David Carradine R.I.P.

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By GRANT PECK(Associated Press)

BANGKOK – Much like the character that made him famous, David Carradine was always seeking, both spiritually and professionally, his life forever intertwined with the Shaolin priest he played in the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu.”

Carradine was found dead Thursday in Thailand. The 72-year-old actor appeared to have hanged himself in a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel, said Lt. Teerapop Luanseng, the officer responsible for investigating the death.
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Koko Taylor R.I.P.

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Grammy Award-winning blues legend Koko Taylor, 80, died on June 3, 2009 in her hometown of Chicago, IL, as a result of complications following her May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. On May 7, 2009, the critically acclaimed Taylor, known worldwide as the “Queen of the Blues,” won her 29th Blues Music Award (for Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year), making her the recipient of more Blues Music Awards than any other artist. In 2004 she received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award, which is among the highest honors given to an American artist. Her most recent CD, 2007’s Old School, was nominated for a Grammy (eight of her nine Alligator albums were Grammy-nominated). She won a Grammy in 1984 for her guest appearance on the compilation album Blues Explosion on Atlantic.

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Jesus Alfonso Miro R.I.P.

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JESÚS ALFONSO MIRÓ, musical director of Cuba’s famed rumba group, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, passed away at the age of 60 in his beloved city of Matanzas, Cuba the morning of June 3, 2009. Alfonso is a world renown master percussionist, and composer of some of Cuba’s classic rumbas, including including Congo Yambumba, La Llave, Chino Guaguao, Lengua de Obbara, Saludo a Nueva York, among others. As lovingly reported by Cary Diez, manager/producer of Los Munequitos de Matanza, and producer of LA RUMBA SOY YO, the Grammy winning recording, “Jesús gave his entire life to la rumba. Without a doubt his name is there with CHANO, TATA, PAPÍN, and all the greats of CUBAN MUSIC.”
Luz … (courtesy of curuye.com)

He Walked By Night-1948

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He Walked By Night is a great thriller/noir from 1948, starring Richard Basehart and co starring Jack Webb. John Alton’s cinematography makes this movie most noteworthy, as it captures a certain neo-realistic quality, much like the photos of Weegee, which was a brand new concept during this time period. This film is also significant as it was what inspired Jack Webb to create the Dragnet radio and later television series.