Steve Gideon, "Skip" Carrington and Darel Decounter die

Steve Gideon, a fixture on the Los Angeles cabaret and musical theater scene, died May 1 in West Hollywood after a battle with cancer. He was 52.

A producer, singer and actor, Gideon gained attention as one of the original cast members of Naked Boys Singing. In 1999, he secured permission to stage (and star in) the first same-sex production of Stephen Sondheim's "Marry Me a Little," which The Hollywood Reporter described as "a thoughtful, touching and charming show that attains all of the complexities of the essential early Sondheim."

Gideon's other credits include "Nite Club Confidential," for which he appeared in productions in New York, Boston, Long Beach, Calif., and Los Angeles (where he appeared alongside Scott Bakula).
Lawrence "Skip" Carrington, for more than 30 years a TV Guide editor and the magazine's Los Angeles bureau chief, died May 3 of liver disease at Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital. He was 63.

Carrington began his career with the Play of the Month Guild in New York, then joined TV Guide's New York bureau and was named Hollywood bureau chief in 1976.

After his retirement several years ago, he worked briefly for the Reprise Broadway concert organization.

Darel Decounter
, longtime keyboard player for the John Anderson Band, died April 30 of natural causes at his home in White House, Tenn. He was 52.

Decounter moved to Nashville 20 years ago to pursue his career in music. He played keyboard and was a backup vocalist for the John Anderson Band for 16 years and played with such artists as Bill Anderson, Jerry Reed and Randy Travis.