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M-J's Miscellany

Lady Soames, 91

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Lady Soames, Daughter of Winston Churchill Passes Away, Aged 91

Obituary in the Telegraph

Whisky a Go Go and Johnny Rivers

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Musician Johnny Rivers, who topped the record-charts for years in the 1960s, was instrumental in founding the Hollywood music venue, Whisky a Go Go, which is now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. ARTICLE in the L.A.TIMES

William Booker, Tuskegee Airman

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

A New Addition to the Elegant Survivors List

William Booker, Seattle Native, Tuskegee Airman  and Boeing Engineer: Memorial Service

Photo of Wiliam Booker Courtesy of KING 5 News

Ray Price, Elegant Survivor

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

The elegant, always-dignified Ray Price (article at Rolling Stone Magazine, December 13th 2013), classic country-western singer and band-leader, needs our prayers. Ray Price, a one-time colleague of legendary fiddler Bob Wills, has worked with Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and many other country music luminaries throughout the decades. Ray had continued his concert-tours even after he developed pancreatic cancer two years ago, but has been essentially bed-ridden for the past twelve months. The "Cherokee Cowboy" has returned to his East Texas home from hospital this week, and extends the following message to his many generations of admirers: "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."

Article about the great Ray Price at KLTV, Texas


Mrs Louis Prima

Posted on September 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Elegant Singer Gia Maione Prima, Music Archivist and Widow of the Great Bandleader Louis Prima Dies at 72


We were listening to Louis Prima today and I decided to do some research regarding him on the internet, and discovered that his wife, Gia, had passed away five days ago on September 23rd, 2013. Mrs Prima cared for her husband Louis until he died, after he was unsuccessfully operated upon for a brain-tumour.  In the following years, Gia Maione Prima catalogued, preserved and re-released many of Louis Prima, the King of the Swing's songs. The pair had homes in New Orleans, whence Mr Prima hailed, and Las Vegas. Mrs Prima was originally from New Jersey, and had studied singing with an instructor at Princeton University.

Masao Abe, Elegant Survivor, Dies at 96

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Japanese-American Masao Abe received two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and a Congressional Gold Medal for his service in the U.S. Army. He died of natural causes in Issaquah, Washington on Aug. 6, 2013.

ARTICLE by Lewis Kamb in the Seattle Times

Anna Howard Shaw, Elegant Survivor

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Today is the birthday of Anna Howard Shaw.

Anna Howard Shaw was born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1847. As a child, Ms Shaw moved to the United States, where they lived a rustic life on the Michigan frontier. Anna Howard Shaw attended college, became a minister, and eventually joined the women's suffragette movement which concentrated its efforts on gaining women the right to vote. A natural born leader, Ms Shaw was head of the Women's Committee of the United States Council of National Defense during World War I, for which she became the first woman to earn the Distinguished Service Medal.

Read the Anna Howard Shaw Biographical Tribute at The Free Dictionary.com

Deborah Raffin, Elegant Survivor

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Deborah Raffin, 1953--2012

Beautiful blonde actress Deborah Raffin became a philanthropic entrepreneur when after a very successful film career she and her husband began producing books-on-tape, which benefit greatly those who cannot see to read. An Associated Press obituary for Ms Raffin dated November 24th, 2012, details another one of her charitable projects: "Ms. Raffin also compiled celebrities’ Christmas anecdotes for a 1990 book, “Sharing Christmas,” which raised money for groups serving the homeless. It included stories from Margaret Thatcher, Kermit the Frog and Mother Teresa."

In the mid-1970s, I was on-set with Deborah Raffin and Edward Albert Jr., appearing in one scene at a big band dining-and-dancing venue. Edward Albert came to my table and asked me for "a match", whereupon I lit his cigarette. 1930s clothing and music are fabulous; there was a live, professional swing band, so I had a blast. 

Deborah Raffin was elegant and lovely, a shining example of womanhood who made the world a better place for the disadvantaged.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012