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Gil Bernal, 'Smokey Joe's Café' saxophonist, dies 80

Gil Bernal (February 4, 1931  in Watts, Los Angeles - July 17, 2011)  was an American saxophonist (Tenor).  Gil Bernal played Jazz, Rhythm and Blues.

Gil Bernal's memorable saxophon solos:
Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and the Robins' "Smokey Joe's Cafe."

He worked with artists such as Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton and Ry Cooder.

Gil Bernal cause of death
Gil Bernal died of congestive heart failure.
Gil Bernal was 80 years old at the time of his death.

The Robins - Smokey Joes Cafe
Gil Bernal was not a member of of The Robins.  He was a guest player.

Gene Colan, Comic book artist, dies 84


Eugene "Gene" Colan (September 1, 1926 – June 23, 2011) was an American comic book artist best known for his work for Marvel Comics, where his signature titles include the superhero series, Daredevil, the cult-hit satiric series Howard the Duck, and The Tomb of Dracula, considered one of comics' classic horror series. He co-created the Falcon, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics.

Colan was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

Gene Colan cause of death
Gene Colan died, following complications from liver disease and a broken hip received in a fall.  Gene Colan was 84 years old at the time of his death.

Gil Scott-Heron, Voice of Black Culture, Godfather of Rap, died 62

Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and 80s, and for his collaborative soul works with musician Brian Jackson.  Scott-Heron remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I'm New Here.

Gil Scott-Heron influenced later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul.

Scott-Heron's recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

Gil Scott-Heron Cause of Death
Gil Scott-Heron died on the afternoon of May 27, 2011, at St. Luke's Hospital, New York City, after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip. Cause of death is not known.

It was revealed in 2008, that Gil Scott-Heron was HIV positive.

Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
70's When Gil Scott-Heron was younger

Gil Scott-Heron - 'I'm New Here' (released 2010)
Mellow & older Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Robbins, 60s folk group the Highwaymen, Tim Robbins' father, dies 80

The Highwaymen were a circa 1960 "collegiate folk" group, which originated at Wesleyan University and had a Billboard number-one hit in 1961 with "Michael" and another Top 20 hit in 1962 with "Cottonfields". "Michael" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record.

Gill Robbins spent three years with the group.

Gill Robbins is a father of Academy Award winning actor Tim Robbins.

Gill Robbins Cause of Death
Gill Robbins died on April 5, 2011 in of prostate cancer.
Gill Robbins was 80 years old at the time of his death.

Michael - The Highwaymen

George Shearing, ‘Lullaby of Birdland’ Jazz Virtuoso, Dies 91

Sir George Shearing, OBE (August 13, 1919 – February 14, 2011) was an Anglo-American jazz pianist who for many years led a popular jazz group which recorded for MGM Records and Capitol Records. The composer of over 300 titles, he had multiple albums on the Billboard charts during the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s and 1990s.

He became known for a piano technique known as Shearing's voicing, a type of double melody block chord, with an additional fifth part that doubles the melody an octave lower. George Shearing credited the Glenn Miller Orchestra's reed section of the late 1930s and early 1940s as an important influence.

Shearing's interest in classical music resulted in some performances with concert orchestras in the 1950s and 1960s, and his solos frequently drew upon the music of Satie, Delius and Debussy for inspiration.

Death of George Shearing
George Shearing died of heart failure in February 2011 in New York City
George Shearing was 91 old at the time of his death

Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing - 1987 

George Shearig (piano) with Mel torme (sining) - Berlin 89 part 4

Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy Guitarist, Dies 58

Robert William Gary Moore (April 4, 1952 – February 6, 2011) known simply as Gary Moore, was a musician best recognized as a blues rock guitarist and singer from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey as early as his secondary school days, leading him to membership with the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock luminaries as B.B. King, Albert King, Colosseum II, Greg Lake and Skid Row (not to be confused with the glam metal band of the same name), as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high profile musicians, including a cameo appearance playing the lead guitar solo on "She's My Baby" from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.

Death of Gary Moore
Gary Moore died at the age of 58, in the early hours of 6 February 2011, while on holiday at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, Spain. Cause of death is not known at this moment.

* As of February 8, 2011 - Reports indicate Gary Moore is likely to have died of heart atack.

