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Billy Grammer, Grand Ole Opry member, dies 85

Billie Wayne Grammar (August 28, 1925 – August 10, 2011), known professionally as Billy Grammar, was an American country music singer and noted guitar player. He is best known for the million-selling "Gotta Travel On", which made it onto both the country and pop music charts in 1959. It was Grammar's first hit record, and his most enduring.

In 1990, Grammar was inducted into the Illinois Country Music Hall of Fame, along with Tex Williams, Lulu Belle and Scotty, and Patsy Montana. Grammar suffers from a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. He became completely blind. On February 27, 2009, he was honored by the Grand Ole Opry for his 50 years as a member.

Billy Grammer cause of death
Grammar died on August 10, 2011, at 12:20 a.m. He was in Benton Hospital being treated for a long-term illness, which included suffering a heart attack in January.
Billy Grammer was 85 years old at the time of his death.  He was eighteen days short of his 86th birthday.

Gotta Travel On - Billy Grammer

Rob Grill, singer for 60s rock band The Grass Roots, died 67

Robert Frank "Rob" Grill (November 30, 1943 – July 11, 2011) was an American lead singer, songwriter and bass guitarist of the rock and roll band, The Grass Roots.

Grill launched a solo career in 1979, assisted on his solo album by several members of Fleetwood Mac. Responding to 60s nostalgia, Grill then reformed The Grass Roots (billed "The Grass Roots Starring Rob Grill") and had with the toured the United States with the reunited outfit since the 1980s.

Grill composed sixteen songs for The Grass Roots and his solo album. One of these appeared as a single "A" side. It is "Come On And Say It". His other fifteen compositions appeared on single "B" sides and albums. He wrote frequently with Warren Entner and they were considered a songwriting team. Grill played with The Grass Roots on sixteen albums, seven of which charted. He took part in thirty two Grass Roots singles released, twenty one of which charted.

Rob Grill Cause of Death
Grill died July 11, 2011 in an Orlando, Florida hospital. He had been in a coma since sustaining a head injury several weeks earlier when he fell after suffering a stroke in northern California. Rob Grill was 67 years old at the time of his death.

The Grass Roots-Midnight confessions
Rob Grill is the mustache (bass guitar)

Rob Grill's official website

Manuel Galban, Grammy Winning, Buena Vista Social Club guitarist dies 80

Manuel Galbán (1931 – July 7, 2011) was a Grammy winning Cuban guitarist, pianist and arranger, most notable for his work with Los Zafiros, Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club. The last surviving member of Los Zafiros,

In 2001 he recorded Mambo Sinuendo with Ry Cooder which won the 2003 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Manuel Galban Cause of Death
Manuel Galban passed away on July 7, 2011 of cardiac arrest at his home in Havana, Cuba. Manuel Galban was 80 years old at the time of his death.

 

Manuel Galban & Ry Cooder Echale Salsita
Manuel Galban (wearing a hat) - On Guitar

Carl Gardner, The Coasters, 'Charlie Brown,' 'Smokey Joe's Cafe,' dies 83

Carl Gardner (born Carl Edward Gardner; April 29, 1928 – June 12, 2011), was an American singer, best known as the foremost member and founder of The Coasters.

Gardner was born in Tyler Texas. He formed the group with Bobby Nunn in 1955, after leaving The Robins, at the behest of the songwriting/producing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Gardner's son, Carl Jr., officially joined The Coasters in late 2005, after Gardner semi-retired, although Carl Jr. had been touring with them since at least 1998.

Carl Gardner Cause of Death
Carl Gardner, Sr. died on June 12, 2011, after suffering with Congestive Heart Failure and Vascular Dementia. (Source: Coasters Website.) His son Carl, Jr., having taken over as lead singer of The Coasters, carries on with the group. Carl Gardner was 83 years old at the time of his death.

The Coasters - Poison Ivy.   Lead Singer: Carl Gardner

Andrew Gold, singer 'Lonely Boy', 'Thank you for being a friend', died 59

Andrew Maurice Gold (August 2, 1951  – June 3, 2011) was an American singer, musician and songwriter. His work includes the Top 10 single "Lonely Boy" (1977), as well as the singles "Thank You for Being a Friend" (1978), and "Never Let Her Slip Away" (1978).

