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1998: Hollie Steel (English singer)
1986: Agnes Monica (Indonesian singer)
1983: Marit Larsen (Norwegian singer-songwriter; M2M)
1983: Leeteuk/Park Jung Su (Korean singer)
1981: Amanda Diva/Amanda Seales (US actress, rapper)
Tom Frager (French-born singer, surfer)
1977: Greg Pattillo (US beatboxing flautist)
1977: Birgit Schuurman (Dutch singer, actress)
1976: Plies/Algernod Lanier Washington (American rapper)
1976: Justin Lo (Hong Kong singer, songwriter)
Sufjan Stevens (US singer, guitarist, multi-musician)
Alex Machacek (Austrian jazz fusion guitarist)
1971: Melissa Arnette "Missy"
Elliott (US singer, rapper, songwriter).
1969: Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge/Jacqueline Breyer (US keyboards,
(UK keyboards, piano; Space).
1964: Pol Burton (UK drummer; Transvision Vamp).
1963: Roddy Bottum (US keyboards; Faith No More/Imperial Teen).
1961: Adrian York (piano; Roman Holiday).
1961: Michelle Wright (Canadian country music singer, guitarist)
1960: Evelyn 'Champagne' King (US soul singer)... a
few sources have June 29th 1960
1960: Ted Key (bass; Housemartins)?
1959: Edem Ephraim (UK singer; London Boys)*21.Jan.1996.
1956: Phil Solem (singer, songwriter, Great Buildings/ Rembrandts).
1954: Keith Whitley (American country music singer)*09.May.1989.
1952: Dan Aykroyd (US actor, Elwood in the Blues Brothers).
1952: Timothy J.
composer, keyboardist, arranger, producer)*23.Dec.2006.
Terrance Mann (US actor, singer, dancer)
1951: Anne Feeney (US protest singer)
1951: Fred Schneider (US vocals, The B-52's).
1949: John Farnham (Australian singer).
1948: John Ford (UK bass, vocals; Strawbs)
1946: June Montiero (singer, Toys).
1945: Debbie Harry (US singer; Blondie/solo).
1943: Jeff Wayne (US pianist, songwriter, music composer for films
1942: Andrae Crouch (US gospel musician, recording artist, songwriter,
Bramlett (US vocals, guitar; Shindogs/Delaney & Bonnie/others)*27.Dec.2008.
1935: James Cotton (US blues harmonica player)
Shmulik Kraus (Israeli actor, pop rock singer)*17.Feb.2013.
Ali/Robert Patterson (US jazz drummer;
Peter Levinson (US music industry biographer)*21.Oct.2008.
1933: Eddie Bond (US singer, guitar,
rockabilly music; Rockin' Daddy)*20.March.2013.
1930: Bobby Day/Robert James Byrd (US singer)*27.July.1990.
1926: Hans Werner Henze (German
1924: Everett Lilly (US
bluegrass mandolin player; The Lilly
Amália da Piedade Rodrigues
(Portuguese singer, actress)*06.Oct.1999.
Despite official documents giving her date of birth as July 23rd, Amália
Rodrigues always said her birthday was July 1st 1920.
1915: Willie Dixon (blues singer, guitarist, 'the poet laureate
of the blues')*29.Jan.1992.
Thomas A. Dorsey (US singer, 'the father
of black gospel music')*23.Jan.1993.
1986: Lindsay Lohan (US actress, fashion designer, model, recording
1985: Ashley Tisdale (US actress, singer)
1983: Michelle Branch (US singer, songwriter, guitarist).
1979: Diana Gurtskaya (Georgian singer
1975: Erik Ohlsson (Swedish guitarist; Millencolin)
Gray (US drummer, guitarist; Evanescence/Living Sacrifice)
1974: Tim Christensen (Danish singer and multi-instrumentalist;
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy)
1970: Colin Edwin (Australian bassist; Porcupine Tree)
1970: Monie Love (UK female rapper).
Rivera Saavedra (US-born Mexican banda
and norteño singer)*09.Dec.2012.
1965: Dave Parsons (UK bass, Transvision Vamp/Bush)?
1964: Roy Boulter (drummer; The Farm).
1957: Mike Anger (UK singer, guitar, Blow Monkeys/Wicked Ways/solo).
1956: Jeffrey Cooper (US guitarist; Midnight Star/No Parking).
1956: Jerry Hall (US model, actress, Mike Jagger of Rolling Stones
1954: Pete Briquette/Patrick Andrew Cusack (Irish bassist, vocals,
1953: Mark Hart (US multi-instrumentalist; Crowded House/Supertramp)
1952: Johnny Colla (US sax, guitar, vocals; Huey Lewis & the
1950: Duncan Mackay (UK keyboardist; Cockney Rebel).
1949: Gregory Dane Brown (American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist,
1949: Roy 'The Professor' Bittan (US piano, organ, accordian, synthesizer;
E Street Band).
1948: Gene McFadden (US singer; McFadden & Whitehead)*27.Jan.2006.
1945: Peter Cruickshank (UK bassist; Groundhogs).
1942: Leapy Lee/Graham Pulliblank (UK singer).
1941: Stéphane Venne (French-Canadian songwriter)
1939: Paul Williams (US second tenor/baritone singer; Temptations)*17.Aug.1973.
1936: Allen Shelton (US banjo player; Jim
& Jesse and the Virginia Boys)*21.Nov.2009.
1934: Tom Springfield/Dion O'Brien (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter,
Waldemar Matuka (Czechoslovakian
singer, songwriter, actor)*30.May.2009.
1930: Ahmad Jamal/Frederick Russell Jones (American jazz pianist,
1927: Charlie Kennedy (US alto saxophonist; Gene Krupa's big band/others)*03.April.2009.
1927: Lee Allen (jazz saxophonist)*18.Oct.1994.
1925: Marvin Rainwater/Marvin Karlton Percy (US country singer).
Carter (US singer, autoharpist, folklorist; The Carter Family)*22.Jan.2006.
1917: Murry Wilson
(US songwriter, record producer; The Beach Boys)*04.June.1973.
1916: Ken Curtis (US actor, singer)*28.April.1991.
Frederick Fennell (American conductor)*07.Dec.2000.
1819: Charles-Louis Hanon (French composer)*19.March.1900.
1992: Nathalia Ramos (Spanish
1985: Minami Keisuke (Japanese singer,
1983: Steph Jones (US singer, model)
1980: Melisa Young (US rapper; Kid Sister)
1980: Trae/Frazier Thompson III (US rapper)
1976: Shane Lynch (Irish vocalist; Boyzone).
1975: Javier Weyler aka
Capitan Melao (Argentina drummer;
1969: Kevin Hearn (rhythm, sometimes lead guitar, Barenaked Ladies).
Martyn Walsh (bassist, Inspiral Carpets).
1961: Tim Smith (UK singer-songwriter, composer; Cardiacs)
1960: Vince Clarke (UK keyboard, songwriter; Depeche Mode/Yazoo/Erasure).
1959: Stephen Pearcy (lead singer; Ratt).
1958: Aaron Tippin (US singer)
Styrene/Marianne Joan Elliott-Said (UK singer-songwriter; X-Ray Spex)*April.25.2011.
1957: Laura Branigan (US singer)*26.Aug.2004.
1955: Neil Clark (guitarist, songwriters; Commotions).
Jackson Kaujeua (Namibian musician, composer,
1952: Amit Kumar (Indian singer)
1951: Mike Corby (keyboard, guitar, The Babys).
1949: Johnnie Wilder (US
lead singer and co-founder
1948: Józef Skrzek (Polish multi-instrumentalist, singer,
1948: Paul Barrere (guitar; Little Feat).
1947: Anthony "Top" Topham (UK blues guitarist)
Grethe Kausland (Norwegian
singer and performer)*16.Nov.2007.
1947: Betty Buckley (musical theatre actress, music critic, "Voice
1946: Victor Unitt (UK guitar, harmonica; Pretty Things/Edgar Broughton
1946: John Klemmer (US multi-saxophonist, composer).
1946: Johnny Lee (US country-n-western singer)
John Wilkinson (US rhythm guitarist;
New Christy Minstrels/TCB band/others)*11.Jan.2013.
1944: Michel Polnareff (French singer-songwriter)
1943: Judith Durham (vocals, Seekers).
1942: Eddy Mitchell (French singer, actor)
(US soul singer; Main Ingredient)*03.July.1971.
Maureen Kennedy (Canadian jazz vocalist)?
1940: Anthony ''Tex'' Makins (UK bassist; Vince Taylor-Playboys/Screaming
1940: Fontella Bass (US female singer, pianist)*26.Dec.2012.
1940: Bernadette Greevy (Irish mezzo-soprano)*26.Sept.2008.
1939: Brigitte Fassbaender
Tupper Saussy III (US keyboardist, composer; Neon Philharmonic)*16.March.2007.
Roger Christian (US
radio personality, lyricist)*11.July.1991
.. not the radio DJ from Buffalo
Thomas J. Tedesco (American
master session guitarist)*10.Nov.1997.
1930: Pete Fountain (US clarinetist)
1930: Carlos Kleiber (Austrian conductor)*13.July.2004.
1929: David Lynch (US tenor vocalist; The Platters)*03.Jan.1981.
Ángel Tavira Maldonado (Mexican
composer, musician and violinist)*30.June.2008.
Carl Schuricht (German
1878: George M. Cohan (US musician, actor, writer, composer)*05.Nov.1942.
Leo Janácek (Czech
composer, musical theorist, folklorist)*12.Aug.1928.
1986: Takahisa Masuda (Japanese singer)
1984: Akanishi Jin (Japanese singer)
1984: Gina Glocksen (US singer; American Idol finalist).
1983: Ben Jorgensen (US singer, guitarist)
1983: Andy Mrotek (US drummer, vocalist, The Academy Is..)
1983: Miguel Ángel Muñoz (Spanish actor, singer)
Stephen McNally (UK electric guitar,
1977: Jonas Kjellgren (Swedish
singer, guitar; Scar Symmetry).
1975: Tania Davis (Australian violist)
1972: William Goldsmith (US drummer;
Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters)
1972: Nina Badric (Croatian singer)
1971: Andrew Creeggan (Canadian keyboard,
percussion; Barenaked Ladies).
1970: Andy McClure (drums; Sleeper).
1970: Christian Giesler (US bassist; Kreator)
1968: Jack Frost/Jack Dempsey (US guitarist; Seven Withes/Bronx
1965: Jo Whiley (English radio DJ)
1964: Mark Slaughter (American singer)
1963: Matt Malley (US
bassist; Counting Crows).
1958: Kirk Pengilly (Australian
guitar, vocals; INXS).
1952: John Waite
(UK singer, bass, Babys/ Bad English/ solo).
1951: Ralph Johnson
(drums, Earth, Wind & Fire).
1950: David 'Kid' Jensen (Canadian born-British radio DJ).
1950: Tonio K/Steven M. Krikorian
(US singer, songwriter).
1948: Jeremy Spencer (UK guitar, Fleetwood Mac/Children of God).
1948: Tommy Körberg (Swedish singer, actor)
1945: Rupert Edward 'Rupie' Edwards (Jamaican reggae singer, record
McWilliams (Irish singer,
1943: Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (US guitar, harmonica,
vocals; Canned Heat)*03.Sept.1970.
1943: Konrad "Conny" Bauer (German free jazz trombonist)
1947: Jacques Morali (French music producer; Village People/others)*15.Nov.1991.
1940: Dave Rowberry (UK keyboards; Animals)*06.June.2003.
Mike Mainieri (US vibraphonist, Xylophone, Marimba; Steps Ahead/Two
Kings & a Queen/freelance).
Bill Withers (US singer, songwriter).
1933: Baker Knight (US songwriter, guitarist)*12.Oct.2005.
1921: Tibor Varga (Hungarian violinist)*04.Sept.2003.
Mitch Miller (US musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R
1910: Champion Jack Dupree (New Orleans blues & boogie pianist)*21.Jan.1992.
His birth date is disputed, given as July 4, 10, and 23, in the years
1908, 1909, or 1910.
Howard Taubman (US music and theatre
1903: Flor Peeters (Belgian
composer, organist, teacher)*04.July.1986.
Irving Caesar/Isidor Keiser (US lyricist,
musical theatre composer)*18.Dec.1996.
1826: Stephen Collins Foster (US
songwriter; "father of American music")*13.Jan.1864.
Joseph King (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Canvas, Deadbeat Darling)
1985: Stephanie McIntosh (Australian pop singer, actress)
1985: Nick O'Malley (UK bassist; Arctic Monkeys)
Yu Yamada (Japanese Ryukyuan model, actress, singer)
1980: Jason Wade (UK lead vocalist, guitarist; Lifehouse).
1979: Shane Filan (Irish vocalist; Westlife).
1977: Royce Da 5'9"/Ryan Montgomery (US rapper).
1976: Mike DeWolf (US guitarist; Taproot).
1975: Gunnar H. Thomsen (Faroese bassist; Týr)
1973: Róisín Murphy (Irish singer-songwriter; Moloko)
1973: Bengt Lagerberg (Swedish drums; The Cardigans)
Hicks (US hip-hop MC; duo with Peanut Butter Wolf)*18.Dec.1993.
Marcel Curuchet (Uruguayan keyboardist; No Te Va Gustar)*14.July.2012.
1972: Joe Lewis Thomas (7 time Grammy Award-nominated American
R&B singer, record producer)
Mac Dre/Andre Hicks
(American gangsta rap artist)*01.Nov.2004.
1970: Clause Noreen (Danish singer, music producer; Aqua).
1969: Aled Richards (drums; Catatonia)?
1969: RZA/Robert Diggs (US rapper, music producer of Wu-Tang Clan).
1968: Kenji Ito (Japanese composer)
Katsenelenbogen (Israeli jazz pianist)
1964: Jimmy Demers (US singer, writer)
Lorenson (US singer, actor)
Poulenard (French soprano)
1959: Marc Cohn (US singer, songwriter).
1958: Paul Daniel
(UK opera and symphony conductor)
1955: Terry Chimes (UK
drummer; The Clash/Hanoi Rocks/others)
1954: Jimmy Crespo (US guitarist; Aerosmith)
1951: Keiko Fuji (Japanese enka singer)
1950: Huey Lewis/Hugh Anthony Cregg (US vocals, harmonica; Huey
Lewis & the News).
1950: Michael Monarch (US guitarist, songwriter; Steppenwolf).
1946: Andy Ellison (UK lead singer, John's Children/Jet/Radio Stars).
1945: Dick Scoppettone (US vocals, guitar, bass; Harpers Bizarre).
1943: Robbie Robertson (Canadian guitar, vocals; The Band).
Donald Shanks AO OBE (Australian operatic
1938: Ronnie Self (US rock singer, songwriter)*28.Aug.1981.
Mitch Jayne (US vocals, bass, lyricist,
radio host; Dillards/Darlin' Family)*02.Aug.2010.
Starker (Hungarian-American cello player)*28.April.2013.
1920: Smiley Lewis (US R&B singer, songwriter)*07.Oct.1966.
George Rochberg (US
composer of contemporary classical music)*29.May.2005.
1912: Mack David (US
Gordon Jacob (English composer)*08.June.1984.
1990: Ajoo/Noh Ah-joo (South Korean singer).
1984: Lauren Harris (UK rock singer)
1980: Joell Ortiz (US hip hop artist)
1979: Nicholas Cester (Australian singer-songwriter,
1975: 50 Cent/Curtis James Jackson
3rd (US rapper).
1972: Mark Gasser (US pianist)
1972: Isabelle Boulay (French-Canadian singer)
1970: Inspectah Deck/Jason
Hunter (US rapper; Wu-Tang
1969: Michael Grant (UK keyboardist, vocals; Musical Youth).
1967: Heather Nova (Bermudian singer-songwriter)
1965: Eddie Campbell (Scottish keyboardist; Texas)?
Amit Saigal (Indian rock musician, rock
Rock Street Journal)*05.Jan.2012.
1964: Cristina D'Avena (Italian singer, actress)
1963: Tim Bricheno
(UK guitarist; All About Eve/Sisters Of Mercy/Tin Star).
1961: Robert Heaton (UK drummer; New Model Army)*04.Nov.2004.
1960: Rick Price (Australian guitarist, singer, songwriter) ((not
the UK bassist))
1959: John Keeble
(UK drummer; Spandau Ballet/Tony Hadley Band).
1953: Nanci Griffith
(US singer, guitarist, songwriter).
1952: Dave Smith (UK singer; The Real Thing).
1952: Graham Oliver (UK guitarist;Son of a Bitch/Saxon/Tempest/T.Rex-Celebration
of Marc/ Mickey).
Tonio K/Steven M. Krikorian (American
Hyman (US soul singer, model, actress)*30.June.1995.
1949: Mike Shrieve
(US drummer, percussionist, electronic music composer; Santana/freelance).
1945: Harry J/Harry Zephaniah Johnson (Jamaican music producer,
1945: Rik Elswit
(US guitarist; Dr. Hook).
1940: Jeannie Seely (US country music singer).
1939: Jet Harris/Terence
Harris (UK bassist
1937: Gene Chandler/Eugene Dixon (US soul singer).
1937: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Russian-born pianist, conductor).
Reese (US singer, actress)
1930: Balamurali Krishna (Indian Carnatic musician, poet, composer)
Milosz Magin (Polish composer, pianist)*04.March.1999.
1927: Nilo Soruco/Danilo Soruco Arancibia (Bolivian songwriter)*01.April.2004.
Alan "Fluff" Freeman (Australian-born
British disc jockey,
TV & radio personality)*27.Nov.2006.
1925: Bill Haley (US singer, guitarist, Bill Haley and his Comets)*09.Feb.1981.
Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni
(US jazz drummer)*14.Feb.2009.
1919: Ernst Haefliger (Swiss singer)*17.March.2007.
LaVerne Sophia Andrews (American
contralto singer; The Andrews Sisters)*08.May.1967.
1898: Hanns Eisler (German composer)*06.Sept.1962.
1865: Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (Swiss composer, music educator)*01.July.1950.
Kaci Brown (US
1988: Ilan Rubin (US
drummer; Nine Inch Nails)
Marie-Mai/Marie-Mai Bouchard (Canadian
1983: D. Woods/Wanita Woodgett (US
singer; Danity Kane)
1983: Ciara Newell (Irish
Cassidy/Barry Adrian Reese (US
1982: Mike Glita (US
bassist; Senses Fail)
1981: Synyster Gates/Brian Elwin
Haner Jr (US guitarist; Avenged Sevenfold/Pinkly
1980: Kaisa Jouhki (Indonesian singer;
1980: Dan Whitesides (US drummer; The
1969: Nathalie Simard (French Canadian
1967: Dickon Hinchliffe (UK guitarist,
violin, vocals, piano, reeds, string;
1967: Jazzy Jackie/Jacqueline Neal (US
1966: Gundula Krause (German folk violinist)
Vonda Shepard (US singer, songwriter).
1962: Mark White (US bassist; Spin Doctors).
1961: The Doctor/Clive Jackson (UK lead vocals, DJ; Doctor And
1957: Berry Sakharof (Turkish-born Israeli guitarist; Minimal Compact)
1954: Rami Fortis (Israeli rock singer; Minimal Compact)
Bricker (US jazz singer; Thievery
1951: Michael Henderson (US bass guitar, vocals; Motown/session/Mile
1948: Larry "Rhino" Rheinhardt (US rock guitarist; Iron
1947: David "Scar" Hodo (US vocals; Village People, the
1947: Víctor Manuel (Spanish songwriter, singer)
1947: Rob Townsend (UK drummer; Family/Medicine Head/Manfreds/Paul
Jones Blues Band).
1945: Matti Salminen (Finnish opera singer)
1945: Jim Rodford (UK bassist; Argent/Mike Cotton Sound/Kinks/Zombie
1944: Warren Entner (US vocals, rhythm guitar, organist; Grass
1943: Toto Cutugno (Italian singer)
1943: Tommy Quickly/Thomas Quigley (UK vocalist; Tommy Quickly-Remo
Chris Stamp (UK
1940: Ringo Starr /Richard Starkey (UK drums, vocals, songwriter,
"Art" Wood (UK
singer, graphic artist; The Artwood/Alexis
1936: Nikos Xilouris (Greek singer, musician, composer)*08.Feb.1980.
1933: J.J. Barrie/Barrie Authors (Canadian country singer)
1932: Josef Zawinul (Austrian jazz keyboardist; Miles Davis Band/Weather
1930: Hank Mobley (US jazz composer, saxophonist)*30.May.1986.
Reg Lindsay OAM (Australian C&W
songwriter and guitarist)*05.Aug.2008.
1927: Doc Severinsen (US composer, jazz trumpeter)
1927: Charlie Louvin (US country singer; Louvin Brothers/solo)*26.Jan.2011.
1924: Mary Ford/Iris Colleen Summers (US singer; wife of Les Paul)*30.Sept.1977.
Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes (American
jazz and R&B guitarist)*04.March.1989.
Pinetop Perkins (US blues pianist;
The Legendary Blues
1911: Gian Carlo Menotti (Italian-American composer)*01.Feb.2007.
1911: Charles Redland (US sax,clarinet,trumpet,trombone,vibes,accordion,leader)*18.Aug.1994.
"Dixie" Fasnacht (US
jazz singer, clarinetist, club owner)*13.Nov.2011.
1906: Anton Karas (Austrian zither player)*10.Jan.1985.
1860: Gustav Mahler (Austrian composer)*18.May.1911.
1851: Charles Tindley (US gospel music composer)*26.July.1933.
Yang Peiyi (Chinese singer)
1992: Sky Ferreira (US singer)
1992: Benjamin Grosvenor (UK pianist)
1985: Jamie Cook (UK guitarist; Arctic Monkeys)
1979: André Hovnanyan (Armenian singer)
1976: David Kennedy (US guitarist; Angels & Airwaves)
1975: Elias Viljanen (Finnish guitarist; Sonata Arctica)
1975: Jamal "Gravy" Woolard (US actor, rapper, comedian).
Zhanna Friske (Russian actress, singer)
1971: Neil Mavers (UK drums; The La's)?
Beck/Beck Hansen/Bek David Campbell (US
1969: Sugizo/Yune Sugihara (Japanese guitarist, singer; Luna Sea)
1967: Jean Sagadeev
rock singer, bassist, guitarist; Electro-convulsive therapy)*05.June.2009.
1967: Jordan Chan (Hong Kong actor, singer)
Joan Osborne (US singer, songwriter).
1961: Toby Keith
(US country singer).
1961: Andrew Fletcher (UK vocalist, synth, bass player; Depeche
1961: Graham Jones (UK guitar; Haircut 100).
1957: Carlos Cavazo (Mexican-born American guitarist; Quiet Riot,
1956: Russell Christian (UK keyboards, saxophone, vocals; The Christians).
Los Angeles Philharmonic/others)*22.Feb.2012.
1944: Jai Johanny Johanson (US drummer, percussionist; Allman Brothers).
1935: Steve Lawrence (US singer; duo with his wife Eydie Gormé).
1932: Jerry Vale (US singer)
1924: Johnnie Johnson (US blues pianist)*13.April.2005.
1914: Billy Eckstine (US jazz singer, band leader)*08.March.1993.
1911: Gertrude Niessen (US vocalist, actress)*27.March.1975.
1908: Louis Jordon (US jazz sax player, songwriter; his Tympany
Grainger (Australian born composer)*20.Feb.1961.
Alexis Williams (US singer, actress;
3LW/The Cheetah Girls).
1984: Jacob Hoggard (Canadian singer;
1983: Lucia Micarelli (US classically
trained, rock violinist; Jethro Tull/session/freelance).
1979: Ella Koon (Hong Kong singer and
1978: Mark Medlock (German singer)
1975: Jack White (US guitarist,
vocals, The White Stripes).
1975: Isaac Brock (US singer, guitarist, banjoist, songwriter;
Modest Mouse/Ugly Casanova)
1974: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (Japanese actor, singer; SMAP)
1974: Nikola Sarcevic (Swedish bassist, singer; Millencolin).
1971: Kelvin Grant (UK vocals, guitar; Musical Youth).
1969: Mark Lui (Hong Kong composer, producer)
1967: Dickon Hinchliffe (UK guitar, voice, piano, string/brass
1967: Owen Powell (Welsh guitar; Catatonia)?
1965: Frank Bello (US bass guitarist; Anthrax).
1965: Tom Hingley (UK lead vocalist, Inspiral Carpets).
1964: Courtney Love/ Harrison (US guitarist, vocals; Babes In Toyland/Hole/Faith
1963: Vicki Vomit/Jens Hellmann (German satirical musician, comedian).
1959: Jim Kerr (Scottish vocalist; Simple Minds/Breakfast Club).
1957: Marc Almond (UK singer; Soft Cell/solo).
1954: Debbie Sledge (US singer; Sister Sledge).
1953: Kate Garner (UK vocalist; Haysi Fantayzee).
1952: John Tesh (US pianist, new age composer, TV host).
1950: Gwen Guthrie
((some sources July 14th))
(US soul singer)*03.Feb.1999.
1947: Rubén Basoalto (Argentine drummer; Vox Dei/Break/Willy
Quiroga Quiroga Trio)*03.Nov.2010.
1947: John "Mitch" Mitchell (UK drummer; Blue Fames/Jimi
1947: Haruomi Hosono (Japanese bassist; Apryl Fool/Yellow Magic
1946: Joe Micelli (US musician; John Fred and His Playboy Band).
1946: Bon Scott (Scottish born Austalian lead singer, drummer;
AC/DC- other bands)*19.Feb.1980.
Boy Slim/Foster MacKenzie (US singer-songwriter;Sex
1944: Denis 'Tea-Cup' Taylor (UK bassist; The Dave Clark Five,
Davie Jones & the Lower Third).
1941: Don McPherson (US lead singer; Main Ingredient)*03.July.1971.
Sosa (Argentinian folk singer)*04.Oct.2009.
Wright (US free
jazz musician, electric bass, saxophone)*17.May.1990.
1930: Buddy Bregman (US producer/director/writer/composer/conductor/arranger/M.D).
1929: Lee Hazlewood (US male country singer, songwriter, record
1929: Jesse McReynolds (US bluegrass singer, mandolin player; Jim
1927: Ed Ames/Edmund Dantes Urick (US singer with The Ames Brothers).
1925: Alan Dale (US singer, TV & radio personality)*20.April.2002.
1923: Molly O'Day/LaVerne Williamson (US C&W, gospel singer)*05.Dec.1987.
1921: Irv Kluger (US
1916: Sir Dean Goffin (New Zealand composer)*1984.
1915: David Diamond (American composer)*13.June.2005.
Takashi Asahina (Japanese conductor)*29.Dec.2001.
1983: Kim Heechul
1982: Alex Arrowsmith (US
singer, guitarist, keyboards; The Shaky Hands).
1980: Jessica Simpson
rock lyricist, vocalist, rhythm guitarist; Fujifabric)*24.Dec.2009.
1980: Alejandro Millán (Mexican singer, songwriter)
1976: Phillips Exeter Blue I/Elijah Blue Allman (US singer, guitarist;
1974: Imelda May/Imelda Mary Higham
(Irish singer-songwriter, guitar, bodhrán, tambourine).
1972: Tilo Wolff (German singer; Lacrimosa)
1970: Gary LeVox/Gary Wayne Vernon Jr (US lead vocalist; Rascal
1970: Jason Orange (UK vocals, stage actor; Take That).
1967: Rebekah Del Rio (US Latin singer-songwriter)
1965: Doreen Waddell (UK singer; Soul
II Soul/The KLF)*01.March.2002.
DiStefano (US guitar; Porno For Pyros).
1965: Ken Mellons (US country music singer, guitarist)
1964: Graham Lambert (lead guitar; Inspiral Carpets).
1961: Jacky Cheung (Hong Kong singer, actor)
1960: Martyn P Casey (Australian bassist, keyboards; The Triffids/Bad
1958: Béla Fleck (US banjo player, singer)
1954: Neil Tennant (vocals;
Pet Shop Boys).
Gordon "Rik" Emmett (Canadian
vocalist, guitarist, writer; Triumph).
Zoogz Rift (US singer,
painter, professional wrestler)*22.March.2011.
1952: Kim Mitchell (Canadian guitarist, singer)
Wheeler (American singer, songwriter)
1950: Greg Kihn [US
1949: John Whitehead (US singer; McFadden & Whitehead)*11.May.2004.
1949: Dave Smalley (lead singer; DYS/Dag Nasty/Down By Law/Sharpshooters)?
1947: Arlo Guthrie
(US singer, songwriter, son of folksinger Woody Guthrie).
1947: Bruce Lambourne Fowler (US trombone, composer; Frank Zappa/sessions/own
1945: Peter Michalica (Slovak violinist)
1944: John 'Beaky'
Dymond [guitar, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky,
Mick & Tich).
1943: Jerry Miller (US guitar, Moby Grape).
1942: Ronnie James Dio/Ronald
James Padavona (US vocalist;Elf/Rainbow/
1941: Ian Whitcomb (UK singer).
1940: Brian Priestley (UK jazz writer, pianist, arranger).
1940: Helen Donath (US soprano)
1939: Mavis Staples (US gospel singer; The Staple Singers)
1938: Lee Morgan (American trumpeter)*19.Feb.1972.
1937: Jumpin' Gene Simmons (US rockabilly singer/songwriter)*29.Aug.2006.
Johnny Griffith (US keyboardist; Motown's
Funk Brother house band)*10.Nov.2002.
1933: Jerry Herman (composer, lyricist, Hello Dolly, Mack the Knife..more).
1931: Jerry Herman (US composer, lyricist)
Perdomo (Venezuelan folk singer)*25.Feb.2011.
Luigi Waites/Lewis Waites (US
jazz drummer, vibraphonist; Luigi, Inc/solo)*06.April.2010.
Wallace OBE (British bass-baritone opera / concert singer)*12.Oct.2009.
(US jazz-R'n'B trumpeter)*15.Sept.1985.
Anderson (US vocalist; Duke Ellington Band)*28.Sept.1949.
Mitchell Parish/Michael Hyman Pashelinsky (Lithuanian
born US lyricist)*31.March.1993.
Henryk Wieniawski (Polish
violinist and composer)*31.March.1880.
1995: Tyler Medeiros
1990: George Craig (UK
singer, model; One Night Only)
1989: Liel Kolet (Israeli
Shigeaki Kato (Japanese
idol singer; NEWS)
1983: Kelly Poon
(Singaporean singer; Project SuperStar winner).
1983: Marie Serneholt (Swedish
pop singer; A*Teens).
1983: Peter Cincotti (US
1982: Lil' Zane/Zane Copeland
(US actor and rapper).
1979: Lauris Reiniks (Latvian singer)
1975: Samer el Nahhal (Finnish musician;
1975: Lil' Kim/ Kimberly Denise
Jones (US rapper, songwriter).
1975: Rick McMurray (Irish drummer; Ash)?
1974: Alanas Chonau (Lithuanian singer, songwriter)
1973: Andrew Bird (US multi-musician, songwriter; Bowl of Fire/solo)
1973: Scotty Emerick (US country music singer-songwriter).
1972: Jussi 69/Jussi Heikki Tapio Vuori (Finnish drummer; The 69
Hailey (US actress, singer; The Murmurs/Uh Huh Her)
1969: David Tao (Taiwanese singer-songwriter).
rock vocalist; Bonham)*16.March.2008.
1966: Mel Appleby (UK singer; Mel and Kim)*18.Jan.1990.
1965: Scott Shriner (US bassist; Weezer).
1960: David Baerwald (US songwriter/composer)
1959: Richie Sambora (US lead guitarist; Bon Jovi).
Nadine Vega (US singer, songwriter).
1958: Kirk Whalum (US saxophonist; freelance/sessionist).
1957: Pete Murphy (UK vocalist; Bauhaus).
1957: Michael Rose (Jamaican vocalist; Black Uhuru).
1954: Benny DeFranco [Member of the Canadian musical DeFranco Family]
1953: Bramwell Tovey (English-born conductor and composer).
1953: Peter Brown (US singer, songwriter, producer)
1950: Bonnie Pointer (US singer; Pointer Sisters).
1949: Liona Boyd (Canadian classical guitarist).
Martin Rushent (English record producer)*04.June.2011.
1947: John Kenneth Holt (Jamaica reggae singer-songwriter, lead
vocalist; The Paragons).
John Lawton (UK singer; Lucifer's Friend/Uriah
Heep/Les Humphries Singers/freelance/solo).
1946: Patrice Caratini (French bassist, composer/bandleader).
1943: Oscar D'León (Venezuelan salsa singer, musician).
1941: Tommy Vance/Richard
Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Weston (UK radio DJ)*06.March.2005.
(UK radio producer-presenter, trumpeter; Mighty Joe Young Jazz Men)*30.July.2001.
1938: Terri Garthwaite (member of the band Joy of Cooking/solo).
Russell (Canadian country music DJ)*11.Dec.2011.
1935: Frederick Hemke (US saxophonist)
1931: Tab Hunter (US singer, actor).
Harris (US singer; the Lamplighters/the Sharps/others/solo)*19.April.1990.
1932: Roquel Billy Davis (US songwriter/producer/singer)*02.Sept.2004.
1929: Hermann Prey (German
1929: Chuck Rio/Daniel Flores (US singer, saxophonist)*19.Sept.2006.
1925: Nicolai Gedda (Swedish tenor opera singer).
1904: Niño Ricardo/Manuel Serrapi (Spanish
1992: Eoghan Quigg (UK singer; X-Factor finalist).
1988: Melissa O'Neil (Canadian singer).
1985: Luiz Ejlli (Albanian singer).
1984: Gareth Gates (UK singer, TV's Pop Idol runner up).
1981: Adrienne Camp (South African singer, songwriter)
Tracie Spencer (US r&b singer, winner
of CBS television talent show Star Search).
Cheyenne Jackson (US actor, singer)
1974: Sharon den Adel (Dutch singer: Within Temptation)
1973: Magoo/Melvin Barcliff (American rapper)
1972: Brett A. Reed (US drummer; Rancid).
1970: Juba Kalamka (US hip hop artist)
1969: Jesse Pintado (US guitarist; Napalm Death/Terrorizer/Lock
1968: Lady Saw/Marion
Hall (Jamaican reggae singer).
John Peter Petrucci
(US guitarist, songwriter; Dream Theater/solo/guest).
1966: Taiji Sawada (Japanese
bassist, singer-songwriter; Japan X / many others)*17.July.2011.
1964: Tim Gane (UK guitarist, keyboards; Stereolab).
1963: Alan Duval (UK
vocalist, musician; UB40).
1962: Dan Murphy (US
guitar; Soul Asylum).
1960: Corynne Charby (French model, actress, singer)
1956: Markku Peltola (Finnish
actor, singer, bassist; Motelli
1956: Sandi Patti (US Contemporary Christian music singer).
1953: Billy Alessi (US singer; Alessi Brothers, Musicals).
1953: Bobby Alessi (US
singer; Alessi Brothers, Musicals).
1952: Philip Taylor Kramer (US bass player; Iron Butterfly)*12.Feb.1995.
Liz Mitchell (US singer, Boney M).
1951: Sylvia Sass (Hungarian soprano).
1951: Ruddy Thomas (Jamaican singer, songwriter, producer, studio
1950: Eric "The Fox" Carr/Paul Charles Caravello (US
1949: John Wetton (UK bass, vocals, King Crimson/Uriah Heep, Roxy
1948: Walter Egan (American rock n roll singer).
1947: Wilko Johnson (UK guitarist, singer; Dr Feelgood/solo).
1947: Mari Trini/Maria Trinidad Perez Miravete (Spanish
1946: Jeff Christie (singer, guitar; Christie).
1946: Valentina Tolkunova (Russian award winning singer)*22.March.2010
1943: Christine McVie/Christine Perfect (UK keyboardist, vocalist,
Chicken Shack/ Fleetwood Mac).
singer, guitarist, actor)*21.June.2010.
Eddie Blazonczyk aka Eddy Bell
(US polka guitarist, singer)*21.May.2012.
Dino/Kenneth J. Diono (US
1937: Michel Louvain/Michel Poulin (French
1935: Hal Carter (US songwriter, manager,
1934: Van Cliburn (US classical pianist; Grammy award winner).
"Conte" Candoli (US
trumpet, Dorsey, Brown, Herman etc)*14.Dec.2001.
1920: Paul Gonsalves (US jazz sax player; Duke Ellington/others)*15.May.1974.
Flagstad (Norwegian opera
singer of international fame)*07.Dec.1962.
1895: Oscar Hammerstein II (American lyricist)*23.Aug.1960
1989: Sayumi Michishige
(Japanese singer; Morning Musume).
1987: Tulisa Contostavlos (UK singer;
1984: Ida Maria (Norwegian singer).
1982: Joost van den Broek (Dutch keyboard
player; After Forever).
1974: Deborah Cox (Canadian R&B singer).
1973: Monoxide Child/Paul Methric (US horrorcore artist; Twiztid).
1969: Mark "Barney" Greenway (UK vocalist; Napalm Death,
Extreme Noise Terror, Benediction).
Benny Benassi (Italian disc jockey)
1966: Gerald LeVert (US R&B
soul singer; The LeVerts/LSG/solo)*10.Nov.2006.
1966: Natalia Luis-Bassa (Venezuelan Orchestral Conductor).
1963: Fatboy Slim/Norman
Cook/Quentin Leo Cook (UK DJ,
turntables, record roducer, pioneer).
1962: Rhonda Vincent (US singer,mandolin, guitar, fiddle; Sally
1961: Lawrence Donegan (Scottish bass; Commotions).
1954: Louise Mandrell (US country singer & musician).
1954: Sezen Aksu (Turkish singer).
George Lewis (US jazz trombone player
1942: Stephen Jo Bladd (US drummer; The J. Geils Band).
1942: Jay 'Bird' Uzzell (US lead vocalist; Corsairs).
1942: Roger McGuinn (US guitarist, vocals, songwriter;The Byrds).
Malli (Austrian jazz soprano saxophonist,
Ayler (US jazz saxophonist, singer, composer)*05-25.Nov.1970.
1935: Pete Escovedo (Latin jazz, salsa, rock, Latin percussionist;
Shemer (Israeli singer, song-writer)*26.June.2004.
1928: Leroy Vinnegar (US jazz bassist)*03.Aug.1999.
1924: Carlo Bergonzi (Italian singer)
1921: Git Gay/Birgit Carp nee Holmberg (Swedish actress and singer)*02.July.2007.
1921: Ernest Gold/Ernst Sigmund Goldner (Austrian composer)*17.March.1999.
M. Sheridan (US boogie-woogie pianist; Lawrence Welk/own band)*09.Feb.2000.
1915: Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams (US R&B saxophone
player, vocals, bandleader)*14.Sept.2002.
Gorni Kramer (Italian bandleader, accordian,
double bass, songwriter)*26.Oct.1995.
1900: George Lewis (US New Orlean's jazz clarinetist)*31.Dec.1968.
1984: Nansy Stergiopoulou (Greek singer; Hi-5)
1980: Jed Madela (Filipino singer)
1975: Tameka "Tiny" Cottle
(US vocalist; Xscape).
1975: Jamey Johnson (US country music singer, guitarist)
1975: Taboo Nawasha/Jaime Luis
Gómez (Hip-Hop artist; Black Eyed
1973: Adam Quinn (US bagpipe player & composer).
1973: Paul Methric (US rapper)
1971: Nick McCabe (UK guitar; Verve).
1971: Marie-Chantal Toupin (Canadian singer)
(Romanian pop singer, folk singer)*14.July.2010.
1966: Tanya Donelly
(guitar, vocals; Belly/The Breeders/solo).
1966: Ellen Reid (vocals, piano, keyboards, accordion, Crash Test
1965: Igor Khoroshev (Russian keyboardist; Yes).
1964: John Maurer
(US bassist; Social Distortion, Foxy &
Fuel, Social Distortion).
1961: Charlies Everett Lilly Jr (US bass guitar player; Billy Walker
1962: Jeff Olson (US percussionist; Trouble)
1960: Ray Herndon (US guitarist; J. David Sloan & the Rogues,
McBride & the Ride).
1960: Angélique Kidjo (Beninese singer)
Richard Gass (US guitarist, singer, actor; Tenacious D/Trainwreck).
(US bass player, multi-musician; Elton John/top world sessionist)*15.Aug.2012.
1952: Chris Cross/Christopher Allen (UK bassist, synth; Ultravox).
1952: Bob Casale aka Bob 2 (US guitarist; Devo)
1950: Gwen Guthrie
((some sources July
(US soul singer)*03.Feb.1999.
1949: Tommy Mattola (UK
music executive and co-owner of Casablanca Records)?
James "Jim" Gordon (US drummer;
Derek & The Dominos/sessionist).
Dogg/Jerry Williams Jr
(US soul music artist).
1939: Vince Taylor/Brian Maurice Holden (UK vocalist; Vince Taylor
and the Playboys)*28
1939: Karel Gott (Czech Schlager singer)
1938: Tony Archer (UK jazz double-bassist; Don Rendell Quartet/Tony
1938: Bob Scholl (US vocalist; Mellow Kings)*27.Aug.1975.
1932: Del Reeves (US country singer)*01.Jan.2007.
1930: Polly Bergen (US actress, singer, and entrepreneur).
1929: Alan Dawson (US
jazz drummer, Dave Brubeck Quartet/session/tutor)*23.Feb.1996.
1926: Lowman Pauling (singer, guitarist,songwriter; Five Royales/solo)?*26.Dec.1973.
1923: Robert Zildjian (US musical instrument manufacturer; Sabian
1920: Marijohn Wilkin (American country music songwriter)*28.Oct.2006.
big band singer)*17.Nov.1981.
1914: Billy Kyle
(US pianist, John Kirby Sextet/Louis Armstrong's All-Stars)*23.Feb.1966.
1912: Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (US singer, guitarist)*03.Oct.1967.
1901: Gerald Finzi (US composer)*27.Sept.1956.
Hess (German violinist, viola,
1992: Koharu Kusumi (Japanese
singer; Morning Musume)
1984: Vice Cooler/Christiana
Vincent Richards-Touchstone (US
singer-songwriter; Hawnay Troof/Xbxrx).
1982: Haley Scarnato (US singer, former
American Idol finalist).
1979: Laura Benanti (US
musical theatre actress)
1977: Ray Toro (US guitarist; My Chemical
Faraz Anwar (Pakistani guitar
1976: Jim Jones/Joseph Guillermo Jones II
1974: Chot Ulep (Filipino songwriter,
vocals, bassist; solo/sessions/Introvoys)
1973: John Dolmayan (Lebanese-born drummer;
System of a Down)
1971: Danijela Martinovic (Croatian singer)
(US bassist, poet; Deftones)*13.April.2013.
1966: Jason Bonham (UK drummer; son of
John Bonham/Virginia Wolf)
1959: Shep Pettibone (US record producer,
songwriter, club DJ).
Joe Satriani (US rock guitar virtuoso;
1956: Marky Ramone/Marc Steven Bell (US
drummer; Ramones/Dust/Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Misfits).
1956: Ian Curtis (UK singer, songwriter; Joy Division)*18.May.1980.
1953: Alicia Bridges (US singer, songwriter)
1952: Johnny Thunders/John Anthony Genzale (US guitar,vocals; New
1952: Jeff Carlisli (US
steel guitarist, dobro,
guitar; 38 Special).
1951: Nick Webster (UK guitarist; Hedgehoppers Anonymous).
1951: Gregory Isaacs (Jamaican reggae singer)*25.Oct.2010.
de Melchor/Enrique Jiménez Ramírez (Spanish
1949: Trevor Horn (UK bassist, guitar, percussion, vocals; Buggles/The
Art of Noise).
1948: Thomas Delmer 'Artimus' Pyle (US drummer; Lynyrd Skynyrd).
1947: Ian McCreadie (Scottish guitar, flautist; Middle Of The Road/Los
1947: Peter Banks/Peter Brockbanks (UK guitarist; The Syn/Yes/solo/guest).
1946: Linda Ronstadt (US singer, songwriter).
1945: Peter Lewis (US vocalist, guitarist; Moby Grape/The Cornells)?
1944: Millie Jackson (US soul singer).
Burgon (British composer)*21.Sept.2010.
1934: Harrison Birtwistle (UK composer)
1933: Julian Bream (US guitarist, lutenist)
Moura (Brazilian saxophonist, clarinetist)*12.July.2010.
1929: Charles Anthony/Calogero Antonio Caruso (American-Sicilian
Francis Bebey (Cameroonian-born French
artist, composer, musician, writer)*28.May.2001.
1928: Joe Harriott/Joe Arthurlin (Anglo-Jamacian jazz alto saxophonist)*02.Jan.1973.
1924: Piero Bellugi (Italian conductor)*10.June.2012.
1923: Joseph Rudolph 'Philly Joe' Jones (US jazz drummer)*30.Aug.1985.
Hakim/Argonne Thornton (US jazz pianist,
Joan Roberts (US musical theatre actress)*13.Aug.2012.
Cowboy Copas/Lloyd Estel Copas (US
country music singer)*05.March.1983.
1913: Dorothy Schwartz (American
1905: Dorothy Fields
(US librettist, lyricist)*28.March.1974.
Noel Gay/Reginald Moxon Armitage (English composer of popular song)*04.March.1954.
1864: Marie Tempest DBE (English
Indelicato (US singer, actor)
1990: James Maslow (US singer, actor; Big Time Rush)
TJ /Tito Joe Jackson (US vocals; 3T) ((son
of Jackson 5's Tito)).
1975: Jamie Oliver (Welsh keyboardist; Lostprophets)
1974: Jeremy Enigk (US singer-songwriter, guitarist; Sunny Day Real
Estate/The Fire Theft)
1971: Ed Kowalczyk (US lead singer; Live/solo).
1964: Polly Hancock (UK guitarist, vocals, Popinjays)
Dave/Dante David (Filipino
radio disc jockey)*26.May.2008
Argov (Israeli oriental Mizrahi style
1952: Stewart Copeland/pseudonym Klark Kent (US drummer, producer;
Bobby Previte (US drummer, composer,
1950: Tom Terrell (US musicologist, deejay)*29.Nov.2007.
1948: Rubén Blades (Panamanian singer, actor)
1948: Pinchas Zukerman (Israeli violinist)
1944: Thomas Boggs (US drummer, Box Tops)*05.May.2008.
1941: Desmond Dekker (Jamaican singer; The Aces)*24.May.2006.
Butch Baker/Leslie John Baker
(UK guitarist, vocalist; Barron Knights)
1941: Mio Kovac (Croatian singer)
Barry Fey (American rock concert promoter)*28.April.2013.
1938: Tony Jackson (UK bass, vocals; Searchers)*18.Aug.2003.
1936: Buddy Merrill Behunin, Jr. (US guitarist; The Lawrence Welk
1937: Thomas "Tommy"
Bruce (British singer)*10.July.2006.
James Chilton (UK jazz trumpeter, writer;Swinging
Blue Jeans/Alex Welsh).
1930: Guy Béart (Egyptian-born French singer, songwriter)
1928: Ticho Parly/Frederick Christiansen (Danish Heldentenor)*21.June.1993.
Cal Tjader (US
vibraphonist and percussionist)*05.May.1982.
1925: Nat Pierce
(US jazz pianist; Woody Herman/many more)*June.10.1992.
1909: John "Teddy" Buckner
(Dixieland trumpet player, bandleader)*22.Sept.1994.
Petrassi (Italian composer)*03.March.2003.
1903: Carmen Lombardo (Canadian singer, composer)*17.April.1971.
Escudero (Jazz bass player;
McKinney's Cotton Pickers)*10.April.1970.
1896: Evelyn Preer (Afro-American
actress and blues singer)*27.Nov.1932.
1987: Jeremih Felton (US
1985: Tom Fletcher (UK joint lead singer,
1984: Asami Kimura (Japanese singer; Country Musume)
1982: Natasha Hamilton (UK vocals, Atomic Kitten).
1978: Émilie Simon (French singer)
1978: Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear (US singer, keyboardist; Animal
1976: Luke Bryan (US country music singer, acoustic guitar)
1975: Paul Hinojos (US guitarist; At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta)
1974: Laura Macdonald (Scottish jazz saxophonist, composer, teacher)
1972: Jason Rullo (US drummer; Symphony X, Redemption)
1971: Jarrett Cordes/DJ
Minute Mix (DJ with PM Dawn).
1970: Mandy Smith (singer, model, actress, Bill Wyman's Xwife).
1969: F.Gary Gray (US music video director)
1967: Susan Ashton/Susan Rae Hill (US christian singer)
1966: Louis Knox Barlow (multi musician, music pioneer; Dinosaur
(US rapper, emcee; Gang Starr/solo)*19.April.2010.
1965: Craig Morgan (US singer)
Natasha Pivovarova (Russian singer; Kolibri/solo)*23.Sept.2007.
1963: Regina Belle (US singer).
1960: Dawn Upshaw (US soprano)
singer songwriter; backing vocals/solo)*16.Dec.1997.
1952: Chet McCracKen (US drummer, The Doobie Brothers).
1950: Phoebe Snow/Phoebe Ann Laub (US singer, songwriter)*26.April.2011.
1950: Damon Harris/Otis
Harris Jr (US
1949: Mick Tucker (UK drummer; Sweet)*14.Feb.2002.
1949: Mike Vale (bass; Shondells)?
1949: Chico Freeman/Earl Lavon (sax, clarinet, flute, bandleader;
1949: Terry "Geezer" Butler (bassist; Black Sabbath).
1948: Ron Asheton (US guitar; Iggy Pop And The Stooges)*early
1948: Brian Glascock (US drummer; The Motels/Gods/BeeGees/Sessionist/freelance).
1947: Phil Cordell/Springwater (multi-musician, singer, songwriter)*31.March.2007.
1947: Abraham Laboriel (Mexican session bassist, over 3,000 recordings
1947: Wolfgang Flur (electronic drums; Kraftwerk).
1945: Eric McCredie (Scottish bass player; Middle Of The Road/Los
1942: Gale Garnett (Canadian singer)
1939: Spencer Davis
((some sources 1942))
(UK multi-musician, vocals; Spencer Davis Group/Solo).
1938: Stan Brostein (sax, clarinet, vocals; Elephants Memory)?
1936: Nick Brignola (US sax player; Woody Herman's orchestra/guest/bandleader)*08.Feb.2002.
1935: Diahann Carroll/Carol Diahann Johnson (US singer, actress).
1935: Peter Schickele (US author, composer, radio host)
1933: Ben Riley (jazz drummer; Thelonious Monk's Quartet/many others).
1928: Vince Guaraldi (jazz pianist, composer, songwriter, bandleader)*06.Feb.1976.
1928: Joe Morello (US drummer; Marian McPartland trio/Dave Brubeck
1925: Jimmy Scott (jazz singer, conga player, Lionel Hampton Band/guest/sessions).
Danny Bank (US
jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist)*05.June.2010.
1921: George Barnes (US jazz/blues guitarist, Bucky
1921: Mary Osborne (jazz guitarist, violin, bass, vocals)*04.March.1992.
Red Sovine/Woodrow Wilson Sovine (US country music singer)*04.April.1980.
1993: Lee Taemin
(South Korean singer, dancer, actor; SHINee)
1991: Karina Pasian (US singer, pianist)
1982: Ryan Frank Cabrera (Colombian-American
Ryoko Hirosue (Japanese actress, singer)
1979: Jermaine Paul (US R&B/soul singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist)
1978: Annie Mac (British DJ)
1978: Verónica Romeo (Spanish singer)
1978: Tony Fagenson (Welsh drummer; Eve 6).
1975: Daron Malakian (guitar; System of a Down).
1970: Gruff Rhys (Welsh vocalist; Super Furry Animals/solo).
1965: Vesselina Kasarova (Bulgarian opera singer).
1962: Jack Irons (US drummer; Pearl Jam/sessionist/freelance).
Weenink (Dutch blues guitarist; solo/The Tired Starlings).
1958: Nigel Twist (UK drummer; The Alarm).
1957: Lynn Seaton (US jazz bassist; Steve Schmidt Trio/Count Basie).
1957: Keith Levene (UK guitarist, Public Image Ltd/The Clash).
1955: Terry Chambers (UK drummer; XTC/Dragon).
1954: Ricky Skaggs (US country and bluegrass singer).
1953: Warren Wiebe (US singer, bassist)*25.Oct.1998.
1950: Cornelis 'Cesar' Zuiderwijk (Dutch drummer; Golden Earring/Hu
&The Hilltops/Livin' Blues).
1950: Richard Branson (UK founder of Virgin Records and the Virgin
1950: Glenn Hughes (US singer;the original "Biker" in
the Village People)*04.March.2001.
1949: Wally Bryson (US guitarist, singer, songwriter; The Raspberries).
1948: Phil Harris (UK guitarist; Ace). not
Wonga Phil Harris
1946: Tim Lynch (US vocals, guitar, harmonica; Flamin Groovies)
1945: Danny McCullock (UK guitar; Animals).
1943: Robin McDonald (UK guitar, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas).
1942: Bobby Susser (US songwriter, record producer)
1941: Frank Farian/Franz Reuther (German music producer, singer,
1941: Martha Reeves (US soul singer; Vandellas).
1941: Lonnie Mack (US guitarist, singer)
1940: Johnny 'Hutch' Hutchinson (UK-Maltese born drummer; The Big
1939: Brian Auger (UK keyboardist, Trinity/Mahavishnu Orchestra/sessions).
1939: Roger Sellers (Aussie drummer; Nucleus).
1939: Dion Dimucci (US singer; Dion & The Belmonts).
1938: Ian Stewart (Scottish pianist, keyboard, road manager, co-founder;
1938: Dudu Pukwana (Sth African sax player, pianist, composer;
1935: Johnny Funches (US lead tenor; Dells)*23.Jan.1998.
1934: Roger Reynolds (US composer, teacher)
1931: Papa Dee Allen/Thomas Sylvester Allen (US percussion, sax;
1929: Screamin' Jay Hawkins/Jalacy Hawkins (US R&B singer,
Fontana (US trombonist and bandleader)*09.Oct.2003.
1927: Kurt Masur (Silesian-born conductor)
(Pakistani ghazal singer, playback singer)*13.June.2012.
1917: Henri Salvador (French singer)*13.Feb.2008.
1909: Harriet Nelson/Peggy Lou Snyder (US singer and actress)*02.Oct.1994.
"Deek" Watson (US tenor singer, guitarist, trumpeter;
The Ink Spots/others)*04.Nov.1969.
1982: Christopher Bear (US drummer; Grizzly
1981: Didz Hammond (UK bass guitarist; Dirty Pretty Things/Cooper
1979: Michelle Heaton (UK singer; Liberty X).
1973: Martin Powell (UK violinist, keyboard; Cradle of Filth)
1972: Naohito Fujiki (Japanese actor, singer)
1971: Russell Allen (US singer; Symphony X)
1971: Urs Buhler (Swiss singer; Il Divo).
