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Kay Swift

Composer and lyricist Kay Swift, one of the first successful American female songwriters, died yesterday.

She was 95.

Swift died of Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Southington, Conn., said Guy McCain, a Los Angeles publicist for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

“Fine and Dandy” and “Can’t We Be Friends” were her best-known songs.

She is survived by two daughters, April Galiono of Rome and Andrea Kaufman of Los Angeles, and six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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