Mort Shuman, 52, a composer and singer who wrote hits for French and American stars including Elvis Presley, died early yesterday in a London hospital. The cause was not disclosed. He began writing lyrics at age 18, and penned hits for Presley, including "Can't Help Falling in Love," "It's Now or Never," and "Surrender." He also wrote songs for Janis Joplin, Andy Williams, the Drifters, and the Small Faces.
George Granville Barker, 78, a prize-winning poet who wrote in the neo-romantic manner and lived a bohemian lifestyle that earned him the tag "ruffian romantic," died of emphysema last Sunday at his home in the village of Itteringham, 80 miles northeast of London. Encouraged by the poet T. S. Eliot, author John Middleton Murry and other literary figures, Mr. Barker had his first verse, "Thirty Preliminary Poems," published in 1933. "The True Confessions of George Barker," which literary critics regard as his most important work, was published in part in 1950. Drawing much of its inspiration from Lord Bryon's 19th century masterpiece "Don Juan," it was denounced as pornography by peers in the House of Lords when broadcast on the radio by the British Broadcasting Corp. in 1958.
Henry Wilson Allen, 79, who under the pen names Will Henry and Clay Fisher wrote more than 50 novels of the American West including "I, Tom Horn," died Saturday of pneumonia at age 79. His first novel, "No Survivors," was published in 1950. Other works included "Pillars of the Sky," "Alias Butch Cassidy" and "From Where the Sun Now Stands."