The much-renowned and very influential singer, songwriter and bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau
, the legendary pioneer of soukous, has died
. His music was characterized by his sweet, mellow voice, smoothly beautiful and quintessentially African vocal harmonies, and chiming, smooth-as-silk interwoven guitar melodies. Not to mention a steady, infectious beat that kept people moving on dance floors all across Africa for the past five decades. Here is but a small sampling, spanning from his very fruitful, prolific musical career: Mokolo Nakokufa
, Kaful Mayay
, Bania Irene
... and since the man is said to have written as many as 3000 songs, there's plenty more out there to discover. RIP Tabu Ley Rochereau.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 30, 2013 -
Marcia Wallace, the Emmy-winning voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons” and earlier Carol Kester, the receptionist on the 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died at 70
LAT [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive
on Oct 27, 2013 -
- "singer, writer, composer, punk rocker, poet, Radiator, Pogue"
- passed away from esophageal cancer on October 8th, far too young at only 56. He was most widely known as the Pogues’ rhythm guitarist, who penned
"Thousands Are Sailing
", a haunting ballad about Irish immigration to the USA that quickly became a live favourite (in later shows usually sung by Phil himself
). [more inside]
posted by Skybly
on Oct 18, 2013 -
Noted science fiction author
, and SFWA Grand Master Frederik Pohl
has died. His granddaughter announced the news via her twitter account
. Pohl was born in 1919 (the same year stainless steel was patented and a year before the first commercially licensed radio station in the US) and after nearly a century of imagining the near and far future, and sharing that with the world, he was still updating his blog [previously]
on a regular basis until his death.
posted by rmd1023
on Sep 2, 2013 -
Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children's television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died
. He was 86. [more inside]
posted by pjern
on Aug 8, 2013 -
Cory Monteith, star of Glee, was found dead yesterday
in a Vancouver hotel room.
Although it will take some time for the autopsy results to become available, the police do not suspect foul play, and most media outlets have been referring to Monteith's history of substance abuse as a likely cause of his unexpected death. Unlike many other young stars, his struggle with addiction began long before fame hit, as he first recounted to Parade Magazine in 2011
. This past March, he voluntarily checked into rehab for a second stint
. After the release of the article, he spoke with George Stroumboupoulos
to discuss his reasons for disclosing his past mistakes in such a public way.
Early during the show's first season, Monteith recorded a video diary of his first trip to New York City
posted by a fiendish thingy
on Jul 15, 2013 -
It's time to say farewell to one of the great and legendary voices of American music. Mr Bobby 'Blue' Bland has died
. With the perfect combination of muscle and tenderness, grit and sweetness, he gave us so many stellar performances over his long career. Here are but a few: Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
, The Way You Treated Me
, Stormy Monday
, Further Up the Road
, St. James Infirmary
, I'll Take Care of You
, I Stand Accused
, That's the Way Love Is
, Ain't Nothing You Can Do
... and the list goes on. Thanks for the music, Bobby Bland.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jun 23, 2013 -
On Wednesday, William Van Poyck was executed
by the state of Florida for murdering a prison guard during a botched 1987 attempt to free an imprisoned friend. Poyck spent 25 years in solitary confinement on death row, during which time he wrote to his sister about his life in prison. Since 2005 she has published those letters to a blog called Death Row Diary
. 'Poyck used to write about everything from the novels and history books he was reading and shows he watched on PBS to the state of the world and his own philosophy of life – punctuated by news of the deaths of those around him, from illness, suicide, and execution.' Excerpts
. His final letter.
posted by zarq
on Jun 13, 2013 -
“While we are alive we should sit among colored lights and taste good wines, and discuss our adventures in far places; when we are dead, the opportunity is past.”
― Jack Vance (1916-2013
) [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit
on May 29, 2013 -
Did you know you can pay to have the obituary for a non-famous loved one put in the New York Times? The family of Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi did.
"Waffle House lost a loyal customer on April 30, 2013. Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux died after a battle with multiple illnesses: lupus, rickets, scurvy, kidney disease and feline leukemia."
The obituary goes on to make fun of four generations of family (from her father to her grandchildren), the Hancock County Library Foundation and the clergyman presiding at her memorial service, closing with the statement that "Anyone wearing black will not be admitted to the memorial."via Miss Cellania of Neatorama
posted by oneswellfoop
on May 5, 2013 -
"Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice — pull down your pants, and slide on the ice." - Dr. Sidney Freedman, M*A*S*H.
Allan Arbus, actor, photographer, and amateur clarinetist, passed away last Friday
. He was 95. [more inside]
posted by heyho
on Apr 25, 2013 -