Bring Out Your Dead! The celebrity death thread....

Mike Pinder, a founding member and keyboard player for the progressive rock band, the Moody Blues

Days of future passed….


Jaytee said:

Donald Payne jr. Newark lost a good man.

I'll say!  Jr. is the one who was currently in office, right?  I asked for help here once and someone suggested calling my congressman, which I never would have thought of on my own.  He helped me out of a big jam within 48 hours of my first speaking with his office.

If I've got the lineage right, his father helped me out of another big jam -- keeping my then au pair in the country for another year.

A real loss.


Jaytee said:

Mike Pinder, a founding member and keyboard player for the progressive rock band, the Moody Blues

Days of future passed….

one of my favorite bands. The Core Seven albums are a remarkable set of music.

Thanks Mike. Still listening.


Paul Auster, grew up in SOMA and graduated from Columbia High School. Famous as a Brooklyn author, but his sweeping novel "4 3 2 1" has a protagonist who grows up (in multiple ways) in Maplewood and vicinity.

Paul Auster, the Patron Saint of Literary Brooklyn, Dies at 77 - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

[Edited to add] Found the video of the talk he gave on Zoom, hosted by the South Orange Library, on 4/3/21 about that novel and talking about his memories of growing up. 


nohero said:

Paul Auster, grew up in SOMA and graduated from Columbia High School. Famous as a Brooklyn author, but his sweeping novel "4 3 2 1" has a protagonist who grows up (in multiple ways) in Maplewood and vicinity.

Paul Auster, the Patron Saint of Literary Brooklyn, Dies at 77 - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

[Edited to add] Found the video of the talk he gave on Zoom, hosted by the South Orange Library, on 4/3/21 about that novel and talking about his memories of growing up. 

Thank you for posting this. I will have to get one of his books.


Probably hadn't thought of Duane Eddy in 30 or 40 years, but when i heard his name his music jumped right into my ear (dum dum Dum).  Good times. RIP.

eta: According to the radio, DE said his biggest contribution to music was not singing. : )





Frank Stella, American artisti



Love his uses of colour! 
tongue laugh

galileo said:


Frank Stella, American artisti



Holy ****, Steve Albini! RIP to the fuckign man! Apart from Big Black being a massive influence on me, he produced some of the best albums of my early twenties, when he was in his late twenties. I followed his funny and sometimes poignant posts on Twitter and immediately followed him again on Bluesky when I moved over there. His political views, his musical knowledge... Heck I didn't know him and I'm gonna miss him. 7 years older than me. Jesus.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/article/2024/may/08/steve-albini-us-alt-rock-musician-and-producer-dies-aged-61


ridski said:

Holy ****, Steve Albini! RIP to the fuckign man!

I’m reading a new book about the Chapel Hill music scene in the 1990s, and Albini comes up a few times as a kind of éminence grise. (It says he produced Superchunk’s sophomore record uncredited.) There was also a lot of respect for 4AD at nascent local labels like Mammoth and Merge.


4AD. Finally. A name I actually recognize in this story.

Sometimes I feel so disconnected from the music scene.

(my son recently excitedly explained the Kendrick/Drake brouhaha to me. I had, and still have, no clue.)


DaveSchmidt said:

ridski said:

Holy ****, Steve Albini! RIP to the fuckign man!

I’m reading a new book about the Chapel Hill music scene in the 1990s, and Albini comes up a few times as a kind of éminence grise. (It says he produced Superchunk’s sophomore record uncredited.) There was also a lot of respect for 4AD at nascent local labels like Mammoth and Merge.

4AD had such a cool stable of artists but was never cool enough to buy any of it when I was a kid.


This is one of our South Orange neighbors. 

Death by train whether accidental or intentional is always difficult for me. Been on a couple of trains that hit someone; been on a number of others that were delayed because of them. I also lost a couple of friends and school peers. I feel for the person lost and for those who have lost them. God rest his soul.

https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2024/05/nj-broadway-veteran-dead-after-being-struck-by-train-theater-community-mourns.html
 


The Turtles liked to joke around, but they were seriously good. The gifted drummer John Barbata, who grew up in part in Nutley, was one of the reasons.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/john-barbata-drummer-the-turtles-csny-jefferson-starship-dead-obituary-1235019260/


RIP David Sanborn. While I wasn't a huge fan of a lot of his solo work, except when he worked with Marcus Miller, his session work on other people's songs was world class. Everything from Bowie's Young Americans to duetting with Eric Clapton on the Lethal Weapon soundtrack.

https://www.npr.org/2024/05/13/1251006759/saxophonist-david-sanborn-6-time-grammy-winner-has-died-at-age-78


ridski said:

RIP David Sanborn. While I wasn't a huge fan of a lot of his solo work, except when he worked with Marcus Miller, his session work on other people's songs was world class. Everything from Bowie's Young Americans to duetting with Eric Clapton on the Lethal Weapon soundtrack.

