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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2009-03-18 09:31 am   Permalink

Screenwriter Millard Kaufman
March 12, 1917 - March 14, 2009
SFGATE: Millard Kaufman
Co-created the cartoon character Mr. Magoo.
Nominated for Academy Awards for his screenplays for "Take the High Ground!" and "Bad Day at Black Rock" .


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2009-03-22 8:55 pm   Permalink

Edwin Joseph ("Eddie Bo") Bocage September 20, 1930 March 18, 2009

New Orleans pianist & Singer

Official Eddie Bo

Monterey Herald: Eddie Bo

worked with musicians such as Irma Thomas and Art Neville


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2009-03-28 11:39 am   Permalink

Roller Derby star Bill "Flash" Bogash
11/22/1916 - 3/20/2009

Los Angeles Times: Bill Bogash

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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2009-04-14 08:38 am   Permalink

-Marilyn Chambers, the Ivory Snow Porn Star.
She was perhaps best known for her 1972 hardcore debut "Behind the Green Door".
April 22, 1952 - April 12, 2009
Time Magazine: Marilyn Chambers
Myspace: Marilyn Chambers

-Baseball pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych
August 14, 1954 April 13, 2009
New York Times: Mark Fidrych


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2009-04-18 11:58 am   Permalink

Actor Jody McCrea
September 6, 1934 - April 4, 2009

He is most notable for his comedic role as dumb-minded "Deadhead" ("Bonehead") in the 1960's Beach Party films made by American International Pictures. Some beach movies he's appeared in are Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, and Beach Blanket Bingo, among others. He was also in an AIP biker movie The Glory Stompers (1968).

San Diego Union Tribune: Jody McCrea

Official Jody McCrea page


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Posted: 2009-04-19 6:01 pm   Permalink

Holy crap! Deadhead was 74!?!

 
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Haole'akamai
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Posted: 2009-04-27 08:50 am   Permalink

I am very, very sad to report the "The Ambassador of Lindy Hop", Mr. Frankie Manning, has passed away this morning.


Quote:
From The Official Frankie Manning Website:

Frankie Manning:
May 26, 1914 - April 27, 2009

It is with great regret that we inform you that legendary lindy hopper and inspiration to tens of thousands of dancers around the world Mr. Frankie Manning passed away peacefully early this morning.


Lindy Hop great Frankie Manning dies at 94 By David Hinckley


Here's a great article from about 10 years ago:

Quote:

FRANKIE MANNING AT THE HOP

By DAVID HINCKLEY Daily News Staff Writer

Monday, June 14th 1999, 2:10AM

IN THE deepest valley of the Depression, a man took turf where he found it, and if that meant an ex-pug and hustler like Herbert (Whitey) White had to supplement his street-gang work with a dance troupe, well, Whitey was nothing if not a pragmatist.

Frankie Manning was a pragmatist, too. But mostly he was a dancer. His association with Whitey was a matter of circumstance and mutual convenience.

Whitey was a fair dancer himself, an avocation he'd picked up at Baron Wilkins' club in the late 1920s after his first knockout convinced him boxing wasn't his future. Soon Whitey had formed the Jolly Fellows, who in short order ran almost everything between 135th and 142nd Sts., and when the Savoy Ballroom opened on his turf in 1926, Whitey took himself a job as bouncer.

By early 1927, meanwhile, the younger kids were getting bored with the same Charleston their older brothers and sisters had been doing, and they started jazzing up the steps. When a young transatlantic aviator captured the country's attention that May, they borrowed his headlines and called their new moves the Lindy Hop.

Born with the short shelf life of any fad, the Lindy Hop proved durable enough that by the early '30s some practitioners were making a living at it - giving lessons, becoming gate attractions at the hipper nightspots.

None beat the Savoy, which had two bands for nonstop action, did not serve hard liquor and, unlike downtown joints such as Roseland, was integrated.

Whitey White took to scoping out the new arrivals there and inviting the most promising to join his troupe, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, who soon became the brand name in Lindy Hop.

Turf worth holding is rarely uncontested, of course. Whitey's dancers were fresh kids like Frankie Manning and Norma Miller and Freida (Fredi) Washington, whom he paid $25 a week and drilled like it was boot camp. On the other side were first-generation dancers like Leon James, Shorty Snowden, Edith Matthews and Twist Mouth George, who created the Lindy Hop and felt the prominence of these kids was due as much to promotion as skill.

And thus in late 1935 was a throwdown arranged. Three of the old-time couples vs. three of Whitey's best. Two thousand fans packed the Savoy and Frankie Manning and Fredi Washington, dancing last, figured they needed to stop the show to win.

"Shorty had a step where his partner, Big Bea, would carry him off the stage on her back, with their elbows locked together," Manning would remember. "I thought I could improve it. I'd take the girl, lock arms with her back to back and flip her all the way over."

