RIP 2017: Famous Lives & Deaths We'll Remember

2017 may not have felt like the constant barrage of surprising notable deaths we endured in 2016, but that doesn't mean we haven't lost many beloved stars this year. We were left mourning America's sweetheart when Mary Tyler Moore died in January, and one of the top teen idols of the 1970s, David Cassidy, took his final bow just last month. In between, we said goodbye to some of the architects of rock & roll, influential comedians, bestselling novelists, and more. Join us as we take a look back at the most notable deaths of 2017. MUSIC Musicians occupied the headlines in large numbers this year, including the tragic, too-young death of Chris Cornell, lead singer of iconic rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. His suicide was followed closely by that of his close friend Chester Bennington, front man for the influential rap-rock group Linkin Park. Tom Petty was one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, thanks to easygoing singles like "Free Fallin'" and "..

All the celebrities who died in 2017, from Adam West to Tom Petty

celebrities-who-died-in-2017.jpg Getty; HBO By Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Some we lost all too soon, while others recently reached the end of long and notable lives. Celebrities who died in 2017 included veteran actors, directors, musicians, comedians, TV personalities, writers, singers, game show hosts and professional wrestlers. Among their ranks: famous New Jerseyans like Jerry Lewis, Frank Vincent, Charlie Murphy and David Cassidy, and other major talents like Chuck Berry, Mary Tyler Moore, Della Reese and Tom Petty. Here's a look at the dozens of stars who died this year. Les Legendes Du Rock and Roll Francois Durand | Getty Images Chuck Berry IEBA Conference Day 3 Rick Diamond | Getty Images David Cassidy David Cassidy, the singer, actor and onetime teen heartthrob who grew up in West Orange and played Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family," died at 67 on Nov. 21 in Fort Lauderdale after suffering from organ failure. The '70s pop idol, w..

The Ballard Institute Presents THE DINOSAUR SHOW By Mesner Puppet Theater

As part of its popular, family-friendly Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series hosting acclaimed puppeteers from around New England and beyond, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present The Dinosaur Show by Missouri's Mesner Puppet Theater on Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. Make no bones about it -The Dinosaur Show is sure to tickle your funny bone and stimulate your imagination! Mesner Puppet Theater reaches into the past using hand, rod, shadow, and bod..

Plundering dead artists for Christmas sales is more than creepy

Christmas. High time for re-releasing classic recordings from famous singers from the past. It’s that time of year when TV, radio, newspapers and websites advertise music from much-loved “legends” like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. When it does this, the music industry is well aware of three things: this is the season when consumers’ appetite for any old song that will feed that nostalgic mood peaks; artists and repertoire from the remote 1950s and 1960s are more suitable for romanticised family gatherings; and everyone has a hard time deciding which Christmas present they should buy for that very particular uncle whose musical curiosity gave up on him 30 years ago. This year there is a “new” album by Ella Fitzgerald “with” the London Symphony Orchestra featuring a “duet” with contemporary jazz singer Gregory Porter. The reason I’ve just put some words in quotation marks is simple – they’re not true. Fitzgerald died in 1996 and Porter started his career in 2004 doubli..

'Ms. Arnellia,' beloved St. Paul club owner, dies at 79

Listen Story audio 1min 44secThe owner of what was once known as the "Apollo of St. Paul" has died. Arnellia Allen, 79, ran Arnellia's, a nightclub and restaurant on University Avenue for 25 years. She closed it earlier this year because of her declining health. Allen was called "Momma" or Ms. Arnellia by those who knew her well. Two years ago, her business won Tavern of the Year from the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association. Plenty of famous musicians performed there, leading to the comparisons of the venue to Harlem's famed Apollo Theater. In an April interview as Arnellia's was preparing to close, Allen recalled one night when Prince, Minnesota's homegrown international superstar, stopped by. • April 28: After 25 years, closing time for Arnellia'sOwner Arnellia Allen, center, talks with longtime friend Tina Nunn, left, and niece Hazel Bowie at Arnellia's Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul April 27, 2017. Courtney Perry for MPR News"He came i..

