With the recent passing of the King of Pop, and its effect on the charts, I thought I'd start this thread to highlight and honor those other artists who have sadly passed away.
On Monday, Patrick Swayze lost his battle against pancreatic cancer, aged 57. Patrick's movie roles were infamous with huge blockbusters such as "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" providing us with some of the most romantic and well-known scenes of all time.
From the 1987 film, "Dirty Dancing", Patrick Swayze participated on the soundtrack, one of the biggest sellers of all time. His single, "She's Like The Wind" reached #6 in the Australian Top 50, placed #80 in the AMR End Of Year charts. The song was one of the better tracks from an actor promoting their movie through song, and has already made a slight dent in the iTunes current top downloads. Originally written (by Patrick) for his 1984 film "Grandview, USA", it was rejected by the producers of the film, eventually seeing the light of day a few years later on "Dirty Dancing".
Following DD, Patrick also provided a couple of tracks for his 1989 film "Road House" ("Raising Heaven (In Hell Tonight)" and "Cliff's Edge").
Patrick Swayze leaves us with his memorable movie roles and a little bit of music. You will be missed.
Yeah i was just talkin about those three big movies he done in the late 80's early 90's with some work buddies (i.e Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Ghosts) and you don't relize until afterwards some people's contribution in the particular field.
October 15, 2009 Al Martino, 'Godfather' Singer, Dies at 82 By A. E. VELEZ
Al Martino, the Italian-American baritone renowned for a string of hits, including the sentimental ballads "Spanish Eyes," "Volare" and "Speak Softly Love," and for his role as the wedding singer in "The Godfather," died Tuesday in Springfield, Pa., The Associated Press reported. He was 82.
Mr. Martino was one of the most recognizable pop singers of the 1950s and '60s. Influenced by Perry Como and Al Jolson, he had a career that spanned nearly five decades. He leaves behind several celebrated songs, including his breakthrough hit for the small BBS label, "Here in My Heart." Released in 1952, it rose to No. 1 in the United States and later became the very first No. 1 single in Britain. It also won him a contract with Capitol Records.
Mr. Martino had an influential and encouraging childhood friend in Mario Lanza, the American opera singer who became a Hollywood movie star in the 1940s and '50s. Lanza was slated to record "Here in My Heart" himself, but dropped his plans after Mr. Martino explained that his own debut recording would be neglected if he did.
In the mid-1960s, with rock music dominating the charts, Mr. Martino and his "olive oil voice" (in the words of a character in "The Godfather") helped reintroduce classic pop romanticism to trans-Atlantic audiences. Between 1963 and 1967 he had nine Top 40 singles, of which the most enduring proved to be "Spanish Eyes." The vocal version of a song composed and first recorded by Bert Kaempfert as "Moon Over Naples," it became something of a standard and was later recorded by both Elvis Presley and Wayne Newton. Mr. Martino returned to the charts in 1975, when he recorded a disco version of the Italian singer Domenico Modugno's signature song, "Volare."
One of the most prominent of the old-guard Italian-American romantic crooners, Mr. Martino found his image permanently embedded in pop culture when he played the singer Johnny Fontane in Francis Ford Coppola's celebrated 1972 movie, "The Godfather" (he would reprise the role in 1990 in "The Godfather: Part III").
The character, loosely based on Frank Sinatra, is a famous crooner and washed-up movie star. There are four instances in the movie in which Don Vito Corleone, Fontane's godfather and the head of a major Mafia crime family, intervenes to help his career, most memorably in the scene in which a horse's head is place in the bed of a movie producer who would not hire Fontane. Mr. Martino told The Times in a 2009 interview that "when Coppola was hired to direct, he fired me."
"I was already cast for the part of the wedding singer by the original producer, Al Ruddy," he said. "But I needed to show Hollywood they couldn't push me around. I fought fire with fire. Sinatra was infuriated by the story line of 'The Godfather,' he wanted to stop production on the film, and I knew that if I took the part Sinatra would bar me from Vegas and Coppola would ostracize me, but I had some people that helped me."
In a singing career that can best be described as a roller coaster, Mr. Martino encountered both highs and lows. In 1972 he stormed off the stage of the Persian Room at New York's Plaza Hotel with some bitter remarks about the city and canceled the rest of his booking there because of a disagreement with the hotel's staff.
Born on Oct. 7, 1927, in Philadelphia, Mr. Martino was just 15 when he joined the Navy in 1943. He completed basic training in New Orleans, where he developed a love for country music. "I took the heart of country singing with me into Italian romantic pop," he said.
