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RIP Lonnie Mack

Lonnie Mack Dead: Blues Guitar Great Dies At 74

 

 

 

 

” Blues guitar great Lonnie Mack is dead at 74, Alligator Records announced late Thursday. According to a press release, he died of natural causes on Thursday at Centennial Medical Center near his home in Smithville, Tennessee.

  Central New York native and fellow blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa spread the sad news on social media early Friday morning”

 

 

 

 

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Daily Comedy 5.4.15

Forty Years Ago Today Moe Howard Passed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

 

” Date of Birth 19 June 1897Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA
Date of Death 4 May 1975Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth Name Moses Horwitz
Height 5′ 3½” (1.61 m)

 

  Moe Howard, the “Boss Stooge” and brother of Stooges Curly Howard and Shemp Howard, began his acting career in 1909 by playing bit roles in silent Vitagraph films. At 17 he joined a troupe working on a showboat and also appeared in several two-reel comedy shorts. In 1922 he, brother Shemp and Larry Fine joined roughhouse vaudeville comic Ted Healy, forming the act that would become The Three Stooges. Howard toured vaudeville and appeared in films with Healy for ten years before the Stooges left to pursue a separate career. Moe appeared in more than 250 films during his 66-year career, including 190 Three Stooges shorts. Over the act’s 50-year history, the Stooges went through several personnel changes; when Moe died, the act ended.”

 

 

Filmography

RIP Moe , Thanks for the laughs

Death Of Tamir Rice, 12-Year-Old Shot By Cleveland Police, Ruled A Homicide

 

 

 

 

 

” Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer last month, died from a “gunshot wound of torso with injuries of major vessel, intestines and pelvis,” according to an autopsy released on Friday. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s report ruled Rice’s the death a homicide.

  The African American boy was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer on Nov. 22. Officers had responded to a 911 call reporting a person pointing a gun — which turned out to be a toy pistol missing its orange safety cap. Video footage of the shooting shows Officer Timothy Loehmann, 26, shooting Tamir within seconds of arriving on the scene. 

  Medical Examiner Thomas P. Gilson wrote in the report that “it is my opinion that Tamir E. Rice, a 12-year-old black adolescent male, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the abdomen which injured his inferior vena cava, intestines, and pelvis. The decedent was shot by law enforcement during legal intervention.” “

 

 

You can read the medical examiner’s autopsy report here:

 

The Washington Post has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crusaders Star Joe Sample Dies At 75

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Joe Sample, a founding member of The Crusaders who wrote chart hits such as Street Life and One Day I’ll Fly Away sung by Randy Crawford, has died at 75.

  Sample’s manager, Patrick Rains, told the AP press agency that Sample died of complications due to lung cancer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

  In a message on his Facebook page, his wife Yolanda and son Niklas thanked fans and friends for their support.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Sample’s songs were also sampled by hip hop stars including Tupac Shakur. The late rapper used Sample’s In All My Wildest Dreams on his track Dear Mama.

  Sample, a Texan, was a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, which later became known simply as The Crusaders.”

 

 

    For a selection of videos featuring Mr Sample and the Crusaders go here and here .  The inquisitive reader can find biographical info on Mr Sample here , here and here . Read more

   Rest in peace sir , our lives are better for your having been a part of them .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie, TV Legend James Garner Dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86.

  He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

  Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

  There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.”

 

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Model Turned Iconic Pin-Up Photographer Bunny Yeager Passes Away At 85

 

 

 

 

” Leaving behind a pioneering legacy, pin-up model turned pin-up photographer, Bunny Yeager, has sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 85. Born March 13, 1929 Yeager started her career as a pin-up model herself, eventually switching sides of the camera and becoming one of the most commercially successful female photographers of our time.” 

 

 

Bunny Yeager in one of her famous self-portraits from 1960.

Bunny Yeager in one of her famous self-portraits from 1960.

 

 

” A well-respected figure, known for her more provocative approach to pin-up photography and connections in the industry, her work drew the attention of some of the best in the business. None other than Diane Arbus, one of Yeager’s contemporaries, once said on record that Yeager was “the world’s greatest pin-up photographer.” “

 

 

Betty Page Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager preparing to photograph the pinup idol Bettie Page and cheetahs in Florida in 1954;
 she specialized in exotic settings and vibrant models. Credit "Bunny Yeager's Darkroom" 
2012/Rizzoli New York.



 

Read more on the legendary photographer  , her life and her passing here , here and here . Visit her website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Strange Revival Of Republican America

 

 

 

” For years people have predicted the Republican party’s demise. The decline of whites as a share of the US population and the spread of tolerant values, such as support for gay marriage, would gradually snuff out its appeal. Yet the Grand Old Party has a stubborn way of bouncing back. The coming midterm elections in November are unlikely to be an exception, while the Republican field for the next presidential election looks stronger than at any time since 2000. Tomorrow may indeed arrive at some point. But for the time being, today is going pretty well for the Republicans.

