Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Two more 1930s legends gone: Shirley Temple (1928-2014), aged 85, and Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) aged 93.
I saw her once, on the London Underground, early in the morning when on my way to work - she was kitted out in a fur coat and the full slap on, as she hung on to a rail, like the rest of us, to the astonishment of some girls sitting down who recognised her. It was always easy to recognise Kate who was always absolutely fab when playing up to being a legendary vamp, but she was a serious actress too, but with those looks glamour tv and Hammer Horror movies played their part too. The newspaper obituaries referred to her "cliff high cheekbones which one could cut serrano ham on".
Frankie Knuckles, 1955-2014, aged 59. It is hard to exaggerate the role disk jockey and record producer Frankie Knuckles played in the growth and popularity of electronic dance music. He oversaw a gay, black underground scene in the '80s in Chicago which became "house music", a vast worldwide leisure culture. He began in that pre-Aids worldL the 1970s Continental Baths in New York where musical entertainment was laid on for the clients, this was where the likes of Bette Midler and Barry Manilow began. When Knuckles's career started the concept of a Superstar DJ or dance music conquering America would have been unthinkable. "The Godfather of House" provided the soundtrack to those clubbing nights for many around the world.