1968: Robert "Robb" Flynn/Lawrence Matthew Cardine (US
guitarist, vocalist; Machine Head).
1968: Ged Lynch (UK drummer; Black Grape/others).
1967: Stuart Howe (Canadian operatic tenor).
1965: Evelyn Glennie DBE (Scottish percussionist)
1964: Masahiko Kondo (Japanese singer, actor, racing driver)
1960: Kevin Haskins (UK drummer; Love & Rockets/Bauhaus/Tones
1958: David Robertson (US symphony orchestra conductor)
1956: Nikki Sudden/Adrian Godfrey (UK singer, guitarist;Swell Maps/Jacobites)*26.March.2006.
1952: Allen Collins (US guitarist; founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd)*23.Jan.1990.
1950: Freddy Moore (US songwriter)
1948: Keith Godchaux (US keyboardist; Grateful Dead)*23.July.1980.
1947: Brian May (UK lead guitar, singer, songwriter; Queen/Solo/Guest).
Yasuoka (Japanese actor, singer;
1947: Bernie Leadon (US banjo, guitar; founding member of The Eagles/freelance).
1946: Allan Gorrie (bass, vocals; Average White Band).
1945: Wesley Price (UK rhythm guitarist; The Sorrows)
1944: George Frayne/Commander Cody (keyboard, piano, vocals; Lost
1941: Phil Upchurch (US jazz and R&B guitarist;The Dells/Spaniels/own
1941: Vikki Carr/Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona (US
1937: George Hamilton IV (US country singer).
1934: Bobby Bradford (US jazz trumpeter, cornet, bandleader, composer).
1925: Sue Thompson (US pop and country music singer)
1924: Al Haig (Freelance
US jazz pianist)*16.Nov.1982.
1919: Paul Dunlap (American composer)*11.March.2010.
1902: William "Buster" Bailey (US clarinet, saxophone;
1902: Cliff Jackson (US jazz pianist; Lionel Howard's Musical Aces/freelance)*24.May.1970.
1868: Florence Foster Jenkins (American opera singer)*1945
1980: Mike Kennerty (US guitarist; The All-American Rejects)
1976: Andrew Stockdale (Australian lead singer, guitarist; Wolfmother)
1974: Phofo (US music producer)
1971: DJ Screw/Robert Earl Davis Jr (US,
Houston DJ, rapper; Screwed Up Click)*16.Nov.2000.
Colleen Fitzpatrick/Vitamin C
some sources list date of birth 1972
1969: Tobi Vail (US multi-musician; Bikini Kill, The Go Team, The
1968: Steven Ganz (US jazz guitarist and tenor saxophonist).
Kool G Rap/Nathaniel Thomas Wilson (US rapper)
1967: Courtney Taylor-Taylor (US singer, guitarist; The Dandy Warhols)
1966: Stone Gossard (US rhythm guitar, producer, vocals; Mother
Love Bone/Pearl Jam).
1966: Andrew Levy (US bass; Brand New Heavies).
1964: Chris Cornell/Chris Boyle (US multi-musician;Temple of the
1962: Lee Harris (UK drummer; Talk Talk, .O.rang)
1959: James Irvin (UK vocalist; Furniture).
1958: Dig Wayne/Buzz Wayne/Timothy Wayne Ball (US lead singer;
1958: Mick McNeil (UK keyboardist; Simple Minds).
1956: Paul Cook (UK drummer; Sex Pistols/Professionals/Cheifs of
1956: Michael Gordon (US composer)
1955: Jeremy 'Jem' Finer (UK banjo, mandola, saxophone, hurdy-gurdy;
1954: Larry Levan/Lawrence Philpot (American
1953: Marcia Hines (American-born Australian singer)
1953: Dave Evans (Australian singer; AC/DC)
1952: Jay Jay French/John French Segall (guitar; Twisted Sister).
1948: Adrian Tilbrook (UK drummer; Back Door).
1947: Tony Thorpe (UK vocalist, guitar; Rubettes).
1947: Carlos Santana (latin/rock guitar virtuoso; Santana/guest/solo).
1946: Johnny Almond (UK sax, multi-musician; Alan Price/John Mayall/Mark-Almond/sessionist)*18.Nov.2009.
1945: Kim Carnes (US female singer; New Christy Minstrels/solo).
1945: Johnny Loughrey
1945: John Lodge
sources 1943 & 1944))
bassist, vocals; Moody Blues).
1944: T. G. Sheppard / Billy Neal Browder (US country singer-songwriter)
Charles Tyler (Jazzman, clarinet, saxophone;
1943: Wendy Richard/Wendy Emerton (Actress; sung 'Come Outside' with
1933: Buddy Knox (US singer, guitarist)*14.Feb.1999.
1930: Sally Ann Howes (English-born singer, actress)
1929: Peter Ind (UK bassist; freelance/solo).
1927: Michael Gielen (Austrian conductor, composer)
1924: Mort Garson (Canadian composer)*04.Jan.2008.
Ernie Wilkins Jr (US bop tenor sax player,
alto sax; Count Basie/freelance/own band)*05.June.1999.
1922: Joachim-Ernst Berendt (German
journalist, music critic, producer)*04.Feb.
saxophonist, clarinetist, composer)*20.Sept.1982.
Vilém Tauský (Czech conductor, composer)*16.March.2004.
1918: Cindy Walker
(American singer, songwriter,
1914: Teddy Kleindin (German jazz clarinetist).
1910: Vilém Tauský (Czech conductor, composer)*16.March.2004.
1902: Jimmy Kennedy (Irish composer)*06.April.1984.
1985: Paloma Faith Blomfield (UK singer-songwriter,
1983: Eivør Pálsdóttir (Faroese singer)
1982: Claudette Ortiz (US soul singer).
1982: David Parker (UK jazz bebop musician)?
1981: Blake Lewis (US singer; American Idol finalist).
1978: Damian Marley (Jamaican reggae
artist, singer, songwriter).
1976: Andrew Stockdale (Australian
guitarist, singer; Wolfmother).
1974: Terry Coldwell (UK vocalist, East
1971: Marcus Eoin (Scottish multi-musician; Boards of Canada)
1971: Charlotte Gainsbourg (French actress, singer)
1969: Emerson Hart (US songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, producer;
1961: Amar Singh Chamkila (Punjabi folk singer)
1961: Jim Martin (US guitar, Faith No More).
1960: Amar Singh Chamkila (Punjabi folk singer)*08.March.1988.
1957: George Landress (US songwriter, music producer)
Franklin Kiermyer (Canadian jazz drummer; freelance).
1955: Taco Ockerse (Dutch singer, entertainer)
1955: Henry Christian Priestman
(UK vocals, keyboards, The Christians).
1955: Howie Epstein (US rock bassist; Tom Petty / many more)*23.Feb.2003.
Lewis Quarrington (Canadian
novelist, playwright, screenwriter, musician)*21.Jan.2010.
1949: Hirini Melbourne (Maori composer, singer, university lecturer,
1948: Teruzane Utada (Japanese music record producer, manager)
1948: Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam/Steven Demetre Georgiou (singer/songwriter).
1946: Barry Whitwam (UK drums, Herman's Hermits).
1945: Mike Wilsh (UK bass, keyboards; Four Pennies).
Sid Selvidge (US
guitarist, singer-songwriter; Mud
Boy and the Neutrons)*02.May.2013.
1942: Alan James Bown (UK trumpet player; The Embers/John Barry Seven/The
Alan Bown Set).
1939: Kim Fowley (US singer, keyboards, producer; freelance).
1938: Anton Kuerti (Canadian pianist, composer, conductor)
1935: Pierre Cullaz (French guitarist; Sarah Vaughan).
1932: Kaye Stevens (US
1931: Sonny Clark/Conrad Yeatis (US hard jazz & bop pianist;
1931: Plas Johnson (US jazzman, tenor sax; freelance).
1930: Helen Merrill/Jelena Ana Milcetic (US vocalist, jazz, R&B;
Bakshi (Indian lyricist)*30.March.2002.
1922: Kay Starr (American
1920: Isaac Stern
Country singer; The Carter Family Show)*08.Jan.1979.
1983: Arsenie Todiras
1981: Ala Ghawas (Bahraini singer, songwriter)
Kate Ryan (Belgian singer)
1980: Tablo (Korean hip-hop musician; Epik High)
1976: Kokia/Akiko Yoshida (Japanese singer-songwriter)
1973: Rufus Wainwright (Canadian/American, singer-songwriter).
1973: Daniel Jones (English-born Australian one half of the Australian
pop duo Savage Garden).
1971: Chris Helme (UK vocals; Seahorses/The Yards/solo).
1969: Jason Becker (US guitarist, composer; Cacophony/David Lee
1969: Despina Vandi (Greek singer)
1967: Rhys Ifans/Rhys Owain Evans (Welsh actor, singer; Super Furry
1967: Pat Badger (US bassist; Extreme Daemon/In The Pink/Super
Trans Atlantic/Tribe Of Judah).
1964: Will Calhoun (American drummer, photographer; Living Colour/sessionist/guest).
1963: Emily Saliers (US vocals, guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin,
ukelele; Indigo Girls).
1962: Martine St. Clair (Canadian singer)
1961: Keith Sweat (US
R&B, soul singer, record producer; LSG).
1960: Jon Oliva (US vocalist and keyboardist Savatage)
1958: Lucas Maree
(South African singer, songwriter)*18.Feb.2011.
1956: Mick Pointer (UK drummer; Marillion/Arena).
1955: Joshua Breakstone (US jazz guitar; freelance).
1954: Al Di Meola (US guitarist; Return to Forever/freelance).
1953: Jimmy Bruno (US jazz guitarist)
1949: Alan Menken (US composer)
1947: Don Henley (drums, vocals; The Eagles/guest).
1947: Terry Clements (US long time guitarist with Gordon Lightfoot)*20.Feb.2011.
Stephen M. Wolownik (American-Russian
1946: Mireille Mathieu (French singer)
1944: Rick Davies
(UK vocals, keyboards; Supertramp).
1943: Bobby Sherman (US singer, actor; television series Shindig!/solo).
Bennett (US singer, The Ronettes)*11.Feb.2009.
1941: George Clinton (US singer, musician; Parliament, Funkadelic)
Thomas Wayne Perkins (American hillbillie singer)*15.Aug.1971.
1940: George Clinton
(US vocals, keyboards, synthesizer; Parliament/ Funkadelic).
Latin jazz saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist)*10.Aug.2007.
1937: Chuck Jackson (US R&B & soul singer; Del Vikings/solo).
1937: Bob Downes (UK vocals, saxophone, flute).
1936: Don Patterson
(US jazz organ; Sonny Stitt's Band/freelance)*10.Feb.1988.
1934: Junior Cook/Herman Cook (US tenor saxophonist; Horace Silver
jazz double bassist;
1925: Hal Schaefer (US jazz pianist)
Margaret Whiting (American popular singer)*10.Jan.2011.
1924: Bill Perkins
(US jazzman, multi-sax player, flute; freelance)*09.Aug.2003.
1924: Al Haig (US jazz pianist; freelance)*16.Nov.1982.
1923: Mukesh Chand Mathur (Indian
1913: Gorni Kramer/Kramer
bandleader, multi-musician, songwriter)*26.Oct.1995.
1989: Katy B/Kathleen
Brien (UK singer-songwriter)
1984: Matthew Murphy (UK guitarist, keyboard, singer; The Wombats)
1981: Stevo 32/Steve Jocz (drummer; Sum 41).
1980: Michelle Williams (USvocals; Destiny's Child).
1978: Stefanie Sun (Singaporean singer)
1977: Saeed Modarres (Persian singer)
1976: Jonathan Gallant (Canadian bassist; Billy Talent)
1973: Himesh Reshammiya (Indian Bollywood composer, singer, actor)
1973: Shannon Leigh Brown (US country singer).
1973: Fran Healy
(Scottish vocalist, guitar; Travis).
1971: Chris Michalek (US jazz harmonica player)
1971: Dalvin DeGrate (US rap artist, vocals; Jodeci).
1971: Chad Gracey (US drummer; Live).
1971: Alison Krauss (US bluegrass-country singer, fiddle player).
1970: Sam Watters (US
songwriter, record producer; Color Me Badd).
1969: Kem Owens (US R&B/soul singer, songwriter, producer).
1968: Nick Menza (German drums; Megadeth).
1967: Titiyo Yambalu Felicia Jah (Swedish singer)
1965: Rob Dickinson
(UK vocalist, guitar; Catherine Wheel).
/Saul Hudson (US lead guitarist; Guns
N' Roses/Velvet Revolver).
1964: Tim Kellett (UK
keyboards & trumpet; Durutti Column/Simply
1963: Yuval Gabay (Israeli-born drummer, vocalist; Soul Coughing/U.V
1961: Martin Gore (UK
keyboards; Depeche Mode).
1959: Alan Barnes (UK
Reeds player; freelance).
1959: Pedro Aznar (Argentine vocalist, percussionist; The Pat Metheny
1958: Loren Schoenberg (US jazz historian, writer of liner notes,
1957: Dennis Greaves
(UK guitarist, vocals; Nine Below Zero/The Truth).
Marisa DeFranco (Canadian singer; member
of the DeFranco Family).
1952: Janis Siegel (US singer; Manhattan Transfer)?
1950: Blair Thornton (Canadian
guitar; Bachman Turner Overdrive).
1948: John Hall (US singer, guitar; John Hall Band/Orleans).
1947: David Essex/David Albert Cook (UK singer, actor).
1947: Lakshminarayana Subramaniam (Indian jazz fusion violinist;
1946: Andy Mackay (UK
sax, multi-musician; Roxy Music/sessionist/guest).
1946: Khan Jamal (US vibraphonist).
1944: Dino Danelli (US drums; Young Rascals/freelance).
1943: Tony Joe
White (US singer, songwriter, guitar).
1942: Madeline Bell (US soul singer; Bradford Singers/sessionist/solo).
1935: Cleveland Duncan (US lead vocals; Penguins).
1934: Tony Lee/Anthony Leedham Lee (UK
1934: Steve Lacy (US jazzman, sopranino & soprano
sax player; Freelance)*04.June.2004.
1930: Richie Kamuca (US jazzman, tenor
sax player; Freelance)*22.July.1977.
1929: Danny Barcelona (Hawaiian drummer; Hawaiian Dixieland All-Stars)?
1926: Cedella Malcolm Marley Booker (Jamaican
mother of musician Bob Marley)*08.April.2008.
1923: Claude Luter (French
clarinet player, soprano saxophone)*06.Oct.2006.
Amalia Mendoza (Mexican singer)*11.June.2001.
Amália da Piedade Rodrigues
(Portuguese singer, actress)*06.Oct.1999.
Despite official documents giving her date of birth as July 23rd, Amália
Rodrigues always said her birthday was July 1st 1920.
1919: Jim Chapin (US jazz drummer, tutor).
1915: Emmett Berry (US jazzman, trumpet player; freelance)*22.June.1993.
jazz guitarist and father to Billie Holiday)*01.March.1937.
1984: Dhani Lennevald (Swedish singer)
1979: Stat Quo/Stanley Benton (US rapper)
Mecca/Mary Ann Vieira (alternative
hip hop group Digable Planets).
1971: John Partridge (UK singer)
Kokkinou (Greek singer)
1969: Jennifer Lopez
1968: Kristin Chenoweth (US singer, actress)
Mo-Do/Fabio Frittelli (Italian techno musician)*06.Feb.2013.
1961: Paul Geary (US drummer; Extreme).
1958: Mick Karn/Anthony
Michaelides (UK-Cypriot bassist, multi-musician; Japan/others)*04.Jan.
1957: Larry Gott (UK guitarist, keyboard, flute; James).
1957: Pam Tillis (US singer, actress).
1953: Jon Faddis
(US jazzman, trumpet player, artistic director; freelance)
1951: Verdine White (US bassist; Earth, Wind & Fire).
Lynval Golding (UK-Jamaican guitarist;
1949: Yves Duteil (French singer, songwriter)
Albert Bouchard (US drummer, songwriter, vocals; Blue Oyster Cult).
1947: Peter Serkin (American pianist)
1945: Alan Whitehead (UK drummer; Marmalade).
1944: Jim Armstrong
(Irish vocals, guitarist; Them/Van Morrison
Henry Georg Schwartze (German vocalist, bassist; Tornados/solo)*07.April.2000.
1941: Barbara Love (UK singer; Friends Of Distinction/solo)?
1941: Bobby Angelo/Bobby Vincent/Robert
Hemmings (UK singer; Bobby Vincent
& the Shadows/Bobby Angelo & the Tuxedos).
1939: Charles McPherson (Jazzman, alto Sax; bandleader/freelance).
1936: Max Duane Barnes (US singer, songwriter; the Golden Rockets)*11.Jan.2004.
Ahmad Alaadeen (US jazz saxophonist,
(Venezuelan folk singer, composer)*24.Jan.2011.
(Canadian record producer)*13.May.2011.
1921: Billy Taylor (US jazz pianist, composer; Ben Webster's Quartet/own
1921: Giuseppe Di Stefano (Italian operatic tenor)*03.March.2008.
1918: Ruggiero Ricci (US violinist, teacher, author)*06.Aug.2012.
1917: Robert Farnon (Canadian-born conductor, composer, arranger,
1904: Leo Arnaud (French-American composer)*26.April.1991.
1880: Ernest Bloch (Swiss composer)*15.July.1959.
Lil Phat/Melvin Vernell III (US rap artist)*07.June.2012.
1992: Alex Bilbo (US vocalist, Girl Authority).
1988: Sarah Geronimo (Filipina actress, singer)
1980: Diam's/Mélanie Georgiades (French rapper)
1979: Amy Adams (US singer)
Dani Filth (UK singer; Cradle of Filth)
1971: Roger Creager (US country music singer-songwriter)
1970: Brian Blade (US drummer; SFJAZZ Collective/Yaya3).
1970: Richard Colburn (Scottish drummer Belle & Sebastian/Reindeer
1966: Maureen Herman (US bassist; Babes in Toyland)
1966: Lynda Lemay (French Canadian singer)
Aki Sirkesalo (Finnish musician, TV personality;Giddyups/Veeti
& the Velvets)*26.Dec.2004.
1962: Robert Lucas (US harmonica player, slide guitar).
1958: Thurston Moore (US guitar, vocals; Sonic Youth/Ciccone Youth).
Randall "Randy" Bewley (US
guitarist, founder; Pylon)*25.Feb.2009.
1951: Verdine White (US bassist, vocals; Earth, Wind & Fire).
1950: Mark Clarke (UK bass player; Colosseum/Uriah Heep).
1948: Steve Goodman (US folk singer, songwriter)*20.Sept.1984.
1946: Jose 'Chepito' Areas (Nicaraguan percussionist; Santana).
1946: Rita Marley (Jamaican-Cuban singer; I Threes)
1944: Tom Dawes (US vocalist, guitarist; The Cyrkle).
1943: Jim McCarty (UK drummer; The Yardbirds).
1942: Bruce Woodley (Australia vocalist, guitarist; The Seekers/solo).
1941: Manuel "Manny" Charlton (Spanish guitarist, singer,
"Tollarparn" Eriksson (Swedish
1934: Don Ellis (US jazz musician, trumpeter, composer)*17.Dec.1978.
1928: Keter Betts (US jazz double bassist)*06.Aug.2005.
1925: William 'Benny' Benjamin/Papa Zita (US drummer; Funk Brothers/Motown/session)*20.April.1969.
1930: Annie Ross (UK jazz singer; Lambert, Hendricks & Ross/solo).
1908: Dr. Srinivasa Iyer (Indian Carnatic vocalist)*31.Oct.2003.
1907: Johnny Hodges (US soprano & alto sax, clarinet; Duke
1895: Yvonne Printemps/Yvonne Willigniolle Dupre
(French actress, singer)*19.Jan.1977.
Casella (Italian composer)*05.March.1947.
Taylor Momsen (US actress, singer)
1989: Areti Ketime (Greek singer,
1980: Dave Baksh (Canadian lead guitar; Sum 41).
1977: Rebecca St. James (Australian-born singer)
& Wine/Samuel Beam
(US singer, songwriter, guitarist).
1972: Wayne Wonder/Von Wayne Charles (Jamaican singer).
1970: Joan Wasser (US singer-songwriter, violinist; Dambuilders)
1967: DJ Headliner/Timothy Barnwell (hip-hop artist; Arrested Development).
1963: Andy Timmons (US guitarist; Danger Danger/Pawn Kings/Andy
Timmons Band/many others)
Joyce (UK vocalist, saxophone; 2Tone/Belle Stars)
1962: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Irish fiddler, vocalist;
1961: Andy Connell (UK keyboards, piano, composer, arranger; Swing
1961: Gary Cherone
(US vocalist; Extreme/Van Halen/ Tribe
1958: Angela Hewitt (Canadian classical pianist)
1953: Robert Phillips (US classical guitarist)
1949: Roger Taylor (UK drums, multi-musisian, vocals, songwriter,
1945: Betty Davis (US funk, rock and soul singer)
1943: Colin Dawson (UK lead vocals; The Detours-early Who)
1943: Mick Jagger (UK
vocalist, songwriter, actor; Rolling Stones).
Gian Franco Pagliaro (Italian
singer, poet, actor)*27.March.2012.
1941: Neil Landon/Patrick Cahill (UK vocalist; The Ivy League/Flowerpot
1941: Brenton Wood (US singer-songwriter)
1940: Dobie Gray/Lawrence
Darrow Brown (US
1938: Bobby Hebb
(US singer-songwriter, spoons, multi-instruments)*03.Aug.2010.
1938: Darlene Love (US singer; Crystals/solo).
1938: Joanne Brackeen (jazz
Blakey's Jazz Messengers/Freelance/guest).
1935: Wally Gerassimoff (US jazz bassist; Leslie"Tarzan"Czimber/Tommy
Sheridan Trio/Four Star Quartet)
(Puerto Rican guitarist, cuatro player).
1931: Fred Luther Foster (US
songwriter, record producer, founder of Monument Records).
1929: Charlie Persip (US
jazz drummer; Dizzy Gillespie's big band/freelance/guest).
1929: Alexis Weissenberg (Bulgarian-born French pianist)*08.Jan.2012.
La Rue OBE/Daniel Carroll
(Irish-born British female impersonator
1924: Louie Bellson (US
jazz drummer, songwriter; Ellington/Dorsey/freelance/guest).
Oreste Kirkop (Maltese
opoeratic tenor, actor)*10.May.1998.
Erskine Hawkins (US jazz trumpet player,
big bandleader, composer)*11.Nov.1993.
1874: Sergei Koussevitzky (Russian conductor, composer, double-bassist;
1990: Cheyenne Kimball (US singer-songwriter
and guitarist; Gloriana)
Fred Mascherino (US guitarist; Taking Back Sunday)
1974: Eason Chan (Hong Kong singer)
1974: Pete Yorn (US singer-songwriter, guitarist)
Abe Cunningham (US drummer; Deftones)
1969: Timo Maas (German electronica DJ)
1967: Juliana Hatfield [US singer, guitar, songwriter; Blake Babies).
1965: PJ Court/Paul Jonathan Court
(vocals, guitar; The Primatives)?
1964: Rex Brown (US bassist; Pantera).
1963: Karl Mueller (US bass player; Soul Asylum)*17.June.2005.
1963: Karrin Allyson (US jazz vocalist)
Jean Toussaint (US jazz Saxophonist; Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers/own
1960: Conway Savage (Australian bassist; Nick Cave And The Bad
1956: Deirdre Cartwright (UK guitarist, composer; The Deirdre Cartwright
1953: Suzi Carr (UK singer).
1950: Michael Vaughn (UK guitarist; Paper Lace).
1949: Maureen McGovern (US singer, Broadway actress).
1949: Rory MacDonald [Scottish vocals, bass, songwriter; Runrig]
1947: Andy McMaster (UK bassist, keyboardist, vocalist; Motors).
1944: Bobbie Gentry/Roberta Streeter (US singer, songwriter).
1944: Tony Capstick (UK comedian, actor, singer and broadcaster)*23.Oct.2003.
1944: Barbara Thompson (UK
clarinet, flute; Apollo Saxophone Quartet/guest).
1943: Al Ramsey (US guitarist; Gary Lewis and the Playboys).
1942: Édith Butler (Canadian singer, songwriter)
1941: Christian Boesch (Austrian baritone)
1940: Oliver Tobin (Irish accordianist, bassist; Silver Star Ceili
Band/Fontana Showband/Impact Showband).
1938: Isabelle Aubret (French singer)
1937: Charlie Shoemake (US musician, vibes; George Shearing/freelance).
1933: Nick Reynolds (US bongos, founder member; Kingston Trio).
1929: Harvey Fuqua (US singer, songwriter, producer; Moonglows,
Charlie Queener (US Dixieland, swing,
1918: Leonard Rose (US cellist)*16.Nov.1984.
Robert Raimbourg (French actor and singer)*23.Sept.1970.
1915: Mario del Monaco
Erno Dohnányi (Hungarian pianist, conductor, composer)*09.Feb.1960.
1990: Soulja Boy Tell 'Em/DeAndre Cortez Way (US
1988: Ayla Brown (US singer)
1982: Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir (Icelandic
1981: Nancy Alexiadi (Greek singer)
1980: Stephen Christian (US singer; Anberlin)
1980: Noel Sullivan (Welsh vocalist;
1979: Lee Min-Woo (Korean singer; Shinhwa).
1979: Birgitta Haukdal (Icelandic singer)
1978: Hitomi Yaida (Japanese singer-songwriter)
1977: Tiago Andres Vaz (Brazilian composer, singer; Null Pointer Band).
1976: Coby Dick/Jacoby Dakota Shaddix (lead singer; Papa Roach/Fight
1975: Leonor Ceballos Watling (Spanish singer, actress).
1973: Marc Dupré (Quebec humorist, singer)
1972: Dan Warton (drums; Neds Atomic Dustbin).
1971: Stephen Lynch (US actor, comic and singer).
1969: Michael Amott (Swedish guitarist; Carcass/Arch Enemy/Spiritual
1967: Taka Hirose (Japanese bassist; Feeder).
1966: Shikao Suga (Japanese singer-songwriter)
1965: Priscilla Chan (Hong Kong singer)
1965: Delfeayo Marsalis (jazz trombone, record producer).
1965: Texas Axile/Anthony Doughty (keyboards, drums; Transvision
1965: Nick Banks (UK drums; Pulp/Pollinates).
1962: Rachel Sweet (US singer, actress).
1955: Gerald Veasley (American
jazz bass guitarist;
1955: Gregg Giuffria (US keyboardist; Angel/House of Lords/Giuffria).
1954: Steve Morse (Guitar, Banjo; Deep Purple/guest/session).
1954: Nnenna Freelon (US jazz vocalist).
1949: Steve Took/Stephen Porter (UK drummer, bass, piano, vocals;
1949: Simon Kirke (UK drums, Free/Bad Company).
1949: Peter Doyle (Australian singer, New Seekers)*13.Oct.2001.
guitarist, singer, songwriter; Buckner & Garcia)*17.Nov.2011.
1948: Gerald Casale (US vocalist, bassist,
1946: Jonathan Edwards (vocals, harmonica, guitar, folk/bluegrass).
1943: Rick Wright (UK piainist, keyboard; Pink Floyd/solo/guest)*15.Sept.2008.
1943: Mike Bloomfield (US guitarist, composer, Electric Flag/session/guest)*15.Feb.1981.
1941: Riccardo Muti (Italian conductor, MD of La Scala opera house/Philadelphia
1940: Phillip Proctor (US actor, voice actor; Firesign Theatre/Proctor
1938: George Cummings (steel guitar,songwriter, Dr. Hook &
The Medicine Show).
1936: Jim Galloway (Tenor & Soprano Sax, Clarinet; Wee Big
1936: Jim Hughart (US classical and jazz bassist; freelance).
1935: Simon Dee/Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd (UK radio disc jockey,
David "Junior" Kimbrough (US
bluesman from Mississippi)*17.Jan.1998.
1926: Charlie Reed Biddle (Canadian
1915: Frankie Yankovic (singer, accordian; The King of Polka)*14.Oct.1998.
1914: Carmen Dragon (US composer)*28.March.1984.
1904: Ikey Robinson (US jazz & blues banjoist, singer)*25.Oct.1990.
1901: Rudy Vallee (US singer, actor, multi-musician, bandleader,
Jerkins (US songwriter, record producer)
1974: Afroman/Joseph Foreman (US hip-hop
artist, guitarist, singer)
1973: Wanya Morris (US vocals; Boyz II
1972: Simon Jones (UK bassist; Verve).
1971: Lisa Ekdahl (Swedish singer songwriter)
1968: Paavo Lötjönen (Finnish Cellist; Apocalyptica)
1967: Chris Gorman (drummer, Belly/Gorman Brothers).
1966: Miles Hunt (vocals; Wonder Stuff).
1966: Martina McBride/Martina Mariea Schiff (US singer, guitar,
1959: John Sykes (UK guitarist; Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake/Tygers Of
Pan Tang, Blue Murder/ solo).
1957: Alessandra Marc (US operatic soprano)
(Spanish rock guitarist;
Kaka de Luxe/Radio
1954: Michel Benita (Algeria-born Jazz bassist; ELB Trio/sessionist/freelance).
1953: Patty Scialfa (US singer; Bruce Springsteen Bands, now Mrs Springsteen).
1953: Geddy Lee/Gary Lee Weinrib (Canadian bassist, vocals; Rush).
1951: Michael Smitham (UK guitarist, vocals; The Fortunes)
1947: Carlo Santanna (Italian guitarist; Paper Lace).
1946: Neal Doughty (US keyboards; REO Speedwagon).
1937: Ellyn Rucker (US jazz vocalist).
1935: Peter Schreier (US German tenor)
1933: Randy Sparks (folk singer/songwriter; New Christy Minstrels).
Weiss (US musical theatre
arranger, conductor, pianist)*18.April.2008.
1925: Mikis Theodorakis (Greek composer)
(British jazz guitarist, bandleader)*09.Feb.2009.
1916: Charlie Christian (US jazz guitarist, blues singer)*02.March.1942.
1907: Albert Wynn
(US jazz trombone, Creole Jazz Band)*1973
1900: Don Redman (US jazz man, vocals, all the reeds, arranger,
1887: Sigmund Romberg (Hungarian operetta composer)*09.Nov.1951.
1991: Diana Vickers (UK
singer, stage actress)
1990: Coco Sumner/Eliot Sumner (Italy-born
UK singer-songwriter, guitarist, daughter of Sting)
1984: Michael Stephen (US drummer; Groove
Show Luo (Taiwanese
singer, television host, dancer, actor)
1977: Ian Watkins (Welsh singer; Lostprophets)
1975: Tiffini Talia Hale
(US singer, actress; New Mickey Mouse Club/The Party).
1971: Brad Hargraves (US drummer; Third Eye Blind).
1971: Calogero Maurici (French singer, bassist, flute. piano; Les
1971: Elvis Crespo (Puerto Rican-US Merengue singer)
1968: Sean Moore (Welsh drummer; Manic Street Preachers).
1966: Louise Wener (UK vocals, Sleeper).
1966: Jyoti Mishra (Indian electronic musician; White Town).
1966: Craig Gannon (UK guitarist, rhythm guitar; The
Bluebells/Aztec Camera/The Smiths).
1963: Dwayne O'Brien (US country musician, rhythm guitar, vocals;
1959: Vaughan Toulouse/Vaughan Cotillard (UK frontman; Department
1958: Neal McCoy (US country singer).
1958: Kate Bush (UK singer, songwriter, producer).
1958: Kevin Mahogany (US jazz vocalist, saxophone, clarinet).
1957: Rat Scabies/Christopher Miller (UK drummer; The Damned/freelance).
1956: Phil Fearon (UK vocalist, keyboards, producer; Galaxy/Kandidate).
1953: Hal Smith (US jazz drummer; Frisco Syncopaters/Down Home
Frank Stallone (US singer, guitarist, actor, brother
of Sylvester Stallone)
1949: Duck Baker/Richard R. Baker IV (US fingerstyle guitarist)
1949: Joyce Jones (US singer; First Choice).
1949: Hugh Nicholson (Scottish guitarist, vocals; The Poets/Marmalade).
guitar virtuoso, singer, composer;
1948: Otis Taylor (US blues guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica,
Julia Tsenova (Bulgarian composer, pianist)*11.April.2010.
1946: Jeffrey 'Hammond' Hammond (UK bassist; Jethro Tull).
1945: David Sanborn (US saxophonist, flautist; session player).
1941: Paul Anka (Italian/Canadian singer, songwriter; writer of
Big Jack Johnson (US
composer; Jelly Roll Kings/solo)*14.March.2011.
1937: James Spaulding (US jazz saxophonist; World Saxophone Quartet).
1936: Buddy Guy (US rock guitarist, blues guitarist, singer, solo/guest/session).
1933: Edd 'Kookie' Byrnes (US actor, singer)
1927: Tony Hiller (British songwriter; many chart hits)
1926: Christine McGuire (US singer; The McGuire Sisters)
1921: Grant Johannesen (US pianist)*27.March.2005.
1912: Benny Featherstone (Tasmanian
drummer, trumpet player, bandleader)*06.April.1977.
1903: Hilton Jefferson (US jazz alto saxophonist)*14.Nov.1968.
1899: Gerald Moore CBE (UK pianist)*13.March.1987.
Krystal Meyers (US
Christian singer, songwriter).
1981: Ira Losco
1981: M. Shadows/Matthew
Charles Sanders (US lead singer; Avenged
1979: Jade Kwan (Hong Kong singer)
1978: Will Champion (UK drummer; Coldplay).
1976: Joshua Cain (US guitarist, record producer; Motion City Soundtrack)
Allan von Schenkel (US
double bassist, music promoter, composer)
1973: Jerry Rivera (Puerto Rican salsa singer).
1971: John 5/John
Lowery (US guitar; Marilyn Manson/solo/guest/sessionist).
1967: CoLD SToRAGE/Tim Wright (Welsh video game music composer)
Minako Honda (Japanese singer and musical
1964: Robert "Fuzz" Townsend (UK drummer; Pop Will Eat
Itself/Bentley Rhythm Ace).
1964: James Steven Ignatius 'Jim' Corr (Irish guitarist, keyboardist,
vocals; The Corrs).
1963: Norman Cook/Fatboy Slim (UK bassist, DJ, producer; Housemartins)
1960: Malcolm Ross (Scottish guitarist; Josef K/Orange Juice/Aztec
1959: Stanley Jordan (US jazz fusion guitarist).
Fernando Otero (Argentinian singer, composer; Blusera Memphis/solo)*12.June.2012.
1958: Bill Berry (US drummer; R.E.M./Hindu Love Gods).
1957: Daniel Ash (UK guitar, sax, singer, songwriter; Bauhaus/Tones
on Tail/Love & Rockets).
1955: Jakie Quartz (French singer)
1953: Hugh MacDowell (UK celloist; Electric Light Orchestra).
1951: Howard Levy (US jazzman, harmonica, keyboards; sessionist/guest/freelance/solo).
1951: Carlo Karges (German guitarist, keyboards, songwriter; Novalis/guitarist
Blue (US singer, songwriter; The Nice Jewish Boys)*17.March.2006.
1947: Karl Green (UK bassist, harmonica, Herman Hermits).
1945: Gary Lewis/Gary Lee Levitch (US drummer, vocals; Gary Lewis
& the Playboys, son of Jerry Lewis)
1943: Lobo/Roland Kent Lavoie (US singer, songwriter)
1937: Bonnie Jean Brown (US country singer; The Browns)
1931: Kenny Burrell (US jazz guitarist; Dizzy Gillespie/many more).
1931: Ivan Rebroff (German singer, folk to opera)*27.Feb.2008.
1923: Ahmet Ertegün (Turkish-American
co-founder of Atlantic Records)*14.Dec.2006.
1918: Henry "Hank" Jones (US jazz pianist, bandleader,
1911: George Liberace
(US violinist; brother of pianist Liberace)*16.Oct.1983.
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Bredl (56) German
between 1948 and the mid '80s, Otto appeared on at least 100 recordings,
including a series of collaborations between European big bands and visiting
American jazz stars such as his frequent associate Jiggs Whigham, or the
flashy Stan Kenton. From 1949 he was also steadily employed in the well-financed
broadcasting studios by radio bandleaders Kurt Edelhagen and Eddie Sauter.
By 1961, he had become associated with the Clarke-Boland Big Band, a collaborative
effort between French pianist Francy Boland and the American bebop drummer
(?) b. November
2011: Ronald "Ron" Skinner (64)
English bass guitarist and blues singer, born in Paddington, London
and he started out playing youth clubs along with his friend Mel Wright
in a band called The Tridents. During the 60s, they played together in
the blues bands Shakey Vick, Dynaflow Blues and the Nighthawks, during
which time Ron also became a respected blues singer. At
the 100 Club in London, their bands accompanied and supported visiting
American blues players including Howlin' Wolf, Curtis Jones, Lightnin'
Slim, Son House and Juke Boy Bonner. At a recording session for BBC television's
Late Night Line-Up, with Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. In his mid
20s, Ron studied economics at Kingston University, achieving a first-class
honours degree, and then gained an academic position at Westminster Business
School, where he became senior lecturer in economics. Ron also became
international exchanges co-ordinator at the school, and he travelled to
Japan, Australia and the US to establish relations with other universities
died of cancer)
b. January 17th 1947.
Sourse Mel Wright
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
composer and performer, and
eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach. Wilhelm was appointed in 1733 to
the position of organist of the St. Sophia's Church at Dresden. In competing
for the post he played a new version of his fathers Prelude and
Fugue in G Major, BWV 541. The judge described him as clearly superior
to the other two candidates. He remained a renowned organist throughout
his life. He composed many Sacred Cantatas, Song, Keyboard works, Orchestral
Works, Chamber Music, Liturgical Works, Secular Cantata & Opera, but
despite his genius as an organist, improviser and composer, his income
and employment were unstable and he died in poverty
November 22nd 1710.
1950: Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (84) Swiss
composer, musician and music educator who developed eurhythmics, a method
of learning and experiencing music through movement. The influence of
eurhythmics can be seen in the Orff Schulwerk pedagogy, common in public
school music education throughout the United States. Between 1903 and
1910, he had begun giving public presentations of his method. In 1910,
with the help of German industrialist Wolf Dohrn, Emile founded a school
at Hellerau, outside of Dresden, dedicated to the teaching of his method.
Among his compositions are a Nocturne for violin and orchestra, Violin
Concerto No.1 in c and Poème 2nd Concerto for violin and orchestra
(?) b. July
Rushton Moreve/John Russell Morgan (33)
bass guitarist best known for his work with the rock band Steppenwolf
from 196768 and again in 1978. His
early influence was essential in creating the unique musical style for
which Steppenwolf became famous. He joined the band in 1967 and performed
on their debut album, Steppenwolf, which was composed of covers and songs
written by John
Rushton co-wrote one of thier hits "Magic Carpet Ride"
His influence was heavier on the follow-up, The Second, his final album
with Steppenwolf. He split with the band in late 1968 when he refused
to fly back to California, fearing it would sink into the Pacific Ocean
(tragically killed in a motorcycle accident)
November 6th 1948.
Snakefinger/Philip Lithman (38) UK
and multi-musician; born in South London, he grew up and worked in and
among the British Blues scene, but moved to San Francisco in 1971, where
he joined up with the avant-garde group The Residents, who it is said
gave him his nickname 'Snakefinger' either because of his proficient guitar
work or his shred work on the violin.. or maybe both. He returned to England
in 1972 and formed the rock band Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers
with Martin Stone, as a duo, they released the album "Kings of Robot
Rhythm". In 1974, as a full band they released "Bongos Over
Balham". The band broke up in '75 and by 1976 Lithman was back in
the United States, this time in Los Angeles, California, but by '78 he
was back in San Francisco touring and recording again with The Residents,
his is featured on 12 of their albums between 1971 and 1986. In 1978 Phil
started to record is own material under the name of Snakefinger, debuting
with the single "The Spot", followed in 1979 with the album
"Chewing Hides the Sound". Ten albums in all have been released
inder his Snakefinger name. Phil suffered a heart attack while touring
in Australia, but by 1982 he was on the road again with his nearly formed
backing band The Vestal Virgins. Phil performed with The Residents on
their 13th Anniversary Tour in 1986 and 1987 saw Snakefinger and his band,
The Vestal Virgins, touring Europe, tragically, his final tour. (During
a performance at the Posthof Club Lithman, Austria, he suffered a fatal
heart attack. On that same day his single, "There's No Justice in
Life", was released)
June 17th 1949.
1985: Dick Vance
grew up in Cleveland in the 1920s and 30s, seldom soloed and was
not widely known by the general public, but he was a highly respected
lead trumpeter and arranger. He played in Cleveland with J. Frank Terry
before joining Lil Armstrong's band in 1934-35. He moved to New York City
and played with Willie Bryant, Kaiser Marshall, and Fletcher Henderson
in 1936-38; in Henderson's band he was lead trumpeter and occasionally
sang. In 1939 he joined Chick Webb's orchestra, and remained in the group
when Ella Fitzgerald took over leadership. Following this he worked with
Charlie Barnet, Don Redman, Eddie Heywood, and Ben Webster. From 1944
to 1947 he studied at Juilliard, and moonlighted as a pit orchestra musician
and an arranger. He arranged for Duke Ellington, Harry James, Cab Calloway,
and Earl Hines. In
1950 Dick played once more with Fletcher Henderson in a sextet, then joined
Duke Ellington's group in 1951-52. He toured with Redman in 1953 and was
a regular at the Savoy Ballroom throughout the 1950s. In the 1960s, he
toured Europe with Eddie Barefield, released two albums under his own
name, and played with the Cab Calloway band. By the 1980s, he stayed close
to New York, as one of the honored veterans of the swing era, he took
part in a Vintage Jazz Band Bash organized by Oberlin College graduate
Dick Sudhalter in New York in June of 1984 (?)
Duke Ellingtons book "Music is My Mistress":
Lyndon Johnson hired the Duke to play at the White House for a party honoring
the visiting King of Thailand. Ellington asked Vance to write some arrangements
and invited him to attend the party. When The Duke introduced Vance to
the king, the king said, "Dick Vance? I know who Dick Vance is. He
used to wail with Chick Webb." Ellington thought to himself, "This
is a real hip king!"
1995: Wolfman Jack/ Robert Weston Smith (56)
internationally famous gravelly-voiced, howling wolfman disc jockey; influenced
by Dr. Jive, Jockey Jack, Professor Bob and Sugar Daddy and Alan Freed,
the ultimate deejay of New York radio. He got his big break when he became
a "gofer" at Paramount. His first radio job was at WYOU-AM in
Newport News, Virginia. he developed his first radio name, Daddy Jules,
a tribute to the influence Black DJs had on him in his formative years.
His energy and style produced a barrage of listeners. But after opening
a dance club, the Ku Klux Klan burn a cross on his lawn, he decided to
move to Shreveport, working at Shreveport's KCIJ-AM, before relocating
to Mexico. He found national fame at XERF-AM in Mexico. People were wondering
who he actually was, and artists such as
Leon Russell, Todd Rundgren,
Freddie King and the Guess Who produced chart hits about the radio personality
Jack". The person behind
Wolfman Jack was revealed in George Lucas' 1973 Academy Award-winning
film, American Graffiti. Although the mystery was solved, he continued
to be a success, hosting NBC-TV's The Midnight Special. He made more than
80 television appearances (died of a heart attack)
b. January 21st 1938.
1999: Guy Mitchell/Albert George Cernik (72)
Croatian-American pop singer; born in
Detroit, Michigan, at the age of eleven, he was signed by Warner Brothers
Pictures, to be groomed as a child star, and he also performed on the
radio on Station KFWB in LA, California. He went on to successful in the
UK and Australia as well as in his homeland. His first hit was 1951's
"My Heart Cries for You". As an international recording star
of the 1950s he achieved record sales in excess of 44 million and this
included six million-selling singles. His songs included "Belle,
Belle, My Liberty Belle", "Feet Up (Pat Him On The Po-po)",
"Heartaches By The Number", "Knee Deep In The Blues",
"Look At That Girl", "My Heart Cries for You", "Ninety
Nine Years (Dead or Alive)", "Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie",
"Rock-a-Billy", "Same Old Me", "She Wears Red
Feathers" and "Singing the Blues". In
1957 he had his own television show. As
well as his sing career, in the 1950s and 1960s he acted in films along
side of Teresa Brewer,
and Pat Crowley (sadly
died at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas from complications following
b. February 27th 1927.
1999: Dennis Emmanuel Brown
(42) Jamaican reggae singer, was one of the pioneer in the
lovers rock style of reggae, and with 78 albums to his name was one of
the most prolific names in the business. His first commercially successful
song internationally was "Money In My Pocket" on the Joe Gibbs
label, and by the late 1970s, Brown had recorded and performed chart-toppers
such as "Sitting & Watching", "Wolves and Leopards",
"Here I Come" and "Revolution"; many featuring Sly
and Robbie as the rhythm section and he frequently recorded with King
Jammy and Gussie Clarke. Bob Marley cited him as his favourite singer
and dubbed him "The Crown Prince of Reggae" (he was rushed to
a Kingston hospital with a collapsed lung. This is not usually a fatal
condition, but he was so weakened from cocaine use) b.
February 1st 1957
"Cub" Koda (51)
American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, disc jockey, music critic,
and record compiler. Koda
is perhaps best known for writing the song "Smokin' in the Boys'
Room". When performed by Cub's rock band Brownsville Station, the
song reached No.3 in the Billboard charts in 1974, and was later covered
by Mötley Crüe. He formed Brownsville Station in Ann Arbor in
1969. Brownsville Station's early albums included song covers from bands
which had inspired them. In 1970, they released their debut studio album
No BS. which included their biggest hit, "Smokin' In the Boys Room",
from their 1973 album Yeah!. The track sold over two million copies and
was awarded a gold disc status by the RIAA on 15 January 1974. Cub co-wrote
and edited the All Music Guide to the Blues and Blues for Dummies and
put together the CD of blues classics accompanying the latter title, personally
selecting versions of each song that appeared on it. He also contributed
liner notes for the Trashmen, Jimmy Reed, J. B. Hutto, The Kingsmen, and
the Miller Sisters, among others (failure
due to diabetes)
October 1st 1948.
2002: Raymond Matthews Brown (75) American
jazz double bassist, born in Pittsburgh, he had piano lessons from the
age of eight. After noticing how many pianists attended his high school,
he thought of taking up the trombone, but was unable to afford one. With
a vacancy in the school jazz orchestra, he took up the upright bass. After
playing in the Jimmy Hinsley Sextet and the Snookum Russell band, at aged
20 he relocated to New York where he was soon hired by Dizzy Gillespie.
He played and recorded with many greats before in 1966, he settled in
Los Angeles where he was in high demand working for various television
show orchestras. He also accompanied some of the leading artists of the
day, including Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan,
and Nancy Wilson. He also managed his former musical partners, the Modern
Jazz Quartet, as well as a young Quincy Jones, produced some shows for
the Hollywood Bowl, wrote jazz bass instruction books, and developed a
jazz cello. It
was whilst in LA that he composed music for films and television shows.
He was awarded his first Grammy for his composition, "Gravy Waltz",
a tune which would later be used as the theme song for The Steve Allen
Show. He was one of the most in-demand double bass players and continued
to play until his death In 2003, Ray was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz
Hall of Fame (he
died in his sleep, after having played golf, before a show in Indianapolis)
2003: Herbie Mann (73) American jazz
flutist, born in Brooklyn, New York; early in his career, he also played
saxophones and clarinets, but he was among the first jazz musicians to
specialize on the flute and was perhaps jazz music's preeminent flautist
during the 1960s. He was an early pioneer in the fusing of jazz and world
His most popular single was "Hijack," was a Billboard Number-one
dance hits of 1975 in America for 3 weeks and around 25 of his albums
made the top 200 pop charts (sadly died from
prostate cancer) b.
April 16th 1930.
2004: Todor Skalovski (95) Macedonian
composer, chorus and orchestra conductor, born in Tetovo, Ottoman Empire.
his famous works is the Republic of Macedonia's national anthem - "Today
Over Macedonia" (died in Skopje, Republic of
2005: Renaldo "Obie"
Benson (69) American soul and R&B singer and songwriter.
He was best known as the bass and lead of Motown group The Four Tops,
which he joined in 1953 and continued to perform with for over five decades,
until April 8, 2005. He also co-wrote "What's Going On" which
became a No. 2 hit for Marvin Gaye in 1971, and which Rolling Stone rated
as #4 on their List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
released in 2004. Renaldo was admitted as a member of the Four Tops to
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The group was awarded a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997, followed by the Vocal Group Hall of
Fame in 1999 (lung cancer) b. June 14th 1937
2005: Luther Vandross (54)
American R&B and soul singer-songwriter
and record producer. During his career, Vandross sold over twenty-five
million albums and won eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B
Vocal Performance four times. He won four Grammy Awards in 2004 including
the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the track "Dance With My
Father Again", co-written with Richard Marx. (died in JFK Medical
Centre in New Jersey, two years after suffering a major stroke) b.
April 20th 1951 .. read
2006: Rufus Harley Jr (70) American
born near Raleigh, North Carolina, of Cherokee
and African ancestry,
known primarily as the first jazz musician
to adopt the Scottish great Highland bagpipe as his primary instrument.
He made his bagpipe performance debut in 1964 and from 1965 to 1970 he
released four recordings as leader on the Atlantic label, also recording
as a sideman with Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt, and Sonny Rollins in the 1960s
and 1970s. He later recorded with Laurie Anderson, appearing on her 1982
album Big Science and The Roots on their 1995 album Do You Want More?!!!??!.
In addition to bagpipes, on these albums he also plays tenor saxophone,
flute, or/and electric soprano saxophone
(sadly lost to prostate cancer)
b. May 20th 1936.
2006: Robbie "Rocket"
Watts (47) Australian guitarist for the Cosmic Psychos a punk
rock band based in Melbourne and rural Victoria. He joined the band in
1990 replacing guitarist Peter "Dirty" Jones and his first album
with the group was "Blokes You Can Trust". Robbie remained the
band's sole guitarist until his death (died
suddenly just after a show in Bendigo)
2006: Jaye Michael Davis (62) American
veteran radio deejay (died in a motorcycle accident)
Mel Galley (60) UK guitarist with
Trapeze, Whitesnake, Finders Keepers and Phenomena. While with Whitesnake,
he badly injured his arm at a fairground in Germany and had to leave the
band, as he was unable to play guitar because of a nerve damage as result
of incompetent surgery. Later he became known for playing with "The
Claw", a specially developed spring and wire device fitted to his
hand which enabled him to play guitar again (sadly
died of cancer)
b. March 8th 1948.
2010: Lele/Victor Alexis Rivera Santiago (24)
Puerto Rican rapper and reggae
artist; he recorded solo or as part of a duo with partner Endo under Lele
y Endo. He wrote basically every single song & hit Hector 'El Father'
performed in the years he was an active artist, but in 2008, Lele had
threatened to sue Hector "El Father" for not receiving royalties
for more than 40 songs he had co-written with him (tragically
Lele was shot dead while in his car) b. 1986
Charlie Craig (73) American Grammy-nominated
songwriter born and raised in Watts Mill, South Carolina. He relocated
to Nashville and spent over 40 years in the music industry. Some of his
more than 300 recorded credits as a songwriter include "I Think I'm
in Love", "I Would Like to See You Again", "She's
Single Again", "Wanted", "Miss Mis Behavin'",
"The Generation Gap", "Leavin's Been a Long Time Comin'"
and "Waking Up With You". They have been recorded by the likes
of Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt,
Johnny Cash, Aaron Tippin and George Strait (?)
2011: Bébé Manga (60)
Cameroonian singer, born In Mamfe,
considered one of the most popular makossa singers of the 80s and best
known for her song is "Ami O". She started her career in 1975,
singing in a night club in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire called "Son
de Guitare"/Sound of a Guitar. In
the late 90's, she recorded another world-class song, "Mota Benamaa",
deploring the situation of children suffering around the world. Her talents
were celebrated at the Top D'Or 2005 in Abidjan, when she was voted one
of the best African artists of all time. Bébé is also featured
on Manu Dibango's "Manu Safari" album (sadly died from a cardiac
2011: Ruth Roberts (84)
American songwriter, the songwriter
who penned "Meet the Mets", written as an upbeat fight song
for the struggling young baseball team. She studied at the Juilliard School
of Music in New York. In 1947, Ruth recorded her first song, "The
Moon is Always Bigger on a Saturday Night," performed by Orrin Tucker
and his orchestra. Over the next two decades her songs were recorded by
some of the great stars of that era including Arthur Godfrey, Hugo Winterhalter,
the McGuire sisters, plus Buddy Holly and The Beatles, who each did versions
of "Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues" (sadly
died of lung cancer) b. 1927
2012: Evelyn Lear/Evelyn Shulman (86) American
opera singer, born in Brooklyn, New York, and completed her musical education
at Hunter College, New York University and the Juilliard School of Music
studying voice, piano, French horn and composition. Between 1959 and 1992,
she appeared in more than forty operatic roles, appeared with every major
opera company in the US and won a Grammy Award in 1966. She was well known
for her musical versatility, having sung all three main female roles in
Der Rosenkavalier. She was also known for her work on 20th century pieces
by Robert Ward, Alban Berg, Marvin David Levy, Rudolf Kelterborn and Giselher
Klebe. (?) b.
January 8th 1926.
2012: Fritz Pauer (68)
Austrian jazz pianist and composer, he
made his first recording with the Hans Koller quartet in 1962. He moved
to Berlin, Germany, 1964-68, and played at Dug's Night Club & Jazzgalery
as accompanist for Herb Geller, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, Booker Erwin,
Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Leo Wright, Carmell Jones, Pony Poindexter,
Jimmy Woode and vocalist Annie Ross, recording with many of them. From
1968-1982 he taught piano at the Jazz Department, Vienna Conservatory.
In 1970, Fritz started recording with trumpeter/flugelhornist Art Farmer,
a relationship that would continue into the 1990s. He retired from the
University in Graz (Austria) Jazzdepartement in 2009. He was honoured
with the Golden
Cross of Austria in 2003, an Honour for Lifetime work in Jazzmusic,
composition, piano, teaching in
b. October 14th 1943
2012: Oswald "Ossie" Hibbert (62) Jamaican
organist, keyboard player and record producer; he began his career in
Jamaican music in the mid-1970s, working in bands such as The Professionals,
The Aggrovators and The Revolutionaries, and playing on dozens of albums
by artists such as Johnny Clarke, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy London, Delroy
Wilson, and Linval Thompson. He recorded two solo albums in the 1970s,
Crueshal Dub-76 and Satisfaction in Dub-78, and in the late 70s began
working as a producer of other artists at Channel One Studios, his album
productions including Gregory Isaacs Meets Ronnie Davis, Mr. Issacs,,
Creation, Cocaine In My Brain, and Earthquake Dub. He opened his own Ossie
Hibbert Productions company in the 1980s and worked with artists such
as Gregory Isaacs, Carlene Davis, and Pat Kelly. In the 2000s, his credits
include production work for Chaka Demus & Pliers, Errol Dunkley, Peter
Hunnigale, and The Wailing Souls (?)
