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January 1st..
1867: Lew Fields/Moses Schoenfeld (US vaudeville star, comedian, theatre manager)*20.July.1941..
1884: Oscar "Papa" Celestin
(New Orleans jazz bandleader, trumpeter, singer.)*15.Dec.1954..
1892: Artur Rodzinski
(Polish opera and symphonic conductor)*27.Nov.1958..
1894: Jasper Taylor (US drummer; Buffalo Bill's Wild West show/Original Washboard Band)*07.Nov.1964..
1900: Xavier Cugat (Spanish violinist, band leader; Latin-American dance music)*27.Oct.1990..
1906: Giovanni D'Anzi (Italian songwriter)
*15.April.1974..
1907: Erich Schmid (Swiss composer; Tonhalle Orchestra)*17.Dec.2000..
1908: Bill Tapia/Uncle Bill/Tappy (US 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.
1920
: Antonio 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..
1926
: Richard Verreau (Canadian tenor)*07.July.2005..
1928:
Fuat Mansurov (Russian conductor)*12.June.2010..
1931: Helmut Brandt (German baritone saxophonist)* 26.July.2001..
1931: Manny Oquendo (US jazz percussionist)*25.March.2009..
1932: Giuseppe Patanè (Italian opera conductor)*29.May.1989..
1933: Joseph Koo (Chinese composer)
1936: Sonny Greenwich (Canadian jazz guitarist)
1937: Neville Dickie
(UK boogie-woogie and stride pianist; solo/Rhythmakers/many sessions)
1941: Frances Yip
(Hong Kong singer)

1942: Judy Stone (Australian pop singer)
1942: Joseph "Country Joe" McDonald (US vocals, harmonica, guitar; Country Joe & the Fish)
1942: Yoshio Ikeda (Japanese bass player)
1943: Kiyohiko Ozaki aka Yokey (Japanese pop singer)*31.May.2012.
1946: 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, inventor; Tractors)
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).
1964
: 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 Research/Tender Trap)
1967: John Digweed (UK disc jockey and record producer)
1967: Tim Dog/Tim Blair (American rapper)*14.Feb.2013.
1968: Miki Higashino (Japanese composer)
1968
: Phil Baheux (Belgian metal drummer; Channel Zero)*10.Aug.2013.
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 band dEUS)
1973: Magnus Sahlgren (Swedish guitarist: Lake of Tears)
1975: Thomas Bangalter (French keyboardist, film director; Daft Punk)
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, guitarist; Distillers/Spinnerette).
1986: Lee Sung Min (Korean vocalist; boy band Super Junior)
1990
: Ghazala Javed (Pakistani Pukhtu singer)*18.June.2012.

January 2nd.
1905: Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE (English composer)*08.Jan.1998..
1925: Irina Arkhipova
(Russian mezzo-soprano)
*11.Feb.2010..
1927: Dennis ''Denny'' Coffey
(UK jazz double bassist, vocals; Doug Whitton/own bands/many others).
1927: John H. McLevy (Scottish trumpet & Flugelhorn; Jack Watmore/George Elrick/many others)*27.Nov.2002.
1930: Julius LaRosa
(US singer)
1933: Judd Proctor
(UK jazz guitarist, mandolin, vocalis;
Ray Ellington/Zetland Players/others/many sessions).
1936: Roger Miller
(US country singer)*25.
Oct.1992..
1936: Svatopluk Košvanec
(Czech jazz trombonist; Jazz Celula/many others)*29.May.2013.
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 Sabbath/many others)
1946: Chick Churchill
/Michael George Churchill(UK keyboards, organ; Sons of Adam/Jaybirds/Ten Years After).
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, record producer)

1950: David Shifrin
(American classical clarinetist).

1952: Graeme "Shirl" Strachan (Australian rock singer; Skyhooks)*29.Aug.2001..
1952:
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).
1971: 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 player)
1985: Luis Beza (US trumpet player; Suburban Legends/sessionist).
1987: Syesha Mercado (US singer, actress)
1993: Tyler Rix (British classical saxophonist)

January 3rd.
1895: Borys Lyatoshynsky (Ukrainian composer, conductor, teacher)*15.April.1968.
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 pianist)*27.May.2004.
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 (Brazilian composer)
1936:
Ray 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 Hayes/Maynard Ferguson/Nucleus/others)
1939: Arik Einstein (Israeli singer, songwriter,actor; Batzal Yarok-Green Onion/others)*
26.Nov.2013.
1941: Van Dyke Parks (US songwriter, producer, keyboards, piano; session player]
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; The Dictators)
1955: Palmolive/Paloma Romero (Spanish born drummer; The Slits, The Raincoats)
1955: Helen O'Hara/Helen Bevington (Violin, Fiddle; Dexy's Midnight Runners/Whispers)
1964: Raymond McGinley (singer, songwriter, guitarist; Scotland's Teenage Fanclub)
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)

January 4th.
1872: Ottilie Sutro (US pianist; duo with her sister Rose Sutro)*12.Sept.1970.
1907
: Joe Marsala (US jazz clarinetist, songwriter)*04.March.1978.
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 TV)
1937: Grace Bumbry (US singer)
1941: Joe Renzetti (US film composer)
1940: Lance Fortune/Christopher Morris (UK singer; The Firecrests/The Staggerlees).
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, flutist, comedian)
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 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 Twins)
1962: Peter Steele/Petrus T.Ratajczyk (US singer, bassist; Fallout/Carnivore/Type O Negative)*14.April.2010.
1963: Till Lindemann (German singer; Rammstein)
1965: David Glasper (UK lead singer; Breathe/Hands To Heaven).
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 (Spanish singer)
1979: Jeph Howard (US bassist; The Used).
1981: Silvy Melody/Silvy De Bie (Belgian singer; Sylver).
1983: Spencer Chamberlain (US vocalist; Underoath/This Runs Through).
1989:
Ashley Horne (UK vocalist, actor; The Midnight Beast)

January 5th.
1871: Frederick Converse (American composer)*08.June.1940.
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 classical pianist)*12.June.1995.
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.
1929:
Tabby 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 fado singer)*18.Sept.2012.
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 Surman/Howard Riley/others)?
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 Goodman/Ronnie Scott/others)
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 sessions)?
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 singer-songwriter,guitarist)
*06.Aug.2012.
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, producer)
1985
: Michael Cuccione (Canadian actor, singer)*13.Jan.2001.
1986: Teppei Koike (Japanese actor, singer)
1988: Pauline/Pauline Vasseur (French singer)
1999: Marc Yu (US pianist, violist, celloist)

January 6th.
1903: Maurice Abravanel (Greek-born conductor)
*22.Sept.1993.
1908:
Menachem Avidom
(Israeli composer)*05.Aug.1995.
1924: Earl Scruggs
(US five-string banjo virtuoso, singer)*28.March.2012.
1925
: Jane Harvey/Phyllis Taff (US jazz singer)*15.Aug.2013.
1931: Keith Ronald Christie (UK jazz trombonist; Humphrey Lyttleton/John Dankworth/others)*16 Dec 1980.
1931: David Whitaker
(English composer, songwriter, arranger, conductor)*11.Jan.2012.
1932: John Burch/John Alexander Burchell (UK jazz pianist, composer; own bands/others)*18.Apr.2006.
1933: John Mast
(US classical and jazz pianist, composer)*22.June.2014.
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,
Celtic harpist)
1946:
Roger "Syd" Barrett (UK original singer/lead guitar of Pink Floyd)*07.July.2006.
1947: Shirley Brown (US southern soul singer)
1947: Alexandra "Sandy" Denny (UK singer, piano, guitar; Fairport Convention)*21.April.1978.
1949: Robert 'Bob' Jackson (UK keyboardist/guitarist; Indian Summer/The Fortunes)
1949: Joey Miskulin (US 12-bass accordion; sessionist/freelance)
1949: Chris Laurence (UK double bassist; Frank Ricotti/London Bach Orchestra/own quartet/sessionist).
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)
1953
: 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 Stick)
1962: Michael Houser (US lead guitarist, song-writer; Widespread Panic)*10.Aug.2002.
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; Magic Dirt)*21.Aug.2009.
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)

January 7th.
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.
1899
: Francis Poulenc (French composer)*30.Jan.1963.
1900: John Brownlee (Australian tenor)*10.Jan.1969.
1906
: Henry "Red" Allen (US jazz trumpeter, singer)*17.April.1967.
1907: Nicanor Zabaleta (Spanish harpist)
*31.March.1993.
1912: Günter Wand (German conductor, composer)
*14.Feb.2002.
1917: Ulysses Kay (US composer)*20.May.
1995.
1922: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute virtuoso)*20.May.2000.

