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  • Jeff Conaway
    on Jun 3, 2011 in Jeff Conaway
    Something of heart-throb in the 1980s, Conaway regularly appeared on hit television shows, including four seasons playing the out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler in Taxi, alongside Danny DeVito, Andy Kaufman and Judd Hirsch. Both Grease and Taxi...
  • Bob Flanigan
    on Jun 3, 2011 in Bob Flanigan
    Although usually described as a jazz ensemble, The Four Freshmen’s music drew on a number of different styles, among them barbershop and pop. From leftt: Ross Barbour...
  • Phil Solomon
    on Jun 3, 2011 in Phil Solomon
    Solomon’s roster of managed artists included The Bachelors, Them, The Dubliners and Twinkle, as well as backroom talents such as Phil Coulter, who wrote Eurovision Song Contest winners for Sandie Shaw and Cliff Richard. He also launched th...
  • Gil Scott-Heron
    on Jun 3, 2011 in Gil Scott-Heron
    Scott-Heron first came to attention with his 1970 recording The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, an attack on the mindless and anaesthetising effects of the mass media and a call to arms to the black community: “You will not be able to st...
  • Kathy Kirby
    on Jun 3, 2011 in Kathy Kirby
    Kathy Kirby's biggest and best-known hit was a dramatically overwrought cover version of Secret Love, which reached No 4 in the charts in 1963. Two years later she represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest with I Belong,...
  • Andy Dunkley
    on Jun 3, 2011 in Andy Dunkley
    Dunkley — who billed himself as “The Living Jukebox” — was resident DJ at two prominent venues of the period: Friars, the club in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, which hosted breakthrough performances by Mott the Hoople and David Bowie;...
  • Janet Brown
    on Jun 3, 2011 in Janet Brown
    She managed to perfect not only the Prime Minister’s manner of speaking — itself very distinctive — but also her mannerisms and style of dress. Perhaps her finest performance was when she was in New York to appear on The Tonight Show S...
  • Terry Jenner
    on Jun 3, 2011 in Terry Jenner
    A pathological gambler, Jenner took to betting with the money of the car dealership for which he was working. In 1986 he was convicted of embezzlement, but initially spared incarceration. A repetition of the same offence — eventually he ha...
  • Samuel Wanjiru
    on May 20, 2011 in Samuel Wanjiru
    Samuel Wanjiru, who has died after falling from a balcony at his home aged 24, was Kenya’s first Olympic marathon champion; he took the gold medal at the Beijing Games in 2008, and his time of two hours, six minutes and 32 seconds, shaved...
  • Wallace McCain
    on May 20, 2011 in Wallace McCain
    Wallace McCain, who died on May 13 aged 81, became a billionaire by selling more frozen chips than anyone else in the world, having co-founded the McCain Foods empire with his elder brother – with whom he later fell out. ...
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