Inhe was asked by Minnesota Democrats to run for the Senate again, stepping in after Senator Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash days before Election Day. He narrowly lost to Republican Norm Coleman. He was gracious to the end: "We fought the good fight, and every one of us should feel good about that," he said. The sweep of his rock ballads stemmed from his early fascination with opera.
While at Amherst College in the late s he composed and starred in "Dream Engine" which he later described as "a three-hour rock epic with tons of nudity". He also cowrote "Rhinegold," a take on Wagner's Ring Cycle. On his website, jimsteinman. Rock and opera both make huge gestures, they're both about extremes in content and form.
Each puts incredible physical demands on a performer. And each of them has a great mix of the sublime and the ridiculous, heroism and humor. Seems to me that people's barriers to enjoying both have more to do with sociology than actual music and performances.
He proved memorable even though he had no dialogue at least nothing that was decipherable by a non-Addams. Born in Italy, Silla was a trapeze artist, acrobat and horse rider who toured with the Ringling Bros. In he talked with the British Film Institute about his initial fears of doing a Roman Polanski project which fell apart before filming set in ancient Pompeii, featuring a cast "wrapped in sheets.
I didn't know how to make it interesting," Powell said. Any job, even if you think you can't do it, once you start working on it, something happens. For more than seven decades, through socio-economic upheavals, wars, a dwindling of empire, and withering family scandals, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh June 10, April 9,husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was Britain's longest-serving consort. He provided support to the woman who began her reign at the age of 25, through a period of history when the British royal family was forced to reinvent itself to accommodate the public's more inquisitive view of the monarchy, as well as the British press' increasingly skeptical view of the House of Windsor.
Born into the Greek royal family, with ancestors of Danish, German and Russian extraction he was himself a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoriathe athletic Philip gave up a promising naval career when Elizabeth became queen, but nonetheless fulfilled more than 22, royal engagements during his career — promoting U. He worked for decades to support the World Wildlife Fund, and served as its international president from to And while he always walked a step or two behind his queen, Philip played a prominent part in raising their four children, including his eldest, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.
He managed the royal estate, painted, and collected modern art. But he once said, "the arts world thinks of me as an uncultured, polo-playing clot.
In his later years, Philip acquired the image of an elderly, philosophical observer of the times, who maintained a military bearing while speaking his mind. Blunt, impatient and demanding, he was occasionally criticized for making racist or sexist remarks.
To a friend's suggestion that he ease up a bit on his royal responsibilities, the prince is said to have replied, "Well, what would I do? Sit around and knit? But inwhen he turned 90, Philip told the BBC he was "winding down" his workload, reckoning that he had "done my bit.
Using a trademark delivery often paired with growls, barks and "What! But he also struggled with drug addiction, and spent about 30 stints in jail, beginning at age In a interview with GQ magazine DMX talked about his relationship with his mother, who had violently abused him as a child: "I think a lot of people Album) with forgiving their parents.
In fact, I personally struggle with forgiving my parents. But until you learn how to forgive others, you can't forgive yourself. You can't forgive yourself if you don't know how to forgive. In Beatts told writer Joy Press author of a book on women in television, "Stealing the Show" that working in the male-dominated worlds of comedy and TV was an exercise in self-defense: "I was going to work harder and stay up longer," she said.
Just to be a regular woman was not a role that was recognized. A man has to invade a small country to be called aggressive, but with a woman, if she hangs up the phone on someone, that's it. Infollowing an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Dickerson explained the ethos of the group, which was multi-ethnic and blended multiple genres of music, to the New York Post: "We contribute to each other spiritually, and that's what we are trying to project — the dude in the street selling papers, the dude working at the steel mill, again, everybody.
Years after leaving War inDickerson reunited with other founding members to tour under the name Lowrider Band. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry June 3, March 25, wove tales of the American West both historic and contemporary, which depicted characters who were often shaped by the rugged, hard-scrabble landscapes of the frontier, their personas worn down into raw, unguarded emotions.
Born into a family of ranchers, McMurtry wrote his first novel at the age of As a screenwriter he shared an Academy Award nomination for the script of "The Last Picture Show," based on his coming-of-age novel set in a small Texas town, and shared an Oscar for the script of "Brokeback Mountain," the film, based on an Annie Proulx short story, that starred Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as cowboys who fall in love.
In McMurtry explained to "Sunday Morning" correspondent Rita Braver his method of working — banging away on one of his nine Hermes typewriters, every day, regardless of weekend or vacation. I don't think about it. I do it at the same time every day, and whatever process I have starts when I hit the keys and stops when I get to the end of five pages.
