The Death Train was even busier than I thought, last year. There were some I just didn’t have a chance to write about in a timely fashion and some I didn’t know about. Anyway, I know now and these are the ones I didn’t want to let go by without at least a word:
Little Jimmy Dickens (Country legend: Jan. 3, 94)
David Cantwell said it better than I ever could.
Cynthia Lennon (Long-suffering Beatle wife: April 1, 75)
Lulu, and the years, said it better than I ever could.
Bob Burns (Original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Florida boy: April 3, 69)
Lynn Anderson (Country star supreme: July 3, 67)
Billy Joe Royal (Working class hero, pop and country star, blue-eyed soul singer extraordinaire, and, claiming a space beyond even Lynn Anderson, Linda Ronstadt and Elvis, the only person who ever sang Joe South better than Joe South did: Oct. 6, 73)
(and, because I’ll probably never have a better excuse to post this lovely, inexplicable thing)….
Cory Wells (Vocalist for Three Dog Night, pop-rocker sui generis: Oct. 20, 74)
Haskell Wexler (Legendary cinematographer who directed only one film. It was enough: Dec. 27, 93)
(H. Wexler, on the set of Medium Cool)
Message to the Maker. Take a breather. Please.