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Major Harris Passes at age 65 Major Harris, a former member of the ‘‘Philadelphia sound’’ soul group the Delfonics and singer of the 1975 hit ‘‘Love Won’t Let Me Wait,’’ has died in Richmond. He was 65. His sister, Catherine Thomas, told The Associated Press that Harris passed away Friday morning from congestive heart and lung failure after being rushed to a hospital. The Richmond native was born Feb. 9, 1947, and grew up in a musical family. His father was a guitarist and his mother led the church choir, Thomas said.
Tags: Delfonics  Major  Harris  Philadelphia  sound  Love  Won’t  Let  Me  Wait  congestive  heart  and  lung  failure       
Added: 9th November 2012
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Posted By: Music Maiden
Death of Sam Cooke - 1964 Popular singer Sam Cooke is best remembered for his million-selling 1957 hit You Send Me. The married Cooke was something of a serial philanderer and died a rather unseemly death at age 33 on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles from a fatal gunshot wound to the torso. The motel's manager, Bertha Franklin, said she shot Cooke in self-defense after he broke into her office and attacked her. However, the details of the case are still in dispute. Cooke's body was found in Franklin's apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, pants or underwear. The official police record states that Franklin fatally shot Cooke who had checked in earlier that evening with a young woman. Franklin claimed that Cooke had broken into the manager's office-apartment in a rage, wearing nothing but a shoe and a sports coat demanding to know the whereabouts of the woman who had accompanied him to the hotel only a few minutes earlier. Franklin told Cooke the woman was not in the office, but the enraged Cooke did not believe her. He violently grabbed her, demanding again to know the woman's whereabouts. According to Franklin, she grappled with Cooke and the two of them fell to the floor. She got up and ran to retrieve her gun. She said she then fired at Cooke in self-defense because she feared for her life. Cooke was struck once in the torso, and according to Franklin, he exclaimed, "Lady, you shot me!" before mounting a last charge at her. She said that she beat him over his head with a broomstick before he finally fell. He was mortally wounded by the gunshot. Franklin noted she fired the gun at least three times. Franklin and the motel's owner, Evelyn Carr, had been speaking on the telephone together at the time of the incident. Thus, Carr claimed to have overheard Cooke's intrusion and the ensuing conflict and gunshots. Carr called the police to request they go to the motel, as she believed a shooting had occurred. A coroner investigated the incident. The woman who had accompanied Cooke to the motel was identified as Elisa Boyer, who had also called the police that night shortly before Carr. Boyer had called police from a telephone booth near the motel, telling them she had just escaped being kidnapped. Boyer told police that she had met Cooke earlier that night and had spent the evening in his company. She claimed that after they left a local nightclub together, she had repeatedly requested that he take her home, but he instead took her against her will to the Hacienda Motel. She claimed that once they had rented one of the motel's $3 rooms, Cooke physically forced her onto the bed and that she was certain he was going to rape her. According to Boyer, when Cooke stepped into the bathroom for a moment, she quickly grabbed her clothes and ran from the room. She claimed that in her haste, she had also scooped up most of Cooke's clothing by mistake. She said that she ran first to the manager's office and knocked on the door seeking help. However, she said the manager took too long in responding, so, fearing Cooke would soon be coming after her, she fled the motel before the manager opened the door. She claimed she put her own clothing back on, hid Cooke's clothing, and went to the telephone booth where she called police. Boyer's story is the only account of what happened between the two that night; however, her story has long been called into question. Inconsistencies between her version of events and details reported by other witnesses, as well as circumstantial evidence (e.g., thousands in cash that Cooke was reportedly carrying were never recovered, and Boyer was soon after arrested for prostitution), invited speculation that Boyer may have gone willingly to the motel with Cooke, then slipped out of the room with Cooke's clothing in order to rob him, rather than to escape an attempted rape.
Tags: Sam  Cooke  death 
Added: 15th December 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Tom Jones on Ed Sullivan Show Welsh singer Tom Jones first displayed his powerful voice and charismatic style to an American TV audience in this 1968 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Tags: singer  Tom  Jones  Ed  Sullivan 
Added: 10th May 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Johnny Maestro And The Brooklyn Bridge Worst That Could Happen 1969 Lead singer Johnny Maestro had been around for awhile before recording this great Jimmy Webb song. He'd been lead singer with the Crests since 1957 and sang on all their hits. He even had a couple of solo hits before joining the Del-Satins. No hits there, but Maestro and the Del-Satins then joined with an outfit called the Rhythm Method (cool name)to form the Brooklyn Bridge. Jimmy Webb's "Worst That Could Happen" had previously been recorded by the 5th Dimension in 1967, but not released as a single. Perhaps it should have been. But then, we might not have got to hear Johnny's great vocal which went all the way up to #3 on the Billbord chart.
