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1993: Peter Wood (43) English organist, keyboard
in Middlesex, and brought up in Egham, Surrey. He was a member of Quiver, and
Natural Gas, before he began to work closely with Al Stewart, Roger Waters, as
well as Cyndi Lauper, Jonathan Kelly, Tommy Shaw and Bob Dylan. He
is the co-writer of the 1976 Al Stewart single "Year of the Cat". He
was one of the original members of The Bleeding Heart Band along with Willie Wilson,
Andy Bown, Snowy White and Peter Wood, who featured as a supporting / backing
band in the The Wall live shows in 1980 and 1990
April 9th 1950.
Larry Steinbachek (56) English keyboardist,
percussionist and co-founder of the UK synthpop trio, Bronski Beat. Bronski Beat
was formed in 1983 by Larry, Jimmy Sommerville, and Steve Bronski with a goal
of being a more outspoken voice in the gay music community. The following year,
they released the single "Smalltown Boy" which went to No. 3 in the
U.K. and topped the U.S. Dance chart. They followed in quick succession with "Why?",
"It Ain't Necessarily So", and "I Feel Love (Medley)" with
Marc Almond, before Sommerville left the band, and was replaced by John Foster.
They continued their string of hits with "Hit That Perfect Beat" and
"C'Mon C'Mon", but Foster left in 1987 and the band's popularity swiftly
waned as they continued to go through singers. Larry
left Bronski Beat in 1995 and moved to Amsterdam where he continued to be active
in music and musical theater.
died bravely fighting cancer)
Fred Rose (56) American
songwriter and music publishing executive born in Evansville, Indiana; he started
playing piano and singing as a small boy. In his teens, he moved to Chicago, Illinois
where he worked in bars busking for tips, and finally vaudeville. Eventually,
he became successful as a songwriter, penning his first hit for entertainer Sophie
Tucker. In 1942 in Nashville, he teamed up with Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff
to create the first Nashville-based music publishing company. Their Acuff-Rose
Music was almost immediately successful, particularly with the enormous hits of
Hank Williams. While running the business, Fred continued to write numerous country
songs and eventually became one of the industry's most important personalities.
Fred also wrote songs under the name of Floyd Jenkins. Along with Hank Williams
and Jimmie Rodgers, Fred was one of the three charter members of the Country Music
Hall of Fame in 1961. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 (?)
b. August 24th 1897.
1959: Avery Parrish (41)
jazz pianist; he started in the Bama State Collegians, at the Alabama State Teachers
College an ensemble led by Erskine Hawkins. He stayed with Erskine until 1941
and recorded with him extensively. He wrote the music to "After Hours",
which became a jazz standard. He moved to California, but was involved in a bar
fight in 1942 which left him paralyzed at age 24, and unable to play music for
the rest of his life. In 1979 he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
(unknown causes). b.
January 24th 1917.
1968: Nicolae Bretan (81) Romanian baritone opera singer and composer
born in Transylvania He studied in Cluj, Vienna and Budapest before becoming one
of the pioneers of Romanian opera - his opera Luceafarul in 1921 is cited as the
first opera in Romanian. Bretan also composed many lieder. In
1944 Bretan wife's family, who were Jewish, were transported to the Nazi extermination
camp at Auschwitz and murdered. Refusing to become a member of the Romanian Communist
Party in 1948, he was not favoured by the Romanian communist regime, who treated
the composer as a "non person". His major operas include Luceafarul-1921,
Golem-1924, Eroii de la Rovine-1935, Horia-1937, and Arald-1939
b. March 25th 1887.
1968: Dario Moreno (47)
Turkish-Jewish singer as well as an accomplished composer, lyricist
and guitarist, who was born in Izmir; he attained fame and made a remarkable career
centered in France which also included films, during the fifties and the sixties.
Dario appeared in 13 films and released 12 albums and was awarded the 1958 Grand
Prix Du Disque in France (died
of a heart attack in a taxi going to Istanbul airport)
b. April 3rd 1921.
Samuel "Magic Sam" Gene Maghett (32) American
blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, born in Grenada, Mississippi. He learned to
play the blues from listening to records by Muddy Waters and Little Walter. After
moving to Chicago at the age of 19, he was signed by Cobra Records and became
well known as a bluesman after his first record, "All Your Love" in
1957. He was known for his distinctive tremolo guitar playing,
vocals and song writing ability which have inspired and influenced many blues
musicians ever since. In The Blues Brothers, Jake Blues dedicates the band's performance
of "Sweet Home Chicago" to the "late, great Magic Sam". In
1982, Sam was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. (died
of a heart attack) b.
February 14th 1937
Lee Dorsey (61)
American pop/R&B singer during the 1960s. From 1965 to 1969 he had seven songs
in the Hot 100, the most successful of which was "Working In The Coal Mine"
in 1966. In 1970 he and Allen Toussaint collaborated on an album entitled "Yes
We Can". He
appeared on an album with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, which led to
more recordings on his own with ABC Records in the late 1970s. In 1980, he opened
for English punk band The Clash on their U.S. tour (sadly
taken by emphysema) b. December 24th 1924.
1986: Horace Heidt (85) American pianist, big
band leader, and radio and television personality born in Alameda, California.
His band, Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights, toured vaudeville and performed
on radio and television through the 1930s and 1940s.The Heidt band's recordings
were highly-successful with "Gone with the Wind" going to No. 1 in 1937
and "Ti-Pi-Tin" to No. 1 in 1938. In 1939, "The Man with the Mandolin"
ranked No. 2 on the charts. His 1941 song, "The Hut-Sut Song", is heard
in the movie A Christmas Story For his contribution to radio, Heidt has a star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1631 Vine Street; and a second star for his contribution
to television at 6628 Hollywood Boulevard (?)
b. May 21st 1901.
1989: Billy Lyall (35)
Scottish keyboard player and vocalist with pop-rock band, Pilot, and an early
member of the tartan teen sensations the Bay City Rollers. Born in Edinburgh,
he also contributed to The Alan Parsons Project with fellow Pilot members. In
addition, he released a solo album, titled Solo Casting in 1976.(died
of an AIDS-related illness) b. March 26th 1953
American singer, best known for his work with Badlands, in addition to his work
with Black Sabbath in the mid-1980s. Born in New York, he started singing while
in High School and played the New Jersey club circuit with various bands, most
notably Vendetta and Harlette. In 1985 he joined Bobby Rondinelli's band, before
his stint with Black Sabbath. He next played and recorded with Phenomena, "II
Dream Runner" in 1987 and with Blue Murder on their demo "It's Too Late"
in 1988, after which he joined John Sykes', Badlands, recording 3 albums. Just
before his death Ray went to New York City and formed the band Sun Red Sun with
old friends, releasing a self-titled album. He also worked with George Lynch on
"Flesh and Blood" album
(sadly died from an AIDS related disease in a New York Hospital) b. May
1997: Stéphane Grappelli (89) French self
taught jazz violinist; he and Django Reinhardt founded the Quintet of the Hot
Club of France during 1933-39 producing a sensational series of recordings &
performances. He has appeared on 100's of recordings including sessions with Duke
Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Claude Bolling, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stuff Smith, L. Subramaniam,
Gary Burton, Paul Simon, David Grisman, Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, Bucky
Pizzarelli, Joe Pass, Yo Yo Ma, Toots Thielmans and Mark O'Connor. He also collaborated
extensively with the British guitarist Diz Disley, recording 13 albums with him
and his trio, and with now renowned British guitarist Martin Taylor. In the 80s
he gave several concerts with the young British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. His
music is played very quietly, on Pink Floyd's album "Wish You Were Here",
he was not credited, according to Roger Waters, in order to avoid "a bit
of an insult". He is an inductee of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame and received
the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 (died after
undergoing a hernia operation) b. January 26th 1908.
1999: (or Nov 30) Don "Sugarcane" Harris (61)
American Blues, jazz, rock violinist and guitarist born and raised in Pasadena,
California; he was given the nickname "Sugarcane" by LA bandleader Johnny
Otis. He started an act called Don and Dewey in the mid 1950s. In the 1960s he
played exclusively the electric violin, as a sideman with John Mayall & the
Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa, most recognized for his appearances on the Mothers
of Invention albums Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, and Weasels Ripped My Flesh.
His lead vocal and blues violin solo on a cover of Little Richard's "Directly
From My Heart to You" on Weasels, and his extended solo on the lengthy "Little
House I Used To Live In" on Weeny are considered highlights of those albums.
The 70's sees him fronting the Pure Food and Drug Act (pulmonary
disease) b. June 18th 1938.
Zayda Peña Arjona (28) Mexican
lead singer; she headed a band known as Zayda y los Culpables Zayda
and the Guilty Ones. One of her songs was Tiro de Gracia, a
reference to an execution-style gunshot. (she was shot in
the back by a gunman at Mónaco Motel in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. This was
not fatal, but the following day several assailants entered the hospital and shot
her death. She was not involved with drugs on any level) b.
2008: Mikel Laboa (74)
Spanish Basque singer and songwriter. His music could be defined as a happy
combination of tradition, poetry and experimentalism. He was a founder of the
legendary Ez Dok Amairu cultural group. After over 40 years devoted
to music, he has influenced many of the younger generations and recorded 15 albums
between 1964 to 2005 (?) b.
June 15th 1934
2009: Ramses Shaffy (76)
Dutch popular singer, chansonnier (songs from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance)
and actor; born in Paris, after dropping out of high school in 1952 he attended
the Amsterdam school of theatre arts. In 1955, he made his stage debut with the
Nederlandse Comedie and in 1964, he founded the theatre group Shaffy Chantant.
Ramses became popular as a singer in the 1960s, his noted songs include Zing,
vecht, huil, bid, lach, werk en bewonder/Sing, fight, cry, pray, laugh, work and
admire; We zullen doorgaan/We will go on; Pastorale/Sammy; and Laat me/Leave me
be. He also frequently collaborated with Dutch singer Liesbeth List. By the early
80's he had returned to the stage, he played Don Quixote in the musical De man
van La Mancha (The man from La Mancha) in 1993. Pieter Fleury made a documentary
about him in 2002, titled Ramses, which won a Golden Calf, the award of the Netherlands
Film Festival (sadly lost his fight with esophageal cancer)
b. August 29th 1933.
Donald Washington Sr (79) American
jazz tenor saxophonist, born in West Philadelphia and raised in Southwest Philadelphia
and graduated from Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School
in 1948. He starting to play the saxophone as an elder statesman on Philadelphia's
jazz scene in the late 1960s to the mid 1980s. As a leader, Donald founded the
Marlboro Men, a group that toured Haiti, Jamaica and the Virgin Islands. He also
performed with Donald Byrd, Jerry Butler, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., B.B.
King, Diana Ross, Neil Sedaka and Horace Silver. When not on the road, he would
jam regularly in Saturday Nights at Natalie's Lounge in West Philadelphia (lung
cancer) b. ??.??.1930.
2009: Gustavo Adolfo Palma (89) Guatemalan
singer who became known as "the Tenor of Central America". He made debut
as a singer in 1936, performing on weekly programs on radio TGX. In 1944 entered
a contest Trip to Mexico, promoted by the XEW of Mexico, the
Voice of Latin America" in which he won. In 1955 he appeared in the film
El Cristo Negro (the Black Christ) with the actors Raul Martinez
and Rosa Carmina, filmed in Guatemala. In 1964 Gustavo performed in the Central
American Festival of the Song, in El Salvador, obtaining a prize with the song
Tonight my Love. In 1970 he was the guest of honor in the First Festival
of the Central American and the Caribbean Song in Panama (?)
b. August 31st 1920.
