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            DEAD END - Friday, February 24, 2006        
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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
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Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

This week we remember four talented individuals who have 
passed in recent days. First, we look back at the life of 
sportscaster Curt Gowdy, who was the first sports broadcast-
er to win a Peabody Award. Next, we remember the lead singer 
for the 1960's family group, The Cowsills - Billy Cowsill. 
His death comes shortly after that of his brother Barry, who 
drowned in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. We also say 
goodbye to producer/arranger Sid Feller, who worked with Ray 
Charles for 30 years, and Luther James, a pioneering African-
American TV writer, producer and director.
 
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     CURT GOWDY, LONGTIME SPORTSCASTER, DEAD AT 86

Curt Gowdy, a mainstay in the heyday of network television 
sportscasts and the first sports broadcaster to win a 
Peabody Award, died Monday at the age of 86. Gowdy died in 
Palm Beach, Fla., of leukemia, a spokesman for the family 
told The New York Times. Gowdy had a welcome-sounding soft 
drawl and quiet style that recalled his native Wyoming and 
earned him the nickname Cowboy. He was the main play-by-play 
broadcaster for NBC for years, calling 10 World Series, pro 
football including seven Super Bowls, and several NCAA 
basketball championships, the Times said. He was perhaps best 
known for his long-running series "The American Sportsman," 
in which he and another celebrity -- big names from entertain-
ment and sports -- would hunt or fish. He won a Peabody Award 
in 1970 for his sports broadcasting. Gowdy is survived by his 
wife, two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.


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  BILLY COWSILL, LEAD SINGER OF THE COWSILLS, DEAD AT 58

The lead singer for the 1960's family group, The Cowsills -- 
Billy Cowsill -- has died at his home in Calgary, Alberta, 
at the age of 58. Cowsill died Friday night after a long 
battle with emphysema, osteoporosis and Cushing syndrome, 
the Providence (R.I) Journal reported Sunday. Family members 
told the Journal they learned of Billy's death shortly after 
a memorial service in Newport, R.I., Friday for their brother, 
Barry, who drowned in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina at 
age 51. The Cowsills inspired the hit TV show "The Patridge 
Family" and had radio hits such as "Hair," "Indian Lake" and 
"The Rain in the Park and Other Things." Billy Cowsill moved 
to Canada 35 years ago and played with the groups Blue 
Northern and The Blue Shadows. In addition to his siblings 
Paul, Robert, Richard, John and Susan, Billy Cowsill is 
survived by two sons, Travis and Del.


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       SID FELLER, PRODUCER/ARRANGER, DEAD AT 89

Producer/arranger Sid Feller, who helped create the Ray 
Charles hits "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving 
You," has died in Ohio at age 89. Feller died Feb. 16 at his 
home in Orange Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, the Los 
Angeles Times reported Thursday. Feller's musical collabor-
ation with Charles began in 1959 and lasted 30 years. Feller 
began his career in 1951 at Capitol Records, arranging music 
for Jackie Gleason. He went on to work with Dean Martin, 
Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Paul Anka, guitarist Charlie Byrd and 
Woody Herman's big band. One of his few writing credits was 
"You Can't Say No in Acapulco," which was in the 1963 Elvis 
Presley movie "Fun in Acapulco." He arranged music for NBC's 
"The Flip Wilson Show" from 1970-1974 and also worked with 
Nancy Wilson and Eddie Fisher. Feller was credited as producer 
on eight of the 17 songs in the 2004 film, "Ray." Feller's 
baton and a photo of him and Charles are part of the 
permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institution. He is 
survived by his wife, three daughters, a son, a brother and 
five grandchildren.


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    LUTHER JAMES, TV PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, DEAD AT 76

Pioneering African-American TV writer, producer and director 
Luther James has died in Los Angeles at age 76. James died 
Feb. 5. The New York native was one of the first minority 
TV directors in the 1960s, working on shows such as "Police 
Story," "Courtship of Eddie's Father," "Bill Cosby Show," 
"Bewitched" and "Julia," Variety said. He produced the 
anthology drama series "On Being Black" from 1968 to 1970 
and executive produced a number of CBS shows including 
"Mission Impossible," "Wild Wild West," "Hogan's Heroes," 
"The Lucy Show" and "Andy Griffith." James also had a hand 
in "Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Girl From U.N.C.L.E.," "Jericho" 
and "Dr. Kildare," Variety said. James taught acting for 20 
years at the University of California San Diego as well as 
at California State Northridge, California State Los Angeles 
and Portland State University. James is survived by his wife, 
two children, a sister, a brother and one grandchild.


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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1895, Frederick Douglass, who was a crusader in the 
fight against slavery, died. The exact date of his birth is 
unknown.

In 1938, one of the world's most renowned astronomers, Dr. 
George Ellery Hale, died of heart trouble at the age of 69.

In 1965, Stan Laurel, the comic actor who found his great-
est success when paired with equally legendary Oliver Hardy, 
died at the age of 74.

In 2003, country western singer Johnny Paycheck, whose most 
famous hit was the 1977 song Take This Job and Shove It, 
died at the age of 64.

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