Why do legends die young
Of course, the global COVID-19 pandemic does not stop at art and culture. The music and film world has suffered some heavy losses in the past few months. At this point we remember the artists who fell victim to the coronavirus.
Phil Spector (1939-2020)
Spector had killed actress Lana Clarkson with a revolver in the mouth. "I think I killed somebody," Spector allegedly said; later he referred to the fatal shot as "accidental suicide". After he was initially acquitted in 2007 (a juror did not join the guilty verdict), Phil Spector was sentenced to "19 years to life" for manslaughter in 2008. He was sent to a California prison. There, in Stockton, he died yesterday after suffering from Covid at the age of 81.
Charley Pride (1934-2020)
Pride was born on March 18, 1934 in Sledge, Mississippi, USA. He worked from a young age as a cotton picker, in a smelting plant, served in the U.S. Army and played baseball in the Negro Leagues - at the time of segregation, the United States stipulated that whites and blacks played in separate leagues. Pride owed its breakthrough to the music mecca of Nashville. He was signed by RCA and released his first single in 1966, "The Snake Crawls At Night". It was to be the beginning of a long, remarkable career with a number of hits.
Charley Pride was the first African American to be inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame - and is widely referred to as the “first black country superstar”. He himself always campaigned against social separation. “I never see anything other than the staunch American Charley Pride”.
Harold Budd (1936-2020)
Harold Budd was born in Los Angeles in 1936 and has played in countless jazz bars across California since his teenage years. During his military service in the US Army, he met the free jazz legend Albert Ayler and formed a band with him. When he was studying composition in the mid-1960s, he gradually began to compose music in a minimalist style. He then began to work as a lecturer at the California Institute of Arts and released his first studio album "The Oak Of The Golden Dreams."
David Prowse (1935-2020)
Prowse was born on July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England. Before his acting career, the two-meter-tall giant devoted himself to bodybuilding and fitness training. He had his first film roles in 1969 in the film "Crossplot" and in 1970 in "The Horror of Frankenstein" before he landed the role of bodyguard Julian in Stanley Kubrick's milestone "A Clockwork Orange" in 1970.
It was his impressive stature that earned him his role in "Star Wars". Prowse was initially considered for the role of Chewbacca - but in the end he was to make history as Darth Vader.
Roy Horn (1944-2020)Roy Horn had to struggle with serious previous illnesses: In 2003 the show magician and tamer was seriously injured by his white tiger. He never fully recovered from severe blood loss, strokes and brain surgery. "Today the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I've lost my best friend," said his show partner and former partner, Siegfried Fischbacher, 80.
Nick Cordero (1979-2020)
Cordero was a popular Broadway actor ("A Bronx Tale") - he died of the consequences of a corona infection, which led to massive complications during a hospital stay. At the end of March he was hospitalized and suffered strokes from blood clots. Most recently, one of his legs had to be amputated and he needed a new lung.
Manu Dibango (1933-2020)
Not only the jazz scene mourned on March 24, 2020: Afro-jazz legend Manu Manu Dibango died at the age of 86 as a result of an infection with the corona virus. Dibango became known worldwide with the piece "Soul Makossa" and combined the music of his homeland of Cameroon with jazz and funk. With this piece, Dibango was the first African musician to top the US charts.
Alan Merrill (1951-2020)
The New York musician Alan Merrill wrote himself forever in rock history with one piece in particular. Together with his Arrows bandmate Jake Hooker he wrote "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", which would later be made world famous by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Before that, Merrill was better known in Japan and lived in Tokyo. His daughter Laura Merrill announced his death on March 29, 2020: “I'm trying to sleep, but I can't. [...] The coronavirus took my father this morning. I was given two minutes to say goodbye before being rushed out. It seemed peaceful, and when I left there was still hope that it wouldn't be featured on CNN / Fox news screens, ”said the musician's daughter.
Toots Hibbert (1975-2020)
The singer of the reggae group Toots and the Maytals died Friday, September 11th, in Kingston, Jamaica, as a result of an infection with the coronavirus. He was 75 years old.
Mark Blum (1950-2020)
Mark Blum was best known for films like "Crocodile Dundee" and "Susan ... Desperately Wanted". The actor died on March 25, 2020 as a result of the coronavirus. As the "Screen Actors Guild" announced, there were complications at Blum that led to his death. In recent years, Blum has appeared regularly in off-Broadway plays.
