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Mary Tyler Moore has died..

RIP Mary. You turned the world on with your smile, took a nothing day and suddenly made it all seem worthwhile. Thank you for brightening the television landscape. ❤️


The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Opening) from DERTV on Vimeo.

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Just one day after losing her daughter Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds has died..

My heart goes out to this family. Godspeed, Debbie. A little more sunshine has gone.
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Sadly, Carrie Fisher has died.. She'd had a massive heart attack on a plane a few days ago. CPR was administered until she reached the hospital where she was put on a ventilator. She was 60.

Rest in peace, Princess.

2016 strikes again. I tell you it's been brutal.
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King Crimson / ELP's Greg Lake has died.






Thank you for your creative contribution to the world, Greg. This year has been especially hard regarding those we've lost.
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Florence Henderson, best known for her role as Carol Brady, matriarch of The Brady Bunch, has died.



Godspeed, Florence. The show is still in reruns today, and new generations have grown up with the Bradys.
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So everyone has been talking since yesterday about KTLA meteorologist Liberté Chan's choice of dress in which she delivered the morning weather report. Apparently it ticked some people off enough to complain about it via email. They, I guess, got enough of them to where they dangled a frumpy gray cardigan, in frame, for her to put over the "offending" dress.




Now, I don't think there's anything revealing or offensive about her dress. True, it is a cocktail dress, sleeveless, and is, with its sparkle and beading more appropriate for a cocktail party / evening wear, but it's not something to get all up in arms over. Here in South Florida I've seen plenty of woman anchors and meteorologists wearing sleeveless. I haven't heard of any offenses being taken about it or anything. I guess it's South Florida, and we're in the sub tropics and it's just not even thought about.

According to Ms. Chan, the dress she had originally had to wear "keyed out", or, didn't work against the green screen that you use during a weather report. If this dress was the only other option she had at short notice, you'd think it would have been known, had been seen, and could have been worked out ahead of going on-air. The way they handled this was just horrible. She was a champ through it all, no doubt, but to dangle the cardigan there and tell her ON AIR that nobody liked her dress... that just... O M F G it pissed me off.
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This bill, signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory (R) last month, requires that people use the public restrooms and showers of their biological sex rather than that of their preferred gender identification.

Ringo cancels his June 18 concert at the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, following the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen, who canceled an April 10 performance at Greensboro Colosseum.

“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,” Mr. Starr said in a statement. “Spread peace and love.”“How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended,” he added.

Cyndi Lauper will play her June 4 date at Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, stating she'll donate all the proceeds to Equality North Carolina.

“The best way I know how to make a difference is what I have strived to do my whole life and that is show up for my family, friends, and fans in the L.G.B.T. community,” she said in a statement. “So, for that reason I think the best way I can do my part is to turn my show in Raleigh on June 4th into an entire day to build public support to repeal HB2.”

Justin Bieber and Beyoncé are due to play in NC soon, but neither artist has announced anything about the issue yet.
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Shirley Temple Black, dimpled and beloved child star, has died.

She would grow up to be U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Chief Protocol of the U.S. as well.

I remember watching her movies as a child when they'd come on and loving her. RIP, lovely lady.
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The Beatles touched down on U.S. soil for the first time. Yeah, yeah yeah...




The 1st Press Conference:



Fab gear fab.
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Lou Reed dies at 71



Cause of death at this time has not been disclosed, but he'd undergone a liver transplant in May. RIP Lou and thank you for your contribution to rock and roll history.
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Madonna's eponymous first album turns 30 years old today. I remember having heard "Everybody" and "Lucky Star" a time or two. Frankly, didn't pay an awful lot of attention. It wasn't until I saw the video for "Borderline" that I thought 'this girl is going to be BIG'. It was actually my first real glimpse of her.




As an artist, Madonna would grow greatly in style and scope. For better or worse at times. 30 years on, this is a simple album, but it still stands up to me as a pretty nice dance-pop record. Just fun, and all it cared about was getting you out on the dance floor. Madonna wanted to be the biggest star in the world, and this album started her ascension.
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After just finishing "Inferno" by Dan Brown, which was, to me, a page turner with so much going on, I needed to turn to something light, easy and fun. So I loaded the new book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave onto my Kindle. It was written with the original VJs Nina Blackwood, Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman. Fifth VJ J.J. Jackson died of a heart attack in 2004.

The book is done very conversationally, as if your'e sitting in a lounge with them just talking and having drinks, bopping between remembrances of each VJ. They talk just a little about what they were doing before MTV came along, and then the fun part, where they relate their various tales, together giving us a picture of what those early days were like at the pioneering music network. They even dish a little bit about some of the bands and artists that came through. For instance, Frank Zappa? THE most difficult interview Nina Blackwood ever encountered. He was, to put it bluntly, an asshole to her. But it's all good, it's all rock and roll.

When MTV launched in 1981, I was 16, and we didn't have cable. Lots of places didn't even have it at that point. But once we did, which didn't take much longer, it was amazing. MTV was exciting. It really WAS all about music then. I feel bad for the younger set today who have the current MTV which is, let's face it pretty far removed from what it started out to be.

I'm still reading it, not even halfway through. But it's taking me back and making me long for the days of Diamond Dave swinging through the air in Van Halen's "Panama" video, Boy George gender bending in the Culture Club videos and Michael Jackson giving us "Billie Jean" and "Thriller". And I feel fortunate to have been able to experience that first wave of an exciting new musical outlet. What are your early MTV memories? Were you there for the launch at 12:01am, Saturday June 1 1981?

This is what that launch looked like:


MTV First Day Saturday August 1st, 1981 12:01... by Dale0823

Pictures came and broke your heart...
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Raymond Daniel Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, has died.


He passed away May 20 in Rosenheim Germany after a battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

Ray, thank you for sharing your music, your talent, with the world. The Doors sound, and Jim's words wouldn't have been the same, wouldn't have come to life, without you. You're up there jamming with Jim right now, I just know it. We'll miss you.

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Woodstock Legend Richie Havens dies at home of a heart attack at 72.


Richie was the opening act of the Woodstock Festival in 1969. He wasn't originally slated to go first, but the actual opening band, Sweetwater, was tangled up in traffic so on he went. He was asked to do a longer set because several artists had yet to arrive. He performed and held that crowd for three hours.



It's rather apt that he passed on today, Earth Day, as he was devoted to and a champion of many ecological issues.

Failing health forced him to announce his retirement in 2012.
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"Hopefully Anne Frank Would Have Been A Belieber."

What? Just... WHAT?! *shakes head slowly*
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Film critic Roger Ebert dies.

I'm in shock. Just yesterday I read his blog announcement that the cancer had returned and that he'd be slowing down, writing selectively. Then today...

I grew up watching Roger with Gene Siskel on "At The Movies", living in the Chicago area for many years. He WAS the movies. I might not have always agreed with him but he had my respect. There is now a hole that nobody will be quite able to fill. He will be greatly missed.

I like to think he and Gene are now reunited and debating movies together, just as they always have.

Much love goes out to his family and loved ones.

See you at the movies.
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My Bonnie lies over the ocean...



Tony was an instrumental figure in the Beatles' rise to fame. The band became friends with Sheridan during their days playing in Hamburg. The band played on the single "My Bonnie", as well as "The Saints (When the Saints Go Marching In)" and a few more, credited as "The Beat Brothers". In the Beatles legend, a young man from Liverpool named Raymond Jones went in to NEMS, the record store owned and operated by Brian Epstein and his family, and requested "My Bonnie", which set in motion the chain of events that would bring Epstein and the Beatles together.
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The Beatles arrive in America!





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