Active musician for over 50 years, his hits included "Okee from Muskogee," "Workin' Man Blues," "Mama Tried" and "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" named to the Country Music Hall of Fame and as a Kennedy Center Honoree.
Invented Barbie, co-founded Mattel, and later helped to develop a prosthetic breast.
Teacher on Fame, he composed the music for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, died on the same day as Carrie Donovan.
He wrote big bestsellers like Hotel and Airport, wrote for TV in the '40s, '50s and '60s, died on the same day as Larry Brown.
Opened the English version of his international classical music show Adventures in Good Music with his distinctive "Hello everyone...".
Many Western roles, probably best-known as Doc Baker in Little House on the Prairie, died on the same day as Byron Preiss.