  Take the fast-approaching congressional elections. President Barack Obama is giving everything he has in terms of fundraising to retain Democratic control of the Senate. The remainder of his presidency depends on it. Even diehard optimists doubt Democrats could regain control of the House. Yet the more Mr Obama throws at the Senate, the lower his poll numbers fall. Last week he hit a new low of 41 per cent approval versus 54 per cent disapproval. History says an unpopular president’s party loses ground in midterm elections. This year is unlikely to buck the trend.”

 

     Financial Times has a lengthy piece on GOP chances for the upcoming 2014 midterms and while the article is every bit as condescending as it’s title would suggest there remains much truth that even their writer’s bias cannot hide .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comedic Country Singer Tim Wilson Dies At 52

 

 

 

 

” Stand-up comedian and country singer Tim Wilson, who infused original songs into his comedy, died in Columbus, Ga., on Wednesday night of a massive heart attack, his manager Chris Dipetta told TODAY. 

  Wilson, 52, drove to Columbus from a gig in Michigan to visit his brother en route to a weekend show in Birmingham, Ala. when he started feeling ill, said Dipetta, who worked with Wilson for 30 years.

” I talked to him yesterday afternoon and said he felt bad, was short of breath, and I said, ‘get to the hospital now,” said Dipetta, fighting tears. “His brother took him to the hospital and he had a massive heart attack and passed away at 9:15 p.m.” “

 

 

 

 

” Although Wilson was not a household name, he had a strong and expansive following that admired his humorous country songs such as “Garth Brooks Ruined My Life” and “First Baptist Bar & Grill.” He also co-wrote Jeff Foxworthy’s hit “The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas.” “

 

 

 

 

    He was a funny , funny man and in tribute to him we are going to highlight some of his work with very little commentary on our part . We’ll let Mr Wilson’s words speak for themselves .

 

 

 

He was a most highly respected comedian that his contemporaries thought the world of .

 

 

Tim Wilson RIP Tweets

 

 

Listen his take on banks and tellers

 

 

This is an NSFW , uncensored version of one of his classics … “I Could Be Wrong”

 

 

 

Service Stations …

 

 

 

 

 

Nascar …

 

 

The Second Amendment …

 

 

Family gatherings …

Michelle Obama … LOL

Schools …

Tornados …

Golf …

Rosie O’Donnell …

“21 And Don’t Know Nothin’ “

Bill Clinton …

Al Gore …

What women want …

Kevin McPeek interviews Tim …

Here is the Wiki bio on Tim … 

” Timothy Collins “Tim” Wilson (August 5, 1961 – February 26, 2014) was an American stand-up comedian and country music artist, whose act combined stand-up comedy and original songs.He released more than a dozen comedy albums, including several forCapitol Records Nashville, and made frequent appearances on the John Boy and BillyBig D and Bubba and Bob and Tom Show.Wilson also appeared on numerous television programs, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and American Revolution Country Comedy on CMT. In 2011, Wilson appeared on CMT’s Ron White‘s Comedy Salute to the Troops along with White, Lewis Black,Kathleen Madigan, Vic Henley, Alex Reymundo and Robert Hawkins. In 2012, Wilson appeared on the Showtime Comedy Special Billy Gardell‘s: Road Dogs, with Gardell hosting along with comedians Ben Creed and Kenny Rogerson. Wilson also produced the show’s musical theme, “Back Home To You” by guitarist Scotty Bratcher. “

 

Albums

 

Title Album details[12] Peak chart positions
US Country US Comedy US Heat
Waking Up the Neighborhood
  • Release date: July 26, 1994
  • Label: Southern Tracks
Tough Crowd
  • Release date: July 15, 1995
  • Label: Southern Tracks
Low-Class Love Affair
  • Release date: September 18, 1995
  • Label: Southern Tracks
Tuned Up
  • Release date: May 6, 1997
  • Label: Southern Tracks
It’s a Sorry World 44 31
Road Comedy 101
  • Release date: February 16, 1999
  • Label: Southern Tracks
Gettin’ My Mind Right
  • Release date: October 5, 1999
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
28 28
Hillbilly Homeboy
  • Release date: June 6, 2000
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
48
I Should’ve Married My Father-In-Law
  • Release date: October 23, 2001
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
64
Super Bad Sounds of the 70’s
  • Release date: May 20, 2003
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
57
The Real Twang Thang
  • Release date: January 25, 2005
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
11
Church League Softball Fistfight
  • Release date: November 22, 2005
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
12
But I Could Be Wrong
  • Release date: March 20, 2007
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
61 4 42
Mr. Wilson Explains America
  • Release date: October 20, 2009
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
Caffeine Wired, Nervous & Pale
  • Release date: June 11, 2013[13]
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

