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Monday, January 10, 2011

World's Vocalist Who Died On Stage

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Not long ago,I was reading one of Nicoleta Voica's interview,something Nicoleta said"I want to die on stage,when my time will came".Of course for many of yours Nicoleta Voica is unknown,well her name is well known ,in my native country,being one of the best singer in Banat ,part of Romania.

 From that day,I been thinking to write about all singers who died on stage.Two of our music legends ,and the most favoured singers of mine,are Maria Lataretu and Ileana Sararoiu.I think Romanian people will never forget their names and their unforgettable songs.

Nelson Ackerman Eddy (June 29, 1901 - March 6, 1967)

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  He was an American singer and movie star who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television... A classically trained baritone, he is best remembered for the eight films in which he costarred with soprano Jeanette MacDonald.

During his 40-year career, he earned three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one each for film, recording, and radio),  he also introduced millions of young Americans to classical music and inspired many of them to pursue a musical career.

Eddy visibly aged after the death of Jeanette MacDonald in January 1965. On January 31, 1960, he told Jack Paar on The Tonight Show that "I love her", and he broke down when interviewed after her death. According to Bob Hunter, Eddy's accompanist during his final Australian tour, Eddy sang a special song to MacDonald in every performance of his nightclub act.

In March 1967, Eddy was singing "Dardanella" at the Sans Souci Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, when he was stricken on stage with a cerebral hemorrhage. His singing partner, Gale Sherwood, and his accompanist, Ted Paxson, were at his side. He died a few hours later in the early hours of March 6, 1967, at the age of 65.

Maria Lataretu ( 7 November1911 -  27 September 1972)

Maria Lataretu ,is  a very well known singer only in my native country,Romania.Her amazing voice,captivate my childhood .I can't tell you how many times,I was caught singing,in my way to school, by the people passing me on the foot path .The 30 minutes walk to school and 30 minutes back was my time well spend to sing my favorites songs.
Maria Lataretu ,was born in Balcesti,Gorj November 1911,she was named the "Queen "of traditional Romanian country music.She was loved,and her songs will be in our memories  for generations to came.
Maria Lataretu was for Romanian  traditional country music what  Ella Fitzgerald was for American music.
Everyone who listen her songs today,they feel goose bumps all over,every song was simple,and touched everyone heart.
Maria Lataretu died singing " Va las cantecele mele" (I will live my songs to you)at Botosani,Romania1972.I was 10 years old,at the time ,and the news devastate me and all her fans.At the time ,I was ten years old, I imagined my idols to be immortals.

Ileana Sararoiu (25 September 1936–12 May 1979)

Ileana Sararoiu was a renowned Romanian singer of traditional, popular/folk music. While not as famous as Maria Tănase, she still remains one of the most important Romanian female folk singers besides Maria Tănase, Maria Lătăretu . Her song-masterpieces, according to Romanian experts, are: "Doi voinici din Valea Mare" and "Unde e Targovistea". The first is a song about two lads who went hunting but, instead, they encountered two sisters to whom they got married. The second is a story of a sad mother who waits for her son in a railway station from a Romanian town. She does not see anybody came except a young women who turns out to be her daughter'n law.

Ileana died singing too, at a weeding party,unusual she was deshumed seven days after the funeral,normaly we deshumed our dead relatives after 7 years.Her relatives discovered her body was turned around,in the cofin,she had a clinic death.I loved her songs and I will for the rest of my life.

My favorites songs are,"Inima",  "Am gresit","De ce plangi fetita mamii -n prag" and "Cine a pus carciuma-n drum".

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Onie Wheeler (November 10, 1921–May 26, 1984)

Wheeler was born in Senath, Missouri, and learned to play guitar and harmonica as a child. After World War II, he started working in radio, appearing on stations in Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, and Kentucky. In 1950, he formed The Ozark Cowboys, along with Ernest Thompson, A.J. Nelson and Doyal Nelson.

