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    Loved his music through the years. A great vocalist for sure. Sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    Loved his music through the years. A great vocalist for sure. Sad.
    You probably loved it without knowing it too - Glen was a member of The Wrecking Crew and played on TONS of classic west-coast 60s hits before striking out on his own.

    Way back when I took guitar lessons I had a Glen Campbell songbook. My Mom might still have it.
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    Never read music but if he heard a song once he could play it. One of the best musicians ever.

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    Former Senators GM/coach Bryan Murray, 74
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    Very sad, he seemed to be a very nice and well respected man.

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    ^Most here are probably too young for Jerry Lewis to resonate but he was a huge comedic star in the 50s and 60s. Loved watching his movies when I was a child.
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    ^ I got to see Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis Jr's comedy/music act my first trip to Las Vegas back in 1987. RIP Jerry

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    The morning news is reporting that photographer Con Boland died of a heart attack yesterday.
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    Speaking of photographers, Boris Spremo Canada's greatest photojournalist, died on August 21 at the age of 81. He won over 300 awards including the honor of being the first Canadian to win a World Press Photographer award.

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    Tobe Hooper, 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' director, dies at 74
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Tobe Hooper, 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' director, dies at 74
    Also Poltergeist(well, Spielberg apparently had a hand in that one as well).

    I saw TCM for the first time around 2001 or so. It's actually not bad, for what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    The morning news is reporting that photographer Con Boland died of a heart attack yesterday.
    All of those problems he had and the ongoing ordeals of his house. It turned out gorgeous in the end. It's too bad he couldn't have lived another twenty or so years to enjoy it. Too young. Such a gifted talent and a very charitable person. Gifted artists generally come with a bit of eccentricity, Con was no exception. Rest peacefully friend.
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    Skip Prokop - Drummer, vocalist. Lighthouse? You know, Sunny Days? No one? <sigh>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spill View Post
    You know, Sunny Days? No one? <sigh>
    Well, while you might think that there's nothing quite so fine as letting the sun rejuvenate your mind, you can count me as someone who really digs the moon.

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    Ronald Harry "Skip" Prokop (December 13, 1943 - August 30, 2017) was a Canadian drummer and band leader who was a driving force in Canadian rock music, creating seminal bands, including The Paupers. In 1969, Prokop co-founded the rock group Lighthouse with Paul Hoffert. The world’s first 13-piece rock orchestra, it achieved international success as Canada’s leading rock group.

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    Richard Anderson, from Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman, dead at 91

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment...hard-1.4271475
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    Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker dead at 67

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment...dead-1.4273863
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    Damn, Ricky lost that number...
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    Science fiction author Jerry Pournelle, 84

    In 1985, Footfall, in which Robert A. Heinlein was a thinly veiled minor character, reached the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller List. Another bestseller, Lucifer’s Hammer (1977), reached number two. Both novels were written with Larry Niven.


    Pournelle wrote The Strategy of Technology (1970). The Strategy has been used as a textbook at the United States Military Academy (West Point), the United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs), the Air War College, and the National War College.

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    Don Williams, Country's 'Gentle Giant,' Dead at 78

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    Sad news about Walter Becker. Damn, another musician who didn't make it past 70.
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    Wolverine co-creator Len Wein, 69
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    ^ Holy smokes! I just finished copy and pasting and you beat me by a minute.

    Len Wein, the influential comics writer who co-created characters including Wolverine and Swamp Thing, has died. He was 69.

    DC Comics confirmed the news following an outpouring of tributes from the comics community overflowed online.

    http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/len...cs-1202553608/

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    Grant Hart of influential band Hüsker Dü dead at 56

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    A pity. There were rumors of a reunion too.
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    Cassini spacecraft plunges into Saturn 2017.09.15 after 20 years and 4.9 billion miles (7.9 billion km) in space
    https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/
    https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/...nale/overview/

    Final image:
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    Quick Facts:
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    Daily Mail story w/ their usually-amazing photo coverge:
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    Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dead at age 91
    Famous for roles in Alien, Repo Man, Twin Peaks and many more

    Harry Dean Stanton, the shambling, craggy-face character actor with the deadpan voice who became a cult favourite through his memorable turns in Paris, Texas, Repo Man and many other films and TV shows, died Friday at age 91.
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    What a career he had. I don't think there is anyone alive that does not recognize his face. His final movie is yet to be released, it will likely do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dead at age 91
    Famous for roles in Alien, Repo Man, Twin Peaks and many more

    Harry Dean Stanton, the shambling, craggy-face character actor with the deadpan voice who became a cult favourite through his memorable turns in Paris, Texas, Repo Man and many other films and TV shows, died Friday at age 91.
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    Jake LaMotta: Legendary Raging Bull boxer dies at 95

    Jake LaMotta, the uncompromising fighter portrayed by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, has died aged 95.

