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Lew Fields/Moses Schoenfeld (US
vaudeville star, comedian, theatre
1884: Oscar "Papa" Celestin (New Orleans jazz bandleader,
1892: Artur Rodzinski
(Polish opera and symphonic conductor)*27.Nov.1958..
1894: Jasper Taylor (US drummer; Buffalo Bill's Wild West show/Original
1900: Xavier Cugat
(Spanish violinist, band leader; Latin-American dance music)*27.Oct.1990..
Giovanni D'Anzi (Italian songwriter)*15.April.1974..
1907: Erich Schmid (Swiss composer; Tonhalle Orchestra)*17.Dec.2000..
jazz guitarist, banjo and ukulele player)*02.Dec.2011..
1911: Roman Totenberg (Polish-American violinist, educator)*08.May.2012.
1919: Al McKibbon (American bass player; Giants of Jazz)*29.July.2005..
1919: Yoshio Tabata (Japanese
ryukoka & enka singer-songwriter, electric guitarist)*25.April.2013.
Virgilio Savona (Italian singer, composer, pianist; Quartetto Cetra)*27.Aug.2009..
1922: Roza Baglanova
(Soviet-Kazakh soprano opera, popular music singer)*08.Feb.2011..
1923: Milt Jackson (US vibraphonist)*09.Oct.1999..
Richard Verreau (Canadian
Fuat Mansurov (Russian
1931: Helmut Brandt (German baritone saxophonist)*
1931: Manny Oquendo (US jazz percussionist)*25.March.2009..
1932: Giuseppe Patanè (Italian
1933: Joseph Koo (Chinese
1936: Sonny Greenwich (Canadian jazz guitarist)
1937: Neville Dickie (UK boogie-woogie and stride pianist; solo/Rhythmakers/many
1941: Frances Yip (Hong Kong singer)
1942: Judy Stone (Australian pop singer)
"Country Joe" McDonald
(US vocals, harmonica, guitar; Country
Joe & the Fish)
1942: Yoshio Ikeda (Japanese bass player)
Ozaki aka Yokey (Japanese pop singer)*31.May.2012.
Susannah McCorkle (US jazz singer)*19.May.2001.
1947: Leonid Chizhik (Moldavian avant-garde jazz and post-bop pianist)
1947: Frances Yip (Hong Kong singer)
1949: Paula Tsui (Hong Kong cantopop singer)
1949: Daniel E Gawthrop (American composer)
1950: Stephen Morgan Fisher (UK keyboards, producer, writer, artist;
Mott the Hoople/British Lions/Solo).
1950: Steve Ripley (US singer, songwriter, studio engineer, guitarist,
1951: Andy Gonzalez (US jazz bass player)
1952: Urs Leimgruber (Swiss tenor jazz saxophonist)
1953: Alpha Blondy/Seydou Koné (Ivorian reggae singer)
1953: Greg Carmichael (UK guitarist; Acoustic Alchemy)
1956: Ziad Rahbani (Lebanese composer)
1958: Ren Woods (US actress, singer)
1958: Grandmaster Flash/Joseph Saddler (DJ, rapper)
1958: David Wayne (American singer, Metal Church)*10.May.2005..
1961: Eiichi Hayashi (US alto saxophonist)
1961: Sergei Babayan (US classical pianist)
1963: Michael Hanson (Canadian; original drummer for Glass Tiger).
Milan Peroutka (Czech drummer; Olympic)*02.May.2013.
1966: Adam Paskowitz (US singer; The Flys)
1966: Amelia Fletcher (UK singer, guitarist; Talulah Gosh/Heavenly/Marine
1967: John Digweed (UK disc jockey and record producer)
1967: Tim Dog/Tim Blair (American rapper)*14.Feb.2013.
1968: Miki Higashino (Japanese composer)
Phil Baheux (Belgian metal drummer; Channel
1970: Fredro Starr/Fredro Scruggs (US rapper; Onyx)
1971: Phoebus/Evangelos-Phoebus Tassopoulos (Greek songwriter)
1971: Chris Potter (US alto saxophonist, multi-musician)
1972: Tom Barman (Belgian singer, guitar, film director; Belgium
1973: Magnus Sahlgren (Swedish guitarist: Lake of Tears)
1975: Thomas Bangalter (French keyboardist, film director; Daft
1975: Robert Westerholt (Dutch guitarist; Within Temptation)
1976: Jean Grae/Tsidi Ibrahim (South African rapper; The Roots)
1978: Tarik O'Regan (British composer)
1979: Brody Dalle (Australian guitarist; The Distillers)
1979: Brody Dalle/Joanna Alice Robinson (Australian singer-songwriter,
1986: Lee Sung Min (Korean vocalist; boy band Super Junior)
Javed (Pakistani Pukhtu singer)*18.June.2012.
1905: Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE (English
1925: Irina Arkhipova (Russian mezzo-soprano)*11.Feb.2010..
1927: Dennis ''Denny'' Coffey (UK jazz double bassist, vocals; Doug
Whitton/own bands/many others).
John H. McLevy (Scottish trumpet & Flugelhorn; Jack Watmore/George
1930: Julius LaRosa (US singer)
1933: Judd Proctor (UK jazz guitarist, mandolin, vocalis; Ray
1936: Roger Miller (US country singer)*25.Oct.1992..
jazz trombonist; Jazz
1936: John Edward Bennett (UK jazz trombonist, vocals; Trevor Williams/Terry
Lightfoot/ Kenny Ball).
1935: Neil Downing (Irish writer, delta blues musician).
1943: Baris Manço (Turkish singer, television producer)*31.Jan.1999..
1943: Donald ''Don'' Parfitt (UK organist; The Puppets).
1944: Péter Eötvös (Hungarian composer and conductor)
1946: Richard Cole (UK tour manager; Led Zeppelin/Eric Clapton/Black
1946: Chick Churchill/Michael
George Churchill(UK keyboards, organ; Sons of Adam/Jaybirds/Ten Years
1947: Adrian ''Ade'' Shaw
(UK bassist, vocalist; Magic Muscle, Hawkwind, Bevis Frond).
1948: Kerry Minnear (UK multi-instrumentalist,
composers, arrangers; Gentle Giant).
1948: Keith Forsey (UK soundtrack composer , drummer , songwriter,
1950: David Shifrin (American
1952: Graeme "Shirl" Strachan (Australian rock singer;
Christine Lavin (US folksinger-songwriter).
1954: Dawn Silva (US singer; The Brides of Funkenstein/P-Funk).
1954: Glenn Goins (singer, guitarist; Parliament/Quazar)*29.July.1978..
1955: Vivien Savage (French singer)
1958: Vladimir Ovchinnikov (Russian classical pianist).
1963: Keith Gregory (UK bassist; Wedding Present/Cha Cha Cohen)?
1967: Robert Gregory (UK drummer; Babybird)?
1970: Robert Fertitta (American opera singer).
1970: Eric Whitacre (US composer).
1970: Sanda Ladosi (Romanian singer).
1971: Renee Elise Goldsberry (American actress and singer).
Skoob/Books/Willie Hines (hip-hop,rapper; Das EFX).
1972: Christopher Lennertz (US composer)
1975: Chris Cheney (Australian singer, guitarist; The Living End).
1975: Douglas Robb (US lead singer, guitars; Hoobastank).
1981: Kelton "LDB" Kessee (US singer; Immature).
1986: Troy Andrews aka Trombone Shorty (US trombone and trumpet
1985: Luis Beza (US trumpet player; Suburban Legends/sessionist).
1987: Syesha Mercado (US singer, actress)
1993: Tyler Rix (British classical saxophonist)
1895: Borys Lyatoshynsky (Ukrainian composer,
1902: Preston Jackson/James Preston McDonald (American trombonist)*12.Nov.1983.
1909: Victor Borge (Danish pianist, humorist)*23.Dec.2000.
1916: Maxene Andrews (US high harmony singer;
The Andrews Sisters)*21.Oct.1995.
1916: Bernard Greenhouse (US cellist; Beaux Arts Trio)*13.May.2011.
1919: Herbie Nichols (American jazz pianist, composer)*12.April.1963
1920: Renato Carosone (Italian jazz singer)*20.May.2001.
1921: Musa Kaleem (American tenor saxophonist)
1922: Ronald Smith (British
1922: Harold 'Geezil' Minerve (Cuban international
freelance alto saxophonist)*04.June.1992.
1924: Nell Rankin (American opera singer)*13.Jan.2005.
1926: George Martin
(UK producer; The Beatles/Humphrey Lyttleton many more)
1928: Al Belletto (US alto saxophonist)
1929: Ernst Mahle
Goins (US bluegrass banjoist; Pine Fiddlers/Goins Brothers)*07.July.2007.
1938: Noel Crow (Australian bandleader, clarinetist)
1938: Ian Hunter-Randall (UK Dixieland
trumpeter; Ken Barton/Terry Lightfoot/many others)*13.Feb.1999.
1939: Gene Summers (US rock/rockabilly singer)
1939: Brian Smith (New Zealand-born flautist, saxophonist;Tuby
1939: Arik Einstein (Israeli singer, songwriter,actor; Batzal Yarok-Green
Van Dyke Parks (US songwriter, producer, keyboards, piano; session
1944: David Atherton (British conductor)
1945: Stephen Stills (UK guitar, keyboards, bass; Crosby, Stills
& Nash/Buffalo Springfield/freelance/solo)
1946: Motohiko Hino (Japanese international drummer; many sessions)*13.May.1999.
1946: Michael ''Sprike'' Hopkins (UK lead guitarist; Gerry Levene-Avengers/Denny
Laine-Diplomats/Way of Life).
1946: John Paul Jones (UK bassist, keyboards; Jet Harris-Tony Meehan/New
Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin/ sessions).
1948: Rex Charles Brayley (UK lead guitarist; Love Affiar).
1954: Ross the Boss/Ross Funicello/Ross Friedman (US guitarist;
1955: Palmolive/Paloma Romero (Spanish born drummer; The Slits,
1955: Helen O'Hara/Helen Bevington (Violin, Fiddle; Dexy's Midnight
1964: Raymond McGinley (singer, songwriter, guitarist; Scotland's
1966: Martin Galway (Irish composer; computer games)
1969: James Carter (US saxophones, flute, bass clarinet; session/freelance)
1972: Nichole Nordeman (US christian singer-songwriter)
1975: Thomas Bangalter (French disc jockey of Daft Punk fame)
1977: Michelle Stephenson (UK singer, TV presenter/The Spice Girls-briefly)
1978: Kimberley Locke (American Singer)
1980: Rob Arnold (US guitarist; Chimaira)
1981: Naresh Iyer (Indian singer)
1986: Lloyd Polite
(UK R&B singer)
1989: Julia Nunes
(US singer, ukulele player)
1872: Ottilie Sutro (US pianist; duo with
her sister Rose Sutro)*12.Sept.1970.
Joe Marsala (US jazz clarinetist,
1916: Lionel Newman (US conducter, pianist, TV & film music composer)*03.Feb.1989.
1922: Frank Wess (US jazz saxophone, flute;
Billy Eckstine/Count Basie/many big bands)*30.Oct.2013.
1923: Don Butterfield
(American classical and jazz tuba player)*27.Nov.2006.
1923: Flavio Testi (Italian composer)*14.Jan.2014.
1926: Paul Olefsky (US
awarded solo cellist)*01.June.2013.
1936: John Gorman (UK singer,director for entertainment; Scaffold/Weekend
1937: Grace Bumbry (US singer)
1941: Joe Renzetti (US film composer)
1940: Lance Fortune/Christopher Morris (UK singer; The Firecrests/The
1942: Precious Bryant
née Bussey (US country
blues, gospel, folk guitarist-singer)*12.Jan.2013.
1942: John McLaughlin (UK jazz guitarist; Georgie Fame/Tony Meehan/Graham
Bond/ Brian Auger Group/others)
1945: Vesa-Matti "Vesku" Loiri (Finnish actor, singer,
1946: Arthur Conley (US soul singer, songwriter)*16.Nov.2003.
1944: Jimmy Campbell
(UK singer, songwriter; The Kirkbys/23rd Turnoff/Rockin' Horse)*12.Feb.2007.
1947: Bernard Patrick "Doc" Neeson OAM (Australian
rock singer; The Angels)*04.June.2014.
1947: Chris Cutler (UK drummer; Henry Cow/Pere Ubu/Residents)
1954: Eugene Chadbourne (US guitarist, composer; Camper Van Chadbourne/Shockabilly)
1955: Clive Gregson (UK singer, songwriter, guitar; Clive Gregson
& Christine Collister, Any Trouble)
1955: Mark Hollis (UK vocals, guitar, piano, organ, composer; Talk
1956: Nels Cline (US guitarist, composer).
1956: Bernard Sumner
(UK guitarist; Electronic:Joy Division/New Order)
1957: Patty Loveless (US singer, guitarist)
1957: Gurdas Maan (Eminent Punjabi singer, actor, lyricist)
1958: Marcel Neville King (UK singer; Sweet Sensation/solo)*05.Oct.1995.
1960: Michael Stipe (US lead singer; R.E.M.)
1960: Art Paul Schlosser (US comedian, singer, song writer)
1962: Robin Guthrie (Scottish guitar, keyboards, programming; Cocteau
1962: Peter Steele/Petrus T.Ratajczyk (US singer, bassist; Fallout/Carnivore/Type
1963: Till Lindemann (German singer; Rammstein)
David Glasper (UK lead singer; Breathe/Hands
1965: Beth Gibbons (UK singer; Portishead)
1965: Cait O'Riordan (UK bassist; Pogues/Elvis Costello)
1966: Deana Kay Carter (US country singer, guitarist)
1967: David Berman (US poet and singer/songwriter; Silver Jews)
1967: Son of Dave/Benjamin Darvill (Canadian multi-musician,singer-songwriter;
Crash Test Dummies)
1974: Ian Moor (UK singer).
1977: Timothy Wheeler (Irish guitarist, vocals; Irish band Ash)
1978: Mai Meneses/María Isabel González-Meneses García-Valdecasas
1979: Jeph Howard (US bassist; The Used).
Silvy Melody/Silvy De Bie (Belgian singer;
1983: Spencer Chamberlain (US vocalist; Underoath/This
Horne (UK vocalist, actor; The Midnight Beast)
1871: Frederick Converse (American
1895: Elizabeth Cotten (US blues/folk
guitarist, singer, songwriter)*29.June.1987.
1904: Erika Morini (Austrian violinist)*31.Oct.1995.
1919: Severino Gazzelloni (Italian flautist)*21.Nov.1992.
1920: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Italian
1926: John Joseph "Jack" Brokensha
(Australian/US jazz vibraphonist; Australian Jazz Quartet)*28.Oct.2010.
1923: Sam Phillips (American founder
of Sun Records/much more)*30.July.2003.
1929: Wilbert Harrison (US solo singer)*26.Oct.1994.
Thomas/Ernest Joseph Thomas (US
singer-musician; Mellow Mellow Men)*01.Jan.2014.
1931: Alfred Brendel KBE (Austrian classical pianist)
1932: Johnny Adams (US soul singer)*14.Sept.1998.
1933: Luís Goes (Portuguese
1940: George Malone (second tenor; Monotones)
1940: Athol Guy (Australian bass player; The Seekers)
1940: Alan Jackson (UK jazz drummer; Sounds Five/Mike Westbrook/John
1941: Grady Thomas (US singer; Parliament Funkadelic/Funkadelic)
1942: Maurizio Pollini (Italian pianist)
1944: Jo Ann Kelly (US blues singer,acoustic guitarist,sister of
Dave Kelly;John Dummer)*21.Oct.1990.
1944: Louis Stewart (Irish guitarist, composer; George Shearing/Benny
1949: George Brown (US
drummer, Kool & The Gang)
1950: Chris Stein (US guitar, song writer; Blondie)
1950: Pete Hurt
(UK jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, composer; Graham Collier/many
1950: Alan Jones
(UK rhythm guitarist, vocalist; The Zanties/The Gift/Blackfoot Sue).
1951: Peter 'Biff' Byford (UK lead singer; Saxon)
1952: Alan Lovell (UK
guitarist; The New Vauderville Band/The Swinging Blue Jeans).
1953: Steve Archer (US singer; The Archers)
1956: Celso Blues Boy/Ricardo Celso Furtado de Carvalho (Brizilian
1960: Phil Thornalley (UK songwriter/vocals/guitar; Cure)
1961: Iris Dement (country singer/songwriter)
1963: Grant Young (US drummer; Soul Asylum)
1965: Randy Thurman (US guitarist, artist, poet, composer).
1966: Kate Schellenbach (US drummer; Beastie Boys/Luscious Jackson)
1968: DJ Bobo/Peter René Cipiriano Baumann (Swiss singer,
songwriter, dancer, music producer).
1969: Marilyn Manson/Brian Warner (US shock-rock singer)
1972: Sakis Rouvas (Greek singer)
1973: Phil Joel (New Zealand bassist; Newsboys)
1976: Matt Wachter (US bassist; 30 Seconds to Mars)
1981: Deadmau5/Joel Zimmerman (Canadian DJ, electronic musician,
1986: Teppei Koike (Japanese actor, singer)
1988: Pauline/Pauline Vasseur (French singer)
1999: Marc Yu (US pianist, violist, celloist)
1903: Maurice Abravanel (Greek-born
1924: Earl Scruggs (US five-string banjo virtuoso, singer)*28.March.2012.
Jane Harvey/Phyllis Taff (US jazz singer)*15.Aug.2013.
1931: Keith Ronald
jazz trombonist; Humphrey Lyttleton/John Dankworth/others)*16
(English composer, songwriter, arranger, conductor)*11.Jan.2012.
1932: John Burch/John Alexander
Burchell (UK jazz pianist, composer;
classical and jazz pianist,
1933: Hector Rivera
(US latin soul keyboardist, arranger, composer).
1935: Nino Tempo (American singer, actor).
1937: Doris Troy/Doris Higginson (US soul/R&B singer, solo/backup/musicals/songwriter)*16.Feb.2004.
1937: Paolo Conte (Italian singer, pianist, composer, lawyer).
1938: Adriano Celentano (Italian singer, songwriter, comedian,
actor, film director, TV host).
1940: Van McCoy (US singer and producer)*06.July.1979.
1944: Alan Stivel/Alain Cochevelou (French Celtic musician, singer,
1946: Roger "Syd" Barrett
(UK original singer/lead guitar of Pink Floyd)*07.July.2006.
1947: Shirley Brown (US southern soul singer)
"Sandy" Denny (UK singer, piano, guitar; Fairport
1949: Robert 'Bob' Jackson (UK keyboardist/guitarist; Indian Summer/The
1949: Joey Miskulin (US 12-bass accordion; sessionist/freelance)
1949: Chris Laurence (UK double bassist; Frank Ricotti/London Bach
1951: Kim Wilson
(US frontman, harmonica; Fabulous Thunderbirds/solo)
1953: Jett Williams/Antha Belle Jett (US country singer; daughter
of Hank Williams Sr)
1953: Malcolm Young (Scottish born, Australian guitarist; AC/DC)
Tomislav Ivcic (Croatian pop singer,
songwriter, guitarist, politician)*04.March.1993.
1959: Neil Simpson (UK bassist, 7 string bass, midi bass-synthesizer;
Climax Blues Band).
1959: Kathie Sledge (US singer; Sister Sledge)
1960: Muzz Skillings (US bassist, guitar, singer; Living Colour/Medicine
1962: Michael Houser (US lead guitarist, song-writer; Widespread
1963: Jazzie B/Trevor Beresford Romeo OBE (UK singer, DJ,
music producer; Soul II Soul)
1964: Mark O'Toole (UK bassist; Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
1964: Yuri Valenzuela Canseco (Mexican actress, singer)
1969: Tim Garbutt (UK musician; dance-metal duo Utah Saints).
1966: Sharon Cuneta (Filipina singer, actress)
1966: A. R. Rahman (Indian composer)
1971: Gary Wiseman (US punk-rock drummer; Bowling for Soup)
1971: Irwin Thomas (Australian singer; Southern Sons)
1972: Nek/Filippo Neviani (Italian singer)
1972: Dean Turner aka Dean Dirt (Australian bassist, record producer;
1975: Jason King (UK radio DJ; Radio 1)
1976: Johnny Yong Bosch (US actor, singer, guitarist; Eyeshine).
1978: Nikki Einfeld (Canadian opera singer)
1981: Sache/Mike Jones (US rapper; Souf Folk)
1983: Mithra Jin (South-Korean hip hop musician)
1986: Alex Turner (UK vocalist, guitarist, songwriter; Arctic Monkeys/The
Last Shadow Puppets)
1895: Clara Haskil
(Jewish Swiss classical pianist)*07.Dec.1960.
1898: Albert Allick "Al" Bowlly
(Sth African singer, songwriter, composer, band leader)*17.April.1941.
Francis Poulenc (French composer)*30.Jan.1963.
John Brownlee (Australian tenor)*10.Jan.1969.
"Red" Allen (US jazz trumpeter, singer)*17.April.1967.
1907: Nicanor Zabaleta
1912: Günter Wand
(German conductor, composer)*14.Feb.2002.
1917: Ulysses Kay
1922: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute
1922: Eric Jupp (UK-born Australian composer,
1928: Emilio Pericoli
Jack Greene aka Jolly Green
Giant (US country singer, multi-musician)*14.March.2013.
1932: Dennis Field (UK
trumpeter, trombonist; Cy Laurie/Eric Silk/Ian Bell/Dave Keir/many others)?
1935: Kenny Davern
(American jazz clarinetist, sax player)*12.Dec.2006.
1935: John Thomas Johnson (US tuba player;
2,000 film soundtracks)*16.Oct.2006.
1938: Paul Revere/Paul Revere Dick
(US keyboards, vocals; Paul Revere &
Rory Storm/Alan Caldwell (UK lead singer;
Rory Storm & The Hurricanes)*28.Sept.1972.
1939: Lefty Baker/Eustace
Britchforth (US guitar, banjo, vocals;
Spanky & Our Gang)*11.Aug.1971.
1941: Iona Brown OBE (British violinist,
Danny Williams (South African singer; solo)*06.Dec.2005.
Horatiu Radulescu (Romanian
composer, spectral music pioneer)*25.Sept.2008.
1943: Leona Williams (US singer, bassist;
Helton Family Band/Loretta Lynn's band/solo)
1943: Sir Richard Armstrong
1943: Jeff Bannister (UK organist, vocals, keyboardist;John Barry
7/Alan Bown Set/Swinging Blue Jeans).
McCartney (UK singer, songwriter; Scaffold/McGough
Engin Yörükoglu (Turkish
drummer; pioneering rock band Mogollar)*23.April.2010.
1945: Dave Cousins
(UK guitarist,vocals,banjo,duclimer,songwriter;The Strawberry Hill Boys/The
1946: Andrew ''Andy'' Brown (UK drummer;
The Lawman/The Fortunes).
1946: Jann Wenner (US founder, editor, publisher;
Rolling Stone magazine)
1948: Kenny Loggins
singer, songwriter, soundtrack king)
1949: Marshall Chapman (US singer/songwriter)
1950: Juan Gabriel (Mexican singer and songwriter)
1954: José María Vitier (Cuban music composer, pianist)
1956: Uwe Ochsenknecht (German actor, singer)
1959: Jon Larsen (Norwegian guitarist, composer, record producer)
1959: Kathy Valentine (US
bassist; The Go-Go's)
1963: Clint Mansell (UK vocalist, guitarist, composer; Pop Will
1966: Ehab Tawfik (Egyptian singer)
1972: Tom Simpson (Scottish DJ, keyboardist; Snow Patrol).
1973: Jonna Tervomaa (Finnish singer)
1974: John Rich (US bassist, vocals, guitarist; Big & Rich)
1981: Rasaq/Rasaq Dayo Seriki (US
1988: Haley Bennett (US singer, actress)
1905: Giacinto Scelsi (Italian composer)*09.Aug.1988.
1918: Evelyn Dall (American singer,
1922: Abbey Simon (US classical pianist)
1923: Giorgio Tozzi (US bass vocalist)*30.May.2011.
1924: Benjamin Lees (US classical composer)*31.May.2010.
Giannis Christou (Greek composer)*08.Jan.1970.
1926: Renato Sellani (Italian jazz pianist, composer)*31.Oct.2014.
1926: Evelyn Lear/Evelyn Shulman
(American opera soprano)*01.July.2012.
1928: Luther Perkins (US
country music guitarist; Tennessee Three)*05.Aug.1968.
1931: Bill Graham/Wolodia Grajonca (German-born American music
1932: Richard Anthony "Dick" Charlesworth (UK jazz clarinettist,
1935: Elvis Presley (The King Of Rock 'n' Roll)*16.Aug.1977.
1935: Ian Bargh (British-born Canadian jazz pianist, composer)*02.Jan.2012.
1936: Zdenek Mácal (Czech conductor)
1937: Shirley Veronica Bassey DBE=title of Dame (Welsh singer)
1938: Yevgeny Nesterenko (Russian bass-baritone)
1940: Jimmy O'Neill (American radio rock DJ, TV host, club owner)*11.Jan.2013.
1941: Little Anthony/Jerome Anthony Gourdine (US singer; Little
Anthony & The Imperials)
(some sources give Little Anthony's birthdate as
1942: Faron Ruffley (UK vocalist, Farons Flamingos/The big Three/Gerry
& the Pacemakers)
1942: Valya Balkanska (Bulgarian folk singer)
Saks (US cellist; Seattle Chamber Music Society)*01.Aug.2013.
Jon Lucien (US smooth jazz singer-songwriter)*18.Aug.2007.
1942: John Petersen (US drummer, Beau Brummels/Harpers Bizarre)*11.Nov.2007.
(some sources give John Petersen's birthdate as
1943: Lee Jackson/Keith Anthony Jackson (UK vocals, bass; The Nice/Jackson
1943: Marcus Hutson (US vocalist; The Whispers)
Joel DiGregorio (US
Charlie Daniels Band/solo)*12.Oct.2011.
1945: Jeannie Lewis (Australian actress, singer)
1945: Terry Sylvester (UK guitarist, Swinging Blue Jeans)
1946: Robby Krieger (US guitarist, songwriter; The Doors/freelance).
1947: David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust/David Jones (UK singer,saxist,multi-musician,songwriter,actor,producer)
1947: Terry Sylvester (UK guitar, vocals; The Escorts/Swinging
1948: Paul King (UK guitar, kazoo, jug; Mungo Jerry/Skeleton Krew/Earl
King Boogie Band)
Bobby Worth/Robert Dodsworth (UK drummer; NYJO/freelance/top sessions
UK & US artists).
1952: Vladimir Feltsman (Russian-American pianist)
1955: Mike Reno (Canadian lead singer; Loverboy)
(US rock guitarist; Wall of Voodoo/The
1959: Paul Hester (Australian drummer; Split Enz/Crowded House)*26.March.2005.
1962: Chris Marion (US singer, keyboardist; Little River Band)
1966: Andrew Wood (US singer; Malfunkshun/Mother Love Bone)*19.March.1990.
1967: R. Kelly/Robert Sylvester Kelly (US singer, song writer,
1969: Jeff Abercrombie (US bassist; Fuel)
1971: Karen Poole (UK singer; Alisha's Attic)
1973: Sean Paul (Jamaican singer,vocal arrangement; Reggae star)
1974: Steven King (US bassist; Mansun)
1975: DJ Clue/Ernesto Shaw (US DJ and producer)
1975: Tift Merritt (US singer songwriter)
1975: Harris Jayaraj (Indian music composer)
1976: Jenny Lewis (US actress, singer-songwriter, multi-musician;
1979: Torry Castellano (US drummer; The Donnas)
1982: William "Wil" Francis (US singer).
1983: Felipe Colombo (Argentine/Mexican actor, singer)
1985: Rachael Lampa (American singer)
1991: Asuka Hinoi (Japanese singer)
1898: Gracie Fields/Grace
Stansfield, DBE (UK
singer, music hall performer)*27.Sept.1979.
blues singer, guitarist)*12.Feb.1970.
1909: Herva Nelli (Italian-born soprano)*31.May.1994.
1914: Liaqat Ali Salaam/Kenny (Klook) Clarke
(US jazz drummer, composer)*26.Jan.1985.
1916: Vic Mizzy (US orchestra leader)*17.Oct.2009.
country entertainer, mandolin player;
Lonzo and Oscar)*07.Sept.2012.
1920: Clive Dunn (UK
actor, singer, artist)*07.Nov.2012.
1926: Giannis "Jani" Christou (Greek composer)*09.Jan.1970.
Bouchemlal (Algerian singer-songwriter)*13.March.2014.
R. Raghu (Burmese-born Indian musician,
1928: Domenico Modugno (Italian singer, songwriter)*06.Aug.1994.
1934: Mahendra Kapoor
(Indian singer; repertoire extended to 25,000 songs)*27.Sept.2008.
1935: Sherrill Milnes (American baritone)
1937: Malcolm Cecil (UK jazz bassist, many top sessions; Grammy
Award-winning record producer).
1940: Jimmy Boyd (US actor, singer)*09.March.2009.
1940: Barbara Buczek (Polish composer)*17.Jan.1993.
1940: Al Downing (US singer)*04.July.2005.
1941: Dave Sampson (UK rock 'n' roll singer)*05.March.2014.
1941: Joan Baez (US folk rock singer; songwriter)
1943: Kenneth Kelley (US vocalist; The Manhattans)
1943: Freddie Starr/Frederick Fowell (UK comedian, singer;Freddie
1943: Dick Yount (guitar, bass, drums; Harpers Bizarre)
Scott Walker/Noel Scott Engel (US vocals; Walker Brothers/solo)
1944: Jack Castle (UK
lead guitarist; Take Five/Mirkwood)?
1944: Jimmy Page (UK guitarist /producer, Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin/Honeydrippers/freelance)
1947: Nicholas ''Nick'' Evans (Welsh trombonist; The Phoenix Jazz
Band/Graham Collier/Keith Tippett/others).
1948: William "Bill" Cowsill Jr. (US singer, guitarist;
1948: Paul King
(UK guitar, banjo, harmonica, kazoo; Mungo Jerry/King Earl Boogie Band/Skeleton
1948: Tim Hart (UK vocalist, guitar,
dulcimer; Steeleye Span)*24.Dec.2009.
1948: Cassie Gaines (US singer; The Honkettes/Lynyrd Skynyrd)*20.Oct.1977.
1950: Steve McRay (keyboards, vocals; 38 Special, Ted Nugent, Sessions)
1950: David Johansen (vocals, harmonica; New York Dolls)
1950: Rio Reiser/Ralph Christian Möbius (German singer; Ton
1951: Crystal Gayle/Brenda Gail Webb (US singer, songwriter)
(Scottish/Canadian bassist; Platinum Blonde)*24.Nov.2008.
1957: Bibie/Béatrice Adjorkor Anyankor (Ghanaian singer).
1957: Phil Lewis (US singer; L.A. Guns)
1959: Cristi Minculescu (Romanian lead singer; Iris)
1963: Eric Erlandson (guitar, Hole)
1964: Phil Hartnoll (one half of the techno duo Orbital)
1965: Haddaway/Alexander Nestor Haddaway (producer, mixing, singer)
1966: Jan Johansen (Swedish singer)
1967: Carl Bell (founder , guitarist; Fuel)
1967: Steve Harwell (lead vocals; Smash Mouth)
1967: Dave Matthews (South African-American singer, songwriter,
1968: Al Schnier (US rock guitarist; moe)
1970: Lara Fabian (Belgian singer)
1970: Alex Staropoli (Italian keyboardist; Rhapsody Of Fire)
1970: Mia X/Mia Young (US rapper)
1971: MF Doom/Daniel Dumile (US hip hop artist)
1971: Angie Martinez (US rapper, radio talk host)
1973: Sean Paul/Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques (Jamaican ragga
- hip hop musician)
1978: A.J. McLean/Alexander James McLean (vocals, Backstreet Boys)
1979: Tomiko Van (Japanese singer)
1987: Paolo Nutini (Scottish singer, songwriter)
Paris Quinn Monroe
(US singer; Clique Girlz)
1897: Sam Chatmon (US Delta
blues guitarist, singer, multi-musician)*02.Feb.1983.
1904: Ray Bolger/Raymond
Bulcao (US actor,
singer, dancer; Scarecrow-Wizard of Oz)*15.Jan.1987.
1905: Albert Arlen (Australian pianist, composer, actor, director)*24.March.1993.
1910: Jean Martinon (French conductor, composer)*01.March.1976.
1915: Dean Dixon (US conductor)*03.Nov.1976.
1917: Jerry Wexler (US co-owner of Atlantic records, vice president
at Warner Brothers)*15.Aug.2008.
1924: Max Roach (US bebop/hard bop drummer, composer; the greats/own
1927: Gisele MacKenzie (Canadian singer)*05.Sept.2003.
1927: Johnnie Ray (US singer)*24.Feb.1990.
1929: Derek Hammond-Stroud (English operatic baritone)
Akira Miyoshi (Japanese composer)*04.Oct.2013.
1935: Tommy Burton (UK jazz multi-musician; /Sporting House Quartet/others)*03.Sept.2000.
1935: Ronnie Hawkins (US rockabilly singer, The Hawks)
Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater/Edward Harrington
(US blues guitarist,singer).
1935: Sherrill Milnes (US baritone)
1935: Georg Katzer (German composer)
Scott McKenzie/Philip Blondheim (US singer;
Mamas & Papas/solo).
1939: Sal Mineo (American actor, singer)*12.Feb.1976.
1940: Dr. Kattassery Joseph Yesudas (Indian playback singer, classical
1941: Derry Wilkie/Derek
Davis (UK vocalist; Derry-Seniors/Howie
1943: Jim Croce (US guitarist, songwriter, pianist, singer)*20.Sep.1973.
1943: Malcolm Poole (UK
bassist; The Artwoods).
1944: Frank Sinatra Jr (US singer)
1945: Roderick David ''Rod'' Stewart (UK singer, harmonica; Hoochie
1946: Aynsley Thomas Dunbar
(UK drummer;John Mayall/Jefferson Starship/Journey/Whitesnake/sessionist)
1946: Robert "Bob" Lang (UK bassist; Wayne Fontana and
1947: George Chisholm (UK jazz trumpeter, fluglehorn; Val Merral
Band/John Williams Octet/others).
George Chisholm OBE.
Fayette Regina Pinkney
(US singer; The Three Degrees)*27.June.2009.
1948: Teresa Graves (US actress, singer)*10.Oct.2002.
1948: Donald Fagen (US vocalist, keyboards; Steely Dan)
1948: Mischa Maisky (Latvian cellist)
1952: Scott Thurston (US guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, session
1953: Pat Benatar/Patricia Andrejewski (US singer)
1955: Luci Martin (US vocalist; Chic/solo)
1955: Michael Schenker (German guitarist; Scorpions/UFO/own bands)
1956: Shawn Colvin (US singer, songwriter, guitarist)
1958: Samira Said/Samira Bensaïd (Egyptian-Moroccan singer).
1959: Curt Kirkwood (US guitarist, singer; Meat Puppets)
1961: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (Italian violinist)
1964: Brad Roberts (Canadian vocals, guitar, Crash Test Dummies)
1969: Janko Kastelic (Canadian conductor).
1973: Aerle Taree (US vocalists; Arrested Development)
1974: Akari Kaida (Japanese composer)
1978: Brent Smith (US singer; Blind Thought/Shinedown)
1979: Daddy Mack/Chris Smith (US hip hop, rapper; Kris Kross)
1980: Petri "Pete" Lindroos (Finnish guitarist, vocalist;
1980: Sarah Shahi/Aahoo Jahansouz (US actress, model)
1981: Inga Jankauskaite (Lithuanian actress, singer, piano player)
1981: Brian Minkyu Joo (Korean-American singer; Fly To The Sky/solo)
1987: Stefan Abingdon (UK drummer, vocals; The Midnight Beast)
1975: Reinhold Moritzevich Glière
Russian composer of GermanPolish)*23
1895: Laurens Hammond (inventor of the Hammond organ)*03.July.1973.
1902: Maurice Duruflé (French composer)*16.June.1986.
1910: Izler Solomon (US conductor)*06.Dec.1987.
1920: Ole Henrik Moe (Norwegian pianist, art historian, art critic)*29.July.2013.
1924: Don Cherry (US singer, NOT the trumpet player).
1924: Slim Harpo/Harmonica Slim/James Moore (US
(Irish-American folk singer, harpist and zitherist)*25.April.2010.
Mae Hardaway (US songwriter, mother of
singer Stevie Wonder)*31.May.2006.
Leonard Skinner (US
Payne/James L. Payne (US guitarist, singer; Willie Nelson Band-The
1938: Vladimir Krpan
"The Big Man" Clemons
(US saxophonist; E Street Band/freelance)*18.June.2011.
1946: Tony Kaye/Anthony John Selvidge (UK
1946: Naomi Judd/Diana Ellen Judd (US country singer, songwriter;
1948: Terry Williams (Welsh rock drummer; Dire Straits/many others).
1949: Daryl Braithwaite (Australian rock singer; Sherbet)
1949: Frederick "Dennis" Greene (US singer; The Kingsmen/Sha
1952: Lee Ritenour
(US guitarist, composer, producer; top sessionist)
1956: Robert Earl Keen Jr (US country, folk
Bank Hank/Imp the Dimp/Henry Lee Jackson (US rapper;
1958: Vicki Peterson (vocals, guitar; Bangs/The
1963: Simon Cohen (UK drummer; Roman Holliday).
1968: Tom Dumont (US guitarist; No Doubt/Invincible
1970: Joy Nilo (Filipino composer)
1971: Mary J. Blige (US R&B, hip-hop
1971: Chris Willsher (UK singer-songwriter,
drummer, writer, performer)
1971: Tom Rowlands (member of the Chemical
1972: MC Bat Commander/Christian Jacobs (US
singer, actor; The Aquabats)
1977: Nadia Turner (US singer, songwriter,
actress, radio/television personality).
1979: Siti Nurhaliza (Malaysian
1981: Jamelia/Jamelia Niela Davis
1981: Tom Meighan (UK lead singer; Kasabian).
1982: Ashley Taylor Dawson (British
actor and singer)
1985: Rie Fu
(Japanese pop & folk rock singer, songwriter).
1985: Newton Faulkner (British
1997: Cody Simpson
1900: Harry Roy (UK singer, swing clarinetist, bandleader)*01.Feb.1971.
1904: Fred McDowell (US blues musician)*03.July.1972.
1905: Tex Ritter/Woodward Maurice Ritter (American country music singer,
1912: Huang You-di
Jay McShann (US blues and swing pianist, bandleader, singer)*07.Dec.2006.
1916: William Pleeth (British cellist)*06.April.1999.
1917: Walter Hendl (US
1926: Morton Feldman (US composer)*03.Sept.1987.
1926: Ray Price (American singer)*16.Dec.2013.
1928: Ruth Brown/Ruth Weston (US R&B singer)*17.Nov.2006.
1932: Hadley Caliman (US
jazz tenor saxophonist)*08.Sept.2010.
1932: Des O'Connor (UK singer, comedian, TV presenter)
1931: Roland Alphonso (Jamaican tenor saxophonist; The Skatalites/Soul
1930: Glenn Yarborough (US singer; Limelighters)
1936: Raimonds Pauls (Latvian Composer)
1937: Rene Netto (US clarinet/saxophone/flute; solo/session)*04.Jan.2013.
1937: Vicente Sardinero (Spanish baritone)*09.Feb.2002.
1939: William Lee Golden (country singer; Oak Ridge Boys/solo)
1940: Ronald Shannon Jackson (US drummer; Music Revelation Ensemble/Last
1941: Long John Baldry (UK blues singer; Bluesology/Steampacket)*21.July.2005.
1944: Viktoria Postnikova (Russian pianist)
1945: Maggie Bell (Scottish rock, rock-blues singer, Stone The
1945: Abe Tilmon (American vocalist with Detroit Emeralds)*06.July.1982.
1946: George Duke (US piano, synthesizer pioneer, singer, producer)*05.Aug.2013.
1946: Cynthia Robinson (US vocalist; Sly & The Family Stone).
1948: John Michael Glyn Etheridge (UK jazz guitarist, composer,
bandleader; Warhorse/Daryl Way's Wolf).
Haneken/Kentaro Haneda (Japanese pianist;
movies/video game music)*02.June.2007.
1951: Chris Bell (US guitarist, co-founder; Big Star)*27.Dec.1978.
Hoppen (US vocalist, guitarist, songwriter; Orleans)*24.Jan.2012.
1952: Ricky Van Shelton (US country singer).
1954: Felipe Rose (US singer, dancer; American Indian chief of
the Village People/solo).
1955: Tom Ardolino (US
Rhythm and Blues Quartet aka NRBQ)*06.Jan.2012.
1959: Per Gessle (Swedish producer, acoustic guitarist, mixer;
1959: Blixa Bargeld/Christian Emmerich (German guitarist; Einstürzende
1960: Charlie Gillingham (keyboards, Counting Crows)
(Brazilian free jazz saxophonist).
1963: Guy Chambers (UK singer/songwriter/producer; Lemon Trees/Robbie
1963: Nando Reis (Brazilian singer, guitarist, composer).
1965: Mark Moore (UK record producer)
1965: Rob Zombie/Robert Bartleh Cummings (USsinger, songwriter,
film director; White Zombie).
1968: Keith Anderson (US country music singer-songwriter)
1968: Junichi Masuda (Japanese composer)
1970: Miguel Ayesa (Australian singer, pianist; musicals)
1970: Zack de la Rocha (US rapper,poet, activist, vocalist, lyricist;
Rage Against the Machine).
1970: Raekwon/Corey Woods (Hip-Hop, Rap artist; Wu-Tang Clan/solo).
1973: Dan Haseltine (singer; Jars of Clay).
1973: Matt Wong (Hawaiin bassist; Reel Big Fish).
1973: Hande Yener (Turkish popular music singer).
1974: Mel C /Sporty Spice/Melanie Chisholm (singer; Spice Girls/solo).
1975: Chase Hampton/Chasen Cord Hampton (US roots soul singer-songwriter;
1975: Sarah Masen (US singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist).
1975: Jason Freese (American multi-musician; Green Day/Freelance).
1976: Miki Nakatani (Japanese actress, singer)
1977: Kris Roe (US singer, guitarist and songwriter; The Ataris).
1978: Jeremy Camp (US guitarist, singer).
1980: Amerie/Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (US R&B singer, songwriter,
record producer, actress, model).
1991: Pixie Lott/Victoria Louise Lott (UK singer)
1993: Aika Mitsui (Japanese singer)
1995: Laurel McGoff (American singer)
1884: Sophie Tucker/Sonia Kalish (Czarist Russian (born) singer,
1885: James Vincent Monaco (Italian-born American composer of popular
1898: Carlo Tagliabue (Italian baritone)*05.April.1978.
string bassist; New Orleans Rhythm Kings/others)*15.Sept.1965.
1902: Louis "Putney" Dandridge (US bandleader,
jazz pianist, vocalist)*15.Feb.1946.
1904: Richard Addinsell (British composer;
Warsaw Concerto/film scores)*14.Nov.1977.
1909: Quentin "Butter" Jackson (US jazz trombonist)*02.Oct.1976.
1909: Danny Barker (jazz banjoist, singer, guitarist, songwriter,
Roadhouse (UK saxophonist; BBC Northern
1923: Daniil Shafran (Russian cellist)*27.Feb.1997.
1926: Melba Doretta Liston (US trombone, composer, musical arranger)*23.April.1999.
1929: Joe Pass (American jazz guitarist)*23.May.1994.
1930: Bobby "Lester" Dallas (US lead singer; Moonglows)*15.Oct.1980.
(US blues pianist; Joe "Guitar" Hughes/own
Anderson (US country music singer-songwriter)*31.Oct.2011.
1931: Ian Gordon Wheeler (UK clarinetist,mult-musician; Chris Barber/many
1934: Geoff Bradford (UK guitarist; Long John Baldry/Alexis Korner/others).
1936: Renato Bruson (Italian operatic baritone)
1937: William Richard Davis (US christian music composer; over
150 songs/Alfonso Gugliucci).
1938: Shivkumar Sharma (Indian santoor player, music composer)
1938: Daevid Allan aka Divided Alien (Australian lead guitarist;
Daevid Allen Trio/Soft Machine/Gong).
1943: Boris Gardiner (Jamaican singer, songwriter, bass guitarist).
1946: Al James (UK bass; Choise/Showaddywaddy).
1946: Eero Koivistoinen (Finish tenor jazz saxophonist).
1946: Bill Easley (American tenor saxophonist, multi-reed player;
1947: John Lees (UK guitarist, vocals; Sorcerers/The Keepers/Barclay
1948: Edward ''Ed'' Pilling (UK lead vocalist; The Pretty Ones/Wages
1954: Trevor Rabin (South African guitarist; Yes/solo/sessionist).
1955: Paul Kelly (Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica
1955: Fred White (US drummer; Earth Wind and Fire/Al McKay All-Stars/freelance)
1957: Don Snow (UK keyboards; Squeeze/solo/freelance).
1957: Jim Paris (UK bassist, Carmel)?
1959: James Lomenzo (American bassist with Megadeth).
1961: Suggs/Graham McPherson (UK singer, actor, radio DJ, TV personality;
1961: Wayne Coyne (US lead singer, songwriter; The Flaming Lips)
1962: Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins (American country
1963: Tim Kelly (US guitarist, vocals; Slaughter)*05.Feb.1998.
1965: Wayne Coyne (bassist; Flaming Lips).
1964: David McClusky (drums; Bluebells).
1970: Shinya Yamada (Japanese drummer; Luna Sea)
not Shinya, drummer of Dir en grey
1972: Park Jin-Young (Korean singer)
1980: Krzysztof Czerwinski (Polish conductor, organist).
1981: Jason James (US bassist; Bullet for My Valentine).
1984: Nathaniel Motte (US singer; 3OH!3)
1987: Lee Seung Gi (South Korean singer, actor, MC)
1989: Triinu Kivilaan (Estonian singer; Vanilla Ninja).
bandleader, banjoist, violinist)*17.Dec.1978.
1908: Russ Columbo/Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo (US singer,
1910: Jimmy "Craw" Crawford (US jazz drummer in the swing
1917: Billy Butterfield (US jazz trumpeter)*18.March.1988.
R. K. Srikantan/Rudrapatna Krishnashastri Srikantan (Indian Carnatic
1929: Billy Walker (US country singer, guitarist)*21.May.2006.
1925: Louis Quilico (Canadian
baritone opera singer)*15.July.2000.
(US jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, producer, critic)*20.April.2012.
1930: Johnny Grande (US pianist, accordianist; Bill Haley and The
1930: Kenny Wheeler (Canadian trumpeter,flugelhorn, composer;many
1931: Manuel Galbán
guitarist, pianist; Los Zafiros/Buena Vista Social Club)*07.July.2011.
1931: Caterina Valente (French-born Italian singer, actress, dancer).
1932: Grady Tate (US hard bop and soul-jazz drummer, singer).
1936: Clarence Carter (blind US singer, guitarist)
1938: Billie Jo Spears (US female country singer)*14.Dec.2011.
Billie Jo was born in 1938, not 1937 as stated
on so many sites ~ Tim Pierce (Billie Jo Spear's eldest son)
1938: Allen Toussaint (US singer, songwriter, producer)
1938: Jack Jones (US pop & jazz singer).
1943: José Luis Rodríguez "El Puma"
1943: Mariss Jansons (Latvian conductor)
Jim Gordon (US drummer; Derek & The
1948: Tim Harris (UK drums; The Foundations).
1948: Joseph Henry "T-Bone" Burnett (US guitar, singer,
1949: Lamar Williams (US
bassist; The Allman Brothers Band/Sea Level)*21.Jan.1983.
1950: George Currie (Scottish lead guitarist; John Dummner Blues
1956: Ben Heppner (Canadian tenor singer; (opera and classical).
1956: Étienne Daho (French singer, songwriter, record producer).
1956: Bob Bradbury (UK lead singer, guitar; Hello).
1956: Ben Heppner (Canadian tenor)
1959: Carl Smyth aka Chas Smash (UK hornist, percussion; Madness).
1959: Geoff Tate (US singer; Queensryche).
1962: Patricia Morrison (US bassist, singer; Sisters Of Mercy).
1961: Mike Tramp/Michael Trampenau (Danish singer; White Lion/Freak
1965: Slick Rick/Richard D. Walters (UK rapper).
1965: Ellis Paul (US singer-songwriter, folk musician)
1966: Marco Hietala (Finnish vocalist, bassist)
1967: Zakk Wylde (US guitarist; Black Label Society/Ozzy Osbourne
1967: Steve Bowman (US drummer, songwriter; Counting Crows).
1968: LL Cool J/James Todd Smith (US rapper).
1969: Dave Grohl (US drummer, guitarist; Queens of the Stone Age/Foo
1970: Fazil Say (Turkish pianist, composer)
1971: Jenny Whiteley (Canadian award winning country and folk singer-songwriter).
1978: Just Blaze/Justin Smith (US hip hop producer)
1979: John Reuben (US Christian hip hop artist).
1981: Rosa López (Spanish popular singer).
1982: Caleb Followill (US lead singer, rhythm guitar; Kings of
1988: Mikalah Gordon (US singer: American pop idol).
1893: Ivor Novello (Welsh singer, composer
1909: Gene Krupa (US jazz & big band
1913: Miriam Hyde (Australian
King Burch (American
singer; The King Sisters)*13.Dec.2009.
1925: Ruth Slenczynska (US pianist)*11.Jan.2005.
1935: Malcolm Frager (American
Obo Addy (Ghanaian drummer, dancer)*13.Sept.2012.
1940: Bruce McCaskill (UK
guitarist, vocals; Bluegenes/Kansas City Five/others; manager-Average
1941: Captain Beefheart/Don Glen Vliet (US
singer, multi-musician, artist; The Magic Band)*17.Dec.2010.
1942: Edward "Sonny" Bivens (US
vocalist; The Manhattans).
Duckworth (69) (US composer)*13.Sept.2012.
Alphonso 'Fonce' Mizell
Sky High Productions)*05.July.2011.
1945: Joan Johnson (US Singer; Dixie Cups).
1945: John Bishop (UK lead guitarist; The
Ginger Tom Band).
1947: Peter Waterman, OBE (UK pop writer,
producer, TV presenter).
1948: Ronnie Van Zandt (US lead vocalist;
1951: Martha Davis (vocals, The Motels).
1952: Melvyn Gale (UK celloist, pianist;
Electric Light Orchestra).
1952: Boris Blank (Swiss keyboards, sampling, percussion, vocals,composer,
1953: Rob Gretton
(UK manager; New Order/Joy Division)*15.May.1999.
1956: Miki Fujimura
1957: Horatio Hornblower/Nigel Trubridge (UK saxophonist; Darts).
1959: Peter Trewavas (UK bassist; Marillion).
1959: Sister Carol/Carol Theresa East (Jamaican
1960: Aaron Jay Kernis
1961: Damian O'Neill (Irish guitarist; The
1962: Tony Rebel/Patrick George Anthony Barrett (Jamaican reggae
Thomas Lant (UK vocalist, bassist; speed metal band Venom).
1964: Osmo Tapio Räihälä
1964: Saúl Hernández
(Mexican singer, guitarist; Caifanes/ Jaguares).
Boland (British rapper, DJ)*15.Nov.2009.
1964: Saúl Hernández Estrada
(Mexican lead singer, songwriter, guitarist; Caifanes/others).
1965: Adam Jones (US guitarist, songwriter,
make-up artist; Tool/The Melvins).
1967: Lisa Lisa/Lisa Velez (vocals, Lisa
Lisa & Cult Jam)
1971: Max Beesley (UK percussionist, pianist,
actor; sessionist/Robbie Williams/Take That/Paul Weller).
1979: Ken Chu (Taiwanese singer, composer; F4)
1979: Young Dro/D'Juan Hart (American rapper)
1981: Howie Day (US pop singer).
1981: Pitbull/Armando Christian Pérez (US rapper)
1987: Aria C Jalali (US vocalist, guitar;
1988: Sonny Moore (US electronic musician;
From First to Last/solo).
1988: Charlotte Sometimes/Jessica Charlotte Poland
1893: Daisy Kennedy (Australian violinist)*30.July.1981.
1894: Irving Mills aka Joe Primrose (US jazz music publisher)*21.April.1985.
1913: Vido Musso (Italian tenor sax/clarinet, Benny Goodman, Tommy
1914: Roger Wagner (American choral musician)*17.Sept.1992.
1917: Sandy Block aka Sid Block (US jazz bassist, Chick Webb Band,
Van Alexander Orchestra)*????
Cox (US tenor opera singer)*24.June.2012.
1928: Pilar Lorengar (Spanish soprano)*02.June.1996.
1934: Marilyn Horne (US opera singer)
1934: Bob Bogle (US bass guitarist, lead guitarist; The Ventures)*14.June.2009.
Curtis/Wesley Erwin Curtis Jr (US rockabilly singer,
Jô Soares (Brazilian author, musician, TV personality)
1939: Ray Phillips (Welsh born lead vocals, bass guitar; Nashville
1941: Mike Waterson (UK folk singer-songwriter; The Watersons/Blue
1942: René Angélil (Canadian music executive)
1942: William Francis (US
keyboardist; Dr. Hook)
1942: Barbara Lynn (US singer).
1943: Nigel Stranger (UK multi-saxophonist; Animals/Alan Price/many
1943: Gavin Bryars (UK composer, double bassist; The Joseph Holbrooke
1943: Brian John Peter Ferneyhough (British composer)
1943 or 44: Ronnie Milsap (US piano, keyboards, singer).
1944: Jim Stafford (US guitar, multi-musician, all round entertainer).
1946: Ronnie Milsap (US singer, songwriter).
1946: Katia Ricciarelli (Italian soprano)
1950: Damo Suzuki (Japanese singer; Can)
Crain (US guitarist; Charlie Daniels Band/Crosstown
1959: Sade Adu/Helen Folasade Adu (UK singer, songwriter, composer,
1960: Mark C. Deren (US DeeJay; Mark From Holland).
1961: Kenneth Sivertsen (Norwegian
guitarist, composer, poet, comedian*24.Dec.2006.
1961: Jill Sobule (US singer-songwriter)
1961: Paul Raven (UK rock bassist; Ministry/Killing Joke)*20.Oct.2007.
1962: Paul Webb (UK bassist; Talk Talk).
1965: Maxine Jones (US singer, En Vogue).
1969: Dead/Per Yngve Ohlin (Swedish black metal vocalist; Mayhem)*08.April.1991.
1970: Brendan O'Hare (Scottish drummer; Teenage Fanclub/Telstar
1972: Greg Page (Australian guitarist, drums, keyboard, actor;
1976: Stuart Fletcher (UK bassist; Seahorses/The Yard).
1978: Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson (UK lead singer;
1979: Aaliyah/Aaliyah Dana Haughton (US singer, dancer, actress
1980: Lin Manuel Miranda (US actor, composer, lyricist).
1981: Nick Valensi (US guitar; Strokes).
1981: Beverley O'Sullivan (Irish singer, actress)*02.Nov.2009.
1982: Samuel Dylan Murray Preston (UK lead singer; The Ordinary
1983: Benyamin Sönmez
(German-born Turkish cellist)*30.Nov.2011.
1984: Jared Slingerland (Canadian guitarist, programming; Left
Spine Down/Front Line Assembly)
1905: Peggy Gilbert/Margaret F. Knechtges (US
jazz saxophonist, bandleader)*12.Feb.2007.
1907: Henk Badings (Dutch composer)*26.June.1987.
1910: Sidney Catlett (US
swinging jazz drummer)*25.March.1951.
1916: Tommy Reynolds (American jazz clarinetist)*30.Sept.1986.
1927: Eartha Kitt (US singer, actress, cabaret star)*25.Dec.2008.
1927: Norman Kaye (Australian actor, musician)*28.May.2007.
1928: Jean Barraqué (French composer)*17.Aug.1973.
1929: Grady Martin (US
guitarist, fiddle, piano; noted session musician)*03.Dec.2001.
1934: Cedar Anthony Walton Jr
(American hard bop jazz pianist)*19.Aug.2013.
1939: Dave Ballinger (UK drummer; The Barron Knights)
1941: Dame Gillian Weir (New Zealand organist)
1942: Ulf Hoelscher (German violinist)
1943: Chris Montez/Ezekiel Christopher Montanez (Mexican American
1944: Françoise Hardy (French singer, actress)
1945: Jeffrey Harbour (UK manager, musician; Unit Four Plus Two)?
1945: William Hart (US vocals; Delfonics).
1947: Ron Skinner (UK
bassist, vocalist; Shakey Vick's Big City Blues Band/Dynaflow Blues)*July.2011.
1948: Jim Ladd (US freeform 'radio format' disc jockey)
Dragon (US classical harpist)*11.July.2010.
1948: Mick Taylor (UK guitar,
slide guitar; John Mayalls Bluesbreakers/Rolling Stones/others/freelance).
Thomas Roady (US studio
& touring drummer with many top artists)*28.Nov.2011.
1953: Sheila Hutchinson (vocals; Emotions).
1953: Jeff Berlin (US international electric bass player; freelance/sessionist/guest).
1953: Carlos Johnson (US blues singer-songwriter, guitarist)
1954: Cheryl Bentyne (US singer; Manhattan Transfer/solo).
1955: Steve Earle (US singer, songwriter).
1955: Kazumasa Akiyama (Japanese guitarist).
1956: Paul Antony Young (UK bassist, singer; Streetband/Kat Kool
& The Kool Kats/Streetband/Q-Tips).
1958: Jez Strode (UK drummer; Kajagoogoo).
1959: Susanna Hoffs (US rhythm guitarist, vocals, The Bangles).
1959: Momoe Yamaguchi (Japanese actress and pop singer).
1960: John Crawford (US bassist, keyboards; Berlin).
1961: Dave Collard (keyboards; Jo Boxers)?
Ari Up/Ariane Forster (German-born
British singer; The Slits/solo/guest)*20.Oct.2010.
1963: Cyrus Chestnut (American international jazz and blues pianist;
1963: Kai Hansen (German power metal guitarist, vocalist; Gamma
1964: Andy Rourke (UK bassist, The Smiths).
1966: Stephin Merritt (US singer-songwriter; The Magnetic Fields/The
6ths/The Gothic Archies)
1966: Shabba Ranks/Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon (Jamaican singer,
1967: Richard Hawley (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter; Pulp, The
1969: Tiësto/Tijs Michiel Verwest (Dutch musician, DJ, record
1971: Kid Rock/Robert James Ritchie (US singer, multi-musician).
1971: Jon Wysocki (US drummer; Staind).
1971: Lil Jon/Jonathan Mortimer Smith (US rapper; Lil Jon &
The East Side Boyz)
1972: Ken Hirai (Japanese R&B and pop singer).
1974: Vesko Kountchev (Bulgarian composer, violist, drums)
1975: Tom Jenkinson (UK bass guitar, synthesizer; Squarepusher)
1978: Ricky Wilson (lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs).
1980: Gareth McLearnon (Northern Irish flautist)
1981: Ray J/William Ray Norwood Jr (American actor and R&B singer).
1982: Fany Hwang (Korean singer, actor)
1982: Alex Varkatzas (American metalcore vocalist; Atreyu).
1984: Calvin Harris (Scottish music producer, vocalist)
1985: Kang-In (South Korean singer, dancer, actor, MC, DJ).
1985: Simone Simons (Dutch mezzo-soprano singer; symphonic metal band
1986: Chloe Rose Lattanzi (Australian actress and singer).
1904: Anthony Galla-Rini (US concert accordionist)*30.July.2006.
1913: Danny Kaye/David Daniel Kominski (singer/actor/entertainer)*03.March.1987.
1913: Giannis Papaioannou (Greek composer, musician)*03.Aug.1972.
1915: Paul Gunther (US drummer; Clarence "Gatemouth"
Tsitsanis (Greek singer and songwriter)*18.Jan.1984.
Howard S. "Howie" Richmond (US music publisher, music industry
1921: Ray Sims (American jazz trombonist).
1926: Johnny Bragg (vocals, songwriter; Johnny Bragg & the
1931: Chuck Metcalf (US jazz bass player)
1932: Irene Kral (US jazz singer; Woody Herman/Maynard Ferguson/others/solo)*15.Aug.1978.
1935: Bernard ''Bernie'' Cash (UK jazz dble bassist, trumpet, arranger;
own band/many others)*07.Oct.1988.
1939: Gordon Chambers (Nth Irish trumpeter; Crescendo Jazzmen/Apex
Jazz Band/Belfast Jazz Society)?
1940: Don Thompson (Canadan bassist, vibraphonist, pianist; Rob
Lindsay L Cooper (Scottish dble bassist,cello; Strawbs/many musicians
not to be confused with English
bassoon and oboe playerLindsay Cooper born
March 3rd 1951.
1941: Bobby Goldsboro (US country-pop singer, guitar, composer).
1941: David Ruffin/Davis Eli Ruffin (US vocalist; The Temptations/solo)*01.June.1991.
Martin Fierro (US
tenor saxophonist; highly sort after sessionist)*13.March.2008.
1943: Dave Greenslade (UK keyboard, organ; Thunderbird/If/Colisseum/Greenslade).
1944: Al Foster (UK jazz drummer; many greats/freelance).
1944: Larry "Legs" Smith (UK drummer, tuba player, tap
dancer; Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band/solo).
1945: José Luis Perales (Spanish singer)
1951: Steve Grossman (American soprano saxophonist; Elvin Jones/Miles
singer, guitarist, songwriter; solo/sessionist/freelance).
1952: Russell Ferrante
(US jazz pianist; Yellowjackets).
Robert Steven Moore (US
multi-musician, singer, multi-genre).
1953: Brett Hudson (US singer; Hudson Brothers).
1954: Tom Bailey (UK
singer, keyboardist; Thompson Twins).
Knuckles Jr (US disc jockey, record producer; Godfather of House Music)*31.March.2014.
1956: Mark Collie (US country music singer, actor).
1957: Roman Schwaller (Swiss tenor saxophonist).
1959: Bob Rosenberg (music producer, remixer, DJ; Will To Power).
1961: Bobby Broom (US jazz guitarist; Kenny Burrel/Deep Blue Organ
1961: Frits Landesbergen (Dutch vibraphonist; solo/freelance).
1962: Jeremy Healy/Jeremiah Healy (UK guitarist, dj, mixer; Haysi
Fantayzee/ E-Zee Possee).
1963: Jojo Mayer (Swiss drummer; Monty Alexanders Group/guest/sessions/solo).
1967: Peter Epstein (American alto jazz saxophonist).
1969: Jim O'Rourke (US experimental rock guitarist, R.P; Sonic
Youth/Illusion of Safety/freelance).
1969: Jesse L. Martin/Jesse Lamont Watkins (American actor, broadway
1970: DJ Quik/David Martin Blake (American rapper and record producer).
1971: Jonathan Davis (US vocalist, multi-musician; KoRn/Sexart).
1973: Crispian Mills/Crispian John David Boulting (UK guitar, vocals;
1974: Christian Burns (UK acoustic guitar, vocals; BBMak).
1976: Damien Leith (Irish-born Australian singer; winner of Australian
1977: Richard Archer (British lead singer; Hard-Fi)
1979: Jay Chou (Taiwanese multi-instrumentalist,vocalist, actor).
1982: Quinn Allman (US guitarist; The Used).
1982: Joanna Newsom (US harpist, pianist, singer-songwriter).
1983: Samantha Mumba (Irish singer, actress).
1983: Katie Rebecca White (UK lead singer; The Ting Tings).
1986: Robert O'Connor (Irish singer-songwriter).
1986: Marya Roxx/Maarja Kivi (Estonian singer)
1988: Ronnie Day/Ronald Guglielmone Jr (US singer-songwriter)
Hans Hotter (German operatic bass-baritone)*06.Dec.2003.
1917: John Raitt (US singer, actor)*20.Feb.2005.
Kaifi Azmi (Indian poet, multi-award
winning songwriter, composer)*10.May.2002.
1919: Ray Eberle (US
vocalist with Glenn Miller Orchestra/The Modernaires)*25.Aug.1979.
1919: Israel Crosby (American jazz double bassist)*11.Aug.1962.
1925: Don Lang/Gordon Langhorn (UK trombonist, singer; Don Lang &
his Frantic Five)*03.Aug.1992.
1926: Bob Wooler (UK compere, deejay, promoter)*08.Feb.2002.
1928: Joan Regan (UK pop music singer)*12.Sept.2013.
1931: Horace Parlan (US hard bop & post-bop piano player).
1932: Russ Hamilton/Ronald Hulme
Johnny O'Keefe (Australian singer, TV
"Big Eyes" Smith (US
vocalist, harmonica, drummer; Muddy Waters/others)*16.Sept.2011.
1937: Phillips Elder Wilson Jr. (US
jazz trombonist, arranger, teacher).
1937: Giovanna Marini (Italian singer-songwriter)
1937: Ian "Sammy" Ralph Samwell (UK bassist, songwriter,
1939: Sam T. Brown (American
session guitarist; Keith Jarrett/others)*28.Dec.1977.
