Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's Side Kick, dies 86


Hollywood DeathsEdward Leo Peter "Ed" McMahon, Jr. (March 6, 1923 – June 23, 2009) was an American comedian, game show host, announcer, and television personality. Most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's announcer on Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992, and as the host of the talent show Star Search from 1983 to 1995, he later also became well-known as the presenter of American Family Publishers sweepstakes, which arrives unannounced at the homes of winners. He subsequently made a series of Neighborhood Watch Public Service Announcements parodying that role.

The Tonight Show
McMahon and Johnny Carson first worked together as announcer and host on the daytime game show Who Do You Trust? (1957-1962). McMahon and Carson left to join The Tonight Show in 1962.

He describes what happened when the pair first met, the whole meeting being "about as exciting as watching a traffic light change".

For more than 30 years, McMahon introduced the Tonight Show with a drawn-out "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!" His booming voice and constant laughter alongside the "King of Late Night" earned McMahon the nickname the Human Laugh Track and "Toymaker to the King".

Death of Ed McMahon
Ed McMahon died in his sleep at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center just after midnight on June 23, 2009.  Ed McMahon had a "multitude of health problems the last few months" including broken neck from a fall last year.  Unconfirmed report says he also had a bone cancer.
McMahon was 86 years old at the time of his death

Ed McMahon with Johnny Caron

Lynyrd Skynyrd Bassist Ean Evans Dies 48

Wayne "Ean" Evans (died May 6, 2009) was the bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd from 2001 until his death. He joined the band following the death of Leon Wilkeson.

Death of Ean Evans
In late 2008 Ean was diagnosed with cancer. Lynyrd Skynyrd is carrying on their 2009 tour with a replacement and Johnny Van Zant asked audiences to pray for Evans.

Evans died on May 6, 2009 in Mississippi, following his battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Eva and their two daughters, Sydney and Andrea.

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Following the death of Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson, the call came to Ean to continue on for his fallen friend. He joined the current line up of Lynyrd Skynyrd on August 11, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada, carrying on for Leon, beginning his own chapter of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Legacy.


Ernie Ashworth, country music crossover star, dies 80

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Ernie Ashworth (December 15, 1928 - March 2, 2009) was an American country music singer and longtime star of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ernie Ashworth recently undergone heart bypass surgery. But we don't know the official cause of death.

'Be My Baby' The Ronettes' singer Estelle Bennett dies 67

Estelle Bennett (July 22, 1941 - February 11, 2009) was a member of the girl group The Ronettes, along with her sister Ronnie Spector and cousin Nedra Talley. After the Ronettes' 1966 break-up, she recorded a single for Laurie Records, "The Year 2000/The Naked Boy". She then quit the music business and had rarely been seen since. She got married (last name Dong) and raised a family.

In 2007, when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she refused to perform with them, and spoke only a brief two sentences during her acceptance speech, "I would just like to say, thank you very much for giving us this award. I'm Estelle of the Ronettes, thank you."

Death of Estelle Bennett
Estelle Bennett died on February 11, aged 67

The Ronettes - Be My Baby, Shout!

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Eartha Kitt 'Santa Baby' 'Cat Woman' dies 81 on Christmas Day

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Singer of "Santa Baby" Eartha Kitt dies on Christmas Day 2008

2007 Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program2008 Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program6656 Hollywood Boulevard

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American actress, singer, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her role as Catwoman in the 1960s TV series Batman, and for her 1953 Christmas song "Santa Baby". Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".

Death of Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer on Christmas Day, December 25, 2008. Ironically as she is mostly known for her Christmas hit Santa Baby.

Kitt started her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company and made her film debut with them in Casbah (1948). A talented singer with a distinctive voice, her hits include "Let's Do It", "Champagne Tatse", "C'est si bon", "Just an Old Fashioned Girl", "Monotonous", "Je cherche un homme", "Love for Sale", "I'd Rather Be Burned as a Witch", "Uska Dara", "Mink, Schmink", "Under the Bridges of Paris", and her most recognizable hit, "Santa Baby". Kitt's unique style was enhanced as she became fluent in the French language during her years performing in Europe. She had some skill in other languages too, which she demonstrates with finesse in many of the live recordings of her cabaret performances

Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby

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Awards and nominations


  • 1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame - 6656 Hollywood Boulevard.
  • 2001 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Featured Film - The Emperor's New Groove
  • 2007 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production - The Emperor's New School
  • 2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - The Emperor's New School
  • 2008 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production - The Emperor's New School
  • 2008 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - The Emperor's New School


  • 1966 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama - I Spy
  • 1978 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical - Timbuktu!
  • 1996 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Living Single
  • 2000 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical - The Wild Party
  • 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - The Wild Party

Casbah (1948)
New Faces (1954)
The Mark of the Hawk (1958)
St. Louis Blues (1958)
Anna Lucasta (1959)
Saint of Devil's Island (1961)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965) (voice)
Synanon (1965)
All About People (1967) (short subject) (narrator)
Up the Chastity Belt (1971)
Friday Foster (1975)
All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story (1983)
The Serpent Warriors (1985)
The Pink Chiquitas (1987) (voice)
Dragonard (1987)
Master of Dragonard Hill (1989)
Erik the Viking (1989)
Living Doll (1990)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Boomerang (1992)
Fatal Instinct (1993)
Unzipped (1995)
Harriet the Spy (1996)
Ill Gotten Gains (1997)
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998) (voice)
The Emperor's New Groove (2000) (voice of Yzma)
The Making and Meaning of We Are Family (2002)
The Sweatbox (2002) (documentary)
Anything But Love (2002)
Holes (2003)
On the One (2005)
Preaching to the Choir (2005)
Kronk's New Groove (2005) (voice of Yzma)
And Then Came Love (2007)

Actress, painter, singer Estelle Reiner, Carl Reiner's wife, dies 94

Estelle Reiner (June 5, 1914 - October 25, 2008), described by The New York Times as "matriarch of one of the leading families in American comedy", was an actress who was the wife of Carl Reiner and the mother of Rob Reiner. Reiner, herself, has been credited with delivering one of the most memorable lines in movie history.

Death of Estelle Reiner
Estelle Reiner died of natural causes on October 25, 2008 at age 94 in her home in Beverly Hills, California.

Estelle Reiner's most enduring film role was in 1989's When Harry Met Sally..., in which director Rob Reiner cast his mother as a customer in a scene with stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan at Katz's Delicatessen, in which Ryan fakes what was described as "a very public (and very persuasive) orgasm". Approached by a waitress after Ryan finishes, Reiner deadpans "I’ll have what she’s having". The line was ranked 33rd on the American Film Institute's list of the Top 100 movie quotations, just behind Casablanca's "Round up the usual suspects".

Edie Adams, Tony award winner, TV actress, dies 81

Edie Adams (April 16, 1927 - October 15, 2008) was an American singer, Broadway, television and film actress and comedienne.

Edie Adams made sporadic appearances through the decades on television, including on Fantasy Island The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Designing Women.

Death of Edie Adams
Edie Adams died of cancer and pneumonia in Los Angeles, where she resided, aged 81

Husband Ernie Kovacs
Edie Adams was married to Husband Ernie Kovacs for 8 years (1954 - 1962).  Ernie Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian whose uninhibited, often ad-libbed, and visually experimental comic style came to influence numerous television comedy programs for years after his early death in an automobile accident. Such iconoclastic shows as Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Uncle Floyd Show, Saturday Night Live and even Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street, and TV hosts such as David Letterman are seen as having made use of Kovacs' influence.

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Adams starred on Broadway in Wonderful Town (1953) opposite Rosalind Russell (winning the Theatre World Award), and as Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner (1956), winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She played the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's original 1957 Cinderella broadcast. She played supporting roles in several well-known films in the 1960s, including "Miss Olsen" in The Apartment (1960). In 2003, as one of the last surviving headliners from the all-star movie, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, she joined actors Marvin Kaplan and Sid Caesar at 40th anniversary celebrations of the movie. She was also a favorite nightclub headliner. Adams "both embodied and winked at the stereotypes of fetching chanteuse and sexpot blonde".

