Irene Manning, 91, the beautiful, classically trained singer who appeared in some of the most prominent musicals of the 1940s, including "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Shine On Harvest Moon" and "The Desert Song," died May 28 at her home in San Carlos, Calif. She had congestive heart failure.
Ms. Manning gained her most lasting fame in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942). Opposite James Cagney's legendary song-and-dance man George M. Cohan, Ms. Manning played real-life Broadway star Fay Templeton. She sang "Mary's a Grand Old Name," "So Long Mary" and "45 Minutes From Broadway."
She toured the United States and England with her own four-woman USO and recorded with Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces Band during World War II. When her movie career faded after the war, she moved on to the stage, appearing on Broadway, the London stage and in civic light opera productions. She came out of retirement in the 1970s to appear in a number of musicals in San Francisco Bay area theaters.
Married four times, the last of her husbands was the late Maxwell W. Hunter II, who helped design Nike, Thor and other missiles during the Cold War.
Robert Quine, 61, a versatile punk-rock guitarist who appeared on albums by Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull and Tom Waits, was found dead June 5 at his home in New York. The medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death, but a note found with his body indicates suicide.
Mr. Quine's playing was first heard on a record in 1977, on Richard Hell and the Voidoids' "Blank Generation." He also appeared on Reed's "The Blue Mask" in 1982, and in the 1990s played with such artists as Matthew Sweet and Lloyd Cole.
Mr. Quine, a nephew of the late philosopher W.V. Quine, was older than most of his punk-rock peers and nearly bald. He typically wore button-down shirts and sport coats. He once said he looked like a "deranged insurance salesman."
Steve Lacy, 69, a leading soprano saxophonist in the modern era of jazz and one of the few jazz musicians awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called "genius grant," died June 4 at a hospital in Boston. He had cancer.
Comfortable in various musical forms, Mr. Lacy played Dixieland and avant-garde, and with his own groups often incorporated beat poetry, the writings of Herman Melville and obscure Islamic verse.
He broke from Dixieland in the mid-1950s when he played with avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor. In the late 1950s, Mr. Lacy also recorded with the noted pianist-composer Gil Evans and pianist Mal Waldron, and worked with them intermittently into the 1980s. He later became one of the leading interpreters of pianist-composer Thelonious Monk.
Morris Schappes, 97, a Jewish scholar and editor who was jailed for allegedly lying to a state panel investigating Communist activity at City College, died June 3 at his home in New York. No cause of death was reported.
Mr. Schappes joined the Communist Party in 1934, while he was an English professor at City College. He was fired in 1941 after allegedly concealing names of other Communists at the school. He served 131/2 months in state prisons, where he learned Hebrew and studied Jewish history.
In 1946, he became a member of the editorial board of Jewish Life, but broke with the magazine 12 years later to found Jewish Currents. He was the author of several books, including "A Documentary History of the Jews in the United States: 1654-1875" (1950) and "The Jews in the United States: A Pictorial History, 1654 to the Present" (1958).
In 1981, the faculty senate of City College apologized for firing him and other suspected Communists.