Two Founding Members of Jefferson Airplane Pass on Same Day

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Two of the original members of Jefferson AirplanePaul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson—passed away on January 28, 2016. Both were 74 years old.

Anderson, the female co-lead singer prior to Grace Slick, is on the left in the photo above; Kantner is second from right.

Jefferson Airplane was founded in 1965 by Marty Balin (third from left in photo) along with Kantner, as the house band for Balin’s San Francisco club, the Matrix. The group made its first public appearance as Jefferson Airplane at the Matrix on 13 August 1965. Anderson left the group in October of 1966; Kantner was to remain with the band, which evolved into Jefferson Starship in 1974, until his passing.

Paul Lorin Kantner: 17 March 1941 – 28 January 2016
Signe Toly Anderson: 15 September 1941 – 28 January 2016

Above photo by KRLA/Beat Publications-page 2 Photo by Chuck Boyd of Beat. The newspaper was produced for KRLA Radio, Los Angeles, in the mid-1960s.

Source: Jefferson Airplane – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Dixie Cups and ‘Chapel of Love’

The Dixie Cups

When Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich wrote “Chapel of Love” with producer Phil Spector in early 1963, Darlene Love was first to record it. Unhappy with the result, Mr. Spector shelved it. Next Mr. Spector had the Ronettes take a shot in early 1964, but their version wasn’t released either. So Mr. Barry and Ms. Greenwich offered the song to producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

The timing was perfect. Messrs. Leiber and Stoller had just auditioned a vocal trio from New Orleans that included two sisters—Barbara and Rosa Hawkins—and their cousin, Joan Johnson. Renamed the Dixie Cups by Mr. Stoller, their gleeful rendition of “Chapel of Love” was released in April 1964. In June, the single was No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart for three weeks straight, dislodging “Love Me Do” by the Beatles.

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The Dixie Cups and ‘Chapel of Love’ – WSJ.

Lesley Gore Dies at 68

Lesley Gore

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who scored a massive hit in 1963 with “It’s My Party,” died Monday. She was 68.

Gore’s partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson, told the Associated Press that she died of cancer at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

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via Lesley Gore Dead: ‘It’s My Party’ Singer-Songwriter Dies at 68 | Variety.

Shirley Jones wants a high-flying 80th birthday

Shirley Jones

Inspired by a former president, Shirley Jones can’t wait to jump into her birthday plans.

The Oscar-winning actress and singer says she’ll take her very first skydive on Monday — her 80th birthday.

“That’s something I wanted to do all my life,” Jones said Friday. The inspiration to try comes from former President George H.W. Bush’s jumps on several birthdays, including when he turned 85 in 2009.

“When I saw him do it I thought, ‘Wow, if he can do this, I can,'” Jones said.

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Shirley Jones wants a high-flying 80th birthday – Yahoo News.

Happy birthday to a lovely, classy lady who’s been on stage, screen & TV but who babyboomers probably know best as Mama Partridge on The Partridge Family. Wishing Shirley Jones all the best on her 80th!

Yoko Ono says being blamed for Beatles breakup is like being accused of murder

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono compares being blamed for The Beatles breakup to being accused of murder.

“Not being appreciated for 40 years or something … It feels like I was accused of something that I didn’t do, which was breaking up The Beatles,” she tells Elvis Mitchell in Interview magazine. “That was like being somebody who is in prison without having done anything wrong. It’s like you’re accused of murder and you’re in prison and you can’t get out. That’s why I finally came to the conclusion to use that big energy of hatred that was coming to me and turn it around into love.”

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Yoko Ono says being blamed for Beatles breakup is like being accused of murder – NY Daily News.

An ABBA Reunion?

ABBA

For years she’s been seen as the main barrier to an Abba reunion.

Now Agnetha Faltskog has revealed that the Swedish group are considering reforming more than 30 years after their acrimonious split.

The 63-year-old said they are thinking about marking the 40th anniversary of their first big hit Waterloo next year with a concert.

‘Of course it’s something we’re thinking about,’ she told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

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via Could Abba reform? Agnetha Faltskog drops hint of possible reunion | Mail Online.

Girl next door Annette Funicello dies at 70

Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon

She was the first crush for a generation of boys, the perfect playmate for a generation of girls.

Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, ruled among baby boomers, who tuned in every weekday afternoon to watch her on their flickering black-and-white television sets.

Then they shed their mouse ears, as Annette did when she teamed up with Frankie Avalon during the ’60s in a string of frothy, fun-in-the-sun movies with titles like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.”

Decades later, she endeared herself to baby boomers all over again after she announced in 1992 that she had multiple sclerosis and began grappling with the slow, degenerative effects with remarkably good cheer and faith.

Funicello died on Monday at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., of complications from MS, the Walt Disney Co. said. She was 70 and had dropped from public view years ago.

“She really had a tough existence,” Avalon told The Associated Press. “It’s like losing a family member. I’m devastated but I’m not surprised.”

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via Girl next door Annette Funicello dies at 70 – Yahoo! News.