"Thank You for Being a Friend" was a theme song for "The Golden Girls"

Andrew Gold was a prolific multi-instrumentalist as artist, producer, film composer, session musician, actor, painter, and singer.

Andrew Gold was born in Burbank, California, and later joined a family business. His mother is singer Marni Nixon (who provided the singing voice for numerous actresses, notably Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady); his father was Ernest Gold, the Academy Award-winning composer for the movie Exodus. He has two younger sisters. Gold began writing songs at the age of 13.

Andrew Gold Cause of Death
Gold died on June 3, 2011, Andrew died in his sleep at age 59 from Heart Attack. He leaves behind his wife, Leslie Kogan; daughters Emily, Victoria and Olivia and his mother, Marni Nixon.

Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy 

Andrew Gold - Thank you for being a friend

Andrew Gold - Official Website

Farley Granger, Hitchcock actor, 'Strangers on a Train', dead at 85

Farley Earle Granger (July 1, 1925 – March 27, 2011) was an American actor. In a career spanning several decades, he perhaps was known best for his two collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951.

Farley Granger Cause of Death
Farley Granger died of natural causes
Farley Granger was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Strangers on a Train Trailer

Michael Gough, Alfred the butler in Batman, dies 94

Michael Gough (November 23, 1916 – March 17, 2011) was a British character actor who appeared in over 100 films. He is perhaps best known to international audiences by his recurring role as Alfred Pennyworth in all four movies of the Burton/Schumacher Batman franchise, beginning with Batman (1989).

He won Broadway's 1979 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) for Bedroom Farce. He was also nominated in the same category in 1988 for Breaking the Code.

He won a BAFTA TV Award in 1957 and was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award in 1972 for his work in The Go-Between.

He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play in 1979 for Bedroom Farce and again in 1988 for Breaking the Code.

Death of Michael Gough
Michael Gough died on Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at the age of 94. He is survived by his 4th wife, Henrietta.

The Making of Batman Returns (1992) - ALFRED

Betty Garrett, actress in Film, TV, Broadway, Dies 91

Betty Garrett (May 23, 1919 – February 12, 2011) was an American actress, comedienne, singer and dancer who originally performed on Broadway before being signed to a film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. While there, she appeared in several musical films before returning to Broadway and making guest appearances on several television series.

Later, she became known for the roles she played in two prominent 1970s sitcoms: Archie Bunker's liberal neighbor Irene Lorenzo in All in the Family and landlady Edna Babish in Laverne & Shirley.

In later years, Garrett appeared in television series such as Grey's Anatomy, Boston Public and Becker as well as in several Broadway plays and revivals.

Betty Garrett won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for a role of landlady Edna Babish in Laverne & Shirley.

Death of Betty Garrett
Betty Garrett died of an aortic aneurysm in Los Angeles on February 12, 2011,
Betty Garrett was 91 years old at the time of her death.

Betty Garrett Montage - Betty Garrett's 90th Birthday Bash

Bud Greenspan, Olympic Documentary Filmmaker Dies 84

Jonah J. "Bud" Greenspan (September 18, 1926 – December 25, 2010) was a film director, writer, and producer, mostly known for his sports documentaries.

Death of Bud Greenspan
Greenspan died of Parkinson’s disease on December 25, 2010, at the age of 84 in New York City.

 Greg Louganis - Film by Bud Greenspan

Górecki, one of the best-selling classical artists, dies 76

Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (December 6, 1933 – November 12, 2010) was a composer of contemporary classical music.

Death of Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki died on 12 November 2010, in his home city of Katowice, of complications due to a lung infection. Henryk Mikolaj Górecki was 76 years old at the time of his death.

Henryk Górecki - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Greg Giraldo, 'Last Comic Standing' judge, dies of overdose 44

Greg Giraldo (December 10, 1965 - September 29, 2010) was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, insult comic and former lawyer. He died Wednesday, September 29, 2010, after being hospitalized on September 25 for an overdose of prescription medication.

