Butch Trucks, (born Claude Hudson “Butch” Trucks) was an American drummer, best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. Trucks died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on January 24, at the age of 69.
Ron ‘Bingo’ Mundy
Ron ‘Bingo’ Mundy, Musician/singer with the doo-wop group, The Marcels, known for turning popular music songs into rock and roll. Mundy died on January 20, at age 76.
Gorden Kaye was an English actor and singer, best known for playing womanizing cafe owner René Artois in the British comedy series ‘Allo ‘Allo! Kaye died January 23 at the age of 75.
Maggie Roche, Singer/Songwriter one of the three sisters in the singing group The Roches. Maggie died of cancer on January 21 at the age of 65.
Joseph S. “Joe” Ruggiero, who performed as Joey Powers, was an American pop singer and songwriter known as a one-hit-wonder for his record “Midnight Mary”. Ruggiero died January 20 at the age of 82.
Miguel Ferrer was an Actor best known for his role as Bob Morton in “Robocop” and Owen Granger in NCIS: LA. He was the son of Rosemary Clooney and José Ferrer. Ferrer died of cancer on Jan. 19 at the age of 61.
Mike Kellie was a Musician, composer and record producer, whose career spanned more than 50 years, and was the founder of Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones. Kellie died on January 18 at age 69
NASA astronaut for Gemini 9A (1966), Apollo 10 (1969), Apollo 17 (1972) and was the last man to have walked on the surface of the moon. Cernan died on January 16, at the age of 82.
Musician, who played bass with the Greg Kihn Band and co-wrote their biggest hits, passed away on January 16 from a heart attack. He was 67.
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
Jimmy Snuka best known by his ring name Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, was a Fijian professional wrestler and actor and WWF Hall of Famer. Snuka died on January 15 at age 73.
Richie Ingui was a Musician/singer who was one of the founding members of the soulful R&B group, Soul Survivors. Richie died of heart failure on January 13, at the age of 69.
Dick Gautier was an Actor, comedian, singer, and caricaturist best known for his television roles as Hymie the Robot in the TV series in “Get Smart” (1965-’70). Gautier died January 13, following a long illness, at age 85.
Lord Snowdon was a Royal Photographer and filmmaker, who worked with Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The Daily Telegraph, died January 13 at age 86
William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty was a Writer and Filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay for its film adaptation. He also wrote and directed the sequel The Exorcist III. After the success of The Exorcist, Blatty reworked Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane! (1960) into a new novel titled The Ninth Configurati. Blatty died on January 12 at age 89.
Tommy Allsup was an American rockabilly and swing musician and the last surviving member of Buddy Holly’s “touring” Crickets for the 1959 Winter Dance Party, Tommy Allsup died on January 11, at 85, after complications from hernia surgery.
Clare Hollingworth was an English journalist and author. She was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II, described as “the scoop of the century”. Hollingworth was found unresponsive in her flat on January 10th. She was 105.
Was an American jazz and pop singer and pianist, who had a long career in the US and UK and was good friends with the Rat Pack. His recordings included “Oh Look A-There Ain’t She Pretty”, “Up, Up and Away” and “Around the World”. His most successful single was “The Lady Is a Tramp”, which sold over one million copies. Greco died on January 10, at 90. Jan 8
Peter Sarstedt, briefly billed early in his career as Peter Lincoln, was a British singer, instrumentalist, and award-winning songwriter. He was best known for writing and performing the single “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?” Sarstedt had progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), diagnosed in 2015, but originally misdiagnosed as dementia in 2013. Sarstedt died on 8 January 2017 at the age of 75.
Rod Mason was a Jazz Musician who founded Hot Five Band and extensively toured in Europe. Mason died January 8 at age 76
Sylvester Potts, Singer – Motown group The Contours and a one-time member of The Four Sonics. Potts died on January 6, at aged 78.
Eddie Kamae was one of the founding members of Sons of Hawaii. He was a ‘ukulele virtuoso, singer, composer, film producer and primary proponent of the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance. Kamae died on January 7, at the age of 89.
Francine York was a film and television actress best known for playing Sabrina Kincaid in “The Doll Squad”. Francine’s first big break came when Jerry Lewis cast her in his film It’s Only Money, a role which brought her a tremendous amount of publicity. This led to Lewis hiring her for five more of his films. York died on January 6, from cancer at age 80.
Was an Actor who appeared opposite Helen Mirren as Papain in the comedy-drama “The Hundred-Foot Journey” and Dr. Vijav Alezais in “Wolf”. Puri died on January 6 from a heart attack. He was 66.
Paul Goble was an award-winning Author and Illustrator who wrote Children’s Books including, “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses”. Goble died from Parkinson’s disease on 5 January 2017, aged 83
Richard John “Mack” Machowicz
Richard John “Mack” Machowicz was a Navy SEAL, and host of the Discovery Channel and Military Channel show Future Weapons. He was the newest member of Spike’s show, Deadliest Warrior. Mack died of brain cancer on January 2nd. He was 51.
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