Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s Side Kick, dies 86


Hollywood DeathsEdward Leo Peter "Ed" McMahon, Jr. (March 6, 1923 – June 23, 2009) was an American comedian, game show host, announcer, and television personality. Most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson’s announcer on Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992, and as the host of the talent show Star Search from 1983 to 1995, he later also became well-known as the presenter of American Family Publishers sweepstakes, which arrives unannounced at the homes of winners. He subsequently made a series of Neighborhood Watch Public Service Announcements parodying that role.

The Tonight Show
McMahon and Johnny Carson first worked together as announcer and host on the daytime game show Who Do You Trust? (1957-1962). McMahon and Carson left to join The Tonight Show in 1962.

He describes what happened when the pair first met, the whole meeting being "about as exciting as watching a traffic light change".

For more than 30 years, McMahon introduced the Tonight Show with a drawn-out "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!" His booming voice and constant laughter alongside the "King of Late Night" earned McMahon the nickname the Human Laugh Track and "Toymaker to the King".

Death of Ed McMahon
Ed McMahon died in his sleep at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center just after midnight on June 23, 2009.  Ed McMahon had a "multitude of health problems the last few months" including broken neck from a fall last year.  Unconfirmed report says he also had a bone cancer.
McMahon was 86 years old at the time of his death

Ed McMahon with Johnny Caron

Report: CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite Very Ill

92 years old Walter Cronkite is in very bad shape.

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (born November 4, 1916) is a retired American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1970s and 1980s he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America" because of his professional experience and kindly demeanor.

Bob Bogle, Original Member of The Ventures dies at 75

Co-founder of legendary Tacoma garage-rock band, the Ventures, and the architect behind the distinctive guitar sound of early hits "Walk, Don’t Run" and "Perfidia" — has died

Bogle became ill over the weekend and died Sunday

The Ventures – Bob Bogle Medley 1997

Actor Johnny Palermo dies in car accident at 27

Johnny Palermo (1982 – June 8, 2009) was an American television actor. He had appeared in more than 30 television shows. He was regular on the Nickelodeon series Just for Kicks, and had appeared in Everybody Hates Chris as Chris’ classmate Frank DiPaolo.

Death of Johnny Palermo
Palermo and girlfriend Alessandra Giangrande were both killed in an early morning car crash in North Hollywood.  Johnny Palermo was 27 years old at the time of his death.

Just for Kicks
Everybody Hates Chris
Cold Case
General Hospital
CSI: Miami
Rules of Engagement
How I Met Your Mother

Independent movie in post production (to be released)
Pizza With Bullets

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.

Ink Spots – If I didn’t Care

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Keyboardist Barry Beckett Dies 66

Barry Beckett (February 4, 1943 – June 10, 2009) born in Birmingham, Alabama was a keyboardist who worked as a session musician with several notable artists on their studio albums. He was also a record producer, most notably of albums by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Dire Straits, Joe Cocker, John Prine, McGuinn-Hillman, The Staple Singers, Phoebe Snow, Etta James, T. Graham Brown, Lorrie Morgan, Eddy Raven, Delbert McClinton, Frankie Miller, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alabama, Hank Williams, Jr., Neal McCoy, Confederate Railroad, Phish, Tammy Graham, Sonia Dada, Ilse DeLange and others.

As part of the Fame rhythm section, some of their songs involved are "I Never Loved a Man" (Aretha Franklin), "Land of 1000 Dances" (Wilson Pickett), "Kodachrome" (Paul Simon) and "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge).

He was involved in the "Muscle Shoals Sound", being a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and in 1969, one of the founders of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. The Sound studio produced such hits as "Torn Between Two Lovers" (Mary MacGregor) and "Smoke from a Distant Fire" Sanford-Townsend Band). Beckett moved to Nashville in 1982 to become A & R country music director for Warner Brothers Records and co-produced Williams, Jr.’s records with Jim Ed Norman. Beckett produced records independently after leaving Warner Brothers.

Death of Barry Beckett
Barry Beckett had been diagnosed with cancer and suffered strokes.
Barry Beckett was 66 years old at the time of his death.

BEAUTIFUL LOSER BOB SEGER – Barry Beckett on piano

Jack Nimitz, Sax Player, a Big Part of Jazz History, Dies 79

* General public may not remember his name. But Jack Nimitz played with "Who’s who" in American Jazz history.

Jack Nimitz (January 11, 1930 – June 10, 2009) was an American jazz baritone saxophonist.

Jack Nimitz played with Bill Berry, Benny Carter, Gerald Wilson, Supersax, Frank Strazzeri, Thelonious Monk, Terry Gibbs, Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Bellson, Chuck Mangione, Shelly Manne, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Gil Fuller, Gene Ammons Oliver Nelson, Kenny Burrell, Quincy Jones, Milt Jackson, Frank Capp and Joey DeFrancesco into the 1980s.

Additionally he recorded with the vocalists Johnny Hartman, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae,Anita O’Day and Diane Schuur.

In the 1990s Nimitz recorded with Stewart Liebig, Bill Perkins, Bud Shank and Gerald Wilson.

In 1995 he released his first album under his own name. The Jack Nimitz Quintet played their final performance on May 10, 2009, in Northridge, California.