The Ozark Cowboys in 1953 signed to Columbia Records. Their initial releases were not hits, though Lefty Frizzell took the Wheeler-penned "Run 'Em Off" to the Top Ten of the U.S. country chart.

Wheeler signed as a solo artist to Sun Records in 1957 and went on tour with Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Carl Perkins.

His biggest success was 1973 hit "John's Been Shucking My Corn," though the success of his daughter Karen would eclipse his own in the decade. He bought a guitar shop in Nashville in the late 1970s, and played at the Grand Ole Opry at times with Acuff. Wheeler was on stage playing with Rev. Jimmie Snow in 1984 when he collapsed and died.

Philippe Wynne (April 3, 1941 – July 14, 1984),

 Born Phillip Walker, in Detroit ,Michigan and raised in Cincinnati,Ohio,was an American R&B singer.Whynne began his musical career as a gospel singer. Best known for his role as the lead singer of The Spinners ,Wynne scored notable hits such as "How Could I Let You Get Away", "The Rubberband Man", "One of a Kind (Love Affair)", "I'll Be Around", "Mighty Love", "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", and "Then Came You" (with Dionne Warwick). After leaving The Spinners, Wynne never regained the same success, although he featured in hits by other artists such as "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic.

Wynne then launched a solo career with Alan Thicke as his manager. His first album Starting All Over was released on the Cotillion label in 1977 but was not promoted. His fortunes turned upwards again when he joined George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic in 1979.

On July 13, 1984, while performing at Ivey's nightclub in Oakland, California, Wynne suffered a heart attack and died the following morning.

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Richard Versalle (12 March 1932 – 5 January 1996)

Richard Versalle ,was an American operatic tenor, who had an international career including performances at the Bayreuth Festival and the Vienna State Opera.

Versalle was born in Muskegon, Michigan. Richard worked in business while studying singing,and he make his operatic stage debut ,at the age of 45 ( 8 December 1978)when he sang Augustin Moser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Chicago Lyric Opera. He specialised in the heavier tenor roles such as the title role in Otello, Florestan in Fidelio, Tristan in Tristan und Isolde, and most notably the title role in Tannhäuser, which he sang at Bayreuth in 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1989, as well as in Genoa, Tokyo, Vienna, Bonn, and the Met.

Versalle died on 5 January 1996, while portraying Vitek (an elderly law clerk) in what was to have been the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Janáček's The Makropulos Case. Only a few minutes into the performance, and after singing the line "You can only live so long" while halfway up a 20-foot (6 meter) ladder, he suffered a fatal heart attack, and fell onto the stage.

Herbert Buckingham Khaury (April 12, 1932 – November 30, 1996)

He was known by the stage name Tiny Tim, was an American singer, ukulele player, and musical archivist. He was most famous for his rendition of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" sung in a distinctive high falsetto/vibrato voice (though other performances reveal a broader vocal range). He was generally regarded as a novelty act, though his records indicate his wide knowledge of American songs. He had no official middle name, though some web sites report it to be "Butros", his father's first name, while during his televised wedding his middle name was given as "Buckingham". His headstone reads "Khaury, Herbert B".

Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 - 10 November 2008)

Miriam  Makeba nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award winning South African singer and civil rights activist. In the 1960s she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world. She is best known for the song Pata Pata first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967. She recorded and toured with many popular artists, such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and her former husband and South-African Hugh Masekela. She actively campaigned against the South African system of Apartheid. As a result the South African government revoked her citizenship and right of return. After the end of Apartheid she returned home. She died on 10 November 2008 after performing in a concert organized to support writer Roberto Saviano in his stand against the Camorra, a mafia-like organisation local to the Region of Campania.

I am at the end of my list ,the important thing for me was  to mention my two childhood idols.In 2006 I record 12 songs,few of them are in the memory of Maria Lataretu and Ileana Sararoiu.

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