1922: Eric Jupp (UK-born Australian composer, arranger, conductor)*02.Jan.2003.
1928: Emilio Pericoli (Italian singer)*09.April.2013.
1930
: 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
.
1937: Paul Revere
(US keyboards, vocals; Paul Revere & The Raiders)
1938: 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, conductor)*05.June.2004.
1942: Danny Williams (South African singer; solo)*06.Dec.2005.
1942:
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 (UK conductor)
1943: Jeff Bannister (UK organist, vocals, keyboardist;John Barry 7/Alan Bown Set/Swinging Blue Jeans).

1944: Mike McGear/Michael McCartney (UK singer, songwriter; Scaffold/McGough & McGear)
1945:
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 Strawbs).
1946: Andrew ''Andy'' Brown (UK drummer; The Lawman/The Fortunes).
1946: Jann Wenner (US founder, editor, publisher; Rolling Stone magazine)
1948: Kenny Loggins (
US 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 Eat Itself)
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 rapper)
1988: Haley Bennett (US singer, actress)

January 8th.
1905: Giacinto Scelsi (Italian composer)*09.Aug.1988.
1918: Evelyn Dall (American singer, actress)*10.March.2010.
1922: Abbey Simon (US classical pianist)
1923: Giorgio Tozzi (US bass vocalist)*30.May.2011.
1924: Benjamin Lees (US classical composer)*31.May.2010.
1926
: Giannis Christou (Greek composer)*08.Jan.1970.
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 promoter)*25.Oct.1991.
1932: Richard Anthony "Dick" Charlesworth
(UK jazz clarinettist, bandleader)*15.April.2008.
1932
: Roger Herrera (Filipino bassist)*14.Nov.2012.
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 1940)
1942: Faron Ruffley (UK vocalist, Farons Flamingos/The big Three/Gerry & the Pacemakers)
1942: Valya Balkanska (Bulgarian folk singer)
1942:
Toby Saks (US cellist; Seattle Chamber Music Society)*01.Aug.2013.
1942
: 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 1945)
1943: Lee Jackson/Keith Anthony Jackson (UK vocals, bass; The Nice/Jackson Heights/Refugee/others)
1943: Marcus Hutson (US vocalist; The Whispers)
1944: Joel DiGregorio (US keyboardist; 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 Blue/Hollies/solo)
1948: Paul King (UK guitar, kazoo, jug; Mungo Jerry/Skeleton Krew/Earl King Boogie Band)
1949: 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)
1958
: Marc Moreland (US rock guitarist; Wall of Voodoo/The Skulls/others)*13.March.2002.
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, producer)
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; Rilo Kiley)
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)

January 9th.
1898: Gracie Fields/Grace Stansfield, DBE (UK singer, music hall performer)*27.Sept.1979.
1901:
Ishman Bracey
(US 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.
1919:
Rollin "Oscar" Sullivan
(US 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.
1926:
Cherifa/Ouardia Bouchemlal (Algerian singer-songwriter)*13.March.2014.
1928: Palghat R. Raghu (Burmese-born Indian musician, percussionist)*02.June.2009.
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).
1939:
Gary Rhett Shearston (Australian singer-songwriter)*01.July.2013.
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 Starr-Ventures-Midnighters-Delmonts).
1943: Dick Yount (guitar, bass, drums; Harpers Bizarre)
1943: 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; The Cowsills)
*17.Feb.2006.
1948: Paul King (UK guitar, banjo, harmonica, kazoo; Mungo Jerry/King Earl Boogie Band/Skeleton Crew).
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 Steine Scherben)
*20.Aug.1996.
1951: Crystal Gayle/Brenda Gail Webb (US singer, songwriter)
1956: Kenny MacLean (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, guitarist)
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)

1996: Paris Quinn Monroe (US singer; Clique Girlz)

January 10th.
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 bands)*16.Aug.2007.
1927: Gisele MacKenzie (Canadian singer)
*05.Sept.2003.
1927: Johnnie Ray (US singer)*24.
Feb.1990.
1929: Derek Hammond-Stroud (English operatic baritone)
1933
: 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)
1935: Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater/Edward Harrington (US blues guitarist,singer).
1935: Sherrill Milnes (US baritone)
1935: Georg Katzer (German composer)
1939: 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 musician)
1941: Derry Wilkie/Derek Davis (UK vocalist; Derry-Seniors/Howie Casey-Seniors/own bands)*22 Jan 2001.
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 Coochie Men/Faces/others/solo)
1946: Aynsley Thomas Dunbar
(UK drummer;John Mayall/Jefferson Starship/Journey/Whitesnake/sessionist)
1946: Robert "Bob" Lang (UK bassist; Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders)
1947: George Chisholm (UK jazz trumpeter, fluglehorn; Val Merral Band/John Williams Octet/others). NOT Scottish jazz trombonist
George Chisholm OBE.
1948:
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 musician).
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; Ensiferum/Norther)
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)

January 11th.
1975: Reinhold Moritzevich Glière (Soviet Russian composer of German–Polish)*23 June 1956.
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 blues musician)*31.Jan.1970.
1926:
Susan Reed (Irish-American folk singer, harpist and zitherist)*25.April.2010.
1930
: Lula Mae Hardaway (US songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder)*31.May.2006.
1933:
Leonard Skinner (US school teacher; Lynyrd Skynyrd)*20.Sept.2010.
1936
: Jody Payne/James L. Payne (US guitarist, singer; Willie Nelson Band-The Family)*10.Aug.2013.
1938: Vladimir Krpan (Croatian pianist).
1942: Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons (US saxophonist; E Street Band/freelance)*18.June.2011.
1946: Tony Kaye/Anthony John Selvidge (UK keyboards; Yes/Circa).
1946: Naomi Judd/Diana Ellen Judd (US country singer, songwriter; The Judds/solo).
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 Na Na).

1952: Lee Ritenour (US guitarist, composer, producer; top sessionist)
1956: Robert Earl Keen Jr (US country, folk singer, songwriter).
1958: Vicki Peterson (vocals, guitar; Bangs/The Bangles/freelance).
1963: Simon Cohen (UK drummer; Roman Holliday).
1968: Tom Dumont (US guitarist; No Doubt/Invincible Overlord).
1970: Joy Nilo (Filipino composer)
1971: Mary J. Blige (US R&B, hip-hop singer).
1971: Chris Willsher (UK singer-songwriter, drummer, writer, performer)
1971: Tom Rowlands (member of the Chemical Bro
thers).
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 singer)
1981: Jamelia/Jamelia Niela Davis (UK singer).
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 guitarist, singer)
1997: Cody Simpson (Australian singer)

January 12th.

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, movie actor)*02.Jan.1974.
1912: Huang You-di
(Taiwanese musician, composer)*04.July.2010.
1916: Jay McShann (US blues and swing pianist, bandleader, singer)*07.Dec.2006.
1916: William Pleeth (British cellist)*06.April.
1999.
1917: Walter Hendl (US conductor)*10.April.2007.