He told Braver he wasn't bothered by fans who might object to the spinner of western tales writing about gay cowboys. You know, you need strength. Love is not easy. If you find it, it's not easy. If you don't find it, it's not easy. It's not easy if you find it, but it doesn't work out … The strong survive, but not everybody is the strong, and many people don't. Author Beverly Cleary April 12, March 25, was something of a late starter, writing her first children's book, "Henry Huggins," when she was in her early 30s.
For the next five decades, Cleary contributed more than three dozen children's and young adult novels about "kids like them," that were both reminiscent of her childhood in Portland, Ore. Cleary wrote two long-running series, each featuring Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby who appeared in the first Huggins novel, and would star in eight books of her own. Henshaw," the touching story of a lonely boy who corresponds with a children's book author, won the John Newbery Medal.
Cleary also wrote two autobiographical books for young readers: "A Girl from Yamhill" about her childhoodand "My Own Two Feet" about the years leading up to her literary career. I think it comes from living in isolation on a farm the first six years of my life where my main activity was observing.
The resume of Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter January 31, March 23, was characterized as that of a character actress, although she excelled in the lead role of a psychotic radio station caller in the Clint Eastwood thriller "Play Misty for Me.
A graduate of New York's High School of the Performing Arts, Walter had established a stage career by her early 20s, making her Broadway debut in "Advise and Consent," and appearing most recently in the revival of "Anything Goes. With her second husband, actor Ron Leibman, she starred on stage in Neil Simon's "Rumors," and they shared voice work as husband and wife on the animated series "Archer," parents of the eponymous spy.
It's interesting and challenging to find the levels that make them characters you love to hate. He was best known as a comic actor playing lovable jerks, as well as a banjo player, strumming with the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band. By the time we were shooting, we were all very comfortable in our roles. In Segal told Variety" I've always considered myself to be a lucky person.
When I'm asked about the ups-and-downs of my career, I mainly see a lucky guy. Glynn Lunney November 27, March 19,who had helped devise the complex flight rules used to govern America's space missions throughout the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, and who became NASA's fourth flight director, went on duty moments after the Apollo 13 spacecraft exploded on its way to the moon in He would play a pivotal role in bringing the three-man crew safely back to Earth.
He also led the flight control team when Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin blasted off from the moon; managed the first joint U. Kennedy's call for Americans to land astronauts on the moon before the end of the decade. He described the declaration as "semi-crazy. Mercury was a 2,pound ship. And you know, what we had to deal with was gettingpounds in Earth orbit to get started. But, he said, "people stepped up to it. It was a wonderful thing to see because everybody in the program knew what their job was, and they knew they had to make it work.
That happened everywhere. And it was a wonderful thing to see how well Americans did pooling together our resources and our talents and inventing a whole new world of space operations.
A descendent of Cameroonian royalty on his father's side, the Bronx-raised Yaphet Kotto November 15, March 15, brought a charisma and air of gravitas to his film and TV roles. In Kotto told The Big Issue he tried to avoid playing the part of the Bond villain as a stereotype: "That was the danger of that role. When I read that script, I said, man, if this is played the wrong way… I had to play Kananga in a way that was so believable you became mesmerized.
You see a guy who is completely together — almost as together as James Bond himself. Of his time shooting "Alien," Kotto recalled the scene in which an alien creature incubating inside John Hurt's chest suddenly makes an appearance.
He had a forewarning that something dramatic was planned when the crew showed up wearing head-to-toe protective gear. Of the terror he expressed, he said, "I would like to take credit for that acting, but I was in shock. But it was his groundbreaking performance in "Alien" — a Black actor with a heroic role in a big-budget science-fiction film — that left the biggest mark for Kotto.
Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream" speech, when a tour bus of Japanese schoolchildren pulled up. They recognized the actor, shouting "Alien. I was now known throughout the world. The movie opened the door up for women — never before in the history of movies had we seen a heroic woman do what Sigourney [Weaver] did.
And so today, we see women and African Americans in those heroic roles. One of the great middleweights in boxing history, Marvelous Marvin Hagler May 23, March 13, fought on boxing's biggest stages against its biggest names, as he, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran dominated the middleweight classes during the s. Quiet with a brooding public persona, Hagler fought 67 times over 14 years as a pro out of Brockton, Mass.
He fought with a proverbial chip on his shoulder, convinced that boxing fans and promoters alike didn't give him his proper due. He was so upset that he wasn't introduced before a fight by his nickname of "Marvelous" that he went to court to legally change his name.
I live it. Hagler once stopped Hearns in an epic fight at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that still lives in boxing lore despite lasting less than eight minutes. Two years later he was so disgusted after losing a decision to Leonard stolen, he claimed, by the judges that he never fought again.