Greg has appeared in Comedy Central's annual roasts roasting Chevy Chase, Pam Anderson, William Shatner, Jeff Foxworthy, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, Joan Rivers, Larry the Cable Guy, and David Hasslehoff, as well as the TBS roast of Cheech & Chong.

Giraldo served as a judge during season seven of the NBC reality competition show Last Comic Standing.

Death Greg Giraldo
On September 25, 2010, Giraldo overdosed on prescription pills in his New Jersey hotel room; he was discovered by a friend after failing to appear at a scheduled concert in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. It is not known if the overdose was accidental or a suicide attempt. Giraldo's management company told the press the following day that he'd had "an accidental overdose, and he is in critical condition." On September 29, 2010, friend and fellow comedian Jim Norton confirmed the death of Greg Giraldo, due to complications from the overdose. His family was with him at the time of his death.

Harold Gould, 'Mary Tyler Moore' "Golden Girls' actor, dies 86

Harold V. Goldstein (December 10, 1923 – September 11, 2010), best known by his stage name Harold Gould, was an American actor best known for playing Martin Morgenstern in the 1970s sitcoms Rhoda and The Mary Tyler Moore Show and as Miles Webber on The Golden Girls. Gould acted in film and television for nearly 50 years, appearing in more than 300 television shows, 20 major motion pictures, and over 100 stage plays, and received Emmy Award nominations five times. He is known for playing elegant, well-dressed men, and he regularly played Jewish characters and grandfather-type figures on television and film

Gould worked steadily in television in the 1960s and early 1970s, including roles in Dennis the Menace, Dr. Kildare, Hazel, The Twilight Zone, Get Smart, Hogan's Heroes, The F.B.I., The Big Valley, Cannon and Mission: Impossible.

Gould played Miles Webber, the steadfast boyfriend of Rose Nylund (Betty White) on the NBC series The Golden Girls  (he also played a different boyfriend of Rose's named Arnie in the show's first season). He portrayed the father of a villain called The Prankster on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and made guest appearances on television series such as Felicity, The King of Queens, Touched by an Angel, and Judging Amy. Gould's film roles in the 1990s and 2000s include appearances in Stuart Little, Patch Adams, Master of Disguise, the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday, Nobody's Perfect, and Whisper of the Heart.

Death of Harold Gould
Gould lived in Los Angeles with his wife, Lea. Harold Gould died from prostate cancer on September 11, 2010. He is survived by two sons, Joshua and Lowell, and a daughter, Deborah.  Harold Gould was 86 years old at the time of his death.

Harold Gould

Paul Gray, Slipknot bassist, found dead in Iowa hotel room

Paul Dedrick Gray (April 8, 1972 – May 24, 2010), also known by his number #2, or "The Pig", was an American musician  best known as the bassist of the Grammy Award winning rock band Slipknot.

Death of Paul Gray
On May 24, 2010, The Des Moines Register reported that Gray had been found dead at a room in the Town Plaza hotel in Urbandale, Iowa. He is survived by his wife Brenna. He and his wife were expecting their first child at the time of his death.

On June 21, 2010, autopsy results were released that stated Gray had died of an accidental overdose of morphine  and fentanyl, and had also shown signs of "significant heart disease".

 

 Slipknot - Wait and Bleed - Live at London Arena
Paul Gray on Bass (left handed)

Peter Graves, 'Mission: Impossible' Star, Dies 83

Born: Peter Aurness March 18, 1926 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: March 14, 2010 (aged 83) Pacific Palisades, California

Peter Graves was an American  film and television  actor. He was known for his starring role in the television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973, and its revival, from 1988 to 1990. He was the younger brother of character actor James Arness.

