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Dan Peek, a founder of soft-rock band America, dies 60


America (band) - Best new Artist

 
Dan Peek on Left

Dan Peek (November 1, 1950 – July 24, 2011) was a member of the rock band, America, from 1970 to 1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. He contributed lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, and harmonica to their recordings during his tenure in the band. As a member of America, Peek contributed with four Top 100 singles: "Don't Cross The River" (#35), his most successful single "Lonely People" hit (#5), "Woman Tonight" (#44), and "Today's the Day" (#23). "Lonely People" and "Today's the Day" also hit number 1 on the Billboard AC charts. Although he did not write them, "Ventura Highway", "Sister Golden Hair", "Tin Man (song)", and "A Horse with No Name" are also collaborations of Peek's.

Dan Peek Cause of Death
Dan Peek died of undisclosed causes on July 24, 2011
Dan Peek was 60 years old at the time of his death

CBN American folk rock band America Dan Peek

Joe Willie 'Pinetop' Perkins, Blues legend, dies 97

Joseph William Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011), better known by the stage name Pinetop Perkins, was an American Blues musician, specializing in piano music. He played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history, and received numerous honors during his lifetime including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Along with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, he was one of the last two original Mississippi Delta blues musicians, and also to have a personal knowledge of and friendship with Robert Johnson.

At age 97, he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined at the Hip, an album he recorded with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Perkins thus became the oldest-ever Grammy winner, edging out comedian George Burns who had won in the spoken word category 16 years earlier.

Pinetop Perkins Cause of Death

Pinetop Perkins died on 21 March 2011 at his home in Austin, Texas.
Pinetop Perkins was 97 years old at the time of his death.

Pinetop Perkins, Harvelle's Santa Monica

 Pinetop Perkins - 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

Pete Postlethwaite, Oscar-nominated, 'Inception' actor dies 64

Peter William "Pete" Postlethwaite, OBE (February 7, 1946 – January 2, 2011) was an English stage, film and television actor.

After minor television appearances including in The Professionals, Postlethwaite's first success came with the film Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. He played a mysterious lawyer "Kobayashi" in The Usual Suspects, and he appeared in Alien 3, In the Name of the Father, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, Inception, and in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.

Death of Pete Postlethwaite
Postlethwaite died in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 2 January 2011 after a battle with cancer.  Pete Postlethwaite was 64 at the time of his death.

Postlethwaite was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1990, and had one testicle removed.

Pete Postlethwaite talks about The Age of Stupid on BBC Breakfast

Neva Patterson, Actress in 'Affair to Remember', Dies 90

Neva Louise Patterson (February 10, 1920 – December 14, 2010) was an American character actress.

Her first feature movie was the 1953 film Taxi; other film credits include The Buddy Holly Story, All of Me, and as Cary Grant's fiancee in An Affair to Remember.

Her television credits included Nichols, The Governor & J.J., and as Eleanor Dupres in V, which she reprised in V: The Final Battle. She made guest appearances on The Defenders, Ironside, Barnaby Jones, The Dukes of Hazzard, and St. Elsewhere.

Patterson died from complications from a broken hip at age 90.

 

Tony Peluso, Carpenters' Guitar Player (Goodbye To Love) - Dies 60

Tony Peluso (March 28, 1950 – June 5, 2010) was an American guitarist and record producer. He was lead guitarist for pop duo Carpenters from 1972 to 1983

Peluso is probably best known for his disc jockey impersonation that links the medley of oldies tracks on side 2 of the Carpenters album Now & Then, and his fuzz guitar solo on their song "Goodbye to Love".

The Carpenters
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After Carpenters
Following the death of Karen Carpenter in 1983, Peluso moved on to record producing. He worked for the next decade at Motown Records where he recorded artists such as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, the Four Tops and Michael Jackson.

Peluso went on to produce and/or engineer for artists such as Kenny Loggins, Seals and Crofts, Apollonia Kotero, Player, Animotion, Stephanie Mills, The Fixx, Dave Koz and Boyz II Men.

In 1992, Peluso began working with Gustavo Santaolalla. They pioneered the Rock en Español genre. Peluso worked with Latin pop musicians such as Ricky Martin, Molotov and Cafe Tacuba. In 2005, Santaolalla and Peluso produced the soundtrack to Brokeback Mountain.