    The former world middleweight boxing champion died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia, his wife told US news site TMZ.

    Based on LaMotta's 1970 memoir, Raging Bull depicts an emotional fighter struggling with life outside the ring.

    The 1980 film, directed by Martin Scorsese, earned De Niro a Best Actor award at the Oscars.

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    ^ The internet killed Hugh Hefner.

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    Lived a life of dreams and buried next to Marilyn Monroe, what a guy.

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    From the "someone who I thought was already dead" files...

    Monty Hall, 96
    http://www.tmz.com/2017/09/30/monty-hall-dead-at-96/
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    Tom Petty, 66, found unconscious, no brain activity at hospital, life support ceased

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    http://www.tmz.com/2017/10/02/tom-pe...ardiac-arrest/

    1:35 PM PT -- Sources tell us at 10:30 Monday morning a chaplain was called to Tom's hospital room. We're told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he's still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer's death is inaccurate -- the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. handled the emergency.
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    Music legend Tom Petty dies


    Updated 12:22 AM ET, Tue October 3, 2017

    (CNN)Rocker Tom Petty died Monday after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, according to Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Dimitriades confirmed Petty's death on behalf of the performer's family.

    He was 66.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/03/entert...bit/index.html
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    So now that's 3 of the 5 Wilburys who have departed us.
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    Petty's passing really hurts. Just picked up Full Moon Fever a few months ago on vinyl and gotta wait until I'm out of this CNRL sh1thole until I can l can give it a spin, among many of his other records.

    RIP Tom. You and your fabulous music will be missed.
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    Very sad about this but so glad that I saw his last concert here and got him off my bucket list. It was one of the best and I go to a lot of concerts. He was such an insightful guy with experiences and tales about all the greats and made my Sirius subscription worth it just to hear him.

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    John Dunsworth, Mr. Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, dead at 71

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s...died-1.4357370
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    Gord Downie, 53 - sadly, no surprise

    https://twitter.com/thehipdotcom/sta...28509369950208

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    Gotta say I find it very weird that the Canadian sports media (TSN, Sportsnet) are going overboard with coverage of Downie's passing. One would think he was an NHL star and not a musician. And why - because he sang about hockey players? or that NHLers are Hip fans?
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    I dunno, maybe it's because hockey and the Hip are two very important aspects of Canadian culture, and he often intertwined them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Petrin View Post
    I dunno, maybe it's because hockey and the Hip are two very important aspects of Canadian culture, and he often intertwined them?
    Well, in the one hockey-related lyric I know best, the attitude toward the sport is somewhat ambivalent...


    If there's a goal that everyone remembers
    It was back in old seventy two
    We all squeezed the stick and we all pulled the trigger
    And all I remember is sitting beside you

    You said you didn't give a f*** about hockey
    And I never saw someone say that before
    You held my hand and we walked home the long way
    You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr

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    Given how often they wrote about hockey, and Downie's professed love of the Bruins, it's not ambivalent at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Petrin View Post
    Given how often they wrote about hockey, and Downie's professed love of the Bruins, it's not ambivalent at all.
    Well, when he says "You were looseing my grip on Bobby Orr", it's meant to be understood as a good memory, ie. his soon-to-be girlfriend is showing him other interests besides hockey(namely, herself). And doing it right at the time when a Canadian hockey fan would be expected to care about little else.

    I don't have an in-depth familiarity with the rest of their work(I can believe it includes a lot of positive references to hockey) and maybe Downie liked the Bruins in real life. But the lyrics to an individual song have to be read on their own.

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    I've never followed the Tragically hip tbh. They never did anything for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    I've never followed the Tragically hip tbh. They never did anything for me.
    For me, if one of their major hits was playing on the radio, I would usually recognize it as something I had heard before(and had sometimes enjoyed), but more often than not, I would need someone to tell me that it was the Tragically Hip I was listening to.

