Tag Archives: the 70s

Emmy Winning Actor Robert Guillaume Dies At 89

Variety reports: Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume, best known as the title character in the TV sitcom “Benson,” died Tuesday. He was 89. His wife Donna Brown Guillaume told the Associated Press he died at their Los Angeles home of complications of prostate cancer. Guillaume often played acerbic, dry-witted, but ultimately lovable characters like the butler Benson Du Bois, which ...

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Game Show Host Monty Hall Dies At Age 96

The New York Times reports: Monty Hall, the genial host and co-creator of “Let’s Make a Deal,” the game show on which contestants in outlandish costumes shriek and leap at the chance to see if they will win the big prize or the booby prize behind door No. 3, died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday. He ...

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Husker Du’s Grant Hart Dies Of Cancer At Age 56

Rolling Stone reports: Grant Hart, drummer and singer of the seminal alternative rock band Hüsker Dü, has died at 56 after being diagnosed with cancer. The news was confirmed by his bandmate Bob Mould in a lengthy Facebook post. The St. Paul, Minnesota-born Hart formed Hüsker Dü – Danish for “Do you remember?” – in the late Seventies along with ...

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Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Dies At Age 67

Rolling Stone reports: Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Steely Dan, died Sunday at the age of 67. Becker’s official site announced the death; no cause of death or other details were provided. “Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard ...

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Rocker Gregg Allman Dies At Age 69

From the Hollywood Reporter: Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock ‘n’ blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed such classics as “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and the epic concert jam “Whipping Post,” has died at age 69. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. ...

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Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dies At Age 56

NBC News reports: Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the hit TV series “Happy Days” has died in Indiana at the age of 56, police said. TMZ first reported the death. The Harrison County, Indiana, sheriff’s office told NBC News that dispatchers got a 911 call for an unresponsive female at 4:07 p.m. Saturday and first responders ...

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Pentatonix – Bohemian Rhapsody [VIDEO]

Robert Philpot reviews: Although there were music videos before 1975, Queen’s clip that year for its now-classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is seen as groundbreaking. That was before MTV, way before YouTube, and certainly before any of the five members of Pentatonix was born. But the Arlington-founded a cappella group — which released its latest EP, “PTX Vol. 4 — Classics” — ...

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SO YOU’RE BACK FROM OUTER SPACE: Gloria Gaynor To Perform At Library Of Congress Tribute To Disco

The Washington Post reports: Last year, Gloria Gaynor’s disco anthem “I Will Survive” became one of 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry, a collection of sound recordings considered “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States” and kept at the Library of Congress. The wide-ranging registry includes Thomas Edison’s early cylinders, Martin ...

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Gong Show Creator Chuck Barris Dies At Age 87

Variety reports: Chuck Barris, who hosted “The Gong Show” and created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N.Y., his publicist confirmed. He was 87. His autobiography, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” was made into a film directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris. In the book (subtitled “An Unauthorized ...

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David Cassidy Reveals Dementia Diagnosis

People Magazine reports: David Cassidy is battling dementia. The 66-year-old actor, widely known for his starring role as Keith Partridge on the 1970s series The Partridge Family, reveals to PEOPLE that he is fighting the memory loss disease. Cassidy, who watched his grandfather battle the disease and witnessed his mother “disappear” into dementia until she died at age 89, tells ...

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Mary Tyler Moore Dies At Age 80

From the Hollywood Reporter: Mary Tyler Moore, whose roles as a perky housewife on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s and as a spunky, single working woman in her eponymous ’70s sitcom made her America’s sweetheart, has died, her rep Mara Buxbaum confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 80. Moore played opposite her TV persona and received ...

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Right Wing Radio Station Fires Brady Bunch Actress Susan “Cindy” Olsen After Homophobic Facebook Rant

Gay Star News reports: Brady Bunch actress Susan Olsen has been fired from LA Talk Radio for her using anti-gay slurs against a gay actor in a Facebook message made public. The politically conservative Olsen, who played Cindy Brady on the classic sitcom, was incensed when out actor Leon Acord called for her to be fired from the radio show ...

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Dance Music Pioneer David Mancuso Dies At Age 72

The Guardian reports: David Mancuso, DJ and pioneer of New York dance culture, has died aged 72. Kid Recordings owner Craig Shifty announced the death on Facebook on Monday, writing: “He will be greatly missed, but, thankfully, he left the world a lasting vibrant legacy that continues to inspire and influence countless generations of music lovers and clubbers.” Cause of ...

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Singer/Songwriter Leon Russell Dies At Age 74

ABC News reports: Notable singer and songwriter Leon Russell passed away Sunday in Nashville. He was 74. Russell’s wife, Janet Lee Constantine, said that he died in his sleep, according to a statement on his website. Earlier this year, Russell had to postpone 28 concerts between July and September after suffering a heart attack. Still, his website said then in ...

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Giorgio Moroder – Good For Me [AUDIO]

Via Entertainment Weekly: At 76 years young, Giorgio Moroder isn’t slowing down. The disco pioneer is following the success of his 2015 comeback album Déjà Vu by gearing up for more and more new music. EW has the exclusive premiere of Moroder’s new single “Good for Me,” released Thursday, with singer Karen Harding handling vocal duties. “My goal is to ...

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Coming Soon: Donna Summer, The Musical

The New York Post reports: Hey, someone left the cake out in the rain! And I’m here to tell you all about it. Director Des McAnuff, of “Jersey Boys” fame, staged a workshop last week of a new musical about the life of disco queen Donna Summer. It’s a gender-bender, with women playing some of the men in her life. ...

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Pitchfork’s 200 Top Singles Of The 70s

In case you feel like having a completely unproductive day, Pitchfork has created a ranking of their top 200 singles of the 1970s. Lists like these, of course, tend to generate plenty of dissent and arguing and that’s a lot of their fun. Hit the link for factoid-packed capsule reviews and YouTube links to David Bowie, ABBA, Donna Summer, The ...

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Trump Busted In Lies About Vietnam Draft Deferments

Yesterday the New York Times issued a lengthy report on the five draft deferments Donald Trump received during the Vietnam War. As is always the case with Trump’s memory and the facts, the story is rife with contradictions. From the Times: For many years, Mr. Trump, 70, has also asserted that it was “ultimately” the luck of a high draft ...

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TRAILER: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rolling Stone recaps: Fox offered up a new trailer for their Rocky Horror Picture Show remake during their Comic-Con panel on Thursday. In the clip, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox – who plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” in the film – vamps it up to one of the musical’s signature tunes, “The Time ...

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Director Garry Marshall Dies At Age 81

Variety recaps: Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81. Marshall went from being TV ...

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