Death of Tony Peluso
Tony Peluso died from heart disease.
Tony Peluso was 60 years old at the time of his death.

 the carpenters - goodbye to love [history]

Fess Parker, 'Davy Crockett' Star dies 85

Fess Elisha Parker, Jr.
Born: August 16, 1924 Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: March 18, 2010 (aged 85) California, United States

Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his 1950s portrayals of Davy Crockett for Walt Disney and of Daniel Boone in the late 1960s. He was also known as a wine maker and resort owner-operator.

Death of Fess Parker
Fess Parker died of complications from old age.
Fess Parker was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Davy Crockett - "Old Betsy" - Song performed by Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen (Disneyland Opening Day)
 

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Fess Parker Filmography

    * Harvey (1950)
    * No Room for the Groom (1952)
    * Untamed Frontier (1952)
    * Springfield Rifle (1952)
    * Take Me to Town (1953)
    * The Kid from Left Field (1953)
    * Island in the Sky (1953)
    * Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
    * Dragonfly Squadron (1954)
    * Them! (1954)
    * The Bounty Hunter (1954)
    * Battle Cry (1955)
    * Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
    * The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
    * Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)
    * Westward Ho, The Wagons! (1956)
    * Old Yeller (1957)
    * The Light in the Forest (1958)
    * The Hangman (1959)
    * Alias Jesse James (1959)
    * The Jayhawkers! (1959)
    * Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
    * Smoky (1966)
    * Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider (1966)

Television

    * City Detective, (1 episode, 1955)
    * Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1962-1963)
    * Daniel Boone (lead cast member from 1964-1970, with Ed Ames, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, and Veronica Cartwright)
    * Climb an Angry Mountain (1972)
    * The Fess Parker Show (1974) (unsold pilot)

Teddy Pendergrass, Soul Singer, dies 59

Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 — January 13, 2010) was an American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. Also known by the nicknames Teddy P, TP, or Teddy Bear, Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career at the end of the decade.

Death of Teddy Pendergrass
Teddy Pendergrass died at Bryn Mawr Hospital at age 59, from complications following surgery for colon cancer.

Pendergrass was Paralyzed from the waist down since 1982
On March 18, 1982, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia on Lincoln Drive, Pendergrass was involved in an automobile accident. The brakes failed on his 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, causing the car to hit a guard rail, cross into the opposite traffic lane, and hit two trees. Pendergrass and his passenger, Tenika Watson, a transsexual nightclub performer with whom Pendergrass was casually acquainted, were trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes. While Watson walked away from the accident with minor injuries, Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down

Teddy Pandergrass - close the door (live)

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Discography

Albums

    * 1977: Teddy Pendergrass (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #17, US R&B #5
    * 1978: Life Is a Song Worth Singing (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #11, US R&B #1
    * 1979: Teddy (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #5, US R&B #1
    * 1979: Live! Coast to Coast (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #33, US R&B #5
    * 1980: TP (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #14, US R&B #3
    * 1981: It's Time for Love (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #19, US R&B #6
    * 1982: This One's for You (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #59, US R&B #6
    * 1983: Heaven Only Knows (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #123, US R&B #9
    * 1984: Love Language (Asylum) - US Pop #38, US R&B #4
    * 1985: Greatest Hits (Philadelphia International) - US R&B #65
    * 1985: Workin' It Back (Asylum) - US Pop #96, US R&B #6
    * 1988: Joy (Elektra) - US Pop #54, US R&B #2
    * 1991: Truly Blessed (Elektra) - US Pop #49, US R&B #4
    * 1993: A Little More Magic (Elektra) - US Pop #92, US R&B #13
    * 1997: You and I (Surefire) - US Pop #137, US R&B #24
    * 1998: The Best of Teddy Pendergrass (The Right Stuff)
    * 1998: This Christmas I'd Rather Have Love (Surefire/Wind-Up) - US R&B #83
    * 2001: Greatest Slow Jams (The Right Stuff) - US R&B #98
    * 2002: From Teddy with Love (Razor & Tie) - US R&B #63
    * 2004: Love Songs Collection (The Right Stuff) - US R&B #70

