Remembering Music Artists Who Passed in 2012

As sure as each day fades into night and each night reveals a new day, sooner or later, we will all be faced with our own mortality. As we grow older and move from one stage of our life to the next, majority of us  have fond memories of people that made an impact on our day-to-day lives, parents, relatives, friends, teachers, counselors, coaches, role models, etc. on a personal level. Then we have those memorable icons who kept us  entertained through the media that we looked forward to seeing on our favorite TV shows, at the movies, on the radio, in the funny pages (comic books), in concert or on stage. As time passes and we all age, we begin loosing many of our childhood heroes and people we cared about or made us feel secure in our own special place.

The focus on this particular post will be on MUSIC ARTISTS of all genres. I will attempt to present to you many of my personal favorites that the world has lost during this calendar year. As you might expect, this post will be ongoing and updated as we unfortunately will lose more wonderful music artists through the end of 2012. I know there will be some that I leave out, maybe because I’m unaware of their passing, or because they were not known in America, or, in the case of a few, I personally did not like them or care for their music.

* There may also be a couple of other “non-artists” that were involved in some capacity with music that I have included here also such as band members, producers, writers, hosts (Don Cornelius), etc.

Enjoy the trip down memory lane and hopefully some of the artists listed will leave a soft spot in your heart or a tear in your eye.  

I’ll include one of their classics that they are best remembered for (as well as a personal favorite).

Deaths are listed in reverse chronological order from most recent (December) backward to the beginning of the year, January, 2012.

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Updated once again as the curtain closes on 2012, with several more entries of those who passed during the past twelve months, those who entertained us through music and song…. that left us with memories of our youth, our past, the good times, the bad times, the happy, the sad

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DECEMBER DEATHS

Fontella Bass – Age 72

July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012 (from St. Louis, Missouri)

Ray Collins – Age 76

(Mothers of Invention)

November 19, 1936 – December 24, 2012 (from Pomona, California)

Mike Scaccia – Age 47

(Lead Guitar – Ministry)

June 14, 1965 – December 23, 2012 (from Babylon, New York)

Lee Dorman – Age 70

(Bass Guitar – Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond)

September 15, 1942 – December 21, 2012 (from St. Louis, Missouri)

Jimmy McCracklin – Age 91

August 13, 1921 – December 20, 2012 (from St. Louis, Missouri)

Inez Andrews – Age 83

(Gospel Soloist / The Caravans)

April 14, 1929 – December 19, 2012 (from Birmingham, Alabama)

Pecker Dunne – Age 79

April 1, 1933 – December 19, 2012 (from Castlebar, Ireland)

Ravi Shankar – Age 92

April 7, 1920 – December 11, 2012 (from India)

Jenni Rivera – Age 43

July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012 (from Long Beach, California)

Ed Cassidy – Age 89

(Drummer/Founder – Rising Sons, Spirit)

May 4, 1923 – December 6, 2012 (from Bakersfield, California)

Huw Lloyd-Langton – Age 61

(Guitarist – Hawkwind, Widowmaker)

February 6, 1951 – December 6, 2012  (from London, England)

Dave Brubeck – Age 91

December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012  (from Concord, California)

Dee Harvey – Age 47

1965 – December 1, 2012  (from Memphis, Tennessee)

NOVEMBER DEATHS

Frank Barsalona – Age 74

(Legendary Talent Agent/Pioneering Rock Promoter)

March 31, 1938 – November 22, 2012  (from Staten Island, New York)

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Peter Bennett – Age 77

(Legendary Music Promoter)

May 10, 1935 – November 22, 2012  (from The Bronx, New York)

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Michael Dunford – Age 68

(Guitarist – Renaissance)

July 8, 1944 – November 20, 2012  (from Surrey, England)

Billy Scott – Age 70

(Billy Scott & the Prophets)

October 5, 1942 – November 17, 2012  (from Huntington, West Virginia)

Major Harris – Age 65

(The Delfonics, solo career)

 February 9, 1947 – November 9, 2012  (from Richmond, Virginia)

OCTOBER DEATHS

Terry Callier – Age 67

(Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter)

May 24, 1945 – October 27, 2012 (from Chicago, Illinois)

Pundits referred to his music as “jazz-folk” in the 1970’s. Callier was an unusual and singularly inspired singer-songwriter whose music defied such easy categorization. He was largely ignored by the U.S. record buying public, despite being well-respected among musicians and critics.

