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Overnight: Our House is a Very Very Fine House

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From 'Deja Vu' - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young - Our house is a very very fine house.

Whenever I hear Republicans and other right-wingers talking about 'taking the country back' I know they mean something very different than I do. They want to take us back to the most repressive age possible.

I, on the other hand, want to take us back to the 70's, where we first saw a glimmering of all the good things our country could become - and still can.

To excerpt from Imagine by John Lennon.....'Imagine no possessions....and no religions too.'

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Video Overnight Thread- Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, dies at 74

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Sigh. Don't get me started. RIP Ray.

Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complimented Jim Morrison's gloomy baritone and helped set the mood for some of rock's most enduring songs, has died. He was 74.

The Doors' original lineup, which also included drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robbie Krieger, was only together for a few years. But the band has retained a large and obsessive following decades after Morrison's death, in 1971.

The Doors have sold more than 100 million records and songs such as "Light My Fire" and "Riders On the Storm" are still "classic" rock standards. For Doors admirers, the band symbolized the darker side of the Los Angeles lifestyle, what happened to the city after the sun went down and the Beach Boys fans headed home.

Next to Morrison, Manzarek was the most distinctive looking band member, his glasses and wavy blond hair making him resemble a young English professor more than a rock star, a contrast to Morrison's Dionysian glamour — his sensuous mouth and long, dark hair. Musically, Manzarek's spidery organ on "Light My Fire" is one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in rock history.

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Video Overnight Thread- Motown songwriter-producer ("ABC") Deke Richards dies

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Tons of talent in Detroit back in the day. Makes me feel old as hell. That "Shake it, shake it baby"... wow. What a cultural mark.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. —
Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards has died at a hospice at age 68.

Richards, whose real name was Dennis Lussier, died Sunday at the Whatcom Hospice House, Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center spokeswoman Amy Cloud confirmed Monday.

Richards had been battling esophageal cancer, according to a statement from Universal Music.

As leader of the Motown songwriting, arranging and producing team known as The Corporation, Richards was involved in writing and producing many Jackson 5 hits, the Universal Music release said. Those songs included the Jackson 5's first three No. 1 hits - "I Want You Back," "ABC," and "The Love You Save."

He also co-wrote "Love Child" for Diana Ross & The Supremes, as well Ross' solo "I'm Still Waiting."

Other recording artists for whom Richards produced or wrote songs include Bobby Darin, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- RIP Bobbie Smith of The Spinners

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I went thru a couple of copies of their greatest hits on vinyl, then a cassette, and now a cd. Good damn music.

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Video Overnight Thread- 'Pingpong diplomacy' figure Zhuang Zedong dies

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I remember thinking at the time this was stupid and neat at once.

BEIJING -- Three-time world table tennis champion Zhuang Zedong, a key figure in the "pingpong diplomacy" between China and the United States, died Sunday, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. He was 72 and had struggled with cancer since 2008.

Zhuang won fame by presenting a gift to American player Glenn Cowan, who had inadvertently boarded a bus carrying the Chinese team at the world championships in Nagoya, Japan, in 1971.

Zhuang and Cowan were photographed together, creating an international sensation that eventually led to the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Cold War rivals in 1979.

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Video Overnight Thread- R.I.P. Major Harris: Love won't let me wait

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Sigh. Obit here.

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Video- Andy Williams, 'Moon River' singer, dies at 84

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Yes, I watched his show all the time, back in the day. Mostly because of the Osmonds.

Andy Williams, whose soothing baritone and relaxed performing style made him one of America's top pop vocalists and a popular TV variety-show host in the 1960s when he recorded hits such as "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses," has died. He was 84.

Williams, who announced in late 2011 that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer, died Tuesday at his home in Branson, Mo., his family announced.

The Iowa-born Williams began singing professionally as a boy with his three older brothers in the 1930s, and he went solo when the quartet broke up in the early `50s.

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The singer hosted "The Andy Williams Show" on NBC from 1962 to 1967. After doing three specials a year for two years, he returned to the weekly series from 1969 to 1971.

"The Andy Williams Show" won three Emmy Awards, and its casual, sweater-wearing host received two Emmy nominations.

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