Rolling Obituary Thread: 2018

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Dan Worsley, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

Twitter reporting that Peggy Cummins of film noir classic Gun Crazy has died age 92.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

was thinking last night about how freaked out everyone was over the abundance of celebrity deaths in 2016, that definitely didn't carry over into 2017, and i was trying to think of other years that were like that... remembered that ingmar bergman and antonioni died on the same day in 2007, which is arguably crazier than the cavalcade in 2016 imo

flappy bird, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

Honestly, I think Bowie and Prince were just so shocking that it sort of readied us for virtually anybody kicking the bucket. When Tom Petty died, sad and untimely though it was, it just didn't feel as epochal as the passing of Bowie and Prince. There's going to be a steadily accelerating wave of notable deaths, given that youth culture and celebrity as we know it sort of kicked into gear in the 1950s and really only hit its stride in the '60s.

Anyway, RIP Rick Hall.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

I mean, the '50s died last yeat but Chuck, Fats and Jerry Lewis were ancient.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

^^And all had been known to be in declining health for years, which many of the big 2016'ERS had been able to keep under wraps to varying degrees.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

xpost Hah, I thought you meant Jerry Lee Lewis, who is, of course, still alive, though probably barely. And Little Richard is still around, too.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

I thought he meant Jerry Lee too, almost Googled to make sure.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

It’s been mentioned elsewhere, but 1977 took some pretty big names: Presley, Bolan, Nin, Nabokov, Callas, 2 x Marx brothers etc etc

Madchen, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 08:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

So, will Mark E Smith make it through the year?

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 08:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Probably more chance of Tom Hanks winning the Booker Prize tbh

calzino, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 09:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

fred bass, owner of new york bookstore the strand

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

Fuck Jerry Lee Lewis. I hope he dies this year.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 22:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

I liked John Young; he was the Apollo astronaut notorious for cursing while on mike during his flight/moonwalk.

Poor Dick Van Dyke, losing his brother and two of his old castmates in the last year.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

Unbelievable that John Young flew the first Gemini and the first Shuttle mission. Oh and landed on the moon.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

John Young hurts, considering my favorite present this year was the LEGO scale model of the Saturn V.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

any moonwalkers left besides Aldrin?

My dad took me to NYC to see the Apollo 16 astronauts get the Keys to the City from Mayor Lindsay.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

had an "is he/isn't he dead" moment with Buzz the other day

flappy bird, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

there are 5 left btw

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

Recommend the book Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth, by Andrew Smith, to those who have not read.

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

Cinamon Hadley, the model for Death in Gaiman's The Sandman:

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 January 2018 04:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

France Gall, ye-ye star and singer of Gainsbourg's Poupee de Cire Poupee de Son.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Sunday, 7 January 2018 11:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

Alba, Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

Geez, Jerry Van Dyke:

Not sure if "stay safe" really applies to either Dick Van Dyke (92) or Carl Reiner (95).

clemenza, Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Producer Chris Tsangarides. A huge loss to rock and metal in particular, but the dude worked on an unbelievable number of records.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

People I know who recorded with him said he was a really good guy, sad news.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Tony Calder, promoter and co-founder of Immediate records with Andrew Loog-Oldham.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

xpost -- yeah Tsangarides's death is a real loss, what a credit list. Remember being happy to see him turn up in Anvil! The Story of Anvil and he had some of the best moments! Would have been great to get a book from him at some point, probably would have been the hard rock/metal equivalent to something like Are We Still Rolling?.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

2018 is warming up now, the deaths are beginning to roll in.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

aw man, that's sad.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 05:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

Mikio Fujioka, aka Ko-Gami of Babymetal's backing band, age 36.

“Kami Band member Mikio Fujioka has passed away at the age of 36. Mikio Fujioka fell from a high astronomical observation deck on December 30, and died on January 5, with his 2 daughters next to him.”

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

The “Little” Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL ‘s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.

We are the one
We're the only one
You are the one


めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

Jeff "Antennae Jimmy Semens" Cotton of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, 68.

Cotton died from complications of cancer on January 6, 2018.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

The Boogie Report email newsletter and folks on Facebook are reporting that Denise LaSalle, Mississippi born r’n’b/soul singer has died as a result of surgery complications. Her biggest hit was “Trapped by a Thing called Love.” This century she recorded some great Southern soul for labels like Malaco and Ecko.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

RIP. In the UK she's definitely best known for her cover of 'My Toot Toot', which was a top ten hit in 1985.

Akdov Telmig (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

that was a big morning-zoo hit in the '80s too

maura, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

betty jane willis, who released a couple of singles in the '60s, including this leon russell-produced cover of buck owens' 'act naturally'

this is an in-depth obituary

maura, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

Any source for the Jeff Cotton death other than wikipedia (which is no source at all)? He's been notoriously hard to find for decades.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

Only Gary Lucas's Facebook page, which is probably no source at all either. Hmm. Let's see if a proper statement comes out, apologies for jumping the gun if it turns out to be a false alarm.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

Sleuthing reveals his wife died early last year, but I can't find anything on his dying other than that Lucas post.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

Maura - thank you for that Betty Willis obit, very sad, but nice they spoke with her daughter, former coworker and Bill Medley to tell a little of her story.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

Starting to look like Jeff Cotton isn't true, but nothing more than FOAF reports either way. I do know his wife died of cancer last year -- that might be the source of the rumors.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

Neave Brown, architect of low-rise social housing in Camden, recently awarded RIBA medal for same. Lived until his death in north London’s Dunboyne Road flats, which he designed. Here’s an interview from October conducted by one of my best friends:

kim jong deal (suzy), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

BREAKING: Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 1964 'Mississippi Burning' slayings of 3 civil rights workers, dies in prison.

