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David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Chicago blues great dies 96

David "Honeyboy" Edwards (June 28, 1915 – August 29, 2011) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer from the American South.

David "Honeyboy" Edwards Cause of Death
On August 29, 2011, Honeyboy Edwards died peacefully at his home of congestive heart failure at around 3 a.m.

David "Honeyboy" Edwards - Gamblin' Man

Gil Bernal, 'Smokey Joe's Café' saxophonist, dies 80

Gil Bernal (February 4, 1931  in Watts, Los Angeles - July 17, 2011)  was an American saxophonist (Tenor).  Gil Bernal played Jazz, Rhythm and Blues.

Gil Bernal's memorable saxophon solos:
Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and the Robins' "Smokey Joe's Cafe."

He worked with artists such as Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton and Ry Cooder.

Gil Bernal cause of death
Gil Bernal died of congestive heart failure.
Gil Bernal was 80 years old at the time of his death.

The Robins - Smokey Joes Cafe
Gil Bernal was not a member of of The Robins.  He was a guest player.

Leonard Stern, writer for 'The Honeymooners' and 'Get Smart,' dies at 88

Leonard B. Stern (December 23, 1923 – June 7, 2011) born in New York City NY, was one of the creators, with Roger Price, of the word game Mad Libs.

Leonard Stern was a successful television writer who wrote for such now classic series such as Get Smart, The Honeymooners, the Phil Silvers Show, The Steve Allen Show and Steve Allen's Tonight Show. He also was a writer for the 1952 Danny Thomas and Peggy Lee version of The Jazz Singer and several Abbott and Costello films, among others. In the 1970s, he produced and directed the TV series McMillan and Wife, which starred Rock Hudson.

Leonard Stern cause of death
On June 7, 2011, Stern died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Stern is survived by his wife of 55 years, actress Gloria Stroock, as well as a son, Michael Stern, a daughter, Kate Stern, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Funeral services were scheduled Friday at Mt. Sinai.

Clarice Taylor, Anna Huxtable from 'Cosby Show', Dies at 93

Clarice Taylor (September 20, 1917 - May 30, 2011) was an American stage, film and television actress.

Clarice Taylor was known for her recurring role on television on The Cosby Show as Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable (Bill Cosby)'s mother, Anna Huxtable. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1986 for the role. She also played Harriet on Sesame Street and appeared as Grady's cousin Emma on Sanford and Son.

In 1971 she played Birdie in Clint Eastwood's Play Misty For Me.  Taylor appeared in the hit musical The Wiz, as Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North.

Clarice Taylor Cause of Death
Taylor died on May 30, 2011 of heart failure. She was survived by her two sons, William and James, and five grandchildren.  Clarice Taylor was 93 years old at the time of her death.

Purlie! "The World is Comin' to a Start" (Don Scardino - 1981 TV Cast) 
Clarice Taylor (as Idella) appears at 1:38

Bob Flanigan, Four Freshmen Founder, Dies 84

Bob Flanigan (August 22, 1926 – May 15, 2011), was an American tenor vocalist and founding member of The Four Freshmen, a jazz vocal group

Flanigan, who was born in Greencastle, Indiana, was a respected trombonist, and also played bass guitar with the outfit for several decades, beginning on September 20, 1948, and sang the top part.

After retiring from performing in 1992, Flanigan maintained the band's name and was responsible for the group's changing cast of performers.

Bob Flanigan Cause of Death
Bob Flanigan died of congestive heart failure at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 15, 2011. Bob Flanigan was 84 years old at the time of his death.

Four Freshmen - Poinciana (1952) Bob Flanigan on Bass
You can see Beach Boys and Manhattan Transfer were influenced by their style.

 A Visit with Bob Flanigan of The Four Freshmen

Dana Wynter, Actress from 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' Dies 79

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Kevin McCarthy, 'Body Snatchers', Prolific Actor, Dies 96 (September 11, 2010)

Dana Wynter (born Dagmar Winter; June 8, 1931 – May 5, 2011) was a German-born British actress, who was brought up in England and Southern Africa. She appeared in film and television for more than forty years beginning in the 1950s, most notably in the original version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Dana Wynter Cause of Death
Dana Wynter died on 5 May 2011 from congestive heart failure at the Ojai Valley Community Hospital's Continuing Care Center; she was 79 years old. She had suffered from heart disease in later years, and was transferred from the hospital's intensive care unit earlier in the day. Her son Mark said she was not expected to survive, and "she stepped off the bus very peacefully", 33 days short of her 80th birthday.

Danny Kaye: ON THE DOUBLE  (with Dana Wynter)

Related:
Kevin McCarthy, 'Body Snatchers', Prolific Actor, Dies 96 (September 11, 2010)

Ferlin Husky, Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Dies 85

Ferlin Eugene Husky (December 3, 1925 – March 17, 2011) was an American singer who became well-known as a country-pop chart-topper under various names, including Terry Preston and Simon Crum. In the 1950s and 60s, Husky had several hits, including "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove", each reaching number one on the country charts. In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Husky has suffered from heart problems for many years and has been hospitalized several times since the late 1970s, most recently for heart surgery in 2005 and blood clots in his legs in 2007. He was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri on April 19, 2009, with congestive heart failure and pneumonia. On July 15, 2009 his spokesman said he was recuperating at home after being released from a Nashville hospital.