SEPTEMBER DEATHS

Hal David – Age 91

(Lyricist)

May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012  (from Brooklyn, New York)

Hal David wrote words for, most notably, Burt Bacharach. Together, the two provided hits to Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, The Carpenters and others. Songs include, “The Look of Love,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose.”

Joe South – Age 72

February 28, 1940 – September 5, 2012 (from Atlanta, Georgia)

An American songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. Best known for his songwriting, South won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1970 for “Games People Play” and was again nominated for the award in 1972 for “Rose Garden”.

Dorothy McGuire – Age 84

(McGuire Sisters)

February 13, 1928 – September 7, 2012 (from Middletown, Ohio)

The McGuire Sisters were a singing trio in American popular music. The group was composed of three sisters: Christine McGuire (born July 30, 1926); Dorothy McGuire (February 13, 1928 – September 7, 2012); and Phyllis McGuire (born February 14, 1931). Among their most popular songs are “Sincerely” and “Sugartime”, both number one hits.

Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan – Age 93

(Lonzo and Oscar)

January 9, 1919 – September 7, 2012 (from Edmonton, Kentucky)

Andy Williams – Age 84

(December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012 (from Wall Lake, Iowa)

A legendary American popular music singer. He recorded 44 albums in his career, 15 of which have been gold-certified and three of which have been platinum-certified.He was also nominated for six Grammy Awards. He hosted The Andy Williams Show, a television variety show, from 1962 to 1971, and numerous TV specials. The Andy Williams Show garnered three Emmy awards. The Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, is named after the song he is most known for singing—Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”. He sold over 100 million records worldwide including 10.5 million certified units in the United States.

AUGUST DEATHS

Jimmy Jones – Age 75

June 2, 1937 – August 2, 2012 (from Birmingham, Alabama)

Marvin Hamlisch – Age 68

June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012 (from New York City, New York)

An American composer and conductor. Hamlisch was one of only twelve people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. He is also one of only two people (along with Richard Rodgers) to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize.

Carl Davis – Age 77

(record producer)

September 19, 1934 – August 9, 2012 (from Chicago, Illinois)

An American record producer and music executive, who was particularly active in Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. He was responsible for hit R&B records by Gene Chandler, Major Lance, Jackie Wilson, The Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin, Tyrone Davis and others.

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Scott McKenzie – Age 73

January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012 (from Jacksonville, Florida)

An American singer and songwriter. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”.

Max Bygraves – Age 89

October 16, 1922 – August 31, 2012 (from London, England)

An English comedian, singer, actor and variety performer. He appeared on his own television shows, sometimes performing comedy sketches between songs. He made twenty Royal Variety Performance appearances and presented numerous programmes, including Family Fortunes.

 

JULY DEATHS

Bob Babbitt – Age 74

(Bass Guitar/ The Funk Brothers, MFSB)

November 26, 1937 – July 16, 2012  (from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

He was a bassist in Motown Records’ studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1966 through 1972, and also a member of MFSB for Philadelphia International Records. He played on hundreds of hits, including Steve Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” Edwin Starr’s “War” and Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

Jon Lord – Age 71

(Deep Purple)

June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012  (from Leicester, England)

An English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men. In 1968 Lord co-founded Deep Purple, a hard rock band of which he was regarded as the leader until 1970.

Kitty Wells – Age 92

“Queen of Country Music”

August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012  (from Nashville, Tennessee)

Her 1952 hit recording, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”, made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s. Wells ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of Billboard’s country charts. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1991, she became the third country music artist and the eighth woman to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Wells’ accomplishments earned her the nickname Queen of Country Music.

JUNE DEATHS

Herb Reed – Age 83

August 7, 1928 – June 4, 2012 (from Kansas City, Missouri)

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.

Bob Welch – Age 66

August 31, 1945 – June 7, 2012 (from Los Angeles, CA)

An American musician, who was member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He had a successful solo career in the late 1970s. His singles included “Hot Love, Cold World,” “Ebony Eyes,” “Precious Love,” and his signature song, “Sentimental Lady

Graeme Bell – Age 97

September 7, 1914 – June 13, 2012 (from Victoria, Australia)

An Australian Dixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader

 

Marjorie “Marjie” Hymans – Age 91

August 9, 1920 – June 14, 2012 (from New York City, New York)

An American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, and arranger. She began her career as a vibraphonist in the 1940s, playing with Woody Herman (from 1944 to 1945), the Hip Chicks (1945), Mary Lou Williams (1946), Charlie Ventura (1946), George Shearing (from 1949 to 1950), and led her own groups, including a trio, which stayed together from 1945 to 1948, performing on 52nd Street in Manhattan

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MAY DEATHS

Doc Watson – Age 89

(Guitarist / ‘Roots Music’ Legend)

March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012  (from Deep Gap, North Carolina)

Blind from nearly birth, Watson went on to become a legendary guitar picker, both fingerstyle and flatpicking. He won seven Grammy awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. When you think of traditional American music — folk, bluegrass, blues, country and gospel — think Doc.

Robin Gibb – Age 62

The Bee Gees

December 22, 1949 – May 20, 2012  (from Douglas, Isle of Man)

Of Brothers Gibb fame, Robin sang lead on many of the early Bee Gees hits, including “Massachusetts,” “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” and “I Started a Joke.” He has writing credits on “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “Tragedy.”

Donna Summer – Age 63

(“Disco Queen”)

December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012  (from Boston, Massachusetts)

She became a disco queen, with racy hits such as “Love To Love You Baby,” “I Feel Love,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls,” eventually became a born-again Christian. But while her music was often controversial for its lyrical content, it was just as groundbreaking in the musical sphere, bringing electronic-based music to the people.

Donald “Duck” Dunn – Age 70

(Booker T & The MGs)

(Bass guitarist / session musician / record producer / songwriter)

November 24, 1941 – May 13, 2012  (from Memphis, Tennessee)

Teaming up with guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist “Duck” Dunn joined the house band at Stax Records, which became Booker T. and the MGs. Session work was extensive, including Otis Redding’s “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay” and Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour.”

Adam “MCA” Yauch – Age 47

(Beastie Boys)

August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012  (from Brooklyn, New York)

APRIL DEATHS

Levon Helm – Age 71

(The Band)

May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012  (from Elaine, Arkansas)

Helm was a multi-instrumentalist known for singing and drumming with the Band on such hits as “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down” and “Up On Cripple Creek.” He was a benevolent musician who won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Americana Album with Electric Dirt.

Dick Clark “America’s Oldest Teenager” – Age 82

(Legendary Producer, TV/Radio Personality, American Bandstand, American Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, as well as other TV series & game shows)

November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012  (from Mount Vernon, New York)

Dick Clark became a cultural icon as he switched from radio to TV and hosted American Bandstand, which ran from 1957 to 1987. Started his own production company while hosting Often referred to as “America’s Oldest Teenager,” Clark also counted down New Year’s Eve every year on New Year’s Eve!

MARCH DEATHS

Earl Scruggs – Age 88

(Bluegrass Music Legend, Banjo)

January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012  (from Flint Hill, North Carolina)

Banjo players the world over mourned the passing of this bluegrass music giant. He joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1945 and popularized his three-finger picking style.

Ronnie Montrose – Age 64

(Montrose, Gamma)

November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012 (from San Francisco, California)

An American rock guitarist, who led the bands Montrose (1973-77 & 1987) and Gamma (1979-83 & 2000) and also performed and did session work with a variety of musicians, including Van Morrison (1971–72), Herbie Hancock (1971), Beaver & Krause (1971), Boz Scaggs (1971), Edgar Winter (1972 & 1996), Gary Wright (1975), The Beau Brummels (1975), Dan Hartman (1976), Tony Williams (1978), The Neville Brothers (1987), Marc Bonilla (1991 & 1993), Sammy Hagar (1997), and Johnny Winter. The first Montrose album was often cited as “America’s answer to Led Zeppelin” and Ronnie Montrose was often referred to as one of the most influential guitarists in American hard rock.

