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December 28, 2012

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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

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Clever idea for a playlist. 

12:06 // 1 year ago
March 22, 2012
breakingnews:

Whitney Houston died from accidental drowning, and contributing factors included heart disease and cocaine use, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirms.
Houston was found unresponsive and underwater in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, a day before the Grammy Awards. - People.com
Photo: Tibrina Hobson / WireImage

Pretty crazy, guys.

breakingnews:

Whitney Houston died from accidental drowning, and contributing factors included heart disease and cocaine use, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirms.

Houston was found unresponsive and underwater in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, a day before the Grammy Awards. - People.com


Photo: Tibrina Hobson / WireImage

Pretty crazy, guys.

17:55 // 2 years ago
February 26, 2012
The world’s top film honors are in jeopardy of losing their status as the second most-watched TV event in the United States behind professional football’s Super Bowl if they can’t lure more than 40 million viewers, which will be difficult given that silent movie ‘The Artist’ is this year’s big picture.
A Reuters article talking about this year’s Oscars, which finds itself in the weird position of likely being the second-most-watched awards show of the year, after the Grammys got a massive ratings boost in the wake of Whitney Houston’s death earlier this month. Whaddya mean there’s no mainstream appeal in silent movies?
11:04 // 2 years ago
February 22, 2012
The National Enquirer isn’t above running photos of famous celebrities in their coffin at a private funeral. (Go find it yourself if you wanna see it.) Should they have run a photo of Whitney Houston from her funeral?

The National Enquirer isn’t above running photos of famous celebrities in their coffin at a private funeral. (Go find it yourself if you wanna see it.) Should they have run a photo of Whitney Houston from her funeral?

22:39 // 2 years ago
February 20, 2012

New Jersey residents, others upset about flying flags half-staff for Whitney

  • cause To honor one of the state’s greatest pop stars, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had state buildings fly flags at half-staff (usually reserved for military or politicians) ahead of Whitney Houston’s funeral this past Saturday.
  • reaction Reactions to the decision have been strong — one New Jersey town basically ignored the order and a Michigan man (whose son was killed in Iraq back 2005) burned a replica of the state’s flag on his outdoor grill.
  • response Christie defended his decision last week, prior to Houston’s funeral: “For those people who say, ‘I don’t think she deserves it,’ I say to them, ‘I understand that you don’t think that. I do, and it’s my executive order.’” source

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20:43 // 2 years ago
February 18, 2012
12:52 // 2 years ago
February 17, 2012
Why a news-breaking tweet didn’t go viral the first time
What if you were the first person on the beat of a major news story, and you beat everyone by like an hour? That was the situation of Aja Dior M. (Twitter handle @AjaDiorNavy), who was the very first person to post about the death of Whitney Houston last Saturday. Yes, she broke it. But as you can see in this graph above, a total of 16 people touched the tweet at first. When AP finally broke the news nearly an hour later, that’s when it went viral. It wasn’t until hours later that the media noticed that she had scooped them. Why is that? Gilad Lotan of SocialFlow argues that her network wasn’t built out in a way that would encourage the spread of this info beyond a small group. “We’ve seen this many times before,” he writes. ”The combination of the right timing, network and topicality make or break an information cascade.”

Why a news-breaking tweet didn’t go viral the first time

What if you were the first person on the beat of a major news story, and you beat everyone by like an hour? That was the situation of Aja Dior M. (Twitter handle @AjaDiorNavy), who was the very first person to post about the death of Whitney Houston last Saturday. Yes, she broke it. But as you can see in this graph above, a total of 16 people touched the tweet at first. When AP finally broke the news nearly an hour later, that’s when it went viral. It wasn’t until hours later that the media noticed that she had scooped them. Why is that? Gilad Lotan of SocialFlow argues that her network wasn’t built out in a way that would encourage the spread of this info beyond a small group. “We’ve seen this many times before,” he writes. ”The combination of the right timing, network and topicality make or break an information cascade.”

22:24 // 2 years ago
February 13, 2012
Autopsy inconclusive: Coroner’s officials don’t know how Whitney died: Despite claims from TMZ that her death may have been an overdose, officials say it’s too early to tell if that was the case. She may have also drowned in the bathtub inside her hotel room. Officials say there were no signs of trauma. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Autopsy inconclusive: Coroner’s officials don’t know how Whitney died: Despite claims from TMZ that her death may have been an overdose, officials say it’s too early to tell if that was the case. She may have also drowned in the bathtub inside her hotel room. Officials say there were no signs of trauma. source

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10:28 // 2 years ago
February 12, 2012
Let’s hope this isn’t anything.

Let’s hope this isn’t anything.

14:38 // 2 years ago

Tony Bennett Thinks You Have the Greatest Voice He’s Ever Heard and Then You Die.

hman:

Tony Bennett tells us, “It’s a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I’ve ever heard and she will be truly missed.”

“Of all of the singers I’ve ever heard, Amy was the best one.”

On k.d. lang: ”Next to Judy Garland, she’s the best singer I’ve ever heard,” he says, tearing up with emotion. “She gives me goose bumps when I hear her sing.”

On Ella Fitzgerald: “She made as many records as Crosby and Sinatra and they’re all beautiful. They’re all in top shape … [s]he’s the best singer I ever heard … absolutely.”

Tony Bennett is way too quick to give out praise.

(via joshsternberg)

13:52 // 2 years ago