Death of Peter Graves
Graves died on March 14, 2010, just four days prior to his 84th birthday. He collapsed outside his home in Pacific Palisades, shortly after returning from a Sunday brunch with his family. His daughter tried to revive him, but failed. According to Graves' business manager, Graves died of a heart attack

Awards
Peter Graves won a Golden Globe Award in 1971 for his role as Jim Phelps in the series Mission: Impossible.
He won an Emmy Award for outstanding informational series in 1997 as host of A&E Biography

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Peter Graves' star was added just 5 months before his death

Airplane - Trailer

 

Peter Graves' Filmography Next Page

Peter Grave Filmography

    * Winning Your Wings (1942) (short subject)
    * Up Front (1951)
    * Fort Defiance (1951)
    * The Congregation (1952)
    * Red Planet Mars (1952)
    * Stalag 17 (1953)
    * War Paint (1953)
    * East of Sumatra (1953)
    * Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
    * Killers from Space (1954)
    * The Yellow Tomahawk (1954)
    * The Raid (1954)
    * Black Tuesday (1954)
    * Fort Yuma (1955)
    * The Long Gray Line (1955)
    * Robbers' Roost (1955)
    * Wichita (1955)
    * The Naked Street (1955)
    * The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    * The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
    * It Conquered the World (1956)
    * Hold Back the Night (1956)
    * Canyon River (1956)
    * Beginning of the End (1957)
    * Bayou (1957)
    * Death in Small Doses (1957)

   

    * Wolf Larsen (1958)
    * A Stranger in My Arms (1959)
    * A Rage to Live (1965)
    * Texas Across the River (1966)
    * The Ballad of Josie (1967)
    * Mission: Impossible vs. the Mob (1968) (compilation of episodes released to European theaters)
    * Sergeant Ryker (1968)
    * The Five Man Army (1969)
    * Where Have All The People Gone? (1974) (TV movie)
    * Scream of the Wolf (1974)
    * Sidecar Racers (1975)
    * The Mysterious Monsters (1976) (documentary) (narrator)
    * High Seas Hijack (1978) (in English version)
    * The Clonus Horror (1979)
    * Survival Run (1980)
    * Airplane! (1980)
    * The Guns and the Fury (1981)
    * Savannah Smiles (1982)
    * Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
    * The Winds of War (1983)
    * Number One with a Bullet (1987)
    * War and Remembrance (1988)
    * Addams Family Values (1993)
    * House on Haunted Hill (1999)
    * Men in Black II (2002)
    * Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

Kathryn Grayson, 'Kiss Me Kate' dies 88

Kathryn Grayson (February 9, 1922 – February 17, 2010) was an American actress and operatic soprano singer.

Grayson was contracted to MGM and was given lead roles in such films as Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953). She was paired with Howard Keel and Mario Lanza in some of her films.

She progressed to theatre work including the highly successful Camelot from 1962 until 1964. During the 1960s, she performed in several operas, including La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Orpheus in the Underworld and La traviata.

Personal life & Death of Kathryn Grayson
In Hollywood she married twice, first to the actor John Shelton and then to the actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. Both marriages ended in divorce. Her second marriage produced her only child, her daughter Patricia Kathryn Johnston (b. October 7, 1948).

Grayson died in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2010, at the age of 88

Kathryn Grayson and Carl Esmond - "You and the Waltz and I"

Kathryn Grayson's Filmography continues on next page

Kathryn Grayson Filmography

1941     Andy Hardy's Private Secretary
1942     The Vanishing Virginian
1942     Rio Rita
1942     Seven Sweethearts
1943     Thousands Cheer
1945     Anchors Aweigh     Susan Abbott     
1946     Ziegfeld Follies
1946     Two Sisters from Boston
1946     Till the Clouds Roll By
1947     It Happened in Brooklyn
1948     The Kissing Bandit
1949     That Midnight Kiss
1949     Some of the Best
1950     The Toast of New Orleans
1951     Grounds for Marriage
1951    Show Boat
1952     Lovely to Look At
1953     The Desert Song
1953     So This Is Love
1953     Kiss Me Kate
1956     The Vagabond King
1977     The Amazing World of Psychic Phenomena
1994     A Century of Cinema
2003     Cole Porter in Hollywood: Too Darn Hot
2004     The Masters Behind the Musicals

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