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Ellis Marsalis Jr., Jazz patriarch, father of Branford and Wynton Marsallis, at 85, from covid-19

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PS. I think this thread was never so active before...

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I think this thread was never so active before...
The original thread, which was destroyed during a forum conversion, debuted with the death of Buddy Ebsen. He died July 6, 2003. All of the obituaries posted from then until the death of Gene Pitney April 5, 2006 were wiped out. I agree: This thread has never been as active as it is now.

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A member of a protected tribe in the Amazon has been killed by gunmen, authorities in the Brazilian state of Maranhao say.

The body of Zezico Guajajara, of the Guajajara tribe, was found near his village on Tuesday. He had been shot.

The former teacher was a supporter of Guardians of the Forest, a group formed to combat logging gangs in the area.

The killing - the fifth in six months - increases concerns about violence against Amazon forest protectors.

Brazil's populist President Jair Bolsonaro has drawn intense domestic and international criticism for failing to protect the Guardians' territory in the eastern Amazon region.

more here :arrow: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-52135362
and even more here :arrow: http://www.oprogressonet.com/policia/lider-indigena-e-assassinado-tiros-no-municipio-de-arame/115479.html


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I saw that today on BBC News but ABSOLUTELY no echo in the big press in Brazil... Shame on us... Double time...

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‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81
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Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said. His death comes as the public has drawn inspiration from his music during the coronavirus pandemic, with health care workers, choirs, artists and more posting their own renditions on “Lean on Me” to help get through the difficult times.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” the family statement read. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”

Withers’ songs during his brief career have become the soundtracks of countless engagements, weddings and backyard parties. They have powerful melodies and perfect grooves melded with a smooth voice that conveys honesty and complex emotions without vocal acrobatics.

“Lean on Me,” a paean to friendship, was performed at the inaugurations of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me” are among Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“He’s the last African-American Everyman,” musician and band leader Questlove told Rolling Stone in 2015. “Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen.”

His death caused a torrent of appreciation on social media, including from former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who said Withers’ music has been a cherished part of her life. “It added to my joy in the good times, and also gave me comfort and inspiration when I needed it most,” she tweeted. Singer José James said “we need his message of unity now more than ever.”

Withers, who overcame a childhood stutter, was born the last of six children in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. After his parents divorced when he was 3, Withers was raised by his mother’s family in nearby Beckley.

He joined the Navy at 17 and spent nine years in the service as an aircraft mechanic installing toilets. After his discharge, he moved to Los Angeles, worked at an aircraft parts factory, bought a guitar at a pawn shop and recorded demos of his tunes in hopes of landing a recording contract.

In 1971, signed to Sussex Records, he put out his first album, “Just As I Am,” with the legendary Booker T. Jones at the helm. It had the hits “Grandma’s Hands” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which was inspired by the Jack Lemmon film “Days of Wine and Roses.” He was photographed on the cover, smiling and holding his lunch pail.

“Ain’t No Sunshine” was originally released as the B-side of his debut single, “Harlem.” But radio DJs flipped the disc and the song climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard charts and spent a total of 16 weeks in the top 40.

Withers went on to generate more hits a year later with the inspirational “Lean on Me,” the menacing “Who Is He (and What Is He to You)” and the slinky “Use Me” on his second album, “Still Bill.”

Later would come the striking “ Lovely Day,” co-written with Skip Scarborough and featuring Withers holding the word “day” for almost 19 seconds, and “Just the Two Of Us,” co-written with Ralph MacDonald and William Salter. His “Live at Carnegie Hall” in 1973 made Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time.

“The hardest thing in songwriting is to be simple and yet profound. And Bill seemed to understand, intrinsically and instinctively, how to do that,” Sting said in “Still Bill,” a 2010 documentary of Withers.

But Withers’ career stalled when Sussex Records went bankrupt and he was scooped up by Columbia Records. He no longer had complete control over his music and chafed when it was suggested he do an Elvis cover. His new executives found Withers difficult.

None of his Columbia albums reached the Top 40 except for 1977’s “Menagerie,” which produced “Lovely Day.” (His hit duet with Grover Washington Jr. “Just the Two of Us” was on Washington’s label). Withers’ last album was 1985′s “Watching You Watching Me.”

Though his songs often dealt with relationships, Withers also wrote ones with social commentary, including “Better Off Dead” about an alcoholic’s suicide, and “I Can’t Write Left-Handed,” about an injured Vietnam War veteran.