He moved to Italy to act, and never really looked back. During more than 30 years on network television, starting with CBS inveteran newsman Roger Mudd February 9, March 9, covered Congress, elections and political conventions and was a frequent anchor and contributor. Ted Kennedy announced his attempt to challenge then-President Carter for the Democratic presidential nomination. In that report, Mudd asked the Massachusetts senator a simple question: "Why do you want to be president?
As Mudd told viewers: "On the stump Kennedy can be dominating, imposing and masterful, but off the stump, in personal interviews, he can become stilted, elliptical and at times appear as if he really doesn't want America to get to know him.
He wrote a memoir, "The Place To Be," and in an April "NewsHour" interview he said he "absolutely loved" keeping tabs on the nation's senators and representatives, "all of them wanting to talk, great access, politics morning, noon and night, as opposed to the White House, where everything is zipped up and tightly held.
Six decades ago, two housemates in Brooklyn Heights, New York, dreamed up a children's adventure story about a bored boy named Milo, "who didn't know what to do with himself — not just sometimes, but always. Author Norton Juster June 2, March 8,joined by his friend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrator Jules Feiffer, told "Sunday Morning" correspondent Rita Braver in that back in no one expected "Phantom Tollbooth" to materialize into anything: "'The vocabulary's too difficult,'" Juster recalled the attitude.
Kids would not get any of the word play and punning' Juster dreamed up the story while working at an architectural firm, and even after writing "Phantom Tollbooth" stuck with architecture and urban planning, co-founding the firm Juster Pope Associates, in Shelburne Falls, Mass.
But his stories managed to combine the precision and structure of engineering with his love for the absurd. It was adapted by Chuck Jones into an Oscar-winning animated short. A planned book on urban planning, which was supplanted by his work on "Phantom Tollbooth," never materialized. Frustrated with handling loose spools of recording tape, Dutch engineer Lou Ottens June 21, March 6, tasked his product development team at Philips to develop a contained cartridge for tape that could be recorded and played back without spilling its contents.
One directive: the player had to be small enough to fit in a pocket. The result: the compact cassette, whose small size allowed players to be portable. Introduced in the early s, cassettes became a worldwide phenomenon, with more than billion sold, both pre-recorded and blank on which fans could record their own music mixes.
Eventually, with Dolby processing, cassettes could beat other music technologies, like 8-track tapes, in fidelity. But its popularity would falter upon the introduction of another technology that Ottens helped develop: the digital compact disc. Olympic hockey team, whose victory match over the Soviet Union earned the title "Miracle on Ice.
The Soviet team, predominantly quasi-professional players, had won four consecutive Olympic Golds, and were heavily favored in their medal round match against what were, comparatively, a bunch of kids — college players and amateurs with an average age of In a pre-Olympic exhibition game, the Soviets trounced the U.
The Soviets, having replaced their goalkeeper, kept the Americans scoreless and led by the end of the second. Then, on a power play, the Americans tied the game and, with Pavelich's assist, Mike Eruzione shot what would be the winning goal of the match.
The U. Pavelich, a 5-foot-8, pound center, would spend five seasons with the New York Rangers and later with the Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharksfinishing with goals and assists in NHL regular-season games. In a game against Hartford, Pavelich scored five of the Rangers' 11 goals.
Though the "Miracle on Ice" team won fame, Pavelich balked at celebrity and guarded his privacy. When Eruzione, who became a Rangers broadcaster, asked Pavelich to do an interview for his many fanshe reportedly replied, "Rizzo, you know that's not important. The career of British-born humorist Tony Hendra July 10, March 4, ran the gamut from standup comedian, writer, author and actor to editor of the humor magazines National Lampoon and Spy.
Initially interested in becoming a monk, Hendra accepted a scholarship to Cambridge University, where he participated in satirical revues by the Footlights theatrical group, performing alongside future Monty Python members John Cleese and Graham Chapman.
Hendra most memorably appeared with Guest in the mockumentary "This is Spinal Tap," playing the heavy metal band's manager, Ian Faith, who wielded a cricket bat at opportune moments, and who asserted to his touring band members that Boston was "not a big college town. In a Associated Press interview Hendra said he often did not understand people who would quote dialogue from "Spinal Tap" to him, as he didn't remember his own lines — a lot of the script was improvised.
Civil rights activist, attorney and Washington insider Vernon Jordan August 15, March 1,who grew up in the segregated South, took a strategic view of race issues: "My view on all this business about race is never to get angry, no, but to get even," he told The New York Times in As a young clerk for civil rights attorney Donald Hollowell, Jordan — an imposing 6 feet 4 inches — could be seen in an iconic photo holding back a White mob that was trying to prevent the integration of classes at the University of Georgia.
