Saturday, February 03, 2018

Ripped in January

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. A busy month for Death, with Dolores as the most shocking victim. Rest in peace.

Ray Thomas (76), British flautist and singer, founding member of the UK progressive rock band The Moody Blues. Many of their songs are on our car MP3 USB stick, including Nights in white satin with the famous Thomas flute solo.
France Gall (70), French pop singer. She had numerous hits in France and other European countries in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Her signature song Poupée de cire, poupée de son, the winner of the 1965 Eurovision song contest, is on our car MP3 USB stick.
Erling Mandelmann (82), Danish photographer. He was noted especially for his portraits, ranging from Noel Coward to Nina Hagen.
Dolores O'Riordan (46), Irish rock singer. As lead singer of the Cranberries, she will be remembered for a string of excellent albums and dozens of marvelous songs, including Promises and Zombie.
Edwin Hawkins (74), American gospel singer and leader of the Edwin Hawkins Singers, famous for the hit Oh happy day. Not a personal favourite, but a key figure in his genre.
Peter Mayle (78), British author. Although I never read his works, his 1989 memoir A Year in Provence was responsible for us spending a few very nice holidays in the Luberon.
Ursula K. Le Guin (88), American fantasy and science fiction author. In the 70s I read several of her novels, including The Left Hand of Darkness.

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