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Norman Hollyn, USC film and music editorRandy Jackson, last Brooklyn Dodger to hit home runAndre Williams, '50s R&B singer

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Norman Hollyn (66) film and music editor who worked on such movies as Sophie’s Choice, The Cotton Club, and Heathers. Beyond his work in Hollywood both in film and TV, Hollyn was a professor at the University of Southern California's film school, where he had led the editing department for more than 10 years before recently stepping down. He also helped the university to strengthen relationships with a diverse stable of companies, including Apple and Fox Searchlight Pictures. Hollyn was a prolific writer as well and a public speaker who traveled the world to work with cinema students and aspiring filmmakers. He died of cardiac arrest while in Yokohama, Japan, where he was lecturing cinema students, on March 17, 2019.

Andre Williams (82) carved out a place on the ‘50s rhythm-and-blues scene with earthy songs, then fell on hard times as a result of addiction before enjoying a late-career resurgence. In a decade when mainstream white audiences were watching Father Knows Best on TV, Williams was recording provocative songs like “Jail Bait” (1957), a warning to men inclined to date teenage girls. His best-known song was probably “Shake a Tail Feather,” written with Otha Hayes and Verlie Rice, which was first recorded in 1963 by the Five Du-Tones (a version heard in the 1988 John Waters movie Hairspray) and turned up in the ‘80 film The Blues Brothers performed by Ray Charles. Williams died of cancer in Chicago, Illinois on March 17, 2019.


Randy Jackson (93) the Brooklyn Dodgers acquired Chicago Cubs All-Star Jackson in December 1955, hoping he would become their regular third baseman. Injuries limited his playing time over the next two seasons, but on September 28, 1957, when he delivered a three-run homer against the Phillies in Philadelphia, Jackson became a footnote in the history of a storied franchise. He was the last Brooklyn Dodger to hit a home run before the team became the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were playing their next-to-last game when Jackson’s drive landed in the upper left-field stands at Connie Mack Stadium off a pitch from right-hander Don Cardwell, propelling Brooklyn to an 8-4 victory in a series that followed the Dodgers’ final home games at Ebbets Field. Jackson was an unlikely candidate for that melancholy achievement. He had hit only one other home run that season, and he played in just 48 games while hobbled by a leg injury. That home run seemed nothing special to him when the third-place Dodgers closed out their history the next day with a 2-1 loss to the Phillies, the last Brooklyn pitch delivered by an unproven left-hander named Sandy Koufax. Jackson died of pneumonia in Athens, Georgia on March 20, 2019.

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