Wrote hit song 'Troglodyte (Cave Man)'
Jimmy Castor, a funk and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter best known for "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" and "It's Just Begun," 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 "Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You," "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 and Mos Def, as well as by mainstream musical acts such as the Spice Girls, Christina Aguilera and Madonna.
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."
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