Happy Trails

My apologies for just getting around to these stories, but a belated happy trails to two notable Chicagoans:

Jimmy P. Stagg, a discjockey who worked at the old WCFL in the 1960’s and 1970’s, who helped shape Chicago’s Top 40 wars with WLS back in the day. He passed away last week from cancer at the age of 72. He was noted for his interviews with The Beatles, as he traveled with the group during their historic 1964 and 1965 tours. Mr. Stagg also interviewed Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra.

A belated happy trails also to Donda West, mother of international superstar Kanye West, who died Sunday at the age of 58. Ms. West was an academic and chairwoman of the English department at my alma mater, Chicago State University (and whom I often saw on campus.) She retired in 2004 and moved to Los Angeles to be closer to her son. Ms. West returned to Chicago recently to promote her new book, “Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star.”