RIP William "Bill" Casilli

January 22, 2012

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William "Bill" Casilli passed away in his sleep on December 29, 2011. He was a gifted keyboardist who began playing at the young age of four and played his first professional job at age 13. Over the years he played and conducted for Frankie Avalon, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Dihanne Carroll, Nancy Wilson, Gogi Grant, Ann Blythe and Katherine Grayson, including a 10-year stint with Leslie Uggams. He was also the last pianist to play Westside Story on Broadway and conducted the last four months of Leslie Uggams’ Broadway show Hallelujah Baby. Bill appeared as conductor and pianist on several television shows, including Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Red Skelton, Merv Griffin, Ed Sullivan and Mike Douglas. He is survived by his son Rod Casiili, his daughter Marcella Casilli and his wife Edith.

In case you're wondering why this is posted here?
He was my ex-husband. He was border-line famous, but apparently not enough for the Los Angeles Times to consider him news worthy. So no "news" obituary.

Still it seemed to me that there ought to be a notice somewhere – online obituaries are picked up from newspapers. So that meant placing a classified obituary – the kind you pay for. No problem.

Whoa. Do you know what an obituary costs these days? According to the LA Times website, to include a photo and enough copy to even vaguely describe his illustrious life was around $1,000. OK, not an exorbitant amount of money to commemorate a loved one, but he would have thought it a huge waste of money. Who reads newspapers anyway.

Selected Works

Fiction
Random House, 1996
Headline Books, 1995
Novel in progress
Short Fiction
Appeared in the anthology D*cked: Dark Fiction Inspired by Dick Cheney (2011).
In Turning Up The Leaves, Coe Review Pres, 2000
In UnEarth, Second Anniversary Issue, Winter 1979
Just for Fun
In BBQ'ed Poetry, 1989

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