Carole Joyner Gourley, 59, who wrote the lyrics for the 1957 pop hit "Young Love," died of cancer Dec. 7 in Atlanta. She wrote the song with her guitar-playing sweetheart, Ric Cartey, when she was an 18-year-old high school student. The catchy melody and dreamy lyrics caught on, selling more than 2 million copies in 1957.
Versions by Tab Hunter and Sonny James reached the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard chart, the only time the same song has occupied the top two slots. Over the years, more than 25 million copies have been sold.
Samuel Grafton, 90, a liberal voice in American journalism from the 1940s into the 1960s, died Dec. 2 at his home in Manhattan. He had been editor of the editorial page at the New York Post.
William Slesnick, 72, a professor emeritus of mathematics at Dartmouth College who wrote about 15 textbooks on the subject for the secondary and college level, died Nov. 25 at Kendal at Hanover, a retirement home in the New Hampshire town.
Elizabeth "Gram" Knight, 80, who helped launch her daughter Gladys Knight's singing career and organized the Pips, died Thursday in Las Vegas, Nev. Gladys Knight joined her brother, sister and two cousins to become Gladys Knight and the Pips in 1959. Their first hit, "Every Beat of My Heart," came a year later.
John Fitting Jr., 81, a Dreyfus Corp. executive and pioneer in the creation of no-load mutual funds in the early 1970s, died Wednesday of prostate cancer on Marco Island, Fla. He had been head of Dreyfus Asset Management Inc., the company's first mutual fund. It was known as a no-load because no commission was charged upfront.
Stubby Kaye, 79, a comic actor, died of lung cancer Sunday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He appeared in "Guys and Dolls" with Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando in 1955, "Li'l Abner" in 1959, "Cat Ballou" in 1965, "Sweet Charity" in 1968 and "40 Pounds of Trouble" in 1962.
Pub Date: 12/16/97