Archive for the ‘R.I.P.’ Category

R.I.P. John Hughes, 1950-2009

Friday, August 7th, 2009

In addition to directing many classic 1980s films, John Hughes was also a brilliant writer.

A scene (set in St. Louis) from the 1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation, which he single-handedly wrote:

R.I.P. Bob Bogle, 1934-2009

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

“Pioneering guitarist Bob Bogle, whose rock-instrumental band the Ventures scored a pair of hits in the 1960s with “Walk, Don’t Run” and “Hawaii Five-O,” has died, the group said on Tuesday. He was 75.”


R.I.P. Holly/Valens/Richardson

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, United States killed three American rock and roll musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson. The day was later called The Day the Music Died by Don McLean in his 1971 song “American Pie”.

R.I.P. Ron Asheton, 1948-2009

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

“Famed rock-and-roll guitarist and longtime Ann Arbor resident Ronald “Ron” Asheton was found dead in his home on the city’s west side this morning, police said. Asheton, 60, was an original member of The Stooges, a garage-rock band headlined by Iggy Pop and formed in Ann Arbor in 1967.”


R.I.P. Dock Ellis, 1945-2008

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

“Dock Ellis, who infamously claimed he pitched a no-hitter for Pittsburgh under the influence of LSD and later fiercely spoke out against drug and alcohol addiction, died Friday. He was 63.”


NPR Interview from March 2008, “An LSD No-No”