Jordan served as field secretary for the Georgia office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In two years Jordan built new chapters, coordinated demonstrations, and boycotted businesses that would not employ Blacks. After entering private practice, Jordan became director of the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council, registering Black voters and helping elect Black officeholders.
In he became executive director of the United Negro College Fund, raising funds to aid students at historically Black colleges and universities, and soon after became president of the National Urban League the first lawyer to lead the organization. During his tenure, the Urban League added 17 more chapters, and broadened its focus to include voter registration drives and conflict resolution between Blacks and law enforcement.
In May he survived a murder attempt when a racist shot him in the back with a hunting rifle in Fort Wayne, Ind. Jordan had five surgeries during his months of recovery. His long friendship with Bill Clinton, which began in Arkansas in the s, landed the Washington lawyer and influencer the position of "first friend" when Clinton became president. While turning down the opportunity to become the nation's first Black attorney general after heading the Clinton transition team, Jordan served as an unofficial advisor and confidante — a role that was tarnished during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, when Jordan testified that his efforts to find the former intern a job were not in connection to the White House sex scandal.
In a speech at the National Press ClubJordan addressed some pundits' suggestions that civil rights advocates — those protesting against the immorality of injustice — ought not raise their voices about other issues like the environment, tax cuts or national economic policies that were, supposedly, outside their wheelhouse.
That is why we are concerned with tax cuts, with energy, with a multitude of issues some White people think are not the concern of Blacks. That is why we see our present efforts as being the logical outcome of those struggles for basic rights of the s. And that is why we insist there is a vital, moral component to the current struggle.
Electronics engineer and Navy veteran Kenneth C. Kelly Feb. His early work at Hughes Aircraft helped create guided missile systems and the ground satellites that tracked NASA space missions. But in the early s, he could not buy a house in the middle-class suburb of Gardena, Calif. Kelly and his wife Loretta later moved near California State University-Northridge, to be closer to his job, and again, the real estate agent wouldn't sell him the lot, so he had to repeat the demeaning experience of having White friends front the purchase.
Kelly would become president of the San Fernando Valley Fair Housing Council, lobbying authorities and going to court to prevent Whites-only advertising. He also became a realtor himself, helping many Black families move into suburbs in the s. Still, the engineer who couldn't buy a house on his own fostered advances in antenna designs that contributed to the race to the moon, made satellite TV and radio possible, and helped design robotic antennas for the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
His two-way antenna designs are featured in the massive Mojave Desert radiotelescopes that search for signs of extraterrestrial life. He also formed a society of Black scientists and engineers who launched science fairs and outreach programs to minority students in Los Angeles, which was booming with Black people fleeing the South in the post-war period. More down-to-Earth was his influence on the comic pages, corresponding with "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz to promote the inclusion of a Black character, Franklin, in the strip to promote racial harmony.
Kelly urged the cartoonist to treat the Black character as just another member of the Peanuts gang. The same persuasiveness had driven a young Kelly to successfully petition the Navy to allow him to take the engineering exam, despite being told Blacks could only serve as stewards to White officers.
I meet lots of people who are so pessimistic. I always thought I could. Writer, activist, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti March 24, February 22, was a San Francisco institution.
His influence extended from the beginnings of "Beat" poetry as a publisher he claims to have served as a "soul mate" for the movementto running one of the world's most famous bookstores, City Lights. Ferlinghetti was himself a poet, playwright, novelist, translator and painter. He called his style "wide open," and his work, influenced in part by e.
This despite the traumas of his childhood, his father dying five months before Ferlinghetti was born, his mother suffering a nervous breakdown two years later, eventually dying in a state hospital.
A haunting sense of loss followed him as he spent years moving among relatives, boarding homes and an orphanage, before he was taken in by a wealthy New York family, for whom his mother had worked as a governess. He would study journalism and literature, and served as a Navy commander stationed in Japan in He recalled witnessing the horrors of Nagasaki following the atomic bomb blast there, which he said made him an "instant pacifist.
Settling in San Francisco, he helped establish a meeting place for the city's literary movement. Ferlinghetti published Ginsberg's "Howl and Other Poems" ininviting arrest on an obscenity charge. Ferlinghetti won the case in court, and continued releasing works by Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Lew Welch, Diane di Prima and others. In his poem "Poetry as Insurgent Art" Ferlinghetti called on fellow writers and thinkers to create work capable of answering "the challenge of apocalyptic times":.
I am signaling you through the flames. The North Pole is not where it used to be. Manifest Destiny is no longer manifest. Civilization self-destructs. Nemesis is knocking at the door. What are poets for, in such an age? What is the use of poetry? The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.
