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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    ^^ Always seemed like a true gent, who commanded respect even from people with no interest in motorsport.

    People like...me, for example.

    His return within weeks from that horrible accident took true cojones.
    Worth watching if you haven’t seen it. Excellent documentary.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3056202/

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    Elder statesman Prem dies at 98



    Privy Counil President General Prem Tinsulanonda passed away on Sunday morning due to heart failure. He was 98.

    He was rushed to hospital early in the morning when he did not get up at his usual time of 5 am, according to a source close to him.


    Medical personnel at Phramongkutklao Hospital spent about three hours trying to resuscitate Prem but failed. He passed away at around 8am.

    Premís aides at his Sisao Thewet residence said that the former premier had shown no signs of any serious health problem before going to bed on Saturday night.


    General Premís royally-sponsored bathing rite is scheduled for 6pm on Monday at Benchamabophit Temple, his family said.
    The ceremony will be presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.


    The elderly statesman had served as president of the Privy Council during the reigns of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej as well the current monarch, HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn.


    Prem was born on August 26, 1920, in the southern province of Songkhla. He joined a cavalry unit of the Royal Thai Army after completing military school and rose to the position of Army commander-in-chief.


    He was Thailandís 16th prime minister, serving three terms from 1980 to 1988. Later, Prem was appointed a Privy Council member in August 1988. He became the president of the royal advisers in September 1998.

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    Singer Leon Redbone Dies at 69



    Singer-songwriter Leon Redbone, who specialized in old-school vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley-style music, died Thursday, his family confirmed. No cause of death was given for the notoriously private performer. He was 69, although, in characteristically deadpan fashion, the official statement announcing his death gave his age as 127.


    Although Redbone’s pop-defying predilection for seemingly antiquated musical styles of the ’20s and ’30s made him the unlikeliest of stars, he became one anyway, appearing several times as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” — including two spots in the inaugural 1975-76 season alone — and landing frequent appearances with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” into the 1980s. Later popular successes had him singing the themes for TV’s “Mr. Beledevere” and “Harry and the Hendersons,” along with contributing a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Zooey Deschanel to the soundtrack of “Elf,” for which he also voiced the animated character of Leon the Snowman.

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    DrJohn obituary

    Pianist,singer and songwriter steeped in the musical forms and voodoo cultureof his native New Orleans
    Wherevermusicians gathered, Dr John, who has died aged 77, was revered assongwriter, singer, arranger and pianist. He became closelyidentified with the rich musical roots of his native NewOrleans andas well as his mastery of the Crescent City’s various musical forms(which included blues, jazz, funk, boogie-woogie and rock’n’roll)he was steeped in its mysterious voodoo culture and folklore.
    Hebegan to develop a cult following with the release of his firstmajor-label album, Gris-Gris (1968), a startling brew of voodoo funkand strange incantations, epitomised by the eerie eight-minute mantraI Walk on Guilded Splinters. Nobody had heard anything like it,including his label boss, AhmetErtegun.“Ahmet asked me: ‘What is this record you gave me … Why didn’tyou give me a record that we could sell?’” Dr John recalled. Hetook the album on tour with a show resembling a bayou magic act,decking himself out in outlandish feathers, witch-doctor robes andheaddresses. For a time the act also featured a man calling himselfPrince Kiyama, who would bite the heads off live chickens onstage.



    Twofollow-up albums to Gris-Gris – Babylon (1969) and Remedies (1970)– began to make him influential friends, including Eric Clapton andMick Jagger, who both appeared on The Sun, Moon & Herbs (1971),and in 1973 he released the biggest selling album of his career, Inthe Right Place. Produced by AllenToussaint andwith the Meters as backing band, it reached No 24 on the Billboardalbum chart and gave him a US Top 10 hit single with Right Place,Wrong Time. It also included Such a Night, which Dr John wouldperform at the Band’s 1976 farewell concert, filmedby Martin Scorsese as The Last Waltz.He failed to reach such sales heights again, but was widely acclaimedacross the rest of his career, and won six Grammys for various albumsand singles.
    DrJohn’s real name was Malcolm John Rebennack, the same as hisfather. Rebennack Sr ran an appliance shop in the East End of NewOrleans, fixing radios and televisions and selling records. “Mac”grew up listening to his father’s hoard of 78s by blues artistssuch as Big Bill Broonzy and Memphis Minnie, jazz by Louis Armstrong,Miles Davis and King Oliver, and country music from Hank Williams andRoy Rogers. His mother, Dorothy (nee Cronin), who had been a fashionmodel and made her own clothes and hats, arranged for her baby son tofeature in advertisements for Ivory soap in the 1940s.
    Hisfamily was intensely musical, with numerous aunts, uncles and cousinswho were amateur musicians. From a young age Mac attended local gigsand, with his father’s assistance, visited recording sessionsat thefabled J&M Studio.It was a meeting with the piano player Professor Longhair when he was14 that persuaded him to pursue a musical career, and he beganperforming at local clubs. When Jesuit high school told him he mustchoose between schooling and music, he picked the latter. Proficienton piano and guitar, at 15 he began playing on recording sessions andaccompanied artists such as Art Neville, Toussaint and Joe Tex. By 16he had started producing tracks and was hired as an artists andrepertoire man by Johnny Vincent at Ace Records.

