LA LaVern Baker,67, whose hits "Tweedle-Dee" and "Jim...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 12, 1997

LA LaVern Baker,67, whose hits "Tweedle-Dee" and "Jim Dandy" put her at the top of the rhythm and blues charts in the 1950s and earned her a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died Monday at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. She had suffered from diabetes and had both legs amputated below the knee two years ago.

Stan Drake,75, a cartoonist who illustrated "Blondie" and created the classic romance strip "The Heart of Juliet Jones," died Monday in Norwalk, Conn. In 1989, he turned the romance strip over to Frank Bolle to devote his time to illustrating "Blondie," created in 1930 by Chic Young and seen in thousands of newspapers worldwide in 55 languages.

Alice de Toledo Sommerlath,90, mother of Sweden's Queen Silvia, died Sunday. The Swedish news agency TT said she recently had been visiting Drottningholm, the royal residence, but did not say where she had died.

The Rev. Mac Charles Jones,47, one of the National Council of Churches' two deputy general secretaries who led efforts to help black churches destroyed by arson, died Thursday in Irving, Texas, of an embolism.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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