Sammy Price, 83, a pianist known as the "King of Boogie Woogie," who toured from Dallas to Paris and jammed with jazz giants Lester Young and King Curtis during a seven-decade career, died in New York Tuesday. He began studying the piano under Portia Pittman, the daughter of famed educator Booker T. Washington. By the time he was 18, he was leading his own band in Dallas. He moved in 1937 to New York, where he became house pianist for Decca Records, accompanying Rosetta Tharpe, Lee Brown and Evelyn Knight, among others. He played on a number of European tours.
Bhalindra Singh, 72, a former ruler of the Sikh sovereign state of Patiala, died Thursday of a heart attack in New Delhi. An avid horse rider and tennis player, he was a life member of the International Olympic Committee and a former president of the Indian Olympic Association. He was a member of the Punjab state legislature in the early 1960s. His father, Bhupinder Singh, was the maharaja, or king, of Patiala one of the richest independent principalities during British colonial rule.
Vakhtang Chabukiani, 82, a choreographer who staged more than 30 ballets and was lead dancer with Leningrad' Kirov Ballet, died on April 5 of a heart attack at his home in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. In 1950, he was named a People's Artist of the Soviet Union, the state's highest artistic honor. He made appearances in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. His body was placed in a special tomb on the slope of Mount Mtatsminda in Georgia.