1939: Phil Everly (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Everly Brothers)*03.Jan.2014.
1941: Joe Butler (vocals; Lovin Spoonful).
1942: Michael Crawford/Michael Patrick Dumbell-Smith (UK actor,
1943: Ray Pizzi (US jazz bassoonist and multi-reedist).
1943: Janis Joplin (US singer, songwriter; Big Brother & The
1944: Shelley Fabares (US actress, singer).
1944: Laurie London (UK actor, boy singer).
1945: Trevor Williams (UK bass guitarist, vocalist, lyricist; Audience/Nashville
1946: Dolly Parton (US singer, songwriter, actress).
1946: John David/John David Williams (Welsh bassist; The Raiders/The
Human Beans/Love Sculpture).
1947: Roderick "Rod" Evans (UK singer; Deep Purple/Captain
Beyond/The Maze/The Horizons).
1948: Harvey Hinsley (UK guitarist, singer; Crescents/Outlaws/Roy
Young/Black Claw/Hot Chocolate).
1949: Robert Palmer (UK guitarist, singer, and songwriter,)*26.Sept.2003.
1951: Dewey Bunnell (Anglo-American singer;
1951: Martha Davis (UK vocalist; The Motels).
1954: Francis Buchholz (German bassist; Scorpions).
1954: Katey Sagal (American actress, singer, writer).
1955: Sir Simon Denis Rattle, CBE, FRSA (English conductor; Birmingham
1956: Carman Dominic Licciardello (US Contemporary Christian multi-musician,
1957: Mickey Virtue (UK keyboardist; UB40).
1960: Joe Magnarelli (American trumpeter).
1962: Darren 'Wiz' Brown (UK
lead-singer, guitarist; Serpico/Mega City Four/Ipanema)*06.Dec.2006.
1963: Caron Wheeler (UK vocalist, Soul II Soul).
1964: Ricardo Arjona (Guatemalan composer, singer, basketball player).
1966: Lena Philipsson (Swedish singer; Eurovision Song Contest
1968: Whitfield Crane (US lead singer; Ugly Kid Joe).
1969: Trey Lorenz (US singer, songwriter).
1971: John Wozniak (US lead singer, guitarist, song writer; Marcy
1972: Angham Mohamed Ali Suleiman (Egyptian singer, record producer,
1973: Antero Manninen (Finnish cellist)
1975: Noah Georgeson (US multi-musician, singer, producer)
1977: Nicole/Denisse Lillian Laval Soza (Chilean singer)
1977: Cocco/Satoko Makishi (Japanese singer)
1978: Ricky Wilson (UK lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs).
Mike/Michael Allen (American rapper)*20.April.2008.
1979: Wiley/Richard Kylea Cowie (UK
1982: Angela Chang
(Taiwanese singer, actress)
1983: Utada Hikaru (American-Japanese pop
1985: Rika Ishikawa (Japanese pop vocalist;
Reimer (Canadian rock guitarist;
1989: Stefan Abingdon (UK singer, guitarist;
The Midnight Beast)
1867: Yvette Guilbert (French
music-hall singer, actress)*04.Feb.1944.
1876: Josef Hofmann (Polish-American virtuoso pianist, composer)*16.Feb.1957.
1981: Mischa Elman (Ukrainian violinist)*05.April.1967.
1894: Walter Piston (US
classical composer, music theorist)*12.Nov.1976.
Plomley (Desert Island Discs radio presenter)*28.May.1985.
1918: Juan García Esquivel (Mexican bandleader, pianist,
Connie Haines/Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais (American singer)*22.Sept.2008.
1923: Nora Brockstedt (Norwegian singer; Eurovision Song Contest
1922: Ray Anthony/Raymond Antonini (US trumpeter, bandleader, actor).
1924: Slim Whitman/Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr (US country singer, guitarist,
1924: Johnny Hawksworth (UK composer, double bassist; Ted Heath
1926: David Eugene Tudor (US pianist, composer of experimental
A. "Bill" LeSage (UK
pianist, vibraphone; Johnny Dankworth 7/others)*31.Oct.2001.
1929: Jimmy Cobb (American jazz drummer; freelance/sessions/guest).
1931: Earl Grant (US pianist, organist, singer)*10.June.1970.
1931: Hachidai Nakamura (Japanese songwriter, pianist)*10.June.1992.
1932: King Coleman/Carlton Coleman (US R&B
singer. radio DJ; James Brown/solo)*11.Sept.2010.
1933: Ron Townson (US singer; Fifth Dimension)*02.Aug.2001.
1935: Dorothy Provine (US singer, dancer, actress, comedienne)*25.April.2010.
1941: Pierre Lalonde (Canadian singer, television host)
1942: William Powell (US vocalist; The O'Jays)*26.May.1977.
1943: Rick Evans (US singer, guitarist; Zager and Evans).
1943: Valery Ponomarev (Russian born jazz trumpeter).
1943: Eric London
(UK bassist; Hi-Cats/The Ravens/Robin and the Ravens/Faron's Flamingos/Group
1944: Chuck Domanico (US bass player; West Coast sessionist)*17.Oct.2002.
1944: Farhad Mehrad (Persian rock singer-songwriter, multi-musician;
1944: Howard ''Lem'' Lubin (UK lead vocalist; Unit Four Plus Two).
1945: Eric Stewart (UK guitar, keyboards, vocals, Mindenders/ Hotlegs
1946: Jimmy Chambers (US singer; Londonbeat).
1947: George Grantham (US drummer; Poco).
1947: Christoph ''Chris''
Karrer (German guitarist, composer; Amon
Duul/Amon Duul II).
Georges Hamel (Canadian
country music singer-songwriter)*26.Feb.2014.
1948: Mel Pritchard (UK drummer; Barclay James Harvest)*28.Jan.2004
Kita (Japanese singer; Four
1951: Ian Hill (UK bassist; Freight/Judas Priest).
1951: Ivan Fischer (Hungarian conductor)
1952: Paul Stanley
(guitar, vocals; Kiss).
1954: Ken Page (US cabaret singer, actor)
1956: Riccardo Del Fra (Italian session bassist).
1957: Andy Sheppard (Award winning UK flautist and tenor saxophonist).
1960: Scott Thunes (US guitarist; Frank Zappa/Steve Vai/ The Waterboys).
1965: Nathan Moore (vocals, Brother Beyond/ Pop Idol manager)
1965: John Michael Montgomery (US country singer, rhythm).
1965: Greg Kriesel (UK bass; The Offspring).
1965: Heather Small (UK singer, M People).
1966: Tracii Guns/Tracy Irving Ulrich (US guitarist; L.A. Guns/Brides
1969: Nicky Wire/Nicholas Allen Jones (Welsh bassist; Manic Street
1969: Tina O'Neill (UK drummer; We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna
Use It = Fuzzbox).
1970: Edwin McCain (US pop/rock singer, guitarist, composer).
1970: Mark Trojanowski
(US drummer; Sister Hazel).
Mitch Benn (UK comedian, songwriter, actor)
1971: Paul Albert Masvidal (US guitarist, singer; Cynic).
1971: Questlove/Ahmir Thompson (US drummer, DJ, music journalist;
1971: Derrick Green (US singer; heavy metal band Sepultura).
1971: Gary Barlow (UK singer, pianoist, songwriter, Take That/solo).
1977: Melody/Nathalie T'Sobbel (Belgian singer)
DJ Mehdi /Mehdi Favéris-Essadi (French hip hop-electro musician,
1978: Sid Wilson (US turntablist; Slipknot)
1979: Will Young (UK singer).
1979: Rob Bourdon (US drummer; Linkin Park).
1981: Nathan Connolly (Northern Irish lead guitarist, backing vocals;
1983: Mari Yaguchi (Japanese singer; Morning Musume)
1899: Alexander Tcherepnin
(Russian born American composer)*29.Sept.1977.
1909: Todor Skalovski (Macedonian composer)*01.July.2004.
1910: Eua Sunthornsanan (Thai composer,
1921: Bess Lomax Hawes (US
folklorist, musician, teacher)*27.Nov.2009.
1923: Lola Flores (Spanish singer, dancer,
1924: Benny Hill (UK actor, comedian, singer)*20.April.1992.
1925: Derek B. ''Butch'' Collins
(UK saxophonist,clarinet,flute player; Les Ernest/Howard Lucraft/others)?
1925: Telly Savalas (US
Brockless (English organist)*18.Dec.1995.
1930: Alec Gould (UK jazz trombonist, arranger, conductor; The
Oscar Rabin Band/The Vic Lewis Band)?
1931: Rudi Maugeri (Canadian baritone singer, Radio DJ; Crew Cuts)*07.May.2004.
Snooks Eaglin/Fird Eaglin Jr (US
blind blues guitarist, singer)*18.Feb.2009.
1938: Wolfman Jack/Robert Weston Smith (American
1941: Richie Havens (US folk singer, guitarist,
1941: Placido Domingo (Spanish
tenor opera singer).
Breck/Gerhard Brecker (German schlager
1942: Edwin Starr/Charles
Edwin Hatcher (US
1942: Mac Davis (UK singer, songwriter).
1943: Noel Burns/Noel Lawrence (UK bassist, vocalist; Johnny Mike
and the Shades/ Cameleonti).
1944: Clive Robin Sarstedt aka Wes Sands
(Indian born UK singer; Fabulous 5/Sarstedt Brothers).
Chris Britton (UK guitarist; Chris Britton
and the Redwoods/The Ten Foot Five/The Troggs).
1944: David Frederick Wright (UK vocalist,
rhythm guitarist; The Troggs)*10
1946: Glen Martin (UK
drummer; Ayshea Borough/Hedgehoppers Anonymous)?
Nella Martinetti (Swiss singer-songwriter)*29.July.2011.
1947: Brian Dunk (UK rhythm guitarist; The
1947: Michel Jonasz
(French singer, composer).
1947: Julian "Pye" Hastings (Scottish
guitarist, singer; The Wilde Flowers/Caravan).
1947: Jimmy Ibbotson (US
multi-musician; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/solo)?
1950: Billy Ocean/Leslie Sebastian Charles (Trinidadian
1954: Nigel Glockler (UK drums; Saxon).
1956: Rob Brill (US drummer; Berlin).
1958: Frank Ticheli (American composer).
1965: Jam Master Jay/Jason Mizell (DJ, rapper;
founder & DJ of Run-DMC)*30.Oct.2002.
1965: Cordell Crockett (US bassist; Ugly
1966: 3D/Robert Del Naja (UK singer; The
Wild Bunch / Massive Attack).
1966: Wendy James (UK
vocals; Transvision Vamp/Racine)?
1970: Mark Trojanowski (American drummer; Sister Hazel)
Keys (US R&B, soul singer-songwriter,
1972: Yasunori Mitsuda (Japanese composer).
1972: Cat Power/Charlyn Marshall (US guitarist, piano, singer).
1976: Emma Lee Bunton/Baby spice (UK singer;
1977: Rick Ross (American rapper).
1978: Phil Stacey (US singer;solo/American
1978: Nokio/Tamir Mateen Raheem Hameed Ruffin
(US singer, rapper; Dru Hill).
1979: Spider Loc/Curtis Norvell Williams
(US rapper; member of G-Unit).
1980: Nana Mizuki (Japanese voice actress,
1981: Gillian Chung (Hong Kong singer, actress;
1981: Andy Lee (Korean singer; Shinhwa).
1981: Alex Ubago (Spanish-Basque singer-songwriter).
1988: William Johansson (Swedish composer).
1994: BooBoo Stewart/Nils Allen Stewart Jr (US singer, actor, dancer)
1897: Rosa Ponselle (American soprano)*25.May.1981.
1900: Ernst Busch (German singer, actor)*08.June.1980.
1903: Robin Milford (British composer)*29.Dec.1959.
1908: Teddy McRae (US jazz tenor saxophonist, arranger)*04.March.1999.
1914: Dimitris Dragatakis (Greek composer)*18.Dec.2001.
1916: Henri Dutilleux (French composer)*22.May.2013.
"Pud" Brown (US jazz clarinetist and saxophonist)*27.May.1996.
André Hodeir (French
author, jazz arranger and composer)*01.Nov.2011.
1921: Arno Babajanian (Armenian composer and pianist)*11.Nov.1983.
1924: J. J. Johnson/James Louis Johnson (US jazz trombonist, composer)*04.Feb.2001.
1929: Ron Richards/Ronald Richard Pratley
(UK producer; The Hollies/P.J. Proby/others)*30
1931: Sam Cooke/Sam Cook (US soul singer)*11.Dec.1964
1934: Keith D. Pendlebury (UK jazz pianist, vocalist; own line-ups/Marcia
1937: Ryan Davies (Welsh singer, pianist, songwriter, actor)*22.April.1977.
1938: Monna Bell/Nora Escobar (Chilean singer)*22.April.2008.
1940: Addie "Micki" Harris/Addie
(US vocalist, Shirelles)*10.June.1982
1946: Malcolm Mclaren (UK Sex Pistols manager, writer, solo artist)*08.April.2010.
1946: Glenn Martin (UK drummer; Hedgehoppers Anonymous/others)
1949: Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry (US singer and songwriter;
1949: Nigel Pegrum (UK drummer, producer; Small Faces/Uriah Heep/Steeleye
1949: Phil Miller (UK guitarist; Bruno's Blues Band/National Health/In
1949: Mike Westhues (US-born Finnish singer-songwriter, guitarist)*17.Feb.2013.
1948: Gilbert Levine (American conductor)
1951: Dick Sims (US keyboard virtuoso; solo/Eric Clapton Band/many
1951: Steve J. Spears (Australian playwright, actor, writer and singer)*16.Oct.2007.
1952: Teddy Gentry (US vocalist, bass; Alabama)
1953: Myung-Whun Chung (South Korean conductor, pianist)
1956: Steve Riley (US drummer; Steppenwolf/W.A.S.P./ L.A. Guns)
1960: Michael Hutchence (Australian lead singer, songwriter; INXS)*22.Nov.1997.
1961: Daniel Johnston (US singer-songwriter, artist)
1965: D.J.Jazzy Jeff/Jeffrey A. Townes (US hip hop DJ/turntablist,
1965: Steve Adler (US drummer; Guns N' Roses, Adler's Appitite)
1965: Andrew Roachford (UK soul singer, songwriter)
1967: Eleanor McEvoy (Irish singer - songwriter)
1968: Heath/Hiroshi Morie (Japanese bass guitarist; X Japan)
1977: Mario Domm/Mario Alberto Domínguez Zarzar (Mexican pop
1980: Ben Moody (US guitarist; Evanescence)
1981: Willa Ford/Amanda Lee Williford-Modano
(US dance-pop singer-songwriter)
1981: Ben Moody (US guitarist, multi-musician; Evanescence).
1985: Orianthi Panagaris
(Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist; Michael Jackson/others/solo)
1888: Lead Belly/Huddie Ledbetter (US folk singer, multi-musician,12
Ifor Jones (Welsh-American conductor, organist)*11.Nov.1988.
1910: Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (Belgium gypsy jazz
1912: Boris Pokrovsky (Russian operatic stage director)*05.June.2009.
Martti Pokela (Finnish folk musician, kantele,
1930: Teresa Zylis-Gara (Polish operatic soprano)
1932: Rosalind "Lindy" Runcie née Turner (British
Cyril Davies (UK blues harmonica player
and blues musician)*07.Jan.1964.
1933: Chita Rivera (Puerto Rican-American actress, dancer, singer)
1940: Joe Dowell (US singer)
1940: Johnny Russell (US country singer and songwriter)*03.July.2001.
1943: Gary Burton (US jazz vibraphonist)
1944: Jerry Lawson (US singer; The Persuasions)
1948: Anita Pointer (US singer, Pointer Sisters)
1950: Bill Cunningham (US bass, up-right bass, piano; The Box Tops/pop
and classical sessionist)
1950: John Greaves (Welsh bassist, composer; Henry Cow/National Health/solo/other
1950: Danny Federici (US keyboardist, glockenspiel, accordion; E
1950: Luis Alberto Spinetta (Argentine rock guitarist;Almendra/Invisible/Pescado
1953: John Luther Adams (US composer)
1953: Robin Zander (guitar, vocals; Cheap Trick/freelance)
1954: Franco De Vita (Venezuelan singer, songwriter)
1954: Edward Ka-Spel/Edward Francis Sharp (UK vocalist, keyboard
player; Legendary Pink Dots)
1955: Reggie Calloway (US trumpet, flute, singer, songwriter; Midnight
1959: Earl Falconer (UK bassist, vocals; UB40)
1965: Louie Clemente
(US drummer; Testament)
rock and pop singer)*28.July.2009.
1971: Marc Nelson
(R&B singer, lyricist)
1972: Mark Curry
1974: Kita/Sampsa Astala
(Finnish drummer, multi-musician; Lordi).
1976: Tony Lucca
(US actor, singer, guitarist, pianist)
1976: Angelica Lee Sin-Jie
(Taiwanese actress, singer)
1977: Kamal Heer
(Punjabi singer, chimta and harmonium player)
1987: Felicia Brandström
Evelyn Barbirolli/Evelyn Rothwell (English
1913: Norman Dello Joio/Nicodemo
1917: Avery Parrish (US pianist, Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee)*01.Dec.1959.
Simeon ten Holt (Dutch contemporary classical composer)*25.Nov.2012.
1924: Martti Pokela (Finnish folk kantele player,
1924: David Craighead (US classical organist)*26.March.2012.
1933: Zeke Carey (US vocalist, tenor vocals; Flamingos)*24.Dec.2001.
1936: Doug Kershaw (Fiddler, guitar, singer; Cajun musician)
1938: Kip Anderson (US soul singer, songwriter, disc jockey)*29.Aug.2007.
1939: William "Bill" Dees (US singer, guitarist, songwriter)*24.Oct.2012.
1939: Ray Stevens/Harold Ray Ragsdale (US singer, piano, songwriter)
1936: Robert Coull ''Bobby'' Wellins (Scottish jazz tenor saxophonist,
Stan Tracey/many others).
1940: David ''Davy'' Jack (Scottish bassist, vocalist; The Five Cents/The
Hi Fi Combo/East of Eden).
1941: Neil Diamond (US singer, songwriter)
1941: Aaron Neville (US vocalist; Neville Brothers)
1942: William George ''Billy'' Butler
(Welsh lead vocalist; Merseybeats/Billy Butler and the Tuxedos).
1946: Alan Edward Elkins (UK
lead guitarist; The Regents/The Emeralds with Daniel Boone)?
1947: Warren Zevon (US award winning singer, songwriter, multi-musician)*07.Sept.2003.
1949: John Belushi (US comedian, actor, musician; Jake Blues-Blues
1956: Hanne Krogh (Norwegian singer; Bobbysocks)
1956: Lounès Matoub (Berber Kabyle singer, mondol player)*25.June.1998.
1958: Jools Holland (UK
piano, keyboards; Squeeze/own jazz band)
Vic Reeves/James "Jim" Roderick Moir (Comedy
song 'Wonder Stuff').
1963: Keech Rainwater (US drummer; Lonestar)
1967: Mark Kozelek (US singer/songwriter; Red House Painters/Sun
1967: John Myung (US bassist; Dream Theater)
1968: Michael Kiske (German vocalist; Helloween/Avantasia/guest/solo)
1970: Patrick "Sleepy" Brown (US singer-songwriter, record
1972: Beth Hart (US singer-songwriter).
1972: Naoshi Mizuta (Japanese composer)
1975: Paul Marazzi (UK vocals; A1/Snagsby)
1977: Kensuke Kita (Japanese guitarist; Asian Kung-Fu Generation)
1979: Tatyana Ali (US actress, singer)
1984: Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka (Polish drummer; Decapitated/Dies
1988: Jade Ewen (UK singer).
1989: Calvin Goldspink (UK singer, actor; S Club 8/S Club Juniors)
Mao Abe (Japanese singer-songwriter)
1886: Wilhelm Furtwängler (German conductor, composer)*30.Nov.1954.
1913: Witold Lutoslawski (Polish composer)*07.Feb.1994.
1915: Ewan MacColl/James
'Jimmie' Miller (UK
folk singer, songwriter, father-Kirsty MacColl)*22.Oct.1989.
1923: Farell "Rusty" Draper (US
country and pop singer)*28.March.2003.
Wesley Webb "Speedy" West
(US pedal steel guitarist, producer, top sessionist)*15.Nov.2003.
1925: Giorgos Zampetas (Greek musician,
Leonard "Lennie" Hastings (UK
jazz drummer; Eddie Thompson/Norman Cave/others)*14.July.1978.
1926: James "Jim" Erb (US composer,
arranger, musicologist, conductor)*11.Nov.2014.
Carlos "Tom" Jobim (Brazilian
composer singer, pianist, guitarist, arranger)*08.Dec.1994
1929: Benny Golson (US jazz jazz tenor
saxophonist, composer, arranger).
1931: Stig Anderson (Swedish producer of Abba,
founder of Polar Music record label)*12.Sept.1997.
(Sri Lankan musician and composer)*24.Oct.2008.
1938: Etta James/Jamesetta Hawkins (US R&B,
jazz, blues singer)*20.Jan.2012.
(UK songwriter, manager)*23.Oct.1999.
1943: Roy Black
(German pop singer)*09.Oct.1991.
Dolanescu (Romanian singer and politician)*19.March.2009.
1945: Dave Walker (UK
guitar, vocals; Ronnie King-Redcaps/Idle Race/Savory Brown/Black Sabbath/others).
1945: Mick Walker (UK
Bassist; Ronnie King-the Redcaps/The Redcaps/twin of Dave Walker).
Fumio Nunoya (Japanese rock-blues singer; Dew/Blues Creation/others)*15.Jan.2012.
1949: John Cooper Clarke (Manchester, poet
1950: Michael Cotten (synthesizer; Tubes)
1951: Stephen Jones (Australian electronic musician; Severed Heads).
1952: Sara Mandiano/Françoise Castellani
(French singer, songwriter)
1953: Malcolm Green (UK drums; Split Enz)
1954: Richard Finch (US bassist; K.C. &
The Sunshine Band)
1956: Andy Cox (UK guitar; Fine Young Cannibals)
1958: Gary Tibbs (UK bassist; Roxy Music /Adam
And The Ants)
Vincenzo La Scola (Italian operatic tenor)*15.April.2011.
1962: Peter Coyle (vocals; Lotus Eaters)
1963: Carl Fysh (vocals; Brother Beyond)
1969: Kina Cosper (US singer)
1971: Ana Ortiz (US actress, singer)
1973: Chris Wilkie (UK guitarist; Dubstar)
singer; Tropical Depression/Elektrikoolaid)*10.Jan.2009.
1977: Christian Ingebrigtsen (vocals; A1)
1981: Alicia Keys (US singer, songwriter)
(Macedonian singer songwriter)*16.Oct.2007.
1982: Sho Sakurai (Japanese singer, actor)
1983: Andrée Watters (Canadian singer)
1985: Tina Karol (Ukrainian singer)
1989: Sheryfa Luna/Chérifa Babouche
1900: Karl Ristenpart (German conductor)*24.Dec.1967.
1905: Maria von Trapp (Austrian-born singer)*28.March.1987.
1908: Stéphane Grappelli (French Jazz violin virtuoso)*01.Dec.1997.
1911: Norbert Schultze (German composer and songwriter)*14.Oct.2002.
1913: Jimmy Van Heusen/Edward
Chester Babcock (US songwriter)*07.Feb.1990.
1921: Eddie Barclay/Edouard Ruault (French producer; Barclay Records)*13.May.2005.
1922: Page Cavanaugh (US
jazz pianist, singer)*19.Dec.2008
1924: Ken Thorne (UK
television and film score composer)*09.July.2014.
1924: Alice Babs/Hildur Alice Nilsson (Swedish singer; Duke Ellington/solo)*11.Feb.1924.
1926: Ronnie Hilton (UK singer, TV presenter)*20.Feb.2001.
Nabor (Belizean musician)*22.Oct.2014.
1931: Kaare Alexander Ørnung (Norwegian
pianist, music teacher)*02.Oct.2013.
1932: Clement Seymour
"Coxsone" Dodd (Jamaican record producer)*05.May.2004.
1934: Huey "Piano" Smith (US R&B pianist)
1937: Ronnie Stephenson (UK drummer; Billy Stephenson/EmCee Five/others/top
1939: Marshall Lieb (singer, guitar, musical supervisor; Teddy Bears/Hollywood
1943: Jean Knight/Jean Caliste (US singer)
1945: Ashley ''Tyger'' Hutchings (UK bassist; Fairport Convention/Steeleye
Span/The Albion Band/others)
1945: Jacqueline du Pré OBE (UK cellist)*19.Oct.1987.
Deon Jackson (US soul singer)*19.April.2014.
1947: Michel Sardou (French singer)
1948: Corky Laing/Laurence Gordon Laing (Canadian rock drummer; Mountain).
1949: Derek Holt (guitarist; Climax Blues Band).
1950: Paul Pena (US multi-genre singer, multi-musician)*01.Oct.2005.
1951: Andy Hummell (rock bassist; Big Star)
1951: David Briggs (Australian group, Little River Band)
1951: Lucia Mendez (Mexican actress, singer)
1952: Maurice "Mo" Bacon (UK drummer; The Soul Survivors/Love
1953: Lucinda Williams (US singer, songwriter)
1955: Eddie Van Halen (Dutch-American guitarist, keyboards; Van Halen).
1958: Norman Hassan (percussion, trombone; UB40)
1958: Anita Baker (US singer).
1958: B James Lowry (guitar; Boys Band/freelance)
1961: Tom Keifer (US guitarist, vocalist; Cinderella)
1963: Andrew Ridgeley (UK singer; Wham!)
1963: Jazzie B /Beresford Romeo (DJ, producer, Soul II Soul)
1966: Andrew McDermott (UK singer; Threshold/Powerworld/Sargant Fury/others)*03.Aug.2011.
1970: Kirk Franklin (US gospel singer; Georgia Mass Choir)
1972: Ya Kid K/Manuela
Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi (R&B singer
Willie Adler (US
guitarist; Lamb of God).
1976: Furuya Hitomi (Japanese singer, songwriter)
1977: Tye Tribbett
(US singer, keyboardist; Tye Tribbett & G.A)
1981: Gustavo Dudamel Ramírez (Venezuelan
"Toe" Proeski (Macedonian singer, songwriter, humanitarian)*16.Oct.2007.
1986: Hero/Kim Jaejoong (South
Korean singer; TVXQ-Dong Bang Shin Ki).
1986: Matt Heafy (Japanese lead vocalist, guitarist;
1988: Mia Rose/Maria Antonia Teixeira Rosa (English-Portuguese
1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austrian composer)*05.Dec.1791.
Jerome Kern (US composer of musical theatre
and popular music)*11.Nov.1945.
Oran 'Hot Lips' Page (US singer, trumpeter; Kansas City Jazz Band +many)*05.Nov.1954.
Jack Brymer (UK clarinetist; Royal Philharmonic
1918: Elmore James/Elmore Brooks (US blues guitarist, singer)*24.May.1963.
1918: Skitch Henderson/Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson (US founder
NewYork Pops Orch)*01.Nov.2005
1919: David Seville/Ross Bagdasarian
(US inventor of The Chipmunks, songwriter)*16.Jan.1972.
1920: Helmut Zacharias (German violinist)*28.Feb.2002.
Billy Barnes (US composer, lyricist)*25.Sept.2012.
Damase (French pianist, conductor, composer)*21.April.2013.
Bland/Robert Calvin Brooks (US
blues-soul singer, harmonica)*23.June.2013.
1937: John Andrew Howard Ogdon (UK pianist, composer)*01.Aug.1989.
Tate (US vocalist,
original baritone with The Penguins)*20.June.1973.
1937: Buddy Emmons (US pedal steele guitar, bass; Roger Miller Band/sessionist/solo)
1938: Rick Wayne/Learie Carasco (St.Lucian writer/editor/professional
1942: Kate Wolf/Kathryn Louise Allen (US folk singer, songwriter)*10.Dec.1986.
1942: Mick Adkins (UK lead guitarist, vocalist; Sundowners/The Chads/Robbie
1943: Richard ''Dick'' Taylor (UK drummer, guitarist; Little Boy
Blue-Blue Boys/Rollin' Stones/Pretty Things/solo).
1944: Nick Mason (UK drummer; Pink Floyd/Michael Mantler/Rick Fenn)
1946: Nedra Talley (singer; Ronettes)
1947: Björn Afzelius (Swedish singer)*16.Feb.1999.
1948: Valeri Brainin (Russian/German musicologist, music manager,
1948: Jean-Philippe Collard (French classical pianist)
1948: Kim Gardner/Christopher Gardner (UK bassist; Ashton Gardner
1950: Michael ''Mick'' Jackson (UK Bassist; The Soul Survivors/Love
1951: Brian Downey (Irish drums; Liffey Beats/Black Eagles/Sugar
1951: Seth Justman (keyboards, vocals; J. Geils Band)
1953: Bob Mintzer (US sax player; Yellowjackets/Bob Mintzer Big Band/Buddy
1955: Richard Young (rhythm guitar, vocals; Kentucky Headhunters)
1957: Janick Gers (UK guitarist; Iron Maiden)
1961: Gillian Gilbert (UK keyboards, guitarist; New Order)
1961: Margo Timmins (Canadian singer; Cowboy Junkies)
1961: Martin Degville (UK vocalist, guitar; Sigue Sigue Sputnik)
1964: Migi Drummond (drums; Curiosity Killed The Cat)
1968: Tricky/Adrian Thawes (UK singer, trip-hop artist, actor)
1968: Mike Patton (US vocalist, bass; Faith No More)
1969: Cornelius/Keigo Oyamada (Japanese multi-musician, vocals, producer;Flipper's
1969: Michael Kulas (Canadian singer; James)
1970: Emmanuel Pahud (Swiss flautist)
1972: Wynne Evans (Welsh operatic tenor)
1972: Mark Owen (UK vocalist; Take That)
1976: Ruby Lin (Taiwanese actress, singer).
1987: Katy Rose/Kathryn Rosemary Bullard (US pop singer).
Sabine Baring-Gould (UK lyricist hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist)*02.Jan.1924.
1887: Arthur Rubinstein (Polish pianist; 5 time Grammy award winner)*20.Dec.1982.
1908: Paul Misraki (French composer, songwriter)*29.Oct.1998.
Fausto Papetti (Italian
alto saxophone player)*15.June.1999.
Clifford ''Cliff'' Ball (UK double bassist,
bassist; Kenny Baker/Oscar Rabin/Johnny Wiltshire/own/others).
1927: Ronnie Scott/Ronald Schatt (UK jazz saxophonist, Ronnie Scott's
1929: Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk MBE
(UK jazz clarinetist, vocals; The Acker Bilk Band/others)*02.Nov.2014.
1936: Jack Scott/Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr (Canadian-born
songwriter, rockabilly singer).
1936: Bill Phillips (US country music singer)*23.Aug.2010.
1938: David ''Dave'' Gelly (UK jazz alto & baratone saxophonist,
clarinet & bass clarinet player; The Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra/The
Dave Gelly Quirtet/Blues By Six/ Neil Ardley's New Jazz Orchestra/others).
1941: King Tubby/Osbourne Ruddock (reggae producer)*06.Feb.1989.
1943: Dick Taylor (UK bassist, vocals; Rolling Stones/The
1943: Brian Keenan (US drummer; The Losers/Chambers Brothers/Manfred
1944: Sir John Tavener (UK composer)*12.Nov.2013.
1945: Robert Wyatt-Ellidge (UK singer; Soft Machine/Matching
1946: Rick Allen (US keyboardist; Box Tops).
1947: George Underwood (UK vocalist, rhythm guitarist, harmonica;
Davie Jones+King Bees/others)
1947: David Byron/David Garrick (UK lead singer; Uriah Heep/Spice/solo)*28.Feb.1985.
1948: Corky Laing (drums, Mountain/West, Bruce and Laing)
1950: Bob Hay (US songwriter, multi-musician; Squalls/Jolly Beggars/Noogeez/Supercluster/others).
1951: William "Billy Bass" Nelson (bassist; P Funk/Funkadelic/freelance)
1952: George Green (American songwriter; John Mellencamp)*28.Aug.2011.
1953: Chris Carter (UK synthesist; Throbbing Gristle/Chris &
1959: Dave Sharp (Welsh guitar, vocals, The Alarm)
1959: Burkhard Dallwitz (German-born composer)
1962: Leslie "Sam" Phillips (US guitar, singer, songwriter,
1963: Dan Spitz (US guitarist; Anthrax)
1967: Jan Lamb Hoi Fong (Chinese disc jockey, comedian)
1968: Sarah McLachlan (Canadian singer, songwriter)
1968: DJ Muggs/Lawrence Muggerud (US producer, DJ, Cypress Hill)
1968: Rakim/William Griffin Jr (US rapper)
1971: Anthony Hamilton (US soul singer)
1975: Tanya Chua (Singaporean singer)
1975: Lee Latchford- Evans (singer - Steps)
1976: Rick Ross/William Leonard Roberts II (US rapper; founded
of Maybach Music Group)
1976: Jarrod Montague (US drummer; Taproot)
1977: Matt DeVries (US guitarist; Chimaira)
1977: Joseph "Joey" Fatone (US singer; N'SYNC).
1977: Tweety/Raphael Brown (US singer; Next)
1980: Nick Carter (US singer; Backstreet Boys)
1980: Brian Fallon (US lead singer, guitarist; The Gaslight Anthem)
1983: David Williams (Australian Aboriginal indigenous musician
1985: J. Cole/Jermaine Lamarr Cole (US rapper)
1991: Calum Worthy (Canadian actor, singer; TV/theatre/musicals/films).
William "Havergal" Brian (UK
1915: John Serry Sr (US accordionist, arranger, composer, organist,
1923: Ivo Robic (Croatian singer and songwriter)*09.March.2000.
1924: Luigi Nono (Italian avant-garde composer)*08.May.1990.
1926: Franco Cerri (Italian guitarist)
1930: Derek Bailey (UK guitarist, founder of Incus records)*25.Dec.2005.
1932: Myer Fredman (British-Australian
Laci/75 Cents/Ladislav Demeterffy
singer, accordion player)*19.Nov.2010.
1933: Sacha Distel/Sacha Alexandre (French
1934: Noel Harrison (UK
singer, actor, Olympic skier)*19.Oct.2013.
1936: James Jamerson (US bassist; Funk Brothers/session)*02.Aug.1983.
Clyne (UK jazz bassist, double bassist; Ronnie Scott/many other bands)*16.Nov.2009.
1942: Claudine Longet (French
1943: Dave Millen (UK lead guitarist; The
1943: Tony Blackburn (UK radio, pirate, &
TV DJ; 1st D.J. BBC Radio 1;Tony Blackburn % the Rovers).
1943: Mark Wynter/Terence Lee Lewis (UK
singer, theatre actor).
(American jazz drummer; sessionist)*13.April.2010.
1944: Andrew Loog Oldham (UK producer, impresario,
author; first Rolling Stones manager).
(US guitarist; international sessionist/solo).
1947: David Byron
(UK singer; Spice/Uriah Heep/others)*28.Feb.1985.
1947: Marián Varga (Slovak organist,
1952: Tommy Ramone/Thomas Erdelyi (Hungarian
born US drummer; The Ramones)*11.July.2014.
1953: Peter Baumann (German keyboardist, songwriter; Tangerine
1953: Louie Perez
(US percussionist, guitarist; Los Lobos/Latin Playboys).
1953: Teresa Teng
1954: Rob Manzoli (UK singer; Right Said
1954: Richard Manitoba/Richard Blum (US singer;
The Dictators/ MC5)
1959: Johnny Spampinato (US bassist; NRBQ/sessionist).
1960: James George Thirlwell/Clint Ruin/Frank
Want/Foetus (Australian vocalist).
1961: Eddie Jackson (US
1961: Dave Baynton-Power (UK drummer; James).
1961: Pauline Henry
(Scottish singer; Chimes).
1962: Marcus Vere (UK
synthesizers; Living In A Box).
Roddy Frame (Scottish guitarist, singer, songwriter; Aztec Camera).
1968: Richard Battersby (UK drummer; The
1969: Hyde/Hideto Takarai (Japanese singer;
1976: Chris Castle (US
1981: Jonny Lang/Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr (US
blues guitarist, singer).
1981: Álex Ubago (Spanish singer-songwriter, guitarist)
1981: Rui En (Singaporean actress, singer)
1982: Adam Lambert (US actor, singer)
1985: Mikey Hachey (US bassist; Suburban
1911: Roy Eldridge (US jazz trumpet player)*26.Feb.1989.
Holton (UK soprano, stage actress)*17.Jan.2013.
1926: John Fox (UK jazz pianist; Harold Turner Quartet/ Jack Newman
Orch/John Fox Orch/others)??.
1928: Ruth Brown (US R&B singer)*17.Nov.2006.
1928: Mitch Leigh/Irwin Michnick (US musical
theatre composer, theatrical producer)*16.March.2014.
1930: Peter "Pete" Hodge (UK jazz trombonist, euphoniumist;
Mike Daniel/Sid Phillips/Mick Mulligan/others)??.
1930: Buddy Montgomery (US jazz composer, arranger, pianist, vibraphonist)*15.May.2009.
1931: Eugene "Gene" Gammage (US jazz drummer; Oscar Peterson/Max
Edward "Tubby" Hayes
tenor saxophone, jazz multi-instrumentalist)*08.
1936: Horst Jankowski (German jazz & easy listening pianist;
Beasler/Pretty Miss Norma Jean (US
country music singer)
not to be confused with "Norma Jean"
Wright of Chic or Marilyn Monroe
Tony Levin (British
jazz drummer; Sophia Domancich/Humphrey
1941: Joe Terranova (US singer; Danny & The Juniors).
1942: Marty Balin
(US singer; Jefferson Airplane).
1943: Sandy Deane/Yaguda (US singer; Jay and the Americans)?
1943: Keith ''Ginger'' Taylor (UK organist, vocalist; The Rustiks).
1947: Steve Marriott (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter; Small Faces/Humble
1946: Michael Scott Smith (US jazz drummer, percussionist)*02.Jan.2006.
1949: William King (US trumpeter; Commodores)
1951: Andy Anderson/Clifford Leon Anderson (UK drummer; The Cure/The
Glove/many top sessions).
1951: Phil Collins (UK drums, piano, vocals; Flaming Youth/Genesis/solo).
1952: Steve Bartek (US guitarist, film composer, conductor, orchestrator.Oingo
1959: Jody Watley (US vocals,songwriter, dancer; Shalamar).
1959: Mark Eitzel (US guitarist, singer, songwriter; American Music
1960: Alejandro Sokol (Argentine bassist, drummer, vocals; Sumo
/ Las Pelotas)*12.Jan.2009.
1964: Angie Stone (UK singer, songwriter, keyboards; Vertical Hold/Mantronix/Devox/solo).
1967: Jay Gordon (US vocalist, composer; Orgy)
1968: Trevor Dunn (US composer, bass guitarist, double bassist;
Mr.Bungle/Fantômas/Secret Chiefs 3)
1972: Lupillo Rivera/Guadalupe Rivera (Mexican singer)
1975: Yumi Yoshimura (Japanese singer; Puffy Amiyumi)
1980: Josh Kelley (US singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist).
1984: Kid Cudi/Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (US hip hop performer)
1986: Sam Duckworth (UK singer-songwriter).
1989: Khaleed Leon "Khleo" Thomas (US actor, rapper).
1990: Eiza Gonzalez (Mexican actress, singer).
Franz Peter Schubert (Austrian
1892: Eddie Cantor/Edward
Israel Iskowitz (US singer, vaudeville
performer, radio & TV)*10.Oct.1964.
1894: Isham Jones (US bandleader, saxophonist,
1902 or 05: Bill Blue/William Thornton Blue (US jazz/blues clarinetist;
Andy Preer Orch/others)*1968.
1906: Roosevelt "Honeydripper" Sykes
1907: Benny Morton (American
1907: Emmanuel "Manny" Sayles (American
jazz banjoist, guitarist)*05.Oct.1986.
1915: Bobby Hackett (US
jazz, big band trumpeter, cornet, guitar)*07.June.1976.
Lomax (US singer, guitarist, folklorist,
1921: Carol Channing (US actress, singer).
1921: Mario Lanza/Alfred Arnold Cocozza
(US tenor singer, actor)*07.Oct.1959.
1928: Chuck Willis/Harold Willis
(Blues, R&B singer)*10.April.1958.
1932: Ottilie Patterson
(Northern Irish jazz singer; Chris Barber/Muskrat Ramblers)*20.June.2011.
1934: Ronald John Weatherburn
(UK jazz pianist, composer; Eric Silk/Kenny Ball/many others)*26.May.1995.
Marvin Junior (US lead baritone, founding member; The Dells)*29.May.2012.
1936: Garnett Brown
(US jazz trombonist; The Crusaders/Herbie Hancock/Lionel Hampton).
1936: Lester Sterling/Ska Sterling/Mr. Versatile
(Jamaican saxophonist, trumpet; The Skatalites/solo).
1937: Philip Glass
1939: Claude Gauthier (Canadian singer, songwriter)
1939: Brian Gregg
(UK bass guitarist; Beat Boys/Johnny Kidd-Pirates/Colin Hicks-Cabin Boys/The
1940: Sandy Yaguda/Sandy Deane
(US vocalist; Jay & The Americans).
1942: Tony Mann (UK session jazz drummer;
Peter King/Denny Boyce/Tubby Hayes/many others).
1944: Charlie Musselwhite (American blues
1946: Terry Kath (US guitarist, Chicago)*23.Jan.1978.
(US actor, singer, songwriter; solo/stage
1949: Frank Ricotti (UK jazz percussionist, vibraphonist; NYJO/Alexis
1951: Phil Manzanera/Philip Targett-Adams (UK guitarist,keyboards;
Roxy Music/Explorers/Quiet Sun/others)
1951: Harry Wayne Casey (US keyboardist;
KC & Sunshine Band)
1951: Dave Benton/Efren Eugene Benita (Aruban
born singer; Eurovision Song Contest 2001
1952: William "Curley" Smith (US
drums, vocalist, harp; Jo Jo Gunne)
1954: Adrian Vandenburg (Dutch guitarist;
Whitesnake/Manic Eden/Little Caesar)
1956: Johnny Rotten/John Lydon (UK singer;
Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd/Time Zone)
1961: Lloyd Cole (UK lead vocals, guitar;
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions).
1962: Sophie Muller
(UK music video director)
1964: Billey Shamrock Gleissner (Swedish
singer, stand-up comedian, songwriter).
1964: Jeff Hanneman
(US guitarist; Slayer)*02.May.2013.
1966: Al Doughty/Alan Jaworski (UK bass;
1967: Chad Channing (US drummer; Nirvana/The
Fire Ants/Redband/East Of The Equator)
1967: Jason Cooper (UK drummer; The Cure)
1967: Fat Mike/Michael John Burkett (US
bassist; NOFX/Me First/Gimme Gimmes).
1970: Danny Michel
(Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist)
(Chinese pop singer)*31.Oct.2009.
1977: Shingo Katori (Japanese
actor, singer; SMAP)
1978: Ray Shah (Irish
DJ, TV, radio presenter)
1980: Ryan Kienle
(US bassist; Matchbook Romance/Fizzlewink).
1981: Justin Timberlake (US singer; N'Sync/solo)
1982: Elena Paparizou (Greek singer; Eurovision Song Contest 2005
1985: Kalomoira/Maria Kalomira Sarantis (Greek singer)
1990: Kota Yabu (Japanese actor, singer)
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1969: Lou Breese/Luigi G. Calabrese (68) American banjo player
and trumpeter, born in Milford, Massachusetts. He began violin lessons
when he was five years old, but in later years he concentrated on the
trumpet. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and paid
his way through school by playing banjo at society debut parties and campus
functions in the Boston area. He went on to work with the likes of Bert
Lowe and His First String Orchestra, Paul Specht and His Orchestra, Lou
Calabrese and His Hot Shotss, The Capitolians, and The Georgians. Luigialso,
under the name of Lou Breese had his own radio show and dance band that
was popular in the 1930's and 1940's. His career covered almost all facets
of the entertainment world including night clubs, theatres, radio, and
b. February 10th 1900.
1988: Ilona Fehér (86) Hungarian
violinist, born in Budapest, she studied with Jeno Hubay for six years
at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Between the two world
wars she performed all over Europe, in particular with Willem Mengelberg
and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She
lived in Budapest until 1942 when she was interned with her daughter in
a concentration camp. They managed to escape in 1944, and joined Hungarian
and Czechoslovak partisans until the liberation by the Soviet Red Army.
She later returned to the concert stage to perform only in Soviet-controlled
Eastern Europe. In 1949 she emigrated to Israel to begin a new life as
a violin teacher. Her 250 pupils included some of the most outstanding
violinists such as Pinkas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Hagai Shaham, Ittai
Shapira, Moshe Hammer and Yehonatan Berick, chamber music players Shmuel
Ashkenasi and David Ehrlich (?)
b. December 1st 1901.
Ron Asheton (60) American
guitarist and original member of The Stooges, the influential protopunk
band founded in Ann Arbor in 1967, his distorted guitar was a hallmark
of the Iggy Pop-led group. He appeared as guitarist on the Stooges first
two albums, and later appeared as bassist for their third, "Raw Power",
when he was replaced in both instrument and songwriting prominence by
The Stooges' new guitar player, James Williamson. When the Stooges reformed
in 2007, he once again appeared as the band's guitarist, they released
"The Weirdness," their first album in three decades. Apart from
The Stooges, he also played in the bands The New Order (not the UK band
New Order), Destroy All Monsters, New Race, Dark Carnival, Empty Set,
The Powertrane and more recently with Mike Watt, J. Mascis, Thurston Moore
of Sonic Youth and Mark Arm of Mudhoney among others. He was named the
29th greatest guitarist of all time in 2003 by Rolling Stone. (Found
dead on his settee in his apartment in Ann Arbor, Michigan, of a probable
heart attack. He had been dead for several days) b.
July 17th 1948.
Ron Asheton's death was announced on January 6th
1953: Hank Williams/Hiram King Williams
(29) US legendary country singer, guitarist, songwriter; he
has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential songwriters
of the 20th century. A leading pioneer of the honky tonk style, his songbook
is one of the backbones of country music, and several of his songs are
pop standards as well. He had 11 number one hits in his career, "Lovesick
Blues", "Long Gone Lonesome Blues", "Why Don't You
Love Me?", "Moanin' the Blues", "Cold, Cold Heart",
"Hey Good Lookin'", "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)", "I'll
Never Get Out of This World Alive", "Kaw-Liga", "Your
Cheatin' Heart", "Take These Chains From My Heart"as
well as many other top-ten hits. He is ranked No.2 in CMT's 40 Greatest
Men of Country Music in 2003, behind only Johnny Cash. His son Hank Williams,
Jr., daughter Jett Williams, grandson Hank Williams III, and granddaughters
Hilary Williams and Holly Williams are also country musicians (died
of a heart attack; before leaving the old Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville,
Tennessee, he injected himself with B12 and morphine. He then left in
a chauffeur driven Cadillac, though contrary to popular belief, he did
not have a bottle of whiskey with him. The only items found in the backseat
of his car were a few cans of beer and the hand-written lyrics to an unrecorded
song. When the 17-year-old chauffeur Charles Carr pulled over at an all-night
service station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, he discovered that Hank was
unresponsive and becoming rigid. Upon closer examination, it was discovered
that Hank Williams was dead.. Over 20,000 mourners attended his funeral)
b. September 17th 1923.
1972: Maurice Auguste Chevalier (83) French actor, singer,
and entertainer; born in Paris, his trademark was a boater hat, which
he always wore on stage with his tuxedo. Maurice's first working job was
as an acrobat, until a severe accident turned him toward singing and making
pictures. He was singing, unpaid, at a café when a member of the
theatre saw him and suggested he try for a local musical. He got the part.
He made a name as a mimic and a singer. His act in l'Alcazar in Marseille
was so successful, he made a triumphant rearrival in Paris. He also made
short films in France, the year being 1908. He joined the French Army
in World War I, but was wounded, captured, and imprisoned by the Germans.
While in prison, he learned the English language from fellow prisoners.
After the war, he returned to making French films. When Hollywood started
to make talkies, he decided to relocate to the US in 1928. In 1929, he
was matched up with the opeattic singer/actress, Jeanette MacDonald to
make the film, Love Parade. They made 3 more films together, the most
successful being, Love Me Tonight. In the late 1930's, Maurice returned
to Europe, making several French and English films. World War II interrupted
his career for he was accused of being a Nazi collaborator - later being
vindicated. In the 1950's, he returned to Hollywood, he was older and
gray-headed. He made the movie Gigi (1958), this gave him his signature
songs, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", and "I Remember
it Well". He also received a special oscar that year. In the 60's,
he continued to make a few more films, and in 1970, he sang the title
song for Walt Disney's, Aristocats. This marked his last contribution
to the film industry (tragically Maurice died of
a cardiac arrest after surgery for a kidney problem)
b. September 12th 1888.
1980: Adolph Deutsch (82) English
born American composer, conductor and arranger born in London. In 1914,
he started out as a "Buffalo movie house musician", accompanying
silent films and he began his composing career on Broadway in the 1920s
and 1930s before working for Hollywood films. He won Oscars for his background
music for Oklahoma! in 1955, and for conducting the music for Seven Brides
for Seven Brothers in 1954 and Annie Get Your Gun in 1950. He was also
nominated for The Band Wagon in 1953 and the 1951 film version of Show
Boat. For Broadway and Hollywood, he conducted, composed and arranged
music, but never wrote songs. In addition to his music for westerns and
his conducting of the scores for musicals, Adolph also composed for films
noir, including The Mask of Dimitrios, The Maltese Falcon, Nobody Lives
Forever, Some Like It Hot and the Wilder comedies The Apartment. Adolph
retired to Palm Desert, California in 1961 (?) b.
October 20th 1897.
1984: Alexis Korner/Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner
(55) French writer, radio broadcaster, pioneering blues and
jazz guitarist, sometimes referred to as, "The Founding Father of
British Blues". A major influence on
the British music scene in the 1960s. After starting out in the Chris
Barber Band in the late 40s, he and Cyril Davies started working together
and in 1961, they formed Blues Incorporated- probably the first 'electric
British blues' bands - initially a loose-knit group of musicians with
a shared love of electric blues and R&B music. The group included,
at various times, influential musicians Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Ginger
Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, Danny Thompson and Dick Heckstall-Smith.
In 1970 he formed the group The Collective Consciousness Society/ C.C.S,
then in 1973, he formed another group, Snape, with Boz Burrell, Mel Collins,
and Ian Wallace. His 50th birthday all-star concert was released as "The
Party Album" and in 1981, he joined "supergroup" Rocket
88, led by Ian Stewart based around boogie-woogie keyboard players, which
featured a rhythm section comprising Jack Bruce and Charlie Watts, among
others, as well as a horn section (sadly died of
lung cancer) b. April 19th 1928.
1991: Buck Ram (73) American manager
and songwriter to The Platters; he wrote 99% of the Platter's hits such
as "Only You", "The Great Pretender", "Twilight
Time", he also wrote, produced and/or arranged for The Coasters,
The Drifters, Ike and Tina Turner, Ike Cole, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller,
Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. He wrote the lyrics to "I'll Be
Home For Christmas" as a 16 year old college student as a gift for
his mother. In 1942, hi's publisher chose to hold the song for release
because they were releasing Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"
first. Not completely satisfied with the song, Buck discussed his concerns
with two acquaintances in a bar. He left a copy of the song with them
but never discussed it with them again. Both Buck and his publisher were
shocked when the song was released. His publisher sued and won (?)
b. November 21st 1907.
1994: Dewey Jackson (93) American
jazz trumpeter and cornetist; he began playing professionally at an early
age, with the Odd Fellows Boys' Band-1912, Tommy Evans 1916-17, and George
Reynolds's Keystone Band. He played with Charlie Creath on riverboats,
and then led his own Golden Melody Band from 1920 -1923. He recorded only
four sides as a leader in 1926. Among his sidemen were Pops Foster, Willie
Humphrey, Don Stovall, Morris White, Albert Snaer, William Thornton Blue,
and Clark Terry. He continued to be a regular performer on riverboats
into the early 1940s, heading his own groups and working as a sideman
for Creath and Fate Marable. In 1926, he played for four months with Andrew
Preer at the Cotton Club in New York City. Dewey played little in the
1940s but returned to work in the 1950s with Singleton Palmer and Don
June 21st 1900.
1997: Ivan Graziani (51) Italian singer,
songwriter and guitarist born at Teramo, Abruzzo. His first band was The
Serogan, which he formed in 1963 with Giuseppe Canala, Bruno Tartaglia,
and Luciano Cordivani. He then played in Anonima Sound until 1972, after
which he went solo, releasing his debut solo album, "Desperation",
in 1973. This was followed by 16 more albums, the last being "Per
sempre Ivan" released in 1999 after his death. He launched into acting
in 1981 and wrote a book, Arcipielago Chieti, in 1988 (?)
b. October 6th 1945.
1997: Townes Van Zandt (52) American
country-folk singer-songwriter and poet; throughout his career he was
admired by fellow songwriters, particularly in the folk and country genres,
but greater fame eluded him, in part because of his unconventional vocal
style and because of his erratic personal behavior. Many of his songs,
including "Pancho and Lefty," "If I Needed You," and
"To Live's to Fly," have been recorded by other notable performers
and are considered standards of their genre. His songs have been covered
by such notable and varied musicians as Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Willie
Nelson, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Merle Haggard, Hoyt Axton, Tindersticks,
Devendra Banhart, Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss,
The Be Good Tanyas, Gillian Welch, and the Dixie Chicks. The film "Be
Here to Love Me" chronicling the artist's life and legacy was released
in the United States in 2006 (sadly Townes died
from massive pulmonary embolus, blood clot in the lungs) b.
March 7th 1944.
1997: Hagood Hardy (57) Canadian composer,
pianist, vibraphonist, born in Angola, Indiana, he received a Bachelor
of Arts degree from the University of Trinity College in the University
of Toronto. . He is best known for the 1975 single, "The Homecoming,"
and for his soundtrack to the Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea
films. In the 1960's he played vibraphone in the bands of Martin Denny,
Gigi Gryce, Herbie Mann and George Shearing. In 1992 Hagood was made a
Member of the Order of Canada (?) b.
February 26th 1937.
2006: Bryan Harvey (49) American singer
and musician, he first gained attention in the early 1980s as singer-guitarist
in a power pop band based out of Richmond, Virginia called The Dads. Popular
at East Coast colleges, they released a self titled album in 1984 on CBS
records. Harvey's subsequent musical career included long-time participation
in the indie supergroup Gutterball, which featured former Dream Syndicate
frontman Steve Wynn. Harvey's most enduring project, however, was House
of Freaks, a two-man band with Richmond percussionist Johnny Hott, who
had a penchant for banging on anything he could drag into the studio that
made the noise he wanted. House
of Freaks split in 1995. Both members were involved with the making of
the most recent Gutterball outing. Bryan completed a solo album in early
1997, which remains unreleased. (He was murdered
with his wife Kathryn and their two daughters Stella aged 9 and 4 year
old Ruby) b. April 27th 1956.
2007: Julius Hegyi (83)
American conductor and violinist born in New York City; he spent
his lifetime building orchestras, founding chamber music groups and instilling
a passion for music in young and old alike. His belief in contemporary
music, especially American music, as conductor, violinist and mentor,
brought compelling listening experiences to his audiences. He was well-known
for his expert grasp of European repertoire, routinely giving commanding
performances of Beethoven and Brahms, for example (?)
b. February 2nd 1923.
Reeves (74) American country singer born in Sparta, North Carolina;
he became one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960s,
best known for his "girl-watching" novelty-type songs such as
"The Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of Southern
Bell", both highlights from his career. He is also known for his
1968 trucker's anthem "Looking at the World through a Windshield"
which proved he was capable of singing more than just novelty songs. He
and his wife became a songwriting team, writing songs for the likes of
Rose Maddox, Carl Smith and Roy Drusky, to name a few. He joined the Grand
Ole Opry in 1966, his last Opry performance was in August 2002 (emphysema)
b. July 14th 1942
2007: Thaddeus "Tad" Jones (54)
American music historian and researcher best known for discovering Louis
Armstrong's correct birthdate. He was co-author of "Up From the Cradle
of Jazz", long anticipated book on the early life of Louis Armstrong
was almost complete when he died. He was also responsible for conducting
numerous interviews with musicians from every period and style of New
Orleans music, many of which are housed in the William Ransom Hogan Jazz
Archive at Tulane University. He also served as consultant for documentaries
and films (died unexpectedly from a fall)
b. September 19th 1952.
2009: Walter Haynes (80) American
steel guitarist and music producer who worked with such artists as Jimmy
Dickens, Del Reeves, The Everly Brothers and Jeanne Pruett. He also co-wrote
a number of songs including "Girl on the Billboard" - a song
that became a #1 hit for Del Reeves in 1965. An addition to his time in
Dickens Country Boys group, he worked the road with Ferlin Husky
and Webb Pierce. He also worked for 13 years as a staff musician on the
Grand Ole Opry. In the studio, he was versatile enough to play on such
disparate recordings as Dickens rockabilly-fused Hey Worm!
(You Wanna Wiggle), to Patsy Clines elegant Walkin
After Midnight to rocker J.J. Cales 1971 Naturally album.
He was also a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and at the time
of his death he had been teaching music lessons in Bullard, Texas (?)
2010: Lhasa de Sela (37) American
singer-songwriter who spent her adult life between Canada and France.
After moving to Montreal when she was 19, Lhasa worked the bar circuit
before releasing her debut album, 'La Llorona' in 1997. The album won
the Quebec Félix Award in Canada for "Artiste québécois
- musique du monde" in 1997 and a Canadian Juno Award for Best Global
Artist, in 1998. In 1999 she joined her sister in France and Lhasa joined
a circus, before moving to Marseille where she started writing songs again.
She then returned to Montreal to produce her second album, 'The Living
Road', which was released in 2003. She has appeared as a guest on albums
with Tinderstick singing "Sometimes It Hurts", duetted with
Stuart Staples singing "That Leaving Feeling" and featured on
Arthur H, Jérôme Minière, and the French gypsy music
group Bratsch albums. In 2005 Lhasa received the BBC World Music Award
for Best Artist of the Americas. Her third and final album "Lhasa"
was released in April 2009 (sadly died after a long
battle with breast cancer) b. September 27th
2010: Gregory Slay (40) American rock
drummer with the Birmingham, Alabama-based alternative rock band Remy
Zero, who got their big break when the group's demo was heard by Radiohead,
who were so impressed they invited Remy Zero to join them on their 'Bends
Tour'. Remy Zero went on to record three albums, scoring hit singles with
1998's 'Prophecy' and 2001's 'Save Me', which came from their album The
Golden Hum. The song was chosen as the theme tune for the WB's Superman
restart show "Smallville". They disbanded in 2003. Gregory then
worked on his own music in the band he founded, Sleepwell, and various
other projects, including his Emmy-nominated work on the theme song for
the television series 'Nip / Tuck'. He also worked frequently with his
former Remy Zero band mates, most recently teaming up with guitarist Jeffrey
Cain on an album produced for musician Eliot Morris called 'All Things
In Time.' (tragically
Gregory passed away after a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis)
2011: Marin Constantin (85)
Romanian musician, conductor and composer, born in Urleta, he was
the founder in 1963 of the Madrigal Chamber Choir and had been its conductor
and director ever since. He was well-known all over the world for his
expertise on Renaissance music, Baroque, Gregorian songs and Traditional
Romanian music. In over 45 years, over 3500 concerts have been performed
by the choir in Romania and abroad. He was also designated a UNESCO Goodwill
Ambassador in 1992 (?)
b. February 27th 1925.
2011: Charles Fambrough (60) American
jazz bassist and composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a member
of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers during the early 1980s. He also played
with Freddie Hubbard, Airto Moreira, and Shirley Scott to name only a
b. August 25th 1950.
2011: Gil Garfield (77) American songwriter
and singer with The Cheers, a rock and roll vocal group that had a string
of hits in the mid 1950s starting with "(Bazoom') I Need Your Lovin'",
which hit No.15 on the U.S. charts in 1954. This was the first hit written
by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to chart on the Pop charts in the US.
They followed it up with a No.6 hit "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle
Boots", also written by Leiber and Stoller, a song about a wild-living
leather-jacketed motorcyclist (died after a long
battle with cancer) b. May 20th 1933.
2011: David Gurland (43) American
cabaret singer; during his career, he performed at such venues as the
Laurie Beechman Theatre, BB KINGS, The Bitter End, The Cutting Room, The
Living Room, Downtime, CB's Gallery, The Metropolitan Room, Eighty-Eights,
The Duplex , Don't Tell Mama, and The Gardenia, among many others. He
was also a member of the acclaimed vocal group Uptown Express. David's
honors include the MAC Hanson Award and the Back Stage Bistro Award (tragically
died after a massive brain aneurysm)
2011: Verne Langdon (69) American
musician, record producer and make-up artist, best known for his tracks
"Pipe Dreams" and "The Neanderthal Stomp". Born in
Oakland, California, he was known in cult monster mask circles as the
creative force behind the Don Post Studios "Calendar Masks".
He was also the creator of the most sought-after collector's mask, "The
Zombie", and was creator-producer of the cult classic Decca LP An
Evening With Boris Karloff And His Friends. With Jay Stein and Terry Winnick
he created The Land Of A Thousand Faces Makeup Show in '75 and the Castle
Dracula horror show in '80. He has produced, written, performed and recorded
thirty one albums, his most recent album was released in March 2009, Jonathan
Winters - A Very Special Time, with all music composed by himself (?)
b. September 15th 1941.
2011: Flemming Jørgensen (63)
Danish pop singer and actor, best known as lead singer of the band Bamses
Venner/Teddy Bear's Friends. During the recent years he also released
some solo albums, the latest being Tæt på /Close-up from 2010.
His band was part of the Danish music scene for more than 35 years, and
sold more than 3.5 million albums. He occasionally worked as an actor
and 1986 he received a Robert Award for best male supporting actor of
the year in the movie Ofelia kommer til byen/Ophelia comes to town (sadly
died of a cardiac arrest in his home in Egå)
b. February 7th 1947.
2011: Albert Raisner (88) French TV
presenter and harmonica player born in Paris; he started in his childhood
on the piano and violin, before taking up the harmonica in the early '30s.
As a musician, he gained his reputation in the '50s as a harmonica in
the trio Raisner. He wrote a book on the harmonica, which he made a history
of the instrument and its major users, and traces his own musical career.
On radio, he was one of the original presenters of Game of 1000 francs
, and hosted the TV show Age Tender Blockhead, who received all the stars
of pop music (sadly
passed to pneumonia)
b. September 30th 1922.
Yafa Yarkoni /Yafa Abramov (86)
Israeli singer born in Giv'at Rambam and dubbed Israel's songstress
of the wars. In 1948, during Israel's War of Independence, she joined
an IDF song troupe affiliated with the Givati Brigade. Bab el-Wad, a song
she performed at the time, became a classic and sung every year on Israel's
Memorial Day. After the war, she performed songs for a program on the
Kol Yisrael radio station. Among her most well-known songs are "Don't
Say Goodbye, Say I Will See You," about a soldier parting from his
girlfriend before battle, and "Road to Jerusalem," about soldiers
transporting food to Jerusalem when the city was under siege in 1948.
In 1998, Yafai was awarded the Israel Prize, for Hebrew song. In 2005,
she was voted the 153rd-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the
Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered
the 200 Greatest Israelis (Yafa sadly died at Reut
Medical Center in Tel Aviv) b. December 24th
2012: Fred Milano (72) American doo-wop singer; born in New
York, he was a member of The Belmonts who became successful in the late
1950s as Dion and the Belmonts. Their breakthrough came when "I Wonder
Why" reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the group
appeared for the first time on American Bandstand. They followed it with
the ballads "No One Knows" and "Dont Pity Me".
In March 1959, Dion and the Belmonts next single, "A Teenager
in Love", was released, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and
No. 28 in the UK Singles Chart, and this was followed by an album, Presenting
Dion and the Belmonts. Their biggest hit, "Where or When", was
released in November 1959, and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In early 1960, Dion checked into a hospital for heroin addiction. Dion
and the Belmonts reunited in 1966 for the album Together Again and again
in 1972 for a one-off show at Madison Square Garden, recorded and released
as a live album. In 2000, Fred along with the Belmonts was inducted in
the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (Fred sadly died three
weeks after his cancer was diagnosed) b.
August 22nd 1939.
2012: Nina Miranda (86)
Uruguayan tango singer and composer; her first break came when
she was invited to sing with an all girls group "Las Golondrinas"
with whom she toured Latin America
in 1952 while waiting in a studio
for colleague Ernesto Fama, the orchestra leader noticed her and asked
her to substitute immediately in a recording session for a singer that
did not work out
the piece recorded that day, "Maula",
became an instant major hit
this led to an invitation to perform
in the play "Tu Cuna Fue Un Conventillo" which had great success
and where she premiered another hit "Tu Corazon"
events followed including the creation of her own group
the lyrics to the tango "No Hagas Caso a La Gente" and the music
to "Cancion Para Mi Amor" which was recorded by Colombian star
Mirta Perez (?) b.
