Leon Ware, who was an extremely talented singer and songwriter who penned hits for artists like Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, died Thursday. His manager confirmed the singer’s death to NPR. He was 77. Ware co-produced and co-wrote Gaye’s classic 1976 LP I Want You, which featured the chart-topping title track and “After the Dance.” Ware also co-wrote hits like Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” Minnie Riperton’s “Inside My Love,” Quincy Jones’ “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” and Maxwell’s “Sumthin’, Sumthin”.
The final verdict came in for Judge Joseph Wapner. He died Sunday morning at his home in California of natural causes. He was 97
The famed judge taped more than 2,000 episodes of “The People’s Court” during his 12-year tenure on the program, inspiring decades of similar courtroom shows, including “Judge Judy” and “Judge Joe Brown.”
Prior to his television series, Wapner graduated with both his undergraduate degree in 1941 and his law degree in 1948 from the University of Southern California, and served in the US Army as a Lieutenant. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in World War II.
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.” A family representative was quoted as saying.
His final film “The Circle,” slated for release on April 28, is based on the novel by Dave Eggers. It stars Paxton alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.
Bobby Darin was a larger than life singer and actor who sadly has his star burn out much too soon. In 1973, at the young age of 37, he would pass away, but he packed a lot of living in those 37 years.
In Michael Seth Starr’s outstanding biography “Bobby Darin: A Life,” the author takes you from Darin’s humble start in New York City to his meteoric rise to fame in his early 20s. Starr covers how he always knew he would not live long because of his damaged heart from a case of Rheumatic Fever as a child, which plagued him throughout his life.
Throughout Starr’s book, he talks to close associates who give great insights to the man who brought Mack The Knife to life with this finger snapping style and it took that great song to the top of the charts making it a smash hit and one he would become associated with from that point of his career, to this very day, years after his death.
Alright I’m taking a break from the mob stuff for now and dedicating this one to all the “Good Catholics” of the World Black, White, Cuban and Asian. This week, Shrove Tuesday falls on February 28th. I myself, (a Waverly Roman Catholic) am not only preparing for the celebration. However, I am teaching my little crew of regulations. One who’s preparing for First Communion, the other Conformation, the significance of the holiday (purposely omitting all the fun parts of Mardi Gras until they are grown and outta my house). For those who don’t know, Mardi Gras is also called Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Tuesday.
Hello again everyone! Welcome back. Thank you for the kind words and positive comments you posted on Facebook and sent me offline about my debut article on NewzBreaker.
We left off talking about the rules. What is the most important rule? Can one be broken and we say that’s okay? But another be a mortal sin? Is it now okay for the leaders to be do as I say, not do as I do guys? I guess so, because that is right where “The Life” has gone. And because of that, men that have absolutely no right being in positions of “stature”, are winding up in those administrative spots. A perfect example is Carmine Sessa, who, for those that don’t know, elevated rather quickly to the coveted consigliere position of the Colombo Family. Once there, his weakness as a leader caused the Colombo Family War and ultimately the demise of the Family.
Leamaneh Castle in Co. Clare Ireland is said to be one of the most haunted places on the island. Reported to be occupying the premises is a woman known as Red Mary. A person may say to themselves, ‘Only one ghost?’
Perhaps there is only one, but please don’t make the mistake of underestimating Mary and her notoriously bloody past.
Red Mary was aptly named, and not just for her flaming red hair but also her foul temper, which was legendary. It is said that if a servant were foolish enough to displease her, they would be hung out of one of the castle windows, the men by their necks and the women by their hair. If the maids did not learn to bend to her will, she would punish them by cutting off their breasts.
The influence of the mob has captivated our attenion since the early 1900s. The imprint they’ve placed on society can be seen on everything from the movies to sports. Even the music scene can’t get enough of both real life and fictional mob characters. Artists like Yo Gotti, Scarface and Capone all pay homage to real life gangsters who represent their aspirations for Money, Power and Respect. Until recently, I thought the world of hip hop/rap belong solely to the brothers. Sbagliato! Over the years, I’ve discovered and enjoyed a new genre of music that’s unique within itself. Wait for it…Wait for it – Italian hip- hop. Now before you cynics go off into your “f” that mulinyan music tirade, let me explain. First of all, Italians got rhyme too (I can personally vouch for the men) and their talent isn’t just limited to Frank Sinatra and Lorenzo Ferrero.
Feature Entertainment Writer Marla Eggar joins the team at NewzBreaker. Her columns will be heavily “Gangster Flavored”, but she will have other subjects as well. We can tell you this, when you see a Byline by Eggar, you are in for some great laughs, a dose of reality and a chance to learn some new things you may have never heard before.
On behalf of the entire team at NewzBreaker, we welcome her aboard.
Recently I was introduced to Author Larry Mazza. Mazza penned his riveting autobiography, “The Life”, about his time as a mafia member of the Colombo Family. He was groomed by “The Grim Reaper” Greg Scarpa, SR. “The Life” comes with a DVD that has a short movie about the book and the song that is played throughout is also called “The Life”, which was written and sung by Carlos Carr.
I immediately went nuts over the song and the lyrics. Carr, a career performer who was a big act in Las Vegas and around the world for years, showed how one can be really creative in writing.
