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December 28, 2012

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Playlist of the Dead 2012

It is time for Obit of the Day’s annual Playlist of the Dead. So listen to the music, read the posts, and remember some incredible talent we’ve lost over the past twelve months. (The glaring exception is the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, for whom I was unable to write a post, but I did put “An Open Letter to NYC” on the playlist.)

January

Fred Milano – original member of Dion and the Belmonts

Johnny Otis – “The Godfather of Rhythm and Blues”

Etta James – Grammy winning R&B legend

February

Whitney Houston - Grammy Award-winning singer

Kathryn McDonald – member of Duke Ellington’s orchestra

Billy Strange – guitarist and songwriter, part of the “Wrecking Crew”

Louisiana Red – blues guitarist

Davy Jones – lead singer of The Monkees

March

Jimmy Ellis – backup singer for The Trammps

Eric Lowen – Grammy Award-winning co-writer of “We Belong”

Earl Scruggs – Bluegrass legend

April

Barney McKenna – last of the original Dubliners

Andrew Love – saxophonist and member of the “Memphis Horns”

Levon Helm – legend of rock and folk, member of The Band

Pete Fornatele – WNEW rock DJ

May

Charles “Skip” Pitts – bass player on “Theme from Shaft

Donna Summer – disco legend and Grammy Award winner

Robin Gibb – member of the Bee Gees

June

Herb Reed – original member of the Platters

Graeme Bell – “The Father of Australian Jazz”

July

Jon Lord – keyboardist for Deep Purple

August

Scott McKenzie – singer, “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”

Willa Ward – member of the gospel group, The Famous Ward Singers

September

“Sugar Boy” Crawford – writer, and original singer, “Iko Iko”

October

R.B. Greaves – writer and singer, “Take a Letter Maria”

Bil Dees – co-writer, “Oh, Pretty Woman”

November

Cleve Duncan – member of The Penguins and lead singer, “Earth Angel”

December

Dave Brubeck – pianist and jazz legend

Fontella Bass – singer of 1965 hit “Rescue Me”

You should be able to find the playlist on Spotify under “Playlist of the Dead 2012” or through my account, Josh Eisenberg.

For more Obit of the Day:

Playlist of the Dead for 2011

Archive

Clever idea for a playlist. 

12:06 // 1 year ago
December 7, 2012

hypervocal:

This is just scratching the surface for bad 2012s. 

CLICK HERE FOR 38 PEOPLE WHO HAD A WORSE 2012 THAN YOU.

Shockingly, people may have had a worse year than Romney tattoo guy.

17:51 // 1 year ago
November 28, 2012
entertainmentweekly:

This week in EW: It’s our annual Entertainers of the Year issue, starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Joss Whedon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and even more of the people you love.

Can we call Ben Affleck the comeback kid?

entertainmentweekly:

This week in EW: It’s our annual Entertainers of the Year issue, starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Joss Whedon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and even more of the people you love.

Can we call Ben Affleck the comeback kid?

10:03 // 1 year ago
November 7, 2012
washingtonpoststyle:

This morning’s front page.
Obama wins.
Maryland approves same-sex marriage, the DREAM act.

Nice shot, guys.

washingtonpoststyle:

This morning’s front page.

Obama wins.

Maryland approves same-sex marriage, the DREAM act.

Nice shot, guys.

1:29 // 1 year ago
November 3, 2012
azipaybarah:

Get ready New York…

Brilliant. Such a show of quiet resiliency. Their best cover since this one.

azipaybarah:

Get ready New York…

Brilliant. Such a show of quiet resiliency. Their best cover since this one.

0:53 // 1 year ago
October 2, 2012
This is a big win in that no one will be turned away on Election Day because they don’t have the new strict voter ID. The state has a large budget to spend on advertising this fact, and we want to make sure it does it.
Benjamin D. Geffen, lawyer with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia • Speaking on the decision by a Pennsylvania judge today to delay implementation of the state’s new voter I.D. law until after the election. Judge Robert Simpson ruled that identification will be requested at Pennsylvania ballots, but will not be required — it was he who’d upheld the law back in August, but the state Supreme Court ordered further hearings, narrowing the examination to whether easy access to forms of I.D. had been provided. source
20:19 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2012
Team Romney probably isn’t too happy about this picture.

Team Romney probably isn’t too happy about this picture.

20:05 // 1 year ago
September 9, 2012
inothernews:

CARRY OUT   Pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer lifts President Obama off the floor during a visit in Ft. Pierce, Florida.  ”Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I’ve ever seen,” said the President.  Van Duzer is a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and says he will do so again in November.  ”I don’t vote party line, I vote who I feel comfortable with, and I do feel extremely comfortable with him,” he told the press pool.  (Photo: AP via The Huffington Post)

To top Obama and Biden's weekend antics, Romney and Paul should find the nearest state fair, stat.

inothernews:

CARRY OUT   Pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer lifts President Obama off the floor during a visit in Ft. Pierce, Florida.  ”Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I’ve ever seen,” said the President.  Van Duzer is a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and says he will do so again in November.  ”I don’t vote party line, I vote who I feel comfortable with, and I do feel extremely comfortable with him,” he told the press pool.  (Photo: AP via The Huffington Post)

To top Obama and Biden's weekend antics, Romney and Paul should find the nearest state fair, stat.

20:45 // 1 year ago
September 5, 2012
It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics. Why? Because poverty, discrimination and ignorance restrict growth. When you stifle human potential, when you don’t invest in new ideas, it doesn’t just cut off the people affected — it hurts us all.
President BILL CLINTON, at the DNC. (via inothernews)

Clinton makes the case for raising the bar. 
22:50 // 1 year ago
August 29, 2012
azipaybarah:

New Jersey papers like it when Christie points.

Chris Christie has an index finger, and he’s not afraid to use it.

azipaybarah:

New Jersey papers like it when Christie points.

Chris Christie has an index finger, and he’s not afraid to use it.

8:43 // 2 years ago