Big Band Singer

June Christy, 64, known to Big Band era and jazz fans as that "misty Miss Christy" for her husky voice and her interpretation of the popular ballad "Misty," died of kidney failure June 21 at her home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

In 1945, her career was made when she recorded "Tampico" with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. She was named "best female vocalist with a big band" by Down Beat for four years straight.

Miss Christy toured extensively with Kenton and singer Nat King Cole. She appeared with Kenton as recently as 1972 at the Newport Jazz Festival in New York. As an independent recording artist, she recorded more than 20 albums for Capitol Records, including her popular "Something Cool."


British Soprano

Elizabeth Harwood, 52, one of Britain's best-known operatic sopranos in the 1960s and 1970s, died of cancer June 22 at her home in Fryerning, 20 miles northeast of London.

Miss Harwood, who specialized in lyric and coloratura roles and Mozart, sang with nearly all the top British operatic companies and appeared regularly in leading roles at the prestigious annual music festival in Salzburg, Austria, in the early 1970s.

She made her operatic debut in 1960, singing Second Boy in "Die Zauberflote" at Glyndebourne in southern England. In 1963, she scored her first major success, as the Countess Adele in Rossini's "Count Ory." Her last public performance was in November 1989 at the Bath Festival in western England.


Kenyan Vice President

Joseph Murumbi, 79, who served as vice president of Kenya from March to November 1966, died June 22 at his home in Nairobi. The cause of death was not reported.

He was vice president under this former British colony's first president, Jomo Kenyatta. Mr. Murumbi resigned the vice presidency and quit politics, citing health reasons. He was succeeded by Daniel arap Moi, who became president upon Kenyatta's death in 1978.