Joe Cocker’s raspy voice was silenced today after a bout with lung cancer according to ITV. The 70 year old singer was known for his bluesy rendition of The Beatles’ With a Little From My Friends, his sex-filled tune You Can Leave Your Hat On, his loving duet Up Where We Belong and the way he swooned us with You Are So Beautiful. It wasn’t as much the songs he sang, but the way he sung them. They made you feel at love and at peace. That is where he is now. And Joe you can take your hat off, you earned it!
So today remember him by listening to one of the amazing songs his presence on here on Earth granted us to keep his soulful voice alive.
Carol Ann Susi passed away yesterday at the age of 62 from a short bout with an aggressive form of cancer according to The LA Times. The actress is best known for playing the never been seen, but definitely been heard Mrs Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory. To me, she will always be the intern who drove Kolchak crazy on Kolchak the Night Stalker. Then others will remember her from her many guest appearances on shows like Seinfeld, Night Court, Growing Pains, Married with Children, Grey’s Anatomy, Becker and so many more.
No matter where you know her from, today honor her spirit that is as big as her voice by watching one of her many roles.
Marcia Strassman passed away yesterday at the age of 66 from a long battle with breast cancer according to Deadline. She is best known for playing Mrs Kotter on Welcome Back Kotter and Diane Szalinski in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids, but those were just a few of the many roles she had her career that spanned almost 50 years. Even though she had been acting since the’60s, she got better looking with age. I remember, I would always be surprised when she was in something I watched because she got prettier and prettier the older she got.
So today keep that beautiful spirit alive and watch one of the many things she has done.
Jan Hooks passed away today at the age of 57 from an undisclosed illness according to Yahoo! TV. She is best known for playing Tammy Faye Baker, Sinead O’Connor and Candy Sweeney on Saturday Night Live, but I will always remember her as Carlene on Designing Women. There was something about her presence on the screen that would just bring a smile to your face.
So to keep her joyous personality alive and watch her when she was on SNL from 1986-1991 or Designing Women or anything she has done including Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. There is a lot to choose from and we should watch it all.
Joan Rivers passed away today at the age of 81 a week after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine surgery.
Her daughter Melissa released this statement about the passing of her mother.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.
Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.
My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
Rivers kicked down doors for female comedians and many of them would not be where they are today without her. She was also the first late night female host, opening the door for people like Chelsea Handler.
But the thing she will be remembered for in the latter part of her life was critiquing people’s clothes on the red carpet at all the major awards shows. Something that made her an enemy to a lot of celebrities, but a hero to her fans.
So today, let’s remember her for the laughter she gave us and keep her spirit alive with joy and not sorrow.
James Garner passed away from natural causes at the age of 86 according to The NY Times. To our parents he was known as Bret Maverick in Maverick and Jim Rockford in Rockford Files, and to us he was Duke in The Notebook and Jim Egan in 8 Simple Rules. No matter who you knew him as, you knew him as one of the greats. So today keep his spirit alive and watch one of his many movies and TV shows.
Tommy Ramone passed away yesterday at the age of 65 (or 62 depending who you read) from bile duct cancer according to Brooklyn Vegan. His born name was Erdélyi Tamás and he was the drummer for The Ramones. Tommy was the last surviving member of the punk rock band that rocked a generation and now that he is gone, I Wanna Be Sedated. They were ahead of their time, even if the music industry didn’t get them like we did.
So today honor him and the band by listening to their music and watching Rock n Rock High School, one of the greatest teen movies ever made. It is things like this that will keep The Ramones alive for future generations to love and understand like we do.
Meshach Taylor passed away yesterday at the age of 67 from a long battle with cancer according to The Hollywood Reporter. To some he is best known as Anthony Bouvier and to others he was Hollywood from the Mannequin movies and to others he was Shel on Dave’s World. But to me he was one of my favorite actors. Whenever he came on the screen, I would get a smile on my face. There was just something about him that made you happy.
So today let’s not remember with tears, let’s watch one of his many great roles and smile so big that he can see up in heaven.
Actress and activist Ruby Dee passed away yesterday at the age of 91 according to USA Today. Dee is best known for starring in Raisin in the Sun in 1961, but she has pretty much been working nonstop since she started acting in 1940. Six years later, she met her future husband Ossie Davis. A man, who she not only shared a bed with but also the stage and screen. Now 9 years later they are together once again in heaven.
Even though her voice has been silenced, we keep it very much alive by watching one of her many many films and TV appearances.
Ann B Davis passed away today at the age of 88 after falling in her San Antonio bathroom according to NBC News. She is best known for playing Alice on The Brady Bunch in almost all of its incarnations. She was the maid we wanted our parents to hire, but never the one they got. Besides starring on the classic sitcom we all watched growing up, she starred in several commercials.
So today let’s honor by watching at least one episode on The Brady Bunch, a show, thanks to syndication, that has never stopped airing since its debut in 1969.