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Joe Morello, Legendary Drummer with Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dies 82

Joe Morello (July 17, 1928 – March 12, 2011) was a jazz drummer best known for his twelve and a half-year stint with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He was frequently noted for playing in the unusual time signatures employed by that group in such pieces as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk".

During his career, Morello appeared on over 120 albums, 60 of which were with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. He authored several drum books, including Master Studies, published by Modern Drummer Publications, and made an instructional video for Hot Licks titled The Natural Approach to Technique. Morello was the recipient of many awards, including Playboy magazine's best drummer award for seven years in a row, and Downbeat magazine's best drummer award five years in a row. He was elected to the Modern Drummer magazine Hall of Fame in 1988, the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1993, and was the recipient of Hudson Music's first TIP Lifetime Achievement award in June, 2010

Death of Joe Morello
Joe Morello died on 12 March 2011 at his home in New Jersey.  Cause of death is not reported at the moment. Joe Morello was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Joe Morello - 1961 Drum Solo

Joe Morello's Official Website

Johnny Preston, Texas Singer. "Running Bear", Dies 71

Johnny Preston (August 18, 1939 – March 4, 2011) was an American pop music singer, who was best known for his international number one hit in 1960, "Running Bear".

J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson offered Preston the chance to record a teenage tragedy song he had written, "Running Bear", which they did in Houston, Texas in 1958. The "Indian" sounds on the record were performed by Richardson and George Jones. The record was released after The Big Bopper's death in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. It entered the U.S. Hot 100 in October 1959, reaching number one in January 1960 and remaining there for three weeks. It was a transatlantic chart-topper, reaching #1 in the United Kingdom in March 1960.The sales of the record exceeded one million copies, earning Preston his first gold disc.

Preston quickly followed up with another hit called "Cradle of Love," (Billboard #7, UK # 2) and made several other records during the early 1960s that met with modest success.

Preston's pioneering contribution to the genre was recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He also performed at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater in Branson, Missouri. In 2009, Preston performed at the Lamar State College, in his hometown.

Death of Johnny Preston
Johnny Preston had coronary artery bypass surgery in 2010. He died of heart failure in Beaumont, Texas on Friday, 4 March 2011, after years of heart related illnesses.
Johnny Preston was 71 years old at the time of his death.

Johnny Preston - Cradle Of Love  - RUNNING BEAR

Johnny Preston - Cradle Of Love

Jane Russell, Hollywood star, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, dies 89

Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell (born June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011) an American film actress and was one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s.

Russell was voted one of the 40 Most Iconic Movie Goddesses of all time in 2009 by Glamour (UK edition).

Death of Jane Russell
Jane Russell died of respiratory problems.
Jane Russell was 89 years old at the time of her death.

Jane Russell

Marilyn Monroe and Russell putting signatures, hand and foot prints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater, 1953

John Barry, James Bond composer dies 77

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (November 3, 1933 – January 30, 2011) was an Oscar winning English film score composer. He was best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and was hugely influential on the 007 series' distinctive style.

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Barry received a number of awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won a BAFTA Award), Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves (for which he also won a Grammy Award).

Death of John Barry
John Barry died of a heart attack on 30 January 2011 at his Oyster Bay home.
John Barry was 77 years old at the time of his death.

John Barry - Greatest Hits

 

Jack LaLanne, Fitness guru, dies 96

Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 - January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who had been called "the godfather of fitness". He published numerous books on fitness and hosted a fitness television show between 1951 and 1985. He had four children.

LaLanne gained recognition for his success as a bodybuilder, as well as his prodigious feats of strength. He was inducted to the California Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Until his death at the age of 96, LaLanne continued to work out every morning for two hours. He spent 1½ hours in the weight room and half an hour swimming or walking. When interviewed by Katie Couric on NBC's Today show, LaLanne said his two simple rules of nutrition are: "if man made it, don't eat it", and "if it tastes good, spit it out." He often said, "I cannot afford to die, it will ruin my image."

On December 8, 2009, the 95-year-old LaLanne underwent heart valve surgery at a Los Angeles Hospital.

Death of Jack LaLanne
Jack LaLanne died on January 23, 2011 of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California. He was married to Elaine LaLanne; they had two sons and a daughter.

Jack LaLanne Sings His Theme Song

 Jack Lalanne - Unhappy people

John Dye, 'Touched By An Angel' Star dies 47

John Carroll Dye (January 31, 1963 – January 10, 2011) was an American film and television actor known for his role as Andrew in the television series Touched by an Angel.

Death of John Dye
Dye was found dead in his home in San Francisco, California on January 10, 2011, family have reported that he passed away from a heart attack.

