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Ernie Banks, the Eternally Hopeful Mr. Cub, Dies at 83

 

Ernie Banks, the greatest power-hitting shortstop of the 20th century and an unconquerable optimist whose sunny disposition never dimmed in 19 seasons with the perennially stumbling Chicago Cubs, died Friday. He was 83.
His death was announced on Major League Baseball’s website, which did not give a cause. “It’s a beautiful day, let’s play two” became the mantra of the man known as Mr. Cub, a fixture in what he called the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
The most popular Cub ever in a franchise dating to the 1870s, Banks became as much an institution in Chicago as the first Mayor Daley, Studs Terkel, Michael Jordan and George Halas.
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This is more about the presence of his ubiquitous song than poor Andy....

 

Andy Fraser, who co-wrote the rousing rock anthem "All Right Now" when he was the teenage bassist for the British rock band Free, has died in California at age 62.

Fraser had been living in the Southern California desert community of Temecula, where he died Monday, the Riverside County coroner said in a statement. The cause of death is not yet known and remains under investigation.

At age 15, the London-born Fraser briefly became a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The group functioned as a training ground for young British rockers including Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.

Within a year, Fraser became a founding member of Free. The band's most prominent member was singer and guitarist Paul Rodgers, who would also go on to front Bad Company and The Firm.

The band's biggest hit by far was 1970's "All Right Now," which remains one of the defining hits of classic rock radio. Fraser also produced the track and plays a bass solo on it.

The song is also a staple of football stadiums. The Stanford University and University of Southern California marching bands each play it at virtually every game.

Fraser kept playing music for most of his life, but he would never equal the success he had as a teen with Free, which broke up in 1972.

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Death yesterday of English Folk Blues Guitarist John Renbourne. He formed the band "Pentangle" with Bert Jansch who died in 2011.

Saw 'em all many times.

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Richie Benaud: Australia Cricket legend & commentater dies at 84
 

Former Australia captain and legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud has died at the age of 84.

A pioneering leg-spin bowler, Benaud played in 63 Tests, 28 as captain, before retiring in 1964 to pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting.

His final commentary in England came during the 2005 Ashes series, but he continued to work for Channel Nine in Australia until 2013.

In November, he revealed he was being treated for skin cancer.

Some famous Benaud phrases and one-liners:

"Morning everyone"

"It's gone straight into the confectionary stall and out again""

"And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just ninety-eight runs short of his century"

Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards said Benaud was "the iconic voice of our summer", while the Australian government has offered to hold a state funeral.

Benaud enjoyed a long association with the BBC following his first radio appearance for the corporation in 1960.

"Richie was not just a great cricket commentator, he was one of the finest sports commentators of his generation," said Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport.

"He was an integral part of the BBC team for decades and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of working with him."

Benaud built his reputation as a commentator following an outstanding playing career in which he took 945 wickets in 259 first-class matches and made 11,719 first-class runs, scoring 23 centuries at an average of 36.50.

Tributes have been pouring in from around the world following the news of Benaud's death.

Shane Warne, Australia's record wicket-taker, made a particularly heartfelt contribution. 

"Dear Richie, you were a legend on all levels and rightly so too," said Warne. "As a cricketer, commentator and as a person, you were the best there's ever been and, to top it off, an absolute gentleman."

 

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott  said Benaud's passing was "a sad day for Australia", adding: "We have lost a cricketing champion and Australian icon. What an innings. RIP Richie Benaud."

 

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott  said: "Farewell Richie Benaud. Wonderful cricketer, great captain, a master craftsman commentator and top man. Will always be remembered and admired."

 

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara  added: "So sad to hear about the passing of Richie Benaud. The great voice of cricket is no more. He defined an era with conviction and sincerity."

 

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke said cricket had "lost perhaps its greatest advocate and someone who was a true giant of the modern game".

 

Benaud was the first man to achieve 2,000 runs and 200 wickets at Test level. He was also a highly regarded tactician and never lost a Test series as Australia captain, winning five and drawing two.

After such an impressive playing career, he became even better known as a prolific author, columnist and commentator on cricket.

 

After the 1956 Ashes tour in England, he completed a BBC training course while still a player, marking the beginning of a 40-year association with the corporation.

 

His first BBC radio commentary came in 1960, followed by his first television appearance three years later.

With his mellifluous, light delivery, enthusiastically imitated by comedians and cricket fans alike, Benaud also became the lead commentator on Australian television's Channel Nine from 1977.

 

At the age of 83, he crushed two vertebrae when his 1963 Sunbeam vintage sports car hit a brick wall near his home in Coogee, Sydney.

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R.I.P. Richie.... you are a Legend :love0029:

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Percy Sledge, the soul singer who took "When a Man Loves a Woman" to the top of the charts in 1966, died this morning at his Baton Rouge home.  He was 73.

Prior to becoming a recording artist, Sledge worked as a hospital nurse.  He caught his big break when he recorded "When a Man Loves a Woman."  Sledge took the track, his debut single, to number-one on both the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent two weeks at the summit, and on the Billboard R&B Chart, where it held the top spot for six weeks.  The song also reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom twice--going to number-four upon its original release and reaching #2 when it was re-released in 1987.  The song found new life in the United States in 1991 when Michael Bolton's cover of "When a Man Loves a Woman" topped the Billboard Hot 100.

Thursday will mark the 49th anniversary of the release of "When a Man Loves a Woman" as a single.

 

One of the greatest singles of all time imo, for those of you with Netflix there is an excellent doc about the Muscle Shoals studios where Percy recorded. RIP

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RIP Mr. Sledge. That song ended a multitude of high school dances and started many romances. I remember it fondly. A classic. 

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Gunter Grass, Germany's greatest twentieth century writer, has died.

 

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Thank you my friend. It's this bloody Internet Explorer.

Every time I'm in here something glitches. I think damn, forgot again to use Google Chrome or whatever.

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B.B. "Blues Boy" King has passed.................

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of

generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday

at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

 

His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT.

 

Go softly......

 

 

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B B King was a legend .

 

Not many of the great blues and soul men and women left now .

 

Someday they'll all be gone but their music will live on forever .

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I think his Mother was a Contessa... 

 

I love the old Hammer Vampy movies ... sad to see him leave us ..

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