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 Vendors)*20.Nov.1998.
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 Exit/freelance)*19.Oct.2013.
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 Crows/Midnight Flyer/others).
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).
1949
: Haneken/Kentaro Haneda (Japanese pianist; movies/video game music)*02.June.2007.
1951: Chris Bell (US guitarist, co-founder; Big Star)*27.Dec.1978.

1951
: Larry 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 drummer; New Rhythm and Blues Quartet aka NRBQ)*06.Jan.2012.
1959: Per Gessle (Swedish producer, acoustic guitarist, mixer; Roxette)
1959: Blixa Bargeld/Christian Emmerich (German guitarist; Einstürzende Neubauten/Bad Seeds/freelance).
1960: Charlie Gillingham (keyboards, Counting Crows)
1961:
Ivo Perelman (Brazilian free jazz saxophonist).
1963: Guy Chambers (UK singer/songwriter/producer; Lemon Trees/Robbie Williams).
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; solo/The Party/Buzzfly)
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)

January 13th.
1884: Sophie Tucker/Sonia Kalish (Czarist Russian (born) singer, comedian)*09.Feb.1966.
1885: James Vincent Monaco
(Italian-born American composer of popular music)*16.Oct.1945.
1898: Carlo Tagliabue (Italian baritone)
*05.April.1978.
1890
: Steve Brown (US jazz 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, ukelele)*13 March 1994.
1921:
Johnny Roadhouse (UK saxophonist; BBC Northern Variety Orchestra)*11.April.2009.
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.
1930
: Earl Gilliam (US blues pianist; Joe "Guitar" Hughes/own bands/sessionist)*19.Oct.2011.
1930:
Liz Anderson (US country music singer-songwriter)*31.Oct.2011.
1931: Ian Gordon Wheeler (UK clarinetist,mult-musician; Chris Barber/many others)*??.June.2011.
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; sessionist).
1947: John Lees (UK guitarist, vocals; Sorcerers/The Keepers/Barclay James Harvest).
1948: Edward ''Ed'' Pilling (UK lead vocalist; The Pretty Ones/Wages of Sin).
1954: Trevor Rabin (South African guitarist; Yes/solo/sessionist).
1955: Paul Kelly (Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player)
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; Madness).
1961: Wayne Coyne (US lead singer, songwriter; The Flaming Lips)
1962: Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins (American country music singer-songwriter).
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).

January 14th.
1895: Erskine Tate (US bandleader, banjoist, violinist)*17.Dec.1978.
1908: Russ Columbo/Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo
(US singer, violinist, actor)
*02.Sept.1934.
1910: Jimmy "Craw" Crawford
(US jazz drummer in the swing era
)*28.Jan.1980.
1917: Billy Butterfield
(US jazz trumpeter)*18.March.1988.
1920:
R. K. Srikantan/Rudrapatna Krishnashastri Srikantan (Indian Carnatic singer)*17.Feb.2014.
1929: Billy Walker
(US country singer, guitarist)*21.May.2006.
1925:
Louis Quilico (Canadian baritone opera singer)*
15.July.2000.
1928: Joe Muranyi (US jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, producer, critic)*20.April.2012.
1930: Johnny Grande (US pianist, accordianist; Bill Haley and The Comets)*03.June.2006.
1930: Kenny Wheeler (Canadian trumpeter,flugelhorn, composer,arranger;many top bands & artists)
1931: Manuel Galbán
(Cuban 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" (Venezuelan singer).
1943: Mariss Jansons (Latvian conductor)
1945: Jim Gordon (US drummer; Derek & The Dominos/sessionist)
1948: Tim Harris (UK drums; The Foundations).
1948: Joseph Henry "T-Bone" Burnett (US guitar, singer, songwriter, sessionist).
1949: Lamar Williams (US
bassist; The Allman Brothers Band/Sea Level)*21.Jan.1983.

1950: George Currie (Scottish lead guitarist; John Dummner Blues Band/Darts/others).
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 of Nature).
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 Band).
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 Fighters/Nirvana).
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 Leon).
1988: Mikalah Gordon (US singer: American pop idol).

January 15th.
1893: Ivor Novello (Welsh singer, composer & actor)*06.March.1951.
1909: Gene Krupa (US jazz & big band drummer)*16.Oct.1973.
1913: Miriam Hyde (Australian composer)*11.Jan.2005.
1920:
Yvonne King Burch (American singer; The King Sisters)*13.Dec.2009.
1925: Ruth Slenczynska (US pianist)*11.Jan.2005.
1935: Malcolm Frager (American classical pianist)*20.June.1991.
1936
: Obo Addy (Ghanaian drummer, dancer)*13.Sept.2012.
1940: Bruce McCaskill (UK guitarist, vocals; Bluegenes/Kansas City Five/others; manager-Average White Band).
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).
1943
: William Duckworth (69) (US composer)*13.Sept.2012.
1943
: Alphonso 'Fonce' Mizell (US record producer; Motown / 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; Lynyrd Skynrd)*20.Oct.1977.
1951: Martha Davis (vocals, The Motels).
1952: Melvyn Gale (UK celloist, pianist; Electric Light Orchestra).
1952: Boris Blank (Swiss keyboards, sampling, percussion, vocals,composer, arranger; Yello).

1953: Rob Gretton (UK manager; New Order/Joy Division)*15.May.1999.
1956: Miki Fujimura (Japanese singer)
1957: Horatio Hornblower/Nigel Trubridge (UK saxophonist; Darts).

1959: Peter Trewavas (UK bassist; Marillion).
1959: Sister Carol/Carol Theresa East (Jamaican reggae singer).
1960: Aaron Jay Kernis (American composer).
1961: Damian O'Neill (Irish guitarist; The Undertones).
1962: Tony Rebel/Patrick George Anthony Barrett (Jamaican reggae deejay, singer).

1963: Cronos/Conrad Thomas Lant (UK vocalist, bassist; speed metal band Venom).
1964: Osmo Tapio Räihälä (Finnish composer)
1964: Saúl Hernández (Mexican singer, guitarist; Caifanes/ Jaguares).
1965: Derek B/EZQ/Derek 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; Railcars)
1988: Sonny Moore (US electronic musician; From First to Last/solo).
1988: Charlotte Sometimes/Jessica Charlotte Poland (American singer-songwriter).

January 16th.
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 Dorsey)*0
9 Jan.1982.
1914: Roger Wagner (American choral musician)*17.Sept.1992.

1917: Sandy Block aka Sid Block (US jazz bassist, Chick Webb Band, Van Alexander Orchestra)*????
1922
: Jean 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.
1937:
Mac Curtis/Wesley Erwin Curtis Jr (US rockabilly singer, guitarist)*16.Sept.2013.
1938: Jô Soares (Brazilian author, musician, TV personality)
1939: Ray Phillips (Welsh born lead vocals, bass guitar; Nashville Teens).
1941: Mike Waterson (UK folk singer-songwriter; The Watersons/Blue Murder)*22 June 2011.
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 others/own bands)*15.March.1999.
1943: Gavin Bryars (UK composer, double bassist; The Joseph Holbrooke Trio)
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)
1951
: Tommy Crain (US guitarist; Charlie Daniels Band/Crosstown Allsaters)*13.Jan.2011.
1959: Sade Adu/Helen Folasade Adu (UK singer, songwriter, composer, record producer).
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 Ponies).
1972: Greg Page (Australian guitarist, drums, keyboard, actor; The Wiggles).
1976: Stuart Fletcher (UK bassist; Seahorses/The Yard).
1978: Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson (UK lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs).
1979: Aaliyah/Aaliyah Dana Haughton (US singer, dancer, actress and model)*25.Aug.2001.
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 Boys).
1983
: Benyamin Sönmez (German-born Turkish cellist)*30.Nov.2011.
1984: Jared Slingerland (Canadian guitarist, programming; Left Spine Down/Front Line Assembly)

January 17th.
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 singer).
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)
1948:
Carmen Dragon (US classical harpist)*11.July.2010.
1948: Mick Taylor (UK
guitar, slide guitar; John Mayalls Bluesbreakers/Rolling Stones/others/freelance).
1949
: 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)?
1962:
Ari Up/Ariane Forster (German-born British singer; The Slits/solo/guest)*20.Oct.2010.
1963: Cyrus Chestnut (American international jazz and blues pianist; sessionist/freelance/solo).
1963: Kai Hansen (German power metal guitarist, vocalist; Gamma Ray/Iron Savior/Freelance).
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, rapper).
1967: Richard Hawley (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter; Pulp, The Longpigs)
1969: Tiësto/Tijs Michiel Verwest (Dutch musician, DJ, record producer).
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 Epica).
1986: Chloe Rose Lattanzi
(Australian actress and singer).

