Larry Smith, Pioneering Producer for Run-D.M.C., Has Died

posted 2014-12-19 12:48:50 by grendel



A musician and producer who laid down some of the bedrock sounds of hip-hop has passed away. Larry Smith, an early Def Jam affiliate who played and co-wrote hits for Kurtis Blow and co-produced the first two albums by Run-D.M.C., died last night. That’s according to rap industry veteran and podcaster Combat Jack, citing a conversation with Smith’s family.








'Clifford the Big Red Dog' author Norman Bridwell dead at 86

posted 2014-12-19 07:28:56 by jeffjones



Norman Bridwell, creator of the classic book series "Clifford the Big Red Dog," died Friday night in Martha's Vineyard, local newspapers reported. He was 86.








Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

posted 2014-11-23 06:24:07 by jeffjones



WASHINGTON (AP) - Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.








Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

posted 2014-11-16 23:42:12 by grendel



Glen A. Larson, the wildly successful television writer-producer whose enviable track record includes 'Six Million Dollar Man', Quincy M.E., Magnum, P.I., Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and The Fall Guy, has died. He was 77.








WAYNE STATIC DEAD AT 48

posted 2014-11-03 21:04:49 by grendel



Static, born Wayne Richard Wells, formed the industrial metal band Static-X in 1994 after disbanding his previous group, Deep Blue Dream. Static-X kept going until 2010 before breaking up and regrouping in 2012. The band then broke up for good in June of 2013. Static-X released six albums, including their critically acclaimed 1999 debut ‘Wisconsin Death Trip,’ which was certified platinum.








Cream vocalist and bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

posted 2014-10-26 07:23:25 by jeffjones



LONDON (AP) - Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to thrill audiences throughout the world.

Bruce, who died Saturday of liver disease at age 71, enjoyed a long, respected solo career after the band's acrimonious breakup, but will be best remembered for his stint with Cream and for classics like "Sunshine of Your Love" and "I Feel Free."








Alvin Stardust dies aged 72 after short illness

posted 2014-10-23 08:11:39 by tboz



Pop singer best known for 1970s hits such as My Coo Ca Choo was recently diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer








Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

posted 2014-10-21 07:55:14 by jeffjones



NEW YORK (AP) -- Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.








‘Fraggle Rock’, ‘Boondock Saints’ actor Gerard Parkes dies at 90

posted 2014-10-20 23:27:50 by grendel



Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian character actor best known for playing two very different “Docs” in The Boondock Saints and Jim Henson’s show Fraggle Rock, died Sunday in a Toronto retirement home just days after his birthday, his agent confirmed to EW. He was 90.








Elizabeth Peña dies.

posted 2014-10-16 06:22:41 by jeffjones



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as "Lone Star" and comedic parts in TV shows like "Modern Family," has died. She was 55.








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