Boone's first solo hit record and only Top 40 Pop hit.
Joseph Brooks Cuase of Death Police reported on May 22, 2011, that Brooks was found dead by a friend of an apparent suicide. He was 73 years old. His body was found in his Upper East Side apartment with a plastic dry cleaning bag around his head and a towel around his neck. His body was near a helium tank with a hose on it and a suicide note.
Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 - May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films. He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer of the film's script.
Death of Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper died at his home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Venice at 8:15 a.m. surrounded by family and friends, from complications of prostate cancer
Related past blog posts on Dennis Hopper (hollywoodmemoir.com)
* Rebel Without a Cause (1955) * I Died a Thousand Times (1955) * Giant (1956) * Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) * The Story of Mankind (1957) * Sayonara (1957) (voice only) * From Hell to Texas (1958) * The Young Land (1959) * Key Witness (1960) * Night Tide (1961) * Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of (1964) * The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) * Queen of Blood (1966) * The Trip (1967) * Cool Hand Luke (1967) * The Glory Stompers (1968) * Hang 'Em High (1968) * Panic in the City (1968) * Easy Rider (1969) (Director) * True Grit (1969) * The Festival Game (1970) (documentary) * The American Dreamer (1971) (documentary) * The Last Movie (1971) (Director) * The Other Side of the Wind (1972) (unfinished) * Crush Proof (1972) * Kid Blue (1973) * Tracks (1976) * Mad Dog Morgan (1976) * The American Friend (1977) * The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1977) * Flesh Color (1978) * Last In, First Out (1978) * Apocalypse Now (1979) * Bloodbath (1979) * Out of the Blue (1980) (Director) * Reborn (1981) * King of the Mountain (1981) * Neil Young: Human Highway (1982) * Rumble Fish (1983) * The Osterman Weekend (1983) * White Star (1983) * The Dynamite Coffin Stunt (1983) * Jungle Warriors (1984) * The Inside Man (1984) * My Science Project (1985) * Riders of the Storm (1986) * The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) * River's Edge (1986) * Blue Velvet (1986) * Hoosiers (1986) * Running Out of Luck (1987) * Black Widow (1987) * Straight to Hell (1987) * O.C. and Stiggs (1987) * The Pick-up Artist (1987) * Blood Red (1989) * Chattahoochee (1989) * Flashback (1990) * Hollywood Mavericks (1990) (documentary) * Catchfire (1990) (Director) * Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990) (documentary) * Motion & Emotion (1990) (documentary) * Sunset Heat (1991) * Paris Trout (1991) * Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) (documentary) * Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991) (documentary) * The Indian Runner (1991) * Eye of the Storm (1991) * SnowwhiteRosered (1991) (documentary) * Red Rock West (1992) * The Revenge of the Dead Indians (1993) * Boiling Point (1993) * Super Mario Bros. (1993) * True Romance (1993) * Chasers (1994) * Speed (1994) * Search and Destroy (1995) * Waterworld (1995) * Cannes Man (1996) * Carried Away (1996) * Space Truckers (1996) * Basquiat (1996) * The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996) * Top of the World (1997) * The Good Life (1997) * The Blackout (1997) * Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997) (documentary) * Road Ends (1997) * Black Dahlia (1998) (video game) * Michael Angel (1998) * Meet the Deedles (1998) * Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (1999) (documentary) (narrator) * The Prophet's Game (1999) * Lured Innocence (1999) * The Source (1999) (documentary) * EDtv (1999) * Straight Shooter (1999) * Jesus' Son (1999) * The Venice Project (1999) * Bad City Blues (1999) * The Spreading Ground (2000) * Jason and the Argonauts (2000) * Luck of the Draw (2000) * Welcome to Hollywood (2000) * Held for Ransom (2000) * Ticker (2001) * Choke (2001) * Knockaround Guys (2001) * Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton (2001) (documentary) * L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve (2001) * 1 Giant Leap (2002) (documentary) * I Don't Know Jack (2002) (documentary) * Unspeakable (2002) * Leo (2002) * Venice: Lost and Found (2002) (documentary) * The Piano Player (2002) * Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003) (documentary) * A Decade Under the Influence (2003) (documentary) * Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die) (2003) (documentary) * The Night We Called It a Day (2003) * Legacy (2004) * The Keeper (2004) * Out of Season (2004) * Tell Them Who You Are (2004) (documentary) * Inside Deep Throat (2005) (documentary) (narrator) * House of 9 (2005) * Hoboken Hollow (2005) * Americano (2005) * Going Through Splat: The Life and Work of Stewart Stern (2005) (documentary) * Champion (2005) (documentary) * The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) * Land of the Dead (2005) * Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005) (documentary) * Tainted Love (2006) * The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose (2006) (documentary) * Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi (2006) (documentary) (narrator) * 10th & Wolf (2006) * Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006) (documentary) * 3055 Jean Leon (2006) (documentary) * Memory (2006) * By the Ways: A Journey with William Eggleston (2007) (documentary) * Hell Ride (2008) * Sleepwalking (2008) * Bananaz (2008) (documentary) * Elegy (2008) * Générations 68 (2008) (documentary) * Swing Vote (2008) * Chelsea on the Rocks (2008) (documentary) * Palermo Shooting (2008) * Ferlinghetti: A City Light (2008) (documentary) * An American Carol (2008) * Shooting Palermo (2008) (documentary) * The Brothers Warner (2008) (documentary) * No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008) (documentary) * Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero (2008) (documentary) * The Last Film Festival (2009) * Forever (2009) * Deadly Creatures (2009) (video game) * Alpha and Omega (2010)
* The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys (1964) * Screen Test#1 (1965) * Screen Test#2 (1965) * Screen Test#3 (1966) * Screen Test#4 (1966) * Luke (1967) * A Hero of Our Time (1985) * New Scenes from America (2003)
Henry Gibson (September 21, 1935 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor and songwriter, best known as a cast member of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and for his recurring role as Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal.
