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RIP Rose Marie
December 29th, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Rose Marie passed away today at the age of 94 according to her website.

While the actress might be best known for playing the wise-cracking Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, she was already a veteran by the time she did that sitcom. I recently learned she was a child star who started to wow audiences at the tender age of 4. People would fill theaters to hear Baby Rose Marie sing and they got their money’s worth.

Eventually she dropped the Baby from her name, but that did not stop her from singing and acting. Something she would do for the rest of her life.

Something that came later in life was documentary she made her about her life in show business. She promoted Wait For Your Life on Twitter, where she interacted with fans. Then just last month, that documentary became a reality and she did several Q&A’s at screenings of that film. Proving that she never stopped until today, the day she died.

Today, let’s honor the enormous talent that she is and watch the many highlights from her 90-year career. That is quite an accomplishment.


RIP David Cassidy
November 21st, 2017 under David Cassidy, Obits. [ Comments: none ]

David Cassidy passed away today from organ failure at the age of just 67 according to KABC.

In 1970, the world feel in love with David Cassidy in The Partridge Family. He became a teen idol so quickly at 20, he did not know how to handle his newfound stardom even though he was the son of two living legends Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward and stepson to Shirley Jones. The latter was not only his stepmom in real life, she was also his TV mom on the sitcom that made him household name.

In order to deal with his fame, he took on drinking and drugs like his father and it took its toll on him. Even still, he kept on performing. He kept releasing music, starring on TV shows and even transitioning to Broadway in shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Blood Brothers with his real life half-brother Shaun Cassidy. I was fortunate enough to see him in that musical. After the show ended, my mom and I waited outside the stage door so she could meet Petula Clark, who played the mom. As we were waiting, David came out and did not want to sign autographs, so he ran away. As he was running away, like 50 women, who were not so young, were chasing him down Broadway even though he wanted to be left alone. I will never forget how obsessed they were him after all of those years, and are still in love with him now.

He was special. I know that because I interviewed him years later for ABC Family’s Ruby and the Rockits. I was enamored with the man, who sang I Think I Love You. He was a gentle soul even though he had been through hell and back.

Now he is at peace and out of pain. A pain that would have been worse for him as the Dementia started to take over like it did his mom. He was forced to retire earlier this year because of it and I would assume part of him died that day. He loved performing and without it, he was most likely not the same.

Today let’s honor him by singing his songs and watching the show that made us all happy. Come On Get Happy through the tears.

Here is a story about David as told by his brother Shaun from the Ruby and the Rockits’ interview. According to Shaun when Katie Cassidy was 15 years old, David brought her along to dinner one night with his brothers, who never met her nor know about her, and he told them, “Oh, and by the way, this is my daughter, I’ll have the chopped chicken liver and the…” That was how he introduced them to their niece. It was that moment that lead to Shaun pitching that show.


RIP Della Reese
November 20th, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Della Reese passed away peacefully yesterday at the age of 86 according to People.
The actress was best known for her powerful voice and gentle demeanor on Touched By an Angel for 9 years. Now she is with the angels she portrayed and we will remember her for being angel here on Earth.

Before she was a actress on shows like Chico and the Man and The Royal Family with her old friend Redd Foxx and movies like Harlem Knights, she was Jazz and Gospel singer who wowed audiences for generations. Not only did she continue acting up until a few years ago, she was also an ordained minister.

Today let’s keep her beautiful spirit alive by listening to her profound music and watching her heartfelt performances.


RIP Robert Guillaume
October 24th, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Robert Guillaume passed away today at the age of 89 due to complications from prostate cancer according to The NY Times.

The actor was best known for playing the lovable, wise talking, witty Benson who went from being a Butler on Soap to working in the Governor’s office on its spinoff named after his character. While that was the ’70s and the ’80s, in the late ’90s he was the wise, caring boss of Sports Night. Midway through production of that show, he suffered a mild stroke. He did not let that stop him, after a few weeks of rehab he returned and they wrote it into the comedy. For kids, he will always be known as the voice of Rafiki in The Lion King.

Whether he was doing comedy, drama or singing, he was always as big as his boisterous, beautiful voice.

As a kid, I grew up with him as Benson on both shows. Throughout the decades, I have fallen in love with that character time and time again when I find both shows on television in syndication. Even though those shows are over 30 years old, they still feel new. He gave us a timeless character that people can adore for generations to come.

Today, let’s honor him by watching one of his many iconic roles. As I still ponder if he became Governor on Benson, something that was never resolved because the show was cancelled before we found out. Something I am sure James Noble, who passed away, are discussing up in heaven right now.


RIP Tom Petty
October 2nd, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Tom Petty passed away today at the age of just 66 after suffering cardiac arrest this morning according to his family.

The singer was known for unique sound and iconic voice. His songs like I Won’t Back Down, Free Fallin’, Runnin’ Down A Dream and American Woman became our anthems. Then there was the music video he did for Don’t Come Around Here No More, that is still just as groundbreaking today as it was when it came out 32 years ago.

Music was as much a part of his life as his music is to us. So much so, he was still touring up until last week. He spent the summer celebrating 40 years in the music industry both with the Tom Petty and the Heartbreaks, Traveling Wilburys and as a solo act. If there is a way to go out as a musician, I would say that is pretty close to perfect.

Today, honor him by belting out one of his tunes, so he can hear our voices up in heaven as he is be welcomed through the pearly gates and being greeted by Roy Orbinson and George Harrison who will handle him with care.


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