FEBRUARY DEATHS

Davy Jones – Age 66

(The Monkees)

December 20, 1945 – February 29, 2012 (from Manchester, Lancashire, England)

An English singer-songwriter, musician, actor and businessman best known as a member of the band The Monkees, and for starring in the TV series of the same name. Jones is considered one of the great teen idols of his era.

Whitney Houston – Age 48

(solo artist)

August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012 (from Newark, New Jersey)

The only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, Whitney Houston was a force of nature who lost her battle with her inner demons. She starred in the hugely popular film The Bodyguard in 1992, which also featured the best-selling single by a female artist, “I Will Always Love You.”

Don Cornelius – Age 75

(Soul Train creator, producer & host)

September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012 (from Chicago, Illinois)

Don Cornelius brought “Love, Peace and Soul” into the homes of average teenagers who watched his music program Soul Train religiously for its promotion of R&B and soul music performers such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, among the many.

JANUARY DEATHS

Etta James – Age 73

(Soul Singer)

January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012 (from Los Angeles, California)

Discovered by Johnny Otis when just a teenager, James was inducted into several Hall of Fames — Rock and Roll, Blues, Grammy — and was known for such hits as “Roll With Me, Henry,” “At Last” and “Tell Mama.”

Johnny Otis – Age 90

“The Godfather of Rhythm & Blues”

December 28, 1921 – January 17, 2012 (from Vallejo, California)

Commonly referred to as “The Godfather of Rhythm & Blues,” Otis was a singer, drummer, pianist, producer, songwriter whose credits included playing the memorable vibraphone part on Johnny Ace’s “Pledging My Love.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Jimmy Castor – Age 71

(Jimmy Castor Bunch)

June 23, 1940 – January 16, 2012 (from Manhattan, New York)

Larry Reinhardt – Age 63

(Guitarist / Iron Butterfly & Captain Beyond)

July 7, 1948 – January 2, 2012 (from Florida)

An American rock guitarist who played with Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond. At one time Reinhardt was known by the nicknames “El Rhino” and “Ryno”.

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Fred Milano – Age 72

(The Belmonts)

August 26, 1939 – January 1, 2012 (from the Bronx, New York)

1969-2009: Events That Changed Our Lives 40 Years Ago

1969-The-Year-That-Changed-AmericaIt seems like the older we get the more we reflect back on our lives up to the present. We think about our accomplishments, where we are situated at today and what we are still looking forward to in the future. Everyone goes through it eventually, but it doesn’t really sink in until maybe 40 or 50 years of age, give or take a little. During this thought process, the media has been blitzing us with the anniversaries of some major milestones in our society. This week, August 15th through 18th, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, the epic four-day rock festival that drew more than 30 bands and 300,000 plus fans to a farmer’s field in Bethel, N.Y. And, of course, back on July 20th we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11’s successful lunar landing as well as the first human(s) to ever set foot on the moon, which led to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s, historic walks on the lunar surface. The famous quote being “That’s One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

But why should those two events garner all the attention?

There were plenty of other significant ’69 happenings that are worthy of praise and recognition as well as a few that led to substantial controversy. 1969 had it’s share of disasters, strife and  violence which impacted us in various ways. We progressed forward in some respects and suffered setbacks as well with other issues.

Overall….. 1969 was a year of enormous cultural innovation and change. The music, movies and events that seemed to sum up the chaos, creativity, violence and hopefulness of the decade.

For those of us that are old enough to remember, let’s reflect back to these times and see just how many of them you actually remember when they made headlines or the front pages of our newspapers and television sets. For the younger ones, try to understand what we were dealing and coping with forty years ago.