January 18th.
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" Brown)*1996.
1915: Vassilis Tsitsanis (Greek singer and songwriter)*18.Jan.1984.
1918: Howard S. "Howie" Richmond (US music publisher, music industry executive)*20.May.020.
1921: Ray Sims (American jazz trombonist).
1926: Johnny Bragg (vocals, songwriter; Johnny Bragg & the Prisonaires)
*31.Aug.2004.
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 McConnell/freelance/award winner).
1940: Lindsay L Cooper (Scottish dble bassist,cello; Strawbs/many musicians & bands)*19.June.2001. 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.
1942: 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 Davis/freelance)
1951: Adrian Baker (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter; solo/sessionist/freelance).
1952:
Russell Ferrante (US jazz pianist; Yellowjackets).
1952: Robert Steven Moore (US multi-musician, singer, multi-genre).
1953: Brett Hudson (US singer; Hudson Brothers).
1954: Tom Bailey
(UK singer, keyboardist; Thompson Twins).
1955:
Frankie 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 Trio/Sonny Rollins/solo).
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 Alexander’s 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 singer).
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; Kula Shaker).
1974: Christian Burns (UK acoustic guitar, vocals; BBMak).
1976: Damien Leith (Irish-born Australian singer; winner of Australian Idol 2006)
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)

January 19th.
1909: Hans Hotter (German operatic bass-baritone)*06.Dec.2003.
1917: John Raitt
(US singer, actor)
*20.Feb.2005.
1919:
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 (UK singer)
*11.Oct.2008.
1935: Johnny O'Keefe (Australian singer, TV personality)*06.Oct.1978.
1936
: Willie "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, record producer)*12.March.2003.
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, singer).
1943: Ray Pizzi (US jazz bassoonist and multi-reedist).
1943: Janis Joplin (US singer, songwriter; Big Brother & The Holding Company/others)*04.Oct.1970.
1944: Shelley Fabares (US actress, singer).
1944: Laurie London (UK actor, boy singer).
1945: Trevor Williams (UK bass guitarist, vocalist, lyricist; Audience/Nashville Teens/others)
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; America).
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 S.O/Berlin Philharmonic).
1956: Carman Dominic Licciardello (US Contemporary Christian multi-musician, writer).
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 2004).
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 Playground).
1972: Angham Mohamed Ali Suleiman (Egyptian singer, record producer, actress)
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).

1978:
VL Mike/Michael Allen (American rapper)*20.April.2008.
1979: Wiley/Richard Kylea Cowie (UK rapper)
1980: Kotoko (Japanese singer)
1982: Angela Chang (Taiwanese singer, actress)
1983: Utada Hikaru (American-Japanese pop singer, songwriter).
1985: Rika Ishikawa (Japanese pop vocalist; Morning Musume).
1986: Christopher Reimer (Canadian rock guitarist; Women/Dodos)*21.Feb.2012.
1989: Stefan Abingdon (UK singer, guitarist; The Midnight Beast)

January 20th.
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.
1914:
Roy Plomley (Desert Island Discs radio presenter)*28.May.1985.
1918: Juan García Esquivel (Mexican bandleader, pianist, composer)*03.Jan.2002.
1921:
Connie Haines/Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais (American singer)*22.Sept.2008.
1923: Nora Brockstedt (Norwegian singer; Eurovision Song Contest 1960/61).
1922: Ray Anthony/Raymond Antonini (US trumpeter, bandleader, actor).
1924: Slim Whitman/Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr (US country singer, guitarist, songwriter)*
19.June.2013.
1924: Johnny Hawksworth (UK composer, double bassist; Ted Heath Band).
1924:
Lee Pockriss (American songwriter)*14.Nov.2011.
1926: David Eugene Tudor (US pianist, composer of experimental music)
*13.Aug.1996.
1927:
William 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 One).
1944: Chuck Domanico (US bass player; West Coast sessionist)
*17.Oct.2002.
1944: Farhad Mehrad (Persian rock singer-songwriter, multi-musician; Black Cats/solo)*31.Aug.2002.
1944: Howard ''Lem'' Lubin (UK lead vocalist; Unit Four Plus Two).
1945: Eric Stewart (UK guitar, keyboards, vocals, Mindenders/ Hotlegs /10cc/solo).
1946: Jimmy Chambers (US singer; Londonbeat).
1947: George Grantham (US drummer; Poco).
1947: Christoph ''Chris'' Karrer (German guitarist, composer; Amon Duul/Amon Duul II).
1948
: Georges Hamel (Canadian country music singer-songwriter)*26.Feb.2014.
1948: Mel Pritchard (UK drummer; Barclay James Harvest)*28.Jan.2004
1949: Koji Kita (Japanese singer; Four Leaves)*22.Feb.2012.
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 of Destruction/Contraband/others).
1969: Nicky Wire/Nicholas Allen Jones (Welsh bassist; Manic Street Preachers).
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).
1970: Mitch Benn (UK comedian, songwriter, actor)
1971: Paul Albert Masvidal (US guitarist, singer; Cynic).
1971: Questlove/Ahmir Thompson (US drummer, DJ, music journalist; The Roots).
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)
1977: DJ Mehdi /Mehdi Favéris-Essadi (French hip hop-electro musician, producer)*13.Sept.2011.
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; Snow Patrol).
1983: Mari Yaguchi (Japanese singer; Morning Musume)

January 21st.
1899: Alexander Tcherepnin (Russian born American composer)*29.Sept.1977.
1909: Todor Skalovski
(Macedonian composer)*01.July.2004.
1910: Eua Sunthornsanan
(Thai composer, bandleader)*01.April.1981.
1921: Bess Lomax Hawes
(US folklorist, musician, teacher)*27.Nov.2009.
1923: Lola Flores
(Spanish singer, dancer, actress)*16.May.1995.
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 singer, actor)*22.Jan.1994.
1926:
Brian 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
.
1936
: Snooks Eaglin/Fird Eaglin Jr (US blind blues guitarist, singer)*18.Feb.2009.
1938: Wolfman Jack/Robert Weston Smith (American howling DJ)
*01.July.1995.
1941: Richie Havens (US folk singer, guitarist, songwriter)*22.April.2013.
1941: Placido Domingo (Spanish tenor opera singer).
1942:
Freddy Breck/Gerhard Brecker (German schlager singer)*17.Dec.2008.
1942: Edwin Starr/Charles Edwin Hatcher (US motown/soul singer)*02.April.2003.
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).
1944: 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 Oct 2008.
1946: Glen Martin (UK drummer; Ayshea Borough/Hedgehoppers Anonymous)?
1946
: Nella Martinetti (Swiss singer-songwriter)*29.July.2011.
1947: Brian Dunk (UK rhythm guitarist; The Dolls)?
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 singer).
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 Kid Joe)
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)
1971: Tweet/Charlene Keys (US R&B, soul singer-songwriter, guitarist).
1972: Yasunori Mitsuda (Japanese composer).
1972: Cat Power/Charlyn Marshall (US guitarist, piano, singer).

