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Ink Spots guitarist Huey Long dies at age 105 in Houston

Huey Long (April 25, 1904 - June 10, 2009) was an African American singer and musician and the last living member of the Ink Spots.

Born in Sealy, Texas, Long began his musical career in 1925 playing banjo for Frank Davis' Louisiana Jazz Band, based in Houston. He switched from the banjo to the guitar after migrating to Chicago, where he appeared at the 1933 World's Fair with Texas Guinan's Cuban Orchestra.

In early 1944, Ink Spots leader Bill Kenny offered Long a position with the group. He stayed with them until 1985, and eventually moved to New York City, where he taught and wrote music.

Death of Huey Long
Long celebrated his 105th birthday in April 2009 and resided at his Houston home until his death in June 2009.

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Horton Foote, Academy winning Playwright & Screenwriter, Dies 92

screenplay 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird 

Horton Foote (March 14, 1916 - March 4, 2009) was an American playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his screenplay for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he received an Academy Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta.

Cause of death was not released

Movie and Commercial Director Howard Zieff dies 81

Howard Zieff (October 21, 1927 Los Angeles - February 22, 2009 Los Angeles) was an American director, television commercial director, and advertising photographer.

Zieff's films include The Main Event (1979), Private Benjamin (1980), Unfaithfully Yours (1984), The Dream Team (1989), My Girl (1991) and My Girl 2 (1994).

Zieff retired from directing after My Girl 2 was released as he became increasingly debilitated by Parkinson's disease.

Death of Howard Zieff
Zieff passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at 8:10am on Sunday, February 22, his wife (renowned retired motion picture literary agent) Ronda Gomez-Quinones at his side.

Zieff grew up in Boyle Heights. He studied art for one year at Los Angeles City College, then dropped out in 1946 to join the United States Navy. He learned photography at the Naval Photography School in Pensacola, Florida and then, after his discharge, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He became a commercial photographer in New York City in the 1950s, soon earning a reputation as one one of the city's best-known advertising photographers of the 1960s. His campaigns included "You Don't Have To Be Jewish" for Levy's rye bread, "Mamma Mia, that's a spicy meatball" for Alka-Seltzer, and ads for the New York Daily News, Polaroid, and Volkswagen.

Vivien Leigh's stunt double in "Gone With the Wind" dies 93

Hazel Warp (1914 – August 26, 2008) was an American stuntwoman. She was Vivien Leigh's stunt double in Gone with the Wind. Warp rode and trained horses in the film, was a Leigh's stand-in in all of her horseback-riding scenes. She also tumbled down the stairs in the famous scene near the end of the film where Scarlett O'Hara loses her balance and falls. Other films she appeared in included Wuthering Heights, Ben-Hur and National Velvet. She was born in Harlowton, Montana and was twice married. She died August 26, 2008 in Livingston Memorial Hospital, Montana aged 93

"Love Story" producer Howard G Minsky dies at 94

Howard G Minsky (January 21, 1914 - August 10, 2008) is the producer of the blockbuster film Love Story which when released in 1970 was widely thought to have saved Paramount Pictures during a financially strained time. He later produced Jory in 1973.

Death of Howard Minsky
Howard Minsky died of natural causes at a hospital in Florida.  He was 94 years old at the time of his death.
Howard Minsky lived in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Howard Minsky started working from silent movie era.
Howard Minsky had married to his wife Sylvia for over 65 years until her death in 2002.

Harvey Korman (81) - Blazing Saddles, Carol Burnett Show

 

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Harvey KormanHarvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008), was an American actor. He performed in television and movie productions in the U.S. since 1960. His big break was being a featured performer on The Danny Kaye Show, but he was probably best remembered for his performances on The Carol Burnett Show and in the comedy films of Mel Brooks, most notably Blazing Saddles.

Death of Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman died on May 29, 2008 at UCLA Medical Center as the result of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm he had suffered four months previously. Harvey Korman was 81 years old at the time of his death.

Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ellen (née Blecher) and Cyril Raymond Korman.[1] He was Jewish. He was married to Donna Ehlert (1960–1977) and they had two children together: Chris and Maria Korman. He married Deborah Korman in 1982. They have two daughters together, Kate and Laura Korman.

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Harvey Korman Biography

Career
His early television work included voice-over work on Tom and Jerry and as the Great Gazoo on The Flintstones. He did voice work for the live-action movie The Flintstones as well as the animated The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue. He also starred in the short-lived Mel Brooks TV series The Nutt House.

Korman was nominated for six Emmy Awards, and won four (in 1969, 1971 (for Outstanding Achievement by a performer in music or variety), 1972, and 1974). He was also nominated for four Golden Globes, winning in 1975.

Personal life
Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ellen (née Blecher) and Cyril Raymond Korman. He was Jewish. He was married to Donna Ehlert (1960–1977) and they had two children together: Chris and Maria Korman. He married Deborah Korman in 1982. They have two daughters together, Kate and Laura Korman. 

Filmography
Blazing Saddles (1974) — Hedley Lamarr
Huckleberry Finn (1974) — The King of France
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) (deleted scene) Professor Balls
High Anxiety (1977) — Dr. Charles Montague
The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) — Chef Gormaanda, Krelman, and Toy Video Instructor
Americathon (1979) — Monty Rushmore
Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) — Captain Blythe
First Family (1980) — U.N. Ambassador Spender
History of the World, Part I (1981) — Count de Monet
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) — Professor Balls
Radioland Murders (1994)
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) — Dr. Jack Seward
Together Again: Conway & Korman (2006) (DVD) — in various skits

Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain) died at 28

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Heath Ledger DeathHeath Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008) was an Academy Award-nominated Australian actor.

Death of Heath Ledger 
(Feb 5, 2008 - Official cause of death was announced as "accidental pill over-dose" [more])
According to the New York City Police Department, Ledger was found dead in his apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan on January 22, 2008.
Heath Ledger was 28 years old at the time of his death.

Sewell Chan of The New York Times writes:

"At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A of 421 Broome Street in SoHo for an appointment with Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Ledger unresponsive. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities. The police said they did not suspect foul play and said they found pills near his body." 

10 Things I Hate About You - Heath Ledger Singing
 
 

Hank Thompson, Country singer

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Hank Thompson died 2007Henry "Hank" William Thompson (September 3, 1925 – November 6, 2007) was a country music entertainer whose career spanned seven decades. He sold over 60 million records worldwide.

Hank Thompson was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1997.

Hank Thompson's Death
Hank Thompson was died of Lung Cancer.
Hank Thompson Was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Hank Thompson singing Whoa Sailor

Hal Fishman, News anchor

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Hal Fishman is a minor celebrity.  But very famouse in Los Angeles and is one of my favorites.

Hal Fishman News AnchorHal Fishman (August 25, 1931 – August 7, 2007) was the longest-running news anchor in the history of American television, having served on-air for Los Angeles television stations continuously between 1960 and his death in 2007. He was also a record-holding aviator.

Death

Hal Fishman was 76 years old at the time of his death.

Fishman died August 7, 2007 at home, following recent treatment for a liver infection, which had detected cancer in his liver and colon. That morning the station interrupted its regular news schedule and dedicated much the entire Morning Show and Prime News broadcasts to Fishman. The reporters on Prime News did not break for commercials that evening. Hal Fishman's last broadcast was on July 30, 8 days before his death.

The night before Hal became ill, KTLA celebrated Hal's 47 years in television with a special gala at the Autry National Museum in Los Angeles, an event attended by such dignitaries as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles County Sherriff Lee Baca. The event was emceed by Morning Show Anchor Michaela Pereira. During the gala, Hal spoke to the audience about his time in television. Fishman appeared somewhat fatigued but little would be known about his health until the day after.   

Hank Snow - Hall of Fame Country singer

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hank snowClarence Eugene Snow (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999), better known as Hank Snow, was a Hall of Fame country music singer and songwriter.