2010: Alojz Srebotnjak
(79) Slovenian composer
and educator born in Postojna; he was one of the most renowned composers of contemporary
Slovenian classical music and is the author of a comprehensive, diverse body of
work music. Also between 1970 and 2001 he was professor of composition at the
Academy of Music, since then the title of Professor Emeritus. Alojz was honored
with many awards for his works, including the Preseren Award for Lifetime Achievement
in 1999 (?) b. June
2010: Helen Boatwright (94)
American soprano with a career that spanned more than
five decades, Helen specialized in the performance of American song. She worked
with many important figures in the world of music, including conductors Leopold
Stokowski, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf, and Zubin Mehta. She also performed with
Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood in the 1940s, sang opposite tenor Mario Lanza
in his operatic stage debut, and performed for President John F. Kennedy in the
East Room of the White House in 1963. In 1954, she became the first person to
record a full-length album of Charles Ives' songs, "24 Songs" with pianist
John Kirkpatrick (sadly Helen died of complications
from a fall) b. November 17th 1916.
Hillard Elkins (81) American talent manager and
film producer born in Brooklyn in New York City; he started out in the mailroom
at William Morris in New York and quickly rose to become a top agent, heading
the companys theatrical division. After forming his own company, whose clients
included Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Robert Culp and Mel Brooks, he set up as
a producer and developed a string of notable plays and films, including the musical
Golden Boy, the film Alices Restaurant and the Broadway
premieres of two plays by Athold Fugard. With Al Goldin, he made his Broadway
debut in 1962 with Come On Strong, a Garson Kanin comedy starring
Carroll Baker and Van Johnson. In the 1960s counterculture he produced Oh!
Calcutta!, Kenneth Tynans musical sex revue, and, with Mr. Penn as
director, also produced the film version of Arlo Guthries shaggy-dog song
Alices Restaurant in 1969 (sadly died
from a heart attack) b. October 18th 1929.
Dee Harvey (47) American
in Memphis, he started singing with his father at the age of eleven and was cutting
records while still in high school. He went on to record his "Just as I Am"
album with Motown in 1991. Most recently he worked as a backup singer with Rod
Stewart (sadly Dee died
in California from complications due to an illness)
2013: Richard Coughlan (66)
English drummer and percussionist born in in Herne
Bay, Kent; he joined the Sea Cadets where he first played bugle and then marching
drums. At 16, he acquired his own drum kit and joined a local dance band, before
joining The Wilde Flowers in 1966. In 1968 they changed their name to Caravan
and rose to fame as part of the Canterbury scene, blending psychedelic rock and
jazz. They became the first British act to sign for American record label, Verve,
who released the band's debut LP, Caravan, later the same year, 1968. The band
was particularly popular in France, the Netherlands and Germany. Richard along
with Caravan released 13 studio and 15 live albums (?)
b. September 2nd 1947.
Martin Ritchie Sharp (71) Australian artist, cartoonist,
songwriter and film-maker, born in Bellevue Hill, an eastern suburb of Sydney,
and educated at Cranbrook private school, He made contributions to Australian
and international culture from the early 1960s, and was called Australia's foremost
pop artist. His psychedelic posters of Bob Dylan, Donovan and others, rank as
classics of the genre, and his covers, cartoons and illustrations were a central
feature of Oz magazine, both in Australia and in London. Martin co-wrote one of
Cream's best known songs, "Tales of Brave Ulysses", created the cover
art for Cream's Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire albums, and in the 1970s became
a champion of singer Tiny Tim, and of Sydney's embattled Luna Park.(sadly
died battling emphysema) b.
January 21st 1942.
2014: Mario Abramovich (88) Argentine
violinist and composer; he started studying the violin at the age of 6 and became
a violinist in the Teatro Colón. In 1943 he began his relationship with
the tango and worked as first violin with Osvaldo Fresedo, Miguel Caló
and Argentino Galván. He then joined the orchestra of
Héctor Varela for 23 years. Mario also made recordings with Juan
d'Arienzo and Aníbal Troilo and in
1987, performed on Bryan Ferry's solo album Bête Noire. He was also a member
of the group Sexteto Mayor since its founding in 1973, until his death in 2014
(?) b. October 31st
Alex Cooley (74) American music promoter and original co-owner of the
music venue, Atlanta International Pop Festival and Music Midtown. It was located
in the Grand Ballroom of the Georgian Terrance Hotel. Alex is credited as the
man who brought rock and roll to Atlanta; he was one of the promoters of the 1969
Atlanta International Pop Festival and of the Texas International Pop Festival
a few weeks later on Labor Day weekend, as well as the second, and last, Atlanta
International Pop Festival the following summer, and the Mar Y Sol Pop Festival
in Puerto Rico in 1972. In his lifelong career as a concert promoter, Alex put
on thousands of shows, bringing to his hometown almost every major musical act
in the world for millions of music fans. He owned and operated some of the city's
legendary rock music nightclubs, in addition to founding the Music Midtown festival
in 1994.(?) b. December 15th
Elisabeth Carron (94) American operatic soprano;
born in Newark, New Jersey, she had an active international career from the 1940s
through the 1980s. In 1954 she portrayed the Young Woman in the world premiere
of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street and was a regular performer
at the New York City Opera from 1958 to 1973. From 1988 to 1996 she taught on
the voice faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. She has performed
in many operatic theatres around the world and in the USA, as well as singing
leading roles at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the Washington
National Opera, and in Tokyo.(?)
b. February 12th 1922
Michael "Micky Fitz" Fitzsimons (?) English punk singer and
front man of The
legendary Oi! band, The Business, formed in 1979 in Lewisham, South London
until his death in Dec 2016. The band's first release was the song "Out in
the Cold" on 'A Sudden Surge of Sound' compilation album. They played their
first Oi! concert in 1981, supporting The 4-Skins, and became closely associated
with the Oi! scene from then on. Their song England 5 Germany 1
became a football anthem for England and has appeared in the movie Euro Trip.
(In late 2015, Micky was diagnosed with cancer on the lymph
gland and had been undergoing radiotherapy) b. ????
Romanian pianist, born in Bucharest his playing was hailed as having reached the
highest degree of integrity and pianistic technique, which he employed in the
quest for musical perfection. Dinu
is particularly noted for his interpretations of Chopin, Mozart and Bach, but
he also made recordings of Ravel's Alborada del Gracioso, Liszt, Enescu, the Schumann
Piano Concerto, and the Grieg Piano Concerto. His recording of Chopin's Waltzes
has remained in print since its release and has long been a favorite of many classical
his career was cut short by his death from Hodgkin's disease)
b. April 1st 1917
1971: Ernest 'Punch' Miller (77)
dixieland trumpeter, born in Raceland, Louisiana. Punch was
well known and based in New Orleans from 1919 to 1927 before he moved Chicago.
In Chicago he worked with various bands including those of Jelly Roll Morton and
Tiny Parham, and appeared on a number of recordings. His
lifestyle and the decline New Orleans jazz led to his return to mostly doing festivals.
This changed with the rising importance of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and
he returned to national attention. He returned to New Orleans, playing at Preservation
Hall and leading a band under his own name, in addition to playing with other
groups. He toured Japan in 1963 Japan with George Lewis. He was the subject of
the 1971 television documentary "Til the Butcher Cuts him down". (?)
June 10th 1894.
David Blue (41)
US folk singer; an integral part of the Greenwich Village folk music scene in
New York, perhaps best known for writing the song "Outlaw Man" for the
Eagles, on their 1973 Desperado album. Blue's original version of "Outlaw
Man" was the lead track of his own "Nice Baby And The Angel" album.
In 1975 he joined Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and he appeared in Renaldo and
Clara, the 1978 movie that was filmed during that tour. He acted in other films
including, The American Friend, The Ordeal Of Patty Hearst and Human Highway by
Neil Young. (heart attack) b. February 18th 1941.
1985: Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL (63) English
poet, music column writer
and music critic, born in Coventry, Warwickshire, ; he is widely regarded as one
of the great English poets of the latter half of the twentieth century. He also
contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, articles
gathered together in "All What Jazz: A Record Diary 196171", and
he edited the Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse-1973. He was offered,
but declined, the position of poet laureate in 1984, following the death of John
Betjeman.(sadly cancer of
oesophagus) b. August 9th
Desi Arnaz/Ricky Ricardo (69) Cuban
singer, guitarist, percussionist, actor, comedian and TV producer; he led own
Latin American band and known to many as Ricky Ricardo with Lucille Ball in "I
Love Lucy". In 1939, he starred on Broadway in the successful musical Too
Many Girls. He then went to Hollywood to appear in the 1940 movie version at RKO,
which starred actress, comedian, and his future wife Lucille Ball. At the time,
he also played guitar for Xavier Cugat (lung cancer)
b. March 2nd 1917.
1988: Tata Giacobetti (66)
Italian singer and lyricist born in Rome, he sang at the students'
parties at the time when he attended scenography classes at the Fine Arts Academy
in Rome. In 1940 he founded a vocal quartet called Quartetto Egie, that changed
line-up and name twice, becoming Quartetto Ritmo first and then Quartetto Cetra.
Besides singing, he was the group's lyricist, while Virgilio Savona, also a member
of the quartet, composed the music. They worked together for four decades and
produced hundreds of songs which made up Quartetto Cetra's vast repertoire. Their
many albums included, In
un palco della Scala, Un disco dei Platters, Il
Visconte di Castelfombrone, Nella vecchia fattoria, Vecchia America, Che centrattacco,
Un bacio a mezzanotte, I ricordi della sera. Quartetto
Cetra officially finished their performing career on 1 July 1988 in Bologna, with
their last public concert. Tata also wrote lyrics for famous Italian composers
of that era, such as Giovanni D'Anzi, Gorni Kramer, and Armando Trovajoli (?)
b. 24 June 24th 1922.
1990: Aaron Copland (90) American composer; he
studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. In his early works he experimented
with jazz rhythms and then with an abstract style influenced by Neoclassicism.
He came to be unofficially regarded as the U.S.'s national composer. He is best
known for his three ballets based on American folk material: Billy the Kid in
1938), Rodeo in 1942, and Appalachian Spring in 1944, for which he recieved the
Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote film scores, orchestral works, and operas. He won
an Oscar for his 1949 music to The Heiress and was nominated for Of Mice and Men
in 1939, Our Town in 1940 and 1943's
The North Star.
In his later years Aaron refined his treatment of Americana, making his references
less overt, and he produced a number of works using the experimental technique
of serialism. He continued to lecture and to conduct through the mid-1980s (Alzheimer's
disease and respiratory failure) b. November 14th
1997: Michael Hedges (43)
US solo guitarist; covering
a wide range of musical styles
he was one of the most innovative and acclaimed solo guitarists of his era, self-described
"violent acoustic" he rose to success on the strength of a unique performing
style that utilized harmonics and picking to create the impression of multiple
guitars playing simultaneously. He was discovered in the early eighties by William
Ackerman who heard him performing in a Palo Alto cafe and signed him to a recording
contract. His record Oracle posthumously won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best New
Age Album (a car accident along State Route 128 near Boonville about 100 miles
northwest of San Francisco) b. December 31st 1953.
1998: Robert Sherwood "Bob" Haggart
Dixieland jazz double bass player, composer and arranger. He becamer a founder-member
of the Bob Crosby Band in 1935, arranging and part-composing several of the band's
big successes including "What's New?", "South Rampart Street Parade",
"My Inspiration", and "Big Noise From Winnetka"
As a studio musician and arranger he worked with the likes of Billie Holiday,
Louis Armstrong's and Ella Fitzgerald. He also worked and co-led with Yank Lawson
The world's greatest Jazz Band as well as leading his own band (?) b.
March 13th 1914
Charlie Byrd (74) American jazz guitarist born
in Suffolk, Virginia. His strongest influence was Django Reinhardt, in 1957 he
met double bassist Keter Betts, the two began doing gigs together, and by October
they were frequently performing at The Showboat, Washinton DC. In 1959 the pair
joined Woody Herman's band and toured Europe for 3 weeks as part of a US State
Department sponsored "goodwill" tour.
In 1962, he collaborated with Stan Getz on the famous album, Jazz Samba, a recording
which pushed bossa nova into the mainstream of North American music. Charlie became
one of the top American guitarist who best played and understood Brazilian music,
especially the Bossa Nova genre. Charlie Byrd, Joe Byrd and Chuck Redd were also
a part of the famous act called "The Great Guitars" with electric guitarists
Herb Ellis and Barnie Kessel. This group toured and recorded albums in the 1980s.
