* John I. White, 90, the voice of the singing Lonesom...

Deaths elsewhere

November 30, 1992

* John I. White, 90, the voice of the singing Lonesom Cowboy of the NBC radio show "Death Valley Days" and the author of several books about cowboy songwriters, died Thursday of heart disease in Maplewood, N.J. He was the voice of the Lonesome Cowboy, who sang between acts of "Death Valley Days" during the 1920s and '30s, and also recorded an album of cowboy songs for the American Record Corp. in the early 1930s. He wrote several books about cowboy songs and the people who wrote them, the most famous of them "Git Along Little Dogies," in 1975. He also wrote magazine articles about cowboys for "American Heritage," "Arizona Highways," and "Highlights For Children." A native of Washington and 1924 graduate of the University of Maryland, he became interested in cowboys after visiting a brother who lived in Arizona.

* Sir Sidney Nolan, 75, one of Australia's most famous paintersdied Friday in England. The Independent newspaper said yesterday that he was believed to have suffered a heart attack after contracting pneumonia. Sir Sidney had lived in Britain for 40 years, but returned to Australia often to paint and sketch. He was best known for his series of works depicting the 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. He is also credited with invigorating Australian painting through contact with European and North American trends, and with giving Australian art a worldwide audience. The son of a Melbourne tram driver, he left school at 14 and began work as a poster painter for a hat company. Historian and art critic Kenneth Clark saw his work in Sydney in 1947, and persuaded the young artist to stage an exhibition in London. That breakthrough brought him international fame.

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