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Deanna Durbin, Singer, Former child star, dies 91

Deanna Durbin (born Edna Mae Durbin, December 4, 1921 – April 2013) was a Canadian singer and actress, who appeared in a number of musical films in the 1930s and 1940s singing standards as well as operatic arias.

On April 30, 2013, a newsletter published by the Deanna Durbin Society reported that Durbin died "a few days ago", quoting her son, Peter H. David, who thanked her admirers for respecting her privacy. No other details were given.

Deanna Durbin - Begin The Beguine

Dave Brubeck, jazz legend, dies 91

Hollywood Walk of Fame

David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer considered to be one of the foremost exponents of progressive jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece, "Take Five"

Dave Brubeck cause of death

Brubeck died of heart failure on December 5, 2012, in Norwalk, Connecticut, one day before his 92nd birthday.

Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Dave Brubeck - Take The 'A' Train - 1966

Dorothy McGuire of McGuire Sisters dies 84

* not to be confused with the other Dorothy McGuire, an actress.

Dorothy McGuire, (February 19, 1928 - September 7, 2012) was a member of an American popular  singing trio, The McGuire Sisters . The group was composed of three sisters: Dorothy McGuire, Christine McGuire, born July 30, 1926 (age 86); and Phyllis McGuire, born February 14, 1931 (age 81).  Among their most popular songs are "Sincerely" and "Sugartime".

They performed for five Presidents of the United States (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush) and for Queen Elizabeth II. The sisters maintained a busy television schedule, making frequent appearances on popular variety hours hosted by Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin, Danny Kaye, Milton Berle, Andy Williams, Perry Como and Red Skelton. The trio was dressed and coiffed identically and performed their synchronized body movements and hand gestures with military precision. Their recordings of "Sincerely," "Picnic," and 1958's "Sugartime" all sold more than one million copies.

Dorothy McGuire cause of death
Dorothy McGuire died at her son's home in Phoenix, Arizona. She had Parkinson's disease and age-related dementia.  But her cause of death was not released.  Dorothy McGuire was 84 years old at the time of her death

PBS Special 2004 - McGuire Sisters

The McGuire Sisters - Sincerely

Darryl Cotton, Australian Pop Singer, Zoot Frontman, Dies 62

Darryl Cotton (September 4, 1949 – July 27, 2012) was an Australian pop singer, television presenter and actor, but was best known as a founding member of Australian rock group Zoot in 1968, along with Beeb Birtles, Rick Brewer and, later, Rick Springfield.

Following Zoot, Cotton ventured overseas, basing himself in Los Angeles where he worked consistently as a singer/songwriter and performing with such artists as Olivia Newton-John, The Osmonds, Shaun Cassidy and Cliff Richard. His songwriting credits include Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond, Engelbert Humperdinck and The New Seekers.

Darryl Cotton cause of death
Darryl Cotton was diagnosed with liver cancer in June 2012 (One Month before his death)
Darryl Cotton was 62 years old at the time of his death

The Zoot : 'Eleanor Rigby' - music video

Don Grady, Mouseketeer, 'My Three Sons' star, dies 68

hollywood deathDon Louis Agrati (June 8, 1944 – June 27, 2012), better known as Don Grady, was an American actor, composer, and musician. He was best known both as one of Mickey Mouse's original Mouseketeers, and as Robbie Douglas on My Three Sons. His sister was also an actress, billed as Lani O'Grady. Their mother was a talent agent, known as Mary Grady.

His acting credits included several Western series, including John Payne's The Restless Gun, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, Wagon Train and The Rifleman, where he played a young man whose vocal cords were severed by Indians. He also had a role in the NBC medical drama, The Eleventh Hour. Originally the frustrated middle brother on My Three Sons, he became the confident elder brother with the departure of Mike (Tim Considine, who had earlier appeared with Grady in The New Adventures of Spin and Marty), and the adoption of Ernie (Barry Livingston), who became the new "third son."

After My Three Sons ended in 1972, Grady pursued a musical career. His works included music for the Blake Edwards comedy film Switch, the theme song for The Phil Donahue Show and for EFX, a Las Vegas multimedia stage show which starred Michael Crawford, David Cassidy, Tommy Tune, and Rick Springfield.

Don Grady cause of death
Don Grady died after a long battle with cancer.
Don Grady was 68 years old at the time of his death

Doris Singleton, 'I Love Lucy' actress, dies 92

hollywoodDoris Singleton (born Dorthea Singleton; September 28, 1919 – June 26, 2012) was an American actress, perhaps best remembered as Lucy Ricardo's frenemy, the stuck-up Carolyn Appleby, in I Love Lucy.

Singleton guest starred on several other television shows including Hogan's Heroes, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone, all on CBS, and on Rod Cameron's syndicated modern western crime drama, State Trooper. She played Laura, the girlfriend of Butch Cassidy on a 1958 episode, "The Outlaw Legion," of the syndicated western Frontier Doctor. Singleton played the sympathetic neighbor, Susie, to Annie Fargé's scatterbrained character "Angel Smith" in the short-lived CBS sitcom Angel (1960–61). Singleton also appeared in All in the Family as Edith's hotel roommate, Lydia Stonehurst in the 1971 episode "Edith has Jury Duty". She also appeared in two Perry Mason episodes, titled "The Crooked Candle" and "The Purple Woman".

