Doyle Bramhall

Bluesman collaborated with Stevie Ray Vaughan

Doyle Bramhall, 62, a blues singer, drummer and songwriter best known for his collaborations with the late guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, died Saturday at his home in Alpine, Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported. The cause was not given.

Bramhall wrote or co-wrote numerous songs recorded by Vaughan, including "The House Is Rockin'," "Life by the Drop," "Scratch-N-Sniff" and "Tight Rope."

In Texas he was a draw on his own, a bandleader with a gritty and soulful blues voice that greatly influenced the way Vaughan sang.

Bramhall was born Feb. 17, 1949, in Dallas. He said in interviews that his older brother was an early influence on his musical tastes.

"In the early '60s he had four or five friends who'd come over and listen to these great old blues albums," Bramhall told the Houston Chronicle in 2007. "I'd sit outside his bedroom door and listen to Muddy [Waters] and B.B. [King] and Lightnin' Slim and Lightnin' Hopkins."

In high school Bramhall started a band called the Chessmen featuring Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray's older brother, on guitar; the group once opened for Jimi Hendrix when he played Dallas.

By the 1970s Bramhall was keeping the beat in Texas Storm, which featured both Vaughan brothers and became popular on the club scene in Austin, Texas. Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash in 1990.

Bramhall later released a handful of solo albums. His son, Doyle II, plays guitar with Eric Clapton's band.

Winston C. Doby

UCLA exec helped the educationally disadvantaged

Winston C. Doby, 71, a former UCLA vice chancellor for students who established groundbreaking programs to broaden opportunities for the educationally disadvantaged, died Thursday in Los Angeles after battling cancer, the university announced.

During more than three decades at UCLA, he became a "driving force" to improve educational opportunities for California students, the university said in a 2002 release.

Soon after joining UCLA's administration in 1969, Doby established a nationally recognized program to provide support services for educationally disadvantaged students. He also launched a program in L.A. County schools that focuses on strengthening the skills of such college-bound students.

As vice chancellor from 1981 to 2001, he oversaw programs and services for about 35,000 UCLA students. He delayed retirement in 2001 to serve as vice president of educational outreach for the entire University of California system before retiring in 2006.

Winston Churchill Doby was born Feb. 20, 1940, in Alabama. The youngest of eight children, he moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was 5.

When his Fremont High School coach persuaded UCLA to give Doby a partial track scholarship, he extracted a promise from Doby to return to Fremont to teach.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in mathematics, Doby taught at Fremont from 1963 to 1967 and later earned a master's in administration and a doctorate in higher education from UCLA.