Singles

    * 1977: "I Don't Love You Anymore" - US Pop #41, US R&B #5
    * 1977: "The Whole Town's Laughing At Me" - US R&B #16
    * 1978: "Close the Door" - US Pop #25, US R&B #1
    * 1978: "Only You" - US R&B #22
    * 1979: "Turn Off the Lights" - US Pop #48, US R&B #2
    * 1979: "Come Go With Me" - US R&B #14
    * 1980: "Shout and Scream" - US R&B #21
    * 1980: "It's You I Love" - US R&B #44
    * 1980: "Can't We Try" - US Pop #52, US R&B #3
    * 1980: "Love T.K.O." - US Pop #44, US R&B #2
    * 1981: "Two Hearts" (with Stephanie Mills) - US Pop #40, US R&B #3
    * 1981: "I Can't Live Without Your Love" - US R&B #10
    * 1982: "You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration" - US Pop #43, US R&B #4
    * 1982: "The Gift of Life" / "Nine Times Out of Ten" - US R&B #31
    * 1982: "I Can't Win for Losing" - US R&B #32
    * 1983: "I Want My Baby Back" - US R&B #61
    * 1984: "Hold Me" (with Whitney Houston) - US Pop #46, US R&B #5
    * 1984: "You're My Choice Tonight (Choose Me)" - US R&B #15
    * 1985: "Never Felt Like Dancin'" - US R&B #21
    * 1986: "Love 4/2" - US R&B #6
    * 1986: "Let Me Be Closer" - US R&B #67
    * 1988: "Joy" - US Pop #71, US R&B #1
    * 1988: "2 A.M." - US R&B #3
    * 1988: "Love Is the Power" - US R&B #57
    * 1990: "Glad to Be Alive" (with Lisa Fischer) - US R&B #31
    * 1991: "Make It with You" - US R&B #23
    * 1991: "It Should've Been You" - US R&B #1
    * 1991: "I Find Everything in You" - US R&B #31
    * 1993: "Voodoo" - US R&B #25
    * 1994: "Believe in Love" - US R&B #14
    * 1994: "I'm Always Thinking About You" - US R&B #90
    * 1997: "Don't Keep Wastin' My Time" - US Pop #90, US R&B #39
    * 1997: "Give It to Me" - US R&B #57

Kim Peek - 'Rain Man' inspiration dies 58

Kim Peek (11 November 1951 – 19 December 2009) was an American prodigious savant known as a megasavant. He had a photographic or eidetic memory, but also social developmental disabilities, possibly resulting from congenital brain abnormalities. He was the inspiration for the character of Raymond Babbitt, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the movie Rain Man. He was not autistic and likely had FG syndrome.

Kim Peek was born with macrocephaly, damage to the cerebellum, and, perhaps most important, agenesis of the corpus callosum, a condition in which the bundle of nerves that connects the two hemispheres of the brain is missing; in Peek's case, secondary connectors such as the anterior commissure were also missing. There is speculation that his neurons made other connections in the absence of a corpus callosum, which results in an increased memory capacity.

Death of Kim Peek
Peek died on 19 December 2009, of a heart attack. He is survived by his father.  He was 58 years old at the time of his death

Les Paul (as in Gibson Guitar, Les Paul and Mary) dies 94

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Lester William Polfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 - August 13, 2009) was an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." His many recording innovations included overdubbing, delay effects such as "sound on sound" and tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording. He is often credited as being the 'father of modern music'.

Death of Les Paul
On August 13th, 2009, Les Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY. His family and friends were by his side

Harve Presnell, 'Fargo' Actor, Golden Glove Winner, dies 75

 

Harve Presnell (September 14, 1933 - June 30, 2009) was a Golden Globe-winning American film, stage and television actor.

Early life
Presnell was born as George Harvey Presnell in Modesto, California. in Modesto, California, and attended the University of Southern California. He made his stage debut at the age of sixteen, singing in an opera.

His height, booming voice, and operatic training landed him the role of Johnnie Brown in Meredith Willson's musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown on stage which premiered on Broadway in 1960. He later reprised the role in the 1964 film version. He appeared as a cavalry scout in The Glory Guys (1965) and sang the stirring "They Call the Wind Maria" in the 1969 film Paint Your Wagon.

His film career was revived when he played William H. Macy's father-in-law in Fargo (1996). Subsequent parts included General George C. Marshall in Saving Private Ryan, Mr. Parker on The Pretender, Dr. Sam Lane on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and A.I. Brooks on Dawson's Creek. He starred in NBC's Andy Barker, P.I.

Death of Harve Presnell
Harve Presnell died of pancreatic cancer.
Harve Presnell was 75 years old at the time of his death

The Unsinkable Molly Brown - Trailer

Lynyrd Skynyrd Keyboardist Billy Powell Dies 56

William Norris "Billy" Powell (June 3, 1952 - January 28, 2009) was the longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Death of Billy Powell
On January 28, 2009 Powell died at his condo in Orange Park, Florida. He had called 911 just before 1 am complaining of difficulty breathing. Paramedics found him unresponsive in his bedroom still holding the phone. It is believed he had a heart attack, but an autopsy will be preformed.

