Billy Vaughn, a big-band musician who prospered through the beginning of rock 'n' roll with such hits as "Melody of Love" and "A Swingin' Safari," died of cancer yesterday in Escondido, Calif. He was 72. Mr. Vaughn began his career as a singer with the Hilltoppers in the early 1950s. He moved on to become a composer, arranger and big band leader with Paramount Recording Studios. His band's recording of "Melody of Love" went to No. 2 on the charts in 1955.
Hugh Morrow, a speech writer and public relations adviser to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, died Wednesday at his home in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. It was his 76th birthday. Starting as a speech writer in 1959, he served variously as a special assistant during Mr Rockefeller's terms as governor of New York from 1960 to 1969, as director of communications from 1969 to 1973, and as his secretary from 1974 to 1976 when Mr. Rockefeller was vice president.