Happy 77th Birthday, Ray Manzarek, Keyboardist/Co-founder of the Doors!
(February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013)
Wherever you are, Ray! Hope you are partying with Jim Morrison, lead sing of the Doors!
I met Ray a few times over the years starting way back in 1993. I was very sad to hear about his passing back in 2013. I really enjoyed talking to him whenever he was in the Boston area.
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52 years ago tonight, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Rock and Roll Music and Television were never the same after that event!
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I was very upset to hear that Maurice White had died on February 3. He was one of the founding members of Earth, Wind, & Fire. The band under his leadership had many hits and their songs were heard on TV shows! He was also 74 years old. He had Parkinson’s.
RIP, Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 3, 2016)! Thank you for the wonderful music!
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Rest in Peace, Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship (March 17, 1941 – January 28, 2016).
Paul had suffered a heart attack a few days before his death. Also, Signe Anderson was a singer who was the predecessor of Grace Slick in Jefferson Airplane died on January 28 at the age of 74.
Paul was a founding member of the legendary band.
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Rest in peace, Mike Minor of Petticoat Junction (December 7, 1940 – January 28, 2016)!
Sadly, Mike Minor (Born Michael Fedderson, son of TV Producer Don Fedderson of My 3 Sons and Family Affair) died of cancer last month. Mike played Steve Elliot, the pilot who marries one of the daughters on the show called Betty Jo played by Linda Kaye Henning, and he married her in real life. The marriage to Linda only last 5 years unfortunately. He also appeared on the ABC soap All My Children in the early 1980s.
Mike Minor also sang frequently on Petticoat Junction and released two albums.
I felt sad when I heard the news this week of his death because I grew up watching him on Petticoat Junction.
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It’s the 57th anniversary of the Day The Music Died!
In 1959 high above Clear Lake, Iowa, a small plane carrying Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens went downward into a cornfield and crashed killing them instantly along with the pilot. It was the first big rock and roll tragedy.
Back in 1972, Don McLean recorded American Pie in memory of those rockers.
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