by G. Brown
The world of entertainment saw so many legendary careers and rising stars sadly leave us in 2017. TRN takes a look back at some of the singers, athletes and athletes who are no longer with us in body, but will always live on though their legacy of song, dance and joy.
Pete Moore He was one of the original members of the 60’s soul group The Miracles. Most remember Smokey Robinson as the front man for the hit making quarter, but there could have been no Miracles without members like Moore. The group’s string of hits included “Going to a Go-Go”, “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”, “Mickey’s Monkey” and “Ooo Baby Baby”. Moored died in Las Vegas on Nov. 19, his 79th birthday. His wife, Tina, said the cause was complications of diabetes.
Terry Glenn His tragic death left fans and fellow NFL members in disbelief. The 43 year was was killed November 20 when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a concrete barrier. Glenn was thrown from the car and pronounced dead forty minutes later. The former Ohio State football star played 12 seasons in the NFL teams including the Patriots and the Cowboys. Team mates remember him as a “gifted receiver” who propelled his Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance.
Della Reese After years playing a heavenly being on the long-running popular show “Touched by an Angel”, on November 19, the actress left this world for her own divine appointment with angels at the age of 86. The award-winning actress and singer began performing at the tender age of 12 and signed on with RCA Records scoring her first hit “Don’t You Know”. She soon branched into acting and late in life signed on for one of the most memorable roles of her career playing the sassy and lovable “Tess” on the hit TV series “Touched by an Angel”. Reese died at her California home surrounded by love in her final moments as family including her children gathered at her side.
Earle Hyman To most fans, he’s the wise and loving father/grandfather on “The Cosby Show”. Hyman died at the Lillian Booth Actors home in New Jersey in November. The acting bug bit him after he saw a live production of the play “Ghosts” which lead him to Broadway roles like “Run, Little Chillun” , “A Raisin in the Sun”, “Macbeth” and Julius Caesar”. His signature role was as Russell Huxtable on “The Cosby Show”. Hyman earned an Emmy nom for the part. Upon his death Cosby said, “Earle Hyman brought love, dignity and integrity to Grandpa Huxtable. Thank you, Earle, you will live forever.”
Robert Knight The Tennessee native got his first taste of fame as one of the voices harmonizing in a quintet along with childhood friends. Signed to the Dot Records label, they struck gold with their 1961 song “Free Me”, but fame was fleeting and subsequent records flopped. Knight headed off to college were he studied chemistry and joined a local trio to keep singing. He signed a contract with Rising Sons label and released his first solo record, “Everlasting Love” climbing to #14 on R&B charts and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Knight’s other hits include “Blessed Are the Lonely” and”Love on a Mountain Top”. Even with his successful singing career, Knight never forget his education and shared it with future generations at Vanderbilt University as a chemistry teacher. Knight died after a short illness at the age of 72.