Joe Diffie (1958-2020)
Just a few days earlier, the American country singer Joe Diffie announced on his social networks that he was infected with the corona virus. On March 29, 2020, the sad news came that the musician had died at the age of 61. Diffie celebrated great success in the 1990s - he had several top 10 hits in the US country charts. His hits include the tracks “Home”, “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”, “Third Rock from the Sun” and “Pickup Man”.
Andrew Jack (1944-2020)
Andrew Jack played the role of Major (later General) Caluan Ematt in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". His main job was not an actor, but a dialect coach. As such, he ensured the right speech sound in hundreds of productions. Among other things, he played a key role in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and was also hired for Star Wars. Most recently he worked on "The Batman".
Wallace Roney (1960-2020)
After Manu Dibango, Wallace Roney is the second big name that the jazz world loses in a short time. Roney started playing the trumpet at an early age and was already a sideman on studio albums as a teenager. The American's career was inextricably linked to one of his great role models: Miles Davis. Roney first met the jazz giant in 1983 in Manhattan. At that time, the young musician had already made a name for himself in the scene and had a lot of touring experience - but always played on loan instruments. When Davis asked him which instrument he owned, Roney explained that he did not have a trumpet of his own. Davis then gave him one of his instruments - and took him under his wing. Roney is the only musician Davis has ever mentored. He has worked with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Carole King and Joni Mitchell throughout his career. With Davis - a copy of which he was often dubbed - he performed his legendary concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991.
Adam Schlesinger (1967-2020)
Adam Schlesinger was best known for his work in film and television. He wrote the music for the series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and composed musicals and film music. This celebrated great success: for his work on the Stephen Colbert Christmas special "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All" he was awarded a Grammy, and he was also a multiple Emmy winner. Schlesinger was also active in bands: he played in the indie band Fountains of Wayne and the group Ivy. He plays in the supergroup Tinted Windows together with Smashing Pumpkins founding member James Iha, Bun E. Carlos from Cheap Trick and Taylor Hanson from Hanson. Schlesinger died of complications from a COVID-19 infection after being put into an artificial coma. He was only 52 years old.
Ellis Marsalis Jr.
With Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz scene has lost a legend - and the Marsalis music dynasty has lost its head of the family. The New Orleans-born pianist played with Cannonball Adderley and Ornette Coleman and taught generations of musicians in his hometown. Four of Marsalis ‘six sons became musicians themselves - all trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and saxophonist Branford Marsalis, both of whom are at the forefront of the jazz scene. The Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, praised Marsalis Jr. as a legend - and called him "the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz". Marsalis Jr. was 85 years old.
Lee Fiero (1931-2020)
Fierro gained fame primarily through her participation in Steven Spielberg's classic film "Jaws" from 1975 and its third sequel "Jaws - The Reckoning" from 1987. In both films she took on the role of the mother of Alex Kintner, played by Jeffrey Voorhees, who dies in a shark attack. In a particularly memorable scene in the film, Fierro is seen slapping the local police chief Brody, played by Roy Scheider, after he failed to close the beach after the first shark attack.
After her film career in Hollywood, Fierro devoted herself more and more to other cultural branches. As a great theater lover, she was involved in a theater workshop on Martha's Vineyard Island in the US state of Massachusetts throughout her life. There she acted, among other things, as a teacher and personal mentor for aspiring young actors. Most recently she lived in an assisted-care facility in Ohio.
Jay Benedict (1951-2020)
His death was confirmed by an official statement from his management: "We deeply regret to report Jay's death on April 4th due to complications from a COVID-19 infection." He leaves behind his wife Phoebe Scholfield and their sons Freddie and Leopold as well as his daughter Alexis from a previous relationship.
On the big screen, Benedict has appeared in films such as the 1986 science fiction flick "Aliens" and Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" from 2012.
John Prine (1946-2020)
The American country star died of complications from his coronavirus infection after battling COVID-19 in intensive care for several days. Prine died on Tuesday (April 7th) in a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The relatives informed the ROLLING STONE. He was 73 years old. It wasn't until February that he received a Grammy for his life's work.
Alan Garfield (1940-2020)
Garfield, who had studied acting at the Actors Studio in New York, also worked as an acting teacher. Director Quentin Tarantino was one of his students. In recent years, Garfield has increasingly struggled with health problems. In the late 1990s, while preparing for Roman Polanski's film "The Ninth Gate" (1999), Garfield suffered a stroke - a second in 2004. He then retired from acting altogether. Most recently he lived in a senior citizens' and nursing home in California.
