2007-10-31 00:15:11 UTC
FROM: The New York Times (November 2nd 1968) ~
Malcolm Hale, a member of the Spanky and
Our Gang singing group, collapsed and died
of bronchial pneumonia  at the home of
friends in Chicago on Wednesday. He was
27 years old.
A spokesman for the pop group said that the
news of the musician's death had been withheld
until his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Donald Hale of
Cleveland Heights, could be notified. They
were en route from South Africa.
Mr. Hale was a professional musician for six
years before Spanky and Our Gang was
organized in 1966. He played trombone and
guitar and supplied vocal arrangements for the
group, which mixes comedy with versatile
Mr. Hale was described in a review by Robert
Shelton in The New York Times as "a
mustached gamester in a Carnaby Street shirt."
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hale is survived
by three brothers, Donald, Edward and
Sunday Will Never Be the Same
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 Hale died from carbon monoxide poisoning (faulty heater).