Charles Goodman, 57, a member of the gospel group the Happy Goodman Family, died Sunday of cancer in Madison, Tenn. He composed such songs as "I Would Take Nothing for My Journey Now," "Come a Little Closer," "Touch the Hand of the Lord," "Had It Not Been" and "Who Am I." Elvis Presley, the Oak Ridge Boys, Connie Smith, Jimmy Swaggart, the Blackwoods and Jimmy Davis recorded songs composed by Mr. Goodman.
Yannis Ritsos, 81, a Greek poet and staunch Communist who spent years in detention under right-wing governments, died Sunday in Athens, Greece. The cause of death was not disclosed. Mr. Ritsos was one of Greece's most prolific and popular poets. His works were translated into more than 15 languages.