Danny Flores, 77, who played the saxophone

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

September 24, 2006

Danny Flores, 77, who played the saxophone and shouted the word "tequila" in the 1950s hit song "Tequila!", died of complications from pneumonia Tuesday at a hospital in Huntington Beach, Calif.

The man sometimes called the "godfather of Latin rock" was born in Santa Paula, Calif., and grew up in Long Beach.

By age 5, he was playing guitar in church. At 14, he was a member of a trio that performed Mexican music.

In 1957, he was in a group that recorded work with rockabilly singer Dave Burgess. Flores played the "dirty" saxophone part and repeatedly growled the single-word lyric: "tequila!"

The song has been used in numerous commercials and TV shows. It became popular with a new generation after it was used in the 1985 movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

Dr. Philip H. Melanson, 62, a University of Massachusetts professor and an expert on political violence and government secrecy, died of cancer Monday at a Boston hospital.

He was the author of 15 books and numerous articles on assassinations and suspected government cover-ups.

Dr. Melanson was a skeptic of the line that Sirhan B. Sirhan was the lone assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968, and that James Earl Ray acted alone in the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

Dr. Melanson was a consultant to the Assassination Records Review Board, a commission appointed by President Bill Clinton to oversee the release of records pertaining to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

He lectured widely and was a consultant to various television and movie productions in the United States, Canada, Germany and Japan.

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