Charlie performed the background music for "The Great Chefs Of..." television
programs on PBS during the 1980s and '90s
(Sadly lost his fight with lung cancer)
b. September 16th 1925
Valerie Jones (45) US singer, part of
The Jones Girls, a female R&B trio of sisters from Detroit, Michigan.Their
biggest hit was "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else". They were also
backup singers for Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass and Aretha Franklin and sang with
Diana Ross and Le Pamplemousse during the late-1970s. (?)
Dave Mount (59) English drummer and founder member
of the 1970's glam-rock group Mud. They first appeared on the Basil Brush show
on BBC TV and were signed to Mickie Most's RAK label. They had an immediate
Top 20 hit with "Crazy". At
the peak of their career they enjoyed three British number one singles with "Tiger
Feet", which sold over 500,000 copies in the UK alone, a million sales globally;
"Lonely This Christmas", an affectionate Elvis Presley spoof which has
now become an annual fixture on British radio and television at Christmas time
and "Oh Boy". Mud disbanded at the end of the Seventies, after which
he worked with Gray in an oldies act, Les Gray's Mud.
He also appeared on an episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks
on BBC Two in November 2005, and featured in the "spot the pop star of the
past" identity parade segment. The
last performance by the four original members was on 3 March 1990, when they met
and played Dave's wedding (sadly he took his own
b. March 3rd 1947.
Mariska Veres (59) Dutch singer, best known as the lead singer of the
rock group Shocking Blue. Born in The Hague, she began her career as a singer
in 1963 with the guitar band Les Mysteres. In 1965 she joined the Bumble Bees,
the Blue Fighters, Danny and his Favourites, then General Four in 1966, and the
Motowns later in 1966. In 1968 Mariska
was invited to join Shocking Blue, gaining
worldwide fame with their hit single "Venus". Shocking blue split in
1974, until they re-united in 1984, during which time Mariska
went solo. In 1993 she started the jazz
group The Shocking Jazz Quintet recording an album 'Shocking You'. From 1993 to
2006 Mariska performed in yet another reincarnation of Shocking Blue (cancer)
b. October 1st 1947.
Holmes (77) African-American singer, guitarist,
songwriter, and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of
the Civil Rights Movement". She performed American folk music, blues, jazz,
and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the
1950s and 1960s, she was influential musically and ideologically to many of the
key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez,
and Janis Joplin. In 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. anointed her "The Queen
of American folk music". In 1976, she performed in the U.S. Bicentennial
opera "Be Glad Then America" by John LaMontaigne, as the Muse for America.
Many time Grammy Award nominee, on Sept 29, 1999, President Bill Clinton presented
her with the National Endowment for the Arts' National Medal of Arts. In 2004,
she was honored at the Kennedy Center with the "Visionary Award", and
in 2005, the Library of Congress honored her with its "Living Legend Award".
b. December 31st 1930.
Aaron Schroeder (83) American songwriter, born in Brooklyn; his first
success, At a Sidewalk Penny Arcade one of the songs to introduce Rosemary Clooney
as a solo artist, was followed by an incredible 1500 songs. He wrote seventeen
songs for Elvis Presley including five that reached number one.. A Big Hunk o'
Love, Good Luck Charm, I Got Stung, Stuck on You, It's Now or Never. Other song
recordings to his credit, including major records by dozens of artists such as
Roy Orbison, Duane Eddy, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Perry Como and Pat Boone.
Aaron made a cameo appearance in the 1957 Warner Bros rock and roll movie Jamboree
as a songwriter.
was also the founder and president of Musicor Records (1960-1965), and discovered,
managed, produced and directed the career of Gene Pitney. He also worked on productions
with with Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Hal David and Burt Bacharach among others
(Alzheimer's disease) b. September
Eric Woolfson (64)
Scottish singer, songwriter and lyricist, born in Glasgow
he started composing music in his early teens. He moved to London in 1963, stopping
off in Manchester to do a short stint as pianist with Hermans Hermits. Finally
reachiing London he found work as a session pianist, before record producer Andrew
Oldham, signed him up as a songwriter. Eric wrote songs for artists such as Marianne
Faithfull, Frank Ifield, Joe Dassin, The Tremeloes, Marmalade, Dave Berry, and
Peter Noone. His songs were recorded by over 100 artists both in Europe and USA.
During the '60s he worked with two then-unknown writers, Andrew Lloyd Webber and
Tim Rice. In the early '70s, Eric went into management, his first two signings
were Carl Douglas and engineer/record producer Alan Parsons and in 1975 Eric and
Alan joined forces to found the studio progressive rock group, The Alan Parson
Project. From 1976 with their debut album Tales of Mystery and Imagination to
1987, they collaborated on the conception and lyrics for all ten albums by The
Alan Parsons Project, which have achieved world-wide sales in excess of 40 million.
Eric had been swaying more and more towards stage musicals, his first musical
premiered in Vienna in 1990: Freudiana, about Sigmund Freud. The success led to
his second musical in 1995, "Gaudi" about Spanish architect Antonio
Gaudi, which ran for over five years. Other musicals include "Gambler"
and "Edgar Allan Poe". His last musical "Dancing with Shadows"
based on the anti-war play Forest Fire by the Korean playwright Cham Bum-Suk and
with a book by Ariel Dorfman premiered in July 2007 in Korea (sadly
died after his battle with cancer)
b. March 18th 1945.
2011: Branimir Kotan (32) Croatian
disc jockey (sadly died while fighting cancer)
2011: Al Vega/Aram
jazz pianist born in Worcester, Mass, where he was the house pianist at the Hi-Hat
jazz club, and spent the late 1930s, 40s and 50s playing with some of the jazz
greats, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Count Basie and
Duke Ellington and played many of the city's legendary jazz clubs. He later led
his own trio playimg both the piano and the vibraphone, and had hundreds of recordings
as a pianist and a backup artist (?)
b. June 22nd 1921.
2011: Bill Tapia (103)
American jazz guitarist and ukulele player, also known as
known as "Uncle Bill" and "Tappy"; born in Honolulu he got
his first instrument at the age of 7 from Manuel Nunes, one of the first and most
respected ukulele makers in Hawaii. By the age of 10, he was already playing
professionally playing Stars and Stripes Forever for World War I troops
in Hawaii. In his early career he was travelling back and forth from Hawaii
to the West Coast playing on steamships, then in vaudeville and quickly expanding
as a jazz guitarist, banjo and ukulele player performing with names such as Bing
Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Hawaiian musicians such as King Bennie
Nawahi, Sol Hoopii, and Andy Iona. >>>
MORE <<< (Bill
passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Westminster, California)
b. January 1st 1908.
Howard Tate (72) American soul singer
and songwriter; in his teens, he joined a gospel music group the Gainors, recording
rhythm and blues sides for Mercury Records and Cameo Records in the early 1960s.
His music has received its greatest exposure via cover versions: Jimi Hendrix
and Hugh Masekela did "Stop," Ry Cooder covered "Look at Granny
Run Run," B.B. King recorded "Ain't Nobody Home," and rappers Brand
Nubian sampled "Look at Granny Run Run" and of course Janis Joplin with
"Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)", "Cry Baby", "My Baby"
and "Get It While You Can" which became one of Janis's signature tunes
(?) b. August 13th 1939.
2013: Junior Murvin/Murvin Junior Smith (67)
Jamaican reggae singer born in Saint James Parish but moved to Port
Antonio after his father's death. He first recorded under the name Junior Soul
for Sonia Pottinger's Gayfeet label, where he had a minor hit with "Solomon"
in 1972. He also performed as a member of the Hippy Boys and later the Mighty
Falcons and the Tornadoes, in Kingston's nightclubs and tourist hotels. In 1977,
he released his own song, "Police and Thieves", which was a commercial
success in Jamaica and Britain. continued to record through the 1980s and sang
with one of Jamaica's top bands, Jah Postles, touring widely in Europe. He released
his last single "Wise Man" in 1998 (he
had been suffering from diabetes and hypertension) b. 1946.
Chris White (78) American
jazz bassist, born in Harlem, New York and grew up in Brooklyn. He graduated in
1956 from City College of New York, and in 1968 from the Manhattan School of Music.
In 1974, he earned his Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts
and in 1994, he also did postgraduate Advanced Computer Study at Berklee College
Of Music. Chris was an occasional member of Cecil Taylor's band in the 1950s,
credited on the 1959 'Love for Sale' album. From 1960 to 1961 he accompanied Nina
Simone; subsequently he was a member of Dizzy Gillespie's ensemble until 1966.
He later founded the band The Jazz Survivors and was a member of the band
Prism. In addition to this, he collaborated with Billy Taylor, Eubie Blake, Earl
Hines, Chick Corea, Teddy Wilson, Kenny Barron, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington,
Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Billy Cobham. (?)
b. July 6th 1936.
2014: Bobby Keys (70) American
Robert Henry Keys was born at Lubbock army airfield in Hurlwood, Texas, and took
up the saxophone after being injured while playing baseball and it was the only
instrument left unclaimed in the school band, but soon after he met Jerry Allison,
a local drummer who was working with Buddy Holly in near by Lubbock. Bobby convinced
his grandfather to sign his guardianship to the drummer and he joined Jerrys
band, the Crickets and he was then playing behind Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox and
other local rockers. By the age of 15, he was touring with the pop singer Bobby
Vee on Dick Clarks Caravan of Stars, alongside such artists as Little Eva
and Major Lance. It was while he was playing with Vee when he first met the Rolling
Stones at the San Antonio state >>>
(sadly died fighting cirrhosis) b. December 18th 1943
Leoni Franco (73)
musician, composer, guitarist and founder of the Uruguayan group Los Iracundos,
with his brother the composer, vocalist and arranger Eduardo Franco. The group
was formed in 1958 in Paysandu, The group gave nearly 60 years to music, having
a style of romantic music and Latin pop and was famous for songs such as "Tú
con él," "Apróntate para vivir," and "Te lo
pido de rodillas". (?) b.
John Eaton (85) American
composer, born in Bryn Mawr, PA and attended Princeton University. He live in
Rome from 1957-68. He was a prominent composer of microtonal music, and worked
with Paul Ketoff and Robert Moog during the 1960s in developing several types
of synthesizers. He innovated a compositional genre called
pocket opera, operas scored for a small cast of vocalists and a chamber group.
John was the recipient of the Prix de Rome in 2001, MacArthur Fellow and professor
emeritus of composition at the University of Chicago in 2008 .(?)
b. March 30th 1935.
Gisela May (92)
German actress and singer born in Wetzlar, Rhine Province. After Hanns
Eisler discovered her singing talent in 1957, she has performed on stage as diseuse
with political songs (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill), chansons and poems. Although
living in East Germany, she was allowed to tour around the world, also in the
USA and Australia. She was a member of the Berliner Ensemble from 1962 to 1992,
best known for her role as "Mother Courage", which she played for 13
years after Helene Weigel's death. As an actress she is also known for Adelheid
und ihre Mörder in 1993, Die Hallo-Sisters in 1990 and Frau Jenny Treibel
in 1975 among many others. In 2004 Gisela was awarded the highest civilian honor
bestowed by Germany, the Bundesverdienstkreuz/Grand Order of Merit of Germany.
(?) b. May 31st 1924.
Cherushii/Chelsea Faith Dolan (33) American
keyboardist, DJ and radio personality; born in San Mateo County, California, she
went on to host an underground radio program as DJ for campus radio station KALX
as well as playing eclectic electronic keyboard music.
