Eugene McDaniels, Singer-Songwriter, Dies 76

Gene McDaniels (February 12, 1935 – July 29, 2011) was an American singer and songwriter, who had his greatest recording success in the early 1960s.

Born Eugene Booker McDaniels had six Top 40 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The two that went into the Top 5 were 1961's "Tower of Strength" (#5 on the pop chart) and "A Hundred Pounds of Clay," which reached #3 on the pop chart, and sold over one million records, earning gold disc status.

In 1974, Roberta Flack reached #1 with McDaniels' "Feel Like Makin' Love", which she won a Grammy Award.

Eugene McDaniels cause of death
Eugene McDaniels died after a brief illness.
Eugene McDaniels was 76 years old at the time of his death.

A Hundred Pounds of Clay - Eugene McDaniels

Feel Like Makin' Love - Written by Eugene McDaniels

Dan Peek, a founder of soft-rock band America, dies 60

America (band) - Best new Artist

Dan Peek on Left

Dan Peek (November 1, 1950 – July 24, 2011) was a member of the rock band, America, from 1970 to 1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. He contributed lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, and harmonica to their recordings during his tenure in the band. As a member of America, Peek contributed with four Top 100 singles: "Don't Cross The River" (#35), his most successful single "Lonely People" hit (#5), "Woman Tonight" (#44), and "Today's the Day" (#23). "Lonely People" and "Today's the Day" also hit number 1 on the Billboard AC charts. Although he did not write them, "Ventura Highway", "Sister Golden Hair", "Tin Man (song)", and "A Horse with No Name" are also collaborations of Peek's.

Dan Peek Cause of Death
Dan Peek died of undisclosed causes on July 24, 2011
Dan Peek was 60 years old at the time of his death

CBN American folk rock band America Dan Peek

Betty Ford, Former first lady, Founder of Betty Ford Clinic, dies 93

Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren Ford (April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011), better known as Betty Ford, was the wife of former United States President Gerald Ford and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977. As First Lady, Ford was active in social policy and shattered precedents as a politically active presidential wife.

Following her White House years, she continued to lobby for the ERA and remained active in the feminist movement. She is the founder, and served as the first chairwoman of the board of directors, of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal (co-presentation with her husband, Gerald R. Ford, October 21, 1998) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (alone, presented 1991, by George H.W. Bush).

On April 8, 2011, Ford turned 93, the same age that her late husband, President Ford reached on his last birthday, July 14, 2006.

Death 0f Betty Ford
Betty Ford died on July 8, 2011 in Rancho Mirage, California.  Cause of death was not released.

Loleatta Holloway, Disco singer, dies 64

Loleatta Holloway (November 5, 1946 – March 21, 2011) was an American singer, mainly known for disco songs such as "Hit and Run" and "Love Sensation", both of which have been sampled extensively.

Whitney Houston sampled Holloway's 1976 track "We're Getting Stronger" on her 2009 hit single "Million Dollar Bill".

Loleatta Holloway Cause of Death

Loleatta Holloway died on March 21, 2011 after slipping into a coma.
Loleatta Holloway was 64 years old at the time of her death.

Love Sensation by Loleatta Holloway (1980)

Loleatta Holloway's official Myspace

Joe Morello, Legendary Drummer with Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dies 82

Joe Morello (July 17, 1928 – March 12, 2011) was a jazz drummer best known for his twelve and a half-year stint with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He was frequently noted for playing in the unusual time signatures employed by that group in such pieces as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk".

During his career, Morello appeared on over 120 albums, 60 of which were with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. He authored several drum books, including Master Studies, published by Modern Drummer Publications, and made an instructional video for Hot Licks titled The Natural Approach to Technique. Morello was the recipient of many awards, including Playboy magazine's best drummer award for seven years in a row, and Downbeat magazine's best drummer award five years in a row. He was elected to the Modern Drummer magazine Hall of Fame in 1988, the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1993, and was the recipient of Hudson Music's first TIP Lifetime Achievement award in June, 2010

Death of Joe Morello
Joe Morello died on 12 March 2011 at his home in New Jersey.  Cause of death is not reported at the moment. Joe Morello was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Joe Morello - 1961 Drum Solo

Joe Morello's Official Website

Mike Starr, Ex-Alice In Chains Bassist, Dies 44

Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr (April 4, 1966 – March 8, 2011), was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, with whom he served from their formation in 1987 to 1993.

On 18 February, 2011, Starr was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Death of Mike Starr
Mike Starr was found dead on March 8, 2011 in a residence in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cause of death has not yet been released

* Former singer of Alice in Chains, Layne Staley died in spring 2002 after overdosing on a mixture of heroin and cocaine

Gladys Horton of The Marvelettes Dies 66

Gladys Horton (1944 – January 26, 2011) was an American R&B singer, famous for being the co-founder and lead singer of the popular Motown all-female vocal group The Marvelettes.

