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Ray Manzarek passed away on May 20, 2013 after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was the founding member of The Doors, after a chance meeting with Jim Morrison on Venice Beach in California. After Morrison sang some lines from “Moonlight Drive” to Manzarek, the beginning of The Doors was in full swing. The Doors became a pivotal rock band in the late 1960s, standing out from the usual hippie-themed music of the time. Death was a frequent theme in their songs. There was a darkness to their work that was unusual and unique at the time. “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and band mate Ray Manzarek today,” said Manzarek’s former band mate Robby Krieger. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.” “There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison’s words,” former Doors drummer John Densmore wrote on his Twitter page following the news. “Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother.” Their hits include, “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” “Light My Fire,” “The End,” and “L.A. Woman.”

Whitney Houston Passes Away at 48

One of the most beloved singers of her time, Whitney Houston, The Voice, passed away on Saturday, February 11th. Houston was in her hotel room preparing for Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party set to take place within hours. Houston was found in her room at the Beverly Hiton Hotel submerged in the bathtub and when paramedics arrived on the scene, attempts to revive her failed. She was pronounced dead at approxamitely 4:00 P.M. and police claimed there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent.” The cause of death is still under investigation.

The death of Houston saw an outpouring of grief and sadness by loved ones, fans, and fellow artists. It reminded the world why they fell in love with her magical voice when she first set the music world on fire in 1985. Born on August 9, 1963 to John and Cissy Houston, Whitney came from a musical family. Cissy was a professional singer who was often on tour, while Houston’s cousin was the singer Dionne Warwick. Whitney Houston grew up surrounded by musical greatness.

She was discovered by Clive Davis, head of Arista Records, and was signed to the label in 1983. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1985 and peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. It remained sealed to that position for an outstanding 14 weeks. The singles, “You Give Good Love,” “Greatest Love of All,” and “How Will I Know” helped make Houston a household name. Another single from the album, “Saving All My Love For You,” won Houston her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. The award was presented to her by her cousin, Dionne Warwick.

On her sophmore album, “Whitney,” Houston scored another number one with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” also hit number one. Houston had earned seven consecutive number one singles, breaking a record previously held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees. Houston formed The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children in 1989. It’s a non-profit organization that raises money to aid children who are homeless, even ill with cancer or AIDS. “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” Houston’s third album, was released in 1990. A year later, she delivered a mind-blowing performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV.

Houston’s next avenue was one that she had previously visited breifly in the early eightes after appearing on sitcoms. However, she never landed a role in a feature film until Kevin Costner asked Whitney to star alongside him in “The Bodyguard.” It was an opportunity Houston was reluctant to take at first, but Costner waited as long as he could until she was ready. The film was released in 1992 and became a major success. The soundtrack featured Houston’s now-signature song, “I Will Always Love You.” The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the album became the best-selling soundtrack album of all time, selling over 44 million copies worldwide.

On July 18, 1992, Houston married R&B singer Bobby Brown. On March 4, 1993, Houston gave birth to their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown. Houston’s success continued with roles in “Waiting to Exhale” in 1995 and “The Preacher’s Wife” in 1996. The films also had adjoining soundtracks with songs sung by Houston. Her first studio album in eight years came in 1998 when “My Love Is Your Love” was released. The album’s first single was a duet with Mariah Carey for the film, “The Prince of Egypt.” The song, “When You Believe,” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The album also featured the hits, “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and the title track.

By the start of the new decade, rumors of drug use ran rampant in the tabliods. Houston’s frail appearance at Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Trbute concert caused the public to worry about her health. In 2002, Houston released the “Just Whitney” album. It debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and gave Houston the highest opening week sales of her career. However, by her standards, the album was a commercial disappointment, selling approxamitely three million copies worlwide.

In 2004, Houston entered a rehabilitation facility to get treatment for her drug addiction. In 2005, she starred alongside husband, Bobby Brown, on the reality show, “Being Bobby Brown.” The show shocked viewers, causing harm to Houston’s public image. In 2006, Houston filed for divorce from Brown in October 2006. Many fans hoped this would be Whitney’s opportunity to return to music. In 2009, she earned another number one album with “I Look to You.” To promote the album, Houston gave a revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey where she opened up about her marriage, drug use, and other personal topics. Houston further promoted the album with the “Nothing but Love World Tour.” The shows received negative reviews from critics and fans alike, claiming Houston’s voice wasn’t the same as it was in her glory days.

