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Acker Bilk, jazz clarinettest, dies 85

Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk MBE (January 28, 1929 – November 2, 2014) was an English clarinettist and vocalist, billed as Mr. Acker Bilk on many of his recordings. He was known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style.

Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune "Stranger on the Shore" became the UK's biggest selling single of 1962 where it remained in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaking at number two, and was the first No. 1 single in the US by a British artist in the era of the modern Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

Acker Bilk cause of death

He died on November 2, 2014 at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Jenny and son Pete. Cause of death was not released.

Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk

Ann B. Davis, Alice on 'Brady Bunch,' dies 88

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Ann Bradford Davis (May 5, 1926 – June 1, 2014) was an American television actress.

Davis achieved prominence for her role in The Bob Cummings Show (1955–59) for which she twice won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, but she was best known for playing the part of Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in The Brady Bunch series (1969–74).

She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice out of four nominations for this role. On February 9, 1960, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Davis was never married nor was she romantically linked to anyone

Ann B. Davis cause of death.

Davis died on June 1, 2014, from a subdural hematoma after a fall in her bathroom. Sources close to her say she was in excellent health for an 88-year-old woman and her death was a complete shock.

The Brady Bunch - Far Out Alice

Arthur Smith, Musician Who Wrote ‘Dueling Banjos,’ Dies 93

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Arthur Smith (April 1, 1921 – April 3, 2014) was an American musician and songwriter.

In 1955, Smith composed a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos" and recorded the song with five-string banjo player Don Reno. Later the composition appeared in the popular 1972 film Deliverance as "Dueling Banjos" played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel. Not given credit, Smith had to proceed with legal action that eventually gave him songwriting credit and back royalties. It was a landmark copyright infringement suit.

Arthur Smith won a Grammy Award in 1973 for Dueling Banjos (original writer)

Arthur Smith cause of death

Arthur Smith died at his home on April 3, 2014.  A family member confirmed the death but did not specify a cause.  Arthur Smith was 93 years old at the time of his death.

Dueling Banjos - Deliverance

August Schellenberg, Free Willy actor, dies 77

August Schellenberg (July 25, 1936 – August 15, 2013) was a Canadian-born Métis actor.

His first film was Rip-Off in 1971. In 1981, he did voices for the animated film Heavy Metal. During the late '90s he had major roles in Black Robe (as Chomina), Free Willy and its sequels (as Randolph Johnson), Iron Will (Ned Dodd), and TV film Crazy Horse (Sitting Bull). He went on to star as Chief Powhatan in Terrence Malick's 2005 film The New World, alongside Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, and Christian Bale. He also had roles in Disney's Eight Below and the doco within a film The Green Chain (2007). In 2011, he appeared in two episodes of the television series Stargate Universe as Yaozu.

August Schellenberg cause of death

Schellenberg died on August 15, 2013 at his home in Texas after a long battle with lung cancer.  August Schellenberg was 77 years old at the time of his death.

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Allen Lanier, Original Member of Blue Oyster Cult, dies 67

Allen Glover Lanier (June 25, 1946 – August 14, 2013) was an original member of Blue Öyster Cult. Lanier played keyboards and rhythm guitar. He resided in Manhattan.

Lanier wrote several songs for Blue Öyster Cult albums, including "True Confessions", "Tenderloin", "Searchin' for Celine", "In Thee" and "Lonely Teardrops". In addition to his work with Blue Öyster Cult, he also contributed to music by Patti Smith, Jim Carroll, The Dictators and The Clash, among others. He dated Patti Smith for several years during the 1970s.

Allen Lanier cause of death

Allen's death was announced by Blue Öyster Cult on August 14, 2013. According to their official Facebook page, "Allen succumbed to complications from C.O.P.D." Lead singer Eric Bloom posted the following:

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Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin' For You

Blue Oyster Cult interview 1980-81 Kids Show (Allen Lanier in red)

Allan Arbus, 'M*A*S*H' star, dies 95

Allan Arbus (February 15, 1918 – April 19, 2013) was an American actor notable for his role as psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on the television series M*A*S*H.

Arbus is far better known for his television work, which includes over 45 titles and works as recent as Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2000. Among Arbus's non-M*A*S*H TV work are guest and recurring roles in such television series as Law & Order, L.A. Law, Matlock, Starsky and Hutch, and Judging Amy.

During the 1940's Allan Arbus was a successful photographer, primarily known for advertising photography that appeared in Glamour, Seventeen, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and other magazines

Allan Arbus cause of death

Allan Arbus was 95 years old at the time of his death.  Cause of death was not released.

