other notable deaths

other notable deaths

May 11, 2007


Blues musician

Carey Bell, a blues harmonica player who performed with both Muddy Waters' and Willie Dixon's bands, died Sunday of heart failure at Kindred Hospital in Chicago, according to Alligator Records, which released several of Mr. Bell's albums.

Carey Bell Harrington was born in Macon, Miss., and wanted a saxophone but his family couldn't afford one. Instead, his grandfather bought him a harmonica. He was playing the harmonica by age 8, and in 1956, at age 19, he moved to Chicago with his godfather, pianist Lovie Lee.

Soon, he was supporting himself as a professional musician, playing on the street for tips, said Alligator label president Bruce Iglauer. Mr. Bell met and learned from Marion "Little Walter" Jacobs and Sonny Boy Williamson II, but found a fatherly mentor in Big Walter Horton, Mr. Iglauer said.

Mr. Bell was a bridge, Mr. Iglauer said, between the styles of first-generation Chicago blues players such as Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Horton and the players who followed, such as Billy Branch.

Mr. Bell spent 1971 traveling and recording with Muddy Waters, and can be heard on Mr. Waters' The London Sessions. He worked regularly in the 1970s with Willie Dixon's Chicago Blues All-Stars.


Fashion guru

Isabella Blow, a stylist and fashion guru and a vibrant and often outrageous presence on the British fashion scene, died Monday in the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in western England, her husband, Detmar Blow, said. News reports said she had recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Renowned for her larger-than-life hats and blood-red lipstick, Ms. Blow was credited with discovering designer Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacey. She helped launch the careers of models including Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl.

Most recently, Ms. Blow was an editor-at-large for Tatler magazine.

In 1981, she met Anna Wintour, then fashion director of U.S. Vogue, and was hired as her assistant.

Ms. Blow later returned to London, where she worked for Tatler, the Sunday Times and British Vogue.

She met Mr. Blow, an art dealer, at a wedding in 1987. They became engaged 16 days later and were married the next year.

A 2002 exhibition and accompanying book, When Philip Met Isabella, featured Ms. Blow in some of Treacey's most memorable creations. DIEGO `CHICO' CORRALES, 29 130-pound fighter

Diego "Chico" Corrales, who fought in one of the most exciting boxing matches in recent years, died in a high-speed motorcycle crash, police said. He was 29.

Mr. Corrales was riding a new motorcycle Monday evening when he drove into the back of a car while trying to pass at high speed on a busy residential street west of the Las Vegas Strip, police said.

Mr. Corrales, who fought most of his career at 130 pounds, was a big puncher best known for getting up after two 10th-round knockdowns to stop Jose Luis Castillo on May 7, 2005. Boxing Writers Association of America and numerous boxing publications called it the fight of the year.

Mr. Corrales was born in Sacramento, Calif., and lived in Las Vegas in recent years. He won his first 33 fights and held a piece of the 130-pound title before he was stopped by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a unification fight in January 2001.


Piano player

Big Joe Duskin, a boogie-woogie piano man known for playing the blues with an upbeat spirit, died Sunday at his home of complications from diabetes, family spokesman Keith Little said.

Mr. Duskin's style mixed elements of the blues, jazz, ragtime and stride piano. The Alabama native with the booming singing voice played local clubs as well as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and clubs in London, Berlin and Paris. He was featured in a British documentary, The History of Boogie Woogie.

Mr. Duskin returned to gospel roots on his final album, the 2005 release Big Joe Jumps Again! that included an appearance by rock guitarist Peter Frampton.

Mr. Duskin's playing time had fallen off in recent years as he battled diabetes.

Mr. Duskin was scheduled to have his legs amputated Monday.


Founded law firm

Alan V. Lowenstein, one of the founders of law firm Lowenstein Sandler and a leader of Newark's charter reform movement, died Tuesday.

Mr. Lowenstein had been hospitalized several weeks ago after a fall and then diagnosed with pneumonia, but he opted for hospice care and died in his Maplewood, N.J., home, said Michael L. Rodburg, the firm's managing director.

Born in Newark, Mr. Lowenstein was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, then went on to Harvard Law School. He also received a master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Lowenstein's law career started in 1940 in Newark, and he was among the group that founded Lowenstein Sandler in 1961. He oversaw the firm's expansion to more than 250 attorneys.

Mr. Lowenstein helped draft the Banking Act of 1948 and served as chairman of the New Jersey Corporation Law Revision Commission from 1963 to 1971.

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