November 8th 1925.
2012: Anders Frandsen (51)
Danish singer and TV presenter. He came to fame
in 1991 when he won The Danish national final for the Eurovision Song
Contest) with the song "Lige der hvor hjertet slår" and
was placed 19th in Eurovision Song Contest. The following year at the
Danish national final, he was the host, after which he became a
TV host on TV3 for the next few years. He appeared on lots of shows like
"Knald eller Fald" (a dating programme), "Stjerneskud"
(a talent competition for look-alikes), and also presented the network's
morning TV. At the Danish national final in 2001, presenting one of the
songs, and also guest-starred in an episode of Ørnen and in 2005
he guest-starred in an episode of the Danish TV show Twist & Shout
(On the evening of Jan 1st 2012, Anders was found
lifeless in his apartment by friends. He was pronounced dead on site and
Danish Police have said they are treating his death as suspicious due
to circumstances) b. December 8th 1960.
Patti Page/Clara Ann Fowler (85) American
in rural Oklahoma, the 10th of 11 children, she started work in the art
department of a Tulsa radio station while she was still at school. Her
vocal skills soon led her to become the voice of the "Patti Page
Show", a daily 15-minute programme sponsored by the local Page Milk
Company. The broadcasts came to the attention of Jack Rael, the manager
of a Texas orchestra, the Jimmy Joy band. She joined the band in 1946,
taking with her the name Patti Page. With Rael as her personal manager,
she left the band a year later to launch her solo career, beginning with
a broadcast at a Chicago radio station, where she was accompanied by a
small group led by Benny Goodman. Patti rose to fame in the 1950s, when
she scored such multimillion hits such as her signature song, the chart
topping The Tennessee Waltz, Mockin' Bird Hill,
Left Right Out of Your Heart, I Went to Your Wedding,
Allegheny Moon, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte and
the novelty song (How Much is That) Doggie in the Window?
b. November 8th 1927
Thomas/Ernest Joseph Thomas (84) American
blues musician; he sang, played the piano and guitar and specialized in
a genre of blues indigenous to southern Louisiana called swamp blues.
He was born in Baton Rouge and after graduating he served in the U.S.
Air Force. While serving he won a talent contest on KSAN radio in San
Francisco in 1959. He went on to become one of the best known blues musicians
in Baton Rouge with his band the Mellow, Mellow Men and became a regular
visitor to the UK and Europe. Tabby had a car accident in 2002 and a stroke
in 2004, which affected his playing but not his singing. He later hosted
the radio show, Tabby's Blues Box, on Baton Rouge stations WBRH-FM and
(?) b. January 5th
2014: Milan Horvat (94) Croatian
conductor, born in Pakrac. He started his professional career in 1946
with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Zagreb, followed in 1953 he became chief
conductor of the (RTÉ) National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin for
five years. He was Chief Conductor, Managing Director, Principal Guest
Conductor and since 1985 Lifetime Honorary Chief Conductor of the Zagreb
Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also chief conductor of the Opera Zagreb/Croatian
National Theatre in Zagreb for ten years. He was Honorary Conductor of
the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and from 1981 the Principal Guest
Conductor and the Honorary Member of the Slovenian Philharmonic. Also
among many other posts throughout his career, from 1969 to 1975, he was
head of the newly created Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (sadly
died in Innsbruck, Austria) b. July 28th
2014: Pierre Cullaz (78) French
modern jazz guitarist and cellist, born in Paris; He began his career
as a professional musician, 1956-57, with Michel Hausser and 1958-59 he
worked in Art Simmons' trio, which appeared in the Paris Club Mars. After
his milertry service he played in the bands of Martial Solal in 1962 and
Eddy Louis's 1964-65. Also during the 1960s he was a member of Raymond
Gimenes' Guitars as wellas accompaning singers like Claude Nougaro . Peirre
taught at the CIM in Paris and wrote the textbook Methode de Guitare (Edition
A. Leduc). Throughout his career, he also worked with Buck Clayton , Léon
Francioli , Michel Gaudry , Jef Gilson , The Golden Gate Quartet , Guy
Lafitte , Sir Charles Thompson and Sarah Vaughan ("Misty").
In the field of jazz, he was involved in 76 recording sessions from 1956-1977
(?) b. July 21st 1935.
2014: Simone Bosé (51)
Spanish music executive
born in Milan, he settled in Madrid, where he began his music industry
career in 1985 as BMG Ariola as label manager and after moving to Sony
Music Group Madrid in 1986, he joined Capitol EMI Music Group in 1990
as director of local A&R. He then held a series of positions with
Polygram-Universal Group Madrid. He went on to become general manager
of EMI Music Spain, then promoted to managing director of EMI Music Iberia
with responsibility for EMIs operations in Spain and Portugal and
eventually became chairman of Universal Music for Spain and Portugal (sadly
died of complications from pneumonia) b. 1962/3
Karl Goldmark (84) Hungarian
composer; he was largely self-taught as a composer. He first supported
himself in Vienna playing the violin in theatre orchestras, at the Carlstheater.
One of his many works The Rustic Wedding Symphony , Op. 26 which premiered
1876, a work that was kept in the repertory by Sir Thomas Beecham, includes
five movements, like a suite composed of coloristic tone poems: a wedding
march with variations depicting the wedding guests, a nuptial song, a
serenade, a dialogue between the bride and groom in a garden, and a dance
b. May 18th 1830
1924: Sabine Baring-Gould (89)
English hagiographer, antiquarian,
novelist born in Exeter. His bibliography consists of more than 1240 publications,
though this list continues to grow. He is remembered particularly as a
writer of hymns, the best-known being "Onward, Christian Soldiers"
and "Now the Day Is Over". He also translated the carol "Gabriel's
Message" from the Basque language to the English.
His first book of songs, Songs and Ballads of the West, was the first
folk song collection published for the mass market
(?) b. January 28th
1941: Mischa Levitzki
(42) Russian-born pianist, born
in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, his parents had taken American citizenship and
simply happened to be on a visit to their homeland when Mischa was born.
He was playing the violin at the age of three, but soon developed an interest
in the piano, which he studied in Warsaw with Aleksander Michalowski,
before making his debut in Antwerp in 1906. He became the youngest student
of Erno Dohnányi and was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize in 1915.
By this time he had performed throughout Europe and Scandinavia. He made
his American debut in New York on October 17th 1916, at Aeolian Hall.
He performed at concerts worldwide up until the time of his death,
making a reputation with his performances of the Romantic repertory.
He was elected an honorary member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha
Sinfonia Fraternity at the New England Conservatory in 1917 (tragically
Mischa died suddenly of a heart attack)
b. May 25th 1898.
1950: Theophrastos Sakellaridis (66) Greek
composer, conductor and basic creator of Greek operetta born in Athens
studied in Athens, Germany, and Italy. In 1903, he gave concerts with
his own compositions in the Musical Academy of Munich, as well as in Italy
and Egypt. He wrote about 80 operettas, including "The Godson",
five operas, various songs and music for revues (?)
b. September 7th 1883.
1973: Joe Harriott/Joe Arthurlin (44) Jamacian alto saxophonist;
initially a bebopper, he is now widely acknowledged as one of the worldwide
pioneers of free jazz. He was educated at Kingston's famed Alpha Boys
School, which produced a number of prominent Jamaican musicians. He moved
to the UK as a working musician in 1951 and lived in the country for the
rest of his life.He worked freelance and in the band of trumpeter Pete
Pitterson. In 1954, he landed an important gig with drummer Tony Kinsey;
the next year he played in saxophonist Ronnie Scott's big band. His first
album as a leader was 1959's Southern Horizon. He was big influence in
the British Jazz world (sadly lost his battle with
cancer) b. July 15th 1928.
1974: Tex Ritter/Woodward
Maurice Ritter (68) American country music singer and
movie actor popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s, and the patriarch
of the Ritter family in acting, son John and grandson Jason. In 1944,
he scored a hit with "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You", which hit
No. 1 on the country chart and eleven on the pop chart. "There's
a New Moon Over My Shoulder" was a country chart No. 2 and pop chart
No. 21. In 1945, he had the No. 1, 2, and 3 songs on Billboard's Most
Played Jukebox Folk Records poll, a 1st in the industry. Between 1945
and 1946, he registered seven consecutive top five hits, including a No.1
hit "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often", which spent eleven
weeks on the charts. In 1948, "Rye Whiskey" and his cover of
"The Deck of Cards" both made the top ten and "Pecos Bill"
reached No.15. In 1950, "Daddy's Last Letter (Private First Class
John H. McCormick)" also became a hit. His last song, "The Americans",
recorded in 1973, became a posthumous hit shortly after his death. His
motion picture debut was in Song Of The Gringo-1936 for Grand National
Pictures. Between 1938 and 1945, he starred in around forty "singing
cowboy" movies as well as starring in dozens of other films. He has
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6631 Hollywood Boulevard; he and
John Ritter were the first father-and-son pair to be so honored in different
categories. In 1980, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall
of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma. He is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
died from a heart attack) b.
January 12th 1905.
1977: Errol Garner (55) American
pianist and composer, one of the most virtuosic and popular pianists in
jazz. He was influenced by Fats Waller and was entirely self-taught. He
spelled Art Tatum in the latter's trio in 1945 and subsequently formed
his own three-piece group, achieving commercial success with Concert by
the Sea in 1958, one of the best-selling albums in jazz. He wrote some
200 songs, including 'Misty', 'Dreamy' and 'Solitaire'. He developed a
unique style of piano playing and toured throughout the world from the
1940s through the 1960s. Amazingly he never learnt to read music
and remained an "ear player" all his life (?)
b. June 15th 1951.
David Lynch (51) American tenor vocalist
and an original member of the legendary Platters an influencial doo-wop
vocal group which was formed in 1953. Their distinctive sound created
by Buck Ram was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition,
and the burgeoning new genre. The original group members were David
Lynch, Alex Hodge, Cornell Gunther, Joe Jefferson,
Gaynel Hodge and Herb Reed.
They were the first rock and roll group to have a Top Ten album in America,
and had hit singles such as "Only You", "Great Pretender",
"Enchanted", "The Magic Touch", "My Prayer",
"Twilight Time", "Harbor Lights", "To Each His
Own", "If I Didn't Care" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes".
David later joined Ram's Platters lineup, with lead vocalist Sonny Turner,
Herb Reed, Nate Nelson and Sandra Dawn; they enjoyed a short chart renaissance
in 1966-67, with the comeback singles "I Love You 1000 Times",
"With This Ring", and the Motown-influenced "Washed Ashore".
David along with the Platters was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 1990, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Hit Parade
Hall of Fame in 2009 (sadly died of cancer)
b. July 3rd 1929.
Lucia (39) American
drummer and founder member of Tommy James and Shondells, whose period
of greatest success came in the late 1960s. They had two number one singles
in the US - "Hanky Panky" in 1966 and "Crimson and Clover"
in 1969, and also released five other top ten hits; "I Think We're
Alone Now," "Mony Mony," "Crystal Blue Persuasion",
"Mirage", and "Sweet Cherry Wine". Peter co-wrote
"Crimson and Clover". In 2006, Tommy James & the Shondells
were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame
(Tragically Peter died very unexpectedly, heart
problems) b. February 2nd 1947.
1991: Mort Shuman (54) American singer,
pianist and songwriter, after teaming up with Doc Pomus, working in New
York City's Brill Building. Their songwriting collaboration saw Doc write
the lyrics and Shuman the melody, although occasionally they worked on
both. Their compositions would be recorded by artists such as Dion, Andy
Williams, Bobby Darin, Fabian, The Drifters, and Elvis Presley, among
others. Their most famous songs include "A Teenager in Love",
"Turn Me Loose", "This Magic Moment", "Save The
Last Dance For Me", "Little Sister", "Can't Get Used
to Losing You", "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" and
"Viva Las Vegas". In 1965, he moved to Paris, France where he
wrote songs for the French rocker Johnny Hallyday. He wrote and sang many
songs in French, such as Le Lac Majeur, Allo Papa Tango Charlie, Sha Mi
Sha, Un Eté de Porcelaine, Brooklyn by the Sea which became great
hits in France. Mort was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992
(died from complications due to a liver operation)
November 12th 1936.
1997: Randy California/Randy Craig Wolfe (45)
American guitarist, singer, songwriter and one of the original members
of the rock group Spirit. He moved to New York City in the summer of 66,
it was there, at Manny's Guitars, that Randy met Jimi Hendrix. He played
in Hendrix's band Jimmy James & the Blue Flames that summer. The
stage name "Randy California" was given to him by Hendrix to
distinguish him from another Randy in the band, who Hendrix dubbed "Randy
Texas". Together with his stepfather Ed Cassidy, songwriter/front-man
Jay Ferguson, bassist Mark Andes, with whom Randy and Ed had formed a
band called the Red Roosters, and keyboardist John Locke, he founded the
band Spirit, originally named Spirits Rebellious, after Kahlil Gibran's
poem in 1967 (Randy tragically drowned while rescuing
his 12 year old son when he was sucked into a riptide in Hawaii)
b. February 20th 1951.
1999: Rolf Liebermann (88)
Swiss composer and music administrator born in Zurich;
the 1930s, he studied composition and conducting with Hermann Scherchen
in Budapest and Vienna, and later with Wladimir Vogel in Basel.
His output included chansons, classical, and light music. His classical
music often combines myriad styles and techniques, including those drawn
from baroque, classical, and twelve-tone music. He was director of the
Hamburg Staatsoper from 1959 to 1973, and again from 1985 to 1988. During
his tenure in Hamburg, he commissioned 24 new operas, including The Devils
by Krzysztof Penderecki, Der Prinz von Homburg by Hans Werner Henze, and
Help, Help the Globolinks! by Gian Carlo Menotti. In the intervening years
he served as director of the Paris Opera from 1973 to 1980
(?) b. September 14th 1910.
2000: Nathaniel Adderley (68) American
jazz cornetist who played in the hard bop and soul jazz genres. Born in
Tampa, Florida, Nat and his brother saxist Cannonball Adderley played
with Ray Charles in the early 40s. In the 1950s he worked with Lionel
Hampton and with J. J. Johnson, then in 1959 joined his brother's new
quintet and stayed with it until Cannonball's death in 1975. He composed
"Work Song," "Jive Samba," and "The Old Country"
for this group. After his brother's death he led his own groups, recording
extensively, releasing around 38 albums. During this period he worked
with, among others, Ron Carter, Sonny Fortune, Johnny Griffin, Antonio
Hart and Vincent Herring. He also helped in the founding and development
of the annual Child of the Sun Jazz Festival, held annually at Florida
Southern College in Lakeland (?)
b. November 25th 1931.
2002: Armi Aavikko (43) Finnish singer;
best known for her duets with Ilkka Lipsanen aka Danny. She was chosen
as Miss Finland in 1977 and achieved some posthumous fame in 2006 when
an old music video "I Wanna Love You Tender" featuring herself
and Danny(pneumonia, brought on by chronic alcoholism)
b. September 1st 1958.
2002: Zachary Sebastian Rex James Foley (31)
British bassist, Zac was thrown out of school at 16 for having long hair,
he gravitated towards the local indie music scene. He played for the IUCs
before joining EMF on its formation in 1989. After finding a Casio sampler
and sequencer in a local charity shop, they added a light techno element
to their rock-orientated sound, and within a year Unbelievable had conquered
the charts, reaching No. 3 in the UK charts and was a No.1 hit on the
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and their debut album, Schubert Dip, went to No.3
in the UK Albums Chart. They made 2 more albums, 92's "Stigma"
and 95's "Cha Cha Cha". The band split after Zak's death (died
due to an overdose of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, barbiturates and alcohol).
b. December 9th 1970.
2003: Eric Jupp (80) British-born
musician, composer, arranger and conductor who gained wide popularity
in Australia after settling there in the 1960s, hosting a long-running
light music TV show and composing for film and TV. He is best remembered
for his theme music to the TV series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. Born in
Brighton he began to study piano at seven. He left school and started
his musical career at fourteen, playing in nightclubs. He joined the R.A.F.at
the outbreak of WW II, after which, he went to London, where he soon became
a prominent member of several leading big bands, working as a pianist,
composer and arranger. Eric worked as an arranger for both of Britain's
top bandleaders of the period, Stanley Black and Ted Heath. As
pianist and arranger Eric was also a long-serving member of the Oscar
Rabin Band. In 1951 he formed his own orchestra at the request of the
BBC and began making regular radio broadcasts and also appeared in the
Hammer Films TV series Bands On Parade. He began writing music for films
in Britain, beginning with the crime drama The Secret Place in 1957. In
1961 he launched his popular and long-running weekly ABC-TV series The
Magic of Music, which was seen in 29 countries and ran from 1961 to 1974.
After relocating to Australia in the early 60s he soon made a name for
himself there as a leading composer for film and TV. Among
many projects he became music director for the 1971 Fauna Productions
adventure series Barrier Reef. He composed music for the TV series Bailey's
Bird-1977 and wrote the score for Michael Pate's 1979 film version of
Colleen McCullough's first novel, Tim, starring the then unknown Mel Gibson
died after battling illness for several months)
b. January 7th 1922.
2006: Bill DeArango (84)
American jazz guitarist, he played in Dixieland jazz bands while
attending Ohio State University. After serving in the Army from 1942-44,
he moved to New York City, where he played with Don Byas, Ben Webster,
Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Slam Stewart, Ike Quebec,
Ray Nance, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. He recorded under his
own name for the first time in 1945, and co-led a band with Terry Gibbs
shortly after. Bill left New York to return to Cleveland in '47, where
he disappeared from the music world. He did an album with pianist John
Williams in 1954 for EmArcy, but remained strictly a local musician for
more than 20 years, in addition to running a record store. Late in the
1960s he managed the rock band Henry Tree, and held a regular gig in the
70s at the Smiling Dog Saloon with Ernie Krivda and Skip Hadden. In 1978
he recorded with Barry Altschul, and with Kenny Werner in 1981; he won
significant renown for his 1993 collaboration with Joe Lovano, Anything
Went. After the release of this record, DeArango played locally but had
primarily gone into retirement (He entered a nursing
home in 1999 suffering dementia until his death seven years later)
b. September 20th 1921.
2006: Michael Scott Smith (59) American
jazz drummer and percussionist, he grew up in Meadville, Pennsylvania
where his father exposed him to jazz at an early age. At age 8, he began
taking drum lessons from local jazz drummer, Cootie Harris. In 1968, he
joined his friend, bassist Terry Plumeri in the group, Love, Cry, Want,
a free-improvisation group with jazz, blues, and rock influences. He eventually
recorded with Plumeri on two albums, He Who Lives In Many Places and Water
Garden in 1978, formerly titled Ongoing. In 2007, these two albums were
re-issued on CD by GMMC records. Michael based himself in the Washington
D.C., Baltimore area for most of his 40-year career, He played with many
jazz greats including, but not limited to Dave Liebman, Herbie Hancock,
John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Tommy Flanagan, Billy Eckstein, Astrud
Gilberto, Freddie Hubbard, Herb Ellis, and Milt Jackson. (?)
b. January 30th 1946.
Marlin (31) American bassist with the brutal death metal band
Disgorge. Ben was playing bass as a member of the death metal band Strangulation,
when in 1998 he was asked to join, Disgorge who were then just signing
with Unique Leader Records. Shortly after they recorded and released their
second album, "She Lay Gutted", in November 1999. They toured
worldwide in Europe, North America and South America. Disgorge recorded
their third album "Consume the Forsaken" in 2002 and "Parallels
Of Infinite Torture" in 2005 touring in Japan, Australia, New Zealand,
Thailand, Mexico and Indonesia to promote their new release. (Ben
sadly died after battling cancer for more than a year and a half)
b. March 19th 1976.
2011: Robert Trumble (91) Australian
writer, musician and son of international cricketer Hugh Trumble; Robert
dedicated his first book, The Golden Age of Cricket, to his father. His
musical career was noted by the Australian media and in 2003 he was awarded
the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for reviving the work
of Vincent d'Indy. He had previously spent thirty years as a concert manager
for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He was also commissioned
to write for the British Music Society in 2004, and also published a biography
of d'Indy, Vincent d'Indy: His Greatness and His Integrity in 1994 and
The Compositions of Vincent d'Indy in 2000 (?)
b. April 15th 1919.
2012: Ian Bargh (76) British-Canadian
jazz pianist and composer, he emigrated to Toronto in 1957. Through the
60s & 70s he played with the likes of Buddy Tate, Buck Clayton, Bobby
Hackett, Vic Dickenson, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Ernestine
Anderson, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Edmund Hall, Doc Cheatham,
and Tyree Glenn. In the 80s, he began an 8 year association with Jim Galloway's
Toronto Alive project at the Sheraton Ctre. Live collaborations
at the centre included those with, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, Peter
Appleyard, Frank Wright, Scott Hamilton, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, Ed
Bickert, Dizzy Reece, and Warren Vache, among others. During this period,
he also toured in jazz festivals across the world in an all-star group
again led by Galloway. Towards the end of this period, he began a 15-year
association with the Toronto Jazz Festival, leading the rhythm section
of the the host hotel's house band. It was at this venue that he performed
with scores of musicians, including, Jake Hanna, Plas Johnson, Spanky
Davis, Harold Ashby, both Warren and Allan Vache, Fraser MacPherson, Joe
Temperley, Randy Sandke and George Masso (sadly
Ian died of lung cancer)
b. January 8th 1935.
2012: Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt (63)
American rock guitarist born in Florida, After playing with several
local bands in 1969, he, along with bassist Richard Price and drummer
Ramone Sotolongo, formed a "power trio" The Load performing
mostly original, psychedelic blues-rock and landed a house gig in Gainesville,
at a club called Dubs. He was also guitarist, breifly for The Second Coming
before joining Iron Butterfly. In 1970, Iron Butterfly released an album
that included Larry and Mike Pinera, titled Metamorphosis, which was officially
credited to "Iron Butterfly With Pinera & Rhino. In 1970 Larry
and Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman formed Captain Beyond, recruiting
former Johnny Winter/Rick Derringer drummer Bobby Caldwell >>>READ
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battling cancer and sclerosis of the liver) b.
July 7th 1948.
2014: Li Tai-hsiang (72)
and folk songwriter, born to the Amis aboriginal tribe in Taichung. He
was the composer of the plaintive Olive Tree and many other songs at the
peak of the 1970s folk era in Mandarin pop. Other hits include Daylight
Avenue, Walking In The Rain and Your Smiling Face, the song from the 1979
film of the same title. Even as his health deteriorated, he still spent
2 hours a day composing songs. (sadly Li
died of multiple organ failure after a 25-year brave battle with Parkinson's
February 20th 1941.
2014: John "Jay" Traynor (70) American
singer; he was a lead vocalist of the Mystics, singing falsetto on "The
White Cliffs of Dover" and lead on "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
and "Blue Star". After which, he formed Jay & the Americans
with Kenny Vance and Sandy Yaguda and sang lead on their first hit, "She
Cried," which was followed up by the LP, She Cried. In 1964 he went
solo releasing "I Rise, I Fall" followed by "Up & Over",
which became a big hit with the UK "Northern Soul" underground
dance clubs. In 1970 he began working behind the scenes with many 70s
acts including Mountain, West, Bruce & Laing, The Who, Ten Years After,
Yes, and gospel singer Mylon LeFevre. He went on to sing with the Joey
Thomas Big Band and recorded a few CDs including Live On WAMC & The
Sinatra Show. Then from 2006 he he toured with Jay Siegel's Tokens for
the remainder of his life (sadly Jay died while
fighting liver cancer) b. March 30th 1943.
2014: Thomas Kurzhals (60) German
keyboardist and composer born in Ronneburg; he played in a few local bands
in 1972 when he became keyboardist and also composing for the rock band
Stern-Combo Meißen. In the early 1980s the band's name was changed
to Star Meissen. In 1984 he joined the rock band Carat as keyboardist.
In 1992 he built his own recording studio in Erkner, but still played
with Carat until a replacement was found for him. In 1996 Thomas returned
to the Star-Combo Meissen, he played, recorded and toured with the band
and worked at his recording studio until his death (sadly
Thomas died from cirrhosis of the liver)
1967: Mary Garden (92) Scottish soprano described as
"the Sarah Bernhardt of opera"; she spent the
latter part of her childhood and youth in America and eventually became
a citizen, she also lived in France for many years and eventually retired
to Scotland. In 1907, Oscar Hammerstein convinced her to join the Manhattan
Opera House in New York where she became an immediate success. By 1910
she was a household name in America and appeared in operas in several
major American cities; including performing with the Boston Opera Company
and the Philadelphia Opera Company. Between 1910-32 she worked in opera
houses in Chicago and joined the Chicago Opera Association in 1915, ultimately
becoming the company's director in 1921. She was notably responsible for
staging the world premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges
before the company went bankrupt in 1922. Shortly thereafter she became
the director of the Chicago Civic Opera where she commissioned the opera
Camille by 28 year old composer Hamilton Forrest. She sang roles at the
Civic Opera until 1931, notably in several US and world premieres.
Also Mary appeared in two silent films made by Samuel Goldwyn. After
retiring from the opera stage in 1934, Mary worked as a talent scout for
MGM (sadly passed with dementia) b.
1980: Amos Milburn (52) American blues
& boogie pianist, singer born in Houston. He was one of the greatest
pioneers in the history of R&B pounding out some of the most hellacious
boogies of the postwar era, usually recording in Los Angeles for Aladdin
Records, specializing in good-natured upbeat romps about booze and its
effects that proved massive hits during the immediate pre-rock era. "Hold
Me Baby" and "Chicken Shack Boogie" landed numbers eight
and nine on Billboard's survey of 1949's R&B Bestsellers. Among his
best known songs was "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer". In
1950 his "Bad, Bad, Whiskey" reached the top of the R&B
charts and began a string of drinking songs. Amos's final recording was
on an album by Johnny Otis. This was in 1972 after he had been incapacitated
by a stroke, so much so that Otis had to play the left-hand piano parts
for his old friend. (his 2nd stroke led to the amputation
of a leg and sadly he died shortly after a third stroke)
b. April 1st 1927.
1982: Tommy Bryant (51) American jazz
double-bassist, grew up in a musical family in Philadelphia; his mother
was a choir director, his brother Ray Bryant is a pianist, and another
brother, Len Bryant, is a vocalist and drummer. He began playing bass
at age twelve and played in many local outfits, including Billy Krechmer's.
In the late 1940s he joined Elmer Snowden's band, staying there until
1952, when he took a tour of duty during the Korean War. In 1956 he returned
and formed his own trio, though he is better known for his work with musicians
such as Jo Jones, Charlie Shavers, Roy Eldridge Dizzy Gillespie, Barney
Wilen, Benny Golson, Big Joe Turner and Coleman Hawkins. In the last ten
years of his life he played in the follow-up band to The Ink Spots. Tommy
also recorded with Mahalia Jackson under the name Tom Bryant (?)
b. May 21st 1930.
1989: Eddie Heywood Jr (73) American
jazz pianist, born in Georgia, he became very popular in the 1940s. He
played with several popular jazz musicians such as Wayman Carver in 1932,
Clarence Love from 1934 to 1937 and Benny Carter from 1939 to 1940 after
which moving to New York. After starting his own band, he occasionally
played back-up for Billie Holiday in 1941. In 1943, he put together the
first sextet, including Doc Cheatham and Vic Dickenson. After their version
of "Begin the Beguine" became a hit in 1944, they had three
successful years. Between 1947 to 1950, he was stricken with a partial
paralysis of his hands and could not play at all. In the 1950s, Eddie
wrote and recorded "Land of Dreams" and "Soft Summer Breeze"
and is probably best known for his 1956 recording of "Canadian Sunset,"
all of which he recorded with Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra. After
a second partial paralysis in the 1960s, Heywood made another comeback
and continued his career in the 1980s. Eddie has a "Star" on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame (?)
b. December 4th 1915.
1990: Arthur Gold (72)
American pianist; he met fellow pianist Robert
Fizdale during their student years at Juilliard. They formed a lifelong
gay partnership based around their interests of music and formed one of
the most important Piano duos of the 20th century. Some say that Gold
and Fizdale revolutionized the art of performing as a 2-piano duo, agree
or not, they were commissioned and premièred many of the most important
works for this ensemble in the second half of the 20th century, including
works by John Cage, Paul Bowles, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem and many other
US composers. They
released recordings featuring works by Les Six, Vittorio Rieti, and many
other composers, as well as a series of Concerto recordings with Leonard
Bernstein and The New York Philharmonic, including the Poulenc Concerto
for Two Pianos, The Mozart Two Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns's "Carnival
of the Animals" (?)
b. February 6th 1917.
Juan García Esquivel (83) Mexican band leader, pianist,
and film score composer, born in Tampico. He is recognized today as one
of the foremost exponents of a sophisticated style of largely instrumental
music that combines elements of lounge music and jazz with Latin flavors.
He is called by many "The King of Space Age Pop" and "The
Busby Berkley of Cocktail Music" and is considered one of the foremost
exponents of a style of late 1950s-early 1960s quirky instrumental pop
that became known as "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music". He arranged
many traditional Mexican songs like "Bésame Mucho", "La
Bamba", "El Manisero" and "La Bikina"; also Brazilian
songs like "Aquarela do Brasil"/"Brazil", "Surfboard"
and "Agua de Beber", and composed spicy lounge-like novelties
such as "Mini Skirt", "Yeyo", "Latin-Esque",
"Mucha Muchacha" and "Whatchamacallit". He was commissioned
to compose the music of a Mexican children's TV show Odisea Burbujas.
Juan's concerts featured elaborate light shows years before effects like
that became popular in live music. He performed in Las Vegas on several
occasions, often opening for Frank Sinatra (?)
Janos Furst (71) Hungarian orchestral
conductor, he originally studied the violin at the Franz Liszt Academy
of Music in his native Budapest. After the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary,
he continued studies at the conservatory in Brussels. He attended the
Conservatoire de Paris and there won a Premier Prix. He took a job in
1958 with the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra, and developed his
career as an orchestra leader. In 1963, he founded the Irish Chamber Orchestra,
concertmaster of the
Ulster Orchestra in 1966. In the 70s, 80s and 90s he held positions as
Chief Conductor and-or Music Director, and recorded with orchestras in
Malmö, Aalborg, Winterthur,
the Opéra de Marseille and was Chief Guest Conductor of the Helsinki
Philharmonic Orchestra. He worked and recorded with many others including
the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Janos died of cancer in Paris)
b. August 8th 1935
Charles Camilleri (77) Maltese composer, long acknowledged
as Malta's national composer;
born in Hamrun, as a teenager he had already composed a number of works
based on folk music and legends of his native Malta. He went on to composed
over 100 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice and solo instruments.
His work has been performed throughout the world and his research of folk
music and improvisation, the influences of the sounds of Africa and Asia,
together with the academic study of European music, helped him create
a "universal" style. His works include the now famous Malta
Suite, Maltese Dances, A Maltese Overture - Din l-Art Helwa, operas in
Maltese, a ballet based on the Knights of Malta and the oratorio Pawlu
ta' Malta. His piano piece Cantilena, is currently part of the Grade 5
Trinity Guildhall piano syllabus. The Missa Mundi for solo organ was described
by its first publisher as "the organ's Rite of Spring" (?)
September 7th 1931.
2010: Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt (84)
Chilean composer, a prolific composer in Chile before he moved
to Germany to teach at Oldenburg University, a job he held since 1974.
His catalogue includes 100s of compositions that goes from the most traditional
to the most avant-garde, from popular songs to large scale cantatas, symphonies
and oratorios. Highlights
are his cantatas La Araucana and Lord Cochrane de Chile, the Macchu Picchu
oratorio on texts by Neruda, the Concerto for Flute & Strings, and
a most recent Harp Concerto from 2006, not forgetting the electroacoustic
works. Gustavo also was an important teacher, some of his pupils were
or are among the most important composers of Chile, these include Luis
Advis, Sergio Ortega, Fernando García, and Cirilo Vila (sadly
Gustavo died while fighting lung cancer)
b. August 26th 1925.
2011: Geraldo Flach (65) Brazilian
pianist, composer, and considered one of the leading names in instrumental
music in southern Brazil. He collaborated with the likes of Nana Caymmi,
Ivan Lins, Renato Borghetti and Yamandu Costa, and had songs recorded
by Elis Regina, and Emilio Santiago Taiguara, among others. His work,
which mixes folk roots with urban music filtered into the language of
jazz, was awarded in Brazil and abroad (cancer)
2011: Suchitra Mitra (86) Indian singer,
composer and a well respected exponent of Rabindra Sangeet or the songs
of Bengal's poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore. As an academic she remained
a Professor and the Head of 'Rabindra Sangeet Department' at the Rabindra
Bharati University for many years. She has also done playback singing
and acted in a Bengali films as well, and for many years remained associated
with IPTA. Some of her notable awards include: Tagore Hymn Prize in 1945
from London Tagore Hymn Society, Padma Shri in 1973 from the Government
of India, Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1986 from the Government of India,
HMV Golden Disc Award, Shiromoni Puraskar from Asian Paints, Desikottama
from Visva-Bharati, Allauddin Puraskar from the Government of West Bengal,
among numerous others (cardiac
arrest) b. September 19th
2012: Enrique de Melchor/Enrique Jiménez
flamenco guitarist, born near Seville, but lived in Madrid most of his
life. Considered the equal of Paco de Lucia and Manolo SanLucar, he has
worked with the soulful greats among flamenco singers, including Antonio
Mairena, Camarón de La Isla, La Perla de Cádiz, Pansequito,
Rocío Jurado, Chiquetete, El Lebrijano, El Fary, María Jiménez
and José Menese among others. As a soloist, he appears at venues
such as Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, along
with the Madrids Teatro Real de Madrid and Barcelonas Liceo.
He also accompanied Spanish opera singers Montserrat Caballé and
José Carreras (sadly Enrique died fighting
cancer) b. July 15th 1950.
'Bob' Weston (64)
musician born in Plymouth, Devon, best known for his brief role as guitarist
and songwriter with the rock band Fleetwood Mac in late 1972-74. He recorded
the Penguin album in January 1973 as a lead guitarist alongside Bob Welch,
but stood out on his slide guitar, especially on "Remember Me",
and his accomplished harmonica and banjo playing. He also sang with Christine
McVie on the song "Did You Ever Love Me", and wrote the instrumental,
"Caught in the Rain". Bob went on to record with Murray Head,
then briefly join, along with bassist Nick South and drummer Ian Wallace,
Steve Marriott's newly formed All-Stars Band. When Marriott opted to play
lead guitar himself, Bob went on to do a few solo albums. In January 2008,
he started working on new recordings,
recorded at Markant Studios in the Netherlands
and were released later in the year (sadly
Bob was found dead flat in his flat at Brent Cross, London)
November 1st 1947.
2013: M. S. Gopalakrishnan aka MSG (81)
Indian violinist born in Mylapore, Chennai; he was a violinist in the
field of Carnatic music. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Padma
Sri, Kalaimamani, Sangeetha Kalanidhi and 1997 Sangeet Natak Akademi awards,
and is commonly grouped with Lalgudi Jayaraman and T.N.Krishnan as part
of the violin-trinity of carnatic music. He has played the violin for
over fifty years as a soloist and accompanist, having accompanied Omkarnath
Thakur and D. V. Paluskar, and has toured Australia, the US, the UK, the
Netherlands, South Africa, Malaysia, and Hong Kong (?)
b. June 10th 1931.
2014: Yashiki Takajin (64)
Japanese singer-songwriter and television presenter, born in
Nishinari-ku, Osaka, he started his singing career in the 1970s in Gion,
Kyoto. In 1981, he sang the theme song of the first movie of the Mobile
Suit Gundam, Suna no jujika a. He sang many songs about Osaka such as
Yappa suki yanen-1986, Osaka koi monogatari-1989, Nametonka-1990 and Tokyo-1993.
(sadly died of esophageal cancer) b.
October 5th 1949.
2014: Phil Everley (74) American singer,
songwriter and guitarist
in Chicago, Illinois,
into a musical family; his father, Ike who was also a musician had a show
on KMA and KFNF in Shenandoah, Iowa, in the 1940s, with his wife Margaret
and their two young sons, Don and Phil. Singing on the show gave the brothers
their first exposure to the music industry. The family sang together and
lived and traveled in the area singing as the Everly Family. The Everly
Brothers grew up from ages 5 and 7, through early high school, in Shenandoah
to Knoxville, Tennessee, where the brothers attended Knox West High School,
continuing their musical development. The boys caught the attention of
Chet Atkins who became an early champion >>>
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died after a long brave battle with emphysema and bronchitis )
b. January 19th 1939.
1969: Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers Jr. (33) American
musician born in Pittsburgh, he was one of the most influential jazz bassists
of the 20th century. A prominent figure in many rhythm sections during
the 50s and 60s, his importance in the development of jazz bass can be
measured not only by the length and breadth of his work in this short
period but also his impeccable time, intonation, and virtuosic improvisations.
was in great demand as a session musician recording with dozens of greats,
including such landmarks as Thelonious Monk's Brilliant Corners, Coltrane's
Giant Steps, and Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth. Many
musicians wrote songs dedicated to Paul. Red Garland, wrote the tune "The
P.C. Blues", and Coltrane's song "Mr. P.C.", Tommy Flanagan
wrote "Big Paul", which was performed on the John Coltrane and
Kenny Burrell Prestige 1958 LP. Max Roach wrote a drum solo called "Five
For Paul", on his 1977 "impossible to find" drum solo LP
recorded in Japan, and Sonny Rollins wrote "Paul's Pal" for
him (sadly died prematurely
of tuberculosis) b.
April 22nd 1935.
1970: Neil Boland (?) English chauffeur,
bodyguard and friend of The Who's drummer, Keith Moon. (Keith
accidently ran over Neil as he was escaping from a Gang of skinheads after
a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Keith had never passed
his driving test and never got over it) b.
1981: Ruth Lowe (66) Canadian songwriter,
pianist born in Toronto; in 1936, she became a member of the All Girl
band, The Melodears. She went on to become a successful songwriter, her
songs included "I'll Never Smile Again", written after her husband
died. The song was later covered by many artists, including Frank Sinatra,
his first great hit while with Dorsey; and The Ink Spots. Also she composed
the Frank Sinatra hit "Put Your Dreams Away", Frank's 'signature'
song, which was played at his funeral. In 1982, the year after she died,
Ruth was inducted into the American Music Hall of Fame with an honorary
Grammy Award (?) b.
August 12th 1914.
1985: Lovro von Matacic (85) Croatian
conductor and composer born in Suak. He was a member of the Vienna
Boys' Choir, then studied at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik. There
he studied piano, organ, composition, and conducting. He he went on to
be especially praised for his control over the immense formal structures
of Bruckner's symphonies and his masterly control of phrasing. However,
he also included in his favorite repertory music of the whole Romantic
era and the music of Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn. His reputation with
the most serious music of the era did not preclude him from having a light
touch where recalled; his recording of Léhar's The Merry Widow,
with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, is particularly prized (?)
1986: Phil Lynott (36) Irish singer,
bassist, songwriter, composer, founder member of Thin Lizzy; he released
two solo albums and also formed and fronted the band Grand Slam. Born
in West Bromwich, England, but when Phil was four years old, he went to
live with his grandmother Sarah in Crumlin, Dublin, while his mother stayed
in Manchester. In the mid 1960s, he began singing in his first band, the
Black Eagles. Around this time, he befriended Brian Downey, who was later
persuaded to join the band. Before long the Black Eagles broke up and
Phil joined 'Kama Sutra' before settling into a short stint singing in
(Irish) Skid Row. In 1969, Phil and Brian Downey formed Thin Lizzy with
guitarist Eric Bell and keyboard player Eric Wrixon. Phil was the main
songwriter for Thin Lizzy, as well as the lead singer and bassist. Their
first top ten hit was in 1973, with a rock version of the traditional
Irish song "Whiskey in the Jar". In 1980, though Thin Lizzy
were still enjoying considerable success, Phil launched a solo career
with the album, Solo in Soho. In 1984, he formed a new band, Grand Slam,
with Doish Nagle, Laurence Archer, Robbie Brennan, and Mark Stanway. His
last single, "Nineteen", was released a few weeks before his
failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a
b. August 20th 1949.
1988: Lily Laskine (94)
French harpist, she was one of the most prominent
harpists of the twentieth century. She was a frequent performing partner
of several distinguished French flautists, including Marcel Moyse and
Jean-Pierre Rampal. Laskine also served as professor of harp at the Conservatoire
de Paris from 1948 to 1958. She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1958
August 31st 1893.
1991: Leo Wright (57) A first-rate
bop-oriented alto saxophonist, clarinetist, he was also one of the finest
flutists jazz, born in Wichita Falls, Texas. In
the late 1950s he
played with Charles Mingus, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Coles, Blue Mitchell
and Dizzy Gillespie who in rhe 1960s he appeared at several major international
festivals and made records including A Musical Safari. From the end of
the 60s he lived in Europe where he played with various bands. In the
mid-80s he performed and record with Nat Adderley, Kenny Drew, and his
vocalist wife Elly, and led his own groups (?)
b. December 14th 1933.
1994: Rahul Dev Burman (54) Indian
composer and actor born in Calcutta; he
was famous for his grunting bass singing style. He
playback in 18 movies which he composed and he also acted in the film
Bhoot Bungla '65 and Pyar Ka Mausam '67. Out of his 331 released movies
292 were in Hindi, 31 in Bangla, 3 in Telugu, 2 each in Tamil & Oriya
and 1 in Marathi. He also composed for 5 TV Serials in Hindi and Marathi
and scored a large number of non-film songs in Bangla aka Pooja songs
or modern songs, which are available in different albums. (?)
b. June 27th 1939.
1995: Eduardo Mata (52) Mexican conductor
and composer; born in Mexico City, he studied guitar privately for 3 years
before attending the National Conservatory of Music. He composed several
works in the 50s and 60s, including 3 symphonies, chamber works, sonatas,
and works for ballet. His 3rd symphony and some chamber works have been
recorded. In 1965 he was appointed head of the Music Department of the
National Autonomous University of Mexico and conductor of the Guadalajara
Orchestra. From '77 to '93 he was music director of the Dallas Symphony
Orchestra and guest conductor of several famous orchestras in the US,
Europe and Latin America. He recorded over fifty albums, most of them
with the UNAM Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and London
Symphony Orchestra (Eduardo
and a passenger were en route from Cuernavaca, Morelos, to Dallas, Texas;
he was piloting his own Piper Aerostar. One engine failed shortly after
takeoff, tragically the plane crashed during an emergency landing attempt,
killing them both)b.
September 5th 1942.
1996: Ramón Vinay
operatic tenor born in Chillán, Chile, probably best remembered
for his appearances in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's tragic opera
Otello. His overall tenor repertoire embraced heavy Wagnerian roles, he
sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 1952-57, as well as Canio in Leoncavallo's
Pagliacci, Don José in Bizet's Carmen and Samson in Saint-Saëns's
Samson et Dalila. Apart from Iago, the baritone parts which he performed
included Telramund, Bartolo, Falstaff and Scarpia (died
b. August 31st 1911. NOTE:some
sources give YOB 1912
1998: John Gary (66) American pop
vocalist; considered by many to be one of the best crooners due to his
extaordinary breath control and tonal quality of his voice. He had an
exceptionally wide range of 3 octaves. He sang in movies, on Broadway,
had his own TV show, and appeared at Carnegie Hall, with numerous symphonies.
He appeared 30 times as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, Steve
Allen and Johnny Carson. He traveled across the U.S. and Canada with around
40 concerts per year. For six years he gave Community concerts in over
400 cities and towns. John recorded 23 albums for RCA Victor Records.
His 1967 single "Cold", r was his most successful, topping the
billboard easy listening chart for two weeks(?)
b. November 29th 1932.
2001: Les Brown (88) American big
band leader and composer, best known for his nearly seven decades of work
with his group Les Brown and His Band of Renown from 1938 to 2001. Before
which he graduated from New York Military Academy in 1932, Les attended
college at Duke University from 1932-1936. There he led the group Les
Brown and His Blue Devils, performing regularly on campus and up and down
the east coast. The first feature length film that Les and the band appeared
in was the war-time movie "Seven Days Leave". "Rock-A-Billy
Baby", in 1957, was their second movie and in 1963, they appeared
in Jerry Lewis' comedy The Nutty Professor. Les and his band were also
the house band for the Steve Allen show from 1959-1961 and the Dean Martin
Variety Show from 1963-1972. They performed with virtually every major
performer of their time, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and
Nat "King" Cole (?)
b. March 14th 1912.
2003: Yfrah Neaman OBE (79)
Lebonese violinist and an eminent pedagogue born in Sidon; he studied
in Paris and then settled in London where he continued his studies with
Carl Flesch and Max Rostal. Yfrah gave the first performances in Britain
of the violin concertos of Walter Piston in 1952 and Roberto Gerhard in
1955. He taught at the Guildhall School of Music and was artistic director
of the Carl Flesch Competition. Among his students were Krzysztof Smietana,
David Takeno, Wolfgang David, Sung-Sic Yang, Gennady Filimonov, Mihai
Craioveanu, and Radoslaw Szulc. Yfrah was awarded the Order of the British
Empire in 1983 (?) b.
2004: Jake Hess (76) American 4 time
Grammy Award-winning gospel singer and founder of The Imperials. He began
his career at the age of 16, when he joined the John Daniel Quartet, making
his recorded debut on "Just a Prayer Away". After which, he
sang with three of his brothers as the Hess Brothers Quartet. He also
sang with the Sunny South Quartet and their rival, the Melody Masters
Quartet. From 1948 until 1963 Jake sang lead with the Statesmen Quartet.
Upon leaving the Statesmen Quartet, Jake formed the Imperials, they went
on to become pioneers in Contemporary Christian Music, and would eventually
be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Elvis Presley had long
harbored a love for gospel and Jake Hess in particular. The group recorded
with Elvis in sessions from May 1966 to June 1971. This included his last
two Grammy Award-winning albums: How Great Thou Art, featuring a duet
with Jake on the classic Statesmen song "If The Lord Wasnt
Walking By My Side" and He Touched Me, which used many of the songs
that the Imperials had recorded on their own albums. (sadly
died from a heart attack)
b. December 24th 1927.
2008: Mort Garson (83) Canadian electronic
musician born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and was an best known for
his albums that predominantly feature Moog synthesizers. He went on to
work in television and film, scoring a wide variety of music for many
different movies and TV shows, from Beware! The Blob! to Kentucky Fried
Movie to National Geographic specials. Closely associated with Heatter-Quigley
Productions, he created the theme songs and music cues for the TV game
shows such as "Amateur's
Guide to Love", "Gambit", "Runaround", "Baffle",
"The Magnificent Marble Machine", and "Battlestars".
the score for the 1983 West End musical Marilyn! The Musical (?)
b. July 20th 1924
2008: Keith Baxter (36) British drummer;
1990, he was a founder member of folk metal pioneers Skyclad, releasing
their debut album 'The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth' in 1991. After a
tour with Overkill they recorded their follow-up album 'A Burnt Offering
for the Bone Idol' in 1992. He recorded 3 more albums with them before
leaving in 1995 to move to London where he joined '3CR'/'3
Colours Red'. Their 1997 debut album "Pure" was follFollowing
the band split in 1999 he formed the band Elevation with former bandmate,
Pete Vuckovic. The following year he moved back to his hometown of Lancaster
and briefly played with the Nth.Irish band, Therapy in 2002. Following
3 Colours Red's reformation and second split, Kieth played with Lancaster-based
Baby Judas (sadly died from gastro-intestinal hemorrhage
in hospital surrounded by family and friends)
b. February 19th 1971.
2010: Sandro de América/Roberto Sánchez
(64) Argentinian singer, guitarist and actor born in Buenos
Aires, learning and playing Romani guitar as a child. In the 1960s he
started the group Sandro & los de Fuego, which gained popularity on
the TV show Sábados Circulares and had hits with songs like Trigal,
Tengo, ¿A esto le llamas amor?, Eres el demonio disfrazado, Porque
yo te amo and Rosa, Rosa. He was the first Latino singer to fill Madison
Square Garden doing so five times during the 1970s. He was also the first
singer to do a television concert via satellite, the concert was broadcast
from Madison Square Garden in April 1970. This concert marked the debut
of Latino music for a world audience.
also appeared in various films, among others: Quiero Llenarme de Ti ("I
Want to fill myself with you") and telenovelas, including Fue sin
Querer/"It wasn't on purpose" (died from
complications after having heart and lung transplant surgery) b.
August 19th 1945.
2010: Tony Clarke (68) British musician
and record producer born in Coventry started his musical career playing
bass guitar in skiffle bands in the mid 1950s, and in rock bands into
the early 1960s. At this time he also worked as a session musician for
Decca Records, but in 1964 he transferred to the production department.
He also worked as a songwriter; his tune "Our Song" was recorded
by Malcolm Roberts and Jack Jones. His first production was with Pinkerton's
Colours No.8 hit "Mirror, Mirror", soon followed by The Equals's
No.1 hit "Baby Come Back" as well as writing "The Guy Who
Made Her A Star" for the band. In 1966 he was given The Moody Blues,
and produced what became their 1967 symphonic rock album "Days of
Future Passed" which included the now classic track, "Nights
in White Satin", it was also the first album to feature Justin Hayward
and John Lodge. Tony produced The Four Tops for a UK-only release in 1972,
which was comprised entirely of songs written by the Moody Blues. He stayed
with Moody Blues till their 1978 comeback album, Octave, earning the name
"the Sixth Moody" from friends and fans. He went on to produce
a number of film soundtracks and produced the likes of the Irish folk
rock outfit Clannad, Yes man Rick Wakeman, and Nicky Hopkins, among others
() b. ??.??.1941.
2010: Neil Christian/Christopher Tidmarsh (66)
English singer born in Hoxton, London. He formed Neil Christian and the
Crusaders in the early 1960s with a young Jimmy Page who toured with Christian
for around two years, and later played on several of his records, including
their November 1962 single, "The Road to Love" / "The Big
Beat Drum". At various times the band included Albert Lee and Alex
Dmochowski. He had a solo hit single in 1966, when "That's Nice",
with Ritchie Blackmore on guitar. However follow-up singles "Oops"
and "Two at a Time" never reached the charts, so Neil
remains a one-hit wonder
February 4th 1943.
2011: Mick Karn/Andonis Michaelides (52)
Cypriot-born British bass guitarist, saxophonist and keyboardist
born in Nicosia; in 1961, his family emigrated to London, England, where
he was educated at Catford Boys' School. He and his friends formed the
New Wave group, Japan in 1974 and achieved success in the late '70s and
'80s, when they were often associated with the burgeoning New Romantic
fashion movement. They debuted with their '78 album Adolescent Sex, followed
up with Obscure Alternatives, both albums acheiving success outside the
UK . Their next 5 albums all charted in the UK, the last being Rain Tree
Crow in 1991, when they briefly reformed for this one-off project, and
their final album. After Japan broke up, he recorded a solo album before
forming Dalis Car with Peter Murphy of the gothic post-punk group Bauhaus,
who recorded one album in 1984. In the 90s he worked with artist David
Torn and a number of Japanese musicians, and formed the multinational
New Wave band, NiNa. Since then Mick has worked as a solo artist and as
a sculptor and photographer. He
has also played on recordings by other artists, contributing bass guitar
and saxophone to Gary Numan's Dance album, and played with Kate Bush and
Joan Armatrading (sadly
died from cancer)
b. July 24th 1958.
2011: Tavo Kupinski (36) Argentine
left-hander guitarist and founding member of the rock band Los Piojos
formed in 1988. In 1991, they headed to Europe to participate in an anti-racist
music festival in France, playing with groups from Mali, Burkina Faso,
Cuba, and Spain. He recorded eleven albums with the band, but in 2009,
when the internal crisis started he moved on as reinforcement of Las Pelotas
band; also along with Paul Guerra, Sebastián Cardero and Changuito
Gómez Farías, he formed the rock band Revealados
(tragically Tavo died along with his wife in a car crash)
b. January 18th 1974
2011: Gerry Rafferty (63) Scottish
singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Paisley, Glasgow best known for
his hits "Right Down the Line" and "Baker Street".
In 1963 he left St Mirin's Academy and had several jobs while playing
in a local group, the Mavericks. In 1966 Gerry and his school friend Joe
Egan released a single, "Benjamin Day"/"There's Nobody
Here", as members of The Fifth Column. He joined Billy Connolly in
a folk band The Humblebums, recording 2 albums with Billy, 'The New Humblebums'
and 'Open Up the Door'. It was Gerry who urged Connolly to go it alone
as a comic, after which Gerry recorded a first solo album, 'Can I Have
My Money Back'. >>> READ
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has sadly died after suffering a long time with chronic liver and kidney
April 16th 1947.
2011: Grady Chapman (81) American
doo-wop singer; born in Greenville, South Carolina, he joined The Robins
in 1952, singing alongside Bobby Nunn, Billy Richards, Roy Richards, Ty
Terrell, and later Carl Gardner. During that time, the Robins recorded
for RCA, and later Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's LA based "Spark"
label. In 1958, he wrote "Sweet Pea" for Bob and Earl. Grady
would later become a member of one of the the Coasters' many spin-off
groups, The Coasters Mark II, which included Bobby Nunn, Bobby Sheen,
and Billy Richards, Jr. In 1977, along with Billy Guy and Jerome Evans,
he sang on "Paid The Price" on Michelle Phillips' album Victim
Of Romance. He would also substitute for Carl Gardner a few times in the
1990s and 2000s with The Coasters. He still performed as Grady Chapman
& The Robins, until his death (heart failure)
b. October 1st 1929.
2011: Jeff Jacobs (41) American trumpeter
and keyboardist, and a member of the San Francisco spaghetti-Western-jazz
ensemble The Drift. Over the years they have toured in Europe, Japan,
Canada, and the United States and has produced multiple recordings (sadly
died after a battle with cancer) b.????
2012: Kerry McGregor (37) Scottish
singer-songwriter and actress born in West Lothian and began her career
performing with bands including Nexus and QFX. In 1997, she came second
in the The Great British Song Contest, the UK selection for the Eurovision
Song Contest, with the song "Yodel in the Canyon of Love". She
in a number of stage and television shows including the Channel 4 comedy
The Book Group playing Kenny's love-interest Carol Ann, and the BBC1 Children's
drama series Grange Hill. In 2006, Kerry was a finalist in the third UK
series of TV talent show The X Factor, but was eliminated in the third
week of the live shows along with Dionne Mitchell. In 2010, she supported
Scottish singer-songwriter Jay Brown, and was working with producer and
musician Calais Brown at the time of her death (sadly
Kerry died while fighting cancer) b. 1974.
2013: Senay Yüzbasioglu
(62) Turkish singer, born in Istanbul; in 1971, she
married musician Serif Yüzbasioglu. Following her marriage she became
one of the most active singers of Turkey. In addition to music, she made
a name in politics by supporting Bülent Ecevit, leader of the Republican
People's Party. After her husband's death in 1981, she almost abandoned
music (sadly died from respiratory failure)
2013: Sammy Johns (66)
American country singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Charlotte,
North Carolina, best known for his million selling 1975 hit single, "Chevy
Van". As a teenager he had established his own band, the Devilles,
who performed in local clubs and recorded a few records on the Dixie record
label. After a move to Atlanta, Georgia, Sammy was given a recording contract
in 1973 with General Recording Corporation who put out his first solo
record, "Early Morning Love". After his debut album for GRC
which included "Chevy Van", Sammy signed a deal in 1976 with
Warner-Curb, which resulted in him working on the soundtrack to The Van.
The 1982 New World Records single "Falling for You" came to
the attention of Elektra, and the company took Sammy on board and issued
"Love Me off the Road" and "Common Man". When country
artist John Conlee covered "Common Man", the single went gold
and topped the charts. His song "America" was nominated for
song of the year in country music circles and "Desperado Love"
brought Conway Twitty his final gold record (?)
b. February 7th 1946.
Netto (75) American
clarinetist, saxophonist and fluteist born in the heart of jazzland ~
New Orleans. He attended McDonough Grammar School where at the age of
11 he started to study music. Continuing his studies at St. Aloysius and
McDonough High School, by this time he was very influenced by the greats
such as Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He
finished his education with a year at the University of South Western
Louisiana. It isn't any wonder growing up on the doorstep Bourbon Street
with the soulful sounds of the blues to the feverish passion of the jazz
vibrating from building to building, a melting pot for ethnically diverse
cultures. Musical influences from Africa, Spain, Italy, South America,
and French cultures, growing up with the excitement of Mardi Gras
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2014: Shigeyuki Imai (81) Japanese
composer (sadly died fighting esophageal cancer)
Katherine "Kitty" Cheatham (82) American
singer, diseuse and actress, born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee.
She began her career in music at age 14 by performing at First Presbyterian
Church in Nashville. She later went on to study in New York, Paris, and
Berlin. Her professional stage debut was made in London, England in 1904,
where she performed renditions of African-American folk songs. She is
credited with having helped preserve these traditional songs and bring
them to European audiences (?)
Bourgeois (80) French vaudeville performer
born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France. She began
as a flower seller in a restaurant in her home town, singing popular ballads
as she sold her flowers. Jeanne made her debut as Mistinguett at the Casino
de Paris in 1895, and also appeared in shows as the Folies Bergère,
Moulin Rouge, and Eldorado. Her risqué routines captivated Paris
and she went on to become the most popular French entertainers of her
time and the highest paid female entertainer in the world. In 1919 her
legs were insured for the then astounding amount of 500,000 francs. She
first recorded her signature song 'Mon Homme' in 1916. During
a tour of the America, she was asked by Time magazine to explain her popularity.
Her answer was: "It is a kind of magnetism. I say 'Come closer' and
draw them to me." (?)
b. April 5th 1875.
1970: Robert Gerhard (73) Catalan Spanish
composer, musical scholar and writer. He spent several years with Schoenberg
in Vienna and Berlin. Returning to Barcelona in 1928, he devoted his energies
to new music through concerts and journalism, in conjunction with the
flourishing literary and artistic avant-garde of Cataloni. He was forced
to flee to France in 1939 and later that year settled in Cambridge, England.
As well as his many works, he was perhaps the first important composer
of electronic music in Britain; his music for the 1955 Stratford-on-Avon
King Lear one of many such commissions for the Royal Shakespeare
Company - was the first electronic score for the British stage (sadly
died of a heart disease)
b. September 25th 1896.
1974: Lev Oborin (66) Russian pianist;
in 1921, he was accepted into Moscow Conservatory as a student of piano
and composition. He completed his piano studies in 1926 and in 1927 he
was the winner of the first International Chopin Piano Competition. During
the years 1941 to 1963, Lev played in a piano trio with David Oistrakh
and the cellist Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, achieving international fame
b. September 11th 1907.
1976: Mal Evans (40)
English roadie; best known as the road manager, assistant, and
a friend of The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison,
and Ringo Starr. In the early 1960s, Evans was employed as a telephone
engineer, and also worked part-time as a bouncer at the Cavern Club, where
The Beatles performed. Manager Brian Epstein later hired Evans as their
assistant road manager, in tandem with Neil Aspinall. He contributed to
many Beatle recordings, and appeared in some of the films they made. The
Beatles stopped touring in 1966, but Mal carried on assisting the band
and working with them in the studio. Mal enjoyed an executive position
at Apple until 1969, when Allen Klein was hired as a manager to reorganise
the whole company. Mal was fired by Klein the next year, because Klein
complained to Lennon that Aspinall and Evans were "living like kingslike
f***g emperors", although he was later reinstated after McCartney,
Harrison and Starr complained. He produced several songs recorded by the
Iveys/Badfinger in 1969 and 1970. The most notable of these is the song
"No Matter What" by Badfinger, which charted on Billboard's
Top 10 in December 1970. He also produced some tracks for Keith Moon's
solo album Two Sides of the Moon and co-wrote "You and Me (Babe)"
with George Harrison, which appears on Ringo's solo album, Ringo, in 1973.
Mal was shot dead by police at his LA apartment; he pointed a rifle at
the police while upset) b.
May 27th 1935.
1979: Charles Mingus (56)
American jazz pianist, bassist and bandleader born at a US Army
Base in Nogales, Arizona. His compositions retained the hot and soulful
feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes
drawing on elements of Third stream, free jazz, and classical music. Many
musicians passed through his bands and later went on to impressive careers.
He recruited talented and sometimes little-known artists whom he assembled
into unconventional and revealing configurations. As a performer, he was
a pioneer in double bass technique and considered the heir apparent to
Duke Ellington. Epitaph is considered to be one of Charles Mingus' masterpieces.
The composition is 4,235 measures long, requires two hours to perform,
and is one of the longest jazz pieces ever written. (sadly
died from Lou Gehrig's disease)
b. April 22nd 1922.
1991: Billie Anthony/Philomena McGeachie Levy
(58) Scottish singer born in Glasgow. Her mother was a dancer
and her father, a song and dance man, and her godmother was Gracie Fields.
In 1946, at aged 14, she ran away from home and joined the chorus of a
touring show as one of "May Moxons Young Ladies". Five
years later she met Peter Elliott, they decided on the formation of their
own double act. As Phil and Peter Elliott, they successfully toured variety
theatres as "The Debonair Dancers Four Educated Feet".
In October 1953, with her name changed to Billie Anthony, she recorded
and released her first single "Id Rather Take My Time"
coupled with "Things Go Wrong". Her sixth release "This
Ole House" reached No.4 in the UK and remained in the chart for 16
weeks (sadly Billie died after suffering a series
of strokes) b. October 11th 1932.
1997: Burton Lane/Burton Levy (84) American
composer and lyricist; best known for his Broadway musicals, "Finian's
Rainbow" and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever", he also
wrote the music for the Broadway shows, Hold On to Your Hats, Laffing
Room Only, Junior Miss, and Carmelina. He wrote music for many films such
as Dancing Lady, Babes on Broadway, and Some Like it Hot. For a time,
he was president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers, where
he campaigned against music piracy. He also served three terms on the
board of directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and
Publishers (ASCAP). He is credited with discovering the 11 year old Frances
Gumm aka Judy Garland's best known songs include "Old Devil Moon,"
"How are Things In Glocca Morra?", "Too Late Now,"
"How About You?", and the title song from "On a Clear Day."
He shared a Grammy Award in 1965 for Best Broadway Cast Album of the year
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (?) b.
February 2nd 1912.
1998: Salvatore ''Sonny'' Bono (62)
American record producer, singer, actor, and politician born in
Detroit but attended Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California, but
did not graduate. He began his music career working at Specialty Records
where his song "Things You Do to Me" was recorded by Sam Cooke,
and went on to work for the legendary record producer Phil Spector in
the early 1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and "gofer".
One of his earliest songwriting efforts was "Needles and Pins"
which he co-wrote with Jack Nitzsche. Later in the same decade, he achieved
commercial success, along with his then-wife Cher, as part of the singing
duo Sonny and Cher. Bono wrote, arranged, and produced a number of hit
records with singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat
Goes On". He also played a major part in Cher's early solo career
with recordings such as "Bang Bang" and "You Better Sit
Down Kids". Sonny later went into acting and politics (tragically
killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe) b.
February 16th 1935.
1998: Ken Forssi (55) American bassist
born in Florida; along with several Sarasota friends, he migrated to Anaheim,
California in 1964, and began commuting to the school. At this time, his
interest in music became much more intense, he learned new techniques
very rapidly. Soon he got the position as bass player in a late-period
lineup of The Surfaris, and touring Japan with the band. In 1965 he met
Arthur Lee, who then had a band called "Grass Roots", Lee hired
Ken as bassist, and they soon officially formed Love. Their music reflected
different influences, combining elements of rock and roll, garage rock,
folk and psychedelia. Ken can be heard on their first three albums. After
Love his talent as a bassist gained him studio session work and offers
to join various other rock groups. He played briefly with a band called
"The Elves Themselves" and worked on a record with Jimi Hendrix.
(sadly died from a brain tumor) b. March 30th 1943.
2003: Doreen Carwithen aka
Mary Alwyn (80) British composer, born in Haddenham; she started
both piano and violin at age 4. At age 16 she began composing by setting
Wordsworth's I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud/Daffodils for voice and piano.
In 1941 she entered the Royal Academy of Music and played the cello in
a string quartet and with orchestras. She went on to write scores for
over 30 films, including Harvest from the Wilderness in 1948; Boys in
Brown -1950; Mantrap, released in the U.S. as Man in Hiding -1952; and
East Anglian Holiday -1954. She also scored Elizabeth is Queen, the official
film of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Doreen also composed some
orchestral music: an overture ODTAA/One Damn Thing After Another -1945;
a Concerto for piano and strings -1948; the overture Bishop Rock -1952;
a Suffolk Suite -1964 and two award-winning but little-known string quartets.
