Other Deaths Of Note


November 24, 2006

Robert Lockwood Jr., 91

Blues guitarist

Robert Lockwood Jr., 91, a pioneering Mississippi Delta blues guitarist and singer who forged a career in Cleveland, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, where he had been a patient since suffering a stroke Nov. 3.

He was born in Turkey Scratch, Ark. At age 11, he started guitar lessons with legendary blues man Robert Johnson, who briefly moved in with Mr. Lockwood's mother. He worked on street corners and in bars, and became a musical mentor to B.B. King, who listened to Mr. Lockwood in the 1940s on the King Biscuit Time radio show broadcast from Helena, Ark.

Mr. Lockwood branched out from the delta-style blues to jump blues, jazz and funk. As a solo performer, he earned Grammy nominations for two albums, 1998's I Got to Find Me a Woman and 2000's Delta Crossroads.


Award-winning cartoonist

Paul Rigby, 82, an award-winning cartoonist for the New York Post and the Daily News of New York who made his name on the editorial pages of Australian dailies, died of a heart attack Nov. 15 at his home in Busselton, Australia.

With jam-packed, detailed images and often caustic wit, he offered his outrageous take on politics and the day's gossipy events on Page Six of the Post and on the editorial pages of the Post and the Daily News. One of his favorite targets was Mayor Edward I. Koch, with whom he sometimes socialized. Mr. Koch never complained, saying, "It was Rigby's job to do what he did."

Mr. Rigby once estimated that if his work at newspapers in Australia and England was included, he had drawn more than 15,000 cartoons in his career.

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