She was a DJ, an audio remixer and a producer of dance music shows. She
performed at the Folsom Street Fair earlier this year. (tragically
Chelsea was among the 36 people who died in Friday nights warehouse fire
during an music event at the Ghost Ship warehouses electronic
music concert) b. September 14th 1983
Mark Eugene Gray (64) American
country music singer and songwriter born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He recorded
both as a solo artist and as a member of the country pop band Exile, of which
he was a member between 1979 and 1982. His
solo career included 3 albums and 8 Top 40 country hits, of which the highest-peaking
is the No. 6 Tammy Wynette duet "Sometimes When We Touch".. He also
co-wrote "Take Me Down" and "The Closer You Get", both of
which were originally recorded by Exile and later became No.1 hits for Alabama.
Other songs that Mark co-wrote include "It Ain't Easy Being Easy" for
Janie Fricke and "Second Hand Heart" for Gary Morris.
b. October 24th 1952.
Charles Edward "Cow Cow" Davenport (61)
American boogie woogie piano player, also played the organ and sang. His career
began in the 1920s when he joined Banhoof's Traveling Carnival, a medicine show.
His first fame came as accompanist to blues musicians Dora Carr and Ivy Smith.
He also performed with Tampa Red. He recorded for many record labels, and was
a talent scout and artist for Vocalion Records. He suffered a stroke in the early
1930s and lost movement in his hands. He was washing dishes when he was found
by the jazz pianist Art Hodes in 1938. Hodes assisted in his rehabilitation and
helped him find new recording contracts. He is a member of the Alabama Music Hall
of Fame, where Cripple Clarence Lofton called him a major influence (sadly
died from the effects of hardening of the arteries) b.
April 23rd 1894.
Bill Johnson (100) American jazz musician
considered the father of the "slap" style of string bass playing. He
started "slapping" the strings of his bass, (a more vigorous technique
than the classical pizzicato), after he accidentally broke his bow on the road
with his band in northern Louisiana in the early 1910s. Other New Orleans string
bass players picked up this style, and spread it across the country with the spread
of New Orleans Jazz. He
was founder and manager of the first jazz band to leave New Orleans and tour widely
in the 1910s, The Original Creole Orchestra. He also played with King Oliver's
Creole Jazz Band, Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band, and made many fine recordings
in Chicago (died in New Braunfels, Texas) b.
August 10th 1872.
1973: Emile Christian (78)
American jazz trombonist from New Orleans; he also played cornet and
string bass, he played both cornet/trombone with the Papa Jack Laine bands. He
went to Chicago, in late 1917 to play trombone with the Bert Kelly Jass Band.
In 1918 he went to New York City to play with the Original Dixieland Jass Band;
he toured England with the O.D.J.B., contributed his tune "Satanic Blues"
to their repertory, and made his first recordings with this band. Other songs
he wrote include "Meet Me At the Green Goose", and "Mardi Gras
Parade". After a brief time in the Original Memphis Five, he returned to
Europe where he played with various jazz bands in Berlin, Paris, and other European
cities into the mid 1930s. He played in both Black and White bands in Europe and
India before returning to the US after the outbreak of World War II. He moved
back to New Orleans in the 1950s where he played with the bands of Leon Prima,
Santo Pecora, and Sharkey Bonano and his own band. In 1957 he toured with the
Louis Prima Band. He continued playing in New Orleans into 1969, in his later
years mostly playing string bass (?) b.
April 20th 1895.
1998: Pierre Hétu
(62) Canadian conductor and pianist, born in Montreal, Quebec. He studied
in Paris, piano with Marcel Ciampi and conducting with Edouard Lindenberg, then
in 1961, he won the Concours International des Jeunes Chefs d'Orchestre in Besançon.
He subsequently studied under Charles Münch, Jean Martinon, and Hans Swarowsky.
Pierre made his Canadian debut in 1963, conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra,
and was appointed the orchestras Assistant Conductor under Zubin Mehta from
1963-1968. He was Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in Michigan
from 1968-1972, Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1970-1973,
and both Artistic Director from 1973-1979 and Principal Guest Conductor 1979-1980
of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (?)
b. April 22nd 1936.
1999: Scatman John/John Paul Larkin (57)
American singer born in El Monte, California; stuttering jazz musician who created
a unique fusion of scat singing and house music, best known for his debut 1994
single "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)", a song he intended to inspire
children who stuttered to overcome adversity, it sold over 6 million copies, making
him a world star at the age of 52. He followed this with 10 more singles and 4
albums. His second album Everybody Jam!, took off in Japan, he was so popular
there that toy stores sold dolls of his likeness and he appeared on phone cards
and Coca Cola cans. The Japanese version of Everybody Jam! included a total of
five bonus tracks, including the hit singles there "Su Su Su Super Ki Re
i" and "Pripri Scat", which were commissioned by Japanese companies
for several commercials (lung cancer) b.
March 13th 1942.
2000: Hoyt Curtin (78)
American composer and music producer, the main musical director for the Hanna-Barbera
animation studio from its beginnings with The Ruff & Reddy Show in 1957 until
his retirement in 1986. He composed many of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs,
including The Flintstones, Top Cat, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Superfriends, Josie
and the Pussycats, and The New Scooby-Doo Movies. He also wrote the controversial
score for the science-fiction film Mesa of Lost Women and composed the music for
the Sandy Frank cartoon Battle of the Planets, his last project, released in 2000
(died in L.A) b. September 9th 1922.
Grady Martin (72) American guitarist; a noted session musician who
played guitar on several hit songs including "Honky Tonk Man" by Johnny
Horton, Marty Robbins hit songs El Paso and Don't Worry, and Roy Orbison's Oh,
Pretty Woman. He played guitar on the records of artists Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams,
Bing Crosby, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Floyd Cramer, Patsy Cline,
Brenda Lee, Ray Price, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and many others. He learnt
the piano, guitar and fiddle, at 15 years old he joined the band of Nashville
musician Big Jeff Bess and spent the next two years touring. In 1946 he worked
with the Bailes Brothers performing on the Grand Ole Opry. As well as his extensive
session career, in 1951 he formed a country-jazz band, Grady Martin and the Slew
Foot Five, backing acts like Bing Crosby and Burl Ives after which he formed Grady
Martin and his Winging Strings and from 1979 to 1994 he became lead guitarist
for Willie Nelson's touring band. He was the 83rd inductee into the the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame (sadly, heart failure)
January 17th 1929.
2005: Lance Dossor (89) British-born concert
pianist and teacher; in 1932 he obtained an open scholarship to the Royal College
of Music and in 1936 he was awarded the Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians,
given only every three years to the most outstanding student. He won the 1936
Franz Liszt Prize at the Vienna International Piano Competition, and in the following
year the Sonata Prize and overall Fourth Prize in the 1937 International Frédéric
Chopin Piano Competition. In 1938 he was awarded fourth prize in the Ysaye Competition
in Belgium. After the war, he became a member of the Royal College of Music's
teaching staff and resumed his performing career, solo recitals, concertos and
chamber music, playing with the leading British Orchestras under the batons of
Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Rafael Kubelík,
Nikolai Malko and many others. He was a soloist for the Royal Philharmonic Society,
the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts and in 1950 was invited to Israel for ten performances
of the Brahms Second Piano Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In
1947 he replaced Dinu Lipatti, who had been taken ill prior to his first London
concert. In 1953 he accepted a three year appointment as principal teacher of
piano at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide from 1953,
a post in which he remained until his retirement in 1979. (?)
b. May 14th 1916.
2006: Logan Whitehurst (29) American drummer,
also keyboards, guitar, accordion, concertina, piano, and provided his own backup
vocals through multitracking. He began his career as the drummer for the band
Little Tin Frog from 1995 until 2000, although he is best known as a founding
member of Californian indie rock band The Velvet Teen and as a solo artist performing
under the name Logan Whitehurst and the Junior Science Club He was also an accomplished
graphic designer, creating numerous album covers for bands such as his sister's
Tsunami Bomb, in addition to Dynamite Boy, Little Tin Frog, The Velvet Teen, 20
Minute Loop, Go Time, Shut Up Donny, Santiago, and labels such as Fearless Records,
Restitution Records, Silent Records and Entertainment, and Double Helix Records
(cancerous brain tumor) b. November 15th 1977.
2009: Torrie Zito (76) American pianist, music
arranger, composer and conductor. Torrie is widely known for his hugely popular
work with John Lennon on the classic album Imagine, as string arranger. But Torrie
has worked with many recording artists, including Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Perry
Como, Billy Eckstine, Herbie Mann, Steve Lawrence, Edie Gorme, Nana Mouskouri,
Bobby Short, Marvin Hamlish, Roberto Carlos, Sinead O'Conner, Tony Bennett, Frank
Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, Morgana King, Johnny Mathis, Clay Aiken,
Liza Minnelli, Morgana King, Quincy Jones, and Carly Simon (sadly
emphysema took his breath away)
b. October 12th 1933.
Hugues Cuénod (108) Swiss tenor born in
Corseaux-sur-Vevey; he is known for his performances in opera, operetta, traditional
and musical theatre, and on the concert stage, where he was particularly known
for his romantic and expressive interpretation of mélodie. He had an extraordinarily
long career and he gave his last performance at the age of 92 ...
(?) b. June 26th 1902.
Some sources give the date of Hugues Cuénod's death as December 6th 2010.
2011: Philip "Fatis" Burrell (57)
Jamaican record producer, born in Birmingham, England; he later moved to Jamaica
where he operated one of the most progressive production outfits working in his
Vena studios and his Xterminator label from the '90s up to the early years of
the new millennium, working with artists such as Capleton, Beres Hammond, Al Campbell,
Sugar Minott, Cocoa Tea, Pinchers, Mikey General, Prince Malachi, Jesse Jenderm,
and Luciano. After a short break from production work, Fatis reactivated his Xterminator
label in 2010 with digital single releases from Sizzla and up-and-coming artists
such as Jesse Royal and Kyala Bliss. (sadly
Fatis died after a second stroke)
Fernando Argenta / Fernando Martín de Argenta Pallarés (68)
Spanish writer, journalist, musician and presenter of radio and television. Born
in Madrid, he completed advanced studies in music at the Madrid Royal Conservatory
and combined activity with the Bachelor of Law from the Complutense University
of Madrid. In his youth, he was a member of the rock band Micky and The Tonys,
which he left in 1965 to fulfill the military service. In 1976, he began working
at Radio Nacional de España RNE), the station that ran the program 'Popular
Classics'. In 2003, 2004 and 2006, he was the commentator of RTVE in the Junior
Eurovision Song Contest held in Copenhagen, Lillehammer and Bucharest, respectively
(sadly died of pancreatic cancer)
July 4th 1945.
2014: Ian 'Mac' McLagan (69)
English keyboardist Hounslow, born in Middlesex, his first professional
group was with the Muleskinners, followed by the Boz People with Boz Burrell.
Then in 1965, Don Arden hired him for the sum of £30 a week, to join Small
Faces, (the £30 dropped to £20 after his probation period, like the
other members recieved!). His debut gig with them was at London's Lyceum Theatre
on November 2nd that same year and can be heard on most of their hits including
"Sha-La-La-La-Lee", "Itchycoo Park", "Lazy Sunday",
"All or Nothing", and "Tin Soldier". In 1969, after Steve
Marriott left the group and Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined, the band changed
its name to Faces. He stayed with the Faces until they split in 1975, after which
he worked as a sideman for the Rolling Stones, both in the studio and on tour
as well as on various Ronnie Wood projects, including the New Barbarians. Ian
was also an in demand his session musician, he backed such artists as Chuck Berry,
Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Paul Westerberg,
Izzy Stradlin, Frank Black, Nikki Sudden, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Tony
Scalzo, Carla Olson and Mick Taylor. He also played piano on the studio side of
the album The London Chuck Berry Sessions. For several years in the late 90s and
early 2000s, Ian was a member of Billy Bragg's band "The Blokes", co-writing
and performing on the 2002 England, Half English album and tour. Running along
side his busy session work Ian also released several solo albums and from 1977
onwards he had his own Bump Band. Later in his life, he lived in Austin and did
gig nights at local clubs and bars. Ian McLagan & the Bump Band played at
the 2006 Austin City Limits Music Festival, and opened for the Rolling Stones
in Austin, Texas, in 2006. In 2010, he joined the Black Crowes on keyboards and
vocals at Stubbs in Austin, and in 2013, he appeared with the Warren Haynes band
at the Moody Theater, Austin. 2014 finds Ian forming a new band
(sadly Ian died from a stroke)
b. May 12th 1945.
Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson (81) Jamaican vocalist, organist,
and keyboards player; born in Jones Town, he played a major part in the island's
musical history, playing a key role in defining the ska sound and the rocksteady
beat, and playing on hundreds of recordings as a session musician, a solo artist,
and as leader of Gladdy's All Stars. As Harry J All Stars the band had a massive
hit in Jamaica and the UK with the instrumental song "The Liquidator"
in 1969 and 1980. His 100s of recordings included working at Reid's Treasure Isle
studio, generally replacing Jackie Mittoo when The Skatalites recorded there,
also working for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd and Leslie Kong, and was a member
of Lynn Taitt's group The Jets, playing on many of the key ska and rocksteady
recordings, and helping to define the ska sound and the rocksteady beat. He was
credited with coming up with the name "rock steady", when he used the
term to describe Hopeton Lewis's "Take it Easy", when the recording,
that he had played on, was played back. Gladdy's song "Mad Mad Ivy"
was sampled for Jay-Z's song "Already Home" for The Blueprint 3.(?)
b. June 18th 1934.
Scott Weiland/Scott Richard Kline (48) American rock singer-songwriter,
born in San Jose, California. During a career spanning three decades, he was best
known as the lead singer for the band Stone Temple Pilots from 1989 to 2013, as
well as the supergroup Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008 and as a session singer
with the hard rock supergroup, Art of Anarchy formed in 2011. He also established
himself as a solo artist, releasing two studio albums, two cover albums, a live
album and collaborations with several other musicians since 1995. In 2014 after
his departure from Stone Temple Pilots, Scott formed Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts,
While touring for his 2015 album Blaster, he lost friend and longtime musical
partner guitarist Jeremy Brown, and experienced a string of negative press, but
nearer the end of the year saw a reported turnaround of Weiland's live shows.
(Scott who has a long history with drugs and
drink abuse and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001, was found dead
on his tour bus. He had died in his sleep, the underlying cause of death has not
b. October 27th 1967.
Gigliola Frazzoni (89) Italian opera singer born
in Bologna and made her debut at the Teatro Comunale Bologna, as Mimi in La bohème.
She quickly enjoyed considerable success at major opera houses throughout Italy,
and in Turin, Venice, Parma, Palermo, Rome, Munich, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Zurich,
Vienna, Bordeaux, Dublin, and Milan, etc. She was a regular guest at the Verona
Arena from 1956 to 1972. In 1957, she took part in the world premiere of Francis
Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, as Mère Marie, at La Scala in
was admired in dramatic roles, especially by Verdi and Puccini and some other
verismo composers such as Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano (?)
b. February 22nd 1927.
Herbert Hardesty (91) American jazz musician
who played tenor saxophone and trumpet born in New Orleans, Louisiana. By 1939,
he was performing with bands led by Papa Celestin, Sidney Desvigne, and others.
But he is best known for his association with Fats Domino beginning in 1948 until
1971. Then in 1973, he played trumpet with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and was
a member of the Count Basie Orchestra for six months. He became a member of the
house band at the Hilton Hotel and backed vocalists including Tony Bennett, Ella
Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. Herbert rejoined Fats Domino from around 1980 until
2005 and can be heard on numerous live recordings released during these years.
He also released six 45-rpm records as Herb Hardesty between 1959 and 1962. His
first CD of these recordings and others made but not issued in 1958 were released
worldwide in July 2012 by Ace Records, entitled The Domino Effect. (?)
b. March 3rd 1925
1935: Johan Halvorsen (71)
Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist. He
was an accomplished violinist from a very early age and became a prominent figure
in Norwegian musical life. As well as much theatre work, he conducted performances
of over 30 operas and wrote the incidental music for more than 30 plays. Following
his retirement from the theatre he finally had time to concentrate on the composition
of his three great symphonies and two well-known Norwegian rhapsodies (?)
b. March 15th 1864
Tommy Bolin (25) American-born
guitarist; born in Sioux City, Iowa, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, in his late
teens, where he played in a band called American Standard before joining Ethereal
Zephyr, later called Ethereal Zephyr. In 1972 at the age of 20, Tommy formed the
fusion jazz-rock-blues band Energy. At this time he also played on Billy Cobham's
Spectrum album. 1973 found him in the James Gang recording two records with this
band: Bang! in 1973 and Miami in 1974. He went on to do session work for numerous
rock bands and also with a number of jazz artists. He featured on Alphonse Mouzon's
(of Weather Report) album Mind Transplant and toured with Carmine Appice and The
Good Rats. In 1975 he embarked on his solo career debuting with 'Teaser'. Also
in 1975 he was contacted to replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. The Deep
Purple world tour that followed in 1975 and 1976 allowed Tommy to showcase one
song per night from Teaser. In 1976 he began to record Private Eyes, his second
solo record. This album was supposed to be a double album. Much more of his music
was released after his death including 11 live albums. His final show, just hours
before his death, he opened for Jeff Beck (alcohol and drugs
overdose) b. August
Benjamin Britton (62) UK composer, conductor, violist and pianist;
he showed musical gifts early in life, and began composing prolifically as a child.
With his arrival on the international music scene, many felt that English music
gained its greatest genius since Purcell. One of his best known works is The Young
Person's Guide to the Orchestra, composed to accompany Instruments of the Orchestra,
an educational film produced by the British government, narrated and conducted
by Malcolm Sargent. (heart failure) b.
22 November 1913.
Frank Zappa (52) American composer, electric guitarist, record producer
and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, he wrote rock, jazz,
electronic, orchestral, and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length
films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of
the more than 60 albums he released with the band Mothers of Invention and as
a solo artist. One of the most accomplished composers of the rock era, with terrific
musical knowledge and an outrageous sense of humor (prostate
cancer) b. December
(62) UK drummer, founder member of Freddie
& the Dreamers; although the band were grouped as a part of the Merseybeat
sound phenomenon that The Beatles exploded around the world in the wake of Beatlemania,
they came from Manchester, and were the first such non-Liverpool, non-Brian Epstein-managed
band to break through in the UK. Their most famous hits were "If You Gotta
Make a Fool of Somebody", "I'm Telling You Now", "You Were
Made For Me", and "I Understand" (lung cancer)
b. September 11th 1940.
Teo Peter (50) Romanian rock musician born in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania,
and bass player for rock band Compact formed in 1977 (Sadly
Teo died while traveling in a taxi which was hit by a drunk driver, U.S. Marine
Staff Sergeant Christopher Van Goethem serving as a Marine Security Guard at the
American embassy in Bucharest) b. April 11th 1954.
Souliotis (61) Greece
operatic soprano initially hailed as "the next Callas", her best known
role is Abigaille in Verdi's opera Nabucco. Although her opera recordings were
best sellers and she quickly achieved a busy career, unwisely, she took on certain
demanding roles too early, and damaged her voice by denying it the time it needed
to develop and strengthen by natural stages. After
an absence from the stage that lasted several years, she began a second career
in comprimario roles beginning in 1979, mostly in Russian operas (died of heart
failure in Florence, Italy) b. May
Willem Duyn aka Mouth (67) Dutch singer; he had sung in a number of
60s bands, including Speedway, before performing as one half of the duo Mouth
& MacNeal formed in 1970.
After their first single, "Hey You Love", their next two singles "How
Do You Do" and "Hello-A" which both reached No.1. In 1972, Mouth
& MacNeal reached the top of the charts throughout Continental Europe and
Scandinavia. "How Do You Do" was made popular in the US by radio personality
Jim Connors and the song eventually reached No.8 in the U.S. in July 1972. In
December 1974, Mouth and MacNeal split up. Mouth continued with his wife Ingrid
Kup as Big Mouth & Little Eve. He also pursued a solo-career; under his own
name he charted with Dutch-language versions of Frankie Miller's Darlin and Chattanooga
Choo Choo. In 1992 he joined forces with rural-conscious rockers Normaal for Tenpole
Tudor's Wunderbar when their own frontman Bennie Jolink recovered from a motorcycle-accident.
(Willem sadly died from a
heart attack) b. March
2005: Don Charles (71)
English ballad singer and record producer, born in Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire
and he spent ten years in the Royal Navy, leaving at 25 years old. By 1960, after
settling in London, he was signed to Parlophone by George Martin who produced
his debut single, "Paintbox Lover", but soon after he was signed by
Joe Meek to Decca in 1961. He is best known for his recordings of "Walk With
Me My Angel" and "Bring Your Love to Me". The BBC refused to play
his 1963 "Angel of Love", because of the 'death song' styled lyric,
"Everyone has an angel of love/Way up in the heavens above". Don also
produced several of The Tornados' tracks including "Space Walk" and
"Goodbye Joe". In the late 60s
he retired from the music industry, and bought a nightclub in Malta jointly
with Rolf Harris (?)
b. December 10th 1933.
Lasso/Rosa María Coscolin (83) Spanish-born
singer, based in France. She
found success in the 1950s and 1960s, with songs such as Amour, Castagnettes et
Tango, Etranger au Paradis (a French version of Stranger in Paradise), Buenas
Noches Mi Amor, and Bon Voyage (heart attack) b. November
Pimp C/Chad Butler (33) American
rap artist, co-founder of the "Dirty South" style rap group UGK, and
also co-owner of Trill Entertainment along with bandmate "Bun B". Born
in Port Arthur, TX, his father played trumpet professionally with Solomon Burke,
Chad studied classical music while in high school, and received a Division I rating
on a tenor solo at a University Interscholastic League choir competition. He developed
an interest in hip-hop when a friend of his gave him a Run-DMC album, after which
he and his best friend Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, formed the rap group
Underground Kingz aka UGK. Their 3rd album, Ridin' Dirty, reached No.2 on the
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. January 2002 Chad was sentenced to
eight years in prison after violating probation by ignoring the community service
sentence he had received from an earlier aggravated gun assault charge. He was
released in 2005 and his 1st solo album "Pimpalation" appeared in the
summer of 2006. Bun B dedicated the final UGK album, UGK 4 Life, to Pimp C's memory.
(Los Angeles County Coroner's office state he died from an accidental overdose
of Promethazine /Codeine "syrup" mixed with a pre-existing medical condition,
sleep apnea, which causes a person to stop breathing during sleep) b.
December 29th 1973
2008: Richard Van Allan
CBE (73) British operatic bass singer; he
sang varied repertoire at Covent Garden, English National Opera, and numerous
important houses worldwide. With his distinctive profile and memorable stage presence,
he made a powerful impression in many roles, from Wagner, Verdi, Mozart, to Gilbert
& Sullivan. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire
in 2001, and his last performance was as Folz in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von
Nürnberg at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival (lung cancer) b.
May 28th 1935
2009: Mary Virginia Curtis Verna
(88) American operatic soprano, born in Salem,
US, Mary is particularly associated with the Italian repertory and famed
in the 50s and 60s for stepping into the roles of ailing, or otherwise indisposed
divas, often on only a few hours notice. She made her stage debut at the
Teatro Lirico in Milan, as Desdemona, in 1949. She sang widely in Italy, as Maria
Curtis Verna, and made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera and the Munich
State Opera. She made her American debut in Philadelphia, in 1952, and the same
year at the San Francisco Opera, as Aida. She made her debut at the New York City
Opera, as Donna Anna, in 1954, and at the Metropolitan Opera, as Leonora in Il
trovatore, in 1957. She can be heard in a few Cetra recordings; Don Giovanni,
opposite Giuseppe Taddei, Italo Tajo, Cesare Valletti, Un ballo in maschera, opposite
Ferruccio Tagliavini and Giuseppe Valdengo, Aida, opposite Franco Corelli, Miriam
Pirazzini, Giangiacomo Guelfi ()
b. May 9th 1921.
2009: William 'Liam' Clancy
(74) Irish singer, born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co.