1971: Bobby Donaldson (48)
American jazz drummer, after
playing locally in the early 1940s, Donaldson played with Russell Procope
while serving in the Army in New York City. In 1946-47 he worked with
Cat Anderson, and following this played with Edmond Hall, Andy Kirk, Lucky
Millinder, Buck Clayton, Red Norvo, and Sy Oliver/Louis Armstrong. He
was a prolific session musician for much of the 1950s and 1960s, playing
with Helen Merrill, Ruby Braff, Mel Powell, Benny Goodman, Count Basie,
Bobby Jaspar, Herbie Mann, André Hodeir, Kenny Burrell, Lonnie
Johnson, Frank Wess, Willis Jackson, and Johnny Hodges (?)
b. November 29th 1922.
1988: Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (70) American
alto saxophonist, jazz and blues shouter; he acquired his nickname after
a hair-straightening mishap left him bald. Born in Houston, Texas, he
was a member of the horn section in Milton Larkin's orchestra, which he
joined in the late 1930.
He then moved to New York and joined the Cootie Williams Orchestra from
1942 to 1945. He formed his own in 1945, signing with Mercury Records,
and enjoying a double-sided hit in 1947 with his R&B chart-topper
"Old Maid Boogie", and the song that would prove to be his signature
number, "Kidney Stew Blues". Eddie's jazz leanings were probably
heightened during 1952-1953, when his band included a young John Coltrane.
In the early 1960s he moved to LA and began working with the Johnny Otis
Revue. A 1970 appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Otis spurred
a bit of a comeback for Eddie. Throughout the 70s he worked high-profile
blues and jazz sessions for Count Basie, Johnny Otis, Roomful of Blues,
Arnett Cobb, and Buddy Tate. He also composed steadily, including "Tune
Up" and "Four", both of which have been incorrectly attributed
to Miles Davis. Eddie recorded extensively during his fifty plus year
career and performed regularly in Europe and the United States
(died from a heart attack whilst undergoing chemotherapy)
b. December 18th 1917.
1990: Snooky Lanson/Roy Landman (76) American
singer and TV personality, born in Memphis, Tennessee; he was a band singer
with Francis Craig's dance band before joining the NBC television series
Your Hit Parade in 1950 through to 1957, chosen to replace Frank Sinatra.
Befroe hand in 1941, he recorded the hit ''By the Light of the Silvery
Moon'' with the Ray Noble Band. A later hit, ''The Old Master Painter,''
helped him land the ''Hit Parade'' job. After Hit Parade ended, he performed
in nightclubs and on local television shows in Atlanta and Shreveport.
He guest-starred in 1958 on The Gisele MacKenzie Show. In 1961, he was
one of five rotating hosts on the NBC-TV program Five Star Jubilee. In
January 1960, Crossroads TV Productions videotaped a pilot in Springfield,
Missouri for a proposed pop music-variety series called Snooky Lanson
Time. Guests were Brenda Lee, the Anita Kerr Singers, Betty Ann Grove
and Paul Mitchell's instrumental combo. He spent the 1960s to the 1980s
as a Chrysler car salesman in Nashville, Tennessee
March 27th 1914.
Camarón de la Isla/José Monje Cruz (41)
flamenco singer born in Cádiz,
at 16 he won first prize at the Festival del Cante Jondo in Mairena de
Alcor. He then went to Madrid with Miguel de los Reyes and in 1968 became
a resident artist at the Tablao Torres Bermejas where he remained for
twelve years. It was here José
de Lucía, the pair toured
extensively over 8 years and recorded
nine albums. Many consider José
to be the single most popular and influential flamenco "cantador"
of the modern period. Although his work was criticized by some traditionalists,
he was one of the first to feature an electric bass in his songs. This
was a turning point in the history of Flamenco music that helped distinguish
Nuevo Flamenco. (He sadly died of lung cancer, it
was estimated that more than 100,000 people attended his funeral.)
b. December 5th 1950.
2002: Ray Brown (75)
American jazz double bassist,
born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; arriving in New York at the age of twenty,
he met up with Hank Jones, with whom he had previously worked, and was
introduced to Dizzy Gillespie, who was looking for a bass player. Gillespie
hired Brown on the spot and he soon played with such established musicians
as Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. From
1946 to 1951 he played in Gillespie's band. He played
in many TV show orchestras, and with leading artists, including Frank
Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson.
He lead his own band the Modern Jazz Quartet, managed a young Quincy Jones,
also wrote jazz double bass instruction books, and developed a jazz cello
(Ray sadly died while taking a nap before a show
in Indianapolis) b. October 13th 1926.
Mann/Herbert Jay Solomon (73) Jewish
American jazz flutist born in Brooklyn, New York, he was an important
early practitioner of world music. Early in his career, he also played
tenor saxophones and clarinets but he was among the first jazz musicians
to specialize on the flute and was perhaps jazz music's preeminent flutist
during the 1960s. His most popular single was "Hijack," which
was a Billboard No.1 dance hits of 1975. In 1961 he took a tour of Brazil
and returned to the United States to record with Brazilian players including
Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist Baden Powell. These albums helped popularize
the bossa nova. Many of his albums throughout his career returned to Brazilian
themes. In the early 1970s he founded his own label, Embryo Records, distributed
by Cotillion Records, a division of Atlantic Records. Embroy produced
jazz albums, such as Ron Carter's Uptown Conversation-1970 ; Miroslav
Vitous' first solo album, Infinite Search-1969; Phil Woods and his European
Rhythm Machine at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival-1971; and Dick Morrissey
and Jim Mullen's Up-1976, which featured the Average White Band as a rhythm
section; and the 730 Series, with a more rock-oriented style, including
Zero Time-1971 by TONTO's Expanding Head Band (sadly
Herbie died after a long brave battle with prostate cancer)
b. April 16th 1930.
2007: Ray Goins (71)
American bluegrass banjoist and bluegrass music pioneer born in Bramwell,
West Virginia. During his 50 year career, Ray was a member of the Lonesome
Pine Fiddlers; Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, before forming
the Goins Brothers with his younger brother, Melvin. They were inducted
into Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Hall of Fame in the fall of 2001. Ray
also received Morehead State University's Appalachian Treasure Award (?)
b. January 3rd 1936.
2007: Git Gay/Birgit Carp nee Holmberg
revue director, actress and singer, her parents wanted her to become a
concerto pianist and sent her to the Music Conservatory in Malmö.
However, in the end of the 1940s, she was invited to act as a prima donna
in a summer revue by director Sigge Holmberg. The following year, she
performed at the Gröna Lund in Stockholm in the revue Klart Grönan.
In 1949, she was hired by the entertainer Karl Gerhard to participate
in the revue Där de stora torskarna går in Gothenburg. In 1960,
Git set up the Git Gay Show at Lorensberg Theatre in Gothenburg. The show
is sometimes considered the first modern restaurant performance in Sweden
(?) b. July
2007: Beverly Sills (78)
American operatic soprano whose
peak career was between the 50s-70s. In her prime she was the only real
rival to Joan Sutherland as the leading bel canto stylist. Although
she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet, Wagner,
and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles
in live opera and recordings. Sills was largely associated with the operas
of Donizetti, of which she performed and recorded many roles. Her signature
roles include the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, the title
role in Massenet's Manon, Marie in Donizetti's La fille du régiment,
the three heroines in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, Rosina in Rossini's
The Barber of Seville, and Violetta in Verdi's La traviata. After retiring
from singing in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City
Opera. In 1994, she became the Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in
2002, of the Metropolitan Opera, stepping down in 2005. Sills lent her
celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment
of birth defects. (Beverly
sadly died after a brave battle with cancer) b.
May 25th 1929
2007: Hy Zaret/Hyman Harry Zaritsky (99)
American lyricist and composer best known
as the co-author of the 1955 hit "Unchained Melody", one of
the most recorded songs of the 20th. Born in New York City, he attended
West Virginia University and Brooklyn Law School, where he received an
LLB. He scored his first major success in 1935, when he teamed up with
Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn to co-write the pop standard "Dedicated
to You." The early '40s brought some collaborations with Alex C.
Kramer and Joan Whitney, including 1941's "It All Comes Back to Me
Now" and the socially conscious, WWII-themed "My Sister and
Hy also wrote lyrics for an English translation of the French Resistance
song "The Partisan", which was later covered by Leonard Cohen.
In 1944 he and Lou Singer wrote the popular hit novelty song "One
Meatball", based on a song popular among Harvard undergraduates (died
a few weeks before his 100th birthday) b.
August 21st 1907.
Ishmeet Singh Sodhi (19) Indian
singer; born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, he was the winner of Amul STAR
Voice of India 2007. Ishmeet had been working with Salim-Suleiman to produce
a song called 'Shukriya' and had promoted this single with live performances.
toured Hong Kong and Malaysia and sung in concerts with members of the
Voice of India competition. He put time aside to sing kirtan, or hymns,
in gurdwaras. His last performance in a gurdwara was alongside the well-known
singer amongst the sikhs, Veer Manpreet Singh (died
under mysterious circumstances
in a swimming pool at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli beach resort in Maldives
where he had gone to perform in an event)
b. September 2nd 1988.
2008: Natasha Shneider (52)
Russian-born keyboardist, bassist and singer born in Moscow, and later
relocated to America. She was most notably the keyboardist and vocalist
in the musical group Eleven, and was the partner of bandmate Alain Johannes.
She also played bass on the group's first three albums. Natasha and Alain
contributed to Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf, and joined
the band as part of their touring line-up in support of their 2005 album
Lullabies to Paralyze. They also wrote, performed and produced with Chris
Cornell for his 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning, and formed part of
his band for the subsequent tour. Previous band affiliations include Desert
Sessions, Black Russian, and Walk the Moon. She also acted in two feature
films, playing the roles of Russian cosmonaut Irina Yakunina in '2010'
in 1984, and Polish former exchange student Wanda Yakubovska in the film
'Spiker' in 1986, as well as minor roles in the TV shows Miami Vice and
Hill Street Blues (Natasha sadly died following
a brave battle with cancer) b. May
2010: M. G. Radhakrishnan (70) Indian
music director born in Harippad, he
had once been an artiste with the All India Radio, and burst on to the
Malayalam film industry with his music composition for the film Thambu
in 1978. Some of his compositions like Naadha nee varum kaalocha kelkuvan
for the movie Chaamaram and Pinakkamano for Ananthabhadram are among all-time
favourite Malayalam songs. Other famous movies for which he composed music
include Thambu, Thakara, Poochakkoru Mookuthi, Vellanakalude Naadu and
Manichithrathazhu. (He had been undergoing treatment
for liver malfunction) b.
August 8th 1940.
1969: Brian Jones (27) English
lead-rhythm guitarist, multi-musician, vocalist and founder-leader of
The Rolling Stones, born in Cheltenham. A highly gifted multi-instrumentalist,
he played guitar, slide guitar, piano, tamboura,
sitar, organ, dulcimer, mellotron,
xylophone, marimba, recorder, clarinet, in total he is known to have played
at least 15 instruments with the Stones >>>
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(allegedly drowned while under the influence of drugs & alcohol after
taking a midnight swim in his pool. Some suspect Brian was murdered)
b. February 28th 1942.
1971: Jim Morrison (27) American
singer-songwriter, poet, composer; he was best known as the lead singer
and lyricist of The Doors and is widely considered to be one of the most
charismatic frontmen in rock music history. He was also the author of
several books of poetry and the director of a documentary and short film.
Although Jim was known for his baritone vocals, many fans, scholars, and
journalists have discussed his theatrical stage persona, his self-destructiveness,
and his work as a poet. He was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone's "100
Greatest Singers of All Time". The Doors rock band was formed in
1965 in Los Angeles, California, hits include hits, including "Light
My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Love Her Madly"
and "Touch Me". According to the RIAA, they have sold over 32.5
million albums in the US alone. The band has sold 80 to 100 million albums
worldwide. Jims alcohol and drug abuse and open disdain for authority
made him a rock hero; his mysterious death in Paris, France at the age
of 27 made him a pop culture icon (found dead in
a bathtub, the cause of death was given as a heart attack)
December 8th 1943.
1971: Don McPherson (29)
American R&B singer; born in Indianapolis, he was known for his vocal
abilities and received several awards between 1961 and 1963, while he
served in the United States Army. Don was the original lead singer of
the group The Main Ingredient, formed in Harlem in 1964, members included
Donald, Luther Simmons Jr.
and Tony Silvester. They first called themselves, 'Trio' and joined the
writing team of Leiber & Stoller. They changed their name to 'The
Insiders' and then finally to, 'The Main Ingredient'. In 1970 Don and
Ingredient released their first
Top 30 hit, 'You've Been My Inspirartion',
and the hits continued with the Top 20 hit, 'I'm So Proud,' and the Top
Ten hit, 'Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love)'. This was soon
followed by the black
power anthem, 'Black Seeds
Keep On Growing' before Donald's untimely death just six days before his
30th birthday (sadly Don died fighting leukaemia)
b. July 9th 1941.
1972: Fred "Mississippi"
McDowell (68) American
blues singer, guitarist player in the North Mississippi style. Born in
Rossville, Tennessee, he actually may be considered the first of the bluesmen
from the 'North Mississippi' region - parallel to, but somewhat east of
the Delta region - to achieve widespread recognition for his work. He
started playing guitar at the age of 14 and played at dances around Rossville.
He moved to Memphis in 1926 where he worked in a number of jobs and played
music for tips. He settled in Como in 1940 or 1941, continuing to perform
music at dances and picnics. Initially he played slide guitar using a
pocket knife and then a slide made from a beef rib bone, later switching
to a glass slide for its clearer sound. He played with the slide on his
ring finger. The 1950s brought a rising interest in blues music and folk
music in the US and Fred was brought to wider public attention, beginning
when he was discovered and recorded in 1959 by Alan Lomax and Shirley
Collins. His records were popular, and he performed often at festivals
and club and he continued to perform blues in the North Mississippi blues
style much as he had for decades, but he sometimes performed on electric
guitar rather than acoustic guitar. Fred's 1969 album 'I Do Not Play No
Rock 'N' Roll' was his first featuring electric guitar. It features parts
of an interview in which he discusses the origins of the blues and the
nature of love. (sadly Fred died after a fight with
cancer) b. January 12th 1904.
1973: Laurens Hammond (78) American
engineer and inventor in Evanston, Illinois, his inventions include, most
famously, the Hammond organ and the Hammond clock. He studied mechanical
engineering at Cornell University and graduated with an honors degree
in 1916. At this time most thoughts were concentrated on the ongoing World
War I, and Laurens made his contribution to the war effort serving his
time with the American Expeditionary Force in France. Following
this, he moved to Detroit, where he was fortunate to occupy the post of
chief engineer of the Gray Motor Company, a manufacturer of marine engines.
In 1919, he invented a silent spring-driven clock. This invention brought
him enough money to leave Gray Motor Company and rent his own space in
New York. At the time of his retirement in 1960, he held 90 patents, he
was granted another 20 before his death (?)
1979: Louis Durey (91)
French composer born in Paris, as a composer he
was primarily self-taught, from the beginning, choral music was of great
importance in his productivity. His first work to gain recognition in
the music world was for a piano duet titled Carillons. At a 1918 concert
this work attracted the interest of Maurice Ravel, who recommended him
to his publisher.
Sadly though he is probably the least remembered of Les six. After the
Les six period, Louis continued with his career. During the years of the
Nazi occupation of World War II, he worked with the French Resistance
as a prominent member of the Front National des Musiciens and wrote anti-Fascist
songs. After the war he embraced hard-line communism, he voiced his growing
left-wing ideals that put him in an artistic isolation that lasted for
the rest of his life
b. May 27th 1888
1986: Dillon "Curley" Russell (69)
American jazz double-bassist, who played
bass on many bebop recordings.A
member of the Tadd Dameron Sextet, in his heyday he was in demand for
his ability to play at the rapid tempos typical of bebop, and appears
on several key recordings of the period, recording with the likes of Art
Blakey, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk, Johnny
Griffin and Zoot Sims. He left the music business in the late 1950s. According
to jazz historian Phil Schaap the classic bebop tune "Donna Lee",
a contrafact on "Back Home Again In Indiana", was named after
Curley's daughter (?)
March 19th 1917.
1986: Rudy Vallee/Hubert Prior Vallée (84)
American singer, actor, multi-musician,
bandleader, entertainer in Island Pond, Vermont. Having played drums in
his high school band, he played clarinet and saxophone in various bands
around New England in his youth before joining the US Navy. From 1924
through 1925, he played with the Savoy Havana Band at the Savoy Hotel
in London. He returned to the States to obtain a degree in Philosophy
from Yale and to form his own band, "Rudy Vallée and the Connecticut
Yankees" and given a recording contract and in 1928. It was in 1929
that he did his first film "Vagabond Lover". It was also in
1929 that he was picked up for the Fleishchmans Radio Music Hour
and later the Sealtest Hour. Rudy's
last hit song was the 1943 reissue of the melancholy ballad "As Time
Goes By", popularized in the feature film Casablanca. In
1941 he enlisted in the Coast Guard to help direct the 11th district band
as a Chief Petty Officer. Eventually he was promoted to Lieutenant and
lead the 40 piece band to great success. Later he concerntrated more on
his acting career, besides his early films, he appeared in "How To
Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Won Ton Ton,
The Dog That Saved Hollywood", "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes",
"The Helen Morgan Story", "Why Was I Born?", "How
to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", "Live a Little,
Love a Little", "The Night They Raided Minsky's" among
others. Also on TV he appeared in Alias Smith and Jones, Ellery
Queen, CHiPs, Santa Barbara to mention
a few and he played Lord Marmaduke Fogg on the Batman TV series (?)
b. July 28th 1901.
1986: Greg Carroll (26)
New Zealand Maori crew
member with U2. Greg met U2 in Auckland in 1984, during The Unforgettable
Fire tour and worked for the promoter of U2's shows in Auckland. He joined
the U2 team and was responsible for "ensuring" for Bono. His
death was tremendous for U2 and after returning from Gregs funeral Bono
wrote a song specially dedicated to him: One Tree Hill, and devoted the
U2 album The Joshua Tree to Greg (tragically he
died in a motorcycle accident
in Dublin when a drunk driver collided
1999: Mark Sandman (46)
and musical instrument inventor; born in
Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts.
indie rock icon and longtime fixture on the Boston/Cambridge music scene,
he was best known as the lead singer and slide bass player of the band
Morphine releasing five albums . He was also known as a prominent member
of the Boston blues-rock band Treat Her Right and the founder of Hi-n-Dry,
a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based recording studio and independent record
label. His instruments were extensively altered and sometimes built by
hand to create unique sounds. In Morphine, he played primarily a two-string
slide bass guitar usually tuned to a fifth, but he also was known to play
a unitar, named after the one-stringed instrument in American blues tradition,
and three-string slide bass with one bass string and two unison strings
tuned an octave higher, usually A (Mark
tragically collapsed on stage at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina,
Latium, Ital, near Rome while performing with Morphine, he was pronounced
dead of a heart attack)
September 24th 1952.
Delia Ann Derbyshire (64)
English musician and composer of electronic music and musique concrète.
Born in Coventry, she is best known for her electronic realisation of
Ron Grainer's theme music to the British science fiction television series
Doctor Who and for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. In 1959
she applied for a position at Decca Records only to be told that the company
did not employ women in their recording studios, so instead she took a
position at the UN in Geneva for the next year. Besides the Doctor Who
theme, Delia also composed and produced scores, incidental pieces and
themes for nearly 200 BBC Radio and BBC TV programmes. In 1973, she left
the BBC and after a brief stint working at Hodgson's Electrophon studio
during which time she contributed to the soundtrack to the film The Legend
of Hell House, Delia stopped composing music. She returned to music in
the late nineties after having her interest renewed by fellow electronic
musician Peter Kember and was working on an album when she died (Delia
sadly died of renal failure while recovering from breast cancer)
2001: Johnny Russell (61) American
country singer, songwriter and comedian born in Mississippi, but he moved
with his family at age 11 to Fresno, California. Johnny is famed for his
song 'Act Naturally', which was made famous by Buck Owens, who recorded
it in 1963, and The Beatles in 1965. He is also known for being the first
one to record 'He Stopped Loving Her Today', in some surveys named as
the greatest country song of all time and the biggest hit for George Jones
George Strait topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with Johnny's
song 'Let's Fall To Pieces Together'. His songs have been recorded by
Burl Ives, Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Tamra Rosanes, Dolly Parton, Emmylou
Harris, and Linda Ronstadt among others (died from diabetes-related complications)
2006: Jack "Smilin" Smith (92)
American crooner, actor and former host of
'You Asked for It'; He began his musical career at the age of 15, singing
with "The Three Ambassadors".
He became a solo baritone
crooner in 1939. Jack established
a radio show in 1945, he went on to host such guests as Dinah Shore, Margaret
Whiting, John Serry, Sr. and Ginny Simms. With the television's arrival,
radio saw a decline in audiences, but he soon became the host of You Asked
For It in 1958, staying with it in various roles until 1991. Following
a guest appearance in the musical film Make Believe Ballroom in 1949,
Jack was offered the second lead in Warner Bros.' On Moonlight Bay in
1951 opposite Doris Day (leukemia) b.
November 16th 1913.
Boots Randolph/Homer Louis Randolph III
he was the first ever sax player to record with Elvis, and the only one
to ever play solo with him, and he also recorded on the soundtracks for
8 of his movies. Boots is also the saxophone player responsible for penning
and playing the 1961 multi-million seller of "Yakety Sax" which
was the closing theme to the Benny Hill TV Specials. Boots can be heard
on Roy Orbison's 1964 hit, "Oh, Pretty Woman". "Little
Queenie" by REO Speedwagon, "Java" by Al Hirt, "Turn
On Your Lovelight" by Jerry Lee Lewis, and "Rockin' 'Round The
Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee, others out of dozens include Chet
Atkins, Buddy Holly, Floyd Cramer, Alabama, Johnny Cash, Richie Cole,
Pete Fountain, Tommy Newsom and Doc Severinsen. For over 40 years Boots
Randolph has toured Europe, spent 15 years touring with The Master's Festival
of Music, played for eight years on the Hee Haw Show, guested on numerous
TV shows, and headlined almost every fair, jazz festival and convention
suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on June 25 and fell into a in coma from
which he never regained consciousness) b.
2008: Colin Cooper (69) English
frontman, vocalist, saxophonist and founder member of the Climax Blues
Band, formed in Stafford, England, he also played harp, flute and guitars.
They released 18 albums, and their hit
singles include "Couldn't Get
It Right", "I Love You", "Couldn't Get It Right"
and "I Love You". They performed at major concerts and festivals
around the world, including Glastonbury and a 25-date German tour with
the Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall. (Colin
sadly lost his battle with cancer)
2008: Noel Sayre (37) American
violinist and co-founder of Pretty Mighty Mighty and the Black Swans (he
nearly drowned at a community pool after suffering an apparent heart attack,
and had been on life support for several days before he passed away)
Oliver Schroer (53)
Canadian fiddle player; Oliver grew up in Vandeleur, Ontario, a small
crossroads near Markdale in rural Grey County. He attended Grey Highlands
Secondary School in Flesherton, where he played French horn in the school
band and also took private violin lessons. He started as a busker in the
Toronto system subway with his guitar. He went on to become a prolific
composer, recording ten CDs in 14 years. He performed in Europe and North
America in clubs, cathedrals, and New York's Lincoln Centre. Altogether,
he produced or performed on over 100 albums of new traditional, acoustic,
and popular music, and wrote more than 1,000 pieces of music. (Sadly died
from leukemia) b. June 18th 1956.
1931: Buddie Petit/Joseph Crawford
(40/41) American jazz cornettist regarded as
one of the best in New Orleans, in his early teens. By
the early 1910s he was one of the top horn players in the new style of
music not yet generally known as "jazz". He took Freddie Keppard's
place in the Eagle Band. He was known as a hard-drinking, fun loving man
who played cornet with great virtuosity and inventiveness. He was briefly
lured to Los Angeles, California by Jelly Roll Morton and Bill Johnson
in 1917, but objected to being told to dress and behave differently than
he was accustomed to back home, and promptly returned to New Orleans.
He spent the rest of his career in the area around greater New Orleans
and the towns north of Lake Pontchartrain like Mandeville, Louisiana,
not venturing further from home than Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Gulf
Jimmie Spheeris (34)
singer-songwriter, guitarist , pianoist, keyboards;
born in Phenix City, Alabama,
after his father was murdered his mother moved
to Venice, California. Jimmie again relocated to New York in the late
1960s to pursue his songwriting career. His 1971 debut album, Isle of
View, created a following and FM radio airplay, most notably for the song
'I am the Mercury'. His 1973 album, The Original Tap Dancing Kid, was
followed by a period of extensive concert touring. He returned to the
recording studio in 1975 with The Dragon is Dancing and released Ports
of the Heart in 1976. Just
hours before his death, Jimmie finished the self-titled album, Spheeris.
This final album was not publicly released for 16 years, it was released
in 2000 on Rain Records
(at 2am, Jimmie died in Santa Monica, California,
when his motorcycle collided with a van; the van driver had been drinking)
b. November 5th 1949.
1986: Flor Peeters (83)
Flemish composer, organist and teacher, born in the village of Tielen;
he began his studies at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, he later collaborate
with Jules van Nuffel and the Institute's other professors, to produce
the Nova Organi Harmonia. In 1923 he became an organ teacher at the Institute;
simultaneously he acquired the position of chief organist at the St. Rumbold's
Cathedral in Mechelen, which he held for most of the rest of his life.
He collaborated with the cantor at the cathedral Jules Van Nuffel. As
an organist and pedagogue, Peeters enjoyed great renown, giving concerts
and liturgical masterclasses all over the world. He also made recordings
of sixteenth-, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century organ music; some of
these have been reissued in recent years on compact disc. Most of his
own pieces, he wrote well over 100, were for his own instrument, for choir,
or for both (?)
July 4th 1903.
Joe Newman (69) American jazz
trumpeter, composer, and educator; born in New Orleans, Louisiana to a
musical family, he attended Alabama State College, where he joined the
college band, the Bama State Collegians, became its leader, and took it
on tour. In
1941 he joined Lionel Hampton for two years, before signing with Count
Basie. He was also first with saxophonist Illinois Jacquet and then drummer
J. C. Heard, between 1947 and 1952. During his second period with Basie,
which lasted for about nine years, he made a number of small-group recordings
as leader. He also played on Benny Goodman's 1962 tour of the Soviet Union.
In 1961 Joe left the Basie and helped to found Jazz Interactions, of which
he became president in 1967. Jazz Interactions was a charitable organisation
which provided an information service, took jazz master classes into schools
and colleges, and later maintained its own Jazz Interaction Orchestra,
for which Joe wrote. In the 1970s and 80s Joe toured internationally,
and recorded for various major record labels. He suffered a stroke in
1991, which seriously disabled him (heart
problems) b. Sept 7th 1922.
1992: Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla
(71) Argentine tango composer and bandoneón
player born in Mar del Plata. Maybe the single most important figure in
the history of tango, his oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango
into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz
and classical music. Also an excellent bandoneonist, he regularly performed
his own compositions with different ensembles
1990 he suffered thrombosis while in Paris, and died two years later in
Buenos Aires.) b. March 11th 1921
2003: André Claveau (91) French
singer born in Paris, very popular in France from the 1940s-1960s. He
won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 singing "Dors, mon amour"/
Sleep my love with music composed by Pierre Delanoë and lyrics by
Hubert Giraud. He has also appeared in over a dozen films (?)
December 17th 1915.
Barry White/Barry Eugene Carter (58)
American soul singer and record producer,
a five-time Grammy Award-winner known for his rich bass voice and romantic
image. After leaving gang life and his teens behind he embarked on a musical
career, having marginal success at songwriting. His songs were recorded
by rock singer Bobby Fuller and TV bubblegum act The Banana Splits. He
was also responsible in 1963 for arranging "Harlem Shuffle"
for Bob & Earl, which became a hit in the UK in 1969. He had his first
solo chart hit with 1973's "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More
Baby". Then his orchestra, Love Unlimited Orchestra's recording of
White's composition "Love's Theme" reached No.1 in 1974, one
of only a handful of instrumental recordings ever to do so. Some regard
"Love's Theme" as the first disco hit ever, although Nino Tempo's
"Sister James" had already reached the Hot 100 a few months
chart hits by Barry include "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up",
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe", "You're the First,
the Last, My Everything", "What Am I Gonna Do with You",
"Let the Music Play", "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next
to Me" and "Your Sweetness is My Weakness". He also had
a strong following in the UK where he had five Top 10 hits and one No.1
with "You're The First". Barry
had many gold and platinum albums and singles, with combined sales of
over 100 million (sadly Barry died from kidney failure)
b. September 12th 1944
2005: Al Downing (65) American
entertainer, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In 1978, Al's "Mr.
Jones" reached the Top 20, followed by "Touch Me (I'll Be Your
Fool Once More)" "Midnight Lace," and "I Ain't No
He received the Billboard's New Artist of the Year and the Single of the
Year Award in 1979. In 1980, the "Story
Behind The Story" reached the Top 40 and "Bring It On Home"
reached the Top Twenty . He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame
and was a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Al was nominated as
Best New Artist by the Academy of Country Music and appeared on Hee Haw,
Nashville Now, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand television programs.
He continued to perform on more than 75 occasions per year in the remaining
years of his life, and appeared at Ontario's prestigious Havelock Country
Jamboree with Kenny Rogers and Roy Clark. But sadly in 2005, Al had to
postpone his plans for a European tour due to his ill health (lymphoblastic
leukemia) b. January 9th 1940.
Johnny Frigo (90)
American jazz violinist and bassist
born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied violin for only three years beginning
at age 7. While in high school he started to play double bass in dance
orchestras. In 1942 he played with Chico Marx's orchestra
after which he toured with Jimmy Dorsey's band from 1945 to 1947, later
forming the Soft Winds trio with Dorsey's guitarist Herb Ellis and pianist
Lou Carter. During this time he wrote the music and words of the standard
"Detour Ahead", which has been recorded by Billie Holiday, Sarah
Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, and Carola among others. In
1951 Frigo returned to Chicago, primarily working as a studio bassist
and arranger. He also led the band at Mr. Kelly's, a popular Rush Street
nightspot. Between 1951 and 1960 he played fiddle hoedowns and novelties
with the Sage Riders, the house band for WLS's long-running National Barn
Dance. He continued playing with the Sage Riders for another four years
after WGN revived the show in 1961. He continued performing at festivals
worldwide, including the Umbria Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival.
Frigo also was a published poet and artist. (He
had been battling cancer, but sadly died of complications from a fall)
b. July 4th 2007.
2007: Bill Pinkney (81)
American singer; born in Dalzell, South Carolina,
he grew up singing gospel in his church choir. He was also a pitcher for
the Negro league baseball's New York Blue Sox team, before serving in
the US Army in World War II. He earned a Presidential Citation with four
Bronze Stars (for battles including Normandy and Bastogne under General
Patton). Returning from the war, Bill began to sing again in various gospel
choirs. It was there that he would meet the members of the original Drifters.
On their first record in 1953, "Money Honey", Bill actually
sang first tenor, changing to bass after Ferbie left. In 1958 the manager
fired all of the individual Drifters and hired all new singers, The Crowns
(formally known as the Five Crowns), signing them under the Drifters'
name. Bill was forced to leave. He
quickly created a group called the Original Drifters, made up of key members
of the first (1953-58) association. "Pinkney's" Original Drifters
was consistently popular throughout the southeastern United States. For
decades their music was a staple of the "beach music" scene.
Bill has been recognized for his contributions by leaders such as President
Bill Clinton and President Nelson Mandela of South Africa. He has recieved
many musical awards, including the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer
Award, as well as induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame, United Group Harmony Association, and the Beach
Music Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the South Carolina Black Hall
of Fame and holds the key to the state of South Carolina (he
died the evening of July 4th in Florida from a heart attack, while staying
at the Daytona Beach Hilton. He was to perform with The Drifters at the
annual Daytona Beach 4th of July celebration, Red, White & Boom)
August 15th 1925.
2007: Baris Akarsu (28) Turkish
rock singer; he started out as an entertainer in beach resorts in Antalya.
Later he moved to Karadeniz Eregli, singing in bars, the local television
and radio shows before joining the TV show Academy Turkey. Shortly after
winning the show, he moved to Istanbul to pursue a career in music. Baris
released his first album Islak Islak followed by his second
Dusmeden Bulutlarda Kosmam Gerek released in August 2006.
He appeared on music videos for his songs Islak Islak, Kimdir
O, Mavi and Amasra from his first and Vurdum
En Dibe Kadar and Yaz Demedim from his second album.
He composed and wrote the lyrics for Ben and Yeter Be
from his second album. At the time of his death, he was working on his
unreleased third album (tragically
died due to complications arising from a motor the accident)
b. June 29th 1979.
2009: Drake Levin/Drake Maxwell Levinshefski (62)
American musician, best known as the
guitarist for Paul Revere & the Raiders. He started with Paul Revere
& the Raiders in 1963, even while he was in the National Guard he
would come to record with them in the studio. They had hits such as "Louie
Louie", "Steppin' Out", "Just Like Me", "Kicks"
which ranked No. 400 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest
Songs of All Time in 1966, "Hungry" "The Great Airplane
Strike", "Good Thing" and "Him or Me - What's It Gonna
Be?". Drake, Phil Volk and Mike Smitty Smith left the
Raiders in 1967 to form the trio, The Brotherhood. Over the years Drake
has worked with Ananda Shankar, Emitt Rhodesand
among other artists as well as participating in reunions with ex-members
of the Raiders (cancer)
b. August 17th 1946.
2009: Robert Mitchell (96) American
organist and one of the last original silent film accompanists; born in
Sierra Madre, California, he started his career at the age of 12 when
he worked at The Strand Theatre in Pasadena, CA playing Christmas carols
between showings. Once the silent film started, his career as an accompanist
began, which he continued until the arrival of talkies which made accompanists
irrelevant. In 1932 he won a scholarship to the Eastman School of music
where he studied piano. He stayed in New York performing gigs of many
genre that varied from church accompaniment to speakeasies to radio. During
the 1930s, he organized the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir, who were cast
in many films from the 1930s through to the 1960s. From 1962s he played
the organ for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 70s and 80s saw him as musical
director for several churches: St. Ann, St. Brendan, St. Kevin and St.
Peter in Los Angeles, and The Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
From 1992 until his death Robert accompanied several silent films in revival
houses particularly in California, performing weekly at both The Orpheum
and The Silent Movie Theatre, playing some of the original scores he had
from the 1920s. This gallant trooper performed until May 2009, when he
suffered from pneumonia and his health began to decline. In his 84 year
career Robert received many awards including the Silver Medal awarded
at the Royal Palace in Monte Carlo by Prince Rainier III and Princess
Grace of Monaco. A Silver Beaver Medal, the highest honor awarded scoutmasters
by the Boy Scouts of America. An acclamation as a Knight of Malta with
a medal from the American Melkite Archimandrate. An Honorary Plaque in
the Amphitheater of Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge, California. And
the "Pro Papa et Ecclesia" Certificate from Pope John-Paul the
b. October 12th 1912.
2009: Allen Klein (77)
American businessman, agent, record
label executive, admired and feared for his reputation as a fierce negotiator.
in New Jersey, he spent much of his childhood in an orphanage and graduated
from college with a degree in accounting, after which, while working with
friend, Don Kirshner, he soon gained a reputation as an effective sleuth
who could root through record companies' books on behalf of artists and
find thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. In 1961 he founded his
company Abkco and he quickly worked his magic for Bobby Darin and Sam
Cooke as well as becoming Sam's manager. With the "British Invasion"
of the US, he was soon representing many UK artists including The Animals,
Herman's Hermits and The Rolling Stones. (Later when The Verve's hit "Bittersweet
Symphony" sampled an orchestration from The Rolling Stones' "The
Last Time," the rights to which are owned by Allen's ABKCO Industries
was nominated for a Grammy Award, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the
Rolling Stones were named as the nominees, rather then The Verve.) In
1969, Allen began to work with the Beatles, and in 1971 he was a producer
of the concerts for Bangladesh, with Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton
and others. In the 80's he bought the rights to music produced by Phil
Spector, such as the Philles Records and Phil Spector International catalogs.
His company ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. owns and/or administers the
rights to music by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Herman's
Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks, as well as the Cameo Parkway label,
which includes recordings by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell,
The Orlons, The Dovells, Question Mark & The Mysterians, The Tymes
and Dee Dee Sharp. ABKCO also administers Philles Records and its master
recordings, including hits by The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, The
Crystals and others. Allen also worked as a producer on the films The
Holy Mountain in 1973 and The Greek Tycoon in 1978, as well as on several
Italian spaghetti westerns (Alzheimer's disease)
b. December 18th 1931.
2010: Huang You-di (98) Taiwanese
musician and composer. He was responsible for around 2000 compositions,
his most popular being Azaleas, written during the Second Sino-Japanese
War (sadly died of multiple organ failure)
b. January 12th 1912.
2011: Jane Scott (92)
American rock music critic, in Cleveland,
Ohio in 1919, a 1937 graduate of Lakewood High School and a 1941 graduate
of the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree,
majoring in English, Speech and Drama. Jane was influential rock critic
for the newspaper The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, during her career she
covered every major rock concert in Cleveland and was on a first name
basis with many stars. Until her retirement from the paper in April 2002
she was known as "The Worlds Oldest Rock Critic." She
was also influential in bringing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland
(?) b. May 3rd 1919.
2011: Gerhard Unger (95)
German light tenor opera singer born in Bad Salzungen. He had his debut
as an opera singer in 1947 in Weimar. From 1949 to 1961 he sang with the
Berlin State Opera. After 1951 he sang regularly at the Bayreuth Festival.
One of his signature roles was David from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,
which is confirmed by the number of times he recorded the role. Equally
known was his Pedrillo in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail,
notably in the legendary 1965 Salzburg Festival production, which was
conducted by Zubin Mehta, and was kept in the festival's repertory for
10 years and was also shown at Milan's La Scala. His other Salzburg Festival
roles included Monostatos in two different stagings of The Magic Flute.
He occasionally played Mime, for example in La Scala's 1975 production
b. November 26th 1916.
1884: Victor Massé (62)
French composer; he studied
at the Paris Conservatoire, winning the Prix de Rome in 1844 for his cantata
Le rénégat de Tanger before turning his attention to opera.
While at the Conservatoire, Massé studied with Jaques Halévy.
He wrote some twenty operas, including La chanteuse voilée-1850,
followed by the more ambitious Galathée-1852 and Paul et Virginie.
His best-known and most successful work was the opéra comique Les
noces de Jeannette in 1853. Victor's last work, Une Nuit de Cléopâtre,
was performed posthumously in April 1885 (?)
b. March 7th 1822.
1951: Egbert Anson Van Alstyne (73)
American songwriter, pianist, and composer of a
number of popular and ragtime tunes from the early 20th century. Born
in Marengo, Illinois, he moved to New York City after some time touring
in Vaudeville. He worked as a Tin Pan Alley song-plugger until he was
able to make his living as a songwriter. He teamed with lyricist Harry
H. Williams, their first success was "Navajo" which was introduced
in the Broadway musical Nancy Brown in 1903 and became one of the first
records by Billy Murray early in 1904. Their best remembered song is ''In
the Shade of the Old Apple Tree'' from 1905. Other of his hits included
"Won't You Come Over to My House?", "I'm Afraid to Come
Home in the Dark", and "Memories". He shares credit with
Tony Jackson on the hit "Pretty Baby" (?)
March 4th 1878.
1969: Wilhelm Backhaus (85) German pianist;
born in Leipzig, he studied at the conservatoire there with Alois Reckendorf
until 1899. He made his first concert tour at the age of sixteen. In 1905
he won the Anton Rubinstein Competition and toured widely throughout his
life - in 1921 he gave seventeen concerts in Buenos Aires in less than
three weeks. He made his U.S. debut on January 5, 1912, as soloist in
Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto with Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony
Orchestra. In 1930 he moved to Lugano and became a citizen of Switzerland.
He made his last recital in Ossiach,
which was recorded, a few days before his death
died in Villach, Austria where he was due to play in a concert)
March 26th 1884.
1975: Gilda Dalla Rizza (72) Italian
prima donna soprano, born in Verona, she made her
operatic debut in Bologna (the Teatro Verdi) in 1912, as Charlotte in
Werther. Especially acclaimed in the verismo repertory, she was regarded
as being Giacomo Puccini's favorite soprano, creating Magda in his La
rondine (1917). She also gave the first European performances of his Suor
Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, at Rome in 1919. She also created roles
in Pietro Mascagni's Il piccolo Marat and Riccardo Zandonai's Giulietta
e Romeo. She was also an important interpreter of that composer's Francesca
da Rimini. She also appeared at the Teatro Colón (including Manon
Lescaut opposite Aureliano Pertile) and Covent Garden, and was a favorite
at Monte Carlo and the Teatro alla Scala. One of Dalla Rizza's unexpected
successes at the latter theatre was in La traviata, under the bâton
of Arturo Toscanini. Gilda also taught formany years at Venice's Conservatorio
Benedetto Marcello (sadly
died at Milan's Casa Verdi)
b. October 12th 1892.
Abe Tilmon (37) American
vocalist with Detroit Emeralds; "The Emeralds" formed as a vocal
harmony group in Little Rock, Arkansas, and originally composed of four
brothers, Abrim/Abe, Ivory, Cleophus and Raymond Tilmon. After Cleophus
and Raymond left, Abe and Ivory joined by childhood friend James Mitchell
moved to Detroit, Michigan and expanded their name to the Detroit Emeralds.
The trio had their first R&B chart success on Ric-Tic Records, with
"Show Time" in 1968. Other hits included "If I Lose Your
Love", "Do Me Right", "You Want It, You Got It"
and "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" and "Feel
The Need In Me" (sadly
Abe died after suffering a heart attack)
1983: Harry James (67) American
trumpet player and bandleader, born in Albany, Georgia; in February 1939
he debuted his own big band in Philadelphia. His hit "You Made Me
Love You" was in the Top 10 during the week of December 7, 1941.
He toured with the band into the 1980s. His
was the first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra,
in 1939. He wanted to change Sinatra's name to 'Frankie Satin' but Sinatra
refused. His later band included drummer Buddy Rich. He played trumpet
in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, dubbing Kirk Douglas. Harry's
recording of "I'm Beginning to See the Light" appears in the
motion picture My Dog Skip-2000. His music is also featured in the Woody
Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters and recorded many popular records and
appeared in many Hollywood movies. Although diagnosed with lymphatic cancer,
but he continued to work, playing his last professional job on June 26,
1983, in Los Angeles just 9 days before he died. (sadly
died after his brave battle with cancer) b.
1993: Maria Teresa de Noronha (74) Portuguese
fado singer; her artistic career spanned over 30 years and is considered
one of the most unique and beautiful fado voices. Born in Lisbon, and
at the age of 20, Maria was invited by the Portuguese broadcasting company
to perform at a regular biweekly fado program, which she did uninterruptly
until 1961 (died of prolonged disease at her house of São Pedro
de Sintra) b. November 7th 1918.
Miller/Elva Ruby Connes Miller (89) American
singer, born in Joplin, Missouri, she studied music, voice, and composition
at Pomona College, and involved herself in church and community projects.
She said singing was "a hobby", but produced several records,
mainly of classical, gospel, and children's songs. She found fame in the
'60s for her out-of-tune versions of songs such as "Moon River",
"Monday, Monday", "Downtown", and "A Lover's
Concerto". She sang in an untrained, Mermanesque, vibrato-laden voice
October 5th 1907.
2001: Ernie K Doe Jr (65) American
R&B singer and drummer, born in New Orleans; he recorded as a member
of the group the Blue Diamonds in 1954 before making his first solo recordings
the following year, "Mother-in-Law", which reached No.1 on both
the Billboard pop and R&B charts. Other hits include "Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta",
and "Later For Tomorrow". In the 1980s he did radio shows on
New Orleans community stations WWOZ and WTUL. In the 1990s he began billing
himself as "The Emperor of the Universe" and wearing a cape
and crown he became a famous local eccentric on the New Orleans scene
(sadly died of kidney and liver failure)
b. February 22nd 1936.
2005: Shirley Goodman (69) American
R&B singer, born in New Orleans, known best as one half of Shirley
and Lee, a 50s R&B duo with her school friend, Leonard Lee. In 1956
they recorded "Let the Good Times Roll", which became their
biggest hit single reaching No.1 on the US R&B chart and No.20 on
the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It sold over a million copies, and awarded
a gold disc. Later in her career, Shirley had a resurgence with the disco
hit, "Shame, Shame, Shame" in the 1970s. Credited to Shirley
& Company, the record became an international pop hit, reaching No.12
on the Billboard chart and presaging the disco boom. (?)
b. June 19th 1936.
2005: Raymond "Ray" Davis (65)
American original bass singer and a founding members of The Parliaments,
Parliament, and Funkadelic born in Sumter, South Carolina. Aside from
George Clinton, he was the only original member of the Parliaments not
to leave the Parliament/Funkadelic conglomerate in 1977. He worked with
Roger Troutman and Zapp in the early to mid '80's. His distinctive baritone
can be heard on "I Can Make You Dance". He was also briefly
in a late-period line-up of the The Temptations, after the death of bass
singer Melvin Franklin and appearing on the 1995 album For Lovers Only.
Ray left the group when diagnosed with throat cancer. In later years,
he performed with former Temptation Glenn Leonard's group, The Temptations
Experience and in 1998, with original Parliament-Funkadelic members Clarence
"Fuzzy" Haskins, Calvin Simon and Grady Thomas, formed the Original
P. In 1997 Ray was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with
15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic (respiratory
problems) b. March 29th 1940.
2006: Don Lusher (82)
British jazz trombonist and band leader born in Peterborough, England;
when World War II broke out he served as a gunner signaller in the Royal
Artillery, after being demobbed he became a professional musician playing
with the bands of Joe Daniels, Lou Preager, Maurice Winnick, The Squadronaires,
Jack Parnell and lastly Ted Heath. Don
spent nine years as lead trombone with the Ted Heath Jazz Band and toured
the USA several times, taking over as leader in 1969 after Heath's death.
He also led the trombone section on many of Frank Sinatra's European tours.
He later formed his own band and also performed with the Manhattan Sound
Big Band, with Alexis Korner and various session musicians in the big
band-rock fusion group CCS .In 1993 he was awarded the status of Freeman
of the City of London, in 2001 Don recorded an album featuring Kenny Ball,
Acker Bilk, John Chilton and the Feetwarmers, John Dankworth, Humphrey
Lyttelton and George Melly it was entitled British Jazz Legends Together.and
in 2002 he received an OBE for services to the music industry (?)
b. November 6th 1923.
2006: Joe Weaver
(71) American Detroit blues, electric
blues and R&B pianist, singer and bandleader. His best known recording
was "Baby I Love You So" - 1955, and he was a founding member
of both The Blue Note Orchestra and The Motor City Rhythm & Blues
Pioneers. Over his lengthy but staggered career, Joe worked with various
musicians including The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, John Lee Hooker, Nathaniel
Mayer, The Miracles, Martha Reeves, Nolan Strong & The Diablos, Andre
Williams, Nancy Wilson, and Stevie Wonder. In addition, he was a session
musician in the early days of Motown Records and played in the house band
at Fortune Records. He was a key component in the 1950s Detroit R&B
scene (sadly died of a stroke) b.
August 27th 1934.
2007: Régine Crespin (80) French
soprano, later a mezzo-soprano, who had a major international career in
opera and on the concert stage between 1950 and 1989. She excelled in
both the French and German repertoire. She become a fixture at the Opéra
National de Paris in the mid 1950s. Her international career was launched
in 1958 with a critically acclaimed performance of Kundry in Richard Wagner's
Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival. She soon appeared at most of the major
opera houses in the United States and Europe and made a number of appearances
in South America as well. She had a long and fruitful association with
the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, making over 125 appearances at
that house between 1962 and 1987. Regine retired from the stage in 1989,
after which she taught singing for many years at her alma mater, the Conservatoire
de Paris (sadly died after a brave fight with liver
cancer) b. February 23rd 1927.
George Heywood Melly (80) English jazz
and blues singer, writer, music critic; born in Liverpool, educated at
Stowe School, where he discovered his interest in art, jazz and blues.
He joined the Royal Navy near to the end of the World War 2, where he
was almost court-martialled for distributing anarchist literature. After
the war while working in an Surrealism art gallery he was offered the
job as singer with the Mick Mulligan's Magnolia Jazz Band. The 60s saw
George a film critic for The Observer, the writer on the Daily Mail's
satirical newspaper strip Flook, illustrated by Trog, and scriptwriter
on the 1967 satirical film Smashing Time. The 70's, it's back to jazz
with John Chilton's
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died from lung cancer)
b. August 17th 1926.
2010: Cesare Siepi (77) Italian opera
singer, generally considered to have been one of the finest basses of
the post-war period. His voice was characterised by a deep, warm timbre,
and a ringing, vibrant upper register. On stage, his tall, striking presence
and elegance of phrasing made him a natural Don Giovanni, among his many
other worldwide roles. He can be seen in that role on video from Salzburg,
under the baton of Wilhelm Furtwängler. Cesare's
last studio recording was as the old King Archibaldo in RCA's 1976 taping
of Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re, with Anna Moffo and Plácido
Domingo in the cast, and his formal farewell to the operatic stage occurred
at the Teatro Carani in Sassuolo on 21 April 1989 (Sadly,
he died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta
after suffering a stroke more than a week earlier)
b. February 10th 1923.
2010: David Fanshawe (68) English
composer and ethnomusicologist; educated at St George's School, Windsor
Castle and Stowe School he started his career as a musician and producer
for documentary films. He studied composition under John Lambert at the
Royal College of Music. His work is situated at the crossroads of traditional
and modern music. David's best-known composition is the 1972 choral work
African Sanctus (sadly died after suffering
from a stroke) b. April
Alphonso 'Fonce' Mizell (68) American
born in Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey. In 1972 he moved to LA with
the Motown company, along with Berry Gordy and Freddie Perren, he was
one third of the production house, a member of
"The Corporation", responsible
for writing and producing The Jackson 5's early hits, including 'I Want
You Back', 'ABC' and 'The Love You Save'.
Fonce and his brother Larry also started their own company, Sky High Productions.
They went on to produce albums for Blue Note Records that set the tone
for jazz fusion, including: Donald Byrd's Black Byrd-1972, Street Lady-1973,
Humphrey's Blacks and Blues-1973, Stepping
into Tomorrow-1974, Places and Spaces-1975 and Caricatures-1976, Satin
Doll-1974 and Fancy Dancer-1975, Johnny "Hammond" Smith's Gambler's
Life-1974, Gears-1975, A Taste Of Honey's platinum selling roller-rink
anthem of '78 "Boogie Oogie Oogie", L.T.D.'s "Love Ballad",
a number 1 R&B hit in 1976 and Mary Wells' dance funk 12-inch "Gigolo"
in 1982. The
Mizell Brothers often used the same musicians on their albums, including
Harvey Mason on drums, Melvin "Wah Wah Watson" Ragin and David
T. Walker on guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass and Jerry Peters on piano. In
the 1980s, the Mizell brothers retired from full-time production in the
1980s but made reappearances in the 2000s, notably with 4Hero
(?) b. January 15th 1943.
2012: Ben Kynard (92)
American jazz saxophone player and songwriter
born in Eureka Springs, Ark.; his life as a musician started at a young
age, and by the time he graduated from Sumner High School in Kansas City,
Kan., in 1938 he was already performing in nightclubs. After
a stint in the U.S. Army, where he played with a military band, Ben
played with Lionel Hampton from 1946 to 1953, which took him to gigs across
America. After years on the road left Lional and worked for the U.S. Postal
Service in Kansas City for 32 years, delivering mail in the day and playing
jazz at night. He also frequently wrote music for local jazz musicians,
typically without charging them. One of his more famous compositions is
the standard Red Top (sadly
Ben died of complications from a stroke that he had in late June)
b. February 28th 1920.
1961: Rocco Scott LaFaro (25)
American influential jazz
bassist, born in Irvington, New Jersey, and perhaps best known for his
work with the Bill Evans Trio. He entered college to study music but left
during the early weeks of his sophomore year, to joined Buddy Morrow and
his big band, before relocating to Los Angeles. He quickly found work
and became known as one of the best of the young bassists. In 1959, after
many gigs with such greats as Chet Baker, Victor Feldman, Stan Kenton,
Cal Tjader, and Benny Goodman, Rocco joined Bill Evans. His tragic death
came two days after accompanying Stan Getz at the Newport Jazz Festival
and ten days after recording two live albums with the Bill Evans Trio,
Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby, albums considered
among the finest live jazz recordings (died
in an automobile accident in Flint, New York on U.S. 20 between Geneva
b. April 3rd 1936
Armstrong (69) American bandleader,
singer and trumpet player, born in New Orleans, LA. He was a very charismatic
innovative performer whose musical skills and bright personality transformed
jazz from a rough regional dance music into a popular art form. One of
the most famous jazz musicians of the 20th century. He worked odd jobs
as a boy, including delivering milk and coal and selling newspapers and
bananas. He also played the cornet with various bands in the New Orleans
area. From 1922-24
Louis played with King Oliver's Original
Creole Jazz Band. Next he played trumpet with Fletcher Henderson in New
York City, before he played solo trumpet and fronted his own bands until
his death, including the Hot Five and the Hot Seven. recording artist
beginning in the early 1920s. Appeared in Broadway shows, including "Hot
Chocolates" and "Swingin' the Dream". He also appeared
in many films, including Pennies from Heaven 1936; Every Day's a Holiday,
1937; Going Places 1938; Dr. Rhythm 1938; Cabin in the Sky 1943; Jam Session
1944; New Orleans 1947; The Strip 1951; Glory Alley 1952; The Glenn Miller
Story 1954; High Society 1957; The Five Pennies 1959; A Man Called Adam
1966; and Hello, Dolly 1969. Louis's nickname Satchmo was an abbreviation
of "satchelmouth," a joke on the size of his mouth; he was also
nicknamed Gatemouth, Dippermouth, Dip, and simply Pops. He was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an "early influence"
in 1990 and in 2001 the city of New Orleans renamed its airport as Louis
Armstrong International Airport (sadly died of a
heart attack) b.
August 4th 1901.
