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Billy Barnes dies at 85; satirical songwriter for Hollywood revues
Billy Barnes dies at 85; satirical songwriter for Hollywood revues

Billy Barnes, a composer and lyricist whose music and devilishly funny lyrics were displayed on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" in the 1960s and '70s and in his earlier series of satirical music revues in Hollywood that launched the careers of performers such as Ken Berry, Bert Convy and Jo Anne Worley, has died. He was 85.Barnes died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer's disease, said his longtime partner, Richard T. Jordan.A Los Angeles native and UCLA theater arts graduate, Barnes earned a reputation as "The Revue Master of Hollywood" after hitting his stride in 1958 with "The Billy Barnes Revue" at the Las Palmas Theater.PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012...

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