 

 

 

Last but not least here is Tim’s webpage Tim Wilson America

 

 

 

Rest In Peace Tim … Thanks for all the laughs … You will be greatly missed 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronic Frontier Foundation Offers A Tribute To Aaron Swartz On The Anniversary Of His Tragic Death

 

Aaron Swartz

 

” One year ago, we lost Aaron Swartz, a dear friend and a leader in the fight for a free and open Internet. The shock was, and remains, a profound one. It’s a testament to the power of his commitments and ideals that both in life and in death he has inspired millions around the world, including all of us at EFF, to redouble our own efforts to advance the causes that he believed in, and to untangle the twisted and brutal computer crime laws that were used to persecute him.”

 

 

 

 

” Aaron was a passionate activist, but he also stood out as a technologist whose ambitions were always aligned towards a better, more just future. His pioneering work demonstrated a passion for harnessing technology to advance the public interest. As the Internet community confronted massive new challenges to free speech and privacy in 2013, there were many moments when we wondered quietly about what Aaron would have said and done.”

 

 

More about Aaron and efforts to fight State control can be found here and at the links below .

 

Take Action

TheDayWeFightBack.org

Reddit

AARON SWARTZ GETS “STREET ART” TRIBUTE AT HIS FINAL WORKPLACE

Remember Aaron Swartz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AK47 Assault Rifle Designer Kalashnikov Dies At 94

 

 

 

 

 

” The inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died aged 94, Russian officials say.

  The automatic rifle he designed became one of the world’s most familiar and widely used weapons.

  Its comparative simplicity made it cheap to manufacture, as well as reliable and easy to maintain.

  Although honoured by the state, Kalashnikov made little money from his gun. He once said he would have been better off designing a lawn mower.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Mikhail Kalashnikov’s 1947 design became the standard equipment of the Soviet and Warsaw pact armies. Versions were manufactured in several other countries, including China.

  With its distinctive curved magazine, the Kalashnikov became a revolutionary icon in the hands of militants and insurgents around the globe.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Kalashnikov – which is still widely used today – will go down in history. If the name of Samuel Colt and his revolver is associated with the 19th Century, then the gun of the 20th Century is undoubtedly the Kalashnikov.

  He died on Monday in Izhevsk, the city where he lived 600 miles east of Moscow, an official there said.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bestselling Author Tom Clancy Dead At 66

 

 

 

 

” Best-selling author Tom Clancy, whose wildly successful technological thrillers made him one of the biggest publishing phenomena of his time, has died. He was 66.

Clancy arrived on best-seller lists in 1984 with “The Hunt for Red October.” He sold the manuscript to the first publisher he tried, the Naval Institute Press, which had never bought original fiction.

A string of other best-sellers soon followed, including “Red Storm Rising,” ”Patriot Games,” ”The Cardinal of the Kremlin,” ”Clear and Present Danger,” ”The Sum of All Fears,” and “Without Remorse.”

Clancy had said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog. Four of his books, “The Hunt for Red October,” ”Patriot Games,” ”Clear and Present Danger,” and “the Sum of All Fears” were later made into movies, with a fifth based on his desk-jockey CIA hero, “Jack Ryan,” set for release later this year.”

 

 

Red Storm Rising was always my favorite . Rest in peace Mr Clancy . You will be missed .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUES GREAT BOBBY BLUE BLAND DEAD AT 83

 

 

 

 

” Bobby “Blue” Bland died on Sunday at the age of 83.

According to a family friend, Blues Hall of Fame recipient Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland has died today. No other details were available.

Already the condolences are coming in.

Jim Hanzalik with World One Presents said, “”It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to true legend and icon of the blues. Thank you for all the great memories, conversations and love you shared with us and your many fans. We love you and you’ll be missed – RIP Bobby Blue Bland.”

Jay Sieleman with the Blues Foundation called Bland the greatest blues singer in the world.”

 

 

 

 

More here …

” Born in Rosemark, Tennessee, Bobby Blue Bland, real name Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland, is well known for blues hits such as “Turn On Your Love Light,” and R&B hits such as “That’s the Way Love Is,” but also in the hip hop community such as for his R&B hit “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City,” which was sampled by Kanye West on Jay-Z’s Hip Hop album The Blueprint.

In 1981, Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, followed by the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.”

