Friday, February 03, 2017

Ripped in January

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image created via Photofunia.

Georges PrĂȘtre (92), French conductor. He specialized in the French repertoire. Several of his CD's are in our classical music collection.
Peter Sarstedt (75), British singer/songwriter. The classic Where do you go to my lovely is on our car USB stick.
William Peter Blatty (89), American author and film maker. Best known for writing the novel The Exorcist, and the subsequent film adaptation.
Antony Armstrong-Jones (86), also known as Earl of Snowdon, British photographer. Best known for his portraits of royalty and fashion photography.
Loalwa Braz (63), Brazilian singer, guest vocalist of the band Kaoma on their world-wide hit Lambada - which made it to our car USB stick.
Veljo Tormis (86), Estonian composer. Famous for his choral works. We have 3 CD's with his compositions.
Gorden Kaye (75), British actor. Best known for the lead role in the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, which in its best seasons was a hoot.
Mike Connors (91), American actor. He starred in the title role of the TV series Mannix, a must-see in the late sixties.
John Hurt (77), British actor. He played in scores of movies. Some of his most memorable roles are Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta, and Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series. Of his TV work, I'll remember him as Caligula in I Claudius.
Emmanuelle Riva (89), French actress. Best remembered for her starring roles in Hiroshima mon amour and the recent Amour.
Lennart Nilsson (94), Swedish photographer. He specialized in (scientific) macro photography, as well as photojournalism.
John Wetton (67), British bass player, singer and song writer. One of the truly greats of prog music, having been active in bands like King Crimson, Uriah Heep, UK and Asia, and in projects like Steve Hackett's Genesis revisited. Some of his most memorable songs as singer include UK's Rendezvous 6:02 and Steve Hacketts remake of the Genesis anthem Firth of Fifth.