1977: Ödön Pártos (70) Hungarian-Israeli
violist, composer and recipient of the Israel Prize in 1954. He taught
and served as director of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and regarded
as among the most important Israeli composers. Between the years 19381956,
was the principal of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's viola section,
as well as playing numerous solo performances in Israel and abroad. In
1946, together with cellist László Vincze, he founded the
Samuel Rubin Israel Academy of Music, now Buchmann-Mehta School of Music
in Tel Aviv, and in 1959 was instrumental in founding the Thelma Yellin
High School of Art in Tel Aviv. In 1951, Partos was appointed director
of the Rubin Academy, a position he was to hold until his death, although
the state of his health during his last five years of life prevented him
from taking an active part in the Academy's administration, a position
filled by Prof. Arie Vardi who succeeded him as director there (?)
1979: Van Allen Clinton McCoy (39) American
musician, music producer, arranger, songwriter, and orchestra conductor.
Born in Washington, D.C., he learned to play piano at a young age and
sang with the Metropolitan Baptist Church choir as a youngster. By age
12, he had begun writing his own songs in addition to performing in local
amateur shows alongside his older brother, Norman Jr. The two brothers
formed a doo-wop combo named the Starlighters with two friends while in
high school. He is best known for his 1975 international hit "The
Hustle", which is still played in dance halls and on the radio today.
He has approximately 700 song copyrights to his credit and is also noted
for producing songs for such recording artists as Gladys Knight and the
Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin, Brenda & The Tabulations, David
Ruffin, Peaches & Herb, and Stacy Lattishaw (sadly
died of a massive heart attack)
b. January 6th 1940.
1998: Roy Rogers/Leonard
Slye (86) American
actor and country singer; he and his 3rd wife Dale Evans, his "golden
palomino" Trigger and German shepherd, Bullet, were featured in over
100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show which ran on radio for nine years before
moving to television from 1951 through 1964. After moving to LA in 1929/30
he started out with his cousin singing the LA bars as the Slye Brothers.
After four years of little success,
in 1934, he formed
a Western cowboy music group, Sons
of the Pioneers with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer. The group hit it big with
songs like "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds".
From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily in western
films, including a supporting role as a singing cowboy, still billed as
"Leonard Slye" in a Gene Autry movie. In 1938, when Autry temporarily
walked out on his movie contract, Leonard was immediately rechristened
"Roy Rogers" and assigned the lead in Under Western Stars. Roy
became a matinee idol and American legend, also a competitor for Gene
Autry as the nation's favorite singing cowboy was born! (congestive
heart failure) b.
November 5th 1911.
1999: Michael Wallace (43) Jamaican
keyboard player and original member of the seminal Jamaican 80s band Chalice
with hits such as "I Still Love You" and "Good To Be There".
He had also been a member of the band Third World (tragically
gunned down while drivng his car in Kingston, Jamaica)
b. June 6th 1956.
composer of classical music and virtuoso pianist; despite being nearly
blind from an early age, he achieved great success. His music counts among
some of the most popular of the 20th century, particularly his Concierto
de Aranjuez, considered one of the pinnacles of the Spanish music and
guitar concerto repertoire. In 1943 he received Spain's National Prize
for Orchestra for Cinco piezas infantiles/Five Children's Pieces, based
on his earlier composition of the same piece for two pianos, premiered
by Ricardo Viñes. From 1947 Rodrigo was a professor of music history,
holding the Manuel de Falla Chair of Music in the Faculty of Philosophy
and Letters, at Complutense University of Madrid. In
1991, he was raised to the nobility by King Juan Carlos; he was given
the title Marqués de los Jardines de Aranjuez, in 1996 he received
the prestigious Prince of Asturias AwardSpain's highest civilian
honor, and he was named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by
the French government in 1998 (?)
b. November 22nd 1901.
piano in Warsaw and Berlin in the early 1930s. After Adolf Hitler seized
power in Germany in 1933, he returned to Warsaw, where he quickly became
a celebrated pianist and composer of both classical and popular music.
He composed many pieces and soundtracks while touring Poland with his
violinist, Bronislav Gimpel. His family was deported to Treblinka, an
extermination camp in the east, but
managed to flee from the transport loading site with the help of a friend.
Tragically none of his family members survived the war apart from himself.
From 1945 to 1963 he was director of the Music Department at Polish Radio.
Over his career he composed several symphonic works and about 500 songs,
still popular in Poland today, as well as music for children, radio plays
and films. In 1961 he initiated and organized the Sopot International
Song Festival in Poland and founded the Polish Union of Authors of Popular
Music. Shortly after the war ended he wrote a memoir about his survival
in Warsaw. He published the book, Smierc Miasta (Death of a City), it
was soon suppressed by the Stalinist Polish authorities. Following the
de-Stalinisation period of the 1950s, the book was published and printed
to a greater extent. In 1998, Wladyslaws
son Andrzej republished his fathers work, first in German as Das
wunderbare Überleben (The miraculous survival) and then in English
as The Pianist. In 2002, Roman Polanski directed a screen version, also
called The Pianist, but sadly
died before the film was completed. The movie won three Academy Awards,
the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film Award, and the
Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. (died
in Warsaw) b. December 5th 1911.
Jimmie Lee Robertson (71) American
blues singer and guitarist, from the generation of blues performers who
helped establish Maxwell Street in Chicago as a famous blues locale. He
recorded with musicians
like Magic Sam and Jimmy Reed, made records as a leader, and took part
in the American Folk Blues Festival package tour of the US and Europe
He took a succession of days jobs in the 1970s and 1980s, but returned
to recording in the 1990s, and made several albums for the Delmark, Amina
and Apo labels. He led a protest against the proposed redevlopment of
the historic Maxwell Street area and Chicago's blues heritage in the late
1990s, including two lengthy hunger strikes. In 1998 he embarked upon
the first of two long hunger strikes in protest. (He
had been been diagnosed with bone cancer, and was later found dead with
an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound)
b. April 30th 1931.
2003: Clyde "Skip" Battin (69)
American bassist and songwriter born in Gallipolis, Ohio; in 1956 he collaborated
with Gary Paxton and formed the Pledges, the two later successfully recorded
under the name of Skip & Flip, enjoying hits with "It Was I",
and "Cherry Pie". From
1970 to 1973
Skip was bass player and songwriter with the Byrds. From
1974 to 1976 he played with the New
Riders of the Purple Sage, with whom he recorded three albums. He continued
to play live and recorded collaborations with notable country rock musicians,
numerous solo projects and stints with the Flying Burrito Brothers. From
1989 to 1991 he toured occasionally with Michael Clarke's Byrds.
(Alzheimer's disease) b.
February 18th 1934.
2004: Syreeta Wright (57) US
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, most notably known for her work with
Stevie Wonder and Billy Preston. She began recording career
with Motown as a backing vocalist during the 60s, releasing her own single
"I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You" in 1967. Following
a suggestion by Stevie Wonder, she became a songwriter. One
early success between the two was the song 'It's A Shame' for the, then,
Motown Spinners. By 1970, the collaboration with Stevie saw the release
of the song 'Signed, Sealed Delivered, I'm Yours', a song she co-wrote
with Wonder, Lee Garrett and Lula Hardaway. That same year, she collaborated
with Stevie on his album 'Where I'm Coming From', co-writing the songs
'Do Yourself A Favor', 'Something Out Of The Blue', 'If You Really Love
Me' (a song on which she sang) and 'Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer'.
Stevie and Syreeta married on the 14th September 1970. In 1972, Syreeta
released her debut album, simply entitled 'Syreeta' for the MoWest imprint,
the first of 10 solo albums. Syreeta wrote, or recorded with Sheree Brown,
George Howard, Gary Bartz, Patrice Rushen, Wayne Henderson, Jeffrey Osborne,
The Stairsteps, George Duke, Quincy Jones and Donald Byrd, amongst many
others, at various times. (sadly
died after her long battle with breast cancer)
b. August 3rd 1946.
2005: Dennis D'Ell/Denis James Dalziel (61)
singer and harmonica player
born in London.
He was a founding member and lead singer of the British pop band The Honeycombs
formed in 1963. There debut single "Have I the Right?" was released
in June 1964 on the Pye record label, by the end of August the record
reached No.1 in the UK charts. Outside the UK "Have I the Right?"
was a big success too. The song became No.1 in Australia, Canada and Sweden,
the US and in the Netherlands No.2. The Honeycombs also recorded a German
version of the song: "Hab ich das Recht?" and both versions
reached No.21 in the German charts. The group toured Europe, The Far East,
Japan and Australia. Other hits included "Who Is Sylvia?", "Is
It Because", "Eyes", "That's the Way" and others
(sadly he lost his battle with cancer)
b. October 14th 1943.
2008: Bobby Durham (71)
American jazz drummer born in in Philadelphia; he started with The Orioles
at age 16, and went on to play with King James, Stan Hunter, Lloyd Price,
Wild Bill Davis, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Slide Hampton, Grant Green,
Sweets Edison, Tommy Flanagan, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Ray Charles,
Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Rowles, Oscar Peterson, the Duke Ellington Orchestra,
in which he played for five years, and accompanied Ella Fitzgerald for
more than a decade (?)
b. Feb 3rd 1937
2009: Jim Reid (75) Scottish
folk singer, guitarist and mouth organist; born in Dundee, Jim started
out in the with
"The Taysiders", after which
he became the driving force of the
Arbroath band "The Foundry Bar Band".
He recorded 3 albums with them, 'The Foundry Bar Band' in 1981, 'On The
Road with The Foundry Bar Band' in 1983 and in 1988 'Rolling Home'. Jim
has featured on many other artists recordings including the 9th to 12th
volumes of the twelve volume series of "The Complete Songs of Robert
Burns", John Huband's "Freewheeling Now" and the Hamish
Henderson tribute album "A The Bairns O Adam" and "Life
In The Kingdom", the latter was with the children of Fife primary
schools. In 2005 he won the "Scots Singer of the Year" award
and he regularly played at festivals until recently when he was diagnosed
with dementia (died after short illness)
2009: Martin Streek (43) Canadian
influencial radio DJ known for his work on CFNY-FM (Edge 102) in Toronto,
in the Meadowvale part of Mississauga, he was one of three remaining personalities
from the "Spirit of Radio" era of the Edge. He was known for
his deep, gravelly voice, his phrase
"Come out early and stay late" and
weekend late night live-to-air broadcasts from the Toronto clubs,
mainly the Phoenix Concert Theatre and the Velvet Underground in Toronto,
and The Kingdom in Burlington, Ont. when it was in existence. For a time,
Martin also hosted a Friday Night Live show from the Docks. He
was also known for his weekly show, the Thursday 30, where he counted
down the top 30 songs of the past week, as well as championing five emerging
acts in a segment called Groundbreakers. Martin was voted DJ of the year
a number of times in Now Magazine's year-end public ballot. Despite his
knowledge and his great importance to the music scene over the decades,
in late May 2009 sadly he seemed to have been axed by CFNY-FM
from the station's website, along with a few others as part of restructuring
at the station. Martin's last status update on Facebook was, "So...I
guess that's it...thanks everyone...I'm sorry to those I should be sorry
to, I love you to those that I love, and I will see you all again soon
(not too soon though)... Let the stories begin." (suspected
suicide) b. June 16th 1964.
Abdullah Totong Mahmud (80) Indonesian
composer and television host, a composer of around 500 children's songs
from Indonesia. Some of his best known works include "Pelangi",
"Ambilkan Bulan", "Anak Gembala", "Bintang Kejora",
"Mendaki Gunung", "Ade Irma Suryani", and "Amelia".
was the host of two children song's shows on TVRI, "Lagu Pilihanku"/Songs
of My Choice from 1968 to 88, and "Ayo Menyanyi"/Lets
Sing from 1969 to 1988. He was honoured with the 2003 AMI Lifetime Achievement
Award. The Indonesian government awarded him the Bintang Budaya Parama
Dharma medal in 2003 (pneumonia)
b. February 3rd
Romanian pan flautist, born in Bucharest,
who later lived and worked in Switzerland.
He started studying violin, but from the age of 14, Simion
on playing the pan pipes. He chose his stage name, which not only signifies
the nymph Syrinx in ancient Greek mythology, but also the Pan flute itself.
The range of Stanciu's repertoire included Baroque and Classical instrumental
concerts - Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart etc. adapted for the Pan flute, collaborations
with Rock music artists like The Moody Blues or Yes, as well as recordings
in the fields of Jazz and light music. He also performed the soundtrack
recording for the film Quest for Fire. Simion founded the Pan flute school
Akademie Syrinx (died in Geneva, Switzerland, after
a protracted illness) b. December 23rd 1949
2010: Harvey Fuqua (80) American
singer, songwriter, producer and record label executive; born in Louisville,
Kentucky, where he started a vocal group called the Crazy Sounds. Later,
the group with Harvey as lead singer, along with Bobby Lester, Alexander
"Pete" Graves, Prentiss Barnes, plus Billy Johnson on guitar
moved to Cleveland, where an impressed R & R DJ Alan Freed, invited
them on his radio show and concerts, then in 1952, changing their name
to The Moonglows Alan signed them to his Champagne Records label. The
Moonglows eventually signed to Chess Records releasing >>>
MORE <<< (heart
attack) b. July 27th 1929.
2011: Josef Suk (81) Czech
violinist, violist, chamber musician and conductor, the grandson of Josef
Suk, and great-grandson of Antonín Dvorák. In his home country
he carried the title of National Artist. He became a distinguished violist,
having recorded Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra
as violist with Iona Brown and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
He had a long and distinguished career in
the recording studio, winning the Grand Prix du Disque six times: including
in 1960 for recordings of Leo Janácek and Claude Debussy
violin sonatas, and in 1968 for the Alban Berg violin concerto. He also
won the Wiener Floetenuhr Prize and the Edison Prize (sadly
Josef died fighting prostate cancer) b. August
Bunk Johnson (?) American
jazz trumpeter, a prominent early New Orleans jazz trumpet player in the
early years of the 20th century who enjoyed a revived career in the 1940s.
gave the year of his birth as 1879, although there is speculation that
he may have actually been younger by as much as a decade. He received
lessons from Adam Olivier and played in Olivier's orchestra. Bunk began
in Papa Jack Laines band, along with Buddy Bolan and played a few adolescent
jobs with Buddy Bolden, but was not a regular member of Bolden's Band
for any length of time. He was regarded as one of the top trumpeters in
New Orleans in the years 19051915, in between repeatedly leaving
the city to tour with minstrel shows and circus bands. After he failed
to appear for a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade job in 1915, he learned
the krewe members intended to do him bodily harm, and so he left town,
touring with shows and then settling in New Iberia, Louisiana. In 1931
he lost his trumpet and front teeth when a violent fight broke out at
a dance in Rayne, Louisiana, putting an end to his playing. Eventually
Bunk was fitted with a set of dentures and given a new trumpet, and in
1942 made his first solo recordings with his band. These recordings propelled
him into public attention, attracting a cult following. Bunk and his band
played in New Orleans, San Francisco, Boston, and New York City and made
many more recordings (sadly
Bunk died a year after suffering a bad stroke)
1879 or 1889.
1950: Theodore "Fats" Navarro (26) American
jazz trumpet player, born in Key West, Florida; he was a pioneer of the
bebop style of jazz improvisation in the 1940s. He had a strong stylistic
influence on many other players, most notably Clifford Brown.
began playing piano at age six, and began playing trumpet at thirteen.
After life on the road with many bands he settled in New York City in
1946, where he met and played with Charlie Parker, alsthough never a member
of his bands. Fats played in the Andy Kirk, Billy Eckstine, Benny Goodman,
and Lionel Hampton big bands, and participated in small group recording
sessions with Kenny Clarke, Tadd Dameron, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis,
Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Howard McGhee, and Bud Powell. His
last performance was with Charlie Parker on July 1st at Birdland (?)
b. September 24th 1923.
1954: Idabelle Smith Firestone (79)
American composer and songwriter, born
in Jackson, Michigan; she was educated at Alma College, Ontario. She joined
the ASCAP in 1948 and her compositions include "If I Could Tell You"
used as the theme of "Voice of Firestone" programs, "In
My Garden", "You Are the Song in My Heart", "Do You
Recall?", "Melody of Love" and "Bluebirds" (?)
b. November 10th 1874.
Miranda Araújo Neto (32)
Brazilian composer and singer, born in Rio
de Janeiro. He started his career with the rock band Barão Vermelho
in 1980, their greatest success was
"Bete Balanço". In 1985, Cazuza took part in Rock in
Rio with Barão Vermelho, and around this time, Caetano Veloso claimed
he was the greatest Brazilian poet of his generation. 1985 also saw him
pursue his solo career, Cazuza's music began to diversify, incorporating
elements of the blues in songs such as "Blues da Piedade"/Blues
of Compassion, "Só as mães são felizes"/Only
Mothers Are Happy and "Balada da Esplanada"/Ballad of the Esplanade,
which was based on a poem of the same name by Oswald de Andrade; showcasing
increasingly intimate lyrics, like those in "Só se for a Dois"
/Only If It Will Be as a Couple, as well as opening itself up to influences
from Brazilian pop music with interpretations of Cartola's "O Mundo
é um Moinho", Raul Seixas's "Cavalos Calados"/Silent
Horses and Caetano Veloso's "Esse Cara"/This Guy (sadly
died from an AIDS related illness) b.
April 4th 1958.
American singer, lead singer for the Seattle punk rock band The Gits.
Highly influential in the Seattle, Washington music scene, she was considered
a dynamic live performer and a uniquely gifted lyricist and painter. In
1992, the band released its debut album "Frenching the Bully"
(Mia was brutally raped and murdered; A streetwalker
found her beaten and mutilated body posed in a Christ-like fashion under
a streetlight in a park. Florida fisherman Jesus Mezquia was sentenced
to 36 years for the crimes) b. August 25th
1997: Mrs Miller/Elva
Ruby Connes (89) American
born in Joplin, Missouri; her whistling, which was equally as wobbly as
her voice was apparently preceded by Mrs. Miller filling her mouth with
ice to better control the pitch, also featured on a number of her records.
She gained fame in the 1960s for her out-of-tune versions of songs such
as "Moon River", "Monday, Monday", "A Lover's
Concerto", and "Downtown". She sang in an untrained, Mermanesque,
vibrato-laden voice (?)
b. October 5th 1907.
singer, guitarist, songwriter; one of the most compelling folk-rockers
to emerge from Greenwich Village in the mid '60s. Born in Cleveland, and
raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Fred was one of the singer-songwriters
who worked out of New York City's Brill Building. He is often called a
pioneer of the folk rock, his most prominent musical descendants being
Tim Buckley, Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell. Also in the
1960s and early 1970s, he wrote hits such as "Candy Man" and
"Everybody's Talkin'" as well as the ballad "A Little Bit
Of Rain" and the rock standard "The Other Side of This Life",
most famously recorded by Jefferson Airplane.
He left the music
industry in the 70s. (sadly
died of cancer) b. March
2003: Izhak Graziani (79) Bulgarian-born
conductor born in Bulgaria and studied music and conducting.
In 1948 he moved to Israel where he became the conductor of the IDF Orchestra.
He eventually became conductor of the IBA Radio Orchestra, eventually
renamed IBA Radio and TV Orchestra (?)
b. August 4th 1924.
Richard Verreau (79)
tenor born in Chateau-Richer, near Québec City, he began singing
as a child in church choir. He studied at the Laval University with Émile
Larochelle and made his debut at the Opéra de Lyon in 1951, where
he sang the lead tenor roles in Lakmé, Manon, Mireille, and Les
pêcheurs de perles. In
Europe, he performed in Belgium, Italy, Austria, and even Russia. He made
his debut at the Royal Opera House in London, as the Duke in Rigoletto,
in 1957, other roles there included: Alfredo in La traviata, Rodolfo in
La bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Back in North America,
he appeared regularly with the Opera Guild of Montréal and the
Théâtre lyrique de Nouvelle-France. He made his debut at
the New York City Opera in 1956, as Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, followed
by his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Faust, in 1963. He appeared
at the San Francisco Opera, as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette.
Richard also performed as soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra
and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1998, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2000, an
Officer of the National Order of Quebec
January 1st 1926.
2006: Rudi Carrell/Rudolf Wijbrand Kesselaar (78)
entertainer and singer; he
worked as a TV entertainer and hosted his own show. The Rudi Carrell Show
ran first in the Netherlands, then in Germany for many years. Rudi acted
in several movies and was also a singer with a number of hits, as well
as representing the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 1960 singing
"Wat een geluk"/What luck (sadly
died after battling lung cancer)
b. December 19th 1934.
2006: Roger 'Syd'
British psychedelic pioneer,
founder member, frontman / lead
guitarist of legendary rock
band Pink Floyd, the band's creative force and influential songwriter,
penning most of their early hits.
Born in Cambridge, England, to a well-off middle class family, he acquired
the nickname "Syd" at the age of 15, a reference to an old local
Cambridge drummer, Sid Barrett
(sadly Syd died from complications from diabetes)
b. January 6th 1946.
2008: Hugh Mendl (88) British record
producer; produced Lonnie Donegan's first recordings, which were pivotal
in defining the new skiffle sound of the 1950s, acted as executive producer
for the Moody Blues' 1967 album Days of Future Passed. Through his efforts,
David Bowie, John Mayall, Caravan, Genesis among others
signed with Decca; he also produced the original cast recordings of musicals
such as Hello Dolly, Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be, and Cinderella.(?)
b. August 6th 1919
2010: Robbie Jansen (60) South African
jazz multi-musician, born in Cape Town, he began in local bands such as
The Rockets, performing music made popular by the Sth African radio, playing
the British pop of the late 60s. But after a trip to London, part of a
prize in a band competition, he soon discovered Black music from the USA
and his love for it. He next played in the brass section of Cape Town's
cult jazz/rock group Pacific Express from where he went solo as an alto-sax
player and singer. South African duo Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu brought
Robbie on board to play flute and saxophone on Juluka's debut album, Universal
Men. Robbie then joined the growing band for their next two albums, before
resuming his solo career. In 2006 his album, Nomad Jazz was finalist for
a SAMA Award, as best Jazz album of the year. He has two other solo albums,
Vastrap Island and The Cape Doctor. Sadly he suffered with ill health
and respiratory problems in his latter years (sadly
died after a long illness)
2010: Lelio Luttazzi (87) Italian
musician and singer, his many songs include "Senza cerini",
"Legata ad uno scoglio", "Timido twist" ,"Chiedimi
tutto" etc. He has composed pieces like Una zebra a pois, sung by
Mina, Vecchia America for Quartetto Cetra, "Eccezionalmente, Sì"
for Jula De Palma "You'll say to-morrow" recorded in Italian
language by Sophia Loren, and "Souvenir d'Italie". He appeared
on television in the 80s and 90s in shows such as "Cipria" by
Enzo Tortora and in 1991 at Telemontecarlo for "Festa di compleanno".
On October 8th 2006 he was guest of honor for Fiorello's show "Viva
Radio2" which, for the occasion, went on the air at the same time
as on the radio as on TV. (peripheral neuropathy)
b. April 27th 1923
2010: Ezequiel Neves (74) Brazilian
record producer and journalist (died after long
2011: Manuel Galbán
guitarist, a Grammy winner, pianist and arranger, most notable for his
work with Los Zafiros, Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club. He grew
up in the fishing town of Gibara, after playing guitar and tres in various
local youth groups, he got his first professional gig at the age of 14
playing guitar with the Orchestra Villa Blanca. In 1956 he moved to Havana,
where he spent seven years playing in bars and clubs and appearances on
In 1963 he joined the legendary vocal group Los Zafiros, after a mutual
friend had recommended him to them. His playing proved to be an essential
ingredient to the sound of Los Zafiros; he left the group in 1972. After
he spent three years with Cuba's national musical ensemble, Dirección
Nacional de Música, he worked a further 23 years with the Grupo
Batey as a guitarist, vocalist and pianist, touring extensively across
four continents. In 1998 he joined the traditional Cuban group Vieja Trova
Santiaguera with whom he toured and released two highly acclaimed albums.
He also he appeared in the Wim Wenders film Buena Vista Social Club, filmed
with Ry Cooder during the sessions for the debut solo album by Ibrahim
Ferrer. Later he recorded with Ferrer and Buena Vista Social Club bassist
Cachaíto Lopez, leading to his engagement as the featured guitarist
with the touring ensemble named after the film. In 2001 he recorded Mambo
Sinuendo with Ry Cooder which won the 2003 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental
(sadly Manuel died of a heart attack at his home in Havana)
b. January 14th 1931.
2011: Yuri Kukin (78) Russian
singer-songwriter born in the town of Syasstroy; after graduating from
the Institute of Physical Training in Leningrad in 1954, he worked as
a figure skating coach in sports schools. In 1960, he participated in
geological expeditions to Kamchatka and Pamir. Since
childhood, he was involved with music, playing in a jazz band as a drummer.
In 1948, he started to write songs and perform them. Later, some of these
songs became popular among hikers and geologists, and then among the general
public. Over time, Kukin won prizes at various festivals. In 1968, he
began performing as an artist at Lenconcert. In 1971, he began working
at the Leningrad Symphony. In 1979 he worked at Lenconcert, and in 1988,
he worked at a theater studio called Benefis (?)
b. July 17th
Dennis Flemion (57) American
rock keyboardist and drummer; along
with his brother Jimmy, he
was a founding member of the rock band The Frogs. He was the primary percussionist
for the band. Dennis was also a temporary member of The Smashing Pumpkins
from 1996 to 1997, filling in on live keyboards following the death of
Jonathan Melvoin. Dennis
and Jimmy also appeared on The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Medellia of the Gray
Skies', on "Tonight, Tonight", and on the album 'Adore', backing
vocals on "To Sheila" and "Behold! The Night-Mare"
Dennis drowned while
swimming in Lake Wind,Wisconsin)
b. June 6th 1955..
1905: Walter Kittredge (70) American
singer, songwriter, violin, seraphine, melodeon,
a famous musician during the American Civil War.
Born in Merrimack, New Hampshire, he was a talented self-taught musician
toured solo and also with the Hutchinson Family, a musical troupe. In
his career he wrote over 500 songs, many of them dealing with themes of
the American Civil War. His most famous song, "Tenting on the Old
Camp Ground", was sung by both sides of the war and is known throughout
the world. Walter was also a noted supporter of Abolitionism and the Temperance
b. October 8th 1834.
1971: Charlie James Shavers (50) American
swing era jazz trumpet player, born in New York. He originally took up
the piano and banjo before switching to trumpet and went on to play with
Dodds, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy
Gillespie, Jimmy Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Williams and Billie Holiday.
In 1953-54 he worked with Benny Goodman, and toured Europe with Norman
Granz's popular Jazz at the Philharmonic series. He formed his own band
with Terry Gibbs and Louie Bellson. Charlie
was also an arranger and composer, one of his compositions, "Undecided",
is a jazz standard (sadly Charlie died after battling
throat cancer) b. August
2006: Sabine Dünser (29) Liechtensteinerin
lead singer and co-founder of the gothic metal band Elis. She released
her first album "Twilight" in 2001 when the band was known as
Erben der Schöpfung. By the second album, some of the members of
Erben der Schöpfung including Sabine, left to form the band Elis.
Sabine recorded 3 albums and the EP "Show Me The Way" with Elis
before her untimely death (Sadly died from a cerebral
hemorrhage) b. June 27th 1977.
2011: Kenny Baker (85) American
fiddler, born in Jenkins, Kentucky and he is considered to be one of the
most influential fiddlers in bluegrass music; early on, he was influenced
by the swing fiddler Marion Sumner, guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist
Stephane Grappelli. He served in the United States Navy before pursuing
a musical career full-time when he joined Don Gibson's band as a replacement
for Marion Sumner. During a package show with Don Gibson, Kenny met Bill
Monroe and was offered a job. He cut his first recordings with Monroe's
Bluegrass Boys on December 15th 1957. Kenny
served more years in Monroe's band than any other musician, 27 years.
After leaving the Bluegrass Boys in 1984, he played with a group of friends,
Bob Black, Alan Murphy, and Aleta Murphy recording the album , Dry &
Dusty in 1973, after which he teamed up with Josh Graves, who had played
resonator guitar for Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs as a Foggy Mountain
Boy. They played together until Josh's death in 2006. Kenny was named
to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1999. His most recent
recordings include "Cotton Baggin' 2000" and "Spider Bit
the Baby" on OMS Records. (sadly Kenny died of complications
from a stroke)
June 26th 1926.
2011: George McAnthony/Georg Spitaler (45)
Italian country singer, multi-musician and
songwriter born in Appiano; since 1988 he toured around Italy, Austria,
Germany, Switzerland and France.
He recorded 14 albums, three of them in Nashville. He performed as a "Country
One Man Band", playing seven acoustic instruments at the same time,
live, without playback or support from other musicians. He played 12-string
guitar, dobro, kazoo, harmonica and mandolin or electric guitar, with
his feet he played percussion instruments such as bass drum, snare, tambourine
and hi-hat. He performed a duet with John Denver and appeared in radio
and TV broadcasting shows. Georg has been awarded the "Best European
Country Artist", "Vocalist" and "Country Song of the
Year" and was also dedicated to charity projects. His 13th album
"Bridge To El Dorado", came 2nd at the European Country Music
Awards 2009 in the Category "Best European Album of the Year".
Georg recorded his forteenth and final album "Dust Off My Boots"
in Nashville, Tennessee, with Brent Mason, Paul Franklin and Bryan Sutton.
Georg died from a heart attack in Terracina, Italy)
April 6th 1966.
2012: "Uncle" Lionel Batiste (81) American
jazz-blues singer, bass drummer,
kazoo player from
New Orleans. He began his career at aged 11 playing bass drum with the
Square Deal Social & Pleasure Club. He was the bass drummer, vocalist
and assistant leader of the marching brass band, the Treme Brass Band.
In 2006 The National Endowment for the Arts awarded them a National Heritage
has served as leader of the daily Moldejazz parade since 2000 and was
king of the Krewe du Vieux for 2003 (?)
b. February 1st 1931.
1949: Fritz Hart (75) English-born
Australian composer born at Brockley, Greenwich; in his younger years
he spent three years as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, under Sir Frederick
Bridge, and then went to the Royal College of Music in 1893. He went on
to write 23 operas, of which 18 were composed in Melbourne and 4 in Hawaii.
Fritz wrote 514 songs, of which about half were composed in Melbourne
and a quarter each in England and Hawaii; four large choral works, unaccompanied
choruses, and part-songs. He was deeply attached to the poetry of Robert
Herrick, and set his words 126 times. His choral works used texts by Shelley
and Walt Whitman.
He wrote a symphony in 1934, 14 other orchestral works, numerous chamber
and solo instrumental works including 2 string quartets and 3 violin sonatas,
transcriptions and arrangements (Fritz
sadly died while living in Honolulu of cardiac disorder)
b. February 11th 1874.
1951: Giannina Arangi-Lombardi (59) Italian
spinto soprano, particularly associated with the Italian operatic repertory.
She made her debut in Rome in 1920, singing mezzo-soprano roles for the
next 3 years. She
sang at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan from 1924-30, making her debut
as Elena in Boito's Mefistofele, under the baton of Arturo Toscanini.
Rapidly invited in all the great opera houses of Europe, although she
never appeared in Paris or London, she also sang to great acclaim in South
America and was chosen by Nellie Melba to take part in her farewell tour
of Australia in 1928. She was renowned in roles such as La Vestale, Lucrezia
Borgia, La Gioconda, and Aida. She retired from the stage, in '38 while
still in good voice. She then taught at the Music Conservatory in Milan,
and later in Ankara, where she had the well-known soprano Leyla Gencer
as a pupil She made a number of 78-rpm discs of individual arias and duets,
and four complete opera recordings, Aida; Cavalleria rusticana; La Gioconda;
and Mefistofele as Helen of Troy to Nazzareno De Angelis's Mephisto (?)
b. June 20th 1891.
1972: Robert Weede/Robert Wiedefeld (69) American
operatic baritone, born
in Baltimore, Maryland, he studied singing at the Eastman School of Music
and in Milan. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1937, as
Tonio in Pagliacci. His other roles at the Metropolitan included Baron
Scarpia, Rigoletto, Manfredo, Amonasro, and Shaklovity. Singing the role
of Rigoletto, he made his debuts in Chicago in 1939, San Francisco in
1940, and at the New York City Opera in 1948. In 1956, he scored a great
success on Broadway as Tony Esposito in the original production of Frank
Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, which was recorded complete by Columbia
Records. He was also seen on Broadway in Milk and Honey from 1961-63,
also recorded and Cry for Us All in 1970. (died
in Walnut Creek, California)
b. February 22nd 1903.
1980: Vinicius de Moraes (66)
Brazilian poet and songwriter; born in Rio
de Janeiro, he was a seminal figure in contemporary Brazilian music. As
a poet, he wrote lyrics for a great number of songs that became all-time
of international performers have recorded more than 400 of his songs.
He was also a composer of Bossa nova, a playwright, a diplomat and, as
an interpreter of his own songs, he left several important albums (?)
b. October 19th 1913.
1996: Sergey Kuryokhin (42) Russian
film actor, film composer, pianist, music director, experimental artist
and writer based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sergey began his acting career
as a piano and keyboard player with a school band in Leningrad. After
playing with professional jazz-bands as well as popular rock musicians,
he went through several stages in his career, and eventually became one
of the most recognisable names and faces in Russia during the 1980s and
1990s. At the end of his short life, he emerged as an avant-garde film
composer, improvisor, performance artist and film actor. Outside Russia
he is primarily known as a jazz and experimental musician, through his
works released since 1981 on UK's Leo Records, as well as his concert
tours with Ensemble Pop-Mekhanika and his happening show also titled Pop
Mekhanika. He also made a significant contribution to several albums of
the famous Russian rock band Aquarium (Passed away
young, with a rare heart condition, cardiac sarcoma)
b. 16 June
2006: Milan Williams (58) American
keyboardist, songwriter and founding member of R&B/funk band the Commodores.
Born in Okolona, Mississippi. His first band was called The Jays, after
they disbanded he met the other founding members of the Commodores in
1967. In 1969 he traveled with the band to New York, where they recorded
a single called "Keep On Dancing" on Atlantic Records.
wrote the Commodores first hit record the instrumental track, "Machine
Gun". Other Commodores songs penned by him are; "The Bump",
"Rapid Fire", "I'm Ready", "Better Never Than
Forever", "Mary Mary", "Quick Draw", "Patch
It Up", "X-Rated Movie", "Wonderland", "Old-Fashion
Love", "Only You", a track he also produced, taken from
the Commodores first LP without Lionel Richie, Commodores 13, "You
Don't Know That I Know", "Let's Get Started" and "Brick
House". He left the Commodores in 1989 (Sadly
died after battling cancer) b. March 28th
2006: John Coletta (74)
English with Italian roots, music manager and music producer; he
managed Deep Purple and Whitesnake, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.
He remained an integral
part of the management of the Deep Purple through the years 1968 to 1976,
often touring with them. After the group split, he managed David Coverdales
Whitesnake for many years. Later he lived in Spain, and was involved with
concert promotion there until he became ill in 2005. (Died
of a heart attack after watching Italy in the World Cup final)
2011: Facundo Cabral (74) Argentine
singer and songwriter born in La Plata, from the most humble of beginnings,
he went on to inspire millions around the world through his songs, poems
and 66 books. Maybe best known as the composer of "No soy de aquí
ni soy de allá"/"I'm not from here nor there", which
he improvised during one of his concerts. His songs have been covered
by Spanish language interpreters such as Alberto Cortez, who was also
a friend of his, Juan Luis Guerra and Joan Manuel Serrat.
went into exile in Mexico during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship
and he was named a United Nations Messengers of Peace in 1996.
more spiritual and he continued to fill concert halls across Latin America
until his death (tragically
he died of multiple gun shot wounds when he was brutally shot and killed
during a tour in Guatemala City while en route to La Aurora International
May 22nd 1937.
Phoebe Knapp (68)
American composer of music for hymns,
born in New York City and a members of the John Street Methodist Episcopal
Church in New York City. She wrote over 500 hymn tunes, the most familiar
is the tune now called Assurance for Fanny Crosby's lyrics Blessed Assurance.
Another hymn by Fanny Crosby for which Phoebe wrote the music is "Nearer
the Cross." Other hymn tunes include the tune for "Jesus Christ
is Passing By" by J. Denham Smith, which is called "Albertson,"
and the one for "My Spirit Soul and Body" by Mary D. James,
which is called "Consecration." She also wrote sacred choral
and solo works, perhaps the best known of which is the Palm Sunday aria
"Open the Gates of the Temple." (died
in Poland, Maine)
b. March 9th
Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (50) American
virtuoso ragtime, and pioneer jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer born
in New Orleans, Louisiana, who some call the first true composer of jazz
music. His composition "Jelly Roll Blues" was the first published
jazz composition, in 1915. He is also notable for naming and popularizing
the "Spanish tinge" of exotic rhythms and penning such standards
as "Wolverine Blues," "Black Bottom Stomp," and "I
Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden's Say," the latter a tribute to the
pioneering New Orleans trumpeter. His influence continues to this day
in the work of Dick Hyman, Reginald Robinson and Mark Birnbaum (evenaully
died from the effects of a badly treated knife wound, afflicted 11 days
previous to his death)
1972: Lovie Austin/Cora
Calhoun (84) American
jazz pianist, Chicago bandleader, session musician, composer, and arranger
during the 1920s classic blues era. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after
studying music theory in 1923, she relocated to Chicago where she lived
and worked there for the rest of her life. Her early career was in vaudeville
where she played piano and performed in variety acts. Accompanying blues
singers was Lovie's specialty, and can be heard on recordings by Ma Rainey
("Moonshine Blues), Ida Cox ("Wild Women Don't Have the Blues"),
Ethel Waters ("Craving Blues"), and Alberta Hunter ("Sad
'n' Lonely Blues"). She led her own band, the Blues Serenaders, and
worked with many top jazz musicians of the '20s, including Louis Armstrong.
the classic blues craze began to wither in the early 1930s, Lovie settled
into the position of musical director for the Monogram Theater, in Chicago
where all the T.O.B.A. acts played. She worked there for 20 years. After
World War II she became a pianist at Jimmy Payne's Dancing School at Penthouse
Studios, and performed and recorded occasionally. In 1961 she recorded
Alberta Hunter with Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders, as part of Riverside's
Living Legends series. Her songs included "Sweet Georgia Brown,"
"C-Jam Blues," and "Gallon Stomp". She and Lil Hardin
Armstrong are often ranked as two of the best female jazz blues piano
players of the period and Mary Lou Williams cited Austin as her greatest
(?) b. September 19th 1887.
1979: Arthur Fiedler (85)
American conductor in Boston, Massachusetts,
who as director of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1930 to 1979, blended
works of classical and popular music in his concerts
(He had been in failing health for some time, and
had suffered a heart attack after a performance on Saturday evening, May
5th 1979. He was in his 50th year as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra)
b. December 17th
1983: Werner Egk (82) German
born in Auchsesheim, he studied under Carl Orff
in Munich. When radio broadcasting became available to the public, Egk
immediately realised its importance as a mass medium and developed operas
and radio plays. At
the beginning of the 1930s, Egk turned his interest towards ballet and
opera. In 1935, he premiered his first opera Die Zaubergeige/The magic
violin in Frankfurt am Main. In May 1941 he composed the soundtrack for
Jungens/Boys, a propaganda film about the Hitler Youth. It included the
song Marsch der deutschen Jugend/March of the German Youth for which Hans
Fritz Beckmann wrote the lyrics. 1938 saw the première of his opera
Peer Gynt based on Henrik Ibsen's play (?)
b. May 17th 1901.
1987: John Hammond ll (76)
American record producer, musician and music critic from the 1930s to
the early 1980s. Born in New York he funded the recording of pianist Garland
Wilson in 1931, marking the beginning of a long string of artistic successes
as record producer. In his service as a talent scout, he became one of
the most influential figures in 20th century popular music.
was instrumental in sparking or furthering numerous musical careers, including
those of Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Billie Holiday, Count Basie,
Babatunde Olatunji, Asha Puthli, Pete Seeger, Teddy Wilson, Big Joe Turner,
Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Bob Dylan, Freddie Green, Leonard Cohen,
Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Russell and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is also largely
responsible for the revival of delta blues artist Robert Johnson's music.
John received a Grammy Trustees Award for being credited with co-producing
a Bessie Smith reissue in 1971, and in 1986 was inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame (sadly
died from series of strokes) b. December
Lory/Richard "Dick" Glasser (66) American
singer, songwriter and record producer; born in Canton, Ohios he started
recording in the mid 50's as a rockabilly and pop singer while writing
songs for other artists. In 1955 one of his first recorded songs, "Angels
In The Sky", became a million seller for The Crew Cuts. Later he
recorded the song himself on Colombia Records. His many other songs included
I Will, a hit on both sides of the Atlantic; Baby Bye Bye; Crazy Little
Daisy; Midnight To Daylight; Ballroom Baby; Gone Is My Love; Make Believe
Wedding Bells; Crazy Alligator; Wild Blooded Woman to mentiion just a
few. Among artists who recorded his songs were Bobby Vee, PJ Proby, Chet
Atkins, Walter Brennan, Glen Campbell, Billy Fury, Dean Martin, Buddy
Greco, The Kingston Trio and Ruby Winters.
worked at Liberty before becoming a general manager of Dolton Records,
an A&R director for Warner Bros. Records, and started Richbare Music.
He produced artists including Vic Dana, The Everly Brothers, Gary Puckett
and the Union Gap, and The Ventures, among many many others
b. December 8th 1934.
2006: Tommy Bruce (68) British
singer, born in Stepney, London, both his parents died when he was a child
and he grew up in an orphanage. He became a friend of his neighbour, songwriter
Barry Mason, who suggested he record a version of the song "Ain't
Misbehavin'", written by Fats Waller, it reached No. 3 in the UK
charts in 1960. From 1963, he became a regular performer on the ITV variety
show Stars and Garters, becoming involved in comedy routines as well as
singing. Later, he made a living in cabaret, much of it in Spain and Malta,
and also made appearances on the 1960s nostalgia circuit (prostate
cancer) b. July 16th
2010: Sugar Minott/Lincoln Barrington Minott (54)
Jamaican reggae singer and producer,
born in Kingston. He
began his musical career as a young teenager in the as a member of the
African Brothers reggae trio. It was in the late 1970s when he
started his solo carrer, gaining a following in Jamaica's dancehalls with
songs like "Vanity", "Hang On Natty", "Mr. DC",
and "Jah Jah Children", while recording for the Caribbean island's
first black-owned music studio, the famed Studio One. Sugar had his biggest
hit with the Jackson Five's "Good Thing Going" in 1981, which
reached No.4 in the UK's singles chart in March of that year, leading
him to relocate to the UK, where he became a focus for UK reggae. Singles
such as "Run Come", "Not for Sale", "African
Girl", "Lovers Rock", "In a Dis Ya Time", "Africa"
and "Make It with You" (with Carroll Thompson) were hits in
the years that followed. He
returned to Jamaica in the mid 80s, where Sugar became known for nurturing
young talent with his own Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion
company; artists such as Junior Reid and Tenor Saw began their careers
under his guidance.
His Black Roots label also featured his productions of others such as
Barry Brown, Little John, Tony Tuff, Barrington Levy, Horace Andy, and
one of his discoveries from England, Trevor Hartley. He also produced
early works by Nitty Gritty, Yami Bolo, Colourman, Daddy Freddy and Garnett
Silk. Two months ago, Sugar canceled performances in Canada after suffering
chest pains (Sadly died at the University
Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica)
b. May 25th 1956.
2010: Mimis Gioulekas (65) Greek
singer (?) b.????
2011: Pierrette Alarie (89) Canadian
soprano and wife of tenor Léopold Simoneau; born in Montreal, Quebec,
she made her debut in 1938 at Les Variétés lyriques in the
operetta The White Horse Inn. On a scholarship she went to the Curtis
Institute of Music in Philadelphia to complete her studies with Elisabeth
won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air and made her Metropolitan
Opera debut on December 8th 1945, as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera under
Bruno Walter. She spent three seasons at the Met singing Olympia Les contes
d'Hoffmann, Blonchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail, etc. She went
on to perform at all the major opera houses and festivals. In
1959 Pierrette received the Calixa-Lavallée Award, in 1967 she
was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion
in 1995. In 1997, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Québec
b. November 9th 1921.
2012: George W.
Lowen "Lol" Coxhill (79)
jazz saxophonist, born in Portsmouth; in the late 60s and early 70s, he
was a member of Canterbury scene bands Carol Grimes and Delivery and then
Kevin Ayers and the Whole World. He
became known for his solo playing and for work in duets with pianist Steve
Miller and guitarist G. F. Fitzgerald. Lol collaborated with other musicians
including Mike Oldfield, Morgan Fisher, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of
Breath, The Dedication Orchestra, Django Bates, The Damned, Hugh Metcalfe,
Derek Bailey and performance art group Welfare State. He was compere and
occasional performer at the Bracknell Jazz Festival, and a raconteur as
well as a musician (sadly died after a short illness)
2012: Maria Hawkins Cole (89) American
jazz singer, and widow of Nat King Cole, born in Boston. As a jazz singer
she worked most notably with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. She met Nat
King Cole while they were both singing at the Zanzibar Club. Maria traveled
and performed with her husband throughout the '50s.
(sadly died while fighting cancer) b. August
multi-award winning composer
and pianist; born in Brooklyn, he quit school and found his first job
as a performer as a "song plugger" for Jerome H. Remick and
Company, a publishing firm on New York City's Tin Pan Alley, where he
earned $15 a week. His first published song was "When You Want 'Em
You Can't Get 'Em, When You've Got 'Em, You Don't Want 'Em", it was
published in 1916 when George was only 17 years old and earned him a sum
total of $5. His 1917 novelty rag "Rialto Ripples" was a commercial
success, and in 1919 he scored his first big national hit with his song
His musicals included George White's Scandals; Lady,
Be Good; Primrose; Tip-Toes; Tell Me More!;
Kay!; Rosalie; Strike up the Band; Funny Face; Show Girl; Let 'Em Eat
Cake; Pardon My English; Girl Crazy; Of Thee I Sing; and Porgy and Bess.
He also wrote musical scores for many films and 7 orchestral compositions
including Catfish Row and Rhapsody in Blue.
In 1983 the musical 'My
One and Only' was an original musical using previously written Gershwin
his career was cut short when he died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital following
surgery for a brain tumor)
b. September 26th 1898.
1949: Danny Polo
clarinetist, very busy world touring sessionist; in the 1920s, he played
with Elmer Schoebel-1923, Merritt Brunies, Arnold Johnson, Ben Bernie,
Jean Goldkette in 1926, and Paul Ash. In 1927 he went with Dave Tough
to Europe, where he played with several Continental bandleaders including
Bert Firman, Lud Gluskin, George Carhart, and Arthur Briggs. From 1930-1935
he played with Ambrose, then returned to the U.S. in December of that
1938, Danny returned to Britain to play with Ambrose again, and worked
with Ray Ventura in Paris in 1939. Late in 1939 he moved back to the U.S.
for good, and spent the early 1940s working with Joe Sullivan, Jack Teagarden
, and Claude Thornhill again. In 1942, he appeared in Bing Crosby's film
Birth of the Blues. Danny also led his own Midwestern territory band for
a time, then returned to play with Thornhill once more in 1947 (While
working with Claude Thornhill's Orchestra, he unexpectedly became ill
and died suddenly) b. December 22nd 1901.
Duvivier (84) American
double-bass player; born in New York City
and took up the cello and also the violin while in high school before
settling on the bass. He also learned scoring
and composition before going out on
the road with Lucky Millinder and then with the Cab Calloway bands of
the early 40s after a stint in the army. He was a free lance bassist for
most of his life, never belonging to any one particular group for any
extended period of time. He was Bud Powell's bassist in the year of 1953,
during the monumental sessions for "The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 2,"
for which he contributed arrangements. He was a member of the Eddie "LockJaw"
Davis quartet with organist Shirley Scott and drummer Arthur Edgehill
from 1957-59. In 1956, he played in the orchestra in the movie, The Benny
Goodman Story. With the exception of fellow bassists Milt Hinton and probably
Ron Carter, allegedly George has played double bass on more recordings
than any one else in the history of jazz, recording for almost every major
jazz star. One
of his last performances was on the David Letterman show in 1983, accompanying
singer/songwriter Tom Waits. (sadly
George died of cancer in his Manhattan home)
b. August 17th 1920.
1991: Roger Christian (57)
American radio personality and lyricist who wrote several songs for The
Beach Boys, mostly about cars, including "Ballad of Ole' Betsy",
"Car Crazy Cutie", "Cherry, Cherry Coupe", "Dont
Worry Baby", "In the Parkin' Lot", "Little Deuce Coupe",
"No-Go Showboat", "Shut Down" and "Spirit of
America," all with Brian Wilson.
He also co-wrote many songs recorded by Jan and Dean, including "Dead
Man's Curve", "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena", "Sidewalk
Surfin", "Drag City", "Honolulu Lulu", and "You
Really Know How to Hurt a Guy". Roger, along with Gary Usher, collaborated
on several songs that were either featured in or specifically written
for the films Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Ride the
Wild Surf, Beach Blanket Bingo, Ski Party, Beach Ball, and Catalina Caper
- including three songs for 'king of the surf guitar,' Dick Dale. He also
worked as a radio personality in the 1960s and '70s; he was one of the
original "Boss Jocks" when 93KHJ debuted in 1965 in Los Angeles.
His radio career started in Buffalo, New York in the mid 1950s He moved
to the west coast and worked for other radio stations in Los Angeles,
including KFWB (AM), KGBS (AM-FM), KBLA, KBBQ-AM, KRTH-FM, KRLA (AM) and
KIQQ-FM (saddly ied from kidney
and liver failure) b. July 3th 1934
(a DJ named "Roger Christian" working in Buffalo since the
1970s is apparently unrelated to this Roger Christian).
1999: Helen Forrest/Bonnie
Blue/Helen Fogel (82) American singer; one of the most
popular female jazz vocalists during America's Big Band era. She
first sang with her brother's band at the age of 10, and later began her
career singing on CBS radio under the name Bonnie Blue
and achieved further fame with the Artie Shaw band in 1938 when she recorded
38 singles with his band, including the hits "They Say" and
"All the Things You Are". In the late 40s, she sang on Dick
Haymes radio show and went on to record with Lionel
Hampton, Nat King Cole, Benny
Goodman, Harry James Orchestra, Tommy
Dorsey's orchestra, among others as well as pursuing a solo career. Over
the course of her career, she recorded more than 500 songs. Helen also
acted in several musical films, including Bathing Beauty and Two Girls
and a Sailor (congestive
heart failure) b. April
Herman Brood (54) Dutch pianist, keyboards, singer, painter
and media personality; he founded beat band The Moans in 1964, which would
later become Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers. He was also asked to play
with Cuby and the Blizzards, but was removed by management when the record
company discovered he used drugs. For a number of years, Herman was in
jail for dealing LSD, or abroad, and had a number of short-term engagements
with The Studs, the Flash & Dance Band, Vitesse. In
1976, he started his own group, Herman Brood & his Wild Romance, best
known for their second album, Shpritsz. His outspoken statements in the
press about sex and drug use brought him into the Dutch public arena even
more than his music. In the summer of 1979, he tried to enter the American
market, where he toured as a support-act for The Kinks, The Cars, and
Foreigner. A re-recorded version of Saturday Night peaked at number 35
in the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990, he won the BV Popprijs, one of the
highest Dutch awards for popular music, and recorded Freeze with Clarence
Clemons of the E Street Band and Tejano accordion player Flaco Jiménez.
(Herman found he had only a few months left to live,
so took matters into his own hands, also depressed by the failure of his
drug rehabilitation programme, he committed suicide by jumping off the
Amsterdam Hilton) b. November 5th 1946.
2005: Julia Frances Langford (92) American
singer and entertainer who was popular during the Golden Age of Radio
and also made film appearances over two decades.
attended Lakeland High School, Florida and originally trained as an opera
singer. While a young girl she required a tonsillectomy that changed her
soprano range to a contralto. As a result, she was forced to change her
vocal style to a more contemporary big band, popular music style. At age
17, she was singing for local dances. Cigar manufacturer Eli Witt heard
her sing at an American Legion party and hired her to sing on his local
radio show. While singing for radio during the early 1930s, she was heard
by Rudy Vallee, who invited her to become a regular on his radio show.From
1935 until 1938 she was a regular performer on Dick Powell's radio show.
From 1946 to 1951, she performed with Don Ameche on The Bickersons
(sadly died from congestive heart failure) b. April
2006: Bill Miller (91) American pianist,
conductor and musical director with
Frank Sinatra for 46 years. Bill was also pianist for Frank Jr for his
last 8 years. He performed with Red Norvo, Mildred Bailey and Charlie
Barnet in the 1930s, and also performed with Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.
first met Sinatra in 1941, they didn't work together until November 1951,
when Bill was performing in the lounge of the Desert Inn, in Las Vegas.
Sinatra was having difficulty holding on to pianists, and it was Jimmy
Van Heusen who recommended Bill to Sinatra. In 1998, he performed "One
for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" at Frank's funeral. He retired
for three years, and then came out of retirement to work for Sinatra's
son, Frank Sinatra, Jr. (He
fell broking his hip while performing in Montreal, on July 1. Shortly
after the accident, he suffered a heart attack and underwent heart bypass
surgery from which he sadly didn't recovered)
b. February 3rd 1915.
2010: Walter Hawkins (61)
American Grammy and three time Dove award-winning gospel singer, and
ordained a bishop in 1992. Born in Oakland, CA., Walter started his career
in one of his brother's chorales, "The Northern California State
Youth Choir" of the Church of God in Christ, after which he sang
with another of his brothers, Edwin, in The Edwin Hawkins Singers. He
next founded The
Love Centre Church at Oakland
in the early 1970s. He and his Love Center Choir had success with their
"Love Alive" series of recordings; "Love Alive IV",
released in 1990, reached No.1 on the Billboard Gospel Album charts, where
it stayed for 33 weeks. Over his career, Walter worked on 116 hit songs
which made the Billboard Gospel Music charts and
recorded with the likes of Sylvester, Van Morrison, Diahann Carroll, Jeffrey
Osborne, among many others (sadly
lost his battle with pancreatic cancer)
b. May 18th 1949.
2010: Carmen Dragon (62) American
classical harpist, in addition to her career as a concert harpist in the
Glendale Symphony Orchestra, recording credits on numerous television
shows, creation of four harp CDs with both original compositions and classics,
and work as a soloist, conductor, music director, and harp and piano teacher,
Carmen spent the last decade of her life living on the island of Kauai,
where she earned her bachelor's degree and established the North Shore
School of Music (complications from cancer)
b. January 17th 1948.
2011: Robert Frank "Rob" Grill (67)
lead singer, songwriter and bass guitarist; born in Los Angeles, he was
a very early member of the California rock and roll band, The Grass Roots
Between 1967-1972, the band set a record for being on the Billboard charts
for 307 straight weeks and have sold over 20 million records worldwide.
