Ella Mae Morse


Ella Mae Morse, 75, a singer whose classic 1942 recording "Cow Cow Boogie" became Capitol Records' first million-selling single, died of respiratory failure Oct. 16 at a hospital in Bullhead City, Ariz.

The Texas native combined boogie-woogie, blues, jazz, swing and country influences in the 1940s and 1950s, helping to create a pioneering "pop" sound that would grow into rock-and-roll. Elvis Presley even praised her for teaching him how to sing.

Described as a black-trained, white "hepchick," Ms. Morse's songs earned her 10 gold records before she stopped recording in 1957. The songs included "The House of Blue Lights," "Shoo Shoo Baby," "Mister Five by Five," "No Love, No Nothing," "Milkman Keep Those Bottles Quiet" and "Patty Cake Man."

Glen Payne

Gospel Singer

Glen Payne, 72, a gospel singer for nearly 60 years who was the lead vocalist of the Cathedrals, died Oct. 15 in Franklin, Tenn. He had liver cancer.

His work was honored by the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame, the Texas Music Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame and the Radio Music Hall of Fame. His group was nominated for 11 Grammys.

From 1951 to 1957, Mr. Payne sang in the Stamps-Ozark Quartet before leaving to join the Weatherfords. In 1963, he formed a trio to perform at evangelist Rex Humbard's Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron, Ohio. George Younce joined the trio and it changed its name to the Cathedral Quartet.

Richard B. Shull


Richard B. Shull, 70, a veteran character actor who was appearing in the Broadway comedy "Epic Proportions," died Oct. 14 in New York after a heart attack.

Mr. Shull, whose craggy, hangdog face and impeccable comic timing made him a favorite of theater directors, had appeared in such other Broadway shows as "Victor/Victoria," "Minnie's Boys," "Oh, Brother!" "Ain't Broadway Grand" and "Goodtime Charlie," for which he received a Tony nomination.

His films included "Private Parts," "Housesitter" and "Splash." He also had continuing roles on Diana Rigg's television series "Diana" and on "Holmes & Yoyo."

J. Franklin Hyde

Organic Chemist

J. Franklin Hyde, 96, an organic chemist whose glassmaking method made the fiber-optics revolution possible, died Oct. 11 in Corning, N.Y. The cause of death was not reported.

His pioneering work with pure glass at Corning Glass Works in 1934 was used in radar during World War II. It didn't gain wide use until the 1960s, when it led to durable spaceship windows, galaxy-gazing telescopes, precision lenses to build computer chips and signal-carrying optical fibers.