Hal Willner (1956-2020)
Willner has been involved in a number of successful projects as a musician and producer over the course of his career. For example, he worked for the popular US television format “Saturday Night Live” for several decades, where he was mainly responsible for the background music for the sketches. But Willner had also made a name for himself outside of the television business, above all as the “right hand man” of Lou Reed, with whom he worked on several albums. As a co-producer, he was also significantly involved in the creative process of the album "Lulu", which was created as a result of the cooperation between Metallica and Lou Reed.
Lee Konitz (1927-2020)
The jazz saxophonist died in a New York hospital as a result of pneumonia caused by COVID-19.
The son of Jewish immigrants became famous alongside Miles Davis, with whom he worked in 1949 and 1950 on his masterpiece "Birth Of The Cool". His closest friends included Charlie Parker and Claude Thornhill.
Allen Daviau (1942-2020)
Allen Daviau succumbed to the consequences of his COVID-19 infection. He was 77 years old. Daviau was - alongside Janusz Kamiński and Douglas Slocombe - the defining cameraman at Steven Spielberg's side. Three of his works with his partner, “E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial "," The Color Purple "and" The Realm of the Sun "were Oscar-nominated, followed by two further nominations for" Avalon "and" Bugsy "(both directed by Barry Levinson). In 2004 he shot his last movie, "Van Helsing".
Matthew Seligman (1956-2020)
Seligman started his career with the Soft Boys, and worked in the 1980s as a bassist for the Thompson Twins, Thomas Dolby and David Bowie, later Peter Murphy and Morrissey.
Fred The Godson (1984-2020)
The New York rapper died at the age of 35. Fred the Godson, real name Fredrick Thomas, only released his new EP in March: “Payback”.
Mike Huckaby (1966-2020)
The Detroit DJ has had a major impact on the electronic music of his city. His management wrote on Huckaby's death: “RIP Mike Huckaby. One of the greatest djs and producers in the history of electronic dance music. An incredible human being. The world has lost a genius today. "
According to initial information, the techno pioneer died as a result of a stroke that was fatally affected by the corona virus.
Troy Sneed (1967-2020)
Sneed began his music career in his home state of Florida, where he studied pedagogy with a minor in music at Florida A&M University and was active as a member of the school choir. After his graduation he was offered a position by Savoy Records as deputy music minister of the Georgia Mass Choir, with which he not only tour the USA, but also record several albums and in 1996 in the Hollywood film "The Preacher's Wife" with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston should perform. Sneed was also nominated for a Grammy for his work on Youth for Christ’s album "Higher", which was released in 1999.
Oscar Chavez (1934-2002)
Chavez was one of Mexico's most famous protest singers. His satirical songs about corrupt elites, performed as folk pieces, were a cultural asset. One of his most popular songs was "La Casita" ("The Little House"), which was devoted to the delightful description of a politician's villa.
Matteo de Cosmo (1968-2020)
The New York art director worked primarily for ABC series such as "Emergence", "The Punisher" and "Luke Cage", most recently for "Harlem’s Kitchen".
Dave Greenfield (1948-2020)
David Paul Greenfield has played with the Stranglers since 1975, who had only started their career a year earlier with Hans Warmling on keyboards. After Greenfield took over the position on the keys, the band's career took off. Her biggest hit, "Golden Brown" from 1982 and a song about heroin, lived on the incisive harpsichord melody and was composed by Greenfield.
Singer and guitarist Hugh Cornwell wrote on Twitter: “He made the difference between the Stranglers and any other punk band. His musical ability and polite nature gave the Stranglers a twist. ”And Greenfield should be remembered, Cornwell said, for“ Golden Brown ”.
Ty, real name Ben Chijioke, was a British hip-hop star who was nominated for the Mercury Prize for his record "Upwards".
Bruce Williamson (1970-2020)
The former lead singer of one of the most important soul groups of all time, The Temptations, succumbed to the effects of Covid-19 infection at the age of 50. Williamson spent the last few hours at his Las Vegas home.
Williamson was born on September 28, 1970 in Los Angeles.E only joined the band 46 years after the founding of Temptations in 2006. He was a lead singer for nine years and can be heard on albums such as "Back To Front" and "Still Here". Of the founding members of the Detroit soul institution, only Otis Williams, who is also the only original Temptation still alive, is on board today.
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