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.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
RIP, continued ....
Jimmy Perry (1923-2016), aged 93. Another stalwart of the golden age of BBC television, Perry was the co-scriptwriter (with David Croft) and creator of those immortal hit series DAD'S ARMY, IT AIN'T HALF HOT MUM, HI-DE-HI and more. They will continue to be watched as long as we watch television, He was actually a Butlins redcoat himself, which must have provided a wealth of material, as did his stint in Burma during the war; and his 25 year writing partnership with Croft was rich indeed.
Pierre Etaix (1928-2016), French comedian, actor, director, clown, almost he French Buster Keaton?. I remember his hit from 1964, YO YO. A lot of his work was unseen for years due to legal tangles. He worked with Tati, Bresson and even Jerry Lewis.
Bobby Vee (1943-2016), aged 73. The almost impossibly cute Bobby Vee was one of those popular singers of the early sixties (like Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Tommy Sands etc) until the arrival of The Beatles and the British Invasion, though he remained popular in the UK till the mid-60s, Vee, at 15, got his start stepping in for the late Buddy Holly in 1959. leading to his 6 gold singles. We kids liked those hits like "Rubber Ball", "The Night Has A 1000 Eyes", "Take Good Care Of My Baby", "Run To Him" etc.. He continued touring until 2011 and the onset of Alzheimers.
Pete Burns (1959-3016) aged 57. Another music legend departs. It was impossible to escape from Burns's "You Spin Me Around" by his band Dead Or Alive, back in 1985. He later developed, in /Boy George's words, into "a great English eccentric", with all his cosmetic surgery and reality TV appearances.