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Merl Saunders
Pop music and jazz figures

Pop music and jazz figures Bob Popescu, 77; co-owner of Catalina Bar & Grill, turned the Los Angeles club into one of the top jazz venues in the country (Jan. 5) Ken Nelson, 84; longtime Capitol Records talent scout had an ear for country music (Jan. 6) Lew Spence, 87; composed "Nice 'n' Easy," the Grammy-nominated Frank Sinatra song (Jan. 9) Pete Candoli, 84; leading high-register jazz trumpet player (Jan. 11) John Stewart, 68; singer-songwriter who wrote the Monkees hit "Daydream Believer," was part of the Kingston Trio and had a significant solo career (Jan. 19) Andy Palacio, 47; singer and guitarist who championed the language and culture of the...

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