Death of Hank Snow
Hank Snow was 85 years old at the time of his death.
The cause of death is unspecified

Recording Achievements
Total Singles Charted – 85
Top 40 Chart Hits – 65
Top 10 Chart Hits – 43
No.1 Chart Hits – 7
Total Number of Weeks on Charts – 876
Total Number of Weeks at #1 – 56
Total Albums Released – 120 (Est.)

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Hank Snow's Biography
Snow was born in Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia, Canada. When he was 14, he ordered his first guitar from Eaton's catalogue for $5.95, and played his first show in a church basement in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia at the age of 16. He then travelled to the nearest big city, Halifax, where he sang in local clubs and bars. A successful appearance on a local radio station led to his being given a chance to audition for RCA Victor in Montreal, Quebec. In 1936, he signed with RCA Victor, staying with them for more than 45 years.

A weekly Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio show brought him national recognition and he began touring Canada until the late 1940s when American country music stations began playing his records. He headed to the "Country Music Capital of the World," Nashville, Tennessee, and Hank Snow, the "Singing Ranger" (modified from the nickname "Yodelling Ranger" given him before his high voice changed to the baritone that graced his hit records), would be invited to play at the Grand Ole Opry in 1950. That same year he released his mega-hit, "I'm Movin' On." The first of seven Number 1 hits on the country charts, "I'm Movin' On" stayed at Number 1 for nearly half a year. While performing in Renfro Valley, Snow was walking with a young unknown performer by the name of Hank Williams when someone yelled out, "Hey, Hank," at which Williams turned around and Snow tapped Williams on the shoulder and said, "No, Hank, he means me."

Along with this hit, his other "signature song" was "I've Been Everywhere," in which he portrayed himself as a hitchhiker bragging about all the towns he'd been through. This song was originally written and performed in Australia by Geoff Mack, and its re-write incorporating North American place names was brilliantly accomplished. Rattling off a well-rhymed series of city names at an auctioneer's pace has long made the song a challenge for any country-music singer to attempt. Johnny Cash's version of it was used in recent years as the soundtrack to an American motel chain's television commercials.

A regular at the Grand Ole Opry, in 1954 Hank Snow persuaded the directors to allow a new singer by the name of Elvis Presley to appear on stage. Snow used Elvis as his opening act, before introducing him to Colonel Tom Parker. In August of 1955, Snow and Parker formed the management team Hank Snow Attractions. This partnership signed a management contract with Presley but before long, Snow was out and Parker had full control over the rock singer's career.

In 1958, Snow became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Performing in lavish and colourful sequin-studded suits, Snow had a career covering six decades during which he sold more than 80 million albums. Although he became a proud American citizen, he still maintained his friendships in Canada and remembered his roots with the 1968 Album, "My Nova Scotia Home". That same year he performed at campaign stops on behalf of segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace.

In Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville, Henry Gibson played a self-obsessed country star loosely based on Hank Snow.

Despite his lack of schooling, Snow was a gifted songwriter and in 1978 was elected to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In Canada, he was ten times voted that country's top country music performer. In 1979, Hank Snow was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.

In 1994 his autobiography, "The Hank Snow Story," was published, and later The Hank Snow Country Music Centre would open in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

The victim of an abusive childhood, he set up the Hank Snow International Foundation For Prevention Of Child Abuse.

Snow died in Madison, Tennessee in the United States and was interred in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville.

Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Ashley MacIsaac, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris, among others, have covered his music. One of his last top hits, "Hello Love," was, for several seasons, sung by Garrison Keillor to open each broadcast of his Prairie Home Companion radio show. The song became Snow's seventh and final No. 1 hit on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in April 1974. At 59 years and 11 months, he became the oldest (to that time) artist to have a No. 1 song on the chart. It was an accomplishment he held for more than 26 years, until Kenny Rogers surpassed the age record in May 2000 (at 61 years and nine months) with "Buy Me a Rose." Snow currently ranks as the fourth-oldest artist to have a No. 1 song, behind Dolly Parton, Rogers and Willie Nelson.

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