    In1960 he was involved in a fight when playing a show in Jackson,Mississippi, and had the ring finger of his left hand almost shotoff. He eventually recovered the use of the finger, but it affectedhis guitar playing and caused him to concentrate on the piano.Working in the New Orleans clubs, he became embroiled in the criminalunderworld of drugs and prostitution, and acquired a heroin addictionwhile dealing drugs himself.
    Aftercompleting a two-year jail sentence in Fort Worth, Texas, for drugpossession in 1965, he moved to Los Angeles and soon was in greatdemand as a studio session musician. He played on countless tracksfor the producer Phil Spector for artists including the Ronettes andthe Righteous Brothers, worked with ArethaFranklin andRoberta Flack, recorded with Bob Dylan and DougSahm andplayed with FrankZappa,until Zappa sacked him for using drugs.
    Gris-Griswas recorded on studio time borrowed from Sonny & Cher, with whomhe had been working in Los Angeles and who had helped him secure adeal with Atco records. Produced by HaroldBattiste,another New Orleans native transplanted to the West Coast, it markedthe first appearance of Rebennack’s pseudonym Dr John Creaux, aliasDr John the Night Tripper.
    AfterThe Sun, Moon & Herbs he brought out the album Dr John’s Gumbo(1972), conceived as a tribute to New Orleans music, particularly thecompositions of Professor Longhair. Following the positive reactionto In the Right Place in 1973, his next album, Desitively Bonnaroo(1974), was much less successful and it proved to be his last albumwith Atco. He moved to United Artists for the live album Hollywood BeThy Name (1975), which was also received unenthusiastically.
    Fromthe mid-70s onwards Dr John began a long partnership with thesongwriter DocPomus thatled to songs for his albums City Lights and Tango Palace (both 1979).He then made the solo piano album Dr John Plays Mac Rebennack (1981),a virtuosic showcase of his keyboard skills, and repeated the featwith The Brightest Smile in Town (1983). In 1989, the year he signedto Warner Bros and finally put his heroin addiction behind him, hereleased In a Sentimental Mood, a sleekly-produced collection ofstandards including Makin’ Whoopee, a duet with Rickie Lee Jonesthat earned the pair a Grammy for best jazz vocal performance. He wonanother Grammy for his second Warners album Goin’ Back to NewOrleans (1992), this time for best traditional blues album.

    In1994 he published his autobiography, Under a Hoodoo Moon: The Life ofThe Night Tripper (co-written with Jack Rummel), a lurid memoir ofhis musical life in New Orleans that did not shy away from detailsabout drugs, violence, prostitution and the dark side of the musicindustry. Nonetheless he was beginning to assume the aura of arespected senior citizen, winning a third Grammy in 1996 for thetrack SRV Shuffle from the album A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, anda fourth in 2000 for his duet with BB King on Is You Is Or Is YouAin’t My Baby. Duke Elegant (2000) comprised John’s takes onfavourite Duke Ellington pieces, while Mercernary (2006) was histribute to another classic songwriter, Johnny Mercer.
    Theobliteration of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 spurred DrJohn to release the fundraising EP SippianaHericane,and then City That Care Forgot (2008), an album-length tribute to hisgrievously wounded home town. It won him Grammy number five, in thebest contemporary blues album category, and in 2013 Locked Downbrought him a sixth for best blues album. New Orleans was on his mindonce again when he made Ske-Dat-De-Dat: Spirit of Satch (2014), ahomage to Armstrong, the city’s founding father of jazz.
    DrJohn performed or recorded with innumerable other artists, includingthe Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Levon Helm, Ringo Starr and hisAll-Starr Band, HarryConnick Jr and GreggAllman.He also appeared on the all-star charity version of LouReed’sPerfect Day in 1997. Among memorable covers of his own songs wereversions of I Walk On Guilded Splinters by Cher and then Paul Weller,and Right Place Wrong Time by Tom Jones. He was inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
    Heis survived by his wife, Cat Yellen. Other surviving family membersinclude three daughters, Tara, Jennifer and Karla, from two earliermarriages that ended in divorce, and his sister, Barbara. Anotherdaughter, Jessica, died in 2003


    DrJohn (Malcolm John Rebennack Jr), musician, born 20 November 1941;died 6 June 2019

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    R.I.P Night Tripper, tnx for the music!

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    Interesting article in the New York Times by Robert D. McFadden gives a snippet into the life of Gloria Vanderbilt who died on monday at age 95.

    Gloria Vanderbilt, 1924-2019

    Quite an amazing story of wich I had no idea. Her collection of Little orphan Anne memorabilia took me by surprise as did the custody battle between her mother and her aunt.

    I was unaware that Anderson Cooper of CNN was her son or that another son, Carter Cooper, "fell to his death from her Manhattan penthouse at 23. He had been hanging from a terrace wall and, despite her please, as she later described the moment, let go."

    From the New York Times obituaries Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
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