R.I.P. To These Celebs Who Have Passed Away In 2017

JANUARY

01 – Stuart Hamilton, Canadian pianist/opera singing coach – Artistic Director Emeritus of Opera in Concert – age 87

02 – Richard Machowicz, Actor/Navy Seal – host of TV show Future Weapons – age 51

05 – Paul Goble, Children’s Books Writer – “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” – age 83

06 – Francine York, Actress – Sabrina Kincaid in “The Doll Squad” (1973) – age 80

07 – Sylvester Potts, Singer – Motown group The Contours, “Do You Love Me” (1962) – age 79

07 – Eddie Kamae, Singer/Composer – founder of The Sons of Hawaii, Ukulele Hall of Fame Inductee – age 89

08 – Peter Sarstedt, English Singer/Songwriter – “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?” – age 75

08 – Rod Mason, Jazz Musician – founded Hot Five Band and extensively toured in Europe – age 76

10 – Buddy Greco, Jazz Singer – “The Lady Is a Tramp” – age 90

11 – Tommy Allsup, Musician – toured with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson see story – age 85




12 – Larry Steinbachek, Musician – original member of Bronski Beat (1983) – age 56

13 – Dick Gautier, Actor – Hymie the Robot in TV series “Get Smart” (1965-’70) – age 85

15 – Jimmy Snuka, Wrestler – WWF Hall of Fame in 1996 – age 73

15 – Richie Ingui, Musician/singer – original member of Soul Survivors (1965) – age 70

16 – Eugene Cernan, NASA astronaut – Gemini 9A (1966), Apollo 10 (1969), Apollo 17 (1972) last man on the moon – age 82

16 – Steve Wright, Musician/bass guitarist – The Greg Kihn Band

18 – Mike Kellie, Musician – played with Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones – age 69

19 – Miguel Ferrer, Actor – Bob Morton in “Robocop” and Owen Granger in NCIS:LA – age 61

20 – Joey Powers, Singer – “Midnight Mary” (1964) (his only hit) – age 82

21 – Maggie Roche, Singer/Songwriter – three sisters singing group The Roches – age 65

23 – Gorden Kaye, Actor – René Artois in TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo! – age 75

24 – Butch Trucks, Musician/drummer – original member of The Allman Brothers Band (1969) – age 69

24 – Ron ‘Bingo’ Mundy, Musician/singer – with group The Marcels, hit “Blue Moon” – age 76

25 – John Hurt, Actor – John Merrick in “The Elephant Man” (1980) – age 77

25 – Mary Tyler Moore, Actress – Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) and Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Show (1970-1977) age – 80

26 – Mike Connors, Actor – Joe Mannix in TV show “Mannix” (1967-1975) – age 91

26 – Barbara Hale, Actress – Della Street on TV show “Perry Mason” (1957-1966) – age 94

27 – Bob Holiday, Stage Actor – portrayed Superman in “It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman” – age 84

28 – Geoff Nicholls, Musician – keyboardist for Black Sabbath (1979-2004) – age 68

28 – Bobby Freeman, Musician/Singer – top 10 R&B hits: “Do You Want to Dance” (1958), “C’mon and Swim” – age 76

28 – Guitar Gable, Musician/Sonwriter – swamp pop & blues song This Should Go On Forever – age 79

28 – Ken Hartle, WWII Navy Diver – recovered sailors who perished in the attack on Pearl Harbor 1941 (Please read this story) – age 103

31 – John Wetton, Musician/bassist – played with Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash – age 67

31 – Frank Pellegrino, Actor – Johnny Dio in movie Goodfellas – age 72

FEBRUARY

05 – Sonny Geraci, Musician – played with The Outsiders (“Time Won’t Let Me”), and Climax (“Precious and Few”) – age 69

05 – David Axelrod, Jazz musician – released 13 albums between 1968 and 2004 – age 85

06 – Alec McCowen, Actor – ‘Q’ Algy in “Never Say Never Again” (1983) – age 91

06 – “Professor” Irwin Corey, Actor/Comedian – frequent guest on game and talk shows for four decades – age 102

07 – Richard Hatch, Actor – Captain Apollo in “Battlestar Galactica” (1978-80) – age 71

10 – Mike Ilitch, Entrepreneur – founder of Little Caesars Pizza, owned Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers – age 87

10 – LTG Hal Moore, United States Army lieutenant general – commanded actual battle in Vietnam memorialized in movie “We Were Soldiers” – age 94

12 – Al Jarreau, Jazz Singer – 7 Grammy Awards, “We’re in This Love Together”, “After All” – age 76

16 – George Steele, Professional Wrestler – WWF Wrestler (1967-88) known as “The Animal – age 79

19 – Larry Coryell, Jazz Musician – “Godfather of Fusion” – age 73

21 – Joy Hruby, Australian Actress – Joy’s World TV show – age 90

25 – Ron Savage, News Correspondent – Fox Ch.2 Detroit, Mich; also a firefighter in Milford – age 62

25 – Neil Fingleton, Actor – tallest British-born man 7’7″; “47 Ronin”, “Jupiter Ascending” – age 36

25 – Bill Paxton, Actor – “Aliens”, “Predator 2”, “True Lies”, “Apollo 13”, “Twister” – age 61

26 – Joseph Wapner, Judge – L.A. County Superior Court and TV show “The Peoples Court” (1981-93) – age 97

MARCH

03 – Míriam Colón, Actress – Mama Montana in Scarface (1983), Rosa in Sabrina (1995) – age 80




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