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Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest,' dies 74

Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, generally considered the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport. Early in his career, Ali was known for being an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC. He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.

Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome in 1984, a disease that commonly results from head trauma from activities such as boxing.

Ali was hospitalized on June 2, 2016 with a respiratory condition. His condition was initially described as "fair". The following day, Ali's condition worsened, and he was placed on life support. His condition did not improve, and late on June 3, it was announced that Ali had died at the age of 74.

Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dies 74

*Maurice White was the bandleader and producer of most of the albums by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 3, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He was the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He was also the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White. Maurice served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer (along with Philip Bailey). White won seven Grammys, and was nominated for 21 Grammys in total.

White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire, and was also individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also known by his nickname Reese, he worked with several famous recording artists including; Deniece Williams, The Emotions, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond.

White was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the late 1980s, which led him to eventually stop touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in 1994. However, White retained executive control of the band, and remained active in the music business.

Maurice White cause of death

White died in his sleep from the effects of Parkinson's disease at his home in Los Angeles, California on February 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland.  Maurice White singing.

Cory Wells, Three Dog Night Singer, Dies 74

Cory Wells (born Emil Lewandowski; February 2, 1941 – October 20, 2015) was an American singer, best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the band Three Dog Night.

Cory Wells and Danny Hutton got together to form Three Dog Night in 1968.

Unlike many other rock musicians of the day, Wells was able to abstain from serious drug and alcohol problems, plus he didn't squander his earnings on the lavish life styles of many successful rock stars. Rather, he chose to live a somewhat more moderate existence.

Wells died suddenly in his sleep on October 20, 2015 at his home in Dunkirk, New York at the age of 74.  Cause of death is not known.

Cory Wells - Try a Little Tenderness

Three Dog Night - Mama told me not to come 1970

Cory Wells - Lead singer

Richard Kiel, Actor, James Bond villain Jaws, dies 74

Richard Dawson Kiel (September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014) was an American actor known for his role of the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) as well as the video game Everything or Nothing (he also had cameos in many other James Bond videogames). He was also well known as Mr. Larson in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore, for playing the Kanamit aliens in the classic Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man and for his role of Dr. Miguelito Loveless' assistant Voltaire in first season episodes of The Wild, Wild West (1965-1966).

Richard Kiel Cause of Death

Richard Kiel died on September 10, 2014, 3 days before his 75th birthday. He had been admitted to a hospital in Fresno, California, after breaking his leg the previous week. He was survived by his wife, Diane, and three children.  Richard Kiel was 74 years old at the time of his death.

James Bond Jaws moonraker tram fight

Karen Black, Actress Appeared in Over 100 films, Dies 74

Golden Globe WinnerGolden Globe Winner

Karen Black (July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. She is known for her appearances in such films as Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The Great Gatsby, Rhinoceros and Airport 1975 (all 1974), The Day of the Locust, Nashville, (both 1975), and Alfred Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot (1976). Over the course of her career, she won two Golden Globe Awards (out of three nominations), and an Academy Award nomination in 1971 for Best Supporting Actress.

Karen Black cause of death

Karen Black died in Los Angeles from ampullary cancer.  After her final films in 2010, she was diagnosed with cancer and did not make any more public appearances. Karen Black was 74 years old at the time of her death.

Karen Black film montage  **Please watch this video**

JJ Cale, Musician and Songwriter, Dies 74

2007 grammy

John Weldon Cale (December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013), known as JJ Cale or J.J. Cale, was a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and musician. Cale was one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Cale's personal style has often been described as "laid back".

Songs written by Cale that have been covered by other musicians include "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton, "Clyde" by Waylon Jennings, "Call Me the Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and "Ride Me High" and "Travelin' Light" by Widespread Panic.

In 1974 Captain Beefheart covered the song "Same Old Blues" on his album Bluejeans & Moonbeams.

In 2007, the Cale and Clapton team won a Grammy for their collaboration on The Road to Escondido.

J.J. Cale cause of death

J.J. Cale died on July 26, 2013, at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California, after a heart attack. J.J. Cale was 74 years old at the time of his death.

