- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 23, 2006

KINGSTON, Jamaica, (AP) — Neville Willoughby, a respected Jamaican radio broadcaster known for his interviews with reggae legend Bob Marley, died Dec. 19 in Jamaica. He was 69.

Mr. Willoughby died at the University of the West Indies Hospital of injuries from a car accident in Kingston, said Gary Allen, managing director at Radio Jamaica.

Mr. Willoughby had worked at the station since 1969.

He recorded a reggae Christmas song, “Christmas J.A.” He is best known for a long 1973 interview with Mr. Marley that has been released as a separate recording and is considered one of the most in-depth discussions with the star.

Mildred Millet McNees, piano teacher, 81,

OREM, Utah (AP) — Mildred Millet McNees, a piano teacher who composed a uniquely Mormon alternative to the traditional “Happy Birthday” song, died Dec. 17. She was 81.

Mrs. McNees died in Orem, said Teri Sundberg of Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary.

In 1963, Mrs. McNees wrote “Happy, Happy Birthday,” which quickly became one of the most popular songs with children belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Happy, Happy Birthday” closes with the lines, “If I had one wish, then it would be/A happy, happy birthday to you from me!”

Mrs. McNees, who taught piano and dance, had lived in Orem since 1970. She previously lived in Long Beach, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M. She was twice married and the mother of four sons.

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