PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen pictured at Live Aid. Photo: PA Wire This month it’s 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston. Buddy Holly (aircrash)February 3, 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that rock ‘n’ roll superstar Buddy Holly died in an air-crash alongside fellow singers Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.Bespectacled Buddy Holly had swiftly developed a love for rock ‘n’ roll after opening for Elvis Presley on tour dates in Texas during 1955. His style swiftly changed from country to rock and he became a prolific songwriter, penning such all-time classics as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy-Sue, … [Read more...] about How old were these stars when they died?
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Video PUBLISHED: 19:14 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke David Bowie - one of the many great musicians we lost too soon Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Archant This month marks 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. He is one of many brilliant musicians who have gone too soon. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday all died too young, along with George Michael, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. You can only wonder at what music they still had to make.John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both making new albums at the time of their deaths and nearly all of them were haunted by demons and by the pressures of fame which pushed them towards addiction. It frightening to see so many lives cut tragically short. Here are 15 great music stars who died before their time. Buddy Holly (aircrash) – February 3 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that … [Read more...] about How old were stars like David Bowie when they died?
Frank Witsil and Ann Zaniewski Detroit Free Press Published 8:20 PM EST Feb 11, 2019 John Dingell Jr.'s reach and legacy were on display Monday as more than 1,600 mourners paid tribute to the longest-serving member of Congress, remembering him as a fearless public servant, mentor, friend, colleague and hero. "He's a great man. He has always stood up for people," said Bob Damiani, 71, of Taylor, who had never met Dingell but lined up in the cold more than 90 minutes before the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center doors opened for his visitation. Monday's gathering at the Dearborn center marked the start of this week's public farewell to the 92-year-old former Democratic congressman. Dingell served in the House for nearly six decades, stepping down in 2015. His wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, succeeded him, and he remained a powerful political force, continuing to express his views on Twitter and elsewhere. … [Read more...] about John Dingell visitation: Hundreds pay tribute to Congressman
By Fares Sabawi Published 11:47 am CST, Monday, February 4, 2019 Members of the San Antonio Patriot Guard, including Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Joe Rios, salute during a procession of law enforcement personnel accompany the cremated remains of Bexar County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Chucky for a funeral service at Community Bible Church, Monday, February 4, 2019. Chucky died in the line of duty on January 26. less Members of the San Antonio Patriot Guard, including Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Joe Rios, salute during a procession of law enforcement personnel accompany the cremated remains of Bexar County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy ... more Photo: Jerry Lara, Staff Photographer Photo: Jerry Lara, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 Members of the San Antonio Patriot Guard, … [Read more...] about Law enforcement agencies across San Antonio area pay respects to K9 Chucky during procession
PUBLISHED: 13:02 19 January 2019 Steve Russell Patience and Douglas Smith had long worked for a local fuel charity. In 2014, the year this was taken, Douglas said I look at myself as a village boy, so I have always tried to help the parish people Picture: Steve Adams Copyright Archant Norfolk 2014 Douglas Smith was just 14 when he followed in his father’s footsteps and started work at a crematorium. He proved himself a good listener in a challenging job – “sympathetic and understanding”, says his son. Douglas Smith in 1966, the way many people will remember him. 'He was very kind, and very generous with his time. It was almost like a bedside manner' says his son .Picture: SMITH FAMILY COLLECTIONThe Norfolk crematorium he later managed would witness the final farewells to many thousands of people during his 40-year spell in charge, but he never forgot that each one was unique and special. There were ceremonial occasions (for folk … [Read more...] about Did you know Horsham St Faith crematorium chief Douglas Smith?