After shipping out to Iwo Jima and becoming a signalman on Mount Suribachi, he suffered a shrapnel injury and was given orders to return home. In 1947 he moved to New York City to pursue a career in show business, and earned his break as a winner on the CBS show "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts."
Always the classy dresser, Mr. Martino said in 2009 that he hoped today's youth would be able to have its own romanticism in future recordings. "I can't sell records in stores anymore; everything is online and I don't have access to younger audiences," he said. "But 20 or 30 years from now, how are kids going to feel romance?"
Dixie Carter has passed away at the age of 70. Some people here may remember her as the leading lady in 80s sitcom Designing Women, while others may know her as Orson's mother in Desperate Housewives. Either way a sad loss for the acting community.
While newsworthy, not very shocked by her departure. More shocked that the media has decided to lump her in with people like Kurt Cobain and other more notable young musicians who 'took' their own life. I think it is too early to call her a muscial genius like they've been implying.
01.You Know I'm No Good 02.Back to Black 03.Rehab 04.Valerie (with Mark Ronson) 05.Tears Dry On My Own
My Top 5 Amy Winehouse Videos:
01.You Know I'm No Good (many views on my Ipod in 2008) 02.Back to Black (love the concept and setting) 03.Rehab (interesting storyline, lovely dress and hairstyle) 04.Tears Dry On My Own (love the sexy walking, and dress) 05.You Know I'm No Good / Rehab (Live Grammys 2008)
I purchased a copy of her "Back to Black" album, and it was so worth it.
She deserved to win the 2008 Grammy "Album of the Year".
I also purchased her DVD! "Live in London", and loved watching all her videos.
OMG really, she didn't look too well recently (like over the last three years). There are so many good songs from Etta James and I think her popularity has grown in the last few years due to sampling and covers by big artists (like Beyonce and Xtina).
I'm always at work when I hear these news about artists I love. Whitney really hits the spot for me though, one of my favourite artists of all time (probably my third of fourth), and someone whose music has had much more influence in my life than MJ. RIP.
Davy Jones of the Monkees has died of an apparent heart attack aged 66. The singer had been on a solo tour this month and had complained of chest pains the previous evening and was admitted to a hospital in Stuart Florida.
Jones was born in Manchester, England and started acting as a child, though he got his big break in 1965 when he joined The Monkees. The group had a hugely successful television series, and a slew of hit songs in the late 1960s. At their peak in 1967 they sold more records than the Beatles.
My fav Monkees albums : * The Monkees (1966) * More Of The Monkees (1967) * Headquaters (1967) * Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd (1967) * The Birds, The Bees And The Monkees (1968) * Head (1968)
The AFL community is in mourning after Melbourne Demons great Jim Stynes lost his battle with cancer. Stynes was diagnosed with cancer in July 2009 and he fought courageously for almost three years. He was 45.
Greg Ham [Men At Work] - 27-09-1953-19-04-2012 
Who Can It Be Now - #02  EOY: #009  Down Under - #01  EOY: #088 / #024 [1981 / 1982] Be Good Johnny - #08  EOY: #067  Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive - #11  EOY: #088  Overkill - #05  EOY: #081  It's A Mistake - #34  Hire Wire - #89  Everything I Need - #37  Last edited:
Donald "Duck" Dunn has passed away (aged 70), best know for being the bass player for Booker.T. & The M.G's. He was also a session musician for Atlantic records and can be heard on hundreds of classic R&B tracks from the 60's & 70's, most noteably Otis Redding's hits. Later in his career he featured in The Blues Brothers movie as part of the house band.
The Queen of Disco Donna Summer has passed away aged 63 after a long battle with cancer. Best known for her huge hits throughout the disco era with such classics "Hot Stuff", "I Feel Love", "Love To Love You Baby", "Bad Girls" and later the iconic "She Works Hard For The Money"...a massive talent and voice that will be missed...RIP Last edited:
Wow. I had no idea she had cancer either. Poor girl. R.I.P hunny. Here's my Top 10...
1. I Feel Love (1977) 2. She Works Hard for the Money (1983) 3. This Time I Know it's for Real (1989) 4. Hot Stuff (1979) 5. Love to Love You Baby (1976) 6. No More Tears (Enough is Enough) (with Barbra Streisand) (1979) 7. On the Radio (1980) 8. Bad Girls (1979) 9. The Wanderer (1980) 10. Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger) (1982)
Sadly, I've known for a month that Robin was gravely ill. R.I.P. mate! Here's my Bee Gees Top 15...