They also hold the all time attendance record for a one act, at the US
concert of 600,000 people on July 4th, 1982 in Washington, DC. Their hit
singles include: Let's Live For Today, I'd Wait A Million Years, Midnight
Confessions, Sooner Or Later, Two Divided By Love >>>
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sadly died from the effects of two strokes and head injuries. He had been
in a coma since sustaining head injuries several weeks earlier when he
fell after suffering a stroke) b. November
1947: Jimmie Lunceford
saxophonist and bandleader born in Fulton, Mississippi, before the family
moved to Denver. In 1927, while teaching at Manassas High School in Memphis,
Tennessee, he organized a student band, the Chickasaw Syncopators, whose
name was changed to the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra when it began touring.
He was the first high school band director in Memphis. This band recorded
in 1927 and 1930. In 1934 they played at The Cotton Club, his orchestra
with their tight musicianship and often outrageous humor in their music
and lyrics made an ideal band for the club, and Jimmie's reputation began
to steadily grow. The band precision can be heard in such pieces as "Wham
(Re-Bop-Boom-Bam)", "Lunceford Special", "For Dancers
Only", "Uptown Blues", and "Stratosphere". The
noted saxophone section was led by alto sax player Willie Smith.
(Tragically Jimmie died while playing in Seaside,
Oregon, he collapsed and died from cardiac arrest during an autograph
June 6th 1902.
1962: Roger Wolfe Kahn (54)
and popular musician, composer and bandleader; it is said that he learnt
to play 18 musical instruments before starting to lead his own orchestra
in 1923, aged only 16. In 1925, Roger appeared in a short film made in
Lee De Forest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. He hired famous jazz
musicians of the day to play in his band, especially during recording
sessions, for example Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Artie Shaw, Jack Teagarden,
Red Nichols, and Gene Krupa. Recordings were made for Victor until 1929,
Columbia in 1929 and 1930, and for the Brunswick label in 1932. Roger
had fun leading and conducting his orchestra. Reportedly, when the band
was playing especially well he used to throw himself onto the floor and
wave his legs in the air. However, in the mid-1930s, he lost interest
in his orchestra and disbanded it, to go into aviation and eventually,
in 1941, became a test pilot for the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation,
a well-known aircraft manufacturer
attack) b. October 19th 1907.
1970: Louis Wolfe
Gilbert (84) Russian-born
American songwriter; he moved to the United
States as a young man and soon established himself as one of the most
prolific songwriters of Tin Pan Alley. He began his career touring with
John L. Sullivan and singing in a quartet at small Coney Island cafe called
"College Inn", where he was discovered by English producer Albert
Decourville, who brought him to London as part of The Ragtime Octet. Louis's
first songwriting success came in 1912 when F. A. Mills Music Publishers
published his song "Waiting For the Robert E. Lee". He relocated
to Hollywood in 1915, and began writing for film, television, and radio
including the Eddie Cantor show and the theme lyrics for the popular children's
TV Western, 'Hopalong Cassidy'. Louis was inducted into the Songwriters
Hall of Fame in 1970 (?)
b. August 31st 1886.
1979: Minnie Riperton (31)
singer-songwriter best known for her
five-and-a-half octave vocal range and her 1975 single "Lovin' You".
As a child she studied music, drama, and dance at Chicago's Lincoln Center.
In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group,
The Gems. While with Chess Records Minnie sang backup for various artists
including Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry,
and Muddy Waters. She also sang lead for the rock/soul group Rotary Connection,
from 1967 to 1971. Her 1975 No.1 hit single, "Lovin' You", was
the last release from her 1974 gold album "Perfect Angel". In
1976 Minnie was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a modified
radical mastectomy. Though she was given just six months to live, she
continued recording and touring, and in 1977 she became spokesperson for
the American Cancer Society (cancer)
b. November 8th 1947.
1983: Chris Wood (39) UK
musician and founding member of the UK band Traffic; he primarily played
flute and saxophone, occasionally contributing keyboards and vocals. Chris
was a co-writer for many of Traffic's songs and he played on 18 of their
albums. Though his career, Chris has also played and toured with the likes
of Dr John, the Wynder K Frog project playing as "Wooden Frog"
and Ginger Baker's Air Force and has recorded and appeared on albums with
many great artists and bands including Jimi Hendrix, Small Faces, Free,
Fat Mattress, Martha Velez, Chicken Shack, Gordon Jackson,
Sky, Locomotive, Shawn Phillips,Steve
Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Reebop Kwaku Baah, John Martyn, Hanson, Crawler,
Third World and Ginger Baker. Chris
died while working on a solo album that was to be titled Vulcan, which
was eventually released in 2008 (pneumonia after a lengthy illness and
a battle with alcohol and drugs) b. June 24th 1944.
Melvoin (34) American keyboard player and drummer; he performed
with many punk bands in the '80s such as The Dickies, and also made musical
contributions to many of Susannah and Wendy Melvoin projects, as well
as Prince and the Revolution's album "Around the World in a Day".
At the time of his death he was the touring keyboardist for The Smashing
Pumpkins during their worldwide tour for the album "Mellon Collie
and the Infinite Sadness". (He died in New York City after overdosing
on heroin he had taken with Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin)*December
1998: Jimmy Driftwood/James
Corbitt Morris (91)
American folk songwriter and musician
for his songs "The Battle of New Orleans" and "Tennessee
He learned to play guitar at a young age on his grandfather's homemade
instrument and used this unique guitar throughout his career. He became
popular through his appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and programs including
Ozark Jubilee and Louisiana Hayride. Jimmy became interested in promoting
Arkansas folk music and the local folk performers he knew in the area,
so invited members of the Mountain View community to perform at a festival
of his own devising. This festival grew exponentially over the years and
transformed into the annual Arkansas Folk Festival which would attract
over 100,000 people. Jimmy was invited to sing for Soviet Premier Nikita
Khrushchev as an example of traditional American music during the leader's
visit to the United States. Over his career he wrote 6,000 plus folksongs,
of which over 300 were recorded by various musicians (heart
attack) b. June
1999: Luis "Papo" Deschamps (23)
of the Dominican rap group Sandy y Papo. The group debuted in 1996 with
music that combined merengue rhythms with house and hip-hop (killed in
a car accident) b.
Carter (95) American
jazz alto saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader;
a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, recieving many awards,
The National Endowment for the Arts honored
Benny with its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award for 1986.
He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, winner of
the Grammy Award in 1994 for his solo "Prelude to a Kiss", and
also the same year, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In
2000 awarded the National Endowment for the Arts, National Medal of Arts,
presented by President Bill Clinton. From 1924 to 1928, Carter gained
valuable professional experience as a sideman in some of New York's top
with such jazz greats as cornetist Rex Stewart, clarinetist-soprano saxophonist
Sidney Bechet, pianists Earl Hines, Willie "The Lion" Smith,
pianist Fats Waller, pianist James P. Johnson, pianist Duke Ellington.
He first recorded in 1928 with Charlie Johnson's Orchestra, also arranging
the titles recorded, and formed his first big band the following year.
He played with Fletcher Henderson in 1930 and 1931. His arrangements were
much in demand and were featured on recordings by Benny Goodman, Count
Basie, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa, and Tommy
Dorsey. Though he only had one major hit in the big band era with Cow-Cow
Boogie, sung by Ella Mae Morse, during the 1930s he composed and/or
arranged many of the pieces that became swing era classics, such as When
Lights Are Low, Blues in My Heart, and Lonesome
Nights. Benny moved to Europe in 1935 to play with Willie Lewis's
orchestra, and also became staff arranger for the BBC dance orchestra
and made several records. Over the next three years, he traveled throughout
Europe, playing and recording with the top British, French, and Scandinavian
jazzmen, as well as with visiting American stars such as his friend Coleman
Hawkins. He relocated to LA in 1943, moving more into studio work. Beginning
with "Stormy Weather" in 1943, he arranged for dozens of feature
films and television productions. In Hollywood, he wrote arrangements
for such artists as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Pearl
Bailey, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls, Louis Armstrong, Freddie Slack,
Mel Torme and
many others. In 1990, he was named
"Jazz Artist of the Year" in both the Down Beat and Jazz Times
International Critics' polls. He was also a member of the Black Filmmakers
Hall of Fame and in 1980 received the Golden Score award of the American
Society of Music Arrangers. He was also a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1996,
and received honorary doctorates from Princeton - 1974, Rutgers 1991,
Harvard in 1994 and the New England Conservatory in 1998 (complications
of bronchitis) b.
August 8th 1907
Ersel Hickey (70)
US rockabilly singer best known for his hit song "Bluebirds over
the Mountain"; also wrote songs for other artists, including "The
Millionaire" for Jackie Wilson and "A Little Bird Told Me So"
for LaVern Baker and "Don't Let the Rain Come Down", which was
a US top ten hit for the Serendipity Singers. Ersel's
contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of
after surgery to remove his bladder) b. June 27th
Hal Carter (69)
songwriter, manager, agent, producer (sadly cancer)
2007: Robert Burås (31) Norwegian
guitarist and songwriter in the Norwegian rock band Madrugada and also
a founding member of the band My Midnight Creeps. Born in Narvik he took
up guitar at the age of 12 after listening to Led Zeppelin's Rock and
Roll. He played in local bands before co-founding Abbey's Adoption later
changing it's name to Madrugada and releasing their debut album Industrial
Silence in 1999, the first of 6 albums. Robert founded My Midnight Creeps
in 2005, as well as fronting the band and plsying guitar he wrote the
majority of the material. They released two albums: the My Midnight Creeps
in 2005 and Histamin in 2007 (found dead in his apartment by a friend,
with his guitar in his hand) b.
Aug 12th 1975
2008: Earl Nelson (79) American
R&B singer with Nelson and Relf aka Bob & Earl; best known for
co-writing and recording the original version of "Harlem Shuffle"in
1963, its main success came in 1969, when it was re-released in the UK
and became a Top Ten hit there. Reportedly, George Harrison called it
his favourite record of all time. Earl was also an early member of the
Hollywood Flames and sang lead on the doo-wop group's biggest hit, "Buzz
Buzz Buzz". Earl had achieved further success as a solo artist under
the alias of Jackie Lee, with "The Duck", a hit dance record
released in 1965, which reached No.14 in the U.S.(Alzheimer's disease)
b. September 8th 1928.
2010: Naphtali "Tuli" Kupferberg (86)
American counterculture poet, author, cartoonist,
pacifist anarchist, publisher and co-founder of the band The Fugs. Born
in New York City, he founded the magazine Birth in 1958 and self-published
the book Beatniks or, The War Against the Beats in 1961. Perhaps his best-known
book is 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft in 1966. In 1964, he formed the satirical
rock group The Fugs with poet Ed Sanders. Tuli was one of the band's singers
and wrote many of their songs. He also released two solo albums: "No
Deposit, No Return" in 1966, which is a collection of found pop poetry,
and "Tuli & Friends" in 1989.(sadly
Tuli died from kidney failure and sepsis) b.
September 28th 1923.
2010: Olga Guillot (87)
Cuban singer, born in Santiago, known as the "queen of bolero".
As a teenager, she and her sister, Ana Luisa, performed as a duo, named
the "Duo Hermanitas Guillot" before going solo. In
1954, she recorded her song "Mienteme"/"Lie to Me",
which became a hit across Latin America, and earned her three consecutive
awards as Cuba's best female singer. In '63, she was given the Golden
Palm award as "best bolero singer of Latin America". Olga continued
on touring for the next 40 years in many parts of the world, releasing
over fifty albums and winning numerous awards for her activity in the
music world (?) b.
October 9th 1922.
Paulo Moura (77) Brazilian saxophonist
and clarinetist, born in São José do Rio Preto. He studied
in the National Music School and performed with the Brazilian Symphonic
Orchestra. Paulo was the first black artist to become first clarinetist
in the Municipal Theatre Orchestra. He
appeared at Bossa Nova night at Carnegie Hall in 1962 with Sérgio
Mendes, the two of them also featuring on Cannonball Adderley's 1962 album,
Cannonball's Bossa Nova. He also won the Sharp Award for the most popular
instrumentalist of the year in 1992. His CD "Paulo Moura e Os Oito
Batutas" was listed by Barnes & Noble as one of the top 10 recommendations
of the year for 1998 (sadly died while battling
July 15th 1932.
2012: Takayoshi Matsunaga (54) Japanese
bassist, he studied classical bass at Kunitachi College of Music. After
graduation, he joined the successful Japanese Dub Reggae band Mute Beat,
with whom he stayed for several years. In 1998, one of his solo concert
performances was highly acclaimed by Argentinian tango pianist Omar Valente,
and inspired Valente to write a solo piece "Qué nunca fuerte"
specifically for him. Takayoshi is a well recognized and respected versatile
studio bassist and appears with many groups such as Gontiti, UA, Rikuo,
Hashiken, both on recordings and at live concerts. Alongside performing
with the band Kut, he is also a member of the bands Love Joy, and Ring
Links (sadly died from pneumonia) b.
February 27th 1958.
1957: Wessel Ilcken
(33) Dutch jazz
played in the 1940s in the Piet van Dijks orchestra, and married the singer
of the band, Rita Reys, with whom he started his own jazz band. They were
international famous with tours through Sweden and performances with American
bebop musicians that visited Europe. He has
also worked with many
Dutch jazzmen including
Rob Pronk, Ack and Jerry van Rooyen, Ruud Bosch, Piet Noordijk, Toon van
Vliet, Ruud Brink, Herman Schoonderwalt, Rob Madna, Dick van der Capellen
as well as playing, touring and recording
with his own Wessel
Ilcken Sextet (tragically died from a brain haemorrhage)
b. December 1st 1923.
1994: Eddie Boyd
blues and gospel, pianist and guitarist; born
on Stovall's Plantation, Mississippi, he moved to Memphis where he formed
his Dixie Rhythm Boys,
after which he relocated to Chicago in 1941. In the '50s he wrote and
recorded the hit songs "Five Long Years", "24 Hours",
and "Third Degree". In 1965
Eddie toured Europe with Buddy Guy's band as part of the American Folk
Blues Festival. Later he toured and recorded with Fleetwood Mac and John
Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. Tired of racial discrimination he experienced
in the United States, he first moved to Belgium, where he recorded with
the Dutch band, Cuby and the Blizzards, then
in 1970 he settled in Finland. He
continued to record 10 more blues albums, and played at his last blues
concert in 1984. After which he performed only gospel music. (died in
Helsinki, Finland, just a few months before Eric Clapton released a chart-topping
blues album that included Eddie's "Five Long Years" and "Third
Degree") b. November
Matti "Peltsi" Pellonpää (44)
Finnish award-winning actor and singer born in Helsinki.
He started his career
in 1962 as a radio actor at the Finnish broadcasting company YLE, and
went on to be nominated Best Actor by European Film Academy for his role
as Rodolfo in La Vie de Boheme and won the Felix at the European Film
Awards in 1992. He also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1991 film Night on Earth.
well as making around 42 films,
he also had a singing career
fronting the band Peltsix. They
performed on Finnish live concerts, radio and TV and released 2 albums
'Lihaa Ja Leikkeleitä' in 1991 and 'Silkkaa Kryptoniittia' in 93.
In 1996 Matti was one of the people commemorating 100 years of Finnish
Cinema on a stamp
(?) b. March 28th 1951
2003: Compay Segundo (97) Cuban Cuban
trova guitarist and composer; his first engagement was in the Municipal
Band of Santiago de Cuba, after which he moved to Havana in 1934, where
he also played in the Municipal Band, on the clarinet. He also learnt
to play the guitar and the tres: these became his main instruments. In
the late 1920s Compay
armónico, a guitar customized with a double third string to fuse
the tonal qualities of the traditional Cuban tres guitar and its Spanish
counterpart. In the 1950s he became well-known as the second voice and
tres player in Los Compadres, a duo he formed with Lorenzo Hierrezuelo
in 1947, one of the most successful Cuban duos. In 1997,
Buena Vista Social Club album, which won several Grammy awards. Compay
appeared in the film of the same title (kidney failure) b.
2004: Arthur "Killer"
Kane (55) American bass
player; born in the Bronx, New York he graduated from Martin Van Buren
High School in Queens, New York. He first played bass in the band Actress
along with three other original New York Dolls: Johnny Thunders, Rick
Rivets and Billy Murcia. The New York Dolls formed in 1971, the original
lineup's first performance was on Christmas Eve 1971 at a homeless shelter,
the Endicott Hotel. They debuted with
the album "New York Dolls"
in 1973, which was followed by "Too Much Too Soon" in 1974.
Arthur remained part of the Dolls from their founding, until he was forced
out of the group shortly after the departure of Johnny Thunders and Jerry
Nolan in 1975. He relocated to LA and in 1989, joined The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints and did volunteer work as a librarian in the
Family History Center (genealogy library) at the Los Angeles Temple. He
reunited with the Dolls for a reunion show in 2004,
and planned to tour again with them, but sadly
he was struck
with illness which prooved fatal. New York Doll the film is based on the
life of Arthur, the film was nominated for both a Satellite Award and
a Grand Jury Prize and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005
(died after battling leukemia)
b. February 3rd 1949.
2004: Carlos Kleiber (74) Austrian
classical conductor born in Berlin, he spent most of his early life in
Aires, and New York City, and from the early 1950s his professional career
in Germany. He was repetiteur at the Gartnerplatz Theatre in Munich in
1952, and made his conducting debut with the operetta Gasparone at Potsdam
theatre in 1954. From 1958 to 1964 he was Kapellmeister at the Deutsche
Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and Duisburg, then at the Opera in Zürich
from 1964-1966. Between 1966-1973 he was first Kapellmeister in Stuttgart,
his last permanent post. During the following years, he often conducted
at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. His
American debut came in 1978 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his
New York Metropolitan Opera debut was in 1988, conducting Giacomo Puccini's
La bohème with Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni. BBC Music Magazine,
announced on 17 March 2011 that Carlos had been selected as "the
greatest conductor of all time" (?)
July 3rd 1930.
2008: Gerald Wiggins (86)
American jazz pianist and organist; he worked with Louis Armstrong and
Benny Carter. In the 1940s he moved to LA where he played music for TV
and film. He has also worked with singers like Lena Horne, Kay Starr,
Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls, Jimmy Witherspoon and Eartha Kitt (?)
b. May 12th 1922
2010: Manohari Singh (79)
Indian saxophonist and a key member of Bollywood
film composer Rahul Dev Burman's team. Born in Kolkata into a family of
musicians, he tried his hand at the English key flute, the clarinet and
the mandolin, before choosing the saxophone as his forte. His first break
as a saxophonist
was in 1958 with Sachin Dev Burman
for the movie Sitaron se aage. He has also released an album titled Sax
Appeal containing saxophone renditions of various Hindi movie music tracks
(sadly died of a heart attack) b.
March 8th 1931.
2011: Jerry Ragovoy (80)
songwriter born in Philadelphia; his best-known composition "Time
Is on My Side", written under the pseudonym of Norman Meade, was
made famous by The Rolling Stones, although it had been recorded earlier
by Kai Winding and Irma Thomas. He also wrote "Stay With Me",
which was originally recorded by Lorraine Ellison, and was performed by
Mary J. Blige at the 49th Grammy Awards. An
important behind-the-scenes force of East Coast soul music, Jerry wrote
or co-wrote several classic New York and Philadelphia soul records in
the 1960s, often distinguished by a conspicuous gospel feel. The best
of these included Garnet Mimms' "Cry Baby," Erma Franklin's
"Piece of My Heart," Howard Tate's "Get It While You Can,"
all later covered by Janis Joplin, plus "Time Is on My Side"
and "Stay With Me". He also contributed to first-class soul
records as a producer and arranger (sadly
Jerry died from a stroke) b. September 4th
2012: Ingo Bellmann (62)
Czech singer and guitarist born in Prague,
he graduated from the Technical University. In 1977 along with Michael
German and Ivan Podobským, he co-founded the group Jablkon, who
have released 15 albums (Ingo died unexpectedly
while playing football) b.
December 30th 1949.
2012: Leda Valladares (93) Argentine
poet, singer and musicologist, born in the Province of Tucumán;
Leda showed a passion for Argentine folk music as a child. In the fifties
she traveled to Paris, where with her friend María Elena Walsh,
she formed the musical duet Leda and María. One of
her main musical works was an album Mapa Musical Argentino,
released in 1974. She was also the author of Igual rumbo, grito
en el cielo, Grito en el cielo II and América
en Cueros, which earned her to be declared a member of honor of
UNESCO in the early nineties (sadly died while suffering
from Alzheimer disease) b. December
Mariano/Mariano Eusebio González y
García (44) Spanish
born in Irun; his family moved to France at the start of the Spanish Civil
War and settled in Bordeaux where Luis studied at the Conservatoire, and
also sang in cabarets, stage shows and appeared films, starting with 'L'escalier
sans fin' in 1943.
Luis achieved fame in 1946 with "La belle de Cadix"/"The
Beautiful Lady of Cadix" an operetta by Francis Lopez. He appeared
in the 1954 film Adventures of the Barber of Seville and Le Chanteur de
continued to appear in other films from 1946, including a singing role
in Napoléon and a film adaptation of Lehar's Der Zarewitsch. He
also left us with many recordings of popular song and operetta
b. August 13th 1914.
1975: Madan Mohan (51) Iraqi
film music director; born in Baghdad he went on to become a famed Bollywood
film music director of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He is particularly
remembered for the ghazals he composed for the film industry, mainly using
the voice of India's Melody Queen, Lata Mangeshkar and 'King Of Ghazals'
Talat Mahmood and his favourite singer, Mohammed Rafi. In 2004, Madan's
unused tunes were recreated by his son, Sanjeev Kohli, for the Yash Chopra
film Veer-Zaara, starring Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Rani Mukerji.
The lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar, and Lata Mangeshkar was invited
to once again sing the majority of the melodies composed by her dear friend
(sadly died of died of liver cirrhosis)
b. June 25th 1924.
Leonard "Lennie" Hastings (53)
jazz drummer born
in the London suburb of Carshalton. He
played in military bands during World War II, after which he played with
both Freddy Randall and Alex Welsh throughout the 50s. Following these
he played in local combos, led an ensemble in Düsseldorf and worked
with Nat Gonella before rejoining Alex Welsh. He was Welsh's drummer for
well over a decade, during which time he also recorded with Earl Hines,
Rex Stewart, Eddie Davis, Ben Webster, and Bill Coleman. In 1972 he left
Welsh's group due to failing health. Later in the decade he played and
recorded with Brian Lemon, Stan Greig, Dave Shepherd, and Fred Hunt. He
played at the Pizza Express, a London club, in his later years, and toured
with Wild Bill Davison and Ruby Braff. He led his own quartet shortly
before his death
January 25th 1925.
1980: Malcolm Owen (26) English
lead singer with The Ruts, the reggae-influenced British punk rock band,
formed in 1977 and notable for the 1979 Top 10 hit "Babylon's Burning",
and an earlier single "In a Rut", which was not a hit but was
much played and highly regarded by the UK BBC Radio 1 disc jockey, John
Peel. (sadly Malcolm died from a heroin overdose)
Wynne /Phillip Walker (43)
singer, born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he
began his musical career as a gospel singer. He is best known for his
role as the co-lead singer of The Spinners. He scored notable hits such
as "How Could I Let You Get Away", "The Rubberband Man",
"One of a Kind (Love Affair)", "I'll Be Around", "Mighty
Love", "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", and "Then
Came You" with Dionne Warwick. After leaving The Spinners, Wynne
never regained the same success, although he featured in hits by other
artists such as "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic. (tragically
he died on-stage of a massive heart attack while
performing in Oakland, California)
b. April 3rd 1941.
Franco-Monegasque poet, composer, singer and musician. Born
in Monaco, he mixed love and melancholy with moral anarchy, lyricism with
slang, rhyming verse with prose monologues. He moved from music-hall to
orchestral music, breaking free from the traditional song structure during
the 1970s, inventing his own musical territory, powerfully dramatic and
unique. He also set to music several poems by the French poètes
maudits, such as François Villon, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine,
and Arthur Rimbaud, as well as French poets from the 20th century like
Guillaume Apollinaire and Louis Aragon (?)
b. August 24th 1916.
musician, composer and arranger;
born in the Bronx, he started playing piano at age six and was performing
in his father's ensembles by age 14. He attended the University of Miami
on a music scholarship in the early 1940s, and in 1943 joined the Air
Force, playing with Glenn Miller's Air Force Band.
In the '50s he played in Lester Lanin's band and worked as an accompanist
for singers such as Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier and Marlene Dietrich.
From 1958 to 1961, he was Peggy Lee's full-time accompanist and arranger
for the albums "Anything Goes:Cole Porter" and "Peggy Lee
& the George Shearing Quartet". In 1962, Kapp Records asked him
to work on writing potential hits in the then-hot genre of bossa nova.
Harnell's biggest success was with his arrangement of Fly Me to the Moon,
which was a hit in the US in 1963 and which won a Grammy Award for Best
Pop Instrumental Performance. After working for Gray Advertising as a
jingle writer, from 1967 to 1973 he worked as musical director of The
Mike Douglas Show. In 1973 Harnell moved to Hollywood and worked in film
score and television composition, composing for The Bionic Woman, The
Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation, and V, for which he was awarded an Emmy
in 1986. Following this he became a faculty member at USC's Flora Thornton
School of Music as an instructor in film score composition (heart
failure) b. August 2nd 1924
Kathryn Ann "Katie" Reider
singer-songwriter and gay rights activist, born in Cincinnati, Ohio; she
began performing her own songs publicly in the early 1990s while still
a high school student. She started singing in local coffeehouses and later
at the Crossroads Community Church in Oakley. She released her first album,
Wonder, in late 1998, followed by 3 more albums and by 2006 had won five
local music awards that gained her a huge fanbase nation.
In addition to her music, Katie was known for her activism, she spoke
out about gay rights issues and was a performer at gay pride celebrations
(brain hemorrhage) b. May 23rd 1978.
2010: Madalina Petru-Manole (43) Romanian
pop and folk singer, born in Valenii de Munte, Prahova
County. She released her debut album
"Fata draga" in 1991, this was followed by nine more, her last
release being "O 9 Madalina Manole, MediaPro Music" earlier
this year, 2010. (Madalina
was found dead by her husband at their house
in the early morning, of what looks like an apparent suicide)
b. July 14th 1967.
2010: Gene Ludwig (72)
American jazz organist, born in Twin Rocks, Pennsylvaniahe, Gene recorded
as leader debuting in
1962 with his album "Organ Out
Loud", this was followed by seven albums, his last being "Duffs
Blues" in 2008. He also played prolifically as a sideman with the
likes of Sonny Stitt, Arthur Prysock, Leslie
West, Scott Hamilton, Bob DeVos, Joey
DeFrancesco and many others. Live performances have included the Montreaux
Jazz Festival in Switzerland; San Francisco Jazz Festival; Birdland in
NYC; and the 2003 Stanford Jazz Festival for the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Other recent appearances include several gigs at The Blue Note in NYC
and a special appearance at the Blue Note in Las Vegas in 2002 (?)
2010: Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras, AC,
CH, CBE (84) Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New
York. He was an authority on the operas of Janácek and Mozart,
and the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. He was the first Australian
chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Alan was appointed a
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1974 New Year
Honours, and knighted in the 1979 New Year Honours. In 1978 he was presented
with the Janácek medal for services to Czech music, on stage at
the Coliseum Theatre, by the Czechoslovak ambassador. In 1990 he was awarded
an Honorary Degree by the University of Hull. In 1996 he received the
Medal of Merit from the Czech Republic, and in 1997 he was made a Companion
of the Order of Australia (AC) for services to music and Australian music.
In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal created to mark the centenary
of the Federation of Australia. In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour
(CH) in the Queen's Birthday Honours. In 2005, he was presented with the
Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, and he was also the first recipient
of the Queen's Medal for Music, announced by then Master of the Queen's
Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall
before a Proms performance of HMS Pinafore (sadly
lost his battle with cancer) b.
November 17th 1925.
2010: Valerie Watts
bassoonist, she started to learn the
bassoon while at Wimbledon high school, before attending the Royal College
of Music in '61, after which she spent 5 years as a member of the Sadler's
Wells Opera Orchestra. Valerie became a freelance bassoon and contra player.
In the '80s she moved to Nth Yorkshire, where she had been regularly involved
with the Helmsley festival, later named the Ryedale festival and continued
to play professionally all over the country (sadly
lost her long fight with breast
2011: Antonio Prieto (84)
actor and singer born in Iquique, he developed most of his acting career
in Argentina and Spain. His most well-known role was Don Miguel Rojo,
the eldest of the three bandit Rojo brothers in A Fistful of Dollars.
a popular singer, he scored an international 1961 hit with "La novia",
later known as "The Wedding" in the UK and the US. In 1995 he
releaseda a 20 Greatest Hits CD, which included such hits as "La
novia" and "El milagro". He also made a very popular Spanish
version of a song from the Italian singer Domenico Modugno called "The
Violin Professor" (?)
b. May 26th 1927.
Eric Delaney (87) British drummer, percussionist,
band leader, pioneer and must be the ultimate of drummer's drummer!! Born
in Acton, London, Eric was playing drums to live audiences at 6 and by
aged 10 was in his first group, with his mother on piano and his father
on banjo. In his early teens he was acclaimed as a "Drum Genius"
taking drum command and touring the UK with the Royal Kiltie Junior Band
and the Hughie Green Roadshow. By the time he was 16, Eric was voted Britain's
Best Young Swing Drummer, and in 1941 at the age of 17, Eric joined George
Shearing of the famous Ambrose Octet touring the variety theatres of that
time. Although best known as a jazz drummer, Eric was a multi-percussionist,
as well as the drums he played xylophone, timpani,
glockenspiel, military side drum, tubular bells, a variety
of Chinese gongs and tam tams and incorporated many everyday items such
as brushes and whistles into his shows over the years. Over the years
Eric been voted No.1 of 8 titles including
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May 22nd 1924.
2012: Marcel Curuchet (40) Uruguayan keyboardist
born in Montevideo and founding member of the rock band No Te Va Gustar;
formed in 1994. In '97 the band added new styles of music to its repertoire
such as reggae, candombe, salsa, ska and murga. The band started to gain
recognition in '98 when they won the "Third Song Festival of Montevideo"
and another competition organized by the Montevideo City Council Youth
Commission. They released their first album entitled "Sólo
de noche", in 1999, which was followed by three other albums. No
Te Va Gustar's third album "Aunque cueste ver el sol"/Even if
it's hard to see the sun, was released in 2005 and the release concert
attracted an audience of 10,000 people, and the show was recorded for
release on DVD later that year. In 2005 the band also did a European tour,
playing dates in more than 40 cities including Munich, Bern,
Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Vienna,
and Madrid (while on
tour, tragically Marcel died in a New Jersey Hospital two days after a
motorbike accident on one of the NY-NJ bridges)
b. July 5th 1972.
1933: Freddie Keppard (43) American
Jazz cornetist born in New Orleans. He played violin, mandolin, and accordion
before switching to cornet. After playing with the Olympia Orchestra he
joined Frankie Dusen's Eagle Band, taking the place recently vacated by
Buddy Bolden. The music scene proclaimed Freddie "King Keppard"
as the city's top horn player. In he accepted an offer to join Bill Johnson's
band in LA, California.
Johnson and Freddie's band became the Original Creole Orchestra which
toured the Vaudeville circuit, giving other parts of the USA a first taste
of the music that was not yet known as "jazz". While playing
a successful engagement in New York City in 1915 the band was offered
a chance to record for the Victor Talking Machine Company. This could
probably have been the first jazz recording. About 1917 he settled in
Chicago, which would remain his home, except for briefly
going to the East Coast to work with Tim Brymn's band about 1920. He worked
in Chicago both as a soloist and with the bands of Jimmie Noone, Johnny
Dodds, Erskine Tate, Doc Cook-for several years, Don Pasquall, and Lil
Hardin Armstrong (he
suffered from alcoholism and tuberculosis in his final years, and so sadly
died largely forgotten)
February 27th 1890.
1947: Walter Donaldson (54) American
songwriter born in Brooklyn, New York; he published some 600 of his original
songs. His biggest hits included "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the
Farm?", "My Mammy" (a huge hit for Al Jolson), "My
Buddy", "Carolina in the Morning", "Yes Sir, That's
My Baby","At Sundown", "My Blue Heaven", "Love
Me or Leave Me", "Kansas City Kitty", "Makin' Whoopee",
"Georgia". His film credits include work on such pictures as
Glorifying the American Girl, Suzi, The Great Ziegfeld, Panama Hattie,
Follow the Boys, and Nevada (Walter retired
in 1943 and died in Santa Monica, California)
b. February 15th 1893
1959: Ernest Bloch (78) Swiss-born
American composer born in Geneva and began playing the violin at age 9.
early works, including his opera Macbeth-1910 show the influence of both
the Germanic school of Richard Strauss and the impressionism of Claude
Debussy. Mature works, including his best-known pieces, often draw on
Jewish liturgical and folk music. These works include Schelomo-1916 for
cello and orchestra, the Israel Symphony-1916, Baal Shem for violin and
piano-1923, later version for violin and orchestra, the "From Jewish
Life" suite for cello and piano, and Avodath Hakodesh/Sacred Service,
in 1933 for baritone, choir and orchestra. Pieces
written after World War II are a little more varied in style, though his
essentially Romantic idiom remains
(sadly died after battling cancer) b.
July 24th 1880.
Mervil Tibbett (63)
American opera singer, movie actor, radio
personality and recording artist. He sang with the New York Metropolitan
Opera from 1923 to 1950. He performed roles ranging from Iago in Otello
to Captain Hook in Peter Pan. As a baritone, he is acknowledged as one
of the greatest opera singers produced by the USA, and one of the finest
male voices of the past 100 years. (died as the
result of a fall in his apartment) b. November
1973: Clarence White/Clarence LeBlanc (29)
American guitarist born in Lewiston,
Maine; he started out with
his 2 brothers in a band called the
Three Little Country Boys. They
cut their first single
in 1958, which led to appearances
on the Andy Griffith Show. In late '62, the Country Boys became the Kentucky
Colonels. After the dissolution of the Colonels, he found employment as
a session guitarist in Los Angeles, playing on early records of The Monkees,
and performed at night with future Byrd Gene Parsons in the group Nashville
West. Clarence contributed twangy lead guitar to two of Gene's songs on
the Byrd's 4th album Younger Than Yesterday: "Time Between"
and "The Girl With No Name". He was invited back to play on
The Byrds' next album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, and he contributed
to Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the group's Gram Parsons-led foray into traditional
honky-tonk which has become a landmark recording. He was finally asked
to join the reconstituted Byrds in Sept '68, remaining with the band until
the group was dissolved by McGuinn in '73. Clarence remained busy throughout
early '73. In addition to more Browne sessions, he joined with Peter Rowan,
David Grisman, Richard Green and banjo player Bill Keith to form the bluegrass
supergroup Muleskinner. (Tragically died after being
struck by a drunk driver. The accident occurred shortly after 2am, while
he and his brother Roland were loading equipment into their car following
a spur-of-the moment reunion gig of the Colonels) b.
June 7th 1944.
"Bill" Justis (55) American
pioneer rock and roll musician, composer, and musical arranger, best known
for his 1957 Grammy Hall of Fame song, "Raunchy".
Born in Birmingham, Alabama but grew
up in Memphis, a trumpet and saxophone player, while in university he
performed with local jazz and dance bands after which he was taken on
by Sam Phillips at Sun Records where he recorded music for himself as
well as arranged the music for Sun artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy
Orbison, Johnny Cash and Charlie Rich. He released his song "Raunchy"
in November 1957, it was the first rock and roll instrumental hit, and
went on to be a worldwide hit. In 1961, Justis moved to Nashville where
he became a successful record producer and music arranger for both pop
and country music performers at Monument and Mercury Records and other
labels. He played saxophone on the soundtrack for the 1964 Elvis Presley
film, Kissin' Cousins and that same year took over as manager of the singing
group, Ronny & the Daytonas. He also wrote the music for several Hollywood
films including the Smokey and the Bandit and Hooper.
(sadly died from cancer) b. October
Ertegun (71) Turkish record producer
and executive of Atlantic Records and WEA International, born in Istanbul,
Turkey and moved to America in 1935. He founded the Crescent record label,
then purchased Jazz Man Records, issuing traditional jazz recordings on
Jazz Man until 1952. At Jazz Man, Nesuhi produced classic Kid Ory revival
recordings in 1944 and 1945 plus other recordings by Pete Daily and Turk
Murphy. For details on this seminal period in Ertegun's career, see Cary
Ginell's "Hot Jazz for Sale: Hollywood's Jazz Man Record Shop".
He sold the Jazz Man label in 1952 and worked for Lester Koenig at Contemporary
Records. While there, he taught the first history of jazz course ever
given for academic credit at a major American university at UCLA. He joined
Atlantic Records in 1955 and went on to become Vice president. As a producer
at Atlantic he worked with John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman,
the Modern Jazz Quartet and many others. He also became involved with
the labels rhythm & blues and rock and roll roster, first recruiting
songwriters and producers Leiber and Stoller, with whom he had worked
in California, and producing several hit records for Ray Charles, Chris
Connor, the Drifters, Bobby Darin and Roberta Flack. In 1971, Nesuhi founded
WEA International, now Warner Music International. While at WEA International,
Nesuhi demonstrated tremendous independence and character, often going
against the wishes of his U.S. counterparts. In the 1980s he released
the single "Girls, Girls, Girls" by then unknown Latin-American
rockers Renegade forcing a domestic release of their debut album Rock
N' Roll Crazy! (he sadly died from complications
following cancer surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York
November 26th 1917.
1990: Trouble T-Roy/Troy Dixon (22) American
member of the hip-hop band Heavy D and The Boyz (tragically died from
an accidental fall. He and others were merrymaking after a concert and
while dancing, he lost his balance, fell from a balcony, hit his head)
b. October 19th 1967.
1997: Ary Groenhuijzen (50) American
keyboard player for Phil Spector's, The Teddy Bears (sadly
died of Motor Neuron Disease also known as ALS)
2000: Louis Quilico (75) Canadian
baritone opera singer;
One of the leading baritones of his day, he was an ideal interpreter of
the great Italian and French composers, especially Giuseppe Verdi. He
was often referred to as "Mr Rigoletto" in reference to the
Verdi opera. During his 45 year long career he shared performing credits
with opera's greatest stars. He spent 25 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan
Opera in New York City. After his retirement from the stage in '98 he
continued to perform and record, most often with his wife, pianist Christina
Petrowska Quilico, with whom he made 4 CDs. The couple also toured together
extensively in concerts until Louis's death.
In 1974, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada (died
sadly as a result of complications following a knee operation)
b. January 14th 1925.
2000: Johnny Duncan (67) American
skiffle music star. He was born in the Windrock coal mining camp overlooking
the town of Oliver Springs, Tennessee and became a British skiffle star
in 1957 with the hit record "Last Train to San Fernando". While
serving in the
US Army, he was sent to the United Kingdom where he formed a small hillbilly
group in which he sang and played the guitar and mandolin, the band spent
all of its off-duty hours either playing for its own amusement or entertaining
fellow GIs and British locals at camp concerts and dances. He also
met and married his wife Betty in 1952. After his discharge and on a return
trip to the UK, he went to see Chris Barber's Dixieland Band which had
turned Lonnie Donegan into a star with his skiffle hit recording of "Rock
Island Line". Barber signed Johnny to play with his band where he
stayed for a year. After which he went solo releasing his massive hit
Train to San Fernando" backed by his band "The Bluegrass Boys".
He became a regular on 6.5 Special, the first teenage program on BBC Television
and had his own program Tennessee Songbag on BBC Radio. As skiffle faded
Johnny emigrated to Australia and semi-retired from the music scene (?)
b. September 7th 1932.
2000: Paul Young (53) English
singer and percussionist born in Benchill, Wythenshawe, Manchester; he
initially came to prominence as the lead singer of chart band Sad Café,
and later enjoyed further chart success sharing lead vocal duties with
Paul Carrack in Mike + The Mechanics. His powerful rock voice and wide
vocal range was generally assigned to handle the heavier songs, while
Carrack's pure, soulful voice was assigned to ballads and more pop-oriented
numbers. Paul provided lead vocals for the hit singles "All I Need
Is a Miracle," Word of Mouth", and "Taken In" (sadly
died of a heart attack) b.
June 17th 1947.
2007: Kelly Johnson (49)
English guitarist, singer and songwriter;
one of the original members of the heavy metal rock band Girlschool, when
it was formed from the group Painted Lady in 1978. She was a songwriter,
playing lead guitar and singing both lead and backing vocals on the group's
first four albums. She provided both a strong visual focus for the band
with her tall figure and blonde hair and an excellent musical contribution
with her trenchant guitar playing. In 1984 she left the band and relocated
to LA. In 1987, she jioned the rock band Worlds Cutest Killers,
which included on rhythm guitar and vocals former Painted Lady and The
Go-Go's member Kathy Valentine. WCK changed their name to The Renegades.
In 1993, after almost ten years in the USA, she returned to the UK to
resume her role as lead guitarist of Girlschool for a much publicized
reunion tour. She remained with the band and toured incessantly until
1999, when she became too ill to tour (Kelly sadly died after a brave
six year battle with cancer of the
spine) b. June
2010: Hank Cochran/Garland Perry Cochran (74)
American country music singer-songwriter,
born in in Isola, Mississippi. Since the 1960s, Hank has been a prolific
country songwriter, including major hits by Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Eddy
Arnold and others. He wrote or co-wrote songs like "I Fall To Peices",
"A Little Bitty Tear", "It's Just My Funny Way of Laughin'",
"The Same Old Hurt","The Chair", "Ocean Front
Property", Merle Haggard ("It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)",
"Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)", and "That's
All That Matters". Hank was also a recording artist between 1962
and 1980, charting seven times on the Billboard country charts, with his
highest solo peak being "Sally Was a Good Old Girl"
(sadly taken by pancreatic cancer) b. August
2011: Cornell MacNeil (88)
American operatic baritone born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
and known for his exceptional voice and long career with the Metropolitan
Opera, which spanned 642 performances in twenty-six roles. He debuted
with various companies in the United States from 1953, including the New
York City Opera, La Scala and the Metropolitan in 1959. In 1969 he became
president of the American Guild of Musical Artists. Two of his most notable
roles were the title role in Rigoletto, and Iago in Otello. Rigoletto
was also the role he sang the most at the Met, 104 times, including the
Met's first telecast of that opera in 1977.
was also well-known for the role of Baron Scarpia in Tosca, a role he
sang 92 times at the Met between November 2nd 1959 and December 5th 1987,
which was his last performance with the Met (?)
b. September 24nd 1922.
2011: Cuddly Dudley/ Dudley Heslop (87)
English-Jamaican rock & roll singer, dancer and actor, who came to
fame on the Oh Boy! TV series, and is noted for being Britain's
first black rock & roller. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he started
performing when very young with a "native song and dance act"
for tourists. In 1947 he went to Britain where he spent a year in the
play Sauce Tartare at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End, before singing
in clubs for 6 months. He then played in Folies Bergeres at the Hippodrome,
London and toured Australia in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, before joining
Sid Milward's Comedy orchestra, The Nit Wits, supporting Max Bygraves.
became influenced by early rock 'n' roll and, being black, with a strong
voice, decided to change musical style, he also adopted a big grin, flashy
suits and snazzy ties and manager manager, Guy Robinson, promoted him
as "Bristol's answer to The Big Bopper". At this time Dudley
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b. May 22nd 1924.
1957: Serge Chaloff (33) American
jazz baritone saxophonist,
was among the few major jazz performers on his instrument, until Serge
the only prominent baritone player in jazz was Harry Carney of the Duke
Ellington Orchestra. Originally influenced by Charlie Parker, he became
the first major bebop baritonist and opened the way for others to follow.
He first became well known as one of the "Four Brothers" reed
section in Woody Herman's Second Herd. He also played with Boyd Raeburn,
Georgie Auld, Jimmy Dorsey, and Count Basie, as well as recording as a
leader. Serge's career was greatly limited by addiction to heroin which
successfully gave up (sadly Serge developed cancer
of the spine which caused his early death)
b. November 24th 1923.
1981: Harry Chapin (38) American
singer and songwriter, born in New York, known for his folk rock songs
such as "Taxi," "W*O*L*D," and "Cat's in the
Cradle". He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1960,
and was among the five inductees in the school's Alumni Hall Of Fame for
the year 2000. His debut solo album Heads & Tales, produced the hit
single "Taxi". His 4th album, 1974's
Verities & Balderdash was his most successful producing his chart
topping "Cat's in the Cradle". It was used in an episode of
The Simpsons, an episode of King of the Hill, an episode of Family Guy
and was featured in Shrek The Third. The song has also been heard many
other times on television and film
ranked number 186 of 365 on the RIAA list of Songs of the Century. Harry
was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006.
As well as his musical career he was also a dedicated humanitarian who
fought to end world hunger, with his work being widely recognized as a
key player in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger
in 1977. In 1987, Harry was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold
Medal for his humanitarian work (tragically killed
when a tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was driving)
b. December 7th
1985: Wayne King (84) American
musician, songwriter, singer, orchestral leader and sometimes referred
to as "the Waltz King" because much of his most popular music
involved waltzes; "The Waltz You Saved For Me" was his standard
set closing song in live performance and on numerous radio broadcasts
at the height of his career. In later years he operated a black angus
cattle farm and a car rental business (?)
b. February 16th 1901.
1988: Steve Cayter (?) Road
crew technician with Def Leppard, Steve had been instrumental in getting
Rick Allen back playing the drums after he had lost his arm in a road
accident (died of a brain haemorrhage on stage before
a show at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre
in East Troy Wisconsin)
1989: Herbert von Karajan (81) Austrian
orchestra and opera conductor born in Salzburg, Austria-Hungary, was a
child prodigy at the piano. From 1916 to 1926, he studied at the Mozarteum
in Salzburg, where he was encouraged to concentrate on conducting by his
teacher, who detected his exceptional promise in that regard. Some described
Herbert as "probably the world's best-known conductor and one of
the most powerful figures in classical music". Among his many world
engagments, he conducted the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra for 35 years.
He is the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having
sold an estimated 200 million records during his career. On 21 June 1978
he received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from Oxford University.
He was honored by the "Médaille de Vermeil" in Paris,
the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in London, the Olympia
Award of the Onassis Foundation in Athens and the UNESCO International
Music Prize. He received two Gramophone Awards for recordings of Mahler's
Ninth Symphony and the complete Parsifal recordings in 1981. In 2002,
the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize was founded in his honour; in 2003
Anne-Sophie Mutter who had made her debut with Karajan in 1977, became
the first recipient of this award (Herbert died
from a heart attack at his home in Anif, in the Austrian Alps)
April 5th 1908.
Torch MBE/ Sidney Torchinsky (82) British
arranger and a composer of light music.
He worked as an accompanist before getting a job playing the Piano with
the Orchestra of the Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London. When the Cinema's
Christie Theatre Organ was installed in 1928, he became the Assistant
Organist and took over as Chief Organist at the Cinema in 1932. In 1934
he played the organ in a number of London Cinemas and in 1937 he became
the Chief Organist of the new Gaumont State Cinema, Kilburn. He continued
to play the Wurlitzer there up until 1940, when he was drafted into the
RAF and stationed near Blackpool and would play and make recordings on
the numerous Cinema Organs in the Blackpool area, during his spare time.
While in the RAF, Torch became the Conductor of the RAF Concert Orchestra,
where he learned to arrange music and to conduct. He conducted many orchestras
and bands, particularly those of the BBC; he was the man who created the
popular BBC Light Programme show Friday Night is Music Night, which started
in 1953 and continues to be broadcast to this day. He also conducted the
BBC Concert Orchestra for nearly every Friday Night show until his retirement.
Sidney composed many pieces for the BBC, particularly the theme tunes
for radio and television shows (?) b. 1908.
John Panozzo (47) American drummer
and bass guitarist, founder member of Styx; born on the south side of
Chicago, Illinois. He and his twin brother, Chuck, started music lessons
at aged 7, John took up the drums
At the age of 12 while at Catholic
school they were part of a 3-piece band in which John played drums and
Chuck played guitar, they played weddings.
1961, John, Chuck, and their neighbour, accordionist and singer Dennis
DeYoung, formed a band called The Tradewinds, playing local rock n roll
gigs. In 1968, Chuck switched to bass and they added guitarists / vocalists
James "J.Y." Young and John Curulewski, changing their name
to TW4. The band signed to Wooden Nickel Records and changed their name
to Styx. In the mid-1990s, as Styx was about to embark on its first tour
with the classic line-up since 1983, John fell seriously ill and began
battling cirrhosis of the liver. The band dedicated their 1996 Return
to Paradise tour to him, and Tommy Shaw, who had earlier replaced Curulewski,
wrote the song "Dear John" as the band's final tribute to their
drummer and friend (he
tried for years to battle cirrhosis of the liver, but eventually died
of gastrointestinal haemmorhaging) b.
September 20th 1948.
1999: Hiromi Yanagihara (19) Japanese
singer and founding member of Hello! Project group Country Musume. She
joined Country Musume in 1999 along with Rinne Toda and Azusa Kobayashi
(Hiromi was tragically killed in a car accident
one week before the group's first release)
b. October 19th 1979.
2003: Celia Cruz
singer; one of the most successful Salsa performers of the 20th century.
in La Habana, Cuba, internationally known as the "Queen of Salsa"
as well as "La Guarachera de Cuba and has twenty-three
gold albums to her name. She started out singing
on Havana's radio
station Radio Garcia-Serra's popular "Hora del Té" daily
broadcast, and made her first recordings in 1948 in Venezuela. She made
her first major breakthrough
1950, when she took over as lead singer of the Sonora Matancera
orchestra, who she stayed with for the next 15 years recording
all over Latin America. In 1960 Celia and
her husaband became citizens of the United States and in 1966 she started
working with Tito Puente which led to eight albums for Tico Records. Over
her remarkable six-decade career, she recorded more than 70 albums, won
two Grammy awards and three Latin Grammys, among numerous other accolades
to her credit. She also starred with Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas
in the film The Mambo Kings and in 1994, President Bill Clinton awarded
Celia the National Medal of Arts (she died of a
cancerous brain tumor at her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey.)
b. October 21st 1925.
Luxembourgian singer, lyricist, DJ, and television
presenter; he studied theatre and opera in Brussels and Liège.
In 1946, he joined Radio Luxembourg as a chorus singer and a French language
reporter and in 1949, he completed his theatre and opera studies. In 1951,
he had his first international hit record, "Bonjour les amies"
("Hello Friends"). The song went on to become the theme song
for his national broadcaster. In 1953, he recorded his first German language
record, "Onkel Toms altes Boot" ("Uncle Tom's Old Boat"),
in Berlin. He represented his home country in the Eurovision Song Contest
1960 with "So laang we's du do bast", becoming the first male
contestant to represent Luxembourg and the first entrant to
sing in Luxembourgish. One
of the greatest hits of Felgen was "Ich hab Ehrfurcht vor schneeweißen
Haaren"/I Respect Your Grey Hair, a cover of singer-guitarist
Bobbejaan Schoepen, another hit was "Sag warum", in 1959. He
also translated the two songs that The Beatles performed in German, "I
Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You", in 1964. Camillo,
then worked as a programme director at the RTL (?)
b. November 17th 1920.
2006: Malachi Thompson
(56) American jazz trumpeter; born in
Princeton, Kentucky but moved to
Chicago as a child, he first worked
in the R&B scene on Chicagos South Side as a teenager. In 1968,
he joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, spending
some time in the AACM big band, before playing and touring with the Operation
Breadbasket Big Band. Moving to New York he
worked with saxophonists Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Frank Foster and
Archie Shepp among other musicians and formed his Freebop band in 1978.
He nexted moved to Washington where he worked with Lester Bowie's Hot
Trumpets Repertory Company. He was diagnosed with
1989 and given only one year to live. Happily back in Chicago he went
on to form his New Orleans inspired band, Africa Brass
to preserve the Sutherland Theatre on Chicago's South Side, in
1991 Malachi founded
the Sutherland Community Arts Initiative, a non-profit corporation and
also wrote incidental music for a play about the theatre.
In 1995 he was selected as
an Arts Midwest Jazz Master, selected as a Chicagoan of the Year"
in 1996 by the Chicago Tribune" for his efforts to bring jazz
back to the South Side of Chicago. In 1997 he was honored by the Chicago
Endowment for the Arts for his arts activism and his
trumpet playing has been recognized in DownBeat" magazine's
annual International Critic's Poll. He is featured on 29 recordings of
which thirteen he is the featured artist and has performed in over 15
countries around the world
relapse of his cancer)
August 21st 1949.
Bueno (64) Italian singer and folk music
historian, her research and performances of Italian folk songs, particularly
those of Tuscany, are credited to bringing a new awareness of Italian
folk music. She taught herself to play the guitar and collected folk records,
generally of Tuscany origin and
worked with many artists including Francesco De Gregori who dedicated
his song "Caterina" to her. She
became active at the l'Istituto Ernesto De Martino and later the magazine
Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano
b. April 2nd
2008: Jo Stafford
(90) American singer of traditional
pop music and jazz standards whose career spanned the 1930s through the
early 1960s, considered one of the most versatile vocalists of the era;
the GI's in World War 2 and recorded
hits with Frankie Laine, Gordon MacRae, Johnny Mercer and released 47
solo singles. Her song "You Belong to Me" topped the charts
on both sides of the Atlantic and made her the first female singer to
have a No 1 hit in the UK singles chart. (heart
failure) b. November 12th 1917.
2010: Carlos Torres Vila (63) Argentine
folk singer and pioneer, born in Buenos Aires; in his 40 years in show
business, Carlos has played in major festivals including the Festival
de Baradero and the Festival de Cosquín. He has made countless
appearances on radio and television and was one of the first to introduce
the so-called romantic folklore, recording hits such as "El
Chango", "Qué pasa entre los dos", "La Engañera",
"Zamba para olvidarte" and "La López Pereyra"
(sadly died after suffering a long and painful illness)
b. November 9th 1946.