Billy Powell & Lynyrd Skynyrd
Powell remained a roadie for Skynyrd until 1972, when the band was hired to play the Bolles School prom. After setting up the band's equipment, Billy sat down at a piano in the corner of the room and began to play his own version of 'Free Bird'. Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant was impressed, and invited Powell to join Lynyrd Skynyrd officially as their new keyboard player.

In 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd was signed to MCA Records and received national exposure in with the release of their first album, (pronounced 'l?h-'nérd 'skin-'nérd). The bands popularity soared in 1974 with their follow-up album, Second Helping, which featured their highest-charting single, "Sweet Home Alabama". The band enjoyed great popularity over the next three years, culminating in the 1977 release of Street Survivors, which many considered to be their strongest effort to date.

Lynyrd Skynyrd-Call Me The Breeze-1987

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However, three days after the release of Street Survivors, Skynyrd's chartered plane crashed into a forest near McComb, Mississippi. The crash took the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick. The remainder of the band suffered injuries ranging from mild to severe. Powell suffered severe facial lacerations, almost completely losing his nose but was otherwise relatively uninjured. He was the first to be released from the hospital, and the only member able to attend the funerals of his fallen bandmates.

Claiborne Pell - US Senetor created Pell Grant dies 90

Claiborne Pell Grant diesClaiborne Pell (November 22, 1918 – January 1, 2009) was a former United States Senator from Rhode Island, serving six terms from 1961 to 1997, and was best known as the sponsor of the Pell Grant, which provides financial aid funding to U.S. college students. A Democrat, he was that state's longest serving senator.

Death of Claiborne Pell
Claiborne Pell suffered from Parkinson's Disease. Pell died on January 1, 2009. He was 90 years old

Pell attended St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island, then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University in 1940, and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1946. While in Princeton, he was a member of Colonial Club.

Pell was married to the former Nuala O'Donnell, a descendant of the Hartford family and, as such, one of the heirs to the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company fortune

Pinup Legend Bettie Page Dies 85

Bettie Page ComaBettie Page (April 22, 1923 - December 11, 2008) was a former American model who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine.

Death of Bettie Page
Bettie Page died on December 11, 2008, having been on continuous life support since her heart attack in December 2008

While she faded into obscurity in the 1960s after converting to Christianity and serving as a Baptist missionary in Angola, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and had a significant cult following. Her look, including her jet black hair and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists. Bettie is a great aunt of comedian/writer Benjy Bronk and Bettie is a cousin of actress Mena Suvari.

Related story: Pinup Legend Bettie Page in Coma

Character actor Robert Prosky dies 77

actor who died 2008Robert Prosky (December 13, 1930 - December 8, 2008) was an American actor with hundreds of credits on stage and screen including "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Hill Street Blues"

Death of Robert Prosky
Robert Prosky died on December 8, 2008, five days short of his 78th birthday, of complications following a heart procedure. At the time of his death, he lived on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Biography
Robert Prosky appeared in such films as Thief, Christine, The Natural, Broadcast News, Green Card, Hoffa, Rudy, and Dead Man Walking. In addition to appearing in numerous films, Prosky appeared as a regular on the television shows Hill Street Blues and Veronica's Closet. Prior to his film and television career, Prosky appeared in numerous productions at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, most notably as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. He was considered for the role of Martin Crane in Frasier and later made a guest appearance in the show as a reclusive writer. He also played Rebecca Howe's father on Cheers.

Prosky often performed at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, with over 100 stage credits to his name at that theatre alone. He also originated the role of Shelly Levene in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.

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Filmography
The Skeptic (2009)
Suits on the Loose (2005)
D-Tox (2002) - McKenzie
Death to Smoochy (2002) (uncredited)
Dudley Do-Right (1999) - Inspector Fenwick
Veronica's Closet (1997) (TV series) (1997–1998)
The Chamber (1996)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
The Scarlet Letter (1995) - Horace Stonehall
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) - Judge Henry Harper
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) - Jonathan Lundy
Rudy (1993) - Father Cavanaugh
Last Action Hero (1993)
Hoffa (1992)
Far and Away (1992) - Daniel Christie
Green Card (1990)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Outrageous Fortune (1987) - Stanislav Korzenowski
Broadcast News (1987)
Hill Street Blues (1981) (TV series) (1984–1987)
The Natural (1984)
The Keep (1983)
Christine (1983)
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
Monsignor (1982)
Hanky Panky (1982)
Thief (1981)

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