They practiced in secret and saved the new move for last. Fredi went up and kept going. She landed on her feet and 2,000 fans went crazy.

Over the Top was born. The first "air step" of the Lindy Hop propelled Frankie Manning onto Broadway and into nightclubs with the likes of Count Basie, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. Whitey ran the organization, but Frankie ran the dance as Whitey's Lindy Hoppers toured Europe, South America and Australia. Manning choreographed the best Lindy Hop scene ever filmed, in "Hellzapoppin'," as well as dance scenes in the Marx Brothers' "A Day at the Races." He danced at the 1939 World's Fair. He was featured in Life magazine.

It took nothing less than the brutish jackboots of the Axis to bust up this party.

MANNING WAS born May 26, 1914, in Jacksonville, Fla., and his family moved to Harlem when he was 2. When he was 13, walking to Sunday afternoon youth activities at the Metropolitan Baptist Church on 129th St., he rerouted himself to the Alhambra Ballroom, where he learned the gospel of Lindy Hoppers like Shorty Snowden and Stretch Jones. Soon he joined them, working his way up the Lindy ladder from the Alhambra to the Renaissance Ballroom to the Savoy.

The Savoy was where the best would gather, especially for the Sunday afternoon open challenges where the winner got the $5 prize. Manning was a familiar and unmistakable sight there, the muscles and veins on his prematurely bald head glistening with sweat. Musclehead, the regulars got to calling him. "Go, Musclehead, go!"

He borrowed Lindy Hop moves from everywhere - the circus, the ballet. He had dancers take a long sliding split through their partners' legs. He arranged the first synchronized group steps. He added slow steps that made the fast steps seem more frenetic. More than anyone else, he turned the Lindy Hop into theater.

This dovetailed nicely with the inception in autumn 1935 of the Daily News' Harvest Moon Ball, which quickly became another Lindy Hop showcase. Ironically, the first ball didn't even have a Lindy Hop category until it became clear that many of the 150,000 spectators - a crowd that forced the first event to be postponed and relocated into Central Park - saw the ball as a showcase for just that dance. Those who called The News included, among others, Whitey White.

All this popularity surprised Manning not at all. Dance, he said, was life. People who danced together got to know each other and respect each other. Men who understood the principles of dance understood the principles of women. "The woman you are dancing with is a queen," he would say. "That's the feeling you should have. She is letting you dance with her. You should be grateful, fellas."

Also, fellas, "You have to look good. You gotta give her something to look at."

By the early '40s, however, the war clouds of Europe were darkening the dance floor. Whitey's troupe landed in Argentina on Dec. 6, 1941, and was stranded there for six months until it could catch a blackout plane to Miami. After they finally scraped up the cash to get back to New York, Whitey accused Manning of stealing his money.

Whitey was a rich man by now, with a fleet of chauffeur-driven Buicks and a club and farm in Oswego. The dancers knew they'd earned much of that money for him, and they sided with Manning. Whitey walked and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers were history.

In 1943, Manning was drafted. He could have gone for an entertainment unit, but instead he served in the Pacific, surviving hand-to-hand combat in hellholes like New Guinea. He won some medals and stayed in the service until 1948, when he got out to find his job was gone. These new bebop rhythms? Couldn't hang a dance on them.

He formed a troupe, the Congaroo Girls, but his time was over. Rhythm and blues was already becoming rock 'n' roll. Whitey White died of a heart attack on his Oswego farm. None of his dancers attended the funeral. In 1954, Frankie Manning hung up his shoes and took a job with the post office.

For 30 years he commuted from Corona, Queens, and he was closing in on retirement when, one night in 1984, a California woman named Erin Stevens called and asked if by any chance he was Frankie Manning the famous dancer.

"I don't dance anymore," he told her after a long pause. "I just work at the post office." But she persisted - just let us come talk, just show us one step, just do one dance - and it all came back. He became the dance consultant on Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" and Debbie Allen's "Stompin' at the Savoy." He won a National Endowment for the Arts choreography grant and a Tony for the 1989 Broadway show "Black and Blue." He had more invitations than he could handle, from the U.S. and Europe, to teach and talk.

In May 1999, Norma Miller threw him an 85th birthday party at Roseland. To mark the occasion, Frankie Manning danced with 85 women.



Here's video of him dancing in his 70s.


This man is (I can't say was, yet) one of my idols. I am heartbroken.



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Rob Roy
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Posted: 2009-05-01 11:25 am   Permalink

Danny Gans, Dead.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/05/01/obit.gans/index.html

Singer-impressionist-comedian Danny Gans died early Friday at his Las Vegas, Nevada, home, according to the hotel where he was based.

Danny Gans was one of Las Vegas' top entertainers and recently moved to the Encore Theatre.

