NEW YORK (AP) _ Bill Doggett, a rhythm-and-blues musician who scored a 1956 hit with ``Honky Tonk,″ died Nov. 13 at age 80.
Doggett was a big-band jazz pianist and arranger in the 1930s and ’40s and moved to rhythm-and-blues in the ’50s.
From 1952 to 1960, he recorded good-time Saturday-night music for King Records. A new type of amplified dance music, it captured the optimistic spirit of the postwar years.
``Honky Tonk,″ a 12-bar blues song, sold 3 million copies by 1979.
Earlier, Doggett worked with the Lucky Millinder band, the Ink Spots, Helen Humes and Illinois Jacquet, among others. He arranged Thelonius Monk’s ``Round Midnight″ for Cootie Williams.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Andreas Freund, a correspondent and editor of The New York Times, died of lung cancer Sunday. He was 71.
A native of Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), Freund moved to Switzerland after the Nazis came to power, and went on to Paris after World War II, working for The New York Herald Tribune and The Associated Press.
In 1962, Freund joined the Times’ Paris bureau, working as a copy editor and reporter. He left the paper in 1979, and spent the years before his 1983 retirement working for the English-language service of Agence France-Presse.
Survivors include a sister, Gabrielle Falk.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Robert Gingrich died of lung cancer Wednesday, his wife’s birthday and the day his son was renominated as House speaker. He was 71.
Gingrich served in the Army in Vietnam and Korea, rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and received numerous military awards.
Beginning in the mid-1980s, he worked as a toll collector on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The discovery of the cancer came in early October, a day or so after his 50th wedding anniversary with Kathleen ``Kit″ Gingrich, Newt’s mother.
Gingrich died just hours before the son he adopted at age 3 was renominated.
``This is a bittersweet day for me,″ Newt Gingrich said in his acceptance speech. ``My father died this morning. It’s made more complex because this is also my mother’s birthday.″
Adeline Mart Nall
FAIRMOUNT, Ind. (AP) _ Adeline Mart Nall, a drama teacher and society editor who introduced James Dean to acting, died Tuesday. She was 90.
Nall, who also acted in Broadway plays, retired as Fairmount High School’s drama teacher in 1972. She later became society editor at the Marion Leader-Tribune.
``I remember one time when Jim was in high school, we were staging a play and I cast him as an old man. He came to me and said, `Mrs. Nall, you don’t know anything about casting; I’m a perfect juvenile.′ ″
``When I get to heaven, I’m going to say, `Jim, look what you did in `Giant.′ Do you still think I don’t know anything about casting?‴
Dean’s character reached old age in ``Giant,″ but the actor died shortly thereafter, at the age of 24, in a 1955 auto crash.
Nall’s survivors include her son David.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Bill Southerland, executive editor of the Waterbury Republican-American since 1989, died of cancer Tuesday. He was 50.
Southerland was a newspaper editor for more than 25 years in West Virginia, Ohio and Missouri before moving to Connecticut.
Southerland oversaw the merger of the morning Republican and afternoon American into the Waterbury Republican-American, and led major changes in the Sunday Republican.
Survivors include his wife, Diana, and three children.