Archive for January, 2022

Harold Arlen

Posted in Ferncliff Cemetery with tags , , on January 24, 2022 by Cade

February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986

“He wasn’t as well known as some of us, but he was a better songwriter than most of us and he will be missed by all of us.”  – Irving Berlin

Harold Arlen was a composer and widely regarded as one of the most successful pop-song writers of all time. He worked with all the great lyricists including Johnny Mercer, Ted Koehler, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg. He is one of the most prominent contributors to the Great American Songbook. Continue reading

Judy Tyler

Posted in Ferncliff Cemetery with tags , on January 10, 2022 by Cade

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October 9, 1932 – July 3, 1957

On June 17, 1957, filming wrapped on Elvis Presley‘s new movie, Jailhouse Rock. Two weeks later, his young costar – an up-and-coming actress named Judy Tyler – was dead.

Tyler was born and raised in the New York City area. Encouraged by many in her entertainment-rich family, she began acting as a teen. She made regular appearances on the popular Howdy Doody television show and found work on Broadway. In 1955, she landed a starring role in Pipe Dream, a new musical from Broadway legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Continue reading

Dwight “Heavy D” Myers

Posted in Ferncliff Cemetery with tags , on January 3, 2022 by Cade

May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011

Dwight Myers, known professionally as “Heavy D”, was a Jamaican/American rapper and actor who became popular in the late 1980s and throughout the ’90s and 2000s. As the front man for Heavy D & the Boyz, Myers’ rapping was featured in a string of gold and platinum records that were all Top 10 on the U.S. R&B charts. The group’s hits included “Big Tyme” and “Nuttin’ But Love.” Heavy D also performed with both Michael and Janet Jackson and rapped on a number of TV show themes in the ’90s including In Living Color and MADtv. Continue reading