1976: Emma Lee Bunton/Baby spice (UK singer; Spice Girls)
1977: Rick Ross (American rapper).
1978: Phil Stacey (US singer;solo/American Idol finalist).
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, singer).
1981: Gillian Chung (Hong Kong singer, actress; Twins).
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)

January 22nd..
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.
1917:
Albert "Pud" Brown (US jazz clarinetist and saxophonist)*27.May.1996.
1921:
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 April 2009.
1931: Sam Cooke/Sam Cook
(US soul singer)*11.Dec.1964
1934: Keith D. Pendlebury (UK jazz pianist, vocalist; own line-ups/Marcia Pendelbury*15.Feb.2002.
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 Harris McPherson (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; Journey/solo).
1949: Nigel Pegrum (UK drummer, producer; Small Faces/Uriah Heep/Steeleye Span/sessionist)
1949: Phil Miller (UK guitarist; Bruno's Blues Band/National Health/In Cahoots/Matching Mole/others)
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 others)*08.Dec.2011.
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, keyboardist, producer)
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 singer, songwriter).
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)

January 23rd.
1888: Lead Belly/Huddie Ledbetter (US folk singer, multi-musician,12 string guitar)*06.Dec.1949
1900:
William Ifor Jones (Welsh-American conductor, organist)*11.Nov.1988.
1910: Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt
(Belgium gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso)*16.May.1953.
1912: Boris Pokrovsky (Russian operatic stage director)*05.June.2009.
1923
: Martti Pokela (Finnish folk musician, kantele, composer)*23.Aug.2007.
1930: Teresa Zylis-Gara (Polish operatic soprano)
1932: Rosalind "Lindy" Runcie née Turner (British pianist)
*12.Jan.2012.
1932: 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 sessions)
1950: Danny Federici (US keyboardist, glockenspiel, accordion; E Street Band)*17.April.2008.
1950: Luis Alberto Spinetta (Argentine rock guitarist;Almendra/Invisible/Pescado Rabioso/solo)
*08.Feb.2012.
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 Star/freelance)
1959: Earl Falconer (UK bassist, vocals; UB40)

1965: Louie Clemente (US drummer; Testament)
1971:
Kaori Kawamura (Japanese rock and pop singer)*28.July.2009.
1971: Marc Nelson (R&B singer, lyricist)
1972: Mark Curry (US rapper).
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 (Swedish singer)

January 24th.
1911
: Evelyn Barbirolli/Evelyn Rothwell (English oboist)*25.Jan.2008.
1913: Norman Dello Joio
/Nicodemo DeGioio (US composer)*24.July.2008.
1917: Avery Parrish
(US pianist, Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee)
*01.Dec.1959.
1923
: Simeon ten Holt (Dutch contemporary classical composer)*25.Nov.2012.
1924: Martti Pokela (Finnish folk kantele player, composer)*23.Aug.2007.
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, composer; 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 Brothers)*05 March.1982.
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)
1959: 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 Kil Moon)
1967: John Myung (US bassist; Dream Theater)
1968: Michael Kiske (German vocalist; Helloween/Avantasia/guest/solo)
1970: Patrick "Sleepy" Brown (US singer-songwriter, record producer)
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 Irae/Panzer X)*02.Nov.2007.
1988: Jade Ewen (UK singer).
1989: Calvin Goldspink (UK singer, actor; S Club 8/S Club Juniors)
1990: Mao Abe (Japanese singer-songwriter)

January 25th.
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.
1924: Wesley Webb "Speedy" West (US pedal steel guitarist, producer, top sessionist)*15.Nov.2003.
1925: Giorgos Zampetas
(Greek musician, songwriter)*10.March.1992.
1925: Leonard "Lennie" Hastings (UK jazz drummer; Eddie Thompson/Norman Cave/others)*14.July.1978.
1927: Antônio 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.
1937:
Premasiri Khemadasa (Sri Lankan musician and composer)*24.Oct.2008.
1938: Etta James/Jamesetta Hawkins (US R&B, jazz, blues singer)*20.Jan.2012.
1942:
Bobby Willis (UK songwriter, manager)*23.Oct.1999.
1943: Roy Black (German pop singer)*09.Oct.1991.
1944:
Ion 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).
1947
: Fumio Nunoya (Japanese rock-blues singer; Dew/Blues Creation/others)*15.Jan.2012.
1949: John Cooper Clarke (Manchester, poet laureate/songwriter)
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)
1958
: 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)
1976:
Anabel Bosch (Filipino singer; Tropical Depression/Elektrikoolaid)*10.Jan.2009.
1977: Christian Ingebrigtsen (vocals; A1)
1981: Alicia Keys (US singer, songwriter)
1981:
Todor "Toše" Proeski (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 (French singer)

January 26th.
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.
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 sessionist)*08.Aug.2002.
1939: Marshall Lieb (singer, guitar, musical supervisor; Teddy Bears/Hollywood Argyles)
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.
1946: 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 Affair)
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 from Zaire)
1976: 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 composer, conductor).
1981:
Todor "Toše" 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; Trivium/Capharnaum).
1988: Mia Rose/Maria Antonia Teixeira Rosa (English-Portuguese singer)

January 27th.
1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austrian composer)*05.Dec.1791.
1885
: Jerome Kern (US composer of musical theatre and popular music)*11.Nov.1945.
1908: Oran 'Hot Lips' Page (US singer, trumpeter; Kansas City Jazz Band +many)*05.Nov.1954.
1915: Jack Brymer (UK clarinetist; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/many others)*15.Sept.2003.
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.
1927
: Billy Barnes (US composer, lyricist)*25.Sept.2012.
1928:
Jean-Michel Damase (French pianist, conductor, composer)*21.April.2013.
1930:
Bobby Bland/Robert Calvin Brooks (US blues-soul singer, harmonica)*23.June.2013.
1937: John Andrew Howard Ogdon (UK pianist, composer)*01.Aug.1989.
1937:
Bruce 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 bodybuilder/pop singer).

1942: Kate Wolf/Kathryn Louise Allen (US folk singer, songwriter)*10.Dec.1986.
1942: Mick Adkins (UK lead guitarist, vocalist; Sundowners/The Chads/Robbie Hood-Merriemen)*June.2007.
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, composer, poet).
1948: Jean-Philippe Collard (French classical pianist)
1948: Kim Gardner/Christopher Gardner (UK bassist; Ashton Gardner & Dyke/others)*24.Oct.2001.
1950: Michael ''Mick'' Jackson (UK Bassist; The Soul Survivors/Love Affair).
1951: Brian Downey (Irish drums; Liffey Beats/Black Eagles/Sugar Shack/Orphange/Thin Lizzy)
1951: Seth Justman (keyboards, vocals; J. Geils Band)
1953: Bob Mintzer (US sax player; Yellowjackets/Bob Mintzer Big Band/Buddy Rich/guest).
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 Guitar/solo)
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).

January 28th.
1834:
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.
1923
: Fausto Papetti (Italian alto saxophone player)*15.June.1999.
1927: 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 night club)*23.Dec.1996.
1929: Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk MBE
(UK jazz clarinetist, vocals; The Acker Bilk Band/others).
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 Pretty Things).
1943: Brian Keenan (US drummer; The Losers/Chambers Brothers/Manfred Mann)*05.Oct.1985.
1944: Sir John Tavener
(UK composer)*12.Nov.2013.
1945: Robert Wyatt-Ellidge (UK singer; Soft Machine/Matching Mole/solo).
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 & Cosey)
1959: Dave Sharp (Welsh guitar, vocals, The Alarm)
1959: Burkhard Dallwitz (German-born composer)
1962: Leslie "Sam" Phillips (US guitar, singer, songwriter, solo)
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 and artist)
1985: J. Cole/Jermaine Lamarr Cole (US rapper)
1991: Calum Worthy (Canadian actor, singer; TV/theatre/musicals/films).

