Sad to see that Annette Funicello passed away Monday from complications from MS. Now I admit, her highly nasal voice was sometimes annoying, but you couldn’t help but love her! She and Hayley Mills are my two favorite Disney stars. Rest in peace Annette, and I hope you’re surfing free in heaven!
He wasn’t just the name of that shampoo on your shower shelf, Vidal Sassoon was a revolutionary in hair design who freed women of curlers and heavily sprayed beehives with the precise cuts that made 60′s hair swing!
Sorry to hear this– His hair designs were iconic,and guess what famous alien’s haircut he designed? Yup!
Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, Sassoon’s designs would never work on my head -my hair is too thick and curly. But as a youngster in the 60s-70s, I would have loved just one day with hair straight enough to be swingy like this! R.I.P. Vidal.
I heard today the very sad news that singer, actor,jockey, and former Monkee Davy Jones passed away from a heart attack in his home today, he was only 66. Long before Davy was a Monkee, he was a child actor on British soap operas and played The Artful Dodger in Oliver! on Broadway. Ironically, the night that The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, Davy was backstage with the cast of Oliver! waiting to perform; little did he or the screaming hordes in the theater know that he’d become as idolized as Paul McCartney in just two years.
I had the great pleasure of seeing Davy perform with Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz when they did a Monkee reunion in 1996. It was a great show and you could see that Davy LOVED performing. My sister and I had 7th row seats and at one point, Davy walked up and down the side aisles, touching hands with fans. I found myself calling “Come here Davy!” (just like a tween again). Alas we were too far in the aisle, but man, what a fun show! I recall it once said of Davy that “..if a fridge door opened, he’d do five minutes!” and I could just see him performing for the milk and mayonnaise. He had one of the most unique, warm, yet seductive voices I’ve ever heard. Behold several of my favorites:
And here’s the funny scene from The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) where Davy sings Girl at the school dance –looking a bit confused at the grunge influence,but so fun! The teachers are turned on and the students eventually realize that this guy was cool! (not the best quality, but the only copy I could find)
A commenter on YouTube wrote today: “A part of my childhood passed away today.” I think many American women in my generation (1960′s) would sadly agree. Farewell Davy. Thanks for the joy.
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I’ve always been a bit late to the party when it comes to buying newer music. I became aware of Amy Winehouse when she became a sensation with “Rehab” in 2006, and although I considered getting her CD, I just didn’t get around to it. And now, after hearing of her tragic passing, and listening to several of her songs on YouTube, I know I’ll be buying some of her music. I always feel bummed when artists get a posthumous bump in their earnings, not because they don’t deserve it, but because they’re not around to enjoy the fruits of their labor. And I’m sure there will be some that exploit her death for more money, and that’s just wrong.
For now, I listen to more of Amy’s songs, and I enjoy her smokey, gritty delivery and the retro styling of Back to Black and Rehab. I love the funky way she wore her super beehive ‘do and Cleopatra makeup, but Amy sang lyrics that you’d never hear from The Ronettes. Although I haven’t heard all of Amy’s catalog, one of my favorites so far is “F— Me Pumps”, that really rips apart the sad bar-fly lifestyle that so many young women throw themselves into. But the one thing that I’ve taken away from her works so far is that you could always hear her soul in her music, and how the often happy girl-group sound of her songs cleverly hid the anguish and heartbreak of her lyrics. A good artist sings lyrics, a great artist feels them. I can’t truly review her music since I am still unfamiliar with much of it, but I extend my deepest sympathies to her family, friends, and admirers around the world. I am sorry that her personal demons took her life, a life that could have produced so much more, but I truly hope that she’ll find her peace in eternity.
Farewell Amy, we hardly knew you. Here’s a few videos I like, especially the last one, no pretense, it’s just Amy:
Here’s a loving tribute by Amy’s friend, comedian Russel Brand: