Tag Archives: the 60s

Boys In The Band Set For Broadway Revival, Cast Includes Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto

Variety reports: Matt Bomer will make his Broadway debut (following his one-night-only appearance in “8“) in “The Boys in the Band,” a new revival of the landmark 1968 drama to be directed by Joe Mantello with a cast that includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells. Ryan Murphy, the TV megaproducer (“Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story: The ...

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Trump To Release Long Secret JFK Files

USA Today reports: President Trump said Saturday that he will allow more than 3,000 classified files on the JFK assassination to be released next week by the National Archives as ordered by Congress. The classified files were scheduled to be made public by Oct. 26, barring intervention by the president, under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act ...

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Comedian Jerry Lewis Dies At Age 91

Variety reports: Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later starred in “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died in Las Vegas. He was 91. Over the past 10 years of his life, the cranky icon’s reputation soured as he was forced to apologize for ...

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Batman Actor Adam West Dies At Age 88

Variety reports: Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia. “Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ ...

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Grace Slick: I Took Chick-Fil-A’s Ad Money For My Song Just So I Could Donate It All To Lambda Legal [VIDEO]

Billboard Magazine reports: Leave it to Grace Slick to make an activist statement by saying “yes” to use of Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in an ad for fast food chain Chick-fil-A. The co-founder of Starship’s predecessor, 1960s psychedelic group Jefferson Airplane, Slick has penned an op-ed explaining her decision to authorize a license of the 1987 hit to ...

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Leonard Cohen Dies At Age 82 [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned nearly 50 years, has died at the age of 82. Cohen’s label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer’s Facebook page. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read. “We have ...

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Famed Liberal Activist Tom Hayden Dies At 76

The Chicago Tribune reports: Tom Hayden, the preeminent 1960s radical who roused a generation of alienated young Americans, became a symbol of militancy by leading riotous protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and added Hollywood glamour to his mystique with an activist partnership and marriage to film star Jane Fonda, died Oct. 23 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was ...

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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature

Reuters reports: Bob Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that made him the only singer-songwriter to win the award. The 75-year-old Dylan – who won the prize for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” ...

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Dick Van Dyke Performs Chitty Chitty Bang Bang With His Barbershop Quartet For Denny’s Diners [VIDEO]

90 years old and he’s still got it! TIME recaps: Dick Van Dyke just can’t stop bursting into song. This time, the 90-year-old actor decided to entertain his fellow breakfast diners at a Denny’s restaurant in southern California with a casual but peppy performance of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” the title song from the 1968 classic movie of the same ...

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Beehive Hairstyle Creator Dies At Age 98

From the Associated Press: Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the famous beehive hairdo in 1960, has died at age 98. Ahlgrim Funeral Home in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst said Monday that Heldt died Friday at a senior living community. The beehive — a tall, conical woman’s hairstyle — became a cultural phenomenon during ...

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Mr. Ed Star Alan Young Dies At Age 96

From the Los Angeles Times: Alan Young, the amiable comedic actor who became a TV icon in the early 1960s starring opposite a talking horse named Mister Ed, died Thursday. He was 96. Young, whose later career included doing the voices for Scrooge McDuck and other cartoon characters, died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Home, the ...

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“Fifth Beatle” George Martin Dies At Age 90 [VIDEO]

Paul McCartney writes on his personal site: I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and ...

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Author Harper Lee Dies At Age 89

From Alabama.com: Nelle Harper Lee, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has died at the age of 89, multiple sources in her hometown of Monroeville confirmed Friday morning. Lee was born April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, the youngest of four children of lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch ...

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Jefferson Airplane Founder Paul Kantner Dies At 74

We couldn’t get out of January without losing another rock legend. Billboard reports: Jefferson Airplane guitarist, vocalist and founding member Paul Kantner has died. He was 74. Kantner passed away on Thursday (Jan. 28) of multiple organ failure, following a heart attack earlier in the week. From 1965-1972, Jefferson Airplane was a pioneer in the Bay Area counterculture psychedelic rock ...

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