Personal life of Henry Gibson On April 6, 1966, he married Lois Joan Geiger, with whom he had three sons: Jonathan David Gibson, Charles Alexander Gibson and James Gibson.She died on May 6, 2007
Gibson spent three years as part of the Laugh-In television show's cast. He often played "The Poet," reciting poems with "sharp satirical or political themes".Gibson would emerge from behind a stage flat, wearing a Nehru jacket and "hippie" beads and holding an outlandishly large artificial flower. He would state the "[Title of poem] — by Henry Gibson", bow stiffly from the waist, recite his poem, and return behind the flat
Death Henry Gibson On September 14, 2009, Gibson died of cancer at his home in Malibu, California, a week before his 74th birthday.
The Poetry Of Henry Gibson: A Tribute
Henry Gibson's filmography continues next page
Filmography The Nutty Professor (1963) Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968-1971) Evil Roy Slade (1972) Every Man Needs One (1972) Charlotte's Web (1973) - Wilbur (voice) The Long Goodbye (1973) The Mini-Munsters (1973) - Mr. Grundy (voice) Nashville (1975) The New Original Wonder Woman (1975) - Nickolas The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1976) The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) Escape from Bogen County (1977) Halloween is Grinch Night (1977) The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1978) Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (1979) A Perfect Couple (1979) The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979) - Igor, Count Dracula's butler The Blues Brothers (1980) - Head Nazi For the Love of It (1980) HealtH (1980) The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) The Smurfs (1981) Tulips (1981) Nashville Grab (1981) The Biskitts (1982) Quincy M.E. (ep. "Murder on Ice") (1983) The Wuzzles (1985) Slow Burn (1986) The Blinkins (1986) Galaxy High School (1986) Monster in the Closet (1987) Long Gone (1987) Innerspace (1987) Switching Channels (1988) The 'Burbs (1989) Around the World in 80 Days (1989) Night Visitor (1989) Brenda Starr (1989) The Magic Balloon (1990) Return to Green Acres (1990) Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Tune in Tomorrow... (1990) Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1993) Vault of Horror I (1994) AAAHH!!! Real Monsters (1994) The Bears Who Saved Christmas (1994) Cyber Bandits (1995) Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995) - The Cat in the Hat (voice) Escape to Witch Mountain (1995) - Ravetch Santo Bugito (1995) Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996) Bio-Dome (1996) Mother Night (1996) Asylum (1997) Stranger in the Kingdom (1998) Rocket Power (1999) Magnolia (1999) Sunset Beach (1999) Mullitt (2000) The Luck of the Irish (2001) (TV) Rocket Power: Race Across New Zealand (2002) The Year That Trembled (2002) Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002) No Prom for Cindy (2002) The Commission (2003) The Goldfish (2003) Never Die Alone (2004) Boston Legal (2004-2008) Wedding Crashers (2005) Trapped Ashes (2006) Big Stan (2008)
Jack French Kemp, (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and professional football player. In the 1996 election, he was Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole's running mate for Vice President. He had previously contended for the presidential nomination in the 1988 Republican primaries. Kemp began his political career with nine terms as a Congressman for Western New York, from 1971 to 1989, and subsequently served as Housing Secretary in the George H. W. Bush administration.