Tipperary. He began singing with his brothers at fund-raising events for the Cherry
Lane Theatre and the Guthrie benefits. They relocated to New York in 1956, where
a record breaking 16 minute long performance on The Ed Sullivan Show launched
the group into stardom. The quartet recorded numerous albums for Columbia Records
and enjoyed great success during the '60s folk revival. In
these days, Liam was a close friend of Bob Dylan when they both were going out
with two sisters in New York, also he performed live for President John F. Kennedy
played guitar in addition to singing and recorded several solo albums. In 1975
he was booked to play a festival in Cleveland, Ohio, where Tommy Makem was also
playing. The two played a set together and formed Makem and Clancy, performing
in numerous concerts and recording several albums as a duo, until 1988. Now back
in Ireland, Liam re-joined the Clancy Brothers in 1996, which then included his
brothers, Paddy, Bobby, and O'Connell, to record the album, "Older But No
Wiser" and embark on a farewell tour. He continued to touring with his son,
Donal, and O'Connell, as Clancy, O'Connell & Clancy. In 2006 Irish Television
profiled Liam Clancy in a two hour documentary called "The Legend of Liam
Clancy." In February 2007 the documentary won the award for best series at
the Irish Film & Television Academy awards in Dublin (sadly
died from complications of lung disease) b. September
2011: Hubert Sumlin (80)
American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and
singer, born in Greenwood, Mississippi. He was best known for his celebrated work,
from 1955, as guitarist in Howlin' Wolf's band. His singular playing was characterized
by "wrenched, shattering bursts of notes, sudden cliff-hanger silences and
daring rhythmic suspensions".
He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008; nominated for
four Grammy Awards:- in 1999 for the album Tribute to Howlin' Wolf with Henry
Gray, Calvin Jones, Sam Lay, and Colin Linden, in 2000 for Legends with Pinetop
Perkins, in 2006 for his solo project About Them Shoes and he won multiple Blues
sadly died from a heart failure) b.
2011: RJ Rosales/Roseo José Rosales (37)
Filipino-born Australian singer, actor, musical theatre performer and TV presenter.
Born in Manila, his family migrated to Sydney, Australia when he was 13. RJ started
his professional career as part of the ensemble of the original Australian production
of Miss Saigon in 1996. In 1998 he moved to Singapore where his theatre credits
include leading roles in Chang and Eng - the Musical, The Student Prince, Man
of Letters, Cabaret, and Forbidden City. It was his regular stint in ASAP, the
No.1 musical variety show in the Philippines that made him a household name in
the country. As well as making numerous Singapore TV appearances, he also had
a successful solo singing career and held live concerts in the USA, Australia,
Singapore, Japan and Thailand. RJ returned to Australia in 2008 in the revived
production of Sir Cameron Mackintosh's musical Miss Saigon, in which he portrays
Thuy, for which he was nominated for the Helpmann Awards Best Supporting Actor
in a Musical (correct
details about his death have yet to be confirmed)
b. March 24th 1974.
2013: Robert Allman AM OBE (86)
Australian operatic baritone
born in Melbourne, he studied in Paris and sang at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden
for three seasons from 1955. He then moved to Germany, where he sang in over a
dozen opera houses. He also sang in opera houses including Zurich, New Orleans,
Singapore and Vienna. In 1965, he sang with the Sutherland-Williamson Opera Company
on its tour of Australia, alongside Joan Sutherland Lauris Elms, Luciano Pavarotti,
Margreta Elkins and other, after which, he became a Principal Artist with Opera
Australia, where he remained for the rest of his career (?)
b. June 8th 1927.
Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst (37) English singer-songwriter,
record producer, multi-instrumentalist and journalist born in Bristol. He began
performing solo, but since 1999 additional musicians have helped expand Gravenhurst
into a live band, with drummer Dave Collingwood also contributing performance
and production work to several recordings. From 2004 to 2006 Gravenhurst performed
as a trio with Huw Cooksley on bass guitar. On tour throughout 2007 and 2008,
Robin Allender played bass, and Alex Wilkins played guitar. The release of The
Ghost in Daylight in 2012 saw the formation of a new three-piece Gravenhurst Ensemble.
Nick also performs solo with a guitar and phrase-sampling, looping and droning
devices (?) b. 1999.
2014: Bob Montgomery (77)
American songwriter born in born in Lampasas, Texas; Bob was a songwriting
partner and best friend of Buddy Holly, performing together as the duo "Buddy
and Bob" while teenagers in high school. Initially, they were playing a variety
of bluegrass music that evolved to the rockabilly sounds. They met at Hutchinson
Junior High School in Lubbock, and started playing at school assemblies and on
local radio shows. Bob sang lead and Buddy harmonized. They soon had a weekly
Sunday radio show on station KDAV. On October 14th 1955, Bill Haley & His
Comets did a concert at the Fair Park Auditorium which also featured Bob, Buddy
and bassist Larry Welborn on the bill. He co-wrote some of Buddy Holly's songs,
such as "Heartbeat", "Wishing", and "Love's Made a Fool
of You" as well as the pop standard "Misty Blue" and also wrote
"Back in Baby's Arms" for Patsy Cline. His son, Kevin Montgomery, recorded
a version of this song, which appeared on his album True. (sadly
Bob died fighting Parkinson's disease) b. May 12th
J Capri/Jordan Phillips (23) Jamaican
singjay, best known for songs like "Whine and Kotch" featuring Charlie
Blacks, "Pull Up to Mi Bumpa" with Konshens, and "Reverse It".
(tragically Jordan died in hospital from injuries sustained
in a traffic collision) b. December 24th 1991.
Rodney Milnes/Rodney Milnes Blumer OBE (79) English
music critic, musicologist, writer, translator and broadcaster, with a particular
interest in opera. He was the opera critic for Harpers and Queen from 197090,
opera critic of The Spectator from 198890, Evening Standard from 199092,
and Chief Opera Critic The Times from 19922002. He was associate editor
of Opera from 1976, deputy editor from 1984, and editor between 198699.
Among his many projects and duties, he translated various operas including Rusalka,
The Jacobin, Osud, Don Chischiotte, Pollicino, Undine, Giovanna d'Arco, Die drei
Pintos and Tannhäuser. In January 2002 he was awarded an OBE for services
to journalism and music. (?) b.
July 26th 1936.
Chris Carney (35) American singer born
in Hot Springs, Ark, and known for his work as lead singer in the rock band "The
based in Los Angeles, California, . They released
one self titled album in 2005 and their single "Blow" was featured in
the movie The Island and was also featured for the advertising commercial of the
2007 DVD release of the film Ghost Rider. In 2006, Chris featured on the MTV show
"twentyfourseven." (tragically died in single-vehicle
crash along U.S. Highway 70 East. Sadly both Chris and his long time friend, Ezekiel
Blanton, were both pronounced dead at the scene)
b. August 19th 1980.
Radim Hladík (69) Czech rock guitarist,
composer and producer, born in Prague, and since the second half of the 1960s,
he has been considered one of the best Czech guitarists, and has won awards as
the best guitarist with a rock beat personality. He was member of the beat band
The Matadors with his friend Vladimír Miík, then in 1968 he
and Miík formed the group Blue Effect. In 1979, with singer Leek
Semelka and drummer Vlado Cech, he recorded the winning song of the Bratislavská
lyra - aty z átku. Among
guitarists he is probably best known for his instrumental composition Tearoom
(sadly died from pulmonary fibrosis) b. December 13th 1946
Wayne Duncan (72) Australian bass guitarist,
vocalist and a founder member of the rock band Daddy Cool. Formed in 1970 in Melbourne,
their debut single "Eagle Rock" was released in May 1971 and stayed
at No.1 on the Australian singles chart for ten weeks; other hits include Come
Back, Bom Bom and Hi Honey Ho. They toured overseas and the US, but broke up in
1972. Daddy Cool briefly reformed in '74 and years later were warmly welcomed
back on stage as part of the Melbourne Tsunami Benefit Concert in 2005. Daddy
Cool was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006 and the original line-up
with Wayne played their last show together in 2014 when they were inducted into
The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame. (sadly died
from a stroke) b. 1944
1791: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (35)
Austrian composer; one of the heavyweights of classical music, generally placed
in the top rank of composers along with Beethoven and Bach. Many consider Mozart
to be the greatest composer of all time. His more than 600 compositions include
works widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano,
operatic, and choral music, he is among the most enduringly popular of classical
composers (died of a mysterious fever)
b. January 27th 1756.
1953: Jorge Alberto Negrete
Mexican singer, actor; considered one of the most popular Mexican singers and
actors of all time. He started his career singing
operatic parts on the radio in 1931 in Mexico City. In 1936 he signed with NBC
for a TV program with Cuban and Mexican musicians. He returned to Mexico in 1937
to act in the film "La Madrina Del Diablo" ("The Devil's Godmother")
after which in 1938 he starred in "La Valentina" with Elisa Christy
and then in "Juntos Pero No Revueltos" ("Together But Not Mixed").
working in Havana and Hollywood he was called to act in "¡Ay Jalisco,
No Te Rajes!" ("Hey Jalisco, Don't Back Down!") which made him
an international Latin star and helped formulate the charro film genre (hepatitis)
b. November 30th 1911.
Karl Amadeus Hartmann (58) German composer, some have lauded him as
the greatest German symphonist of the 20th century, although he is now largely
overlooked, particularly in English-speaking countries. He voluntarily withdrew
completely from musical life in Germany during the Nazi era, and refused to allow
his works to be played there. An early symphonic poem, Miserae first performed
in Prague, 1935, was condemned by the Nazi regime; but his work continued to be
performed, and his fame grew, abroad. Beginning in November 1945, the concerts
reintroduced the German public to 20th-century repertoire which had been banned
since 1933 under National Socialist aesthetic policy. Karl provided a platform
for the music of the young composers who came to the fore in the late 1940s and
early 1950s, helping to establish such figures as Hans Werner Henze, Luigi Nono,
Luigi Dallapiccola, Carl Orff, Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio,
Bernd Alois Zimmermann and many others. Hartmann also involved sculptors and artists
such as Jean Cocteau, Le Corbusier, and Joan Miró in exhibitions at Musica
Viva (sadly died after a battle with stomach cancer)
b. August 2nd 1905.
Kenny Dorham/McKinley Howard Dorham (48) American jazz trumpeter,
singer, and composer born in Fairfield, Texas. He played in the big bands of Billy
Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Mercer Ellington and Charlie Parker's
quintet. He was a charter member of the original cooperative Jazz Messengers.
He also recorded as a sideman with Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk, and replaced
Clifford Brown in the Max Roach Quintet in 1956. In addition to sideman work,
he led his own groups, releasing 18 albums as a leader, debuting with "Quiet
Kenny" in 1953. His band the Jazz Prophets featured a young Bobby Timmons
on piano, bassist Sam Jones and tenorman J. R. Monterose with guest Kenny Burrell
on guitar, recorded a live album 'Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia in
1956 for Blue Note. In 1963 Kenny added the 26-year-old tenor saxophonist Joe
Henderson to his group. He also composed the jazz standard "Blue Bossa,"
which first appeared on Joe Henderson's album ''Page One''. Kenny was one of the
most active and sort after bebop trumpeters, but sadly, sometimes forgotten by
the media (died from kidney disease)
b. August 30th 1924.
1977: Rahsaan Roland
Kirk/Ronald Theodore Kirk (42) American jazz saxaphonist, composer
and multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments,
born in Columbus, Ohio, but felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters
in his first name to make Roland. He became blind at an early age as a result
of poor medical treatment. In 1970, after hearing it in a dream, he added "Rahsaan"
to his name. Preferring to lead his own bands, he rarely performed as a sideman,
although he did record with arranger Quincy Jones and drummer Roy Haynes and had
notable stints with bassist Charles Mingus. One of his best-known recorded performances
is the lead flute and solo on Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova", a 1964 hit song
repopularized in the Austin Powers films (died from a second
stroke) b. December 5th 1977.