January 29th.
1876:
William "Havergal" Brian (UK classical composer)*28.Nov.1972.
1915: John Serry Sr
(US accordionist, arranger, composer, organist, educator)*14.Sept.2003.
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 conductor)*04.July.2014.
1933
: Laci/75 Cents/Ladislav Demeterffy (Croatian singer, accordion player)*19.Nov.2010.
1933: Sacha Distel/Sacha Alexandre (French singer, guitarist)*22.July.2004.
1934: Noel Harrison (UK singer, actor, Olympic skier)*19.Oct.2013.
1936: James Jamerson (US bassist; Funk Brothers/session)*02.Aug.1983.
1937:
Jeff Clyne (UK jazz bassist, double bassist; Ronnie Scott/many other bands)*16.Nov.2009.
1942: Claudine Longet (French singer, dancer).
1943: Dave Millen (UK lead guitarist; The Puppets)*19.Jan.2010.
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).
1944:
Steve Reid (American jazz drummer; sessionist)*13.April.2010.
1944: Andrew Loog Oldham (UK producer, impresario, author; first Rolling Stones manager).

1945: Joe Beck (US guitarist; international sessionist/solo).

1947: David Byron (UK singer; Spice/Uriah Heep/others)*28.Feb.1985.
1947: Marián Varga (Slovak organist, composer)
1952: Tommy Ramone/Thomas Erdelyi (Hungarian born US drummer; The Ramones)*11.July.2014.
1953: Peter Baumann (German keyboardist, songwriter; Tangerine Dream).

1953: Louie Perez (US percussionist, guitarist; Los Lobos/Latin Playboys).
1953: Teresa Teng (Taiwanese singer)*08.May.1995.
1954: Rob Manzoli (UK singer; Right Said Fred).
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 bassist; Queensrÿche).
1961: Dave Baynton-Power (UK drummer; James).
1961: Pauline Henry (Scottish singer; Chimes).
1962: Marcus Vere
(UK synthesizers; Living In A Box).
1964: Roddy Frame (Scottish guitarist, singer, songwriter; Aztec Camera).
1968: Richard Battersby (UK drummer; The Wildhearts)?
1969: Hyde/Hideto Takarai (Japanese singer; L'Arc-en-Ciel)
1974
: Malina Olinescu (Romanian singer)*12.Dec.2011.
1976: Chris Castle (US singer-songwriter)
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 Legends)

January 30th.
1911: Roy Eldridge (US jazz trumpet player)*26.Feb.1989.
1926:
Lizbeth Webb/Betty Webb/Elizabeth 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 Roach/many others).
1935: Edward "Tubby" Hayes (UK tenor saxophone, jazz multi-instrumentalist)*08. June.1973.
1936: Horst Jankowski (German jazz & easy listening pianist; band leader/guest)*29.June.1998.
1938:
Norma Jean/Norma Jean Beasler/Pretty Miss Norma Jean (US country music singer)
not to be confused with "Norma Jean" Wright of Chic or Marilyn Monroe
1940: Tony Levin (
British jazz drummer; Sophia Domancich/Humphrey Lyttelton/others)*03.Feb.2011.
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 Pie)*20.April.1991.
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 Boingo).
1959: Jody Watley (US vocals,songwriter, dancer; Shalamar).
1959: Mark Eitzel (US guitarist, singer, songwriter; American Music Club/solo).
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).

January 31st.
1797: Franz Peter Schubert (Austrian composer)*19.Nov.1828.
1892: Eddie Cantor
/Edward Israel Iskowitz
(US singer, vaudeville performer, radio & TV)
*10.Oct.1964.
1894: Isham Jones (US bandleader, saxophonist, bassist, songwriter)*19.Oct.1956.
1902 or 05: Bill Blue/William Thornton Blue
(US jazz/blues clarinetist; Andy Preer Orch/others)
*1968.
1906: Roosevelt "Honeydripper" Sykes (Jazz Pianist)*17.July.1983.
1907: Benny Morton (
American jazz trombonist)*28.Dec.1985.
1907: Emmanuel "Manny" Sayles (
American jazz banjoist, guitarist)*05.Oct.1986.
1915: Bobby Hackett (
US jazz, big band trumpeter, cornet, guitar)*07.June.1976.
1915:
Alan Lomax (US singer, guitarist, folklorist, musicologist)*19.July.2002.
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.
1936
: 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 (American composer)
1939: Claude Gauthier (Canadian singer, songwriter)
1939: Brian Gregg (UK bass guitarist; Beat Boys/Johnny Kidd-Pirates/Colin Hicks-Cabin Boys/The Pack).
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 singer, harps).
1946: Terry Kath (US guitarist, Chicago)*23.Jan.1978.
1948:
Paul Jabara (US actor, singer, songwriter; solo/stage musicals)*29.Sept.1992.
1949: Frank Ricotti (UK jazz percussionist, vibraphonist; NYJO/Alexis Korner/top sessionist/ownQuartet).
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 winner).
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; Jesus Jones).
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)
1970:
Chen Lin (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 winner).
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 films
(?) 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.
2009: 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. ... NOTE: Ron Asheton's death was announced on January 6th


January 1st.
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 Ewell
(?) b. 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.
2007: Del 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 Cline’s elegant “Walkin’ After Midnight” to rocker J.J. Cale’s 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 (?) b. 1928.
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 1972.
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) b. ??.??.1969.
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 few
(?) 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) b. 1967.
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.
2012: 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 1925.
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 "Don’t 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"… many events followed including the creation of her own group… she wrote 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.
2013: Patti Page/Clara Ann Fowler (85) American singer, born 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?” >>>READ MORE<<< (?) b. November 8th 1927
2014:
Tabby 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 KBRH-AM (?) b. January 5th 1929.
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 1919.
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 EMI’s 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


January 2nd.
1915: 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 movement (?) 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 1834.
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 and
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.
(sadly 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 h
e never learnt to read music and remained an "ear player" all his life (?) b. June 15th 1951.
1981: 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.
1987:
Peter 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) b.
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; in 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 (sadly 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.
2008: Ben 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 MORE<<< (Larry sadly died after battling cancer and sclerosis of the liver) b. July 7th 1948.
2014: Li Tai-hsiang (72) Taiwanese composer 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 disease) b. 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) b.
December 13th 1953.


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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. February 20th 1874.
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.
2002: 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 (?) b. January 20th 1918.
2007: 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, and became 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, Dublin, 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 (sadly Janos died of cancer in Paris) b. August 8th 1935
2009: 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" (?) b. 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) b. ????
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 1924.
2012: Enrique de Melchor/Enrique Jiménez Ramírez
(61) Spanish 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 Madrid’s Teatro Real de Madrid and Barcelona’s Liceo. He also accompanied Spanish opera singers Montserrat Caballé and José Carreras (sadly Enrique died fighting cancer) b. July 15th 1950.
2012: Robert 'Bob' Weston (64) British 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) b. 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
born 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 before moving 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 >>> READ MORE <<<< (sadly died after a long brave battle with emphysema and bronchitis ) b. January 19th 1939.


January 4th.
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.
He 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 Sušak. 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 (?) b.
February 14th 1899.
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 death (heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose) 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 (?) b. 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 sang 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
(84) Chilean 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 in Mexico) 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.
February 13th 1923.
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 Wasn’t 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". composed the score for the 1983 West End musical Marilyn! The Musical (?) b. July 20th 1924
2008: Keith Baxter (36) British drummer;
in 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.
Sandro 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 (?) b. 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 MORE <<<
(Gerry has sadly died after suffering a long time with chronic liver and kidney illnesses) b. 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
appeared 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) b. 1951
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.
2013:
Rene 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 >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. January 12th 1937.
2014: Shigeyuki Imai (81) Japanese composer (sadly died fighting esophageal cancer) b. 1932.


