James Crumley passed away, you can read the N.Y.T. obit here. I haven't read a lot of him, but what i read i liked a lot. Rest in peace Mr. Crumley.
In an exclusive interview for The Sunday Times John Le Carré reveals a secret on his times as member of MI6.
You can read the interview here.
LANSING, Michigan: A federal appeals court has upheld a decision to revoke the U.S. citizenship of an 87-year-old Michigan man accused of shooting Jews as a member of a Nazi police unit.
A judge ruled last year that John Kalymon of Troy was ineligible for citizenship because of his service to Nazi Germany. Kalymon was in the Nazi-operated Ukrainian Auxiliary Police during World War II.
The judge found that Kalymon's unit rounded up Jews, oversaw forced labor, killed those attempting to escape and delivered others to killing sites for mass execution.
Kalymon appealed, claiming mistaken identity.
But the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Thursday agreed he should lose his citizenship.
A message seeking comment from Kalymon's lawyer was not immediately returned.
August 23, 2008 - NY TIMES - By Bill Friskics-Warren
Buddy Harman, 79, Busy Nashville Drummer, Is Dead
Buddy Harman, a prolific and influential drummer whose rhythmic
signature can be heard on thousands of recordings by the likes of
Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Simon and Garfunkel, died
on Thursday at his home in Nashville. He was 79.
He had been suffering from congestive heart failure, said his daughter
Summer Harman, who confirmed his death.
Mr. Harman played on an estimated 18,000 recordings, many of them
major hits, in a career of more than five decades. He worked most
sessions with the celebrated “A Team” of studio musicians who shaped
the Nashville Sound of the 1950s and ’60s, performing on Cash’s “Ring
of Fire,” Roger Miller’s “King of the Road” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand
by Your Man,” along with scores of hits by Loretta Lynn, George Jones,
Dolly Parton, Ray Price and others.
Mr. Harman also made his mark on the pop charts, making distinctive
contributions to records like the Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love,”
Presley’s “Little Sister,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Boxer” (as a
percussionist) and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
He played — bass, not drums — on Ringo Starr’s 1970 country album,
“Beaucoups of Blues.”
Versatility and imagination were among Mr. Harman’s great strengths as
a musician. He could play everything from big-beat rock ’n’ roll, as
demonstrated by his pile-driving 4/4 on Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty
Woman,” to intimate cocktail jazz, as heard on his empathetic
brushwork on Cline’s “Crazy.”
Drums were not commonly used in country music when Mr. Harman started
working sessions in Nashville in the early 1950s. Later that decade,
when he became the first house drummer for the Grand Ole Opry, he had
to play behind a curtain because drums were not allowed on the show’s
stage at the time. Before long, though, Mr. Harman had established his
instrument as an integral voice in modern country music.
Murrey Mizell Harman Jr. was born Dec. 23, 1928, in Nashville. His
mother, who played drums in the family band, was an early musical
inspiration, along with jazz players like Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich.
Mr. Harman began drumming while in his early teens and went on to
perform in bands while serving in the Navy. Later, after two years of
college in Nashville, he enrolled in the Roy Knapp School of
Percussion in Chicago. On returning to Nashville in 1952 he played in
the band of Carl Smith, a future member of the Country Music Hall of
Fame, and began doing studio work. By the mid-’50s, Mr. Harman had
become the first-call drummer for recording sessions that were being
booked on what became known as Nashville’s Music Row.
He was less active in the studio as the 1970s gave way to the ’80s. He
eventually resumed work at the Opry, while also serving as the
business agent for the Nashville chapter of the American Federation of
Besides his daughter Summer, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Mr. Harman is
survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Marsha Harman; his sons
Mark, of Franklin, Tenn., and Stanley and Murrey M. III, both of
Nashville; another daughter, Autumn, also of Nashville; six
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Another son, Richard,
died in 2007.
“I just went into Dad’s room,” Summer Harman said in a telephone
conversation in June, when her father’s health had been declining,
“and he was playing drums in his sleep. He had a smile on his face and
was tapping on his chest.”
Lee Young Dies at 94; Jazz Man and Producer
Lee Young, who emerged from a family with musical roots deep in New
Orleans jazz, drummed for greats like Ellington and Basie, became a
pioneering black man in music’s executive suites — and survived his
musician brother, Lester, by a half century — died on July 31 at his
home in Los Angeles. He was 94.
