The list author says: "Desperate for topics now, eh? (Yes, I still speak Canadian). I haven't included superstars like Elvis and others who, although they died earlier than they should have, they DID already produce a large body of work for us to appreciate and keep."
"KAREN CARPENTER had one of the most beautiful female voices ever. Critics only praise music that is sad, raw or socially relevant. No room for gorgeous and angelic in this world? Sadly claimed by anorexia."
"Blessed with one of the best male voices in pop music. Career sadly cut short by road rage pipe beating.Set has his several cutesy catchy hits but also other gems. (Shenandoah, Waltzing Matilda, I Believe, Ghost Riders, Red River Valley, Tammy, Que Sera, Cool Water, Love Letters In The Sand etc. No DANNY BOY ?? No JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE ?"
"SHELLEY LONG is and was one of the most talented actresses on the planet. Left after 5 seasons and her career tanked in mediocre comedy films. Career(and her life?) resurrected now in the new hit series MODERN FAMILY."
"No hits since the 70's but big royalties for writing Elvis posthumous hit 'A Little Less Conversation'. Engaging showman now performs rarely. Amusing last CD cover: he holds a sign 'Will write songs for food!'."
"ROB REINER has become a successful film director but his greatest contribution to the arts was his acting efforts in the role of Mike(Meathead)in this outstanding and long-lived TV series. This series and CHEERS are both on my list: MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE TV SERIES (Like It Matters !!!)"
"BOB & RAY long radio career before my time, but I wish success extended longer into TV. This good video captures their flavor well and is a keeper for its other talent too. Radio skits can be found on CD and maybe a few on video too."
"Died young from leukemia. Singer/Songwriter. His best: Yellow Coat, Blue Umbrella, You're The Girl I Love, Old-Fashioned Girl, My Old Man, Margaret And The Dutchman, Mind Your Own Business, You Never Even Call Me By My Name. A Kristofferson discovery but Kris modestly says: 'Steve is like the Mississippi. Someone else would have discovered him anyway.' See my BEST OF STEVE GOODMAN."
"Dunno who they are or where they went but they produced one of my all-time fave instrumentals, an uptempo drivingarrangement of the theme from ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. Entitled MORRICONE on this CD, after its writer."
"Not a person, but a TV series. Lasted only 6 episodes. Inspired the later movie series THE NAKED GUN, which was cruder and dumbed down. Fun TV series. Some gags work and some not but they just keep on coming. From creators of AIRPLANE. On my list of BEST SHORT-LIVED TV SERIES WORTH HAVING."
"Another TV series. Well written with great characters and cast. Laugh-out-loud funny every week. Best TV sitcom since SEINFELD, FRIENDS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND. Also on my list of SHORT-LIVED TV SERIES WORTH HAVING."
"Five year host of THE LATE LATE SHOW. Left for who knows what reason. Unique entertaining personality. Hope he resurfaces. Replacement Craig Ferguson is the most SPONTANEOUSLY funny guy on TV now.(But his HBO specials are too crude for my liking)."
"CAROL WAYNE charming frequent guest with Carson.'The Matinee Movie Lady' alongside his character Art Fern. Can be seen often on syndicated CARSON COMEDY CLASSICS(Reelz Channel: 8 a.m. and 3p.m. EST these days. Mysterious death(imdb.)"
"Had minor albums in his youth but then became legendary Nashville music producer. Wrote title song, sang it at Johnny Cash Memorial Concert. Best rendition I know. This CD released later. Humorist/showman only performs around Nashville."
"A 'guilty pleasure'? But really I don't feel guilty about anyone I like. Always good reasons for it. Clever, fun innovative songwriter. Only SOME of his best here:Get Down, Alone Again, Out Of The Question, Ooh Baby, Who Was It? Others I don't know here. More on other CDs/vinyl."
"DIANE CILENTO, ex-wife of Sean Connery had a fine performance in this excellent western. Later ran an acting school in Australia(her homeland). Moderately busy in acting after Hombre but not much of lasting consequence. Wish she had had more major roles."
"Still young enough but career hasn't taken off as much as I'd like. Best female songwriter around and one of my fave 6 women performers. Can't resist this opp to promote her, but she really doesn't belong on this list. She's still active and tours. See: DISCOVER THE MUSIC OF KIMMIE RHODES."
"PAUL HOGAN had a brief heyday in the sun. He was a charming star and Dundee a likable movie hero. LINDA KOZLOWKSI I thought was a VERY attractive female lead. Hogan did too. He married her. Divorced in 2014."
"GWYNETH PALTROW does a good duet with Huey Lewis 'Cruisin'. She should sing more. Update: Spoke too soon! Paltrow has new country single out in Oct, COUNTRY STRONG, title track from her new film opposite Tim McGraw. Guess Paltrow sings better than Faith Hill can act?"
"HUGH MILLAIS had a good turn as a villain in this classic elegaic western directed by Robert Altman. Brief acting career, deceased now. This and the Newman film HOMBRE above are both on my list of BEST WESTERNS (Movies, Not Sandwiches, Omelettes or Hotels)"
"JEFF BRIDGES sings well in this film, with traces of a Kristofferson/Waylon persona. Maybe he should do more. **UPDATE: In the past year, Jeff seems to indeed be expanding on his music career, doing joint shows with such as Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow etc."
"JONELL MOSSER does some fine harmonies and background vocals here. BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HERE is virtually a duet. Talented. Saw her 'live' in Nashville, but haven't been impressed in skimlistens to her CDs. She need to choose better material. Technically she shouldn't be on this list since she still performs. But I couldn't resist the chance to recommend her."
"Like Willie Nelson, finally freed his unique talent and style late in his career. But while Willie had a great career for 4 decades since then, Fred remained pretty obscure except for those among my 'college' generation."