Ernie in Kovacsland (1951) (canceled after 2 months)
The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952–1956)
Cinderella (1957)
Lucy Meets the Moustache (1960)
Take a Good Look (panelist from 1960–1961)
Here's Edie (1963–1964)
Evil Roy Slade (1972)
Cop on the Beat (1975)
Superdome (1978)
Fast Friends (1979)
The Seekers (1979)
Make Me an Offer (1980)
Portrait of an Escort (1980)
A Cry for Love (1980)
The Haunting of Harrington House (1981)
As the World Turns (cast member in 1982)
Shooting Stars (1983)
Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984)
Adventures Beyond Belief (1987)
Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989)
Tales of the City (1993) (miniseries)

Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (1956)
The Apartment (1960)
Lover Come Back (1961)
Call Me Bwana (1963)
Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
The Best Man (1964)
Made in Paris (1966)
The Oscar (1966)
The Honey Pot (1967)
Up in Smoke (1978)
Racquet (1979)
The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980)
Boxoffice (1982)
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)

All My Children's Eileen Herlie Dies 90

Eileen Herlie (born Eileen Herlihy; March 8, 1918 – October 8, 2008) was a Scottish-American actress.

Until the late 1990s, Herlie was one of the few actresses to ever portray the same character on three different soaps. In 1993, she portrayed Myrtle on the All My Children sister-soap Loving. In December 2000, she portrayed Myrtle in crossover appearances on the soap opera One Life to Live, where a 'Who's the Daddy?' storyline was playing out on all four ABC soaps (All My Children, One Life to Live, General Hospital, and the now canceled Port Charles).

Death of Eileen Herlie
On October 8, 2008, Eileen passed away due to complications from pneumonia. She was 90 years old.

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Eileen Herlie was born to a Catholic father and a Protestant mother in Glasgow, Scotland. Herlie was trained as a theatre actress, but her first big film break was being cast by Laurence Olivier in his 1948 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. She portrayed Hamlet's mother, Gertrude, despite the fact that she was 11 years younger than Olivier, who portrayed her son, Hamlet. She reprised her Gertrude in the 1964 Broadway production starring Richard Burton. She repeated her Gertrude in the 1964 film version of the Broadway stage production.

After Olivier's Hamlet Herlie continued to make sporadic film appearances, but remained primarily in the theatre. In 1955 she was Irene Molloy in The Matchmaker on Broadway (this play was later made into Hello Dolly!). In 1960, she was nominated for a Tony Award as 'Best Actress in a Musical' for Take Me Along, in which she played opposite Jackie Gleason.

In 1976, Herlie made the move to television soap operas in the role of Myrtle Fargate on All My Children. In the 1980s, Herlie was nominated for three consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards (1984, 1985 and 1986). She became close friends with fellow cast member Louis Edmonds, and spoke at his funeral in 2001.

Former UFC champion, martial artist Evan Tanner dies 37

Evan Tanner (February 11, 1971 –  September 8, 2008) was an American professional mixed martial arts fighter. He was a former UFC Middleweight and USWF Heavyweight champion with a professional record of 32 wins and 8 losses. He was also the first American to win the Pancrase Neo-Blood tournament in Tokyo, Japan.

Death of Evan Tanner

According to San Diego Union-Tribune, Tanner was found Monday, September 8, 2008 in the Palo Verde mountain area, the Imperial Valley Press has reported.

Tanner, 37, had embarked on a camping trip some time around Sept. 2 into the desert-like region north of Brawley, Calif., approximately two and a half hours east of San Diego. has ascertained various unconfirmed reports that Tanner’s body was identified Monday and that relatives have been notified. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Deana Epperson, who grew up across the street from Tanner and his family in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas, said she'd been told that the fighter had texted friends in Oceanside as late as Thursday, telling them that he'd run out of water and gas for his motorcycle. Authorities were then contacted to try and locate the fighter.

Golden Girls' actress Estelle Getty dies 84

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hollywood deathsEstelle Getty (July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress (theatre and screen). In her later years, she retired from acting and was battling Lewy Body dementia.

Death of Estelle Getty
On July 22, 2008, at approximately 5:30 a.m. PDT, Getty died in her Hollywood Boulevard home in Los Angeles from natural causes (according to her manager), three days before her 85th birthday.

Each of Getty's former Golden Girls co-stars reflected on her death: Rue McClanahan told the Associated Press, "Don't feel sad about her passing. She will always be with us in her crowning achievement, Sophia." Bea Arthur said in a statement, "Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her." Betty White remarked, "The only comfort at this moment is that although Estelle has moved on, Sophia will always be with us."

