Milestones: Apr. 20, 1981

DIED. Robert ("the Bear") Hite, 38, lead singer and co-founder of the blues-rock group Canned Heat, which rose to fame during the 1960s with such hits as On the Road Again and Going Up the Country; of unknown causes; in Los Angeles.

DIED. Alfred Jensen, 77, Guatemalan-born painter whose lushly colored, checkerboard-patterned paintings were inspired by abstruse mathematical theories and the architecture of ancient civilizations; of cancer; in Livingston, N.J.

DIED. Norman Taurog, 82, director who won an Oscar for the 1931 Jackie Cooper vehicle Skippy, and also made Boys Town (1938) and a string of lighthearted comedies and musicals between the 1940s...

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