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Died On This Date (January 1, 2013) Patti Page / American Pop Legend

Posted by themusicsover on January 1, 2013

Patti Page (Born Clara Ann Fowler)
November 8, 1927 – January 1, 2013

patti-pagePatti Page was an American singer who has been called the biggest selling female singer of the ’50s. Born into poverty in Oklahoma, Page began singing professionally after she graduating high school in 1945.  Her first appearance of note was a 15-minute segment on KTUL radio in Tulsa.  That lead to a touring gig with the Jimmy Joy Band who ultimately settled in Chicago where she met Benny Goodman who helped her land her first contract with Mercury Records.  Over the next several years, Page scored huge hits with “Tennessee Waltz,” “With My Eyes Wide Open, I’m Dreaming,” “(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window,” and many more.  Between 1950 and 1965, she had 15 singles that sold over a million copies each.  Over the course of her career, she sold more than 100 million records.  Page made records into the ’80s and continued to perform as many as 50 dates a year until the time of her passing.  She also appeared in such films as Elmer Gantry and Boys’ Night Out.  In 2007, Jack White had a hit with “Conquest,” which was a hit for Page during the early ’50s.  Patti Page was 85 when she passed away on January 1, 2013.

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Died On This Date (September 25, 2012) Andy Williams / Iconic American Crooner

Posted by themusicsover on September 26, 2012

Howard “Andy” Williams
December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012

With 18 gold and three platinum albums, and a three-time Emmy winning primetime variety show, Andy Williams was a force to be reckoned with during the ’60s and ’70s.  Williams launched his career with six recordings for an X Records, and RCA Victor label, in 1953.  A year later he made his first of many appearances on Tonight Starring Steve Allen which led to his signing to Cadence Records and his first hits. By the mid ’60s, Williams was recording for Columbia and had purchased the Cadence master tape catalog which also included recordings by the Everly Brothers and the Chordettes.  He soon launched Barnaby Records which had hits with Ray Stevens’ “Everything Is Beautiful” and “The Streak.”  He also signed a young Jimmy Buffett to his first record deal at Barnaby. Meanwhile, Williams was quickly becoming the most popular pop vocalist of his era.  At one point during the ’60s, he was awarded the most expensive recording contract in history.  As a solo performer with 18 gold records, his award count was eclipsed by only Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, and Frank Sinatra at the time. Williams’ many hits over the years included “Born Free,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story,” “Butterfly,” and “Can’t Get Used To Losing You.” The Andy Williams Show, which ran between 1962 and 1971, was one of the most popular variety shows of all time.  It played host to most of the biggest names in show business, and it’s semi-annual Christmas specials set the standard. And with eight Christmas albums and a huge hit with “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” Williams became known around the world as Mr. Christmas.  And although he was considered a “square” by the counter culture, Williams was one of the few major stars who was very vocal against the Nixon Administration’s attempts to deport John Lennon during the early ’70s.  In May of 1992, Williams opened the Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri.  Hosting performers like Glen Campbell, Ann-MargretRich Little and David Copperfield, the theater became one of the most popular venues in the city.  Andy Williams was 84 when he passed away on September 25, 2012. He had been suffering from bladder cancer.

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Died On This Date (September 7, 2012) Dorothy McGuire / The McGuire Sisters

Posted by themusicsover on September 9, 2012

Dorothy McGuire
February 19, 1928 – September 7, 2012

L-R: Christine, Phyllis, Dorothy

Dorothy McGuire who, along with her sisters, Phyllis McGuire and Christine McGuire, performed as the McGuire Sisters, a very popular singing group during the 1950s and ’60s.  It was back in 1935, when youngest sister, Phyllis was just four years old, that the girls began singing together.  Before they knew it, they were singing at weddings, church revivals, and military bases.  In 1952, the McGuire Sisters appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and were hired by Godfrey to perform at his shows for the next seven years.  They also signed a recording contract with Coral Records that same year.  Throughout their recording career, the McGuire Sisters scored six gold records and had hits with songs like “Sincerely” and “Sugartime.”  They were immensely popular guests on television shows hosted by the likes of Dean Martin, Milton Berle, Andy Williams, and Ed Sullivan.  They performed for Queen Elizabeth II as well as Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush.  The group retired in 1968 after reportedly being blacklisted from many venues due to Phyllis’ relationship with mobster, Sam Giancana.  They reunited in 1986 and performed in Las Vegas and beyond well into 2000s.  In later years, they opened McGuire’s Pub near Sarasota, Florida.  Dorothy McGuire was 84 when she passed away on September 7, 2012.

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Died On This Date (August 6, 2012) Marvin Hamlisch / American Composer

Posted by themusicsover on August 6, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch
June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch was a New York City born composer who is one of just two people (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won an Emmy, an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and a Pulitzer Prize.  His total count was four Emmys, three Oscars, one Tony, four Grammys, one Pulitzer Prize, plus two Golden Globes.  A child prodigy, Hamlisch was just seven when he was accepted to Julliard’s pre-college division.  Years later, his first job was as Barbra Streisand’s rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl.   His movie score credits include The Way We Were, The Sting, Ordinary People, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Sophie’s Choice.   For Broadway, he composed the award-winning score for A Chorus Line among others.  A songwriter as well, Hamlisch wrote hits for Lesley Gore and Carly Simon.   Marvin Hamlisch was 68 when, on August 6, 2012,  he died following a brief illness. Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (July 27, 2012) Tony Martin / Popular American Actor & Singer; Career Spanned 76 Years

Posted by themusicsover on July 27, 2012

Tony Martin (Born Alvin Morris)
December 25, 1913 – July 27, 2012

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Tony Martin was a beloved American actor and singer who, over a career that ran from 1933 until his retirement in 2009 appeared in over two dozen films and released some 45 hit records.  On par with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, Martin built a sizable – mostly female – following thanks to his warm baritone croon.  Martin was just 10 when he was given a saxophone by his grandmother, and when he got into high school, he formed his first band.  He soon joined a local orchestra where he performed alongside future jazz legend, Woody Herman.    After graduating from college, Martin moved to Hollywood where he set his sights on acting.  Over the next several years, he worked in films with the likes of Fred Astaire and the Marx Brothers.  During the late ’30s and  early ’40s, Martin made numerous records for Decca and later recorded for Mercury.  His hits included “I Hadn’t Anyone Till You,” “It’s A Blue World,” and “I Get Ideas.”  After WWII, Martin hosted his own variety show for NBC and went on to star in many popular musicals of the day.  In 1948, he married actress Cyd Charisse with whom he stayed until her passing in 2008 – 60 years.  Tony Martin retired after 76 years in show business in 2009,  and died of natural causes on July 27, 2012.  He was 98.

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