1. Words (1968) 2. You Should Be Dancing (1976) 3. Stayin' Alive (1978) 4. How Deep is Your Love (1977) 5. Jive Talkin' (1975) 6. More Than a Woman (1978) 7. Alone (1997) 8. Night Fever (1978) 9. Tragedy (1979) 10. To Love Somebody (1967) 11. You Win Again (1987) 12. If I Can't Have You (1977) 13. One (1989) 14. Immortality (with Celine Dion) (1998) 15. Too Much Heaven (1978)
1. Stayin' Alive 2. I've Gottta Get A Message To You 3. To Love Somebody 4. Jive Talkin' 5. Massachusetts 6. Run To Me 7. Night Fever 8. New York Mining Disaster 1941 9. Lonely Days 10. How Deep Is Your Love
Best Albums :
* Bee Gees First (1967) * Odessa (1969) * Saturday Night Fever (1977) [with other artists] * Spirits Having Flown (1979)
Sad news on Robin Gibb. The Bee Gees remain one of my favourite acts of the past. My fave ballads: 1) How Deep Is Your Love, 2) Too Much Heaven, 3) How Can You Mend A Broken Heart My fave disco tracks: 1) You Should Be Dancing, 2) Night Fever, 3) Stayin' Alive
Heard that earlier today...though i'm not a fan of Darryl Cotton (my dad had this terrible greatest hits cassette he used too always play... just he's solo gear...not Zoot...lol)....RIP too an Australian music icon.
G'day, yesterday the most famous "World Music" musician passed away after complications during surgery.....this being the great Ravi Shankar (aged 92).
Ravi an Indian sitar player became the most famous exponent of "world music" during the 1960's (and beyond), through he's connection with The Beatles (especially George Harrison [he was George's sitar teacher]), he's incredible performances at The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969 and he's ground breaking album of 1968 "Sounds Of India".
He single handedly popularized eastern music in western pop culture. A massive talent and a beautiful soul, will be sadly missed. R.I.P.
Very sad It was only just a few weeks ago he was talking to the commentators during the Test matches and saying how he was going in for treatment. He had such a positive outlook on the whole situation. He will be missed.
In more Cricket news, Mike Hussey has retired from Interational cricket.
Keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, Ray Manzarek has passed away in Germany last night after complications with bile duct cancer. He was 74.... Very sad...The Doors are one of my fav bands.... R.I.P Ray Last edited:
Probably the worst celebrity death I've had to encounter, due to me being such a fan of the show & the cast - he was a man who tried his hardest to kick his addiction but unfortunately ultimately lost. Very sad.. RIP Cory Monteith, a true talent and role model.
So sad to hear this morning of the passing of Lou Reed, one of my fav musicians ever....
He's work with The Velvet Underground through the 1960's and solo work through the 1970's is some of the most influential and highly regarded music ever recorded. Will be sadly missed.... R.I.P. Lou Reed
It's not often a human that graces this planet can leave such a profound effect on the conscience of all...
A man with undeniable qualities of honesty, dignity, passion, mercy, love and all for freedom....something that is taken for granted by far too many people....these are qualities that every person should strive for and aspire too.
Thankyou Nelson Mandela for everything you did too make this planet a better place.
Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers has passed away aged 74 after complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A massive influence on the course of contemporary music with many classic hits with his brother. Will be sadly missed...Bye, Bye Love
very sad news indeed, i've always regarded The Angels as one of the most under rated bands in Australia ever and Doc as one of the best front men to come out of this country. Even though there day in the sun was over nearly two decades ago they will never be the same without Doc.
Yesterday another Australian rock icon sadly passed away, Jim Keays lead singer of The Masters Apprentices who had such classic hits as "Because I Love You", "Turn Up Your Radio", "Living In A Child's Dream", "Think About Tomorrow Today" & "Undecided". After a long battle with cancer Keays succumbed to the disease age 67.
One of the greatest composers ever in contemporary music!!!...he's songs composed with Carole King are amongst some of the most well know and highly regarded of the1960's....there are many, many classic composition's throughout this period by this duo...."The Brill Building" golden era of sound gave the decade a wonderful underline from the more obvious artists/composers of the day....
Sad day for anyone who really digs early Pop/Rock music...
And R.I.P. Rick Mayall... loved everything that guy did, hilarious man... and yeah Beanster we are getting old...I had some young people at work say to me "what is The Young Ones"....Nooooooo!!!!!
