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Feck! I'm back again with more bad news! What a crappy eleven days...

The first play I went to see when I was about 13/14 was a production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

Very sad to hear of his death from pneumonia at the age 91.

Among his other hits were The Odd Couple (filmed with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) and The Goodbye Girl (filmed with Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason and Quinn Cummings), while the 1967 film of Barefoot in the Park starred Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, and remains one of my favourite movies ever.

He was probably America's greatest living playwright, and I am sad to see him gone.

Three American legends gone in eleven days. blue-meanie

RIP Marvin Neil Simon (4 July 1927 - 26 August 2018)

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News is breaking that Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds has died in a Florida hospital following a heart attack. He was 82.

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Wish I could have met this guy. What devotion and perseverance.

Russian Beatles fan who dedicated his life to the band has died, aged 73

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A Beatles super-fan from Russia who turned his flat into a museum in honour of the band has died in St Petersburg following a fall. He was 73-years-old.

Kolya Vasin was well known as Russia’s biggest Beatles fan during the Soviet period at a time when the communist authorities saw popular Western music as subversive. He discovered the music of The Beatles via bootleg recordings.

In an interview with The Observer in 2013, Vasin recalled how he was repeatedly in trouble with the Soviet authorities because of his love for the band.

He said: “I was arrested many times, accused of ‘breaching social order’. They said anyone who listened to the Beatles was spreading western propaganda.”

In the same interview, Vasin also recalled being grabbed by a policeman who spotted his long hair. “I was crying from the pain, but I had to keep silent. I was afraid the man would drag me off to prison,” Vasin recalled.

He added that The Beatles’ music had given him “all the adventures of [his] life”. He continued to follow the band despite the risk of being arrested.

He added: “They said anyone who listened to the Beatles was spreading western propaganda…When anyone said anything against them, we knew just what that person was worth. The authorities, our teachers, even our parents, became idiots to us.”

Whilst most Beatles fans in the former Soviet Union had difficulty in hearing their favourite band’s music, Vasin ensured many fans subsequently could listen to them thanks to his extensive collection of Beatles recordings, photos, and memorabilia which is regarded as one of the largest fan-based collections in the world.

Vasin also held parties in his flat to celebrate the birthdays of each of The Beatles; many fans who couldn’t access the music of the band were able to do so at these gatherings.

Vasin began collecting Beatles albums and memorabilia in the 1960’s. According to the BBC, his most treasured possession was a record signed by both John Lennon and Yoko Ono – ‘Live Peace In Toronto ’.

In 1970, Vasin sent a birthday telegram to Lennon who subsequently picked it out from thousands of fan letters. As a thank you, Lennon sent Vasin the signed album, something the super-fan described as “divine intervention.”

He also wrote a book about the impact of the Beatles music on young people growing up behind the Iron Curtain titled Rock on the Russian Bones.

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One of my old teachers who I really liked was found dead in the school today. He was 48. 

An absolute legend of a man, can genuinely say I'm heartbroken. 

 

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RIP Chas Hodges who had a surprisingly impressive music career way before his Chas 'n Dave fame. I'm not sure how well known he was outside the UK. THere's a great interview here where he describes backing Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent, playing in Hamburg, playing in Joe Meek's house band and on tour with The Beatles in '66. He also tells a story of Paul playing him an acetate of Revolver .

 

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EDIT: I forgot to mention his guitar (sampled) featured in Eminem's "My Name Is". 

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Peggy Sue dies at age 78

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Peggy Sue Gerron was born on June 15, 1940, in Olton, Texas, and grew up in Lubbock, Texas. Sources say she passed away in a Lubbock hospital this morning at the age of 78.
Peggy Sue was a high school senior when she was cast into the international spotlight by Buddy Holly’s release of the namesake song that climbed to the top of 1957 Billboard Charts.
Buddy Holly tagged her in the love ballad “Peggy Sue,” but she wasn’t Buddy’s love. She was in a relationship with Jerry Allison, the drummer of the Crickets.
Peggy Sue went to Lubbock High School with Buddy Holly and married Allison after graduation.

