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So sorry to hear that, @The Hole Got Fixed. I'm sure Blocky will love the catnip. heartapple01

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First James Bond girl Eunice Gayson dies at 90

She played Sylvia Trench in 007's 1962 debut, Dr No.  During the filming Gayson helped calm Sean Connery's nerves so he could deliver the spy's most famous catchphrase - giving his name as "Bond, James Bond" - for the first time.  A post on her official Twitter feed said: "She will be very much missed."

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the Bond series, said in a statement: "We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first 'Bond girl', who played Sylvia Trench in Dr No and From Russia With Love, has passed away.

"Our sincere thoughts are with her family."

In her role as Sylvia Trench, Gayson, who died on 8 June, helped to create one of cinema's most enduring catchphrases.

Meeting 007 over cards at the Le Cercle Club casino, she suggests raising the stakes. Bond replies: "I admire your courage, Miss, er... ?"

"Trench, Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr... ?"

"Bond, James Bond."

Gayson said in 2012 that filming the scene had not been easy as Sean Connery struggled with the line.

She said: "He had to say Bond, James Bond, but he came out with other permutations like Sean Bond, James Connery. 'Cut! Cut! Cut!'"  At the instigation of the director, Terence Young, Gayson took Mr Connery for a drink, and he returned to deliver it perfectly.  Sylvia Trench was due to be a recurring character, but the idea was dropped by the director of Goldfinger, Guy Hamilton.  But while Gayson is the only woman to appear as the same Bond girl in two movies - Sylvia Trench also appears in a clinch with 007 in From Russia with Love - her voice is not heard in either of them.  As with many of the Bond girls in the 1960s and 1970s, her lines were rerecorded by voiceover artist Nikki van der Zyl.  Gayson was born in Surrey in 1928. She played a series of screen roles, including in Hammer Horror's 1958 movie The Revenge of Frankenstein, before becoming the first Bond girl.  After the Bond films, she appeared in several classic TV series such as The Saint and The Avengers.

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COLOSSEUM, GRAHAM BOND, JOHN MAYALL DRUMMER JON HISEMAN DEAD AT 73

Pioneering British jazz-rock drummer and producer Jon Hiseman died at the age of 73 after a battle against brain cancer, family and friends confirmed. His daughter, Ana Gracey, reported that he died peacefully earlier this morning.
Hiseman replaced Ginger Baker in the Graham Bond Organisation in 1966, and later joined John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, appearing on their 1968 album Bare Wires. That year he founded Colosseum, one of the first bands to blend blues, jazz and progressive-rock elements in an improvisational format. Through the years, the group featured other influential members, including Dave Greenslade, Chris Farlowe and Dick Heckstall-Smith. They released four albums in their first incarnation before splitting in 1971.
After his next band, Tempest, folded in 1974, Hiseman formed Colosseum II, featuring Gary Moore, Don Airey (later of Deep Purple) and Neil Murray (later in Whitesnake). Hiseman reformed Colosseum in 1994 and went on to work in production, while also becoming part of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble. His latest project was JCM, featuring Mark Clarke and former colleague Clem Clempson, who released their debut album Heroes in April.
The band canceled a planned U.K. tour that same month, and noted on its website that Hiseman "was taken ill during the course of the tour and was discovered to have a cancerous brain tumor. He will be undergoing life-saving brain surgery as soon as possible and wishes you all to know how touched he is by the overwhelming show of support. It is our hope that he will be well enough to resume the tour later this year. Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time.”
Clempson wrote on Facebook this morning, "Hard to believe that this could come to pass just a few weeks after we were playing together onstage with JCM. For all who worked with him he was a constant guiding light, inspirational and indefatigable, a true leader who will be greatly missed by his many colleagues and legions of fans. Thanks for everything Jon, RIP.”
Recalling his introduction to the full-time music business in 2014, Hiseman recalled how Bond had seen him perform in a London jazz club in 1966 and said, “if Ginger Baker ever leaves, he’s going to play drums.” Hiseman later told Bond, “I’m not a professional musician. I’ve no intention of becoming a professional musician. ...Graham was the ultimate rabbiter. He spent all of one night smoking enormous joints, which looked like bonfires, convincing me that this organization was the greatest organization. … Three days later, Ginger just left.”
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Elvis Presley Drummer D.J. Fontana Dead at 87

Dominic Joseph "D.J." Fontana, the longtime drummer for Elvis Presley who helped pioneer the backbeat swing of rock and roll, died Wednesday, The Tennesseanreports. He was 87.

