Archive for July 19th, 2015

SINGER VIKKI CARR IS 74 TODAY

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Vikki Carr was
born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona
in El Paso, Texas.

The three-time Grammy Award-winning pop singer was only offered a record
deal after changing her name; her first hit was "He’s a Rebel" from 1962, which
Phil Spector turned into an even bigger hit with The Crystals.


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ACTOR FOUND DEAD AT 79

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Alex Rocco (Alexander Federico Petricone)
(February 29, 1936 – July 18, 2015)

Character actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in
The Godfather” (1972) and appeared in dozens of other movies and
TV shows, died Saturday of cancer in Studio City, Calif.

Rocco most recently was one of the stars of the Starz cable channel’s
crime-drama series, Magic City. He was scheduled to star as Mr. Marino
in the Horror thriller film The Other.

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ROCK GROUPS FRONTMAN DIES AT 81

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David Somerville, also called “Diamond” Dave Somerville

(October 2, 1933 – July 14, 2015)



Dave Somerville, founder and lead singer of the popular 1950s rock-n-
roll band The Diamonds, died of cancer last week in Santa Barbara,
California
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The Diamonds have been honored and inducted into The Vocal Group
Hall of Fame, The Doo Wop Hall of Fame, The Rockabilly Hall of Fame
and are recipients of Canada’s prestigious Juno Award.

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From Left: Tedd Kowalski, Dave Somerville, Bill Reed, and Phil Lefitt.

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Carlota Bradley

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NUMBER THREE ON THIS DAY IN 1966

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Frank Sinatra and his bride Mia Farrow

Sinatra married actress Mia Farrow in Las Vegas when she was 21 and he was
50. They met on the set of Sinatra’s 1965 film, Von Ryan’s Express. The marriage
fell apart and the couple divorced 18 months later in 1968.

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