Friday, September 28, 2012

Frank Wilson and other deaths

Time to catch up on a few recent deaths.
Frank Wilson, who has died aged 71, is best known for recording one of the rarest singles ever - the 1965 Northern soul classic Do I Love You (Indeed I Do), a copy of which sold for £25,000 in 2009. He visited the UK in 2000 and performed the song in public for the first time. Frank was primarily a writer and producer with Motown, initially in LA when the company opened an office there, and later in Detroit, and worked with a variety of artists, including Patrice Holloway (his first production), Brenda Holloway, the Supremes, the Miracles, The Four Tops and the Temptations, and later for Eddie Kendricks and Lenny Williams.

Andy Williams, who died recently aged 84, was the king of easy listening and what later became known as lounge music, but he started out performing soft rock and roll songs including the Charlie Gracie number Butterfly and I Like Your Kind Of Love. He had other big successes for Cadence in the fifties, including Hawaiian Wedding Song and Are You Sincere before moving to US Columbia where he had many successful records, including Moon River, Can't Get Used To Losing You, Days Of Wine and Roses and Almost There. His 'Andy Williams Show' TV programme was one of the biggest US variety shows of the sixties and he had at least 18 gold selling albums. He continued to perform and toured the UK in 2007. Here's his obituary in The Guardian

Czech born Herbert Lom, who was 95, was a familiar face in films from the 1940s onwards, including The Young Mr Pitt, War And Peace and The Ladykillers, and on TV, as the psychiatrist in The Human Jungle. In the seventies he was most famous for his role as Chief Inspector Dreyfus, Clouseau's long-suffering boss in the Pink Panther movies.


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