In the early s, after watching heavy, "ugly" cars try to maneuver sandy beaches, Meyers designed an off-road vehicle that became an icon for California surfers, beach mavens and off-road racers: The dune buggy pictured. Constructed with a lightweight fiberglass body atop four over-sized wheels, with a pair of googly head lamps and a place to stash a surfboard, the Meyers Manx was an instant hit, and became even more so when Meyers' first dune buggy, dubbed Old Red, won a 1,mile off-road race in Mexico in record time.
More than 6, Meyers Manx dune buggies were built by B. In Road and Track Magazine called the Manx "one of the most significant and influential cars of all time … recognized as a genuine sculpture, a piece of art. After losing a court case to protect his design, Meyers shut his company infrustrated with his creation being ripped off, and operated a trading post in Tahiti for many years, before running a car company.
In Meyers described to Automobile magazine an invitation to France in where he was asked to attend a parade of dune buggies including many Manx copycats.
When he objected, explaining the pain of losing his patent in court, a car expert upbraided him: "He says, 'You've gotta change focus. You're worried about something that's happened a long time ago and it's killing you. There's a chemical in your body that will make you die sooner: anger. You put 'em there. They're yours. Stop thinking about that [other stuff], think about the smiling faces.
I took his other advice and we started the Manx Club … Every dune buggy is a piece of fun, and all the dune buggies, good or bad, they're part of the club — we allowed all copies in. For my enemies are now my friends. Not being pissed at all those people who you were pissed at is the greatest feeling.
Unload it. Throw it away. Cardiologist Dr. Bernard Lown June 7, February 16, earned renown as creator of the first effective heart defibrillator, a device which applied a jolt of direct-current electricity to a patient experiencing abnormal heart rhythms. But he won a Nobel Prize for Peace in as co-founder of the group International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which protested against the Cold War arms race and Album) testing of nuclear weapons.
He also founded a nonprofit, SatelLife USA, that launched a satellite to improve communications and training of medical personnel in Asia and Africa; and ProCor, an email and web network expanding medical information to developing nations. In Lown discussed with U. I think that you cannot heal the health care system without restoring the art of listening and of compassion. You cannot ignore the patient as a human being. A doctor must be a good listener. When you make a sauce, you have different ingredients.
And when I saw the band and the singer I thought, this is what we got. We got salsa. A virtuoso keyboardist, Chick Corea June 12, February 9, pushed the boundaries of numerous musical genres — jazz, fusion, Latin, classical — while working both with acoustic and electronic instruments. A prolific artist, Corea recorded nearly 90 albums, winning 23 Grammy Awards the most by any jazz artist and four Latin Grammys. Born just outside Boston, the son of a trumpeter and bandleader, Corea dropped out of both Columbia and Juilliard, and refused to be pigeonholed into any one category, as he told "Sunday Morning"'s Billy Taylor back in "If I can conceive of something with my imagination, why can't I do it?
In he talked with Jazz Times about the sense of fulfillment he experienced as a musician and composer as compared to many other professions: "Most people can't tell how their effort is being received.
I can see if I'm bringing people pleasure, if I'm inspiring anybody. When you do that, you're putting something good into the world. I believe that. A founding member of the Supremes along with Diana Ross and Florence BallardMary Wilson March 6, February 8, was part of a Motown Records powerhouse, which had a dozen 1 hits during the s. Their elegance, fashion and powerful voices helped define the style of the iconic record label.
The three singers, who had all grown up in Detroit, were still in their teens when they were signed by Berry Gordy in Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong byand Ross left the group inleaving Wilson as the sole original member by the time The Supremes broke up for good in Wilson followed up with two solo albums, and wrote several books, including the bestselling "Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme.
The writers and producers at Motown gave us the music and sound that people loved. And then there was the glamour. My whole life is like a dream. I tell you — if I were not a Supreme, I would want to be a Supreme. I'm living the dream. George Shultz December 13, February 6, held numerous government positions throughout his long career that spanned academia, business, policy think tanks, and Cabinet posts in Republican administrations. Eisenhower's Council of Economic Advisers. He would later hold the office of dean of the University of Chicago's business school, and was president of the construction and engineering company Bechtel Group from After the October bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed soldiers, Shultz worked tirelessly to end Lebanon's brutal civil war in the s.
He spent countless hours of shuttle diplomacy between Mideast capitals trying to secure the withdrawal of Israeli forces there. The experience led him to believe that stability in the region could only be assured with a settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and he set about on an ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful mission to bring the parties to the negotiating table, shaping the path for future administrations' Mideast efforts by legitimizing the Palestinians as a people with valid aspirations and a valid stake in determining their future.
