Obit of the Day: Dead Together
OOTD continues its occasional seres, “Dead Together,” which features famous individuals who died on the same date.
Sammy Davis, Jr. - Mr. Davis died at the age of 64 on May 16, 1990. An entertainer for nearly 60 years, he started on stage when he was only four years old. During his career he would have 8 top-20 hits (his only #1 was “The Candy Man” in 1972) appear in dozens of movies and on numerous television shows. A member of the famed “Rat Pack,” Davis often referred to himself as “the one-eyed Jewish Negro.” (He lost an eye in a car accident in 1954 and while hospitalized became interested in Judaism and converted.) Random fact: Tim Burton wanted Sammy Davis, Jr. to play Beetlejuice in the 1988 film.
Sources: www.sammydavis-jr.com, IMDB.com, and The Playlist
Jim Henson - Muppet creator Jim Henson died on May 16, 1990 at the age of 53. Henson who began his professional career while still an undergraduate at the University of Maryland won a combined 10 Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards during his career. Known best for his voicing of Kermit the Frog and Ernie, Henson died suddenly after a bout of walking pneumonia that he left undiagnosed. Although raised as a Christian Scientist, which led the public to believe that he refused medical care, he “didn’t want to bother anyone” with his illness. Random note: “Rubber Duckie” sung by Henson as Ernie reached #16 on the Billboard charts in 1970 and was in the Hot 100 for seven weeks.
Sources: www.jimhensonlegacy.org, IMDB.com, Muppet Wiki, and Wikipedia
(Images: Sammy Davis, Jr. courtesy of nostalgic-radio.com; Jim Henson courtesy of zuzahin,deviantart.com)
Of relevant interest:
Previous Dead Together posts
Aubrey Woods, the first person to sing “The Candy Man,” posted on May 15, 2013
Jane Henson, Jim’s ex-wife who helped create the Muppets, died on April 2, 2013