Houston began work on the film “Sparkle” alongside Jordin Sparks. The film is set for release in August 2012. Her death came the night before the Grammy Awards and producers wondered what to do to pay tribute to the fallen singer. Jennifer Hudson came on stage during the show and sang Houston’s classic, “I Will Always Love You.” It was a mere two years after Hudson sang for Houston herself when she was honored at the 2010 BET Honors.

The music world has lost one of the most memorable voices in the history of music. Whitney Houston will go down in music history as one of the greatest talents of her generation. Despite her personal stuggles, Houston always lifted people’s spirits with her music and films. She leaves behind an impressive musical legacy that extends beyond time. Whitney Houston’s voice is timeless and will be admired by music lovers for generations to come. When it comes to real legends, they never die.

The 2012 Golden Globes

The 2012 Golden Globes began last night before the show even started. When Elton John was interviewed on the red carpet before the show, he had some harsh words for his fellow nominee, Madonna. Madonna and John were both nominated in the Best Original Song category, John for “Hello, Hello” from “Gnomeo and Juliet” and Madonna for “Masterpiece” from “W.E.” He said, “Madonna hasn’t got a f***ing chance,” when asked about his fellow nominees. Madonna was asked about John’s claims soon afterword and said, “May the best man win.” It was clear this would be an entertaining show.

The mere fact that Ricky Gervais was hosting this year should have been enough of an insight as to what kind of evening this would be. He began the show by mocking the list of rules he was given prior to the show. He proceeded to break the “no innuendo” rule by making fun of Jodie Foster’s “Beaver.” Love him or hate him, Ricky Gervais is a welcome presence for me at the Golden Globes. The entire audience is filled with glamorous stars and there’s a feeling of phony behavior throughout the room. Of course, some of the stars in attendance seemed very lovely, but for the most part, it felt very superficial. So, to have Gervais come out and put the audience in their place with his honesty and candor was refreshing. “Now, The Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me that if I offend any viewers or cause any controversy whatsoever, they’ll definitely invite me back next year as well,” Gervais said.

Christopher Plummer and Laura Dern won some of the first awards of the night. The teleprompter broke when Rob Lowe and Julliane Moore were presenting Best Miniseries or TV Movie, before coming to their rescue with the script on a piece of paper. This moment is why live television is so entertaining.

Madonna’s “W.E.” lost the Best Original Score award but won the Best Original Song award for “Masterpiece.” The victorious moment was clearly a shock to Madonna and as cameras cut to Elton John’s reaction, it became clear that trash-talking doesn’t get you anywhere. Madonna thanked her co-writers, co-producer William Orbit, and manager, Guy Oseary, who talked her into writing the song. This is Madonna’s 2nd Golden Globe win, after winning in 1997 for her performance in “Evita.”

Seth Rogen and Kate Beckinsale came out to present Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Rogen couldn’t contain himself and said, “I’m currently trying to conceal a massive erection.” Beckinsale was embarassed and the audience was cracking up. It was definitely a comedic hit! A memorable live television moment. The penis jokes continued as George Clooney joked about the size of Michael Fassbender’s during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Clooney devoted most of his acceptance speech to complimenting his fellow nominees.

Helen Mirren payed tribute to Morgan Freeman, who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Her opening monologue was funny, as she teased Freeman for only including her in one of his movies. His speech was classy and elequent as it was clear this was a man who deserved to be honored for his hard work.

The cast of “Modern Family” won Best TV Series Comedy and the hillarious Sofia Vergara accepted it in Spanish. Producer Steven Livitan attempted to translate for her. He did the best he could. Meryl Streep won Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her role in, “The Iron Lady.” She forgot to take her glasses on stage forcing her to remember her speech off the top of her head. She was charming, as always and handled the moment well.

All in all, this year’s Golden Globes were a huge success. The show was entertaining, fun, shocking, outrageous, and hillarious. Congratulations to all the winners! I have a feeling Seth Rogen will be invited to host next year…