  • 250,000 anti-war protesters marched on Washington DC in opposition to the war in Vietnam.
  • The very first United States troop withdrawals are made from the Vietnam War beginning on July 8.
  • The US institutes the draft lottery to determine draft into US Armed Forces for the Vietnam War.
  • The invention of the ATM. The first automated teller machine was installed at a branch of Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre on Long Island in New York.
  • The Microprocessor ( a miniature set of integrated circuits ) is invented opening the way for the computer revolution that followed
  • Creation of ARPANET – the predecessor of the Internet
  • Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • The Gap opened its first store. Taking its name from the newly discovered “generation gap,” the San Francisco-based shop sold record albums and blue jeans, eventually sprouting all over the country and making denim the defining uniform of generations of Americans.
  • Forty years ago this month (August 9, 1969), four of Charles Manson’s followers murdered actress Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and four others who were visiting her (husband Roman Polanski was in Europe for work). The following night, Manson’s followers killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their home. This was part of Manson’s plan to create “helter skelter”, the term that became the title of a bestselling book by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry about Manson and the murders.
  • The Altamont Free Concert is held at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Organized as well as hosted by the Rolling Stones, it is an attempt at a “Woodstock West” and is best known for the uproar of violence that occurred. Hells Angels motorcycle club members were used as bouncers resulting in a number of deaths. It is viewed by many as the “end of the sixties.”
  • The gay-rights movement was born. Homosexuals and drag queens fought back after police raided New York’s Stonewall Inn (a gay club). Gay people worldwide suddenly discovered they were a community, one that, from then on, would forcibly resist discrimination.
  • Reported as being the year the first strain of the AIDS (HIV) virus migrated to the United States via the island nation of Haiti.
  • The US Supreme Court rules on Stanley v. Georgia declaring “The State may not prohibit mere possession of obscene materials for personal use”.
  • David Reuben published “Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask).” The psychiatrist’s plainspoken ‘Q & A-style’ explanation of human sexuality became one of the decade’s most popular books and essential covert bathroom reading for millions of teenagers.
  • On January 30, The Beatles give their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The impromptu concert was broken up by the police.
  • “The Brady Bunch” debuted on ABC. America’s favorite family moved into our living rooms on Sept. 26 and refused to leave – four decades later, Brady children still pop up, only now they’re on reality shows.
  • The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut on December 2, 1969. It carried 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from it’s birthplace, Seattle to New York City.
  • The first test flight of the super fast, supersonic Concorde is conducted in Toulouse, France in March – The last one took place in 2003.
  • The Mariner 6 and Mariner 7 Mars probes are launched and completed as the first dual mission to Mars flying over the equator and south polar regions while analysing atmosphere and surface with remote sensors as well as recording and relaying hundreds of pictures. The mission’s goals were to study the surface and atmosphere of Mars.
  • Robin Knox-Johnston becomes the first person to sail around the world solo without stopping.
  • 1969 was the year Edward (Ted) Kennedy’s chances of moving into the White House took a nosedive, along with the car he was driving on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts. The accident resulted in the death of passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaign aide to his brother, Robert. Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was given a suspended sentence.
  • A group of American Indians, led by Richard Oakes, seized Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay for 19 long months, inspiring a wave of renewed Indian pride and government reform.
  • The EC-121 shoot down incident occurred on April 15 when a US Navy Lockheed EC-121-M Warning Star on a reconnaissance mission was shot down by a North Korean MIG-17 aircraft over the Sea of Japan. The plane crashed 90 nautical miles off the North Korean coast killing all 31 Americans on board.
  • On January 20, Richard Nixon succeeds Lyndon Johnson as the 37th President of the United States of America.
  • Golda Meir of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, becomes the first female prime minister of Israel.
  • In Cairo, Egypt, Yasser Arafat is elected Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader at the Palestinian National Congress.
  • Charles de Gaulle resigns as French President.
  • Former United States General and President Dwight David Eisenhower dies after a long illness in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC on March 28, 1969.
  • Other zeitgeist-changing 1969 debuts included “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and, perhaps most revolutionary, “Sesame Street,” which used TV techniques to actually teach, rather than merely distract children throughout America.
  • The “Public Broadcasting Service” (PBS) is established.
  • The classic novel, “The Godfatheris published by Mario Puzo.
  • After 147 years, the final issue of “The Saturday Evening Post” is published and hits magazine stands.
  • 2 New York sports franchises have miraculous, upset wins over Baltimore in two different championship games. First in (football) Super Bowl III, the New York Jets, of the old AFL, defeat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts of the NFL 16-7 on Januray 12. Then (in baseball) on October 16, the New York Mets (NL) beat the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles (AL) in a near-sweep of the World Series, defeating them 4 games to 1.
  • Bell Bottom Jeans and tie-dye shirts become part of the teenage fashion scene.
  • The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the epitome of the American muscle car, is introduced.
  • Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.
  • The 1st transplant of the human eye take place.
  • The battery powered smoke detector is introduced in the USA.
  • Rising Inflation becomes a worldwide problem.
  • Hurricane Camille, the most powerful tropical cyclonic system at landfall in history, hits the Mississippi coast (August 17th) killing 248 people and causing US $1.5 billion in damage. (figure in 1969 US dollars)
  • Former Hollywood child star, Judy Garland is found dead of a questionable drug overdose.
  • Brian Jones Former Rolling Stones Guitarist drowns after a drinking and drugs binge.

