PASSINGS: Jimmy Castor, Robert Dozier

Jimmy Castor

Wrote hit song 'Troglodyte (Cave Man)'


Jimmy Castor, a funk and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter best known for


died Monday of apparent

heart failure

at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 71, according to his family.

A resident of Henderson, Nev., Castor was hospitalized in November after a

heart attack

and underwent quadruple bypass surgery.

Castor was born and raised in

New York City

. In the 1950s he began singing doo-wop and writing songs.

Frankie Lymon

and the Teenagers had a hit with a cover of "I Promise to Remember," which Castor wrote and originally recorded with his group the Juniors.

His next hits as a solo artist and with the Jimmy Castor Bunch in the '60s and '70s were the playful R&B/funk recordings

"Troglodyte (Cave Man)," "The Bertha Butt Boogie" and "It's Just Begun."

Castor's tunes were riffed and sampled by a string of rap and hip-hop artists, including

Grandmaster Flash

, N.W.A., 2 Live Crew,

Kanye West


Ice Cube


Mos Def

, as well as by mainstream musical acts such as the

Spice Girls


Christina Aguilera

and Madonna.

Robert Dozier

Hollywood screenwriter

Robert Dozier

, 81, a screenwriter whose film credits include "The Cardinal" (1963) and "When the Legends Die" (1972) and who also wrote for "Batman," "Harry O" and other TV series, died after a long illness Jan. 6 at his home on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, his family announced. Dozier was the son of Hollywood film and TV executive William Dozier, who produced "Batman."

-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports