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Post Mortem: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Impressionist David Frye dies at 76

Not many young people remember David Frye these days, but in the late 1960s and early 1970s he was one of the country's top comedians -- and, without question, its finest political impressionist. He was particularly known for his dead-on impersonation of President Richard Nixon, whom he skewered mercilessly and...

By Matt Schudel  | January 29, 2011; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Comedian Charlie Callas dies

Charlie Callas, a rubber-faced funnyman who often appeared on television in the 1960s and 1970s, has died at 86 -- or 83. (His family says he was 83, but all reference sources say he was born in 1924, which would make him 86. Callas had an old-fashioned kind of humor...

By Matt Schudel  | January 28, 2011; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Buddy Charleton dies; Washington steel guitarist influenced generations

Buddy Charleton, the steel guitarist whose work with Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, influenced several generations of musicians, died Jan. 25 at his home in Locust Grove, Va. He had lung cancer. Mr. Charleton and standard guitarist Leon Rhodes joined the Troubadours in the early 1960s and were known...

By Terence McArdle  | January 27, 2011; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Buddy Charleton, Willie Nelson  
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Charlie Louvin dies; country singer inspired Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello

Charlie Louvin, 83, the country singer and Grand Old Opry performer who, as half of the duo The Louvin Brothers, influenced such later performers as the Everly Brothers died at his home in Warface, Tenn. from complications of pancreatic cancer. The Louvin Brothers songs were later covered by such diverse...

By Terence McArdle  | January 26, 2011; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Tags:  Charlie Louvin, Johnny Cash, Louvin Brothers  
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Jack LaLanne dies at 96; fitness guru shaped America's health-consciousness

Jack LaLanne, the energetic and charismatic fitness guru who helped define the nation's modern health-consciousness by inviting viewers of his exercise TV show to get off the couch and into shape, died Jan. 23. To many Americans, Mr. LaLanne was the sculpted, handsome man on television encouraging viewers to lead...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | January 23, 2011; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags:  Exercise, Jack LaLanne  
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