In 1999 a stroke left her paralysed on one side
b. November 15th 1922.
2005: Danny Sugerman (50) US music
manager; the second manager of the Los Angeles based rock band The Doors,
and who wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including
'No One Here Gets Out Alive' co-authored with Jerry Hopkins, and the autobiography
'Wonderland Avenue'. He helped film director Oliver Stone with the production
of the 1991 movie The Doors. He also managed Iggy Pop, producing his song
"Repo Man", and wrote the book Appetite For Destruction: The
Days of Guns 'N Roses in 1991 (lung cancer)
b. October 10th 1954.
2009: Sam "Bluzman" Taylor (74)
American singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music has been recorded
by everyone from Elvis Presley and Son Seals to DMX and EPMD. He was part
of Joey Dee & The Starlighters when they had their hit "Peppermint
Twist" in 1962. Through the 1970s, he spent his days writing, producing,
arranging and teaching more notably for 1970s legendary Funk/Soul group
B.T Express when they had their No.1 R&B hits "Do It (Til You're
Satisfied)" and "Express" in 1974/1975. He was also well
known for his own blues work, of more than 12 albums, including "I
Came from Dirt" and 2004's "Voice of the Blues", and his
appearances at Long Island blues clubs. In 2006 he was inducted into the
Long Island Music Hall of Fame and just before his death, he released
his autobiography "Caught In The Jaws Of The Blues" (heart disease)
b. October 25th 1934.
2009: Claude Jeter (94) American gospel
music singer, known for his falsetto vocals; one time member of the Dixie
Hummingbirds, he formed the Four Harmony Kings in 1938 with his brother
and two fellow coal miners, which was later renamed as the Silvertone
Singers. After the group was hired by a radio program based in Knoxville,
Tennessee that was sponsored by the local Swan Bakery, they were renamed
as the Swan Silvertones, the group would eventually become one of the
most popular gospel quartets of the post-war era. During the 1950s many
of the elements of the group's style resembled the then-prevalent rhythm
and blues vocal group style. He received many offers to perform R&B
or rock and roll, but rejected them all, citing a commitment he had made
to his mother that he would always sing for the Lord () b.October
2010: Willie Mitchell (81) American
soul, R&B, rock and roll, pop and funk music producer and arranger
who ran Royal Recording in Memphis, Tennessee. At the age of eight, he
began to play the trumpet. While in high school, he was a featured player
in popular local big bands. He later formed his own combo, which from
time to time included musicians such as trumpeter Booker Little, saxophonists
Charles Lloyd, and George Coleman, and pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr. He
was maybe better known for his Hi Records label of the 1970s, whose sound
was derivative of Booker T and the MG's, releasing albums by a large stable
of popular Memphis soul artists, including among others Al Green, Syl
Johnson, Ann Peebles and of course himself, as a trumpeter and bandleader
he released a few popular singles for his Hi Records in the 1960s, including
"Soul Serenade". He released his first solo record in 1963 and
made another 16 instrumental albums over the next forty years. Willie
and Al Green revived their successful recording partnership in 2003 when
Green recorded I Can't Stop. They followed this up in 2005 with Everything's
OK (Willie sadly died from a cardiac arrest)
b. March 23rd 1928.
2010: Harold Lewis (98) American musician
born in New York City, he was an accomplished flutist and respected studio
musician for more than 25 years having worked at Disney, Paramount, RKO,
20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Goldwyn, Universal and Hal Roach Studios,
where he performed in many motion pictures including "Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs," "Bambi," "Pinocchio,"
and his piccolo solo can be heard in "The Three Little Pigs".
Other films include "Citizen Kane," "The Ten Commandments,"
"Gone With the Wind," "Love With the Proper Stranger,"
"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," and a number of Laurel and Hardy
comedies. Harold was honored to accompany artists such as Mel Torme, Lily
Pons, and Jascha Heifetz and to work with numerous talented composers
and conductors such as Alfred Newman, George Gershwin, and Elmer Bernstein.
(?) b. March 25th
2011: Keijiro Yamashita (71) Japanese
rockabilly singer; he started his career in 1958 at the age of 18, appearing
in the Western Carnival stage show at the Nihon Gekijo in
Tokyo. From there, he quickly found fame as one of the Rockabilly
Sannin Otoko along with Masaaki Hirao and Mickey Curtis. Despite
being hospitalized and undergoing treatment, he performed a dinner show
in the Tochigi prefecture on December 26 2010. Sitting in a wheelchair
on stage, he extended the performance from its originally scheduled 10
minutes to 40 minutes. Among the songs he performed during the show was
his well-known cover of Paul Ankas Diana (cancer)
2011: Brian Rust (88) British jazz
discographer and music journalist; born in London, he collected records
from the age of 5. He worked in the BBC's record library from 1945-1960,
and supervised broadcasting selections. He wrote for The Gramophone from
1948-1970, and wrote freelance from 1960, including copious liner notes
for jazz releases. He hosted the Mardi Gras radio program on Capital Radio
from 1973-1984. His Jazz Records 1897-1942, revised several times since
its initial publication in 1961, is a standard jazz discography
b. March 19th 1922.
2012: Amit Saigal (46) Indian
rock musician, promoter of rock music, publisher and impresario. Saigal
founded the music magazine Rock Street Journal, the first rock magazine
in India, and promoted alternative music in India. Amit was also termed
as "Papa Rock" by the rock music community of India (sadly
drowned while on his boat which was anchored off Bogmalo beach in Goa)
b. July 6th 1965.
2012: Hikaru Hayashi (81) Japanese
composer, pianist and conductor born in Tokyo. He composed
more than 30 operas and was artistic director and resident composer of
the Opera Theatre Konnyakuza. His oeuvre also includes symphonic works,
works for band, chamber music, choral works, songs and more than 100 film
scores. He wrote more than 20 books including Nihon opera no yume / The
Dream of Japanese Opera and in 1998 Hikarui
won the 30th Suntory Music Award (tragically Hikaru died after collapsing
in front of his home hitting his head. He was rushed to the hospital but
was unresponsive) b. October 22nd 1931.
2014: K. P. Udayabhanu (77) Indian
radio announcer, also
he was a playback singer and music director mainly in Malayalam films;
born in Tharur, Palakkad he was the
nephew of music scholar K. P. Appukutta Menon and freedom fighter K. P.
Kesava Menon. Before working in films he started his career as an announcer
in All India Radio in 1955, where he worked for 38 years. In 1964, he
worked as music teacher at Lawrence School, Lovedale, but quit it in 1965
and rejoined All India Radio in the same year. He was also the Public
Relations Officer to K. Karunakaran twice (sadly
he died while fighting Parkinson's disease) b.
June 6th 1936.
2014: Nelson Ned/Nelson Ned d'Ávila Pinto
(66) Brazilian singer and composer who rose to fame in Brazil
and Latin America in 1969 and becoming known internationally, especially
in Portugal, France and Spain. In 1971 he released his first Spanish album,
"Canción Popular" and performed in the U.S., Latin America,
Europe, and Africa.
His best-known ballads in Portuguese language are: "Domingo à
Tarde", "Tudo Passará", "Eu Tambem Sou Sentimental",
"Deus Abençoe as Crianças do Brasil", "Medo"
and "Feliz Aniversario".
He also did some instrumental work for the "Electric Moog Orchestra"
in 1977. Since 1993, he has only recorded Christian Evangelical songs
in both Portuguese, Spanish and some in English
(sadly died from pneumonia) b. March 2nd
1942: Emma Calvé/Rosa Emma Calvet (83) French
soprano born in Decazeville; she studied the art of singing under Jules
Puget. After her debut at the Brussels La Monnaie, she took lessons in
Paris from the celebrated teacher Mathilde Marchesi. She made a tour of
Italy, where she saw the famous actress Eleonora Duse, whose impersonations
made a deep impression on the young singer. She trained herself in stage
craft and gesture by closely observing Duse's performances. Emma went
on to be probably the most famous French female opera singer of the Belle
Époque. Hers was an international career, and she sang regularly
and to considerable acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York,
and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (?)
b. August 15th 1858.
1980: Georgeanna Marie Tillman
Gordon (36) American singer brought up in Detroit, she joined
a singing group with high school friends Gladys Horton, Georgia Dobbins,
Katherine Anderson, and Wyanttea Cowart and called the Casinyets. After
coming in second place during a talent contest, the group, now known as
The Marvels, went to Motown's Hitsville USA studio and auditioned for
the label's head Berry Gordy and leading artist/staffer Smokey Robinson.
The group performed well but was required to come back with their own
song. Georgia co-wrote the song "Please Mr. Postman" for the
group and the Marvels signed to Motown's Tamla label in 1961, Gordy altering
their name to the Marvelettes. Georgeanna remained a member from then
on until 1965 when her illness began to affect her performances
died young with sickle cell anemia)
b. February 5th 1944
Farrell/Joseph Carl Firrantello (48) US jazz saxophonist and
flutist; well known for his performance with Chick Corea in Return to
Forever, as well as a series of albums under his own name on the CTI label
having a major hit with his third album Moon Gems, in 1972,
backed by top sidemen including Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke and Jack
DeJohnette. He also recorded with Charles Mingus, The Band, Maynard Ferguson
Big Band, Slide Hampton, Andrew Hill, Average White Band, Jaki Byard,
Hall & Oates, Fuse One and Elvin Jones among others. He is bettwr
known for a series of albums under his own name on the CTI record label
and for playing in the initial incarnation of Chick Corea's Return to
Forever (died of bone cancer) b. December 16th 1937.
1993: Dizzy Gillespie/John Birks Gillespie (75)
American jazz trumpet player, bandleader, singer, and composer dubbed
"the sound of surprise", his image is almost inseparable from
his trademark trumpet, whose bell bends upward at a 45-degree angle rather
than pointing straight ahead as in the conventional design. Born in Cheraw,
South Carolina, he started to play the piano at the age of four and taught
himself how to play the trombone as well as the trumpet by the age of
twelve. His first professional job was with the Frank Fairfax Orchestra
in 1935, after which he joined the respective orchestras of Edgar Hayes
and Teddy Hill, in 1937. Teddy Hills band was where Dizzy Gillespie
made his first recording, King Porter Stomp. In 1939, Dizzy joined Cab
Calloway's orchestra. During this time started writing big band music
for bandleaders like Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey. He then freelanced
with a few bands, most notably Ella Fitzgerald's orchestra, made up of
members of the late Chick Webb's band, in 1942. 1943, saw Dizzy with the
Earl Hines orchestra, but in 1945, he left Eckstine's band wanting to
play with a small combo and he e and Charlie Parker worked together. After
his work with Parker, Dizzie led other small combos, including ones with
Milt Jackson, John Coltrane, Lalo Schifrin, Ray Brown, Kenny Clarke, James
Moody, J.J. Johnson, and Yusef Lateef and finally put together his first
successful big band. Dizzie was a major figure in the development of bebop
and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many, many other musicians,
including trumpeters Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo
Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Jon Faddis and Chuck Mangione. (sadly
died of pancreatic cancer)
b. October 21st 1917.
1999: Michel Petrucciani (36) French
jazz pianist; Michel was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, in his early
career his father and brother occasionally carried him, literally, because
he could not walk far on his own unaided. Although he trained for years
as a classical pianist, an enthusiast of Duke Ellington, and jazz remained
his main interest. He gave his first professional concert at the age of
13 and moved to America in 1982, where he successfully encouraged Charles
Lloyd to resume playing actively. Then on February 22nd 1985, with Michel
cradled in his arms, Charles Lloyd walked onto the stage at Town Hall
in New York City and sat Michel on his piano stool for what would be an
historic evening in jazz history: the filming of One Night with Blue Note.
In 1986 he recorded a live album with Wayne Shorter and Jim Hall. He also
played with diverse figures in the US jazz scene including Dizzy Gillespie.
In 1994 Michel was granted a Légion d'honneur in Paris (sadly
died from a pulmonary infection) b.
December 28th 1962.
2003: Hirini Melbourne (53) Maori
composer, singer, university lecturer, poet and author, from Ngai Tuhoe
and Ngati Kahungunu Maori tribes. He is known in New Zealand for his work
surrounding the revival Maori culture. A member of Nga Tamatoa, which
petitioned the New Zealand Government to have Maori taught in schools
as part of its focus on Maori identity, he also studied at Auckland University
and later became the Dean and associate professor of Maori and Pacific
development. The power of his melodies and the brilliance of his compositions
have still to be widely recognised, although dozens of his now classic
songs are sung in classrooms throughout New Zealand. He regularly played
with Richard Nunns. This partnership lead to the release of Te Ku
Te Whe, a CD of original and traditional compositions for a variety
of Maori flutes which has been awarded a Gold Disc Award. A second CD
together with a DVD Te Hekenga-a-rangi was released in 2003.
In 2002 Hirini was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of
Waikato where he had been a lecturer in the Department of Maori. He was
made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2003 New Years
Honours just before his untimely death a week later (?)
b. 21 July 1949.
2005: Les Robinson (90) American jazz
musician; started on the trumpet, but famous for playing and recording
alto-sax and sometimes clarenet with the big swing bands of Artie Shaw,
Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Howard Thomas to mention just a few. He was
Artie Shaw's lead alto on the classic "Begin the Beguine" and
he is all Artie Shaw's recordings from 1937 to 1939 (?)
b. November 10th 1914
Allen "Lou" Rawls (72) American jazz, soul, R&B
singer-songwriter born in Chicago. Lou was a high school classmate of
Sam Cooke, they sang together in the Teenage Kings of Harmony, a '50s
gospel group. After 3 years in the US Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd
Airborne Division, leaving as a sergeant, he travelled to LA with The
Pilgrim Travelers. While touring the South in 1958 with the Travelers
and Sam Cooke, he was in a serious car crash and pronounced dead before
arriving at the hospital, it took him nearly a year to fully recuperate,
allowing him to perform at the Hollywood Bowl in 1959. This led him to
be signed to Capitol Records. His debut Capitol solo jazz album, Stormy
Monday (a.k.a. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water) was the first of 28 albums
made with Capitol. As well as his recording and touring career, he appeared
as an actor in motion pictures and on television, and voiced-over many
cartoons. He had been called "The Funkiest Man Alive".
In 1967 Lou won his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance,
for the single "Dead End Street" and he performed the national
anthem "The Star Spangled Banner", prior to the Earnie Shavers-Muhammad
Ali title fight at Madison Square Garden. They requested him to sing the
anthem many times over the next 28 years. Although he was seriously ill
with cancer, his final performance there, was on October 23rd, 2005 at
the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, Game Two of the 2005 World Series.
(complications of lung and brain cancers) b. December
2007: Sneaky/Pete Kleinow (72) American
pedal steel guitarist, co-founded influential 1960s country rock group
the Flying Burrito Brothers; born in South Bend, Indiana, he originally
worked as a special effects artist and stop motion animator for movies
and television, including the Gumby, Outer Limits, and Davey and Goliath
series. He also sat in with Bakersfield Sound-oriented combos and early
country-rock aggregations playing the pedal steel guitar. This is where
he became acquainted with Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons of The Byrds,
helping the group to replicate their newly country-oriented sound onstage
with banjoist Doug Dillard. After leaving the Byrds, in 1968, Parsons
and Hillman invited Pete to join their new band, the Flying Burrito Brothers.
He left behind his career in visual effects and spent the next thirteen
years as a professional musician. He became an in demand session player
for an eclectic range of artists, including Joe Cocker, Delaney, Bonnie
and Friends and Little Feat. In 1972 Sneaky teamed up with Laramy Smith
in the super group ARIZONA. He also added steel guitar to records by Frank
Zappa, the Bee Gees, John Lennon, Linda Ronstadt and Fleetwood Mac. In
1974 Pete was part of a new band, Cold Steel, and then a reconstituted
Flying Burrito Brothers. His first solo album, Sneaky Pete, was released
in 1978 and The Legend and the Legacy followed in 1994. He had also returned
to special effects and created the dinosaurs for the comic film Caveman
(1981), starring Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach. In 1983, his work on the
television miniseries The Winds of War was recognized with an Emmy Award
for Special Visual Effects.Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Pete created
special effects for movies such as The Empire Strikes Back, Gremlins,
The Right Stuff, The Terminator, and Terminator 2, while continuing to
work sporadically as a professional musician. In 2000, Kleinow formed
a group called Burrito Deluxe, the name of a 1970 Flying Burrito Brothers
album. The group recorded three albums, Georgia Peach, The Whole Enchilada
and 2007's Disciples Of The Truth, which feature his last studio recordings.
Pete's last performance was at a 2005 Gram Parsons tribute concert in
Waycross, Georgia, the home town of Gram Parsons (complications of Alzheimer's
disease) b. August 20th 1934.
2008: Seymour Marvin "Cy" Leslie (75)
American music and video executive, he began his career by founding
Voco Records, producing record greeting cards and children's records.
He later e founded Pickwick Records, and was the first president and founder
of MGM/UA Home Entertainment Group. Pickwick Records aimed to make music
more affordable, and carried such artists as Elvis Presley at various
times. MGM Home Video was the first company to enter the home video business,
which today has become the home entertainment industry including DVD and
other sales (?) b.
December 16th 1922.
his death was announced} Ronald Frank
(60) American guitarist
and co-songwriter with Iggy Pop and rock band The Stooges ~
b. July 17th 1948... MORE
Maria Dimitriadi (58) Greek
singer, born in Athens; she was considered a "total voice" and
one of the most renowned performers of the songs of Mikis Theodorakis
and Thanos Mikroutsikos. She primarily connected with political left-wing
songs during the Junta and Metapolitefsi era in Greece, but she also experimented
with other styles and genres, of a more lyrical tone
died from a rare lung disease)
b. April 11th 1950.
2011: Richard Wiedamann (78) German
pianist, composer and cultural mediator born
in Regensburg. In 1982 he co-founded the Jazz Weekend in the Old Town
of Regensburg, with 15 Bands and 6000 mark budget. In 1987 he founded
the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Bavaria, he was the organization
manager for 10 years until his move to Marktoberdorf.
was awarded the Cultural Prize of the City of Regensburg 2010 (?)
b. May 14th 1932.
2012: W. Francis McBeth (78) American
composer, whose wind band works are highly respected. His primary musical
influences included Clifton Williams, Bernard Rogers, and Howard Hanson.
The popularity of his works in the United States during the last half
of the twentieth century led to many invitations and appearances as a
guest conductor, where he often conducted the premiere performances of
some of his compositions, the majority of which were commissioned. His
conducting activities have taken him to forty-eight states, three Canadian
provinces, Japan, and Australia. At one time, his "Double Pyramid
Balance System" was a widely used pedagogical tool in the concert
band world. As well as been honoured with several awards, from
'57 until his retirement in 1996, he taught at Ouachita Baptist University
in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. (?)
b. March 9th 1933.
2012: Tom Ardolino (56) American
drummer; he joined the Miami rock
New Rhythm and Blues Quartet aka NRBQ in 1974 when original drummer Tom
Staley departed. Tom remained behind the drums for the next 30 years,
playing on 15 studio albums and countless live shows, until the group
went on hiatus in 2004. NRBQ is known for its live performances, containing
a high degree of spontaneity and levity, and blending rock, pop, jazz,
blues and Tin Pan Alley styles. Although he played at NRBQ reunion concerts
in the intervening years, Tom wasnt well enough to resume drum duties
when keyboardist Terry Adams reconstituted the band with a new lineup
in 2011. As a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, Tom appeared in
a promotional video to campaign for the world premiere of The Simpsons
Movie in Springfieldand he also released a solo album "Unknown
Brain" was released in 2004 (sadly
Tom died following a long illness)
b. January 12th 1955.
2013: Bart Van den Bossche (48)
Belgian singer and TV presenter, born in Oostende, Belgium but grew up
in Kortrijk, to which he dedicated his song De stad van mijn jeugd/The
town of my youth. During his humanities studies he started to play the
guitar and sing. After graduation he went to the Brussels conservatorium.
His musical style was heavily influenced by Johan Verminnen and Raymond
van het Groenewoud, mentioned in his song 'k Heb bijna alles/I have nearly
everything. His first hit Overstuur came out in 1986. As
an actor he took part in the playwright Maria Viers lokaal in 1989/1990.
He also presented the VTM programs Videodinges, Kok en Cº, De dag
van 100,000 and Haha Reclame, and the radio programs Het leven is mooi,
Radio 2, and VDB.
(sadly Bart died from an aortic aneurysm)
b. April 17th 1964
2014: Hugo de la Torre (61) Argentine
singer, guitarist and along with his brother Raul, was one half of the
duo Los Hermanos de la Torre. In 1966 they recorded their first album,
"The Brothers of the Tower". Thereafter
the duo started singing Cuyo which spread throughout the country and abroad.
His music was heard in Russia, USA, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Germany and
died fighting cancer)
b. February 20th 1953.
2014: Luc Romann/Roland Froidevaux (76)
French singer-songwriter, he recorded his debut album, Sing ... Luc Romann,
in 1961. This was followed by a further 12 albums, the last being, Solitudes
& Co, released in 1992. He also wrote several songs with Georges Moustaki,
'I love you by I love you' and 'Shadow' (sadly
died of complications from surgery) b. December 5th 1937.
2014: Herbert Owen Reed
(103) American composer, conductor
and educator, raised in rural Odessa, Missouri, where his first exposure
to music was his father's playing of the old-time fiddle accompanied by
his mother at the piano. He studied music at the University of Missouri
beginning in 1929, transferring in 1933 to Louisiana State University
where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, both
in music composition, as well as a Bachelor of Arts. While a freshman
at the University of Missouri, he became interested in jazz big band,
later arranging for the university's big band. He also became a member
of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia while at Missouri. He investigated the traditional
music of Eastern Europe, North Africa and Turkey, using these as inspirations
for his own original works and devoted much study to the traditional music
of North America. Many of his works feature material derived from the
Mexican, Native American, Anglo-American and African American cultures,
blended with contemporary idioms and composed a trilogy of chamber operas
based on Native American legends: Earth Trapped (Sioux, 1960), Living
Solid Face (Algonquin, 1974) and Butterfly Girl and Mirage Boy (Hopi-Aztec,
1980). He has also published eight books on the subjects of musical composition
and music theory (?) b. June 17th
1936: Guy d'Hardelot/Helen
Rhodes nee Helen Guy (77)
French composer, pianist,
Born at Chateau d'Hardelot, near Boulogne-sur-Mer. This old castle,
from which she took her pen name, was once occupied by Henry VIII
and Anne Boleyn. Most of her life, she was engaged in teaching singing
and diction at her home in London, and many of her pupils attained
success. In 1896 she toured the US with Calvé. Her first real
success as a composer was won with "Because", though her
song "Sans Toi" had previously been favorably received.
Among her other successes may be mentioned "I Know a Lovely Garden",
"I Think", "I Hid My Love", "Dawn",
and "A Bunch of Violets" (?)
b. August ?? 1858
1946: Adamo Didur (72) Polish operatic
bass vocalist; he studied in Lwów with Valery Wysocki. He later
worked with Franz Emmerich in Milan. His concert debut came in Milan
in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He went
on to sing extensively in opera in Europe and appeared at New York's
Metropolitan Opera from 1908 to 1932 (?)
b. December 24th 1874.
1964: Cyril Davies (32) English musician, born in Denham,
Buckinghamshire, he was one of the first UK blues harmonica players
and blues musicians. He began his career in the early '50s, first
within Steve Lane's Southern Stompers, then as part of an acoustic
skiffle and blues group with Alexis Korner. He began as a banjo and
12-string guitarist before becoming Britain's first Chicago-style
blues harmonica player. In 1962, he and Alexis Korner opened a club
called the Ealing Club in London, adding bassist Jack Bruce, saxist
Dick Heckstall-Smith and drummer Charlie Watts, to form the electric
band Blues Incorporated, and they recorded the album R&B from
the Marquee. Many budding young musicians visited the Ealing Club
and 'guested' with Blues Incorporated, including Rod Stewart, Paul
Jones, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Eric Burdon, Mick Jagger, Brian
Jones and Ginger Baker (frequently reported
as of leukaemia, but some accounts suggest pleurisy and others small
cell lung cancer) b.
January 23rd 1932.
1967: Carl Schuricht (86)
German conductor, in 1909 he succeeded Siegfried Ochs as director
of the Rühlscher Oratorienverein in Frankfurt-am-Mein and at
31 was appointed musical director of the municipal orchestra in Wiesbaden;
festivals of modern music (Richard Strauss, Reger, Mahler, Delius
and Arnold Schoenberg) made Wiesbaden an internationally-renowned
centre for music. In later years during the late 40s and 50s Carl
conducted throughout Switzerland, at the re-opening of the Salzburg
Festival in 1946, in Paris, and at the festivals of Holland, Lucerne,
Aix-en-Provence and Montreux. He regularly conducted the South German
Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1950 to 1966. When the Vienna Philharmonic
made their first tour to the USA in 1956, he share the conducting
during the six-weeks with André Cluytens
b. July 3rd 1880.
Larry Williams (44)
American singer, saxophonist, keyboards, and pianist born in New Orleans,
Louisiana; best known for writing and recording some Rock'n'Roll standards
from 1957 to 1959 for Specialty Records, including "Bony Moronie"
and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy". He also began acting in the 1960s,
appearing on film in Just for the Hell of It-1968, The Klansman-1974,
and Drum-1976 (tragically died from a gun-shot
wound in his LA, California home. The death was deemed suicide, though
there was much speculation otherwise. No suspects were ever arrested
or charged) b. May 10th 1935.
Martin/Chink Abraham (94)
jazz tubist born in New Orleans; he
played guitar before settling on tuba. He played with Papa Jack Laine's
Reliance Brass Band around 1910, and worked in various other brass
bands in the city in the 1910's. In 1923, he traveled to Chicago and
played with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, as well as the Halfway House
Orchestra, the New Orleans Harmony Kings, and the New Orleans Swing
Kings. In the 1930s, he worked as a staff musician at WSMB radio.
He continued to play tuba for his entire career, though he also picked
up double-bass from the 1930s onward. He played with dozens of noted
New Orleans jazz musicians, appearing on record with Sharkey Bonano,
Santo Pecora, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, and others, and released one
album under his own name on Southland Records in 1963 (?)
Owen Bradley (82) American record producer and pianist
who, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, was one of the chief
architects of the 1950s and 60s Nashville sound in country music and
learned piano at an early age, and began playing in local nightclubs
and roadhouses when he was a teenager. At 20, he got a job at WSM-AM
radio, where he worked as an arranger and musician and in 1942, he
became the station's musical director. As well as becoming a recording
artist, he enjoyed record production and in 1952, he and his brother
Harold built their own recording studio where they began to record
singers such as Ernest Tubb and Kitty Wells. By 1956, they had moved
to larger premises and had their famed Quonset hut studio on 16th
Avenue South, Nashville. It was here that Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent
recorded some of their earliest sessions. Owen also recorded several
of the new country artists of the time, including Johnny Cash and
Marty Robbins. The area surrounding the old Quonset hut became known
as Music Row. It was here that, over the years, the recording industry
of Nashville developed. He did, in fact, record both pop and country
artists. He also appeared as a musician, not only on some of Decca
recording sessions but he actually played with Chet Atkins on Elvis
Presley's RCA session, on the recording of Heartbreak Hotel. Between
1958 and 1968, he was the country A&R director for Decca and was
then promoted to be the label's vice president in Nashville. Owen
was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974. He
retired from production in the early 1980s, but continued to work
on the selected projects, such as k.d. Lang's acclaimed 1988 album,
Shadowland (?) b. October 21st 1915.
2001: James Carr (58) American
R&B and soul singer, born in Coahoma, Mississippi, and began singing
in church and was performing in gospel groups. He first made the R&B
charts in 1966 with "You've Got My Mind Messed Up", followed
by his most famous song "The Dark End of the Street". A
resurgence in interest in his music, spurred by his portrayal in Peter
Guralnick's 1986 book Sweet Soul Music, helped return Carr to the
recording studio, but he didn't have any further chart success (sadly
James died after a battle with lung cancer) b.
June 13th 1942.
2002: Jon Lee (33) Welsh musician
and the original drummer for the successful British rock band Feeder.
Born in Newport, Wales, he was inspired to play the drums, having
acquired a drum kit in his teens, he teamed up in the early 1990s
with Grant Nicholas to form a band called "Temper Temper".
Without much in the way of success, the two took to London to set
up a new band called "Hum", but the true turning point came
when a Japanese bassist called Taka Hirose answered an ad in "Loot"
magazine to form a new band called "Reel" and a record contract
with the Echo Label followed in November 1994 when their name was
"Real". From here the band changed their name to Feeder
named after Grant's goldfish (sadly suicide,
found hanged at his Miami home) b. March
2004: John Guerin (64)
American top session drummer; self-taught on drums, percussion
and keyboards, an extremely successful "crossover" artist,
frequently bridging the gaps between jazz and rock with his expansive
drum vocabulary. Born in Hawaii and raised in San Diego, he began
performing with Buddy DeFranco in 1960. In the late 60s he moved to
LA where his talented drum work was utilised by artists including
Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds,
Peggy Lee, Them, Thelonious Monk, Lou Rawls, Ray Conniff, George Shearing,
Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Nelson Riddle and countless others.
In jazz and pop, he is one of the most recorded drummers of all time.
Among his many contributions to motion picture and TV scores, John's
most celebrated work was on the soundtrack for Clint Eastwood's 1988
film biography of Charlie Parker, titled Bird. He also played on the
original title tune for the television series Hawaii Five-O. In more
recent years Guerin worked with Tyrell, Oscar Peterson, John Faddis,
Jimmy Heath, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, Justin Morell, Andreas Pettersson,
David Basse, David Garfield, Gary Lemel, and Mike Melvoin (pneumonia)
b. October 31st 1939.
2009: Alex van Heerden (34) South
African trumpeter, vocalist, accordionist, producer, composer, historian
and explorer; a self-taught musician that started to play trumpet
at the age of 17. As well as his solo career, he worked with Robbie
Jansen in Jansen's jazz group Sons of Table Mountain. Later he studied
his own ethnic music and in the process became aware of the influence
of ghoema, vastrap and other Coloured music on boeremusiek. He also
worked together with Swedish musician and producer Håkan Lidbo,
creating electronic music. He was on the verge of co-launching a second
album with Cape Town jazz musician Hilton Schilder, with who he had
toured parts of Europe and Hong Kong with on several occasions, and
a second CD with Gramadoelas, the band he co-founded (died in a car
accident in Cape Town) b.
November 23rd 1974
2010: Eric Shark/Thomas Sam Davis (59)
British singer with the Liverpool based band, Deaf School. Eric had
been in poor health for several years and was waiting for a lung transplant,
but he continued to play a part in Deaf School concerts until September,
when he sat at a table at the side of the stage, with microphone in
hand and oxygen mask and cylinder close by (lung
disease) b. ????
2011: Phil Kennemore
(57) American bassist he was a member of Y&T,
who were formerly known as Yesterday And Today, and played with the
hard rock band at every stage of their 36-year history since 1974,
helping the band sell over four million albums in the process. He
appeared on all of their 21 albums, including the classic albums In
Rock We Trust, which featured their biggest hit Summertime Girls,
and Mean Streak, and the bands most recent studio record Facemelter
which was released last year.
Y&T is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's own innovators of the
hard rock sound. World-renowned headliners on their own, the band
also remained the most requested support act on the hard rock road,
touring with icons Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe,
and more (sadly died after his brave fight with
lung cancer) b. 1954
2013: Tom Ebbert (93) American
trombonist and former member of the Dukes of Dixieland, a New Orleans
"Dixieland" style revival band formed in 1948. Born in Pittsburgh,
Tom spent more than five decades of his career playing swing, ballroom
and polka music at burlesque houses and jazz joints in New Orleans'
French Quarter. Tom played with the traditional New Orleans jazz ensemble,
the Dukes of Dixieland, and was a regular at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe
and Preservation Hall before moving to Petersburg, Ind., days after
Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005.
(sadly died complications from Alzheimer's disease) b.
Giannis Christou (44) Greek
composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt, of Greek parents. In 1948 he
gained an MA in philosophy after having studied with Ludwig Wittgenstein
and Bertrand Russell in Cambridge. During
that time he also studied music with Hans Redlich and studied orchestration
with Angelo Francesco Lavagnino in Rome in '49, also that year he
composed Phoenix Music for orchestra and First Symphony. His last
works from 1967 to 1970 include Anaparastasis I (The baritone),
Anaparastasis III (The pianist), Oedipus Rex and also Oresteia which
was unfinished (Tragically
died on his birthday in a car accident in Athens, Greece)
b. January 8th 1926.
1975: Richard Tucker/Rubin Ticker (61)
American operatic tenor; a
highly regarded operatic tenor throughout his career, and is generally
considered by vocal-music historians and critics as being the greatest
American-born, American-trained tenor of his era. On December 15th
1945, under the baton of Emil Cooper, Richard made his debut as Enzo
in La Gioconda. The debut, one of the most successful in the annals
of the Metropolitan, foretold his 30-year career as the leading American
tenor of the postwar era (He died of
a heart attack while resting before an evening performance in Kalamazoo,
Michigan. He is the only person whose funeral has been held on the
stage of the Metropolitan Opera. In tribute to his legacy at the Met,
the city of New York designated the park adjacent to Lincoln Centre
as Richard Tucker Square) b. August 28th
1979: Sara Carter (80) American country
musician; known for her deep and distinctive singing voice, she was
the lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family
act in the 1920s and 1930's. She married A. P. Carter on June 18,
1915. Sara was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country
Music Hall of Fame in 1970, in
1993, her image appeared on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the
Carter Family and in 2001 she was inducted into the International
Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor (??)
b. July 21st 1898.
1986: Pierre Fournier (88)
French cellist, he graduated
from the Paris Conservatory at 17, in 1923. He was hailed as "the
cellist of the future" and won praise for his virtuosity and
bowing technique. In the period 1925-1929 he was a member of the Krettly
Quartet, led by Odette's brother Robert Krettly.
He became well known when he also played with the Concerts Colonne
Orchestra in 1925 and began touring all over Europe. Pierre taught
at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Paris Conservatoire
from 1937 to 1949. He made his first tour of the United States in
1948 and played to great acclaim in New York and Boston. After 1956,
he made his home in Switzerland, and taught privately at his home
in Geneva until his death: the British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber
was among his pupils (?)
b. June 24th 1906.
1991: Steve Clark (30) English
co-lead guitarist for British heavy metal band Def Leppard. Born in
Sheffield, he started playing guitar at aged 11 and was soon playing
in a local band, Electric Chicken, before joining Def Leppard in 1978
where he was nicknamed "The Riffmaster". He contributed
to half of the songs on the band's 1992 album Adrenalize prior to
his death, he is also showcased on the 1979 EP Def Leppard and albums,
On Through the Night, High 'n' Dry, Hysteria, Pyromania, Adrenalize,
and Retro Active (sadly died from a drug overdose)
b. April 23rd 1960.
1998: Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH
CBE (93) English composer was one of the foremost
British composers of the 20th century he was a student in the Royal
College of Music, where he studied composition with Charles Wood and
C. H. Kitson, he also studied conducting with Adrian Boult and Malcolm
Sargent. As a composer his works comprised of five string quartets,
four concerti, four symphonies, five operas and a number of vocal
and choral works. Michael was knighted in 1966, and awarded the Order
of Merit in 1983. He remained very active composing and conducting.
His opera, New Year, received its premiere in 1989. Then came Byzantium,
a piece for soprano and orchestra premiered in 1991. His autobiography,
Those Twentieth Century Blues also appeared in 1991. A string quartet
followed in 1992. In 1995 his ninetieth birthday was celebrated with
special events in Britain, Canada and the US, including the premiere
of his final work, The Rose Lake. In that year a collection of his
essays, Tippett on Music, also appeared (While
in Stockholm for a retrospective of his concert music, he developed
pneumonia. He was brought home, but died soon after) b.
January 2nd 1905.
1996: Howard Taubman (88) American
music and theatre critic, born in Manhattan; he began working for
The New York Times and joined the Music Department there in 1930 and
became music editor in 1935. For about a year, from 1944-1945, he
served in the Army and worked in Italy as a writer for Stars and Stripes.
the 1950s, he acted as the ghostwriter for opera singer Marian Andersons
autobiography My Lord, What a Morning. In 1960, he took the post of
Chief Drama Critic for the Times and from 1966 until he retired in
1972, Howard was a critic-at-large for the Times. He wrote several
books including How to Bring up your Child to Enjoy Music, How to
Build a Record Library, The Maestro: The Life of Arturo Toscanini,
Music on My Beat: An Intimate Volume of Shop Talk, Music as a Profession,
and Opera: Front and Back (?)
b. July 4th 1907.
2002: David McWilliams (56) Northern
Irish singer, songwriter, guitarist born in Belfast and moved to Ballymena
at the age of 8. He began playing guitar and writing songs in his
early teens and he started a local dance band, the Coral Showband.
He is maybe best known for his 1967 song "Days of Pearly Spencer".
he never had a 'hit' in England, he was very popular on continental
Europe, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and also Japan. (heart
attack) b. July 4th 1945.
2003: Ron Goodwin (77) British
composer and conductor; he learned the piano from an early age and
studied trumpet in London at the Guildhall School of Music. His first
job was as copyist and arranger for publishing companies and bands,
including work with the BBC. Through documentary music he was introduced
to music for movies, and worked as a ghostwriter for Phil Green, Stanley
Black, Geraldo and Peter Yorke among others. He later worked as a
conductor in recording sessions for popular music artists, including
Petula Clark. His many film scores include Those Magnificent Men in
Their Flying Machines, Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, and 2 movies featuring
Morecambe and Wise, as well as Norman Wisdom films. He composed the
music for Lancelot and Guinevere, four Miss Marple movies, Force 10
From Navarone, The Spaceman and King ArthurWalt Disney's One of Our
Dinosaurs is Missing, among others. Ron won three Ivor Novello Awards,
including one for lifetime achievement in 1994. He was given honorary
Freedom of the City of London (?)
b. February 17th 1925.
2009: Deborah Riedel (50) Australian
operatic soprano, generally regarded as one of the greatest voices
ever produced in Australia. She sang with such companies as the Royal
Opera, Covent Garden; the Rome Opera; the Vienna State Opera, and
many others. She won the inaugural Givenchy French Operatic Award
in 1994. Her American debut that year was as Amina in La sonnambula
in San Diego. She also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera and San
Francisco Opera. Her work in Australia included roles in The Magic
Flute, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda, Norma, La traviata, Il trovatore,
La bohème, Tosca, Faust, The Tales of Hoffmann, Turandot and
others. Internationally she sang the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier
and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes. In 2004, she was Sieglinde in the
first Wagner Ring Cycle ever staged in Australia, by the State Opera
of South Australia (sadly lost to cancer)
b. July 31st 1958.
2011: Elfa Secioria (51) Indonesian
jazz pianist, born in Garut, West Java; he showed great keyboard talents
from the age of 5, and was already performing before appreciative
crowds with his own jazz trio by age 8. Before his 20th birthday this
musical genius had completed courses in symphonic music, musical arrangement,
music theory and musical history. His
songs and his performances, time and again, won Indonesia top honors
at the ASEAN Song Festival, Tokyo Song Festival, Golden Kite Festival-Kuala
Lumpur, World Song Festival-Tokyo. His educational and musical directing
abilities also earned his groups world titles in international choral
and marching band competitions. Elfa's best-selling recording "From
Indonesia with Love" remains the definitive compendium of modern
arrangements of traditional national songs gathered from Sabang to
Merauke (?) b.
February 20th 1959.
2012: Dave Alexander aka Omar Sharriff/Omar
Hakim Khayam (73) American blues singer and self taught
pianist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Marshall, Texas.
He joined the US Navy in 1955, then moved to Oakland, California in
1957, where he played with Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Muddy
Waters, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins. In 1968, he recorded 'Oakland
Blues', his first songs for the World Pacific label. He performed
at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival in 1970, and played at the
San Francisco Blues Festival, many times from 1973 onward. His songs
include "The Hoodoo Man (The Voodoo Woman & The Witch Doctor)",
"Cold Feelin", "St. James Infirmary", "Blue
Tumbleweed", "Sundown", "Sufferin' With The Lowdown
Blues", "Jimmy, Is That You?", "So You Wanna Be
A Man" "Strange Woman", and "The Dirt On The Ground"
(Tragically, Dave died of an apparent self-inflicted
gunshot wound at his home in Marshall, Texas)
b. March 10th 1938.
2011: Derek 'Chow'
Boyes (66) England organist and keyboardist born
in Scarborough; he played with The Buzz, David Bowie and The Truth
(Chow died unexpectedly) b.
June 13th 1944.
2012: Alexis Weissenberg (82)
Bulgarian classical pianist, born in Sofia; he gave his first public
performance at the age of eight. After escaping to what was then Palestine
in 1945, where he he was studying, he went to the Juilliard School
in 1946 to study. In 1947 he made his New York debut with the Philadelphia
Orchestra. His more notable interpretations were those of Liszt Sonata
in B minor, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, Johannes Brahms's
Piano Concerto No. 1, as well as his Piano Concerto No. 3, also his
readings of Schumann, and many works by Frédéric Chopin.
Alexis was also a composer of much piano music and a musical, Nostalgie,
that was premiered at the State Theatre of Darmstadt in October 1992
(?) b. July 26th 1929.
2014: Josef Lammerz
(83) German composer and organist;
from 1950-54 he studied sacred music at the Robert Schumann Hochschule
and later further organ studies at Cologne Cathedral and in Düsseldorf.
In 1961-75, he took posts as lecturer in professional piano and organ
studies at the Niederrheinischen Musikschule in Duisburg and music
theory at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen. In
1975 he moved back to Bonn Cathedral to become the organist and choirmaster.
Since his retirement in 1989, he spent long periods in Teulada on
the Costa Blanca, Spain, where he continued to compose and was made
an honoured citizen after composing a cantata about the great medieval
history of Teulada and for his outstanding service to the musical
life of the city (?)
b. June 30th 1930.
2014: Maciej Dunal (60) Polish
actor and singer; he attended and graduated at the Musical Theatre,
Danuta Baduszkowej in Gdynia where he studied vocals and acting and
went on to feature in films such "Penelope", "Tenants"
and " Neighbors"
(?) b. December 20th 1953.
Johann Strauss III (72)
Austrian conductor and violinist, whose father was Eduard Strauss,
whose uncles were Johann Strauss II & Josef Strauss, and whose
grandfather was Johann Strauss I. He was unofficially entrusted with
the task of upholding his family's tradition after the disbandment
of the Strauss Orchestra by his father in 1901. Despite his keen interest
in composing, he was better remembered as a conductor. His only stage
work, the three-act operetta Katze und Maus, composed in 1898, premiered
in Vienna on 23 December 1898, at the Theatre an der Wien. He also
conducted from the violin in the style of the Vorgeiger and of his
family. In 1903, he elevated the Strauss family to a new age of development
when the Deutsche Grammophon AG of Germany recorded his conducting
of the Johann Strauss Orchestra on eight single-sided records of works
by his family. Principally, he was the first conductor in the Strauss
family to actively conduct works to be recorded by prominent recording
companies (?) b.
February 16th 1866.
1962: Leroy Shield (68)American film
score and radio composer, born in Waseca, Minnesota; he started at
RCA Victor's National Broadcasting Company, where he composed and
conducted on-air musical pieces. Around 1922 he was a Victor house
musician, conducting and providing piano accompaniment on many hundreds
of popular and USF Victor recordings. He also worked as a part-time
employee for the Hal Roach film studio, composing countless background
themes that became associated with such Roach comedy series as Laurel
and Hardy, Our Gang, ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd, and Charley Chase.
One of his compositions for the 1930 Our Gang 1930 short Teacher's
Pet, "Good Old Days," became the theme song of the series.
His 1930 song "Beautiful Lady" was used as the theme song
for the Pitts and Todd films ()
b. October 2nd 1893.
1970: Jani Christou (44) Greek composer,
in Heliopolis, Egypt, of Greek parents and educated at the English
School in Alexandria. He took his first piano lessons from the important
Greek pianist Gina Bachauer. His earlier composing works up to the
Second Symphony (with chorus, 1958), draw on Stravinsky, Berg and
Mahler. Then he developed a style of ostinato patterning aimed at
activating primordial emotions, as in the oratorio Tongues of Fire,
1964. Later works, called Anaparastasis (Re-enactments),
move away from traditional notation to provide psychic rituals for
the performers. (Tragically died in a car accident
b. January 9th 1926.
1981: Kazimierz Serocki (58) Polish
composer and one of the founders of the Warsaw Autumn contemporary
Between 1946-51 he performed many times as a concert pianist in Poland
and abroad, but for the rest of his career, he was focused exclusively
on composition. His output is concentrated in two main spheres: orchestral
music and vocal-instrumental pieces to Polish texts selected with
fine discrimination. He was vice-president of the central administration
of the Polish Composers' Union from 1954-55. He received a number
of Polish and foreign awards, including several State Prizes, among
them one in 1952 for his music to the film Young Chopin. He also received
a prize at the UNESCO competition in 1959, for the Sinfonietta and
the award of the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts in 1963 for the
whole of his work (?)
b. March 3rd 1922.
1982: Vido Musso (69) Italian-born
jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader born in Carini,
Sicily, best-known for his many contributions to the big bands of
Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton
and Woody Herman. His family moved to the United States
in 1920. He began on clarinet before switching to tenor sax. He is
most associated with Stan Kenton who he first worked with in 1930.
He reached his peak of notoriety with Kenton from 1945 to 1947. Perhaps
his most notable work with the Kenton orchestra was his "Come
Back to Sorrento". (Vido died in Rancho
Mirage, California) b.
January 7th 1913.
1995: Peter Cook (57)
English comedian, writer, and satirist,
who is widely regarded as the leading figure in the British satire
boom of the 1960s. There is a cult following among some Cook fans
for a little-remembered project that he was involved with in the 1970s.
This was his participation playing multiple roles on
the 1977 concept album Consequences, written and produced by former
10cc members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. A mixture of spoken-word
comedy and progressive rock music with an environmental subtext; Consequences
started out as a single that Godley and Creme planned to make to demonstrate
their new invention, an electric guitar effect called The Gizmo. The
project gradually grew into a triple LP boxed set. The comedy sections
of the album were originally intended to be performed by an all-star
cast including Spike Milligan and Peter Ustinov, but after meeting
Peter Cook, Godley and Creme realised that Peter could perform most
of the parts himself (sadly Peter died from
internal haemorrhaging) b. November 17th
2009: Dave Dee/David
Harman (65) British singer with Dave
Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich; In his early days he was a policeman,
as such he was at the scene of the automobile accident that took the
life of American rocker Eddie Cochran and injured Gene Vincent in
April 1960. Dave had taken Cochran's guitar from the accident and
held it until it could be returned to his family. He formed a group
in 1961 called Dave Dee And The Bostons. They soon changed their name
to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich an amalgam of their
nicknames. They had top 10 UK hits with "Hideaway", "Hold
Tight", "Bend It", "Save Me", "Touch
Me, Touch Me!", "Okay" and "Zabadak".and
a No.1 hit "The Legend of Xanadu".
which became a worldwide hit. As well as from performing in Britain,
they also played in Hamburg at Star-Club and Top Ten Club, and in
Cologne at Storyville. In September, 1969, he left the group for a
solo career.(prostate cancer)
b. December 17th 1943.
2009: Jon Hager (67) American country
musician, one half of The Hager Twins, also known as the Hager Brothers,
with his identical twin Jim, they were a duo of American country music
singers and comedians who first gained fame on the TV series Hee Haw.
The twins first sang in the church choir. then as s teenagers, they
sang on a Saturday morning WGN-TV series. Both brothers served in
the United States Army and performed at Officers' Clubs and NCO Clubs
in the United States and Europe. After leaving the military, the Hager
brothers moved to California and performed at the Ledbetter's Night
Club in Los Angeles with The Carpenters, The New Christy Minstrels,
John Denver, Steve Martin and Kenny Rogers. They also worked at Disneyland,
which is where Buck Owens saw them perform and signed them to contracts.
In addition to Owens, the brothers served as opening acts for Tex
Ritter, Wynn Stewart, Billie Jo Spears and Lefty Frizzell. (heart
attack) b. August 30th 1941.
2011: Debbie Friedman (58)
American songwriter, composer and singer of songs with
Jewish religious content. Born in Utica, New York but moved with her
family to Minnesota at age 5, she is best known for her musical version
of Mi Sheberach, the prayer
for healing, which is used by hundreds of congregations across America.
1971 and 2011 she recorded more than 19 albums, useing English and
Hebrew lyrics and wrote for all ages. Some of her other songs include
"The Aleph Bet Song", "Not By Might", For Hanukkah,
"Miriam's Song", for Passover, and "I am a Latke",
also for Hanukkah. In 2004, A Journey of Spirit, a documentary film
about Friedman, was produced by Ann Coppel. In
2007, Friedman accepted an appointment to the faculty of Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Sacred Music in New
York where she instructed both rabbinic and cantorial students
(a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis, Debbie sadly died from pneumonia)
2012: Bridie Gallagher (87) Irish
singer, born in Creeslough, came to fame in 1956 with her recording
of A Mother's Love's A Blessing and achieved international acclaim
with her legendary rendition of The Boys From County Armagh. During
her career, which spans over six decades, she has appeared in many
leading venues across the globe, making songs such as 'The Homes of
Bridie also holds the record for the largest number of people in attendance
in the Albert Hall London, a record that was never equalled as it
went on to be come an all seater venue. Bridie played in many other
of the world's best known theatre's including Sydney Opera House and
Carnegie Hall in New York. Bridie sang mainly ballads or as they later
became known as Country and Irish. She had her own Radio Show on RTÉ,
as well as many appearances on television RTÉ, BBC, UTV, and
coast to coast in the United States (?)
September 7th 1924.
Ernie Carson (74) American
Dixieland jazz cornetist, pianist, and singer.
He was born in Portland, Oregon and played with the Castle Jazz Band
in the mid-50s prior to a stint in the U.S. Marines. Following this
he worked in L.A. with Dave Wierbach, Jig Adams, Ray Bauduc, Pat Yankee,
and Turk Murphy, and led several of his own groups from the 70s, including
the Capital City Jazz Band and a new version of the Castle Jazz Band.
After more than twenty years of playing based in Atlanta, he moved
back to Oregon in 1995 (?) b.
December 4th 1937.
2014: Bryan Fairfax (83)
Australian conductor, born Lancelot
Beresford Bryan Fairfax
Sydney and based in the UK, he was known for his championing of little
known or neglected works. He studied at the NSW Conservatorium of
Music and in London. He became strongly associated with the works
of Havergal Brian and conducted the world premiere of Brian's Symphony
No.1, Gothic in 1961. Brian's Symphony No.18 was written especially
for Fairfax and the semi-professional Polyphonia Orchestra he founded.
His UK premieres include major works by Gustav Mahler, Dmitri Shostakovich,
Carl Nielsen, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Schmidt and Percy Grainger.
His conducting style has been likened to that of Sir Adrian Boult
and Vernon Handley (?) b.
February 8th 1930.
2014: Roy Campbell Jr (61)
American jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player, pocket trumpeter,
flutist, composer and arranger, born in LA, California. He started
to learn the trumpet at aged 15 and hroughout the 1960s, he performed
in the big bands of the Manhattan Community College. From the 1970s
till his death he has performed mainly within the context of free
jazz, spending some of this period studying with Yusef Lateef. In
the early 90s he moved to the Netherlands and performed regularly
with Klaas Hekman and Don Cherry. In addition to leading his own groups,
he performed with Yo La Tengo, William Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Matthew
Shipp and other improvisors. Upon returning to the US he began leading
his group, Other Dimensions In Music and along with William Parker
he also formed the Pyramid Trio, a trio unique for not employing the
traditional use of a piano. He has performed with dancers including
Leena Conquest, Aleta Hayes, K.J. Holmes, Maria Mitchell, Patricia
Nicholson Parker, Nayo Takasaki and others and performed regularly
as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is held annually
in New York City. In addition, Roy is an actor and appeared in independent
films and plays (?) b. September 29th 1952.
Frank Bridge (61) English composer;
born in Brighton and studied at the Royal College of Music in London
from 1899 to 1903. He played the viola in a number of string quartets,
most notably the English String Quartet, and conducted, sometimes
deputising for Henry Wood, before devoting himself to composition,
receiving the patronage of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. He privately
tutored a number of pupils, most famously Benjamin Britten, who later
championed his teacher's music and paid homage to him in the Variations
on a Theme of Frank Bridge-1937, based on a theme from the second
of Frank's Three Idylls for String Quartet-1906. One of his most famous
works is a piece for violin called Moto perpetuo, written 1900, revised
1911. Other frequently performed works are the Adagio in E for organ,
Rosemary for piano, and the masterful Cello Sonata in D minor 191317.
The Scherzetto for cello and piano was rediscovered in the library
of London's Royal College of Music by the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber
died in Eastbourne)
b. February 26th 1879.
1969: John Brownlee (69) Australian
operatic baritone, born in Geelong. He became a junior naval cadet
in the Royal Australian Navy, serving during World War I. After which
he entered a singing contest in Ballarat, winning first prize. Several
singing engagements followed. One of these, a performance of Messiah,
was attended by Nellie Melba, who convinced him to go to Paris for
serious study with Dinh Gilly. His debut took place at Covent Garden
on 8th June 1926, in the performance of La bohème in which
Melba made her farewell appearance. That autumn he was engaged by
the Paris Opera, the first time a British subject had been made a
permanent member of that company; his Paris debut was in Thaïs
On 17 February 1937, he appeared for the first time at the Metropolitan
Opera. The opera was Rigoletto. Besides making important appearances
elsewhere, Brownlee remained a regular at Covent Garden, the Paris
Opera, and the Met, making his last performance there in March 1957.
His greatest successes were in the Mozart repertory, particularly
at the Glyndebourne Festival. An Australian scholarship in his name
was first awarded after his death in 1969
(?) b. January
1972: Al Goodman
born conductor, songwriter, stage composer, musical director, arranger,
He was first introduced to musical comedy by the late Earl Carroll
who persuaded him to collaborate in producing his musical, So Long
Letty. This success, followed by the hit, Sinbad, which
he produced with Al Jolson, led to positions as orchestra conductor
for many Broadway productions including the highly successful Flyin
High, The Student Prince, and Blossom Time. In all, during this period
of his career, he directed over 150 first-night performances and became
one of the Great White Way's most popular conductors. He also wrote
some memorable songs such as "When hearts Are Young", "Call
Of Love" and "Twlilight". (?)
August 12th 1890.
1976: Howlin' Wolf/Chester Arthur Burnett (65)
American blues guitarist, singer, and harmonica player, born in White
Station, Mississippi; he was an experimental bluesman who formulated
a wide range of moods and possibilities for his songs. His raw, rasping,
fierce voice, combined with his imposing physical presence and wild
stage abandon, made him unforgettable. His influence stretched far
beyond the realm of the blues, and many songs popularized by him such
as "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Back Door Man" and
"Spoonful", have become standards of blues and blues rock.
He is portrayed by Eamonn Walker in the 2008 motion picture Cadillac
Records. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed 1956 Smokestack Lightning,
1960 Spoonful and 1962's The Red Rooster by Howlin' Wolf of the 500
songs that shaped rock and roll and his Smokestack Lightning was inducted
into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established
in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old,
and that have "qualitative or historical significance."
(died from complications arising from kidney disease)
b. June 10th 1910.
1978: Don Gillis (65) American
composer, conductor and teacher born in Cameron, Missouri; the composition
which has gained him most recognition is his orchestral Symphony No.
5½, A Symphony for Fun. His music drew upon popular material,
particularly emphasizing jazz, which he considered a revitalizing
element in American music. He became production director for the radio
station WBAP, later moving to NBC where he became producer for the
NBC Symphony Orchestra during the tenure of its conductor Arturo Toscanini.
He held several teaching posts at academic institutions in the southern
United States during his career, and also helped to found the Symphony
of the Air orchestra. (?) b.
June 17th 1912.
1985: Anton Karas (79) Austrian
zither player, born in Vienna, he is best known for his soundtrack
to Carol Reed's The Third Man. By the end of 1949, a half million
copies of "The Harry Lime Theme" had been sold, an unprecedented
amount for the time. The success of the score also caused a surge
in zither sales. Anton went on his first world tour in 1950. He went
on tour again in 1951, travelling to Montreal and Las Vegas, followed
by a number of other tours, including Japan in 1962, 1969 and 1972,
where he performed for emperor Hirohito. In 1954, he opened his own
Heuriger which was fashionable among Hollywood celebrities like Orson
Welles, Gina Lollobrigida, Curd Jürgens, Hans Moser, Paul Hörbiger,
Marika Röck or Johannes Heesters. (?)
b. July 7th 1906.
1987: Marion Hutton/Marion Thornburg (67)
American singer and actress; elder sister of actress Betty Hutton.
Both sisters sang with the Vincent Lopez Orchestra. She was discovered
by Glenn Miller and was invited to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra
in 1938. She remained with Miller on and off until the orchestra disbanded
in 1942. After Glenn Miller joined the Army in 1942, she went with
fellow Miller alumni Tex Beneke and the Modernaires on a theatre tour.
The next important event in her entertainment career was a role in
In Society with Abbott and Costello in the mid-1940s. Marion appeared
with the Desi Arnaz orchestra in October 1947 at the Radio City Theatre
in Minneapolis. As the 1940s wound down, so did Marion's career. Her
last film role was in 1949, acting in the Marx Brothers' Love Happy
(sadly lost her battle with cancer)
b. March 10th 1919.
Robert 'Bob' Wallis (56) English
jazz trumpeter born in Bridlington, East Yorkshire; as a youth he
joined the Salvation Army, before discovering
jazz. He played with a few bands including Acker Bilk's band, before
he joined up with Hugh Rainey's All Stars at the time Ginger Baker
was their drummer. Shortly afterwards the band changed its name to
The Storyville Jazzmen and was fronted by Bob. In 1963, after several
hits, being television regulars, and having a summer season at the
London Palladium, Bob and his band broke up. He played with one or
two other bands before moving to the Continent eventually settling
in Zurich with a residency at the Casa Bar. He spent most of his remaining
years, in Europe, still playing with versions of the Storyville Jazzmen
(sadly died after a long battle with illness) b.
June 3rd 1934.
1997: Kenneth Pickett (54) British
singer and founder member of "The Creation", an English
freakbeat band, formed in 1966. The most popular of 11 Creation singles
was "Painter Man", which made the Top 40 in the UK charts
in late 1966, and No.8 in the German chart in April '67. Their style
was originally loud pop art, but developed into a more typically mid
60s psychedelic rock sound, which has been retroactively described
as freakbeat. He had previously been in The Mark Four with John Dalton,
who left the band to join The Kinks. The band split in '67, but re-formed
in the mid '80s, releasing a single and recording an album in a more
contemporary rock style. The reformed band continued to tour, with
various line-up changes, capitalising on their cult notoriety with
the underground mod and garage rock audiences
(heart attack) b. September 3rd 1942.
2001: Bryan Gregory (46) American
guitarist, songwriter and founder member with the punk rock band,
The Cramps. He was known for his oozing guitar sound, wild stage antics,
long hair with a skunk stripe over his eye, and acne scarred face.
He appeared on The Cramps first two albums "Gravest Hits"
and "Songs The Lord Taught Us". He went on to play in Beast
from 1980-1984, The Dials from 1992-1995 and also played in a band
called Shiver. (sadly died of a heart attack)
b. February 20th 1954.
2005: Margherita Carosio (96) Italian
operatic soprano born in Genoa was one of the leading sopranos at
La Scala in Milan for over 20 years. In 1924, still only 16, she made
her operatic debut in the taxing role of Lucia di Lammermoor at Novi
Ligure and in 1928, she sang Musetta and Feodor to Chaliapin's Boris
Godunov at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, but did not return
to London until after the second world war. Her expressive and expertly
produced voice is preserved in many Parlophone and Ultraphon recordings
made before World War II, as well as a memorable series made for HMV
in London, beginning in 1946. She was still singing leading roles
in her early sixties and was considered one of the leading bel canto
sopranos of her day (?) b.
2008: Dave Day/Dave Havlicek (66)
American banjoist, rhythm guitarist with garage rock band The
Monks, a pre-punk band, made up of former American GI's, primarily
active in Germany in the mid to late 60s. They reunited in 1999 and
have continued to play concerts, although no new studio recordings
have been made. The Monks stood out from the music of the time, and
have developed a cult following amongst many musicians and music fans.
(died four days after suffering a heart attack)
2008: Rod Allen/Rodney Bainbridge (63)
British lead singer and bassist with The Fortunes; he came to international
acclaim in 1965, when "You've Got Your Troubles" broke into
the American and British Top Ten charts. An archetypal English beat
group, originally a trio called The Cliftones, they signed to Decca
in the UK in 1963. Their first single as The Fortunes, "Summertime,
Summertime," was oddly credited to both groups. Their follow-up
in 1964, "Caroline", was used as the signature tune for
the influential pirate radio station, Radio Caroline. In 1966, their
manager Reginald Calvert was shot dead in a dispute over pirate radio
stations, after which they had several more hit singles in UK and
USA. Rod fronted an ever changing version of The Fortunes from 1963
up to his death (liver cancer) b.
March 31st 1944.
2009: Ana Isabel "Anabel" Ramirez
Bosch (32) Filipino singer who fronted several Filipino
rock bands. She started singing while at high school, when she became
a regular at Club Dredd in Quezon City. She soon became a lead singer
for Tropical Depression, a popular Filipino rock band in the late
1990s. She also sang for the rock bands Elektrikoolaid, Spy and Analog
(She was stricken with a brain aneurysm on New
Year's Day 2009, and lapsed into unconsciousness)
b. January 25th 1976
2010: Mano Solo/Emmanuel Cabut (46) French
singer born in Châlons-sur-Marne; at 17 he co-founded and played
guitar in punk rock group, les Chihuahuas, before launching his solo
career and singing his own compositions in the early nineties. His
first album, La Marmaille Nue/"The Naked Children", was
released in 1993 and sold 100,000 copies in the first year. 1995 saw
his 2nd album, Les Années Sombres/"The Dark Years"
which also went gold in its first months. He went on to record 8 more
albums, the last being Rentrer au port in 2009. Mano also sang regularly
at the Tourtour theatre in Paris, alongside singers Marousse and P'tit
Louis (aneurysm rupture)
b. April 24th 1963.
2010: Jayne Walton Rosen/Dorothy Jayne Flanagan
(92) American singer born in San Antonio; from an early
age she performed as a singer after graduating from Brackenridge High
School. She sang professionally around the country and eventually
joined the Lawrence Welk Orchestra performing ballads throughout the
Midwest and in New York. During The Lawrence Welk Show's first year
on the air, the Welk hour instituted several regular features. To
make Welk's "Champagne Music" tagline visual, the production
crew made a "bubble machine" that spouted streams of large
bubbles across the bandstand. Whenever the orchestra played a polka
or waltz, Welk himself would dance with the band's female vocalist,
the "Champagne Lady", Jayne was his first "Champagne
Lady" to appear on the televised show. After 6 years, she left
the band to pursude a solo career (?)
b. August 28th 1917.
2011: Margaret Whiting
(86) American pop singer born in Detroit; at the
age of only seven she sang for singer-lyricist Johnny Mercer, with
whom her father had collaborated on some popular songs. In '42, Mercer
started Capitol Records and signed Margaret, one of Capitol's first
recording contracts. Her first recordings were as featured singer
with various orchestras, such as "That Old Black Magic",
with Freddie Slack and His Orchestra in 1942, "Moonlight in Vermont",
with Billy Butterfield's Orchestra in 1943 and "It Might as Well
Be Spring" with Paul Weston's Orchestra in 1945. That same year
she debuted under her own name with "All Through the Day"
followed by "In Love In Vain", "Guilty", "Oh,
But I Do", "A Tree in the Meadow", No.1 hit "Slippin
Around" and others. She had a No.1 hit single again in 1966,
with "The Wheel of Hurt" and carried on recording until
the early 1970's (?)
July 22nd 1924.
2011: Boko Petrovic (75) Croatian
vibraphonist, music producer and The founder of the popular jazz band
'Zagreb Jazz Quartet', which was performed within Miljenko Prohaska,
Kreimi Remeta, D. and Sylvia Kajfe Glojnaric, and its
value confirmed in Europe. He is the author of many radio and television
show, the organizer of numerous music festivals, while at the same
time acting as a producer and educator. During his musical career,
has won numerous awards and is also a multiple winner of the prestigious
Croatian discography awards' Porin'. His discography includes dozens
of albums, which include his first recordings with Bosko Petrovic
Quartet and members of the Quincy Jones Orchestra, and co-operation
with great jazz musicians such as Clark Terry, Ernie Willkins and
Art Farmer, Joe Pass, Buck Clayton, Joe Turner, Buddy de Franco, Kenny
Drew, NHO Pedersen, and Alvin Queen. He recorded with numerous Zagreb
Soloists Quartet Boilers, Eastern European and Californian jazz soloists,
orchestras and Gerry Mulligan Oliver Nelson, pianist and Davor Kajfes
Neven Franges, while at the same time popularizing ethnic repertoire.
