A cultural anthropologist would have a field day (no pun intended) with this.
But sometimes, death comes a'knockin' for real. This past week we lost two performers from my youth.
Bobbie Vee's career started after a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The crash, near Clear Lake, Iowa killed three great musicians - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. They were enroute to Fargo, North Dakota, near Moorhead, Minnesota, where they were supposed to play their next concert. Bobbie Vee, a fifteen year old local musician, and his band The Shadows, were brought in to play the date.
Vee (his real name was Robert Velline) died Monday at the age of 73, in hospice care from complications of Alzheimer's. He had been diagnosed in 2011.
My spouse loved his song "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" - a title appropriate for a scary holiday song (the song itself isn't too scary).
More appropriate for Halloween is "Dinner with Drac", as performed by singer and TV horror host
John Zacherle. Zacherle, also known as the "Cool Ghoul", died Thursday at the age of 98, after a long career. He was one of the first TV horror hosts, broadcasting in both Philadelphia and New York City. If he could have only waited another four days, it would have been so ghoulish. So perfect.
As it was, he hosted one of the strangest TV music shows ever for three years in the 1960's - "Disc-O-Teen", which may be what American Bandstand would have been if Dick Clark had been a ghoul.
Day 31 - the final day - of The Ultimate Blog Challenge.