Dave Guard, 56, who founded the preppy folk group the Kingston Trio in 1957, died of lymphoma on March 22 in Rollinsford, N.H. Guard was the banjo-strumming leader of the button-down triumvirate (clockwise from top, Guard, Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds) who tastefully roused fans in the late ’50s and early ’60s with such hits as “The Ballad of Tom Dooley” and “Scotch and Soda.” In 1961, in an unharmonious breakup, Guard left his partners and started a group called the Whisky-hill Singers. “There were conflicts and bitter feelings,” Reynolds says now. “Dave was the musician. Bob and I just liked to shake our asses and have a good time.”
It may not be “A Hawaiian Wedding Song,” but it’s definitely “Days of Wine and Roses” for mellow crooner Andy Williams, 60, who will marry his longtime love, former hotel concierge Debbie Haas, 35, in early May. It’s the second marriage for both. Williams was divorced in 1975 from his first wife, Claudine Longet, 50, who was convicted in 1977 of manslaughter following the shooting death of her lover, skier Spider Sabich, in Aspen, Colo….
Steven Ford, 34 (above), the soap star turned horse breeder son of former President Gerald R. Ford and wife Betty, plans to marry on July 7, in California. His fiancée is Laura Carlos, 25, a graduate student in prenatal health education. The two met on the beach at Malibu in 1986. Ford, who spent seven years (1981-88) playing good guy Andy Richards on CBS’s The Young and the Restless, is now president of Goodwood Thoroughbreds, a racehorse-selling-and-consulting company. “I waited for a long time,” says Ford. “I know this will be right, and it will be my first and only marriage.”
Dominic Bellissimo, 68, a Buffalo restaurateur whose Anchor Bar was the first to dish out a batch of that mouth-watering delicacy known as Buffalo chicken wings, died of complications from diabetes on March 23 in Buffalo. Bellissimo and his family began serving their spicy wings in 1964, using his mother Theressa’s recipe. Today, the Anchor serves 800 pounds of wings daily. “He was a great guy,” says Anchor manager Ivano Toscani of his former boss. “He touched the hearts and stomachs of millions of chicken-wing lovers.”
Clarence Leo Fender. 82 (below), the bespectacled tinkerer who gave rock and roll its bite when he developed the Stratocaster electric guitar, died of unknown causes on March 21 in Fullerton, Calif. (He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease.) The Stratocaster, first introduced in 1954, produced a distinctive, edgy sound that helped define rock’s emerging spirit. “Contemporary music would be unthinkable without a Stratocaster,” says musician Lou Reed, one of a long list of Strat fans who include Buddy Holly, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards. Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. “Every musician’s inner ear has been shaped by the genius of Leo Fender’s instruments.”
By the tender age of 16, ultraprecocious child star Drew Barrymore has had to just say no to alcoholism, drug addiction and, now, marriage. After a two-month engagement, Barry-more and her fiancé, sound engineering student Leland Hayward, 24, the grandson of Hollywood agent-producer Leland Hayward and 1930s movie star Margaret Sullavan, have decided to be just friends…
Sheila Stewart, a choreographer married to actor Patrick Stewart, who plays Starfleet Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, has filed papers to beam him out of her life. They have been married for 25 years and have a daughter, Sophie, 17.