Gary Moore - Parisenne Walkway (From "One Night In Dublin: A Tribute To Phil Lynott")
August 20th 2005

Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (Live)

Gladys Horton of The Marvelettes Dies 66

Gladys Horton (1944 – January 26, 2011) was an American R&B singer, famous for being the co-founder and lead singer of the popular Motown all-female vocal group The Marvelettes.

She had been recovering from complications from a stroke she suffered last year.

Death of Gladys Horton
Horton passed away on January 26, 2011 at the age of 66 at a nursing home in Sherman Oaks, California.
Cause of death is unknown.

 The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman - Original version
Lead Singer Gladys Horton

Gerry Rafferty, Singer 'Baker Street', dies 63

Gerald "Gerry" Rafferty (April 16, 1947 – January 4, 2011) was a Scottish singer and songwriter best known for his hits "Right Down the Line" and "Baker Street". He was the son of a Scottish mother and an Irish father.

Death of Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty died on 4 January 2011, at the age of 63 of liver failure.

In November 2010, Rafferty was admitted to a hospital in Bournemouth, Dorset, suffering from liver failure. His family was told that there was little chance of his survival, although after he was taken off life support, his condition began to improve.

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Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

Geraldine Doyle, WWII Poster 'We Can Do It!' Inspiration, Dies 86

Geraldine Hoff Doyle (July 31, 1924 — December 26, 2010) was the real-life model for the World War II era We Can Do It posters, an embodiment of the iconic World War II character Rosie the Riveter.

Because the We Can Do It poster was created for an internal Westinghouse project, it did not become widely known until the 1980s, when it began to be used by advocates of women's equality in the workplace.

In 1942 Geraldine found work as a metal presser in a Michigan factory. (As men started enlisting and being drafted into military service for World War II, women began to support the war effort by taking on roles, including factory work, that were formerly considered "male only.")

Because she was a cello player, Geraldine feared a hand injury from the metal pressing machines and soon left the factory. During the brief time she worked there a wire photographer took a picture of her. That image - re-imagined by graphic artist J. Howard Miller while working for the Westinghouse Company's War Production Coordinating Committee -- became the basis for the poster Miller created during a Westinghouse anti-absenteeism and anti-strike campaign.

Doyle didn't know she was the model for We Can Do It until 1984, when she came across the original photograph in a 1940's back issue of Modern Maturity Magazine.

Death of Geraldine Doyle
Geraldine Doyle died in Lansing, Michigan, due to complications from arthritis.
Geraldine Hoff Doyle was 86 years old at the time of her death.

Gregory Isaacs, Reggae Singer, Dies 59

Gregory Isaacs (July 15, 1951 – October 25, 2010) was a Jamaican reggae musician, described as "the most exquisite vocalist in reggae".

More than 500 Gregory Isaacs albums have been released during his career, many being compilations.

Death of Gregory Isaacs
Gregory Isaacs died of lung cancer at his home in London.
Gregory Isaacs was 59 years old at the time of his death

Gregory Isaacs-Material man

Greg Giraldo, 'Last Comic Standing' judge, dies of overdose 44

Greg Giraldo (December 10, 1965 - September 29, 2010) was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, insult comic and former lawyer. He died Wednesday, September 29, 2010, after being hospitalized on September 25 for an overdose of prescription medication.

Greg has appeared in Comedy Central's annual roasts roasting Chevy Chase, Pam Anderson, William Shatner, Jeff Foxworthy, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, Joan Rivers, Larry the Cable Guy, and David Hasslehoff, as well as the TBS roast of Cheech & Chong.

Giraldo served as a judge during season seven of the NBC reality competition show Last Comic Standing.

Death Greg Giraldo
On September 25, 2010, Giraldo overdosed on prescription pills in his New Jersey hotel room; he was discovered by a friend after failing to appear at a scheduled concert in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. It is not known if the overdose was accidental or a suicide attempt. Giraldo's management company told the press the following day that he'd had "an accidental overdose, and he is in critical condition." On September 29, 2010, friend and fellow comedian Jim Norton confirmed the death of Greg Giraldo, due to complications from the overdose. His family was with him at the time of his death.