Legendary Blues guitarist Johnny Winter has passed away at the age of 70. Easily one of the most incredible guitarists too walk the planet, a huge influence on all of he's peers...Richards, Hendrix, Lennon etc.... R.I.P.
R.I.P. Tommy Ramone also... very sad... love the Ramones...
I know it's not really music related but my heart goes out to all the people who lost loved ones this morning on flight MH17, such an atrocity for this day in age but I guess the world was never the same after 911. Just kinda scary at to what this could mean in the whole scale of things especially with Russia involved, also what's happening in Israel it's a pretty tense time atm
It is sad to hear about the terrible incidents which Malaysian Airlines is facing with the loss of two planes. The world is turning unsafe for innocent people. Israel's intensive attacks on Gaza infrastructure has taken many lives. It is very depressing when you hear such news.
Of all celebrity deaths this has affected me the most. Some celebrities like Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson have affected me but i didn't really grow up listening to or watching their work. Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire were movies that i grew up watching and i'll never be able to watch either the same way now
RIP to acclaimed British actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough (1923-2014). Best known for his roles in films such as Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park. Passed away today, 5 days short of his 91st birthday. Last edited:
R.I.P. Richard Attenborough, not only was he a fine actor he was a conservationist like his brother and gave so much of his time and energy for the betterment of the globe and it's environment. Will be sadly missed...
There still doesn't seem to be a lot of information on her death but from what I know it was supposedly suicide. It's always very sad to hear about a death, but especially so with someone so young and that it was suicide. R.I.P. Simone and R.I.P. Joan Rivers too
Rest in peace Joan Rivers. Your comic genius is legendary and your legacy will live on. Thank you for the laughter you have brought to us.
Also rest in peace Simone Battle. I have tweeted about this before but I think it's such a loss and so sad to lose someone so young, especially to suicide. Simone was very talented and I'm so sad that she has passed away so recently just as Ugly Heart had began to find success here and worldwide. Suicide is never something that shouldn't be taken seriously, and hopefully other people will take a cue from her death and seek help of they're battling personal issues, depression or are considering these motives.
Jack Bruce vocalist, composer and multi instrumentalist...and member of the 60's super group Cream has passed away from liver disease, aged 71. Bruce sung and wrote most of the groups biggest and most loved tunes. Very sad news indeed Last edited:
Legendary saxophonist Bobby Keys has passed away from liver complications aged 70. He was best known for his work with The Rolling Stones during the late 60's and early 70's; he also played with the likes of Buddy Holly, John Lennon, George Harrison & Eric Clapton throughout an amazing career. A huge under rated talent that will be missed by all rockers.
Ian McLagan keyboardist, songwriter & occasional vocalist has passed away aged 69 after suffering a stroke. Most famous has a member of the 60's mod band Small Faces which in turn became Faces through the 70's. Another sad loss for Rock & Roll.
. Right in going to say it, it's not directed at anyone or meant to cause a riot BUT... This thread is for death of music related people. At some point it changed to anyone that made the news which in reality I don't really care for as I come here for lots of things music related.
To be fair, this is in the General Discussion section. If it had to be music-related, it would be in the appropriate section as such. Besides, the first post on this thread was for someone who was predominantly an actor anyway.
To be fair, this is in the General Discussion section. If it had to be music-related, it would be in the appropriate section as such. Besides, the first post on this thread was for someone who was predominantly an actor anyway.
1: zacco333 you changed it with the woman who voiced Edna from the Simpsons 27/10/2013.
16/09/2009 the thread was created and it mentions artists so for 4 years it was music based then it changed.
2; irelander the thread sections did not exist when this thread was created it was just lumped into the category.
So I'm going back on what I said..it is about someone. It's about zacco who pointed out I made s comment on Joan rivers and I wasn't even the original poster. Reading back looking at the thread it's just become seriously fucking retarded especially knowing it all started with Edna from the Simpsons. By the way irelander bouncing back with the same comment which isn't fair at all it doesn't even make sense has pissed me right off. My engine has started and I'll tell you now I am not gonna put up with this serious fucking crap bring it.
I'd just like to point out that in 2011, before I even knew this site existed bulion posted: "I know she wasn't a singer, but people of this ranking don't pass away every day..." with a link to actress Elizabeth Taylor
I must say I was a little annoyed by the Sydney siege making its way here. I'm always interested when there's a new post to see who has passed on.
