Major "Mule" Holley, a jazz bassist who performed with a long list of musical greats including Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman, died Thursday of a heart attack at a friend's home in Maplewood, N.J. He was 66. Mr. Holley, a protege of jazz great Slam Stewart, began playing the violin at age 7 and learned the tuba, other wind instruments and the piano during a 1940s stint in the Navy.
Peter Guertler, the owner of Vienna's most famous hotel and former husband of one-time U.S. Ambassador Helene Von Damm, shot himself to death Wednesday in his hunting lodge in Pernitz, Austria, police said. He was 44. Ms. Von Damm was Mr. Guertler's second wife; they married while she was ambassador in 1985 and she resigned a few months later, citing an appearance of "conflict of interest." The couple were divorced less than two years later and Mr. Guertler remarried. Mr. Guertler owned two Vienna hotels including the Hotel Sacher, famous for the Sacher Torte, a chocolate cake.
Harold Lickey, a conductor who helped bring national attention to Marshall, Mo., when it became the smallest town in the United States to have its own symphony orchestra, died Wednesday. He was 82. Among Mr. Lickey's achievements was the development of the Marshall Music Festival. He also was instrumental in developing the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra in 1963.