'Sue' plan still alive as bids come in low for water tank paint job

SIOUX CITY | Plans to place a tribute to the hit 1940s song "Sioux City Sue" on a water tank in Singing Hills could resurface at Monday's City Council meeting. And they're likely to, once again, look a bit different than previous designs. Councilwoman Rhonda Capron, who has been a leading proponent of putting a reference to the 1945 folk song by Dick Thomas and Ray Freedman on the prominent water tank in Sertoma Park, said she favors placing the words "Home of Sioux City Sue" on the side of the tank for passing traffic to see, coupled with an artistic painting of generic musical notes. That idea is a slight change of course from a plan discussed by council members two months ago that would have put the city's name on the side and used actual musical notes from the song. Capron told The Journal Friday that the panel looking into the designs have backed off that idea because it could cost an extra $3,500 to $5,000 to obtain the legal rights for the music. "We kind of n..

Music festival featuring world famous musicians starts in Katowice

South Korean singer Youn Sun Nah. /PAP/EPA World famous music stars will grace the 5th edition of the Katowice Kultura Natura festival, which will be held in the southern Polish city of Katowice on May 10-19. The festival programme will feature such internationally renowned artists as Korean Youn Sun Nah, ranked among the ten best jazz vocalists of today, and English mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly. One of the world's most famous symphony orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra..

Venezuela’s Famous Youth Orchestra Faces Tough Times

In 1975, Venezuelan musician Jose Antonio Abreu created a network of music education programs for children. It became known as El Sistema. As the director of El Sistema, Abreu was able to gain government support for the network, and turn it into one of Venezuela’s model programs. Abreu died March 24 at age 78. Now, El Sistema’s new director, Eduardo Mendez, promises to continue the program's tradition of musical excellence and social service. Mendez said the program must overcome Venezuela’s severe economic crisis. The crisis has forced hundreds of musicians to leave the country. El Sistema now includes about 300 community schools. The network has given children in poor neighborhoods a chance to study classical music. It has produced world-famous musicians, including the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel. But Mendez says leading the orchestra network through Venezuela's social and economic crisis will not be easy. He says that 8 percent of the program..

Iconic guitar maker Gibson files for bankruptcy

Slash owned custom Gibson Les Paul studio guitar is on display during the preview of the sale of exclusive property from legendary guitarist and musician Slash at Julien?s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on March 7, 2011. Included in the auction sale are some of the iconic, Grammy-winning, rock guitarist and songwriter?s famous guitars, memorabilia, vehicles and personal furniture and décor from his Hollywood Hills residence. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) ×Iconic guitar maker Gibson files for bankruptcySlash owned custom Gibson Les Paul studio guitar is on display during the preview of the sale of exclusive property from legendary guitarist and musician Slash at Julien?s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on March 7, 2011. Included in the auction sale are some of the iconic, Grammy-winning, rock guitarist and songwriter?s famous guitars, memorabilia, vehicles and personal furniture and décor from his Hollywood Hills residen..

Holograms of Famous Musicians Created with Epson Pro L-Series Projectors and BASE Hologram Collaboration

Epson has announced that BASE Hologram, a new live entertainment company launched from BASE Entertainment, has chosen its Pro L-Series laser projectors to drive its new holographic shows of Roy Orbison and opera singer Maria Callas. The digital holographic shows feature the musicians “performing” digitally remastered versions of their biggest hits and interacting with fans and their bands on stage. “BASE Hologram formed on the aspiration to bring back the excitement and thrill of live theater for a new audience of all ages, constantly immersed in our technologically advanced world,” says Marty Tudor, executive producer and CEO, BASE Hologram Productions. “In taking on this feat of bringing legends like Rob Orbison and Marie Calla to life, we required visual display technology that would allow the audience to truly feel they were experiencing these electric and spellbinding performances live.” Epson Pro L-Series Projectors are the BackboneHelping to ensure the quality of BASE Hologram’..

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