George Carlin 6/22/08
Yep later this week there will be a CITW for Carlin.
Couldn't do Carlin justice so no CITW for the legend.
Ever wonder what a Candle in the Wind remake would sound like if Elton John did one for every celebrity that dies? No. Well neither did I until now, and I think they would go something like this. This is your one stop shop for all celebrity death Candle in the Wind re-writes. A long lasting memory to those celebrities who are no longer living.
Yep later this week there will be a CITW for Carlin.
Well I full intended to write a CITW Remix for Harvey Korman, but he only did two things of note in his acting career so sorry no CITW. Admittedly his Blazing Saddles and Carol Burnett stuff was pretty damn good but that's about all he did.
Well young Australian actor Heath Ledger passed away earlier today. I actaully did two different versions of the CITW because until I looked at his imdb I didn't remember he was in Monster's Ball. The original version is about his career I did remember and no I didn't do a bad Brokeback Mountain joke. If you don't get the second version go back and watch Monster's Ball again and you'll know what I'm talking about. Heath Ledger playing The Joker is still the part I'm most looking forward to seeing in any movie this year that I haven't seen already. When I saw they cast him in that part I thought he could do a pretty bang up job because of his acting chops. RIP Heath.
Former 49ers coach and GM died today. I was, and still to some extent, a big Niners fan back in the day so I watched a lot of the Walsh era 49ers. The developer of the West Coast offense that is pretty much the standard offense in the NFL done by Walsh in San Francisco. I'm still writing up my DC Ramblings so I don't have a Candle version for Bill Walsh.
Perennial 70's game show paneist Charles Nelson Reilly passed away this weekend. I'm here to admit that I did actually watch a little Match Game this weekend on the Game Show Network. There are really three reasons to watch the reruns 1) The little Gene Rayburn mic 2) the panelists smoking on some episodes 3) that awesom Match Game theme which puts the Jeopardy tune to shame. Alec Baldwin did a real funny Charles Nelson Reilly on "The Actors Studio" on SNL a few years back. R.I.P. Charles
Tom Poston passed away recently. He had appearred on a bunch of differnt sitcoms mostly. Aside from that I have nothing.
Well a late night icon has passed away. Letterman regular Calvert DeForest, or during his NBC days Larry "Bud" Melman has died. If you don't know who he was I can't really explain it, he was unintentionally funny. True story I met Calvert DeForest during my days at ISU, and even got his autograph. Yes I'm a dork and of course was first in line, I mean come on it was Larry "Bud" Melman. CBS had this tour that went around to colleges and pimped CBS shows and products and stuff and he was there one year. Here's the story of his death from the NY Times:
R.I.P CalvertGoodbye Calvert DeForest
Anna Nicole Smith known for not really accomplishing much in life died yesterday. She shot to fame first in Playboy and then for marrying a guy with one foot already in the grave. She had a reality show, has had a case go to the Supreme Court and was a snake oil pitchwoman at the end of her life. For some reason I felt the need to write two versions of the CITW Remix who knows why. Just another famous person who really was famous for nothing really. Its so much easier to write these things when an actor dies and actually has a decent career, but whatever here you go. I have a theory of what killed her I think it was a combination of Trimspa and extremely old man co.....well you can probably figure it out.
Former President Gerald Ford also passed away recently. I don't know too much about the Ford presidency except that he took over when the Watergate fiasco took place. Ford was president when I was a wee lad in the suburbs of Chicago. I think that Ford is an ex-president
James Brown passed aaway over the holiday weekend. When I left work on Thursday I read he was in the hospital for pneumonia and he died over the weekend. James Brown is one of those guys who will be around forever beause his music will be sampld and redone over and over again. I have a singing James Brown that is about 18 inches high and belts out tunes, so yeah you could say I'm a fan. I got in JB references to some other things that remind me of the Godfather of Soul. The Eddie Murphy "James Brown Hot Tub Party" from SNL and while back and my love for all things Rocky (except Rocky V of course) when James Brtown sang Livin' in America at the fight before that evil Russian killed Apollo Creed. R.I.P. James
Long time actor Peter Boyle passed away today from reports I've seen. Most recently he was seen weekly on the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond. Personally my favorite role he was in was in the movie The Dream Team from like 10-15 years ago. The last line of the song refers to my bad Ray Romano impression that I do on occasion. R.I.P. Peter Boyle
Goodbye Jack Palance
Steve Irwin of Animal Planet fame was killed this past weekend. Not as I would have expected he wasn't attacked by a croc but rather a sting ray. From what I've heard of news reports the accident that happened is like a billion to one of it happening. The stinger part of the sting ray nailed him right in the heart, pretty crazy. Well I've spent many hours watching the good old Crocodile Hunter and will continue to in the future. R.I.P. Stever
I missed the Aaron Spelling CITW remix. I was out of town for a little while and working on wrapping up the writings on that stuff over at www.kevinsramblings.blogspot.com
Okay technically Craig Heyward probably wouldn't qualify for the Candle treatment except that he did play for the Bears for one season. He was on one of those bad Wannstedt teams back in the early 90's. I may be the only one who remembers that he actually had a deodorant commercial.
Popular 80's movie character Paul Gleason died. He's most famous as the teacher with the immpeciable fashion sense from The Breakfast Club. Let's face it that it takes a special guy to pull off the Saturday Night Fever suit. Anyway here it is and remember if you mess with the bull you're going to get the horns.
Peter Tomarken the host of the game show Press Your Luck died in a plane crash. He was trying to do some medical aid work taking someone from San Diego back to LA and his plane went into the ocean. He gained fame on a show which really took very little skill to play. Answer easy questions and then hope for no whammies. Well Peter maybe you can do a show with Rod Roddy in the after life.
Kirby Puckett famous Minnesota Twins outfielder died today. Sure he may not be a celebrity in some folks eyes but for baseball fans like your truly we always knew about Kirby. There's one leaping catch in the World Series that I refer to in the tune that I'm sure will be played ad nauseum when talking about him dying. It was up against the wall in the outfield in one of the World Series that the Twins won. I always admired Kirby cause he was a sorta fat guy. Him and John Kruk were the two main fat guys in baseball for a long time. Now only Kruk remains and still one of my all time favorites. Kruk once said, "I'm not an athlete I'm a baseball player." Well we have one less fat guy baseball player around Rest in Peace Kirby
Sitcom legend Don Knotts passed away. He's probably best known for playing Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. I was more of a fan of his work as the sniffling swinging heip cat landlord on Three's Company. Rest in peace Don, its been a tough week at CITW headquarters.
Darren McGavin who played the Dad in the Christmas classic "A Christmas Story" passed away. Granted he does fall below the Branigan line but he is in one of the all time great Christmas movie. Here is goes for Ralphie's dad.