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2002-Nov-20: What Has Become of the Band on the Run?

Band on the Run album coverOn Monday, Oscar-winning actor, James Coburn, suffered a heart attack and died in the arms of his wife while listening to music in his Beverly Hills home.  Paul McCartney fans remember James Coburn as one of the nine "prisoners" featured on the album cover of the 1973 Wings classic Band on the Run.

What has become of the other members not so famous members of the Band on the Run?  An article in today's The Scotsman answers this question:

JOHN CONTEH: At the height of his fame at the time of the photoshoot, Mr. Conteh was WBC light-heavyweight champion. But when he left boxing in 1980, he made numerous television appearances as a boxing commentator, and on talk and game shows and acted in several stage plays and, inevitably, panto. He was flamboyant and loved the high life. He was last heard of on the after-dinner speaking circuit.

CLEMENT FREUD: The former MP in five parliaments, has since gained a knighthood. The broadcaster and journalist, related to almost every other well-known Freud, Sir Clement recently became rector of St Andrews University, beating Germaine Greer.

MICHAEL PARKINSON: At the age of 67, Mr. Parkinson is still working on prime time television, with his own chat show on BBC1. Aside from a stint in the Eighties where he admitted he drank too much, he has never been very far away from the screen.

CHRISTOPHER LEE: The actor is still going strong, aged 80. Best-known for his roles in the Hammer horror films, portrayed Count Dooku in Star Wars: EspisodeII, The Attack Of The Clones. He also starred The Lord of the Rings: TheFellowship of the Ring.

KENNY LYNCH: The veteran showman continues to perform with his jazz trio up and down the country. When hes not, he would rather be playing golf.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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