Every year I post a list of folk who have passed on. They are not randomly chosen, but stir a memory. Just one recalls an event I was at. Unless otherwise edited, I am not on this page.
—3. Phil Everly, 74, half of the Everly Brothers, harmonising duo hitmakers of the 50s and 60s. (10 cover versions)
—5. Eusébio (da Silva Ferreira) (video highlights), 71, one of football’s greats.
—5. Simon Hoggart, 67, Guardian’s witty, acerbic political editor
19. Sir Christopher Chataway, 82, world record athlete, TV newsreader, government minister and much more.
White City, London, 1952
27. Pete Seeger, 94, influential folk singer, civil rights activist, songwriter
—1. Maximilian Schell, 83, Oscar-winning actor, and director.
—2. Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, Oscar-winning film actor.
—5. Joop Ave, 79, outstanding Indonesian Minister of Tourism, Post and Telecommunications 1993-1998
14. Sir Tom Finney, 91, “all time great” England footballer
Tom Finney – 25 August 1956
17. Bob Casale, 61, founder member of Devo (video)
18. Maria von Trapp, 99, last member of family group that inspired The Sound of Music (video)
23. Alice Herz-Sommer, 110, pianist and oldest known Holocaust survivor.
“The world is wonderful, it’s full of beauty and full of miracles.“
—7. Hal Douglas, 89, voice in movie trailers
—8. James Ellis, 82, actor (Z-Cars) and writer
14. Anthony Wedgwood (Tony) Benn, 88, veteran leftwing Labour politician and diarist,
“Love him or hate him, it has to be said that that Tony Benn was a rare example of a mainstream politician with any sort of integrity.”
—6. Mickey Rooney, 93, actor in career spanning 10 decades
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in Love Finds Andy Hardy, 1938
10. Richard Hoggart, 95, author (The Uses of Literacy pub. 1956), teacher and father of Simon (cf. Jan. 5th)
10. Sue Townsend, 68, much-loved humanist novelist (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13¾ ++)
17. Gabriel García Márquez, 87, Nobel Laureate who gave millions worldwide One Hundred Years of (pleasurable reading in) Solitude.
29. Bob Hoskins, 71, TV, stage and film actor “capable of playing the poodle as well as the pitbull.”
—9. Rik Mayall, 56, comedian and writer.
“He pulled faces when told not to sing (because he couldn’t) in the school choir, aged 10; he soon knew what he wanted to do when he didn’t grow up.”
18. Horace Silver, 85, influential jazz pianist (@ Newport Jazz Festival 1959)
19. Gerry Goffin, 75, song writer, (A selection of his 50+ top 40 hits, many with Carole King.)
22. Felix Dennis, 67, magazine publisher, inc. 60s counter-culture Oz, and tree planter
Blowing In The Mind (October 1967)
—1. David Greenglass, 92, gave (false?) testimony that sent his sister Ethel Rosenberg and her husband to the electric chair “in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War“.
..8. Alfredo Di Stéfano (video tribute), 88, “probably the greatest player in Real Madrid’s history.”
11. Charlie Haden, 77, jazz bass player and political activist.
13. Nadine Gordimer, 90, Nobel prizewinnng South African writer who spoke out against apartheid.
16. Johnny Winter, 70, blues and rock guitarist, songwriter and producer.
19. James Garner, 86, TV and film actor (Maverick and Rockford)
23. Dora Bryan, 91, much loved actress.
28. Theodore Van Kirk, 93, last crew member (navigator) of the Enola Gay.
24. (Lord) Richard Attenborough, 90, film actor (Jurassic Park ++) and director (Gandhi ++) (Interview)
10. Richard Kiel, 74, 7’2″ actor (Jaws in Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker ++)
11. Sir Donald Sinden, 90, stage, film and television actor
12. Ian Paisley, 88, Northern Ireland’s Protestant leader “synonymous with the Troubles and sectarianism“.
18. Kenny Wheeler, 84, Canadian jazz trumpet (flugelhorn) player, part of the Brit jazz scene for c.60 years.
—1. Lynsey de Paul, 64, singer and songwriter
19. Raphael Ravenscroft, 60, played saxophone on Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street. Ravenscroft was paid a session fee of £27 and Rafferty received £80,000 in annual royalties.
23. Bernard Jewry (aka Shane Fenton & Alvin Stardust), 72, pop singer (Video My Coo Ca Choo)
25. Jack Bruce, 71, rock, jazz and blues bassist and singer.
—2. Acker Bilk, 85, jazz clarinettist (Loads of YouTubes)
—5. Manitas de Plata (Ricardo Baliardo), 93, flamenco guitarist. (Video of private performance for Brigitte Bardot in 1968)
17. Jimmy Ruffin, 78, soul singer (What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?)
19. Mike Nichols, 83, film and play director (The Graduate ++)
—2. Bobby Keys, 70, saxophonist (videos) with Buddy Holly, Rolling Stones, John Lennon ….
—3. Ian McLagan, 69, keyboardist with the Small Faces (video), the Faces and sometimes the Stones.
—4. Jeremy Thorpe, 85, former leader of the UK Liberal Party.
18. Mandy Rice-Davies, 70, “fabled player in a very British scandal”, the Profumo Affair
“Government embarrassment, of course, is not a ground for withholding information – it is just the reason why information is withheld.”
20. John Freeman, 99, war hero, politician, TV journalist (Face To Face), magazine editor, diplomat and father of six children.,
21. Jane Bown, 89, portrait photographer for the Observer
21. Billie Whitelaw, 82, stage and film actress
22. Joe Cocker, 70, an all time great rock-soul singer (a Jakartass obit.)