Bob Thiele, 73, a producer and record company owner who...


February 02, 1996

Bob Thiele, 73, a producer and record company owner who recorded major jazz artists and pop stars such as Teresa Brewer, died Tuesday of kidney failure in New York.

In the 1950s, he took over Coral Records and recorded work by Jackie Wilson, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Buddy Hackett, Eydie Gorme, Steve Lawrence and others. He also recorded Pat Boone and the Mills Brothers for Dot Records, and an album of Jack Kerouac reading his poems.

He started another company, Flying Dutchman, and recorded Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Oliver Nelson. He wrote one of Mr. Armstrong's hits, "What a Wonderful World."

Terence Reese, 82, a prolific British writer on bridge who was widely regarded as the world's best player until a cheating scandal effectively ended his tournament career in 1965, died Monday at his home in Hove, England. He had been the bridge columnist for The Observer since 1950.

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