2012: Ed Lincoln/Eduardo Lincoln Barbosa de Sabóia
musician, composer and arranger known for a wide variety of styles. As
a bassist, he was present at the earliest moments of bossa nova and as
a Hammond organ player, he was foundational in establishing the sound
of Brazilian jazz and space age pop. His
most widely-heard compositions include O Ganso -Ed Lincoln and D'Orlann,
É o Cid -Ed Lincoln and Sílvio César, Palladium-Ed
Lincoln and Orlandivo and Ai que Saudade Dessa Nega. His most successful
arrangements include O Bêbado, Na Onda do Berimbau, Romantic Partners
and The Blues Walk, the latter in collaboration with American trumpeter
Clifford Brown. He appeared in four films: Colégio de Brotos-1955,
Vamos com Calma-1956, Na Onda do Iê-Iê-Iê-1966 and Estranho
triângulo-1970. He composed the music for two films, the musical
comedy Adorável Trapalhão-1967 in which he also appeared
as himself and the musical Juventude e Ternura in 1968, working with Érlon
Chaves on the latter film (sadly died from respiratory
May 31st 1932
Wells/Ellen Muriel Deason (92) American
country music singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee. She began singing
as a child, learning guitar from her dad. As a teenager, she sang with
her sisters, who performed as the Deason Sisters on a local radio station
beginning in 1936. At the age of 18 she married Johnnie Wright, and Kitty
sang with Johnnie and his sister Louise Wright; the three toured as Johnnie
Right and the Harmony Girls. Soon they Jack Anglin, who married Louise
and became part of the band, which became known first as the Tennessee
Hillbillies and then the Tennessee Mountain Boys. In 1952, Paul Cohen,
of Decca Records, asked Kitty to record solo "It Wasn't God Who Made
Honky Tonk Angels". It was an instant hit and made her the first
female country singer
to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female
MORE <<< (Kitty
sadly died from complications after a stroke)
b. August 30th 1919.
2012: Bob Babbitt/Robert
Kreinar (74) American
top session bassist born
25 Gold and Platinum records
under his belt
he is famous for his work as a member of Motown Records' studio band,
the Funk Brothers, from 1967-72, as well as his tenure as part of MFSB
for Philadelphia International Records afterwards. Also in 1968-1970,
with Mike Campbell, Ray Monette and Andrew Smith he formed the band Scorpion.
most notable bass performances include "War", "Signed,
Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours", "The Tears of a Clown", "Mercy
Mercy Me (The Ecology)", "Inner City Blues""Band Of
Gold" (by Freda Payne), "Ball of Confusion (That's What the
World Is Today)", "Just My Imagination
Away With Me)"
MORE <<< (sadly
Bob died while bravely fighting brain cancer)
b. November 26th 1937.
2012: Jon Lord (71)
English composer, pianist
and Hammond organ playerborn in Leicester, he was known for his pioneering
work in fusing rock and classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep
Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods
and Flower Pot Men. He studied classical piano from the age of five, and
those influences were a recurring trademark in his work. The raw sounds
of the great American blues organists Jimmy
McGriff, Jimmy Smith and "Brother" Jack McDuff, as well as the
stage showmanship of Jerry Lee Lewis and the organ-based progressive rock
played by Vanilla Fudge were also early influences. He started his London
band career in 1960 with jazz ensemble the Bill Ashton Combo, followed
by Red Bludd's Bluesicians, The Art Wood Combo, Santa Barbara Machine
Head and The Flower Pot Men, before he founded Deep Purple in 1968. Deep
Purple started out an organ >>>
MORE <<< (In
2011 Jon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, sadly he died at a London
Clinic after suffering a pulmonary embolism)
b. June 9th 1941.
1951: Harry Choates
fiddle player, accordionist, steel and acoustic guitarist born in Louisiana
and moved to Port Arthur, Texas in the 1930s; he was one of the most influential
and tragic musicians in the history of Cajun music. By age 12 he started
playing fiddle for spare change in barbershops. He gained early professional
experience playing in the bands of Leo Soileau and Leroy LeBlanc, then
left to form his own group called the Melody Boys in 1946. His 1946 song
"Jole Blonde", a top 10 hit for Harry, was recorded by country
singer Moon Mullican and became a major hit, but Harry had waived his
rights to the song and was never compensated for the success of song.
remained with the Melody Boys from 1946 to 1951, when they disbanded over
Harry's chronic problems with alcoholism (Failing
to make support payments of $20 a week for his son and daughter, he was
jailed by a judge who found him in contempt of court. After three days
of being forced to curtail his drinking habit, he began beating his head
against the cell bars and fell into a coma. He died a few days later)
b. December 26th 1922.
1959: Billie Holiday/Lady Day/Eleanora Fagan Goughy
(44) Legendary American female
jazz singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a horrible childhood
of under age prostitution, workhouses and a spell in prison, nicknamed
Lady Day by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Billy became
a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly
inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating
phrasing and tempo. Above all, she was admired all over the world for
her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing. Critic John Bush
wrote that she "changed the art of American pop vocals forever.".
She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards,
notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine
and Mellow, "and "Lady Sings the Blues". She also became
famous for singing jazz standards including "Easy Living" and
"Strange Fruit" (cirrhosis of the liver)
b. April 7th 1915.
1967: John Coltrane (40) American
saxophonist and composer, among the most important, and most controversial,
figures in jazz. Born
in Hamlet, North Carolina, he worked in the bebop and hard bop idioms
early in his career, and helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and later
was at the forefront of free jazz. He was prolific, organizing at least
fifty recording sessions as a leader during his recording career, and
appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles
Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk. As his career progressed, his music
took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. He influenced innumerable
musicians, and remains one of the most significant tenor saxophonists
in jazz history. He received many awards, among them a posthumous Special
Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2007 for his "masterful
improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history
was also beatified by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William
Coltrane (He sadly died
of liver cancer)
b. September 23rd 1926.
1971: Cliff Edwards aka
Ukelele Ike (75) American
singer, voice actor and ukelele player, born in Hannibal, Missouri. He
got his first break in 1918 at the Arsonia Cafe in Chicago, Illinois,
where he performed a tune called "Ja Da", written by the club's
pianist, Bob Carleton. He and Carleton made the tune a hit on the vaudeville
circuit. Cliff enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1920s and early
1930s, specializing in jazzy renditions of pop standards and novelty tunes
and had a number-one hit with "Singin' in the Rain" in 1929.
He became one of the most popular singers of the decade, and appeared
in several Broadway shows and recorded, in his distinctive style, many
of the pop and novelty hits of the day, such as "California, Here
I Come", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "Yes Sir, That's My
Baby", and "I'll See You in My Dreams". Cliff also did
voices for animated cartoons later in his career, and is best known as
the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's Pinocchio and his
Jiminy song "When You Wish Upon A Star"-1940 which won the 1940
Academy Award for Best Original Song and went on to become an icon of
The Walt Disney Company.
In 1941, he also voiced the head crow in Disney's Dumbo and sang "When
I See an Elephant Fly".
In 2002, Cliff and his recording of "When You Wish Upon a Star",
were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (?)
b. June 14th
"Honeydripper" Sykes (77)
American jazz pianist; born in in Elmar, Arkansas, and grew up near Helena
but at 15, went on the road playing piano with a barrelhouse style of
blues. Like many bluesmen of his time, he travelled around playing to
all-male audiences in sawmill, turpentine and levee camps along the Mississippi
River. In 1929, he was spotted by a talent scout while in New York. His
first release was "'44' Blues" which became a blues standard
and his trademark. He started recording on various labels, using various
names including including 'Easy Papa Johnson', 'Dobby Bragg' and 'Willie
Kelly'. His next stop was Chicago where he recorded with the Honeydrippers.
He lived his final years in New Orleans (heart attack)
b. January 31st 1906.
1995: Miklós Rózsa (88)
Hungarian-born award winning composer
and conductor, best known for his numerous film scores.
was one of the most respected and popular film score composers in Hollywood
and is today regarded as one of the greatest film score composers of all
time. In a career that spanned over fifty years, he composed music for
nearly 100 films including Spellbound in 1945, Quo Vadis in 1951, Ben-Hur
in 1959, and King of Kings in 1961. Miklós was a three time Oscar
winner, and was nominated a total of 16 times, making him one of the most
nominated composers in Oscar history. He also received three Golden Globe
nominations and one Grammy Award nomination. His
last film score was to Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982. That same year,
suffered a stroke which brought an end to his film scoring career, though
he still wrote concert pieces afterwards
(?) b. April 18th 1907.
1996: Bryan ''Chas'' Chandler (57)
English bassist, manager and producer, born in Heaton, Newcastle; he began
his career playing bass guitar in a trio with Alan Price. After vocalist
Eric Burdon joined them the group was renamed The Animals and became one
of the most successful R&B bands ever. His most famous bass lines
are the opening riffs of their 1965 hits "We Gotta Get Out of This
Place" and "It's My Life". Chas was also the most prominent
of the group's backing vocalists and did occasional songwriting with Burdon.
the group split up in late 1966, he became manager to Jimi Hendrix and
recruiting other musicians to form The Jimi Hendrix Experience from 1966
to 1968. He then went on to manage and produce the English rock band Slade
for twelve years. During this time, Chandler bought and ran IBC Studios
for four years and launched Barn Records (died while
undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm)
b. December 18th 1938.
1998: Marc Alexander Hunter
(44) New Zealand rock and pop singer born in Taumarunui;
best known as the lead vocalist with Dragon, a band formed by his older
brother Todd in Auckland in 1973. They recorded two albums in New Zealand,
Universal Radio in 1974 and Scented Gardens For The Blind in 1975, before
relocating to Sydney, Australia. Dragon racked up a string of hit singles
and albums between 1976 and 1979 including "Get That Jive",
"Sunshine", "Are You Old Enough?", "I'm Still
In Love With You" and "April Sun in Cuba". They also enjoyed
huge success with their first three albums Sunshine, Running Free, and
O! Zambezi. (sadly
Marc died while fighting throat cancer)
b. September 7th 1953
1999: Kevin Wilkinson
(41) English drummer, born in
Stoke-on-Trent, he is credited as a former official member of several
successful British pop groups, including The League of Gentlemen - 1980,
The Waterboys 198384, China Crisis 198589, and Squeeze 199596.
He also appeared in some of his affiliated bands' music videos.
Throughout his career, he was a highly regarded session musician, performing
with other artists as diverse as Fish and The Proclaimers, and Howard
Jones. He also drummed for less well known acts - including his friend
Paul Griffiths, and songwriting partner Robbie Wyborn of King Strut, who
benefited hugely from his support and his contributions on their Sacred
Ground album (tragically
Kevin hung himself) b. June 11th 1958.
2002: Bobby Worth (89) American
born in Cleveland, Ohio and
was considered a child prodigy, performing in classical concerts at ten
years of age. In his teens he was performing in Gus Edwards' vaudeville
acts. In 1940, at age 28, he moved to Hollywood, California, where he
teamed up with songwriter Stanley Cowan in 1941, and began writing for
movie studios. From the 1940s onwards, his songs were recorded by artists
including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald.
His best known songs are "Do I Worry?", "(Lights
Reveille", "Tonight We Love", and "Don't You Know?"
b. September 25th 1912.
2003: Rosalyn Tureck (89) American
pianist and harpsichordist born
in Chicago, particularly associated with the music of Johann Sebastian
but had a wide-ranging repertoire. She studied at the Juilliard School
of music, later in her career, she joined the faculty at the Juilliard
School. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall playing the theremin, and
for a while she played Bach's keyboard music on a harpsichord, but later
returned to playing the piano. In 1970, she performed in Boston for the
Peabody Mason Concert series. Her scores and recordings were given to
the Music Division and the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded
Sound, both divisions of The New York Public Library for the Performing
December 14th 1914.
2005: Laurel Aitken/Lorenzo Aitken (78) Jamaica
known as "the Godfather of Ska", born in Cuba of mixed Cuban
and Jamaican descent, his family settled in Jamaica in 1938 and he went
on to become Jamaica's first real recording star. His first recordings
in the late 1950s were mento tunes such as "Nebuchnezer", "Sweet
Chariot" and "Baba Kill Me Goat". Progressing to a pre-ska
shuffle, his 1958 single "Little Sheila"/"Boogie in My
Bones" was one of the first records produced by Chris Blackwell,
who founded his Island Records label that year, and the first Jamaican
popular music record to be released in the UK. Other rock and roll singles
from this period include "Low Down Dirty Girl", "Drinkin'
Whisky" and "More Whisky".
Laurel moved to Brixton, London in 1960 and recorded for the Blue Beat
label, releasing fifteen singles before returning to Jamaica in 1963.
He recorded for Duke Reid, with backing from The Skatalites on tracks
such as "Zion" and "Weary Wanderer", before returning
to the UK, where he began working with Pama Records. He recorded hits
such as "Fire in Mi Wire" and "Landlord and Tenants",
which led to a wider recognition outside of Jamaica and the UK. This cemented
his position as one of ska's leading artists. He gained a loyal following
not only among the West Indian community, but also among mods, skinheads
and other ska fans. He had hit records in the UK and other countries in
the 1950s through to the 1970s (sadly
died of a heart attack) b. April 22nd 1927.
2006: Sam Myers (69)
drummer, harmonica player, trumpeter and
songwriter. Born in Laurel, Mississippi, he appeared as an accompanist
on dozens of recordings for blues artists over 5 decades, and fronted
one of the top blues bands in the world. He began his career as a drummer
for Elmore James but was most famous as a blues vocalist and blues harp
player. He was in high demand for his authentic delta blues sound working
with Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Robert
Lockwood, Jr, Little Walter,
and Hound Dog Taylor. Sam played drums with Elmore James on a fairly steady
basis from '52 until James's death in '63, and is credited on many of
James's historic recordings for Chess Records. In 1956, he wrote and recorded
what was to be his most famous single, "Sleeping In The Ground"
and for nearly 2 decades he was the featured vocalist for Anson Funderburgh
& The Rockets. Just before he
died, he toured as a solo artist, in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, with
the Swedish band Bloosblasters (sadly died from
throat cancer) b. February 19th 1936.
2007: Teresa Stich-Randall (79) American
discovered in the late 1940s by Arturo Toscanini, who engaged her for
a series of performances with his NBC Symphony Orchestra in New York,
described her at the time as "the find of the century". She
made her European debut in Florence and won a competition in Lausanne
the following year. This led to appearances with the Basel Opera in Switzerland.
was a regular performer with the Vienna State Opera and at the Salzburg
Festival. From '55, she was a regular at summer events at Aix-en-Provence
in France, where her portrayal of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni was highly
esteemed. In 1962, the Austrian Government awarded her the title of Kammersängerin
given to esteemed vocal artists. She made her debut at the Chicago Lyric
Opera as "Gilda" in Rigoletto in 1955. She first sang at the
Metropolitan Opera in New York City in Cosi Fan Tutte in 1961 and remained
on their roster of singers until 1966 and made her Boston debut in 1963
for the Peabody Mason Concert series (natural
causes) b. December
2009: Gordon Waller (64) Scottish
singer, songwriter, guitarist, best known for being one half of the 1960's
duo Peter and Gordon; born in Braemar, Scotland, Gordon met fellow student,
Peter Asher while attending Westminster School, and they began playing
together as the duo Peter & Gordon. Peter's sister Jane was dating
Paul McCartney, through this connection they were give an unrecorded Beatles
song "World Without Love", which became a huge hit on bothe
sides of the Atlantic and catapulted them to fame. Other hits followed,
"Woman", "Nobody I Know", "I Don't Want To See
You Again", "I
Go to Pieces", "True
Love Ways", "To Know You Is To Love You.", "Lady Godiva",
"Knight In Rusty Armour" and "Sunday for Tea". The
two split in 1968, but stayed life long friends. Gordon pursued a solo
career and also appeared in the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat as Pharaoh. In August 2005, Peter and Gordon reunited onstage
for the first time in over 30 years, as part of two tribute concerts for
Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five in New York City. This was followed
by more complete concerts at The Festival for Beatles Fans conventions
beginning the following year and also did a world tour. In 2007 Gordon
released a solo album "Plays the Beatles", featuring a new recording
of his 60s hit "Woman" and on August 21st 2008, Peter and Gordon
performed a free concert on the pier in Santa Monica, California, briefly
accompanied by Joan Baez (cardiac arrest)
b. June 4th 1945.
2010: Fred Carter Jr. (76) American
session musician, guitarist, singer, producer and composer. Born in the
delta country in Winnsboro, he began his professional career in the 1950s,
his work can be heard in the music charts across a number of genres. Based
in Nashville he was a top session guitarist, and can be heard on recordings
as diverse as Muddy Waters, Willie
Nelson, Joan Baez, Neil Young, The
Band, Waylon Jennings, Dottie Rambo, and Simon and Garfunkel. His songs
have been recorded by acts as diverse as Dean Martin and Chet Atkins.
He worked on many Simon and Garfunkel classics - most notably "The
Boxer" in which he played four guitars, including the memorable finger-picking
intro and conclusion. He can also be heard playing bass on Bob Dylan's
"Lay Lady Lay". Fred was a principal member of the band Levon
Helm and The RCO All-Stars. This band was composed of Levon Helm, Booker
T. and the MG's, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Dr. John,
Paul Butterfield, and the NBC Saturday Night Live horns (sadly
died of a stroke) b. December 31st 1933.
2011: Taiji Sawada (45)
Japanese musician and singer-songwriter born in Ichikawa,
Chiba; after dropping out of high school in 1982, Taiji formed his first
band, Trash, where he was the leader and guitarist. In late 1984 he switched
to bass and going by the name Ray, joined the metal group Dementia, staying
until 1985. After which he became known for his work with the popular
heavy metal band X, for whom he played bass on their first three albums.
After leaving the group in 1992 he worked with several other bands, such
as Loudness and Dirty Trashroad aka DTR.
Later he performed with Cloud Nine, Taiji with Heaven's and Taiji
& Shu Project aka TSP. On August
12th 2010, Taiji rejoined X, now known as X Japan (he
was rushed to an intensive care unit in Saipan on
July 14th, after attempting suicide by hanging
himself which left him brain dead and on life support. He died after his
mother and fiancée made the decision to turn off his life support
system) b. July 12th
2011: Joe Lee Wilson (75)
American gospel-influenced jazz singer, born in Bristow, Oklahoma; he
studied in LA before touring the West Coast and down to Mexico. In New
York in the 1960s, he worked with Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis,
Pharoah Sanders and Jackie McLean. During the 70s, he operated a jazz
performance loft in New York's NoHo district known as the Ladies' Fort
at 2 Bond Street. His regular band, Joe Lee Wilson Plus 5, featured the
alto saxophonist Monty Waters and for several years the Japanese guitarist,
Ryo Kawasaki, and Archie Shepp, and Eddie Jefferson were frequent collaborators
at these sessions. Joe
sang with Eddie Jefferson, Freddie Hubbard, and Kenny Dorham. He recorded
a live radio program at WKCR-FM, Columbia University, on July 16th 1972,
which was released as an album, Livin' High Off Nickels & Dimes. His
rendition of "Jazz Ain't Nothing But Soul" was a radio hit on
New York jazz radio in 1975. While based in Paris, Tokyo and the UK, he
recorded regularly with the American pianist Kirk Lightsey, including
the Candid recording Feelin Good. One of his last albums was with
Riccardo Arrighini and Gianni Basso, Ballads for Trane. Joe was inducted
into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in November of 2010, where he gave
his last public performance (he sadly died at his
UK home in Brighton of congestive heart failure)
b. December 22nd 1935.
Gil Bernal (80) American
saxophonist described by many as having one of the most sensual sounds
Born in Los Angeles he
began singing and playing the tenor sax in his early teens and joined
local bands performing at parties and dances. By the age of 18, he had
joined up with Lionel Hampton, spending the next three years playing with
Quincy Jones and Benny Powell, and touring the U.S. and Canada with the
band as a featured sax soloist and vocalist. He also played sax on 1950s
and early 60s hits such
as Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and The Robins' "Smokey
and Youngblood. After
which he did a short stint with his own band in Las Vegas, before joining
Spike Jones' band
as saxophone soloist, vocalist, and impressionist,
spending the next six years >>> READ
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died of congestive heart failure)
b. Febrary 4th 1931.
and the older sister of former BDP member Harmony. One of raps first
female emcees, she was raised the New York City borough of Brooklyn,
and was married to KRS-One and associated with his group Boogie Down Productions
(BDP) until the couple's divorce in 1992. Her
first release was the 1988 12-inch single "Hype According to Ms.
Melodie", which, like most of her records, was produced by KRS-One.
While they began recording her debut album, she and the rest of BDP appeared
in the Keenen Ivory Wayans film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Her only album,
Diva, was released the following year. The single "Wake Up, Wake
Up" reached the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart; the
groundbreaking music video to its follow-up single "Live on Stage"
was a hit on video stations.
2012: Ilhan Mimaroglu (86)
Turkish electronic music composer and member
of the Advisory Board of Moon and Stars Project; born in Istanbul, he
graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1945 and went to study in New
York supported by a Rockefeller Scholarship. He studied musicology at
Columbia University and during the 1960s he studied in the Columbia-Princeton
Electronic Center. He worked as a producer for Atlantic Records, where
he created his own record label, Finnadar Records, in 1971. Ilham was
responsible for recordings of Charles Mingus, Modern Jazz Quartet, John
Cage, Eric Salzman, Luciano Berio, Idil Biret, Meral Güneyman, Vladimir
Ussachevsky. Janis Siegel, and many others. He also collaborated with
trumpeter Freddie Hubbard on a moving anti-war statement, Sing Me a Song
of Songmy and was the producer for Charles Mingus' Changes One and Changes
Two, as well as Federico Fellini's Satyricon. Ilhan was awarded the Guggenheim
Fellowship in music composition in 1971 (sadly
Ilham died of pneumonia)
March 11th 1926
1949: Vítezslav Novák (78) Czechoslovacian
composer, born in Kamenice nad Lipou, a small town in Southern Bohemia,
and in his late teens he moved to Prague to study at Prague Conservatory.
He went on to become one of the most well-respected Czech composers and
pedagogues, almost single-handedly founding a mid-century Czech school
of composition. Stylistically, he was a leading figure in the Neo-Romanticism
movement, and his music has been occasionally considered an early example
of Czech modernism (?)
Kees (41) American
poet, painter, literary critic, novelist, playwright, jazz pianist, short
story writer, and filmmaker. Despite his brief career, he is considered
an important mid-twentieth century poet of the same generation as John
Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Lowell (presumed
1966: Bobby Fuller (23) American
singer, guitarist and leader of The Bobby Fuller Four. Born in Baytown,
Texas, but brought up in El Paso and he played in clubs and bars with
his band The Bobby Fuller Four. They moved to LA in 1964 and were signed
to Mustang Records recording singles including "I Fought the Law"
and "Love's Made a Fool of You". The Bobby Fuller Four, also
appeared in the 1966 movie, "The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini"
as back-up toNancy Sinatra for the song, "Geronimo," and continued
to play for the pool party scene (tragically Bobby
died in his car from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked outside his Hollywood
apartment. Police labelled it a suicide, but many think the possibility
of foul play is far more probable, as he was found with multiple wounds
all over his body and covered in gasoline)
b. October 22nd 1942.
1982: Lionel Daunais OC (80) French
Canadian baritone singer, composer; in 1922 he performed in a student
concert at the Académie Querbes in Outremont. A year later he won
first prize at the Montreal Musical Festival. In January 1926 he made
his operatic debut as Ourrias in Mireille at the Orpheum Theatre, and
in March he gave his first recital at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The same
year he won a Prix d'Europe which enabled him to continue his studies
in Paris with Émile Marcellin of the Opéra-Comique. In 1929
he was engaged as principal baritone at the Opera of Algiers and sang
in Carmen, Faust, Manon, La Traviata, and The Barber of Seville. In his
years of composing, singing, arranging, producing, touring and recording
he received many awards including in 1965 the 'Bene Merenti de Patria'
silver medal from the St-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal. In 1972 Daunais
was awarded the Canadian Music Council Medal and was appointed to the
board of directors of the Opéra du Québec. He was awarded
the 1977 Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée, and in 1978 he was made
an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was awarded the Prix Denise-Pelletier
posthumously in 1982, and is an inductee of the Canadian Songwriters Hall
of Fame. (?)
1988: Nico/Christa Päffgen (49)
German singer, composer, model,
actress, and a Warhol star. She is known for both her vocal collaboration,
the spooky vocalist, on The Velvet Underground's debut album; The Velvet
Underground and Nico, and her work as a solo artist from the late '60s
through the early '80s. On her debut album, 1967's Chelsea Girl, she recorded
songs by Bob Dylan, and Tim Hardin among others. She also had roles in
a handful of films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita in 1960
and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls in 1966. (Sadly
died of a brain haemorrhage after falling off her bicycle while in Ibiza)
b. October 16th 1938.
French-Canadian singer, born
in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He started his music career with the band
Les Gants Blancs, which by
1969 had evolved into the blues rock
band Offenbach. They released their debut album, the first of 17 albums,
Offenbach Soap Opéra, in 1971, touring France to promote it. In
1976, the band recorded its first of two English albums, Never Too Tender.
In 1984, friction within the group led Gerry to record his first solo
album, Presque 40 ans de blues and the following year, the band performed
a farewell concert at the Montreal Forum. Gerry was diagnosed with
colon cancer in 1987, but carried on working, he released his second solo
album, Rendez-vous doux, in 1989, the album won him three Félix
Awards. Some songs in this album clearly talk about his fight for life.
more albums, including a live album and a rock opera, were released after
his death. (Sadly
Gerry lost his brave battle with cancer)
b. March 1st 1946.
2007: Jerry Hadley (55)
American operatic tenor, born and raised
in Manlius, Illinois, of Italian and English parents and he attended Bradley
University in Peoria, Illinois. Jerry was the protegé of famous
soprano Dame Joan Sutherland and her husband, conductor Richard Bonynge.
He received three Grammy awards for his vocal peformances in the recordings
of Jenufa, 2004 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording Susannah; 1995 Grammy
Award for Best Opera Recording and Candide; 1992 Grammy Award for Best
Classical Album (Jerry suffered severe
brain damage after apparently shooting himself in the head with an air
rifle at his home, he died 8 days later)
b. June 16th 1952.
2011: Sid Cooper (94) American
big band, studio musician, composer and arranger born in Montreal moving
to his mothers home in New York as a child. He went on to play a range
of wind instruments, including alto sax, clarinet, flute and piccolo with
some of the biggest names in the business including Frank Sinatra and
Tommy Dorsey. He was a saxophonist and arranger for the orchestras of
Henry Jerome, for which he wrote the theme "Night Is Gone",
Tommy Dorsey 1944-49, Jimmy Dorsey, Ziggy Elman, Skitch Henderson, and
Sy Oliver, and also for other radio and television orchestras. He became
a staff musician at NBC, where he played for a retinue of variety shows
in the '50s and 60s, including Eddie Fishers Coke Time, The
Steve Allen Show, Masquerade Party, Hullaballoo and also arranged music
and a longtime member of the Tonight Show Orchestra when it was based
in New York, hosted by Johnny Carson. Sid's popular-song and instrumental
compositions include "Piccolo Polka", "Saxology",
"Clarinet Cascades", "Cooper Union", and "Eiffel
b. November 2nd 1918.
1975: Lefty Frizzell/William Orville Frizzell (47)
American country music singer and songwriter
of the 1950s, and was an influence on later stars Merle Haggard, Willie
Nelson, Roy Orbison and George Jones. Born in Corsicana, Texas, but moved
with his family shortly after his birth to El Dorado, Arkansas, in 1950,
he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry; the following year he
appeared on Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana, and then he and
close friend "Cowboy" Ralph Spicer began touring with country
music's biggest star of the era, Hank Williams. Handbills of the time
referred to them as "Kings of the Honky Tonks." A prolific songwriter,
Lefty had four songs in the country top ten at the same time in 1951.
In 1972, Frizzell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of
Fame, and his song "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time"
earned him a Grammy Hall of Fame Award (sadly
died of a massive stroke)
b. March 31st 1928.
1981: Roger Doucet (62) French
Canadian tenor born in Montreal, Quebec; he was best known for singing
the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada", on televised games
of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Alouettes, and Montreal Expos during
the 1970s. He was particularly known for his bilingual version of the
anthem, which began in French and ended in English, in recognition of
the two languages of Canada. In 1980, he was made a Member of the Order
of Canada (sadly died after sustaining a brain tumour)
b. April 21st
English harmonica player; Jo Ann Kelly encouraged his early performances
in the mid-60s getting him to play at her Sunday-night sessions at Bunjies
coffee shop in the West End of London and he performed on her Retrospect
LP in 1966. In 1967 he joined
The Groundhogs appearing on their debut album Scratchin' the Surface,
and following albums, Thank Christ For The Bomb; and Split. After leaving
Groundhogs he played permanently with Simon Prager in their acoustic blues
duo. He had played with Prager since 1965 and fitted in gigs with him
during his stint with the Groundhogs. Later on they became a trio when
Bob Hall joined them and at various times a quartet. In
the early 70s he and Prager formed the All Star Medicine Show and
they recorded an album. During this time they also played a lot with Jo-Ann
Kelly (?) b. March
**Some sources have Steve Rye's death as July 14th
2000: Mabel Scott (85) American
gospel music and R&B vocalist, born in Richmond, VI, and lived in
New York where in 1932 she began singing at Harlem's Cotton Club with
Cab Calloway's Orchestra and the dancing Nicholas Brothers. She moved
to Cleveland, Ohio in 1936, then she and pianist Bob Mosley went to England
and recorded on the Parlophone Records label. World War II forced her
to stop her European tours, and she settled in Los Angeles, where she
became part of the postwar West Coast jazz and R&B scene. In 1948
she toured and scored Billboard R&B hits with "Boogie Woogie
Santa Claus" and "Elevator Boogie".
In 1949 Mabel married her pianist, Charles Brown. In
the 50s she recorded for several labels, her final recordings were on
Festival Records as part of an Australian tour backed by Les Welch's band.
She was honored with a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation
in 1995 (?)*April
2001: Judy Clay/Judy Guions (62) American
singer; from the age of 14, she performed with the family gospel group,
before making her recording debut with the Drinkard Singers - who later
became better known as The Sweet Inspirations. After
the Drinkard Singers in 1960, she made her first solo recording, "More
Than You Know", on Ember Records. This was followed by further singles
including "You Busted My Mind", which later became successful
on the UK's Northern soul club circuit. In 1967, she teamed up with singer-songwriter
Billy Vera, and The Sweet Inspirations, to record "Storybook Children".
After a further hit duet with Billy Vera, "Country Girl, City Man",
and an album together, she returned to Stax Records. There she had further
successes, this time with William Bell recording "Private Number"
which also had great success in the UK where it reached No.8 on the UK
Singles Chart. Other hits include "My Baby Specializes", and
a final solo hit "Greatest Love" in 1970. Subsequently, she
worked as a backing vocalist with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and others.
she died from complications
following an auto accident)
b. September 12th 1938.
2002: Dave Carter (49) American
folksinger- songwriter and guitarist,
maybe described as "post-modern
mythic American folk music. Born in
Oxnard, California, he became one half of the duo Dave Carter and Tracy
Grammer, who were heralded as the new "voice of modern folk music"
in the months before Dave's unexpected death. They were ranked as number
one on the year-end list for "Top Artists" on the Folk Music
Radio Airplay Chart for 2001 and 2002, and their popularity has endured
in the years following his death. Joan Baez who went on tour with the
duo in 2002 spoke of Dave's songs in the same terms that she once used
to promote a young Bob Dylan (sadly died of a massive
heart attack) b.
August 13th 1952.
Alan Lomax (86)
singer, guitarist, folklorist, musicologist;
one of the great field collectors of
folk music of the 20th century, recording thousands of songs in the United
States, Great Britain, the West Indies, Italy, and Spain. He began his
lifework on field trips sponsored by the Library of Congress in the middle-30s.
Artists such as Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and Muddy Waters made their
first recordings for Alan. He recorded Burl Ives, Memphis Slim, Pete Seeger,
and Sonny Boy Williamson, and recorded over eight hours with Jelly Roll
Morton before he died, documenting the birth of jazz by one of its greatest
early masters. He received the National Book Award in 1993 for The Land
Where The Blues Began, which is an account of his work in the American
South from the 30s through the 80s (?)
b. January 31st 1915.
2006: Sam Neely (58)
American country artist and singer-songwriter
born in Cuero, Texas. He began playing guitar at age ten. After moving
with his family to Corpus Christi, he began playing in bands, including
local group Buckle. in
1968 He made an appearance on the
Merv Griffin Show and was asked to write a song for the film Tilt; though
the movie was not released until 1978, it did include Neely's "Long
Road to Texas". Neely scored a string of minor hits in the 1970s
on the country and pop charts, and released a few albums which saw sales
success. In 1978, he moved back to Corpus Christi and became the house
musician for the Electric Eel. (collapsed
and died while mowing his lawn) b. August
2007: Ivor Emmanuel (79) Welsh
baritone singer and actor, he led the rendition of 'Men of Harlech' in
the 1964 film Zulu and starred in many West End and Broadway musicals.
Born in Margam, near Port Talbot, Wales, and moved to Pontrhydyfen near
Port Talbot as a young child. At
the age of 20 he
was cast in the musical Oklahoma!
at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He took
part in a Welsh language singing programme called Dewch i Mewn and from
1958 to 1964 was lead singer on the TWW show, Gwlad y Gan ('Land of Song')
and May 1960,
saw Ivor perform in the first televised edition of the Royal Variety Performance,
other performers included The Crazy Gang, Benny Hill, Frankie Howerd,
Vera Lynn, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and Liberace. He
made his debut on Broadway
as Mr. Gruffydd, the minister, in
A Time for Singing, a musical version of Richard Llewellyn's novel How
Green Was My Valley. In
1984, Ivor and his family retired
to the quiet life in Benalmadena, a village near Malaga on Spains
Costa del Sol. There he was filmed for an HTV television profile, Its
My Life: Man of Song (stroke)
b. November 7th 1927.
Hummel (59) American
bassist and founding member of the rock
band Big Star which was formed in
Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971. Andy
played on Big Star's debut #1 Record and Radio City, both listed on Rolling
Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. He wrote "The India Song"
and "Way Out West" and has co-writing credits on some of the
band's most beloved songs, including "Back of a Car," "Life
is White" and "Daisy Glaze".
Andy went on to become a longtime
employee at Lockheed Martin, though he still occasionally played music
on the side. (sadly died after a long battle with cancer)
2011: Lil Greenwood (86) American
vocalist born in Pritchard Alabama; she joined Roy Milton's Solid Senders
at the end of the 40s, and recorded r&b and blues singles in her own
name during the early 50s She recorded 'Mercy
Me' in 1954 with The Lamplighters, 'Monday Morning Blues' in 1952 with
Little Willie and The Four Jacks. She joined Duke Ellington in 1956 and
is featured on Ellington's album My People, but her career as a recording
artist in her own right was highlighted by more R&B-oriented sides.
She was one of many California-based singers in these years recording
in a style intersecting jazz with blues and a bit of gospel, forming a
dominant part of post-war R&B before that gave way to doo wop and
rock & roll. After her stint in Ellington's band ended, Lil recorded
sporadically for labels like NRC, Reprise, and Tangerine, and made some
appearance on TV series, including The Tonight Show, Good Times, and The
Jeffersons. A compilation of her '50s R&B sides, Walking & Singing
the Blues, came out on Ace in 2002 (?)
b. November 18th 1924.
2011: Karen Khachaturian (90)
born in Moscow, his studies under Genrikh Litinsky at the Moscow Conservatory
were interrupted by a term of duty in the entertainment division of the
Red Army. Resuming his studies in 1945, he worked with Dmitri Shostakovich
and Nikolai Myaskovsky. In addition to the Violin Sonata-1947, his works
include a Cello Sonata -1966, a String Quartet-1969, four symphonies -1955,
1968, 1982, 1991) and a ballet, Cipollino -1973, as well as various other
orchestral works and music for the theatre. His works have been recorded
by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, including David Oistrakh,
Jascha Heifetz, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Vladimir Yampolsky (?)
b. September 19th 1920.
1941: Lew Fields/Moses Schoenfeld (74) American
star, actor, comedian, theatre manager
and producer. He was half of the great comic duo Weber and Fields, the
other half being Joe Weber. The two toured successfully for many years,
becoming one of the most popular and profitable acts in vaudeville. In
1896, the partners opened the Weber and Fields Music Hall, where they
produced very successful burlesques of popular Broadway shows. In the
music hall's casts were some of the greatest performers and comics on
the American stage, including Lillian Russell, Fay Templeton and DeWolf
Hopper. Some of their routines were Pousse Cafe, Hurly Burly, Whirl-I-Gig,
Fiddle-Dee-Dee, Hoity-Toity, Twirly Whirly and Whoop-de-Doo. The duo separated
in 1904, and Fields took over operations at the music hall. Lew also went
on to produce many musicals. In 1923, he and Weber reunited for a short
film made by Lee DeForest featuring a recreation of their famous pool
hall routine. They also reunited for the 27 December 1932 inaugural show
at Radio City Music Hall, which proved to be the last stage appearance
of the two as a team (?)
b. January 1st 1867.
Hamilton (40) American singer
and member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame; born in Leesburg, Georgia,
he moved to Jersey City in 1943. During the mid to late '50s, he was famed
for his dramatic, searing voice and treatments of such songs as "You'll
Never Walk Alone," "If I Loved You," "Ebb Tide,"
and "Unchained Melody". He also appeared in the film, Let's
Rock, in 1958. His last hit record, "You Can Have Her" came
in 1961, and was followed by the album Mr. Rock And Soul in 1962. Roy
continued to perform and record until his death (sadly
died not long after suffering a stroke)
b. April 16th 1929.
1977: Gary Kellgren (38)
American sound pioneer, audio engineer and co-owner Record Plant studios;
he began working at Apostolic Studios, Scepter Studios, and Mayfair Studios,
Mayfair Studios were the best in New York, and Gary was the king of the
advanced eight-track board. He has worked with musicians such as John
Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman,
Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Bobby Goldsboro, The Animals, Stevie Wonder,
Carole King, Frank Zappa, Velvet Underground, Sly
and the Family Stone, CSNY, Rod Stewart,
Ravi Shankar, Keith Moon, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Diamond. He has also
worked with producers such as Wes Farrell, Tom Wilson, Chas Chandler,
Jack Douglas, Robert Margouleff, Phil Spector, and Bill Szymczyk (tragically
Gary drowned in his swimming
pool at his home in Hollywood)
b. April 7th 1939.
2008: Artie Traum (65)
American folk singer, award-winning guitarist,
producer and songwriter, born in the Bronx. His work appeared on more
than 35 albums. He produced and recorded with The Band, Warren Bernhardt,
Pat Alger, Tony Levin, John Sebastian, Richie Havens, Maria Muldaur, Eric
Anderson, Paul Butterfield, Paul Siebel, Rory Block, James Taylor, Pete
Seeger, David Grisman, Livingston Taylor, Michael Franks and Happy Traum,
among others. He toured in Japan, Europe and the USA (sadly
died after battling cancer) b. April 13th
2009: Ria Brieffies (52) Dutch
singer born in Lutjebroek, sang in various bands, including the VIPs.
In 1979 she joined the newly-formed girl group Dolly Dots, who went on
to become one of the most popular groups of the 1980s in the Netherlands.
The band also enjoyed some success in Germany and Belgium. The single
"Love Me Just a Little Bit More", featuring Ria on lead vocals,
topped the Dutch singles chart in 1984. The group split in 1988, Ria pursued
a solo career and in 1989 she recorded "Love Always Finds a Reason",
a duet with American singer Glenn Medeiros which reached the Dutch top
20. She later performed with her own jazz group, the Ria Brieffies Kwintet.
Ria and the Dolly Dots reunited in 2007 for a tour which included three
concerts to sell-out audiences at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam (Sadly
died of lung cancer) b. February 23rd 1957.
1990: Joe Turner (82) American
jazz pianist born
in Baltimore, he was one
of the masters of the stride piano style associated with Harlem, New York
City. Joe got his first big musical break in 1928 with his hiring by the
Benny Carter Orchestra. He also played with Louis Armstrong in 1930. He
was drafted in World War II, and played piano in the Army orchestra directed
by Sy Oliver. After the war, he settled in Europe. He had lived in Paris
since 1962 and often played at La Calavados, a night club on the Champs
Elysees (sadly died of a heart attack)
b. November 3rd 1907.
1993: Richard Tee/Richard Ten Ryk (49)
American pianist, studio musician, singer
and arranger. He
graduated from the High School of Music and Art and attended the Manhattan
School of Music. After which he went on to become a much in demand session
musician, recording with 100s of artists including Bernard Purdie, Bob
Marley, Shirley Scott, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Roberta
Flack, Dionne Warwick, Billy Idol, Lou Rawls, Manhattan Transfer, Diana
Ross, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Hubert Laws, Average White Band, Van
McCoy, Eric Gale, Tom Scott, Paul Simon and so many others. He also recorded
5 albums with Steve Gadd, 4 albums with Hank Crawford, 5 with Cornell
Dupree, and 9 with Grover Washington, Jr. Besides his busy studio and
session career, Richard led a jazz ensemble, the Richard Tee Committee,
and was a founding member of the New York-based jazz funk band Stuff recording
7 albums and he also recorded 7 solo albums
died after battling prostate cancer) b. November
2002: Gus Dudgeon (59) British
engineer, and long time collaborator with Elton John and the inventor
of audio sampling as a musical device. He is best known for his collaborations
with the songwriting team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. He was an essential
part of Elton's pop success, overseeing the recording of such Top 10 singles
as "Rocket Man,"
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me", "Crocodile
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". He also recorded David Bowie's
1969 single "Space Oddity," which wasn't a hit until re-released
in 1973. Whilst working with Elton, Gus's other main priority was with
Charisma Records band Audience but he also produced Chris Rea, Ralph McTell,
Lindisfarne, Elkie Brooks, Joan Armatrading, Fairport Convention, The
Sinceros, The Beach Boys and Steeleye Span. In the 1980s he built Sol
Studios. (Tragically died in a car accident together
with his wife, when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car on a motorway,
crashing down an embankment at speed and drowning in a ditch)
b. September 30th 1942.
2004: Jerry Goldsmith (75) American
pianist, musical creator and director of films & TV; one of the most
prolific film and television composers, with almost 200 scores to his
credit, as well as being a consistent award winner in both mediums. Some
of his distinguished film scores, most of which were Oscar nominated,
include Freud, A Patch of Blue, The Blue Max, The Sand Pebbles, Planet
of the Apes, Patton, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Papillon, Chinatown,
The Wind and the Lion, The Omen, Logan's Run, Islands in the Stream (acknowledged
by Goldsmith as his own personal favorite), The Boys from Brazil, Capricorn
One, Alien, The First Great Train Robbery, Star Trek: The Motion Picture,
Twilight Zone: The Movie, Lionheart, The Russia House, First Blood, Rambo:
First Blood Part II, Rambo III, Total Recall, Medicine Man, Basic Instinct,
Hoosiers, The Edge, The 13th Warrior and The Mummy. (cancer)
b. February 10th 1929.
Patrick Sherry (29)
British lead singer with Bad Beat Revue (died
after a stage dive went wrong during a gig at the Warehouse in Leeds)
John Baldry (64) British
blues singer, born
in London, Long John begun his career playing folk and jazz in the late
50s, he toured with Ramblin' Jack Elliott before moving into R&B.
His strong, deep voice won him a place in the influential Blues Incorporated,
following which he joined Cyril Davies' R & B All Stars. After Davies'
death, Long John fronted the Hoochie Coochie Men, which also included
future superstar Rod Stewart, who later joined Baldry in Steam Packet.
After a brief period with Bluesology (which boasted a young Elton John
on piano & keyboards), Long John decided to go solo and record straightforward
pop. Already well known on the music scene, he nevertheless appeared an
unusual pop star in 1967 with his sharp suits and imposing 6foot 7inch
More <<< (sadly
John died from a severe chest infection)
b. January 12th 1941
2005: Michael Chapman (70) British
bassoonist and reed-maker;
his playing, characterized by an ability to weave long, sustained, singing
lines and deliver powerful utterances, has influenced subsequent generations
of British bassoonists, including Rex Liu and Joseph Niesyto. He studied
at the Royal College of Music in London, after which, he joined the London
Philharmonic Orchestra in 1959 as second bassoon. In 1962, he won an Arts
Council scholarship and left the London Phili to study with the great
Italian bassoonist Enzo Muccetti at the Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma.
Upon returning to England, he served as principal bassoonist of the newly
formed Northern Sinfonia, where he stayed for almost 15 years. In 1978,
he became principal bassoonist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and
he held this post for the next 21 years. When
he to his Northumberland home town of Corbridge, he set about organising
a small chamber group, the Broadwood Ensemble, with retired Northern Sinfonia
musicians and other colleagues. (?)
b. August 3rd 1934.
2006: Herbert Kalin
singer, one half of the duo The
comprising of twins Hal and Herbie Kalin. They remain the archetypal one-hit
wonders with their only Top 10 chart hit - "When"
in 1958. It
topped the UK Chart, and got to No.5 the US and sold over two million
copies in the process. It remained in the UK listings for eighteen weeks,
five of which were at No.1, they had no further UK chart entries.
and Herbie were the first set of twins to reach No.1 in the UK as a duo,
followed years later by The Proclaimers. They were supported by Cliff
Richard on their only UK tour. Their second single, "Forget Me Not,"
reached Number 12 in the US Billboard chart later in 1958. (sadly
Herbie died of a heart attack) b. February
Edgerton (29) American
pioneering Baltimore female Hip Hop DJ, has been on the scene since her
early teen years and is known as the Club Queen for her intense club mixes.
Khia began interning at 92Q when she was 18, and worked her way through
the ranks at the station until she earned a co-hosting position in 1998.
The show, along with her co-host Squirrel Wyde was the number one radio
show in all of Baltimore (died as a result of head
and neck injures that occured in her swimming pool)
b. October 19th 1980.
2009: John Collins Dawson IV/Marmaduke (64) American
guitarist, singer and songwriter; born in Detroit, brought up in New York,
but went to San Francisco Bay Area in the mid 60s to pursue his musical
dreams on the folk and psychedelic rock scene. He soon became part of
the of Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, a jug band that included
Jerry Garcia and several other future members of the Grateful Dead. It
is here where he also met fellow guitarist David Nelson.
In 1967, John decided that it was his life's mission to combine the psychedelia
of the San Francisco rock with his beloved electric country music and
by 1969, he had written a number of country rock songs, so with Jerry
Garcia the two began playing coffeehouse concerts together while the Grateful
Dead was off the road. By the summer of '69 John and Jerry decided to
form a full band, David Nelson was recruited from Big Brother to play
electric lead guitar, Robert Hunter on electric bass and Grateful Dead
Mickey Hart on drums. This
was the original line-up of the band which became known as the New Riders
of the Purple Sage. In 1970 and 1971, the New Riders and the Grateful
Dead performed many concerts together. John also appeared as a guest musician
on three Grateful Dead albums Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead, and
American Beauty and he co-wrote the Dead's "Friend of the Devil".
Buddy Cage replaced Jerry Garcia as the New Riders' pedal steel player,
John and David Nelson led a gradually evolving lineup of musicians in
the New Riders of the Purple Sage, playing their psychedelic influenced
brand of country rock and releasing a number of studio and live albums.
In 1982, David Nelson and Buddy Cage left the band. John Dawson and the
New Riders carried on without them, taking on more of a bluegrass influence
with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Rusty Gauthier to the group.
John continued to tour with the band and released the occasional album,
until their eventual retirement in 1997. John relocated to Mexico to become
an English teacher and made several guest appearances at the revival of
the New Riders concerts in the mid 2000s onwards (died
in Mexicao with stomach cancer)
b. June 16th 1945
2009: Marcel Jacob (45)
Swedish musician; best known as the bassist in the hard rock bands Talisman
and Last Autumn's Dream. In 1978, he formed the band Rising Force together
with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. Three years later he joined the band
Force, which later changed its name to Europe, replacing John Levén,
who took his place in Rising Force. During his time in Force, Marcel wrote
the song "Black Journey for My Soul" together with vocalist
Joey Tempest. The song was eventually included on Europe's second album
Wings of Tomorrow, retitled "Scream of Anger". After spending
three months in Force, he traded places with John Levén again,
who apparently had issues with Malmsteen. In
1987 Marcel played on the album Total Control, the debute solo album released
by Europe guitarist John Norum; Marcel also co-wrote several of the songs
included on that album. Two years later he formed the band Talisman with
Jeff Scott Soto, releasing 13 albums over the next . In 2005 Marcel joined
the Swedish/German hard rock band Last Autumn's Dream for its second studio
album . He played on 8 of their albums, the last being Dreamcatcher in
2009. Over the years Marcel has played with many artists and bands including
Human Clay, Humanimal, Meldrum, Tommy Denander, The Poodles and Tommy
January 30th 1964.
2010: Anthony Rolfe Johnson (69)
English tenor, born in Tackley in Oxfordshire,
he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He first appeared
in opera in the chorus and in small roles at the Glyndebourne Festival
between 1972 and 1976. His major operatic debut was in Iolanthe in 1973
with the English Opera Group. He wnet on to perform at the world's major
opera houses, including the English National Opera, Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan
Opera, New York, the Vienna State Opera, and the Paris Opera.
Anthony performed in Handel's oratorios, sang the role of Evangelist in
J. S. Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, and sang solos in
Haydn's The Seasons and The Creation. Operas he recorded include Mozart's
The Magic Flute, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Mozart's Idomeneo
and La clemenza di Tito, and Britten's Peter Grimes as well as appearing
in the War Requiem, amongst many others. (Alzheimer's
disease) b. November 5th 1940.
2010: Doug Oldham (79) American legendary
gospel music singer; Doug recorded at least 65 albums during his five-decade
career, and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He
was the recipient of two GMA Dove Awards, an Angel Award, a Gold Album,
an Honorary Doctorate, and was named an Honorary Colonel of Alabama. In
2007, Liberty University named a recital hall after him and set up a scholarship
fund in his honor at the Center for Worship. (complications
from a fall) b. November 30th 1930
2011: Allison Harte/Prudence Dykstra (58)
American radio DJ and pioneer opening the doors for many female broadcasters,
she was especially noted for her tenure at Classic Rock 97LAV. She entertained
West Michigan for nearly three decades where she become one of the best
known rock radio personalities of her generation. She
burst onto the radio scene in 1980, anchoring the night shift as one of
the Air Aces for WLAV-FM and helped propel LAV-FM to ratings dominance
for much of that decade and where she developed a loyal following. Allison
also worked at WKLQ and finished her radio career at the Fox 101.3, when
she left radio in 2007 (Allison sadly died in hospital
when taken off a life support system. Tragically she had been found
unconious by her husband, in the swimming
pool a few days earlier, at their home in Cannon Township on July 19th)
2011: Milly Del Rubio/Mildred Boyd (89) American
singer-guitarist; youngest triplet she and her sisters Edith,
and Elena were born in the Panama Canal Zone. The girls grew up in Ancón
and Washington D.C. and went on to become The Del Rubio triplets. Their
stage name comes from the colour they dyed their hair; the word "rubio"
means "blonde" in Spanish. Grammy winner Allee Willis is credited
with discovering the Del Rubio Triplets in 1985 after which they made
various television appearances such as Married.. with Children, Full House,
The Golden Girls, Night Court and Pee-wee's Playhouse wearing bouffant
hair-dos and gaudy blue eyeshadow. They often appeared scantily clad,
usually showing off their legs, despite the fact that they were in their
sixties at the time. They are often remembered for their contribution
of "Winter Wonderland" to the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas
Special that originally aired in 1988. They also briefly appeared in the
motion picture Americathon, playing "America the Beautiful"
behind several posing bodybuilders. They also appeared in Sliders, season
1 episode 9, "The King Is Back" as themselves, performing "Whip
It". In the late 1980s they were featured in a McDonald's fast food
three performed until Eadie was diagnosed with cancer in 1996; after her
death in 1996, Elena and Milly never again performed but lived together
for five years until Elena died of cancer in 2001
August 23rd 1921.
Ted Fiorito/Teodorico Salvatore Fiorito (70)
American bandleader, pianist, keyboardist; still in his teens in 1919
he worked as a pianist at Columbia's New York City recording studio, working
with the Yerkes Novelty Five, Yerkes' Jazarimba Orchestra and the Happy
moved to Chicago in 1921 to join Dan Russo's band, and the following year
he was the co-leader of Russo and Fio Rito's Oriole Orchestra. They did
their first radio remote broadcast on March 29, 1924. In August 1925,
theyopened Chicago's new Uptown Theatre. Over the years vocalists such
as Jimmy Baxter, Candy Candido, the Debutantes, Betty Grable, June Haver,
the Mahoney Sisters, Muzzy Marcellino, Joy Lane (1947-1951), Billy Murray,
Maureen OConnor, Patti Palmer. He composed more than 100 songs,
collaborating with such lyricists as Ernie Erdman, Gus Kahn, Sam Lewis,
Cecil Mack, Albert Von Tilzer and Joe Young. Ted played in Las Vegas during
the 1960s. In his last years, he led a small combo at venues throughout
California and Nevada until his death in Scottsdale, Arizona Swingle (heart
December 20th 1900.
Kamuca (46) American
jazz tenor saxophone player born in Philadelphia, later he moved to the
West coast; Much of his early playing was done on tour with the big bands
of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, where he became a member of the later
line-ups of Herman's famous Four Brothers saxophone section with Al Cohn
and Bill Perkins.On
the West Coast he played with the smaller groups of Chet Baker, Maynard
Ferguson, Shorty Rogers, and others. He was one of the Lighthouse All-Stars
in 1957 and 1958, and recorded with Perkins, Art Pepper, Jimmy Rowles,
Cy Touff and many others in those years, as well as leading recording
sessions in his own right. Richie was a member of the group "Shelly
Manne and His Men" from 1959 through 1962, when he moved to New York.
In New York, he worked with Gerry Mulligan, Gary McFarland, and Roy Eldridge
before returning to the West Coast in 1972, where he recorded in the studios
and performed with local groups
Richie died after battling cancer) b. July
"Sonny" Stitt (58) American
jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom, recording over 100 records
in his lifetime.
He featured in Tiny Bradshaw's big band in the early 40s, but his first
recordings were made in 1945 with Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie. He
played alto saxophone in Billy Eckstine's big band 1945 until 1949, when
he started to play tenor saxophone more frequently. Later on, he played
with other bop musicians Bud Powell and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis,
and experimented with Afro-Cuban jazz in the late 1950s, the results can
be heard on his recordings for Roost and Verve, on which he teamed up
with Thad Jones and Chick Corea for Latin versions of such standards as
"Autumn Leaves". Though the 60's till his death he regularly
toured Europe, playing and recording with the greats and was a frequently
seen playing at Ronnie Scott's in London. He also was one of the first
jazz musicians to experiment with an electric saxophone, an instrument
called a Varitone, as heard on the album Just The Way It Was - Live At
The Left Bank, recorded in 1971 and released in 2000 (sadly
died from a heart attack)
b. February 2nd 1924.
Finnish operatic bass, born in Hiitola,
and made his operatic debut in Helsinki in 1960 as Sparafucile. At 6 ft
8 in, he was the tallest singer of the century. He sang at the Stockholm
Royal Opera in Sweden from 1961 to 1962, before becoming a regularly employed
singer at the Deutsche Oper of Berlin in 1962. In 1970, the Senate of
West Berlin formally granted him the rank of chamber singer. He worked
as the artistic leader of the Savonlinna Opera Festival from 1972 to 1979.
