Scott dead at 85


Tony Scott, a jazz clarinetist, composer and arranger who worked with such greats as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker, died March 28 in Rome. He was 85.

Scott, who also played the saxophone, worked with many of the greatest jazz musicians during a career that spanned decades and continents, playing with Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan.

He was born Anthony Joseph Sciacca in Morristown, N.J., and was considered a forerunner of world music. He was among the first jazz musicians to mix the genre with other influences.

Scott took an interest in photography, and he documented the work and life of jazz greats in a series of pictures that were displayed in an exhibit in France in the late 1980s. He also wrote an autobiography called "Bird, Lady and Me" in honor of Parker and Holiday.

Marshall Rogers, a comic book artist remembered for bringing a film noir feel and an architect's eye to Batman comics in the 1970s, died late March 23 or early March 24 at his home in Fremont, Calif. He was 57.

Rogers was born Jan. 22, 1950, in Flushing, N.Y., and studied architecture at Kent State University. His training showed in his realistic, detailed renditions of Gotham City, collaborators said.

Rogers, who took over work on Batman for Detective Comics in 1977, and his collaborator Steve Englehart produced only six issues, but the works became a reference for future comic artists and favorites among Batman fans.

He also drew other characters, including the Silver Surfer, Mister Miracle, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist and G.I. Joe. He created the characters Cap'n Quick and A Foozle.

Joel Brodsky, a photographer whose shot of a shirtless Jim Morrison has taken on iconic status, died March 1 of a heart seizure at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 67.

In addition to the Doors singer, Brodsky photographed about 400 album covers for a diverse cast of musicians that included B.B. King, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Kiss and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Brodsky, born Oct. 7, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y., said of the Doors shoot: "I always thought it was sort of funny that the pictures of Morrison from that session were the most used. Jim was totally plastered."

Other artists who sat for Brodsky's camera include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Joan Baez, Harry Chapin, Tom Waits, the MC5, Carly Simon and Judy Collins.

Amelia Haygood, a former psychologist whose passion for classical music propelled her to found the independent record label Delos in the 1970s and become a leader in digital recording, died March 19 in Santa Monica following a decadelong battle with breast cancer. She was 87.

The Los Angeles-based label, once called Delos Records and now named Delos International, became the first independent classical label to issue its own CDs in the U.S., said Carol Rosenberger, vp A&R at Delos.

The company has recorded various top artists, from baritone opera singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky to conductor Constantine Orbelian and cellist Janos Starker.

Henson Cargill, whose 1968 hit "Skip a Rope" topped the country charts with its understated take on social problems, died March 24 of complications from surgery in Oklahoma City. He was 66.

"Rope" made it to No. 1 on the Billboard country chart and was a top 25 crossover success in the pop music chart. Written by Jack Moran and Glen Douglas Tubb, it was nominated for 1968 song of the year by the Country Music Assn. Awards.

Cargill owned and operated a west Oklahoma City country music showplace in the 1980s called Henson's. It featured such performers as Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison, Glenn Campbell, Waylon Jennings and Cargill's friend and mentor, Johnny Cash.