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    Mary and I saw him in concert in Los Angeles at the height of his career back in the early 80s. Loved his music. So sorry to hear of his passing.
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    Legendary Broadway playwright Terrence McNally has died at age 81 from complications related to coronavirus. McNally won 4 Tonys for his writing in the 1990's (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, Ragtime)
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    Harlem Globetrotters legend 'Curly' Neal has died. He was 77. According to the team's official website, Neal made more than 6,000 appearances across the country from 1963-85. The Globetrotters retired his No. 22 jersey in 2008, and he was the fifth person at the time to receive the honor.

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    Watching the Harlem Globetrotters on television was such a treat when I was a kid. Loved me some Curley. May he rest in peace.
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    Not exactly the usual memorial, but a moving one nonetheless. To Takaya, may your spirit rest in peace.
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    Very sad to hear about his passing. I used to love his Edmund character. And John and Eva LaRue were a real life couple for a long time too, they were so cute. Hope Eva and their daughter are doing okay.


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    IN MEMORIAM: All My Children fave John Callahan has passed away at the age of 66. Callahan also appeared on Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and Santa Barbara

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    Country star (mainly in the 90's) Joe Diffie from Covid-19

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNU View Post
    Very sad to hear about his passing. I used to love his Edmund character. And John and Eva LaRue were a real life couple for a long time too, they were so cute. Hope Eva and their daughter are doing okay.


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    IN MEMORIAM: All My Children fave John Callahan has passed away at the age of 66. Callahan also appeared on Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and Santa Barbara
    That was the soap opera my mom and grandparents always watched at the cottage... we weren't allowed to go swimming until it was done so we all eventually wound up watching it with them. Edmund was also one of our favorites, especially his stories with Dimitri
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    I know his work from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, incredibly talented. I was thinking I didn't know his band at all, but I see that "Stacy's Mom" was by Fountains of Wayne, so I do know them. Unfortunately, I think we're going to have many more announcements like this. May he RIP.


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    Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and Emmy-winning composer for 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' has died at 52 from complications related to the coronavirus https://rol.st/341JVAw

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNU View Post
    I know his work from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, incredibly talented. I was thinking I didn't know his band at all, but I see that "Stacy's Mom" was by Fountains of Wayne, so I do know them. Unfortunately, I think we're going to have many more announcements like this. May he RIP.
    Wow. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is amazing. I didn't realize he was in Fountains of Wayne.

    May he rest in peace.


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    ‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ Singer Bill Withers Dies at 81

    By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer

    (AP) — Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including ” Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

    The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said. His death comes as the public has drawn inspiration from his music during the coronavirus pandemic, with health care workers, choirs, artists and more posting their own renditions on “Lean on Me” to help get through the difficult times.


    Singer-songwriter Bill Withers poses 14 years ago at his office in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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    “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” the family statement read. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”

    Withers’ songs during his brief career have become the soundtracks of countless engagements, weddings and backyard parties. They have powerful melodies and perfect grooves melded with a smooth voice that conveys honesty and complex emotions without vocal acrobatics.

    “Lean on Me,” a paean to friendship, was performed at the inaugurations of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me” are among Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    “He’s the last African-American Everyman,” musician and band leader Questlove told Rolling Stone in 2015. “Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen.”

    His death caused a torrent of appreciation on social media, including from former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who said Withers’ music has been a cherished part of her life. “It added to my joy in the good times, and also gave me comfort and inspiration when I needed it most,” she tweeted. Singer José James said “we need his message of unity now more than ever.”

    Withers, who overcame a childhood stutter, was born the last of six children in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. After his parents divorced when he was 3, Withers was raised by his mother’s family in nearby Beckley.

    He joined the Navy at 17 and spent nine years in the service as an aircraft mechanic installing toilets. After his discharge, he moved to Los Angeles, worked at an aircraft parts factory, bought a guitar at a pawn shop and recorded demos of his tunes in hopes of landing a recording contract.

    In 1971, signed to Sussex Records, he put out his first album, “Just As I Am,” with the legendary Booker T. Jones at the helm. It had the hits “Grandma’s Hands” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which was inspired by the Jack Lemmon film “Days of Wine and Roses.” He was photographed on the cover, smiling and holding his lunch pail.

    “Ain’t No Sunshine” was originally released as the B-side of his debut single, “Harlem.” But radio DJs flipped the disc and the song climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard charts and spent a total of 16 weeks in the top 40.

    Withers went on to generate more hits a year later with the inspirational “Lean on Me,” the menacing “Who Is He (and What Is He to You)” and the slinky “Use Me” on his second album, “Still Bill.”

    Later would come the striking ” Lovely Day,” co-written with Skip Scarborough and featuring Withers holding the word “day” for almost 19 seconds, and “Just the Two Of Us,” co-written with Ralph MacDonald and William Salter. His “Live at Carnegie Hall” in 1973 made Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time.

    “The hardest thing in songwriting is to be simple and yet profound. And Bill seemed to understand, intrinsically and instinctively, how to do that,” Sting said in “Still Bill,” a 2010 documentary of Withers.

    But Withers’ career when Sussex Records went bankrupt and he was scooped up by Columbia Records. He no longer had complete control over his music and chaffed when it was suggested he do an Elvis cover. His new executives found Withers difficult.

    None of his Columbia albums reached the Top 40 except for 1977’s “Menagerie,” which produced “Lovely Day.” (His hit duet with Grover Washington Jr. “Just the Two of Us” was on Washington’s label). Withers’ last album was 1985’s “Watching You Watching Me.”

    Though his songs often dealt with relationships, Withers also wrote ones with social commentary, including “Better Off Dead” about an alcoholic’s suicide, and “I Can’t Write Left-Handed,” about an injured Vietnam War veteran.

    He was awarded Grammys as a songwriter for “Ain’t No Sunshine” in 1971 and for “Just the Two Of Us” in 1981. In 1987, Bill received his ninth Grammy nomination and third Grammy as a songwriter for the re-recording of the 1972 hit ” Lean on Me” by Club Nouveau.

    He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 by Stevie Wonder. Withers thanked his wife as well as the R&B pioneers who helped his career like Ray Jackson, Al Bell and Booker T. Jones. He also got in a few jabs at the record industry, saying A&R stood for “antagonistic and redundant.”

    His music has been sampled and covered by such artists as BlackStreet’s “No Diggity,” Will Smith’s version of ” Just the Two Of Us, ” Black Eyed Peas’ “Bridging The Gap” and Twista’s “Sunshine.” The song “Lean on Me” was the title theme of a 1989 movie starring Morgan Freeman.

    His songs are often used on the big screen, including “The Hangover,” “28 Days,” “American Beauty,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Crooklyn,” “Flight,” “Beauty Shop,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Flight.”

    “I’m not a virtuoso, but I was able to write songs that people could identify with. I don’t think I’ve done bad for a guy from Slab Fork, West Virginia,” Withers told Rolling Stone in 2015.

    He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children, Todd and Kori.
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    There went the sound of a decade.

    May he rest in peace.
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    Enduring songs.

    May he rest in peace.

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    I didn't see this one posted yet, but New Orleans jazz legend Ellis Marsalis also succumbed to COVID-19.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/coronav...amily-has-died

    and I loved me some Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine being one of my favorites. May he RIP.
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    A more important song than maybe ever before.

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