Allan Arbus as Sydney Freedman - M*A*S*H

Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer, Star of Beach Movies, dies 70

Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013) was an American actress and singer. Beginning her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve, Funicello rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles "O Dio Mio," "Tall Paul" and "Pineapple Princess", as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful "Beach Party" genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.

Annette Funicello Cause of Death

In 1992, Funicello announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She died from complications of the disease on April 8, 2013.  Annette Funicello was 70 years old at the time of her death

Annette Funicello - Blame It On The Bossa Nova

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Alvin Lee, Guitarist, Woodstock fame, dies 68

Alvin Lee (born Graham Alvin Barnes, December 19, 1944 – March 6, 2013) was an English rock guitarist and singer, known as the lead guitarist and singer with the blues-rock band Ten Years After.

Alvin Lee's performance at the Woodstock Festival was captured on film in the documentary of the event, and his playing helped catapult him to stardom.  Soon the band was playing arenas and stadiums around the globe. The film brought Lee's music to a worldwide audience

Alvin Lee cause of death

Alvin Lee died on 6 March 2013 in Spain, from "unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure". Alvin lee was 68 years old at the time of his death.

Woodstock - Ten Years After - I'm Going Home(Live)

Alvin Lee on guitar and vocal

Alex Karras, Actor, NFL Lineman, Pro-Wrestler, dies 77

Alex KarrasAlexander George "Alex" Karras (July 15, 1935 – October 10, 2012), nicknamed "The Mad Duck", was an American football player, professional wrestler, and actor. He played football with the Detroit Lions in the National Football League from 1958–1962 and 1964–1970. As an actor, Karras is noted for his role as the thuggish Mongo in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles, and for starring in the ABC sitcom Webster (1983–89) alongside his wife Susan Clark, as the title character's adoptive father.

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Before his NFL career got under way, Karras signed a contract as a professional wrestler on December 13, 1957, earning $25,000 during the six-month off-season.

NFL player
Karras was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions in 1958. He quickly became one of the dominant defensive tackles in the NFL, playing for 12 seasons (1958-1962, 1964-1970) with the same team

He was known for his humorous endorsement of La-Z-Boy recliners.

Alex Karras cause of death
Alex Karras died in the morning hours of October 10 from complications caused by kidney failure.
Alex Karras was 77 years old at the time of his death.

In his later years, Karras suffered several serious health problems, including dementia, heart disease, and cancer.

Karras was among many former NFL players to have filed a lawsuit against the NFL in early 2012, over issues of head injuries during their career that had caused various ill effects later in their lives, including dementia.

On October 8, 2012, it was revealed by friend Tom McInerney that Karras had suffered from kidney failure; doctors gave him a few days to live. Karras was treated at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, before being released into hospice care. After returning to his Los Angeles home with family.

Blazing Saddles - Alex Karras as Mongo

Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Emmy Winning TV host, dies 84

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Andy WilliamsHoward Andrew "Andy" Williams (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American singer who recorded eighteen Gold and three Platinum-certified albums. He hosted The Andy Williams Show, a TV variety show, from 1962 to 1971, as well as numerous television specials, and owned the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, named after the song "Moon River", with which he was closely identified.

During the 1960s, Williams became one of the most popular vocalists in the country and was signed to what was at that time the biggest recording contract in history. He was primarily an album artist, and at one time he had earned more gold albums than any solo performer except Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Elvis Presley. By 1973 he had earned as many as 18 gold album awards. Among his hit albums from this period were Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses (number one for 16 weeks in mid-1963), The Andy Williams Christmas Album, Dear Heart, The Shadow of Your Smile, Love, Andy, Get Together with Andy Williams, and Love Story. These recordings, along with his natural affinity for the music of the 1960s and early 1970s, combined to make him one of the premier easy listening singers of that era.

Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's song "Moon River" (1962 Oscar winning song) became Williams' theme song. However, it was never released as a single.  "Moon River" was never actually a chart hit for Williams.

Andy Williams became the star of his own weekly television variety show, The Andy Williams Show (1962 to 1971). He won three Emmy Awards for outstanding variety program.

Williams hosted the most Grammy telecasts, from the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971 through the 19th Annual Grammy Awards in 1977, totaling seven consecutive shows.

Williams was an avid golfer, and hosted the PGA Tour golf tournament in San Diego from 1968–88 at Torrey Pines. Then known as the "Andy Williams San Diego Open", the tournament continues as the Farmers Insurance Open, usually played in February.