Shultz also negotiated the first-ever treaty to reduce the size of the Soviet Union's ground-based nuclear arsenals despite fierce objections from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative.
The Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was a historic attempt to begin to reverse the nuclear arms race. A rare public disagreement between Reagan and Shultz came in when the president ordered thousands of government employees with access to highly classified information to take a "lie detector" test as a way to plug leaks of information.
Shultz told reporters, "The minute in this government that I am not trusted is the day that I leave. Shultz retained an iconoclastic streak, speaking out against several mainstream Album) policy positions.
He created some controversy by calling the war on recreational drugs, championed by Reagan, a failure, and raised eyebrows by decrying the longstanding U. I've learned much over that time, but looking back, I'm struck that there is Album) lesson I learned early and then relearned over and over: Trust is the coin of the realm. When trust was in the room, whatever room that was — the family room, the schoolroom, the locker room, the office room, the government room or the military room — good things happened.
When trust was not in the room, good things did not happen. Everything else is details. Canadian actor Christopher Plummer December 13, February 5,the great grandson of a former prime minister, caught the acting bug early, and earned praise for his stage roles while still in his teens. His other Broadway appearances include "J.
His performance earned him an Oscar, making him, at 82, the oldest Academy Award-winning actor ever. He was not just in demand, but extraordinarily nimble. Inwhen accusations of sexual predation led to the cutting of Kevin Spacey from the film "All the Money in the World," Plummer stepped into the role of J. Paul Getty, with just one month before the movie's L.
Director Ridley Scott spent nine days reshooting all of Spacey's scenes with Plummer, who wound up earning his third Oscar nomination. And in he starred in the comic thriller "Knives Out. In Leon Spinks July 11, — February 5,a gold medalist from the Olympic Games and a former Marine, was an unranked boxer who'd only had seven professional fights when he faced off against Muhammad Ali, who'd picked Spinks as an easy opponent.
Promoter Bob Arum told the Guardian that he thought Spinks was out-matched. But Spinks shocked the boxing world by beating Ali by split decision in a round fight, winning the heavyweight boxing title at age In a rematch seven months later, before a record indoor boxing crowd of 72, at New Orleans' Superdome and a national TV audience of an estimated 90 million, Ali regained the title. Spinks, with a big grin that often showed off his missing front teeth, was popular among boxing fans for both his win over Ali and his easygoing personality, and he continued fighting into the mids, ending his career with a record.
But he burned through his earnings quickly, and at one point after retiring was working as a custodian, cleaning locker rooms at a Nebraska YMCA. Spinks was found to have brain damage caused by a combination of taking punches to the head and heavy drinking, though he functioned well enough to do autograph sessions and other events late in his life.
He never meant any harm to anyone. In Rennie Davis May 23, February 2,a longtime peace activist, was a national director for the anti-war group Students for a Democratic Society, coordinating protests to be held at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He was among the 3, demonstrators who faced off against police and Illinois National Guardsmen in a bloody confrontation that an investigation later described as a "police riot.
Beaten on the head by cops, Davis pictured here center, with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin was taken to a hospital to get 13 stitches. He told "Sunday Morning" correspondent Tracy Smith in that he was hidden by medical staff: "The police realized that I was in the hospital because they knew I had been clubbed. And so, they started a search of the hospital, room by room by room. And most of the nurses — they could end their careers by what they did — they put me on a trolley cart and covered me with a sheet and moved me from room to room, to hide [me] from the police.
Ultimately, during the "Chicago Seven" trial inDavis and four co-defendants Rubin, Hoffman, Tom Hayden and David Dellinger were convicted of conspiracy to incite a riot, convictions that were late overturned by a federal appeals court. By the early s Davis became disillusioned with the more violent course the anti-war movement had taken. He moved to Colorado, where he studied and taught spirituality and entered the business world, selling life insurance and running a think tank that developed technologies for the environment.
He became both a venture capitalist and a lecturer on meditation and self-awareness. When she was five years old, Millie Hughes-Fulford December 21, February 2, was watching "Buck Rogers" and decided she wanted to be Wilma Deering, a female astronaut who piloted a spaceship while wearing pants.
Studying biology and plasma chemistry, Dr. Hughes-Fulford, a U. After spending nine days in orbit, she participated in a week-long study of how the body readjusts to gravity. She also oversaw space experiments in the late '90s investigating the causes of osteoporosis occurring in astronauts during space flights.
Hughes-Fulford later lobbied for the International Space Station, and worked on experiments in space that studied T-cell dysfunction in microgravity. A molecular biologist at the VA medical center in San Francisco, she became director of the laboratory that bears her name.