Gans, 52, was voted Las Vegas "Entertainer of the Year" for 11 of the 13 years he has been based there.

Hotel mogul Steve Wynn, who signed Gans to star in his Encore Theatre starting in February, said he was "devastated at the loss of our brilliant, talented and loving friend."

"One of the most unique human beings and entertainers in the world has been taken from us in an unexpected moment," Wynn said. "A profoundly tragic event that leaves us all sad and speechless."

Gans is survived by his wife Julie, two daughters and a son.

His long Vegas run began in 1996, when he gave up his one-man Broadway show and a tour schedule of 200 shows a year for a three-month gig at the Stratosphere Hotel.

He signed a nine-year deal to play in his own 1,250-seat theater at the Mirage Hotel starting in 2000. Some reports put the contract at $200 million.

When that expired early this year, Gans moved to the Encore Theatre, which sits between Wynn's Encore and the Wynn Las Vegas hotels.

The biography on his personal Web site said that out of college, Gans played minor league baseball for two years, until a career-ending injury.

He then turned to entertainment, traveling for 15 years before landing in Vegas.




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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2009-05-01 11:38 am   Permalink

Las Vegas Entertainer, Danny Gans, Dead at 52
"LAS VEGAS Danny Gans, one of the most popular entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip for the last decade, died in his sleep Friday. He was 52."

Always heard he had a great show... guess I'll never see it, now.



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Posted: 2009-05-05 10:09 am   Permalink

Captain Chaos! Dunt Dunt DONNNNNN

LOS ANGELES Dom DeLuise, the portly actor-comedian whose affable nature made him a popular character actor for decades with movie and TV audiences as well as directors and fellow actors, has died. He was 75.

DeLuise died Monday night, son Michael DeLuise told KTLA-TV and radio station KNX on Tuesday. The comedian died in his sleep after a long illness. Calls to his agent were not immediately returned.

The actor, who loved to cook and eat almost as much as he enjoyed acting, also carved out a formidable second career later in life as a chef of fine cuisine. He authored two cookbooks and would appear often on morning TV shows to whip up his favorite recipes.

As an actor, he was incredibly prolific, appearing in scores of movies and TV shows, in Broadway plays and voicing characters for numerous cartoon shows.

Writer-director-actor Mel Brooks particularly admired DeLuise's talent for offbeat comedy and cast him in several of his films, including "The Twelve Chairs," "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie," "History of the World Part I" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." DeLuise was also the voice of Pizza the Hutt in Brooks' "Star Wars" parody, "Spaceballs."

The actor also appeared frequently in films opposite his friend Burt Reynolds. Among them, "The End," "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," 'Smokey and the Bandit II," "The Cannonball Run" and "Cannonball Run II."

Another actor-friend, Dean Martin, admired his comic abilities so much that he cast DeLuise as a regular on his 1960s comedy-variety show. In 1973, he starred in a situation comedy, "Lotsa Luck," but it proved to be short-lived.

Other TV credits included appearances on such shows as "The Munsters," "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.," "Burke's Law," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "Diagnosis Murder."

On Broadway, DeLuise appeared in Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" and other plays.

Because of his passion for food, the actor battled obesity throughout much of his life, his weight reaching as much as 325 pounds at one point. For years, he resisted the efforts of family members and doctors who tried to put him on various diets. He finally agreed in 1993 when he needed hip replacement surgery and his doctor refused to perform it until he lost 100 pounds.

He and his family enrolled at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, N.C., and DeLuise lost enough weight for the surgery, although he gained some of it back afterward.

On the positive side, his love of food resulted in two successful cookbooks, 1988's "Eat This It Will Make You Feel Better!" and 1997's "Eat This Too! It'll Also Make You Feel Good."

At his Pacific Palisades home, DeLuise often prepared feasts for family and friends. One lunch began with turkey soup and ended with strawberry shortcake. In between, were platters of beef filet, chicken breast and sausage, a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and a saucer of lettuce.

He strongly resembled the famed chef Paul Prudhomme and joked in a 1987 Associated Press interview that he had posed as Prudhomme while visiting his New Orleans restaurant, K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen.

DeLuise was appearing on Broadway in "Here's Love" in the early 1960s when Garry Moore saw him and hired him to play the magician "Dominick the Great" on "The Garry Moore Show."

His appearances on the hit comedy-variety program brought offers from Hollywood, and DeLuise first came to the attention of movie-goers in "Fail Safe," a drama starring Henry Fonda. He followed with a comedy, "The Glass Bottom Boat," starring Doris Day, and from then on he alternated between films and television.

"I was making $7,000 a week a lot of money back then but I didn't even know I was rich," he recalled in 1994. "I was just having such a great time."

He was born Dominick DeLuise in New York City on Aug. 1, 1933, to Italian immigrants. His father, who spoke only Italian, was a garbage collector, and those humble beginnings stayed with him throughout his life.