January 5th.
1946: 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 (?) b. 1864.
1956:
Mistinguett/Jeanne 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 kings—like 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.
(tragically 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 Moxon’s 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 "I’d 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 26th 1914.
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 1911.
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 Anka’s “Diana”
(cancer) b.????
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 i
n 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 1947.


January 6.
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
(sadly died young with sickle cell anemia) b. February 5th 1944
1986: Joe 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 Hill’s 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 Year’s 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
2006: Louis 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 1st 1933.
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.
2009: {date his death was announced} Ronald Frank Asheton (60) American guitarist and co-songwriter with Iggy Pop and rock band The Stooges ~ b. July 17th 1948... MORE INFO
2009:
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 (sadly 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.
He 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, f
rom '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 band, 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 wasn’t 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 Japan. (sadly 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 1910.

  1. January 7.
    1936: Guy d'Hardelot/Helen Rhodes nee Helen Guy (77) French composer, pianist, and teacher.
    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.
    1980: 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.
    1981:
    Chink Martin/Chink Abraham (94) American 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 with 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 (?) b. June 10th 1886.
    1998: 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 rockabilly. He 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 28th 1968.
    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 (a SA dance form) 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 band’s 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. 1920


    January 8.
    1970: 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 1913.
    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.
    In the 1950s, he acted as the ghostwriter for opera singer Marian Anderson’s 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".
    Although 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.



    January 9.
    1939: 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,
    born 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 in Athens) b. January 9th 1926.
    1981: Kazimierz Serocki (58)
    Polish composer and one of the founders of the Warsaw Autumn contemporary music festival.
    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 1937.
    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.
    Between 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) b. 1952.
    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 Donegal' famous.
    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 (?) b. September 7th 1924.
    2012: 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
    in 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.


    January 10.
    1941: 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 1913–17. The Scherzetto for cello and piano was rediscovered in the library of London's Royal College of Music by the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber (He 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 in 1927.
    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 7th 1900
    1972: Al Goodman (81) Russian born conductor, songwriter, stage composer, musical director, arranger, and pianist.
    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". (?) b. 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.
    1991: 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.
    June 7th 1908.
    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) b.1941
    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
    (?) b. July 22nd 1924.
    2011: Boško Petrovic (75) Croatian vibraphonist, music producer and The founder of the popular jazz band 'Zagreb Jazz Quartet', which was performed within Miljenko Prohaska, Krešimi Remeta, D. and Sylvia Kajfeš 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.


    January 11.
    1947: 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.
    November 9th 1885.
    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 works.
    In 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, and Der tapfere Soldat/The Chocolate Soldier. The waltz arrangement from the former is probably his most enduring orchestral work (?) March 6th 1870.
    1957:
    Rose Sutro (86) American pianist 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 of the same year, in a Bach concerto. They toured in the USA and Europe (?) b. 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. (?) b. March 13th 1892.
    1961: Elena Gerhardt (77) German mezzo-soprano singer
    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, although 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 1889.
    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.
    1995: 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 1926.
    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 18th 1940.
    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.
    2002:
    Gene Dinwiddie (65) American 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... >>> READ MORE <<< (?) 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 d’Orchestra Jazz in Palermo, Italy.
    He 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 1996–1997 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.
    2005: Miriam 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 1st 1926.
    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 11th 1983.
    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 15th 1934.
    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 failure) b.1927
    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 problems) b. January 8th 1940.


    January 12.
    1921: Gervase Elwes (55)
    English 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 (?) b. June 24th 1900.
    1983: 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 Capaldi, and Steve Winwood. After Traffic broke up, he played on Steve Winwood’s 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 Can.
    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 (he 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 to 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 prostate cancer) 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 22nd 1949.
    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.
    2007: Alice 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.
    2010: 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. March 9th 1974.
    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. August 14th 1946.
    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 (?) b.
    January 23rd 1932.
    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 4th 1942.


    January 13.
    1864: Stephen Collins Foster (37)
    American songwriter; 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 their composition.
    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 1848–1849. 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 Yeatis (31)
    American 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 Morgan.
    As 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
    1971: 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 heart attack) b. June 10th 1910.
    1971: William T. Lewis (65)
    American jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in Cleburne, TS.
    He 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 1906.
    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.
    1980: 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)
    US jazz 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.
    1993:
    Camargo Guarnieri (85) Brazilian composer; his complete name is "Mozart Camargo Guarnieri" (his father gave famous composer’s 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 œuvre 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 studied classical piano in college and 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 (died of emphysema) b. April 3rd 1920.
    2005: Nell Rankin (81) American mezzo-soprano and opera singer; her breakthrough, though, 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 (leukemia) b. March 29th 1949.
    2008: Sergei 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 Opera
    (?) b. March 9th 1956.
    2009: Mansour Rahbani (83)
    Lebanese composer 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 Guardian’s 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 (?) b. 1925
    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.
    A 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
    2009: 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.
    2010: 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 Angel 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.
    2010: 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 Alliance, (Teddy 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 1st 1980.
    2010: 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 Edwards–Howard 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 band’s sound. He played on more than 20 CDB albums and is credited with co-writing more than 60 of the band songs including
    their 1979 No.1 country hit and Grammy-winning "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".
    Other 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 old. In 1998 he graduated from the Franz Lizst Academy in Budapest, where he studied with László Dénes.
    Sándor taught 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) b. 1973
    2012: Dilys Elwyn-Edwards (93) Welsh-language 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 Babushki (?) b. 1926.
    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 in
    bands >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Freddie died from pneumonia) b. 1938.
    2014: Menachem Zilberman (67) Israeli comedian and songwriter, born in Mandatory Palestine, who in 1965, became a star in the IDF’s 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 “Baruch’s boots” among other songs.
    After 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.
    2014:
    Ronny Jordan/Ronald Laurence Albert Simpson (51) English jazz guitarist, 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.


    January 14.
    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 1882.
    1952: Artur Kapp (73)
    Estonian composer,
    born in Suure-Jaani, Estonia, 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 (?) b. February 28th 1878.
    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 1886
    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 2010.
    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.
    He 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.
    1995:
    Sir Alexander Gibson (68) British conductor born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland 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 and held this title till 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 11th 1926.
    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) b. 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 perform
    ers 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 25th 1913.
    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 Accidentals" and "Living Room". Other singles include Echo's Answer", "Drums on Fire", "Come On Let's Go" and "America's Boy" (
    sadly 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) b. 1968.
    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 he toured and recorded with UFO... >>>READ MORE<<< (Robbie tragically died of a ruptured aorta, compications from surgery in his home town in Spain) b. December 5th 1959.
    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.



    January 15.
    1964: 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.
    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.
    Both 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 i
    n 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. June 18th 1913.
    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 Bumblebee
    (Sadly 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 1970s.
    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". On all 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 dozens of 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.
    1996: Les Baxter (73) American saxophonist, 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 failure) 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
    (died 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.
    2004:
    Terje "Valfar" Bakken (25) Norwegian lead 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 (Sadly died from heart failure) b. November 1st 1923.
    2008: Bobby Ferrara/Robert Patrick Ferrara (42) American
    guitarist, shred guitarist and composer; self taught and a world class... READ MORE (sadly died from a fatal heart attack) b. July 22nd 1965
    2009: Leroy "Hog" Cooper (80) American saxophone player born in Dallas, Texas. As a young man he played saxophone in his uncle’s 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 (58) Australian 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 1998 (sadly 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 25th 1947
    2013: Yuli Turovsky (73) Russian-born 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 1st 1961.


    January 16.
    1957: 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
    (sadly 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 pianists Bud 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.
    1969: Vernon 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. (heart attack) 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.
    1991: Cladys "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 11th 1934.
    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 22nd 1932
    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 1984–1986. 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 1954.
    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
    2012:
    Jimmy 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) b. 1952
    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 "See’s 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 1938.


