Spencer Dryden, drummer for the Jefferson Airplane in the rock band's glory years, including the breakthrough 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow and the Woodstock festival, has died of cancer. He was 66.
Mr. Dryden, who died at his home Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2005), retired from performing 10 years ago but hadn't been working much before that.
Mr. Dryden was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 for his work with the Jefferson Airplane.
Mr. Dryden was married three times and is survived by three sons. His father, British actor Wheeler Dryden, was a half brother of Charlie Chaplin.
Bread founding member Griffin dies
NASHVILLE _ James Arthur "Jimmy" Griffin, who was a founding member of the 1970s pop group Bread and shared an Oscar for co-writing For All We Know, died of complications from cancer. He was 61.
Mr. Griffin, who died Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2005) at his home in Franklin, sang harmony and played guitar with Bread, whose soft-rock hits included Make It With You, Baby I'm-a Want You and Everything I Own.
He is survived by his wife, Marti, a daughter and a son.
Writers Guild announces nominees
LOS ANGELES _ The Howard Hughes film biography The Aviator, the boxing drama Million Dollar Baby and the road-trip romp Sideways were among Writers Guild of America screenplay nominees Thursday.
Along with screenwriter John Logan for The Aviator, original-screenplay nominees were Charlie Kaufman for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Zach Braff for Garden State; Keir Pearson and Terry George for Hotel Rwanda; and Bill Condon for Kinsey.
Adapted screenplay nominees were Paul Haggis for Million Dollar Baby; Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for Sideways; Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for Before Sunset; Tina Fey for Mean Girls; and Jose Rivera for The Motorcycle Diaries.
Winners will be announced Feb. 19.
CBS cancels "Will' after one episode
NEW YORK _ CBS lost The Will after just one night.
This reality series, which logged a minuscule 4.2-million viewers on its premiere airing Saturday, has been axed by CBS, the network confirmed Wednesday. Despite heavy promotion, The Will ranked 79th place in viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, making it CBS' lowest-ranked show of the week.
A rerun of CBS's Sunday crime drama Cold Case will plug the hole this Saturday, the network said.