Bobby Rogers (February 19, 1940 – March 3, 2013), born Robert E. Rogers, was an American soul singer and songwriter, notable as a member of Motown Records' first signed act and first million selling group The Miracles from 1956 until 2011. He was inducted along with the other members of the Miracles - with the exception of Smokey Robinson - in 2012 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rogers was the grandfather of R&B singer Brandi Williams from the R&B girl group Blaque.
In addition to his work in The Miracles, Rogers was a part-time Motown songwriter; his most notable composition, authored with bandmate Smokey Robinson, was The Temptations' first hit single, "The Way You Do the Things You Do". Rogers also co-wrote The Temptations' 1965 hit "My Baby", Mary Wells' hit, "What Love Has Joined Together", The Contours' 1965 hit "First I Look at the Purse", (later covered by the J Geils Band), Marvin Gaye's 1966 Top 40 hit, "One More Heartache" and The Miracles' own 1964 Top 40 hit, "That's What Love Is Made Of", and their 1966 hit, "Going to a Go-Go". He is also noted for doing co-lead vocals on The Miracles' 1962 Top 10 smash, "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", and singing lead on the group's 1964 song, "You're So Fine And Sweet".Bobby was also reputed to be the group's best dancer, and was responsible for many of the Miracles' onstage routines,until the arrival of famed Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins.
Bobby Rogers cause of seath
Bobby Rogers died due to complications of diabetes on March 3, 2013. Bobby Rogers was 73 years old at the time of his death.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction in 2012 (controversy)
In 1987, Smokey Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. However, in a decision that has since sparked much scrutiny, debate, and controversy, the other original members of The Miracles were not inducted. This proved a source of many protests from angry Miracles fans.
On February 9, 2012, after a 26 year wait, it was announced rest of The Miracles would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Smokey Robinson. This induction occurred on April 14, 2012. This induction occurred without the usual process of nomination and voting, under the premise that the entire group should have been inducted with Smokey Robinson back in 1987.
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - You Really Got A Hold On Me Bobby Rogers is the tallest gentleman with glasses
Natina Tiawanna Reed (October 28, 1979 – October 26, 2012) was an American actress, rapper, singer, teen idol and songwriter in the R&B trio Blaque. On most of Blaque's songs, Reed is featured as a rapper, except on "Mind of a King" where she sings the song entirely on her own. She is also known as Blaque's rapper. Reed was a protégée of the late rapper Left Eye.
Reed contributed her own raps to many of Blaque's past singles, including "808", "Can't Get it Back" and "Bring It All to Me" (remix)
In 2001, Reed was engaged to rapper Kurupt. In 2002, she gave birth to their son Tren Brown after the group was dropped from their label. Reed and Kurupt were separated.
Reed was the cousin of former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin.
Natina Reed cause of death
Reed died on October 26, 2012, two days shy of her 33rd birthday, in a car accident as she was walking on a state highway in Atlanta, Georgia.
The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. near Lawrenceville, Georgia on U.S. Highway 29 near Hamilton Road. No charges are expected, said Gwinnett police. Police and firefighters arrived to find a bystander performing CPR on Reed at the scene. She was pronounced dead a short time later at Gwinnett Medical Center. A preliminary investigation indicates that Reed was in the roadway when she was struck. Only the vehicle's driver and a passenger witnessed the impact. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be not at fault, and there are no charges pending.
The Platters was also known as "Herb Reed's Platters"
Herb Reed (August 7, 1928 – June 4, 2012) was an American musician, vocalist and founding member of The Platters, who were known for their hits during the 1950s and 1960s. Reed, who was the last surviving original member of the group, which he co-founded with four other musicians in 1953, is credited with creating The Platters' name. Reed thought of the group's name after noticing that DJs in the 1950s called their records, "platters."
Herb Reed cause of death Reed toured throughout his career. He performed as many as 200 concerts per year until 2012, when he stopped due to declining health. He died from complications from several ailments, including heart disease, at a hospice in Boston on June 4, 2012. Herb Reed was 83 year old at the time of his death.
The Platters were one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era. Their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new genre. The act went through several personnel changes, with the most successful incarnation comprising lead tenor Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, and Zola Taylor. The group had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1955 and 1967, including four # 1 hits.
Herb Reed Tells the Platters Story
The Platters and the voice of Herb Reed in ''Blues in the night''
"Sweet Joe" Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the "kings of a cappella," has died. (May 5, 2012)
Joe Russell Cause of death Joe Russell in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes. Joe Russell was 72 years old at the time of his death
The Persuasions are an a cappella group that began singing together in Brooklyn, New York in the mid 1960s. They have performed interpretations of both secular and non-secular music, and have covered a wide range of musical genres.
The Persuasions with Jerry Lawson - 1974 Performance and Interview Joe? Russell in the middle (on the step)
John Rich (July 6, 1925 – January 29, 2012) was a film and television director. He directed such television shows as Where's Raymond?, Mister Ed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times, Barney Miller, Newhart, Benson, The Brady Bunch, Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Twilight Zone, Murphy Brown, and Gilligan's Island.
