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Johnny Wright, Country music pioneer, husband of Kitty Wells, dies 97

Johnnie Robert Wright, Jr. (May 13, 1914 – September 27, 2011), known professionally as Johnnie Wright, was an American country music singer-songwriter who spent much of his career working with Jack Anglin as the popular duo Johnnie & Jack, and was also the husband of Kitty Wells.

In 1937, he married Kitty Wells.

In 1952, Johnnie & Jack’s "Poison Love" took them to the Grand Ole Opry, where the duo, along with Wells, were invited to join and where they remained for 15 years.

In 1964, he and his Tennessee Mountain Boys had a Top 25 hit with "Walkin', Talkin', Cryin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart." The following year, he had success with "Hello Vietnam", a No. 1 hit. In 1968, he and Wells recorded an autobiographical duet, "We'll Stick Together", and continued playing live shows together through the early 1980s.

Johnnie Wright cause of death
Johnnie Wright passed away of natural causes at his home in Madison, TN on September 27, 2011.  Johnnie Wright was 97 years old at the time of his death.

Johnnie Wright - Is Love Worth All The Heartaches?

Johnny Wright - Hello Vietnam (Full Metal Jacket)

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

 

Art Linkletter, TV Host, Dies at 97

Arthur Gordon "Art" Linkletter (July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010) was a Canadian  born radio and television personality and the former host of two long-running United States television shows: House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio-TV for 19 years. Linkletter was famous for interviewing children on House Party and Kids Say the Darndest Things, which led to a successful series of books quoting children. A native of Canada, he became a naturalized United States citizen in 1942.

Death of Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter died at his home in Bel Air.
Art Linkletter was 97 at the time of his death

 Art Linkletter KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS

Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden dies 97

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Karl Malden (March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an Academy Award winning American actor. In a career that spanned over seven decades, he was featured in classic films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks with Marlon Brando. Among other notable film roles are Archie Lee Meighan in Baby Doll, Zebulon Prescott in How the West Was Won and General Omar Bradley in Patton. His best-known role was on television as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s crime drama, The Streets of San Francisco.

Death Karl Malden
Karl Malden died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles's Brentwood neighborhood.
Karl Malden was 97 years old at the time of his death

Karl Malden - American Express

Karl Malden's filmography continues next page

Selected filmography

Winged Victory (1944)
13 Rue Madeleine (1947)
Boomerang (1947)
Kiss of Death (1947)
The Gunfighter (1950)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The Sellout (1952)
Diplomatic Courier (1952)
Operation Secret (1952)
Ruby Gentry (1952)
I Confess (1953)
Take the High Ground! (1953)
Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Baby Doll (1956)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Bombers B-52 (1957)
Time Limit (1957) (director)
The Hanging Tree (1959) (also co-director)
Pollyanna (1960)
The Great Impostor (1961)
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Parrish (1961)
All Fall Down (1962)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
How the West Was Won (1962)
Gypsy (1962)
Come Fly with Me (1963)
Dead Ringer (1964)
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Nevada Smith (1966)
Murderers' Row (1966)
Hotel (1967)
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
Blue (1968)
Hot Millions (1968)
Patton (1970)
The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
Wild Rovers (1971)
Summertime Killer (1972)
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Meteor (1979)
Miracle on Ice (1981)
Twilight Time (1982)
The Sting II (1983)
Fatal Vision (1984) (television miniseries)
Dario Argento's World of Horror (1985) (documentary)
Billy Galvin (1986)
Nuts (1987)
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)

Millvina Dean, Last Titanic survivor dies at 97

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Last Titanic SurvivorMillvina Dean (February 2, 1912 - May 31, 2009) was the last living survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic which occurred on 15 April 1912. At nine weeks of age, she was the youngest passenger on board

Ill health and death of Millvina Dean
In December 2008, at the age of 96, Millvina Dean was forced to sell several of her family's possessions to pay for her private medical care following a broken hip.

In response, the Millvina Fund was set up in May 2009 by the director and stars of the film Titanic, James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, who donated over £20,000 to support Dean with her bills. This fund was set up through a challenge by photographer Don Mullan, and matches one he set up through selling prints.

Dean died on 31 May 2009 at the age of 97, 98 years to the day after the Titanic was launched in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Millvina Dean's biography continutes next page

Family
Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean was born in London to Bertram Frank Dean and Georgette Eva Light. She had a brother, Bertram Vere Dean (1910–1992), and a great great great niece Khara Barnard who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dean never married and had no children.


Titanic voyage
Millvina's parents decided to leave England and emigrate to Wichita, Kansas where her father had family living and where he hoped to open a tobacco shop. The Deans were not supposed to be aboard the Titanic, but owing to a coal strike, they were transferred to the ship and boarded it as third-class passengers at Southampton, England. Millvina was barely two months old when she boarded the ship. Her father felt the ship's collision with the iceberg on the night of 14 April 1912, and after investigating, returned to his cabin telling his wife to dress the children and go up on deck. Millvina, her mother, and brother were placed in Lifeboat 10 and were among the first steerage passengers to escape the sinking liner. Her father, however, did not survive, and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Return to England
At first, Millvina's mother wanted to continue on to Kansas to fulfil her husband's wish of a new life in the United States. However, after losing her husband and being left with two small children for whom to care, they returned to England aboard the RMS Adriatic. While aboard the ship, Millvina understandably attracted considerable attention. An article in the Daily Mirror newspaper dated 12 May 1912 described the ordeal:

She was the pet of the liner during the voyage, and so keen was the rivalry between women to nurse this lovable mite of humanity that one of the officers decreed that first and second class passengers might hold her in turn for no more than ten minutes.

Family deaths
Dean's mother died on 16 September 1975, aged 96, and her brother, Bertram, died, aged 81, on 14 April 1992, 80 years to the day after the Titanic struck the iceberg.

Later years
It was not until Millvina was in her seventies that she became involved in Titanic-related events. Over the years, she participated in numerous conventions, exhibitions, documentaries, television and radio interviews, and personal correspondence. In 1998, Millvina traveled to the United States to participate in a Titanic convention in Springfield, Massachusetts, and another in 1999 in Montreal. She had also been scheduled to appear at a commemoration of the Titanic's 94th anniversary in 2006, but a broken hip prevented her appearance.

In October 2007, she became the last-living Titanic survivor following the death of Barbara West Dainton, who died at the age of 96 in England.

Ernest Gallo

Ernest Gallo Wine VineyardsErnest Gallo (March 18, 1909 – March 6, 2007) was the American co-founder of the E & J Gallo Winery, which recently changed its name to Gallo Family Vineyards. He was ranked 297th on the 2006 Forbes 400 list of billionaires.

After the death of his parents, Ernest and brother Julio (1910–1993), along with their wives Amelia (1910–1993) and Aileen (1913–1999), raised their thirteen-year-old little brother Joseph (1919–2007). In 1986, the brothers sued Joseph for using the Gallo name on his cheese labels. The brothers won and their relationship with Joseph was forever strained.

Ernest Gallo was married for sixty-two years to Amelia Franzia Gallo. When she died on December 22, 1993, Ernest released the following statement: "Amelia was a great wife, mother and grandmother, and a truly great lady. While her loss is very, very difficult for me, I feel fortunate and thankful I have had her for sixty-two memorable years." The couple had two sons: David, who died in 1997, and Joseph.

His younger brother, Joseph Gallo, died on February 17, 2007 at age eighty-seven. Weeks later, on March 6, 2007, Ernest Gallo died at his home in Modesto, California.

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