Morty Corb, 78, who played bass for Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey and Nat King Cole, died Saturday of a brain aneurysm in Los Angeles. He began performing professionally at 17 with a San Antonio dance band. After a stint with an Army Air Force band, he moved to Los Angeles in 1946 and soon joined Armstrong's "All Stars" band. He also performed and recorded with Peggy Lee, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and Jimmy Durante.
Margaret Jenkins, 92, who competed in two Olympics, died Jan. 8 in Jackson, Calif. Ms. Jenkins competed in the 1928 Games in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the 1932 Games in Los Angeles. She held the U.S. record in 1927 with a javelin throw of 129 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Javelin was not an event in the 1928 Games, so she threw the discus and finished eighth.
Johnny Johnston, 80, a popular big-band singer from the 1940s and '50s who also starred in a number of Hollywood musicals, died Jan. 6 in Cape Coral, Fla. He began his career in small nightclubs and soon became a singer with Art Kassel and his band, Castles in the Air. He also appeared on many radio shows in the late 1930s. He signed with Capitol Records in 1942 -- one of the first four artists signed by the label -- and recorded "That Old Black Magic," "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" and other songs. His recording of "Laura" sold more than 1 million copies.
Kenneth F. Montgomery, 92, a retired Chicago lawyer, civic leader and contributor to liberal causes, died Sunday in Northbrook, Ill. He received a multimillion-dollar inheritance from his aunt, an heir to the estate of C. W. Post of breakfast cereal fame.