AP/Spartanburg Herald Journal, Alex C. Hicks Jr.
Ira Tucker Sr., Dixie Hummingbirds' lead singer, June 26
Ira Tucker Sr., longtime lead singer of the gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds, which influenced many other performers and backed up Paul Simon on "Loves Me Like a Rock," died on June 24. He was 83. Among those influenced by the band were the Temptations, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Al Green, according the National Endowment for the Arts, which honored the Hummingbirds in 2000.