Death of Jack Kemp Jack Kemp died of Cencer at the age of 73
Before politics, Kemp was a professional quarterback for 13 years in the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), and American Football League (AFL). He served as captain of both the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills and earned the AFL Most Valuable Player award in 1965 after leading the Bills to a second consecutive championship. He played in the AFL for all 10 years of its existence, appeared in its All-Star game seven times, played in its championship game five times, and set many of the league's career passing records. Kemp also co-founded the AFL Players Association, for which he served five terms as president. During the early part of his football career, he served in the United States Army Reserve.
After his days in political office, Kemp remained active as a political advocate and commentator, and served on corporate and non-profit organization boards. He also authored, co-authored, and edited several books. He promoted American football and advocated for retired professional football players. Kemp was the benefactor of Pepperdine University's Jack F. Kemp Institute of Political Economy. In January 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer.
Sydney Pollack (July 1, 1934 - May 26, 2008) was an Academy Award-winning American film director, producer and actor. He directed over 21 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows, and produced over 44 films. Pollack is best known for directing films Out of Africa (Academy Awards, 1985), Tootsie (1982), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Yakuza (1975), The Way We Were and Jeremiah Johnson (1972), along with newer films The Interpreter (2005), Sabrina (1995), The Firm (1993) and Havana (1990). He has appeared in over 15 films, including The Interpreter (2005), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Husbands and Wives (1992), The Player (1992), and The Electric Horseman (1979). In 2007, he appeared opposite George Clooney in Michael Clayton, a film which he also co-produced.
Death of Sydney Pollack Sydney Pollack died of cancer on May 26, 2008. Sydney Pollack was 73 years old at the time of his death. He died at his home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California surrounded by family, said his publicist, Leslee Dart. He had been diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago.
Director The Slender Thread (1965) director This Property Is Condemned (1966) director The Scalphunters' (1968) director The Swimmer (1968) co-director Castle Keep (1969) director They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) director Jeremiah Johnson (1972) director The Way We Were (1973) director Three Days of the Condor (1975) director The Yakuza (1975) director/producer Bobby Deerfield (1977) director/producer The Electric Horseman (1979) director/actor Absence of Malice (1981) director/producer Tootsie (1982) director/producer/actor Out of Africa (1985) director/producer Havana (1990) director/co-producer The Firm (1993) director/producer Sabrina (1995) director/producer Random Hearts (1999) director Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005) director The Interpreter (2005) director, executive producer, and actor
Producer The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) executive producer Presumed Innocent (1990) producer Sense and Sensibility (1995) executive producer Sliding Doors (1998) producer The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) executive producer Iris (2001) executive producer The Quiet American (2002) executive producer Cold Mountain (2003) producer Breaking and Entering (2006) producer Michael Clayton (2007) producer Recount (2008) executive producer
Appearances in film and television War Hunt (1962) actor Tootsie (1982) actor Husbands and Wives (1992) actor A Civil Action (1998) actor Eyes Wide Shut (1999) actor Will & Grace (2000) actor King of the Hill (2000) as Grant Trimble Changing Lanes (2002) actor One Six Right (2005) as himself The Interpreter (2005) actor Avenue Montaigne (2006) The Sopranos (2007) actor Michael Clayton (2007) actor Entourage (2007) as himself Made of Honor (2008) actor
Robert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was a Grammy and Tony Award-winning American-Canadian entertainer.
Goulet rose to international stardom in 1960 as Lancelot in Lerner and Loewe's hit Broadway musical Camelot. His long career as a singer and actor encompassed theatre, radio, television and film.
Robert Goulet death Robert Goulet was died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Robert Goulet was 73 years old at the time of his death.
On September 30, 2007, Robert Goulet was hospitalized in Las Vegas, where he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, "a rare but rapidly progressive and potentially fatal condition." On October 13 he was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after it was determined he "would not survive without an emergency lung transplant." Goulet died on October 30, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, while awaiting a lung transplant.
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006), commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Soul" and "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," was an American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. He was renowned for his shouting vocals, feverish dancing and unique rhythmic style.
James Brown's Cause of Death James Brown died from congestive heart failure. James Brown was 73 years at the time of his death.
Birth name: May 3, 1933 James Joseph Brown, Jr. Born: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States Origin: Augusta, Georgia Died: December 25, 2006 (aged 73) Atlanta, Georgia Genre: R&B, soul, funk, Rock and Roll Occupation: Singer, songwriter, dancer, bandleader, record producer Instruments: Vocal percussion, guitar, harmonica, bass, keyboards, drums and other percussion instruments Years active 1956 – 2006 Label: Federal, King, Try Me, Smash, People, Polydor, Scotti Bros.