Al Martino, Dead at 82
Published by Toronto Mike on October 14, 2009 @ 11:13 in Celebrity Deaths
Al Martino was 82. He played the Frank Sinatra-type role of Johnny Fontane in "The Godfather" and recorded hits including "Spanish Eyes" and the Italian ballad "Volare" in a 50-year musical career.
Boyzone Singer Stephen Gately, Dead at 33
Published by Toronto Mike on October 11, 2009 @ 12:24 in Celebrity Deaths
Stephen Gately was 33. He was a singer with the Irish boy band Boyzone.
I must admit, I can't name a single Boyzone song. I'm told they're a great deal more popular across the ocean than they are here in Canada. If you'd like a taste of what we're missing, here's their single "So Good".
Clearly they're the Irish Backstreet Boys.
Mary Travers, Dead at 72
Published by Toronto Mike on September 17, 2009 @ 17:40 in Celebrity Deaths
Mary Travers was 72. She was the female component of the 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary, known for their hits "Puff (The Magic Dragon)", the civil rights anthem "If I Had a Hammer" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind".
Patrick Swayze, Dead at 57
Published by Toronto Mike on September 14, 2009 @ 20:18 in Celebrity Deaths
Patrick Swayze was 57. He was the actor best-known for his roles as Orry Main in the North and South television miniseries, and as romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost.
Sure, he showed up in some great flicks, but it's this song I'll be revisiting tonight.
Jim Carroll, Dead at 60
Published by Toronto Mike on September 13, 2009 @ 21:24 in Celebrity Deaths
Jim Carroll was 60. He was a former drug addict turned prolific poet and writer of The Basketball Diaries.
Larry Gelbart, Dead at 81
Published by Toronto Mike on September 11, 2009 @ 22:02 in Celebrity Deaths
Larry Gelbart was 81. He the award-winning writer whose sly, sardonic wit helped create such hits as Broadway's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," the films "Tootsie" and "Oh, God!" and television's "M*A*S*H".
"M*A*S*H" is one of my first favourite shows of all-time.
Sam Etcheverry, Dead at 79
Published by Toronto Mike on August 30, 2009 @ 21:07 in Celebrity Deaths
Sam Etcheverry was 79. He was the legendary quarterback who led the Montreal Alouettes to three Grey Cup appearances in the 1950s then later coached them to CFL title.
DJ AM, Dead at 36
Published by Toronto Mike on August 28, 2009 @ 20:11 in Celebrity Deaths
Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein was 36. He was a member of the rock band Crazy Town, known for their hit "Butterfly", and a recent collaborator with Travis Barker of Blink 182.
Here's DJ AM and Barker doing a drum remix of the NFL on Fox theme for Super Bowl XLII.
Dominick Dunne, Dead at 83
Published by Toronto Mike on August 26, 2009 @ 17:10 in Celebrity Deaths
Dominick Dunne was 83 He was the former Hollywood producer and best-selling author known for his Vanity Fair essays on the courtroom travails of the rich and famous.
Ted Kennedy, Dead at 77
Published by Toronto Mike on August 26, 2009 @ 08:43 in Celebrity Deaths
Ted Kennedy was 77. He was the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics known as the “lion of the Senate” who played major roles in passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act.
Not to be mistaken for Ted "Teeder" Kennedy, the Maple Leaf great who left us earlier this month.