Tony Williams, 64, the original lead singer of The Platters whose renditions of "Only You" and "The Great Pretender" propelled the rhythm and blues group to stardom in the 1950s, died Friday in his Manhattan apartment. He had diabetes and emphysema. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., he was a parking lot attendant in Los Angeles in 1953 when he was recruited by songwriter Buck Ram to front the new group. Before Mr. Williams left the group in 1960, The Platters had four No. 1 hits and 16 gold records.
Osamu Inaba, 82, who as justice minister helped bring down Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka in the 1976 Lockheed scandal, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital yesterday. He was 82. Inaba sought information from the United States about the scandal and played an key role in arresting Mr. Tanaka.