Lyricist and composer Brian Shucker, who created the score for the stage musical "Babes," has died at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., from complications of AIDS. He was 33.
Shucker, who died April 12, was honored by the theater trade publication Dramalogue and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for his score for "Babes," a reflection on the Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musicals of the 1940s.Shucker wrote much of the score while ill. The day he died, the show opened its second Los Angeles run.
- FUNERAL SERVICES were scheduled Monday, April 22, for Jack Yellen, one of the nation's most successful song lyricists.
Yellen, 98, died April 17, in his farm home near Springville, N.Y.
Over four decades, Yellen provided the words for more than 130 popular songs, including "Happy Days Are Here Again," "Rain or Shine" and "Ain't She Sweet."
In 1929 Yellen and the late Milton Ager combined to write "Happy Days Are Here Again," which became President Franklin Roosevelt's campaign theme song in 1932.
One of Yellen's last songs, "I'll Be Seeing You," was penned before World War II but didn't become popular until Bing Crosby recorded it.
He retired to his farm in the late 1940s, where he operated an egg business. During the past 15 years, Yellen was ill and required 24-hour nursing care much of the time.