At New York's Metropolitan Opera, he performed the role of Boris Godunov
39 times between 1974 and 1987. He was especially acclaimed as the title
character in Boris Godunov and as Pimen from the same work, as Paavo Ruotsalainen
in The Last Temptations, as a Wagner singer (King Marke, Hunding, Fasolt,
Fafner, Hagen and Titurel, as Sarastro, Dosefei, and Prince Gremin, as
King Phillip II, the Grand Inquisitor and, in the later part of his career,
the title character in Glinka's Ivan Susanin. As his final record he left,
terribly thinned out by illness, a warm and heartfelt version of Schubert's
died while dancing with a lady of a neighbouring farm at his daughter's
wedding) b. February
1996: Rob Collins (33)
English musician founder member
and keyboardist for Charlatans; he grew up in Willenhall, Staffordshire
and was recruited to join the Charlatans in the late 1980s. The band's
debut single "Indian Rope" was an indie hit, and led the way
for their debut top ten single "The Only One I Know" in 1990.
His swirling and layered psychedelic organ playing added an important
and noted edge to the bands sound and placed the band apart from many
of their contemporaries. Rob recorded four successful albums with the
band (tragically he died in a car crash in Wales,
February 23rd 1963.
1998: Hermann Prey (69)
German bass-baritone, in the early 50s he joined the Staatsoper, where
he sang until 1960. During his last years in Hamburg, he also made frequent
guest appearances elsewhere, including the Salzburg Festival.
sang frequently at the Metropolitan Opera between 1960 and 1970 and made
his Bayreuth debut in 1965. Although he often sang Verdi early in his
career, he later concentrated more on Mozart and Richard Strauss. Prey
was well known for playing Figaro (Mozart and Rossini), but he played
other Mozart roles at least equally often, particularly Papageno and Guglielmo.
He also played, and recorded, the Count in The Marriage of Figaro. He
is regarded by many as the best Einsenstein in Die Fledermaus operetta.
He also sang
operetta and performed on German TV, becoming extremely popular with television
audiences. Starting in 1982, he taught at the Musikhochschule Hamburg,
and he wrote an autobiography which was translated as First Night Fever.
1988, he directed a production of The Marriage of Figaro in Salzburg (?)
b. July 11th 1929.
Gary C. "Gar" Samuelson (41)
heavy metal musician born in
Dunkirk, New York; he is best known as the
drummer for thrash metal band Megadeth, working in it from 1984 to 1987.
Prior to Megadeth he and Chris Poland played in a jazz fusion band called
The New Yorkers, and that before this, both practiced and played together
for many years. Also Gary and his brother Stew, along with Billy Brehme,
Travis Karcher and Andy Freeman, formed the band Fatal Opera, which released
a self-titled album in 1995 and the Eleventh Hour in 1997 (He
sadly died from liver failure) b.
February 18th 1958.
2004: Sacha Distel/Sacha Alexandre (71) French
singer and guitarist best known for a string of hits in the 1960s and
1970s, started out in music as a professional jazz guitarist at the age
of 16. He
went on to become a household name across the world during a career which
peaked with his cover version of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. He
scored his first hit with Scoubidou in 1958 and went on to record more
than 200 songs. He worked alongside some of the music greats including
Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones. Considered a heart-throb
around the world, he also appeared in a number of French films and television
programmes and had his own TV show in the US, where he was also hugely
popular. Sacha made his British theatre debut as smooth talking lawyer
Billy Flynn in the London West End production of the Bob Fosse musical
Chicago for three months from December 2000
(long battle with deteriorating health)
b. January 29th
2004: Arthur Crier (69)
American singer, songwriter and
producer born in Manhattan; in 1953, he formed the Chimes with Gary Morrison,
Gene Redd and John Murray. They recorded two singles, including 'Dearest
Darling'. He and Morrison then joined original Hummer members Lillian
Leach, John Wilson and Harold Johnson in the Mellows, recording hits such
as the haunting ballad 'Moon Of Silver'. He also formed the Halos and
recorded the Coasters-styled novelty 'Nag', which became a national hit
in the summer of 1961. Crier's prominent bass voice, singing "oh,
baby you're a nag" became the song's hook. As accomplished background
singers, Crier and the members of the Halos were among the most recorded
vocal groups of the early 1960s, backing artists including Tommy Hunt,
Bobby Vinton, Johnny Nash, Little Eva, Johnny Mathis, Dion,
Gene Pitney, Curtis Lee, Barry Mann, the
Coasters, Connie Francis, Brian Hyland and Ben E. King, among others.
His resonant bass voice was featured on Barry Mann's 'Who Put The Bomp'
and the Phil Spector-produced 'Pretty Little Angel Eyes' by Curtis Lee
and Gene Pitney's 'Every Breath I Take' (sadly Arthur
died of heart failure) b. April 1st
2004: Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (82)
tenor saxophonist best remembered for his solo on "Flying Home",
critically recognized as the first R&B saxophone solo. He was a pioneer
of the honking tenor saxophone that became a regular feature of jazz playing
and a hallmark of early rock and roll. He was one of few who doubled on
the bassoon. Born in Broussard, Louisiana and moved to Houston, Texas
as an infant, Illinios performed in his father's band as a child on the
alto sax. At 15, he began playing with the Milton Larkin Orchestra, and
in 1939, moved to LA, where he met and sat in with Nat King Cole. He changed
to tenor sax when he joined Lionel Hampton in 1940. Illinois
a member with Cab Calloway's band in Lena Horne's movie Stormy Weather,
before he formed a small band with his brother Russell and a young Charles
Mingus. It was at this time that he appeared in the Academy Award-nominated
short film Jammin' the Blues with Lester Young. He also appeared at the
first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert. In 1946 he moved to New York City
and joined the Count Basie orchestra, replacing Lester Young. Aer which
he continued to perform, mostly in Europe, in small groups through the
1960s and 1970s and he led the Illinois Jacquet Big Band from 1981 until
his death. He became the first jazz musician to be an artist-in-residence
at Harvard University in 1983. He also played "C-Jam Blues"
with President Bill Clinton on the White House lawn during Clinton's inaugural
ball in 1993 (heart attack)
b. October 31st 1922.
2005: Eugene Record (64) American
lead singer with 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 (cancer)
b. December 23rd 1940.
2006: Jessie Mae Hemphill (82)
American award winning blues musician born
near Como and Senatobia, Mississippi; a pioneering electric guitarist,
songwriter, and vocalist specializing in the primal, northern Mississippi
country blues. The first field recordings of her work were made by blues
researcher George Mitchell in 1967 and ethnomusicologist Dr. David Evans
in 1973 when she was known as Jessie Mae Brooks, using the surname from
a brief early marriage, but the recordings were not released. She launched
her recording career in the early 1980s, her first full-length album,
released in 1981. Jessie performed
concerts across the US and other countries including France, Germany,
Spain, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and Canada.
She received the W. C. Handy Award for best traditional female blues artist
in 1987 and 1988 (sadly died from complications of an ulcer)
b. October 18 1923.
Newlin (82) American
and punk rocker; she could read the dictionary by age 3, play the piano
by age 6 and began composing music at age 7. When she was 11 she wrote
a symphonic piece, Cradle Song, that was performed 3 years later by the
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Her compositions include 3 operas, a piano concerto, a chamber symphony,
numerous chamber, vocal and mixed-media works. She also translated many
of Schoenberg's works from German to English, she sang in a costumed performance
of Pierrot Lunaire, which she had translated to English in 1999. The 70's
saw her as a leather-clad punk rocker with bright orange hair. As a punk
rocker, she appeared in horror movies by Richmond producer Michael D.
Moore. Around this time she also performed as an Elvis Presley impersonator.
In 1985 she formed a new band ApoCowLypso, with fellow singer/songwriters
Brooke Saunders and Manko Eponymous and Hunter Duke on drums; she performed
lead and backing vocals as well as percussion..washboard, tambourine and
temple bells. In the 1995 film Creep, she played a person wearing a leather
motorcycle jacket who puts poison in baby food at a supermarket and she
posed for a pinup calendar when she was in her 70s (This
amazing lady sadly died from complications of a broken arm she suffered
in an accident on June 30th 2006) b.
November 22nd 1923.
2007: Don Arden/Harry Levy (81)
British rock manager, agent and businessman, best known for overseeing
the careers of rock groups Small Faces, Electric Light Orchestra and Black
achieved notoriety in England for his aggressive, sometimes illegal business
tactics which led to him being called "Mr Big", "The English
Godfather" and "The Al Capone of Pop", also the father
of Sharon Osbourne (Alzheimer's disease).
Japanese guitarist and founder member
the influential Japanese punk band Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, a band
he co-formed while he was student at Tokyo's Meiji Gakuin University.They
recorded 11 albums between 1993, debuting with Maximum! Maximum!! Maximum!!!
and 2003 with the two albums Sabrina No Heaven and the live album, Last
2010: Harry Beckett (75) Barbadian-born
British trumpeter and flugelhorn player,
who in 1972, won the Melody Maker jazz Poll as 'Top Trumpeter in Britain'.
Harry was a key figure of
important groups in the British free jazz/improvised music scene, including
Ian Carr's Nucleus, the Brotherhood of Breath and The Dedication Orchestra,
London Jazz Composers Orchestra, London Improvisers Orchestra, John Surman's
Octet, Django Bates, Ronnie Scott's Quintet, Kathy Stobart, Charlie Watts,
Stan Tracey's Big Band and Octet; Elton Dean's Ninesense. He has also
recorded with Keef Hartley, Jah Wobble, David Sylvian and worked with
David Murray. He toured abroad with Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Keith
Tippett, John Tchicai, Joachim Kühn, Dudu Pukwana's Zila, George
Gruntz's Bands, Belgian quintet The Wrong Object, Pierre Dørge's
New Jungle Band and Annie Whitehead's Robert Wyatt project, Soupsongs,
amongst other jazz and rock projects. He was also a member of the Orchestre
National de Jazz between 1997 and 2000 (sadly died
after suffering a stroke) b. May 30th
2010: Phillip Walker (73) American
blues guitarist, who grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, by his mid-teens
was playing guitar in Houston, working for Lonesome Sundown and Lonnie
Brooks. In the mid 1950s he had a spell in Clifton Chenier's band and
also recorded his most noted hit single, "Hello My Darling"
in 1959. He spent the 1960s in LA, California leading a band that played
a catholic repertoire of the R&B chart music, joined by his singing
wife Ina, alias Bea Bopp. He appeared on show 237 of the WoodSongs Old-Time
Radio Hour in 2002 and in
2007 he recorded his
final studio album, Going Back Home (heart
failure) b. February
Scarlatti (71) Italian composer; born
in Naples, Kingdom of Naples, he became a composer and organist at the
royal chapel in Naples in 1701 and he spent much of his life in the service
of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families. He is classified as a Baroque
composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development
of the Classical style. His influential 555 sonatas were almost all written
for the harpsichord with a few exceptions for chamber ensemble or organ
in Madrid, were his house on Calle Leganitos is designated with a historical
1980: Keith Godchaux (32) American
keyboard player, born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up in Concord,
California and was married to singer Donna Jean Thatcher. He started playing
with The Grateful Dead in 1971 after he had been working with Dave Mason,
formerly of Traffic. Keith stayed with the Dead until 1979. He and Donna
also issued the mostly self-written Keith and Donna album in 1975 with
Jerry Garcia as a member of their band. The album was recorded at their
home in Stinson Beach, where they lived in the 70s.
They also appeared in Jerry's
band New Riders of the Purple Sage. Keith also appeared with the Subsequently,
co-writing songs with Lowell George and Robert Hunter.After his time with
Jerry, he and his wife formed The Heart of Gold Band, sadly this was short
(tragically died in a car accident in Marin
County, California) b.
July 19th 1948
Georges Auric (84)
composer, born in Lodève, Hérault. He was a child prodigy
and at age 15 he had his first compositions published. He studied at the
Paris Conservatoire and before he turned 20 he had orchestrated and written
incidental music for several ballets and stage productions. He continued
to write classical chamber music throughout his life, but Georges also
went on to write soundtracks for a number of French and British films,
and his success led to writing the music for Hollywood movies, too. Several
times, his work made it to the hit parade, notably The Song from Moulin
notable among his film music is the lavishly impressionistic score that
he wrote for Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast-1946; other films include
Passport to Pimlico-1948, Silent Dust-1949, The Lavender Hill Mob-1951,
Moulin Rouge-1952, The Titfield Thunderbolt-1953, Roman Holiday-1953,
The Wages of Fear-1953, The Divided Heart-1954, Lola Montes-1955, Rififi-1956,
The Hunchback of Notre Dame-1956, Bonjour Tristesse-1958, The Night Heaven
Fell-1958, Goodbye Again-1961, and Therese and Isabelle-1968. In 1960
he was a member of the jury at the 10th Berlin International Film Festival
February 15th 1899.
Rob Collins (29) English keyboardist;
he was invited to join the Charlatans in the late 1980s as their first
keyboardist. The bands debut single was an indie hit, and led the way
for their debut top ten single "The Only One I Know" in 1990.
Collins swirling and layered psychedelic organ playing added an important
and noted edge to the bands sound and placed the band apart from many
of their contemporaries. Rob recorded four successful albums with the
Friendly-1990, Between 10th
and 11th in 1992, Up to Our Hips - 1994 and The Charlatans in 1995. (he
had started to record his keyboard parts for the
Charlatans' 5th album Tellin'
Stories when he was killed in a car crash on a country road in Wales)
b. June 12th
2002: Idrees Sulieman
flugelhorn player, trumpeter; born in St. Petersburg, Florida,
he studied at Boston Conservatory, after which from
1943 to 1946 he played with the Carolina Cotton Pickers, the Earl Hines
Orchestra and Mary Lou Williams. In 1947 he recorded with Thelonious Monk
which made him the first trumpeter that played be-bop with the now legendary
pianist. Over the next 14 years he played with many greats such as Cab
Calloway, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Randy Weston and
went on tour in Europe in 1961 with Oscar Dennard, and settled in Stockholm,
then moved to Copenhagen in 1964. Idrees became a major soloist with The
Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band from the mid '60s through 1973 and
frequently worked with radio orchestras (sadly died
battling bladder cancer)
b. August 7th 1923.
2004: Piero Piccioni (82) Italian
pianist, organist, conductor, composer, born in Turin;
many directors sought Piero to score the soundtracks for their films:
Francesco Rosi, Mario Monicelli, Alberto Lattuada, Luigi Comencini, Luchino
Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, Bernardo Bertolucci, Roberto Rossellini,
Vittorio De Sica, Tinto Brass, Dino Risi, and others. He is credited with
works for more than 300 soundtracks and compositions for films, radio,
television, ballets and orchestra. Among his favorite vocalists were female
soul singer Shawn Robinson and Lydia MacDonald. Piero's many prestigious
prizes won include a David di Donatello Award for the movie Swept Away
in 1975, Nastro dargento Award for the movie Salvatore Giuliano
by Francesco Rosi 1963, Prix International Lumière 1991, Anna Magnani
Award 1975 and Vittorio De Sica Award 1979 (died
in Rome) b.
December 6th 1921.
Serge Reggiani (82)
Italian-French singer and actor, born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, he moved
to France at aged eight. His first feature film came in 1946 with his
role in Les portes de la nuit / "The Doors of the Night". He
later went on to perform in 80 films including Casque d'or, Les Misérables
,Tutti a casa, Le Doulos, Il Gattopardo, La terrazza, and The Pianist
in 1998. His best known songs include "Les loups sont entrés
dans Paris"/"The Wolves Have Entered Paris" and "Sarah
(La femme qui est dans mon lit.)"/"The Woman Who Is In My Bed".
In later life he became a painter and gave a number of exhibitions of
his artwork (heart
attack) b. May 2nd 1922.
2004: Carlos Paredes (79)
guitar player, known
as the "Man with a Thousand Fingers". Born
in Coimbra, he is credited with popularising the medium internationally
during the 20th century, being frequently considered to be the most talented
Portuguese musician in the 20th century. Carlos began playing guitar at
the age of four and started his music career at the age of eleven. He
performed with many other artists including Charlie Haden and also wrote
compositions for Fado singer Amália Rodrigues. He did a stiny in
prison for opposing the Portuguese dictatorship, he would walk around
his cell pretending to play music which led some prison inmates to believe
he was insane, he was actually
doing compositions in his head.
He wrote a number of film scores and received particular recognition for
the 1961 film Verdes Anos/"Tender Years". In 2000, the string
quartet Kronos Quartet recorded two versions of Verdes Anos and Romance
Nº.1, from the first Perry Froelic album, Guitarra Portuguesa, recorded
in 1969 -1970 (?)
February 16th 1925.
2005: Theodore "Ted" Greene (58)
fingerstyle jazz guitarist, teacher
and music columnist; in
the 1960s he was a member of
a blues rock group called Bluesberry Jam along with future Canned Heat
drummer Fito de la Parra. They shared billings with The Doors, Iron Butterfly,
Sweetwater, Alice Cooper, Sons of Champlin, Poco, Blues Image and Joe
Cocker. He was well known to guitarists due to his role as a music educator,
which included private teaching, seminars at the Guitar Institute of Technology,
columns for Guitar Player magazine, and his series of instructional books
on guitar harmony, chord melody and single-note soloing. Later he would
make occasional live appearances at clubs in the San Fernando Valley,
usually playing a Fender Telecaster. Ted recorded one album "Solo
Guitar" in 1977, and he also helped Fender design a 1952 Telecaster
vintage reissue, their first such reissue, by making reference to his
collection of old Telecasters, Broadcasters and Nocasters.
(sadly Ted died of a heart attack)
September 26th 1946.
Floren (85) US
accordianist; he best known as the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show
between 1950 and 1982. In the mid-1970s, he formed an orchestra of his
own, while still employed by the Welk organization.
Based in Fargo, North Dakota, the "Myron Floren Orchestra" played
during the television show's off-season, and during holiday breaks, becoming
a regional favorite. After
the Welk show went off the air in the early 1980s, Myron continued to
perform on the road, with as many as 200 dates a year, either as a solo
artist, with his orchestra, or with other members of the Welk Show cast.
Among the annual events where he headlined were Wurstfest in New Braunfels,
Texas; German Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Norsk Høstfest in Minot,
North Dakota; the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida and PolkaFest
at the Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri. He
was a member of the International Polka Music Hall of Fame, having been
inducted in 1990. (Died after several battles with cancer) November
2007: Ron Miller (73) American
songwriter and record producer who attained many Top 10 hits with ballads
written for Motown artists in the 1960s and 1970s.
in Chicago and was discovered playing in a bar by Motown founder Berry
Gordy. He penned a number of songs for Stevie Wonder, including four hit
singles, the most famous hit song was Stevie Wonder's "For Once in
My Life" which was written the night his daughter Angel was born.
It is one of the most covered songs in pop history with more than 270
recorded versions. A version recorded by Tony Bennett and Wonder won a
Grammy Award in 2007. A version of his song "Heaven Help Us All"
by Ray Charles and Gladys Knight won a Grammy Award for best gospel performance
(Ron sadly died of cardiac arrest after a long brave
battle with emphysema and cancer)
McBride/Daniel Hatton (63) American
singer-songwriter, guitarist; raised in Reading, Massachusetts, where
he graduated at Reading Memorial High School, then graduated from Boston
University in 1970. He
is best known as the lead guitarist and lead singer for Sha Na Na during
their heyday on their TV series of the same name. He also appeared in
the film Grease in 1978 with Sha Na Na. He also, enjoyed success as a
solo artist, an actor and voice-over performer (died
in his sleep) b. November
2010: Selmi Andak (89) Turkish
composer, Selmi graduated from various international music schools and
he also worked as a music journalist. This year, he wanted to celebrate
70th anniversary as a music artist. He is also known for having competed
with ten songs in Turkish national finals for the Eurovision Song Contest
between 1975 and 1995. including "Hayalimdeki adam" in 1975,
which scored equal 2nd, and "Gramafon" in 1982 which came 3rd.
(Sadly died at a hospital in Istanbul)
Dutch jazz bandleader,
composer, arranger, saxophonist, and bass clarinetist. During
the mid 1960s he played with percussionist Han Bennink and pianist Misha
Mengelberg, co-founding the Instant Composers Pool until 1973. He was
also a member of the Globe Unity Orchestra and the Gunter Hampel Group.
In 1974 he began leading the 10-piece Willem Breuker Kollektief, which
performed jazz in a theatrical and often unconventional manner, drawing
elements from theater and vaudeville. They toured Western Europe, Russia,
Australia, India, China, Japan, the United States, and Canada. In 1998,
Willem was knighted with the Order of the Netherlands Lion (sadly
lost his battle with lung cancer)
b. November 4th
2011: Bill Morrissey (59)
American folk singer-songwriter born in Hartford, Connecticut. Many of
his songs reflect the harsh realities of life in crumbling New England
mill towns and over the years two of his ten albums received Grammy nominations
and several have earned 4-star reviews in Rolling Stone. His most recent
album Come Running, produced by himself and Billy Conway of Morphine,
was released in 2007 by his own label, Turn and Spin Media. Come Running
features guitar work by Dave Alvin and the remaining members of Morphine,
Billy Conway and Dana Colley (sadly
died of heart disease) b.
November 25th 1951.
2011: Johnny Hoes (94)
Dutch singer, lyricist,
composer and producer, known as the
king of the tear-jerker and was the man behind thousands of sing-alongs,
tearjerkers , carnival squatters and torch . His big hits include "The
smuggler", "That's the end" and "We want fries with
mayonnaise". His hit "Oh, I was but the mother stayed at home",
stands with 450,000 copies is the best selling single ever in Dutch. In
the 60s and 70s he had his own television show called With a Smile and
a Tear . He remained active until a very advanced age, in January 2011
he recorded his last album on the song "How do you do" in a
duet with Stef Ekkel
(sadly Johnny died from heart problems after a severe
heart attack earlier this month) b. April 19th 1917.
2011: Amy Winehouse (27)
English singer, songwriter and guitar player;
born in Southgate, London, at nine years old, Amy attended the Susi Earnshaw
Theatre School and at ten, she founded a short-lived rap group called
Sweet 'n' Sour. She stayed at the Earnshaw school for four years before
seeking full time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, she appeared
in an episode of The Fast Show in 1997 before allegedly being expelled
at 14 for "not applying herself" and for piercing her nose.
Amy had taken up the guitar at 13 and was writing songs by the age of
14. She began working soon after, including as a showbiz journalist for
the World Entertainment News Network, in addition to singing with local
group the Bolsha Band. Amy signed to Simon Fuller's 19
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Hans Albers (68)
German actor and singer born in
in Hamburg; as well as being the single biggest male movie star in Germany
between 1930 and 1945 and one of the most popular German actors of the
twentieth century, he was also a singer. Many of
Hans' songs were humorous tales of drunken, womanizing sailors on shore-leave,
with double entendres such as "It hurts the first time, but with
time, you get used to it" in reference to a girl falling in love
for the first time. Albers' songs were often peppered with expressions
in Low German, which is spoken in Northern Germany. His most famous song
is by far "Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins"/"On
the Reeperbahn at half past midnight"
b. September 22nd 1891.
1972: Bobby Ramirez (23) Mexican-born
drummer who worked with Rick Derringer, LaCroix and Edgar Winters
White Trash. He appeared on two of the band's album, their self titled
debut album in 1971 and Roadwork in 1972 (while on tour with
Edgar Winter, supporting Uriah
Heap, Bobby found himself assaulted after an altercation
in a Chicago bar. He was tragically
beaten and kicked to death
after comments were made about the length of his hair)
1980: Peter Sellers/Richard Henry Sellers (54) English
comic actor, musician, singer and a Goon; as well as his huge
comedy, film and
radio career, he was a versatile
artist, excelling at dancing and drumming well enough to tour with jazz
bands and played ukulele and banjo. In a Parkinson Show, Peter claimed
his father had taught George Formby to play ukulele. Peter himself played
ukulele on the "New York Girls" track for Steeleye Span's 1975
album 'Commoner's Crown'. He also had some hit records in the UK charts,
Old Iron" in 1957, "Goodness Gracious Me" in 1960 with
Sophia Loren, "Bangers and Mash", also featuring Sophia Loren,
then in 1965 "A Hard Day's Night". This
consisted of him speaking the Beatles lyrics using the stereotypical voice
of an actor playing Shakespeare's Richard III. He also performed the song
in costume on television. In
the late 1950s, Peter released two comedy records produced by George Martin:
"The Best of Sellers", with the tracks "Balham, Gateway
to the South" and "Suddenly It's Folksong" where a group
of people end up smashing up a pub after a row over someone playing a
bum note and "Songs for Swinging Sellers" released in 1959,
contained material written by Frank Muir and Dennis Norden and featured
Sellers performing "Puttin on the Style", a parody of the skiffle
movement's performer Lonnie Donegan. He also appeared with guest Irene
Handl on the track "Shadows on the Grass" where he plays the
part of an Indian man befriending a lady in the park. In 1979 he released
a third gatefold album entitled Sellers' Market which included comic singing
and a feature called the "All England George Formby Finals"
where he parodies the late George Formby and his ukelele playing. Also
featured was the Complete Guide to Accents of the British Isles. The tracks
on all three albums showcased Peter's ability to use his flexible voice
to enormous comedic effect (sadly
died of a heart attack)
b. September 8th 1925
1995: Jerry Lordan (61)
English songwriter, composer and singer born in Paddington, London. On
leaving the Air Force he had jobs including stand-up comedian, singer,
in advertising and started to write songs. In 1958 his song, "A House,
A Car and a Wedding Ring" was recorded by Mike Preston, and was also
successfully covered by the American rockabilly star, Dale Hawkins. His
song, "I've Waited So Long" was recorded by the young Anthony
Newley reaching No.3 in the UK charts in May 1959. Jerry was signed as
a singer to Parlophone and had three charting singles in 1960, the most
successful being "Who Could Be Bluer?". He wrote the Shadows'
UK No.1 "Wonderful Land", and theirr No.2 hit "Atlantis",
as well as a vocal hit single in 1965 " Mary Anne", and a further
No.1 "Diamonds" for the ex-Shadows Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
in 1963. Harris and Meehan also recorded his song "Scarlett O'Hara"
taking it to No.2. He wrote further hits for Cliff Richard, such as "A
Girl Like You", and "I'm Just a Baby" for Louise Cordet
(Jerry sadly died of acute renal failure)
b. April 30th 1934.
2001: Georges Dor (70) Québécois
Canadian author, composer, playwright, singer, poet, theatrical producer
He worked as a DJ and news director for Radio-Canada, and became a director
for the Evening News. He wrote poems for many years, but began singing
professionally in early '65, and released his first album in 1966, his
track "La Manic", whose lyrics were a love letter written by
a construction worker on the Manicouagan power project, became the most
successful record ever by a Quebec chansonnier. Georges continued to perform
as a singer until 1972, and to record until 1978 (?)
b. March 10th 1931
2003: Bobby Thompson (50) Long
standing tour manager for Ozzy Osbourne, he had been with Ozzy for 23
years (sadly Bobby had been suffering from throat
cancer, he passed away in his sleep in a Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan
while there with Ozzfest) b.
2004: Bob Azzam (78)
Egyptian singer born in Cairo, he
became a great success in France in the 1960s with
his hit songs "Mustapha" and "Fais-moi du couscous, chérie".
He had a degree in electronic engineering, and has been regarded as the
man behind the chamber of echoes "Hors-studio" or "off-studio".
He eventually opened a nightclub in Geneva. (?)
October 24th 1925.
2008: Zezé Gonzaga (81) Brazilian
singer; considered one of the most beautiful voices of Rádio Nacional
in its heyday, she was known especially for her two hits "Canção
de Dalila" and "Óculos Escuros" and participated
regularly on the radio's prime time, accompanied by the orchestras conducted
by Radamés Gnattali, Leo Peracchi, Lírio Panicali, and others.
the late '80s, she formed, with other old-timers, the group Eternas Cantoras
do Rádio, recording two CDs and doing several performances. In
1999, she recorded, together with Jane Duboc, the album Clássicas,
doing shows in Rio, São Paulo, and other cities. In the late '90s,
she also participated in the show Lupicínio Rodrigues with Áurea
Martins in Rio and São Paulo. As
a composer, she wrote (with Luís Carlos Saroldi) the opening theme
of the Minerva project, broadcast nationwide by the Rádio MEC.
In 2000, Zeze participated in the MPB: A História de Um Século
project, together with Paulo Sérgio Santos and Maria Tereza Madeira,
an ambitious initiative that intended to review the history of Brazilian
popular music in the 20th century (multiple
organ failure) b. Sept 3rd 1926.
2008: Norman Dello Joio/Nicodemo DeGioio
composer born in New York City; he began his musical career as organist
and choir director at the Star of the Sea Church on City Island in New
York at age 14. He went on to win the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Music for
his Meditations on Ecclesiastes. Another of his famous works is Scenes
from the Louvre, for concert band. His Variations, Chaconne and Finale
won the New York Critics Circle Award in 1948 (died
in his sleep at his home) b.
January 24th 1913
Peek (60) American
singer-songwriter, to many best known as a member of the rock band America
from 1970 to 1977, where contributed lead and backing vocals, guitars,
bass, keyboards, and harmonica to their recordings during his tenure in
the band. As a member of America, he contributed with four Top 100 singles:
"Don't Cross The River", his most successful single "Lonely
People", "Woman Tonight", and "Today's the Day".
Although he did not write them, "Ventura Highway", "Sister
Golden Hair", "Tin Man (song)", and "A Horse with
No Name" are also his collaborations. Dan was also a "pioneer
in contemporary Christian music",
years of life on the road had taken a toll on him. Leaving the band 1977
he renewed his Christian faith and went on to sign with Pat Boone's Lamb
& Lion Records and his debut solo album, All Things Are Possible was
released in 1979. His single "All Things Are Possible" not only
hit number 1 on the CCM singles chart, it also crossed over to the Billboard
singles and adult contemporary charts, becoming one of the earliest CCM's
crossover hits, and the album was nominated at the 22nd Grammy Awards.
He semi-retired in the 1990s, occasionally recording music at his home
in the Cayman Islands
died in his sleep) b. November 1st 1950.
2012: Larry Hoppen (61) American
vocalist, guitarist and songwriter born on Long Island, New York, he was
co-founder of the pop-rock group Orleans, best known for its hits "Dance
with Me", "Still the One", from the album Waking and Dreaming,
and "Love Takes Time". Between 1969 and 1971, Larry's Ithaca,
NY- based band, Boffalongo, made two LPs, the second included the original
recording of Dancin in the Moonlight. In 1972 he and
formed the rock band Orleans, which found its core audience
touring the clubs and college circuit of the northeastern United States.
It was not until their third album, Let There Be Music, released in March
1975, that the band scored its first Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Let
There Be Music". In 1977 Larry joined Jerry Marotta in the backing
band for Garland Jeffreys. He and Orleans continued to tour with the likes
of Stephen Stills and Chicago. In the early 80s Larry and his brother
Lance formed a side group, Mood Ring. After a stint in Nashville, Larry
and Orleans returned to Woodstock, and slowly re-established their presence
in the Northeast over the next couple of years. Larry
continued to write, tour and record with Orleans until his death; they
were scheduled to perform in a concert sponsored by morning TV's "Fox
& Friends" on Friday July 27th. Larry
performed and/or recorded with Jackson Browne, Livingston Taylor, Lulu,
Graham Parker, Blues Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Michael Franks,
Levon Helm, Michael Brecker, Chet Atkins, Artie Traum, John Sebastian,
Bela Fleck, Felix Cavaliere, Edgar Winter, Robbie Dupree, Bonny Rhaitt,
Spencer Davis, Rick Derringer, Mark Farner, John Ford Coley, Jimi Jamison,
John Cafferty and many more notable artists. Larry also released 2 solo
albums: HandMade and Looking for the Light, a
flagship fundraiser for his nonprofit Sunshine for HIV Kids
(the cause of Larry's death has not yet been
disclosed) b. January 12th 1951.
Herbert Murrill (43)
English composer and organist, born in London; he
studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 1925 to 1928 and an organ scholar
at Worcester College, Oxford, from 1928 to 1931. His works include a jazz
opera, Man in Cage, which was performed in 1930 while he was still at
university. He wrote film scores for And So To Work and The Daily Round,
both early films from the director Richard Massingham. He wrote
several piano pieces, two
cello concertos and some chamber and vocal pieces. His most frequently
performed works are his choral and organ works: his setting of the Magnificat
and Nunc dimittis in E major, an organ piece called Carillon, and his
arrangement for organ of the orchestral march Crown Imperial by William
Walton. His piano duet arrangement of William Walton's First Symphony
was published by OUP.
also worked for the BBC from 1936 onwards, reaching the post of Head of
Music in 1950.
May 11th 1909
Robertson (74) American
composer and music educator, born
in Fountain Green, Utah, he studied violin, composition, and public school
music at the New England Conservatory and in Europe. He received an MA
degree from the University of Utah and a Ph.D from the University of Southern
California. He was chairman of the music department at Brigham Young University
from 1925 to 1948 and at the University of Utah from 1948 to 1962. Leroy
was instrumental in the promotion of the Utah Symphony and of classical
music in Salt Lake City. He is best known for his Oratorio from the Book
of Mormon. The setting of the Lord's Prayer from that oratorio was recorded
by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and released as a 45 single on the flip
side of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, which hit the top 50 charts.
Amongst his works in the 1948 LDS hymnal was the music for "Up! Arose
Thee, O Beautiful Zion". In the 1985 edition of the LDS hymnal there
is one hymn with words by Leroy and 8 hymns for which he wrote the music
(?) b. December 21st 1896.
1984: Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (57)
rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. Born
in Ariton, Alabama,
she wrote and sang her blues songs, played the harmonica, taught herself
to play the drums and
was the first to record the hit song "Hound Dog" in 1952. The
song was No.1 on the Billboard R&B charts for seven weeks. The B-side
was "They Call Me Big Mama," and the single sold almost two
million copies. In a similar occurrence, she wrote and recorded "Ball
'n' Chain," which became a hit for her. Others of many songs she
recorded included "Everything Gonna Be Alright", "Big Mama's
Blues", "I'm Feeling Alright", "Big Mama's Bumble
Bee Blues", "Looking The World Over", "Big Mama's
Shuffle", and "Since I Fell For You", "Wade in the
Water", "Little Red Rooster", "Money Taker",
and "Prison Blues". Big Mama
appeared on all the top stages from New York City's Apollo Theatre in
1952 to the Newport Jazz Festival in 1983, and has been nominated for
the Blues Music Awards six times. (sadly died from
heart failure) b.
December 11th 1926.
1987: Alex Sadkin
record producer; while at Florida State University in Tallahassee he played
bass guitar in a college band, after which he actually got his start in
the music industry as saxophonist for the Las Olas Brass in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. He got his first big break after impressing Neil Young with his
mixing ability, and he eventually became head engineer at Compass Point
Studio in Nassau, Bahamas. He worked alongside Island Records boss Chris
Blackwell on many of the label's projects, most famously with Bob Marley
& The Wailers. He began producing artists for Island Records such
as Grace Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, while doing
mixing work for other labels. Among the other artists he produced in the
1980s are James Brown, the J. Geils Band, Thompson Twins, Classix Nouveaux,
Foreigner, Duran Duran, Simply Red, Arcadia and Paul Haig. (tragically
Alex died in a motor accident in Nassau, shortly after completing production
work on Boom Crash Opera's eponymous 1987 album)
b. April 9th
1995: Charlie Rich
aka The Silver Fox
country singer & pianist playing in the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country,
and gospel genres. He started out as a
session musician for Judd Records, owned by Jud Phillips, the brother
of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. In 1958, he became a regular session
musician for Sun Records playing on records by Lewis, Johnny Cash, Bill
Justis, Warren Smith, Billy Lee Riley, Carl Mann, and Ray Smith. He also
wrote songs for Lewis, Cash, and others. He released a few solo singles
with Sun before moving to RCA's Groove Label. His first single for Groove,
"Big Boss Man," was a minor hit, but went on to become one of
the most critically acclaimed and most erratic country singers of post-World
War II era. He
is perhaps best remembered for a pair of 1973 hits, "Behind Closed
Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". Charlie appeared
as himself in the 1979 Clint Eastwood movie, Every Which Way But Loose,
in which he performed the song, "I'll Wake You Up When I Get Home"
. He was honoured with 13 awards including 2 grammies (died in his sleep
from a blood clot in his lung) b. December 14th
1998: Tal Farlow (77) American jazz guitarist,
born in Greensboro, North Carolina he is nearly as famous for his reluctance
to perform publicly as for his outstanding abilities, he did not take
up the instrument until he was 21, but within a year was playing professionally
and in 1948 was with Marjorie Hyams' band. While with the Red Norvo Trio
from 19491953, he became famous in the jazz world. His huge hands
and ability to play rapid yet light lines, which earned him the nickname
"Octopus", made him one of the top guitarists of the era. After
six months with Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five in 1953, Tal put together his
own group, which for a time included pianist Eddie Costa. (sadly
Tal died of cancer) b. June 7th 1921.
2003: Erik Keith Brann (52) American
rock guitarist, born in
Boston, Massachusetts; as a violinist, Erik was accepted as a child into
the prodigy program at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, but was wanting
to become a rock guitarist, joining Iron Butterfly at 16. He played with
Ron Bushy, Lee Dorman and Doug Ingle from 1967 to 1969. He is featured
on the band's greatest hit, the legendary 17-minute piece In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
which sold over 20 million copies, went platinum and stayed on Billboard
magazine's charts for over a year. He also wrote the song "Termination,"
which was featured on the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida album, recorded when he was
just 17. In he formed the band Flintwhistle. In 1974, he reunited with
a new version of Iron Butterfly recording albums "Scorching Beauty",
and "Sun and Steel". Erik occasionally reunited with Iron Butterfly
for concerts, and was working on his solo debut before his death (heart
attack) b. August 11th 1950.
(76) German bandleader and trombonist;
one of the most innovative trombonists of modern jazz who became famous
for his distinctive technique of playing multiphonics. At the 1972 Olympic
Games in Munich, he performed as unaccompanied trombonist in a concert
set. In the 1970s he made his
first solo recordings and collaborated
with Elvin Jones, Jaco Pastorius and Alphonse Mouzon, John Surman, Barre
Phillips and Stu Martin and others. In 1975 he was co-founder of the United
Jazz and Rock Ensemble that existed for more than 30 years, and recorded
duo albums with Wolfgang Dauner (?) b. September
2008: Hiram Bullock (52)
American jazz funk and fusion guitarist; notable for his time on the David
Letterman Show and work with David Sanborn. He also did work for Marcus
Miller, Carla Bley, Miles Davis, Ruben Rada and Gil Evans. He
recorded as a member of the 24th Street Band, releasing 3 albums. In 1982
he released his debut-album, called First Class Vagabond, which was exclusively
distributed for the Japanese music-market by the JVC-Victor Company, and
later re-issued on CD (throat cancer) b. September
2008: Johnny Griffin (80) American
bop and hard bop tenor saxophonist; once known as the "fastest tenor
in the west", for the ease with which he could execute fast note
joined Art Blakey in 1957, his recordings at that time include a memorable
album joining together the Messengers and Thelonious Monk, after which
he succeeded John Coltrane as a member of Monk's Five Spot quartet and
was recording for Blue Note and the Riverside label.
1960-62 he and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis led their own quintet.
He moved to France and regularly appeared under his own name at jazz clubs
such as London's Ronnie Scott's, he became the "first choice"
sax player for visiting US musicians touring the continent. He went on
to record albums with Wes Montgomery, The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big
Band, Peter Herbolzheimer And His Big Band, Nat Adderley, Derek Watkins,
Art Farmer, Slide Hampton, Jiggs Whigham, Herb Geller, Wilton Gaynair,
Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Rita Reys, Jean "Toots" Thielemans,
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Grady Tate, Quincy Jones and others.
Johnny played his last concert with his supurb French band on July 21st
2008 in Hyères, France a week before he died (died
of a heart attack in Availles-Limouzine, France, where he had lived for
the past 24 years) b.
April 24th 1928.
Claire Frances Stroface (61) US
singer, songwriter and producer; a native New Yorker, Claires lifelong
musical career began in high school on Long Island when she produced and
fronted an all-girl doo-wop group. After moving to Massachusetts, she
sang with a number of female rock bands through the 70s and 80s, such
as Lilith, Liberty Standing, The Ina Ray Band, and Trans-Sister.
Claire also handled their stage production, musical
arrangements, business management, and studio production, as well as contributing
More<<< (Sadly Claire
died after a long illness) b. August 21st
2010: Manfred Schulze (76) German
jazz baritone saxophonist, clarinetist and trombonist. Born in Switzerland,
he was a highly influencial musician on the German jazz scene. Over 4
decades he played in many jazz groups including Hermann Keller Werkstattorchester,
Zerbe Trio/Quintet, Orchester Eberhard Weise, Manfred Schulze Formation
to mention just a few (?)
b. August 17th
2011: Mike Reaves (52) American
rock guitarist and founder member of of The Voodoo Hippies who became
Full Devil Jacket. Their year 2000 self-titled LP Full Devil Jacket quickly
went gold and the band toured with Creed, Nickelback, Type O Negative,
played at Woodstock 99, and was featured on the Tattoo the Earth tour
with Mudvayne, Slipknot, Sepultura, Slayer, and Coal Chamber with Metallica
headlining one show. After Full Devil Jacket, Mike toured Europe with
the band Travisty and briefly worked with the pop singer Jasmine Cain.
He also wrote and recorded with Randy Lovelace around Jackson, Tennessee.
At the time of his untimely death, Mike lived in Dyersburg, Tennessee
and played with a band named 3 Legged Dog (Sadly
Mike died fighting prostate
2011: Malcom " Malky" Higgins (79)
Scottish trumpet player and sometime
vocalist of the Clyde Valley Stompers, a trad jazz band who built up a
huge fan base not only in Scotland but throughout the UK and across the
Atlantic in the 1950s and early 1960s. His piercing
trumpet was a feature of the top-of-the-ratings Lonnie Donegan show. The
Stompers toured with Donegan and such top names as Louis Armstrong, Shirley
Bassey, Petula Clark and blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
Malcolm emigrated to Canada in 1967 and over
his long and distinguished jazz career he has played trumpet with the
likes of Canal Street Jazzmen, Clyde Valley Stompers, Metro Stompers,
Eddie Condon, The Hot Five Jazzmakers, Southern Comfort and many celebrities
on both sides of the Atlantic (sadly
in Toronto, Ontario Canada)
April 4th 1932.
1933: Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley (83) American
Methodist minister and gospel music composer born in Berlin, Maryland.
is often referred to as "The Prince of Preachers", he educated
himself, became a minister and founded one of the largest Methodist congregations
serving the African-American community on the East Coast of the United
States. The Tindley Temple United Methodist Church in Philadelphia was
named for him. He was also noted songwriter and composer of gospel hymns
and is recognized as one of the founding fathers of American gospel music.
Five of his hymns appear in the revised Methodist hymnal, which is used
worldwide. His composition "I'll Overcome Someday" is credited
by some observers to be the basis for the U.S. Civil Rights anthem "We
Shall Overcome,". The song "We Shall Overcome" was composed
by artists at the Highlander Folk School in 1947: Tindley's song had been
brought to the school in the 1930s by tobacco workers from Charleston,
South Carolina (?)
b. July 7th 1851.
1990: Brent Mydland (38)
keyboardist, songwriter; born in Munich, Germany he moved to San Francisco,
California with his parents at the age of one. In 1978, Brent had played
the Bob Weir Band, before he
joined the Grateful Dead in
April 1979. He also played in another of Weir's bands, Bobby and the Midnitesin
1980 and 1981. He
was keyboardist with The Dead for 11 years, longer than any other keyboardist.
His songwriting contributions included "Far From Me" and "Easy
to Love You", "Hell in a Bucket" "Tons of Steel".
"Just a Little Light" "We Can Run", and "I Will
Take You Home". His last show with them was on 23 July 1990 at The
World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, IL (sadly died
of a drug overdose at his home on in Lafayette, California, shortly after
completing the Grateful Dead's summer tour)
1992: Mary Wells (49) American
singer and Motown artist; with a string of hit singles mainly composed
by Smokey Robinson including "Two Lovers" in 1962, the Grammy-nominated
"You Beat Me to the Punch" in 1962 and her signature hit in
1964, "My Guy", she became recognized as "The Queen of
Motown" until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height
of her popularity. In other circles, she's referred to as the "The
First Lady of Motown" and was one of Motown's first singing superstars.
Mary came to the attention of Berry Gordy as a 17-year-old, hawking a
song she'd written for Jackie Wilson; that song, "Bye Bye Baby,"
became her first Motown hit in 1961, and "My Guy" hit the number
one spot in mid-1964, at the very height of Beatlemania and became the
first Motown hit in UK. After a fall-out with Motown at the height of
her career she signed with 20th Century Fox and also later with the Atlantic
Records subsidiary Atco, then Jubilee Records, where she scored her final
pop hit, "The Doctor", a song she co-wrote with then-husband
Cecil Womack. Two years later Mary left the label for the Warner Music
subsidiary Reprise Records and released two Bobby Womack-produced singles
before deciding to retire from music altogether in 1974 to raise her family.
She made a come back in the 80's, bit in 1990 doctors diagnosed Mary with
laryngeal cancer. Treatments for the disease ravaged her voice, forcing
her to quit her music career. (She sadly lost her
brave battle with throat cancer) b.
May 13th 1943.
Laurindo Almeida (77) Brazilian
classical guitarist; born in Sao Paulo, Laurindo made a name for himself
in Rio de Janeiro, then in 1947 he was asked to the US by Stan Kenton
to join his band, after which he was employed as a studio musician. In
1953 he recorded, with Bud Shank, two albums called Brazilliance for the
World Pacific label. He also recorded with Baden Powell, Stan Getz and
Herbie Mann, among others, and recorded for film and television. From
1974 through 1982 he was a member of the chamber Jazz group The L.A. Four.
In 1961, he won Grammy Awards for Best Engineered Album, Classical and
Best Chamber Music Performance. The following year he won Grammy Awards
for Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Duo and Best
Contemporary Classical Composition and in 1965 he won Grammy Award for
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group or Soloist with Large
b. September 2nd 1917.
2001: Helmut Brandt (69)
German baritone saxophonist; played tenor/baritone
saxophone and clarinet as the leader of an amateur dixieland group, entertaining
American troops after WW II. He won enormous popularity in the American
jazz clubs, made many recordings, appeared as an honoured guest at jazz
festivals and played with many international stars ()
b. January 1st 1931.
2006: Floyd Dixon/Jay
Riggins Jr (77)
American R&B pianist born
in Marshall, Texas. He was influenced by blues, gospel, jazz and country
music growing up. His family moved to LA, California in 1942, where he
met his influence Charles Brown.
He signed to Modern Records in 1949, specializing in jump blues and sexualized
songs like "Red Cherries", "Wine Wine Wine", "Too
Much Jelly Roll" and "Baby Let's Go Down to The Woods".
When Brown left Johnny Moore's Three Blazers in 1950 to go solo, Floyd
replaced him as pianist and singer and recorded with the band and had
a hit under his own name in 1952 with "Call Operator 210". Other
hits include "Hey Bartender" and "Hole In The Wall"
were hit singles during this time. Floyd semi retired in the late 60's,
but did occasional tours in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1984 he was commissioned
to write "Olympic Blues" for the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 1993,
Dixon received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and
in the mid 1990s, he secured a contract with Alligator Records, releasing
the critically-acclaimed album, Wake Up And Live
Floyd died from kidney failure) b.
February 8th 1929.
2007: Johnnie Mac "Uncle John" Turner
blues drummer; was one of the founders of the blues-rock style of drumming
and a Texas legend. He played with countless artists including B. B. King,
Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Lightnin' Hopkins,
Johnny Copeland, Albert Collins, Willie Dixon, Lazy Lester and Johnny
Winter at Woodstock (sadly died with complications
of hepatitis C) b.
August 20th 1944.
2010: Ben Keith Schaeufele (73)
American multi-musician and record producer, better known by his stage
name Ben Keith. One of his early successes was his steel guitar playing
on Patsy Cline's 1961 hit "I Fall to Pieces" and was a fixture
of the Nashville country music community in the 1950s and 1960s. Since
then Ben is known primarily for his work as a pedal steel guitarist with
Neil Young and has worked with numerous successful rock, country and pop
artists as both a producer and versatile, multi-instrumentalist sideman
for over four decades, working with the likes of Terry Reid, J. J. Cale,
Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, Blue, David Crosby, Graham Nash,
Willie Nelson, Paul Butterfield, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and
Sylvia, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray and Ringo Starr.
He also served as the producer of Jewel's debut album Pieces of You, and
has worked as solo artist. He toured with Crosby Stills Nash & Young
on their 2006 Freedom of Speech tour. (Sadly died
of a heart attack while at Neil Young's
March 6th 1937.
2010: Al Goodman (63) American
baritone soul singer;
along with Harry Ray and William
Brown, he was a member of the Moments, an R&B group that formed in
Hackensack, New Jersey, in 1968. Al became a member in 1969. They topped
the soul charts in 1970 with "Love on a Two Way Street" and
again in 1975 with "Look at Me (I'm in Love)". The Moments were
also co-credited with labelmates The Whatnauts on their hit "Girls
(Part 1)", which only made No.25 on the U.S. R&B charts, but
became one of their biggest international successes, reaching No.3 on
the UK singles chart in 1975. Harry and Al were also strongly involved
in writing and producing much of their material from the mid 1970s as
well as performing production and writing duties for All-Platinum's other
1979, the group had had a total of 27 R&B chart hits, In 1978, the
trio renamed itself Ray, Goodman and Brown and the following year, they
had a No.1 hit with "Special Lady." The group made regular appearances
on the soul charts into the 1980s. Their last Top Ten single was in 1986.
(Sadly, Al died of heart failure during surgery
to remove a tumor at Hackensack Medical Centre in New Jersey)
b. March 31st 1947
Frank Foster (82) American jazz saxophonist
and composer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he moved to Detroit, Michigan
in 1949 where he joined the local jazz scene, playing with musicians such
as Wardell Gray. After finishing his military service in 1953 he joined
Count Basie's big band and contributed both arrangements and original
compositions to Count Basies band including the standard, Shiny
Stockings, and other popular songs such as Down for the Count,
Blues Backstage, Back to the Apple, Discommotion,
and Blues in Hoss Flat as well as arrangements for the entire
Easin It album. He also played with Elvin Jones, the Thad JonesMel
Lewis big band, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. From
1972 to 1976, he was full-time Assistant Professor in the Black Studies
Program at the State University >>>
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of complications from kidney failure) b. September
Joe Arroyo/Álvaro José Arroyo González (55)
singer born Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar; at the age of eight he
was singing in brothels in Tesco, a red-light zone in his hometown, before
he began singing with groups like "Manuel Villanueva y su Orquesta",
"Los Caporales del Magdalena", and "Super Combo Los Diamantes".
1971 Joe was discovered by Julio Ernesto Estrada, the bass player and
singer of the band Fruko y sus Tesos and signed up with Colombian record
label Disco Fuentes. He performed with the band for ten years until in
1981 when he began his solo career leading his own band, "La Verdad"/The
Truth. He became very successful by mixing salsa, soca, kompa, zouk and
other music from the African Diaspora in a unique style that has earned
him the prefix of Chonero de la Salsa by critics and fans. Some of his
most famous songs are "Rebelión" and "En Barranquilla
me Quedo (after
spending nearly a month in a Barranquilla hospital, Joe sadly died from
the effects of multiorgan failure)
b. November 1st 1955.
2011: Tim Smooth (39)
rapper and was considered a pioneer of New Orleans hip-hop. He established
his reputation as an MC while still a teenager; in an interview last year,
he recalled sneaking out of L.W. Higgins High School in Marrero at lunchtime
to battle other rappers on their schools playgrounds. In 1991, he
released his first single, I Gotsta Have It, for Dallas-based
Yo! Records, and label-hopped after that, putting out albums on Houstons
Rap-A-Lot label and the local indies Big Boy and Mobo. At
Big Boy Records, he met and mentored Mystikal. During a respite from his
illness, he made an appearance on the mic with his old friend during a
House of Blues concert last December (sadly
Tim died fighting cancer) b. ????
1978: Jan Willem van Otterloo (70)
Dutch conductor, cellist and composer,
born in Winterswijk, Gelderland. He qualified to study medicine at Utrecht
University but switched to studying cello and composition at the Amsterdam
Conservatoire. While playing as a cellist in the Utrecht Stedelijk Orkest,
he won a composition prize from the Concertgebouw Orchestra for his Suite
No.3, which he presented in his 1932 conducting debut, also with that
orchestra. He held posts with the Utrecht Stedelijk Orkest, before being
appointed chief conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague from 1949-1973.
Jan spent 11 years in Australia, from 1967 to 1970 he was chief conductor
of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in 1971 he was appointed chief
conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, where he remained until 1978.
He made recordings, with Residentie Orkest, Concertgebouworkest, Berlin
Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre Lamoureux
and the Sydney Symphony (tragically
died in East St Kilda, Melbourne from injuries suffered in an automobile
accident, not long after his farewell performance with the Sydney Symphony)
b. December 27th 1907.
1990: Bobby Day/Robert James Byrd (62)
African American rock and roll and R&B singer
and keyboardist; his best
known songwriting efforts were "Over and Over" made popular
by the Dave Clark Five in 1965 and "Little Bitty Pretty One"
popularized by Thurston Harris in 1957, Clyde McPhatter in 1962 and the
Jackson Five in 1972. However, Bobby is most remembered for his 1958 solo
recording of the Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit, "Rockin' Robin",
written by Leon Rene under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas. It sold over one
million copies, and was awarded a gold disc
(sadly died after his fight with cancer)
July 1st 1928.
1995: Miklós Rózsa (88) Hungarian-born
American composer and conductor, best known for his numerous film scores.
He is considered to be one of the "founding fathers" of film
was one of the most respected and popular composers working in Hollywood
and is also regarded today as one of the greatest film score composers
of all time. In a career that spanned over 50 years, he composed music
for nearly 100 films, including Spellbound-1945, Quo Vadis-1951, Ben-Hur-1959,
and King of Kings-1961. Miklos is one of the most nominated composers
in Oscar history: he had 16 nominations and three Oscars. He also had
3 Golden Globe nominations, and a Grammy Award nomination for the MGM
Records album of Ben-Hur (?)
b. April 18th 1907
1999: Harry "Sweets" Edison (83) American
jazz trumpet player
born in Columbus, Ohio, but
spent his early childhood in Kentucky. In 1933, he became a member of
the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra in Cleveland. Afterwards he played with the
Mills Blue Rhythm Band and Lucky Millinder. In 1937 he moved to New York
and joined the Count Basie Orchestra. His colleagues included Buck Clayton,
Lester Young, who named him "Sweets", Buddy Tate, Freddie Green,
Jo Jones, and other original members of that famous band. Sweets
came to prominence as a soloist with the Basie Band and as an occasional
composer-arranger for the He also appeared in the 1944 film Jammin' The
Blues. In the early 1950s, he settled on the West Coast and became a highly
sought-after studio musician, In the 60s and 70s he continued to work
in many orchestras on TV shows, including Hollywood Palace and The Leslie
Uggams Show, specials with Frank Sinatra; prominently featured on the
sound track and in the sound track album of the film, Lady Sings the Blues
October 10th 1915.
