10. Tim Drummond, 74, bassist with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan +
14. Susanto Pudjomartono, (2nd) Editor of The Jakarta Post (1991 to 2001)
—–“Running a newspaper in a repressive environment was a challenge.”
14. Lotte Hass, 83, one of the first female underwater photographers; with her husband Hans introduced the underwater world to TV audiences (in black and white)
17. Edgar Froese, 70, founder of Tangerine Dream (Phaedra ++)
19. Dallas Taylor, 66, the drummer best known for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash
19. Bob Sardino, 76, well-known for Kemchicks, the highend store with imported foodstuffs in Kemang, Jakarta
20. Ward Swingle, 87, founder of Les Swingle Singers (video)
25. Demis Roussos, 68, ‘pop’ singer: Aphrodite’s Child and solo (The Four Horsemen fr. 666, the best album IMHO).
30. Geraldine McEwan, 82, theatre and TV (Miss Marple)
30. John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins,77, photographer, video pioneer, writer, activist, and one time friend.
31. Don Covay, 76, R&B singer and songwriter who wrote hit songs covered by the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard (video with Jimi Hendrix on guitar) and many more.
–6. André Brink, 79, anti-apartheid South African novelist and playwright (Dry White Season)
–8. Kenji Ekuan, 85, designer of bullet train, the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser
15. Lesley Gore, 68, singer It’s My Party +
21. Clark Terry, 91, jazz trumpeter, Mumbles (video)
27. Leonard Nimoy, 83, actor, (Dr. Spock), director (Three Men and Baby)
–2. Dave Mackay, 80, “a hard but never dirty” football player and manager.
–2. Dennis Barker, 83, journalist, obituarist and writer (about journalism among many other subjects)
13. Daevid Allen, 77, founder of Soft Machine and Gong; but no obituary can adequately describe his individuality.
—–“Nothing makes sense when you talk about Daevid Allen. Everything makes sense.“
16. Andy Fraser, 62, bassist with Free, co wrote All Right Now at 17.
18. Shaw Taylor, 90, aka ‘Whispering Grass’, TV presenter who encouraged us all to snitch.
10. Richie Benaud, 84, cricketer, journalist and broadcaster
11. Viv Nicholson, 79, football pools winner: “Spend, spend, spend.”
13. Gunter Grass, 87, Nobel prize winning novelist (Tin Drum ++)
14. Percy Sledge, 74, soul singer, and more than a one hit wonder.
28. Keith Harris, 67, ventriloquist (Orville + 100 others)
30. Ben E King, 76, soul singer and songwriter with the Drifters and solo (Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem + +)
–2. Ruth Rendell, 85, prolific crime novelist
–2. Guy Carawan, 87, folk singer and civil rights campaigner, popularised We Shall Overcome
–6. Errol Brown, 71, singer and songwriter (Hot Chocolate)
11. John Hewie, 87, Charlton and Scotland footballer. (My first football ‘hero’.)
14. BB King, 89, crossover blues musician.
21. Twinkle (Lynn Annette Ripley), 66, singer and songwriter (Terry – with Jimmy Page on guitar.)
23. John Nash, 86, mathematician, winner of Nobel Prize in Economics (’99) for this short paper (.pdf) (’49). Russell Crowe played him in film A Beautiful Mind.
–5. Richard Johnson, 87, actor and producer (Shakespeare to Moll Flanders to spoof James Bond)
–7. Christopher Lee, 93, “lofty” film actor (c.300 in his filmography!)
–8. Paul Bacon, 91, book and record cover artist.
11. Ron Moody, 91, actor (Fagin in Oliver), writer and composer of unperformed musicals.
22. James Horner, 61, composer of 100+ film scores inc. Titanic, Troy, Avatar.
22. Don Featherstone, 79, inventor of pink plastic flamingos: “Place in garden, lawn, to beautify landscape.”
25. Patrick Macnee, 93, actor, best known for The Avengers (opening titles video)
–1. Val Doonican, 88, Irish singer “at the heart of family weekend tv viewing in the 1960s and 70s“.
–6. Masabumi Kikuchi, 75, Japanese jazz pianist (A video ‘portrait’)
10. Omar Sharif, 83, Egyptian film actor, a few classics, eg. Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia; others supported his poker playing.
18. John Taylor, 72, the “much-loved, self-deprecating, whimsical and elegantly awe-inspiring British jazz pianist“, composer, teacher, mentor …
23. Eddie Hardin, 66, Hammond organist with the Spencer Davis Group and Hardin & York.
–2. Cilla Black, 72, much-loved singer and TV show host.
–4. Les Munro, 96, last surviving ‘Dambusters‘ pilot.
–5. George Cole, 90, actor, notably as Arthur Daley in Minder.
11. Howard Brody, 83, a physics professor who found himself focusing not on photons and quarks but on relatively massive fluffy yellow balls, bouncing.
30. Oliver Sacks, 82, neurologist and author (inc.The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat and Awakenings)
30. Wes Craven, 76, film scriptwriter and director (inc. Nightmare on Elm Street)
19. Jackie Collins, 77, novelist of Hollywood glamour and sex.
We shared a name and good looks, but I never read her books.
–3. Denis Healey, 98, “one of the best prime ministers Britain never had.”
19. Howard Kendall, 69, “one of the greatest players” and “the most successful manager” of Everton FC.(See cartoon tribute)
21. Michael Meacher, 75, Labour MP for Oldham for 45 years.
25. Maureen O’Hara, 95, film actress of whom co-star John Wayne said, “She’s a great guy.” (3 of her films are in the link.)
27. Philip French, 82, Observer film critic.
It stands to reason, dunnit.
–2. Anthony Valentine, 76, actor and playwright
19. Jimmy Hill, 87, a lifetime in football as player, manager, club chairman, TV pundit …
19. Harry Hyams, 87, notorious property speculator (Centrepoint, London, which we squatted in 1974.)
23. Don Howe, 80, respected football coach
28. Ian ‘Lemmy‘ Kilmister, 70, rock singer (Motörhead: Ace of Spades live)
—- “I’m kinda tired of being a fucking icon.”
29. John Bradbury, 62, drummer (2-Tone: Specials AKA, Selector)