Death of Jack Nimitz
Jack Nimitz died from complications from emphysema
Jack Nimitz was 79 year of at the time of his death

 Supersax / Night In Tunisia – Jack Nimitz on trumpet

Singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin dies of lung cancer at 67

Kenny Rankin (February 10, 1942 – June 7, 2009) was an American pop and jazz singer and songwriter from the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, New York.

Rankin appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson more than 25 times. Host Johnny Carson was so impressed by him that he wrote the liner notes to Rankin’s 1967 debut album Mind Dusters, which featured the single "Peaceful," a cover of which Helen Reddy would reach #12 in 1973. Georgie Fame also had a hit with this song in 1969.

When Paul McCartney and John Lennon were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, McCartney asked Rankin to represent them at the ceremony based on the strength of his 1975 versions of McCartney’s songs Blackbird and Penny Lane.

Death of Kenny Rankin
Rankin passed away from lung cancer on June 7, 2009
Kenny Rankin was 67 years old at the time of his death

Kenny Rankin – Blackbird

Kenny Rankin: Haven’t We Met

1950s-’60s tenor saxophonist Sam Butera dies 81

Sam Butera (August 17, 1927 – June 3, 2009) was a tenor saxophone player best noted for his collaborations with Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Butera is frequently regarded as a crossover artist who performed with equal ease in both R & B and the post-big band pop style of jazz that permeated the early Vegas nightclub scene

Death of Sam Butera
Sam Butera died in Las Vegas at age 81. Sam Butera had Alzheimer’s Disease.

Luis Prima – Hey Marie (Sam Butera on the Sax)

David Carradine, Kung Fu, Kill Bill, Accidental Death 72

David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine, December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American actor, best known for his work in Kung Fu and more recently in Kill Bill.

Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the son of Ardanelle Abigail (née McCool) and noted American actor John Carradine

Carradine was known for his roles as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu (as well as the sequels in the 1980s and 1990s), as well as ‘Big’ Bill Shelly in Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha (1972), folksinger Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory (1976), Abel Rosenberg in Ingmar Bergman’s The Serpent’s Egg (1977), and as Bill in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2 (2003, 2004, respectively).

Death of David Carradine
On June 4, 2009, Carradine was found dead in his room at the Park Nai Lert Hotel in Junfan Mulay, Bangkok, Thailand. The initial police investigation indicated that Carradine had hanged himself using a cord of the type which is used with curtains. Circumstances suggested that the death was an autoerotic asphyxiation.

David Carradine Filmography continues next page

David Carradine Filmography

Year Film Role
1964 Taggart Cal Dodge
1966 Shane Shane
1967 Johnny Belinda Locky
The Violent Ones Lucas Barnes
1969 Heaven with a Gun Coke Beck
Young Billy Young Jesse Boone
1972 Boxcar Bertha ‘Big’ Bill Shelly
1972-1975 Kung Fu Kwai Chang Caine
1973 The Long Goodbye Dave aka Socrates – Marlowe’s Cellmate
Mean Streets Drunk
1975 Death Race 2000 Frankenstein
1976 Cannonball Coy ‘Cannonball’ Buckman
Bound for Glory Woody Guthrie
1977 The Serpent’s Egg Abel Rosenberg
Thunder and Lightning Harley Thomas
1978 Deathsport Kaz Oshay
Circle of Iron The Blind Man/Monkeyman/Death/Changsha
Gray Lady Down Capt. Gates
1979 Mr. Horn Tom Horn
1980 The Long Riders Cole Younger
1982 Q Detective Shepard
Trick Or Treats Richard
1983 Lone Wolf McQuade Rawley Wilkes
1984 The Warrior and the Sorceress Kain
Airwolf Dr. Robert Winchester
1985 North and South Justin LaMotte
1986 Kung Fu: The Movie Kwai Chang Caine
1988 Tropical Snow Oskar
1990 Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat Jozek Mardulak/Count Dracula
Bird on a Wire Sorenson
1991 Karate Cop Dad
Martial Law Dalton Rhodes
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Caine
1992 Evil Toons Gideon Fisk
Roadside Prophets Othello
Waxwork II: Lost in Time The Beggar
1993-1997 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Kwai Chang Caine
1997 Last Stand at Saber River Duane Kidston
1998 Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror Luke Enright
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Chief Wulisso
1999 Charmed Tempus
American Reel James Lee Springer
2000 Down ‘n Dirty Gil Garner
2001 Queen Of Swords The Serpent
2002 Balto II: Wolf Quest Nava the Wolf Shaman
The Outsider Haines
King of the Hill Junichiro Hill
2003 Kill Bill: Vol. I Bill
2003-2004 Alias Conrad
2004 Kill Bill: Vol. II Bill
Hair High Mr. Snerz
Dead & Breakfast Mr. Wise
Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon Grand Master
2005 Danny Phantom Clockwork
2006 Medium Jessica’s Brother
Saints Row William Sharp
2007 Homo Erectus Mookoo
Epic Movie The Curator
Fall Down Dead Wade
Camille Cowboy Bob
How to Rob a Bank Nick
Fuego Lobo
Big Stan The Master
2008 Chatham Captain Zeb
Richard III Buckingham
Hell Ride The Deuce
Son of the Dragon Bird
Last Hour Detective Mike Stone
Death Race Frankenstein
My Suicide Vargas
2009 Absolute Evil Raf McCane
Crank: High Voltage Poon Dong