Ted Daffan, 84, a honky-tonk singer whose early 1940s song "Born to Lose" marked the struggles of the World War II years, died of cancer Sunday in Houston. He was a songwriter, steel guitarist and band leader whose songs were recorded by such artists as Willie Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, George Jones and Ringo Starr. He was an original member of the BlueZ Ridge Playboys, an influential 1930s swing band, and helped develop the Texas honky-tonk sound. Ted Daffan and His Texans' "Born to Lose" has been recorded by more than 120 artists, including Ray Charles.
Kenneth Muir, 89, a leading authority on the works of William Shakespeare, died Sept. 30 in Birkenhead in northwest England. He was emeritus professor of English literature at Liverpool University. He was a member of the British Academy, which was founded to promote the study of history, philosophy and literature.
Forrest Carlisle Pogue, 84, a biographer and historian who wrote a four-volume work on Gen. George C. Marshall, died Sunday in Murray, Ky. His biography on Marshall, Army Chief of Staff during during World War II and later secretary of state and defense, was completed in 1987 after 30 years of work.