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The Dead Thread
Unkle John
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2008-08-13 12:10 pm   Permalink

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Unkle John
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2008-08-13 12:11 pm   Permalink

The world’s tallest woman, Sandy Allen, died early Wednesday morning at a nursing home in her hometown of Shelbyville, Ind. She was 53.

Sandy Allen News Story:

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No cause of death has been released, but a family friend said Allen had been sick for several months. She had been hospitalized for a recurring blood infection, along with diabetes, breathing troubles and kidney failure, Rita Rose said.

Allen, who was 7-foot-7, is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest living woman, and has appeared in the publication since the mid-1970s.

She came into the world weighing an average 6.5 pounds – but her abnormal growth began soon after her birth in June 1955. By the age of 10, Allen stood at 6 feet 3 inches tall and by the age of 16 she towered at over 7 feet tall.

Her height was due to a tumor in her pituitary gland that caused it to release growth hormones uncontrollably, according to the world record book. At the age of 22, she underwent surgery to correct the condition.

But she was proud of her height, Rose said. "She embraced it," she said. "She used it as a tool to educate people."

Allen appeared on television shows and spoke to church and school groups to bring youngsters her message that it was all right to be different.

She wrote to Guinness World Records in 1974, saying she would like to get to know someone her own height.

"It is needless to say my social life is practically nil and perhaps the publicity from your book may brighten my life," she wrote.

The recognition as the world's tallest woman helped Allen accept her height and become less shy, Rose said.

"It kind of brought her out of her shell," Rose said. "She got to the point where she could joke about it."

Difficulty with mobility had forced Allen to curtail her public speaking in recent years, Rose said. She had suffered from diabetes and other ailments and used a wheelchair to get around.

Rose is working to set up a scholarship fund in Allen's name, with proceeds going to Shelbyville High School.

"She loved talking to kids because they would ask more honest questions," Rose said. "Adults would kind of stand back and stare and not know how to approach her."

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2008-08-17 02:32 am   Permalink

Recording Producer Jerry Wexler
January 10, 1917 – August 15, 2008

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Jerry Wexler

He coined the term "Rhythm & Blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2008-08-18 2:52 pm   Permalink

Trumpeter 'Dizzy' Johnny Moore, a founding member of the Skatalites
October 5, 1938 - August 16, 2008

Jamaica Observer: Johnny Moore

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hodadhank
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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
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From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2008-08-24 11:45 am   Permalink

RIP Buddy Harman ... You've hear him behind the drums on these and lots more famous wax: Roy Orbison's 'Pretty Woman,' Patsy Cline's 'Crazy,' Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire,' Tammy Wynette's 'Stand By Your Man,' Loretta Lynn's 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and Elvis Presley's 'Little Sister.'

Also the first staff drummer on the Grand Ole Opry.


 
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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2008-08-27 12:49 pm   Permalink

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/music_blog/archive/2008/08/steve_foley.shtml



Steve Foley
Posted at 12:47 PM on August 26, 2008 by Steve Seel (15 Comments)

Very sad news today: Steve Foley, drummer and member of several significant local bands, has passed away.

Steve is probably best known to many folks for serving as the second and final drummer for The Replacements, following after Chris Mars. Steve went on to be in Tommy Stinson's post-Replacements band Bash & Pop, and then a few other groups, among them Wheelo, a band formed with songwriter Pete Lack.

A memorial service is scheduled for later this week. That's about all we know at the moment.

Our sincerest condolences to all of Steve's family and friends during this sad time.


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Matt Reese
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2008-08-27 4:54 pm   Permalink

Nikloa Acin of the band The Hellboys. He was a good friend and a great person. I'm gonna miss him.
Check out their videos on myspace and youtube.
Cherish the time you have with people you love.


 
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Shipwreckjoey
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Joined: Nov 29, 2002
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2008-08-27 9:36 pm   Permalink



Engineer Bill, L.A. kids show host of Cartoon Express with Engineer Bill on KHJ channel 9 for ten years. That show got me through a lot of tough times growing up in the LBC. Adios amigo.

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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2008-08-28 07:21 am   Permalink

As a lifelong Oakland Raiders Fan, I mourn the passing of Gene Upshaw.
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naugatiki
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
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From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2008-09-02 09:39 am   Permalink


"In a world" voiceover master dies at 68

Don LaFontaine

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/09/02/obit.lafontaine/index.html

And movie trailers will never be the same

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_J6ifMpH9w


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2008-09-02 09:42 am   Permalink

Professional Wrestler Walter "Killer" Kowalski
10/13/1926 - 8/30/2008

New York Times: Killer Kowalski

Killer Kowalski Wrestling School


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Rob Roy
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From: Ventura, CA
Posted: 2008-09-02 11:23 am   Permalink

Jerry Reed dies at 71.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/02/obit.reed.ap/index.html

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Jerry Reed, a singer who appeared in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies, has died of complications from emphysema at age 71, his longtime booking agent said Tuesday.

Carrie Moore-Reed, who is no relation to the star, said Reed died early Monday morning.

Reed was a gifted guitarist who later became a songwriter, singer and actor.

As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, he had a string of hits that included "Amos Moses," "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "East Bound and Down," and "The Bird."

In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as "Smokey and the Bandit" with Burt Reynolds, "Gator" "Hot Stuff" and "High-Ballin'."


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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2008-09-02 3:48 pm   Permalink

Olga Arenas was taken off life support at 3pm today. Ultimately she succumbed to diabetes. Loving mother of three beautiful children and wife of Ricardo, my friend. Blessings.
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5708
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2008-09-09 7:38 pm   Permalink

NoName

Not a death, not Tiki, but sad news from the world of Jazz...

Wayman Tisdale,
A previous NBA sensation, turned multi-talented musician, had a right lower leg amputation to fight off bone cancer. He is recovering well and planning to get back into his music career.
http://www.tisway.com/


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aquaorama
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Joined: Jan 11, 2003
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From: Tropical Bixby Knolls LBC
Posted: 2008-09-15 11:03 am   Permalink

Pink Floyd member Richard Wright dies age 65

Pink Floyd's spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He says the band member's family did not want to give more details about his death.

Wright met Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason in college and joined their early band, Sigma 6. Along with the late Syd Barrett, the four formed Pink Floyd in 1965.

The group's jazz-infused rock and drug-laced multimedia "happenings" made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and their 1967 album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," was a hit.

In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright, along with Barrett, was seen as the group's dominant musical force. The London-born musician and son of a biochemist wrote songs and sang.

The band released a series of commercially and critically successful albums including 1973's "Dark Side of the Moon," which has sold more than 40 million copies. Wright wrote "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Us And Them" for that album, and later worked on the group's epic compositions such as "Atom Heart Mother," "Echoes" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

But tensions grew between Waters, Wright and fellow band member David Gilmour. The tensions came to a head during the making of "The Wall" when Waters insisted Wright be fired. As a result, Wright was relegated to the status of session musician on the tour of "The Wall," and did not perform on Pink Floyd's 1983 album "The Final Cut."

Wright formed a new band Zee with Dave Harris, from the band Fashion, and released one album, "Identity," with Atlantic Records.

Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and Wright began recording with Mason and Gilmour again, releasing the albums "The Division Bell" and "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" as Pink Floyd. Wright also released the solo albums "Wet Dream" (1978) and "Broken China" (1996).

In July 2005, Wright, Waters, Mason and Gilmour reunited to perform at the "Live 8" charity concert in London — the first time in 25 years they had been onstage together.

Wright also worked on Gilmour's solo projects, most recently playing on the 2006 album "On An Island" and the accompanying world tour.





 
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