A comedian whose groundbreaking routines in the 1950s and 1960s addressed the annoyances of everyday life, has died. Publicist Glenn Schwartz says Berman died Friday at his home in Bell Canyon, California. Berman won gold records and appeared on top television shows as a pioneer of a new brand of comedy that could evoke laughter from such matters as air travel discomforts and small children who answer the telephone. He paved the way for Woody Allen, Bob Newhart, Jerry Seinfeld and other comedians who fashioned their routines around the follies and frustrations of modern living. Late in his career, he played Nat David, father of Larry David, on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Pete Shelley, pictured here on Aug. 26, 2017, has died. He was 63. (Scott Dudelson/Getty Images) Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley has died. "It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks," the band's Twitter account read on Thursday. Shelley's brother, Gary Mcneish, confirmed the news, writing on Facebook: "This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, is tell you my brother Pete Shelley had a heart attack this morning and passed away." The punk rock band is famously known for its 1978 hit "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)."
Everybody has fallen in love with someone they shouldn't have fallen in love with, so everybody can relate to the famous Buzzcocks song. But not everybody knows their late frontman Pete Shelley, inspired by a line from a musical, wrote it about a man. Manchester punk band Buzzcocks made a big impact on music in a number of ways. They essentially invented indie by releasing the first DIY single, the Spiral Scratch EP, in 1977. They booked the Sex Pistols to perform in Manchester in 1976 for two gigs that inspired a generation of great Mancunian bands.