 

 

 

 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame …

 

” Robert Calvin Bland aka Bobby “Blue” Bland (vocals; born January 27, 1930)

Bobby “Blue” Bland was born Robert Calvin Bland on January 27, 1930, in Rosemark, Tennessee, a small town near Memphis. When he was 17, he and his mother moved to Memphis. He worked at a garage during the week and sang spirituals on weekends. At various times, he served as a chauffeur for B.B. King and Roscoe Gordon and a valet for Junior Parker. He soon began hanging out on Beale Street, and he eventually became part of a loose-knit group called the Beale Streeters, which included Billy Duncan, Johnny Ace, B.B. King, Roscoe Gordon, Earl Forrest and Junior Parker.

After making some recordings for Duke Records, Bland was drafted into the Army in 1953. He returned to Memphis in 1955, only to find that everything had changed. Rock and roll was breaking down the old barriers between “race” and “pop,” and Duke Records had been sold to Don Robey. Bland spent the latter half of the Fifties maturing into a masterful singer and assured entertainer. His hallmark was his supple, confidential soul-blues delivery. As a singer, Bland projected a grainy, down-to-earth quality, punctuated with guttural growls and snorts that would come to be known as the “chicken-bone sound.” Yet his voice was simultaneously smooth as velvet, allowing Bland to bring audiences under his hypnotic spell as he walked a fine line between passionate expression and exquisite self-control.” 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Blue Bland

 

” Bobby’s first Duke single, “It’s My Life, Baby,” was released in 1955. Two years later, he scored with the seminal Texas shuffle “Farther Up The Road” (115 k, 10 sec.), which went to number 1 on the R&B charts. Follow-up records included two 1961 hits, “I Pity the Fool,” which also made it to number 1 on the R&B charts, and “Turn on Your Love Light,” which went to number 2. “That’s the Way Love Is,” a 1963 release, gave Bland his third number 1 hit. 

From 1957 to 1961 Bland played the chitlin’ circuit with Junior Parker and his band, the Blue Flames. But in 1961 Bland broke with Parker, went out on his own, and rose to his greatest popularity. Because Bland neither composed nor played an instrument, he relied on others for songs and inspired instrumentation. Joe Scott, his bandleader and arranger, and for years one of Duke label owner Don Robey’s chief talent scouts, helped create Bland’s big-band sound. Just as important to Bland’s sound was guitarist Wayne Bennett, who complemented the horns and Bland’s vocals with jazz-influenced solos,a la T-Bone Walker and B.B. King.”

 

 

 

Rest In Peace Bobby “Blue” Bland

 

Jimmy Dawkins Dies, Leaves Chicago Blues Legacy

 

 

 

” Chicago bluesman Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, known for his excellent guitar playing and mellow singing voice, has died. He was 76.

Delmark Records owner Bob Koester said Dawkins died Wednesday. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

Dawkins was born in Mississippi. An only child, Dawkins taught himself to play guitar before moving to Chicago in the 1950s.

Koester says Dawkins began playing Chicago’s blues clubs in the 1960s, gaining a reputation as an excellent side man and playing with such notables as Otis Rush and Buddy Guy.”

 

 

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Rest In Peace SRV

Twenty Three years ago today we lost a GIANT

 

 Stevie Ray Vaughan, blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35

 

Allmusic:

  “With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the ’80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert KingOtis Rush, and Muddy Waters and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as the stray jazz guitarist like Kenny Burrell, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre.Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the late ’60s. For the next seven years, Stevie Ray was the leading light in American blues, consistently selling out concerts while his albums regularly went gold. His tragic death in 1990 only emphasized his influence in blues and American rock & roll.”

 

Pride And Joy

Texas Flood 

COULDN’T STAND THE WEATHER

Crossfire

Sweet Home Chicago with Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray

Why I Sing the Blues with BB King , Eric Clapton , Albert King , Etta James , Dr John , Paul Butterfield, Phil Collins, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Billy Ocean

A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan — In Session 1983

Live at the El Mocambo 1983

Honolulu 1984

 

RIP Ray Bradbury

Rest In Peace to a brilliant man .

Yes , the moldering corpse of the Tea Party continues to draw flies … by the thousands . 

  “The role of the Tea Party in opposing Lugar was downplayed by the media and the Ruling Class. Many Americans probably had no idea what was happening. But almost immediately following his defeat on Tuesday the media is buzzing about the resurgence of the movement. The establishment should be abuzz as well. It comes as no surprise to Tea Party Patriots that the media either misses or ignores the real story, which is that the Tea Party never faded. In fact, it has been quietly growing in strength.”

   Let the dinosaur media continue to prop up the roof of the progressive echo chamber . It harms us not and will make each victory the sweeter , as you gasp and shake your heads in disbelief . I think it was movie critic Pauline Kael who said ” ‘I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken.” 

 

I believe the desired word here is ; Insular