JJ Cale, Eric Clapton (After Midnight & Call me the Breeze)

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Call Me the Breeze (live '75)

Gary Collins, actor, host of Miss America pageant, dies 74

Hollywood Walk of Fame

CollinsGary Ennis Collins (April 30, 1938 – October 13, 2012) was an American film and television actor.

He guest-starred on dozens of television shows since the 1960s, including Perry Mason, The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, The Six Million Dollar Man, Alf, The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Friends, and JAG. He had roles in the 1969 Andy Griffith film Angel in My Pocket, and in the 1970 film Airport. He played the heroic co-pilot in the 1977 film The Night They Took Miss Beautiful.

Collins hosted the television talk show Hour Magazine from 1980 to 1988, and co-hosted the ABC television series The Home Show from 1989 to 1994. He was the host of the Miss America Pageant from 1982 to 1990.

Collins was nominated for an Emmy Award six times and won in 1983 for Outstanding Talk Show Host. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Gary Collins cause of death
Gary Collins was found dead around 1:00 AM on October 13, 2012, at Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. His death was said to be a result of natural causes.
Gary Collins was 74 years old at the time of his death.

Miss America 1986 - Crowning

BORN FREE opening credits NBC adventure series

Sherman Hemsley, Comedian, 'George Jefferson', dies 74

Sherman Alexander Hemsley (February 1, 1938 - July 24,2012) was an American actor, most famous for his role as George Jefferson on the CBS television series All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and as Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series Amen. He also played Earl Sinclair's horrifying boss, a Triceratops named B.P. Richfield, on the Jim Henson sitcom Dinosaurs.

The characters of Hemsley and co-star Isabel Sanford were secondary on All in the Family, but were given their own spin-off series, The Jeffersons, less than two years after Hemsley made his debut on the show. The Jeffersons ran 11 seasons through 1985.

Sherman Hemsley cause of death
Sherman Hemsley dies in his home in El Paso, Texas.  Cause of death is not known.
Sherman Hemsley was 74 years old a the time of his death.

Celebrity Deaths

 George Jefferson & Helen Willis 'GET DOWN!'

James Ellis, singer, 'Disco Inferno', dies 74

James Ellis (? - March 7, 2012) was a lead singer of a Disco band 'The Trammps'

The Trammps were an American disco band, who were based in Philadelphia and were one of the first disco bands.  They are best known for their Grammy winning song, "Disco Inferno".

James Ellis cause of death.
James Ellis, died after suffering Alzheimer's disease.
james Ellis was 74 years old at the time of his death.

The Trammps - Disco Inferno.  Lead Singer James Ellis

Dick Kniss, a Bassist for Peter, Paul and Mary, Dies at 74

Dick Kniss played stand-up bass behind Peter, Paul and Mary for more than 40 years.

Dick Kniss cause of death
Kick Kniss died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Dick Kniss was 74 years old at the time of his death.

Peter Paul & Mary - Puff the Magic Dragon
You can see Kick Kniss (I assume) standing on the side in dark.

Billie Joe Spears, Country Singer, dies 74

Billie Jo Spears (January 14, 1937 – December 14, 2011) was an American country music singer. She reached the top-10 of the Country music charts five times between 1969 and 1977, her biggest hit being "Blanket on the Ground", which, in 1975, became her only number one. She was known for her bluesy voice.

Billie Jo Spears cause of death
Billie Jo Spears died of cancer on December 14, 2011
Billie Jo Spears was 74 years old at the time of her death.

Billie Jo Spears - Blanket On The Ground

David Nelson, last of 'Ozzie and Harriet's' dies 74


1501 Vine Street

David Oswald Nelson (October 24, 1936 – January 11, 2011) was an American actor, director, producer, and son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard and the older brother of late singer Ricky Nelson.

Career
David and Ricky Nelson, along with their parents, appeared on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950s and 1960s. During the run of the series, Nelson directed several episodes. After the series' end, Nelson continued acting, directing and producing. Nelson's last film appearance was in Cry-Baby (1990).