In honor of Estelle, Lifetime TV, which airs The Golden Girls, announced that it will air ten episodes of the series featuring the best of Sophia on Friday, July 25. Fans can vote for their favorite episode on Lifetime's website. The winning episode will be aired last in the marathon.

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Estelle Getty Biography
Getty was born Estelle Scher. She got her start in the Yiddish theater, and her most important early role was playing Harvey Fierstein's mother on Broadway in the play Torch Song Trilogy. However, she is best known for her role as Sophia Petrillo on the popular 1980s sitcom, The Golden Girls. In it, she played the wise-cracking old Sicilian mother of Dorothy Zbornak, who was the show's main protagonist, played by Beatrice Arthur. Getty was actually one year younger than Arthur. 

She was married to Arthur Gettleman (from whose name she adapted her stage name) from 1946 until his death in 2004. Getty had two grown sons: Carl Gettleman, who lives in California, and Barry Gettleman, who lives in Florida.

She wrote her autobiography, with Steve Delsohn, titled If I Knew Then, What I Know Now. . .So What? (Contemporary Books, 1988).

In 1991 Estelle Getty opened her heart to her nephew, Steven Scher (age 29), who was in the final stages of AIDS and near death in 1991. With Steve's parents living in England and his friends no longer able to care for him in Greensboro, North Carolina, Estelle had Steve flown out to California where she admitted him to hospice care. Steve died in January 1992. An extensive account of her act of charity was published in STAR Magazine.

In 2000, she stopped making public appearances after revealing that she had Parkinson's Disease and osteoporosis. In 2002, it was revealed to the media that she was also suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. It was later discovered that she actually had Lewy Body Dementia, and both the Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diagnoses were incorrect. In 2003, there was a Golden Girls reunion hosted on the Lifetime television network but Getty did not appear in it due to her failing health.


Emmy Awards
1992 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)
1991 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)
1990 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)
1989 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)
1988 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Won)
1987 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)
1986 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)

Golden Globe Awards
1991 - Actress In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series Or Television Movie - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)
1986 - Actress In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Won)
1985 - Actress In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series - The Golden Girls - (Nominated)

Evelyn Keyes - Scarlett O'Hara's sister in Gone with the Wind

Evelyn KeyesEvelyn Keyes (November 20, 1916 – July 4, 2008) was an American actress.

Film career
A chorus girl by age 18, Keyes was put under contract by Cecil B. DeMille. After a handful of B movies at Paramount Pictures, she landed her most notable role, that of Scarlett O'Hara's sister Suellen in Gone with the Wind (1939). Keyes' last important film role was a small part as Tom Ewell's vacationing wife in The Seven Year Itch (1955), which starred Marilyn Monroe. Keyes officially retired in 1956, but continued to act.

Death of Evelyn Keyes
She died of uterine cancer on July 4, 2008 at her home in Montecito, near Santa Barbara

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Evelyn Keyes as Helen: Janos and Helen "If I Never Knew You"

Personal life
She was married to Barton Bainbridge from 1938 until his death in 1940. Later she married and divorced director Charles Vidor (1943 - 1945), actor/director John Huston (23 July 1946 - 1950), and bandleader Artie Shaw (1957 - 1985). Keyes said of her many relationships, "I was always interested in the man of the moment, and there were many such moments". While married to Huston, the couple adopted a Mexican child, Pablo, whom Huston had discovered while on the set of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

In her 1977 biography she writes of the personal cost she paid having an abortion just before Gone with the Wind was to begin filming. The experience left her unable to have children.

Her autobiography, Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister: My Lively Life in and Out of Hollywood, was published in 1977. Keyes has expressed her opinion that Mrs. Mike was her best film.

