TV Batman actor Adam West dies at 88

10 June 2017 Adam West, the US actor best known as the star of the hit 1960s TV series Batman, has died aged 88. West died peacefully in Los Angeles after a brief battle with leukaemia, a family spokesperson said. His tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Batman and the superhero's alter ego Bruce Wayne won a cult following.(...)

Chuck Berry, Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Dies at 90

18 March 2017 Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with hits including Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock & Roll Music, Memphis Tennessee and Sweet Little Sixteen, has died at the age of 90. The singer/songwriter, whose classic Johnny B. Goode was chosen by Carl Sagan to be included on(...)

Ex-Wham! singer George Michael dies

25 December 2016 Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said. The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have "passed away peacefully at home". Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in(...)

Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt dies

24 December 2016 Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain aged 68, his manager has said. He died from a severe infection after being admitted to hospital on Thursday following complications to a shoulder injury. Parfitt had been due to launch a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for(...)

Robert Vaughn, Man from UNCLE actor, dies aged 83

11 November 2016 Actor Robert Vaughn, best known as the secret agent Napoleon Solo in The Man from UNCLE, has died aged 83. Vaughn was also famous for his role as Lee in The Magnificent Seven (1960), and television roles in Hustle and Coronation Street. The iconic actor died after a battle with acute leukaemia, his(...)

1960s singer Bobby Vee dies aged 73

24 October 2016 Bobby Vee, best known for hits including Rubber Ball, Take Good Care of My Baby and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, has died at the age of 73. Vee released more than 25 albums during his career, retiring in 2011 after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Vee's son Jeff Velline(...)

Coronation Street’s Hilda Ogden has died aged 90

15 October 2016 Jean Alexander, who played Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden and Auntie Wainwright in Last of the Summer Wine, has died aged 90. Alexander portrayed Hilda Ogden, a sharp-tongued, put-upon housewife who was one of Coronation Street's best-known characters, from 1964 to 1987. With her curlers, headscarf and piercing voice that could not be(...)

Kenny Baker, actor behind R2-D2, dies

13 August 2016 The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 83 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character. He went on to play the character in The Empire Strikes(...)

Television sitcom writer Carla Lane dies, aged 87

31 May 2016 Television writer Carla Lane, who created shows including 1980s Liverpool sitcom Bread, has died aged 87. Lane, who was born in Liverpool and later became known for her animal rights activism, also wrote Butterflies and co-wrote The Liver Birds. Lane first became known for The Liver Birds, a sitcom which focused on(...)

Mr Ed star Alan Young dies at 96

19 May 2016 Actor and comedian Alan Young - who starred alongside a talking horse in the popular sitcom Mr Ed in the 1960s - has died in Los Angeles, aged 96. He died of natural causes on Thursday at a film and TV retirement facility in the city, his manager said. Young played the(...)

Emile Ford dies in London, aged 78

11 April 2016 Emile Ford has died in London, aged 78. Ford was born Michael Emile Telford Miller on 16 October 1937, in St Lucia, Windward Islands (Bahamas). He emigrated to London during the 1950s and by early 1959 he was heading his own group, The Checkmates – featuring his brother George and college friend Ken(...)

Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

31 March 2016 Ronnie Corbett, one of Britain’s most popular entertainers, has died aged 85 surrounded by his family. Corbett first came to fame on The Frost Report in the 1960s but was best known as half of The Two Ronnies with his comedy partner, Ronnie Barker, who died in 2005. A statement from his publicist(...)

C’est La Rock & Roll – 60s rock from non-English speaking countries

Throughout its history, rock & roll has been inextricably linked with the English language - the first tongue, after all, of the nation of its birth, the United States. The great majority of internationally distributed and acclaimed rock & roll has always been produced in English-speaking countries; the USA, Canada, and - especially starting with the(...)

Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman dead aged 73

30 March 2016 Musician Andy "Thunderclap" Newman has died aged 73. The pianist for British band Thunderclap Newman died at his home in London. Pete Townshend of The Who matched guitarist Jimmy McCulloch with drummer and vocalist Speedy Keen (who had been Keith Moon’s chauffeur) in a new group named after its pianist, and this(...)

Child Star Patty Duke Dies at 69

29 March 2016 Patty Duke, the Oscar-winning actress renowned as a child star of stage, film and television, who, amid public struggles with bipolar disorder, went on to cultivate a respected career in adulthood as an actress and mental-health advocate, died on Tuesday 29 March, 2016, at a hospital near her home in Coeur d’Alene,(...)

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