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  • Celebrating designer Paul Bacon's seminal Blue Note, Riverside album covers
    Celebrating designer Paul Bacon's seminal Blue Note, Riverside album covers
    Graphic designer Paul Bacon died earlier this week at his home in Fishkill, N.Y., at age 91. Bacon was best known for designing some of the most iconic book covers of the 20th century, titles ranging from “Shogun” and “Jaws&rdquo...
  • Actor Christopher Lee dead at 93
    Horror icon Christopher Lee dies at 93
    Legendary English actor Sir Christopher Lee, who appeared in hundreds of films, television programs, and even video games, died Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the age of 93. News reports of the actor's death began circulating on Thursday, June 11,...
  • Betsy Palmer
    Actress Betsy Palmer passes away at age 88
    Betsy Palmer has died at age 88-years-old according to the May 31 reports from both Broadway World and the Huffington Post. Palmer had died on Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut. Her longtime manager, Brad Lemack had...
  • Bruce Lundvall
    Bruce Lundvall, the man who revived Blue Note, dead at 79
    Bruce Lundvall, the man who revived Blue Note Records, has died. Here is an excerpt from the New York Times obit.Bruce Lundvall, a record executive whose 25-year run at the helm of Blue Note, preceded by top positions at CBS and Elektra, made him...
  • B.B. King
    The King (but never the thrill) is gone: B.B. King dead at age 89
    I awoke this morning to the following text, short but eloquent in its sadness: “We lost B.B.”B.B. King – the King of the Blues, the artist who more than any other took blues from the juke joint to the concert hall – died...
  • SF Art Dealer Paule Anglim
    In Memoriam: The incomparable Paule Anglim
    The Bay Area art community has gone into mourning with the news that prominent dealer Paule Anglim passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in her Russian Hill home.A leader in in showing the some of San Francisco's most important...
  • Clark Terry
    Clark Terry dead at 94
    Jazz legend Clark Terry has died. Here is an excerpt from his New York Times obit.Clark Terry, one of the most popular and influential jazz trumpeters of his generation and an enthusiastic advocate of jazz education, died on Saturday in Pine Bluff...
  • Rod McKuen dies at 81
    Rod McKuen, pop culture poet and songwriter, dead at 81
    Rod McKuen died in Beverly Hills on Jan. 29 while flighting pneumonia. The poet,who was also a songwriter, a composer and a singer, was a pop culture phenomenon who wrote rhyme that made every female baby boomer weep while dreaming of great love....
  • Mercury Records
    Mercury Records co-founder Irwin Steinberg dead at 94
    Word has come this morning that Mercury Records co-founder Irwin Steinberg has died at age 94. The Chicago native graduated from the University of Chicago and served in the Air Corps before beginning his career in the music business. After...
  • Lauren Bacall
    Classic movie stars we lost in 2014: Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Shirley Temple
    This past year we said goodbye to a number of classic stars. Some had been around since the early days of Hollywood, such as former child actors Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney, who were some of the biggest box-office stars of the 1930s.We also...
  • The activists, neighbors and stars we've lost in Studio City in 2014
    The activists, neighbors and stars we've lost in Studio City in 2014
    They were movie stars, TV stars, celebrities, activists. They were also our neighbor, our friends and our family. We lost them all this past year.Kenny Kingston the psychic who called Studio City home for most of his life, Mort Allen the real...
  • Phil Stern
    Photographer Phil Stern dead at 95
    Photographer Phil Stern, who was among World War II’s most famous chroniclers before turning his attention to Hollywood and the music industry, died over the weekend at age 95.Phil Stern, an award-winning photographer who lugged his camera...
  • Aaron and Nora
    Tear-jerking obituary divulges true identity of Spider-Man
    Describing the unique odyssey that is any individual’s fight with cancer is maybe best left to the person doing the fighting. Not to defer risks trivializing the arduousness of the battle and the perseverance required to see the fight...
  • Tim Hauser
    Still-grieving Manhattan Transfer come to Northern California this weekend
    Under normal circumstances, it would hardly be newsworthy to note that the Manhattan Transfer is coming to Northern California this weekend. After all, the veteran jazz-pop vocal ensemble has been performing before appreciative audiences here for...
  • David Redfern
    Jazz photographer David Redfern dead at 78
    Jazz photographer David Refern has died. Here is an excerpt from his New York Time obituary.David Redfern, whose photographs of Louis Armstrong, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra and others captured a half-century of popular music and formed the core of...
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