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Richard L. Bare, ‘Green Acres’ Director, Dies at 101

28 March 2015 Richard L. Bare, who wrote and directed hundreds of episodes of classic TV shows including Green Acres and Twilight Zone, has died in Newport Beach, California. He was 101. Most episodes of TV series Green Acres were directed by Bare, who also directed episodes of Maverick — he’s credited with the discovery of(...)

Lesley Gore dead: ‘It’s My Party’ singer dies of cancer aged 68

Lesley Gore dead: ‘It’s My Party’ singer dies of cancer aged 68

16 February 2015 Singer-songwriter and actress Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in the 1960s with It's My Party, has died of cancer. She was 68. Gore passed away at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years, has confirmed. Paying tribute to her partner, Sasson called Gore a "wonderful(...)

Ian Stewart – The “Secret” Rolling Stone

Born in 1938 in the Scottish town of Pittenweem, in Fife, Ian Stewart was working as a shipping clerk at a London chemical company when he responded to a newspaper advertisement for R&B musicians. It had been placed by Brian Jones. Together Stewart and Jones formed the nucleus of The Rolling Stones, but by June 1963,(...)

Top 50 Greatest Toys of all time

Top 50 Greatest Toys of all time

In 2014, executives from 100 British toy companies took were invited to cast their votes on the games which they think had most shaped the industry and childhoods over the last 50 years All of the executives were asked to reveal their top three toys of all time, with the only condition being that they weren't allowed to(...)

James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

20 July 2014 James Garner, the US star of hit TV series The Rockford Files and Maverick, and films including The Great Escape, has died of natural causes, aged 86. Garner had suffered ill health since a severe stroke in 2008. Garner's greatest successes were in the 70s and 80s as laconic private investigator Jim(...)

Men of the Cloth – The low-down on four of London’s key clothiers in 1965

Men of the Cloth – The low-down on four of London’s key clothiers in 1965

JOHN SIMONS Little did he know it, but in 1965 the clothes stylist John Simons was about to start the skinhead movement in Britain. Simons, a pure Mod at heart, had just opened the Ivy Shop in Richmond, Surrey. His plan was to introduce the American Ivy League look to young British executives. He had started out selling his(...)

Soul Music Legend Bobby Womack Dies at 70

Soul Music Legend Bobby Womack Dies at 70

27 June 2014 Legendary soul singer-songwriter Bobby Womack  died on Friday 27 June. He was 70. The cause of death is currently unknown, although Womack had struggled with drug addiction and health problems for decades. Womack wrote numerous R&B hits including It’s All Over Now, which became a staple for The Rolling Stones. Womack first began singing in(...)

Gerry Goffin dies at 75

Gerry Goffin dies at 75

19 June 2014 Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Up on the Roof and The Loco-Motion, died early on Thursday 19 June at his home in Los Angeles.(...)

Colour TV – The Dawn of Glam Television

Colour TV – The Dawn of Glam Television

It's no coincidence that Britain embraced Glam at precisely the moment that colour TV sets became affordable. It was a visual revolution which would see metaphorical bloodshed, and a new order arise. Out went any series which looked great in black and white but lacked the imagination to capitalise on the potential of colour images;(...)

Captain Scarlet voice actor Francis Matthews dies

Captain Scarlet voice actor Francis Matthews dies

15 June 2014 Actor Francis Matthews, who was the voice of Captain Scarlet in Gerry Anderson's 1960s TV show, has died at the age of 86. Matthews lent his voice to the indestructible puppet hero, who defended the Earth in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, in 1967 and '68. The actor also played private detective(...)

Radio Legend Casey Kasem Dead at 82

Radio Legend Casey Kasem Dead at 82

15 June 2014 Casey Kasem, the voice of pop radio for nearly four decades, died on Father's Day sunday at St. Anthony’s Hospital near Seattle. As host of American Top 40, Kasem was the nation's tastemaker, doling out hit singles and music factoids as he counted down each week's most popular songs for nearly 35(...)

Jim Keays of Oz rock legends Masters Apprentices has died

Jim Keays of Oz rock legends Masters Apprentices has died

13 June 2014 Jim Keays, who helped kick off garage rock in Australia and then helped transform the Masters Apprentices into one of the best pop and rock bands of the 1960s and ‘70s, has died. Keays, who was 67, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma ( a type of blood cancer) seven years ago but(...)

Judge: Daughter can now stop food for Casey Kasem

Judge: Daughter can now stop food for Casey Kasem

11 June 2014 A judge has reversed his earlier decision and granted the daughter of Casey Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father. In the ruling on Wednesday Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy determined that giving Kasem food and fluids would be harmful and cause more pain for the 82-year-old(...)

Paul McCartney postpones US tour dates

Paul McCartney postpones US tour dates

11 June 2014 Sir Paul McCartney has postponed a number of US tour dates while he continues to recover from a virus he contracted last month. The 71-year-old told fans he was "feeling great" but was skipping his first seven US shows on medical advice. "I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more(...)

Judge rules that ‘critical’ Casey Kasem needs medication

Judge rules that ‘critical’ Casey Kasem needs medication

10 June 2014 A judge has ruled that Casey Kasem must be hydrated, fed and medicated while a court lawyer assesses his health. Kasem, the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo TV series and ex-host of radio's American Top 40, is in a critical condition in a US hospital. Judge Daniel S Murphy ruled after(...)

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