As a guest performance at the world's most prestigious jazz festivals
such as Montreux , Monterey, Detroit, and Berlin. Bosko is a member
of the International Biografical Association and the International
Who is Who in Music (?) b.
February 18th 1935.
2011: María Elena Walsh (80)
Argentine pianist, poet, composer, and writer; at 15 years
old she had some of her poems published in the "El Hogar"
magazine and La Nación newspaper. In 1947, before graduating
from art school, she published her first book, Otoño
Imperdonable, a selection of poems which received recognition
from other Latin American writers. Maria graduated in 1948, traveled
to North America and Europe, then moved to Paris for four years in
the early 1950s. While there, she performed in concerts featuring
Argentine folklore. Returning to Argentina, she wrote numerous TV
scripts, plays, poems, books and songs. Her work has often contained
an underlying political message, as in the song "El País
del Nomeacuerdo" / "The Country of Idontremember",
which was later used as the theme song for The Official Story, the
winner of the 1985 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (?)
b. February 1st 1930.
2014: Aram Gharabekian
(58) Armenian conductor, former Artistic Director
and Principal Conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.
In 1983 he founded and until 1991 directed and conducted the Boston
SinfoNova Orchestra. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the NRCU
Symphony Orchestra in Kiev and has been the Principal Guest Conductor
of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and appeared with the Sinfonietta
München. He has also led the Ukrainian National Symphony, the
Ukrainian State Opera and Ballet, the West Ukrainian Philharmonic,
Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Fresno
Philharmonic, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra and Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra
and Chorus. On New Year's Eve in 1999 Gharabekian led an orchestra
and chorus in Hangzhou, China of 300 musicians from 6 countries in
a televised millennium celebration concert featuring Beethoven's 9th
Symphony (?) b.
July 7th 1955.
Eva Tanguay (67) Canadian-born
singer and entertainer who billed herself as "the girl who made
vaudeville famous", making
her first appearance on stage at the age of eight. With her parents'
assistance, she pursued a show business career, working her way through
a variety of amateur contests that eventually landed her a spot with
a comedy troupe before making her vaudeville debut in New York City
in 1904. She went on to have a long-lasting vaudeville career and
eventually commanded one of the highest salaries of any performer
of the day earning as much as $3,500 a week at the height of her fame
around 1910. Eva only made one recording "I Don't Care"
in 1922 for Nordskog Records. In addition to her singing career, she
also starred in two film comedies that, despite the limitations of
silent film, used the screen to capture her lusty stage vitality to
its fullest. The first, titled Energetic Eva was made in 1916 and
the following year she starred opposite Tom Moore in The Wild Girl.
Eva was said to have lost more than $2 million in the Wall Street
crash of 1929 and in the 1930s, she retired from show business. Cataracts
caused her to lose her sight, but Sophie Tucker, a friend from vaudeville
days, paid for the operation that restored her vision. In 1953 Mitzi
Gaynor portrayed Eva in a fictionalized version of her life in the
Hollywood motion picture, The I Don't Care Girl (?)
b. August 1st 1879.
1952: Aureliano Pertile (67) Italian tenor singer; considered
to have been one of the most exciting Italian operatic artists of
the inter-war period, and one of the most important tenors of the
20th century.After singing in regional Italy and South America, he
first sang at the premier Italian opera house, La Scala, Milan, in
1916. He then participated in Met performances of Louise in Philadelphia
and Brooklyn. Thereafter he returned to Italy, where he established
himself as the leading tenor at La Scala from 1927 to 1937, and becoming
a favorite of the conducter Arturo Toscanini. He also sang at the
Royal Opera House in London from 1927 to 1931, and at the Teatro Colón
in Buenos Aires in 1923-29. His final stage appearances were in 1946,
in Pagliacci. He then taught at the Milan Conservatory until his death
(He died in Milan) b.
1954: Oscar Nathan Straus (83) Austrian
Viennese composer of operettas and film scores and songs. He also
wrote about 500 cabaret songs, chamber music, and orchestral and choral
1939, following the Nazi Anschluss, he fled to Paris, where he received
the honour of a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, and then
to Hollywood. After the war, he returned to Europe, and settled at
Bad Ischl. Oscar's best-known works are Ein Walzertraum/A Waltz Dream,
Chocolate Soldier. The waltz arrangement from the former is probably
his most enduring orchestral work (?)
March 6th 1870.
Sutro (86) American
born in Baltimore, and one half of a piano duo with her sister Ottilie
Sutro. They both studied in Berlin at the Royal Hochschule für
Musik under Karl Heinrich Barth and made their debut in London in
July 1894. Their American debut was with the Seidl Society in Boston
on November 13th
the same year, in a Bach concerto. They toured in the USA and Europe
September 15th 1870.
1958: Alec Rowley (65)
English composer and writer on music.
He studied at London's Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Corder,
and later taught at Trinity College in the same city. He frequently
performed and broadcast piano duets with Edgar Moy, and was widely
known for his compositions for amateur forces. His seven choral songs,
A Sailors Garland, are full of good music, and he wrote many pieces
for solo piano and solo organ. He was for many years the organist
of St Alban's Church, Teddington and was a contributor to 'The Rotunda',
the house magazine of Henry Willis & Sons Ltd.
March 13th 1892.
1961: Elena Gerhardt (77) German
born in Connewitz.
She was associated with the singing of German classical lieder, of
which she was considered one of the great interpreters. She left Germany
to live in London in 1934.
Elena graced many of the major opera houses in Europe and America
b. November 11th 1883.
1968: Rezso Seress (78)
Hungarian singer, pianist, songwriter;
being Jewish, he was taken to a labour camp by the Nazis during WW2.
He survived the camp and after spells of employment in the theatre
and the circus, where he was a trapeze artist, he concentrated on
songwriting and singing after an injury. His most famous composition
was "Szomorú Vasárnap" (Gloomy Sunday) written
in 1933, which gained infamy as it became associated with a spate
of suicides. The first suicide was that of Joseph Keller, a cobbler,
in Budapest in February 1936. His suicide note contained the words
of Gloomy Sunday. Following this event, 17 additional people took
their lives in a way related to the song. Over 100 others are rumoured
to have done the same worldwide. The song was banned in many places
and has been banned from BBC radio until recently when it was lifted.
(He survived the Nazi forced labour in the Ukraine,
beaten heavily many times, the composer survived the Holocaust, but
sadly his mother didn't. Rezso tragically committed suicide by jumping
out of a window) b. November 3rd
1987: Albert Ferber (75) Swiss-English
pianist Although best known as a concert pianist and recording artist,
he had a brief association with the theatre and the cinema, conducting
theatre orchestras during the 1940s for productions such as The Beggar's
Opera. A little later he appeared as pianist in the Brian Hurst film
The Mark of Cain 1947, and composed scores for two films, The Hangman
Waits in 1947 and Death in the Hand in 1948, both directed by the
Australian, Albert Barr-Smith. After this his performing activities
prevented further composition until near the end of his life when
he wrote a set of six songs to texts by Paul Verlaine.
As a pianist for over 4 decades he worked with the likes of Sir Thomas
Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Josef Krips and the
Hallé Orchestra, and further work with Sir Adrian Boult, Sergiu
Celibidache, Jascha Horenstein and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. His career
took him to most parts of the world, although he had a special affinity
with South American countries. In the UK he made regular recital appearances
in London at the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls and continued to
broadcast for the BBC until illness ended his performing career (?)
b. March 29th 1911.
Josef Gingold (85) Russian-American violinist and teacher,
born in Brest-Litovsk, and emigrated to NewYork City, in 1920, where
he became one of the most influential violin teachers in the US. He
gave the first performance of Ysaÿe's 3rd Sonata for Solo Violin.
In 1937, he won a spot in the NBC Symphony Orchestra, with Arturo
Toscanini as its conductor; he then served as the concertmaster and
occasional soloist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and later was
the Cleveland Orchestra's concertmaster.
His recording of Fritz Kreisler's works was nominated for a Grammy
Award. Some of the numerous honors he received during his lifetime
include the American String Teachers Association Teacher of the Year;
the Chamber Music America National Service Award; the Fredrick Bachman
Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching at Indiana University; Baylor
University's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers; and the
American Symphony Orchestra League's Golden Baton Award. Josef also
taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for more than
thirty years, until his death and was a founder of the quadrennial
Indianapolis Violin Competition
b. October 28th 1909.
1996: Ike Isaacs (73)
Burmese-British jazz guitarist born in
Rangoon, Burma, best known for his work with Stephane Grappelli. He
started playing professionally while he was a chemistry student
at university. In 1946 he moved to England, where he freelanced for
many years; he played in the BBC Show Band, as well as playing with
George Chisholm and Barney Kessel. In the 1960s and 1970s he played
with Stephane Grappelli extensively. He also played with Digby Fairweather,
Len Skeat, and Denny Wright in the group Velvet in the 1970s, before
moving to to Australia in the 1980s, where he taught at the Sydney
Guitar School (?) b.
December 1st 1919.
1998: Klaus Tennstedt (71) German
musician and conductor from Merseburg. He studied violin and piano
at the Leipzig Conservatory. He became concertmaster of the orchestra
at the Halle Municipal Theatre in 1948. However, a finger injury stopped
his career as a violinist, and afterwards he worked as a coach to
singers at the same theatre. He then directed his talents toward conducting.
In 1958, he became music director of the Dresden Opera, and in 1962,
music director of the Schwerin State Orchestra and Theatre. He worked
at many of the major orchestras around the world including the Swedish
Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Boston
Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra
(?) b. June 6th
1999: Barry Pritchard (55) English
vocalist, guitarist and founder member of the beat harmony group The
Fortunes, formed in Birmingham in 1963. They first came to prominence
and international acclaim in 1965, when "You've Got Your Troubles"
broke into the US and UK Top 10s. Afterwards they did a succession
of hits including "Here It Comes Again" and "Here Comes
That Rainy Day Feeling Again"; continuing into the 1970s with
more globally successful releases such as "Storm in a Teacup"
and "Freedom Come, Freedom Go" (sadly
Barry died from a heart attack)
b. April 3rd 1944.
1999: Fabrizio de André (58)
Italian singer-songwriter born in Genoa, he started playing the violin
first, then the guitar, and joined a number of local jazz bands. In
1961 Fabrizio recorded his first two songs, "Nuvole barocche"/"Baroque
Clouds" and "E fu la notte"/"And There Was Night".
In the following years he wrote a number of songs which soon becoming
classic hits: "La guerra di Piero"/"Peter's War",
"La ballata dell'eroe"/"The Hero's Ballad", "Il
testamento di Tito"/"Titus's Will", "La Ballata
del Michè"/"Mike's Ballad", "Via del Campo"/"Field
Street", "La canzone dell'amore perduto"/ "Song
for the Lost Love", "La città vecchia"/"Old
Downtown", and "Carlo Martello ritorna dalla battaglia di
Poitiers"/"Charles Martel on His Way Back from Poitiers"
among others and went on over to release 26 albums his career
(sadly died from lung cancer) b. February
2003: Mickey Finn (55) British
percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan in his band Tyrannosaurus
Rex and later, the 1970s glam rock group, T.Rex. He can be heard on
the album, "A Beard of Stars" released March '70. After
Bolan and T.Rex's demise, he played sessions for The Blow Monkeys
and The Soup Dragons. During the late 80s and early 90s, he made a
few guest appearances with the London rock band, Checkpoint Charlie,
fronted by Mick Lexington. He returned to the mainstream music scene
in 1997, fronting a new, version of T. Rex, Mickey Finn's T. Rex (sadly
died from kidney and liver problems) b.
June 3rd 1947.
Gene Dinwiddie (65)
saxophone player; later
nicknamed "Brother", he born in Louisville and played with
various bands and jammed with the likes of Roscoe Mitchell and Amina
Claudine Myers, for over a decade and a half before he got a big break
in 1967. This happened when Paul Butterfield inspired by his mentor
Junior Parker, formed a "big band". Soon after he asked
Gene, by then a highly respected blues and jazz man, to arranged the
brass section to join the band. This included Brother Gene himself,
Trevor Lawrence, David Sanborn, Steve Madeo, they made a huge impact
on the band, and brought them media attention. Gene appeared at both
legendary festivals, the '67 Monterey Pop Festival, and at Woodstock
in 1969, where his outstanding performance in "Love March"
helped make it an instant hit...
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b. September 19th 1936
2003: Bill Russo (74) American
trombone player, teacher and considered by many to be one of the greatest
jazz composer and arranger. Born in Chicago, he played trombone in
dance and jazz bands, and began writing and arranging while still
in his early teens. In 1947 he formed his own rehearsal band while
a student, under the name of Experiment in Jazz. In the '50s he wrote
ground breaking orchestral scores for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, one
of the more famous works he wrote for the Kenton Orchestra is Halls
Of Brass. In the early 1960s Bill moved to England, where he founded
the London Jazz Orchestra, and was a contributor to the Third Stream
movement that tried to close the gap between jazz and classical music.
He returned to the US in 1965, where he founded Columbia College's
music department, he started the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which was
dedicated to preserving and expanding jazz and was the Director of
Orchestral Studies at Scuola Europea dOrchestra Jazz in Palermo,
also composed music, including operas, symphonies, choral works, as
well as a rock cantata "The Civil War". In his long career
Bill composed more than 200 pieces for jazz orchestra, and there were
more than 30 recordings of his work, including work with Duke Ellington,
Leonard Bernstein, Cannonball Adderley, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie,
Seiji Ozawa, Billie Holiday, and others. In
addition to playing, composing, arranging, conducting and teaching,
he also wrote and/or co-wrote 3 books on music: Composing for the
Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Composition and Orchestration, and Composing
Music: A New Approach. In 1990, Bill received a Lifetime Achievement
Grammy Award for his amazing contribution to music (?)
b. June 25th 1928.
2004: Max Duane Barnes (67)
American counrty music singer with the Golden Rockets, songwriter;
his songs have been recorded by George Jones, Vince Gill, Conway Twitty,
Loretta Lynn, Vern Gosdin, the Kendalls, Randy Travis, Pam Tillis,
Keith Whitley, Waylon Jennings, John Anderson and Eddy Raven, among
others. Max was a two-time winner of the Country Music Association's
prestigious Song of the Year prize: in 1998 for "Chiseled In
Stone," co-written with Gosdin, and in 1992 for "Look At
Us," co-written with Gill. He was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters
Hall of Fame in 1992 and American Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame
along with his sister Ruthie Barnes Steele in 2006. He was also a
BMI Award-winning songwriter and a writing partner of Harlan Howard,
Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, his son Max T. Barnes, and sister Ruthie
(pneumonia) b. July 24th 1936.
2005: Jimmy Griffin (61) American
singer, guitarist and award winning songwriter who grew up in Memphis,
but was born in Cincinnati. In the 1960s, Jimmy teamed with songwriter
Michael Z. Gordon to write songs for such diverse singers as Ed Ames,
Gary Lewis, Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, Leslie Gore, The Standells, Sandy
Nelson and Cher. The pair won a BMI award for 'Apologize'. In 1968,
he teamed with David Gates and Robb Royer to form the band Bread.
They had No.1 Hot 100 hit, with the song "Make It With You".
Other hits by Bread included "Everything I Own", "Baby
I'm-a Want You", and "If". Although Jimmy was a significant
contributor to Bread's albums as a writer and singer, every one of
the group's 13 songs that made the Billboard Hot 100 chart was written
and sung by Gates, a situation that created huge friction between
the two. After
the release of Guitar Man in '72, Bread went on hiatus, they reformed
in '76 for one final album, Lost Without Your Love. In 1970, Griffin
and Robb Royer, under the pseudonyms Arthur James and Robb Wilson,
wrote the lyrics for Fred Karlin's music for the song "For All
We Know," featured in the film Lovers and Other Strangers. It
won the Academy Award for Best Song. In 1977, he released a third
solo album, James Griffin, after which in 1982 he teamed with Terry
Sylvester on the album Griffin & Sylvester in 1982 and was a member
of Black Tie which released When The Night Falls in 1985. Jimmy then
joined The Remingtons with Richard Mainegra and Rick Yancey. They
released their first single in 1991, followed by the albums Blue Frontier
and Aim for the Heart. Their single, "A Long Time Ago" went
top-10 on Billboard's country chart in 1992. Jimmy and Gates put aside
their past differences for a Bread reunion tour in 19961997
with Botts and Knechtel. In early 2004, Jimmy recorded a duet with
Holly Cieri of his Oscar winning song 'For All We Know' (sadly
Jimmy lost his fight with cancer) b.
August 10th 1943.
2005: Spencer Dryden (67) Amercan
drummer and half brother to Charlie Chaplin. He was born in New York
City and moved to LA as an infant. In mid 1966 Spencer was recruited
to replace Skip Spence as the drummer in leading San Francisco psychedelic
band Jefferson Airplane, staying with the band until 1970. He then
joined up with The New Riders of the Purple Sage, performing and recording
with them from late 1970 until 1977, at which point he became the
manager of the band. After leaving the New Riders, he went on to play
a lengthy stint with The Dinosaurs and Barry Melton's band before
retiring from drumming in 1995. In 1996, Spencer was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of Jefferson Airplane.(He
died from colon cancer, sadly in relative obscurity)
b. April 7th 1938.
Beatrice Hyde AO, OBE (91) Australian composer, pianist,
poet and educator. She composed over 150 works for piano, and other
instrumental and orchestral works and performed as a concert pianist
with eminent conductors including Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir Bernard
Heinze and Geoffrey Simon. One of her best known pieces is the piano
solo Valley of Rocks. In 1981 she was made an Officer of the Order
of the British Empire (OBE) and in 1991 was made an Officer of the
Order of Australia (AO). She was awarded an honorary doctorate by
Macquarie University in 1993, and in 2004 received an award for Distinguished
Services to Australian Music at the Australian Performing Rights Association
and Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards. She was appointed
Patron of the Music Teachers' Association of South Australia and established
the Miriam Hyde Award for the Association. Her 90th birthday was celebrated
with concerts and broadcasts throughout Australia. (?)
b. January 15th 1913.
2007: Puchi Balseiro (81)
Puerto Rican singer, guitarist, composer, songwriter, radio
& television personality born in Santurce, San Juan. Her best
known compositions were: "En La Soledad"/In Solitude and
"Tu y mi Canción"/You and my Song. "En la Soledad",
was a hit song in the 1970s for Tito Rodríguez, although there
were previous versions sung by Chucho Avellanet, Julio Angel, and
Flor de Loto, among others. She was also a producer, script writer
and host of various radio & television shows, hosting her own
television show, broadcasted by WIPR-TV, titled: Usted y mi Mundo/You
and My World. Among many other things she also originated, produced,
and directed the: "Festivales del Filin"/The Feeling Festivals
(?) b. November
2009: Andy DeMize/ Andrew Martinez (25)
American drummer from Hacienda Heights, California was influenced
by drummers Wade Youman and John Bonham. Andy joined the pop punk
group Up Syndrome in October 2001, before he and Tony "Slash"
Red-Horse formed The Rocketz in December 2003. In May 2006, he replaced
James Meza as the drummer for the Nekromantix. He made his album debut
with the group on Life Is a Grave & I Dig It! (killed
in a car accident while travelling south on Route 57 outside of Fullerton,
California at roughly 85 miles per hour when the driver, Osvaldo Orozco
lost control) b. March
2010: George Garanian (75) Russian
jazz saxophonist and bandleader, born in Moscow. George was one of
the first Russian musicians who attracted attention of Western world
as part of the jazz from the USSR. He belonged to the first generation
of Russian jazzmen who started to perform after World War II. As a
musician, alto saxophonist, conductor and composer he was the leader
of country's best big bands: Melodia through 1970s and 1980s; and
Moscow Big Band from 1992 to 1995. He also led the Municipal Big Band
in the Southern Russian city of Krasnodar. (sadly
died from a cardiac arrest) b. August
2010: Mick Green (65) British
rock n roll guitarist born in in Matlock. He began his career playing
with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates in the early 1960s, then joined
Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas in 1964. His ability to play lead
and rhythm guitar simultaneously influenced a number of British guitarists
to follow, including Pete Townshend and Wilko Johnson, the original
guitarist for Dr. Feelgood. Mick's song "Oyeh!" was on Dr.
Feelgood's debut album, Down by the Jetty; and a song he co-wrote,
"Going Back Home" appeared on Dr. Feelgood's 1975 Malpractice
and the live album, Stupidity in 1976. Mick reformed The Pirates in
the mid 1970s as well as being a member of the band, Shanghai, who
released two albums, in 1974 and 1976, and supported Status Quo on
their Blue for You tour. In the 1980s and 1990s Mick played with amongst
others, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison and Paul McCartney, as well as playing
with The Pirates with whom he continued to gig well into the 2000s.
In 2008, Green performed regularly with the Van Morrison band, and
played guitar on five of the tracks on Van Morrison's 2008 album,
Keep It Simple. (sadly Mick died from heart
failure) b. February 22nd 1944.
2011: John Modinos (84) Cypriot
opera baritone, born near Limassol and emigrated to the USA after
WWII, where he completed a formal education in music. His career spanned
four decades and included numerous operatic performances, including
a total of 223 appearances in Verdi's "Rigolleto" (heart
2012: David Whitaker (80) English
composer, songwriter, arranger and conductor born in Kingston upon
Thames. He collaborated with some of the most prestigious British
and French artists including Air, Etienne Daho, Marianne Faithfull,
Claude François, Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Johnny Hallyday,
The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page (Death Wish II), Saint Etienne, Simply
Red, Sylvie Vartan and others like Lee Hazlewood, Kings of Convenience
and Francesco De Gregori. He composed Hammer Films atmospheric score
for the 1971 production of Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, other films
included Scream & Scream Again; Run Wild, Run Free; Vampira; The
Sword and the Sorcerer; Shadow Run, and others. David also recorded
several sessions with the BBC Radio Orchestra at the Maida Vale Studios,
London in the early 80s, featuring a mixture of his own compositions
and arrangements, to high-acclaim. He was nominated in 2001 for the
César Award for Best Music Written for a Film with the French
movie With a Friend Like Harry/Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien
b. January 6th 1931.
2013: Jimmy O'Neill (73) American disc jockey and television host
(Shindig!), diabetes and heart complications
2013: Khushi Murali (45)
Indian pop singer; in a career spanning over a decade, he sang
over 100 songs. Some of his hit numbers are from films "Khushi",
"100 percent Love", "Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu"
and "Mr Perfect". (he suffered a heart
attack and tragically died while travelling to Kakinada from Secunderabad
on the Gautami Express. He was on his way to perform in the Kakinada
Beach Festival) b. 1967
2013: John Wilkinson (67) American
rhythm guitarist from Springfield; he first met Elvis Presley when
he was only 10 years old when he sneaked into Elvis's dressing room.
In his teens he developed a name for himself as a singer and guitarist,
performing with such groups as The Kingston Trio, The Goodtime Singers,
Greenwood County Singers, and The New Christy Minstrels. In 1968,
Elvis saw him perform on a TV show in Los Angeles and asked him to
join the TCB Band which he was forming. John went on to play over
1,200 shows as Presley's rhythm guitar player until the legendary
singer's death in 1977. In 1989 John suffered a stroke that left him
unable to play the guitar, but he continued singing with fellow musicians,
he traveled the U.S. and Europe, appearing with the old TCB band and
others, singing and paying tribute to Elvis. He also made a living
in retail and airline services management (sadly
John died fighting cancer)
b. July 3rd 1945.
2013: Jimmy O'Neill (73) American
radio rock DJ and TV host born in Enid, Oklahoma. At 15 he took a
high school class in broadcasting and as one of the two top students
won a chance to have his own 2 hour show on the local radio station.
By the time he was 20 he had become LA's top-rated radio deejay and
was only 24 when he catapulted to national celebrity as the host of
"Shindig!," one of the earliest rock 'n' roll shows on prime-time
television, that featured frenetic dancers and showcased such acts
as the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Righteous Brothers. He also ran
nightclubs for teenagers, including one called Pandora's Box on the
Sunset Strip and hosted a youth-oriented TV talk show, "The Jimmy
O'Neill Show," on KCOP-TV /Channel 13. (died
in his sleep, sadly he had been suffering with diabetes and heart
b. January 8th 1940.
1921: Gervase Elwes (55)
tenor, born in Billing, Northampton; he first trained as a lawyert,
spending some years in Brussels, where he began formal singing lessons
at the age of 28. However he had to overcome a social convention of
resistance to one of his class his making a professional career as
a singer, and not until the early 1900s, in his late thirties, did
he gave his first professional performances in London, opposite Agnes
Nicholls, in Wallfahrt nach Kevlaar by Engelbert Humperdinck at the
St James's Hall, with the Handel Society under J. S. Liddle in late
April 1903, and immediately afterwards he appeared at the Westmorland
Festival. He went on to be an international star and much loved artist
where ever he performed
(he tragically died in a horrific railroad accident in Boston, USA
while at the height of his career)
b. November 15th 1866.
1934: Pawel Kochanski (47) Polish
violinist, composer and arranger born in Orel, Russia; he studied
violin first with his father and then at age 7 in Odessa with Emil
Mlynarski. From 1909 to 1911 he taught at the Warsaw Conservatory
as professor of violin. In 1909 he and Arthur Rubinstein gave the
first performance of Karol Szymanowski's Violin Sonata in D minor.
He went on to play in all the major opera houses and recital halls
around Europe, America and Sth America. In 1921, he made a sensational
debut in the Brahms Violin Concerto at the Carnegie Hall, and was
immediately in demand and in April 1922 he was playing in Buenos Aires.
As well as all his international appearances, Pawel also taught at
the Juilliard School in New York City, from 1924, heading the violin
faculty, until his death (sadly died from cancer)
b. September 14th 1887.
1971: Captain John Handy (70)
American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist; he played clarinet
in New Orleans bands from the 1920s, including in his own Louisiana
Shakers. He switched to alto saxophone in 1928, and was little-known
outside of Louisiana until the 1960s, when he began playing frequently
with Kid Sheik Cola and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and recorded
for GHB Records, RCA, and Jazz Crusade. He is also well known for
playing in the December Band along side "Kid" Thomas Valentine,
"Big" Jim Robinson, Sammy Rimington, Bill Sinclair, Dick
Griffith, "Mouldy" Dick Mccarthy and Sammy Pen. His solo
in Ice Cream is one of the most well known in New Orleans Jazz (?)
Anthony "Rebop" Kwaku Baah (37) Ghanaian percussionist
born in Konongo; he
met up with the UK band Traffic
while they toured Sweden, and played with them from 1971-74, appearing
on the albums The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Shoot Out at the
Fantasy Factory, On the Road, and Welcome
to the Canteen. In
1973 he played in Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert along with Eric,
Pete Townshend, Rick Grech, Ronnie Wood, Jimmy Karstein, Jim
Steve Winwood. After Traffic broke up, he played on Steve Winwoods
self-titled debut solo '77 album. Also in 1977, he joined the German
band 'Can' along with bassist Rosko Gee, playing with them until their
breakup in '79, appearing on albums Saw Delight, Out of Reach and
In '83 he recorded a jazz fusion album with Zahara. Rebop also recorded
4 solo albums, the last being Melodies in a Jungle Mans Head in '83
sadly died of a brain haemorrhage during a performance in Sweden while
touring with Jimmy Cliff's band)
b.February 13th 1944.
1998: Phyllis Nelson (47) American
singer born in Indiana; she worked and recorded for several years
from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s before her big success with her
self-penned ballad "Move Closer". Although it failed in
her home country, it reached No.1 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1985.
While based in France, she recorded the single "I
Don't Know" with the French actor, Alain Delon.
The song was included in the original soundtrack of the French film,
Parole De Flic. In the USA she had success with "I Like You",
which reached No.1
on the Hot Dance Club chart. "Move Closer"
returned to the UK chart in 1994, reaching the Top 40, after being
featured in a TV commercial (sadly
Phyllis died from breast cancer) b.
October 3rd 1950.
2001: Luiz Floriano Bonfá (78) Brazilian guitarist
and composer; born in Rio de Janeiro, he began teaching himself to
play guitar as a child and he studied in Rio with Uruguayan classical
guitarist Isaías Sávio from the age of 12. He was part
of the burgeoning days of Rio de Janeiro's thriving jazz scene, it
was commonplace for musicians and artists
collaborate in theatrical presentations. Luiz wrote some of the music
featured in the film, including the numbers "Samba de Orfeu"
and his most famous composition, "Manhã de Carnaval"
of which Carl Sigman later wrote a different set of English lyrics
titled "A Day in the Life of a Fool", which has been among
the top 10 standards played worldwide, according to The Guinness Book
of World Records. Luiz lived in the USA from the early 1960s until
1975. He worked with American musicians such as Quincy Jones, George
Benson, Stan Getz, and Frank Sinatra, recording several albums while
in there. Elvis Presley sang a Bonfá composition, "Almost
in Love", in the 1968 MGM film "Live a Little, Love a Little"
(sadly died from
b. October 17th 1922.
2003: Maurice Gibb (53) British
singier and songwriter in the internationally famed group, The Bee
Gees, formed with his brothers Robin and Barry. The trio got their
start in Australia, and found major success when they returned to
England. The Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups
of all time and have been awarded 9 grammys among their many other
awards; have been inducted into 8 Hall of Fames and have a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (sadly died from
heart attack during surgery) b: December
2004: Randy VanWarmer (48)
American singer, songwriter, composer; best remembered for his hit
"Just When I Needed You Most." It reached No.8 in the UK
and No.4 in the US Hot 100 in 1979. There are several cover versions
of this song, including those by Dolly Parton and Smokie. He
wrote songs for The Oak Ridge Boys including "I Guess It Never
Hurts To Hurt Sometimes." His final album was released posthumously
only in Japan and was a tribute to Stephen Foster
(died after a brave battle with leukaemia)
b: March 30th 1955.
Coltrane (69) American jazz pianist, organist, harpist,
composer, and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane. After
his death she continued to play with her own groups, moving into more
and more meditative music, and later playing with her children. She
was one of the few harpists in the history of jazz. Her essential
recordings were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse!
Records. (sadly Alice died due to respiratory
failure) b. August 27th 1937.
2009: Alejandro Sokol (48) Argentine
rock musician with bands Sumo and Las Pelotas. He was the bassist,
and then the drummer of rock band "Sumo" introducing British
post-punk to the Argentine scene, with almost the whole lyrics in
English. In 1987 he formed the band "Las Pelotas" together
with fellow ex-Sumo Germán Daffunchio. After 17 years with
the band, he left to form his own group, "El Vuelto S.A.",
featuring his son Ismael Sokol, Nicolás Angiolini and Gustavo
Bustos on guitars, Sebastián Villegas on bass and Damián
Bustos playing drums. (died in the bus depot
in Río Cuarto, Córdoba province, of cardio-respiratory
failure, when waiting for a bus to take him to Buenos Aires back from
the Traslasierra district)
b. January 30th 1960.
Jimmy O/ Jean Jimmy Alexandre (35)
Haitian Hip Hop artist, rapper and songwriter, born in Port-au-Prince
and lived in New York City. He was involved with Wyclef Jean's Yéle
Haiti Foundation, a grass-roots charitable organization established
by Wyclef Jean in 2005. As a musician, Jimmy O helped develop new
talent and artists in Haiti. Jimmy was also preparing to release his
debut album. (Tragically he was crushed in a
vehicle during the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti) b.
2010: Brian Damage/Brian Keats (46) American
punk and rock drummer born in New York
he played in the bands Genocide and Verbal Abuse, before in October
of 1983 Glenn Danzig invited him to join The Misfits. His first and
only performance with The Misfits, a Halloween show in Detroit, Brian
was so drunk he could not perform properly, it also turned out to
be the band's farewell show. After The Misfits, Brian remained in
New York City playing drums for Hellbent, The Kretins, The Hellhounds,
The Diamondbacks, The Skulls, Angels In Vain, Princess Pang, and Raging
Slab. He later moved to LA where he played and/or recorded with Baron
Jive, The Light Bachwood Movement, Wink, Pressurehed, Sylvain Sylvain,
Link Protrudi And The Jaymen, Paul Inman, Marioux, Low Pop Suicide,
3 Day Wheely, Bortek, Susanna Hoffs, Doppler, The Fuzztones, and Tramdriver
as well as playing live performances with Kathy Fisher, Sages &
Seers, African Violet, Tim Harrington, $100 Band, Jason Falkner, Woozy,
and Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords and recorded sessions demos
with Zoe Poledouris And Bubble Gun, Bijou Phillips, Swirl 360, Tallulah,
Marie Wilson, Michael Hately, Kim Richey, Billy Idol, Tom Anderson,
Leah Andreone, and Colony (complications of
colon cancer) b. February 11th 1963.
2010: Dewey Tucker (24) American
bassist and smooth jazz bassist who has world toured and been playing
with Lauryn Hill over the last few years and played with Oakland hip-hop
group the Coup. He was also a member of the Greater St. Paul Baptist
Church band in Oakland. (Dewey was found dead
in his vehicle Tuesday night, having been killed in a random shooting
on his way to band practice in Oakland) b.
2010: Yabby You/Vivian Jackson (63)
Jamaican reggae singer and producer born in Kingston, Jamaica.
At 17, Yabby was so malnourished that he had to be hospitalized, he
eventually left with severe arthritis and crippled legs. While he
could not work in certain jobs, he had a musical talent and taking
divine inspiration from the sounds of nature around him, and with
the help of friends, in 1972 he founded a harmony trio, the Prophets.
Their debut single "Conquering Lion," was a classically
styled reggae song with a deep personal message. They made a few more
singles which appeared on Yabby's successful debut album, also called
Conquering Lion. He was closely affiliated with King Tubby, whose
dubs often appeared on the B-sides of his singles. Yabby's success
allowed him to branch out as a producer, and he began working with
both upcoming and more established artists including Wayne Wade, Michael
Rose, Tommy McCook, Michael Prophet, Big Youth, Trinity, Dillinger
and Tapper Zukie, while continuing to release his own material (died
after suffering a brain aneurysm) b.
2012: Sadao Bekku (89)
Japanese classical composer, born in
Tokyo; his works include five symphonies, film scores, a flute sonata,
a piano concerto, choral work, art songs, and the opera, Prince Arima.
His work took strong influences from jazz. His most famous works include
the film score, Matango in '63 (Sadao
passed away with pneumonia)
b. May 24th 1922.
2012: Rosalind "Lindy" Runcie née
Turner (79) British pianist and wife
of the late Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury. She gave piano
recitals in both the UK and the USA and according to a 1983 article
of the Wrexham Evening Leader, she had raised over £60,000 for
charity through her recitals. She also taught piano privately and
at St Albans School and St Albans High School for Girls (?)
2013: Precious Bryant
née Bussey (71) American country blues, gospel,
and folk musician; born in Talbot County, she was noted for playing
Piedmont fingerstyle guitar. Her uncle, George Henry Bussey, taught
her to play guitar and by the age of 9, she was playing regularly
in the church. She went on to do numerous tours in the USA and abroad,
including notable appearances at the Blues to Bop Festival in Switzerland
and the Alabama Folk Festival in Montgomery. Precious released two
solo albums; her 2002 debut, Fool Me Good, was nominated for two Blues
Music Awards, in the categories of 'Acoustic Blues Album of the Year'
and 'Best New Artist Debut'. In 2006 she was nominated for another
similar award for 'Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year' (sadly
Georgia died after a six week battle with complications from diabetes
and congestive heart failure) b. January
Stephen Collins Foster (37)
born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, known as the "father of
American music", he was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United
States of the 19th century. His songs such as "Oh! Susanna",
"Old Black Joe",
"Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home"/"Swanee
River", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "My Old
Kentucky Home","Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair",
and "Beautiful Dreamer", remain popular over 150 years after
While in Cincinnati, Stephen penned his first successful songs, among
them "Oh! Susanna" which would prove to be the anthem of
the California Gold Rush in 18481849. In 1849, he published
Foster's Ethiopian Melodies, which included the successful song "Nelly
Was a Lady", made famous by the Christy Minstrels. Many of his
songs were of the blackface minstrel show tradition popular at the
time. He sought, in his own words, to "build up taste ... among
refined people by making words suitable to their taste, instead of
the trashy and really offensive words which belong to some songs of
that order". Although many of his songs had Southern themes,
Foster never lived in the South and visited it only once, by river-boat
voyage, on his brother Dunning's steam boat, the Millinger, down the
Mississippi to New Orleans, in 1852 (suffering
a fever Stephen sadly died from a head injury 3 days after a tragic
accident in his hotel room) b. July 4th 1826.
1963: Sonny Clark/Conrad
hard bop pianist. An underappreciated jazz artist during his time,
his work has become much more widely known after his death. He is
known for his unique touch, sense of melody and complex, hard-swinging
style . He frequently recorded for Blue Note Records, on which he
played as a sideman with many of the most important hard bop players,
including: Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane,
Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Grant Green, Philly Joe
Jones, Clifford Jordan, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Art Taylor, and
Wilbur Ware. He also recorded sessions with jazz luminaries Charles
Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Billie Holiday, Stanley Turrentine, and Lee
a band leader, his albums Sonny Clark Trio, with Paul Chambers and
Philly Joe Jones, and Cool Struttin' , and Sonny Clark Trio with George
Duvivier and Max Roach are considered among his finest. (heroine
overdose) b. July 21st 1931
Robert Still (60)
English composer, educator and amateur tennis player,
born in London; his compositions include songs, 4 symphonies, a piano
concerto, violin concerto, instrumental & chamber works, orchestral
works, motets and an opera. An archive is held at the Jerwood Library
in Greenwich, London. He remained predominantly tonal, using dissonance
to great effect. (Robert died suddenly of a
b. June 10th 1910.
1971: William T. Lewis (65)
American jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in Cleburne,
attended the New England Conservatory of Music, then played in Will
Marion Cook's orchestra. When Cook's band was taken over by Sam Wooding,
William traveled with him on his tours of Europe, Sth America, and
Nth Africa, remaining until Wooding disbanded in 1931. Following this
he set up his own band, Willie Lewis and His Entertainers, which featured
some of Wooding's old players and played with great success in Europe.
Among those who played under William were Herman Chittison, Benny
Carter, Bill Coleman, Garnet Clark, Bobby Martin, and June Cole.
b. June 10th 1905
1974: Raoul Jobin/Joseph Roméo (67) French-Canadian
operatic tenor, particularly associated with the French repertory.
He made his professional debut 28 May 1930 in Liszt's oratorio Christus
at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. He made
his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on February 19, 1940, as des Grieux
in Manon. He remained with the company until 1950, where he sang many
roles alongside such singers as Lily Pons, Bidu Sayao, Licia Albanese,
Rise Stevens, under conductors such as Wilfrid Pelletier and Thomas
Beecham, among many others. He made regular appearances in San Francisco,
Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, etc., also appearing in Mexico City,
Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires. He had been created Chevalier de
la Légion d'honneur in 1951, and he was made a Companion of
the Order of Canada in 1967 (?)
b. April 8th
1979: Marjorie Lawrence (71) Australian
international soprano, born at Deans Marsh; she was particularly noted
as an interpreter of Richard Wagner's operas. She was the first soprano
to perform the immolation scene in Götterdämmerung by riding
her horse into the flames as Wagner had intended. Afflicted by polio
from 1941, her autobiography was filmed in 1955 as Interrupted Melody.
Marjorie later served on the faculty of the School of Music at Southern
Illinois University Carbondale. In 1946 she was awarded the cross
of the Légion d'honneur for her work in France. In 1976 she
was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on the
recommendation of the Government of Australia (sadly
died from heart failure)
b. February 18th 1907.
1979: Donny Hathaway (33) Grammy
Award-winning American soul pianist and keyboardist. He first worked
as songwriter, session musician and producer. Working first at Chicago's
Twinight Records and later did the arrangements for The Unifics ("Court
of Love" and "The Beginning Of My End"), he also participated
in projects by The Staple Singers, Jerry Butler' Curtis Mayfield and
Aretha Franklin. After becoming a "house producer" at Mayfield's
label, Curtom Records, he recorded his first single in 1969, a duet
with singer June Conquest called "I Thank You Baby".He signed
with Atlantic Records in 1969, and with his first single "The
Ghetto, Part I" in 1970, Rolling Stone magazine marked him as
a major new force in soul music. His collaborations with Roberta Flack
took him to the top of the charts and won him the Grammy Award for
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the duet "Where
Is the Love" in 1973. (apparent suicide,
falling from a 15th floor New York City hotel window)
b. October 1st 1945.
André Kostelanetz (78)
Russian-American popular music orchestra leader arranger and a
pioneer of easy listening music. Born
in Saint Petersburg, Russia, he escaped in 1922 after the Russian
Revolution and arrived in America that same year. In the 1920s, Andréconducted
concerts for radio, then in the 1930s, he began his own weekly show
on CBS, André Kostelanetz Presents.
He was known for arranging and recording light classical music pieces
for mass audiences, as well as orchestral versions of songs and Broadway
show tunes. He made numerous recordings over the course of his career,
which had sales of over 50 million and became staples of beautiful
music radio stations. For many years, Andre also conducted the New
York Philharmonic in pops concerts and recordings, in which they were
billed as Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra. Outside the US, one
of his best known works was an orchestral arrangement of the tune
"With a Song in my Heart", which was the signature tune
of a long-running BBC radio program, at first called Forces Favourites,
then Family Favourites, and finally Two Way Family Favourites (?)
b. December 22nd 1901
1983: Barry Galbraith (63)
guitarist; he moved to New York City in the 1941 and found work playing
with Babe Russin, Art Tatum, Red Norvo, Hal McIntyre, and Teddy Powell.
He played with Claude Thornhill in 1941-42 and again in 1946-49 after
serving in the Army. He did a tour with Stan Kenton in 1953. He
did extensive work as a studio musician for NBC and CBS in the 1950s
and 1960s; among those he played with were Miles Davis, Michel Legrand,
Tal Farlow, Coleman Hawkins, John Lewis, Hal McKusick, Oscar Peterson,
Max Roach, George Russell, and Tony Scott. He also accompanied the
singers Anita O'Day, Chris Connor, Billie Holiday, Helen Merrill,
Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington on record. In 1961 he appeared
in the film After Hours. In 1963-64 he played on Gil Evans's album
The Individualism of Gil Evans, and in 1965 he appeared on the Stan
Getz/Eddie Sauter-led soundtrack to Mickey One. (?)
b. December 18th 1919.
Guarnieri (85) Brazilian
composer; his complete name is "Mozart Camargo Guarnieri"
(his father gave famous composers names to all his sons). Camargo
studied piano and composition at the São Paulo Conservatório,
and subsequently worked with Charles Koechlin in Paris. Some of his
compositions received important prizes in the United States in the
1940s, giving Guarnieri the opportunity of conducting them in New
York, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago. A distinguished figure of the
Brazilian national school, he served in several capacities; conductor
of the São Paulo Orchestra, member of the Academia Brasileira
de Música, and Director of the São Paulo Conservatório,
where he taught composition and orchestral conducting. In 1936 he
was the first conductor of the Coral Paulistano choir. His uvre
comprises symphonies, concertos, cantatas, two operas, chamber music,
many piano pieces, and over fifty canções.
(?) b. February 1st 1907.
2001: Michael Cuccione (16)
Canadian actor and singer (so sadly died
of respiratory failure, due to cancer which he had been bravely battling
since he was 9 years old)
b. January 5th 1985.
2001: Stanley Freeman (80) American
composer, lyricist, musical arranger, conductor, and studio musician.
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree
from the University of Hartford. After serving in WWII, he joined
Tex Beneke's big band, eventually leaving to perform as a pianist
and later a comic in nightclubs. His work as a studio musician included
sessions with Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Percy Faith,
Mabel Mercer, and Rosemary Clooney, for whom he played harpsichord
on her hit "Come on-a My House". He also conducted Broadway
concerts for Marlene Dietrich in 1967 and 1968 and provided arrangements
for three of Michael Feinstein's Broadway outings, as well as composing
special musical material for Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore. Stanley's
solo recordings include Piano Sweethearts, Piano Moods, Come on-a
Stan's house: Stan Freeman at the Harpsichord, Fascination, Manhattan,
At the Blue Angel, and Everybody's Twistin'. He and Arthur Malvin
shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Musical
Material for the mini-musical Hi-Hat
b. April 3rd 1920.
Nell Rankin (81)
American mezzo-soprano and opera singer; her breakthrough, came in
1950, when she became the first American singer to win the first prize
at the International Music Competition in Geneva. This
y led to her debuts at La Scala and at the Vienna State Opera, both
as Amneris, in 1951, and to her Met debut in the same role later that
year. Debuts at Covent Garden and the San Francisco Opera followed
in 1953. On both occasions, she sang the title role in "Carmen.".
Although a successful opera singer internationally, she spent most
of her career at the Metropolitan Opera where she worked from 1951-1976.
She was particularly admired for her portrayals of Amneris in Verdi's
Aida and the title role in Bizet's Carmen. After she retired from
the Metropolitan Opera, Rankin devoted herself to teaching, first
at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, from 1977 to 1984, and
then privately in New York City until she retired in 1991 (?)
b. January 3rd 1924.
2007: Michael Brecker (57) Influential
and versatile American tenor saxophonist who won 11 Grammys over a
career that spanned nearly four decades. He was responsible for some
of the most superior jazz fusion of the 1970s and 1980s: alongside
his trumpeter brother Randy in their group, the Brecker Brothers;
and on the solo albums he led from 1987 onwards. As well as recording
29 albums as a leader, he was also one of the most ubiquitous, and
certainly the most distinguished, of studio musicians, appearing on
albums by Frank Zappa, Bette Midler, Bruce Springten, Carly Simon,
Simon & Garfunkel, Bonnie Tyler, James Taylor, Luther Van dross,
Tina Turner, Ringo Starr, Billy Joel, Rick James, Jan Akkerman, Herbie
Hancock, John Lennon, Andy Gibb, Steely Dan, Elton John, Aerosmith,
Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Lou Reed and so many more (sadly Michael
died whilen bravely fighting leukemia) b. March
Larin (51) Lithuanian tenor born
in Daugavpils, Latvia; after completing a degree in French philology
in Gorky and undergoing voice training in Lithuania, he made his debut
at Lithuania's opera and ballet theatre in 1981, singing Alfredo in
La Traviata. Nearly a decade of performances at various Soviet venues
passed before he made his debut in the West. His international career
started after he signed a contract with the Opera Theatre of Bratislava
and moved to Slovakia, following which he made a sensational debut
at the Vienna State Opera. His Covent Garden debut took place in 1991,
where he sang Don José in Bizet's Carmen, while Cavaradossi
in Puccini's Tosca served for his debuts at both Paris and the Metropolitan
2009: Mansour Rahbani (83)
and lyricist; he studied Eastern music, musical scores, melodies,
harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and musical analysis. With his
brother Assi, they formed the Rahbani brothers and took their new
artistic direction to the Lebanese Radio in 1945. The two brothers
went on to join the ranks of the Near East Radio, where they composed
many artistic works as well as a series of sketches entitled Sabeh
and Makhoul. The Rahbani Brothers also extended their activities
to the world of cinema, and composed the music for three illustrious
films: Biyaa el Khawatem/The Ring Seller, Safar Barlek/Exile, and
Bent el Hares/The Guardians Daughter. After Assi's death Mansour
went on to write and produced many theatrical plays, including Summer
840, The Will, The Last Days of Socrates, He Rose on the 3rd Day,
The Maronite Mass, Abu Tayeb al Mutanabbi, Moulouk al Tawaef, The
Last Day, Hekm al Rehyan, Gibran and the Prophet, Zenobia, and The
Return of the Phoenix, is his last master piece (?)
2009: Gary Kurfirst (61) American
music manager; an influential figure in late 20th and early 21st century
pop music as a promoter, producer, manager, and record label executive.
longtime business associate and partner of Chris Blackwell, Gary's
reach spanned new wave, reggae, punk, rock, and pop. His clients as
manager included the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club,
the B52s, the Eurythmics, and Jane's Addiction. Prior to his managerial
career, he promoted a wide variety of artists. Kirfirst also produced
four films, including Stop Making Sense, True Stories, and a documentary
about the Ramones (died while vacationing in
the Bahamas) b. 1947
Pedro "Cuban Pete" Aguilar (81)
Puerto Rican dancer, referred to as "the greatest Mambo dancer
ever", by Life magazine and Tito Puente. His nickname, "Cuban
Pete" was given him in 1949 in the famous dance hall "Palladium",
New York in reference to the mambo classic song Cuban Pete by Desi
Arnaz, and it was endorsed by Arnaz himself. He won numerous prizes
in Latin dancing during the Mambo era, together with his dance partner
Millie Donay. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards for his
work. He is the only Latin dancer recognized in the Latin Jazz exhibit
at the Smithsonian Institution (sadly taken
by a heart attack) b.
June 14th 1927.
Jim Korthe (39) American vocalist
and drummer, he grew up in San Pedro, California. At 16, Jim became
a drummer for Phantasm, his first touring band. In the 1980s and 1990s,
he and his friend Tom McNerney started Dimestore Hoods, a rap metal
band that earned a recording contract from MCA records. He named his
third band 3rd Strike, they released their debut and only album, Lost
in May, 2002. They toured with Ozzfest and Warped Tour to promote
their album, but broke up shortly after. Their song "Into Hell
Again" was featured on the Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life soundtrack
(sadly, found dead
of natural causes in his home)
b. June 20th 1970.
Teddy Pendergrass (59) American soul singer, born in Kingstree,
South Carolina, he left school early to join a band called the Cadillacs
as their drummer. The band merged with Harold Melvin and the Blue
Notes when Melvin invited Teddy to become the lead singer after being
impressed with his vocal talent and passion for music. With the Blue
Notes he enjoyed many hits including I Miss You, Wake Up Everybody
, and the two million seller If You Don't Know Me By Now . Embarking
on a solo career he enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums throughout
the 1970s, including The Whole Town's Laughing At Me, Close the Door,
Love T.K.O and Turn Off The Lights. Tragically, in 1982 a car crash
left Teddy paralysed from the waist down. He performed on 13 July
'85, at the historic Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, then continued
to record throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Five times Grammy Award
nominee, Teddy retired in 2006, but he did briefly returned to performing
to take part in the 2007, Teddy 25: A Celebration of Life, Hope &
Possibilities , an awards ceremony that marked the 25th anniversary
of his accident, raised money for his charity, The Teddy Pendergrass
underwent surgery for colon cancer and had difficulty recovering from
the disease from which sadly, he eventually died)
b. March 26th 1950.
2010: Jay Reatard/Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr (29)
American garage punk drummer, musician and singer born
in Lilbourn, Missouri, at 15, he was signed by Eric Friedl to Goner
Records. Re-naming himself Jay Reatard, Jimmy called his first project
The Reatards, which at that time included only himself as a solo performer
alternating between playing guitar, singing, and beating on a bucket
to provide a percussive rhythm and his first release was a 7
EP called Get Real Stupid. In 2001 Lindsey began recording with Alicja
Trout and Rich Crook as the Lost Sounds. He went on to play in various
bands and projects and he released six limited, 7" singles throughout
2008 with Matador. Soon after the release of the first single and
write-ups in NME, Spin Magazine and Rolling Stone, Jimmy began playing
larger shows and various music festivals all over the world. (Sadly
found dead at his home in Memphis. An autopsy was performed but a
cause of death had not yet been determined. Jimmy had been suffering
from flu-like sympoms) b. May
Edmund Leonard Thigpen (79) American
jazz drummer, born in Chicago, and raised in LA; he first worked professionally
in New York with the Cootie Williams orchestra from 1951 to 1952 at
the Savoy Ballroom. Ed worked with Dinah Washington, Gil Melle, Oscar
Pettiford, Charlie Rouse, Eddie Vinson, Paul Quinichette, Ernie Wilkins,
Lennie Tristano, Jutta Hipp, Johnny Hodges, Dorothy Ashby, Bud Powell,
and the Billy Taylor trio from 1956 to 1959. After which he joined
the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1959.
In 1961 he recorded with the Teddy EdwardsHoward
McGhee Quintet in LA. After leaving Oscar he recorded one album as
a leader, Out of the Storm of 1966, then toured and recorded with
Ella Fitzgerald from 1967 to 1972, before settling in Copenhagen,
Denmark. Here Ed worked with artists, including Alice Babs, Kenny
Drew, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Ernie Wilkins, Svend Asmussen,
Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and Thad Jones and he was
inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.
b. December 28th 1930
2011: Tommy Crain (59)
American guitarist, born and raised in Nashville, he played
in various local bands, the best being Flat Creek Band in which his
brother Billy also played guitar. This group eventually disbanded
and Tom formed a group called Buckeye. Tommy joined the Charlie Daniels
Band in 1975. His unrestrained guitar work became an integral part
of the bands sound. He played on more than 20 CDB albums and
is credited with co-writing more than 60 of the band songs including
No.1 country hit and
Grammy-winning "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".
CDB classics are "Cumberland Mountain Number Nine," "Blind
Man" and "Franklin Limestone". He left the band in
1990 to be with his family, but re-emerged in 2004 with his Crosstown
Allstars band. He also joined Daniels band onstage on occasion
b. January 16th 1951.
2012: Sándor Fehér (38)
Hungarian violinist, who loved to teach and died a true hero. He had
been working as an entertainer on Costa
Concordia cruise liner when it hit ground, instead of saving himself
he helped to calm and put life jackets on frightened crying children.
He came from a musical family, both his father and grandfather played
the violin, and he started playing the violin when he was six years
graduated from the Franz Lizst Academy in Budapest, where he studied
with László Dénes. Sándor
violin lessons to students ages six through 20 and believed strongly
in a method devised by his teacher Dénes, as well as by Rudolf
Nemeth and Judit Szaszne-Reger, called Violin ABC.
(tragically Sándor drowned, he was the
first victim from the Costa Concordia disaster to be identified)
2012: Dilys Elwyn-Edwards
composer, lecturer and accompanist.
She studied at Cardiff University, where she received her BMus degree.
She taught music at the university for the next three years. She received
the Open Scholarship in Composition from the Royal College of Music
in London where she studied composition. Dilys was known for her soft,
melodic art songs for voice in both Welsh and English. Charlotte Church
and Aled Jones have recorded Caneuon y Tri Aderyn /Three Welsh Bird
Songs; Y Gylfinir /The Curlew; Tylluanod /Owls and her most famous
song, of dozens, Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr /There is longing in the
sea, R. Williams Parry's sonnet set to music
b. August 19th 1918.
2014: Yelizaveta Zarbatova
(87) Russian singer
and a member of Buranovskiye Babushki / "Buranovo Grannies. The
group had previously participated on Russia's Eurovision song selection
in 2010 with the song "Dlinnaja-Dlinnaja Beresta I Kak Sdelat
Iz Nee Aishon"/"Very long birch bark and how to turn it
into a turban", where they finished third. They made another
attempt to represent Russia by participating on Russia's Eurovision
song selection in 2012 with the song "Party for Everybody",
finishing in 2nd place. Their other recorded songs include "Yesterday",
"Let It Be", "Smoke on the Water", "Hotel
California" and "The Star Called Sun" Buranovskiye
2014: Freddie 'Fingers' Lee/Frederick John
Cheesman (76) British rock and roll pianist and musician,
from Blackhill, Consett, County Durham. He lost an eye as a one-years-old
and wore an eye patch. His career started in the 50s as a guitarist
in a skiffle group, playing between films on the Star Cinema circuit.
He joined Eden Kane's band touring with Cliff Richard and Marty Wilde
and went on to play piano with Screaming Lord Sutch, in the house
band at The Star Club in Hamburg. He contined to work with Screaming
Lord Sutch until Lord Sutch's suicide in 1999. Freddie also played
MORE <<< (sadly Freddie
2014: Menachem Zilberman
(67) Israeli comedian
and songwriter, born in Mandatory Palestine, who in 1965, became a
star in the IDFs popular Nahal troupe that sang and performed
for military and civilians audiences throughout Israel. After his
discharge from the army, he got his big break in 1971 with the lead
male role in Hedva Ve Shlomik. He
was also behind several of the hits of the superstar group Kaveret,
writing Baruchs boots
among other songs.
continuing a career in entertainment and music through most of the
1980s and 90s, he moved to Los Angeles in 2000 where he mostly owned
and operated Zilbertours Travel Makers, a tour guide company
that catered to Israeli tourists visiting California. (sadly
died of a heart attack) b.
October 6th 1946.
Albert Simpson (51)
born in London; he was at the forefront of the acid jazz movement
at the end of the twentieth century. He described his music as "urban
jazz," a blend of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. He came to notice
after being featured on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, released in 1993.
He was also featured on Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, a compilation
album released in 1994 to benefit the Red Hot Organization. He was
also the recipient of many awards, including The MOBO Best Jazz Act
Award as well as Gibson Guitar Best Jazz Guitarist Award. His 2000
release, A Brighter Day, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best
Contemporary Jazz Album (?) b.
November 29th 1962.
1949: Joaquín Turina (66) Spanish
composer born in Seville where he was educated as well as in Madrid.
He lived in Paris from 1905 to 1914 where he took composition lessons
from Vincent d'Indy at his Schola Cantorum, and studied the piano
under Moritz Moszkowski. Like his fellow countryman and friend, Manuel
de Falla, while there he got to know the impressionist composers Maurice
Ravel and Claude Debussy. Along
with de Falla, he returned to Madrid in 1914, working as a composer,
teacher and critic. In 1931 he was made professor of composition at
the Madrid Royal Conservatory. His notable pupils included Vicente
Asencio and Celedonio Romero. Joaquín's
works include the operas Margot -1914 and Jardín de Oriente
-1923, the Danzas fantásticas -1920, La oración del
torero, chamber music, piano works, guitar pieces and songs. Much
of his work shows the influence of traditional Andalusian music (?)
b. December 9th
1952: Artur Kapp (73) Estonian
in Suure-Jaani, then part of the Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire.
Some of his most enduring works are the 1899 overture Don Juan and
the 1900 cantata Paradiis ja Peri/"Paradise and Peri", both
of which are large scale works that prominently feature the organ.
He is possibly best recalled for his oratorio Hiiob/"Job"
and Metsateel/"On A Road Through The Woods", a piece for
solo voice. His work is abundant and diverse and covers many classical
genres. He wrote five symphonies, five concertos, overtures, four
orchestral suites, in addition to the above (?)
1965: Jeanette MacDonald (61)
American singer and actress
best remembered for her musical films of the '30s with Maurice Chevalier
(Love Me Tonight, The Merry Widow) and Nelson Eddy (Naughty Marietta,
Rose Marie, and Maytime). During the 1930s and 1940s she starred in
29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars (The Love
Parade, One Hour With You, Naughty Marietta and San Francisco), and
recorded extensively, earning three gold records. She later appeared
in grand opera, concerts, radio, television and also made a few nightclub
appearances at The Sands and The Sahara in Las Vegas in 1953, The
Coconut Grove in Los Angeles in 1954, and again at The Sahara in 1957.
She was one of most influential sopranos of the 20th century, introducing
grand opera to movie-going audiences and inspiring a generation of
singers. (heart problems).
b. June 18th 1903.
1978: Robert Heger (91)German
conductor and composer born in from Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine; he
studied at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, under Franz Stockhausen,
then in Zurich under Lothar Kempter, and finally in Munich under Max
von Schillings. After early conducting engagements in Strasbourg he
made his debut at Ulm in 1908 or 1909. He held appointments in Barmen-1909,
at the Vienna Volksoper-1911, and at Nuremberg-1913, where he also
conducted Philharmonic concerts. He progressed to Munich and then
to Berlin in 1933-1950,
after which he returned to Munich. Robert
also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 1925-1935,
and again with his Munich company in 1953, when he gave the first
London performance of Richard Strauss's opera Capriccio (?)
b. August 19th
1986: Daniel Balavoine (33) French
singer born in Alençon, Orne; he was a chorus-singer in the
musical La Révolution française, then as a backing singer
at the concerts of Patrick Juvet. The latter gave him the opportunity
to record his songs on an album. This break enabled him to be noticed
as a singer-songwriter by Léo Missir, artistic director at
Barclay Records with whom he formed a very strong and lasting bond.
(while flying over the Paris-Dakar
motor rally, he died, along with Thierry Sabine and
three other people, when their helicopter crashed into a dune in Mali,
Africa) b. February 5th
1992: Jerry Nolan (45) American drummer,
from Brooklyn and best known for his work with The New York Dolls
and Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers.
played with Wayne County's 'Queen Elizabeth', Billy Squier's "Kicks"
and was the only male member of Suzi Quatro's Detroit-based band Cradle,
and was also a member the power trio "Shaker", before joining
The New York Dolls in the autumn of 1972 to replace Billy Murcia.
He played on the Dolls' first two albums, New York Dolls and Too Much
Too Soon. Jerry left the Dolls together with Johnny Thunders in the
spring of 1975 to form The Heartbreakers. Jerry
and his wife lived in Sweden, off and on, through the 1980s. There
he also recorded a solo single of an older Heartbreakers' song "Take
A Chance With Me". Johnny Thunders also moved to Sweden with
his girlfriend, Susanne, and their collaboration continued periodically,
until Thunders' death in 1991
(while being treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia,
Jerry suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered.
He spent his final weeks on a life support system) b.
May 7th 1946.
Alexander Gibson (68)
Scottish conductor born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, and studied
music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow,
as well as in London, Salzburg and Siena, Italy. At the time of his
appointment in 1957 as musical director of Sadler's Wells, he was
the youngest ever to have taken that position. He founded Scottish
Opera in 1962 and was music director until 1986. Through his artistic
achievements the Theatre Royal, Glasgow was bought from Scottish TV
and in 1975 made the home theatre of Scottish Opera and Ballet, the
first national opera house in Scotland. In 1987, he was appointed
conductor laureate of Scottish Opera until his death. He
was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967,
was knighted in 1977 and became president of the Royal Scottish Academy
of Music and Drama, where in his memory, the Alexander Gibson School
of Opera was opened in 1998. It was the first purpose-built opera
school in Great Britain. (died from complications
following a heart attack) b. February
2010: Bobby Charles/Robert Charles Guidry (71) American
songwriter born in Abbeville, Louisiana; at aged 15, he was so inspired
by Fats Domino, he began to pioneer the south Louisiana musical genre
known as swamp pop. His compositions include the hits "See You
Later, Alligator," which he initially recorded himself as "Later
Alligator", covered by Bill Haley & His Comets; "Walking
to New Orleans", written for Fats Domino; his "(I Don't
Know Why I Love You) But I Do" was a 1950s classic which Clarence
"Frogman" Henry had a major hit with. His composition "Why
Are People Like That?" was on the soundtrack to the 1998 movie
Home Fries. On
November 26, 1976, he was invited to play with The Band at their farewell
concert, The Last Waltz, Bobby played "Down South in New Orleans".
In September 2007, he was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of
Fame (sadly Bobby collapsed and died in his
home near Abbeville)
February 21st 1938.
2010: Chilton Price/Chilton Searcy (96) American
violinist and songwriter born near Fern Creek, Kentucky, she studied
music appreciation at the University of Louisville. During the '30s
and '40s she played violin with the Louisville Orchestra. Chilton
started her songwriting while working as a music librarian at the
Louisville radio station WAVE, where country music performers
Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart were regular performers. "Never
Look Back", "Slow
Poke" and "You Belong to Me" were lyrical among her
hits (?) b. December
2011: Trish Keenan
(42) British lead vocalist
and founder member of the UK electronic music band Broadcast founded
in 1995. Their 1996 debut EP 'The Book Lovers' was featued on the
soundtrack of the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Their debut album in 1997 'Work and Non Work', produced the singles
"Living Room". Other singles include Echo's Answer",
"Drums on Fire", "Come On Let's Go" and "America's
tragically died of complications with pneumonia following a lengthy
stay in intensive care after she had been hospitalized and was said
to be suffering from a strain of the H1N1 flu/swine flu)
2012: Robbie France (52)
English drummer, producer, arranger, journalist,
educator, and broadcaster.
Born in Sheffield, and emigrated to Australia around 1970, where he
studied at the National Academy of Rudimentary Drummers of Australia
until 1974. He formed the jazz-fusion group, Carnival, performed at
the Oz Jazz Festival, and supported John McLaughlin. He worked with
Stevie Wright of the Easybeats, Marty Rhone, Ray Burgess, Tim Gaze,
and most major Australian artists. He amassed over 1,000 television,
radio, and advertising credits, including eight documentaries and
four film scores, including Band on the Run, one of the most successful
surfing films ever made. Robbie left Australia in 1982 to return to
England, where he joined Diamond Head the following year. Part of
the NWOBHM movement, they performed at Castle Donington Monsters of
Rock, then went on to record their third album, Canterbury. In 1985...
(Robbie tragically died of a ruptured aorta,
compications from surgery) b. December
2014: Flavio Testi (91)
Italian composer of contemporary classical music and musicologist.
