Friday, December 31, 2010


The Year in Appreciations

By Edward Copeland
Now this is hardly a comprehensive list of the artists who left us in the calendar year 2010, but just of those we had the time and energy to do write-ups on. Sometimes the death announcements hit at an inopportune time for me such as when we lost Dino De Laurentiis. I was on the way to a lengthy doctor's appointment and by the time I got home, I was so worn out the news was so old, I didn't have the stamina to type something out. Othertimes, even important artists who deserved mention, I wouldn't have had much to say about, even someone as great (and a Facebook friend) such as George Hickenlooper. I wouldn't have had much to say about Barbara Billingsley or Ronni Chasen, but they deserved notice as did Mitch Miller, Jerry Bock, Sally Menke and many others. It's meant as no slight on those we didn't. There are a lot of names, but I doubt that even this list is comprehensive.

Jean Simmons (January 23)

J.D. Salinger (January 28)

Peter Graves (March 14)

Robert Culp (March 24)

David Mills (March 31)

John Forsythe (April 2)

Dixie Carter (April 10)

Lynn Redgrave (May 3)

Lena Horne (May 10)

Dennis Hopper (May 29)

Rue McClanahan (June 3)

James Gammon (July 17)

in Major League

Patricia Neal (August 8)

Kevin McCarthy (September 12)

Harold Gould (September 13)

Arthur Penn (September 29)

Tony Curtis (September 30)

Stephen J. Cannell (October 1)

Tom Bosley (October 19)

Monica Johnson (November 2)

Jill Clayburgh (November 5)

Leslie Nielsen (November 28)

Blake Edwards (December 16)

Others who deserve remembering in alphabetical order: Corey Allen, Dede Allen, Sparky Anderson, Louis Auchincloss, Beryl Bainbridge, Roy Ward Baker, Eddie Barth, Martin Baum, Captain Beefheart, Martin Benson, Luis Garcia Berlanga, Lisa Blount, Denise Borino-Quinn, Vance Bourjaily, Robert F. Boyle, David Brown, Solomon Burke, Jackie Burroughs, Christopher Cazenove, Claude Chabrol, Maury Chaykin, Chao Li Chi, Alex Chilton, John Clifford, Art Clokey, Hank Cochran, Clay Cole, Gary Coleman, Paul Conrad, Leo Cullum, Joe Deal, Jimmy Dean, Richard Devon, George DiCenzo, Ronnie James Dio, Nancy Dolman, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Donal Donnelly, Clive Donner, Paul Dunlap, Doris Eaton, Bill Erwin, Doug Fieger, Eddie Fisher, Maureen Forrester, Fred Foy, William A. Fraker, Dick Francis, David Froman, Frank Giering, Jackson Gillis, Greg Giraldo, Mark Gordon, Henryk Gorecki, John Graysmark, Kathryn Grayson, Bud Greenspan, Bob Guccione, Corey Haim, Barry Hannah, Capt. Phil Harris, Peter Haskell, June Havoc, Peter Hofmann, Alan Hume, Gregory Isaacs, Marvin Isley, Peter Jamison, Mitch Jayne, Lionel Jeffries, Lamont Johnson, Elliott Kastner, Larry Keith, Irvin Kershner, Andrew Koenig, Michael Kuchwara, Steve Landesberg, Jack Levine, Marcia Lewis, Abbey Lincoln, Art Linkletter, James MacArthur, Simon MacCorkindale, Tom Mankiewicz, Joe Mantell, Teena Marie, Jim Marshall, Grant McCune, Kate McGarrigle, Vonetta McGee, Malcolm McLaren, Caroline McWilliams, Justin Mentell, Don Meredith, James Mitchell, Willie Mitchell, Mario Monicelli, Elizabeth Moody, Ronald Neame, Edwin Newman, Kazuo Ohno, Merlin Olsen, Nikos Papatakis, Fess Parker, Robert B. Parker, Robert Paynter, Harvey Pekar, Teddy Pendergrass, Charles Pierce, Ingrid Pitt, Belva Plain, Sigmar Polke, Dorothy Provine, Pete Quaife, Irving Ravetch, Corin Redgrave, Frances Reid, Pernell Roberts, Eric Rohmer, Lina Romay, Aaron Ruben, Zelda Rubinstein, Bruno S., Jose Saramago, Furio Scarpelli, Robert Schimmel, Karen Schmeer, Daniel Schorr, Erich Segal, Robert J. Serling, Glenn Shadix, Ted Sorenson, David Soyer, Joseph Stein, George Steinbrenner, Joseph Strick, Gloria Stuart, Joan Sutherland, Hideko Takamine, Billy Taylor, Derek Vanlint, Shirley Verrett, Helen Wagner, Albertina Walker, Earl Wild, Norman Wisdom, David L. Wolper, Ilene Woods, Lorene Yarnell and Howard Zinn.

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My God. We lost so many names this year it almost hurts.
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