She had been recovering from complications from a stroke she suffered last year.

Death of Gladys Horton
Horton passed away on January 26, 2011 at the age of 66 at a nursing home in Sherman Oaks, California.
Cause of death is unknown.

 The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman - Original version
Lead Singer Gladys Horton

Bobby Farrell, Boney M's 'Daddy Cool' Dies 61

Roberto "Bobby" Alfonso Farrell (October 6, 1949 – December 30, 2010) was a dancer and performer, best known as the male member of the successful 1970s pop and disco group Boney M.

Death of Bobby Farrell
Bobby Farrell died in a hotel in St Petersburg. He was complaining of breathing problems after performing with his band the evening before. The cause of death is still unknown. Bobby Farrell was 61 years old at the time of his death

 BONEY M - DADDY COOL.  Bobby Farrell on far left

Teena Marie, Singer/songwriter, 'LoverGirl', Died at 54

Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 - December 26, 2010) was an American Grammy Award-nominated singer–songwriter–producer. Marie, nicknamed Lady Tee, (sometimes spelled Lady T), was a protégée of late funk legend Rick James, and was notable as one of the few successful white performers of R&B. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release Irons in the Fire. She said it was her favorite album. She had a daughter, Alia Rose, who, as of 2009, sang under the name Rose Le Beau.

As a child, she had an acting role on The Beverly Hillbillies, credited as Tina Marie Brockert. She also sang at the wedding of actor Jerry Lewis's son when she was 10 years old.

Death of Teena Marie
Marie died on Sunday, December 26, 2010, at home, as announced by her manager, Mike Gardner. She was 54.  She died in her sleep (Sunday nap).  Cause of death is not known for now.

"Lovergirl" by Teena Marie

Portugese Love - Teena Marie

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Irvin Kershner, Director Of 'The Empire Strikes Back,' Dies 87

Irvin Kershner (April 29, 1923 – November 27, 2010) was an American film director and occasional actor, best known for directing Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again and RoboCop 2.

After Empire Strikes Back, Kershner directed Never Say Never Again (Sean Connery's return to the role of James Bond); the HBO film Travelling Man starring John Lithgow and Jonathan Silverman; for which Kershner was nominated for an ACE Award; and RoboCop 2. He also directed several episodes of the television series seaQuest DSV, and he made his debut as an actor in the Martin Scorsese film, The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), playing Zebedee, the father of the apostles James and John. He played a film director in Steven Seagal's On Deadly Ground.

Death of Irvin Kershner
Irvin Kershner died at his Los Angeles home after a long illness (unspecified).
Irvin Kershner was 87 years old at the time of his death.

Empire Stikes Back - trailer (unofficial, created by a fan)

James Wall, Captain Kangaroo Costar, Mr. Baxter, Dies 92

Jimmy Wall (Born ? - October 27, 2010) was a regular on Captain Kangaroo from 1968 until 1978. Playing the kindly "Mr. Baxter," he added a sense of calm to the show when all others around him may have been caught up in the silliness. He also starred with the Captain and Mr. Greenjeans in a serialized production entitled "The Missing Paint Mystery" (shown on the program from December, 1969 until 1977; with the exception of 1976) in which the trio travels to Curaçao (a Caribbean island) to confront the playfully evil villain, Garumph (played by Cosmo Allegretti). Wall also worked as a stage manager for CBS on Captain Kangaroo and other CBS broadcasts, including 60 Minutes. Wall continued to work as a CBS stage manager, and on September 1, 2008, was honored for working on his 41st year of the "US Open" tennis tournament. Sportscasters Dick Enberg and John McEnroe commented that Wall still has a strong backhand tennis shot.  

Death of Jimmy Wall
Jimmy Wall died October 27, 2010 after a short illness.
Jimmy Wall was 92 years old at the time of his death

James Wall on diversifying "Captain Kangaroo" 

Barbara Billingsley, June Cleaver on "Leave It to Beaver", TV mom, dies 94

Barbara Billingsley (December 22, 1915 - October 16, 2010) was an American film, television, voice and character actress of stage, who in her five decades of television came to prominence in the 1950s in the big screen in The Careless Years opposite Natalie Trundy, followed by her best-known role, that of June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver and its sequel Still the Beaver (also known as The New Leave It to Beaver).

After Leave it to Beaver
When production of the show ended in 1963, Billingsley had become typecast as saccharine sweet and had trouble obtaining acting jobs for years. She traveled extensively abroad until the late 1970s. After an absence of 17 years from the public eye (other than appearing in two episodes of The F.B.I. in 1971), Billingsley spoofed her wholesome image with a brief appearance in the comedy Airplane! (1980), as a passenger who could "speak jive". She became the voice of Nanny and The Little Train on Muppet Babies from 1984 to 1991.

