Francis Lopez, 78, the king of French operetta who...


January 07, 1995

Francis Lopez, 78, the king of French operetta who composed more than 40 popular works and 1,000 tunes, died Thursday of internal bleeding in Paris. His operettas include "La Belle de Cadix," "Andalousie" and "Mediterranee." He became popular during the German occupation in World War II, writing double-edged lyrics reflecting the somber times. In the 1950s and '60s, he composed songs sung by Luis Mariano, Tino Rossi, Maurice Chevalier and Josephine Baker.

Ben R. Rich, 69, who helped to design the U-2 spy plane, the SR-71 Blackbird and the F-117A stealth fighter at Lockheed Corp.'s facility in Burbank, Calif., died Thursday of cancer in Ventura, Calif. Last year, he was awarded the Pentagon's

highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Service Medal.


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