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February 26, 1993

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Toy Caldwell

Marshall Tucker Band

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Toy T. Caldwell Jr., former lead guitar player and singer for the Marshall Tucker Band, died yesterday, and the cause was under investigation, a coroner said.

Mr. Caldwell's body was found by his wife, Abbie Good Caldwell, at their home in Moore, about 80 miles northwest of Columbia, said Bill Doble, vice president of music for Cabin Fever Entertainment, for whom Mr. Caldwell recorded. Mr. Doble said Mr. Caldwell, 45, had been ill with influenza and bronchitis.

Spartanburg County Coroner Jim Burnett said Mr. Caldwell visited a doctor Wednesday complaining of a headache, coughing and congestion.

"The physician says he can't certify the cause and manner of death and has asked our office to investigate," Dr. Burnett said. He would not elaborate. An autopsy was scheduled for today, he said.

George McCorkle, a founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band, said he and Mr. Caldwell grew up in Spartanburg and played music after school.

"It's a tragic loss to me, and to the music industry," Mr. McCorkle said, describing Mr. Caldwell as "the most jovial, bighearted human being."

The Marshall Tucker Band had seven gold and two platinum albums, peaking in the mid-1970s with songs such as "Heard It in a Love Song," "Can't You See" and "This Ol' Cowboy."

After 15 years with the band, he left in 1985 to begin a solo career. Last fall, he released his debut album, "Toy Caldwell," a mix of rock 'n' roll, country, blues and pop with a lyrical thread of romantic entanglements.

"My name will always be associated with the Marshall Tucker Band and I'm proud it is," he said last fall. "They are good memories."

Mr. Caldwell had a "lightning fast thumb" on guitar, Mr. McCorkle said.

He played guitar on albums by country stars Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, Barbara Mandrell and Conway Twitty, among others.

L Among his songwriting credits is the anthem "Can't You See."

* Adina Blady Szwajger, 75, a Polish pediatrician who fed fatal doses of morphine to her young patients in Warsaw's Jewish ghetto to spare them greater suffering and eventual death at Nazi hands, died Feb. 19 of pancreatic cancer at a hospital in Lodz, Poland. She was one of the few remaining survivors of the ghetto, where nearly half a million Jews died from disease, starvation or execution, or were deported to death camps.

* John Joseph Walsh, 49, the founder of Black Swan Books, a TTC publisher of important works on literary analysis and art, died of cancer Monday at his home in Redding Ridge, Conn. Mr. Walsh founded Black Swan Books in 1978 and quickly earned a reputation for publishing highly regarded works of literary analysis about authors such as Ezra Pound, Rainer Maria Rilke, Hilda Doolittle and Lawrence Durrell.

* Robert Tompkins Handville, 68, a free-lance artist who designed postage stamps and covers for Sports Illustrated and other magazines, died Monday in Pocasset, Mass. He had Parkinson's disease.

* Arnold E. Beermann, 68, a retired advertising executive for the New York Times, died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma Monday at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, N.Y.

* Fred Norman, 82, an arranger who worked with major jazz orchestras and vocalists, died Feb. 19 of pneumonia at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan. He began his career in 1932 as a trombonist and singer with the Claude Hopkins Orchestra. In the late 1930s and early '40s, he was a music arranger for Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Jack Teagarden, Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey, among others. The Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded his composition "Smoke House Rhythm" in 1938. In the 1950s, he was a music director with several recording companies and worked closely with singers including Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington.

* Malcolm Allen, 57, a general manager and company manager for dozens of Broadway and Off Broadway productions including "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "My Fair Lady," died of lung cancer Monday at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. He was most recently the manager of the Off Broadway show "Ruthless" at the Players Theater in Manhattan.

* Gerard P. Meyer, 83, a poet, author, editor, teacher and book collector, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Glen Cove, N.Y. For many years, Mr. Meyer wrote scripts for educational radio and television programs for students on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to the United Nations.

* Harvey Kurtzman, 68, the cartoonist who helped create and found Mad magazine, died Sunday of liver cancer in New York. He also created the Playboy magazine comic strip "Little Annie Fanny." Mr. Kurtzman went to work in 1950 at EC Comics, whose owner, William M. Gaines, encouraged Mr. Kurtzman's idea for Mad. The satirical magazine began publication in 1952. He went on to work for Trump, a magazine backed by Hugh Hefner. His books included "My Life as a Cartoonist," "Strange Adventures" and, most recently, "From Aargh! to Zap!: Harvey Kurtzman's Visual History of the Comics."

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