He studied with Gedda and Peracchio at the Turin Conservatory and
took an arts degree at Milan University. He worked for Suvini Zerboni
and Ricordi while also composing, pursuing his interest in music history
and working on various radio projects for the RAI. From 1972 he devoted
himself to educational activities, teaching music history at the Padua
Conservatory and then taking up teaching posts at the Milan Conservatory
and Florence Conservatory. His last opera, Mariana Pineda, premiered
at the opera house Erfurt, Germany, on September 8th 2007
(?) b. January 4th 1923.
Jack Teagarden (58)American
bandleader, trombonist, dixieland vocalist; he recorded with notable
bandleaders and sidemen such as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Bix
Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Jimmy McPartland, Mezz Mezzrow, Glenn Miller,
and Eddie Condon, and appeared in the movies Birth of the Blues, The
Glass Wall, and Jazz on a Summer's Day. As a jazz artist he won the
1944 Esquire magazine Gold Award, was highly rated in the Metronome
polls of from 1937to 1942 and again in 1945, and was selected for
the Playboy magazine All Star Band, from 1957 to 1960 (sadly
he died alone of pneumonia)
b. Aug 20th 1964.
1980: David Whitfield (54)
British singer born in Kingston Upon Hull, as a
child he became a choir boy in St. Peter's Church and began a lifelong
love of singing which made him Britain's most successful solo male
star of the early 1950s until the advent of Rock n Roll. He was the
first UK male vocalist to earn a gold disc; the first UK vocalist
ever to have a hit placed in the Top Ten of the US Singles Chart;
the first artist from Britain to sell over one million copies of one
disc in the US and the third to be awarded a gold disc;. He got his
big break came as he appeared on the talent show Opportunity Knocks
on Radio Luxembourg. The host of the show, Hughie Green got him a
booking at the Washington Hotel in the West End of London where a
talent scout from Decca records heard him singing and signed him to
the label. His many hits include "Cara Mia" which topped
the charts for 10 weeks, "Answer Me", "My September
Love", "I'll Find You", "William Tell", and
"A Scottish Soldier". Over 50 years on, he is still one
of only six artists to have spent 10 or more consecutive weeks at
Number One on the UK Singles Chart. (brain haemorrhage
while on tour in Australia)
b. February 2nd 1925.
1980: Alan Louis Breeze (70) English
singer of the British dance band era born in West Ham, London. He
began his musical career singing in working men's clubs, restaurants,
theatre queues and made around 78 recordings, including "I've
Got a Lovely Bunch of
Coconuts". He also produced recordings at film studios for actors
who could not sing. That is where, in 1932, he met the band leader
Billy Cotton, who changed his career forever, when he hired him as
vocalist. Alan stayed with the band for 36 years and was a regular
entertainer on the post-war BBC radio programme the Billy Cotton Band.
He went on to be one of the most popular UK vocalists, on radio, television
and in theatres around the United Kingdom, and became known as The
man with the sunshine in his voice (?)
b. October 9th 1909.
1987: Ray Bolger/Raymond Wallace Bulcao (83)
American actor, singer,
and dancer maybe best known for playing The Scarecrow in the 1939
musical fantasy film "The Wizard of Oz". While working on
the Vaudeville scene, as half of a team called Sanford and Bolger,
in 1926, he was spotted by star maker, Gus Edwards, who hired him
for the Broadway show "A Merry World." Numerous Broadway
roles followed including the lead in the Rodgers and Hart 1936 classic
"On Your Toes." The strength of that performance earned
him a movie contract from MGM. Other Broadway credits include- Life
Begins at 8:40, By Jupiter, All American, and Where's Charley?, for
which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor
in a Musical and in which he introduced "Once in Love with Amy",
the song often connected with him. He also had a big career in films
and TV. Ray
has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard
for movies and at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard for television (Sadly
lost to cancer) b.
January 10th 1904.
1992: Dee Murray (45)
English bass player; a talented musician whose gift for melody,
placement, and an understated, yet profound technique, plus his standout
work as a backing vocalist, puts him in an elite class among rock
bassists. He was a member of the Spencer Davis band before joining
Elton John. He was a key members of John's backing band, including
the milestone album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. In 1975, after recording
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Dee and Nigel Olsson
were released from the band because John wanted to achieve a different
sound. Dee and Nigel a continued working together, as session musicians
in Los Angeles. They played on Rick Springfield's first United States
album, Wait for Night in 1976. In 1977, Murray briefly joined Procol
Harum on a US tour. Between '78 and '79, he worked as part of Alice
Cooper's backing band.
Dee and Nigel returned to the UK in 1981, and toured with John for
another four years. (After
a long brave battle with skin cancer, Dee died from a stroke)
b. April 3rd 1946.
1993: Sammy Cahn (79) Four times
Academy Award-winning American lyricist, songwriter and musician,
best known for his romantic lyrics to tin pan alley and Broadway songs,
as recorded by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and many others. He played
the piano and violin. His many songs lyrics include "Three Coins
in the Fountain", "All the Way", "High Hopes",
"Call Me Irresponsible", "I've Heard That Song Before",
"I'll Walk Alone", "Anywhere", "I Fall In
Love Too Easily", "It's Magic", "It's a Great
Feeling", "Be My Love", "Wonder Why", "Because
You're Mine", "I'll Never Stop Loving You", "(Love
Is) The Tender Trap", "It's Been A Long, Long Time",
"Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow", "Love and
Marriage", "Papa, Won't You Dance With Me", "Please
Be Kind", "Rhythm Is Our Business", "Saturday
Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)", "Teach Me Tonight",
"The Things We Did Last Summer" (?).He became a member of
the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and later took over the presidency
of that organization from his friend Johnny Mercer when Mercer became
ill and in
1988 the Sammy Awards, an annual award for movie songs and scores,
was started in his honor. ( died in Los Angeles, California. He was
interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery) b.
1994: Georges Cziffra
(72) Hungarian-French pianist best known for his
performances of Liszt's rhapsodies. Of gypsy descent, he was born
in Budapest, but since the Soviet-led invasion of Hungary in 1956,
he had lived in France. He also recorded many of Frédéric
Chopin's compositions and those of Robert Schumann. He is also well-known
for his rather-demanding transcriptions of several orchestral works
for the piano - among them, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the
died from a heart attack)
b. November 5th 1921.
1994: Harry Nilsson III (52) American
singer-songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York; as early as 1958 he
was influenced by the likes of Ray Charles and the Everly Brothers
and in his teens he formed a vocal duo with his friend Jerry Smith
singing close harmonies in the style of the Everly Brothers. Harry
came to the peak of his commercial success as a singer in the mid
When John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a press conference in 1968
to announce the formation of Apple Corps, John was asked to name his
favorite American artist. He replied, "Nilsson". Paul was
then asked to name his favorite American group. He replied, "Nilsson".
but his earliest recordings, he is credited as 'Nilsson', such as
"Without You", "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York
City", "Everybody's Talkin'," "Coconut" and
"Jump into the Fire". As a songwriter, many of his songs,
including 'One' and 'Cuddly Toy' have been covered by artists including
the Monkees, Three Dog Night and Aimee Mann. His musical legacy continues
and his music is featured on
soundtracks of films and TV programs, spanning the 1960s through to
the present-day. He was honored with Grammy Awards for two of his
recordings "Everybody's Talkin'" in 1969 and again in 1973,
when he won the "Best Male Pop Vocal" for his hit "Without
You"; received several more Grammy nominations for his album
Nilsson Schmilsson (on
the night he completed his last album, which
as yet, has
never been released, Harry
sadly died in his sleep of heart failure) b.
June 15th 1941.
Les Baxter (73)
pianist; he composed and was arranger for the top swing bands of the
'40s and '50s, but he is better known as the founder of exotica, a
variation of easy listening that glorified the sounds and styles of
Polynesia, Africa, and South America, even as it retained the traditional
string-and-horn arrangements of instrumental pop. Les studied piano
at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further
studies at Pepperdine College. Abandoning a concert career as a pianist,
he turned to popular music as a singer. At the age of 23 he joined
Mel Tormé's Mel-Tones, singing on Artie Shaw records such as
"What Is This Thing Called Love?". He then turned to arranging
and conducting for Capitol Records in 1950 and was credited with the
early Nat King Cole hits, "Mona Lisa" and "Too Young",
but both were actually orchestrated by Nelson Riddle. (kidney
b. March 14th 1922.
1998: Junior Wells/Amos Blakemore (63)
American blues vocalist and harmonica
player based in Chicago, famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy
Guy, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & appeared in the 1998 movie
Blues Brothers 2000 (Junior Wells was diagnosed
with lymphatic cancer in the summer of 1997, tragically that fall,
he suffered a heart attack while undergoing treatment, sending him
into a coma. Sadly Wells stayed in the coma until he passed away)
b. December 9th 1934.
1999: Marion Ryan (67)
English singer, born in Middlesbrough, once called "the
Marilyn Monroe of popular song", she was a pop singer of the
1950s in the early years of British Independent Television. She was
the regular singer in the popular musical quiz "Spot the Tune",
on Granada Television for seven years from 1956, with a total of 209
half-hour programmes, that featured several star hosts including disc-jockey
Pete Murray, the Canadian pop singer Jackie Rae, the comedians Ken
Platt, Ted Ray, and Peter Knight and his Orchestra. She made one brief
appearance as herself in a feature film with singer Tommy Steele
from heart failure)
b. February 4th 1931.
2001: Bob Braun (71) American
television host born in Ludlow, Kentucky;
his daily 90-minute show was syndicated throughout the heartland of
America, and featured a live bands, singers, and special guests (sadly
taken by Parkinson's disease and cancer) b.
April 20th 1929.
2003: Doris Fisher (87) American
singer and songwriter; she sang with Big Bands, on the radio, with
the Eddie Duchin Orchestra and led the group "Penny Wise and
Her Wise Guys". As a songwriter her hit compositions included
"You Always Hurt the One You Love", "Into Each Life
Some Rain Must Fall", "Amado Mio", "Put the Blame
on Mame" and "That Ole Devil Called Love". She also
collaborated with Slim Gaillard on "Tutti Frutti".
b. May 2nd 1915.
"Valfar" Bakken (25)
singer and founder of the Norwegian Black/Folk Metal band Windir.
Windir was started as a one-man project, but it was expanded into
a full band with the release of a 3rd album, 1184. Valfar originally
sang his lyrics in Sognamål, a dialect of Norwegian, but eventually
switched to English. Their last full length album "Likferd"
was released in 2003. (died from hypothermia,
he went out on a walk heading towards
his family's cabin at Fagereggi, but he never arrived. Three days
later, authorities found his body at Reppastølen in the Sogndal
valley. Valfar had been caught in a snow storm)
b. Sept 3rd 1978.
2005: Victoria de los Angeles López García (81)
Spanish Catalan operatic soprano and recitalist of the highest rank
whose career began in the early 1940s and reached its height in the
years from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. While she later made fewer
appearances in opera, she continued to give recitals, focusing on
mostly French and Spanish art songs, into the 1990s.
She studied at the Barcelona Conservatory, graduating in just three
years in 1941 at age 18. That year, she made her operatic debut as
Mimì at the Liceu, but then resumed her musical studies. After
winning first prize in the Geneva International Competition in 1947,
she sang Salud in Falla's La vida breve with the BBC in London in
1948. She went on to perform around the globe at all the major opera
houses. She made many widely acclaimed recordings, including those
of La vida breve, La bohème, Pagliacci, and Madama Butterfly
died from heart failure)
b. November 1st 1923.
2008: Bobby Ferrara/Robert Patrick Ferrara
guitarist, shred guitarist and composer; self taught and a world class...
MORE (sadly died from a fatal
heart attack) b. July 22nd 1965
Leroy "Hog" Cooper (80) American
saxophone player born in Dallas, Texas. As a young man he played saxophone
in his uncles jazz ensemble before beginning his formal studies
at Tilottson College in Austin, Texas. After
a two year stint in the 315th Army Band, he joined the Ray Charles
Ensemble recording and concertizing around the world for two decades.
Leroy's first recording session with Charles was Them That Got,
My Baby! (I Love Her, Yes I Do) and Who You Gonna
Love? in 1959. Having performed with numerous legendary jazz
artists, he is renowned for his definitive performances on baritone,
soprano and tenor saxophones. After leaving Ray, Leroy lived out a
happy life in Orlando, Fla., where he played in the Disney band (?)
b. August 31st 1928.
2011: Harvey James
rock guitarist, born in Melbourne, he was a member of the bands Party
Boys, Sherbet, Ariel
and Mississippi. He
joined the band Mississippi, but they broke up on a visit to the UK
in 1973. Back in Australia, Harvey joined progressive rock group Ariel,
with Mike Rudd and Bill Putt. He travelled to the UK with them in
1974, where they recorded their 2nd album ''Rock & Roll Scars''.
He remained with Ariel until early 1975, by which time the band had
added a fifth member, singer-guitarist Glyn Mason. But he shot to
national prominence in Australia in early 1975, when he left Ariel
to replace founding member Clive Shakespeare in the chart-topping
Australian pop band Sherbet. His first recording with them was their
biggest hit, "Howzat", which became an Australian No.1 and
made the Top 5 in the UK Singles Chart. He remained with the group
until they split in 1979. Harvey next co-founded the rock band The
Party Boys in 1982, playing on their first two albums ''Live at Several
21sts'' and ''Greatest Hits (of Other People)'', before along with
guitarist Clive Shakespeare reuniting Sherbet for several reunions.
He also participated in a reunion of the second line-up of Ariel in
lost his battle against lung cancer) b.
September 20th 1952.
2012: Rafael Rincón
González (89) Venezuelan
singer, composer, bandleader and teacher, born in Maracaibo, As well
as performing with the Trío los Melódicos, he founded
the bands Los Hermanitos Rincón and El Grupo. He composed more
than 600 songs, essentially waltzes, danzas, contradanzas, bambucos
and gaitas; among the best known are: Maracaibo florido,
Besos inocentes, El platanero, "Cosas
del Ayer", No te puedo Olvidar, Danza Zuliana,
Lamento Goajiro, Maracaibera, Pregones
Zulianos, Soberana, Mi gaitón,
and Lago de Maracaibo. He worked as a music teacher in
different schools in which he formed choirs and school music groups,
which was an impoertant part of his life (?)
b. September 30th 1922.
2012: Fumio Nunoya (64) Japanese
singer born in Hakodate; he was the lead singer the
band The Bickies
and the Psychedelic rock band Blues Creation, releasing made a self-titled
album of American blues covers, featuring songs written by Sonny Boy
Williamson, Memphis Slim, Chester Burnett, J. Mayall-E. Clapton, Blind
Willie Johnson, Willie Dixon and Otis Rush, in 1969; he had formed
both of theses bands with Kazuo Takeda. Fumio was also the singer
with the band Dew and the band Taboo which he formed with the future
Happy End star, Eiichi Otaki (sadly Fumio died
from a cerebral hemorrhage) b. January
2013: Yuli Turovsky
Canadian conductor and cellist born in Moscow. His name is mostly
associated with the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra,
which he founded in 1983 and led until his death (sadly
died from complications due to Parkinson's disease) b.
June 7th 1939.
2013: Ivo Varts (51)
Estonian progressive rock drummer; he was a founding member
of perhaps the Soviet Union's first punk band, Propeller, formed in
1979. The band was banned by Soviet authorities after their cancelled
stadium gig in September 1980 turned into a youth riot with overturned
trams and the destruction of police cars. As of October 1st 1980,
the band's very name was forbidden, and all recordings that Estonian
Radio had were destroyed (the band kept the originals though). Their
only CD was recorded in the spring/summer of 1980 and released in
1995 by Fugata Ltd. Over his long career Ivo has played with many
other bands including Disturbed, Kaseke, Hook, In
Spe, Orange, Mahavoki and
Compromise Blue. Since 2000 he had taught at Rocca al Mare School
and leader of a drum circle (tragically he died
from complications after a fall) b. December
Arturo Toscanini (89) Italian celloist
and conductor, born in Parma; he won a scholarship to the local music
conservatory, where he studied the cello. He joined the orchestra
of an opera company, which he toured South America in 1886. He went
on to be one of the most acclaimed musicians and conductors of the
late 19th century and 20th century, he was renowned for his brilliant
intensity, his restless perfectionism, and his phenomenal ear for
orchestral detail. Over his long career he worked with many top orchestras
around the world. As music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra
he became a household name through his radio and TV broadcasts and
many recordings of the operatic and symphonic repertoire. Artuo was
posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987
died of a stroke) b. March 25th 1867.
1963: Ike Quebec (44) American tenor
saxophone player, dancer and pianist, born in Newark, New Jersey;
he switched to tenor sax as his primary instrument in his early 20s,
and quickly earned a reputation. He recorded for Blue Note records
in the 40's, and also served as a talent scout for the label, helping
Powell and Thelonious Monk come
to wider attention and due to Ike's exceptional sight reading skills,
he was an uncredited impromptu arranger for many Blue Note sessions.
(sadly died of lung cancer) b.
August 17th 1918.
Duke/Vladimir Dukelsky (65) Russian-American
composer, songwriter; at 11, he was accepted at the Kiev Conservatory
where he studied composition with Reinhold Glière and musical
theory with Boleslav Yavorsky. In 1919, his family escaped from the
turmoil of civil war in Russia and spent a year and a half with other
refugees in Constantinople. In 1921 they obtained American visas and
sailed to New York. Vernon is best known for "Taking a Chance
on Love" lyrics by Ted Fetter and John Latouche, "I Can't
Get Started" lyrics by Ira Gershwin, "April in Paris"
with lyrics by E. Y. ("Yip") Harburg, and "What Is
There To Say" for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1934, also with Harburg.
He wrote the words and music for "Autumn in New York" in
1934. Vernon collaborated with lyricists such as Johnny Mercer, Ira
Gershwin, Ogden Nash and Sammy Cahn and his works have been performed
and recorded by Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Wynton
Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Thelonious
Monk (died in Santa Monica, California
during a lung cancer operation.) b. October 10th 1903.
1972: David Seville/Ross Bagdasarian
(52) American Grammy Award winning
pianist, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, born in Fresno,
California as a young man, he performed in the Broadway cast of The
Time of Your Life and his first musical success was the song he wrote
with Saroyan, "Come on-a My House," recorded by Rosemary
Clooney in 1951. He was better known by the stage name David Seville,
as David Seville, Ross had a number-one hit in the summer of 1958
with the "Witch Doctor," which was his first experiment
with speeding an audio track to get a distinctive, squeaky, high-pitched
voice, followed by "The Bird on My Head" which wasn't a
hit. Then for the 1958 Christmas season came "The Chipmunk Song
(Christmas Don't Be Late)" with The Chipmunks, for which he won
two Grammy Awards in 1959: Best Comedy Performance and Best Recording
for Children. He named the three Chipmunk characters after record
executives: Simon Waronker, Ted Keep (Theodore), and Alvin Bennett.
b. January 27th 1919.
1990: Fritz "Freddy"
Brocksieper (78) German jazz drummer and percussionist;
he was a founder member of Charlie and his Orchestra, in 1940, which
was led by frontman Karl Schwedler. They made over 90 recordings between
March 1941 and February 1943. After the WW2 Freddy went on as a freelance
musician and to lead his own bands (?)
b. August 24th 1912.
"Jabbo" Smith (82)
American jazz trumpeter and singer; at 6 he went into the Jenkins
Orphanage in Charleston, Sth Carolina where he learned trumpet and
trombone, and by age 10 was touring with the Jenkins Band. At age
16 he left the Orphanage to become a professional musician, at first
playing in bands in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City,
New Jersey before making his base in Manhattan, New York City from
about 1925 through 1928, where he made the first of his well regarded
recordings. In the 1930s, he made Milwaukee, Wisconsin his main base,
before dropping out of the public eye. Jabbo made a comeback in the
late 1960s; many young musicians, fans, and record collectors were
surprised to learn that the star of those great 1920s recordings was
still alive. Jabbo once again successfully played with bands and shows
in New York, New Orleans, Louisiana, London, and France through the
1970s and into the 1980s (?)
b. December 24th 1908.
2000: Will "Dub" Jones (71)
American singer born in Shreveport, Louisiana; bass vocalist for The
Coasters and The Cadets. His best known vocals was on The Cadets'
biggest hit "Stranded In The Jungle". In 1956, he sang on
The Crescendos' recording "Sweet Dreams" and in '57, he
sang with Jesse Belvin & The Space Riders on the single "My
Satellite" / "Just To Say Hello." He had also recorded
with Cora Washington, billed as Cora And Dub. Will joined The Coasters
in 1958, and his bass vocals are show cased on The Coasters' hits
"Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown". Will also recorded
with later versions of The Coasters on the '76 album The World Famous
Coasters and with Billy Guy's group of Coasters in 1977 (sadly
died from the effects of diabetes) b.
May 14th 1928.
2000: John Morris Rankin (40)
Canadian pianist and fiddle player and a member of The Rankin Family
along with his siblings, Heather, Cookie, Jimmy, and Raylene, a Canadian
celtic family group from Mabou, Nova Scotia. The group won many Canadian
music awards, including 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards,
four SOCAN Awards, three Canadian Country Music Awards and two Big
Country Music Awards. Their many hits included "Orangedale Whistle",
"Fare Thee Well Love", "Gillis Mountain", 'Movin'
On', 'Long way To Go', "North Country" and "Roving
Gypsy Boy" (tragically
killed in a car accident in Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia) b.
April 28th 1959.
2001: Virginia Lee O'Brien (51) American actress and singer
known for her comedic roles in MGM musicals of the 1940s. Among the
films she appeared in during her time at MGM were The Big Store with
the Marx Brothers, Ship Ahoy with Eleanor Powell and Red Skelton,
Thousands Cheer, Du Barry Was a Lady with Skelton and Lucille Ball,
The Harvey Girls with Judy Garland and Ziegfeld Follies. After appearing
once again with Red Skelton in 1947's Merton of the Movies, and a
guest appearance the following year in the short Musical Merry-Go-Round
(undisclosed causes) b.
April 18th 1919
2002: Eddie Meduza/Errol Leonard Norstedt
(53) Swedish singer-songwriter, composer and guitarist
working mainly in the rockabilly genre. Many of his songs are about
alcohol, women, cars, and often with obscene lyrics especially while
under the guise of E.Hitler. Sometimes they were politically oriented,
many aimed at the Swedish Social Democrats. He was a popular performer
of Raggare music (alcohol abuse related)
b. June 17th 1948.
2004: Czeslaw Niemen/Czeslaw Juliusz Wydrzycki
(64) Polish singer, songwriter,
multi-musician; one of the most important and original Polish singer-songwriters
and rock balladeers of the last quarter-century, singing mainly in
the Polish language. He made his debut in the early 1960s, singing
Polish rock and soul music. He possessed an unusually wide voice range
and equally rich intonation. He was an ardent composer and a keyboard
player. After his first successful concerts in France, he started
to use the pseudonym Niemen. In the early 70s, Niemen recorded 3 English
language albums on the CBS label. In 1974 he recorded Mourner's Rhapsody
with Jan Hammer and Rick Laird from Mahavishnu Orchestra. In the seventies,
Niemen turned to jazz-rock fusion and electronic music - Katharsis
album. In 1972 he also contributed with a song performed by him in
"Wesele"/The Wedding 1972 film. Later, Niemen also composed
film soundtracks and theater music. In the 1990s he showed interest
in art painting and computer graphics. He died of cancer in Warsaw.
(sadly lost his battle with cancer) b.
February 16th 1939.
2007: Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson
(72) American lead singer and songwriter for the doo wop
group The Spaniels, who lent his tenor vocals to hits like "Goodnight,
Sweetheart, Goodnight" and influenced generations of later artists.
Some historians of vocal groups consider Pookie to be the first true
leader of a vocal group, because the Spaniels pioneered the technique
of having the main singer solo at his own microphone, while the rest
of the group shared a second microphone (sadly
died after a fight with cancer) b. June
2009: Gordon "Whitey" Mitchell
(76) American jazz musician and comedy writer; he began
on tuba and clarinet before choosing bass as his first instrument.
He played with Elinor Sherry and Shep Fields in the early '50s before
serving in the Army during the Korean War. From 1954 he worked freelance
in New York City, playing with the likes of Gene Krupa, Tony Scott,
J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Lester Young, Charlie Ventura, Herbie Mann,
Betty Roche, Oscar Pettiford, Gene Quill, Mat Mathews, Joe Puma, Johnny
Richards, Peter Appleyard, Andre Previn, and Benny Goodman. He released
an album under his own name in 1956, and worked with Red and Blue
Mitchell in 1958 as "The Mitchells" on a Metrojazz release.
1965 saw him in Hollywood as a television writer and producer. He
worked on shows such as Get Smart, All in the Family, The Jeffersons,
Good Times, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Odd Couple, Mork and Mindy,
and several Bob Hope television specials. In 1995 he moved to Palm
Desert, California, where he had his own radio show (sadly
lost his battle with cancer) b. February
2010: Carl Smith (82) American
country singer-songwriter and musician born in Maynardville, Tennessee.
At 15, he started performing in a band called Kitty Dibble and Her
Dude Ranch Ranglers. By age 17, he had learned to play the string
bass and spent his summer vacation working at WROL-AM in Knoxville,
Tennessee, where he performed on Cas Walker's radio show. Carl went
on to become one of country's most successful male artists during
the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 hits. His success continued well into the
1970s, when he had a charting single every year except one. His many
hits included "Let's Live a Little", "Let Old Mother
Nature Have Her Way", "(When You Feel Like You're in Love)
Don't Just Stand There", "Are You Teasing Me", "Hey
Joe", "Back Up Buddy", "There She Goes",
"You Are the One" and "Ten Thousand Drums" He
is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Carl was was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.
(natural causes) b. March 15th 1927
2011: Augusto Algueró (76) Spanish
composer and conductor, born in Barcelona, he split his student days
in the Municipal Conservatory with Medical School, and also started
his professional musical career in the early 1950s aged just 16. His
most famous compositions are Penélope, which he wrote specially
for Joan Manuel Serrat, as well as Noelia for Nino Bravo, Tómbola
for Marisol and La chica ye-ye for Concha Velasco. In all, during
the course of his career, Augusto wrote more than 500 songs and about
200 musical scores for films and television. (sadly
Augusto died of a cardiac arrest)
b. February 23rd 1934.
2011: Steve Prestwich (56)
Australian drummer born in Liverpool, UK, where he was a member
of the folk/rock band, Sandy, in 1970. The following year he relocating
to Australia with his family when he was 17. He was the founding and
long-term drummer for rockers Cold Chisel which he formed in Adelaide,
in 1973. Steve wrote the Cold Chisel's songs, "When the War Is
Over" and "Forever Now", from the 1982 album Circus
Animals. He had a short spell in Little River Band from 19841986.
He toured America and released two albums with them, "When the
War Is Over" and "Forever Now". Steve also released
two solo albums, ''Since You've Been Gone'' and ''Every Highway''
which was released in October 2009 (sadly
died from a brain tumor) b. March 5th
2012: Gustav Leonhardt (83) Dutch
harpsichordist, keyboardist and conductor born in 's-Graveland, and
he studied organ and harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
in Basel from 1947 to 1950. He made his first recordings of Johann
Sebastian Bach's works for harpsichord in the early 1950s. He went
on to become one of Holland's most renowned musicians and conductors.
Among the awards given to him were the Medal of Honour for the Arts
and Sciences from the Netherlands, presented to him by Queen Beatrix
in 2009, and the 1980 Erasmus Prize, he shared with Nicolaus Harnoncourt,
honouring their recording of the complete Bach cantatasgave. Gustav
gave his last public performance on December 12th
2011 at the Théâtre des
Bouffes du Nord in Paris, and cancelling
all his 2012 engagments, he announced
his retirement due to ill health (?)
b. May 30th 1928
Castor (71) American
funk and R&B saxophonist and singer born in New
York City. He wrote and recorded "I Promise to Remember"
in 1956, prior to replacing Frankie Lymon in The Teenagers in 1957
and then switching to the saxophone in 1960. He had a solo hit with
"Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You" in 1966. Jimmy also
played sax on Dave "Baby" Cortez's hit "Rinky Dink".
He formed the Jimmy Castor Bunch in 1972 and signed with RCA. As leader
of The Jimmy Castor Bunch in the 1970s, and also as a solo artist,
he has released several successful albums and singles. The group reached
the peak of their commercial success in 1972 with the release of their
album, It's Just Begun, which featured two hit singles: the title
track and "Troglodyte (Cave Man)," which was a large hit
in the U.S., peaking at No.6 in the Billboard Hot 100. He continued
the trend in 1975 with "The Bertha Butt Boogie" and later
recorded "E-Man Boogie",
"King Kong", "Bom Bom", "Potential"
and his 1988 hit "Love Makes a Woman"
(sadly Jimmy died from heart failure)
b. June 23rd 1940
2014: Masahide Sakuma (61)
Japanese keyboardist, guitarist and member of the Japanese
new wave music group, the Plastics, prominent in the late 1970s and
early 1980s. Their music was a major influence on Japanese pop music
and their songs have been covered by many bands, most notably Polysics,
Pizzicato Five, and Stereo Total (sadly,
Masahide died from stomach cancer)
2014: Robert "Bud" Spangler (75)
American jazz drummer, percussionist,
composer, radio broadcaster, music producer and concert organizer.
He began his music career in the Detroit music scene of the 1960s,
engineering for R&B, blues, and funk-oriented bands and working
as a drummer for jazz groups. In the 1970s that included working with
Strata Records, Blue Note and Tribe Records. After moving to California
in the 1970s, he produced Grammy-nominated recordings for jazz artists
such as Taylor Eigsti, Mark Levine, and Cedar Walton; from 1982 co-led
and performed in the modern jazz ensemble Tom Peron-Bud Spangler Interplay
Quartet; from 1991 to 2007 he helped create and produce the Woodside,
California concert series Jazz at Filoli. He also worked as a host-producer
at radio stations, by the early 1980s he was hosting "The Turk
Murphy Show" and the live jazz performance show "Sunday
Sunday Night" on KCSM. He also hosted "Sees Sunday
Night Jazz Show" on KJAZ, and has done hosting and producing
for National Public Radio (sadly died while
fighting lung cancer) b. December 7th
Grazyna Bacewicz (59) Polish composer and violinist. She
is only the second Polish female composer to have achieved national
and international recognition, the first being Maria Szymanowska in
the early 19th century. She studied with Sikorski at the Warsaw Conservatory
and with Boulanger in Paris, simultaneously studying the violin: she
wrote much for her own instrument, including 7 concertos and solo
and accompanied sonatas. Most of her music is neoclassical, but in
the early 1960s she began to incorporate elements of the new Polish
style exemplified by her contemporary Lutoslawski, and in 1965 she
adopted an avant-garde idiom. Her large output includes four symphonies,
piano music, ballets and songs.(?)
b. February 5th 1909
1970: Billy Stewart (33) American
R&B singer; with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, popular
in the early 1960s. Born in Washington DC, he was 12 years old when
he began singing with his brothers Johnny 11, James 9 and Frank 4
as the 4 Stewart Brothers, and later went on to get their own radio
show every Sunday for five years at WUST radio station in Washington,
D.C. After that, as a teenager, he joined his mother's group, the
Stewart Gospel Singers. He occasionally sang with The Rainbows, a
D.C. area vocal group led by the future soul star, Don Covay. It was
also through The Rainbows that Stewart met another aspiring singer,
Marvin Gaye. Bo Diddley has been credited with discovering Billy playing
piano in Washington, D.C. in 1956 and inviting him to be one of his
backup musicians. This led to a recording contract and he went on
to have hits such as "Reap What You Sow", "Strange
Feeling", "Do I Love You", "Summertime" and
"Sitting in the Park". Billy was inducted into the Washington
Area Music Association Hall of Fame in 1982
(Billy and 3 of his band were killed
when their car crashed off a bridge into the Neuse River in New Bern,
North Carolina) b. March 24th 1937.
1989: Alfredo Zitarrosa
(52) Uruguayan singer, composer, poet and writer.
He began his artistic career in 1954, as a radio broadcaster, entering
as a presenter and entertainer, librettist and informativist. He was
also a writer, poet, and journalist, working for the famous weekly
While in Peru, forced by circumstances and somewhat fortuitously,
he made his professional debut as a singer, on Feb 20th 1964, in a
program on Channel 13, Panamericana Television. He
went on to be is regarded as one of the most important figures in
the popular music of his country and Latin America in general
(?) b. March 10th
American swing-oriented tenor saxophonist
and bandleader born
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; he is noted for his attempt at popularizing
bebop during the tail end of the music's mid- to late-'40s heyday.
He had his first successes as a featured soloist with Gene Krupa after
joining the band in 1942. In 1945 he won the Down Beat readers' poll
in the tenor saxophone division. In the late 1940 he ran a few successful
ensembles and went on to be known for "Bop for the People"
with Jackie Cain, and Roy Kral.
After the 1950s he did few recordings and led another big band, a
highly acclaimed group called the Big Four with Chubby Jackson, Buddy
Rich, and Marty Napoleon. He also briefly ran his own night club in
Philadelphia and he continued to work with Krupa into the '60s. Charlie
worked with Jackie Gleason in Las Vegas and fronted various groups
in the '70s and '80s (sadly
Charlie died fightimg cancer)
b. December 2nd 1916.
1993: Barbara Buczek (53) Polish
composer born in Kraków (?) b.
January 9th 1940.
Georges Cziffra (72) Hungarian
virtuoso pianist; he became noted at 5 years, improvising on popular
tunes in bars and circuses. An attempted escape from Soviet-dominated
Hungary led to imprisonment and communist forced labour in the period
19501953. In 1956, on the eve of the Hungarian insurrection,
Georges escaped with his wife and son to Vienna where his recital
at the Brahmsaal caused a sensation. News of this event reached the
magazine The New Yorker. His Paris debut the following year caused
a furore, his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall in Liszt's first
concerto and Hungarian Fantasy similarly, an enraptured orchestra
and audience applauding and cheering for over twenty minutes. His
meteoric career continued with concerts throughout Europe and debuts
at the Ravinia Festival and Carnegie Hall New York with Thomas Schippers.
He always performed with a large leather wristband to support the
ligaments of his wrist which were stretched while being tortured in
prison and also as a memento of his years in labour (died
of a heart attack resulting from series of complications from lung
cancer) b. November 5th 1921.
1996: Harry Robinson/Henry
Scottish musician, bandleader, music director and composer, born in
Elgin, Morayshire. He produced and composed the music of Hawk the
Slayer-1980, Prisoners of the Lost Universe-1982 and Jane and the
Lost City-1988 to mention a few. He wrote a number of film scripts,
television series and books, including The Electric Eskimo, The Boy
Who Never Was, Sammy's Super T-Shirt and was a regular composer for
Hammer Film Productions. He was also the musical director of the British
television pop music programmes, Six-Five Special-1957 and Oh Boy!-1959
arranged and conducted the stage shows, Fings Ain't Wot They Used
T'Be-1960 and Maggie May-1964 and also co-wrote the West End hit musical
Elvis. Harry was the conductor for the United Kingdom entry in the
1961 Eurovision Song Contest. He also wrote highly acclaimed string
arrangements for English folk singers, such as Nick Drake, notably,
"River Man", from Drake's debut album, Five Leaves Left
and Sandy Denny. He created and wrote the music of Virtual Murder
and also wrote and producted the chart topping Hoots Mon (?)
b. 19 November 1932
1998: David "Junior" Kimbrough
(67) American Mississippi bluesman, although he began playing
guitar in his youth, and counted Lightnin' Hopkins as an early influence,
he only came to national attention in 1992 with his debut album ''All
followed by "Sad Days, Lonely Nights" in 1993. He recorded
seven more albums before his death. Music journalist Tony Russell
stated "his raw, repetitive style suggests an archaic forebear
of John Lee Hooker (sadly David died of a stroke)
b. July 28th 1930.
2000: Philip Jones
(71) British trumpeter and leader
of an internationally famous brass chamber music ensemble,
born in Bath; in 1944
he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He formed the
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in 1951, they grew from four members to
ten and larger for special projects. The most usual formations were
the quintet, two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba; and the ten-piece,
four trumpeters one sometimes doubling piccolo, trumpet and sometimes
doubling flugel horn, horn, four trombones and tuba. He became principal
trumpet for most major London orchestras: The Royal Philharmonic 56-60,
the Philharmonia 60-64, the Philharmonic 64-65, the New Philharmonia
65-67 and the BBC Symphony 67-71. He also held posts at the Royal
Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music, where he was
Principal until his retirement in 1994. He was chairman of the Musicians
Benevolent Fund in 1995 and awarded the OBE in 1977 and the CBE in
b. March 12th 1928.
2003: Balint Vazsonyi (66) Hungarian
pianist, global recitalist, soloist with leading orchestras, and political
journalist. From 1945-56 he attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music
from which he earned an Artist Diploma. He made his debut in Budapest
at age 12 with the F Minor Concerto of J.S.Bach.
went on to make performance
history in playing chronological cycles of all 32 piano sonatas by
Beethoven over two days in New York, Boston, and London. After being
based in London for 14 years, in 1978-84 Balint was invited to be
Professor of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington School of Music
where, as well as having a private piano studio, he conducted all
Doctoral Seminars in Piano Literature. During
the last 6 years of his life, he became a commentator in Washington,
D.C. on the state of American politics. (?)
b. March 7th 1936.
2008: Carlos/Jean Chrysostome Dolto (64)
French singer; one of France's popular chart selling singers in the
70's and 80's with hits like "Tout nu, tout bronzé",
"Rosalie", "Papayou", "T'as l'bonjour d'Albert"
and "Le tirelipimpon". He was renamed Carlos in 1958, in
homage to the percussionist Carlos "Patato" Valdes.
1980, he became a spokesman for the Oasis brand fruit drink, with
his song "Rosalie" being used in their television advertisements.
In 1988, he was named the mascot of the amusement park Mirapolis,
open in the Val-d'Oise, which quickly went bankrupt. He ran for office
in the local elections in Courdimanche in 1989, but was not elected.
He regularly participated in the radio program Grosses Têtes
of Philippe Bouvard and had his own cartoon, Around the World in 80
Dreams, in 1992. He was also the narrator of the French version of
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. From 2000 to 2007, he directed documentary
films for the series Le Gros homme et la Mer (The Fat Man and the
Sea), for the stations Odyssée and Voyage
b. February 20th 1943.
DeLee Flanders Larson/Susanna Foster (84)
American film actress and singer; she was taken to Hollywood at the
age of 20 by MGM, who sent her to school and groomed her for an acting
and singing career. Two of her classmates at this school were Mickey
Rooney and Judy Garland. She had appeared in 12 films, but is best
known for her role as Christine in the 1943 film, The Phantom of the
Opera (Died unexpectedly at The Lillian Booth
Actor's Home in Englewood, New Jersey where
she had been
residing since 2003)
2011: Don Kirshner (76) American
song publisher and rock producer known for his managing songwriting
talent as well as successful pop groups, such as The Monkees and The
He achieved his first major success in the late '50s and early '60s
as co-owner of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon
Music with partner Al Nevins, which had under contract at various
times several of the most important songwriters of the so-called "Brill
Building" school, including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka,
Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller. As a
producer-promoter, he was influential in starting off the career of
singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Carole
King, and Sarah Dash of Labelle, as well as discovering the occasional
rock act such as Kansas. Don was hired by the producers of The Monkees
to provide hitworthy songs to accompany the television program, within
a demanding schedule. He quickly corralled songwriting talent from
his Brill Building stable of writers and musicians to create catchy,
engaging tracks which the band could pretend to perform on the show.
September 1973 he hosted his own syndicated weekly rock-concert program
called Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. With its long-form live performances,
as compared to rehearsed, often lip-synced performances that were
the staple of earlier television shows like Shindig!, it was a new
direction for pop music presentation. The last show aired in 1981,
the year that MTV was launched. Don
received the 2007 Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olman Publishing Award
die of heart failure)
b. April 17th 1934.
rhythm and blues singer, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger,
author, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, bandleader, pastor
and commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues",
was born Ioannis Veliotes, in Vallejo, a predominantly black neighborhood
in California, where he started out playing drums in a variety of
swing orchestras, including Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders, and Harlan
Leonard's Rockets, after which he founded his own band in 1945 and
had one of the most enduring hits of the big band era, "Harlem
Nocturne". Other of his hits included "Double Crossing Blues,"
"Mistrustin' Blues", "Cupid's Boogie", "Gee
Baby", "All Nite Long" "Mambo Boogie", "Sunset
to Dawn" and
"Ma He's Making Eyes At Me". In the late 1940s ...
b. December 28th 1921.
Holton (86) English
soprano and stage actress born in Reading. She began her career as
a teenage band vocalist under the name Betty Webb, singing to the
troops during World War II and freelancing with British bands such
as those of Geraldo, Albert Sandler, Henry Hall, Louis Levy and, particularly,
Jack Payne. She was also a regular on programmes such as Happidrome,
Workers Playtime, Kaleidoscope, "Music Hall", Variety Bandbox,
Four and Twenty, The Forces Show with Diana Dors, Jack Buchanan and
Bob Monkhouse, Follies of the Air with Sonnie Hale, Home At Eight
with Hermione Gingold and Richard Attenborough and Friday Night Is
Music Night. Among the conductors she sang with were George Melachrino,
Mantovani, Richard Tauber, Harry Rabinowitz, Stanley Black, Max Jaffa,
Charles Mackerras, both Eric and Stanford Robinson and Vilém
Tauský. She then pursued a career in West End musicals, playing
such roles as Lucy Willow in Bless the Bride, Linda in Ivor Novello's
Gay's the Word, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and title role of The
Merry Widow. In 1953, she featured in the Royal Command Performance
in front of the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth (?)
January 30th 1926.
2013: Homayoun Khorram (82)
Iranian violinist and composer; he began his music career as
a violinist at the age of 10 by participating in master Abolhassan
Saba violin and Radif classes. After four years he entered the State
National Radio Orchestra as a violin soloist and afterwords as a concert
maestro. He composed many songs for notable singers including Hossein
Ghavami, Marzieh, Hayedeh, Shajarian and made over a hundred pieces
for violin and orchestra, charmezrabs, overtures in collaboration
with outstanding contemporary artists including Javad Maroufi, Jalil
Shahnaz, and Farhang Sharif (sadly died fighting cancer)
b. June 30th 1930.
2013: Claude Black (80)
American jazz pianist, born in Detroit; he began his jazz career
in 1948 playing in various bands and in 1952 he was drafted into the
Army, where he spent much of that time playing music. When he was
discharged he met bassist Clifford Murphy and they formed a musical
partnership that lasted more than 40 years. A big break came in 1965
when he began to tour with Aretha Franklin. He has also performed
with Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Fats Waller, Wes Montgomery among
many others. As the house
pianist for Murphys Place for more than two decades he worked
with younger musicians, teaching them the personal and musical skills
he had learned over the years (sadly
Claude died fighting cancer)
Sophiya Haque (41) English actress, singer, video jockey
and dancer born in Plymouth. She started as the lead vocalist in the
band Akasa; they signed a deal with Warner Bros in 1988. Subsequently
she worked as a video jockey for MTV Asia for seven years and Channel
V. In 2002, Sophiya
returned to the UK to star in Andrew Lloyd Webbers Bombay Dreams.
In 2005, she starred in the West End theatre musical production of
The Far Pavilions and in 2012 she starred in Wah! Wah! Girls (?)
June 14th 1971.
Claudio Leo (40) Italian guitarist;
he was a co-founder
and guitarist with the Italian gothic metal band based
in Milan, Lacuna
was an integral part of the Lacuna Coil line up in the early stages,
then named Sleep of Right and appeared on the band's demo tape when
they were called Ethereal and also recorded their 1998 self-titled
He left the band in 1998 and along with fellow guitarist Raffaele
Zagaria, formed the gothic
rock band Cayne, releasing their debut
full length album
"Old Faded Pictures" in 2001.
Claudio's final album, a self-titled album with the band, will released,
posthumously, on February 14th (Claudio had reportedly been battling
a serious disease, from which he has sadly died)
2013: Nic Potter (61)
English bassist born in Swindon; at 16, he joined a late lineup
of The Misunderstood, and recorded on their 1969 LP Golden Glass.
When Van der Graaf Generator decided to reform after a brief hiatus,
Nic replaced their earlier bassist Keith Ellis. He first appeared
on the album "The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other",
also playing some electric guitar on a few tracks in addition to his
usual bass. He left the band in 1970 during the recording of their
next album, H to He, Who Am The Only One, on which he
recorded 3 tracks. He then joined Rare Bird, with whom he recorded
two LPs in 1972 & 73. Though no longer a member of Van Der Graaf,
he continued to play on Hammills solo recordings, 14 in all
between 1971-94 and eventually returned to the band in 1977 to play
on two more LPs. During the 80s and 90s he released nine
solo albums and continued session work with Hammill and others, including
Jeff Beck, Paul Kossoff and Chuck Berry (Nic
was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia, from which he sadly
b. October 18th 1951.
2014: Joe Evans (97) American
jazz alto saxophonist, born in Pensacola, Florida, he was active between
1939 and 1965, playing in the big bands of Jay McShann, Jimmy Forrest
and Gene Ramey; Don Redman and Louis Armstrong. In 1944 he recorded
with Mary Lou Williams, as a member of a band including Coleman Hawkins,
Bill Coleman and Denzil Best. At the beginning of 1945, he recorded
for J. Mayo Williams's independent label, Chicago, leading a combo
comprising Jesse Drakes, Duke Jordan, Gene Ramey, J. C. Heard and
Etta Jones. Later that same year and in 1946, he recorded with Andy
Kirk's orchestra as part of a lineup that included Fats Navarro, Reuben
Phillips, Jimmy Forrest, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Hank Jones,
Floyd Smith, Al Hall and Ben Thigpen. Other musicians he performed
and recorded with include Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Bill "Bojangles"
Robinson, Lionel Hampton and Ivory Joe Hunter. In 2008, University
of Illinois Press published his autobiography, Follow Your Heart,
co-authored by Christopher Brooks, a professor of anthropology at
Virginia Commonwealth (sadly died of
a renal disease) b. October 7th 1916.
1984: Vassilis Tsitsanis (69)
Greek singer, songwriter and bouzouki player. He became one of the
leading Greek composers of his time and is widely regarded as one
of the founders of modern Rebetika. He wrote more than 500 songs and
is still remembered as an extraordinary bouzouki player, he also played
the mandolin, violin (sadly he died on his birthday
at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London following a lung operation)
b. January 18th
1997: Keith Diamond (46)
songwriter and producer who worked with artists such as Donna Summer,
Michael Bolton, Mick Jagger and Don Johnson. He also produced and
wrote Billy Ocean's "Suddenly," "Caribbean Queen (No
More Love On The Run)," "Loverboy," and "Mystery
Lady," as well as producing and managing groups such as Starpoint
and Fredrick Thomas. He also produced and co-wrote James Ingram's
album entitled "Always" in 1986, at the request of Quincy
Jones (sadly died of a heart attack)
1990: Mel Appleby (23) British
singer, born in Hackney, London; initially worked as a glamour model
before joining her sister Kim to form the duo Mel & Kim which
recieved success between 1986 and 1988 before Mel succumbed to terminal
illness. Their hits included "Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)",
"Respectable", "F.L.M", "That's the Way It
Is", "More Than Words Can Say" and "I'm the One
Who Really Loves You" (Mel had an operation
to remove a large tumour on her liver in 1985, the cancer returned
to her spine in mid 1987. She sadly died from pneumonia following
treatment for her spinal cancer) b. July
2007: Brent Liles (43) American
bass player in the rock bands Social Distortion from 1981-1984 and
Agent Orange from 1988-1992. Brent also briefly played guitar for
the bands Chaotic Stature and Easter. He also appeared in the 1984
documentary Another State of Mind. There is a notable scene in this
film where he gives orange juice to an out of control fan on the stage.
His songwriting credits include "Mass Hysteria" with Social
Distortion and "Broken Dreams" with Agent Orange. He was
known for playing a Rickenbacker fretless bass, which is rarely seen
in punk rock (died after being hit by a truck
while cycling) b. September 7th 1963.
2008: Frank Lewin (82) American
composer and music theorist, born in Breslau, Germany. He and his
family escaped from Germany in 1939, spent a year in Cuba, and went
to America in 1940. He studied composition with at the Baldwin Conservatory,
New York; Southern Methodist University; in Logan, Utah; and the Yale
School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in
composed and edited music for feature, documentary, and television
films, including dozens of original scores for The Defenders and The
Nurses. He wrote music for plays from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams,
and composed scores for historical dramas by Paul Green and others,
in various parts of the country. He also wrote a number of concert
compositions including two operas, l orchestral works, concertos for
viola and harmonica, song cycles, and choral music. Frank was also
a professor at the Yale School of Music from 1971 to 1992, teaching
composition for film; and at the Columbia University School of the
Arts from 1975 to 1989, where he taught the course "Music in
Modern Media" (?)
b. March 27th 1925.
2010: Kate McGarrigle (63) Canadian
folk singer, born
in Montreal, but grew up in the Laurentian Mountains village of Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts,
wrote and performed as a duo with her sister Anna McGarrigle. Kate
and Anna's 1975 self-titled debut album was chosen by Melody Maker
as Best Record of the Year. Their albums Matapedia in '97 and The
McGarrigle Hour in '99, won Juno Awards. In 1993, Kate was made a
Member of the Order of CanadaIn and in 1999 Kate and Anna both received
Women of Originality awards and in 2006 SOCAN Lifetime Achievement
awards. Kate is also the mother of singers Rufus Wainwright and Martha
Wainwright (sadly died of clear cell sarcoma)
b. February 6th 1946... Read
2011: Purushottam Das Jalota (84)
Indian singer, a legend in music circles, he was one of the most
celebrated exponents of devotional singing and considered as the great
master of Bhajans (sadly died at home 2 weeks
after suffering a heart attack) b. ????
2011: Cristian Paturca (46) Romanian
composer born in Bucharest, he was the composer of a song called,
Imnul Golanilor/The Hooligans Hymn, that inspired Romanians
in their struggle against vestiges of the Communist government.
The president of Romania, Traian Basescu, awarded Cristian the National
Cross in April for faithful service (he died
after a long brave battle with tuberculosis)
b. September 10th 1964.
2014: Dennis Frederiksen (62) American
rock singer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he started his musical
career at the age of 13 and he played clubs and pubs at the age of
15 with a group called the Common People. In 1975, while attending
college at Central Michigan, he was asked by his friend Tommy Shaw
to replace him as the lead vocalist for the band MSFunk. The band
went on to tour with Styx and Heart, where Dennis began performing
his trademark back-flips during live shows to fire up crowds. He became
best known as the lead singer of Trillion, Angel, LeRoux and Toto,
as well as providing backing vocals for Survivor. He contributed to
hit singles in three consecutive years, all with different bands:
Survivor's "American Heartbeat" in 1982, LeRoux's "Carrie's
Gone" in 1983 and Toto's "Stranger in Town" in 1984.
In June 2010, he announced he had inoperable cancer. Medical treatments
made it difficult for him to do recording sessions, however, his friend
Alex Ligertwood pushed him to continue and he released two more solo
albums: Happiness is the Road and Any Given Moment (sadly
died while bravely fighting liver cancer) b. May 15th 1951
2014: Gibrán Martiz (22)
Mexican singing contestant on the 3rd season La Voz..México/The
Voice..Mexico. He bought his first guitar at age 15, had been singing
professionally for about five years
and while also doing businss studies
this date January 18th, police
found the body of Gibrán,
he had been shot to death along with a second victim,
after a shootout with deliquents. His family had reported
and a friend had been taken from his apartment on January 7th
by kidnappers dressed as police)
1576: Hans Sachs (71) German
singer, poet, playwright
and shoemaker; in 1513 he took up an apprenticeship to become
a mastersinger at Munich. He is considered the most talented and famous
of the meistersingers, he wrote over 6000 pieces of various kinds.
The strict rules and the craftsmen's approach to poetry of the mastersingers
produced a kind of poetry that was not really palatable for later
ages. His carnival plays, comedies that were meant to be played during
carnival, are considered his best works and are still played today
(?) b. September
1971: Harry Shields (71) American
jazz clarinetist, born
in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, the younger brother of noted clarinetist
Larry Shields. Harry spent almost his whole career in New Orleans.
He played with the bands of Norman Brownlee, Sharkey Bonano, Tom Brown,
Johnny Wiggs, and others. Many fellow musicians regarded Harry as
superior to his more famous brother, Larry. Johnny Wiggs commented
that he was the only clarinetist he'd heard who could always play
the right note without fail (?)
b. June 30th 1899.
1972: Michael Rabin (35) American
violinist of Romanian-Jewish descent. He
began to learn the violin at 7 and studied with Galamian in New York
and at the Meadowmount School of Music, then the Juilliard School.
He went on to appear with a number of orchestras before his Carnegie
Hall debut on 29 November 1951 in the Paganini D major Concerto, with
Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting the New York Philharmonic at the age
of 15. He first appeared in London on 13 December 1954, aged only
18, playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto in D at the Royal Albert Hall
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Michael played in a bel canto style
and toured widely, playing in all the major cities of the U.S., Europe,
South America and Australia. He performed for many years on the "Kubelik"
Guarnerius del Gesu of 1735 (he
died from a head injury from a fall at his New York apartment)
b. May 2nd 1936.
1977: Yvonne Printemps (82) French
singer and actress born in Ermont, Paris; she
made her debut at the age of 12 in a revue at La Cigale in Paris.
She was dancing at the Folies Bergère at age 13. Nicknamed
Printemps by her fellow chorus members because of her sunny disposition,
she started in operetta, appearing in such works as Les Contes de
Perrault-1913 and Le Poilu -1916. Her voice and stage presence made
her a great star at a young age, appearing as a teenager with the
greatest stars of the day, Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett. Yvonne
performed in Paris and at London's West End before going to America
to star on Broadway. She appeared in nine motion pictures, including
the starring role in both the stage and screen versions of Trois Valses.
In 1994, the government of France placed her image on a postage stamp
(?) b. July 25th
Regina (36) Brazilian singer born in Porto Alegre and went
on to become one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge
from Brazil. She began her career as a singer at age 11 on a children's
radio show, O Clube Do Guri on Rádio Farroupilha.
In 1959, she was contracted by Rádio Gaúcha
and in the next year she travelled to Rio de Janeiro where she recorded
her first LP, Viva a Brotolândia. Her recordings sold well and
she was soon a teenage star. Elis's career showed no signs of slowing
as the 1970s came to a close; some of her best records were recorded
during this time, and one album simply called Elis & Tom, recorded
in Los Angeles with Antonio Carlos Jobim, has been called by many
journalists and musicians one of the greatest Brazilian pop records
ever made. (Sadly she was found dead of alcohol
and cocaine intoxication. A few days after her death, a memorial concert
was held in São Paulo featuring many of Brazil's most famous
singers. Over 100,000 grieving Brazilians came to pay their final
respects to this highly gifted singer) b.
March 17th 1945.
1990: Alberto Semprini (81) English
pianist; born in Bath, Somerset, he was famous for appearances on
the BBC, mainly on radio. He showed
early talent for both the piano and cello and graduated in 1928 from
the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, having studied composition and conducting
as well as honing his skills at the piano. His initial fame came from
headlining a light music programme, Semprini Serenade, which he introduced
with the words: "Old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones".
It first aired on BBC Radio in 1957 and continued for around 25 years.
His 'house band' was the New Abbey Light Symphony Orchestra. Alberto
also wrote a number of original compositions on the lighter side of
the musical repertoire, including Mediterranean Concerto, which he
used as the theme tune for his radio show. (?)
March 27th 1908.
1995: Gene MacLellan (56) Canadian composer and singer
born in Val-d'Or, Quebec, he grew up in Toronto, Ontario. Among his
notable compositions were "Snowbird", made famous by Anne
Murray, "Put Your Hand in the Hand," made famous by the
band Ocean, "The Call", "Pages of Time" and "Thorn
in My Shoe". Elvis Presley, Joan Baez and Bing Crosby were among
the many artists who recorded his songs and in he won a Juno Award
in 1971 as best songwriter. Gene was a frequent guest on Don Messer's
Jubilee and later a regular cast member of Singalong Jubilee with
Anne Murray and Bill Langstroth. In 1996 Gene was posthumously inducted
into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. (reportedly
suicide) b. February 2nd 1938.
Perkins (65) American singer,
guitarist, songwriter, a pioneer of rockabilly music, his influence
as the quintessential rockabilly artist has played a big part in the
development of every generation of rockers since, from Jimi Hendrix
to the Beatles' George Harrison to the Stray Cats' Brian Setzer. Born
in Tiptonville, Tennessee, he was crowned "the King of Rockabilly",
his best known song is his self penned "Blue Suede Shoes"
which was the first record by a Sun label artist to sell a million
songs include "Turn Around", "Gone Gone Gone"
"Dixie Fried", "Put Your Cat Clothes On", "Right
String, Wrong Yo-Yo", "You Can't Make Love to Somebody",
"Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby", "That Don't Move
Me", "Boppin' the Blues" "Jive After Five",
"Rockin' Record Hop", "Levi Jacket (And a Long Tail
Shirt)", "Pop, Let Me Have the Car", "Hambone",
"Pink Pedal Pushers", "Anyway the Wind Blows",
"Pointed Toe Shoes", and "Sister Twister" among
many others. Carl
was inducted into the Rock and Roll, the Rockabilly, and the Nashville
Songwriters Halls of Fame; and was a Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient
died after suffering two strokes)
b. April 9th 1932.
2006: Wilson Pickett (63) American R&B and soul
A huge figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded
over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed
over to the US Billboard Hot 100. Among his best known hits are "In
the Midnight Hour", "Mustang Sally", "Land of
1,000 Dances" and "Funky Broadway". The impact of his
songwriting and recording led to his 1991 induction into the Rock
and Roll Hall ...READ
MORE... (sadly died of a heart attack)
b. March 18th 1941.
2007: Murat Nasyrov (37)
Russian pop singer and composer born in Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR,
Soviet Union, (tragically jumped off a balcony,
for reasons unknown. There were reports that it was the result of
ingesting the hallucinagenic drug LSD, possibly dissolved in some
alcohol he drank a few hours before his death, although the postmortem
examination of a body did not reveal any traces of alcohol or drugs)
b. December 13th 1969.
2007: Denny Doherty (66) Canadian
singer-songwriter and guitaristDenny was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 1960, aged 19, Denny co-founded a folk group called The Colonials
in Montreal, Quebec. When they got a record deal with Columbia Records,
they changed their name to The Halifax Three, and had a minor hit,
"The Man Who Wouldn't Sing Along With Mitch" In 1963, Doherty
struck up a friendship with Cass Elliot when she was with a band called
"The Big Three". Shortly after a tour together ...READ
died of kidney failure following surgery on a abdominal aneurysm)
John Stewart (68)
American songwriter singer and musician, he demonstrated an early
talent for music, learning the guitar and banjo, and composing his
first song "Shrunken Head Boogie" when he was just ten years
old. He formed a school garage band known as "Johnny Stewart
and the Furies." Influenced by the icons of the day, Elvis Presley
and Buddy Holly, the Furies toured southern California colleges and
coffee houses, releasing one single, "Rockin' Anna," which
was a minor, regional hit. John is better known for his contributions
to the American folk music movement of the 1960s while a member of
The Kingston Trio from 1961to 1967. As a songwriter he wrote the song
"Daydream Believer," which was a huge number one hit for
the Monkees, followed by the hit "Gold" for Fleetwood Mac.
Among the dozens of songs he has written and recorded many have been
covered by artists from Pat Boone to The Four Tops to Joan Baez. (massive
stroke or brain aneurysm) b. September 5th 1939.
2012: Dave Millen (66) English
lead guitarist for the pop/beat group from Preston, Lancashire, The
Puppets. They backed artists such as Brenda Lee, The Ronettes, Dee
Dee Sharp, Gene Vincent, Vince Eager, Marty Wilde, Michael Cox, Duffy
Power, Jess Conrad Crispian St. Peters, Billy Fury and Millie (?)
January 29th 1943
2012: Anthony Gonsalves (84) Indian
film music composer born in the village of Majorda; during the mid-1950s,
attempted to merge the symphonies of his Goan heritage with the Hindustani
melodies and rhythms in films of the day.
In 1958, he founded the Indian Symphony Orchestra (not the Symphony
Orchestra of India) featuring playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and
Manna Dey as soloists. In 1965, he quit the film industry and went
to the United States, via a travelling grant from Syracuse University
in New York. He became a member of the American Society of Composers,
Publishers and Authors, and later in returned to India, settled in
his ancestral village of Majorda in Goa, and continued composing music
(sadly died from pneumonia and hypotension)
2012: Winston Riley (65) Jamaican
reggae musician and producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica. He started
in the music industry at 16 years old in 1962, when he formed The
Techniques harmony group, which recorded their first tracks for Byron
Lee, and then later recorded for Duke Reid. In 1968, he left the group
and formed his own Techniques record label, moving into production,
producing artistes like Boris Gardiner, The Escorts, Alton and Hortense
Ellis, and Johnny Osbourne. His own song, "Double Barrel",
performed by Dave and Ansell Collins under Riley's own production,
was one of the first international reggae hits, reaching No.1 in the
Dutch and UK Singles Chart (On 1 November 2011,
Winston was shot in the head at his home in Kingston. He had been
the subject of several earlier attacks. Sadly he died after being
in a coma since the shooting) b. May
2012: Errol Scorcher/Errol Archer (55)
Jamaican reggae DJ, he had several hits in the 1970s with tracks
such as "Jolly Bus-Ting", "Engineers Affair" and
"Peace Truce". In 1978 he joined Nicodemus, Nigger Kojak,
and Mother Liza on Prince Jammy's Tapetone sound system, which soon
became Jamaica's top system. His first album, Rasta Fire, was also
released on the United Artists offshoot Ballistic, on which he was
backed by The Revolutionaries. In '79 he had a hit with "Roach
in a De Corner" and "Frog In a Water". He worked with
Ansell Collins on a series of recordings including "Mosquitoes",
which was also a hit. He also set up his own Scorcher label and began
production work on both his own recordings and for artists such as
Tony Tuff (?) b.
2012: Giancarlo Bigazzi (71) Italian
record producer, composer, lyricist, and former bandleader of the
group of Squallor. Born in Florence, he went on to write some of the
greatest hit records of Italian pop music, such as Red Roses; Blue-eyed
Lisa; I love you; Gloria; You Can Give More; Seafarers, Self Control;
I Do Not Love Me; Men Do
Not Change;Fall In Love and Bella Bitch, as
well as writing and composing for film and TV. Also in 1971
he formed the band Squallor, for whom he was the principal lyricist.
The band, which was active until 1994, had thier biggest success in
1985 with the album Touch the Apricot (?)
b. September 5th 1940.
2013: Mehnaz Begum (55) Pakistani
singer; she sang a variety of genres but specialized in ghazal, thumri,
dadra, khayal, drupad and reciting salam, noha and marsiya. (sadly,
Mehnaz died at Bahrain Airport while transiting from Karachi to Miami,
US for medical treatment) b. 1958
2013: Ahmad Rafiq (64) Indonesian
singer and actor, known for his Elvis-inspired stage costume and hip
gyrating movements. He recordeded his first single, "Pandangan
Pertama"/"First Sight" in 1978. The single was a huge
hit and propelled his career in the Indonesian 70's dangdut scene.
"Pengalaman Pertama" enjoyed popularity again in 2002, when
it was remade by one of the popular Indonesian singers Chrisye and
for a third time in 2007, "Pengalaman Pertama" was again
remade by popular Indonesian rock band Slank in the original motion
picture soundtrack of Indonesian movie "Get Married" (?)
b. March 5th 1948
2013: John Braheny
(74) American singer-songwriter born in Iowa; he
released a solo album in 1970, Some Kind Of Change, and he also wrote
songs for others, including "December Dream", which has
been recorded by Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys. Along with partner
Len Chandler, John was the co-founder and director of the Los Angeles
Songwriters Showcase (LASS), a national non-profit organization that
provided exposure and encouragement to an impressive list of later-to-be-successful
new writers and writer-artists from 1971-1996 including Fleetwood
Mac's Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, Janis Ian, Warren Zevon,
Karla Bonoff, Stephen Bishop, Wendy Waldman, and pop music's most
successful contemporary songwriter, Diane Warren, for whom they critiqued
over 150 songs when she was only 15 (?)
Frank Pooler (86) American choirmaster and composer,
born in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1943, while still a high school student,
he founded and directed the first children's choir at First (Norwegian)
Lutheran Church. In 1953 he studied and worked with Scandinavian composers
in Norway, Sweden and Denmark resulting in the English publication
of more than 100 Scandinavian choral works. He has served as a guest
conductor, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator throughout the continental
United States, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand,
Japan, Hawaii, and Alaska. His published compositions, arrangements
and editions, over 500, have been widely performed in Europe and North
America. In 2006 he was Honoree Award recipient at the American Choral
Director Association Western Division convention in Salt Lake City,
Utah (sadly died fighting lung cancer)
b. March 29th 1926.
