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Ben Raleigh

Grammy-winning lyricist Ben Raleigh, whose prolific songwriting career included such hits as “Wonderful, Wonderful,” by Johnny Mathis, died Feb. 26 in a kitchen fire at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.

Raleigh won a Grammy Award for writing the Lou Rawls hit “Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing.” He also wrote the Ray Peterson hit “Tell Laura I Love Her” and the words to the cartoon theme “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?”

Raleigh is survived by his wife, who attended a private cremation service Feb. 28 at Oddfellows Cemetery.

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