CDT update: Lena Horne
For those unfamiliar with the term, CDT stands for “Celebrity Death Trifecta.” You can do a search for CDT in the upper righthand corner of KOOLradio.com to find all my previous blogs on the subject…and the theory behind it.
Our latest celebrity death is singer/actress [lastfm]Lena Horne[/lastfm].
Lena died Sunday in New York at age 92. Her spokeswoman, Gloria Chin would not release any other details.
Most famous for being a jazz singer who broke racial boundaries in the 1940′s, she was one of the first black performers hired to sing with a major white band. She was the first to play the Copacabana and one of the very few with a Hollywood contract. You may remember her first big role of Selina Rogers in “Stormy Weather.” If not the role, surely you know the song. That was Lena Horne.
Later in life, she performed a one-woman Broadway show in 1981, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.” It won a Tony.
Author James Gavin JUST wrote a biography on Lena last year. It, too, was called “Stormy Weather.”
What I remember most about Lena Horne were her appearances on Sanford And Son. Fred was a huuuuuuuuge fan of “The Horne.”
I’m having a tough time figuring out who belongs on the latest CDT list. Obviously, Lena Horne makes it. So does Lynn Redgrave, who died a week ago. But, there were two baseball related deaths in the last week. First, veteran broadcaster Ernie Harwell died of cancer on the 4th. Ernie was VERY well known in New York, Baltimore and Detroit. He also called quite a few games on national television and radio. Then, last Thursday, Robin Roberts died. He was a starting pitcher for the Phillies from 1948-1961. He also played for the Orioles, Astros and Cubs.
Both men were celebrities in baseball. But, I’m not sure if I should add them to the running CDT, or create one exclusively for baseball. What do you think?