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Vic Damone, R.I.P.

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You know you’re good when Frank Sinatra says you have the best voice around,  and that’s what he said of Vic Damone,  who spent  half a century in a career which included concerts,  recordings,  movies and tv spots.

I never heard him sing live and in person,  but his pleasant baritone was easy to listen to and to sing along with.   It certainly didn’t hurt that he was equally easy on the eyes and had a charming demeanor.  I’m going to get out the CD I made from my father’s old 78 recordings and play it in Mr. Damone’s honor.

 

 

 

 

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February 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm

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Tabasco opera?

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An obscure  opera is  being dragged out of the history closet and put on once again,  and yes,  it is about Tabasco.   The McIlhenny Company didn’t actually have anything to do with the 1894 production,  though it took advantage of the opportunity.   This time around it is using the show to kick off its birthday celebration.   As a great fan of Tabasco sauce,  I hope the opera is a huge hit.

 

 

 

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December 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm

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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