Andy Williams cause of death
Andy Williams died at his home in Branson, Missouri after suffering from bladder cancer for a year. Andy Williams was 84 years old at the time of his death.

Andy Williams health history
On Friday, November 4, 2011, it was reported in the press that Williams had been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The singer confirmed the condition in a surprise appearance that weekend at his theater in Branson, as reported by the Branson Tri-Lakes News. He underwent chemotherapy treatments in Houston, Texas and then moved with his wife, Debbie, to a rented home in Malibu, California to be closer to cancer specialists in the Los Angeles area.

On July 19, 2012, Williams's theater announced that Andy Williams had returned to Branson following cancer treatment and was "in good spirits and getting stronger every day" and had hoped to take the stage as scheduled in September.

Andy Williams - Moon River 1960's performance

Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Andy Griffith dies 86

Andy Griffith was buried within five hours of his death

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Andrew Samuel "Andy" Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, director, producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's epic film, A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960–68 situation comedy, The Andy Griffith Show, and in the 1986–95 legal drama, Matlock.

Andy Griffith cause of death
Andy Griffith had a cardiac ailment, but official cause of death is not known.  Andy Griffith died around 7 AM EDT on July 3, 2012 at his home on Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina.  At the request of his family, he was buried on his property on Roanoke Island within five hours of his death Andy Griffith was 86 years old at the time of his death.

Andy Griffith and Ron Howard

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Andy Griffith discusses the character of Ben Matlock

MCA Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys Rapper, Dies 47

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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

Alan Sues, 'Laugh-In' regular, dies 85

Alan Grigsby Sues (March 7, 1926 – December 1, 2011) was an American comic actor widely known for his roles on the 1968–1973 television series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Sues' on-screen persona was campy, outrageous and contained verbal slapstick; typical of his humor was a skit that found him following a pair of whiskey-drinking cowboys to a Wild West bar and requesting a frozen daiquiri. Sues' recurring characters on the program included Big Al the Sportscaster and Uncle Al the Kiddie's Pal. He also parodied castmate JoAnne Worley when she left the show, appearing in drag.

He was the only known gay man on TV at that time.

Alan Sues cause of death
Alan Sues died of heart attack.
Alan Sues was 85 years old at the time of his death

Laugh-In - Uncle Al, the kiddies Pal

Andrea True, 'More, More, More." Porn Star Turned Singer, Dies 68

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Andrea True (July 26, 1943 – November 7, 2011) was an American adult film star and singer from the disco era. In addition to her given name, she had multiple stage names, including Inger Kissin, Andrea Travis, Catherine Warren, Singh Low, and Singe Low.

She is best known for the disco tune "More, More, More", released in 1976, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1976.

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Andrea True appeared in more than 60 hardcore porn films throughout the 1970s and early to mid-1980s, and distinguished herself as one of the more recognizable porn stars in the early New York adult film industry.

More, More, More.
During her heyday as a porn actress, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercials. During her stay on Jamaica, a political crisis gripped the island, and no one was allowed to leave with any money. Not wanting to lose her hard-earned pay, True asked her friend, record producer Gregg Diamond, to travel to the island and produce a track for her, which she would finance locally. Diamond arrived with a composition in hand, to which True added her vocals. The result of their collaboration was "More, More, More."

Andrea True cause of death
Andrea True died on November 7, 2011, at a hospital in Kingston, New York, near her home in Woodstock. The cause of her death was not made public. In line with her wishes, she was cremated.  Andrea True was 68 years old at the time of her death.

More, More More - Andrea True Connection (HQ Audio)

Andy Rooney, '60 Minutes' commentator, dies 92

Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney (January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) was an American radio and television writer. He was most notable for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney", a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. His final regular appearance on 60 Minutes aired October 2, 2011.

Rooney's "end-of-show" segment on 60 Minutes, "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney" (originally "Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney"), began in 1978

In 1990, Rooney was suspended without pay for three months by then-CBS News President David Burke, due to the negative publicity around his saying that "too much alcohol, too much food, drugs, homosexual unions, cigarettes [are] all known to lead to premature death."

Andy Rooney Cause of Death
Aney Rooney was hospitalized on October 25, 2011 for developing postoperative complications, and died 10 days later (November 4, 2011).  He died about a month after his last appearance on 60 Minutes.
Aney Rooney was 92 years old at the time of his death.

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