Fat Larry James
drummer and vocalist of Fat Larry's Band; the band's biggest hits were "Act
Like You Know", which later appeared on the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto:
Vice City, and "Zoom", which hit number two in the UK singles chart.
They had two other major hits in the UK: "Center City" with lead vocals
by Grant and "Boogie Town". His opening drum break from "Down On
The Avenue", has been sampled by many hip-hop artists, including NWA, Ice
T, Jungle Brothers, and Run-DMC. (heart attack)
b. August 2nd 1949
Molly O'Day/LaVerne Williamson (64)
C&W, gospel singer,
banjo; pioneering vocalist whose soulful, gut-wrenching performances helped redefine
the role of the female country solo artist, whose C&W career was relatively
brief, but her lasting influence has proven massive. Staring out in 1939 when
she was hired to perform in a radio band: Ervin Staggs and His Radio Ramblers
at WCHS, Charleston, West Virginia.She also joined the Radio Ramblers as a vocalist
under the pseudonym Mountain Fern and worked with a banjoist called Murphy McClees
and changed her name to Dixie Lee. She signed recording contract with Columbia
Records and Molly O'Day and her band The Cumberland Mountain Folks made their
first recordings on December 16th 1946 (sadly lost his battle
with cancer) b. July
John Pritchard CBE (68) English conductor, known for his interpretations
of Mozart operas and his support of contemporary music. He joined the music staff
of Glyndebourne Festival Opera in '47 as chorus master in '49. He remained associated
with Glyndebourne for most of his career, as conductor, music counsellor and musical
director. As well as this he appeared worldwide from the Far East to both American
contenants to Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera
Covent Garden,Vienna Symphony Orchestra,
Vienna State Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Opera, the Théâtre
de la Monnaie, and the San Francisco Opera to mention a few. John was appointed
CBE in 1962 and knighted in 1983. The prestigious Shakespeare prize in Hamburg,
was awarded him in 1975 (?) b.
February 5th 1921.
1990: Bill Hardman Jr (57)
bop trumpeter and flugelhornist; while still
in high school he appeared with Tadd Dameron, and after graduating he joined Tiny
Bradshaw's band. He appeared and recorded with some of the foremost jazz musicians.
His first recording was with Jackie McLean in 1955. He later played with Charles
Mingus, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, and Lou Donaldson,
and led a group with Junior Cook. He also recorded as a leader. A most underrated
musician, boasting three separate tours of duty in as many decades with Art Blakey's
Jazz Messengers. Originally a crackling hard bop player with blazing technique,
crisp articulations, and a no-frills sound, he soon began to play with some of
the fuller, more extroverted romantic passion of a Clifford Brown, a direction
he would take increasingly throughout the 1960s and 1970s. When put to the test,
few could match and none exceed his pyrotechnical or imaginative gifts. Blakey
would occasionally feature him playing several extended choruses unaccompanied
b. April 6th 1933.
Doug Hopkins (32) American lead guitaristfrom Tempe, Arizona; he co-founded
the Gin Blossoms, a popular modern rock band of the early 1990s. His writing credits
included the hits "Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You," "Hold
Me Down," and "Lost Horizons." but he had to quit the band due
to his depression and drinking. He started another band, The Chimeras, with brothers
Lawrence and Mark Zubia. His role in the band came to an abrupt end during a show
one night, when he just quit. It would be the last band he ever played with in
public as a member, he was too tormented with bad depression. (tragically
Doug committed suicide, he died from self-inflicted bullet wounds)
b. April 11th 1961.
Bobby Marchan/Oscar James Gibson (69) American
rhythm and blues bandleader, MC, singer-performer, recording artist, and female
impersonator, who initially began performing in New Orleans nightclubs, specifically
the Dew Drop Inn and the Club Tijuana in the mid-1950s.
also toured with the band of Huey "Piano" Smith, sometimes performing
as lead singer / bandleader and substituting vocally for Huey Smith. One of his
vocal performances with Huey Smith and the Clowns can be heard on the New Orleans
R&B recording, "Don't You Just Know It", which was released in 1958.
Bobby regularly performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (Bobby
sadly died while fighting liver cancer) b. April
Imbrie (86) American composer of contemporary classical music; in 1937,
he studied briefly in Paris, before returning to America to attend Princeton University
receiving his undergraduate degree in 1942. Next he went to the University of
California, Berkeley, where he received an M.A. in Music in 1947. After which
he taught at Berkeley from 1949 until his retirement in 1991. In addition to his
principal teaching job at Berkeley, he served as a visiting professor at the University
of Chicago, Brandeis University, Northwestern University, New York University,
the University of Alabama, and Harvard University, and had a regular teaching
post at the San Francisco Conservatory. His notable students included Larry Austin
and Neil Rolnick. Andrew wrote both vocal and instrumental music; he wrote two
operas, Three Against Christmas -1960, and Angle of Repose -1976, as well as numerous
orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo vocal compositions. The Requiem was a memorial
to his son John, who died young (?)
b. April 6th 1921
Karlheinz Stockhausen (79) German composer, widely acknowledged by
critics as one of the most important composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Another critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music".
He is known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music, aleatory in serial
composition, and musical. Some of his notable compositions include the series
of nineteen Klavierstücke (Piano Pieces), Kontra-Punkte for ten instruments,
the electronic /musique-concrète Gesang der Jünglinge, Gruppen for
three orchestras, the percussion solo Zyklus, Kontakte, the cantata Momente, the
live-electronic Mikrophonie I, Hymnen, Stimmung for six vocalists, Aus den sieben
Tagen, Mantra for two pianos and electronics, Tierkreis, Inori for soloists and
orchestra, and the gigantic opera cycle Licht (heart failure)
b. August 22th 1928.
Parghel (51) Romanian
singer, composer, arranger, teacher, bandleader and conductor.
She had a 4 octaves voice range and sang in different styles and genres of music
including jazz, pop, classical, latin, French music, Italian music & Romanian
folklore. She has recorded and performed with many greats including Billy Hart,
Archie Shepp, Claudio Roditi, John Engels, Larry Corriel, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse,
Philippe Catherine, Eric Legnini, Peter Herbolzheimer, Peter Hertmans, Aldo Romano,
Gustavo Bergali, Claudio Roditi, Pierre van Dormael, John Ruocco, John Dankworth,
played all the top jazz festivals and countless gigs in famous jazz clubs in Germany,
USA, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, France, Bulgaria, Romania (?)
b. September 16th 1957
Rúnar Júlíusson (63) Icelandic bassist with Thor's
Hammer; formed in Keflavik in 1963, they soon became popular in Iceland and by
the mid-1960s they were recording in London on Parlophone Records, including the
legendary EP Umbarumbamba, now a valuable collector's item. From these sessions
also came the singles "Once" and "If You Knew". They recorded
their single entitled "Stay" in the United States on Columbia Records,
which was produced by John Simon, (cardiac arrest) b. April
Dominic Mallary (24) American vocalist
for Massachusetts hardcore outfit Last Lights, the band had just signed a recording
contract two days before the fatal night of Dominic's death (He felt ill 2 hours
after finishing a show at Boston Universitys BU Central late night campus
venue, he died soon after of
a brain anyeurism in Boston Medical Center)
2009: Dr. Ragtime/Jack Rose (38) American
guitarist, best known for his solo acoustic guitar work. He was also a founding
member of the noise/drone band Pelt. It wasn't until the early 2000's he took
up his solo career, releasing his debut album Red Horse, White Mule in 2002, this
was followed by around a dozen more albums many of them in limited pressings.
He was inspired and influenced
by pre-1942 Cajun, country, blues, jazz
music and composers like Terry Riley and La Monte Young. (Jack
sadly died from a heart attack) b. February 16th
2011: Violetta Villas/Czeslawa Maria
Cieslak (73) Belgian-born
Polish and international cabaret star, singer, actress, composer and songwriter.
Her voice was characterized as coloratura soprano. She could play the piano, violin
and trombone and had absolute pitch. She has been nicknamed "the voice of
the atomic age", "the singing toast of the continent","a voice
like French champagne","Polish Yma Sumac". She was the first star
of the Casino de Paris at Dunes Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas 196671
(?) b. June
Sarah Kirsch / Mike Kirsch (42) American
bay area punk musician, she started her career back in the '80s and took part
in a number of bands throughout the '90s. Some of the notable acts she sang and
played guitar in include Fuel, pop-punk supergroup Pinhead Gunpowder, Torches
to Rome, Bread and Circuits, Sawhorse, and Navio Forge. She also played on a Fifteen
7-inch in 1990. Most
recently, she had played guitar in Baader Brains, who released their New Era Hope
Colony LP this year through Ebullition, and played guitar and sang in Mothercountry
Motherfuckers (?) b. 1970.
2012: Sammy Arena (81) American singer and
one half of the Arena Brothers with his twin brother Andrew. They grew up around
Ybor City and at 14, they talked their way onto the stage at the Cuban Club as
part of a "Fiesta in Tampa" show. They started recording in 1959, making
around 14 records along their way
and later the twins billed themselves as Tampa's first recording artists.
In the 1960s when Andrew got married, Sammy headed out on his own for about 12
years, touring, working on
Broadway and did a couple of movies. Sammy and Andrew reunited and performed together
for the next 37 years; their last show was this August 2012 (Sammy
slipped into a coma and sadly died soon after from multiple organ failure)
b. September 1st 1931.
2012: Dave Brubeck (91) American
jazz pianist and composer,
Born David Warren Brubeck in Concord, CA, he is regarded as one of the greatest
of American jazz musicians, reaching pop star status with recordings such as "Take
Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk", both of which appeared on his
acclaimed 1959 album, Time Out. Both also showcased his fondness for unusual time
signatures, Take Five in 5/4 time and Blue Rondo in 9/8 time. He enjoyed phenomenal
success with The Dave Brubeck Quartet in the 1950s and '60s, selling millions
of albums. "Take Five", the biggest-selling jazz
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b. December 6th 1920.
Andy Pierce/Anders Persson (45) Swedish vocalist
and founding member of the glam metal, hard rock band the Nasty Idiots,
formed in Malmö in 1987 and released their first
single, "Don't Walk From Love", in 1988. The band's debut album, "Gigolos
On Parole", came out in 1989, earning them the status of one of the hottest
new rock acts in Scandinavia. They recorded 6 albums and there hits included Don't
Walk from Love/Easy Come Easy Go and Alive N' Kickin
(tragically died after suffering a brain hemorrhage)
2014: Luis Herrera de la Fuente (98)
Mexican conductor, pianist violinist and composer born in Mexico City. gained
many recognitions and awards in Mexico and worldwide. He conducted the Orquesta
Sinfónica Nacional of Mexico for 18 years. He was also conductor of the
Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (?)
b. April 25th 1916.
2014: Manuel De Sica (65)
Italian composer born in Rome; he studied at the Accademia
Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and debuted as a composer in 1968, in Vittorio De
Sica's A Place for Lovers. In
1993, he won the Nastro d'Argento for Best Score for Carlo Verdone's Al lupo,
al lupo. In 1996 he won the David di Donatello for Best Score for Carlo Lizzani's
Celluloide and in 2005 he was honored with the title of Commendatore of the Italian
Manuel died from a heart attack) b. February 24th
John Garner (63) American rock drummer, lead
vocalist and the founder of the rock band Sir Lord Baltimore, formed in Brooklyn,
New York in 1968. It was one of the very first bands to be described as "Heavy
Metal" and have been called "the godfathers of stoner rock." They
released 2 albums, Kingdom Come in 1970 and Sir Lord Baltimore in 1971 before
breaking up. Some 30 years after the band's breakup, John and guitarist Louis
Dambra reunited to record and self-distribute a new Sir Lord Baltimore album,
Sir Lord Baltimore III Raw in 2006. John carried on with the band until his death.
(sadly died of liver failure) b.
February 2nd 1952.
