Musician in Love Who Inspired a Hit Song, Chuck E. Weiss, Dies at 76

Chuck E. Weiss, blues musician, club owner, and major Los Angeles character immortalized in Rickie Lee Jones’ debut hit song “Chuck E.’s in Love,” died July 20 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 76 years old. His brother Byron said the cause was kidney failure. Mr. Weiss is a voracious musicologist, an encyclopedia …

Inventor and Ubiquitous Infomercial Pitchman Ron Popeil dies at 86

After starting to sell his father’s products, Mr. Popeil started his own company, Ronco, which he sold for approximately $56 million in 2005. The company’s sales fell 35 percent the following year, and the company went bankrupt within two years before being revived in 2008. “The Popeil-Ronco story goes back to ancient field traditions where …

George Rhoads, Designer of Fantastic ‘Ball Machines’, dies at 95

George RhoadsA peculiar artist who created elaborate sculptures in which balls made seemingly random journeys along labyrinthine paths and initiating the ringing of bells, the ringing of bells, and the pulsating tones of xylophone keys died July 9 in Loudun, western France. He was 95 years old. His granddaughter, Chip Chapin, said his caretaker, Laura …