"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?"
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
"By writing or reading obituaries, we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others."
Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"
"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'"
John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"
Indonesian novelist and playwright -- via the Jakarta Post
Legendary Nashville sound engineer -- via Australia's Elvis site. He recorded, among other hits, the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown," Roy Orbison's "Only the Lonely" and "Oh, Pretty Woman," and most of Elvis' great work -- "Are You Lonesome Tonight," "Stuck on You," "Good Luck Charm," and more . . . he helped create "The Nashville Sound."
Respected film advertising and marketing executive reinvented himself -- as a actor! Via the Atlanta Journal-Constistution
Singer, songwriter, music producer and label exec and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member -- via Yahoo News. He gave Marvin Gaye his start. He distributed Detroit's very first hit single, Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want".) He co-founded the Moonglows ("Sincerely," "The Ten Commandments of Love"). He put Tami Terrell and Marvin Gaye together, produced their hits together, as well as Gaye's later "Sexual Healing." He discovered disco queen Sylvester and the Weather Girls. He's responsible for a lot of great American music.