John Dye in "The Perfect Weapon" (1/2)

Jon D'Agostino, drawer of Archie and GI Joe, 81

Jon D'Agostino (John P. D'Agostino Sr.) (June 13, 1929 – November 28, 2010) was an Italian-American comic-book artist best known for his Archie Comics work. As well, under the pseudonym Johnny Dee, he was the letterer for the lead story in the Marvel Comics landmark The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963), as well as other seminal Marvel comics.

D'Agostino is not the French comics artist Tony D'Agostino, a.k.a. Tony Dagos, whose early work was signed "D'Agostino". He is also not the concurrent early-Marvel letter John Duffy a.k.a. John Duffi, although he is listed as such in some databases.

Death of Jon D'Agostino
Jon D'Agostino died of bone cancer in Ansonia, Conn.
Jon D'Agostino was 81 years old at the time of his death

Jerry Bock, "Fiddler on the Roof" Composer, Tony Winner, Dies 81

Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Bock (November 23, 1928 – November 3, 2010) was an American musical theater composer. He received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1965 musical Fiddler on the Roof with Harnick.

Bock spoke at the funeral of 98-year-old Fiddler playwright Joseph Stein just 10 days before his own death.

Death of Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock died of heart failure.
Jerry Bock was 81 years old at the time of his death

James MacArthur, Danno from (Original) Hawaii Five-O, dies 72

James Gordon MacArthur (December 8, 1937 - October 28, 2010) was an American actor known for the role of Danny "Danno" Williams, the reliable second-in-command of the fictional Hawaiian State Police squad Hawaii Five-O.

Hawaii Five-O ran for twelve years—eleven with MacArthur.

After leaving Hawaii Five-O, McArthur guest-starred on such TV shows as Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Vega$, as well as in the mini series Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story and The Night the Bridge Fell Down, and in the 1998 TV movie Stormchasers: Revenge of the Twister, with Kelly McGillis.

Death of James MacArthur
James MacArthur died of natural causes.
James MacArthur was 72 years old at the time of his death.

James MacArthur's Filmography:
From 1955 to 1998 James MacArthur appeared on 50-60 titles. (imdb)

Personal Info:
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)

The Young Stranger (1957) Trailer - Introducing James MacArthur

James Wall, Captain Kangaroo Costar, Mr. Baxter, Dies 92

Jimmy Wall (Born ? - October 27, 2010) was a regular on Captain Kangaroo from 1968 until 1978. Playing the kindly "Mr. Baxter," he added a sense of calm to the show when all others around him may have been caught up in the silliness. He also starred with the Captain and Mr. Greenjeans in a serialized production entitled "The Missing Paint Mystery" (shown on the program from December, 1969 until 1977; with the exception of 1976) in which the trio travels to Curaçao (a Caribbean island) to confront the playfully evil villain, Garumph (played by Cosmo Allegretti). Wall also worked as a stage manager for CBS on Captain Kangaroo and other CBS broadcasts, including 60 Minutes. Wall continued to work as a CBS stage manager, and on September 1, 2008, was honored for working on his 41st year of the "US Open" tennis tournament. Sportscasters Dick Enberg and John McEnroe commented that Wall still has a strong backhand tennis shot.  

Death of Jimmy Wall
Jimmy Wall died October 27, 2010 after a short illness.
Jimmy Wall was 92 years old at the time of his death

James Wall on diversifying "Captain Kangaroo" 

Joe Mantell, Academy Nominated actor, `Marty,' `Chinatown' dies 94

Joseph "Joe" Mantell (December 21, 1915 – September 29, 2010) was an American actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Angie" in the 1955 film Marty, which earned the Best Picture Award, and the Best Actor Oscar for Mantell's co-star, Ernest Borgnine.

Mantell also appeared in Storm Center (1956) and Chinatown (1974). In the latter he played Lawrence Walsh, partner of private eye Jake Gittes, and the agency's primary photographer. He delivered the film's famous last line, "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." The character of Walsh reappeared in The Two Jakes.

Mantell's other notable credits include "The Birds," "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" and several episodes of "The Twilight Zone."

Death of Joe Mantell
Joe Mantel died after a long illness.  Joe Mantel was 94 years old at the time of his death.

 Joe Mantell - Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Guilty Witness
Joe Mantell is Stanley, the first person in the scene

Jimmy Dean, Singer, Actor, Sausage Businessman Dies 81

Jimmy Ray Dean (August 10, 1928 - June 13, 2010) was an American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman. Although he may be best known today as the creator of the Jimmy Dean Sausage brand, he first rose to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John"; and became a national television personality in the 1960s. His acting career included a supporting role in the 1971 James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever. He lived near Richmond, Virginia and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

In 1969, Dean went into the sausage business, starting the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. He sold the company to Sara Lee Corp. in 1984.

Death of Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean died on June 13, 2010, of natural causes at his Henrico, Virginia home at the age of 81. He was survived by his wife Donna.

Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John

John Forsythe, 'Dynasty', 'Charlie's Angels', Dies 92

John Lincoln Freund
Born: January 29, 1918 Penns Grove, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 2, 2010 (aged 92) Santa Ynez, California

John Forsythe an American  stage, television and film actor. Forsythe starred in three television series, spanning three decades, as single playboy father Bentley Gregg in the 1950s sitcom Bachelor Father (1957–1962); as the unseen millionaire Charles Townsend on the 1970s crime drama Charlie's Angels (1976–1981), and as ruthless and beloved patriarch Blake Carrington on the 1980s soap opera Dynasty (1981–1989). He hosted World of Survival during the 1970s. Forsythe appeared each year to read children's fiction during the annual Christmas program near his home at the rural resort community of Solvang, California, north of Los Angeles.

In 1947, Forsythe joined the initial class of the soon-to-be prestigious Actors Studio, where he met other promising young actors including Marlon Brando and Julie Harris. During this time he appeared on Broadway in Mister Roberts and The Teahouse of the August Moon.

In 1955, Alfred Hitchcock cast Forsythe in the movie The Trouble with Harry, with Shirley MacLaine in her first movie appearance. The film was unsuccessful at the box office.

Death of John Forsythe
John Forsythe died from complication of pneumonia.
John Forsythe was 92 years old at the time of his death

John Forsythe & Linda Evans on Donny & Marie

 John Forsythe's Filmography & TV work continues next page

Filmography

    * Northern Pursuit (1943)
    * Destination Tokyo (1943)
    * The Captive City (1952)
    * It Happens Every Thursday (1953)
    * The Glass Web (1953)
    * Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
    * American Harvest (Revised Edition) (1955) (short subject) (narrator)
    * The Trouble with Harry (1955)
    * The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)
    * Everything But the Truth (1956)
    * Dubrowsky (1959)
    * Kitten with a Whip (1964)
    * Madame X (1966)
    * In Cold Blood (1967)
    * Silent Treatment (1968)
    * Murder Once Removed (1971)
    * Topaz (1969)
    * The Happy Ending (1969)
    * Goodbye and Amen (1977)
    * ...And Justice for All (1979)
    * Scrooged (1988)
    * Stan and George's New Life (1991)
    * We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1999) (voice) (direct-to-video)
    * Charlie's Angels (2000)
    * Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

Television work

    * Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
    * Bachelor Father (1957–1962)
    * The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962)
    * See How They Run (1964)
    * The John Forsythe Show (1965–1966)
    * A Bell for Adano (1967)
    * Shadow on the Land (1968)
    * To Rome With Love (1969–1971)
    * Murder Once Removed (1971)
    * The World of Survival (1971–1977) (narrator)
    * The Letters (1973) (unsold pilot)
    * Lisa, Bright and Dark (1973)
    * Cry Panic (1974)
    * The Healers (1974)
    * Terror on the 40th Floor (1974)
    * The Deadly Tower (1975)
    * Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)
    * Amelia Earhart (1976)
    * Tail Gunner Joe (1977)
    * Emily, Emily (1977)
    * Never Con a Killer (1977) (pilot for The Feather and Father Gang)
    * Cruise Into Terror (1978)
    * With This Ring (1978)
    * The Users (1978)
    * A Time for Miracles (1980)
    * Dynasty (1981–1989)
    * Sizzle (1981)
    * Mysterious Two (1982)
    * On Fire (1987)
    * Miss Universe Pageant (1989)
    * Opposites Attract (1990)
    * Dynasty: The Reunion (1991)
    * The Powers That Be (1992–1993)
    * I Witness Video (host from 1993–1994)
    * People's Century (1995) (miniseries) (narrator in U.S. version)
    * Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar (2006)

Johnny Maestro, singer 'Sixteen Candles' dies 70

Johnny Maestro begin his career in the 1950s with The Crests, whose hits included "16 Candles."

Johnny Maestro died of cancer

JOHNNY MAESTRO - Worst That Could Happen

Former 'Boston Legal' Star Justin Mentell Dies in a Car Crash 27

Justin Michael Mentell (December 16, 1982 – February 1, 2010) was an American artist and actor.

Mentell was a member of the cast of television dramedy Boston Legal as Garrett Wells. He played the role from the end of the first season through February 2006. His 2009 projects included Death Walks the Streets and the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced live-action/CGI family feature G-Force for Walt Disney Pictures, which was released in theaters July 24, 2009.

Death of Justin Mentell
On February 1, 2010, Mentell died in a car crash near Mineral Point, Wisconsin. According to the Iowa County Sheriff's Department, Mentell, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene around 9 a.m. The accident was said to have taken place around 3:30 a.m. after his 2005 Jeep left the roadway on Highway 39, went down an embankment and struck two trees. It is believed that he had fallen asleep at the wheel, though his Jeep was not discovered until later in the day by a passing farmer who alerted authorities. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle
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