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I always knew him as “Tommy”.  In his act with his brother Dick, he played acoustic guitar and Dick played standup bass.  A frequent song they’d sing was “Guantamera”.  Their comedy hour on CBS was I believe the starting place for Steve Martin and Super Dave Osborn and Mason Williams.

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Annie Nightingale, a former DJ on Radio 1, has died. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/anni…..54607.html

Late Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale was good friends with The Beatles and once revealed that she was the first person to interview Paul McCartney after the death of John Lennon .

The radio legend – who has died aged 83 after a short illness – was working on the music TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test when Lennon was shot and killed in 1980.

Opening up on I Am The Eggpod podcast in 2018, she shared how bosses lined up a special programme for that night to pay tribute to the singer – and that McCartney surprised her by phoning in during show.

During the special show, Nightingale said they were trying “to reflect how people were feeling but at the same time be professional, be a broadcaster, be professional and don’t get emotional about it on air, wait until later”. Then in the middle of the programme a producer appeared in the studio and told Nightingale, who was close to the band, that someone was on the phone for her.

Nightingale said: “He said, ‘Paul’s on the phone and he wants to speak to you.’ I had no idea who he meant. I thought, ‘Why is he telling me about somebody on the phone in the middle of this really difficult programme?’… I said, ‘Paul who?’”

She went on: “He wanted to say thank you on behalf of Linda (his late wife Linda McCartney) and himself and Yoko (Ono) and George (Harrison) and Ringo (Starr).”

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It was in Brighton where she first interviewed The Beatles, and she went on to become a frequent guest at the band’s Apple Studios in London during the 1960s – a front-row seat to one of the most creative periods in British popular music.

She knew about John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s relationship before it was made public, but did not report what she knew would be a headline-making story as she did not want to break her bond of trust with the band.

 

And Paul McCartney even proposed to her on one occasion, according to the BBC. “Well, sort of yes,” she said when asked about it in an interview. “But I don’t think he was serious!”

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Annie Nightingale, a former DJ on Radio 1, has died. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/anni…..54607.html

Late Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale was good friends with The Beatles and once revealed that she was the first person to interview Paul McCartney after the death of John Lennon .

The radio legend – who has died aged 83 after a short illness – was working on the music TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test when Lennon was shot and killed in 1980.

Opening up on I Am The Eggpod podcast in 2018, she shared how bosses lined up a special programme for that night to pay tribute to the singer – and that McCartney surprised her by phoning in during show.

During the special show, Nightingale said they were trying “to reflect how people were feeling but at the same time be professional, be a broadcaster, be professional and don’t get emotional about it on air, wait until later”. Then in the middle of the programme a producer appeared in the studio and told Nightingale, who was close to the band, that someone was on the phone for her.

Nightingale said: “He said, ‘Paul’s on the phone and he wants to speak to you.’ I had no idea who he meant. I thought, ‘Why is he telling me about somebody on the phone in the middle of this really difficult programme?’… I said, ‘Paul who?’”

She went on: “He wanted to say thank you on behalf of Linda (his late wife Linda McCartney) and himself and Yoko (Ono) and George (Harrison) and Ringo (Starr).”

Annie with Paul McCartney (in a Sky News article https://news.sky.com/story/ann…..r-13046980)

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It was in Brighton where she first interviewed The Beatles, and she went on to become a frequent guest at the band’s Apple Studios in London during the 1960s – a front-row seat to one of the most creative periods in British popular music.

She knew about John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s relationship before it was made public, but did not report what she knew would be a headline-making story as she did not want to break her bond of trust with the band.

 

And Paul McCartney even proposed to her on one occasion, according to the BBC. “Well, sort of yes,” she said when asked about it in an interview. “But I don’t think he was serious!”

  

I have been blessed. You have earned my eternal respect.

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Annie was a fantastic broadcaster and TV presenter. In the early 1990s, my Dad briefly shared a flat with her in London whilst hosting her late night show and he said she was generous, lovely and had an amazing eclectic taste in music. RIP Annie.  