The Buccaneer (1938) as Madeleine
Dangerous to Know (1938) (uncredited)
Men with Wings (1938) (uncredited) Nurse
Sons of the Legion (1938) as Linda Lee
Artists and Models Abroad (1938) aka Stranded in Paris (UK) (uncredited)
Paris Honeymoon (1939) (uncredited) as Village Girl
Sudden Money (1939) as Mary Patterson
Union Pacific (1939) as Mrs. Calvin
Gone with the Wind (1939) as Suellen O'Hara
Slightly Honorable (1940) as Miss Vlissingen
The Lady in Question (1940) as Francois Morestan
Before I Hang (1940) as Martha Garth
Beyond the Sacramento (1940) aka Power of Justice (UK) as Lynn Perry
The Face Behind the Mask (1941) aka Behind the Mask (UK) as Helen Williams
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) as Bette Logan
Ladies in Retirement (1941) as Lucy
The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942) aka High Seas (USA reissue title) as Ruth Morley
Flight Lieutenant (1942) as Susie Thompson
The Desperadoes (1943) as Allison McLeod
Dangerous Blondes (1943) as Jane Craig
There's Something About a Soldier (1943) as Carol Harkness
Nine Girls (1944) as Mary O'Ryan
Strange Affair (1944) as Jacqueline Harrison
A Thousand and One Nights (1945) aka 1001 Nights as the Genie
Renegades (1946) as Hannah Brockway
The Thrill of Brazil (1946) as Vicki Dean
The Jolson Story (1946) as Julie Benson
Johnny O'Clock (1947) as Nancy Hobson
The Mating of Millie (1948) as Millie McGonigle
Enchantment (1948) as Grizel Dane
Mr. Soft Touch (1949) aka House of Settlement (UK) as Jenny Jones
Mrs. Mike (1949) as Kathy Flannigan
The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) aka Frightened City (UK) (USA copyright title) as Sheila Bennet
Smuggler's Island (1951) as Vivian Craig
The Prowler (1951) as Susan Gilvray
Iron Man (1951) as Rose Warren
One Big Affair (1952) as Jean Harper
C'est arrivé à Paris (1953) aka It Happened in Paris (USA) as Patricia Moran
Rough Shoot (1953) aka Shoot First (USA) as Cecily Paine
99 River Street (1953) aka Crosstown as Linda James
Hell's Half Acre (1954) as Donna Williams
The Seven Year Itch (1955) as Helen Sherman
Top of the World (1955) as Virgie Rayne (Mrs. Gannon)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) as The Flirt
Across 110th Street (1972) cameo
A Return to Salem's Lot (1987) as Mrs. Axel
Wicked Stepmother (1989) as Witch Instructor

Eddy Arnold - Country Music Legend dies 89

Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918 – May 8, 2008) was an American country music singer who was second to George Jones in the number of individual hits on the country charts but, according to a formula derived by Joel Whitburn, is the all-time leader in an overall ranking for hits and their time on the charts. From 1945 through 1983 he had 145 charted songs, including 28 number-one hits.

Death of Eddy Arnold
Eddy performed his final concert on May 16, 1999 (the day after his 81st birthday) at the Hotel Orleans in Las Vegas. He married the former Sally Gayhart in November of 1942. She preceded him in death in March of 2008 following hip replacement surgery. The couple were the parents of a son and a daughter, "Dickie" and Jo Ann. Arnold died on May 8, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. Both Eddy and Sally were survived at the times of their deaths by their children, "Dickie" and Jo Ann, as well as two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

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Eddy Arnold biography

Early years
Born Richard Edward Arnold in Henderson, Tennessee, he made his first radio appearance in 1936. During his childhood, he lost both his father and the family farm. When he turned 18 he left home to try to make his mark in the music world.

Arnold's formative musical years included early struggles to gain recognition until he landed a job as the lead male vocalist for the Pee Wee King band. By 1943, Arnold had become a solo star on the Grand Ole Opry. He was then signed by RCA Victor. In December of 1944, he cut his first record. Although all of his early records sold well, his initial big hit did not come until 1946 with "That's How Much I Love You." In common with many other country and western singers of the time, he had a folksy nickname: "The Tennessee Plowboy."

Managed by Col. Tom Parker (who later went on to control the career of Elvis Presley), Arnold began to dominate country music. In 1947-48 he had 13 of the top 20 songs. He successfully made the transition from radio to television, appearing frequently in the new medium. In 1955, he upset many in the country music establishment by going to New York to record with the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra. The pop-oriented arrangements of "Cattle Call" and "The Richest Man (In the World)", however, helped to expand his appeal beyond its country base.

With the advent of rock and roll, Arnold's record sales dipped in the late 1950s. Along with RCA Victor label-mate Jim Reeves, he continued to try to court a wider audience by using pop-sounding, string-laced arrangements, a style that would come to be known as the Nashville sound.

