Other Notable Deaths


July 01, 2008


Edited Annapolis paper

Edward D. Casey, executive editor of Capital-Gazette Newspapers in Maryland for 30 years, died Sunday. Mr. Casey, editor from 1971 to 2001, had been suffering from health problems, including lung cancer. He died while in Columbus, Ohio, for his grandson's wedding, The (Annapolis) Capital reported.

Mr. Casey was a native of Binghamton, N.Y., and came to Annapolis from New Jersey, where he was editor of the Dover Advance. He began his career started in 1956 as sportswriter with the Binghamton Press, and, in 1958, Mr. Casey became sports editor of the Endicott (N.Y.) Bulletin before taking over as news editor.

Mr. Casey was a past president of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and a Pulitzer Prize juror.


Gospel singer

Ira B. Tucker - the lead singer of the Dixie Hummingbirds who performed a style of gospel music that erased boundaries between music and movement, praise and performance - died June 24 in Philadelphia.

The cause was heart failure, said his son, Ira Tucker Jr.

For 70 years Mr. Tucker and the Hummingbirds gave high-energy, emotion-drenched shows designed to please the Lord and wow the audience.

Onstage, Mr. Tucker became the model for what one musicologist termed "the activity singer." He dropped to his knees, gestured, pointed, ran up the aisle of the performance venue. Artists including Jackie Wilson, Bobby "Blue" Bland and the Temptations found inspiration in the Hummingbirds.

In 1973, the group recorded with Paul Simon on "Loves Me Like a Rock," and soon after released their own version, which won them a Grammy.

In recent years Mr. Tucker collaborated with Wynonna Judd on "How Great Thou Art." Mr. Tucker and the group were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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