I did start this thread to honour music artists, and Patrick Swayze did kick off the list for his contribution to the charts. Had he not had a Top Ten hit, he would not have been the first post. Even Joan Rivers made the Australian charts (I'm pretty sure) with an album in the 80's (it got to, like, #81, or something), and Robin Williams had a few albums in the charts at some time. However, the Sydney siege victims, with all due respect, did not chart in Australia, and so have no place here. Their place is on TheAge.com etc, and I gave them my time throughout the day. Aus-charts is my escape from all that bad stuff.
We were bombarded with tributes for Philip Hughes, and the Sydney victims all over the place. It seems members here just wanted to be "the one" who posted a new tragedy in this thread. I'm more interested in the posts about a keyboardist from whatever band that is not brought to the public's attention by the news.
We have no control over who posts here, but with respect to the members who have joined this site for its music content, it would be nice to keep it relevant.
Singer Lesley Gore who had a #1 in Australia with the track "It's My Party" in 1963, has passed away aged 68 overnight. The cause of her death is lung cancer I believe. R.I.P. to Lesley and all others that have been mentioned since I last commented
I understand that people feel passionate about subjects, and there are other ways to express yourself without having to swear, in life and ON THESE THREADS.
If you wanna tussle it out, then do so in the chat room, but petty fighting, bickering about opinions or posts and/or swearing in posts will see people dismissed or partially banned from using the site.
Stefan and I keep an eye on these things and when complaints start coming in about abuse, swearing or bullying it could be seen as a sign that somebody might get kicked off the site. We have all had abuse/abusers in our lives, we don't need it in here.
I'm standing by my words. If anyone took a jab at me whether it be online or in person there going to get the same response.
I chose to swear because I "tussled" it out in the chat forum which obviously didn't do anything.
I've expressed myself politely enough. Being maliciously targeted on my posts regardless of their topic or in-boxed just because one doesn't like me for whatever reason is just not good enough.
I'm getting extremely agitated with not being able to just log in & read, post & discuss music charts. Clearly if I have to express my frustration via an explicit post it's because I've had enough of the childish antics of some members.
This thread is titled "In Memoriam", not "In Memoriam of Musicians"...
Though I've only posted respects to musicians, actors and a freedom fighter on here (and a sportsman...hahaha...)...I have no problem with people showing respect to know figures (anyone in the field of arts, social figures who make a difference), yet posting about the death of ordinary folk caught up in tragedies...is a tad extreme...
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How bout we stop this. I'm getting a bit tired of a death causing an onslaught of what we should be posting here, rather than celebrating and honouring their lives.
Poor Spock's death seemed a bit lost in the controversy of the thread.
I think this site is all about pop culture, and so, such deaths should be posted. I can't say I would approve of sporting deaths here, but I would be contradicting myself to say "no" as we do have a thread about sports. But leave the politicians, everyday folk, etc. to The Age or [insert local newspaper here].
Oh dear, now I have posted another irrelevant post to the spirit of this thread.
I only posted about the deaths of the Sydney Siege victims because the Malaysian Airlines incident was posted about and drew no criticsm from anyone, so I was under the impression that this would be a non-issue and I'm disappointed that it has turned into an unnecessarily big issue and that these concerns were not expressed until when it was considering that many deaths unrelated to music had been posted about before. Could've saved a whole lot of unnecessary arguing as well as unsettling and aggressive comments directed at both myself and others.
What Joe has said seems to be the most logical solution in my opinion and I have no problem abiding by those rules if they are put in place. Even if this is a music site this thread IS in the general discussion thread as previously stated and there are many non-music related threads on this site so it would be fair to assume any deaths are relevant to post here. Obviously the last few months of posts has outlined what people believe should and shouldn't be posted here, but maybe a forum section move or a guidelines type thing in the OP would help solve this problem?
I'd hate to see this site tainted over what is an easily solvable issue and don't want this thread to be derailed even further and turn into an argument that's longer than it already is. I hope we can all solve this issue and move on to focusing our energy on more important and positive things on the site
@Beanster Maybe not in those exact words, but NateBoi and chri8topher expressed their concerns over the posting of non-music related deaths after my post about the Sydney Siege victims and had the view that posting of those deaths is not relevant to the thread and shouldn't be allowed. Unless I'm reading this all wrong?
I just wanted to add my (rather long) two cents to the discussion, given that MY post was the one that sparked the initial issue of what deaths should and should not be posted in this thread. Your second point is correct that until that moment there was nothing saying I couldn't make this post, if there were I doubt I would have considered posting such a thing.