Second career
After Jerry Purcell became his manager in 1964, Arnold embarked on a "second career" that surpassed the success of the first one. In the process, he succeeded in his ambition of carrying his music to a more diverse audience. Already recorded by several other artists, "Make The World Go Away" was just another song until recorded by Arnold. Under the direction of producer Chet Atkins, and showcased by Bill Walker's arrangement and the talents of the Anita Kerr Singers and pianist Floyd Cramer, Arnold's rendition of "Make the World Go Away" became an international hit.

Bill Russell's precise, intricate arrangements provided the lush background for 16 straight Arnold hits through the late 1960s. Arnold started performing with symphony orchestras in virtually every major city. New Yorkers jammed prestigious Carnegie Hall for two concerts. Arnold appeared before the Hollywood crowd at the Coconut Grove and had long, sold-out engagements in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.

After having recorded for RCA Victor since the 1940s, Arnold left the label to record four albums for MGM Records in the 1970s, posting one hit ("If The Whole World Stopped Lovin' "). He then successfully returned to RCA Victor with both the album Eddy, and the hit single "Cowboy", which evoked stylistic memories of his classic "Cattle Call." After a few more RCA releases, he retired from active singing; however, he did release a new RCA album, After All These Years in 2005 at the age of 87.

Reasons for success
There are several reasons for Arnold's great success. From the beginning he stood out from his contemporaries in the world of country singers. He never wore gaudy, glittering outfits. He sang from his diaphragm, not through his nose. He avoided the standard honky-tonk themes, preferring instead to sing songs that explored the intricacies of love.

Arnold also benefitted from his association with excellent musicians. The distinctive steel guitar of the late Roy Wiggins highlighted early recordings. Charles Grean, once employed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, played bass and wrote early arrangements, adding violins for the first time in 1956. Chet Atkins played on many of Arnold's records, even after he started serving as producer. Bassist, Bob Moore, the most recorded musician in history, first performed on the road with Eddy Arnold on the 1954 RCA Caravan and later performed on 75% of Arnold's hit recordings. Arnold also benefited from the management of Col. Parker, who guided his first career, and Jerry Purcell, who masterminded the second.

The most important factor for his success, however, was his voice. Steve Sholes, who produced all of his early hits, called Arnold a natural singer, comparing him to the likes of Bing Crosby and Enrico Caruso. Arnold worked hard perfecting his natural ability. A review of his musical career shows his progression from fledgling singer to polished performer.

Arnold's longevity is exceptional. For more than 50 years, he has transcended changing musical tastes. His recent concerts attract three generations of fans. To some he also serves as a role model; in a field often awash with alcohol and drugs, he has remained temperate.

Arnold has been honored with induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966, been voted the first Country Music Association's Entertainer Of The Year the following year, and received the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award in 1985. Over his career, Arnold has sold over 85 million records and had 147 songs on the charts, including 28 Number 1 hits on Billboard's "Country Singles" chart. Among his recordings are songs for mothers and children, hymns, show tunes, and novelty numbers. Probably, however, Arnold is best known for his way with a love song.

In 2003, Arnold ranked #22 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

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Evel Knievel

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Evel KnievelRobert Craig "Evel" Knievel, Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was an American motorcycle daredevil, a well-known figure in the United States and elsewhere since the late 1960s, and arguably the most iconic motorbike stuntman of all time. Knievel's nationally televised motorcycle jumps, including his 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, represent four of the top 20 most-watched ABC's Wide World of Sports events of all time.

His achievements and failures got him into the Guinness Book of World Records several times, including his record forty broken bones.

Death of Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel died of diabetes.
Evel Knievel was 69 years old at the time of his death.

Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Florida on November 30, 2007, at the age of 69. He had been suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis for many years. Longtime friend Billy Rundle reported that Knievel had trouble breathing while at his residence in Clearwater, but died before the ambulance could reach the hospital. "It's been coming for years, but you just don't expect it. Superman just doesn't die, right?" was Rundle's reaction

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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Ed Bradley - 60 Minutes, CBS News

Ed BradleyEdward Rudolph Bradley, Jr. (June 22, 1941 – November 9, 2006) was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television magazine 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he also covered the fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored his own news broadcast, "CBS Sunday Night with Ed Bradley." He was the recipient of multiple awards, including 19 Emmy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Death of Ed Bradley
In the company of his longtime friend Jimmy Buffett, Bradley died on November 9, 2006 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan of complications from leukemia.He was sixty-five.

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