Schuyler Chapin

NEW YORK (AP) _ Schuyler Chapin, an arts champion who served as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera and as New York City's cultural affairs commissioner, died Saturday. He was 86.

Chapin died at his home in Manhattan, according to All Souls Unitarian church, where he was a member, deacon and trustee. He had been in failing health for a number of years, the church said.

Chapin ran the Metropolitan Opera for four years, beginning 1972, under the direction of conductors James Levine and Rafael Kubelik. During his tenure, he increased box office sales and brought in Beverly Sills for her Met debut and Danny Kaye for young people's performances.

Before coming to the Met, Chapin served as vice president for programming at Lincoln Center, helping create the Mostly Mozart and Great Performer series during his five years there.

He also served for 11 years as dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, introducing its first graduate program in arts administration.

David S. Phelps

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) _ David S. Phelps, the archaeologist who unearthed a 16th-century gold signet ring while exploring ties between native people and the doomed English colonists who first tried to settle the Outer Banks, died Feb. 21. He was 79.

Phelps was professor emeritus of anthropology at East Carolina University in Greenville. The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported he died at Fort Pierce, Fla.

The ring proved to have no apparent link to the 1587 English colony that vanished from Roanoke Island. But it was the first evidence that Sir Walter Raleigh's explorers had contacts with the Indians.

Phelps found the ring in 1998. He took the ring and other artifacts found near Croatan, now known as Buxton, with him. He returned the ring to ECU in 2006.

Willie King

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Willie King, an Alabama blues singer and guitarist whose career took him from backwoods juke joints to the largest blues festivals in North American and Europe, died Sunday. He was 65.

King had a heart attack at his home in the Old Memphis community of Pickens County near the Mississippi line, said band member Debbie Bond. She said he died on the way to the hospital.

King was named Blues Artist of the Year by Living Blues Magazine in 2004. He appeared in the Martin Scorsese film "Feel Like Going Home."

Hank Locklin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Hank Locklin, a country singer whose smooth tenor voice on hits like "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" and "Please Help Me I'm Falling" marked a career that spanned half a century, died Sunday. He was 91.

Locklin died at his home in Brewton, Ala., Opry publicist Jessie Schmidt said. She said the cause of death was not being released.

Locklin helped usher in "the Nashville Sound" that gave country music a more lush feel. He performed on the Grand Ole Opry for 47 years.

He recently released his 65th album, "By the Grace of God."

His "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" was a hit in 1958 and "Please Help Me I'm Falling" in 1960.

"Send Me the Pillow You Dream On," which Locklin wrote, also was recorded later by Johnny Tillotson and Dean Martin.

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