— The Associated Press (@AP) January 12, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 12 January 2018 17:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ah, seemed it was a proposed spinoff for Jim

Cruel Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 September 2018 10:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Joseph Schindelman - original illustrator for the Charlie & The Chocolate Factory books

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 10 September 2018 18:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Adam Clymer, NY Times correspondent 1977-2003; (called "major-league asshole" by GWB)

Josefa, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 13:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Gary John Bassett aka Johnny Strike of Crime.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Fenella Fielding

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 18:56 (one week ago) Permalink

I loved Fenella Fielding, such a unique character, I feel like she never found a vehicle big enough for her.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 19:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Gary John Bassett aka Johnny Strike of Crime

Ah man. Now there's a band.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 19:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Is that the Crime who did Murder By Guitar?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 19:43 (one week ago) Permalink


Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 20:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Piss On Your Dog is sort of classic!

calzino, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 20:20 (one week ago) Permalink

I mean the gutter-punk song by Crime, of course.

calzino, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 20:22 (one week ago) Permalink

As opposed to no you don't understand its the name of, urrr

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 20:37 (one week ago) Permalink

apparently the song was originally called Prisoner Dog but they changed it because someone misheard the lyrics and they liked the misheard version better

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 22:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Rachid Taha.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 12:58 (one week ago) Permalink

What?! Aw, man.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 13:00 (one week ago) Permalink

Beloved theatre veteran and three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie has passed away at 57

— Playbill (@playbill) September 13, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 19:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I saw Marin Mazzie in Kiss Me, Kate in '99; an immense talent.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 14 September 2018 23:56 (six days ago) Permalink

Dudley Sutton (actor who appeared in The Leather Boys, The Devils and lots of other stuff)

soref, Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:22 (five days ago) Permalink

absolute classic character actor

every day there's a whining choad (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 15 September 2018 18:16 (five days ago) Permalink

;_; RIP Dudley

Zach Same (Tom D.), Saturday, 15 September 2018 18:18 (five days ago) Permalink

He was brilliant in The Beiderbecke Affair, so many lines I repeat to this day. I made soup in a cooking contest in China and told a local journalist it was "lurking vegetable soup" and she actually printed it in the paper. RIP Dudley.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 15 September 2018 18:31 (five days ago) Permalink

NOOOOOO I have been on a huge Space: 1999 jag lately and she is my favourite! 72 is far too young, how unfair.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:55 (five days ago) Permalink

RIP Dudley

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Sunday, 16 September 2018 07:31 (four days ago) Permalink

According to Ted Gioia on Twitter, saxophonist Big Jay McNeely has died at 91. I had no idea he was still alive. You can figure out everything you need to know about his style from this immortal photo:

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 16 September 2018 23:31 (four days ago) Permalink

Damn. RIP

flappy bird, Monday, 17 September 2018 01:37 (three days ago) Permalink

RIP Dudley Sutton, I love you forever as Tinker from Lovejoy (which Zienia Merton was also in an episode of, so double RIP)

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:23 (three days ago) Permalink

We saw Big Jay at Viva Cantina in 2013 - what a show! He was 85 but one of those pure charisma folks who lived to play. RIP

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 17 September 2018 07:30 (three days ago) Permalink

Almost a week late with this but RIP Fenella Fielding, you scared the shit out of young me as Voice of the House in Dougal & The Blue Cat.

Category: Animist Rock (Matt #2), Monday, 17 September 2018 08:49 (three days ago) Permalink

Wrecking Crew bassist Max Bennett, at 90. Accompanied Peggy Lee, Joni Mitchell and countless others:

RIP but what a career/life. Even gets a credit on Blue Lines for an L.A.Express sample. Pity he didn't get round to writing the book mentioned in the last of those interviews.

Ned Trifle X, Monday, 17 September 2018 12:04 (three days ago) Permalink

Great interview with Big Jay McNeely:

Can't believe he's not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 17 September 2018 13:22 (three days ago) Permalink

Alan Abel, America's greatest hoaxer til 2016

(this is his second NY Times obit; the first came 38 years before his death)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:19 (two days ago) Permalink

yes, that is Buck Henry as the face of SINA:

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:46 (two days ago) Permalink

Dennis Norden. RIP.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 03:57 (yesterday) Permalink

people you thought were etc etc

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:40 (yesterday) Permalink

it didn't quite end up alright on the night etc..

calzino, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:44 (yesterday) Permalink

Paul Virilio.

suzy, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:53 (yesterday) Permalink

dunno, getting to 96 seems pretty alright to me

thomasintrouble, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 08:13 (yesterday) Permalink

that all depends on how broken your body has become, for some 96 might be a living hell!

calzino, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 08:16 (yesterday) Permalink

people you thought were etc etc

He was a regular on there. RIP Dennis.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:01 (yesterday) Permalink

Denis, Denis.

Alba, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:21 (yesterday) Permalink

I thought it was Denis but someone else put Dennis so I changed it.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:33 (yesterday) Permalink

Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 90

flappy bird, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 16:40 (yesterday) Permalink

RIP Denis. Back in the early 2000s I worked in Central London and walked to work in Clerkenwell along Oxford Street. Often walking in the opposite direction was Denis Norden. Very tall, even taller than you might imagine, and very pale. More or less dressed exactly as he appeared on TV in later years: dark blue blazer, light brown trousers, white shirt, cravat, all at quarter to eight in the morning.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:10 (yesterday) Permalink

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