Ziggy Lane

Ziggy Lane, singer, composer and entrepreneur, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 2 at his home in Miami. He was 75.

Lane had a varied and successful career in show business, starting when he enlisted in the Army and became entertainment director of Fort Hamilton.

He later became the featured soloist at the New York Par during the Big Band Era, and he went on to have his own TV show, “TV Dinner Date,” based in New York.

After singing at the opening of the famous Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami, he stayed for four years as singer and entertainment director.

While living in Florida, he wrote a successful musical, “A Man Has Got to Sing,” and helped launch careers of some local performers, including John Secada, star of the current Broadway revival of “Grease.”

Lane wrote more than 20 songs, including “Have You Read the Bible Today?,” which became a hit for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

He also served as president of Carousel Records for a time.

Lane is survived by a son, Peter, and a sister, Sydell.

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