As John reminds us all: Tomorrow is promised to no one! Every day, every hour, indeed every minute is a gift from God!
Here's his letter:
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, arguably two of the happiest days of the year. Very aptly, millions all over the world meet to celebrate and to welcome the New Year with high hopes and great expectations! For American music lovers, at countless parties and social gatherings during this season of good cheer, very often, conversations would inevitably converge to two well loved and deeply missed iconic entertainers, Hank Williams and Ricky Nelson.
December 31 1985, New Year's Eve:
A privately owned DC3 plane crashed in Texas. The pilot and co-pilot, though badly burned, survived the crash. Sadly all the other passengers died including its owner, Ricky Nelson and his fiancee, Helen Blair. The plane was taking Ricky Nelson, and his band members to a New Year's Eve concert in Dallas.
Ricky was aged 45. He was a household name, well known as a pop singer but was also an actor. His most remembered movie was Rio Bravo, which starred John Wayne and Dean Martin as well. Ricky Nelson recorded many wonderful songs and many of these were performed in his last concert in 1985.
January 1st 1953, New Year's Day:
The first super star of modern country music who sang of soaring joy and sad, sad songs, Hank Williams was found dead in the backseat of his Cadillac. He was on the way to perform at a New Year's Day concert but never made it. A police officer informed the manager of the theatre where Hank was to perform of his death.
When it was announced to the waiting audience, one by one, members of the audience rose up to sing I Saw The Light, a gospel song written by Hank. Hank Williams was only 29 years old.
Life is indeed like a flickering candle light, it is so fragile, one minute it is lit and the next, it is extinguished. Very often things just do not work out the way we planned. Broken and shattered dreams are indeed a part of life. But life goes on!
Tomorrow is promised to no one! Every day, every hour, indeed every minute is a gift from God! Let us cherish it and always, always remember to count our blessings for each day!
All the best everyone! Happy 2017!
December Deaths 2016
Greg Lake - singer - 7th
Rick Parfitt - singer - 24th
Richard Adams - novelist - 24th
George Michael - singer - 25th
Carrie Fisher - actress - 27th
Debbie Reynolds - actress - 28th
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