2014: Udo Kasemets (94) Estonian-born
Canadian composer of orchestral, chamber, electroacoustic,
piano works. Born in Tallinn,
Estonia, he trained at the Tallinn Conservatory and the Akademie der
Musik in Stuttgart and was one of the first composers to adopt the
methods of John Cage. He was also a conductor, lecturer, pianist,
organist, teacher and writer.() b. November
2014: Steven Fromholz (68)
American entertainer, singer-songwriter and Poet Laureate of
Texas-2007; born in Temple, Texas, and attended the University of
North Texas where he was president of the Folk Music Club. Steven
began performing while he was serving in the United States Navy during
the 1960s. After leaving the Navy, he teamed with Dan McCrimmon to
create the group Frummox and he then played with Stephen Stills and
Rick Roberts before going solo. He recorded with Willie Nelson, singing
"I'd Have to be Crazy" and Lyle Lovett singing "Texas
Trilogy" and "Bears." Other artists who have recorded
his songs include Hoyt Axton, John Denver, and Jerry Jeff Walker.
In addition to singing and songwriting, he did acting, playwriting,
poetry, record producing, narrating, jingle-writing, and whitewater
river guiding. In 2007, he was named Poet Laureate of the State of
Texas by the Texas State Legislature. His latest book is Steven Fromholz:
New and Selected Works. (tragically
he was fatally injured when a rifle fell from its case and discharged)
b. June 8th 1945.
1965: Alan Freed/Moondog
(43) American disc-jockey commonly referred to as the "father
of rock and roll, he became internationally known for promoting
African-American R & B music on the radio in the USA and Europe
under the name of Rock and Roll. In 1949, he moved to Cleveland and,
in April 1950, he joined WXEL-TV/Channel 9 as the afternoon movie
show host. The next year, he got a job playing classical music on
Cleveland radio station WJW.
On July 11th1951, Alan started playing rhythm and blues records on
WJW and called his show "The Moondog House" and billed himself
as "The King of the Moondoggers". He had been inspired by
an offbeat instrumental called "Moondog Symphony" that had
been recorded by New York street musician Louis T. Hardin, aka "Moondog".
In 1954, following his success on the air in Cleveland, Alan moved
to New York City where he turned WINS into a rock and roll radio station,
which it would remain until April 19th 1965 when it became a news
outlet. He began recording a weekly half-hour segment of the Radio
Luxembourg show called Jamboree that was aired on Saturday nights
at 9:30 PM. Jamboree with Alan Freed was heard throughout the British
Isles and much of Europe via the powerful AM nighttime signal of Radio
Luxembourg, 208, and outside of Europe by a simultaneous relay via
transmission on shortwave. It was at the height of Alan's career at
the beginning of his new television series that various individuals
decided to use him as a scapegoat for all that was wrong with the
recorded music industry. His show, The Big Beat (which predated American
Bandstand), on ABC, was suddenly canceled after an episode in which
Frankie Lymon of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers was seen dancing
with a white girl. His career ended when accusations were made, and
proven, that he had accepted payola, or accepted bribes from record
companies to play specific records. He moved to the West Coast in
1960, where he worked at KDAY-AM in Santa Monica, California. In 1962,
after KDAY refused to allow him to promote "rock and roll"
stage shows, Freed moved to WQAM in Miami, Florida, but that association
lasted 2 months (sadly died from liver
b. December 15th 1921.
Gustav Winckler (53)
singer; he grew up in the Nørrebro
district of Copenhagen, and in 1948 he won a talent competition at
National Scala Theatre in Copenhagen, by
1950 he made regular appearances on Danmarks Radio and his first professional
recording. Through the 1950s he recorded and toured in Denmark, Germany,
under the name Gunnar Winkler and England under the name of Sam Payne.
In 1957 he qualified in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to represent Denmark
at the Eurovision Song Contest, where he sung "Skibet skal sejle
i nat"/"The ship is leaving tonight" with Birthe Wilke.
They finished in third place and stunned television audiences with
a 32-second long kiss at the end of their performance. He participated
in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix twice afterwards, in 1964 with "Ugler
i mosen", and then in 1966 with "Salami" (Car
accident) b. October 13th 1925.
1990: Hayedeh/Masoumeh Dadehbala (47)
Legendary Persian Pop and classical singer and diva with a contralto
vocal range. In a career spanning more than two decades, she had countless
hits and captured the hearts of millions around the world. Her songs
included "Rouza-ye Roshan Khodahafez", "Shabeh Eshgh",
"Gol Vajeh", "Ravi", "Bahaneh", "Eshareh",
"Ghesseyeh Man", "Zendegi", "Nargeseh Shirazi"
and many more. Two decades after her death, she is considered one
of the most influential and iconic Persian vocalists of all time and
still recognized as one of the most popular, famous and distinguished
Iranian singers of the 20th century (sadly
Hayedeh died from a heart attack) b.
April 10th 1942.
1991: Stan Szelest (48) American
piano/keyboard player from Buffalo, he formed the band Stan and the
Ravens in 1958, which he played with for over 30 years, taking time
out for many other musical projects. At aged seventeen years in early
1960, Ronnie Hawkins hired him to to play in the Hawks. At this point
the Hawks were Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Fred Carter Jr, with
Stan and Will Jones doubling on piano and keyboards. When Rick Danko
became bassist in 1961, he became Danko's musical teacher. In the
summer of 1984, Stan and Levon Helm played together again as members
of the short-lived septet The Woodstock All-Stars. By the end of 1990
he became a member of the reunited Band. They were getting ready to
record for CBS, writing songs, recording, and rehearsing with Garth
Hudson in Woodstock, which would be Stans ladt recording. Some of
his electric piano work can be heard on the Band album Jericho, where
he also co-wrote the Richard Manuel tribute "Too Soon Gone".
Stan also recorded with Roy Buchanan, Lonnie Mack, Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Jesse Ed Davis, Delbert McClinton and Northern Lights. (Sadly
died of a heart attack in the recording studio)
Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (68)
American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger born
in Queens Village, Queens, New York. Gerry
is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in
jazz history, playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in
the era of cool jazz, but he was also a notable arranger, working
with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others. His pianoless
quartet of the early 1950s with trumpeter Chet Baker is still regarded
as one of the more important cool jazz groups. He was also a skilled
pianist and played several other reed instruments.
(died following complications from knee surgery,
he had also been suffering from liver cancer) b.
April 6th 1927.
1999: William "Bill" Albaugh (53)
American drummer with the Lemon Pipers a psychedelic pop, bubblegum
band from Cincinnati, Ohio known chiefly for their song "Green
Tambourine", which reached No.1 on the Billboard chart in 1968
(?) b. 1948.
2000: Ray Jones (60) English bass
player born in Liverpool; in 1963 Brian Epstein signed The Dakotas
to be a backing band for Billy J. Kramer. Billy had been friends with
John Lennon for some time and John gave the group a demo of a new
song, "Do You Want to Know a Secret", which they perfected
whilst working in Hamburg at the Star Club. On returning to Britain,
the song was recorded at Abbey Road studios, with producer George
Martin. It stormed up the charts and reached No.2 in the spring of
1963. This was followed by a No.1 hit "Bad to Me" c/w "I
Call Your Name", and was awarded a gold disc, followed by another
hit with "I'll Keep You Satisfied". In addition to backing
Billy J on his hits, the group itself is perhaps best known for their
instrumental single called "The Cruel Sea", which reached
No.18 in the UK charts in July 1963. After a row with Brian Epstein,
Ray left the Dakotas in July 1964. (?)
b. October 22nd
2001: Nico Assumpção (46)
Brazilian bass player born in São Paulo, he studied in
both Brazil and America. In the USA, he played with several important
musicians of the jazz scene, including Wayne Shorter, Sadao Watanabe,
Larry Coryell, Fred Hersh, Larry Willis, Joe Diorio, John Hicks, Steve
Slagle, Victor Lewis, Don Salvador and Charlie Rouse. Nico mastered
various bass playing techniques, and became one of the pioneers of
fretless and 6-string bass in Brazil when he returned 1981, the same
year in which he released the first bassist solo album in the country,
titled "Nico Assumpção". In 1982 he moved
to Rio de Janeiro, where he lived for the rest of his life, and turned
into one of the most popular bassists of the country among musicians
and artists for recording and shows, having played and/or recorded
with Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, João
Bosco, Maria Bethânia, Edu Lobo, César Camargo Mariano,
Toninho Horta, Luiz Avellar, Wauke Wakabaiashi, Marco Pereira, Ricardo
Silveira, Gal Costa, Hélio Delmiro, Maria Bethânia, Márcio
Montarroyos, Raphael Rabello, Edu Lobo, Léo Gandelman and Victor
Biglione, among others (?) b.
August 13th 1954.
2009: David Newman (75) American
jazz saxophonist, he left college to go on the road with Buster Smith,
playing many one-nighters at dance halls. At
one of these gigs, he met Ray Charles, there was an immediate bond
between them. In 1954, he joined Ray's band as the baritone sax player,
although more famous as a tenor saxophone and flute player, where
he stayed for the next twelve years. He later joined Herbie Mann,
with whom he played for another ten years. He has recorded over 38
albums under his own name and also played R&B and blues, recording
with Aretha Franklin, Stanley Turrentine, B. B. King, the Average
White Band, Jimmy McGriff, Natalie Cole, Eric Clapton, John Stein,
Hank Crawford, Aaron Neville, Queen Latifah, Richard Tee, Dr. John,
Cheryl Bentyne of The Manhattan Transfer and Doug Sahm (pancreatic
b. February 24th 1933
2010: Joe Ptacek (37) American
vocalist and founder member of the
death metal band Broken Hope. Formed in the Chicago area in 1988,
the band released five albums for Metal Blade Records before disbanding
in 2002. The band had recently been discussing reforming. (sadly
suicide, an apparent self inflicted gun shot)
2010: Nerlynn 'Lynn' Taitt (75) Jamaican
reggae guitarist, born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago; before
taking up the guitar aged 14, he got his start as a musician playing
in local steel drum bands. He formed his own band, which was booked
by Byron Lee to perform at the 1962 independence celebrations in Jamaica.
He decided to stay in Jamaica, living in Kingston, and played in a
number of bands including The Sheiks, The Cavaliers, The Comets and
The Jets, and worked with Baba Brooks, The Skatalites and Tommy McCook
and the Supersonics. Lynn Taitt and the Jets played on 100s of recording
sessions for Jamaican producers such as Bunny Lee, Duke Reid, Joe
Gibbs, Coxsone Dodd, and Sonia Pottinger, often performing up to five
sessions a day. Their recording of "Take It Easy" was one
of the first rocksteady singles and it reached number one in the Jamaican
singles chart. He emigrated to Toronto,
Canada in August 1968, to take up the position of arranger for the
house band at the West Indian Federated Club. He remained active as
a musician in Montreal, having recorded with such acts as The Kingpins
"Let's Go To Work" CD in 1999 as well as performing live
with the Montreal Ska All Stars and at the Montreal International
Jazz Festival in 2002 and the Fabulous LoLo sings Rocksteady in 2006.
was the subject of the 2006 documentary Lynn Taitt: Rocksteady
lost his battle with cancer) b. June 22nd 1934.
2012: Larry Butler (69)
American multi-musician and music
producer, born in Florida. At age ten he sang with Red Foley and before
he was old enough to drive he had hosted his own radio show and co-hosted
a live TV show in his market. He moved to Nashville and soon his unique
style of piano playing supported such hits as "Hello Darlin"
by Conway Twitty and "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro. He was
in high demand as a Nashville session player and backed up such as
Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn,
Dolly Parton, Bobby Goldsboro, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Lynn
Anderson and more. In
1973 he joined United Artists Records as head of the label's Nashville
division. His leadership and vision brought in such acts as Kenny
Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Dottie West and The Kendalls and established
the label as one of the most successful and respected in Nashville.
From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers.
Many of his albums with Rogers went gold or platinum and accumulated
many millions of sales around the world. These albums include Kenny
Rogers-1976, The Gambler-1978, Gideon-1980, I Prefer The Moonlight-1987
and If Only My Heart Had A Voice-1993. Larry also participated in
Rogers 2006 retrospective DVD The Journey. In 1984 Larry formed his
own music company, Larry Butler Music Group, Inc. where he produced
the likes of George Strait, Charlie Rich, Keith Whitley, Eddy Raven,
Billie Jo Spears, Kenny Rogers, Don McLean, John Denver and Vern Gosdin.
Larry is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer
of the Year (?) b.
March 26th 1942.
James/Jamesetta Hawkins (73) American
singer was born in Los Angeles, California, but due to her 14 year
old mother being often absent, Etta lived with a series of caregivers,
most notably 'Sarge' and 'Mama' Lu. She sang at the church from the
age of 5 and at home was beaten and forced by Sarge to sing in the
early hours at drunken poker games. In 1950 Mama Lu died, and Etta's
real mother took her to the Fillmore, in San Francisco. Within a couple
of years, Etta inspired by doo-wop, formed a girl group, called the
Creolettes. Johnny Otis took the group under his wing, helping them
sign to Modern Records and changing their name to the Peaches and
gave Etta her stage name, reversing Jamesetta into Etta James.Through
(Etta sadly died fighting Alzheimer's disease and leukemia)
b. January 25th 1938.
2014: Claudio Abbado (80) Italian
conductor, born in Milan and the son of the violinist and composer
Michelangelo Abbado. Claudio served as music director of the La Scala
opera house in Milan, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra,
principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, music
director of the Vienna State Opera and principal conductor of the
Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. He was made a Senator for life in the
Senate of Italy in 2013. Over his long career, he received many awards
including the Grand cross of the Légion d'honneur, Bundesverdienstkreuz,
Imperial Prize of Japan, Mahler Medal, Khytera Prize, and honorary
doctorates from the universities of Ferrara, Cambridge, Aberdeen and
Havana. In 1973, he won the Mozart Medal awarded by Mozartgemeinde
Wien, and the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 1994. He also received
the 1997 Grammy Award in the Best Small Ensemble Performance (with
or without conductor) category for "Hindemith: Kammermusik No.
1 With Finale 1921, Op. 24 No. 1" and the 2005 Grammy Award in
the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orch) category for
"Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3" performed by
Martha Argerich. In April 2012, Claudio was voted into the Gramophone
Hall of Fame and in May of the same year, he was awarded the conductor
prize at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards (sadly
died after a long illness) b. June 26th 1933.
1984: Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr.
(49) American soul singer born in Detroit; he grained fame
in his early years as a member of the R&B vocal group, The Dominoes,
before his solo career began with 1957's "Reet Petite," written
by the then-unknown Berry Gordy, Jr. and recorded on the Brunswick Records
label. His dynamic stage performances earned him the nickname "Mr.
Excitement" and his performance of "Lonely Teardrops" on
the Ed Sullivan Show is considered one of the show's classics. He recorded
over fifty hit singles in a repertoire that included R&B, pop, soul,
doo-wop and easy listening before lapsing into a coma following a collapse
on stage during a 1975 benefit concert. By the time of his death in 1984,
he had become one of the most influential soul artists of his generation.
two-time Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, Jackie was inducted to the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked
Jackie Wilson No.68 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
(He had been in care ever since suffering a heart
attack during a stage performance in 1975. His medical costs were paid
for by Elvis Presley and soul singer Al Green, was one of the very few
artists who regularly visited a bed-ridden Jackie) b.
Billy Tipton/Dorothy Lucille Tipton (74) American
jazz pianist, saxophonist and band leader who lived
as a man for nearly 50 years; she gradually gained success and recognition
as a musician when in 1936, as the leader of a band playing on KFXR. She
joined Louvenies Western Swingbillies, a band which played on KTOK
and at Brown's Tavern. In 1940 Billy was touring the Midwest playing at
dances with Scott Cameron's band. In 1941 she began a two and a half year
run performing at Joplin, Missouri's Cotton Club with George Meyer's band,
then toured for a time with Ross Carlyle, then played for two years in
Texas. The Billy Tipton Trio recorded 2 albums of jazz standards "Sweet
Georgia Brown" and "Billy Tipton Plays Hi-Fi on Piano",
both released in '57. Among the pieces performed were "Can't Help
Lovin' Dat Man", "Willow Weep for Me", "What'll I
Do", and "Don't Blame Me". In the 70s, his/her worsening
arthritis forced Billy to retire from music. (sadly
died from a hemorrhaging ulcer)
b. December 29th 1914.
1992: Champion Jack Dupree (82) New
Orleans blues & boogie pianist, a barrelhouse "professor".
His father was from the Belgian Congo, his mother was part African American
and Cherokee. He was orphaned at the age of 2 and sent to the New Orleans
Home for Colored Waifs,where he
taught himself piano and later apprenticed with Tuts Washington and Willie
Hall, whom he called his 'father' and from whom he learned "Junker's
Blues". He was also "spy boy" for the Yellow Pochahantas
tribe of Mardi Gras Indians and soon began playing in barrelhouses and
other drinking establishments. He began his life of travelling living
in Chicago, where he worked with Georgia Tom, and in Indianapolis, where
he met Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr. In Detroit he met Joe Louis,
who encouraged him to become a boxer. He fought in 107 bouts, winning
Golden Gloves and other championships and picking up the nickname 'Champion
Jack', which he used the rest of his life. He returned to Chicago at aged
30 and joined a circle of recording artists, including Big Bill Broonzy
and Tampa Red, who introduced him to the record producer Lester Melrose,
who claimed composer credit and publishing on many of Jack's songs. He
was a cook in the US Navy and spent two years as a Japanese prisoner of
war. He was accompanied on guitar by Larry Dale, on his best known album,
''Blues from the Gutter'' in 1959 whose playing inspired Brian Jones of
The Rolling Stones. He was also noted as a raconteur and transformed many
of his stories into songs. "Big Leg Emma's" takes its place
in the roots of rap music as the rhymed tale of a police raid on a barrelhouse.
His biggest commercial success was "Walkin' the Blues", which
led to several national tours, and to a European tour and him moving to
Europe in 1960, first settling in Switzerland and then Denmark, England,
Sweden and finally, Germany. During the 1970s and 1980s he lived at Ovenden,
near Halifax, England where a bronze plaque has been commissioned in his
memory.In later years Jack recorded with John Mayall, Mick Taylor and
Eric Clapton. He continued to record and tour in Europe with Axel Zwingenberger
and Louisiana Red, Kenn Lending Band, also made many live appearances
there, also still working as a cook specializing in New Orleans cuisine.
He returned to the United States from time to time and appeared at the
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (sadly
died in Hanover, Germany of cancer) b. July
4th 1910. NOTE:
Jack's birth date is disputed, given as July 4, 10, and 23, in the years
1908, 1909, or 1910.
Dennis Fuller (37) British singer and dancer of the German
pop duo London Boys and a former member of the Roxy Rollers rollerskating
disco act, who released a single called "I Need A Holiday" in
May '79. Dennis met Edem Ephraim while at school in Greenwich, and they
moved to Glinde near Hamburg in Germany in '81. They formed London Boys
with songwriter-record producer Ralf-René Maué in '86 as
a vehicle for Ralf-René's work. Their musical style was a mix of
soul and dance music or eurobeat dance music. Spinning on their heads
was combined with choreography acquired during their experience as Rollerblade
dancers prior to forming the duo. They released 5 albums, their debut
album The Twelve Commandments Of Dance, peaked at No.2 in the UK and their
most notable songs were "London Nights" and "Requiem".
In total they sold 4.5 million records. Dennis and Edem gave concerts
and appeared in clubs all over the world. London Boys' music is very optimistic
upbeat Eurodisco at its best. (Tragically
killed in a car crash while traveling in Austrian Alps on a dangerous
mountain road, in head-on collision with a drunken Swiss driver)
b. July 1st 1959.
1996: Edem Ephraim (37)
Jamacain singer and dancer of the German pop duo London Boys. Edem
met Dennis Fuller while at school in Greenwich, London, and the pair moved
to Glinde near Hamburg in Germany in 1981. They formed London Boys with
songwriter and record producer Ralf-René Maué in 1986 as
a showcase for Ralf-René's work. Their musical style was a mix
of soul and dance music or eurobeat dance music. Spinning on their heads
was combined with choreography acquired during their experience as Rollerblade
dancers prior to forming the duo. They released 5 albums, their debut
album The Twelve Commandments Of Dance, peaked at No.2 in the UK and most
notable singles were "London Nights" and "Requiem".
In total The London Boys sold 4.5 million records. The duo gave concerts
all over the world, London Boys' music is very optimistic upbeat Eurodisco
at its best. (Tragically killed in a car crash while
traveling in the Austrian Alps on a dangerous mountain road, and another
car was trying to pass at the opposite side of the road. The accident
was a head-on collision with a drunken Swiss. Edem's wife and a DJ friend
also died) b. June 19th
Tom Parker/Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk (87)
Dutch entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis
Presley, The "Colonel" displayed a ruthless devotion to his
client's interests and took far more than the traditional 10 percent of
his earnings, reaching up to 50 percent by the end of Elvis's life. For
many years he claimed to have been U.S. born, but it eventually emerged
that he was born in Breda, Netherlands to Dutch parents. In 1935 Tom married
27-year-old Marie Francis Mott, they struggled to survive through the
depression-era, working short-cons and traveling the country to seek work.
His involvement in the music industry began as a music promoter in 1938,
working with popular singer Gene Austin. Despite having sold in excess
of 86 million records since 1924, and with earnings exceeding $17 million,
Austin's career had hit a bad patch. He had wasted much of his fortune
on partying, cars, mansions, and women. Arnold fired Tom in 1953 due to
Parker's growing involvement with the singer Hank Snow. However, Tom remained
involved in many of Arnold's live tours, and demanded a buyout of $50,000
to settle their contract. In February of 1955, Elvis Presley agreed to
let The Colonel take some control of future bookings and promotions. Tom
and Snow worked together to promote Elvis, using their own Hank Snow Tour
to book him and tour him and on October 20th 1955, Tom Parker became Elvis
Presley's official manager. At Elvis's funeral Tom persuaded Presley's
father to sign over control of Presley's career in death to him. It wasn't
until the 80s after several court cases that The Elvis Trust took control
of the huge Elvis estate. (died
of a stroke, in Las Vegas, Nevada) b. June
1997: Irwin Levine (58) American songwriter
born in Newark; Irvine and Larry Brown together wrote over 40 songs, many
popular songs such as "I Can't Quit Her", "(Say, Has Anybody
Seen) My Sweet Gypsy Rose?", "Knock Three Times" and "Yellow
Ribbon", which according to the Guinness Book of Records, with over
2,000 recorded versions it is next to the Beatles' 'Yesterday' as the
most recorded popular song in history (sadly Irwin
died from kidney failure) b. March 23rd 1958.
1999: Charles Brown (76) American
blues singer and pianist born in Texas City, a rhythm and blues pioneer,
style dominated the Southern California club scene during the 40s and
50s, he influenced such performers as Floyd Dixon, Cecil Gant, Ivory Joe
Hunter, Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield and Johnny Ace. In 1944 Charles moved
to LA and was soon offered a spot in Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. On
February 1st 1946 Driftin Blues, by Johnny Moores
Three Blazers, enters the R&B chart. Written and sung by Charles the
song reached No.2 and remains on the R&B chart for half a year, a
significant milestone of the early postwar blues, it also received Cashbox
magazines award for R&B record of the year. This was the first
of a string of hits for thr Three Blazers. Charles
had his first solo hit in January 1949 with Get Yourself Another
Fool, it reaches No.4 on the R&B chart, quickly followed by
Trouble Blues which topped the charts for 15 weeks. His 1951
hit Black Night topped the R&B charts for 14 weeks. Over
a two-year period, Charles' two biggest hits occupied the No.1 spot for
a combined 29 weeks, a phenomenal feat. His last chart hit Please
Come Home for Christmas in Dec 1960, has been covered by dozens
of artists like many of his other songs. Charles recorded and toured throughout
his life; his last studio album So Goes Love, was released
in May 1998. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2 months
after his death, long time fan and friend Bonnie Raitt, a was his presenter
(died of congestive heart failure)
b. September 13th 1922.
2002: Peggy Lee/Norma
Deloris Egstrom (81)
American jazz singer and Oscar-nominated performer. She sang
with the likes of The Benny Goodman Band, and she became famous for her
singular voice, sexy, subtle, simultaneously smoky 'n' cool and her unique
jazz-inflected interpretations of popular tunesencompassing poetry,
jazz, chamber pop, art songs, and other genres. She also wrote music for
films, and dozens of songs for herself and other artists; the first song
she composed was "Little Fool", published in 1941, "What
More Can a Woman Do?" was recorded by Sarah Vaughan with Dizzy Gillespie
and Charlie Parker, "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)"
was no.1 for 9 weeks on the Billboard singles chart in 1948. Peggy was
nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance
for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given
the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a recipient of the state
of North Dakota's Roughrider Award; the Pied Piper Award from The American
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); the Presidents Award,
from the Songwriters Guild of America; the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement,
from the Society of Singers; and the Living Legacy Award, from the Women's
International Center. In 1999 she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall
of Fame (complications
from diabetes and cardiac disease)
b. May 26th 1920.
2005: Kaljo Raid (84)
Estonian composer, cellist and pastor born in Tallinn. He studied
composition at Tallinn Conservatory under Heino Eller. His Symphony No.
1 was performed in 1944, the year of his graduation. He studied theology
in Stockholm from 1945 to 1946 and then at the Andover Newton Theological
School in Massachusetts from 1946 to 1949. He taught music at Bethel College
in St. Paul, Minnesota, meeting Jacques Ibert and Darius Milhaud. In 1954
he moved to Canada and became the pastor of the Estonian Baptist Church
in Toronto; he continued in this capacity for 35 years. After retiring
in 1989 he devoted himself full-time to composition. Among his works are
four symphonies and an opera on the life of Polycarp of Smyrna, Fiery
Chariots in 1993. He also completed the first movement of Eduard Tubin's
unfinished Symphony No. 11.(?) b.
March 4th 1921.
South Korean singer and actress, after her debut as a singer, she used
the stage name U;Nee professionally until her death. She debuted as a
dance-pop singer, with upbeat songs such as her very first single "Go".
The track was then featured on her debut album, ''U;Nee Code'', released
on June 12, 2003. This was followed by a 2nd album, Call Call Call in
2005. Unfortunately U;Nee's image became associated with a scandal involving
Altantuya Shaaribuu, who was murdered in October 2006 (sadly
Heo committed suicide by hanging herself in her home in Seo-gu, Incheon,
b. May 3rd 1981.
2010: Paul Lewis Quarrington (56)
playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and musician, born in Toronto, and
studied at the University of Toronto. As
well as his (non musical) writing for TV, film and stage, Paul wrote his
early novels while working as the bass player for the group Joe Hall and
the Continental Drift. His most successful novel to date, Whale Music
was called "the greatest rock'n'roll novel ever written" by
Penthouse magazine. Musically... more recently Paul was also the singer/guitarist
for the blues-country group Porkbelly Futures. Their first CD, Way Past
Midnight was released in late 2005 and spent six months on the "Americana"
charts. Their second CD, Porkbelly Futures, was released in April of 2008.
It contains many self penned original compositions. (Sadly
passed after a battle with lung cancer)
b. July 22nd 1953.
Leon Villalba (21) British
guitarist and driving force with the London based heavy metal band
'After Death', which formed in 2005. (The
band was in Brazil on the tour supporting Masters on the Masters
of Hate Tour 2010 when Leon tragically drowned while swimming at
the beach in Atalaia, one of the most dangerous beaches in Brazil. Bandmate
Timothy tried to go to his aid, but he, too, was over whelmed by the force
of the waves) b. ????
2010: Timothy Kennelly (18)
British bassist with the London based heavy metal band
'After Death'. He joined the band only six months ago.
(The band was in Brazil on the Masters of
Hate Tour 2010. Tim is pressumed drowned while swimming at the beach
in Atalaia, one of the most dangerous beaches in Brazil. He went to the
aid of his drowning band mate, when tragically he too was overwhelmed
by the force of the waves, but his body is still missing) b. ????.
2012: Irena Jarocka (65)
Polish pop singer, born in Srebrna Góra
and emergrated to the USA in 1990;
in 1966 at 20 years old she debuted at Klub Rudy Kot in Gdansk, and first
participated in the Krajowy Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej in Opole. She went
on to record 12 albums and performed in concerts with Michel Sardou, Enrico
Macias, Charles Aznavour, and Mireille Mathieu. She has sung in concerts
within Poland and in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Italy,
Portugal, Luxembourg, Australia and France, and for Polish communities
in the USA and Canada. Irena has also appeared in several films and on
T.V. (?) b.
August 18th 1946.
2012: Gerre Hancock (77) American
organist, improviser, and composer born in Lubbock, Texas. He received
his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin and
his Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary in New
York, from which he later received the Unitas Distinguished Alumnus Award.
He served as Assistant Organist at Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church,
New York, Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church, now Christ Church
Cathedral, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Organist and Master of the Choristers
at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue from 1971 to 2004. Gerre was also
a Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at the University of Texas, Austin.
He is listed in Whos
Who in America, and in 2004 he was honored in a ceremony at Lambeth
Palace in London where he was presented the Medal of the Cross of St.
Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
(sadly Gerre died from a cardiac arrest)
b. February 21st 1934
2013: János Korössy (86)
jazz pianist and composer born in Cluj. He
was the first jazzman in Romania that fused elements of local folklore
and jazz, a genre called ethno jazz. In the 60s he enjoyed wide popularity
in the former Eastern Bloc, but left Romania in 1969, settling in the
U.S., in Atlanta; as a result, his name was erased from the history of
Romanian music. In 1975 János he was awarded the distinction of
"Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence" for outstanding
cultural merit in jazz music by President Jimmy Carter. In the US he performed
and recorded with many artists including Woody Herman, Phil Woods, Zoot
Sims, Lee Konitz,, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and Ray Brown. In 2006, the
Romanian Minister of Culture awarded him the Order of Merit in recognition
of promoting Romanian culture abroad and to highlight the folk music through
jazz and in December 2006, at the age of 80 years, he held a four-hour
concert at the Romanian Athenaeum
(?) b. December 26th 1926.
2014: Jan Manschot/Brekken Jan Schamp Shot (66)
Dutch drummer, percussionist and founding
member of the rock band Normaal, formed in Achterhoek in 1975. From their
appearence on the pop festival in Lochem, the group was successful and
became nationally known with their single "Oerend Hard". They
released thier début album Oerend hard in 1977 which was followed
by 27 studio albums and 5 live albums. In 1989 he left the group, but
still played at the annual "coffee concerts" with Normaal. Also
in 1989 he formed with, among others, Ferdi Jolij the group Boh Foi Toch.
(sadly Jan died from a brain tumor) b. September
1957: Claire Waldoff/Clara
Wortmann (72) German
singer, born in Gelsenkirchen. She became a famous cabaret singer and
entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s. After completing school,
she studied theatre, in 1903, she got her first theatre jobs in Bad Pyrmont
and in Kattowitz. In 1907, she went to Berlin, and began a life as a cabaret
singer. Rudolf Nelson gave her a job for the theatre Roland von Berlin
at the Potsdamer Straße. She had great success during the next years
in German cabaret. singing in the likes of the Scala and at the Wintergarten
in Berlin. Clara sang many cabaret songs in a German slang typical of
the city Berlin. She also sang together with Marlene Dietrich on stage.
Clara was also very popular on German radio, she had a repertoire of around
300 of her own songs
and has a star in Walk of Fame of Cabaret
(?) b. October 21st 1884.
1964: Marc Blitzstein (58) American composer, lyricist and
librettist, born in Philadelphia. He won national attention in 1937 when
his pro-union musical The Cradle Will Rock, directed by Orson Welles,
was shut down by the Works Progress Administration. He is known for The
Cradle Will Rock and for his Off-Broadway translation/adaptation of The
Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. His works also include
the opera Regina, an adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play The Little Foxes;
the Broadway musical Juno, based on Seán O'Casey's play Juno and
the Paycock; and No for an Answer. He completed translation/adaptations
of Brecht's and Weill's musical play 'Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'
and of Brecht's play 'Mother Courage and Her Children'. He also composed
music for films, such as Surf and Seaweed (1931) and The Spanish Earth
(1937) and he contributed two songs to the original 1960 production of
Hellman's play Toys in the Attic (During
a visit to Martinique, tragically he was murdered by 3 sailors he had
picked up in a bar, one of whom he was said to have propositioned) b.
1982: Tommy Tucker/Robert Higginbotham (48) American R&B
singer, pianist and songwriter best known for the 1964 hit "High
Heel Sneakers", followed by a second hit, "Long Tall Shorty".
co-wrote the song "My Girl (I Really Love Her So)" before leaving
music in the late 1960s, taking a position as a real estate agent in New
Jersey, he also did freelance writing for a local newspaper in East Orange,
N.J. writing of the plight and ignorance of black males in America and
the gullibility and exploitation of African Americans in general by the
white dominated media. Four of his albums selling in Europe and over the
Internet, through the Red Lightnin' record label
died when he was overcome by poisonous fumes while renovating the floors
of his New York home)
b. March 5th 1933.
1994: Rhett Forrester (37) American singer,
the lead singer of New York based band Riot from 1981 until 1984. After
Riot, he performed on Jack Starr's Out of the Darkness, and put out two
solo albums, "Gone With the Wind" and "Even the Score",
"Assume The Position", was the most famous song of his solo
Japan, at the beginning of the 80's, Burrn! magazine voted him the number
one vocalist of the year. During 1985, Rhett Forrester performed into
the Thrasher Project, singing the song "Bad Boys", on the album
"Burning At the Speed of Light". He also recorded one album
with the ex-Keel Brian Jay's band: Dogbone. The beginning of the 90's,
saw him playing with the Canadian band Black Symphony and with Alex Masi.
On June 22, 1996 Rhett Forrester was inducted into Atlanta's own Hard
Rock Cafe (He
was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia, after he refused to give up his
vehicle in an attempted carjacking) b.
September 22nd 1956.
1994: Aristotelis Telly Savalas (70)
American actor, singer; as well as his huge acting career, as a singer
Telly had some chart success. His spoken version of Bread's If produced
by Snuff Garrett was No.1 in Europe for 10 weeks in 1975 and his version
of Don Williams' Some Broken Hearts Never Mend topped the charts in 1980.
He worked with composer and producer John Cacavas on many albums, including
Telly in 1974 and Who Loves Ya, Baby in 1976. His version of "If",
was at No.1 in Europe for 10 weeks (prostrate cancer)
b. January 22nd 1994.
1997: Ron Holden (57) American singer
born in Seattle, Washington; he
was discovered by Larry Nelson, who had just left work as a police officer
to start his own record label. Ron then released the single "Love
You So", which became a hit in the U.S., peaking at No.11 on the
Black Singles chart and No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. He returned
to the charts in 1974 with "Can You Talk?"
(he died in Rosarito, Mexico)
1997: Billy Mackenzie (37) Scottish
singer born in Dundee. He led a nomadic life, New Zealand at 16, and travelling
across America at 17. In 1976 he was back in Scotland where he formed
the post-punk and new wave band Ascorbic Ones, changing the name to Associates
in 1979. Billy became well known for his operatic voice and theatrical
antics. They released thier debut album The Affectionate Punch in 1980.
This was followed by 7 more albums. The band split in 1990 and Billy released
the electronica-influenced solo album Outernational in 1992. Between 1987
and 1992 Billy had also worked with Swiss avant-garde outfit Yello, contributing
to 3 Yello albums One Second in 1987, he wrote
the lyrics of the song "The Rhythm Divine" performed by Shirley
Bassey on the album One Second, with himself singing backing vocals. Flag
in 1988 and Babyin 1991. He worked on many other collaborations including
albums with B.E.F., Stephen Emmer's Vogue Estate album, Annie Lennox:
duet on The Best Of You, and Holger Hiller's Oben Im Eck album to mention
a few (He
suffered from clinical depression, sadly he commited suicide, Billy overdosed
on prescription drugs after the death of his mother) b.
March 27th 1957.
1997: Wally Whyton (67) English multi-musician,
songwriter and radio and TV personality, born in London he learned to
play first the piano, then trombone, and finally guitar. In 1956, while
working in advertising, he formed the Vipers Skiffle Group, which became
the resident band at the 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho. After a number of hit
records produced by George Martin, including his song "Don't You
Rock Me Daddy-O", the group split up in 1960, and Wally moved into
television work. He went on to host Granada TV's Time For A Laugh and
from the 1960s to the 1990s he was a presenter on BBC Radio 2, mainly
fronting folk and country music programmes. One of these was "Hello
Folk" and another "Country Club" (?)
b. September 23rd
1997: Ron Holden (57) American pop
singer, born in Seattle, Washington and
was discovered by Larry Nelson, who had just left work as a police officer
to start his own record label. Ron then released the single "Love
You So", which became a hit in the U.S., peaking at No.11 on the
Black Singles chart and No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. He returned
to the charts in 1974 with "Can You Talk?" (died
in Mexico) b.
August 7th 1939.
2002: Henry "Hank"
Cosby (74) American saxophonist
in the famed Funk Brothers and
songwriter and record producer for Motown Records. Although he worked
with many of the label's artists, from The Supremes to The Temptations,
Hank is best known for helming many of Stevie Wonder's early hits, including
"My Cherie Amour", "I Was Made to Love Her", and "Uptight
(Everything's Alright)". He also co-wrote "Tears of a Clown",
a No.1 hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. (Sadly
died of complications from cardiac bypass surgery) b.
May 12th 1928.
2004: Billy May (87) American
composer and trumpeter; he wrote many TV and film themes including Batgirl
theme for 1966's Batman "Somewhere in the Night" - Naked City,
orchestrated Cocoon, and Cocoon: The Return among many others. He wrote
arrangements for many top singers, including Frank Sinatra, Nat "King"
Cole, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Ella Fitzgerald,
Jack Jones, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Hank played trumpet in various
the 1940s big-band era, he recorded such songs as "Measure for Measure",
"Long Tall Mama", and "Boom Shot", with Glenn Miller
and His Orchestra, and "The Wrong Idea", "Lumby",
and "Wings Over Manhattan" with Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra.
With his own band, he had a hit single, "Charmaine" and the
released an album, Sorta-May (sadly
died from heart failure)
b. November 10th 1916.
2005: Consuelo Velázquez (80 or 88)
Mexican concert pianist, songwriter
and recording artist. She
was the songwriter and lyricist of many Latin standard songs, such as
Amar y vivir, Verdad amarga, Franqueza, Que seas feliz, Cachito, Enamorada
and, most notably, the enduring 1940s-era standard 'Bésame mucho',
a romantic ballad which was soon recorded by artists around the globe,
making it an international hit. She began playing the piano at the age
of four, started her professional career as a classical music concert
pianist, performing at Palacio de Bellas Artes and XEQ Radio, but later
became a singer and recording artist. According to Consuelo
herself, she was strongly influenced by Spanish composer Enrique Granados
(respiratory problems) b.
August 21st 1916 .. According
to her obituary, she was 88 years old when she died. Most music resources,
however, list her birth date as August 29th 1924, in Ciudad Guzmán,
state of Jalisco, Mexico.
2006: Janette Carter (82) America
singer, autoharpist, folklorist; the
last living child of A.P. and Sara Carter of the Carter Family formed
in 1926, the "First Family of Country Music." They recorded
more than three hundred folk songs - songs in the public domain, which
later became known as Carter songs. She also championed the cause of traditional
American roots music into the 21st century (Parkinson's
disease) b. July 2nd 1923.
2009: Charles Cooper (31) American
musician, one half of the Chicago, Illinois-based duo electronic-music
group Telefon Tel Aviv, which he formed with his high school friend Joshua
Eustis, in 1999.
well as touring the world they have released 3 full length albums and
a compilation album of remixes. Their
first album was released in the autumn of 2001 to positive reviews. They
had just released their third full length album "Immolate Yourself"
January 20th 2009 (tragically died from an accidental
mix of sleeping pills and alcohol)
b. April 12th 1977.
2010: Robert "Squirrel" Lester (67)
American soul tenor
and a founder member of the Chicago based singing group The Chi-Lites.The
Chi-Lites began with the merging of two 1950s doo wop groups, Robert
"Squirrel" Lester, Eugene Record and Clarence Johnson from "The
Chanteurs", with Creadel "Red" Jones and Marshall Thompson
from "the Desideros". Originally known as the "Hi-Lites",
they became the Chi-Lites in 1964. Squirrel and the Chi-Lites went on
to have hits such as "Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)",
"(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People", "Have
You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl". Between 1972 and 1976 the
band had a number of UK Top 10 pop hit records, including "Have You
Seen Her", "Homely Girl", "Too Good To Be Forgotten",
"It's Time For Love", and "You Don't Have To Go".
They gradually became a regular on the oldies and soul circuit and were
inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 2000 and inducted into
the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 (cause of death
has yet to be released) b. August
Peaks (?) American
rapper, Apache was one of the three original rappers in Flavor Unit, a
crew of emcees and DJs from New York City and Northern New Jersey, along
with Queen Latifah and Latee as early group members. He appeared on hits
such as "Smooth
Yet Hard", "I Feel like Flowing", "Passin' the Mic".
The rap crew Flavour Unit later consisted of groups or rappers like Lakim
Shabazz, Lord Alibaski, Chill Rob G., Naughty By Nature, Freddie Foxxx,
Nikki D, and Rowdy Rahz. Apache's appearances included collaborations
with Naughty by Nature, Fat Joe, Tupac, and A Tribe Called Quest. He released
his debut album "Apache Ain't Shit" in 1993 which featured his
hit single "Gangsta Bitch" which peaked at #11 on Billboard's
Hot Rap Singles chart (sadly died after a protracted
2011: Bobby Poe (77) American
pop singer, songwriter and promoter, born in Vinita, Oklahoma. In the
mid-50s he formed Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats, who were also Wanda Jackson's
first Rock and Roll backing band. They toured with Wanda and also can
be found on her early Capitol Records recordings, including the Rockabilly
classic "Let's Have A Party". Bobby and Wanda, are members of
the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 1968, he switched gears and started several
music tip sheets for music industry insiders and radio stations. The most
successful tip sheet was Pop Music Survey, which grew significantly when
he began an annual music convention. After 25 successful conventions,
he retired in 1996 (Bobby
had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009, he was able to beat the
cancer, but grew steadily weaker during his recovery and suffered a fatal
b. April 13th 1933.
2012: Rita Gorr/Marguerite Geirnaert (85)
Belgian opera singer, she won first prize
at the vocal competition of Verviers in 1946, and made her professional
debut at Antwerp as Fricka in Die Walküre the same year. She became
a member of the Opera of Strasbourg, from 1949 to 1952. Rita won another
first prize at the vocal competition of Lausanne in 1952, which led to
her debut at the Opéra-Comique and the Paris Opéra that
same year. She made her dedebut at the Royal Opera House in 1959, La Scala
in 1960, the Metropolitan Opera on October 17th 1962 as Amneris. In four
seasons at the Met, she sang Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Eboli in
Don Carlos, Azucena in Il trovatore and Dalila (?)
b. February 18th 1926.
2014: Fred Bertelmann (88) German
singer and actor, born in Duisburg, at aged just 9 he became a chorister
and later studied cello, trumpet, guitar and singing. He fought in the
Wehrmacht in World War II, but then became a prisoner of war and was sent
to Alabama, where he first heard of swing music. After his return to Germany
he founded his own band and often performed in American GI clubs in Germany.
In 1950 he toured Sweden with Arne Hülphers and Zarah Leander. He
also worked as a solo singer of Schlager songs. In the 1950s and 1960s,
he also acted in movies as well as in stage plays. His most popular song
was his 1957 Der lachende Vagabund / Gamblers Guitar (sadly
Fred died from severe pneumonia) b. October 7th 1925.
2014: François Deguelt/Louis Deghelt (81)
French singer born in Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées and is best
known for his participation on behalf of Monaco in the Eurovision Song
Contests of 1960 with "Ce soir-là"/"That Night"
and in 1962 with "Dis rien"/"Say Nothing". Later successful
singles included "Le Ciel, le soleil et la mer", "Le printemps",
also "Minuit, le vent, la nuit" and "La libération"
both in 1968. He continued to tour and perform on the nostalgia circuit
until his death (?) b. December 4th
1548: Bernardo Pisano/Pagoli (57) Italian
composer, priest, singer, and scholar of the Renaissance. He was one of
the first madrigalists and the first composer anywhere to have a printed
collection of secular music devoted entirely to himself. In 1546 Pope
Paul III appointed him maestro di cappella of his private chapel, a position
which he held till his death (?) b.
October 12th 1490.
1973: Edward "Kid" Ory (86) American
jazz trombonist and bandleader, born in Woodland Plantation, Louisiana.
He had one of the best-known bands in New Orleans in the 1910s, hiring
many of the great jazz musicians of the city, including, cornetists Joe
"King" Oliver, Mutt Carey, and Louis Armstrong; and clarinetists
Johnny Dodds and Jimmie Noone. In 1919 he moved to Los Angeles where he
recorded with a band that included Mutt Carey, clarinetist and pianist
Dink Johnson, and string bassist Ed Garland. In 1925, he moved to Chicago,
where he was very active, working and recording with Louis Armstrong,
Jelly Roll Morton, Joe "King" Oliver, Johnny Dodds, and many
others. During the Great Depression he retired from music until 1943.
From 1944 to about 1961 he led one of the top New Orleans style bands
of the period. In addition to Mutt Carey and Ed Garland, trumpeters Alvin
Alcorn and Teddy Buckner; clarinetists Darnell Howard, Jimmie Noone, Albert
Nicholas, Barney Bigard, and George Probert; pianists Buster Wilson, Cedric
Haywood and Don Ewell; and drummer Minor Hall were among his sidemen during
this period. All but Probert, Buckner, and Ewell were originally from
New Orleans (he retired
from music in 1966 and spent his last years in Hawaii, dying in Honolulu)
b. December 25th 1886.
Robeson (77) American
bass-baritone concert singer, multi-lingual American actor, writer, footballer,
athlete, civil rights activist, Spingarn Medal winner, and Stalin peace
prize laureate. He also sang in and was conversant in more than 20 languages.
Born in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of an escaped slave, Paul was the
first major concert star to popularize the performance of Negro spirituals
and was the first black actor of the 20th century to portray Shakespeare's
Othello on Broadway. In 1915, he graduated with honors from Somerville
High School, where he excelled academically and participated in singing,
acting, and athletics. He went on to win a full academic scholarship to
Rutgers University. In the 1920s, Paul found fame as an actor and singing
star of both stage and radio with his bass voice and commanding presence.
His vocal instrument descended as low as C below the bass clef. He and
his accompanist and arranger Lawrence Brown were the first to bring spirituals
to the concert stage and their association that would last through four
decades. His rendition of Ol' Man River is widely considered the definitive
version of the song. He is also referenced with being one of the forerunners
of the civil rights movement, travelling to many parts of the world, he
was a popular figure in East Germany where he received an honorary doctorate
from Humboldt University in 1960 among other awards (died
of a stroke following complications from a severe cerebral vascular disorder)
b. April 9th 1898.
1977: Richard "Dick" Burnett (94)
fiddle player and folk songwriter from Monticello, Kentucky; he
lost his sight when he was shot in the face in 1907. He could not work
anymore so he took up music to feed his family. He allegedly wrote the
traditional American folk song, Man of Constant Sorrow, which was later
covered by Bob Dylan and featured in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou
as another version (?) b.
October 8th 1883.
1978: Terry Kath (31) American singer,
guitarist, born in chicago, he was a multi-instrumentalist who played
banjo, accordion, bass and drums, he played lead guitar in a band called
"Jimmy and the Gentlemen" during the mid-1960s. He played bass
in a road band called Jimmy Ford and The Executives. Kath's close friend,
Walter Parazaider, played in these bands as well, and they were together
in developing the band later to be called (Terry
accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning, what he believed to be
an unloaded gun)
b. January 31st 1946... READ
Vic Ames (52) American
singer with The Ames Brothers, along with his brothers Joe, Gene
and Ed, they notched
up 50 US chart entries including "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane",
"My Bonnie Lassie", "Tammy", "It Only Hurts for
a Little While", "Forever Darling", "Melodie D'Amour",
"You, You, You Are the One", "Can Anyone Explain?",
"Sentimental Me", and "Hawaiian War Chant". They were
inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 (sadly
died in a car accident)
b. May 20th 1925.
1981: Samuel Osborne Barber II (70) American
composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music born in West Chester,
Pennsylvania. His Adagio for Strings is his most popular composition and
widely considered a masterpiece of modern classical music. He was twice
awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, for his opera Vanessa and his Concerto
for Piano and Orchestra. His Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a work for soprano
and orchestra, was an acclaimed setting of prose by James Agee (died
of cancer) b. March
1990: Larkin Allen Collins Jr (37)
American guitarist he joined up with Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington,
along with Bob Burns and Larry Junstrom, so came the birth of Lynyrd Skynyrd
in the summer of 1964. Allen and lead singer Ronnie co-wrote many of the
biggest Skynyrd hits, including "Free Bird", "Gimme Three
Steps", and "That Smell". The band received national success
beginning in 1973 while opening for The Who on their Quadrophenia tour.
The Skynyrd plane crashed into a forest in Mississippi killing three band
members, including Ronnie. Allen was seriously injured in the crash, suffering
two broken vertebrae in his neck and severe damage to his right arm. While
amputation was recommended, his father refused and Allen eventually recovered.
During the early 80s, he continued to perform on stage in The Rossington-Collins
Band which enjoyed modest success, releasing two albums "Anytime,
Anyplace, Anywhere" and "This Is the Way". In 1980, his
wife suddenly died of a hemorrhage, Allen began a downward spiral, using
drugs and alcohol to assuage his grief. Missed concerts and conflicts
within the band resulted in disbanding in 1982, and the start of the Allen
Collins Band, which released one album, "Here, There & Back"
in 1983. The six band members were Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell and
bassist Leon Wilkeson, along with lead singer Jimmy Dougherty, drummer
Derek Hess, and guitarists Barry Lee Harwood and Randall Hall.
A 1986 drunk-driving
accident killed Allen's girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist
down, and with limited use of his arms and hands, he never play guitar
onstage again. All remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited to perform
in 1987, but due to his injuries Allen served as musical director (so
sadly died from chronic pneumonia, a complication of the paralysis)
b. July 19th 1952.
1993: Thomas A. Dorsey (93) American
singer known as "the father of black gospel music" and was at
one time so closely associated with the field that songs written in the
new style were sometimes known as "dorseys". Earlier in his
life he was a leading blues pianist known as Georgia Tom. He was the music
director at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago from 1932 until the late
1970s. His best known composition, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord",
was performed by Mahalia Jackson and was a favorite of the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr., and 1937's "Peace in the Valley", which was
a hit for Red Foley in 1951 and has been performed by dozens of other
artists, including Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker, Elvis Presley and
Johnny Cash. In
2002, the Library of Congress honored his 1973 album Precious Lord: New
Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey, by adding it to the
United States National Recording Registry (?)
b. July 1st 1899.
Raney (71) American
country music singer, harmonica player; born
in Wolf Bayou, Arkansas, after learning to play harmonica at an early
age, he moved to Piedras Negras, Mexico at age 13, where he played on
radio station XEPN. He met Lonnie Glosson, his longtime musical associate,
in 1936, they sold
millions of harmonicas through the mail and did much to establish the
harmonica as an instrument accessible and popular everywhere. His 1949
single, "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me", was a No.1 country
hit and also hit the Top 40 of the pop charts. Raney played the Grand
Ole Opry in 1953 and also worked on the California Hayride and the WWVA
Jamboree. Late in the 1950s he worked as a DJ, record producer, and label
owner, starting Rimrock Records (sadly lost his
fight with cancer) b. August 17th 1921.
Richard Berry (61) American
singer, composer, songwriter, best known
as the composer and original performer of the rock standard "Louie
Louie". He began singing and playing in local doo-wop groups, recording
with several of them including The Penguins, The Cadets and The Chimes,
before joining The Flairs, who also recorded as The Debonaires and The
Flamingoes in 1953. By the end of 1954, he left the Flairs to form his
own group, the Pharaohs, while also continuing to work with other groups
as a singer and songwriter. One of these was a Latin and R&B group,
Rick Rillera and The Rhythm Rockers. In 1955, he was inspired to write
a new calypso-style song, "Louie Louie", based on The Rhythm
Rockers version of René Touzet's "El Loco Cha Cha" and
also influenced by Chuck Berry's "Havana Moon". In 1986 and
again in 1993, he finally received substantial financial benefits for
writing the song. In February 1996, he performed for the final time, with
The Pharaohs and The Dreamers for a benefit concert in Long Beach, California
(heart failure) b. April 11th 1935.
1998: Johnny Funches (62) US soul
singer, lead tenor with the Dells.
The Dells grew up in Harvey, Illinois and began singing together while
attending Thornton Township High School. Forming in 1952 under the name
the El-Rays, the group initially consisted of
himself Johnny, Marvin
Junior, Mickey McGill, Lucius McGill, Verne Allison, and Chuck Barksdale.
Two years later, Lucius left in 1954 and they released a doo-wop single,
"Darling I Know". In
1955, the group renamed themselves the Dells and signed with Vee-Jay Records
and 1956, they recorded their first hit, "Oh What a Night" co-written
by Johnny Funches, who also sang lead on the recording. It peaked at the
top five of the R&B singles chart and sold over one million copies,
and was awarded a gold disc. In 1958, a car accident threatened to derail
the group with McGill nearly losing his leg in the accident. The group
agreed to split up to bide time as McGill recovered. Johnny left the group
permantly. In 2004, Johnny along with the group was inducted to both the
Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
b. July 18th 1935.
Thompson (39) Jamaican
singer, musician and songwriter with the reggae band the Royal Rasses,
and a member of the Rastafari movement. He was born in Jonestown, he was
noted for his high falsetto singing voice, very different from his spoken
voice. He began his recording career as a harmony singer along with Cedric
Myton of The Congos in 1967 in a band called The Tartans who then split
up in 1969. In 1971 he was taken on by Coxsone Dodd, and recorded 3 songs
with him at Studio One called Daughters of Zion, True Experience and Live
up to your name. In 1974 he recorded the Humanity album with Cedric Myton,
Clinton Hall and Keith Peterkin, and set up the God Sent label in order
to sell it. He had two hit singles with Love the way it should be and
Kingston 11. (sadly died of cancer while in London,
UK) b. June 18th 1949.
2003: Nell Carter (54) American singer
and actress born in Birmingham, Alabama; she appeared alongside Bette
Davis in the '74 stage musical Miss Moffat, based on Davis' earlier film
The Corn Is Green, then broke into stardom in the musical Ain't Misbehavin,
for which she won a Tony Award in '78. She also won an Emmy for the same
role in a televised performance in 1982. Additional Broadway credits included
Dude and Annie. She also took a role on TV's The Misadventures of Sheriff
Lobo, before landing the role as housekeeper Nell Harper on the sitcom
Gimme a Break!, for which she earned Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations
(having survived two brain aneurysms, Nell died from heart disease complicated
by diabetes) b.
September 13th 1948.
2005: Johnny Carson (79)
American TV host and comedian, known as host of The Tonight Show
Starring Johnny Carson for 30 years, 19621992. He received 6 Emmy
Awards including the Governor Award and a 1985 Peabody Award; he was inducted
into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987. He was awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom in 1992, and received Kennedy Center Honors in 1993.
his show was already hugely successful by the end of the 1960s, it was
during the 1970s that he became an American icon and the "best guest"
in American homes up until his retirement in 1992. He adopted a casual,
conversational approach with extensive interaction with guests, an approach
pioneered by Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen and Jack Parr. Paul Anka wrote
the theme song, "Johnny's Theme", a reworking of his "Toot
Sweet", given lyrics, renamed "It's Really Love," and recorded
by Annette Funicello in 1959. Before taking over the Tonight Show, Johnny
wrote lyrics for the song and thus claimed 50 per cent of the song's performance
royalties, even though the lyrics were never used. Emmure wrote a song
named "Johnny Carson Didn't have to die". The 2005 film The
Aristocrats was dedicated to Johnny, as well as The Simpsons episode Mommie
Beerest. (Johnny sadly died at Cedars-Sinai Medical
Centre in Los Angeles, of respiratory failure arising from emphysema)
Earl Wild (94)
American classical pianist, child and studied under Selmar Janson, Simon
Barere and Egon Petri, among others. As a teenager, he started making
transcriptions of romantic music and composition. He
was the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television, in 1939,
as staff pianist for NBC. Earl was also the first pianist to stream a
performance over the Internet in 1997. In 1942, Arturo Toscanini invited
him for a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the first for orchestra
and soloist, which was a resounding success and made him a household name.
He is renowned for his virtuoso recitals and master classes held around
the world, from Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo to Argentina, England and throughout
the United States. (sadly died of congestive heart
disease) b. November 26th 1915.
2012: Stig Vig/Per Odeltorp (63) Swedish
bassist, singer and composer, born in Constance, best known as the frontman
and bass player in the trans-continental rock reggae band Dag Vag. He
was also part of the musical theater group, Flower Power (?)
b. November 19th 1948.
2014: Riziero Ortolani
film composer, born in Pesaro;
in the early 50s he was the founder of a well known Italian jazz band.
He wrote his first score for Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti's pseudo-documentary
Mondo Cane, whose main title-song More earned him a Grammy and was also
nominated for an Oscar as Best Song. The success of the soundtrack of
Mondo Cane led him to score films in England and the United States such
as The 7th Dawn-1964, The Yellow Rolls-Royce-1964, The Glory Guys-1965,
The Spy with a Cold Nose-1966 and O Cangaceiro -1970. Riz scored all or
parts of over 200 films, including German westerns like Apache's Last
Battle and a long series of Italian giallos, spaghetti westerns, Eurospy
films, Exploitation films and mondo films. Notable films include Il Sorpasso;
Io ho paura; Castle of Blood; Anzio; The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom; Sette
orchidee macchiate di rosso; Africa Addio; Addio Zio Tom; House on the
Edge of the Park; Cannibal Holocaust; Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969;
Kill Bill: Vol. 1; Kill Bill: Vol. 2; Drive; and Django Unchained. In
2013 Riz was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack
Academy (?) b. March
Gene Austin (71)US
singer, songwriter who is considered to have been the first "crooner",
best-known for his "My Blue Heaven," one of the most popular
records of all time. In 1978, he was posthumously awarded a Grammy Hall
of Fame Award for his 1928 recording of "Bye, Bye, Blackbird",
which has long been considered recorded music's definitive rendition of
that song, and in
2005, he was nominated and admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame (lung
b. June 24th 1900
1960: Edwin Fischer (73)
Swiss pianist and conductor born in Basel, he was one of the great pianists
of the 20th century particularly in the traditional Germanic repertoire
of such composers as Schubert, Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. He was aslo
one of the finest piano teachers of modern times. His last musical collaboration
was with the violinist Gioconda de Vito. During their recording sessions
for the Brahms violin sonatas Nos.1 and 3, he had to go to London for
medical treatment; there, he was told that he was seriously ill
(?) b. October 6th 1886.
1963: Otto Harbach/Otto Abels Hauerbach (89)
American lyricist and librettist of about 50 musical comedies. Some of
his more famous lyrics are for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Yesterdays",
"Indian Love Call," "Cuddle Up a Little Closer," "One
Alone," "The Night Was Made For Love," "I Won't Dance"
and "She Didn't Say Yes".
collaborated as lyricist or librettist with Karl Hoschna, Rudolf Friml,
Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, Louis Hirsch, Herbert Stothart, Vincent
Youmans, George Gershwin, and Sigmund Romberg. He was a charter member
of ASCAP in 1914, serving as its director from 1920 to 1963, vice president
from 1936 to 1940, and finally president from 1950 to 1953 (?)
b. August 18th 1873.
1970: James Sheppard (35)
American singer with Shep & The Limelites; he started out as
the lead singer of the musical group, 'The Heartbeats' formed in 1958
known for there hits such as, 'Darling How Long,' 'A Thousand Miles Away,
and 'Crazy For You'. After the band's break-up James met up with old friends,
Clarence Bassett and Charles Baskerville. The three men decided to start
a new group and called themselves, 'Shep & The Limelights'. They recorded
the original version of "Daddy's Home" on February 1st 1961.
"Daddy's Home" reached no. 2 on the Billboard pop chart in May
and was covered by Jermaine Jackson-1972, Toots and the Maytals-1973,
and Junior English. Later songs included "What Did Daddy Do",
"Ready For Your Love" and "Our Anniversary". James
re-formed the Limelites in the late '60s (James
was found dead in his car on the Long Island Expressway, having been brutally
beaten to death and robbed) b. September
1986: Gordon MacRae (64) American
actor and singer, best known for his appearances in the Rodgers and Hammerstein
musicals, 1955's Oklahoma! and Carousel in 1956. Born in East Orange,
New Jersey, he made his Broadway debut in the mid-1940s, and appeared
in his first film, The Big Punch in 1948. In the 1960's Gordon appeared
frequently on television, on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show and
The Bell Telephone Hour. In the late 1960s he co-hosted for a week on
The Mike Douglas Show. He also toured in summer stock and appeared in
nightclubs. In 1967, he replaced Robert Preston in the original Broadway
run of the musical I Do! I Do!. (sadly died of cancer
of the mouth and jaw) b. March
1992: Ken Darby (82)
award winning composer, arranger and conductor; his choral group, The
Ken Darby Singers, sang backup for Bing Crosby on the original 1942 Decca
Records studio recording of "White Christmas". He
also performed as part of a vocal quartet, "The King's Men",
who recorded several songs with Paul Whiteman's orchestra in the mid-'30s,
and were the featured vocalists on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio program
from 1940 through 1953. They also participated on the soundtracks of several
MGM films, including The Wizard Of Oz and occasional Tom and Jerry cartoons.
He was a composer and production supervisor for Walt Disney Studios, and
was choral and vocal director on the 1946 Disney film classic, Song of
the South. Ken was also Marilyn Monroe's vocal coach for Gentlemen Prefer
Blondes in '53 and There's No Business Like Show Business in '54 and was
the principal composer of the 1956 Elvis Presley hit "Love Me Tender"
(?) b. May 13th 1909
1995: David Cole (37)
US record producer and was one half of dance group C+C Music Factory,
also known as Clivillés + Cole, a group he founded with musical
partner Robert Clivillés. David
and Robert also produced various hits for other artists such as Mariah
Carey, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Deborah Cooper,
and many others. The duo were also responsible for the formation of pop
group Seduction, for whom they wrote and produced a string of Top-10 hits,
and resuscitated the career of former Weather Girls vocalist Martha Wash.
His death in 1995 inspired the song "One Sweet Day" by Mariah
Carey and Boyz II Men (tragically David died from
b. June 3rd 1962.
2003: Cyril James Touff
(75) American jazz bass trumpeter,
born on in Chicago; He started on piano at age 6 and went on to play xylophone
and saxophone before settling on trumpet. He was one of the few jazz musicians
known as a bass trumpeter. He was also associated with West coast jazz
even though he spent most of his life in Chicago. He
served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946 and in the military he played
trombone. After the war he switched to bass trumpet and worked with Woody
Herman and Sandy Mosse among others. He and Mosse co-led an octet called
Pieces of Eight late in the 1950s into the next decade (?)
March 4th 1927
June Bronhill OBE/June Mary Gough (75) Australian
soprano opera singer. She trained in London and gained early exposure
with the Sadler's Wells company in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. She
also sang leading roles in Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Baron, Menotti's
The Telephone, Flotow's Martha and Hänsel und Gretel among many other
roles with the Sadler's Wells. In 1964 June appeared as Elizabeth in the
musical Robert and Elizabeth at the London Lyric Theatre, a show she later
took to Australia. She also appeared in England in tours of two Ivor Novello
musicals, Glamorous Night & The Dancing Years, the latter playing
a season at the Saville Theatre in London. She also appeared as the Mother
Abbess in the 1981 London revival of The Sound of Music at the Apollo
Victoria Theatre. She was perhaps best known for title role of "Hanna
Glawari" in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, which she sang
with the Sadler's Wells Opera. She was well known in the London West End
theatres as well as on the opera stage
died in her sleep at a Sydney nursing home) b.
June 26th 1929.
2009: Gérard Blanc (61) French
singer and guitarist; He began to sing in the 1970s with the band Martin
Circus. Then in the 1980s, he participated in the production of Princess
Stephanie of Monaco's first album, and started a solo career. He has released
6 albums including a "Best of ..." in 2008 and charted four
singles in France, including "Du soleil dans la nuit" his No.2
hit "Une Autre Histoire". He also went on stage at the Olympia
on March 20th 2008 (?) b.
December 8th 1947.
James (39) American
guitarist and vocalist; he was lead guitarist with the shock rock band
Lizzy Borden from 1989 to 1995; he appeared on a couple of albums and
in 2 Lizzy Borden videos We got the power and Love
is a crime as well as performing on the Master of Disguise tour.
He moved to Nashville after the touring days ended (died in a car accident,
after the car he was a passenger in ploughed across three lanes on the
Interstate 40 motorway and smashed into a concrete wall. The driver, confessed
to driving under the influence at the scene of the crime and has been
charged with vehicular homicide) b. ??
