SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Marvin Fisher, 76, who composed "When Sunny Gets Blue," "Destination Moon" and other songs, died Saturday at Southampton Hospital of a heart attack.
The New York native and son of Fred Fisher was a Tin Pan Alley composer whose songs included "Chicago," "Dardanella" and "Peg o' My Heart." As a teen-ager, he attended the Institute of Musical Art, now the Juilliard School, for a year, studying piano and theory. He then worked as an arranger for the orchestras of Glenn Miller, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown and Johnny Green in the 1930s and '40s. He also played piano with the Justin Stone Orchestra.
In the late '40s he began composing and working as the West Coast representative for Fred Fisher Music Co., founded by his father in 1907.
In 1942, after his father's death, he and his brother, Dan, also a composer, took over the company. Marvin Fisher later founded a subsidiary, Marvin Music, which published his songs and those of Nat "King" Cole, Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee.
His songs, which included "Cloud Morning" and "For Once in Your Life," were recorded by Cole, Joe Williams, Mel Torme, Mabel Mercer and George Shearing.
Daniel Lounsbery, 84, an award-winning television producer, died Sunday at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. The Cincinnati native began his career as an actor and director with the Germantown Theater Guild, which he helped found. Later, he worked as a director and producer with WPTZ in Philadelphia. Among his producing credits were "Your Hit Parade" and "The Bell Telephone Hour," both of which won Emmy Awards. He also won a Peabody Award.
Dinmukhamed Kunayev, 81, a member of the former Soviet Union's ruling Politburo for two decades, died Sunday in his native Kazakhstan and was to be buried in a Muslim cemetery today in the capital of Alma-Ata. A close associate of the late Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev, Mr. Kunayev was a loyal member of the Communist Party who carried his membership card until his death.
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Mohamed Aziz Lahbabi, a leading Arab writer who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature, died Monday in Rabat, Morocco. He was more than 70, but his exact age was not given. Mr. Lahbabi published numerous philosophical and literary works in Arabic and French that were later translated. Among them are "Realistic Personalism," "Muslim Personalism," "Liberty or Liberation" and "The World of Tomorrow." In 1987, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature.
Edwina Lewis, 42, who appeared in recent Broadway productions of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," died of an apparent heart attack Monday night while preparing for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," a show at a regional theater in Augusta, Mich. She appeared in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with Kathleen Turner and in "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin.
Jeanne Yeutter, 62, wife of former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Clayton K. Yeutter, died of an apparent heart attack after going to bed Monday night at her McLean, Va., home. During her husband's term as agriculture secretary in the Bush administration, Mrs. Yeutter promoted tree-growing projects on trips abroad with her husband. She was a founder and spokeswoman for Trees-Mend-Us, a nationwide tree-planting campaign.