I received this email yesterday from a music list i'm on...
It is indeed a very sad day for me to convey this message to all of you.
J. Billy VerPlanck passed away in Hackensack Hospital on Tuesday, June 2,
2009. A mass will be held on Friday, June 5th at 10:30am, St. Clare's
Church, 31 Allwood Rd, Clifton NJ. Internment is at Mount Olivet Cemetery,
Known as Billy throughout the music world, he was born in Norwalk Ct. in
1930 He began his musical career at age fifteen playing trombone with the
Jess Stacey Band. He went on to play and write arrangements for all the big
bands (Charlie Spivak, Claude Thornhill, Jimmy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet), of
his generation, culminating his road days with his idol, Tommy Dorsey.
For the next forty years he was one of the busiest studio arrangers and
conductors in New York, writing every thing from jingles, films,
documentaries, record dates, as well as producing 20 cd's for his wife, Marlene
VerPlanck. His passion for music was all consuming and he never wrote an
indifferent note in his life.
Among his other interests he loved life, traveling the world with his
wife, enjoying great food and wine, the New York Mets, his country and his
fellow man. He was a diehard advocate of free enterprise and tried to
convert anyone who would listen to his beliefs.
Details of Billy's career can be found at: _www.marleneverplan
Billy is survived by his wife, Marlene, of 52 years, his sister in law,
Barbara Marshall, his brother in law, Phil and his wife, Arlene Pampinella
and extended nieces, nephews and cousins. A sister Anne Durland preceeded
him in death in 2008.
In honor of Billy's love of jazz, a scholarship has been established at
William Paterson University. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the J. Billy VerPlanck Jazz Scholarship Fund: c/o Office of Institutional
Advancement. William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
One can start his weekend reading with a NYT review of Elmore Leonards latest novel 'Road Dogs'.
Or with the novel itself of course
I wish i was the owner of this advance reader's adition.. anyway we can only hope it will appear as soon as possible. Why?
Well after Blood's a Rover Mr. Ellroy will publish a memoir ('The Hilliker Curse) on his relationship with women and then will resume his fiction work set in 1948 Los Angeles with as far as i can decipher Dudley Smith as main character.
More on the man and his work can be read here.
Film Noir is another of my favorite passtimes. Great filmreviews can be found here. I'll add it as well to the other blog links....
I'm really a fan of Spaghetti Westerns and collecting a lot of them as well. Here's a blog i just found which seems quite interesting. I'll add it to the link to the Other Blogs references....
Sorry for the lack of updates, but life is quite hectic these days, eh weeks, eh months....
I'll try to foreinstall some posts in advance so these posts will appear automatically....