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Annie was a fantastic broadcaster and TV presenter. In the early 1990s, my Dad briefly shared a flat with her in London whilst hosting her late night show and he said she was generous, lovely and had an amazing eclectic taste in music. RIP Annie. 

That’s good to know, Rube. I never met Annie in person, but she always came across (on TV and radio) as a warm, sweet-natured person.

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The lawyer who prevented John’s deportation has passed away at 90 years of age.

https://www.billboard.com/musi…..235581415/

Sure wish John could have lived that long.

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This happened two days ago, but I didn’t hear about it until this morning.

RIP Wayne Kramer

Wayne Kramer, guitarist of MC5, has died at the age of 75. His official Instagram account confirmed the news on Friday, February 2, stating Kramer had “passed away peacefully” from pancreatic cancer. Kramer was the co-founder of the Detroit rock group Motor City Five (shortened to MC5), a politically charged punk rock band that began in the early ‘60s alongside the late Fred “Sonic” Smith, who performed electrifying live shows. Together with Rob Tyner, Michael Davis, and Dennis Thompson, they formed MC5, releasing three studio albums in their time together, including their debut live album, Kick Out the Jams. Their left-wing political beliefs resulted in being banned from the radio, making it difficult for the group to sell records or tour. They eventually broke up in 1972, with Kramer beginning a career in what he called “illegitimate capitalism,” where he was imprisoned for selling cocaine to an undercover cop in 1975.

It eventually led Kramer to create Jail Guitar Doors USA, a nonprofit that heals and rehabilitates incarcerated people with music, including songwriting. He told Rolling Stone in 2014 about the positive impact his time with the organization made on his life: “It has allowed me to give a voice to an anger that has built up from the time I was released, as I watched more and more people like me go to prison – and for more severe sentences than I got. I kept wondering, ‘How come nobody is saying anything about this? How come they keep building more prisons, locking more people up, and nobody’s angry about it?’”

After Kramer’s death, Thompson became the only surviving member of MC5.

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R.I.P. to a legend, and a fantastic guitarist.

A friend and I saw him in Toronto in ’96, while he was touring to support his second solo album; and he and his band tore that place up, left no jams unkicked!

(I believe that there’s a recording of Paul (or Ringo? or another Beatle?) saying “Kick out the jams, m***********s!” in between takes of one of the “Abbey Road ” tracks…)

R.I.P. sir

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RIP Mojo Nixon

Mojo Nixon, the alternative musician, actor and DJ, known for the 1987 novelty hit “Elvis Is Everywhere” has died. He was 66.

Nixon, whose real name is Neill Kirby McMillan Jr., was found dead today onboard the annual Outlaw Country Cruise, where he was regular presence both as a performer and co-host. He had performed just the night before

The cause was cardiac event, according to his family.

 

“August 2, 1957 — February 7, 2024 Mojo Nixon. How you live is how you should die. Mojo Nixon was full-tilt, wide-open rock hard, root hog, corner on two wheels + on fire…,” his family said in a statement on Facebook. “Passing after a blazing show, a raging night, closing the bar, taking no prisoners + a good breakfast with bandmates and friends.

“A cardiac event on the Outlaw Country Cruise is about right… & that’s just how he did it, Mojo has left the building,” the statement continued. “Since Elvis is everywhere, we know he was waiting for him in the alley out back. Heaven help us all.”

Born in North Carolina, raised in Virginia, schooled in Ohio, and after traveling to England, Nixon first started playing music in Denver in a punk band known as Zebra 123. “A lot of people had the same idea simultaneously,” Nixon said in an interview for the 2020 career-spanning boxed set, “The Mojo Manifesto.” “I’m gonna take roots music and I’m gonna infuse it with the energy and excitement of punk rock.” As for his early band’s music, Nixon said, “It was Jerry Lee Lewis on more speed. Not just speed, but more speed. A lot of things sounded like the Clash, but even faster and stupider.”