He was awarded Grammys as a songwriter for “Ain’t No Sunshine” in 1971 and for “Just the Two Of Us” in 1981. In 1987, Bill received his ninth Grammy nomination and third Grammy as a songwriter for the re-recording of the 1972 hit “ Lean on Me” by Club Nouveau.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 by Stevie Wonder. Withers thanked his wife as well as the R&B pioneers who helped his career like Ray Jackson, Al Bell and Booker T. Jones. He also got in a few jabs at the record industry, saying A&R stood for “antagonistic and redundant.” Withers also was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

His music has been covered by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Paul McCartney, Sting, Johnny Mathis, Aaron Neville, Al Jarreau, Mick Jagger, Nancy Wilson, Diana Ross. His music has been sampled for BlackStreet’s “No Diggity,” Will Smith’s version of “ Just the Two Of Us, ” Black Eyed Peas’ “Bridging the Gap” and Twista’s “Sunshine.” The song “Lean on Me” was the title theme of a 1989 movie starring Morgan Freeman.

His songs are often used on the big screen, including “The Hangover,” “28 Days,” “American Beauty,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Crooklyn,” “Flight,” “Beauty Shop,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Flight.”

“I’m not a virtuoso, but I was able to write songs that people could identify with. I don’t think I’ve done bad for a guy from Slab Fork, West Virginia,” Withers told Rolling Stone in 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children, Todd and Kori.

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Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne singer, dead at 52 from Covid-19

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Adam Schlesinger, the co-founder of pop-rock band Fountains of Wayne and an Oscar-nominated songwriter, has died from complications related to coronavirus. He was 52.
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^^^ Love their 1st album. Saw em live a handful of times and got to quickly greet the band after a show. Very sad.
Conan Remembers Adam Schlesinger & A Very Special Fountains Of Wayne Performance :arrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTNonlossl0


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HIM band manager Seppo Vesterinen dies aged 71
3rd of April, 2020.

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SEPPO VESTERINEN MANAGER OF THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ROCK BAND HIM HAS DIED at the age of 71. Helsingin Sanomat reported that Vesterinen died late on Thursday evening in a hospital in Ekenäs after a lengthy illness.

Born in 1949, Vesterinen rose to international prominence throughout the 80s and 90s managing some of Finland's most globally successful music acts, including the rock bands HIM, Hanoi Rocks, and The Rasmus. He also worked with well-known international artists such as Frank Zappa and Weather Report.

He was awarded the City of Helsinki Culture Prize for his contributions to Finnish culture in 2005, which he flew to Helsinki to pick up during HIM's sellout US tour. A keen advocate of the dramatic arts, he was also the first to teach courses in performing arts at the Helsinki Theatre Academy. He also staged successful productions of West Side Story and Hamlet.

Vesterinen spent his final years on his farm in Fagervik, Inkoo.

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Tom Dempsey, 73, who kicked an NFL record 63-yard field goal in 1970, dies from coronavirus after illness spread through his New Orleans retirement home and killed 15

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Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85
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Al Kaline, who in a long and unique Detroit Tigers lifetime grew from youthful batting champion to Hall of Famer to distinguished elder statesman, died Monday afternoon at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He was 85.

more here :arrow: https://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2020/04/06/al-kaline-dies-detroit-tigers/505371001/

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R.I.P. John Prine.

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I saw John Prine open for Bonnie Raitt & Freebo on November 6, 1972 at the Cellar Door in Washington, DC. John had a pack of cigarettes rolled up in his short shirt sleeve. I recorded Bonnie (now on cdr), and I'm sorry I didn't record John, too.


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Oh wow.....sorry to hear about John Prine. :oops:


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Oh wow.....sorry to hear about John Prine. :oops:

same here. great songwriter. 'sam stone' is a true classic (and there are many more, of course).

have to admit, though, I never followed his career real close, but I was always curious to look up what he was doing.

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Linda Tripp, whose tapes were pivotal in Clinton impeachment scandal, dies

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Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded her conversations with Monica Lewinsky about the then-intern's relationship with President Bill Clinton in the White House, has died, according to her mother, Inge Carotenuto, and her former attorney, Joseph Murtha.

Tripp had previously been treated for breast cancer.

Tripp, a friend of Lewinsky's at the time, turned the 20 hours of tapes over to special prosecutor Kenneth Starr. The scandal ultimately led to Clinton's impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice, though he was ultimately acquitted in the Senate.


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Conan Remembers Adam Schlesinger & A Very Special Fountains Of Wayne Performance :arrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTNonlossl0


Thanx jimmie. Good stuff.
Lots of sites are honoring John Prine, focusing on his greatest hits, which is cool. Here is my favorite, an album of duets. I'd post a youtube of the album, but one didn't come up in a normal search.

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Mr. Nice Guy wrote:
Conan Remembers Adam Schlesinger & A Very Special Fountains Of Wayne Performance :arrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTNonlossl0


Thanx jimmie. Good stuff.
Lots of sites are honoring John Prine, focusing on his greatest hits, which is cool. Here is my favorite, an album of duets. I'd post a youtube of the album, but one didn't come up in a normal search.

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Here's a playlist of the album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfaluW8WPos&list=OLAK5uy_kAtdbYLAzXQEz3_ES9s-pJ3nlOi1El3ks

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Thanx Cal & Fer Sure! :)

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