His feature film credits include Wives and Lovers, Boeing Boeing, Roustabout and Easy Come, Easy Go (the latter two starring Elvis Presley). He also participated in the live telecast of the opening day ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955. He won an Emmy for The Dick Van Dyke Show, two Emmys for All in the Family, and two Golden Globes for All in the Family.
In the 1980s Rich and Henry Winkler formed a production company called Henry Winkler/John Rich Productions and together they produced MacGyver for Paramount Television.
John Rich cause of death John Rich died of heart failure. John Rich was 86 years old at the time of his death
John Rich directed this famous episode of All in the family Sammy Davis Jr. Kissing Archie Bunker
Samuel Carthorne Rivers (September 25, 1923 – December 26, 2011), was an American jazz musician and composer. He performed on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano.
Rivers was born in Enid, Oklahoma. Active in jazz since the early 1950s, he earned wider attention during the mid-1960s spread of free jazz. With a thorough command of music theory, orchestration and composition, Rivers was an influential and prominent artist in jazz music.
Sam Rivers cause of death Sam Rivers died from pneumonia in Orlando, Florida Sam Rivers was 88 years old at the time of his death.
Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney (January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) was an American radio and television writer. He was most notable for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney", a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. His final regular appearance on 60 Minutes aired October 2, 2011.
Rooney's "end-of-show" segment on 60 Minutes, "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney" (originally "Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney"), began in 1978
In 1990, Rooney was suspended without pay for three months by then-CBS News President David Burke, due to the negative publicity around his saying that "too much alcohol, too much food, drugs, homosexual unions, cigarettes [are] all known to lead to premature death."
Andy Rooney Cause of Death Aney Rooney was hospitalized on October 25, 2011 for developing postoperative complications, and died 10 days later (November 4, 2011). He died about a month after his last appearance on 60 Minutes. Aney Rooney was 92 years old at the time of his death.
Sylvia Robinson (March 6, 1936 - September 29, 2011) was a singer, musician, music producer, and record label executive, most notably known for her work as founder/CEO of the seminal hip hop label Sugar Hill Records. She is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre. The first was "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, which was the first rap song to be released by a hip hop act. The second was "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.
Sylvia Robinson cause of death Sylvia Robinson died of congestive heart failure. Sylvia Robinson was 75 years old at the time of her death.
Clifford Parker "Cliff" Robertson, III (September 9, 1923 – September 10, 2011) was an American actor with a film and television career that spanned half of a century. Robertson won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Charly. His most recent film role was "Uncle Ben Parker" in the Spider-Man film series.
Robertson's television appearances included The Twilight Zone episodes "A Hundred Yards Over the Rim" (1961) and "The Dummy" (1962)
Cliff Robertson was in the air and piloting a private plane over New York City on the morning of September 11, 2001
Cliff Robertson Cause of Death Robertson died in Stony Brook, New York, on September 10, 2011, one day after his 88th birthday, from natural cause.
Cliff Robertson in Twilight Zone - "The Dummy" (1962)
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.
Peggy Rea (March 31, 1921 - February 5, 2011) was an American character actress known for her many roles in television, often playing matronly characters. Her recurring roles included:
Cousin Bertha on All in the Family
Martha Burkhorn on All in the Family
Rose Burton on The Waltons
Lulu Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard
Ivy Baker on Step by Step
Jean Kelly on Grace Under Fire
Rea appeared in such television programs as I Love Lucy, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Sergeant Bilko, Ironside, Burke's Law, Marcus Welby, M.D., Hunter, The Odd Couple, Gidget, MacGyver, and The Golden Girls. She also appeared in feature films, including Cold Turkey and In Country.
Death of Peggy Rea Peggy Rea died of congestive heart failure at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif., Peggy Rea was 89 years old at the time of her death
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.
Lynn Rachel Redgrave (March 8, 1943 – May 2, 2010) was an English actress.
A member of the well-known British family of actors, Lynn Redgrave trained in London, before making her theatrical debut in 1962. By the mid-1960s she had appeared in several films, including Tom Jones (1963), and Georgy Girl (1966) which won her a New York Film Critics Award and nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Redgrave was born in London, England, the daughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Her sister is actress Vanessa Redgrave; her brother was actor and political activist Corin Redgrave. She was the aunt of actor Carlo Gabriel Nero and actresses Joely Richardson, Jemma Redgrave and Natasha Richardson.
Death of Lynn Redgrave Lynn Redgrave died following her long seven-year battle with breast cancer.
Lynn Redgrave discussed her health problems associated with bulimia and breast cancer, the latter of which she was diagnosed with in December 2002. She had a mastectomy in January 2003, and chemotherapy.
Meinhardt Raabe (September 2, 1915 – April 9, 2010) was an American actor. One of the last surviving Munchkin-actors in The Wizard of Oz, he was also the last surviving cast member with any dialogue in the film.
Raabe still made occasional appearances at Wizard of Oz conventions and celebrations across the country. In 2008 he was honored by the International Wizard of Oz Club with the organization's L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
Death of Meinhardt Raabe He died on April 9, 2010 from a heart attack at age 94.
He was the coroner in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, with his only lines being:
As coroner, I must aver I thoroughly examined her And she's not only merely dead She's really, most sincerely dead!
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