The last song to be developed was " Finish What Ya Started ", which Eddie and Hagar composed one night late into the production. However, the last track to which Hagar recorded his vocals was the eventual album opener "Mine All Mine", as he felt unsure about the lyrics.
The deeper metaphysical lyrics to "Mine All Mine" were rewritten seven times, with Hagar saying "it was the first time in my life I ever beat myself up, hurt myself, punished myself, practically threw things through windows, trying to write the lyrics. The working title was Bonewhich Alex hated. Hagar then decided on OU after seeing this on the side of a delivery truck on the freeway and finding it funny rumors persist, though, that the title was a disguised response to the title of David Lee Roth's solo album, Eat 'Em and Smile.
It was also scribbled on the cinderblock column on which is mounted the payphone that the cab drivers used in the TV sitcom Taxi The album's front cover is an homage to the classic cover of With the Beatles. The track listing on the back cover is arranged in alphabetical order, instead of in sequence on most releases. The album is dedicated to Eddie and Alex's father, Jan, who died on December 9,at the age of The inner linings of the album include the words, "This one's for you, Pa".
Reviews for OU were initially mixed. Robert Christgau rated the album a C in The Village Voicewhich signifies "a record of clear professionalism or barely discernible inspiration, but not both. But Sammy. If I can't claim the new boy owns them [ He said of "Source of Infection": "While Eddie Van Halen sprays you with a machine-gun succession of speed-metal-guitar arpeggios, Sammy Hagar sends out the party invitations with his usual savoir-faire — "Hey! All right! Nor did the band go — ugh!
In fact, all the -model Van Halen did was replace one mighty mouth with another and trot out some hip, new songwriting tricks. Erlewine stated that "when David Lee Roth fronted the band, almost everything that Van Halen did seemed easy — as big, boisterous, and raucous as an actual party — but Van Hagar makes good times seem like tough work here. In a music magazine interview published a few years after the release of the album, Eddie Van Halen expressed his opinion that the record was not mixed as well as he would have liked: "Sonically it was shit.
There has been speculation that the thin presence of bass guitar in the mix may be related to the Van Halen brothers' rumored growing animosity towards bassist Michael Anthony. In later years, Anthony would be forced out of the band and his songwriting credits removed or altered. All tracks are written by Van Halenexcept where noted. Billboard United States  . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Van Halen. Half of the lyrics were written during the Australian bushfire season, when we were already wearing masks to protect ourselves from the smoke in the air.
And then when the pandemic hit, our options were the same as everyone: go find a day job and work in intense conditions or sit at home and drown in introspection. I fell into the latter category. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed. I was like an egg going into boiling water when this started, gooey and weak but with a hard surface.
I came out even harder. Walter Bishop Jr. Keyboardist Walter Bishop, Jr. But a mere two years later, Bishop, Jr. All in remastered sound with liner notes by Pat Thomas. First-ever vinyl reissue of a long-lost classic, also available in an orange with black swirl vinyl edition limited to copies and exclusive to independent record stores! Oscillating piquant shocks of vibrant energy with steeply opiated hypnagogia and OOBE-like sensations, the results locate a mind in flux, torn between the need to flex hyper-articulated limbs and becoming lost in discretely introspective ambient interzones.
The eight tracks course from a sort of kaotic power ambient energy to a lushly unresolved daydream serenity through alternately convulsive and temple-smushing turns. With little to go on, they decided to add their joint female voices and experiences to the rural sound ecology and culture of East Anglia, and created something un-arguably unique in the process.
But what happens in between is just a spellbinding sort of magick, using Raveningham Church as a sounding chamber for their finely controlled but naturally keening and graceful, unhurried expressions of tradition and folklore. Though the singer had retired his billion streaming Chet Faker project four years prior, the new songs he was working on in his New York City studio had an energy reminiscent of his earlier work.
The result is Hotel Surrender, a radiant track LP full of swaggering bass lines and electrifying melodies that reintroduces Chet Faker to the world — and to Murphy himself. He admits that before Hotel Surrender, he had never approached his process with such ease.
This time, as the album title suggests, he surrendered to the music. I was also just being kind to myself. None of this music was hurting, it just felt good. It made me feel better, and it helped me be better. Recorded and slated for an early release, and paused while COVID raged, this collaboration of masked men is finally finding its way to you on all formats.
Its seven parts balance a sense of febrile passion with hyper-disciplined logic in more explicitly emotive, optimistic gestures that emerge from its atonal murk and convulsive structures. Needle down, candles on. In the early s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing and recording new songs for a new decade, creating an essential new chapter in his studio catalog.