I would like some consensus on the issue so we can avoid arguments in the future as it just makes me sad that we already over 20 posts in the past few months regarding it when it could've been solved when the issue was initially brought to attention. There are obviously members who have strong feelings either for or against the posting of any deaths so while it's hard to please everyone, it would be good if we could at least please as many as possible. I would be happy if any death (within reason of course) could be posted about in the thread or if we follow joe's suggestion. But if a consensus was reached that only deaths relevant to music should be posted, I'm happy to accept that and move on from all of this
Okay, so on the 16-12-2014 I voiced what was on my mind regarding this thread.
When the thread was created 16-09-2009 it was aimed towards the death of any who had some showing on the Australian Charts. Looking back then there wasn't any focus outside of the music scope.
We need to remember that "threads" for this site weren't originally in categories. As the site expanded different ideas spawned creating different topics.
The core of this site is music. That's what it boils down to. We come here for our personal music charts, the official chart, music reviews, endless games around music. If I wanted to see who passed in general I could utilise the death page in Wikipedia.
Focusing on chart related death's I think is the best option. I am happy to move away from this if overall people don't agree. Change happens whether you like or not. It's good to see discussion.
I feel though that maybe this issue continues to rear it's head because of Chris A is dissatisfied in general with the happenings overtime. Hopefully all this input means we can resolve it.
Only reared its head again cause I created a thread away from here and it got moved back again so I guess I did the wrong thing , Then Zacco & Beanster started the discussion on it, so please don't bring my name into this conversation, It's nothing to do with me. Last edited:
As an important historical figure in Australia, I believe that we should recognise that today we mourn the passing of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser . Famous for his commitments to Australia's multi-culturalism, the 22nd PM passed away peacefully in his home today - he was 84 years old.
Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown has died of liver cancer aged 71. The band enjoyed three Top Ten hits in Australia during the 70's and 80's, including the iconic "You Sexy Thing" which saw a mini-revival in the charts in 1998 courtesy of "The Full Monty".
Complete Hot Chocolate Charting Singles 1. EMMA (1974 - #6, 23 weeks) 2. YOU SEXY THING (1976 - #4, 26 weeks) 3. SO YOU WIN AGAIN (1977 - #12, 30 weeks) 4. EVERY ONE'S A WINNER (1978 - #12, 21 weeks) 5. GIRL CRAZY (1982 - #9, 22 weeks) 6. I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN (1979 - #12, 21 weeks) 7. IT STARTED WITH A KISS (1982 - #15, 21 weeks) 8. HEAVEN IS IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY CADILLAC (1977 - #32, 20 weeks) 9. BROTHER LOUIE (1973 - #25, 13 weeks) 10. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT (1980 - #56, 12 weeks) 11. CHERI BABE (1975 - #68, 7 weeks) 12. PUT YOUR LOVE IN ME (1978 - #90, 5 weeks) 13. A CHILD'S PRAYER (1975 - #92, 3 weeks) 14. CHANCES (1983 - #85, 3 weeks)
Blues legend B.B. King has passed away aged 89. He passed away in his sleep after a long battle with a diabetes-related illness. Incredibly sad news for the music world, one of the true greats. R.I.P. Last edited:
Ornette Coleman is super sad.... what an amazing Jazz musician (in my opinion only second to Coltrane as the greatest saxophonist ever)... nearly single handily created "Avant-garde" free form jazz in the late 50's and early 60's... Last edited:
Very sad news indeed. And apart from his success with the Titanic project on the ARIA chart. He also managed to chart as a song writer with the hit Somewhere Out There and being sampled by DJ Sakin in Protect Your Mind.
A great composer who created many memorable themes. I will miss seeing his name in the opening credits of movies.
Stevie Wright the frontman for the iconic Australian band The Easybeats passed away yesterday aged 68. Incredibly sad news... will be blasting all my Easybeat albums and Stevie's classic 1974 album "Hard Road" today... R.I.P.
Among her hits were three singles that seemed to stick around the charts forever, without hitting (or barely hitting) the Top 30. But of course, her big success was "Unforgettable With Love", a tribute to her father, Nat King Cole, that gave her her biggest hit, and a few Grammy Awards.
