Celebrated American jazz singer Chris Connor has lost her battle with cancer, aged 81.
Connor died on Saturday (29Aug09) in New Jersey. Additional details surrounding her illness were unavailable as WENN went to press.
She rose to fame in the 1950s singing with the Claude Thornhill band and the Stan Kenton band before launching a solo career - and in 1956, she became one of the first white female jazz singers signed to Atlantic Records.
Many of her albums have become jazz classics, including I Miss You So, Chris Connor Sings the George Gershwin Almanac of Song, and A Portrait of Chris.
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If the 3 hour and 49 minute Civil War epic "Gods and Generals" is any indication, the Union and the Confederate armies must have talked each other to death.
The movie has, at most, five scattered minutes of story addressing the political issues that split the nation in 1861. It has maybe 30 minutes of battle scenes and another 15 focused exclusively on Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's pneumonia.
The balance of the picture is spent on florid speeches, polemic pontifications and protracted prayers, extensively detailed attack plans, scene after scene exploring the marriages of its military icons, and passing mentions of slavery (which apparently no one in this Southern army actually favored), while largely ignoring the other more direct causes of the war.
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