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Jim Nabors, R.I.P.

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You probably remember Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle from the Andy Griffith Show.   What you may not know is that he  was a fine  singer with an engaging natural baritone voice which had no Southern accent.   I never met him,  but was acquainted with some folks who knew him,  and while they may not have been fans of his lifestyle choice, they thought him a lovely human being.   He will be missed.

 

 

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December 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Not just another…

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…pretty face was Hedy Lamar,  an actress known more for her beauty than her range of acting skills.   What you should know her for is her grasp of science and technology.   If you use any sort of wireless communications,  you owe this  beautiful face  a big debt.

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November 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm

John Hillerman, R.I.P.

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Like so many people,  I was a big fan of Magnum PI,  and not merely because Tom Selleck was a gorgeous man.   John Hillerman played a rather stuffy Higgins as an exquisite counterpoint to Magnum’s free-spirited character,  and did it perfectly,  never letting a trace of his native Texas show through the vaguely British character.  He  died recently,  and I’m glad to know that he enjoyed his time on the hit show —  so many actors whine about being type-cast or other things that accompany the fame and fortune their hits provided them with.   Hillerman never did.

 

 

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November 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Fats Domino, R.I.P.

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The New Orleans native was a rock and roll legend for nearly half a century, but he could  —  and did–  play other styles as well.  He was short and stout,  but had a mellow voice and an easy manner that played well live and on vinyl.   He had disappeared from public life  — I was in fact surprised that he was still alive  — but he made it to aged 89  before dying of natural causes this week.

 

 

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October 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Tom Petty, R.I.P.

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Legendary rocker Tom Petty  has died  after suffering cardiac arrest.   I wasn’t a fan,  but he lived a rather more moderate life than many of his ilk,  though it was  still rather  awful,  and he did produce  some outstanding  music videos.

 

 

 

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October 4, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Glen Campbell, R.I.P.

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Entertainer Glen Campbell  has died  at age 81,  after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s.   Like Ronald Reagan,  he went public with his health,  and allowed a documentary to feature his struggles.   He deserves kudos for that,  but he will probably be best remembered as a country singer with a voice so easy to listen to that people who didn’t like country music suddenly found themselves liking country music a whole lot.

Parts of his life were tumultuous,  and his behavior often less than stellar, but his fifth and last wife appears to have been one of the best choices he ever made.  He was known not merely for his smooth singing voice and a vocal style which moved easily from pop to country and back again,  but also for his ability as  a musician,  which put him high on everyone’s list.  He never learned to read  music,  but he had the ear and a phenomenal memory,  so he could listen to a piece once and then he had it.  You don’t get asked to fill in for an  ailing Beach  Boy unless you’re really,  really, good,  you know.,  and Campbell most certainly was.

I will play my Glen Campbell albums this weekend in his honor.

UPDATE:  Have a  bit more  of the man,  flaws and genius,  from people who knew him well.

 

 

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August 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

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29 years…

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…of El Rushbo,  more commonly known as Rush Limbaugh.   So far he has 29 years of his nationally syndicated radio show under his belt,  and is now working on the 30th.   May hat is off to this  living legend,  both as an entertainer and as an astute political observer and acerbic wit,  powered by a ferocious intellect.   His brother David is also plenty smart and writes very well,  but without his brother’s flair for the dramatic.

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August 4, 2017 at 5:06 pm