In advance of the final part of my four-part list of some of the most overlooked or under-reported deaths of 2012, please enjoy some more of the varied and often esoteric names, faces and characters who left us in 2012, any number of whom may have touched your life and somehow escaped your notice. Widow of the […]


Below, please enjoy part three of my four part tribute to those we lost this year whose deaths and legacies were largely overlooked, or at least under-reported, by the mainstream media. 21.  Helen Gurley Brown In one sense she was just like so many others girls her age.  Born in Arkansas in the 20s; raised […]


You won’t find people like Charles Durning, Levon Helm, or for that matter even Fern Parsons, as they’ll most likely show up in Parts III or IV of my “most overlooked deaths of 2012,” which I should have posted in a week or so.  But below, in advance of that, are some of the more noteworthy film […]


Please enjoy part two of my four-part list of 40 people who died this year whose lives, legacies and passings were given short shrift by far too many in the mainstream media. 30. Charles “Skip” Pitts He was a talented session man and a Memphis-based guitarist who scratchy, bold playing style helped lend the Isley […]


This list could have been even longer, but here’s part one of my four-part list covering some of the many people whose passing this year, whose lives, and whose legacies, were given far too short a shrift by far too many in the mainstream media. 40. David N. Martin It remains the single most iconic and successful tourist and travel […]


Happy 70th Mr. Hendrix

by M.C. Antil on November 27, 2012

I just heard that guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, had he lived, would have turned 70 years old today. Wow. Jimi Hendrix, the lord and high master of the bent guitar string and all things heavy as a creaky, thinning-on-top, shriking 70 year old in need of, most likely, reading glasses, a hearing aid and — who knows […]


A New York Moment Revisited

by M.C. Antil on November 10, 2012

It was 1984, or maybe ‘85.  A friend of mine and I were in Manhattan, staying at the Hilton on Sixth Ave in the heart of Midtown.  At the time she’d been hosting an afternoon talk and call-in show on the local PBS affiliate in my old hometown of Syracuse, New York and was flown […]

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Andy Williams’ Finest Moment — One Humble Opinion

by M.C. Antil on September 28, 2012

To most, Andy Williams will always be the guy who somehow managed to pilfer Moon River right out from under the noses of Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer and Audrey Hepburn and make it his own. To others, he will be the voice behind the Andy Williams Christmas Album, one of the iconic slices of Sixties […]


The 21 Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

by M.C. Antil on September 20, 2012

Just kidding, of course.  These are by no means the greatest 21 TV theme songs in history.  But they are, without question and in no particular order, my 21 favorites of all time — not to mention 21 songs that stand alone as terrific pieces of music, regardless of how brief they may be. What’s more, they are […]


Joe South Goes Home

by M.C. Antil on September 13, 2012

Of all the icons of 20th Century Americana, few offered such a rare blend of allure and intrigue as the young man with a guitar. And for anyone during the early to mid-1950’s who saw a handsome kid named Joe South walking the streets of Atlanta, guitar in hand, what they saw was the very embodiment of what by […]