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Following her divorce from Jerry Allison, Peggy Sue went to Pasadena Junior College in Pasadena, California, and became a dental assistant. She then married again and had two children, a girl and a boy, and spent the majority of her life caring for her family, according to PeggySueOnline.com.
She helped her new husband establish a successful plumbing business and became the first licensed woman plumber in California.
In 1995 she came back to Lubbock to care for her aging and ill mother and stayed.
Peggy Sue was a celebrity speaker, radio host, and columnist.
There is no word on funeral arrangements at this time.
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Oh, also.  RIP Otis Rushapple01

Blues legend Otis Rush, whose unique style of soloing and powerful tenor voice helped shape the Chicago blues sound and deeply influenced a generation of blues and rock musicians, died Saturday of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2003. He was 84 years old.

Rush perhaps wasn't as widely known as B.B. King or Albert King. But his guitar and vocal work had a huge impact on guitar legends including Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn, who named his band after Rush's late 1950s hit "Double Trouble."

"The stuff I grew up on was all on the Cobra (Records), you know. You know 'Double Trouble' and 'I Can't Quit You, Baby,'" Clapton said after a 2014 interview. He said he puts Rush in the same category as other pioneering blues greats who shaped his own blues playing.

"At the time that I was growing up, there was a handful of people who'd made that kind of mark: Freddie King. Buddy Guy. B.B. King. Otis Rush. Magic Sam. So Otis: Fantastic. Great player," Clapton said.

Born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Otis Rush moved to Chicago in the late 1940s and quickly began to make a name for himself playing in South and West side clubs. He helped define a distinctive West Side Chicago sound that had a more fluid, jazzy style than the raw playing of the South Side. 

Rush played left handed with his guitars strung with the low E string at the bottom and the high E on top. He'd sometimes put his little finger under the low E which helped him bend notes in ways few other blues men did.

"He got the sound that nobody else got," Clapton told NPR. "And there was something about that upside down style of playing like Stevie Ray has - or had. You can't do that if you're right handed. You can't make the guitar do the things that they were able to do. And Otis had that voice, too. I mean, just a powerful voice."

Fellow Chicago blues great Buddy Guy credits Rush with giving him his start.

"This young man told me he said 'Buddy come up, I don't know who you are, come on up and play some blues.' And that was a long time ago, and I never will forget him for giving me that shot" Guy said at a 1990 concert with Rush.

But Rush never became as famous or well-known as Guy. "He preferred to go out and play and go back and sleep in his own bed," Rush's longtime manager, Rick Bates, told the Associated Press. "He was not a show business guy."

Rush once told an interviewer he regretted "not being a great big star."

But he influenced a generation of blues and rock greats and was certainly a big star to blues fans.

He won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Recording in 1999 for "Any Place I'm Going," and he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984.

One of Rush's hits was "I Can't Quit You, Baby," written by his friend and fellow blues great Willie Dixon. It reached number six on the Billboard R&B chart in 1956.

It was covered by many, including Led Zeppelin on their hugely influential 1969 debut album. Zeppelin's interpretation of a blues classic introduced Rush's sound to a new generation of rock ears.

Otis Rush continued to play and tour throughout the 1990s and into early 2000. But he suffered a serious stroke in 2003 and never took the stage again.

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Marty Balin, co-founder of Jefferson Airplane and the whole San Francisco scene, died 27 September aged 76.

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Also, French legend Charles Aznavour, most famous for the song She, passed away today aged 94.

And, for those in the UK, and of a certain age, Geoffrey Hayes from long-running children's programme Rainbow has died aged 76.

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RIP Geoff Emerick.

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RIP Geoff Emerick.  

Oh my gosh, I didn't know. Rest in peace. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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Rest in peace, Ahhh Aunt. I love you, and I am going to miss you. heart

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My condolences to you and your family, @Ahhh Girl. apple01heart

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My deepest sympathies, @Ahhh Girl. If Ahhh Aunt was anything like yourself and Ahhh Mom, and I imagine she must have been, she was a remarkable woman as remarkable women run in your family. A very sad day indeed. Please get Oh Boy to give you a hug from me, and you, please give Ahhh Mom a hug from me.

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Terrible news, my deepest condolences and heart for you  @Ahhh Girl and your family. 

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Sorry to hear that, @Ahhh Girl. apple01heart

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Sorry for your loss, @Ahhh Girl .

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