Hugh Masekela would have been 80 today, a birthday that Google is honouring with a vibrant doodle of him on their search bar. The Google doodle shows a man in a brightly coloured shirt playing the trumpet. But you might never have heard of Masekela until now. Related articles 'Father of South African jazz' Hugh Masekela dies aged 78 Lion cubs born in travelling circuses RESCUED after 'TRAGIC story' Who is Hugh Masekela? Hugh Ramapolo Masekela was a South African musician and pioneering jazz artist. He was born in Kwa-Guqa township, Witbank, a coal mining settlement near Johannesburg and died on January 23, 2018 at the age of 78. His father, Thomas, was a health inspector and sculptor, and his mother, Pauline (nee Bowers), was a social worker. Hugh Masekela: He was dubbed the father of South African jazz (Image: GETTY) Masekela was a famous trumpet player and a talented, Flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He wanted a trumpet after seeing the 1950 … [Read more...] about Hugh Masekela: Who was ‘father of South African jazz’ celebrated in today’s Google Doodle?
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Influential Russian mathematician Olga Ladyzhenskaya overcame personal tragedy in her early life to become one of the world’s great thinkers. Known for her work on partial differential equations, Ladyzhenskaya authored hundreds of papers and was recognised with the Lomonosov Gold Medal in 2002. She died in 2004, at the age of 81. Related articles Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge: Who was German chemist celebrated by Google Steve Irwin: Who was Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin celebrated by Google Who was Olga Ladyzhenskaya? Olga Ladyzhenskaya was born in the rural town of Kologriv on March 7, 1922. The daughter of a mathematics teacher father descended from Russian nobility, she found her love of maths at a young age. But tragedy struck at the age of 15, when her father was arrested by the NKVD, the interior ministry of the Soviet Union, and executed. Olga Ladyzhenskaya: The influential Russian mathematician (Image: MFO/Getty) Following his death, Olga and her mother and sisters … [Read more...] about Olga Ladyzhenskaya: Who was Russian mathematician celebrated in today’s Google Doodle?
NEW YORK — Peter Masterson, the playwright, filmmaker and actor with a knack for farce and drama whether co-writing the Tony-winning musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" or directing the movie adaptation of "The Trip to Bountiful," has died. Masterson's son, also called Peter, said his father died Tuesday from complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 84 and died at his home in Kinderhook, New York. Born Carlos Masterson, but known as Peter because his father preferred that name, the Houston native often worked with family members and was drawn to projects in his native Texas. His cousin was Texas-born playwright Horton Foote, who wrote the stage version of "The Trip to Bountiful," a lyrical story of an elderly woman in Houston who longs to return to her home community. Geraldine Page won an Oscar for her starring performance in the 1985 film, which also featured Rebecca De Mornay and John Heard. Masterson earlier had success in the theater as one of the creators of … [Read more...] about Peter Masterson, playwright and ‘Stepford Wives’ actor, dies
LOS ANGELES — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning song stylist and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told the Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81. Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to "Little Green Apples" and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard's pop charts. Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational and a little naughty, she was best known for such songs as her breakthrough "Guess Who I Saw Today" and the 1964 hit "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am," which drew upon Broadway, pop and jazz influences. She resisted being identified with a single category, … [Read more...] about Nancy Wilson, influential pop and jazz singer, dies at 81
Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85. Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clark was "Hee Haw" host or co-host for its entire 24-year run, with Buck Owens his best known co-host. The country music and comedy show's last episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter. "'Hee Haw' won't go away. It brings a smile to too many faces," he said in 2004, when the show was distributed on VHS and DVD for the first time. Clark played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. His skills brought him gigs as guest performer with many top orchestras, including the Boston Pops. In 1976 he headlined a tour of the Soviet Union, breaking boundaries that were usually closed to … [Read more...] about Roy Clark, ‘Hee Haw’ host, country guitar virtuoso, dies at 85