Milestones, Mar. 8, 1976

Died. Florence Ballard, 32, silky-voiced background singer of the original Supremes who recorded on eight of their gold records before she was dropped from the group in 1967; of a heart attack; in Detroit. Ballard fizzled when she tried a comeback as a single act in 1968, suffered a series of nervous breakdowns and spent most of her final years in pauperism. Looking back regretfully, she once said, "It was like being on a fast-moving train that suddenly stopped."

Died. H. Allen Smith, 68, pungent humorist-author of 36 books, many of them bestsellers; of...

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