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.
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 "..
Humankind is naturally curious about the lives and deaths of the famous, be it actors, musicians, politicians, or activists. An oddly fascinating detail of these notable figures’ deaths are the final meals that historians and the media have discovered they ate.
Whether they dined at their favorite restaurant or ate at home with a loved one, most of these household names ate meals indicative of their personalities and passions before their death.
Abraham Lincoln He had a hearty meal before he died. | Rischgitz/Getty ImagesAbraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, while watching the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater. According to Andrew Caldwell, author of Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals, Lincoln dined on mock turtle soup, roast Virginia fowl with chestnut stuffing, baked yams, and cauliflower with cheese sauce.
For Lincoln, a typically “sparing” eater, this meal sounds uncharacteristically hearty. History.com reports t..
The first apartment Janneke van Nijnanten moved into when she arrived in Ireland was directly above Whelan’s bar on Dublin’s bustling Wexford Street, near the city centre. Determined to jump straight into the Irish music scene, the young Dutch musician was unperturbed by the prospect of living on one of the noisiest stretches of road in the city.
“You could just sit in the window and watch people for hours; all these drunk, crazy Irish people falling around in their high heels and short dresses. I was sharing a room with a Scottish girl and I could go into Whelan’s whenever I wanted and listen to the bands that played there. Sometimes I’d go along and play a few tunes.”
Van Nijnanten – who uses the name Jane Willow as a performer – spent her first two years in Ireland living off the loose change of passers-by as she busked on Grafton Street and outside the Gaiety Theatre. Petrified at first by playing in an unfamiliar city, words of encouragement from kind strangers who stopped to hear..
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..
Lana Bellamy Times Herald-Record TOWN OF WALLKILL – Brian Remaley’s dream was to create a safe space for musicians to hang out, drink beer and play music without much fuss. He accomplished that when he in 2009 opened Brian's Backyard BBQ off Route 211 between the towns of Wallkill and Montgomery.
But now his business hangs in the balance as he tries to make up for a 75 percent downturn in business, in part because of the condition of a state road. Remaley estimates the state Department of Transportation’s June repair of a culvert, which led a road closure and a 15.2-mile detour to his restaurant, led to a loss of $50,000.
On Friday Remaley tried to spread some cheer and thank friends for support. More than 150 guests piled into the restaurant Friday for a farewell holiday party where they enjoyed a free buffet and live music.
The local support seems to be helping. Since setting up a page on GoFundMe, a crowd-sourced donation website, Remaley has raised than $5,000 in donations,..
Angel Olsen knows a lot about tea. “I really like matcha, it’s ground up green tea — have you ever tried that?” asks the singer-songwriter at Boise Parlor the afternoon before one of her two huge sold-out New York shows. She got tired of talking about tea while working at the first Argo location but goes on about Rooibos and orders a pot. “It’s like hibiscus, but not flowery, keeping the bag in forever makes it stronger, not over steeped.”
Olsen is in New York during the homestretch of a year-long tour in Europe and the U.S. for her acclaimed 2016 album My Woman and the 2017 release of Phases, a compilation of new material, covers, and B-sides. The 30-year-old, who came up performing in Chicago’s DIY scene, released Phases in October hoping to show fans her style range.
Amid sexual-harassment chatter in the music industry Olsen feels blessed, expressing empathy for famous men with tarnished reputations. “If I’ve encountered it it’s been very subtle,” she said. “No one’s ever tried to g..
We might forget that musicians have a life just like the rest of us. All we see when we look at them is the music they make or the part of their life that they show us. But they are just like any person with favorite places, venues, likes, and dislikes. And when they are not making music, they seem to appreciate the simpler part of life even more than us.
One of life’s most interesting things is food, and musicians have their favorite foods just like us. In fact, some of the famous dishes that are popular today have been invented by musicians or actors, composers, singers, or other famous peo..
YouTube's often controversial Head Of Music Lyor Cohen says in a profile for AdAge that he's developed a simple sales pitch for meetings with artists, managers and labels executives skeptical of the music streamer: "We're going to make you rich and famous."
It's the kind of bold claim that Cohen, who once ran Warner Music Group, is known for.
As the internet's most popular video site, YouTube has come under fire for not returning enough revenue to artists and labels for plays on its ad supported service. Exact number aren't available, but all advertising-supported music streaming combined, including YouTube and Spotify's free service, accounts for less than 7% of U.S. music industry revenue. By contrast, paid music streaming like Apple Music and Spotify Premium account for another 53% or more.
Cohen's plan to turnaround that discrepancy - which Cohen has argued is exaggerated - is centered around getting millions of free users to pay up. Despite..
Riverside Theatre's upcoming show, "Million Dollar Quartet" is about a famous jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. It stars Nat Zegree (from left) as Jerry Lee Lewis; James Barry as Carl Perkins; Sam Cieri (at the piano) as Elvis Presley; Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash; and Sarah Ellis as Dyanne.(Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM RIVERSIDE THEATRE)
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