Leslie West, guitarist of rock band Mountain, has died at 75
West, an iconic guitarist-vocalist who was behind several 70s rock anthems including Mississippi Queen with the popular band Mountain, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Palm Coast, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)LOS ANGELES – Leslie West, an iconic guitarist-vocalist who was behind several '70s rock anthems including “Mississippi Queen” with the popular band Mountain, has died. His spokesman Steve Karas said West died Wednesday in Palm Coast, Florida. Karas said West died from cardiac arrest after being rushed to the hospital. West and Pappalardi ended up starting the hard rock band Mountain, which was named after West’s debut solo album.
Artist brings authenticity to Rattler sculpture at FAMU
The 8-foot-tall coiled rattler sculpture was delivered to the front of the new $40 million, three story, 73,000 square foot Center for Access and Student Success in the middle of FAMU’s campus on Wahnish Way. Cooley, 50, is owner of Bronze by Cooley in Lamont, Florida, about 30 miles east of Tallahassee, in Jefferson County. In January 2019, Cooley Jr.’s bronze sculpture of Aurelío Angel Casañas, a Cuban immigrant and part-time musician, was unveiled at Casañas Village in Frenchtown. They were familiar with his work and FAMU commissioned the project, which the university said cost about $112,000. RATTLER PRIDECooley is immensely proud of his first work to grace the campus of FAMU.
Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star, dead at 77
FILE - In this May 3, 2018 file photo, Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Hibbert, frontman of Toots & the Maytals, had been in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Kingston since earlier this month. Grammy nominations for Hibbert included best reggae album of 2012 for “Reggae Got Soul” and best reggae album of 2007 for “Light Your Light.” Hibbert was ranked No. Married to his wife, Doreen, for nearly 40 years, Hibbert had eight children, including the reggae performers Junior Hibbert and Leba Hibbert. Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert ("Toots" was a childhood nickname) was born in May Pen, Parish of Clarendon.