Singleton guest-starred on My Three Sons, playing two different characters who had recurring roles throughout the long run of the show. She originally played the mother of Meredith MacRae whose character Sally Morrison married original oldest son Mike Douglas (Tim Considine) in the 1964-65 season. Later she played Margaret, mother of Polly Williams (Ronne Troup) in the 1970-71 season. At the time of her death in June 2012, Singleton was the last surviving major recurring adult cast members from the "Lucy" shows. Her last major acting role was in Deadly Messages (1985), though she appeared in advertising and voice overs for many subsequent years.

Doris Singleton cause of death
Doris Singleton died from complications from cancer on June 26, 2012, in her Los Angeles home. She had no children and left no immediate survivors.
Doris Singleton was 92 years old at the time of her death.

Doc Watson, Folk-Music Legend, Dies 89

Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) was an American guitar player, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Watson's flatpicking skills and knowledge of traditional American music are highly regarded. He performed with his son Merle for over 15 years until Merle's death in 1985, in an accident on the family farm.

Doc Watson cause of death
In late May 2012, Watson was listed in critical condition but was responsive at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after undergoing colon surgery. Watson had fallen early in the week. Watson did not break any bones, but an underlying condition prompted the surgery. Doc Watson was 89 years old at the time of his death.

Doc Watson-Deep River Blues

Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies 63

Donna Summer (LaDonna Adrian Gaines) (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and was a five-time Grammy Award winner. Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period.

Donna Summer cause of death
Donna Summer died after a battle with lung cancer and breast cancer.
Donna Summer was 63 years old at the time of her death

Donna Summer - Last Dance

Dick Clark, 'American Bandstand', Dies 82

Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark (November 30, 1929 - April 18, 2012) was an American game-show host, radio and television personality, and businessman. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he has sold part of in recent years. Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Clark has long been known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick Clark...so long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager."

Dick Clark cause of death
Dick Clark died of a massive heart attack in his home after undergoing a procedure.
Dick Clark was 82 at the time of his death.

Clark suffered a significant stroke in late 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show since then.

Daytime Emmy Awards tribute to American Bandstand and Dick Clark

Davy Jones, Monkees lead singer, dies 66

David Thomas "Davy" Jones (December 30, 1945 – February 29, 2012) was an English rock singer-songwriter and actor best known as a member of The Monkees.

Davy Jones cause of death
On the morning of 29 February 2012, Jones was found dead at his Indiantown, Florida home. His publicist announced that Jones had suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep. Jones is survived by his widow Jessica and four daughters.
Davy Jones was 66 years old at the time of his death

Monkees - Daydream Believer. Davy Jones in red shirt (lead singer)

David Kelly, Grandpa from Chocolate Factory, dies 82

* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is not to be confused with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

David Kelly (July 11, 1929 – February 12, 2012) was an Irish actor, who had regular roles in several film and television works from the 1950s onwards. To American audiences Kelly is known for his role as Grandpa Joe in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Another notable role was as a nude motorcyclist in Waking Ned.

David Kelly cause of death
Kelly died after a short illness
David Kelly was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Waking Ned - Movie Trailer
David Kelly is the naked man

David Peaston, R&B Singer, Apollo star, dies 54

David Peaston (1957 – February 1, 2012) was an American R&B/gospel singer who in 1990 won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. He is mostly known for the singles, "Two Wrongs (Don't Make it Right)" and "Can I?", the latter of which was originally recorded by Eddie Kendricks.

In the late 1980s, Peaston, a former schoolteacher, won several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo television show, winning over the audience with a powerful rendition of "God Bless the Child."

David Peaston cause of death
David Peaston died from complications of diabetes on February 1, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.
David Peaston  was 54 years old at the time of his death.

David Peaston - 2 Wrongs

Don Cornelius, “Soul Train,” commits Suicide 75

Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television show host and producer who is best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971-1993. Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.

Don Cornelius Cause of Death
Don Cornelius died of a self-inflicted gunshot.  Cornelius suffered from dementia and his health had been on the decline.
Don Cornelius was 75 years old at the time of his death

Don Cornelius Grooving Down the Soul Train Line

Dimitra Arliss, 'The Sting' actress, dies 79

Dimitra Arliss (October 23, 1932 - January 26, 2012), sometimes credited as Dimitra Arlys, was an American actress.  She played a hired killer alongside Robert Redford and Paul Newman in The Sting.

Partial filmography
The Sting (1973)
Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (1976)
The Other Side of Midnight (1977)
A Perfect Couple (1979)
Xanadu (1980)
Firefox (1982)
Eleni (1985)
It's My Party (1996)
Bless the Child (2000)

Dimitra Arliss cause of death
Dimitra Arliss died of complications from a stroke.
Dimitra Arliss was 79 years old at the time of her death

The Sting (7/10) Movie CLIP - Johnny Gets the Girl (1973)

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.

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