Sunday, April 03, 2016

Ripped in March

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

Tony Dyson (68), British designer. He was the man who created the famous Star Wars droid R2D2, as well as various props for movies like Moonraker and Superman II.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (86), Austrian conductor and pioneer of the historically informed performances. Not a personal favourite, but there is no denying his importance.
Gary Braasch (70), American photographer specializing in wildlife and environment. His work was published in Time, Life, and many other magazines,
Michael White (80), British impresario and film producer, Best remembered as the producer of that cult movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
George Martin (90), British record producer, composer and musician, One of the most successful producers of all time, and extensively involved in all Beatles records (he was known  as the fifth Beatle).
Jon English (66), British-born Australian singer/songwriter. His seventies hit Hollywood Seven is on our car USB stick.
Keith Emerson (71), British keyboardist and composer. After his spell with The Nice, he was the cofounder of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, one of the most famous prog bands of all time. Although I never warmed up to their albums, several of their songs are great, first and foremost Lucky Man.
Peter Maxwell Davies (81), British composer. He was one of my favourite contemporary composers. I have dozens of CD's of his works including his symphonies, concertos, and string quartets.
Sylvia Anderson (88), British producer and voice actress. She created and voiced Lady Penelope in The Thunderbirds, my favourite sixties' TV show.
Johan Cruyff (68), Dutch football player and coach. Not a typical AFAS subject, but a legend for my generation. Widely regarded as one of the best of all time.
Garry Shandling (66), American comedian and actor. Best remembered for The Larry Sanders Show.
Ronnie Corbett (85), British comedian. A long-time presence in the British comedy scene, probably best remembered for his co-starring role in The two Ronnies.
Zaha Hadid (65), Iraqi-British architect. One of the most famous of the past fifty years, her work includes many iconic buildings, and she was the first female recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Douglas Wilmer (96), British actor. He played Sherlock Holmes in the 1965 TV series, and appeared in numerous TV series and movies, including some of my favourites like The Avengers, UFO, Octopussy, and Sherlock.