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Celebrities & Well-Known Figures Who Died In 1969…..

  • February 2 – Boris Karloff – British actor (Frankenstein) (born in 1887)
  • February 9 – Gabby Hayes – American actor (cowboy/western movie sidekick)  (born in 1885)
  • March 28 – Dwight D. Eisenhower – 34th President of the USA and General (born 1890)
  • June 22 – Judy Garland – American actress and singer (born 1922)
  • July 3 – Brian Jones – British rock musician (guitarist/Rolling Stones) (born 1942)
  • August 9 – Sharon Tate – American actress and model (born 1943)
  • August 31 – Rocky Marciano – American boxer (undefeated heavyweight champ) (born 1923)
  • September 2 – Ho Chi Minh – President of Vietnam (born 1890)
  • October 12 – Sonja Henie – Norwegian figure skater (Olympic & World Champion skater & Movie Star) (born 1912)
  • November 18 – Joseph P Kennedy, Sr. – American politician (patriarch of the Kennedy family) (born 1888)

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How Much Things Cost In 1969…..

Average cost of new house: $15,550

Average income per year: $8,550

Average monthly rent: $135

Average cost of a new car: $3,270

Average price of a gallon of gas: 35 cents

Year-end close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 800

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Popular Films of 1969

  • The Love Bug
  • Funny Girl
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • True Grit
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Easy Rider
  • Where Eagles Dare

Remembering Michael Jackson

R.I.P.

MICHAEL JACKSON

August 29, 1958  –  June 25, 2009

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michael_jackson1michael_jackson_waveThe Breaking Story

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. Jackson had no pulse when paramedics arrived at the scene. They were unsuccessful  in their attempts to revive him.

In the immediate aftermath following the announcement of  Michael Jackson’s death — so many people rushed to the Internet for news updates and information that it practically stopped the entire World Wide Web in its tracks.

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. – These were just a few of the scores of major web sites bombarded by a tidal wave of traffic. Most of these sites still worked, but the epic amount of traffic in numbers caused them all to move at a snail’s pace.

The last time the ‘net” had this kind of traffic was President Obama’s inauguration.

The sad irony of it all was that we also lost Farrah Fawcett earlier in the day and it has barely been 48 hours since we lost Ed McMahon. Farrah had been courageously struggling with cancer for some time and Ed had been in declining health for quite some time also. Both of them were icons of their time also, however the unexpectedness of Michael Jackson’s passing has overshadowed everything else. This is on such an international scope that the suddenness of it all and the world’s attention rivals the passing of Princess Diana, John Lennon & Elvis Presley.

Maybe now, Michael Joseph Jackson can finally get the stress relief and everlasting peace, comfort and solitude that he had been seeking for so long.