Space…So Far Out, Levon Helm and Dick ClarkPosted: April 18, 2012
In tonight’s evening news we will be talking about a couple of people in the music industry.
First off, you may have heard already that Dick Clark has died.
Dick Clark, the youthful-looking television personality who literally introduced rock ‘n’ roll to much of the nation on “American Bandstand” and for four decades was the first and last voice many Americans heard each year with his New Year’s Eve countdowns, died Wednesday. He was 82.
Clark died after suffering a heart attack following an outpatient procedure at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, according to a statement by his longtime publicist, Paul Shefrin. Clark’s health had been in question since a 2004 stroke affected his speech and mobility, but that year’s Dec. 31 countdown was the only one he missed since he started the annual rite during the Nixon years.
I thought he was older than that, well…no more jokes about the Ever ready battery…RIP Dick Clark.
This next story is upsetting to read about because Levon Helm has been one of my favorite musicians and actors, remember he played Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Levon Helm In Final Stages Of Cancer Battle – Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV
Levon Helm, former drummer for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group the Band, announced on Tuesday that he is in the final stages of a long-running battle with cancer. Helm, 71, whose signature Southern drawl helped make iconic songs such as “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” rock classics, was first diagnosed with cancer in 1998.
“Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey,” read a note from his daughter Amy and wife Sandy. “Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration … he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage… ”
There are some clips of Levon Helm’s last performance here: Listen to Levon Helm’s Finest Moments: From ‘The Weight’ to ‘Atlantic City’ | Music News | Rolling Stone
Levon Helm performs at the Life is Good Festival at the Prowse Farm in Canton, Massachusetts.Douglas Mason/Getty ImageApril 17, 2012 6:05 PM ET
The devastating news that Levon Helm is in the final stages of his fight against cancer has sent us all to our record collections to reflect on his incredible legacy. Here’s a Spotify playlist of Levon’s finest moments, from his days in the Band through his recent solo albums. We could easily do a whole other list of his greatest drumming moments, but this list is focused on his singing – though he also plays drums on almost every single one of these songs.
Listen to these wonderful songs, what a life’s work…he really was such a damn good musician and song writer.
Let’s move on to another topic of mourning, this time it isn’t a person, it is an iconic industry. You may not have seen a recent interview with a former NASA astronaut pilot, when asked what is the best advice he has to young kids who want to become astronauts. His answer was, learn Russian. And you know, he is right!
So, here are a few cartoons about the death of the US Space Program…
Yesterday, the nation seemed fixated by images of the space shuttle Discovery flying over Washington on the back of a 747. The shuttle program has long been an symbol of American innovation and captured the imagination of millions across the globe, but with nothing in the pipeline to take its place, seeing the old workhorse circle around the Capital seems just like a sad reminder of an America in decline.
Here are five terrific cartoons that comment on our suddenly listless future of manned space flight.
You can see the others at the link…
One last item, this one made me smile. After 12 Overtimes, Little Girls’ Hockey Team Wins With This Shootout Goal | SportsGrid
After three 12-minute periods and 12 overtime periods lasting 10 minutes each, the coaches of two Toronto girls’ hockey teams decided to go to a shootout.
Hope you all have a pleasant evening, see ya later in the comments!