    January 17.
    1969: 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 newspaper Marcha.
    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 1936.
    1992:
    Charlie Ventura (75) 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.
    1994
    : 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 1950–1953. 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 Robertson (63) 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 ITV.
    He 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 Night Long'
    ', 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 1986 (?) 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.
    He 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.
    In 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 (lost to cancer) b. February 20th 1943.
    2009: Suzanne 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) b. December 6th 1924
    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 Archies.
    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 (sadly die of heart failure) b. April 17th 1934.
    2012:
    Johnny Otis/Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes (90)
    Pioneering 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 ... >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. December 28th 1921.
    2013:
    Lizbeth Webb/Betty Webb/Elizabeth 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 (?) b. 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 Murphy’s 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) b. 1933.
    2013: 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 Webber’s 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 (?) b. June 14th 1971.
    2013: Claudio Leo (40) Italian guitarist; he was a co-founder and guitarist with the Italian gothic metal band based in Milan, Lacuna Coil in 1994. He 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 EP, Lacuna Coil. 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) b. 1973
    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 Hammill’s 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 died) 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.


    January 18.
    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 1915.
    1997: Keith Diamond (46)
    American 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) b. 1950
    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
    11th 1966.
    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 51.
    Frank 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, Quebec. Kate 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 More
    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 at college.
    (on 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 that Gibrán and a friend had been taken from his apartment on January 7th by kidnappers dressed as police) b. 1991


    January 19.
    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 5th 1494.
    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 1894.
    1982: Elis 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. (?) b. 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.
    1998:
    Carl 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 copies.
    Other 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 (sadly died after suffering two strokes) b. April 9th 1932.
    2006: Wilson Pickett (63)
    American R&B and soul singer-songwriter.
    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 MORE... (sadly died of kidney failure following surgery on a abdominal aneurysm) b. November 29th 1940.
    2008: 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 (?) b.
    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) b. 1927.
    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 14th 1943.
    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. 1956
    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 (?) b. 1938
    2013: 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, vocal, and 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 16th 1919.
    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.


    January 20.
    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 cirrhosis) b. December 15th 1921.
    1979:
    Gustav Winckler (53) Danish 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) b. 1943

    1996: 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 1939.
    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
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    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 cancer) 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) b. ????
    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.
    He was the subject of the 2006 documentary Lynn Taitt: Rocksteady (sadly 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.
    2012:
    Etta 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 her career >>>READ MORE<<< (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.

January 21.
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.
A 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. June 9th 1934.
1989:
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 Louvenie’s 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 h
e 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.
1996: 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 1959.
1997: Colonel 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 26th 1909.
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,
his 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 Moore’s 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’ magazine’s 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 tunes—encompassing 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.
2007:
U;Nee/Heo Yoon (25) 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, South Korea) b. May 3rd 1981.
2010: Paul Lewis Quarrington (56) Canadian novelist, 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.
2010: 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 “Who’s 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) Romanian 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 21st 1947.


January 22.
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. March 2nd 1905.
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". He also
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 (he 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 albums.
In 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) b. August 7th 1939.
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 1929.
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,
he 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 bands,
during 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. As 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 16th 1942.
2010:
Apache/Anthony 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 illness) b.????
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 blood clot) 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 / Gambler’s 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 1932


January 23.
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.
1976:
Paul 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) American 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 MORE
1978: 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 9th 1910
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.
1993:
Wayne 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.
1997: 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. (emphysema) b. July 18th 1935.
1999:
Sax/Lincoln 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, 1962–1992. 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.
Although 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) b. October 23rd 1925.
2010: 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 (87) Italian 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 25th 1926.


January 24.
1972: 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 i
n 2005, he was nominated and admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame (lung cancer) 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".
He 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 24th 1935
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 12th 1921.
1992: Ken Darby (82) American 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 Spinal Meningitis) 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
2005: 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 (June 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.
2009: Corey Daum/Corey 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 video’s ‘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 4th 1922.
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,
in 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 (sadly 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.
2011: 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 1949.
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.


January 25.
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, s
ongwriter, 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.
He 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
(He died in New Haven, Connecticut following a stroke) b. April 30th 1916.
2005: Ray Peterson (69) American singer; 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 in 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 in
Riot 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 1970s band
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, Oppland (?) 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 jazz soul", 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

January 26.
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 (?) b. 1906
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 to them.
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) A
ustralian 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
1998: 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 1945.
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-Lo’s 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
) b.1947

January 27.
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 26th 1911.
1986: 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 14th 1931.
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
1997:
Gerald Marks (96) 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.
2000:
Friedrich Gulda (69) 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 (died 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' "I’ll 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/Martinš Freimanis (33) Latvian singer-songwriter, actor, and member of the group F.L.Y. created by
Martinš, Lauris Reiniks and Yana Kay, in late 2002 with the purpose to participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2003. Their song ''Hello From Mars'' was written by Martinš and Lauris and recorded soon afterwards. They came 23rd and they stayed together until 2005. Martinš had 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.
1913.
2013: Pham Duy Can (91) Vietnamese
prolific songwriter 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.
He 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) b. October 5th 1921.
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)
American 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 Barack Obama. >>> READ MORE <<< (Pete died from natural causes) b. May 3rd 1917.


January 28.
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 1940.
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) b. 1926.
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
he 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 18th 1974.
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 Karlštejne", "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) b. 1951.

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 failure) 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 (83) American 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


January 29.
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 in Montreal,
Pierre 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. (died tragically in a car accident near Avallon, France) b. February 21st 1927
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 1940.
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 11th 1948.
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 (?
) b. May 10th 1916.
2012: Camilla Williams (92) American 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.
That 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.
2013:
Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris (65) American composer, cornetist and conductor, born in Long Beach, California. He served in the US forces in the Vietnam Wa
r, 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 1947
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 >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Johnny died from pneumonia) b.
September 20th 1917.


January 30.
1963: 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 attack)
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.
1984:
Luke 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. The 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 his 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.
1998: 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.
2004: 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.
2005: Martyn 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.
2005: Wes 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) b.
September 12th 1971.
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) b. ????
2011:
John 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 MORE<<< (John sadly died of a heart attack at his Oyster Bay home in America) b. November 3rd 1933.
2013: Patty Andrews (94)
American 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 and Maxene 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.
2013: 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.


January 31.
1970: Slim Harpo
/Harmonica Slim/James Moore (46) Influential 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 accompanied Lightnin' Slim, his brother-in-law, both live and in the studio, before commencing his own recording career in 1957. Named Slim Harpo by producer Jay Miller, his solo debut coupled "I'm a King Bee" with "I Got Love If You Want It." Influenced by Jimmy Reed, he began recording for Excello Records, and enjoyed a string of popular R&B singles which combined a drawling vocal with incisive harmonica passages. Among them were "Rainin' In My Heart", "I Love The Life I Live", "Buzzin'" (instrumental) and "Little Queen Bee". The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, ZZ Topp and many other artists have covered his hits (unexpected heart attack) b.January 11th 1924.
1976: Evert Taube (85) Swedish author, lute player, composer and singer, born in Gothenburg, and brought up on the island of Vinga, Västergötland. He is best known for his folk songs, and is widely regarded as one of Sweden's most respected musicians.
Among his most famous songs are "Calle Schewens vals", "Min älskling (du är som en ros)", "Dans på Sunnanö", "Flickan i Havanna", "Änglamark'", "Så skimrande var aldrig havet" and "Så länge skutan kan gå". On his 60th birthday in 1950, Taube received the Bellman Award from the Swedish Academy and in 1960 he received an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University. He was elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1970 (?) b. March 12th 1890
1981: William "Cozy" Cole (71) American jazz drummer; he had a No.1 hit
in 1958 with the record "Topsy Part 2", that contained a lengthy drum solo, and was one of the few drum solo recordings t