Fontana's son David announced the drummer's death on Facebook, writing, "My Dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight. He was very comfortable with no pain. I will post more tomorrow when I have more information. We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers."

Fontana played with Presley for 14 years, accompanying him on over 460 cuts for RCA including rock and roll standards like "Blue Suede Shoes," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock." Fontana was with Elvis during his landmark appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956, as well as his legendary "'68 Comeback Special." In 2009, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Known for his no-nonsense style of drumming, Fontana injected early rockabilly with the swing of big band music. At a time when many country and bluegrass groups were shunning drums altogether, Fontana's mere presence behind the kit was revolutionary in its own right. Still, Fontana aimed to keep things simple in a way that complemented not just Elvis, but also his other bandmates, bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore (Black and Moore died in 1965 and 2016, respectively). "I just learned how to stay out of their way and let them do what they had to," he said in 1987. "It sounded better to me that way."

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Fontana began playing drums in high school and was eventually hired as the in-house drummer on the long-running radio and television show, Louisiana Hayride. He backed an array of famed country artists, including Webb Pierce and Faron Young, on the show and met Elvis there in 1954.

At the time, Sun Records impresario Sam Philips had already paired Presley with Moore and Black, and the trio had already cut Elvis' debut single, "That's All Right, Mama." In a 1984 interview with The Tennessean, Fontana recalled hearing Elvis' early songs, saying, "They sent Elvis' records from Memphis. I thought the sound was really incredible. It was really different… When Elvis, Scotty Moore and Bill Black came down as a trio, Scotty approached me about drumming with them. We ran through about two or three songs backstage, including 'That's All Right, Mama.'"

Over the next 14 years, Fontana would accompany Elvis in the studio, on the road and in several films as well, such Jailhouse Rock and G.I. Blues. During the Sixties, however, he settled in Nashville and became an in-demand session musician just as Elvis' career was hitting its first lull. After reviving his career with the '"68 Comeback Special," Presley invited Fontana to play with him in Las Vegas, but the drummer chose to remain in Nashville instead.

Rest in peace. apple01

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RIP Richard "The Old Man" Harrison 

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R.I.P Vinnie Paul - I was sad to hear that former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul passed away.

 

R.I.P Vader - For any fans of Pro-Wrestling the Mastodon passed away. 

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RIP Harlan Ellison

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harlan Ellison, the prolific, pugnacious author of “A Boy and His Dog,” and countless other stories that blasted society with their nightmarish, sometimes darkly humorous scenarios, has died at age 84.  Ellison’s death was confirmed Thursday to The Associated Press by Bill Schafer, an editor with Subterranean Press, the author’s publisher. A woman who answered the phone at Ellison’s office, who declined to give her name, said he died Wednesday in his sleep.

During a career that spanned more than half a century, Ellison wrote some 50 books and more than 1,400 articles, essays, TV scripts and screenplays. Although best-known for his science fiction, which garnered nearly a dozen Nebula and Hugo awards, Ellison’s work covered virtually every type of writing from mysteries to comic books to newspaper columns.  He was known as much for his attitude as his writing — he described himself once as “bellicose.” His targets were anyone or anything that offended him, from TV producers to his own audience. An encounter with Frank Sinatra, when the two faced off while Ellison was shooting pool, was immortalized in Gay Talese’s famous 1966 magazine profile of the singer.