They are included here to illustrate the musical journey Bob Dylan undertook during these years. The songs. The songs stripped free of trappings, tampering, passing tastes, and judgements. The songs broken down to the sound of people really doing this, right now, acting on instinct. The songs rough and rowdy, bruised and tender, joking and crying, nagging and striving and yearning.
The songs were always there, and here they are still, keeping pace with us. File Under: Folk Buy Here. Indeed, unlike most of the other releases on the Black Jazz label, The Second Coming barely nods to the fusion and soul jazz trends that were sweeping jazz at the time. Instead, this is expressive, free improvisation at its best, beautifully recorded by producer Gene Russell and deserving of a much Inner Circle - Bad To The Bone (Cassette audience than it found the first time.
Newly remastered and annotated, and, like we said, reissued on vinyl for the first time! File Under: Psych Buy Here. Mao speaks of creative strategies of solidification and reification, encounter and transformation, pure being and punctuation — a multitude of sparks, fuses, and forking paths leading across fresh thresholds and twilit terrain.
Coloured next week. Focusing on their craft, staying Album) of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share, Low present Hey What.
These ten pieces — each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook — are turbocharged by the vivid textures that surround them. The ineffable, familiar harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker break through the chaos like a life raft. Layers of distorted sound accrete with each new verse — building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered.
There will be time to unravel and attribute meaning to the music and art of these times, but the creative moment looks forward, with teeth. In the years since, the South Carolina native and avid outdoorsman and fisherman has formed his own sense of unique musicianship — incorporating self-taught styles that fit each song rather than following conventional techniques. The things that clutter up the pure soul are all in here.
We all have a black powder soul that can explode, but there is redemption in all of us too. File Under: Country Buy Here. This is the first official vinyl reissue of the score since its original release in on the Cerberus label. File Under: Experimental Buy Here. Perhaps unusually, the trio have still never set foot in a studio together, exclusively maintaining their practice in-the-moment and on stage when schedules intersect.
Adam and I had known each other for years. Summer was tough for many reasons. But Adam and his wife Emily opened their home to me and made it a safe space to create and let go. I told Adam I had an idea to record some covers and bring some of the band into the mix, or add other players.
I thought about completely changing some of the songs and turning them inside out. I felt that it could be reinterpreted to be about this time of quarantine and the fear of being around anyone or having too much fun.
It made me wonder, is it safe to laugh or dance or be free of it all for just a moment? I really wanted to keep these close to the originals, but with a slightly different spin. Receiving critical praise at the time and being supported by a huge tour that included playing stadiums with U2, it also proved to be the end of act one for the band, with them taking over a decade before returning to the stage together. Combined with their almost fleshly arps and Guitar pedal-generated computer voices, the results are wonderfully wide-eyed, embracing bouts of motorik rhythm beside vertiginous noise wormholes and mystic tone poems that speak to a cumulative experience spanning decades spent hunting for life between the wires.
All the good things. While the process was not easy or enjoyable, it was vital for the artist and, by turns, should be considered crucial listening. Despite their quiet nature, these are ambitious, layered, memorable songs for the ages. In a world of overly produced and controlled music, this here is yr antidote — Laila Sakini is producing some of the most vital and brittle music of our time.
Salamanda: Allez! A serendipitous discovery for the quiet ambient dance haven, Salamanda unfurl 41 minutes of rhythmelodic charms drifting between pastoral and etheric headspaces that seek to capture the life of a bird released from its cage.
Like everything on this label, a proper charmer. Their first album together is a bedroom-crafted confection where drowsy meditations smudge with lounging exotica themes in a blunted style to properly heavy-lidded effect.
The results channel that experience into four lop-sided creations that feel satisfyingly burned out and immersive, like the murmur of zonked chat between close friends. In four parts; Chat One thru Chat Four, the record unfurls with a muggy mid-fi tension between its illusive fidelities, kindling a smoky atmosphere that colours listening spaces with seductive smells and a muggy, keening tension that recalls the minutes before sundown.
This balmy feel of the surreal comes out in a sylvan patina of sweetened cicadas and curling pads urged along by a stream of wooden drums, variously recalling Spencer Clark on some kind of Aguirre soundtrack mission in the tropics, a heatsick Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement piece, or, in the dream-pop drift of the last part, like Leven Signs smudged by Muslimgauze.
The song went to 3 in the charts and started a string of other hits over the next few years. They are all featured on the album Sweet Stuff which was released in It forms a subconscious snapshot from across a year when Tirzah was playing live regularly for the first time, in the depths of promoting Devotion and recorded soon after the birth of her first child and shortly before her second child was born. The album explores recovery, gratitude and new beginnings, presenting a singer having discovered the type of love that is shared between a mother and a child for the first time, whilst simultaneously working as an artist.
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