The death was confirmed by his grandson Wren Brown.
In contrast to his brother, whose debilitating battle with alcohol and
personal demons is almost as well known to jazz fans as his saxophone
solos, Lee Young, a teetotaler, lived a long life of accomplishment in
both performance and the music business.
His recollections, from touring in a carnival act as a child with
Lester and their sister, Irma, in the 1920s; to playing drums and
cutting his first records with Fats Waller in the 1930s; to helping
forge a vibrant jazz scene in Los Angeles in the 1940s, were recorded
by the oral history program of the University of California, Los
His experiences included teaching Mickey Rooney to play drums for a
movie and becoming the first black — and for several years the only
one — to be a regular studio musician in Hollywood. He played drums
and conducted for Nat King Cole.
Mr. Young played on literally thousands of records, said Phil Schaap,
the jazz historian.
As a record producer, Mr. Young developed a reputation for knowing in
advance what would sell, and discovered Steely Dan, the jazz fusion-
Mr. Schaap called Mr. Young “a most significant figure in jazz who
directly connected us to the music’s early glories: the birth of jazz
in New Orleans, the jazz age, the swing era and bebop.” Mr. Schaap
also said that Mr. Young, who led an integrated band when that was
unusual, was “a hero in the fight for integration.”
Leonidas Raymond Young was born in New Orleans on March 7, 1914, to
parents who were both musicians and teachers. His father had learned
to play instruments including the violin, trombone and bass as he
traveled the deep South at the time jazz was sprouting in New Orleans.
Mr. Young’s father was a stern taskmaster, drilling music into his
children by putting notes on a blackboard before they even started
school. He made them into a novelty dancing act for traveling
carnivals until they learned to play instruments. Lee, the youngest,
had visited more than 30 states by the time he was 8.
Lee was different from Lester as a youth. Lester would practice his
saxophone for hours; Lee would rather sneak off to play ball. Lester
begged off some of the vaudeville gigs, particularly longer stays in
cities like Minneapolis and Phoenix.
The family finally settled in Los Angeles, where Lee and his sister
entertained at the dance marathons that were the rage during the
Depression. By this time, Lee was performing most often as a drummer,
having switched from the trombone; Lester had decided to specialize in
saxophone instead of drums.
Lee attended high schools in Los Angeles. He began playing with Mutt
Carey, a trumpeter and bandleader who had gotten his start in New
Orleans, and also toured withEthel Waters. He made his first records
at 23 as Fats Waller’s drummer. He played with Lionel Hampton and
others, and started his own orchestra, actually a smaller combo. His
brother joined the band in 1941, and its stature grew exponentially.
They toured for the U.S.O., broadcast with Billie Holiday and were a
hit in New York.
LA Weekly said in 2004 that Mr. Young for years was the only black
staff musician at a major studio. Mr. Schaap wrote that Mr. Young got
his job by turning down a chance to be Stan Kenton’s drummer at a time
when Kenton led the nation’s hottest band.
In 1953 Mr. Young became Nat King Cole’s drummer and conductor, Mr.
Schaap said. From this pinnacle of the music world, he had new
insights into the business side of music, and decided to join it. He
produced for Vee-Jay, Motown and ABC/Dunhill Records.
Around 1937, Mr. Young met a teenager named Norman Granz on a tennis
court and began playing against him regularly. Granz was enthralled
when Mr. Young introduced him to jazz and went on to create Jazz at
the Philharmonic, the all-star touring group that took the music out
of smoky bars to jam in the concert halls; Mr. Young and his brother
can be heard on some of the recorded jam sessions.
Lester Young died in 1959; Irma died in 1993. Lee Young is survived by
his wife of 55 years, the former Louise Franklin Young; his daughter,
Rosalind Brown of Los Angeles; his son, Lee Jr., of Los Angeles; his
half-sister, Vivian Johnson of Louisiana; six grandchildren; and nine
Mr. Young was interviewed for a book, “Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in
Los Angeles” (1999) and said that when the music industry was
segregated, white musicians were paid for seven nights of work, even
though they were given one day off, while blacks had to work all seven
days for their pay.
“I just loved to play so much, I went to different clubs and told the
guys that if they wanted a night off, I would play in their place,”
Mr. Young said. “So I got a chance to play all kinds of music, because
I used to let these guys off.”