Tags: Johnny  Maestro  Brooklyn  Bridge  Webb  Jimmy  1969 
Added: 19th February 2013
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Posted By: kinkman
Dream Academy Life in a Northern Town 1985 I've loved this song since the '80s, but often have difficulty remembering the band. The lyrics apparently refer to English singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who suffered from depression and insomnia for most of his life and died in 1974 from an antidepressant overdose.
Tags: Dream  Academy  Life  Northern  Town  Nick  Drake  1985 
Added: 23rd February 2013
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Posted By: kinkman
The Hockey Song Stompin' Tom Connors, who died at age 77 on March 6, 2013, was a folk/country singer who was well loved within Canada but hardly known outside its borders. Connors typically penned and performed songs with a distinctly Canadian theme. His most famous tune, The Hockey Song, first recorded in 1973, is familiarly played during lulls in the action at arenas everywhere in Canada. Feel free to sing along!
Tags: Stompin  Tom  Connors  Hockey  Song 
Added: 7th March 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ricky Segall - Killer of The Partridge Family One certain indicator that a TV show is slipping is the pointless addition of a new character. It is especially true when a child is added to a show's cast in a desperate attempt to attract more youthful viewers. Along those lines, who remembers little Ricky Segall on The Partridge Family? For many die-hard fans of the show, Segall is the Partridges' equivalent of "Cousin Oliver"--Robbie Rist's character who is often unfairly blamed for killing The Brady Bunch. The Partridge Family was a top-20 show in both 1971-72 and 1972-73. For reasons best known to ABC, for the 1973-74 season it was moved from its secure Friday night time slot to Saturdays at 8 p.m. where it hopelessly had to compete against All In The Family on CBS. Furthermore, someone at ABC thought the Partridge kids were getting up in years--after all Suzanne Crough (who played youngest child Tracy) was an old lady of ten in 1973--and thus alienating younger viewers. Enter four-year-old singer Ricky Segall who played neighbor Ricky Stevens. Sporting a Prince Valiant haircut, Stevens' shtick was to act cute and warble a kids' tune. (Ricky's father wrote his songs!) Segall appeared in ten of the first twelve episodes in the 1973-74 season before vanishing from the show without any explanation. Only in his first episode did his character have a meaningful role. (New to the neighborhood, Ricky's mom did not like showbiz folks.) The Partridge Family was cancelled after the 1973-74 season with 96 total episodes made. Segall had a spotty TV and movie career after his stint on The Partridge Family. Today he is a married ordained minister with three children. At last report Segall was living and preaching in Canada.
Tags: Ricky  Segall  Partridge  Family  child 
Added: 26th March 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Slim Whitman passes at age 90 Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy "Mars Attacks!," died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. He was 90. Whitman died of heart failure at Orange Park Medical Center, his son-in-law Roy Beagle said.
Tags: Slim  Whitman  Country  singer  high-pitched  yodeler  TV  ads  Mars  Attacks  heart  failure  Orange  Park  Medical  Center  Roy  Beagle       
Added: 22nd June 2013
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Posted By: Music Maiden
Hot Chocolate - Emma The song details the love of the (nameless) singer and a girl called Emmaline from the age of five, through a wedding at 17. Emma it seems wanted to be a "movie queen" but could never find the breaks and eventually kills herself because "I just can't keep on living on
Tags: Hot  Chocolate  -  Emma    70s  suicide  movie  star  Errol  Brown,  Tony  Wilson  Errol  Brown  Larry  Ferguson  Tony  Wilson  Ian  King  Franklyn  DeAllie  Brian  Satterwhite  Greg  Bannis 
Added: 22nd June 2013
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Posted By: Music Maiden
Eydie Gorme passes at age 84 Legendary singer and performer Eydie Gorme passed away peacefully today at Sunrise Hospital following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her husband Steve Lawrence, son and other loved ones at the time of her death. In his own statement, Steve Lawrence said: "Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing."
Tags: Eydie  Gorme  Legendary  singer  Steve  Lawrence 
Added: 10th August 2013
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Posted By: Old Fart

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