Posts Tagged ‘rest in peace’

Martin Landau has passed away

18/07/2017 Leave a comment

When I was a little kid, there used to be this awesome sci-fi programme named Space: 1999, about a nase on the Moon named Moonbase Alpha, and the adventures facing the crew there. Martin Landau played Commander John Koenig. He acted in other films like Mission: Impossible but it was Space: 1999 that really got me. I mean, to a young kid growing up…sci-fi captured the imagination. The zany suits they wore. I used to dream about getting the suit that Commander Koenig wore. Sad to say, he has left this world at 89 years old. Rest in peace Martin. You will be missed…especially by those that grew up on that TV programme.

Rest in peace Roger Moore

23/05/2017 Leave a comment

I had the shock of my life when I found out just now that Sir Roger Moore had died. There were many who played James Bond but there were few who were loved so much like he was for his witty and funny demenour, making them feel relaxed on set. Rest in peace Sir Roger. Thanks for being quintessential Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me

Chuck Berry dead at 90

19/03/2017 Leave a comment

I got quite a shock this morning when I woke up to this news about Chuck Berry’s passing at the age of 90. I still remember him doing his “duck-walk” to the strains of his famous number Johnny B. Goode. In any case, according to news reports, he was found unresponsive at lunchtime on Saturday, St Charles County police said. And can you believe it? He had a seven-decade career which boasted a string of hits. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Rest in peace Chuck. You had a good run. Its party time with the others in heaven who went before you.

Rest in peace Joni Sledge

12/03/2017 Leave a comment

Looks like 2017 is surely shaping itself up to what 2016 was, robbing us of quality and great entertainers. Today it was Joni Sledge, the founder of the group Sister Sledge. Sister Sledge formed in 1971 and went on to record such hits as “We Are Family,” “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” “Frankie” and more. The Grammy-nominated “We Are Family,” released in 1979, peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100; the song also topped the R&B and disco charts. The album of the same name reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Rest in peace Joni. You are surely up there with a whole host of others who left us last year, and this year. You will be missed,

Tommy Page dead at 46

05/03/2017 Leave a comment

Apparently, 2017 is continuing what 2016 was doing i.e. robbing us of artistes. Today I just found out Tommy Page had passed away, apparently of suicide. While I was never really a fan of his, my girlfriend at that time was. This was about 1990, 1991 thereabouts. His songs were played heavily on the radio…bubblegum pop is what his songs were classified as. His song A Million Kisses kept being played all the time and I remember telling my girlfriend then that the beat on A Million Kisses was stolen from Will To Power’s Fading Away. Then came other songs like the one above, Paintings In My Mind and Shoulder To Cry On. Tommy Page, who at the time of his death was vice president of music partnerships at the Voice, previously led artist partnerships, branded content and events at internet radio company Pandora. He also had been an executive at Warner Bros. Records, where he helped shape the careers of Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban and Green Day. He also had been a senior vice president at Cumulus Media Inc.

Rest in peace Tommy. Though I was never really a fan of yours, it is sad to know that you are no longer with us.

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Rest in peace Bill Paxton

27/02/2017 Leave a comment

It is a sad day indeed for the world of show-business. Actor Bill Paxton, who was best known for his role in the sci-fi classic Aliens,  died at the age of 61. Apparently, Paxton had reportedly suffered from complications following surgery. His biggest hits included The Terminator, Apollo 13, True Lies, Titanic, and 1996’s Twister – in which he starred opposite Helen Hunt. The pic above is a pic from the movie Tombstone, where he plays one of the Earp brothers. Rest in peace Bill. We will miss you

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Al Jarreau dead at 76

13/02/2017 Leave a comment

The signs were there. Just a few days back, it was said that the singer was recovering from exhaustion. It is sad because I used to play all his songs back in the day, and I still play Boogie Down on occasion.

A little about Al Jarreau I did not know but found out after reading online. In 1962, after earning a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa, Jarreau got a job in San Francisco as a rehabilitation counselor.

At night, he moonlighted as a jazz musician, performing with Bay Area jazz great, George Duke as part of his trio. Jarreau then partnered with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez and performed at Gatsby’s in Sausalito. This pairing is said to have led to Jarreau’s decision to take music on as his lifelong career.

Jarreau is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner. His last Grammy win was in 2006 for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “God Bless The Child” with George Benson and Jill Scott.

Jarreau is survived by his wife Susan and his son Ryan.

Rest in peace Mr Jarreau. Thanks for the music.

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