Death of Ferlin Husky
On March 17, 2011, Management released a statement saying that Husky died from congestive heart failure.
Ferlin Husky was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Ferlin Husky - Wings of a Dove

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

George Shearing, ‘Lullaby of Birdland’ Jazz Virtuoso, Dies 91

Sir George Shearing, OBE (August 13, 1919 – February 14, 2011) was an Anglo-American jazz pianist who for many years led a popular jazz group which recorded for MGM Records and Capitol Records. The composer of over 300 titles, he had multiple albums on the Billboard charts during the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s and 1990s.

He became known for a piano technique known as Shearing's voicing, a type of double melody block chord, with an additional fifth part that doubles the melody an octave lower. George Shearing credited the Glenn Miller Orchestra's reed section of the late 1930s and early 1940s as an important influence.

Shearing's interest in classical music resulted in some performances with concert orchestras in the 1950s and 1960s, and his solos frequently drew upon the music of Satie, Delius and Debussy for inspiration.

Death of George Shearing
George Shearing died of heart failure in February 2011 in New York City
George Shearing was 91 old at the time of his death

Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing - 1987 

George Shearig (piano) with Mel torme (sining) - Berlin 89 part 4

Peggy Rea, Actress (Dukes of Hazzard, I Love Lucy,etc.. ), Dies 89

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

Dukes of Hazzard - Lulu

Step By Step - Theme Song

Tura Satana, Actress, Elvis' Ex-girlfriend, dies 72

Tura Satana (July 10, 1938 – February 4, 2011) was a Japanese-born American actress and former exotic dancer. She was best known for her role as "Varla" in Russ Meyer's 1965 cult film, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.

Satana dated Elvis Presley but turned down his marriage proposal, though she did keep the ring. Satana married a retired Los Angeles police officer in 1981, and remained married until her husband died in October 2000.

Death of Tura Satana
Satana died on February 4, 2011, in Reno, Nevada, United States. Her long-time manager, Siouxzan Perry, stated the cause of death as heart failure.  Tura Satana was 72 years old at the time of her death.

Interview With Tura Satana 2008

Billy Taylor Grammy & Emmy-Winning Jazz Musician Dies 89

Billy Taylor (July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He was the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville. Since 1994, Taylor was the artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

With over twenty three honorary doctoral degrees, Taylor is also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, NEA Jazz Masters Award (1998) an Emmy Award (1983) for "Outstanding Informational, Cultural or Historical Programming", a Grammy Award (2004) and a host of prestigious and highly coveted prizes, such as the National Medal of Arts (1992), the Tiffany Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Down Beat Magazine. He was also honored in 2001 with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend Award, and election to the Hall of Fame for the International Association for Jazz Education.

Death of Billy Taylor
Billy Taylor of died of heart failure.
Billy Taylor was 89 years old at the time of his death.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Billy Taylor

Jerry Bock, "Fiddler on the Roof" Composer, Tony Winner, Dies 81

Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Bock (November 23, 1928 – November 3, 2010) was an American musical theater composer. He received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1965 musical Fiddler on the Roof with Harnick.

Bock spoke at the funeral of 98-year-old Fiddler playwright Joseph Stein just 10 days before his own death.

Death of Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock died of heart failure.
Jerry Bock was 81 years old at the time of his death

Charlie O'Donnell, 'Wheel of Fortune' Announcer Dies 78

Charlie O'Donnell (August 12, 1932 – October 31, 2010) was an American television announcer best known for his work on Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune and other game shows
O'Donnell may be best known as the announcer for Wheel of Fortune. He filled this role from 1975 to 1980, acted as a substitute for his successor, Jack Clark, and returned to the show permanently several months after Clark's death in 1988, and continued with the show until his death in 2010. M.G. Kelly briefly served as announcer between Clark and O'Donnell.

Among the game show companies O'Donnell had worked for as a primary announcer were Stefan Hatos-Monty Hall Productions (1973-1977), Merv Griffin Enterprises/Sony Pictures Television (1975-80 and 1989-2010), Barry & Enright Productions (1981-86), and Barris Industries (1986-89). He has also announced game shows for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions (Card Sharks, Trivia Trap, Family Feud, To Tell the Truth); Bob Stewart Productions, and for Hill-Eubanks Group's All Star Secrets and The Guinness Game. He and John Harlan filled in for Rod Roddy on different occasions on Press Your Luck.

Death of Charlie O'Donnell
Charlie O'Donnell in his sleep from heart failure, at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.  Charlie O'Donnell was 78 years old at the time of his death

Peter Steele, Front man of Type O Negative (singer, bass), dies 48

Petrus T. Ratajczyk (January 4, 1962  – April 14, 2010) better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist, and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.  Before joining Type O Negative, he played for the metal group Fallout and the thrash  band Carnivore.

As the front-man for Type O Negative, Steele was known for his vampiric looks, rich bass-baritone vocals, and a dark, often self-deprecating sense of humor.  His lyrics were often intensely personal, dealing with subjects including love, loss and addiction. Steele credited Black Sabbath and The Beatles as his key musical inspirations.

Death of Peter Steele
Peter Steele died of heart failure.  Prior to his death, Steele had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music.
Peter Steele was 48 years old at the time of his death

Type O Negative - Love You To Death (Live)
Peter Steele - Lead Singer & Bass

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