After Zebra 123 flamed out, Nixon moved south to San Diego, where Country Dick Montana’s pre-Beat Farmers band, the Snuggle Bunnies “adopted me as their pet,” Nixon recalled. “I was kind like their adult nephew.” Soon he hooked up with Richard Banke, better known as Skid Roper, a multi-instrumentalist who favored a washboard. Together they won a Battle of the Bands contest and were crowned the Best New Band in San Diego. Their prize – three hours of studio time at Soundtrax Studio in San Diego. “They thought we’d buy three more,” Nixon recalled. “but oh no, we cut three songs, overdubbed and mixed them and we were done in three hours.”

The duo soon landed a contract with Los Angeles-based indie label Enigma records, which released their 1985 debut, “Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper.” Nixon’s breakthrough came with the 1987 album “Bo-Day-Shus!!!,” which featured the opening track, “Elvis Is Everywhere.” The song’s video garnered play on MTV and earned him a spot performing on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” where the crowd was given cardboard Elvis masks to wear during his performance.

“Before ‘Elvis is Everywhere’ there were just a lot of dudes at the Mojo show,” Nixon said. “It’s a sausage fest, and the women that are there are there in protest. ‘Yes, I’ll go and drive your drunk ass home if you go and watch this Jodie Foster movie with me.’ But after ‘Elvis Is Everywhere’ actual women came on their own, not coerced by their drunk husbands.”

Nixon went on to record several other albums, both as a solo artist and with other collaborators, including the Toadliquors and Jello Biafra. With his revved-up version of punky-rockabilly, he often skewered pop music figures in songs such as “Don Henley Must Die,” “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child” and “Bring Me the Head of David Geffen.”

He veered into acting with 1989’s Jerry Lee Lewis biopic, “Great Balls of Fire,” in which he was cast as drummer James Van Eaton. He also scored parts in the 1993 live-action “Super Mario Bros.” film and the and in a movie update of “Car 54, Where Are You?”

Eventually, he shifted his focus to radio with local gigs in Cincinnati and San Diego before landing a job with SiriusXM.

Nixon summed up his career thus: “Mojo Nixon wanted to be Richard Pryor. He’s like Richard Pryor’s stupid cousin if he was white and played in a rockabilly band. I’d say things that simultaneously shocked people and spoke the truth.

“I don’t have that much talent, but what I do have is an enormous amount of enthusiasm,” he continued. “As Mr. Rotten used to call it, ‘An unlimited supply!!!’”

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Today marked the day that my mom died, 7 years ago. My dad and I went to the cemetery to visit her, and to wish her good luck for Lunar New Year. 

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Today marked the day that my mom died, 7 years ago. My dad and I went to the cemetery to visit her, and to wish her good luck for Lunar New Year. 

  

heart Glad you and your dad are still close, and that you are able to visit the cemetery. {hugs}

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My mum passed away a few days ago. Although we knew it was coming (she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer about 5 months ago) it still happened quite suddenly. Currently wading through the early stages of grief. She was from Liverpool, and was the most loving, caring person you could ever hope to know. 

I also just wanted to say that in the last few months, reading posts and playing silly forum games has genuinely been a welcome distraction for me, so thank you all for helping me without even knowing it.

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I’m so sorry, @kelicopter. It sounds like your mum was a wonderful person.

It’s encouraging that this forum has helped, and I hope it continues to bring some solace.

You are in my thoughts at this difficult time. Sending my love and hugs to you. heart

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So, so sorry, Kelicopter; losing a mother is hard.

Wishing you and your mum’s other loved ones condolences, and the strength to heal. Our thoughts are with you heart

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Oh, dear, @kelicopter, my heart goes out to you. I know how much I love Ahhh Mom and will be devastated when she passes on. Thoughts of peace and strength to you and your family.

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@kelicopter I’m truly sorry for your loss. I’m glad this place was able to offer some comfort and distraction. We’re always here when you need us.

Look after yourself.

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