Welcome to the debut of “The Mazza Report”. Here, we will talk about the mob, Cosa Nostra. “The Life”, as we in it, or retired from it, call it. It is a life which has tentacles that are far reaching. The topics can and will range from the realities of “The Life”, to the many myths. We will take breaks at times and discuss the endless array of mob movies, and the best mob songs. The best characters, the best nicknames, and where they come from. One of my favorites is Louie “Ha Ha”! Just throwing that out there. He was real! How about “Bed Bug” Eddie, from the great semi mob movie, “The Pope of Greenwich Village”? Obviously, a fictional gangster.
My favorite mob song is the one written for my story. It is called “The Life”, and was written by a sensational songwriter and performer, Carlos Carr. He is a throwback to the days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, and Tony Bennett…. all loved by gangsters and wannabe gangsters alike. Think Vegas! And who started Vegas may I add? The trailer and song can be seen and heard at my website, or even on YouTube.
Before I type one word in the body of this column I understand that this is an incredibly sensitive subject and I move forward with zero intentions of offending anyone.
I just read an article regarding the European clothing store Primark pulling a tee shirt from its shelves after a couple of customers complained about the print being racist. The shirt adorned a picture of ‘Lucille’, the baseball bat from the very popular television show The Walking Dead. Alongside Lucille was the text, ‘Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe, which anyone who has watched TWD knows are the words chanted by Negan as he chose who he was going to kill using Lucille.
This time around, I’m going to review the 1993 movie, A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro. The movie itself was De Niro’s directorial debut, and has since become one of the most appreciated movies in the gangster/mob genre. Although the movie’s backdrop is very much about the Italian-American mob in 1960s New York, the plot itself is a coming-of-age story, focusing on the life of Calogero, nicknamed “C”, played by Lillo Brancato, and how his life was molded by his experiences growing up in an Italian neighborhood.
The urban legend goes as follows. While Frank Sinatra was ascending to the top of the entertainment industry, the way was paved for his mother Dolly to rise to the top of the local politics in her home state of New Jersey. Mrs. Sinatra was chairing a fundraiser to sponsor a special-needs benefit and she wanted nothing more than for the noted singer Jimmy Roselli, himself a well-known recording star at this point, to sing as the special attraction of this worthy benefit.
Word filtered to Roselli that Dolly wanted him to sing at this event. Roselli had gotten to know the Sinatra family well, both Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Roselli having been born in the same town of Hoboken ten years apart, having lived for sometime on the same city block.
Although it might be the architecture of 1113 Rue Chartres that slows your steps and catches your eye, it is the history of the property that reels you in, peaking your curiosity. Back in the early eighteenth century, the Beauregard-Keyes House was actually intended to be a weapons arsenal for the budding city of New Orleans. Plans switched however when the Ursuline nuns arrived from France in 1726, and the King of France signed the whole block over to the nuns instead.
The land stayed religious until 1825 when it was bought and the current structure erected. Some years later, in 1865, Dominique Lanata bought the property. Lanata was a grocer in the French Quarter, and also the Consul-General of Sardinia in New Orleans, and he saw 1113 Chartres as a fine investment property. He’d rent it out making good money, which he did until 1904.
The Gardette-LaPrete Mansion is located on the corner of Dauphine Street and Orleans Avenue in the French Quarter. In the early days of the mansion a rich man from Turkey made his home there. He was known to throw legendary parties for his guests and attended to his harem – though rumor has it he was a cruel and thieving master.
One day, after a particularly lavish soiree, a passerby noticed blood oozing out the front door. Police broke through the entrance and discovered a massacre. All of the guests had been murdered and their bodies strewn in bloody heaps. And the horror didn’t stop with murder. The beautiful harem girls, the Arab boys, and even the guards were raped and subjected to vile sexual assaults. The scandal was so horrendous that the details of that night have still not been chronicled completely to this day. Authorities soon found the host’s body in a shallow grave in the backyard with his ghostly hand reaching up from the earth where he tired to escape being buried alive.
You’re looking for the perfect romantic getaway when you stumble across the Hotel Monteleone, located in the magical French Quarter of New Orleans. Sitting on the corner of Royal and Iberville, the location is perfect and not to mention the architecture and décor are bar none top of the line.
You book it.
Steele was a professional wrestler from 1967 to 1988 and was best known for his “Flying Hammerlock” move and his cave man image in the ring. With his wild man personality, he would tear up the turnbuckle with his teeth and use the stuffing as a weapon. Steele fast became one of the most recognizable faces of professional wrestling during its heyday in the 1980s. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ll know that a few weeks ago, the next Star Wars movie, which will be the eighth episode in the epic saga, has finally been given an official title. Directed by Rian Johnson, known for the 2012 movie, Looper, the eighth installment of the new Disney led trilogy will be a continuation of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, which was released December 2015 in cinemas worldwide.
The title in question, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, which will be released December 2017, exploded among fans, giving way to one question; who is the title referring to? Sure, there are many other questions left unanswered, and some may even be answered in The Last Jedi. Some of these questions include the parentage of Rey, and the true guise of the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke, both of which have been theorized to death. If you’re interested in hearing said theories, YouTube is a great place to get your fill.