2009: Gérard Blanc (61) French
singer and guitarist; he began to sing in the 1970s with the band Martin
Circus. Then in the 1980s, he participated in the production of Princess
Stephanie of Monaco's first album, and started a solo career. He charted
four singles in France, including "Du soleil dans la nuit" and
particularly the summer No.2 hit "Une Autre Histoire" in 1987.
He went on stage at the Olympia on March 20th 2008 (?)
b. December 8th 1947.
2011: Bhimsen Joshi (88) Indian
vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition. A member of the Kirana
Gharana, he is renowned for the khayal form of singing, as well as for
his popular renditions of devotional music, bhajans and abhangs. He was
the most recent recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian
honour, awarded in 2008. Over the years, his repertoire tended to favor
a relatively small number of complex and serious ragas; however, he remaindd
one of the most prolific exponents of Hindustani classical music. Some
of Joshi's more popular ragas include Shuddha Kalyan, Miyan Ki Todi, Puriya
Dhanashri, Multani, Bhimpalas, Darbari, and Ramkali. He was considered
a purist and has not dabbled in experimental forms of music, except for
a well-known series of Jugalbandi recordings with the Carnatic signer
M. Balamuralikrishna (died due to complicaions
with gastrointestinal bleeding and bilateral pneumonia) b. February
2011: Audun Tylden (62) Norwegian
music executive and record producer, born in Voss and grew up in Trondheim.
He was employed as a recording head of PolyGram in 1970 , and later became
Chief of the Norwegian branch of the same selsap. In 1981 he founded the
Norwegian label Hit Factory, together with Jan Paulsen, Tom Hovde and
John Selvær. which was sold to Polygram, then to Universal Music
in 1990. He continued in company until 1992 , then together with Tom Hovde,
1992 he started the label Tylden & Co..
where he was general manager until he died in 2011. Audun
worked closely with Norwegian artists Øystein Sunde, Lille Bjørn
Nilsen, Olav Stedje, Bob Marley, Vazelina Bilophøggers, Marius
Muller, DDE, Ketil Bjørnstad, Lava, Odd Børretzen, Lars
Martin Myhre and many more. He was awarded the Bjellesau price from Fono
in 2004 "for 30 years on the barricades for Norwegian music and Norwegian
artists" and an industry award at the Grammy Award for 2008 . In
February 2009 he was awarded the King's Medal of Merit in Gold, also for
his great contribution to music with Norwegian subtitles
died of heart failure) b. October 29th 1948
2011: Francisco Mata (78) Venezuelan
folk singer and composer born in Juan Griego and learned to play the cuatro
and guitar at a very young age . He made his professional
debut in 1945, appearing at the Beneficient
society of Juan Griego. In 1960, he joined the Guaiquerí group,
with which he traveled to Caracas to record his first album, Cantos Margariteños.
While he was with the group, they created the well-known sub-genre Motivo
Guaiquerí. His extraordinary musical talent has served to compose
in genres like: eastern gaitas, fulías,
polos, malagueñas, sabanablancas,
puntos, jotas, galerones, zumbaquezumba, lololós, gaitones and
estribillos, among others, as well as joropos, waltzes, merengues, boleros
and pasodobles (?)
b. July 24th 1932.
Barrie Lee Hall Jr (61) American jazz
trumpeter, music director and band leader of the Duke Ellington Small
Band, and was highly regarded for his use of the plunger mute to affect
the tone of his trumpet. Born in Mansfield, Louisiana, studied piano and
trumpet and won soloist awards in big-band competitions. He joined the
Duke Ellington Orchestra June 8th 1973. When "The Duke" died
the following year, Barrie continued to play with the band under the direction
of Duke's son, Mercer Ellington. When Mercer Ellington died in 1996, he
conducted the Duke Ellington Orchestra for one year after and remained
the replacement director when Paul Ellington was unable to perform. During
his time with Mercer, Barrie was given Cootie Williams' last trumpet by
Williams himself before he died, and was known as the inheritor of Cootie's
style of playing (?) b. June 30th
2012: Patricia Neway (92) American
operatic soprano and musical theatre actress born in Brooklyn; she had
an active international career during the mid-1940s through the 1970s.
One of the few performers of her day to enjoy equal success on both the
opera and musical theatre stages, she was a regular performer on both
Broadway and at the New York City Opera during the 1950s and 1960s. She
is particularly remembered for creating roles in the world premieres of
several contemporary American operas, most notably Magda Sorel in Gian
Carlo Menotti's The Consul. On Broadway she won a Tony Award for her portrayal
of the Mother Abbess in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's
The Sound of Music (?) b.
September 30th 1919.
1970: Jane Bathori/Jeanne-Marie Berthier (92) French
mezzo-soprano; in the early 1900s she began studying with Pierre-Emile
Engel, whom she married in 1908. In 1917, she became the director of the
Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier. After the war she sang at La
Scala and in other major centres across Europe. During the time of Les
Six in the early 1920s she played a large role in the propagation of the
new music of this period especially by some of the members of the famous
Les Six. On January 31, 1920 she gave the first performance of Louis Durey's
Printemps au fond de la mer. She would give the first performances of
many works by other contemporary French composers. In
the 1930s she sang in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
During the German occupation of France during World War II she would make
Buenos Aires her home. After her return to France she taught and coached
a number of young singers, working closely with Irène Joachim
b. June 14th 1877.
1976: Chris Kenner (46) American singer, songwriter,
born in Kenner, upriver from New Orleans. He sang gospel music with his
church choir, and moved to New Orleans in his teens. He
made his first recordings in '55 without
success; then in 1957 recorded his "Sick and Tired", before
his self-penned "I Like it Like That" and "Life Is Just
a Struggle," both were notable songs from this period. He
spent much of the latter part
of his life with an extreme drink problem spending much of his time passed
out in flophouses or curled up on a bench at the downtown bus station
and in 1968 he was convicted of statutory rape of a minor and he spent
three years in Louisiana's Angola prison. (died
from a heart attack) b. December 25th 1907.
1986: Albert Grossman (59) American manager
born in Chicago, most famous as the manager of Bob Dylan between 1962
and '70. In 1961, he put together Mary Travers, Noel Stookey, and Peter
Yarrow as the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, who quickly achieved success
when their first album, Peter, Paul and Mary. His client list also included
Odetta, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Lee Hooker, Ian and Sylvia, Phil Ochs,
Gordon Lightfoot, Richie Havens, The Pozo Seco Singers, Todd Rundgren,
The Band, the Electric Flag, Jesse Winchester, and Janis Joplin (sadly
died of a heart attack while flying on Concorde to London)
b. May 21st 1926.
1983: Lamar Williams (36) American
bassist born Gulfport, Mississippi, most known for his work with The Allman
Brothers Band and Sea Level. by the 1960s he was playing bass in a soul
music band known as Sounds of Soul with Jai Johanny Johanson. In 1970
after serving in the Vietnam War he played with the Fungus Blues Band,
before joining the Allman Brothers Band in late 1972.
played in the band at the peak of their commercial success. After the
Allmans dissolved in 1976, Williams founded Sea Level with Jaimoe and
Chuck Leavell of the Allmans. In Sea Level he played in a looser, more
jazz-like fashion. Williams left Sea Level in 1980, shortly before that
band broke up (sadly
lost his battle with cancer)
b. January 14th 1949.
1996: Jonathan Larson (35)
American composer and playwright noted for the serious
social issues of addiction, multiculturalism,
and homophobia explored in his work. Typical examples of his use of these
themes are found in his works, Rent and tick, tick... BOOM!. He received
three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama
for the rock opera Rent (sadly
Jonathan died of an aortic dissection, believed to have been caused by
Marfan syndrome) b. February 4th 1960.
1999: Robert Shaw (82)
American conductor in Red Bluff, California.
In 1941, he founded the Collegiate Chorale, a group notable in its day
for its racial integration. He is most famous for his work with his namesake
Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra and Chorus. He received 14 Grammy awards, four ASCAP awards
for service to contemporary music, the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever
awarded to a conductor, the Alice M. Ditson Conductor's Award for Service
to American Music; the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions
to music in America, the Gold Baton Award of the American Symphony Orchestra
League for "distinguished service to music and the arts, the American
National Medal of Arts, France's Officier des Arts et des Lettres, England's
Gramophone Award, and was a 1991 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors
died in New Haven, Connecticut following a stroke)
b. April 30th 1916.
Ray Peterson (69)
as a youngster he overcame polio and his 4.5-octave singing voice made
him a Golden Voice of Rock and Roll. In 1959 he recorded "The Wonder
of You" which made it into the Billboard Top 30, a song later recorded
by Elvis Presley with whom he became close friends. In
1960, he created his own label with his manager Stan Shulman, Dunes Records,
he scored a Top 10 hit with "Tell Laura I Love Her", followed
by "Corrina, Corrina" and "I Could Have Loved You So Well".
His last charting hit was "Missing You". By the mid 1960s he
had become something of a phenomenon on the west coast of the United States,
appearing live in numerous rock concerts with Paul McCartney lookalike,
Keith Allison. In and from the 70's he became a Baptist Church minister
and occasionally played the oldies music circuit. (sadly
die of cancer)
b. April 23rd 1935.
2008: Evelyn Barbirolli/Evelyn Rothwell (97)
English oboist born in Wallingford-on-Thames,
and studied the oboe there with Léon Goossens the Royal College
of Music, where she also learned the piano as a second instrument, and
played the cello and the timpani. She rose to fame at a time when there
were very few women in orchestras except for harpists. She started her
professional career by deputising for Léon Goossens in the Drury
Lane Orchestra and was soon appointed second oboe with the Royal Opera
House touring company, which was conducted by John Barbirolli. Barbirolli
was married, although the marriage was not to last. Barbirolli was then
made conductor of the Scottish Orchestra, now the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra. He appointed Evelyn as first oboe in the orchestra. He arranged
several works for oboe and orchestra for her, including a concerto by
Handel. Several composers dedicated works to her, including Arnold Cooke,
Stephen Dodgson, Arthur Benjamin, Edmund Rubbra and Elizabeth Maconchy
b. January 24th 1911.
2010: Orlando Cole (101) American
classical cellist and educator. Born
in Philadelphia, he entered the first class of the Curtis Institute of
Music in 1924 as a pupil and graduated in 1934. Along with Jascha Brodsky,
Charles Jaffe, and Max Aronoff, he was a founding member of what was then
known as the Swastika Quartet, in 1927. They soon changed the bands name
to the Curtis Quartet with permission of the school's founder, Mary Louise
Curtis. The Curtis Quartet was a pioneer in its time, and acclaimed as
the premier string quartet in America during the prewar years and the
first American quartet to tour Europe, including a command performance
before Mary of Teck, Queen Consort of George V of the United Kingdom.
They disbanded in 1981. Orlando taught at the Curtis Institute of Music
for seventy-five years, first as Salmond's assistant while still a student
and then succeeding his own teacher, he retired from the Curtis Institute
2008. He also held master-classes all over
the world and helped to found the Encore School for Strings in Hudson,
Ohio, along with David Cerone (?)
b. August 16th 1908.
2010: Jane Jarvis (94) American
jazz pianist and organist, born in Vincennes, Indiana, was recognized
as a piano prodigy at the age of five. Her family moved to Gary, and Jane
was hired to play the piano at radio station WJKS in Gary in 1927. By
1954, Jarvis was on television at station WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, hosting
a show called "Jivin' with Jarvis" while serving as staff pianist
and organist. The Milwaukee Braves had just relocated from Boston and
invited her to be the organist at Milwaukee County Stadium. She stayed
with them for 8 seasons before heading to New York. In 1964 - 1979, she
was hired by the New York Mets to play the organ at Shea Stadium. She
is remembered at Shea for playing the Mets's theme song, "Meet the
Mets", as the team took the field before every game, as well as for
her renditions of the Mexican Hat Dance during the seventh-inning stretch.
Jane also had a day job with the Muzak Corporation, Muzak
was synonymous with soothing background sounds piped into elevators when
Ms. Jarvis was hired for a clerical job there in 1963. She worked her
way up to vice president in charge of programming and recording; when
she began supervising sessions, she hired Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry
and other jazz musicians. The result was canned music considerably more
swinging than the Muzak norm, much of which the musicians, including Jane,
composed themselves. She became a fixture at New York nightclubs, frequently
playing alongside bassist Milt Hinton and became a founding member of
the Statesmen of Jazz, a group of jazz musicians age 65 and older (Jane
spent the final years at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood,
New Jersey) b. October 31st 1915.
2012: Paavo Berglund (82)
Finnish conductor born in Helsinki, and studied
the violin as a child, and by 18 was playing in restaurants. He joined
the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in '49, unique among the others,
he was left-handed. His conducting career also began in '49, founding
his own chamber orchestra. In 1953, Berglund co-founded the Helsinki Chamber
Orchestra. He became music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
in '75 and held the post for 4 seasons. In the UK, he led Sibelius centenary
concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1965, and became their
principal conductor in 1972-79. Berglund led the Bournemouth Orchestra
with distinction between '72-79. He made his New York debut
in '78 with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall, in a
concert of Shostakovich and Sibelius. From the 90s he become a regular
guest conductor in the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra
(?) b. April 14th 1929.
2012: Mark Reale (56) American
heavy metal guitarist born in Brooklyn, New York and best known for being
the only constant original member in the metal band Riot. Mark formed
1975 along with drummer Peter Bitelli. The
band has recorded 15 albums, debuting with Rock City in 1977. He was principal
songwriter for the band and they have toured with Sammy
Hagar, AC/DC, Molly Hatchet, Kiss, Vandenberg
and Black Sabbath among others. After Riot's temporary breakup following
the "Born In America" in 1983, Mark formed the short-lived outfit
named Narita, the band recorded a sole demo before disbanding. Mark re-activate
Riot which led to a new record deal with CBS Records and the Thundersteel
album in 1988. As well as Riot, in 1998, Mark
co-founded the group Westworld with vocalist
Tony Harnell of TNT fame. Westworld released three studio albums and one
live disc between 1999 and 2002. Mark's final album with Riot was
"Immortal Soul" in October 2011
(Mark sadly died of complications related to Crohn's disease) b.
June 7th 1955.
2012: Dick Kniss (74) American
bassist, born in Portland, Oregon; he was an original member of Denver's
playing with the band for almost eight years and appeared on such hits
as "Back Home Again",
"Annie's Song," "I'm Sorry" and "Thank God I'm
A Country Boy" and Dick co-wrote the hits "Sunshine on My Shoulders"
and "The Season Suite". Dick performed for 45 years with the
folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary affectionally known on stage as the fourth
member of the band. Over his long career
Dick also played with many jazz greats including Herbie Hancock, Donald
Byrd, Pepper Adams, Zoot Sims, Don Friedman, Teddy Charles, Sal Salvador
and Woody Herman (sadly
Dick died with pulmonary disease) b. April 24th 1937.
2013: Aase Nordmo Løvberg (89)
Norwegian opera soprano born in Målselv,
Troms, and made her professional début in Oslo in 1948. In the
period 1952 to 1970 she lived in Stockholm, interrupted by a stay at the
Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She
was a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music and head of the Norwegian
Opera. She also was a Commander of the Order of St. Olav, and won a Gammleng
prize in the veteran class in 2000. She lived her last years in Lillehammer,
(?) b. June 10th 1923.
2014: Arthur Doyle (69) American
jazz saxophonist, flutist, zanzithophonist and vocalist born in Birmingham
AL. While studying Music Education at Tennessee State University, he built
a circle of contacts in the Nashville music scene, playing with Louis
Smith and Walter Miller. Following stints in Detroit, playing in Charles
Moore's big band and back home in Alabama
with R&B outfit Johnny Jones & the King Casuals, Arthur left for
New York at the age of 23. He performed in a style he called "free
he combined the liberated freedom flights of the avant-garde with the
gritty, gut-wrenching emotion of gospel and R&B. As a leader he debuted
with the album "Alabama Feeling" in 1978, which was followed
by a further more 24 albums (?)
b. June 26th 1944
1947: Grace Moore (48)American
operatic soprano and actress in musical theatre and film, nicknamed the
"Tennessee Nightingale." Grace's first Broadway appearance was
in 1920 in the musical Hitchy-Koo, by Jerome Kern. In 1922 and 1923 she
appeared in the 2nd and 3rd of Irving Berlin's series of four Music Box
Revues. In her operatic career, she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera
in New York City on February 7th 1928, as Mimì in Giacomo Puccini's
La bohème, debuted at the Opera-Comique in Paris on September 29th
1928 in the same role, which she also performed in a royal command performance
at Covent Garden in London on June 6th 1935. During her sixteen seasons
with the Metropolitan Opera, she sang in several Italian and French operas
as well as the title roles in Tosca, Manon, and Louise. Her first screen
role was as Jenny Lind in the 1930 film A Lady's Morals, produced for
MGM by Irving Thalberg and directed by Sidney Franklin. (tragically
died in a plane crash near the Copenhagen, Denmark airport) b.
December 5th 1898.
1973: Jay C. Higginbotham (66) American jazz musician; considered
to be the most vital of the swing trombone players. His strong, raucous
sound on the trombone and wild outbreaks on stage were characteristic.In
the 1930s and 1940s he played with some of the premier swing bands, including
Luis Russell's, Benny Carter's, Red Allen's, Louis Armstrong, and Fletcher
Henderson's. From 1947 on he chiefly led his own groups. He recorded extensively
both as a sideman and as a leader. He led several bands in the Fifties
in Boston and Cleveland, appeared regularly at the Metropole in New York
between 1956-59, and led his own Dixieland band there in the Sixties (?)
1982: John "Jack" Owens (69)
American singer-songwriter and gifted pianist, born in Tulsa.
From his starts in vaudeville, he became the star of the longest running
network radio show, Don McNeil's Breakfast Club. He was known as "The
Cruising Crooner" because of his unique showmanship of cruising through
mostly female audiences attending the live Breakfast Club broadcasts,
and crooning love ballads to the blushing, giggling women, often singing
directly to them, one at a time, sitting on their laps, and nuzzling close
Some of his music even appeared in such movies as San Antonio Rose in
1941 and From Here to Eternity in 1953. Jack
retired from show business in 1957 and worked in real estate in Phoenix.
Although he co-wrote "Back In Aloha Land" in 1963, and "I'm
The Only One That Wants Me" in 1965 (?)
b. October 17th 1912
1985: Liaqat Ali
Salaam/Kenny "Klook" Clarke
(71) US jazz drummer and composer born
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; an early innovator of the bebop style of
drumming. While still a teenager in Pittsburgh, he played in the bands
of Leroy Bradley and Roy Eldridge. He toured around the Midwest for several
years with the Jeter-Pillars band, which also featured bassist Jimmy Blanton
and guitarist Charlie Christian and by 1935, he was more frequently in
New York. As the house drummer at Minton's Playhouse in the early 1940s,
he participated in the after hours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop,
which in turn led to modern jazz. While in New York, he played with the
major innovators of the emerging bop style, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie,
Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and others, as well as musicians of the
prior generation, including Sidney Bechet. After 1968 Kenny played and
recorded with the french composer and clarinettist Jean-Christian Michel
for 10 years. In 1988 he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of
Fame. (?) b.
January 9th 1914.
1989: Donnie Elbert (53)
American soul singer born in New Orleans; in 1955 he co-founded
a doo-wop group called the Vibraharps serving as guitarist, arranger and
songwriter, while largely relegating himself to background vocals. After
releasing their debut single in 1957 "Walk Beside Me," he left
the Vibraharps to pursue his solo career and relocated to the UK in 1966.
His reputation was secured by his hit "A Little Piece Of Leather",
a compulsive performance highlighting his irresistible falsetto voice.
The song became a standard at UK soul clubs (sadly
died from a stroke) b.
May 25th 1936.
1996: Henry Jay Lewis (63)
African-American double-bassist and orchestral conductor. Originally
from LA, he attended The University of Southern California, and at 16
he joined the LA Philharmonic for 6 years, becoming the first black instrumentalist
in a major symphony orchestra. While in the US army he played double-bass
with and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony. Back in the USA, he was
appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
and he founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1968 he became the
conductor and musical director of the New Jersey Symphony, transforming
it into a nationally recognized orchestra. After retiring from the New
Jersey Symphony in 1976, he toured as a guest conductor in all of the
major opera houses. Then from 1989 to 1991, he was principal conductor
of the Netherlands Radio Symphony (sadly Henry died
from a heart attack)
b. October 16th 1932.
1996: Stevie Plunder/Anthony
Hayes (32) Australian
guitarist, singer and songwriter born in Volda in 1945, and grew up in
Fredrikstad; he played in bands from his late teens including The Shouties,
Hippy Dribble, The Plunderers before forming the Australian piano-based
rock band The Whitlams. In 1993, The Whitlams released their debut album,
"Introducing The Whitlams". With
a follow up album "Undeniably The Whitlams" in 1994. Their single
"I Make Hamburgers" was made the Triple J Hottest 100 chart
(found dead at the bottom of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, apparent
suicide) b. 1963
S.P. Leary (67) Texan drummer; best known for backing such
music greats as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, T. Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson,
and Howlin' Wolf. He began his musical career by touring with Walker and
Fulson during the 1940s. His many credits include Howlin Wolf's albums,
"I'm Leaving You", and "I've Been Abused", and Muddy
Waters' hit recordings "The Same Thing" and "You Can't
Lose What You Ain't Never Had". Other collaborators include Blind
John Davis in the 1980s and pianist Erwin Helfer during the 1990s. He
was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 1995, and honored with
the Key to the City of Dallas. (died from complications
of a stroke and cancer) b. June 6th 1930.
2010: Dag Frøland (64)
Norwegian comedian, revue artist and singer, best known for his countless
impersonations and successful variety shows in Oslo during the 70s and
80s. In 1967 he recorded Du skal få en dag i mårå, an
Alf Prøysen classic, and in the following years continued to produce
hit singles. In the early 70s he became the director of theatre Chat Noir
in Oslo, and became a known face to the audiences, with his countless,
impersonations of Norwegian celebrities and comic musical numbers. In
'79, he began a 10 year run of annual revues on Chat Noir, drawing full
houses on every show (died in his home on
the famed Bygdøy allé in Oslo) b. September 16th
2011: Charlie Louvin (83)
American country singer born in
Henagar, Alabama; he is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers. He began
singing professionally with his brother Ira as a teenager on local radio
programs in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Louvin Brothers released numerous
singles, such as "Little Reasons," with over 20 recordings reaching
the country music charts. Their rich harmonies served as an influence
to later artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons and The Byrds. By
the 1960s Charlie and Ira's popularity had waned and the brothers split
up in 1963 and Charlie continued to perform solo. Sadly in 1965, Ira was
killed in a car accident. Charlie had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry
since 1955 and in 2001, the Louvin Brothers were inducted into the Country
Music Hall of Fame (sadly died after his
battle with pancreatic cancer) b. July 7th 1927
2012: Clare Fischer (83) American
keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader born in Durand, Michigan.
In grade school he started his general music study with violin and piano
as his first instruments. At aged 7 he began to pick out four-part harmony
on the piano. After graduating from Michigan State University, he became
the pianist and arranger for the vocal group The Hi-Los in the late
1950s. He went on to work with Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd, and became
known for his Latin and bossa nova recordings in the 1960s. He composed
the jazz standard, "Pensativa". Clare was nominated for eleven
Grammy Awards, winning two for his albums, Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante
Present 2+2 in 1981 and Free Fall in 1986, where he merged Latin and vocal
music. He also became an in-demand arranger for pop albums, working with
Prince, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Robert Palmer, and
many others. (Clare sadly died from complications
of a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, following a minor surgery a few days
before) b. October 22nd 1928.
2013: Gour Khyapa (65) Indian
Baul singer famous for his songs related to Radha Krishna. He also taught
philosophy at Vassar and Brown universities (tragically
died as a result of a road accident)
1901: Giuseppe Verdi (87) Italian composer
in vocal, opera, chamber, choral genres; one of the most influential composers
of Italian opera in the 19th century. It was suggested that effective
opera after Rossini was not possible. Verdi, however, took the form to
new heights of drama and musical expression. His works are frequently
performed in opera houses throughout the world, transcending the boundaries
of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular
culture - such as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto,
"Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco,
and "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata.
(He died 6 days after suffering a stroke) b.
October 10th 1813.
1972: Mahalia Jackson (60) African-American
gospel singer, nicknamed Halie," she grew up in the Black Pearl
section of the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana.
Best known for her contralto voice range, she was widely regarded as the
best in the history of the genre, and was the very first "Queen of
Gospel Music". With her powerful, distinct voice, she became one
of the most influential gospel singers in the world. She recorded about
30 albums, and her 45 rpm records included a dozengold million-sellers.
She has been honored with 6 grammys, for her recordings "How I Got
Over", "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah", "Make A Joyful
Noise Unto The Lord" "Great Songs Of Love And Faith" "Everytime
I Feel the Spirit" and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (Heart
failure and diabetes) b. October 16th or
Nikhil Banerjee (55) Indian sitarist, composer, teacher; a
child prodigy, winning an all-Bengal sitar competition at the age of nine
and soon was playing for All India Radio. He became one of India's most
prominent sitar players of the second half of the 20th Century. His concert
career took him to all corners of the world and lasted right up to his
death. He spent three months each summer teaching, performing, and lecturing/demonstrating
at U. C. Berkeley (?)October
1992: Clara Solovera (82) Chilean
folk singer and composer, born in Santiago; she began composing in 1948,
her first hit that year was the tune "Chile Lindo" nothing marred
the historical popularity of this tune, which was in Ester Sore. Over
two hundred of his works are registered in the Chilean Society of copyright.
(she died in Santiago, but his ashes are buried in the sea)
b. May 15th 1909
American songwriter who has been recorded over 2000 times over the years.
He is well known for the song "All of Me" which he co-wrote
with Seymour Simons. He also wrote the songs "That's What I Want
for Christmas" for the film Stowaway starring Shirley Temple, and
"Is It True What They Say About Dixie" recorded by Al Jolson
and Rudy Vallee.
In the late 1930s and early 1940s Marks and several of his fellow hitmakers
formed a sensational review called "Songwriters On Parade",
performing all across the Eastern seaboard on the Loew's and Keith circuits
(?) b. October 13th 1900.
Austrian pianist who performed in both classical and jazz. Born
in Vienna he began learning to play the piano from Felix Pazofsky at the
Wiener Volkskonservatorium, aged 7. He won first prize at the International
Competition in Geneva in 1946. Friedrich began going on concert tours
throughout the world. Together with Jörg Demus and Paul Badura-Skoda,
he formed what became known as the "Viennese troika". Although
famous for his Beethoven interpretations, he also performed the music
of Mozart, J. S. Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy and Ravel.
From the 1950s on he cultivated an interest in jazz, performing with many
Viennese musicians like Alexander Jenner, writing several songs and instrumental
pieces himself and combining jazz and classical music in his concerts
at times. In 1982, he teamed up with jazz pianist Chick Corea, they communicate
in lengthy improvisations mixing jazz such as "Some Day My Prince
Will Come" and the lesser known Miles Davis song "Put Your Foot
Out" and classical music of Brahms' "Wiegenlied"/"Cradle
from heart failure on the birthday of his beloved Mozart)
b. May 16th 1930.
2001: Stavros Damianides (59) Greece
bouzouki soloist; at 8 he made his first bouzouki out of an old tin can
and secretly taught himself how to play. When his hidden talent was revealed,
he was very popular amongst his friends and neighbours. He was employed
to play bouzouki at their baptisms, weddings and other feasts and festivals.
When older, he would travel to other towns and villages in his community.
After touring Greece, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, the Middle East, Lebanon, Israel
and Egypt, Stavros migrated to Australia in the late 1960s where he eventually
played in live venues in Sydney, Darwin, Tasmania, Melbourne, Adelaide,
and finally Perth where he settled. (sadly he died
suddenly of a massive heart-attack) b.
September 17th 1941.
2006: Gene McFadden (57) American
singer, songwriter, and record producer. As teenages, he and John Whitehead
founded the soul group the Epsilons, and were discovered by Otis Redding,
whom acted as their manager until his untimely death in 1967. Their songwriting
ability soon gained attention when their song "Back Stabbers,"
recorded by The O'Jays, became a No. 3 pop hit, they became key members
of the Philadelphia International record label, writing many songs for
Philadelphia International artists and had hits such as Harold Melvin
& the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)", The Intruders'
"Ill Always Love My Mama," and their own, "Ain't
No Stopping Us Now" in 1979. They were instrumental in defining the
sound of Philadelphia soul. (sadly died after a
brave battle with liver and lung cancer) b.
July 2nd 1948.
2009: Mino Reitano (64) Popular Italian
singer born in in Fiumara, near Reggio Calabria, whose career spans over
40 years with 24 Italian hit singles under his belt, including 'Era il
tempo delle more', 'Una Ferita in fondo al cuore Ciao vita mia', 'Stasera
non si ride e non si balla', 'Dolce angelo', and 'Italia', He sang at
many top music festivals and shared the stage with the likes of Graham
Nash and The Hollies. He has made many appearances on TV and appeared
in 5 films including "Tara Pokì" and "Lady Football"
(sadly died after long illness. In 2007 he had been
diagnosed with cancer of the intestine) b.
December 7th 1944.
2010: Shirley Caddell (78) American
country, rockabilly singer and ex-wife of Willie Nelson born in Chillicothe,
Missouri; she reached No.10 on the Billboard country charts in 1962 with
Willie on the duet, "Willingly," written by Hank Cochran. The
single marked Willie Nelson's first appearance on the Billboard country
chart as a recording artist. They were married from 1963 to 1971. Shirley's
first charting single, "Dime a Dozen" by Harlan Howard, reached
No. 25 in 1961. A few months later, a duet version of "Why, Baby,
Why" with Warren Smith reached No. 23. In the late 1950s, she was
a cast member of the Ozark Jubilee. In 2009, she published a book, Scrapbooks
in My Mind: Featuring Shirley and Willie Nelson and Many Others (?)
b. March 16th 1931.
2011: Eddie Martin/Martin Freimanis (33)
Latvian singer-songwriter, actor, and member of the group F.L.Y. created
and Yana Kay, in late 2002 with the purpose to participate in Eurovision
Song Contest 2003. Their song ''Hello From Mars'' was written by Martin
and Lauris and recorded soon afterwards. They came 23rd and they stayed
together until 2005.
also been leader of the pop rock band Tumsa since 1994, which has three
albums to its credit.
He wrote songs for other popular bands, a book of poems, and acted in
the Liepaja Theatre and on television series. (sadly
died of influenza)
b. February 7th 1977.
2011: Tony DiPardo (98) American bandleader,
music director, and trumpeter a swing-era veteran who became a successful
conductor of hotel and society bands in Kansas beginning in the 1940s.
He later formed a booking agency through which he hired musicians, many
of them skilled jazz players, for a wide variety of engagements and fielded
many bands simultaneously under the DiPardo name (sadly
taken by a brain aneurysm) b.
2013: Pham Duy Can (91)
born in Hanoi; he taught himself music and
started his musical career as a singer in the Duc Huy musical troupe,
performing around the country in '43-44, before attending
college, after which he studied in France in 1954-55 under Robert Lopez
and as an unregistered student at the Institut de Musicologie in Paris.
then joined a musical cadre for the Viet Minh during their resistance
against the French. He left the Viet Minh after 6 years for French-controlled
Hanoi and moved south to Saigon. He went on, along with
Van Cao and Trinh Công Son, to become one of the three most outstanding
and influential figures of modern Vietnamese music, known as tân
nhac. His musical career spanned more than seventy years and he wrote
over one thousand songs which he divided into different periods: Folk,
Heart, Spiritual, Profane, and Children's Songs.
(Pham had been from suffering heart and liver disease)
2013: Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (69)
American singer and guitarist born in born in Hamilton; he joined
the The Ohio Untouchables when they regrouped in 1964, which with Leroy's
rip-it-up guitar work and taste for something funky went on to become
The Ohio Players, with Leroy as their front man, lead singer and guitarist.
Their first big hit single "Funky Worm", reached No.1 on the
Billboard R&B chart and made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in
the spring of 1973. Other hits include "Who'd She Coo?" and
their double No.1 hit songs "Love Rollercoaster"
and "Fire" in
January 1976 (sadly Leroy died fighting cancer)
b. March 14th 1943.
2014: Pete Seeger (94)
folk singer and activist, born in Midtown Manhattan. He was well known
for his liberal politics, he protested U.S. wars from Vietnam to Iraq,
participated in the civil rights movement, supported organized labor and
helped found an environmental group that played a key role in cleaning
up the polluted Hudson River. In
'61, he was sentenced to prison for refusing to testify to Congress about
his time in the Communist Party, then nearly a half-century later, he
performed at a January 2009 concert marking the inauguration of President
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died from natural causes)
1974: Ed Allen (76) American
jazz trumpeter and cornetist; by 1910 he was playing in nighclubs and
on riverboats which ran between New Orleans and St. Louis on the Mississippi
River. In 1924 he moved Chicago and played with Earl Hines, also in a
revue called Ed Daily's Black and White Show. He recorded extensively
with Clarence Williams in the group later known as the LeRoy Tibbs Orchestra.,
also recorded in several bands of King Oliver's. He
played in various dance bands through the 1930s and 1940s, then played
with Benton Heath in New York City from the middle of the 1940s up until
1963. His last appearance on record was in England with Chris Barber in
the 1950s. After 1963 his failing health resulted in retirement from music
() b. December 15th 1897.
1980: Jimmy "Craw" Crawford (70)
American jazz drummer, born in Memphis, he was the drummer of the
Jimmie Lunceford big band for nearly 14 years from 1928-42. According
to Modern Drummer, he "played with a strong, solid pulsation, a classic
trademark of the Lunceford sound, and was a key factor in establishing
the unique Lunceford beat". Later, in the 50s, he worked as a pit
drummer on Broadway and and went on to record with numerous notable artists
such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sy Oliver, Bing
Crosby, Benny Goodman, and Frank Sinatra (?)
b. January 14th 1910
1983: Billy Fury/Ronald Wycherley (43)
One of Britain's finest pop singers from the late '50s to the early '60s,
he remained an active songwriter until the '80s. He released his first
hit "Maybe Tomorrow", in 1959. By March 1960, he hit the UK
No.9 spot with his self penned "Colette", followed by "That's
Love" and debut album The Sound Of Fury, which featured a young Joe
Brown on lead guitar, with backup vocals by The Four Jays. He went on
to have 29 chart hits including Wondrous Place; A Thousand Stars; Don't
Worry; Halfway to Paradise; Jealousy; In Summer; Like I've Never Been
Gone; When Will You Say I Love You; I'd Never Find Another You; Last Night
Was Made for Love and Once Upon a Dream. He also appeared in the films
I've Gotta Horse and That'll Be The Day. Billy had suffered with rheumatic
fever, his health was slowly deteriorating and in '76 he underwent heart
surgery and again later. In 1980 he was declared bankrupt, this forced
him out of retirement, against medical advice he went back to work. His
last public appearance was at the Sunnyside, Northampton, in Dec 1982.
He recorded a live performance for the television show Unforgettable featuring
six of his old hits. He adly died the following month (sadly
Billy died from heart failure) b. April 17th
2000: Thomas "Beans" Bowles (73)
American sax player with Motown, band leader and freelance. He played
on many top hits and originated the idea of the Motortown Revue, which
took Motown's young talent on the road, spurring record sales and jump-starting
careers. As well as playing with Marvin Gaye,Temptations, Martha Reeves,
Four Tops, Mary Wells and other Motowners, he has also played with the
likes of Bill Doggett, Johnny Ray, LaVern Baker and others (prostate cancer)
2002: Andy Kulberg (57) American bassist
and also known for his electric flute virtuosity, born in Buffalo, New
York. In 1965, he became a founding member of the "Blues Project",
a popular New York City folk rock band, along with Al Kooper, Danny Kalb,
Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfeld. In 1969 became a founding member of "Seatrain"
which he formed with Roy Blumenfeld after the breakup of Blues Project.
Peter Rowan and Richard Greene were among the renowned members of Seatrain.
For nearly twenty years, Kulberg worked in Fairfax, California as a musician
and composer, collaborating with Chris Michie. Andy was posthumously inducted
into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame on October 18th 2007 (sadly
died of lymphoma)
b. April 30th 1944.
2003: Keven "Dino" Conner (28)
American singer with the R&B/hip hop musical group H-Town. He formed
the group in 1992 with his twin brother Solomon "Shazam" Conner,
and their long-time friend Darryl "G.I." Jackson. They had 9
R&B chart hits including their No. 1 "Knockin' Da Boots"
off there 1993 album Fever for Da Flavor, which also made No.3 in the
album chart (a sport utility vehicle ran a red light
and crashed into the car he was a passenger in, which had just picked
him up from the recording studio) b. November
2003: Stan Martin/Stanley Martin Feuerman (64)
American radio host, DJ; guests on his radio shows were the likes of Rosemary
Clooney, Tony Bennett. He was also a M.C. for cabaret shows. His last
radio position was as manager for New York's WQEW-AM (stroke) b.
December 26th 1938.
2004: Mel Pritchard (56) British drummer
with the progressive rock band Barclay James Harvest. Mel and friend Les
Holroyd were together at Derker Secondary Modern school where they joined
a school band, then went on to form Heart and Soul and The Wickeds. The
band gained a good reputation playing semi-professional gigs. They were
both founding members of Barclay James Harvest in 1966 and stayed with
the band throughout it's history, resulting in 23 studio and live albums
between 1970-1997. Following the band's split, Mel worked with bassist
Les in his band "Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd"
(sadly taken by a heart attack) b.
January 20th 1948.
2005: Jim Capaldi (60) English drummer;
formed his first band at the age of fourteen and was soon recording with
the Hellions. His next band was Deep Feeling which he shared with fellow
'Traffic' founder Dave Mason & 'Family' founding member Poli Palmer.
The idea of Traffic was born while jamming late into the night with other
bands in Birmingham after gigs. He was a member of Traffic in their 2
incarnations, from 1967 to 1968 and from 1970 to 1974. He and Steve Winwood
wrote the lyrics of most of Traffic's best-known songs. Jim recorded his
debut solo album, 'Oh How We Danced', during a gap in the band's career
in 1972, and scored a U.S. singles chart entry with "Eve." He
turned solo full-time when Traffic split in '74 and earned world respect
in his own right with hits such as "Love Hurts", and "Its
Alright". He drummed with several famous singers and musicians in
his career, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Alvin
Lee, and Mylon LeFevre. In March 2004 he was inducted with Traffic into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just five months before being diagnosed
with terminal cancer. His last solo album was released in 2001 'Living
On The Outside' (stomach cancer) b.
August 2nd 1944.
2007: Karel Svoboda (68) Czechoslovakian
composer of popular music, born in Prague. He became a member of the rock
band "Mefisto" in 1963 where he played piano. Later, he composed
music for the Laterna Magica theatre in Prague and many Czech singers.
In '69 he wrote Lady Carneval for Karel Gott, a major Czech pop star and
ended up writing a total of 80 songs for her. He went on to composed TV
scores for the German channel ZDF for over 30 years and scores for almost
90 films and TV series. He also wrote scores for musicals including "Noc
na Karltejne", "Dracula", "Monte Christo",
and "Golem" (Karel
was found dead from gunshot wounds in the garden of his villa, it is believed
that he committed suicide) b.
December 19th 1938.
2009: Billy Powell (56) American longtime
keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. After majoring in Music
Theory, he worked as a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd, until '72 when he became
a full member as keyboardust. He suffered severe facial lacerations, almost
completely losing his nose in the fatal plane crash of Oct 20th 1977.
During the time between the plane crash and the Lynyrd Skynyrd reunion
in 1987, he joined a Christian rock band named Vision, where his keyboard
playing was spotlighted in their concerts. He played the Lynyrd Skynyrd
1987 tribute tour, and remained with the band until his death. Gary Rossington
is now the only member from the classic lineup who continues to record
and perform with the reunited band today (heart
attack) b. June 3rd 1952.
2010: Alistair Hulett (57) Scottish-born
Australian folk singer-songwriter, accoustic guitarist and revolutionary
socialist; born in Glasgow, he and his family moved to New Zealand in
1968 where he established a reputation on the folk circuit. In 1971, at
the age of 18, he moved over to Australia. For two years he sang his way
around Australia's festivals and clubs before "going bush" for
several years, where he began to write his own songs. After a two year
hippy stint in India, he returned to Australia in 1979 and joined the
punk band The Furious Chrome Dolls. By the early 80's Alistair was again
performing folk material around Sydney and was a founding member of 5
piece punk folk outfit called Roarinng Jack. Their debut album, "Street
Celtabillity", in 1986 reached No.1 on the local Indie charts. The
band headlined major Australian rock venues as well as opening for overseas
acts including Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Men Thry Couldn't Hang.
Their second album "The Cat Among The Pigeons" in 1988 was nominated
for an Australian Music Industry Association (ARIA) award and was released
in Europe. After the release of their third album, "Through The Smoke
of Innocence", the band decided to call it a day despite another
ARIA nomination. Alistair started out on his solo career releasing four
albums and also collaborated with With Dave Swarbrick on 3 albums. His
last album was "Suited and Booted" with The Malkies in 2008.
Since the 90's he has lived in his native Glasgow, while regularly touring
elsewhere in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. He's played
in various musical ensembles including most recently his band the Malkies
(liver failure causes by aggressive metastatic cancer)
2011: Dame Margaret Price (69) Welsh
soprano, born in Blackwood, Monmouthshire. Considered one of the world's
leading sopranos, she made her operatic debut in 1962, singing Cherubino
in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the Welsh National Opera. That same
year, she joined the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, where
she sang minor roles. Her breakthrough came when Teresa Berganza cancelled
a performance, and Margaret got the chance to take over as her understudy
- again in the role of Cherubino, a performance that made her famous overnight.
Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 1985 as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello.
She did not enjoy travelling, she always kept a "home" stage,
where she stayed and performed for the majority of each year, first Covent
Garden, then Cologne, and since 1971 the Bavarian State Opera in Munich,
where she lived until retirement in 1999. Margaret was honoured with the
title Bayerische Kammersängerin
of the Bavarian State Opera; Vienna State Opera and Munich Opera and in
1993 was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her
services to music (Margaret passed away from heart
b. April 13th 1941.
2013: Ferdi Özbegen (71) Turkish
singer, keyboardist and actor, born in Izmir. He released 26 albums between
1977 and 2009. He also appeared in 3 films, Cry out to God-1980, Feminine-1984,
and Read a Fall (Emotion)-1986 (sadly Ferdi died
of respiratory failure) b. August 17th 1941.
2014: Dwight Gustafson
composer and conductor born in Seattle,
Washington; in 1960, he was selected as one of ten young conductors to
study at the Aspen School of Music. He quickly proved himself a competent
administrator who brought to his position a working knowledge of art,
music and drama. He also regularly conducted campus choirs and the Bob
Jones Symphony Orchestra, especially in its annual opera productions.
In 1954, at the age of 24, shortly before graduating from BJU with an
M.A. in music, he was asked by the then-president, Bob Jones, Jr., to
become dean of the School of Fine Arts. As a composer he was best known
for his sacred choral compositions and arrangements, although his more
than 160 works included five film scores, a string quartet, Encounters-a
violin concerto and numerous extended compositions for chorus and orchestra,
including Three Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra in 1989 and Words of Passion
and Resurrection in 2002. "Fantasia for a Celebration" was commissioned
by the Williamsburg Symphonia as part of the city's 300-year celebration
in 1999. In December 2006, Dwight premiered a one-act opera, Simeon, about
the blessing given by Simeon the Righteous to the Christ child : Luke
2: 25-35. (?)
b. April 20th 1930
1962: Fritz Kreisler (86) Austrian
violin virtuoso and composer. One of the most famous violin masters of
his or any other day, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing.
Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic
sound which was immediately recognizable as his own. Although he derived
in many respects from the Franco-Belgian school, his style is nonetheless
reminiscent of the gemütlich lifestyle of pre-war Vienna. He made
his recording debut with Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV
1043, with Efrem Zimbalist on second violin and a string quartet on January
4th 1915. His work has been reasonably well represented on both LP and
CD reissues. He moved to the United States before the Nazi invasion and
lived his remaining years in America, where he gave his final public concert
in 1947. He continued to perform on broadcasts until 1950 (?)
b. February 2nd 1875
1966: Pierre Mercure (38) Canadian
composer, TV producer, bassoonist, multi-musician and administrator. Born
was hired by Wilfrid Pelletier as a bassoonist for the Montréal
Symphony Orchestra in 1946. He played there for about four years, while
also studying composition at the Conservatory with Claude Champagne. He
began his compositional career in the world of ballet, composing four
ballets in a short period in 1948 and 1950, he went on to compose many
chamber, orchestral and electronic music as well. He sought to make the
Canadian new music community catch up with the developments of western
classical music in Europe and the United States, taking many trips to
France in order to absorb its contemporary music scene.
tragically in a car accident near Avallon,
France) b. February 21st
1992: Willie Dixon (76) American blues bassist, singer, songwriter,
arranger and record producer. His songs, including "Little Red Rooster",
"Hoochie Coochie Man", "Evil", "Spoonful",
"Back Door Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You",
"I Ain't Superstitious", "My Babe", "Wang Dang
Doodle", and "Bring It on Home", written during the peak
of Chess Records, 1950-1965, and performed by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf,
and Little Walter, influenced a worldwide generation of musicians. He
also was an important link between the blues and rock and roll, working
with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley in the late 1950s, and his songs were
covered by some of the biggest bands of the 1960s and 1970s, including
Bob Dylan, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, The
Doors, The Allman Brothers Band, and the Grateful Dead. (sadly
died of heart failure) b. July 1st 1915.
2004: Soko Richardson (64) American
influential rhythm and blues drummer, born in New Iberia, Louisiana. His
career spanned almost fifty years, during which he performed and recorded
with seminal groups including John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the The
Ike & Tina Turner Revue. He is perhaps best known for his innovative
arrangement of the Ike and Tina version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival
song, Proud Mary
(died from complications of diabetes)
b. December 8th 1939.
2005: Eric Griffiths (65) Welsh guitarist;
he, John Lennon, Pete Shotton and Rod Davis, were all at Quarry Bank High
School together and shared an interest in American music; Eric and John
attended some guitar lessons but found it too slow to learn and dropped
the lessons when Lennon's mother taught them to play easier banjo chords.
Lennon formed The Quarry Men with Eric, Shotton and Davis. Paul McCartney
joined The Quarry Men as lead guitarist but the band decided that neither
McCartney nor Eric were suitable as lead guitarist. When George Harrison
joined the band they suggested that Eric buy an electric bass and an amplifier
but he could not afford this and he was not invited to McCartney's house
for the next rehearsal and when Eric phoned them during the practice session,
John told him he was sacked. Eric went on to join the Merchant Navy, after
with he spent over 30 years in the Prison Service. In January 1997, he
returned to Liverpool to meet some of his former band members at the Cavern
Club's 40th anniversary. All the surviving original Quarry Men were there
and that evening they gave an impromptu performance with borrowed instruments
on the stage. When the band were persuaded to reform for a charity gig
in Woolton in July 1997, Eric had to buy a guitar and re-learn a few chords.(sadly
Eric cancer of the pancreas) b. October 31st
2009: John Martyn/Iain David McGeachy
OBE (60) British singer-songwriter,
guitarist, multi musician. He began his professional musical career when
he was 17, playing a blend of blues and folk that resulted in a unique
style that made him a key figure in the London folk scene during the mid-1960s,
releasing his first album, ''London Conversation'', in 1968. By 1970 he
had developed a wholly original and idiosyncratic sound: acoustic guitar
run through a fuzzbox, phase-shifter, and Echoplex. This sound was first
apparent on Stormbringer! in 1970. Over a forty-year career he rerecorded
twenty studio albums, and released 14 further albums and worked with artists
such as Eric Clapton, John Paul Jones,David Gilmour, Phil Collins,
He had battled with
drugs and alcohol throughout his life and was forced to have his right
leg amputated below the knee after a cyst burst in 2003, and in his latter
years he performed from a wheelchair. On Feb 4th 2008, he received the
lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards and he was appointed
OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours. (More recently
he had divided his time between Glasgow and Kilkenny, Ireland and died
in an Irish hospital when sadly his ongoing health problems finally overcame
him) b. September
2009: Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford Jr
(74) American R&B, hard bop, jazz-funk, soul jazz alto
saxophonist, arranger and songwriter; he was leading his own rock 'n'
roll quartet, "Little Hank and the Rhythm Kings"when he met
Ray Charles. Ray Charles hired him originally as a baritone saxophonist.
Hank switched to alto in 1959 and remained with Charles' band, recording
4 albums and becoming its musical director. .He left Ray Charles in 1963
to form his own septet recording 23 albums under his own name. He also
has done musical arrangement for Etta James, Lou Rawls, and others and
has recorded as a sideman with BB King and Eric Clapton (complications
from a stroke) b. December 21st 1934.
2011: Milton Byron Babbitt (94)
American composer, particularly noted for his serial and electronic
music, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but raised in Jackson, he studied
violin, clarinet and saxophone as a child. He went to New York University,
where he studied music where he became interested in the music of the
composers of the Second Viennese School, and went on to write a number
of articles on twelve tone music including the first description of combinatoriality
and a serial "time-point" technique. In '58, he achieved unsought
notoriety through an article in the magazine High Fidelity. His title
for the article, "The Composer as Specialist", was changed,
without his knowledge or consent, to "Who Cares if You Listen?"
More than 30 years later, he commented that, because of that "offensively
vulgar title", he was "still ... far more likely to be known
as the author of 'Who Cares if You Listen?' than as the composer of music
to which you may or may not care to listen" Milton later became interested
in electronic music. He was hired by RCA as consultant composer to work
with their RCA Mark II Synthesizer at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic
Music Center/Columbia University Computer Music Center, and in 1961 produced
his Composition for Synthesizer. In 1982, the Pulitzer Prize board awarded
a "special citation to Milton Babbitt for his life's work as a distinguished
and seminal American composer". Since 1985 he has served as the Chairman
of the BMI Student Composer Awards, the international competition for
young classical composers. In 1986, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship;
1988, he received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award
for music composition; and in 2000, he was inducted as a National Patron
of Delta Omicron, an international, professional music fraternity
May 10th 1916.
2012: Camilla Williams (92)
operatic soprano; she began performing on the coast-to-coast RCA radio
network, and in 1946 became the first African-American to receive a regular
contract with a major US opera company, making her debut with the New
York City Opera, singing the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
She sang throughout the USA and Europe with various other opera companies
and in 1951 sang Bess in the landmark first complete recording of Gershwin's
Porgy and Bess. In April '54 she became the first African-American to
sing a major role with the Vienna State Opera when she performed her signature
part of Cio-Cio-San. In 1963, she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner"
at the White House before 250,000 people in Washington DC preceding Martin
Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream". Camilla also toured in
fourteen African countries, Formosa, South Korea, China, Japan, Laos,
South Vietnam, the Philippines, New Zealand and Australia. In addition,
she was a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic,
Vienna Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the New
York Philharmonic. Camilla
was the first African American Professor of Voice appointed to the voice
faculty of what is now known as the Indiana University Jacobs School of
Music in 1977 and in 1984 was the first African American instructor at
the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. In 1995 she was an
inaugural recipient of the National Opera Association's "Lift Every
Voice" Legacy Award, honoring the contributions of African Americans
to the field of opera and in '96 was honored as Outstanding African American
Singer/Pioneer by Harvard University. In 1997 Camilla became a Professor
Emerita of Voice at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (sadly
Camilla died of complications from cancer)
b. October 18th 1919.
2013: Kenneth Hodges (76)
American vocalist and bassist born in Jacksonville, Florida. He performed
in the late 1950s and early '60s with the Folksters; the group later became
the Bitter End Singers. By the late 1960s, Ken had joined Elaine Spanky
McFarlane and others as the folk-rock band Spanky and Our Gang.
band recorded hit songs from 1967 to 1969. Among its hits were Sunday
Will Never Be the Same, Making Every Minute Count, Lazy
Day, Sunday Mornin' and Like to Get to Know You.
Ken retired from the music business in 2005
(sadly died of viral pneumonia) b.
August 3rd 1936.
D. "Butch" Morris (65) American composer, cornetist
and conductor, born in Long Beach, California. He served in the US forces
in the Vietnam War,
after which, he began
his musical career. He
came to attention with saxophonist David Murray's groups in the late 1970s
and early 1980s. His brother, double bassist Wilber Morris, sometimes
performed and recorded with him during this period. Butch then led a group
called Orchestra SLANG, which featured drummer Kenny Wollesen, alto saxophonist
Jonathon Haffner, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke and others. He performed and
presented regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, held
annually in New York City. He also played with well-known artist and would
be drummer A.R. Penck in 1990 (sadly Butch died
while fighting lung cancer) b. February 10th
2014: Johnny Allen (96)
American pianist and music arranger,
born in Uchee, Ala., but grew up in Chicago. Already an accomplished pianist
and self-taught arranger he moved in Detroit in 1936, where he first worked
at the upscale Club Congo in the 40s. As the musical director, he wrote
snappy arrangements of current pop and jazz tunes. As a pianist, his foremost
influence was Earl Hines. He went on to write arrangements for the Motown
and Stax labels, and his associations ranged from Billie Holiday to the
Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Dramatics, Luther Ingram and the Staple Singers
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Johnny died from pneumonia)
Francis Poulenc (64) French composer born in Paris and was
a member of the French group Les Six. He composed music in genres including
art song, solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, opera, ballet music,
and orchestral music. Critic Claude Rostand, in a July 1950 Paris-Presse
article, described Poulenc as "half monk, half delinquent"/"le
moine et le voyou"), a tag that was to be attached to his name for
the rest of his career (sadly
lost to heart failure)
b. January 7th 1899.
1978: Greg Herbert (30) American
saxophone player who played with many of the greats including, Duke Ellington
Orchestra, Pat Martino, Woody Herman, Harold Danko, Blood Sweat &
Tears, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, and Chuck Israels' National Jazz
Ensemble and many others (tragically died of an
accidental drug overdose while on tour in Europe with Blood Sweat &
Tears) b. May 19th 1947.
1980: Professor Longhair/Roy "Bald Head"
Byrd /Henry Roeland Byrd (61) US New Orleans blues singer and
pianist. He was noted for his unique piano style, which he described as
"a combination of rumba, mambo, and Calypso", and his unusual,
expressive voice, described once as "freak unique". He was called
the Bach of Rock and Roll for the clarity, varied and extremely accurate
and "funky" syncopation, and the beautiful tone of his piano
playing. He had only one national commercial hit, "Bald Head"
in 1950, and he lacked the crossover appeal for the white audience of
Fats Domino. But his rollicking, idiosyncratic, rumba-based piano and
exuberant singing made him one of New Orleans biggest rock stars. His
signature song, "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" is still the theme
song of New Orleans Mardi Gras, which he recorded in 1949 (heart
b. December 19th 1918.
1982: Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins (70)
US blues guitarist, singer; His distinctive style often included playing,
in effect, bass, rhythm, lead, percussion, and vocals, all at the same
time. His musical phrasing would often include a long low note at the
beginning, the rhythm played in the middle range, then the lead in the
high range. By playing this quickly - with occasional slaps of the guitar
- the effect of bass, rhythm, percussion and lead would be created. He
influenced many guitarists including Jimi Hendrix. It has been estimated
that he recorded between 800 and 1000 songs during his career, including
his hits such as "Mojo Hand", "T-Model Blues" and
"Tim Moore's Farm" (sadly lost his battle
with cancer) b. March 15th 1912.
Kelly (43) Irish
folk singer, banjo player, founder member of The Dubliners; he relocated
to England in 1958 to look for work. The first folk club he came across
was in Newcastle upon Tyne in early 1960. He started memorising songs
and brought a banjo to play sessions in McReady's pub. The folk revival
was under way in England, at the centre of it was Ewan MacColl who scripted
a radio programme called Ballads and Blues. The skiffle craze had also
injected a certain energy into folk singing. Luke
started busking and returned to Dublin in 1962. That same year Luke along
with Ronnie Drew, Ciaran Bourke and Barney McKenna formed "The Ronnie
Drew Group", playing regularly in O'Donoghue's Pub. They changed
their name due to Drew's unhappiness with the name, coinciding with the
fact that Kelly was reading Dubliners by James Joyce at the time. In 1964
Luke Kelly left the group for nearly two years, he went back to London
and became involved in Ewan MacColl's "gathering". The Critics,
as it was called, was formed to explore folk traditions and help young
singers. He greatly admired MacColl and saw his time with The Critics
as an apprenticeship. Back with The Dubliners, Luke was more of the balladeer
in the band, and he played chords on the five-string banjo and sang many
defining versions of traditional songs like "The Black Velvet Band",
"Whiskey in the Jar", "Home Boys Home". On June 30th
1980 during a concert in the Cork Opera House, Luke collapsed on the stage,
a brain tumour was diagnosed. He continued to tour with the Dubliners
after enduring an operation, but his health sadly deteriorated further.
Ballybough Bridge in the north inner city of Dublin has been renamed the
"Luke Kelly Bridge" and in November 2004, the Dublin city council
voted unanimously to erect a bronze statue of Luke (On
autumn tour in 1983 he came off the stage,
ill, in Traun, Austria and again in Mannheim, Germany. He had to cancel
the tour of southern Germany and after a short stay in hospital in Heidelberg
was flown back to Dublin. After an operation he spent Christmas with his
family but was taken into hospital in the New Year, where this time he
sadly died) b. November 17th 1940.
Richard Cassilly (70)
American operatic tenor born in Washington D.C.; he entered the Peabody
Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University where he studied singing with
Hans Heinz. He went on have a major international opera career between
1954 and 1990. One of his generation's leading tenors, a mainstay in the
heldentenor repertory in opera houses around the world for 30 years and
particularly excelled in Wagnerian roles like Tristan, Siegmund and Tannhäuser,
and in dramatic parts that required both stamina and vocal weight, such
as Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello" and Camille Saint-Saëns's
"Samson". He was also an admired Don José in Carmen and
sang almost all of the leading Puccini tenor roles. (A
few days prior to his death he fell on the ice hitting his head. It was
thought to be a mild concussion but sadly it caused a fatal cerebral hemorrhage)
b. December 14th 1927.
2002: Carlo Karges (50) German musician;
guitar, keyboards, songwriter; he began as a student to play guitar and
to compose songs. After he had gathered experience playing live in several
different groups, including Tomorrows It Poison and Release Music
Orchestra, by 1971 he was the guitarist and keyboardist and founding member
of Novalis. In
1981 he joined Gabriele "Nena" Kerner in establishing Nena.
Karges co-wrote their most famous song, "99 Luftballons"
(sadly liver failure) b. July 31st 1951.
Malachi Favors/Malachi Favors
Maghostut (76) US
avant-garde jazz double bass player, but also played the electric bass
guitar, banjo, zither, gong, and other instruments. He is most associated
with bebop, hard bop, free jazz and best known for his work with the Art
Ensemble of Chicago. Early performances included work with Dizzy Gillespie
and Freddie Hubbard, one of his earliest recordings was with Chicago pianist
Andrew Hill in 1957. He began working with Roscoe Mitchell in 1966; this
group eventually became the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He also worked outside
the group, with artists including Sunny Murrary, Archie Shepp, and Dewey
Redman. (lost his battle sadly, to pancreatic cancer)
b. August 22nd 1927.
Bennett (33) Scottish-Canadian musician, born in St. John's,
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He played the Great Highland bagpipes,
Scottish smallpipes, violin, piano and was extremely influential in the
evolution of modern Celtic Fusion, a blending of traditional Celtic and
modern music. He performed at the world premiere party for the film Braveheart.
His composition, Mackay's Memoirs, was played at the opening of the Scottish
Parliament in 1999 by the band of Broughton High School, the album Mackay's
Memoirs was recorded by Broughton High School the morning after his death.
His last album in 2003, Grit, was recorded during his brave struggle with
cancer and marks a drastic change in his sound since, as he became too
weak to play his instruments and had to rely entirely on samples and synthesizers
in order to keep creating music (sadly lost his
battle with cancer) b. February 17th 1971.
Wehmiller (33) US bassist; at high school, he was an award-winning
member of the Delaware All State Jazz Band, receiving the Delaware Music
Educators' "Award of Distinction.". He worked with many other
musicians in L.A. before founding his own band "I, Claudius".
When bassist John Taylor bowed out of Duran Duran in 1997, he took his
place, touring and performing on television with the band until 2001.
After which he worked with Warren Cuccurullo, Missing Persons, and several
other L.A. bands. In 2004, he played with Mike Keneally (lost
his battle sadly,
to thyroid cancer)
2009: Mike Francis (47)
Italian pop musician; he formed his first band at age 14 with schoolmates
from l'Istituto di Studi Americano in Rome. He had his first hit with
"Survivor" in 1982 and went on to record ten studio albums,
he recorded his last album "Inspired" in 2007. A best of album,
"The very best of Mike Francis (All was missing)" have just
been released (sadly
lost his battle with lung cancer)
b. April 26th 1961.
2010: Antiochos Evangelatos II (24) Greek
rap artist (sadly taken by a cardiac arrest)
Barry/John Barry Prendergast OBE (77) Oscar
winning English film score composer, trumpet player and bandleader. Born
in York, he is best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and
was hugely influential on the 007 series' style. Born in York, as a teenager
he learned the trumpet and grew interested in composing and arranging
music. During his National Service in Cyprus, he began performing as a
musician. After he started work as an arranger for the Jack Parnell and
Ted Heath's Orchestra and he formed his own band in 1957, The John Barry
Seven, with whom he had several hit records, including "Hit and Miss",
the theme tune he composed for the BBC's Juke Box Jury programme, a cover
of the Ventures' "Walk Don't Run", and the theme for >>>READ
sadly died of a heart attack at his Oyster Bay home in America)
b. November 3rd 1933.
2013: Patty Andrews (94)
mezzo-soprano harmony singer in The Andrews Sisters, born in Minnesota.
Throughout their long career, the
three sisters sold over 75 million records and became the best-selling
female vocal group in the history of popular music setting records that
remain unsurpassed to this day. The sisters charted with 113 Billboard
hits, 46 of these reaching Top 10 status and their 1941 hit "Boogie
Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and
blues or jump blues. Their harmonies and songs are still influential today,
and have been covered by entertainers such as Bette Midler, The Puppini
Sisters, Christina Aguilera, and The Three Belles. They were inducted
into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Patty,
the youngest and the lead singer of the group, was only seven when the
group was formed, and just 12 when they won first prize at a talent contest
at the local Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. When the Andrews Sisters
broke up in 1951, Patty joined another group, with her husband acting
as her agent, until the trio reunited in 1956. Eldest sister LaVerne died
of cancer in 1967, Patty
continued to perform as a duo until 1968, Patty again launched her solo
carrer. She was the
last surviving member of The Andrews
Sisters (Patty died of natural causes) b.
February 16th 1918.
Ann Rabson (67) American blues
vocalist, pianist, guitar player and pioneer, born in New York City and
had been playing and singing the blues professionally since 1962. She
was a solo recording artist signed to Alligator Records and was a member
of the acoustic blues band Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, who has shared
the stage with B.B. King, Ray Charles, Willie Dixon and Koko Taylor among
others; they disbanded amicably in 2009. Ann had been nominated eight
times for a Blues Music Award, formerly W.C. Handy Award, as Traditional
Blues Female Artist of the Year. Her first solo album, Music Makin' Mama,
was nominated Album of the Year in both the Traditional Blues and Acoustic
Blues categories, and her composition "Elevator Man" was nominated
as Song of the Year (sadly
Ann died while bravely fighting cancer)
b. April 12th 1945
2014: The Mighty Hannibal/James
Timothy Shaw (74) American R&B, soul-funk
singer, songwriter and record producer;
born in Atlanta, he started singing doo-wop as a teenager and in 1954
he joined his first group, The Overalls. In 1958 he moved to L.A.
where he recorded his debut solo single, "Big Chief Hug-Um An' Kiss-Um".
Other releases include "The Biggest Cry", "I Need a Woman
('Cause I'm a Man)", his anti-Vietnam War classic "Hymn No.
5", "The Truth Shall Make You Free" and "Hoedown Disco".
Later in life, he was a mentor and friend to King Khan, Black Lips, and
others. Sadly, Hannibal lost his eyesight in 2002 to glaucoma and in 2009
He continued to perform live and enjoyed a 70th birthday celebration on
stage in 2009, also that year he was the subject of a documentary film,
Showtime! The following year he contributed on Elton John and Leon Russell's
first album together, The Union, by co-writing the track "There's
No Tomorrow" (?) b.
August 9th 1939.
1970: Slim Harpo/Harmonica
blues - R&B singer, known as one of the masters of the blues harmonica;
the name "Slim Harpo" was a humorous takeoff on "harp,"
the popular nickname for the harmonica in blues circles. He began performing
in Baton Rouge bars under the name Harmonica Slim. He later accompani