Jerry Harkness, 81-year-old, who led Loyola Chicago to a groundbreaking national basketball championship and was a civil rights pioneer, died Tuesday. No further details were available.
A two-time All American at Loyola, Harkness was part of the 1963 squad that won a national championship with four black starters and starred in what became known as the Game of Change. State laws prohibited the state of Mississippi from playing as an integrated team, but the Maroons – now the Bulldogs – slipped out of town under cover of darkness to play Loyola in East Lansing, Michigan. . Harkness appeared in an iconic photo taken before the game, when he shook hands with Mississippi State captain Joe Dan Gold. Harkness, Ron Miller, Vic Rouse and Les Hunter – White Guard John Egan was the other starter – received death threats mailed to their dorm and suffered taunts from fans in Houston during their title race.
Charlie Watts, 80, the longtime Rolling Stones drummer who provided a steady rhythmic hand for decades behind the band‘s fiery leaders Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, helping to make the band one of the most phenomenal rock bands in the world. story, died Tuesday in a London hospital. .
From his teenage years, when he started listening to the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, Watts aspired to become a jazz drummer, in the tradition of Chico Hamilton or Kenny Clarke. Watts joined the Stones in 1963, when the band made their London debut, and for the next 56 years, he played every concert in the band, from tiny basement clubs to giant stadiums. Watts never completely abandoned his jazz roots – he performed with almost melodic sensibility on Stones songs such as “Ruby Tuesday”, “19th Nervous Breakdown” and “Wild Horses”.
“There’s terrific personality and subtlety to his playing,” Richards wrote in “Life,” his 2010 autobiography. “If you look at the size of his kit, it’s ridiculous compared to what most drummers use nowadays. They’ve got a fort with them… Charlie is basically a jazz drummer, which means the rest of the band is a jazz band of sorts.
Hissène Habré, 79-year-old former President of Chad, who was serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity, including murder, torture and sex offenses, during his reign in the 1980s, died Tuesday morning in a clinic near of Cap Manuel prison in Senegal, West Africa, the country where Habré was detained after being sentenced there. He had been treated for complications from diabetes and high blood pressure, Senegalese media reported. Some have reported that he had been infected with the coronavirus.
Habré seized power in a coup with the help of the United States, and he received arms and assistance from France, Israel and the United States to keep the Libya, Chad’s northern neighbor. When Habré was sentenced in 2016, he became the first former head of state to be convicted of crimes against humanity by courts in another country.
Katharine “Kay” Bullitt, 96, a civic activist and key figure on Seattle’s philanthropic scene throughout the 20th century, died on August 22. She championed a dizzying array of causes spanning education, racial justice, international relations, politics, preservation of historic monuments, and the arts.
She is known to have played a role in many chapters of Seattle history – she helped found Bumbershoot – but locally she may be remembered as one of the early supporters of school desegregation. even during times of stress. In the 1960s, she became a champion of one of Seattle’s first public school desegregation efforts, an initiative in which students would be voluntarily transferred between Lowell and Madrona elementary schools. She also organized a citizens’ group that helped recruit parents to enroll their children in the district integration program, as she had done with hers.
Beyond educational causes, Bullitt has traveled the world on peacekeeping missions, worked to restore the city’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, and helped found a savings and loan bank for women. She has received several accolades for her work, including a United Nations Award for Human Rights and a Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Don Everly, 84, the eldest of the two Everly Brothers, the revolutionary duo whose fusion of Appalachian harmonies and a tighter, cleaner version of big-beat rock’n’roll made them the precursors of folk-rock and country- rock, died on August 21. at his home in Nashville.
Based on fiery two-minute teenage dramas like “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Cathy’s Clown,” Everly and her brother, Phil, who passed away in 2014, all single-handedly redefined what stylistically and thematically qualified as viable music commercial for the Nashville of their time. In the process, they have influenced generations of hitmakers, from invading British bands like the Beatles and Hollies to folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel and Southern California country-rock group the Eagles.
Micki Grant, 92, who in the early 1970s became the first woman to write the book, music and lyrics for a Broadway musical, “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” a touching and fiery exploration of black life, died in August. 21 in New York. She also became known for her work on another Broadway musical, “Your Arms Too Short to Box With God”, and for her seven years on the NBC soap opera “Another World”. She has also had roles in “Guiding Light”, “The Edge of Night” and “All My Children”.
Igor Vovkovinskiy, The tallest man of Ukrainian descent in the United States, 38, died of heart disease on August 20 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Vovkovinskiy visited the Mayo Clinic in 1989 as a child, seeking treatment for a tumor pressing on his pituitary gland, which caused her to secrete abnormal levels of growth hormone. He became the tallest man in the United States at 7 feet, 8.33 inches.
At the age of 27, Vovkovinskiy was declared the tallest person in America by a Guinness World Records referee. Vovkovinskiy was arrested by President Barack Obama during a campaign rally in 2009, when the president noticed him near the stage wearing a t-shirt that read “The biggest Obama supporter in the world”.
Tom T. Hall, The 85-year-old singer-songwriter who composed “Harper Valley PTA” and sang the Simple Joys of Life as a consummate blue-collar country music bard, died Aug. 20 at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.
Known as “The Storyteller” for his simple but incisive lyrics, Hall has composed hundreds of songs. Along with contemporaries such as Kris Kristofferson, John Hartford and Mickey Newbury, Hall helped usher in a literary era of country music in the early 1970s, with songs of a political nature, such as “Watergate Blues” and “The Monkey That Became. President ”, deeply personal as“ The Year Clayton Delaney Died ”and philosophical as“ (Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine ”. Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell performed Hall’s song “Mama Bake A Pie (Daddy Kill A Chicken)” when Hall was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.