Gloria Stuart, Titanic actress, dies 100

Gloria StuartGloria Frances Stuart (July 4, 1910 – September 26, 2010) was an American actress. Over a Hollywood career that has spanned more than 70 years, Stuart appeared on stage, in television and film, and was best known for her roles as Claude Rains' sweetheart in The Invisible Man and as Old Rose in her Academy Award nominated role in the film Titanic.

Stuart was an activist and became a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, but her career with Universal was disappointing. She moved to 20th Century Fox, and by the end of the decade had appeared in 42 films, including Busby Berkeley's Gold Diggers of 1935 and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Among the stars she appeared with was Melvyn Douglas, Lionel Barrymore, Dick Powell, Raymond Massey, Boris Karloff, and Shirley Temple. Stuart was a versatile female lead, but was never given the roles that would make her a major star, a source of great frustration.

1996, Stuart landed the character of 100-year-old Rose, at the heart of James Cameron's epic Titanic. Stuart was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She is still the the oldest person ever to have been nominated for an Oscar.

Death of Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart died from natural causes in her sleep at her home in West Los Angeles on September 26, 2010.  Gloria Stuart was 100 years old at the time of her death.

Glenn Shadix, 'Beetlejuice' Actor, Dies 58

* Glenn Shadix was NOT the ghost from Beetlejuice.  Glenn Shadix was the interior designer in that movie.  He was also Jerry's landlord from Seinfeld.

Glenn Shadix (April 15, 1952 – September 7, 2010) was an American actor, known for his role as “Otho” in Tim Burton's horror/comedy film Beetlejuice.

Death of Glenn Shadix
On September 7, 2010, Shadix accidentally fell at his condo in Birmingham, Alabama and died of blunt force trauma to his head. Shadix had mobility problems and was in a wheelchair.

Glenn Shadix's website posted below message

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It is with great sadness and pain that the family of William  G. “Glenn Shadix” Scott announces his passing this morning.

A memorial service will be held at Lakeside Baptist Church,

2865 Old Rocky Ridge Road, Birmingham, on Saturday, September 11th at 2 p.m.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Glenn’s name to the

Theatre Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts,

1800 8th Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35203.

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 Actor Glenn Shadix On His 'Ex-Gay' Shock Therapy

George Steinbrenner, Yankees owner, died of heart attack, 80

George Michael Steinbrenner III (July 4, 1930 - July 13, 2010) is a businessman and owner and former principal executive of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. His outspokenness and role in driving up player salaries have made him one of the sport's most controversial figures.

Steinbrenner is known as a hands-on executive, earning the nickname "The Boss." His tendency to meddle in daily on-field decisions, and to hire and fire (and sometimes re-hire) managers led then-Yankees skipper Dallas Green to give him the derisive nickname "Manager George."

During Steinbrenner's ownership since 1973, the longest in club history, the Yankees have earned 11 pennants and 7 World Series titles.

Death of George Steinbrenner
George Steinbrenner died of heart attack.
George Steinbrenner was 80 years old at the time of his death

Gary Coleman, Diff'rent Strokes Star, Dies 42

Gary Wayne Coleman (February 8, 1968 – May 28, 2010) was an American  actor, best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986).

Coleman was born in Zion, Illinois. He was adopted by Edmonia Sue, a nurse practitioner, and W.G. Coleman, a fork-lift operator.  He suffered from a congenital kidney disease caused by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (an autoimmune destruction and alteration of the kidney), which halted his growth at an early age, leading to a small stature (4 ft 8 in; 1.42 m). He underwent two kidney transplants, one in 1973 and one in 1984, and required daily dialysis.

Coleman was cast in the role of Arnold Jackson on Diff'rent Strokes, portraying a child adopted by a wealthy widower. The show was broadcast from 1978 to 1986, and was a huge success.

Coleman became the most popular fixture of the show, enhanced by his character's catchphrase "What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" At the height of his fame on Diff'rent Strokes, he earned as much as $100,000 per episode.

Death of Gary Coleman
On May 26, 2010, Coleman was admitted to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, after falling and hitting his head and suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at his home outside of Salt Lake City, UT. He was announced to be in critical condition. By mid-morning on May 27, 2010, Coleman was conscious and lucid. By mid-afternoon on May 27, 2010, Coleman was unconscious and on life support. On May 28, 2010, it was announced that he was still unconscious and on life support. Coleman died in the afternoon of the same day.

Gary Coleman on Diff'rent Strokes

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