Saturday, March 17, 2012

Obituaries

Former Nazi guard and retired auto worker John Demjanjuk, 91, has died in Germany.  He was convicted of war crimes last year.

Pundit Pat Buchanan was much criticized for defending him some years ago.

The accusations against Demjanjuk date to the late 1970s, when the U.S. Justice Department accused him of being a Nazi guard known as "Ivan the Terrible." His U.S. citizenship was revoked in 1981, and he was extradited to Israel in 1986. 
You can read a Buchanan column about him here.

_____

Singer Jimmy Ellis, 74, of complications from Alzheimrer's disease.

The Trammps peaked with the album “Disco Inferno,” whose title track climbed to No. 11 on the Billboard pop chart in 1977. It became emblematic of the disco era when it was used as background music in an extended John Travolta dance sequence in the 1977 movie “Saturday Night Fever.” 
_____

Musician Michael Hossack, 65, of Doobie Brothers fame, of cancer.

_____

Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, 64, from prostate cancer.

He formed Montrose in 1973 with the bassist Bill Church, the drummer Denny Carmassi and an unknown singer credited as Sam Hagar. The band’s first album, called simply “Montrose” and released later that year on Warner Brothers Records, had no hit singles but was a sleeper success, eventually going platinum and becoming a minor landmark of heavy metal. 
_____

No comments: