Category Archives: ’40s

Tony Bennett, Masterful Pop Interpreter, Dies @ 96

July 21, 2023 One of the all-time greats. (Image via vintage still) Tony Bennett, the vintage crooner who re-established himself in old age as an eternally hip American original, died Friday at 96 after battling Alzheimer's disease. Bennett had been dealing with the illness since 2016, yet carried on performing and recording until 2021, when…
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George Maharis, Eternally Handsome ‘Route 66’ Star, Dies @ 94

May 27, 2023 George Maharis, who played Buz Murdock on Route 66 from 1960-1963, died Wednesday, May 24, at 94. Maharis never lost his trademark looks. (Image via handout) His death, according to ExtraTV, was confirmed by a close friend. Maharis was a sensation on the series opposite co-star Martin Milner (1931-2015), but departed after…
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Ed Ames of ‘Daniel Boone’ & Ames Brothers Fame Dies @ 95

Singer and actor Ed Ames, whose poor marksmanship with a tomahawk made for the most hilarious Tonight Show blooper, died at his L.A. home on May 21, Variety reports. Ames's music was counterprogramming during the hippie era. (Image via RCA) He was 95. Ames played Mingo, a Native American, on TV's Daniel Boone (1964-1968), though he…
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Harry Belafonte, Crossover Icon & Political Activist, Dies @ 96

April 25, 2023 The ultimate stage star (Image via head shot) The loss of Harry Belafonte at 96 is truly the loss of a great figure, not only in entertainment — where his supremacy was the stuff of legend — but also in the field of social justice and civil rights. The Jamaican-American "King of…
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Paul Robeson Mural in D.C. Destroyed 1 Week After His Birthday

April 17, 2023 Paul Robeson is an undisputed American icon, and in particular an African-American icon. He was one of the first — if not the first — Black men to cross over as a major star with name recognition among white audiences, and his work in the theater, in films and as an activist…
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