“I go to bed angry and I get up angrier every morning,” he once said.

“Harlan Ellison: There was no one quite like him in American letters, and never will be,” author Stephen King Tweeted on Thursday. “Angry, funny, eloquent, hugely talented. If there’s an afterlife, Harlan is already kicking ass and taking down names.”

Several of Ellison’s works were translated into dozens of languages. [...] Some of his most popular works were surrealistic fantasies set in grisly worlds run by totalitarians and conformists. Some were humorous; many were shockingly graphic for their time.  He once said he wanted his stories “to grab you by the throat and tear off parts of your body.”

Shame.  I really liked his writing.  He also wrote one of the best Star Trek episodes.

RIP. apple01

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The BBC report that the great Peter Firmin, who enriched so many childhoods in the UK, has passed away at the age of 89.

He was a BBC man through and through, creating Basil Brush with Ivan Owen, and - with his greatest collaborator, Oliver Postgate, the seminal BBC children's series' Bagpuss (voted the most popular BBC children's programme ever in 1999), The Clangers (recently revisited with the same knitted puppets, and winning a BAFTA in 2015), Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog and Pogles Wood.

For many children through the '60s to the '80s, he was your childhood.

I am heartbroken at the news.

RIP Peter Firmin (11 December 1928-1 July 2018) and thank you for the smiles and laughter you gave my childhood.

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Gary Beach, the original Broadway's Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and Roger De Bris in The Producers has died. 

The Producers being one of my favourite musicals (even though I don't like Matthew Broderick), Beach was absolutely magnificent. 

Here he is in one of the songs from the 2005 Producers' film-adaption, (he's the man wearing the black dress).

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If you haven't seen The Producers, watch the original 1967 film. Gene Wilder was pure perfection as Bloom!

 

He's having a stroke....OF GENIUS!

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Though far from unexpected, I'm saddened at the breaking news in the last hour that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away this morning at home in Detroit surrounded by "family and loved ones" at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer.

The first woman inaugurated into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1987, she was, rightly, an American legend. Hers was one of great, moving, soulful voices. She was an underrated pianist. Off-stage she campaigned for civil rights, and in the 80s was one of the first to take up the cause of AIDs.

Though a few days to prepare, it is still hard to find words for the passing of such a giant.

RIP Aretha Louise Franklin (25 March 1942-16 August 2018)

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RIP Aretha Franklin 

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Agreed, @Ron Nasty it's very hard to put into words the impact Aretha has had on the world. But if soul is about anything, it's about being real and direct, and there was no one as direct as Aretha. She could sing anyone off the stage, there's no one who could follow her: not even Elvis who died 41 years to the day. You knew where you were with Aretha, she's the best friend who'd stick her neck out for you, but she wouldn't take no shit from you. She was rock steady who made you think and deserved your respect. Rest easy, Queen of Soul, you've earned it. john-lennon-salute_gif

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That's fantastic news to wake up to... RIP Aretha Franklin, you've done so many fantastic things for the worlda-hard-days-night-paul-10

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Just listened to a record of hers last night.... RIP such a beautiful voice...

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Senator John McCain has lost his battle against brain cancer, one of the most respected current Republican politicians.

He was an American hero, despite that arsewipe Trump slurring him for getting captured. McCain served his country in an unpopular war, while Trump found every excuse not to serve, deferring his call-up five times, and eventually avoiding it all together.

Who's the American hero, the man who served or the man who wouldn't and slurred him for getting caught while serving?

McCain could have been a great American President, and those from both sides of the debate respected him.

Already a hypocrisy in a tweet from arsewipe Trump, as he praises the man he slurred and disparaged so badly.

I disagreed with much of McCain's politics, but he was worthy of respect.

4 days short of his 82nd birthday.

RIP Senator John Sidney McCain III (29 August 1936 - 25 August 2018)

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I came here to post this. 

RIP John McCain 

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I found out about John McCains death from a person who hated him. They were ecstatic and acting like Christmas came eairly.

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