I was hoping someone would post about Sanborn. The NBC music show he hosted with Jools Holland was maybe the best thing on American TV in the late ’80s.


DaveSchmidt said:

I was hoping someone would post about Sanborn. The NBC music show he hosted with Jools Holland was maybe the best thing on American TV in the late ’80s.

It looks really interesting. Never made it to the UK as far as I know.


I’ve been an avid fan of David Sanborn since the very early 80’s. A friend lent me the album “as we speak”…then “Double vision” with Bob James came out … if you guys have never heard that album you’re missing out. Bob James was another favorite of mine. 


Film and TV actor Dabney Coleman. Age 92.
Probably most famous for playing the boss in "9 to 5."

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/dabney-coleman-bad-boss-9-215233021.html

Dabney Coleman, the beloved character actor who famously played the dastardly cad overseeing Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in the movie "9 to 5," has died. He was 92.

Coleman's death was confirmed by his daughter Quincy Coleman who said he died "peacefully and exquisitely" at home Thursday afternoon.

“My father crafted his time here on Earth with a curious mind, a generous heart and a soul on fire with passion, desire and humor that tickled the funny bone of humanity,” she said in a statement obtained by The Times. “As he lived, he moved through this final act of his life with elegance, excellence and mastery."


Morgan Spurlock, of "SuperSize Me" fame .. at 53, of cancer.  He opened such an important discussion about the dangers of fast food over-consumption in our country.  Though he later confessed to addiction to alcohol & some negative aspects of his sexual life that caused the results of his important experiment to be questioned --even rejected --by peers & critics, the importance of his raising awareness of the dangers of many Americans' diets should not be under-rated or ignored.  If he opened even a few eyes & caused customers AND the industry to make changes, that's a monumental achievement for which he deserves credit.


Frank Ifield has died, at age 86years. Some MOLers might remember him, and I Remember You.

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c0vv1ngrq5yo

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-21/singer-frank-ifield-singer-dies/103872564
A lovely voice, delightful lilt to it. And very handsome.  As the article explains, he helped the Beatles with early exposure and the rest is history.


Juniemoon said:

Morgan Spurlock, of "SuperSize Me" fame .. at 53, of cancer.  He opened such an important discussion about the dangers of fast food over-consumption in our country.  Though he later confessed to addiction to alcohol & some negative aspects of his sexual life that caused the results of his important experiment to be questioned --even rejected --by peers & critics, the importance of his raising awareness of the dangers of many Americans' diets should not be under-rated or ignored.  If he opened even a few eyes & caused customers AND the industry to make changes, that's a monumental achievement for which he deserves credit.

you know, he ate 5000 calories a day while doing this. of course he gained weight and felt like crap.

bottom line - he was a huckster and showed us nothing we didn't know already.


Richard Sherman, beloved songwriter of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and many many other Disney film songs, has died aged 95 years. 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-26/richard-sherman-songwriter-behind-disney-hits-dead-at-95/10389469

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cz99kwy973eo 

Truly, flights of angels will sing to his memory for decades to come. 


Bill Walton, 71...of cancer


Bill Walton was an amazing basketball player, both at UCLA and as a young pro, leading Portland to four straight victories over my 76ers in the 1977 NBA Finals after losing the first two games. That hurt.

Walton was also by all accounts a great guy. A few years ago he graciously posed for a photo with my son and a friend before calling a Pac 12 game. (His garrulous enthusiasm at the mic was a taste I never acquired, but lots of viewers loved him.)

An all-time athlete and character. May he rest in peace and love.


drummerboy said:

you know, he ate 5000 calories a day while doing this. of course he gained weight and felt like crap.  You know, I DID know that.  Didn't know about his alcoholism.  My guess is he was resigned to feeling like crap anyway, but figured he'd make a point about saturated fat at the same time.

bottom line - he was a huckster and showed us nothing we didn't know already.  He drew a lot of attention to the dangers of fast food, and though that's not what killed him, he forced the issue with the FF industry, who did make some changes.  No small feat, IMHO.


It’s what he represents that is so important in sports today. He will be remembered as the luckiest man to be around.


Boston, and global, news. Those who know Cala and her online collaboration with Kiffness will be heartbroken:

Singing kitty Cala has passed, her companion Elizabeth is devastated. Details with Kiffness, or Cala’s channel


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