"Lonesome" Dave Peverett, 56, who as lead singer of the...

Deaths Elsewhere

February 14, 2000

"Lonesome" Dave Peverett, 56, who as lead singer of the British blues-rock quartet Foghat produced rock staples such as "Slow Ride," "Fool for the City" and "Honey Hush," died Monday in Orlando, Fla., of complications from kidney cancer.

Edna Griffin, 90, an Iowa civil-rights pioneer best known for integrating lunch counters, died Tuesday in Des Moines. In 1948, Ms. Griffin led the fight against Katz Drug Store in Des Moines, which refused to serve blacks at its lunch counter. Ms. Griffin staged sit-ins, picketed at the store and filed charges against the store owner, who was fined. The Iowa Supreme Court then made it illegal to deny service based on race.

George Jackson, 42, a former president of Motown Records who produced the movies of some of Hollywood's leading black actors, died in New York on Thursday after suffering a stroke, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. He co-produced the films "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" starring Martin Lawrence, "New Jack City" with Wesley Snipes and "Krush Groove" starring Blair Underwood.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins, 70, the larger-than-life American blues singer and pianist who shocked the music world at the dawn of rock with his crazed shrieking and bizarre stage antics, died Saturday in a hospital near Paris after emergency surgery to treat an aneurysm, local media reported. The Cleveland native, whose real name was Jalacy Hawkins, rose to fame with his song "I Put a Spell On You," which he recorded on the Okeh label in 1956.

George Koltanowski, 96, the chess grandmaster whose column on the game ran every day without a break for more than half a century in the San Francisco Chronicle, died Saturday in San Francisco. His 19,000 columns made up the longest-running daily chess column in newspaper history.

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