after Trump’s election, the celebrity deaths just keep piling up: in memorium Robert Vaughn and Mose Allison,

Robert Vaughn and Mose AllisonRobert Vaughn
November 22, 1932 to November 11, 2016
I don’t know that much about Robert Vaughn’s career, but I do know that when I was a kid, he played Napoleon Solo on the 60’s TV show Man from U.N.C.L.E. which was then one of the coolest shows on T.V. At the time, as a young boy,  I may have been torn between deciding on a career as a mad scientist or as an international spy. Without a doubt, Vaughn’s portrayal of Napoleon Solo helped tip my decision toward the latter.

Mose Allison
November 11, 1927 to November 15th, 2016
I also don’t know that much about Mose’s Allison and I don’t even have any personal anecdotes. I do know that he was a pioneer in the sense that he kept doing what he was doing and didn’t follow popular trends and while his music tended towards  blues he remained satisfyingly uncategorizable. He recorded at least 39 albums and influenced many other musicians including Tom Waits, Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, and Pete Townshend.

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