Death of David Nelson
David Nelson died on January 11, 2011 in Century City, California of complications from colon cancer.

Ozzie and Harriet - An Evening With Hamlet (1/2)

Part 2/2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vYIjfRjPzU

Steve Landesberg, 'Barney Miller' Actor, Dies 74

Steve Landesberg (November 23, 1936  – December 20, 2010) was an American actor, comedian, and voice actor best known for his role of Arthur P. Dietrich on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller.

Death of Steve Landesberg

Landesberg died from colon cancer on December 20, 2010, aged 74. Initial reports of Mr. Landesberg’s death, relying on numerous biographical sources, said he was 65.

In acknowledging that he was actually nine years older, his daughter said he had provided varying birth dates over the years. "He got kind of a late start in show business," she explained, "so he tried to straddle the generations. He fooled the whole world. People were surprised to think he was even 65."

 Barney Miller: Dietrich Does Gregory Peck

Hank Cochran, country music songwriter, dies 74

Garland Perry "Hank" Cochran (August 2, 1935 – July 15, 2010) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Starting in the 1960s, Cochran has been a prolific songwriter in the genre, including major hits by Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold and others. Cochran was also a recording artist between 1962 and 1980, charting seven times on the Billboard country charts, with his highest solo peak being the #20 "Sally Was a Good Old Girl."

Rough Childhood
Born during the Great Depression in Isola, Mississippi, he contracted pneumonia, whooping cough, measles and mumps all about the same time at age 2. The doctor didn't think that he would survive. His parents divorced when he was 9, he moved with his father to Memphis, Tennessee, but then went to an orphanage. He was sent to live with his grandparents, in Waynesboro, Mississippi, after he had run away from the orphanage twice.  He started to work at the oil rig when he was 16.

Then he quickly took over the County Music scene and became a legend.
Hank Cochran wrote a lot of songs for many artists.

Death of Hank Cochran
He had cancerous tumors surgically removed from his pancreas and lymph node at a Nashville Hospital in July 2008. Cochran had a grapefruit-sized aortic aneurysm removed at a Nashville hospital in April 2010. He passed away on July 15, 2010.

 THE LEGEND HANK COCHRAN

 
 Notable artists who have recorded his songs include:
 
    * Eddy Arnold
    * Patsy Cline
    * Natalie Cole
    * Elvis Costello
    * Bing Crosby
    * Ella Fitzgerald
    * Mickey Gilley
    * Vern Gosdin
    * Merle Haggard
    * Emmylou Harris   
    * Rebecca Lynn Howard
    * Burl Ives
    * George Jones
    * Norah Jones
    * Loretta Lynn
    * Henry Mancini
    * Dean Martin
    * Reba McEntire
    * Ronnie Milsap
    * Brad Paisley
    * Johnny Paycheck
    * Elvis Presley
    * Ray Price
    * Jim Reeves
    * Linda Ronstadt
    * Dinah Shore
    * Nancy Sinatra
    * George Strait
    * Hank Williams Jr
    * Lee Ann Womack

Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Merl Saunders dies 74

Merl Saunders (February 14, 1934 – October 24, 2008) was an American multi-genre musician who played piano and keyboards, favoring the Hammond B-3 console organ.

Born in San Mateo, California, Saunders gained notice in the 1970s when he began collaborating with Jerry Garcia, with the Grateful Dead and with Garcia's bands The Legion of Mary and Reconstruction.

Death of Merl Saunders
Merl Saunders died in San Francisco, California on the morning of October 24, 2008, after fighting infections as a result of complications related to the stroke which he suffered in 2002.  Merl Saunders was 74 years old at the time of his death.

Biography
He led his own bands, as Merl Saunders and Friends, playing live dates with Garcia, as well as Mike Bloomfield, David Grisman, Tom Fogerty, Vassar Clements, Kenneth Nash, John Kahn and Sheila E.

He has worked with musicians Paul Pena, Bonnie Raitt, Phish, Miles Davis, and B. B. King. Merl also recorded with The Dinosaurs, a "supergroup" of first-generation Bay Area rock musicians.

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