Thursday, November 17, 2016

Obituaries

A few deaths to note:

Nixon official Melvin Laird, the defense secretary who oversaw the Vietnam War mess that Nixon deliberately stretched out for four more years following his sabotage of the 1968 Paris Peace Talks, has died. He was 94.

Bob Williams, a friend and former campaign aide to Laird, confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the former House member had died and said he had kept a clear mind and concern for the nation in his final days. He said Laird had been thinking recently about ways to ensure that either President-elect Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, picked a capable secretary of defense to lead the nation's military.

“Oh my, yes, he took that so seriously because of the power you had and the power to influence the president," Williams said of the defense secretary job.

Laird should be happy he isn't around to witness this shit.
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Famed blues and jazz pianist Mose Allison, 89, has died. His daughter confirmed the death.

Allison was born Nov. 11, 1927, in the Mississippi Delta region and began playing piano at age 5. He moved to New York City in 1956 and began his jazz career. Allison performed with many legendary jazz artists including Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, and Zoot Sims. He released his debut album in 1957 on Prestige Records.

In 1963, he released his first album featuring all vocal songs, “Mose Allison Sings.” That album featured one of his most famous songs, “Parchman Farm.” Prestige tried to market him as a pop star, and Columbia and Atlantic Records later positioned him as a blues artist.
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Pro tennis player Gardnar Mulloy, an impressive 102, also passed away:

Mulloy, who played competitive tennis into his 90s, was known primarily as a doubles player with partner Billy Talbert. The pair won the U.S. men’s doubles title four times between 1942 and 1948. Mulloy also won the doubles championship at Wimbledon, England, in 1957 with a different partner, Budge Patty, also of the United States.
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Former country singer Holly Dunn, 59, has also died. She died in Albuquerque of ovarian cancer:

Holly Suzette Dunn was born Aug. 22, 1957, in San Antonio, Texas. She sang with bands in high school and college. She moved to Nashville after graduating from Abilene Christian University. Dunn had her first top-10 hit in 1986 with "Daddy's Hands," which reached No. 7. With the release of her second album, "Cornerstone," she had three top-10 hits in succession, with "Love Someone Like Me," "Only When I Love," and "Strangers Again."

She quit the music industry in 2003 not because of health reasons but to pursue her interest in art.
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