NATALIE COLE'S BIGGEST HITS:
1. UNFORGETTABLE (with Nat "King" Cole) (1991 - #2, 20 weeks) 2. PINK CADILLAC (1988 - #6, 20 weeks) 3. MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY (1989 - #34, 30 weeks) 4. THIS WILL BE (1975 - #28, 23 weeks) 5. WILD WOMEN DO (1990 - #37, 27 weeks) 6. SOMEONE THAT I USED TO LOVE (1980 - #78, 11 weeks) 7. WHEN I FALL IN LOVE (with Nat "King" Cole) (1996 - #61, 6 weeks) 8. EVERLASTING (1988 - #86, 3 weeks)
I loved Pink Cadillac back in the day and I remember the big deal that was made when she released Unforgettable. It was a big deal to duet with a dead person. Nowadays it's no big deal to do what she did.
Surprised with the low peak for Wild Women Do though. Incredible, I honestly thought it peaked in the Top 20.
Australian born Robert Stigwood passed away yesterday aged 81.
Stigwood founded Reaction Records & RSO Records, along with managing the worlds first supergroup Cream and later the Bee Gees. He also produced records for Cream, Bee Gees, The Who, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton along with numerous others.
Along with music management and production he also produced many stage shows and films.
A huge loss to the world of performing arts... R.I.P.
That's a tremendous loss to the music industry as you'll never get another experimental artist whose not afraid to do something different again.There will only ever be one david bowie and we will be greatly lost without him
This is most surprising Bowie always seemed like a spirit from a different dimension, not particularly bound to our human plane, like he could wisp away at any moment should he desire. But he never did, he kept up with his muse, making music from another world until the end.
His music never affected my life,but you always know the name. Reading stories about him and who he was as a person at this late hour is making me wanna cry. You think in your mind somewhere that these people will love forever,but when they pass so soon it's a reminder to treasure the moments we have. R.I.P (Rock In Peace)
I share Jesse77 comment. I was never into his music or him as an artist but always knew who he was.
I am finding the posts he is getting even from my friends on FB rivals one of the most popular artists to have ever passed away. Even on this site, most artists are lucky to get 5 posts from members when they pass away but my post is about the 15th one he has gotten. Guess it's fair to put him in Legend status.
Shattered is an understatement, I thought when MJ passed nothing would come close until Madonna leaves us but Bowie did span nearly 6 decades on the music scene plus was one of the most influential figures in pop culture and fashion of the 70's. A chameleon of the galactic world, David Robert Jones you will be sorely missed.
Another megastar dead at 69 from cancer... and it's always in threes, they say.
RIP Alan Rickman - outstanding performances across all fields that he did. Snape was the professor you loved to hate, and his performance in Dogma I also enjoyed a lot. Will be bittersweet watching the new alice in wonderland movie later this year, hearing his voice one more time.
While I'll almost certainly remember him best for Harry Potter, my favourite performance of his is one that I doubt any of the members here are even aware of. It is from the project, Beckett on Film, where in the play, 'Play' he played a damned man in hell, unaware of his surroundings and stuck in his own painful memories, which he would never escape from. I was lucky enough to encounter the piece in school where the class analysed the piece in our study of absurdist theatre.
He was capable of playing a varied assortment of characters, and his vast range of talents was rare and something I'll never forget
Paul Kantner one of the co-founders, composers, guitarists and occasional vocalist for the iconic 60's psychedelic group Jefferson Airplane, has passed away yesterday aged 74 after multiple organ failure after suffer a heart attack earlier in the week.
Kantner was one of the pioneers of the San Francisco psychedelic sound of the mid-late 60's, which is still influencing artists today. He also found success as Jefferson Airplane developed rocket boosters with Jefferson Starship in the 70's and Starship in the 80's.
Another giant in contemporary music is gone...R.I.P.
Deeply saddened by the passing of Sir George Martin, I once had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back. He was a wonderfully humble and genuine soul. The impact he had on the career of The Beatles is indescribable, he was and will always be in my mind the "Fifth Beatle". A massive, massive loss to the music community, his productions will live on forever. R.I.P.
Like Bowie I do not know his catalogue too extensively nor am I a huge fan, but I do enjoy pretty much everything I know. Anyway, like Bowie we've lost another music legend and this is a very sad day and yet another sad loss for 2016. Horrible news to wake up to. R.I.P. Prince
This doesn't need its own thread but I've found an old Prince CD-ROM disc from 1995 and I've copied it to an .iso file. I don't remember much about the disc but it's called Prince Interactive and it's for Windows 3.x, which probably requires emulation in DOSBox to run properly and possibly the disc being mounted onto a virtual drive as well (I recommend Daemon Tools Lite for that). The disc's multimedia files, however, can be extracted directly from the .iso file with a program such as WinRAR (which is recommended for this two-part download).
