Christopher Lee was 93. He was a prolific actor best known for his portrayal of Dracula in a string of films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy, and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
He also served five years in World War II, was a world champion fencer, and became the oldest person to ever record lead vocals on a heavy metal track when, at the age of 88, he wrote, performed on, and released a progressive symphonic power metal EP about the life of Charlemagne.
B.B. King was 89. He was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues." He's best known for such hits as The Thrill is Gone and Every Day I Have the Blues.
You might remember him from When Love Comes to Town, a great ditty from U2's Rattle and Hum.
Ben E. King was 76. He was the soul and R&B singer best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me" which hit the top ten twice, in 1961 and 1986.
Lois Lilianstein was 78. She was a member of the children's musical trio Sharon, Lois & Bram, best known for "Skinnamarink".
If you were born in the 70s, you were likely raised on Sharon, Lois & Bram. They starred in The Elephant Show on CBC and seemed to pop up everywhere, from Sesame Street to Today's Special. And throughout their run, this song was omnipresent.
Percy Sledge was 73. He was the soul singer best known for his classic song "When a Man Loves a Woman."
James Best was 88. He played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard.
I loved The Dukes of Hazzard so much as a kid my bed was adorned with The Dukes of Hazzard sheets and covers. Daisy Duke was my very first crush.
Sam Simon was 59. He developed “The Simpsons” with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, and he subsequently co-wrote nearly a dozen “Simpsons” episodes during his tenure on the animated comedy, also serving as co-showrunner, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor, developer, and writer.
He was the longtime Toronto radio personality best known for his seven years at CFNY from 1985 to 1992 and his many years as Dr. Trance, Godfather of the Toronto rave scene.
I was hoping to have Don Berns on my podcast, and when he came in, I was going to play him this vintage CFNY clip.
Leonard Nimoy was 83. He was the actor, film director, poet, singer, and photographer best known for his role as Spock in Star Trek. He lived long and prospered.
Lesley Gore was 68. She was the singer who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me."
And who could forget her "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" bellowing from Ruth Powers's car in The Simpsons episode "Marge on the Lam."
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