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Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed comedian whose verbal assaults endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged grand master of insult comedy, died Thursday. He was 90.

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Aussies and Kiwis will know his work.

 

One of Australia's best-known satirists, John Clarke, has died at the age of 68.

An ABC spokesman confirmed that Clarke died on Sunday while hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria. He died from natural causes.

 

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Yes natural causes... heart attack? Crocodile? Lava flow?

 

Any hoo, he'll be sorely missed.

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Your five-step guide to NZ

 

• "The principal business in New Zealand used to be sheep but the country has now moved into milk in a big way, and if you'd like to enjoy the beautifully clean, swift-flowing New Zealand river system, you should make every effort to get out there before the dairy industry gets any more successful. New Zealand also produces a large quantity of fruit, wine, fish, coal, wood pulp, flightless birds, cups of tea, middle-distance runners and other people's film industries."

• "There is a national Parliament in Wellington, which looks like the hats in the Devo clip Whip It, although very little of any importance has ever occurred there. The country works a lot better during the weekends than it does during the week."

• "The country's most famous pop singer, best-known opera star, most famous short story writer, greatest novelist and most consistent world champion athlete are all women. They're not allowed in the All Blacks as yet, but don't be fooled. It's just a matter of time."

• "During the early 1980s, the economy was put in the hands of finance ministers due to a filing error, and authorities are still looking for the black box. A social democracy with only one previous owner was asset-stripped and replaced by a series of franchises. Even rugby sides stopped being called Canterbury, Wellington, Otago and Auckland and were instead given the names of animals, colours and weather conditions."

• "New Zealand remains the most beautiful country in the world. You can go to any part of it with confidence, at any time of year, with the possible exception of Hawera at Christmas, Otautau in August and Taihape in a stiff westerly."

- Taken from New Zealand, A User's Guide, by John Clarke.

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Guitarist J. Geils (fourth from left), founder of The J. Geils Band known for such peppy early '80s pop hits as "Love Stinks," "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold," has died in his Massachusetts home.

Guitarist J. Geils (fourth from left), founder of The J. Geils Band known for such peppy early '80s pop hits as "Love Stinks," "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold," has died in his Massachusetts home. File photo

MUSIC NEWS & REVIEWS

APRIL 11, 2017 8:47 PM

J. Geils, 'Centerfold' musician, dies at age 71

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GROTON, MASS.

Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band known for such peppy early 80s pop hits as "Love Stinks," ''Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold," has died in his Massachusetts home at 71.

 

Groton police said officers responded to Geils' home around 4 p.m. Tuesday for a well-being check and found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

"A preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes," police said in a statement.

 

The J. Geils Band was founded in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, while Geils, whose full name was John Warren Geils Jr., was studying mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Geils served as the band's guitarist and vocalist. Bandmates included Danny Klein, Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz, Stephen Jo Bladd, Peter Wolf and Seth Justman.

 

The band, whose music blended blues rock, R&B, soul and pop, released 11 studio albums and built a large following due to their energetic live shows as well as their unusual use of the harmonica as a lead instrument. The band broke up in 1985, but reunited off and on over the years.

 

The group had several Top 40 singles in the early 1970s, including a cover song "Lookin' for a Love" by the family group The Valentinos and "Give It to Me."

 

Their biggest hits included "Must of Got Lost," which reached No. 12 on Billboard's Top 100 in 1975 and "Love Stinks," a humorous rant against unrequited love, the title song of their 1980 album. Their song "Centerfold," from the album "Freeze Frame" was released in 1981 and eventually charted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982. It stayed there for six weeks and was featured on MTV.

 

The band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the fourth time last fall but once again was not selected as part of the 2017 class.

 

"This is our fourth nomination, and going through that process, with its inherent disappointment, you're not sure you want to take that ride again," lead vocalist Peter Wolf told Billboard at the time. "It's great to be recognized, but it's a drag to be disappointed. I hope that we make it in. That would be great."

 

When news of Geils' death broke, fans turned to social media to offer condolences and to reminisce about the band's songs and concerts.

 

Wolf wrote a short message on Facebook about his former bandmate, "Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P Jay Geils."

 

WCVB-TV in Boston reported Geils had called Groton his home for 35 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article144071104.html#storylink=cpy

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The death of Emma Martina Luigia Morano of Vercelli, Italy, holder of the record titles for 'Oldest living person' and 'Oldest living woman.'

Born on 29 November 1899, Emma was the last known person living who was born in the 19th century.

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