Muhammad Ali was more than just a great sportsman (three time World Champion & Olympic gold medallist[Rome 1960]), he was a strong civil rights and social activist... Promoting love, peace, understanding and acceptance for all walks of life... and fought against oppression, segregation & prejudice.
When people use their position/fame/celebrity or whatever for positive influences on a very troubled world, it's hard not to admire them... especially during the very turbulent social/political period that was the USA of the late 1960's - early 1970's.
What an amazing person, will be sadly missed... yet he's legacy will live on forever. "Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee". R.I.P.
P.S. Don't look into his recorded music material/career... it's not that much chop... hahahaha Last edited:
It's said every time a death happens but 2016 has been horrendous for musician and other famous people's deaths. I feel like this thread doesn't go long without somebody bumping it with a new death. R.I.P. to all those that have died since I last commented in this thread
I know how you feel Billy. This is some Prince/Bowie-level shit. The end of this year really can't come fast enough! Hopefully we can bring Carrie Fisher with us into 2017 (she is now in a stable condition). R.I.P. George. You were Amazing. My Top 20 singles of his...
1. Too Funky (1992) 2. Fastlove (1996) 3. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go [Wham!] (1984) 4. Jesus to a Child (1996) 5. Careless Whisper (1984) 6. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) [with Aretha Franklin] (1987) 7. Shoot the Dog (2002) 8. Outside (1998) 9. Flawless (Go to the City) (2004) 10. Last Christmas [Wham!] (1984) 11. Amazing (2004) 12. Freedom 90 (1990) 13. Jive Talkin' [with Boogie Box High] (1987) 14. Freeek! (2002) 15. Spinning the Wheel (1996) 16. I'm Your Man [Wham!] (1985) 17. Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (1993) 18. Somebody to Love [with Queen] (1993) 19. Faith (1987) 20. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me [with Elton John] (1991)
Carrie Fisher is probably the most significant death to me this year honestly. More or less because I didn't just love her work, but genuinely looked up to her as a role model. She was unashamedly mentally ill, she aged and she gained weight and she told the world that if they didn't like it, screw them.
Going into 2017 I'll be looking often towards her words and her contributions, and continue to be inspired by her. Star Wars VIII is going to be hard - she finished filming all her scenes for it. It's going to be her last role.
RIP Carrie Fisher, in 2008 she asked her that her obituary read that she drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.
I don't know whether any of you read the Dead Rock Stars Club site (http://www.thedeadrockstarsclub.com) as a source, but the owner of the site has rather uncharacteristically not updated it since the start of September (it was always previously updated every few days), leading to some speculating that he himself is now dead too in the guestbook (how quaint).
I just read in the guestbook there (also on wikipedia) that the guy behind Braingbug ('Nightmare' was a hit here in 1997) died in November during a concert, aged 57. Last edited:
Did Debbie Reynolds achieve success on our music charts? I was surprised to learn she had a #1 hit on the US charts with the song Tammy from her movie Tammy and The Bachelor. It held the peak for 5 weeks.
I don't know exactly how we missed this, but just over a month ago, Joni Sledge (one-fourth of popular '70s disco sister-group Sister Sledge - famous for their 1979 hit "We Are Family") was found dead in her home, aged 60.
That's really sad to hear. I've always loved his voice.
This thread should be renamed 'Oh god, who's dead now?' Anyway, here's my Top 10 Linkin Park songs...
1. In the End (2001) 2. Points of Authority [Remix] (2002) 3. A Light That Never Comes [with Steve Aoki] (2013) 4. Numb (2003) 5. Breaking the Habit (2004) 6. Burn it Down (2012) 7. Heavy [feat. Kiiara] (2017) 8. Somewhere I Belong (2003) 9. What I've Done (2007) 10. One Step Closer (2001)
Marty Sklar, who was an Imagineer for Walt Disney theme parks and resorts, passed away at the age of 83. He helped design the Enchanted Tiki Room, It's a Small World, and helped create Epcot. He later supervised the construction of Tokyo Disneyland, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney California Adventure, among others, before he retired on July 17, 2009.
Country music legend Don Williams has died, aged 78. Perhaps best known for his crossover hit in 1980 "I Believe In You", which was later covered (either that or it just has suspiciously similar lyrics) by Kylie Minogue in 2004.