Death of Barbara Billingsley
Barbara Billingsley died of polymyalgia at her home in Santa Monica, California on October 16, 2010, at the age of 94. She is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

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 Stewardess I Speak Jive! - AIRPLANE!


Lena Horne, Singer Who Helped Integrate Hollywood, Dies 92

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Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 - May 9, 2010), was an American singer, actress and dancer.

Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather . Due to the red scare and her progressive political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.

Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received albums. In the early 1970s, her husband, son and father died within a period of twelve months. Horne announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway, and earned her numerous awards and accolades. Horne recorded sporadically following the show.

Death of Lena Horne
Lena Horne died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Lena Horne was 92 years old at the time of her death

Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943)

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Lena Horne on Cosby Show

Lena Horne on Rosie O'Donnell 1997

Dixie Carter, 'Designing Women', dies 70

Dixie Virginia Carter (May 25, 1939 – April 10, 2010)  was an American actress, having appeared in films, television and on stage. She was best-known for her long-running role in the sitcom Designing Women (1986-1993). She had been nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Desperate Housewives in 2007.

Death of Dixie Carter
Dixie Carter died on April 10, 2010. No cause was immediately disclosed. Carter is survived by Hal Holbrook, her husband of nearly 26 years, and two daughters from a previous marriage.

In 2006-07 Carter found renewed fame with a new generation of fans as the very disturbed and disturbing Gloria Hodge on Desperate Housewives, earning an Emmy nomination for her work on the series. Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry started out in Hollywood as Carter's assistant on the set of Designing Women.

Lionel Jeffries, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star, dies 83

Lionel Charles Jeffries (June 10, 1926 – February 19, 2010) was a British actor, screenwriter and film director.

He built a successful career in British films mainly in comic character roles and as he was prematurely bald he often played characters older than himself, such as the role of father to Caractacus Potts (played by Dick Van Dyke) in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), although Jeffries was actually six months younger than Van Dyke, who was born on December 13, 1925. His acting career reached a peak in the 1960s with leading roles in other films like Two-Way Stretch (1960), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), First Men in the Moon (1964) and Camelot (1967).

Death of Lionel Jeffries
Following a long illness, Jeffries died in a nursing home in Poole, Dorset, on 19 February 2010 at the age of 83. He was married to Eileen Mary Walsh from 1951 until his death. Their son and two daughters survive him.

Lionel Jeffries sings Posh! - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Lionel Jeffries' filmography continues next page
Selected filmography
As actor

    * Stage Fright (1950)
    * Will Any Gentleman...? (1953)
    * The Black Rider (1958)
    * Windfall (1955)
    * The Colditz Story (1955)
    * The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
    * No Smoking (1955)
    * All for Mary (1955)
    * Bhowani Junction (1956)
    * Jumping for Joy (1956)
    * Up in the World (1956)
    * The Baby and the Battleship (1956)
    * Eyewitness (1956)
    * Lust for Life (1957)
    * High Terrace (1956)
    * Hour of Decision (1957)
    * Doctor at Large (1957)
    * The Vicious Circle (1957)
    * The Man in the Sky (1957)
    * Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957)
    * Barnacle Bill (1957)
    * Behind the Mask (1958)
    * Girls at Sea (1958)
    * The Revenge of Frankenstien (1958)
    * Dunkirk (1958)
    * Up the Creek (1958)
    * Further up the Creek (1958)
    * Orders to Kill (1958)
    * Nowhere to Go (1958)
    * Law and Disorder (1958)
    * The Nun's Story (1959)
    * Please Turn Over (1959)
    * Bobbkins (1959)
    * Idle on Parade (1959)
    * Jazz Boat (1960)
    * Life is a Circus (1960)
    * Let's Get Married (1960)
    * Two-Way Stretch (1960)
    * Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
    * The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)
    * The Hellions (1961)
    * Fanny (1961)
    * Mrs. Gibbon's Boys (1962)
    * Operation Snatch (1962)
    * The Notorious Landlady (1962)
    * Kill or Cure (1962)
    * The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)
    * The Scarlet Blade (1963)
    * Call me Bwana (1963)
    * Murder Ahoy! (1964)
    * The Long Ships (1964)
    * The Truth About Spring (1964)
    * First Men in the Moon (1964)
    * You Must Be Joking! (1965)
    * The Secret of My Success (1965)
    * The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)
    * Drop Dead Darling (1966)
    * Rocket to the Moon (1967)
    * Camelot (1967)
    * Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
    * 12 + 1 (1969)
    * Twinky (1969)
    * Eyewitness (1970)
    * Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
    * What Changed Charley Farthing? (1974)
    * Royal Flash (1975)
    * The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)
    * Better Late Than Never (1982)
    * A Chorus of Disapproval (1988)
    * Abel's Island (1988)

As writer-director

    * The Railway Children (1970)
    * Baxter! (1972)
    * The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972)
    * Wombling Free (1977)
    * The Water Babies (1978)
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