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NPR remembrances of remarkable individuals. Also obituaries and and tributes to great individuals. Subscribe to the Remembrances podcast.

Last Build Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:36:57 -0500

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Chicago Jazz Pianist Willie Pickens Is Remembered For Performing And Teaching

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:36:57 -0500

Chicago jazz piano legend Willie Pickens died this past week at age 86. Fellow musicians remember him as a talented musician and mentor to generations of jazz students.

Remembering Bruce Brown, Whose 'Endless Summer' Documentary Boosted Surfing As A Sport

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:32:40 -0500

With his 1966 documentary The Endless Summer, surfer-filmmaker Bruce Brown created one of the most iconic expressions of the joy of surfing. Brown died this week at the age of 80.

The Legacy Of Surfer And Filmmaker Bruce Brown

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

Surfer and filmmaker Bruce Brown, who is best known for the movie Endless Summer, passed away earlier this week. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Matt Holzman of KRCW's The Document about the filmmaker's legacy.

Remembering Bruce Brown, Whose Search For The Perfect Break Redefined Surfing

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:34:00 -0500

Brown, who died Sunday at the age of 80, revolutionized how the world viewed the sport with The Endless Summer. But first, he had to struggle to get his beloved movie seen.

Remembering Smithereens' Songwriter And Lead Singer Pat DiNizio

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:09 -0500

DiNizio, who died Tuesday, told Fresh Air in 1988 that his music was influenced by the songs he grew up listening to on AM radio in the 1960s. The Smithereens formed in Carteret, NJ, in 1980.

Edwin Lee, San Francisco's First Asian-American Mayor, Dies At 65

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:37:00 -0500

Mayor Edwin Lee was not known to be ill; he reportedly died at a San Francisco hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Lee had been in office since 2012.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At Age 65

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:46:00 -0500

The first elected Asian-American mayor of the city was not known to be ill; he collapsed while shopping Monday night and died at a San Francisco hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Civil Rights Reporters, Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr. And Roy Reed, Die At 99 And 87

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr., risked his life to cover the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s for Jet and Ebony magazines. He was the first black reporter hired by The Washington Post. Roy Reed covered the movement for The New York Times and was tear-gassed covering the Bloody Sunday marchers. Booker, 99, and Reed, 87, died on Sunday.

Simeon Booker, Dean Of Washington's Black Press Corps, Dies At 99

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:19:00 -0500

Booker chronicled the civil rights movement, and is credited with helping to deliver the 1955 story of Emmitt Till's murder to a national audience.

Remembering John B. Anderson

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:26 -0500

Rep. John B. Anderson, Illinois congressman, died Sunday at the age of 95. The Midwest Republican disliked big government and supported the Equal Rights Amendment.

Merci, Johnny: Remembering Rocker Johnny Hallyday, Beloved By France

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 03:27:53 -0500

Johnny Hallyday was one of France's favorite performers. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the rock and roller, who died this week at the age of 74.

Palestinian Novelist And Jerusalem Resident Recalls City's History

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:22:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Palestinian novelist Sayed Kashua. He remembers Jerusalem, and how the city has changed over the last few decades. The city is tense since U.S. recognized it as the capital of Israel.

John Anderson, Independent For President In 1980, Dies At 95

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:49:14 -0500

The 10-term Illinois Republican Congressman ran against Ronald Reagan in the primary. But after losing his home state to Reagan, Anderson bolted his party and ran as an independent.

Jim Nabors, Who Played Affable Klutz Gomer Pyle, Dies At 87

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:40:00 -0500

The actor and singer starred as Pyle for years — first in The Andy Griffith Show, then in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Nabors parlayed the stardom of the beloved goof into a long career on stage, TV and film.

Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks Dies At 96

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:38:24 -0500

Time magazine called him the James Joyce of jive. Jon Hendricks could make any lyric swing. He was born in Newark, Ohio, and was best-known as one-third of the hit vocal group, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Hendricks died yesterday in Manhattan at age 96.