Other Notable Deaths


June 14, 2008


James Brown's hair stylist

Leon Rhodes Austin, a musician and associate of James Brown who once styled the singer's famous hair, died Thursday at his home in Atlanta, according to C.A. Reid Memorial Funeral Home. A cause of death was not given.

Mr. Austin maintained the hair of the "Godfather of Soul" off and on before stage and media appearances for 20 years. Mr. Brown died in Atlanta on Christmas Day 2006.

Mr. Austin, a professional stylist, also owned Leon's DeSoto Club in Augusta


Band leader

Danny Davis, a Grammy-winning band leader and record producer who blended swing music with a country style, died Thursday at a hospital in Nashville, Tenn., his publicist Betty Hofer said. Mr. Davis, a trumpet player and singer, had suffered a heart attack at home June 7.

Mr. Davis formed the Nashville Brass in 1968 after a career with big bands and as a record producer.

The group won a Grammy in 1969 for best country instrumental performance for The Nashville Brass Featuring Danny Davis Play More Nashville Sounds.

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