Johnny Jenkins, 67, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi Hendrix through his acrobatic playing style, died Monday night at a hospital in Macon, Ga,
Mr. Jenkins was touring the South, playing fraternity parties and other venues with his band, the Pinetoppers, when he met up with Redding.
"So I went up to him, and I said, 'Do you mind if I play behind you? ... I can make you sound good,'" Mr. Jenkins recalled in the book Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guralnick. "Well, he sounded great with me playing behind him -- and he knowed it."
Mr. Jenkins became part of the fledgling Capricorn Records label co-founded by Phil Walden and Frank Fenter.
The Pinetoppers had a regional hit in the early 1960s with an instrumental called "Love Twist." Redding began recording with the famed Stax Records in Memphis after accompanying Mr. Jenkins and his band there to record a follow-up, according to an account in Rolling Stone magazine in 2004 by producer-musician Steve Cropper.
Paul Hornsby, a musician and producer who worked with Mr. Jenkins, said he was famous regionally as "the left-handed guitar player who was doing all these acrobatics." His stunts included playing his guitar behind his head.
His style became known indirectly through Hendrix, who saw him perform when visiting an aunt in Macon.
After Capricorn went out of business in the late 1970s, Mr. Jenkins faded from the music scene, though he continued to perform sporadically and released a handful of albums.
Thomas Gregory Arthur, 84, the baseball stadium concessionaire who created the beloved Dodger Dog, died of a heart attack June 8 in St. Louis, his son said.
The former New Yorker came up with a footlong hot dog -- borrowed from his favorite Nathan's dogs -- to put excitement into the ballpark menu when the Los Angeles Dodgers moved from the Coliseum to Dodger Stadium in 1962.
It meant big business for Arthur Food Services. Along with beer, popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jack, some 50,000 Dodger Dogs were sold each game day.
Robert Carrier, 82, a prolific American cookbook author, restaurateur and television chef, died Tuesday in southern France, a friend said.
The chef, who moved to Europe during World War II, made his name in print and television in the 1960s. His books and programs reflected his love of world cuisine, from Morocco to the Caribbean.
Mr. Carrier was a writer for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar before he began publishing cookbooks and recipe cards. He also set up a chain of shops and opened a restaurant in London, as well as an English country manor hotel with a cooking school.
Stanleigh Torgerson, 82, who had a broadcasting career spanning six decades and was the voice of University of Mississippi football and basketball for 17 years, died Monday in Meridian, Miss., of complications from pneumonia, his family said.
Mr. Torgerson was born in Madison, Wis. After a year at the University of Minnesota, he left college to enlist in the Navy. He worked on an Armed Forces Radio Service station on Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
In 1954, he was hired by WHBQ in Memphis, Tenn., to do Memphis State football and Memphis Chicks baseball. He took up basketball refereeing and worked 12 years in Memphis and Miami.
In 1968, Mr. Torgerson moved back to Mississippi as owner of WQIC radio Meridian. He created the Ole Miss basketball network and returned to the football network in 1968. He sold WQIC in 1990 and became a reporter and columnist for the Meridian Star. For the past eight years, he worked at Meridian TV station WTOK as a news reporter and political talk-show host.
J. Robert Elliott, 96, the U.S. district judge who overturned the conviction of Army Lt. William Calley in the 1968 My Lai massacre but was later overruled by an appeals court, died Tuesday at his home in Columbus, Ga.
Judge Elliott was the nation's oldest federal district judge when he ended his 38-year career in 2000.
Calley was convicted in a 1971 court-martial of killing 22 civilians as part of the massacre of hundreds of men, women and children in the Vietnamese village of My Lai. He was the only man convicted in the case, which became a focal point of Vietnam protests.
In overturning the conviction in 1974, Judge Elliott said that the case was prejudiced by pretrial publicity, that Calley was denied access to evidence, and that President Nixon had "publicly aligned himself with the prosecution."
Judge Elliot's tenure on the bench also put him in the conflict over civil rights. In 1962, he issued an order halting civil rights demonstrations by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others in Albany, Ga.
He later said that he made the decision -- overturned on appeal -- because of a threat of violence against King and his supporters. But in his book Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, author Taylor Branch said Judge Elliott was a "strident segregationist."
Judge Elliott was appointed to the bench by President Kennedy. He served earlier in the state House and was in the Navy during World War II.
Roberta Weston, a Chicago woman who claimed to be 118 years old -- making her the world's oldest person -- died in her sleep Sunday, her family said.
Both she and her family have said she was born on Aug. 9, 1887, but had no documents to support her birthdate. She was born in Columbus, Miss., and her family says record-keeping in the South at the time was inconsistent.
Because the age could not be authenticated, Guinness World Records and the Gerontology Research Group list a 116-year-old woman in Ecuador as the world's oldest living person.
Eric Rofes, 51, an educator, author and organizer whose iconoclastic writings on gay concerns preceded the AIDS epidemic and who then helped define its stages, died Monday in Provincetown, Mass.
The cause of death was not determined, said Richard Burns, executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York.
Mr. Rofes founded or led gay organizations in Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco and was a principal organizer of three national meetings on gay and lesbian issues. He wrote or edited 12 books, some of which provoked sharp debate.
Mr. Rofes became a leading exponent of the view that the AIDS emergency had passed and that gay men should cast aside the crisis mentality of the 1980s. What he called his "reconceptualization of AIDS" included not only tolerance for promiscuous gay sex, but also cautious approval.
"We value the enactment of our desires and will not always give them up in a grand gesture of sacrifice to the AIDS epidemic," he wrote in his book Dry Bones Breathe: Gay Men Creating Post-AIDS Identities and Cultures (Haworth Press, 1998).
He defended unprotected sex as, at least, unavoidable.
Larry Kramer, Gabriel Rotello, Michelangelo Signorile and other prominent gay writers criticized such views as dangerously irresponsible, even with a decline in AIDS cases.