    And I never got into the whole Canadian nationalist hype that surrounded them. I guess though, that like with Tim Hortons, if you keep repeating that something is the pure essence of Canadiana, eventually it takes on a certain truth quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overoceans View Post
    And I never got into the whole Canadian nationalist hype that surrounded them. I guess though, that like with Tim Hortons, if you keep repeating that something is the pure essence of Canadiana, eventually it takes on a certain truth quality.
    I like the Hip, and think the songs are great, even if a little unique to Canada. I had never heard them before I came to Canada. They are sort of a Canadian B52s / REM - but its quaint because they never really pushed themselves onto the world stage, or maybe the chips just never fell right for that. Most countries have bands which are amazing but never made it offshore. Australia for example has Cold Chisel. New Zealand has Split Enz (although they had some success in Canada, and I occasionally here "I got you" on Canadian classic radio). Its sad when a signer dies, the band almost never recovers, there only a few instances I can think of where a signer change worked (Genesis, Black Sabath...), so its likely the end for them

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    I've wondered what happens to the band now that their signature guy/identifier has passed. They're suddenly very ordinary.
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    Yeah, just don't pull an INXS after Hutchence passed in '97. What a disgrace.

    Downie, like Petty, was another one of my favs. Loved the Hip, his lyrics & random Canadiana. I remember stealing my dads' cassette of "Up To Here" back in the early 90s and he gave me sh1t. A few times and made me think my dad wasn't so uncool afterall with such a great album. But cranking up "New Orleans is Sinking" as a 16 year had impact. We know they never really made it in the States and I think that's part of the beauty & innocence of it. Something to call our own. One of the world's best secrets (they found out about Rush after all). I don't think he had one of the most amazing voices, neither did Petty for that matter, but he sung with heart. Real heart. Believed in it. I mean, he loved Canada and if you think about it, this aftershow makes a lot of sense.

    RIP Gord.
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    Moahunter:

    Six Months in A Leaky Boat got a lot of airplay in Canada in the early 80s, as did I Got You(ie. "I Don't Know Why Sometimes I Get Frightened").
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    Please over-o.

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    Don't forget New Zealand's most important musical group, the cultural icons, Flight of the Conchords

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    Robert Guillaume, Emmy-winner for Benson and Soap, dies at 89

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment...aume-1.4369844

    Have to say, Benson was far funnier when he was on Soap
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    Roy 'Doc' Halladay dies in plane crash.

    http://edmontonsun.com/sports/baseba...3-028819f8bb47

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    John Hillerman, Higgins on 'Magnum, P.I.,' Dies at 84
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...was-84-1056800
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    A list of some 2017 entertainer deaths here:

    http://fiftiesweb.com/dead/dead-people-2017/


    A long list here (link below). Interesting that Roger Moore gets the “beloved” label but not Mary Tyler Moore.

    Stars Who Died in 2017
    http://people.com/celebrity/stars-who-died-in-2017
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    I read the entire article. Very few of the 87 I didn't know of. Most so familiar, like you know them. Still two more months to go. Very sad and makes you think of your own time coming. We all reach our expiry date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    I read the entire article. Very few of the 87 I didn't know of. Most so familiar, like you know them. Still two more months to go. Very sad and makes you think of your own time coming. We all reach our expiry date.
    It’s also interesting that so little is often said of the old time great or influential people while a lot is said of those that die closer to the era of their fame. I think those that out live their peers or fan base are pretty much forgotten by the younger media staffing/writers of the day that only know of or appreciate their own experiences.

    Similarly I’ve noticed in going to funerals that those that have lived very long lives often have very few people at their funerals, if a funeral is held for them at all. They’ve basically outlived all their friends and relative.

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    ^ On a related note, just read that older brother George (who produced many AC/DC albums) died last month. Angus losing both brothers in such a short span, that's hard.
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    It seems David Cassidy age 67 is at deaths door. Organ failure shut down. For him the end is near.
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    Mel Tillis, 85.
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    Charles Manson, cult leader
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    Charles Manson, cult leader
    BBC is giving the guy with his picture top billing on its website. I think otherwise he’d be completely forgotten as it mostly should be. Maybe they see it as a good news story. However think of the many, many good and great people like scientists and doctors that die and get next to no coverage.

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