2001: Leon Russell
American bassist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 until
his death. Born in Newport, Rhode Island but raised in Jacksonville, Florida,
at about 12, inspired by The Beatles, Leon began learning to play bass
guitar copying his favorite member of the Fab Four, Paul McCartney. Only
wanting to play music, he dropped out of his school band at the age of
14 and, soon he was playing bass with Ronnie
Zant's local group, the Collegiates. He had to leave the group and continue
his education and he began to study the 'lead bass style'. By the early
'70s, Leon was becoming one of Jacksonville's top bassists, and when Van
Zant's new band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, found themselves without a bassist, Leon
jioned the line-up. After the tragic plane crash on October 20, 1977 outside
of Gillsburg, MS, which left several bandmembers dead (including Ronnie
Van Zant) and the rest badly injured, grief-stricken, leon and the other
survivors bowed out of the spotlight for the remainder of the '70s. His
left arm was so badly broken that doctors were considering amputating
it, never completely recovered from that injury - he had to play bass
in a more "upright" position. In 1980, he was a member of the
Rossington-Collins Band releasing their debut, Anytime Anyplace Anywhere,
that same year. By 1987, he signed on with a reunited version of Skynyrd,
with Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother, Johnny, supplying lead vocals.
Skynyrd's 2003 album Vicious Cycle, the band dedicated the song '"Mad
memory to Leon (chronic liver and lung disease)
b. April 2nd 1952.
Land (73) American
hard bop and post-bop tenor saxophonist born in Houston, Texas, he evolved
his hard bop playing with the Max Roach/Clifford Brown band into a personal,
modern style. He moved to Los Angeles in 1955, where he played with Curtis
Counce, led his own groups, and co-led groups with Bobby Hutcherson, Blue
Mitchell, and Red Mitchell. From the 1970s onwards his style showed the
influence of John Coltrane. In
the early 1980s through to the early 1990s he worked regularly with the
Timeless All Stars, a group sponsored by the Timeless jazz record label.
joined the UCLA Jazz Studies Program as a lecturer in 1996 to teach instrumental
jazz combo (died of a stroke)
February 18th 1928.
2003: Arthur "Artie" Anton
(77) Jazz musician, conga drums, drums,
timbales, a music major at New York University. From the late '40s onward,
Anton began working with leaders such as Herbie Fields, Sonny Dunham,
Bobby Byrne, Tommy Reynolds and Art Wall. In 1952 he got into the combo
of the open-minded saxophonist Bud Freeman, moving to pianist Ralph Flanagan's
band the following year. After gigs in 1954 with Jerry Gray and Charlie
Barnet, Artie relocated to the west coast and began freelancing. He performed
and recorded with important bandleaders, from the big band of Stan Kenton
to multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Guiffre's smaller units and played drums
on tour with Frank Zappa when studio ace drummer Jim Gordon got arrested
in South Carolina for illegal drugs during the 1972 Grand Wazoo tour ()
b. September 8th 1925.
2008: Horst Walter Stein (80) German
in Elberfeld; in 1952 he began work as a conducting assistant at the Bayreuth
Festival to such conductors as Joseph Keilberth, Hans Knappertsbusch,
Clemens Krauss and Herbert von Karajan. In 1955, at the invitation of
Erich Kleiber, he conducted at the opening of the restored Berlin State
Opera, and subsequently worked there as a Staatskapellmeister. From 1961-1963,
he worked under the leadership of Rolf Liebermann as deputy chief conductor
at the Hamburg State Opera. From 1963-1970, he served as chief conductor
and director of opera at the Mannheim National Theatre and held a regular
post at the Vienna State Opera from 1969-1971, where he conducted 500
performances. He returned to the Hamburg State Opera as General Music
Director from 1972 to 1977. He
held principal conducting positions with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,
l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Basel Symphony Orchestra. He
was especially associated with the music of Max Reger, and recorded several
Reger works. He spent much time training young conductors (?)
b. May 2nd 1928.
2009: George Russell (86) American
jazz pianist and composer; considered one of the first jazz musicians
to contribute to general music theory with a theory of harmony based on
Jazz rather than European music, in his 1953 book, The Lydian Chromatic
Concept of Tonal Organization. Although learning piano from an early age,
he started playing drums with the Boy Scouts He received a scholarship
to Wilberforce University, where he joined the Collegians. George began
playing drums in Benny Carter's band, but decided to give up drumming
as a vocation after hearing Max Roach. Inspired by hearing Thelonious
Monk's "'Round Midnight", he moved to New York in the early
1940s. His first famous composition was for the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra,
the two-part "Cubano Be, Cubano Bop" in 1947. George on piano,
began leading a series of groups which have included Bill Evans, John
Coltrane, Art Farmer, Hal McKusick, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Paul
Motian and many others. In 1964, he toured Europe with his sextet and
lived in Scandinavia for five years. In the 1970s he was commissioned
to write and record 3 major works: Listen to the Silence, a mass for orchestra
and chorus for the Norwegian Cultural Fund; Living Time, commissioned
by Bill Evans for Columbia Records; and Vertical Form VI for the Swedish
Radio. (complications from the cruel Alzheimer's
disease) b. June 23rd 1923
2011: Rei Harakami (40)
Japanese electronic musician,
but born in Hiroshima; he
released his debut album in 1998, and follow-up albums, Opa*q in 1999
and Red Curb in 2001 showcased his skills as an artist and producer. Rei's
growing reputation resulted in his becoming in demand as a producer and
collaborator for artists such as UA, Great 3 and Coldcut. His recent collaboration
as an artist and producer was on Akiko Yano's 2004 album, Honto no Kimochi/"True
feelings", and resulted in widespread recognition in Japan. Rei
regularly performed at some of Japan's big festivals such as Fuji Rock
Festival, Rising Sun Rock Festival, and Sonar Sound Tokyo. Rei had also
actively participated in several music showcases in France and Germany
and in Sonar 2005 in Barcelona, Spain where he appeared with Shiro Takatani.
In 2007, he composed the music for the film Tennen Kokekko/"A Gentle
Breeze in the Village", and also started a project with Akiko Yano,
called Yanokami, which also debuted in 2007 (sadly
died from cerebrovascular disease)
b. December 10th 1970.
1741: Antonio Vivaldi (63) Italian
composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Vivaldi is recognized
as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his
lifetime was widespread over Europe. He is known mainly for composing
instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, as well as sacred choral
works and over 40 operas. His best known work is a series of violin concertos
known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the
female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned
children where he worked between 1703 and 1740. He also had some success
with stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. Vivaldi received
commissions from European nobility and royalty. The wedding cantata Gloria
e Imeneo was written for the marriage of Louis XV. Vivaldi's Opus 9, La
Cetra, was dedicated to Emperor Charles VI, who gave Vivaldi the title
of knight, a gold medal and an invitation to Vienna.
In 1728, Vivaldi moved to Vienna but he Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's
arrival, and the composer was left without royal protection and without
a steady source of income. Though
Vivaldi's music was well received during his lifetime, it later declined
in popularity until its vigorous revival in the first half of the 20th
century. Today, Vivaldi ranks among the most popular and widely recorded
Baroque composers. (Vivaldi died not long after
the emperor of "internal infection", and was sadly
buried as a pauper)
b. March 4th 1678.
1750: Johann Sebastian Bach (65) German
composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist
() b.March 21st 1685
Eddie Costa (31)
jazz pianist and vibraphonist
born in Atlas, Pennsylvania near Mount Carmel, PA in Northumberland County.
1957's he led a quintet that included Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Teddy Kotick,
and Paul Motian; their repertoire featured interpretations of "I
Didn't Know What Time It Was" and Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own
Sweet Way," the latter of which focused on Eddie's vibes and Farmer's
muted trumpet, with Woods switching to the piano. His next recording in
1958's "Guys and Dolls like Vibes" recording with Bill Evans
now reissued as "Bill Evans and Eddie Costa, Complete Quartet"
on CD. (He tragically died in a car accident on
New York's Westside Highway)
b. August 14th 1930.
1969: Frank Henry Loesser (59) American
songwriter born in New York City who wrote the scores to the Broadway
hits including "Guys and Dolls", "Where's Charley?",
and "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", among
others. He won Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prizes and Academy awards, writings
lyrics for over 700 songs. He also wrote numerous songs for films and
Tin Pan Alley, many of which have become standards, and was nominated
for five Academy Awards for best song, winning once for "Baby, It's
Cold Outside". Other
of 100s of songs include "Luck Be a Lady Tonight", "On
a Slow Boat to China", "The Ballad of Rodger Young", "Never
Will I Marry"
Worm" (sadly Frank died of lung cancer)
b. June 29th 1910.
American operatic soprano born in
St. Louis, and in 1924 he debuted with the Saint Louis Symphony. To continue
her training there, she declined an offer from New Yorks Metropolitan
Opera, but did move to New York in the late 1930s. Helen was the Mets
premier Wagnerian soprano until she left in 1953 to appear in nightclubs,
on television and in movies. With her joyous confidence and booming laughter,
she broke down barriers in a stratified society and proved that an American
could succeed in the European-dominated opera world. For her contribution
to the recording industry, Helen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6422 Hollywood Blvd. In 1994 she was inducted into the St. Louis Walk
of Fame (?) b. June
1982: Keith Gordon Green (28)
American gospel singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, bass guitar, percussion,
and Contemporary Christian Music artist originally from Sheepshead Bay,
Brooklyn, New York. Beyond his music, which shook the Christian world
and recording industry, Green is best known for his strong devotion to
Christian evangelism and challenging others to the same. Often considered
controversial for his frequently confrontational lyrics and spoken messages,
some notable songs written by Gordon and /or his wife, Melody Green, include
"Your Love Broke Through," "You Put This Love In My Heart,"
and "Asleep In The Light".
Gordon is also known for numerous popular modern hymns, including "O
Lord, You're Beautiful" and "There Is A Redeemer."(died
when a small airplane leased by Last Days Ministries crashed on takeoff)
b. October 21st
1996: Marguerite "Marge" Ganser (48)
and founder member of the vocal group the Shangri-Las, which
consisted of two sets of sisters:
identical twins Marguerite "Marge" and Mary Ann Ganser, plus
Weiss and Elizabeth "Betty" Weiss. The girls often appeared
as a trio, as Betty Weiss rarely appeared on stage until late 1965, preferring
to avoid touring. They
began playing school shows, talent shows, and teen hops, coming to the
attention of Artie Ripp, who arranged the group's first record deal with
Kama Sutra. Their first recording in December 1963 was "Simon Says",
on which Betty sang lead. They had their first hit in 1964 with "Leader
of the Pack" reaching No.1 in US and No.11 in the UK. They continued
to chart with fairly successful U.S. hit records, specializing in adolescent
themes such as alienation, loneliness, abandonment and death. Singles
included "Give Him a Great Big Kiss", "Out in the Streets",
"Give Us Your Blessings", the top ten hit "I Can Never
Go Home Anymore", "Long Live Our Love", "He Cried"
and the spoken-word "Past, Present and Future", featuring music
from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". Noteworthy B-sides included
"Heaven Only Knows", "The Train from Kansas City",
"Dressed in Black", and "Paradise"
(sadly died of breast cancer)
b. February 4th 1947.
2000: Jerome Smith
rhythm guitarist and an original member of the group KC and the Sunshine
Band. His high-pitched, restless guitar solo on "Get Down Tonight",
KC and the Sunshine Band's first US No.1 single, resembled the sound of
a synthesizer. With the group he recorded five No. 1 songs, including
"That's the Way (I Like It)", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake
Your Booty" and "I'm Your Boogie Man". He
was also sought after as a session guitarist, playing on 10 albums by
the disco burlesque artist Blowfly and touring in America with the Australian
group the Divinyls. In the 1990s he contributed to the soundtrack of the
television show Melrose Place. (tragically
he was crushed by a bulldozer he was operating)
b. June 18th 1953.
2003: Samuel Aaron
pianist, tuba player and bassist, one of the
best bassists ever in the Duke Ellington band; his powerful lines and
graceful, yet sturdy support provided a rich presence in the rhythm section.
He played with the Duke between '60-62 and again in '67, on a tribute
to Billy Strayhorn. Over the years he recorded with Billie Holiday, Cab
Calloway, Carmen McRae, Dick Haymes, Johnny Hodges, Stan Kenton, Jimmy
Rushing and Lester Young, among many others. He also began teaching at
Essex College, Newark in 1970, remaining there until 1990. Later in the
1970s he toured with Norris Turney, Cat
Harold Ashby; in the 1980s he returned to piano playing, and retired from
active performance in 1989 (?)
b. April 24th 1922.
2004: George "The Fox" Williams (69)
American lead singer of the Philadelphia
R&B vocal group The Tymes. He joined the group in 1960 after which
they changed their name from the Latineers to The Tymes. They
had hits in the UK in the 60s and 70s with songs such as "So Much
in Love", a U.S. chart topper and million-seller in 1963, "You
Little Trust Maker" and "Ms Grace". The last of these became
the group's biggest UK hit, reaching No.1 in the UK in 1975. "So
Much in Love" was elected to the Songs of the Century in 2001 and
in 2005 The Tymes were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (sadly
George died of cancer) b.
December 6th 1935.
2007: Sal Mosca (80)
American jazz pianist and educator, born in Mount Vernon, NY; he worked
with Lee Konitz in 1949, also he worked with Warne Marsh. He spent much
of his career teaching and was fairly inactive since 1992, but a new CD
was released in 2004 (sadly died from effects of
emphysema) b. April 27th 1927.
Lebanese singer and actress; she rose to fame in
the Arab world after having won the top prize in the popular Studio El
Fan television show in 1996. She was hailed for her beauty and also for
a voice that was equally suited to pop tunes and classical Arabic melodies.
Her last album
'Saken Alby' was produced in 2002 and her
last song, Lovers, recorded in 2006, was dedicated to the memory of slain
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (Susan
was found murdered in an apartment in Dubai Marina; Egyptian businessman
and lawmaker Hisham Talaat Moustafa was arrested in Cairo and charged
with paying a hitman to have Tamim killed. On May 21, 2009, he and Muhsen
el-Sukkari were found guilty of her murder and have been sentenced to
death by hanging in Cairo)
September 23rd 1977
2009: Kaori Kawamura (38) Japanese
rock and pop singer. She released her first single, "ZOO", at
the age of 17.
In 1990 she had a hit with "Kamisama ga Oritekuru Yoru" and
the following year with the often-covered "Tsubasa wo Kudasai."
That year she made the first of several movie appearances in "Tokyo
Kyujitsu". Kaori got involved in the club scene in the late 90s.
In 2004, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she became a spokeswoman
for cancer activism (sadly died of cancer)
b. January 23rd 1971.
2010: Chris Dagley (38) British
drummer, clinician, arranger, and session player; a drum prodigy since
the age of 12, originally from Birmingham, Chris went on to become a top
session musician and one of the busiest
drummers in London. He has performed and/or
worked with NYJO,
Benny Golson, Jim Mullen, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Lionel Ritchie,
Gary Barlow, Westlife, Lalo Schifrin, Ella Fitzgerald, Eric
Chris was killed on his way home from a gig at the Ronnie
Scott Club in the small hours,
when his motorcycle crashed on the A40 dual carriageway near White City)
2010: Katarzyna Sobczyk (65) Polish
singer, born in Tyczyn. From 1964-72 she was a member of the band Czerwono-Czarni.
Between 1964 - 1967
and the band won four awards
at the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole, for the songs.. O mnie
sie nie martw;
Nie wiem czy warto;
Nie badz taki szybki Bill; and Trzynastego.
she and her husband Henryk Fabian were vocalists in the band Wiatraki
(sadly died after a battle with breast
cancer) b. February 12th 1945
2010: Derf "Fred" Scratch/Frederick
Milner III (??) American bassist, best
known as the original bass guitarist and founder member of the punk rock
band Fear formed in 1977. After
their their notorious Saturday Night Live performance in 1981, they recorded
their debut album The Record, now a classic punk album. Scratch not only
played bass on most of the record, he played saxophone on the song "New
York's Alright If You Like Saxophones". He also co-wrote one song
with Ving on the album, "Fresh Flesh", and wrote and sang lead
vocal on "Getting The Brush". Derf was also seen with the band
in the movie The Decline of Western Civilization and on an episode of
Casey Kasem's syndicated America's Top 10 TV show. (?)
2011: Bernd Clüver (63) German
singer well known for his huge hit "The Boy With The Harmonica".
Over his career he sold over 10 million CDs, had over 5000 performances
on European stages and won numerous awards. In addition to his work as
a pop singer, he also had success as a broadcaster , including the Southwest
Radio Baden-Baden. As a lyricist he wrote the song
Angel In Blue Jeans with German text from
Neil Diamond's Forever
in Blue Jeans (Bernd tragically died from
a fall in a domestic accident) b. April 10th
1970: John Barbirolli
(80) English conductor born in London;
he is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra
in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted
for the rest of his life. Earlier in his career he was Arturo Toscanini's
successor as music director of the New York Philharmonic, serving there
from 1936 to 1943. He was also chief conductor of the Houston Symphony
from 1961 to 1967, and was a guest conductor of many other orchestras
including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia,
the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, making recordings
with all these orchestras. Musical wards included the Freedom of the Worshipful
Company of Musicians, 1966; Honorary Academician of the Accademia Nazionale
di Santa Cecilia, 1960; Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society,
1950; Bruckner Medal, Bruckner Society of America, 1959; and the Mahler
Medal, Mahler-Bruckner Society of America, 1965 and 1949 saw him knighted
b. December 2nd 1899.
Cass/Cass Elliot/Ellen Naomi Cohen
(33) American singer with the folk-rock
group "Mamas and the Papas," during the 1960s. Born in Baltimore,
Maryland, she grew up in the Washington DC area. During her senior year
in high school she had the desire to become an actress, and got a part
in the play "The Music Man", then in early '63 she formed a
folk singing group called "The Triumvirate", later changed to
"The Big 3". They cut 2 albums, and appearanced on "The
Tonight Show," "Hootenanny," and the "Danny Kaye Show".
In 1964, the name changed to "Cass Elliott and the Big Three"
but soon became "The Mugwumps". Later that year she joined John
and Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty in the group "The New Journeymen",
which became "The Mamas and The Papas" in 1965. Out of their
five No.1 hits, "Dream a Little Dream of Me" became Cass's theme
song when she turned solo in '68 to '74. During these times she was regularly
on TV talk shows and variety shows, including The Julie Andrews Hour,
The Mike Douglas Show, The Andy Williams Show, Hollywood Squares, and
The Carol Burnett Show. She guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight
Show and appeared on that show 13 other times. At the height of her solo
career in 1974, Cass performed two weeks of sold-out concerts at the London
the final concert on July 28th, she
telephoned Michelle Phillips excited and over-joyed with the standing
ovations each night, but, so sadly she died later that night. Cass was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
did not choke to death on her ham sandwich as rumour once had it, an autopsy
concluded that Cass
had died of a heart attack.
The Who, died in the same room four years
later. This tragic London apartment, flat, No.12 at 9 Curzon Place, Mayfair,
was owned by singer-songwriter, the late Harry Nilsson)
b. September 19th 1941.
1978: Glen Lamont
Goins (24) American
singer, guitarist, born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey a master
vocalist with a powerful and haunting gospel voice, he first recorded
with the group "The Bags", releasing a single in 1972 "It's
Heavy" / "Don't Mess With My Baby". But Glen is better
known as singer and guitarist for Parliament Funkadelic in the mid-1970s.
He was particularly prominent on the Parliament albums Mothership Connection
in 1975, The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein in 1976, and 1977's Funkentelechy
vs. the Placebo Syndrome. Glen is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
In 1978 he formed his own funk band Quazar featuring his younger brother
Kevin Goins and drummer Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey. They recorded
a self-titled album which Glen also produced and arranged, but sadly Glen
died before the album's release (Hodgkin's lymphoma)
b. January 2nd 1954.
Waring (84) American singer, musician,
bandleader and radio-television personality, often referred to as "America's
Singing Master" and "The Man Who Taught America How to Sing".
He was also a promoter, financial backer and namesake of the Waring Blendor,
the first modern electric blender on the market. He was born in Tyrone,
Pennsylvania and while in college
, his brother Tom, and friend Poley McClintock founded the Waring-McClintock
Snap Orchestra, which evolved into Fred Waring's Banjo Orchestra. With
their success, he left college to tour with his band. They eventually
became known as Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians
and the 1940s and early 1950s, Fred produced a string of hits, selling
millions of records. A few of his many choral hits include "Sleep,"
"Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,"
"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor",
"Button Up Your Overcoat", "White Christmas" and "Dancing
in the Dark". He expanded into television with The Fred Waring Show,
which ran on CBS Television from 20 June 1948 to 30 May 1954. As well
as his musical carreer from 1943 to 1974, Fred owned the Shawnee Inn and
Country Club, a golf resort located at Shawnee, Delaware. Throughout his
career, he received many awards, but in 1983, at 83-years old, now considered
king of popular choral music he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal,
the nations highest honor for a civilian, by President Ronald Reagan
(he died suddenly, sadly
1986: Gordon Mills (51)
London-based music industry manager
and songwriter who was born in Madras, India and grew up in Trealaw in
the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. At age 15, he joined a group playing
in pubs and clubs in the South Wales Valleys. At age 17, he was called
up for National Service and served in Germany and Malaya. After which
he met musicians Don Paul and Ronnie Wells with whom he formed a trio
known as The Viscounts. One song "Who Put the Bomp (In The Bomp,
Bomp, Bomp)" became a minor hit in the UK Singles Chart. Their cover
of "Short'nin' Bread" also had some success. He he went on to
manage the careers of eminent vocalists Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom
Jones and co-wrote with Les Reed, Jones's signature song It's Not Unusual
(died after a fight with stomach cancer)
b. May 15th
1988: Pete Drake/Roddis Franklin Drake (56)
American pedal steel guitarist and major
Nashville, Tennessee-based record producer. He was one of the most sought-after
backup musicians of the 1960s, he played on such hits as Lynn Anderson's
"Rose Garden", Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors"',
and Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay"'; he played on Bob Dylan's three
Nashville-recorded albums, including Nashville Skyline, and on Joan Baez's
David's Album. He also worked with George Harrison on All Things Must
Pass, and with Ringo Starr on Beaucoups of Blues in 1970. Pete produced
albums for many other musicians, and founded Stop Records and First Generation
In 1970 he was inducted into
the Country Music Hall of Fame's Walkway of Stars and the Steel Guitar
Hall of Fame in 1987 (sadly lost his 3 year battle
with emphysema) b. October 8th
William Mathias (57)
Welsh composer, born
in Whitland, Carmarthenshire. A child prodigy, he started playing the
piano at the age of three and composing at the age of five. He studied
at the Royal Academy of Music. He founded the North Wales International
Music Festival in St Asaph in 1972 and directed it until his death. In
1968, William received the Bax Society Prize of the Harriet Cohen International
Music Award and he was professor of music and head of department at the
University of Wales, Bangor, from 1970 until 1988. He wrote dozens of
choral, orchestral, chamber,
works, and an opera. His anthem "Let
the people praise Thee, O God" written for the 1981 royal wedding
of the Prince and Princess of Wales, had a television audience of an estimated
1 billion people worldwide (?) b.
November 1st 1934.
1995: Les Elgart (77)
swing jazz bandleader and trumpet player, born in New
Haven, CT; he began
playing trumpet as a teenager, and in the 1940s he played in bands led
by Raymond Scott, Charlie Spivak, and Harry James. In 1945 he and his
brother Larry, put together a band, the Les & Larry Elgart Ensemble,
hiring Bill Finegan, Nelson Riddle and Ralph Flanagan, to do arrangements;
but they split in 1946. They reunited in '52 and released a substantial
number of albums on Columbia Records. Among their better-known tunes is
"Bandstand Boogie", which was used by Dick Clark as the theme
song for American Bandstand. Later in the 1950s Les moved away from performing
to handling the band's business end, and had essentially stopped performing
by the end of the decade. In 1963, the pair reunited again, hiring arrangers
like Charles Albertine and Bobby Scott for material, Les continued to
work until his death
(died from heart failure in Dallas, Texas) b.
August 3rd 1917.
Jason Thirsk (28) American
he started playing in school bands
at Mira Costa High before
founding the punk rock band Pennywise along with Jim Lindberg, guitarist
Fletcher Dragge and drummer Byron McMackin. They released two EPs A Word
from the Wise and Wildcard, both 1989. Signing to Epitaph Records in 1990
they released their first album Pennywise in 1991, which quickly spread
throughout the punk community, earning the band nation-wide recognition.
They went on to record 2 more albums, but in 1996, when Pennywise be gan
recording their fourth album, Jason left the band in an attempt to conquer
alcoholism, sadly he didn't finish the album (died
from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest)
b. December 25th 1967.
1997: Chuck Wayne (74)
American jazz guitarist born in New York City, as a youngster, as well
as learning guitar he also became an expert on the banjo, mandolin, and
balalaika. He was one of the earliest guitarists to learn the bebop style.
In the early 40s he began playing jazz on 52nd Street and in the Village
and is noted for his work with Woody Herman's First Herd and for being
the first guitarist in the George Shearing quintet. He also was Tony Bennett's
and music director
from 1954-1957. Over his long career he worked with many major artists
and musicians including
Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand; bandleaders
Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Coleman
Slam Stewart, Claude
Thornhill, Wingy Manone and Tadd Dameron; plus an endless list of soloists
including Zoot Sims, Brew Moore, Jo Jones, Joe Marsala, Billy Taylor,
George Duvivier and Red Norvo. In his later career, he was also noted
for duo performances in the New York City area with Warren Chiasson, Joe
Puma, and Tal Farlow
(?) b. February 27th 1923.
1999: Ina Anita Carter (66) American
singer born in Maces Spring, Virginia; she experimented with several types
of music and played upright bass with her sisters Helen Carter and June
Carter Cash as The Carter Sisters. The trio joined the Grand Ole Opry
radio show in 1950 when Anita was 17 years old, opened shows for Elvis
Presley, and joined The Johnny Cash Show in 1971. As a solo artist, and
with her family, Anita recorded for a number of labels including RCA Victor,
Cadence, Columbia, Audiograph, United Artists, Liberty and Capitol. She
scored two Top 10 hits in 1951 with "Down The Trail of Achin' Hearts"
with Hank Snow and "Blue Bird Island". She reached the Top 10
again in 1968 with "I Got You" with Waylon Jennings. Other solo
releases charted as well. She recorded two folk albums in the 1960s. In
1962, she recorded a song co-written by her sister June and Merle Kilgore
called "Love's Ring Of Fire"
(Anita had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for many years, the drugs
used to treat it severely damaged her pancreas, kidneys, and liver) b.
March 31th 1933.
2004: James "Huby" Hubert Heard (53)
American keyboardist, organist
born in Hamilton, he was also a singer,
songwriter, composer and busy session
player. When he was 13, he moved to Cincinnati to become a musician for
the Bibleway Church of God In Christ. He left Cincinnati to join Billy
Preston in Los Angeles, where he lived for the next 30 years. He
played keyboard for Billy Preston's group, The God Squad, for about 13
years and made appearances on such television programs as Soul Train and
American Bandstand. The group won four Grammys for the songs, "Will
It Go Round in Circles", "Nothing from Nothing", "Outta
Space" and "Space Race". In the early 70s, he toured in
England playing keyboard for The Rolling Stones. In 1975, he played on
the Stone Alone solo album by Rolling Stone member Bill Wyman. He was
also a member of Leon Russell's band, which later became the Gap Band,
whose hits included, "Party Train", "Early in the Morning"
and "Drop the Bomb". Other artists he played keyboard for included
Angela and Renee, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Ray Charles, and
Brothers Johnson. In 1999, Huby joined Preston and other former band members
to tape a television show, Motown Live (sadly
Huby died of a heart ailment) b.
2005: Al McKibbon
jazz double bassist, known for his work in bop, hard bop, and Latin jazz.
1947, after working with Lucky Millinder, Tab Smith, J. C. Heard, and
Coleman Hawkins, he replaced Ray Brown in Dizzy Gillespie's band, in which
he played until 1950. In the '50s he recorded with the Miles Davis nonet,
Earl Hines, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing,
Cal Tjader, Herbie Nichols and Hawkins. He was credited with interesting
Tjader in Latin music while in Tjader's group. Al continued to perform
until 2004. In '99, aged 80, he recorded his first album in his name,
Tumbao Para Los Congueros Di Mi Vida, which was nominated for a Grammy
for Best Latin Jazz Performance. McKibbon's second album, Black Orchid,
was released in 2004. He also wrote the Afterword to Raul Fernandez' book,
Latin Jazz, part of the Smithsonian Institution's series of exhibitions
on jazz (?)
b. January 1st 1919.
2005: Hildegarde Loretta Sell (99) American
cabaret singer born in Adell, Wisconsin, known for the song "Darling,
Je Vous Aime Beaucoup". Hildegarde
trained at Marquette University's College of Music in the 1920s and worked
in vaudeville and traveling shows throughout her career, appearing across
the United States and Europe. Known for 70 years as "The Incomparable
Hildegarde" a title bestowed on her by columnist Walter Winchell,
the 1930s and '40s, she was booked in cabarets and supper clubs at least
45 weeks a year. She appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1939, and
her recordings sold in the hundreds of thousands. Revlon even introduced
a Hildegarde shade of lipstick and nail polish and her admirers ranged
from soldiers during World War II to King Gustaf of Sweden and the Duke
of Windsor. From
the 1950s through the 1970s, in addition to her cabaret performances and
record albums, she appeared in a number of television specials and toured
with the national company of the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies.
Her autobiography, Over 50 .... So What!, was published
by Doubleday in 1961. (natural causes)
b. February 1st 1906.
Art Davis (73) American jazz double-bassist,
known for his work with Dizzy
Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonious
Monk, and Max Roach. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania he began on the
piano at five, switching to tuba, then finally to bass while at high school.
He studied at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music but graduated from
Hunter College. He went on to be a top
New York session musician, he recorded with many pop artists and has also
worked in classical symphony orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic;
he also launched a legal case which led to the current system of blind
auditions for orchestras. Art Davis was also a professor at Orange Coast
College. While performing with bassist Reggie Workman in Coltrane's group,
Art pioneered the use of two basses in a jazz combo setting. Art earned
a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from New York University in 1982. He moved
to southern California in 1986 where he balanced his teaching and practicing
of psychology with jazz performances. (heart
attack) b. December
Ishmeet Singh Sodhi (18) Indian
singer; born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, he was the winner of Amul STAR
Voice of India 2007. He entered the Star Voice of India contest at the
age of 17, making him one of the youngest competitors on the show. After
winning the contest he debuted with a religious Gurbani album called Satgur
Tumre Kaaj Savaare. Ishmeet had been working with Salim-Suleiman to produce
the song 'Shukriya' and had promoted this single with live performances.
toured Hong Kong and Malaysia and sung in concerts with members of the
Voice of India competition. He put time aside to sing kirtan, or hymns,
in gurdwaras. His last performance in a gurdwara was alongside the well-known
singer amongst the sikhs, Veer Manpreet Singh (died under mysterious circumstances
in a swimming pool at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli beach resort in Maldives
where he had gone to perform in an event) b. September
Renato Pagliari (69) Italian-born,
auditioned for ITV's talent show, New Faces in 1975, catching the attention
of songwriter, Johnny Edward, who had written "Save Your Love".
Renato was teamed up with British singer Hilary Lester and the duo was
named Renée and Renato. They recorded the song, "Save Your
which became the 1982 Christmas No.1. The follow-up single "Just
One More Kiss" reached No.48. Their third single, "Jesus Loves
Us All", failed to reach the UK Singles Chart. He sang regularly
at his son's restaurant, his later credits included a guest spot on the
TV comedy show Little and Large, he also issued several albums
(sadly died due to complications following surgery
on a brain tumor) b.
2011: Nella Martinetti (65)
Swiss singer-songwriter; born in Brissago, she became the first
winner of the Grand Prix der Volksmusik in
the song Bella Musica, which she had composed herself. In Eurovision,
Nella wrote 4 songs for Switzerland: Io senza you in 1981,
4th; Io così non ci sto, in 1983 placed 15th; Pas pour moi in 1986,
placed 2nd and Ne partez pas sans moi which came 1st in 1988, the song
was sung by the then unknown Canadian singer Celine Dion (sadly
Nella died of pancreatic cancer) b. January
2011: Gene McDaniels (76) American singer-songwriter
born in Kansas City, Missouri, but grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He went
on to have six Top 40 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The two that
went into the Top 5 were 1961's "Tower of Strength" reaching
No.5 and "A Hundred Pounds of Clay," which reached No.3 and
sold over one million records, earning gold disc status. "Tower of
Strength" reached No.49 in the UK Singles Chart, losing out to Frankie
Vaughan's chart-topping version. In the 1980s, he recorded an album with
percussionist Terry Silverlight, which has not yet been released. In 2005,
he released Screams & Whispers on his own record label. In 2009, Gene
release a new album, Evolution's Child, which featured his lyrics, and
a number of songs composed or arranged with pianist Ted Brancato. Some
of the songs featured jazz musician Ron Carter on concert bass. Gene also
also appeared in films including the 1962 It's Trad, Dad!, the 1963's
The Young Swingers and breifly in Uptown Saturday Night in 1974. Living
his later life as a near-hermit in Maine, Gene's final work was a series
of YouTube videos featuring his music and comments on his life (?)
b. February 12th 1935.
Jimmie Blanton (23) American
jazz double bassist,
born in Chattanooga. He joined Duke Ellington's band in 1939, and though
he stayed with Ellington for only two years, he made an immeasurable contribution
in changing the way the double bass was used in jazz. Previously the double
bass was rarely used to play anything but quarter notes in ensemble or
solos but by soloing on the bass more in a 'horn like' fashion, Jimmie
began sliding into eighth- and sixteenth-note runs, introducing melodic
and harmonic ideas that were totally new to jazz bass playing. His virtuosity
put him in a different class from his predecessors, making him the first
true master of the jazz bass and demonstrating the instrument's unsuspected
potential as a solo instrument. Such was his importance to Ellington's
band at the time, together with the tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, that
it became known as the BlantonWebster band. Jimmie also recorded
a series of bass and piano duets with Ellington. In 1941, he was diagnosed
with tuberculosis, cutting short his tenure with Ellington. His last recording
session was cut on September 26th 1941 in Hollywood, after which he had
to retire to a sanatorium
sadly Jimmie died of tuberculosis) b.
October 5th 1918
Suggia (62) Portuguese cellist born in Porto;
at the age of 12 she was appointed principal cellist of the local orchestra,
the Orpheon Portuense. In 1904, under the patronage of Queen Maria Amélia
of Portugal, she went to study at the Leipzig Conservatoire, Germany under
Julius Klengel and built an international reputation. She spent many years
living in England, where she was particularly celebrated. She retired
in 1939, but emerged from retirement to give concerts in Britain. She
gave her last concerts at the Edinburgh Festival in 1949 and in Bournemouth
later the same year. Guilhermina
bequeathed her Stradivarius cello to the Royal Academy of Music
in London, to be sold to fund a scholarship for young cellists
(?) b. June 27th
1970: György Széll or Georg Szell (73) Hungarian-born
American conductor and composer. He is remembered today for his long and
successful tenure as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, and for
the recordings of the standard classical repertoire he made in Cleveland
and with other orchestras (?) b. June 7th 1897.
Daisy Kennedy (88)
born in Burra-Burra near Adelaide. She was for three years Elder scholar
at Adelaide Conservatory and a private pupil of Otakar evcík
in Vienna for a year, and then studied for two years in the Meister-Schule
there. She appeared in London in 1911 and toured widely in Europe and
in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. (?)
b. January 16th
Dietz (86) American
pop and Broadway lyricist; born in N.Y.C. in 1896, he attended Columbia
University before working as a newspaper columnist and ad writer, and
serving in WW1. He next worked as publicist/director of advertising for
Samuel Goldwyn Productions and later MGM and is credited with creating
lion mascot, Leo
the Lion, and choosing their slogan Ars Gratia Artis. He began a long
association with composer Arthur Schwartz when they teamed up for the
Broadway revue "The Little Show" in 1929 and continued to work
together over the next 30 plus years. Others
Broadway musicals include 'Three's a Crowd' in 1930, 'The Band Wagon'
in 1931, 'Flying Colors' in 1932, 'Revenge With Music' in 1934, 'At Home
Abroad' in 1935 'Between the Devil' in 1938, and 'Inside U.S.A' in 1948
by Schwartz and Dietz to mention a few include "I Guess I'll Have
to Change My Plan" and "Moanin' Low", "Something to
Remember You By", "Dancin' in the Dark", "Louisiana
Hayride" and "A Shine on Your Shoes", "You and the
Night and the Music", "By Myself" and "I See Your
Face Before Me", and "That's Entertainment". Howard also
wrote English lyrics for the operas La Boheme and Der Fledermaus, and
collaborated on pop songs with such composers as Jerome Kern, Vernon Duke,
Jimmy McHugh, and Ralph Rainger. Dietz reunited with Schwartz in the 1960s
for the musicals 'The Gay Life' in 1961 and Jennie in 1963. Howard is
a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (Parkinson's
disease) b. September 8th 1896.
1993: The Bass Thing/Rob Jones
(29) English bassist born in Kingswinford;
Bob together with friends Miles Hunt, Malcolm Treece, and Martin Gilks
formed the band Wonder
Stuff in March 1986. "A Wonderful
Day" and "Red Berry Joy Town" respectively, became the
first single and the first track on the debut "The Eight Legged Groove
Machine" album. Rob left the band after their follow-up album Hup
and headed for America.
New York Rob formed another band, The Bridge & Tunnel Crew, singing
vocals and playing rhythm guitar.
(Sadly found dead in his apartment from a heart attack, it was widely
believed he was using heroin in those days)
1994: Ryszard Riedel (38) Polish
singer and the original lead singer of blues-rock band Dzem/Jam. He is
often regarded as one of the most popular and well known vocalist of Polish
music along with occasional collaborator Czeslaw Niemen. He is remembered
today by a festival in his honour in Tychy and in
2005 his life story was turned into the Polish movie Destined for Blues/Skazany
na bluesa, he is portrayed by Tomasz Kot
(sadly the cause of death was cardiac insufficiency due to long time opiate
drugs abuse) b.September
John Walters (63) British radio
producer, presenter and musician; initially a teacher and a jazz enthusiast,
he played trumpet in The Mighty Joe Young Jazz Men and the 1960s pop group
The Alan Price Set before joining BBC Radio 1 in 1967.
was long-term producer of DJ John Peel's radio show, and responsible for
giving many recording artists their first big break. He turned down the
Sex Pistols for a Peel session, but he reportedly regretted this decision
later - but he was responsible for getting The Smiths their first session
after witnessing an early concert. As a broadcaster he presented the long-running
Radio 1 arts magazine Walters' Weekly and was heard reviewing the music
papers on the Janice Long show in the 1980s. In the 1990s he was a reporter
on the BBC's current affairs magazine Here and Now (?)
b. July 11th 1939.
label owner, and talent scout throughout the 40s and 50s,
who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the
major form of popular music in the 1950s. He
was a native of Florence, Alabama and a graduate of Coffee High School.
He was exposed to blues and became interested in music by African-American
workers on his father's cotton farm. He is most notably attributed with
the discoveries of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and is associated with
several other noteworthy rhythm and blues and rock and roll stars of the
Sam was also founder of Sun Records and was vital to launching the careers
of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King,
Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas and numerous other significant artists.
As well as owning the Sun Studio Café in Memphis, and he
and his family founded Big River Broadcasting Corporation which owns and
operates several radio stations in the Florence, Alabama, area, including
WQLT-FM, WSBM, and WXFL. In
1986 Sam was part of the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame and his pioneering contribution has been recognized by the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame, being the first ever non-performer inducted. In 1987, he
was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He received a Grammy
Trustees Award for his lifetime achievements in 1991. In 1998, he was
inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and in October 2001 he was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame
(died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, only
one day before the original Sun Studio was designated a National Historic
b. January 5th
2005: Eli "Lucky" Thompson (81)
jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist
born in Columbia, Sth Carolina. After
playing with the swing orchestras of Lucky Millinder, Billy Eckstine,
Don Redman, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie, Eli worked in R&Bs and
then established a career in bop and hard bop, working with Kenny Clarke,
Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Milt Jackson. He was an inspired soloist
with of a very personal style, as shown on many albums recorded during
the 1950s, such as Stan Kenton's Cuban Fire, and those under his own name.
He appeared on Charlie Parker's LA's Dial Records sessions and on Miles
Daviss hard bop Walkin' session among many others. He lived in Lausanne,
Switzerland in the late 60s and recorded albums there including A Lucky
Songbook in Europe. He taught at Dartmouth College in 1973 and 1974, not
long after which, Eli left the music business, because of the racist treatment
he received from record companies and clubs.
passed away after sadly
suffering from Alzheimers disease in his last years)
b. June 16th 1924.
Anthony Galla-Rini (102)
arranger, composer, conductor, author, and teacher, born in Manchester,
Connecticut. He is considered by many to be the first American accordionist
to promote the accordion as a "legitimate" concert instrument.
In 1924 he dropped out of his father's Vaudeville act and joined his sisters,
forming a separate act that lasted until 1932. He was one of the founding
members of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) in 1938 in New
York City, and is in fact their first member. He also founded the International
Accordion Teachers' Guild (ATG), in 1941 in Chicago serving as President
Emeritus of that society throughout his career. In addition, Galla-Rini
also served as a Vice-President of the Confédération Internationale
des Accordéonistes (CIA), a member of the United Nations' International
Music Council (IMC).
1941 Antony also composed his Accordion Concerto in G Minor (no. 1), and
premiered it with the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra on November
15, 1941. Since then there have been more than 39 performances of this
concerto in the US as well as additional performances in England, Finland,
Norway and Canada. His career spanned 98 years as a professional accordionist,
and more than 74 years as an accordion teacher. He has arranged literally
hundreds of transcriptions for accordion ensembles, orchestras and soloists.
Anthony has also played a major part in pioneering the development of
the modern accordion, developing the treble and bass registers, as well
as standardizing the stradella bass system on the accordion (?)
b. January 18th 1904.
2010: Stefka Sabotinova (80) Bulgarian
folk singer born in the village of Rozov Kladenec in south-east Bulgaria.
many years, Stefka was involved in Bulgaria's premier folk ensemble Filip
Koutev, where she gained a cult-like status in Bulgaria, attaining international
She is also known internationally as part of the Bulgarian State television
female vocal choir,"The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices". Stefka
was signed by Swiss producer Marcel Cellier in 1975 who later produced
the compilation of folk songs entitled "Le Mystère des Voix
Bulgares" which promoted Bulgarian folk music internationally. (?)
b. April 2nd 1930.
2010: Otto Joachim (99) German-born
Canadian violist and composer of electronic music.
Born in Düsseldorf, he trained as a violinist at Düsseldorf
and Cologne. Like
many Jewish composers of his time, in
1934 he left Nazi Germany and played in Singapore and Shanghai during
the war years. He settled permanently in Montreal in 1949. For the next
15 years Otto worked as a player, teacher, instrument builder and composer.
Since the 1960s he has concentrated on his compositions which are a mix
of aleatoric and electroacoustic works. In
1993, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. (He
died in Montreal)
b. October 13th 1910.
1886: Franz Liszt
pianist and composer; as a composer, he was one of the most prominent
representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" / "New German
School". He left behind a huge and diverse body of work, in which
he influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated some
20th-century ideas and trends. Some of his most notable contributions
were the invention of the symphonic poem, developing the concept of thematic
transformation as part of his experiments in musical form and making radical
departures in harmony. He was said by his contemporaries to have been
the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps the greatest
pianist of all time (officially he died as a result
of pneumonia, but he was also suffering from a chronic heart disease)
October 22nd 1811
1964: Jim Reeves (41)
mellow baritone country singer,
born in Galloway, Texas; in his youth he played baseball, playing in the
semi-professional leagues before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals
farm team in 1944 as a right-handed pitcher. He began to work as a DJ,
and sang live between songs. In the late 1940s, he was signed to a couple
of small Texas-based record labels, but with no success. Jim became a
member of Moon Mullican's band and made some early Mullican-style recordings
like "Each Beat of my Heart" and "My Heart's Like a Welcome
Mat" from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. After he lowered his
singing pitch Jim became known as a crooner because of his warm, velvety
voice. His songs were remarkable for their simple elegance highlighted
by his rich light baritone voice. Songs such as "Adios Amigo",
"Welcome To My World", and "Am I Losing You?" demonstrated
this approach. His Christmas songs have been annual favorites, including
"Silver Bells", "Blue Christmas" and "An Old
Christmas Card". In 1963, he toured Britain, Ireland, Europe and
South Africa and starred in a South African film, Kimberley Jim. In 1964
he visited Njårdhallen, Oslo in Norway with Bobby Bare, Chet Atkins,
the Blue Boys and The Anita Kerr Singers. They held two concerts; the
second was televised and recorded by the Norwegian network.
first hit in Norway, "He'll Have to Go", reached No.1 and stayed
on the chart for 29 weeks. "I Love You Because" was his biggest
hit in Norway, reaching No.1 in 1964 and staying on the list for 39 weeks.
His albums spent 696 weeks in the Norwegian Top 20 chart, making him among
the most popular artists in the history of Norway. Jim's
last RCA recording session was "Make the World Go Away", "Missing
You", "Is It Really Over?" and "I Can't Stop Loving
You". He made one later recording, however, at the little studio
in his home. In July of 1964 he recorded "I'm a Hit Again",
using just an acoustic guitar as accompaniment. He
was elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967
(tragically he died in a plane crash; while Jim was flying a single-engine
Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, from Arkansas to Nashville, the plane came
down in a violent storm. Coincidentally, both Jim Reeves and Randy Hughes,
the pilot of Patsy Cline's ill-fated plane, were trained by the same instructor)
b. August 20th
1966: Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (41)
American jazz pianist, born in New York
City. Bud has been described as one of "the two most significant
pianists of the style of modern jazz that came to be known as bop",
the other being his friend and contemporary Thelonious Monk. Along with
Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Bud was a key player in the
history of bebop, and his virtuosity as a pianist led many to call him
"the Charlie Parker of the piano". His first recording date
was with Cootie Williams's band in 1944 and other early recordings included
sessions with Frank Socolow, Dexter Gordon, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt,
Fats Navarro and Kenny Clarke. Bud's first session as a leader was in
a trio with Curly Russell and Max Roach, recorded in 1947, he also recorded
on a Charlie Parker date with Miles Davis, Tommy Potter and Roach in May
1947. He also recorded extentively with Blue Note and other labels through
the 50s. Sadly his career was cut short by schizophrenic behavior, as
his health deteriorated so did his piano talent. He was still recording
briefly in 1963 when he contracted tuberculosis (died
while hospitalized) b.
September 27th 1924.
light classical violinist, bandleader, recording engineer born in Canton,
Ohio. He started out as a light classical violinist, performing in the
US and Europe. After WW2 he organized his own dance band, "The Light
Brigade," and worked in clubs and hotels, including the Grill Room
of the Hotel Taft. It was a conservative band, specializing in music for
middle-aged dancers. He recorded with this band for RCA and Columbia.
From 1954-59 he
of Waldorf Music Hall Records, NYC; from 1959-65 director of Grand Award
Record Co, NYC, as well as Record Songs, NYC and also from 1959-65 he
was executive VP & managing director and founder of Command Record
Co, NYC. He continued recording after the sale of Command with a new label
called Project 3 (?)
b. August 18th 1905.
1980: Bobby Van/Robert
Jack Stein (51)
American singer, dancer, trumpet, actor born in The Bronx, New York City,
and grew up backstage to many memorable Depression-era acts;
Van began his career playing trumpet.
When his band played a venue in the Catskills, he was asked to fill in
as a song and dance man for another act. His act drew rave reviews, and
it gave him a thrill out of performing live as a solo act. He is best
known for his musical and acting career in films, TV and on Broadway in
the 1960s and 1970s. In 1973 he appeared in the musical remake of Lost
Horizon, the last occasion on which he took his traditional song-and-dance
persona to the big screen. His novelty dance number from Small Town Girl-1953
was featured in That's Entertainment, Part II-1976. Van's last television
appearance was as the host for the Mrs. America Pageant in 1980, which
he had emceed for several years (sadly died from
cancer) b. December 6th 1928.
1986: Theodore "Teddy"
Wilson (73) American
jazz pianist, band leader and arranger, born
in Austin, Texas,
and is considered one of the most influential jazz pianists of all time..
studied piano and violin at Tuskegee Institute. After working in the Lawrence
"Speed" Webb band, with Louis Armstrong and also "understudying"
Earl Hines in Hines's Grand Terrace Cafe Orchestra, Teddy joined Benny
Carter's Chocolate Dandies in 1933. In 1935 he joined the Benny Goodman
Trio, which consisted of Benny, himself and Gene Krupa, later expanded
to the Benny Goodman Quartet with the addition of Lionel Hampton. By joining
the trio, he became the first black musician to perform in public with
a previously all-white jazz group. He
recorded fifty hit records with various singers such as Lena Horne, Helen
Ward, and many of Billie Holiday's greatest successes. During these years
he also took part in many highly regarded sessions with a wide range of
important swing musicians, such as Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Charlie
Shavers, Red Norvo, Buck Clayton and Ben Webster (?)
b. November 24th 1912.
1996: Seagram Miller (25)
grangsta rapper from Oakland, California; he
released three albums, the hard-edged and violent The Dark Roads and the
more typically laid-back west coast style Reality Check and 1997's Souls
on Ice was released posthumously after Miller's death (Seagram
was shot to death) b. 1970.
2005: Les Braid (63) English bassist,
keyboards born in Liverpool; in the mid 50s he joined
Ray Ennis's skiffle group
Blue Genes and by 1962, they were working full-time and playing skiffle
at venues in Liverpool and at the Star Club in Hamburg. However they were
not liked in Germany so they changed their direction to rock 'n' roll
and changed the bands name to the Swinging Blue Jeans. They had their
first Top 10 hit "Hippy Hippy Shake", in December of 1963, this
was followed by "Good Golly Miss Molly", and "You're No
Good". In 1966 their version of "Don't Make Me Over" reached
No.31 in the UK Chart, the group never charted again. The band then changed
their name to Music Motor for a one off single "Happy", after
which they reverted back to The Swinging Blue Jeans name and the band
eventually retired to the cabaret circuit. They successfully played and
later toured on the "Oldie Shows" until Les's death (sadly died
of cancer) b. September 15th 1937.
2006: Rufus Harley (70)
American jazz musician of mixed Cherokee
and African ancestry, known primarily as the first jazz musician to adopt
the Scottish great Highland bagpipe as his primary instrument. Born in
North Carolina, but at an early age moved with his mother to North Philadelphia.
He began playing the C melody saxophone at age 12, and also played trumpet.
He made his bagpipe performance debut in 1964. From 1965 to 1970 he released
four recordings as leader on the Atlantic label, also recording as a sideman
with Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt, and Sonny Rollins in the 1960s and 1970s.
He later recorded with Laurie Anderson and The Roots. In addition to bagpipes,
on these albums he also occasionally plays tenor saxophone, flute, or
electric soprano saxophone (sadly died after a fight
with prostate cancer) b. May 20th
2007: Nookie Boy/Oliver Morgan (74) American
rhythm & blues vocalist, best known for his hit "Who Shot the
La La" which sings about the mysterious situation surrounding the
death of singer Lawrence "Prince La La" Nelson in 1963. Born
in New Orleans, he released his debut single on AFO Records under the
pseudonym "Nookie Boy" in 1961; it was in 1964 that he released
his only national hit "Who Shot the La La". In 1998, Nookie
Boy released his first and only full length album "I'm Home"
on Allen Toussaint's Nyno label. Tragically his home was destroyed in
Hurricane Katrina, and he evacuated to Atlanta with his wife where their
children were living and sadly he didn't perform again (Nookie
Boy died from a heart attack) b. May 6th
2009: Baatin/Titus Glover (35) American
rapper; born in Detroit, Michigan, he started his MC-ing career in 1986,
in these early days he called himself Scandalous-T.
In the early 90's he worked with rapper
Proof accompanying him to hip-hop nights at 1515
Broadway and Stanleys
1991, Baatins hip-hop group, Ssenepod, which was dopeness spelled
backward, changed its name to Slum Village.
Their first album Fan-Tas-Tic Vol.1, comprises of songs from their demo
album, which was recorded in 1996 and 1997, but not officially released
until 8 years later. It was nonetheless leaked onto the underground circuit
and caused quite a stir in 1997. In 2000 they recorded Fantastic Vol.
2, followed by Trinity
(Past, Present and Future), Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit) after which
Baatin left the line-up suffering from schizophrenia that briefly incapacitated
him. He later launched his solo career (?)
2010: Mohammad Nouri (80)
singer, he was one of the foremost folk and pop singers in Iran rising
in the 60s with his distinct style of singing he enjoyed 4 decades of
popularity among all generations. His song 'Jaan-e Maryam' as well as
his patriotic song 'Iran, Iran' is a well known melody and theme among
three generations of Iranians both before and after the Islamic revolution
b. October 22nd 1929.
2010: Mitch Miller (99) American
music executive and American musician, singer, conductor, television
host, record producer,
A&R man and record company executive. A
graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester
in the early 1930s, he
became one of the most influential figures in American popular music during
the 1950s and early 1960s. He is sometimes thought of as the creator of
what would become karaoke with his NBC-TV series, Sing Along with Mitch.
He began his musical career as an accomplished player of the oboe and
English horn, and recorded several highly regarded classical albums featuring
his instrumental work (sadly
Mitch died after a short illness)
July 4th 1911
2011: Ljubia "Louis" Stojanovic
(59) Serbian singer; born in Leskovac
he was known for his unique musical style and was in the music business
from 1970 until his death. His stage name Louis originated from when he
was nine and successfully performed Louis Armstrong's songs. He graduated
from the music high school in Ni, and got his B.A. in Music from
the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, majoring in voice, composing with arrangement
and folklore. He
was among the first to combine jazz with Serbia's folklore. In 1980 he
recorded his first record titled Ne kuni me, ne rui me, majko/Do
Not Scold Me, Do Not Rebuke Me, Mother, gaining high sales. Together with
the Serbian band Flamingosi, he almost won the Beovizija 2006 festival
for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece (tragically died
in a car accident)
b. June 25th 1952.
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