"My dad knows everything there is to know about garbage," one of the actor's sons, David DeLuise, told The Associated Press in 2008. "He loves to pick up a broken chair and fix it."

DeLuise's introduction to acting came at age 8 when he played the title role of Peter Rabbit in a school play. He went on to graduate from New York City's famed School of Performing Arts in Manhattan.

For five years, he sought work in theater or television with little luck. He finally decided to enroll at Tufts College and study biology, with the aim of becoming a teacher.

Acting called him back, however, and he found work at the Cleveland Playhouse, appearing in stage productions that ranged from comedies such as "Kiss Me Kate" to Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

"I worked two years solidly on plays and moving furniture and painting scenery and playing parts," he remarked in a 2006 interview. "It was quite an amazing learning place for me."

While working in summer stock in Provincetown, Mass., he met a beautiful young actress, Carol Arthur, and they were soon married.

The couple's three sons, Peter, Michael and David, all became actors and all appeared with their father in the 1990s TV series "SeaQuestDSV," in which Peter and Michael were regulars.


 
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Posted: 2009-05-05 3:57 pm   Permalink

Soooo sad - I LOVED Dom One of his son's is just about as funny as he was so at least the legacy will continue! Gotta go watch History of the World Part I now - Hail Caesar!
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2009-05-08 10:45 am   Permalink

-Mickey Carroll
One of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz"
July 8, 1919- May 7, 2009

Yahoo! News: Mickey Carroll


Mickey Carrol Website

- Bassist Donald (Ean) Evans of Lynyrd Skynyrd
Died Thurday May 6, 2009
He was the second member of the Southern rock band to die this year keyboardist Billy Powell died in January.
He joined the band in 2001, after former bassist Leon Wilkeson died.


CBC News: Ean Evans


Ean Evans Website


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2009-05-21 12:42 pm   Permalink

The voice of Mickey Mouse
Wayne Allwine
February 7, 1947 May 18, 2009

National Public Radio: Wayne Allwine

Disney.com: Mickey Mouse Voice

Disney Legends: Wayne Allwine


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Posted: 2009-05-21 6:26 pm   Permalink

Wayman Tisdale:
Sometimes a word can mean one thing your entire life, and then circumstances alter to provide a totally different interpretation. Rebound is the name of the last CD from Wayman Tisdale. For NBA-icon-turned-musical-star Wayman Tisdale, rebound meant to grab possession of a basketball during a game. But in 2007, that all changed. Tisdale was diagnosed with bone cancer after he fell down a flight of steps and broke his leg. Knee replacement surgery and months of chemotherapy followed. Last August he lost his leg to the cancer. And rebound took on a new significance. As many before him, he came through the disease with a renewed perspective: "It really showed me what's important in life, man. It's not getting as many houses as I can, not driving the biggest cars," he says. "What's important is family and being healthy." The cancer came on top of Tisdale's decision to lose weight to get back into fighting shape. On taking care of his health, Wayman said, "It's been the best thing I've done." That's quite a statement for someone who has accomplished so much. Although Tisdale showed promise on the bass from an early age, his tremendous athletic talent initially overshadowed his musical leanings. Tisdale left his mark on the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. Before he retired after the 1997 season, Tisdale had already made the transition toward a career in music. He always loved playing Sacramento and did so often along with visits to KSSJ. Even actor Jamie Foxx recognized Tisdale's enormous musical talents. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Foxx selected Wayman as part of his "dream band" along with Herbie Hancock, Wynton and Brandford Marsalis and Prince. Wayman Tisdale died Friday morning from cancer in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tis was 44.


 
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Posted: 2009-06-04 03:25 am   Permalink

'Queen of Blues' Koko Taylor dies

Award-winning singer Koko Taylor, known in the music world as the "Queen of the Blues", has died in hospital at the age of 80, her record label has announced.

Taylor was one of the few women to find long-term success in the traditionally male dominated blues scene.

She recorded nine albums, won a Grammy, 29 Blues Music Awards and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts medal for her contribution to American music.

She died in hospital in Chicago from complications following recent surgery.

Taylor, the daughter of a sharecropper, was born Cora Walton in Memphis, Tennessee in 1928 and adopted her stage name because of her love for chocolate.

She made her name in Chicago where she lived from 1952 with her late husband, Robert "Pops" Taylor.

An announcement on Taylor's website said she had received "every award the blues world has to offer" for songs including her best-selling hit, Wang Dang Doodle.

Taylor toured and performed extensively through her career, making her last appearance on 7 May this year at the Blues Music Awards.

"The passion that she brought and the fire and the growl in her voice when she sang was the truth," said blues singer and musician Ronnie Baker Brooks.

"The music will live on, but it's much better because of Koko. It's a huge loss."

Taylor is survived by her daughter as well as three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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