Adam Sagan (36) American
drummer born in Minnisota; he went on to perform and tour the world with metal
bands such as Circle II Circle, Into Eternity, White Empress, Witherfall and Adam
also wrote articles for magazines including Drumhead
magazine, Beat magazine and others (sadly died while battling
Mona Maraachli (58) Lebanese
singer; born in Beirut, she gained fame through her participation in 1973 in Studio
El Fan, a televised Lebanese talent show broadcast on Télé Liban.
She went to record her own songs collaborating with many composers and songwriters
including the Rahbani brothers, Filimon Wahbe, Ziad Rahbani, Mohammed Madi, Faissal
el masri, and Nour el Mallah (sadly died of a heart
b. July 15th 1958.
Big Syke/Mussolini/Tyruss Himes (48) American
rapper born in Inglewood, California. In 1990 he started a rap group called Evil
Mind Gangstas with rappers Domino and Mental illness. He met 2Pac in 1992, and
joined 2Pac's group Thug Life. After Thug Life broke up, and after 2Pac was released
from prison, he appeared on 4 tracks on 2Pac's All Eyez on Me album"Picture
Me Rollin'", "When We Ride", "All Eyez on Me" and "Check
Out Time". He joined a second 2Pac group, Outlawz, using the name Mussolini.
(?) b. March 31st 1968.
Lead Belly/Huddie William Ledbetter (64)
folk-blues musician, notable for his clear, forceful singing and his virtuosity
on the twelve string guitar. Pre-dating blues, he was an early example of a folksinger
whose background had brought him into direct contact with the oral tradition by
which folk music was handed down. Around 1912, he met the young street musician
Blind Lemon Jefferson, five years his junior, and the two teamed up to play around
the Dallas area for several years. It was during this period, he switched from
the six-string to the 12-string guitar. He was a profound influence on folk performers
of the 40s such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and later Odetta and Dylan. He recorded
extensively & worked with Woody Guthrie in the group the Headline Singers.
He left a huge legacy with his songs, including "Old Cotton Fields at Home"
Goodnight, Irene, The Midnight Special, and Rock
Island Line just to mention a few (Lou Gehrig's disease)
b. January 20th 1888.
Danny Alvin (55) American jazz
drummer; in a lengthy career he's played drums and recorded with many traditional
jazz groups, he played with Sophie Tucker at the New York club Reisenweber's in
1919, then moved to Chicago in the early 1920s. He played in both cities over
the course of his career, playing with Sidney Bechet, George Brunis, Buck Clayton,
Wild Bill Davison, Wingy Manone, Joe Marsala, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow, and George
Zack. As a leader he recorded sparsely;; his best-known issue was his 1958 album
recorded for Stepheny Records. Also he is the father of guitarist Teddy Walters
b. November 29th 1902.
Lucienne Boyer/Èmilienne-Henriette Boyer (80) French female
singer, born in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris. In 1927, she sang at a concert
by the great star Félix Mayol where she was seen by the American impresario
Lee Shubert who immediately offered her a contract to come to Broadway. She spent
nine months in New York City, returning to perform there and to South America
numerous times throughout the 1930s. By 1933 she had made a large number of recordings
for Columbia Records of France including her signature song, " Parlez-moi
d'amour", the song won the first-ever Grand Prix du Disque of the Charles
Cros Academy. Following the Allied Forces liberation of France, her cabaret career
flourished and for another thirty years, she maintained a loyal following. At
the age of 73, she sang with her daughter at the famous Paris Olympia and appeared
on several French television shows (?) b.
August 18th 1903.
1987: Izler Solomon (77) American
orchestra conductor, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota; From
1936 to 1941 he conducted the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, where he premiered
more than 150 American works. He was then music director of the Columbus Philharmonic
Orchestra 1941-1949, and of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 1956-1976. As
a guest conductor he appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony,
Israel Philharmonic, and Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra. His career
was cut short by a stroke in 1976. He made a number of fine recordings, including
the world premiere recording of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No.2, with the RCA
Victor Symphony Orchestra, and Jascha Heifetz as soloist, in 1954 (?)
b. January 11th 1910.
Roy Orbison (52) Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, guitarist
and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades.
His many hits included "Ooby Dooby", "Only the Lonely", "In
Dreams", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Crying", "Running
Scared" and "You Got It". He was known for his smooth tenor voice,
which could jump three octaves with little trouble. He was rarely seen on stage
without his trademark black sunglasses. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1988, he, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and
Bob Dylan formed the super group Traveling Wilburys who recorded two albums, but
sadly Roy had died before the 2nd album and in 1989, he was posthumously inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame ...
more ... (so
sadly died of a heart attack) b. April 23rd 1936.
1989: Sammy Fain (87) American music composer,
he worked in collaboration with Irving Kahal, writing such as "Let a Smile
Be Your Umbrella", and with Lew Brown -"That Old Feeling". His
Broadway credits also include Everybody's Welcome, Right This Way, Hellzapoppin',
I'll Be Seeing You, Flahooley, Ankles Aweigh, Christine and Something More. Sammy
composed music for more than 30 films in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He was nominated
for the best Original Song Oscar nine times, winning twice, with "Secret
Love" from Calamity Jane in 1954 and with "Love Is a Many-Splendored
Thing" from the movie of the same title in 1955.
He wrote the second theme to the TV series Wagon Train in 1958, called "(Roll
Along) Wagon Train". He also contributed to the song scores for the Walt
Disney animated films Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Rescuers. In 1963,
he collaborated with Harold Adamson in writing songs for the movie The Incredible
Mr. Limpet, and such songs as "I Wish I Were a Fish", "Be Careful
How You Wish" and "Deep Rapture"
b. June 17th 1902.
Pavlos Sidiropoulos (42) Greek singer, songwriter,
composer; born in Athens, he formed the band Damon
and Phidias with his friend
Pantelis Delleyannidis in 1970. Soon after the two musicians joined the
influential Greek musician Dionysis Savvopoulos and his group Bourboulia,
album Damis The Tough. It
was through this group that Sidiropoulos first experimented with combining Greek
and Rock music. He next collaborated with the Greek
composer Yannis Markopoulos: he sang in his compositions Oropedio,
Thessalikos Kiklos and "Electric Theseus". Then in 1976,
he founded the band Spiridoula recording the album "Flou",
considered by many the most important album in Greek rock music. He had the leading
role in the film O Asymvivastos, directed by Andreas Thomopoulos,
he sang all of the songs of the soundtrack. At the same time, he starred in another
movie by Thomopoulos, Aldevaran. Sidiropoulos also made one appearance
on TV in a series called Oikogeneia Zarnti. In 1980, Pavlos joined
the band Oi Aprosarmostoi, where he remained until his death. In
the summer of 1990, his right hand started getting paralyzed, as a result of his
long term drug use that he was trying to overcome for many years. He continued
his live performances but the deterioration of his health had serious psychological
implications. Despite his early death, he remains one of the most popular rock
musicians in Greece (died
from heart attack, caused by heroin overdose) b. August 27th 1948
Robert Fizdale (75)
American pianist; he met fellow pianist Arthur Gold during their student years
at Juilliard. They formed a lifelong gay partnership based around their common
interests of music and formed one of the most important Piano duos of the 20th
century. It has been said that Gold and Fizdale revolutionized the art of performing
as a two-piano duo, agree or not, they were commissioned and premièred
many of the most important works for this ensemble in the second half of the 20th
century, including works by John Cage, Paul Bowles, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem
and many other important American Composers. The Duo released recordings featuring
works by Les Six, Vittorio Rieti, and many other composers, as well as a series
of Concerto recordings with Leonard Bernstein and The New York Philharmonic, including
the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos, The Mozart Two Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns's
"Carnival of the Animals" (?)
b. April 12th 1920.
George Chisholm OBE (82) Scottish jazz trombonist, born in Glasgow
and began his musical career in the Glasgow Playhouse orchestra, before moving
to London in the late 1930s where he played in dance bands led by Bert Ambrose
and Teddy Joyce. He later recorded with jazz musicians such as Coleman Hawkins,
Fats Waller and Benny Carter during their visits to the U.K.. In 1940, during
WW II, he joined the RAF Dance Orchestra, known as The Squadronaires, remaining
in the band long after he was demobbed. He followed this with freelance work and
a five-year stint with the BBC Showband/BBC Radio Orchestra. He was also a member
of Wally Stott's orchestra on BBC Radio'sThe Goon Show. In the early 1960s, George
was part of The Black and White Minstrel Show, and had roles in the films The
Mouse on the Moon-1963, The Knack
and How to Get It-1965 and Superman III-1983.
During the 1980s he continued to play, despite undergoing heart surgery; working
with his own band The Gentlemen of Jazz and Keith Smith's Hefty Jazz among others,
and playing live with touring artists and George was awarded an OBE in 1984 (?)
b. March 29th 1915.
2000: Aziz Mian/Abdul
Pakistani singer born in Delhi, one of Pakistan's leading traditional qawwals
and also famous for singing ghazals in a unique style of qawwali. Aziz is still
one of the most popular qawwals of south asia. He is responsible for the longest
commercially released qawwali, ''Hashr Ke Roz Yeh Poochhunga'', which runs slightly
over 115 minutes. (sadly died from complications of hepatitis)
April 17th 1942.
David "Billy" Knight (55) American percussionist, and brother
of Gladys Knight (heart attack) b.??
2003: Hans Hotter (94) German operatic bass-baritone
admired internationally after World War II for the power, beauty, and intelligence
of his singing, especially in Wagner operas. He made his Covent Garden debut in
1947, after which, he sang in all the major opera houses of Europe. He made his
Metropolitan Opera debut as the title role in The Flying Dutchman, in English,
in 1950. In four seasons at the Met, he performed 35 times in 13 roles, almost
all Wagnerian. He retired from the stage in 1972, but made occasional appearances
in small roles thereafter. He was a notable narrator in Schoenberg's Gurrelieder,
a role he continued to take well into his eighties (?)
b. January 19th 1909.
Danny Williams (63)
South African singer, born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; he spent most of his
life in the UK, where he made a few successful singles, mainly popular ballads,
before having a No.1 hit with his cover version of "Moon River" in 1961.
It led to his appearance in a film about a rock group, directed by Michael Winner,
called Play it Cool which starred Billy Fury. "White On White" became
popular abroad and was his only U.S. Top Ten hit, charting in 1964. He continued
to record for HMV until 1967 while working the nightclub circuit. After a nervous
breakdown he resumed his singing career in the early 1970s, achieving a Top 30
success with "Dancin' Easy" in 1977. In the early 1990s he recorded
for Prestige Records and subsequently starred in a Nat "King" Cole tribute
show which made several British tours. (died after a brave
battle with cancer) b.
January 7th 1942.
Darren "Wiz" Brown (44)
British lead-singer and guitarist of English indie punk band Mega City Four
in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the group were noted for their hard-working
ethics and extensive touring.Their hits included Miles Apart, Running
In Darkness, and Less Than Senseless. From 1999 he worked with
bands Serpico releasing the mini-album "Everyone Versus Everyone" and
Ipanema who he stayed with until his death. Wiz was also known for his thought
provoking lyrics (blood clot on the brain)
Bob Fox (62) American concert promoter who helped launch Kiss in Detroit
and assisted the rejuvenation of the downtown theatre district. A decorated Marine
who had served in Vietnam, Bob founded Brass Ring Productions in 1974, quickly
turning it into the regions top independent concert promoter, handling many
of Detroits top rock shows for the next three decades, including dates at
Cobo Arena, Joe Louis Arena and the Pontiac Silverdome. His bookings included
shows by Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Kiss, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Sammy
Davis Jr to mention a few.
and Brass Ring diversified over time, pioneering Meadow Brook Music Festival,
as well as reinvigorating Royal Oak Music Theatre and running Harpos, the east-side
hard rock club. A friend of boxing bigwig Don King, Bob became a leading producer
of closed-circuit fight broadcasts in the 1980s (sadly died
from a suspected heart attack)
Hugues Cuénod (108)
Some sources give
the date of Hugues Cuénod's death as December 3rd 2010.
Swiss tenor born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey; he is known
for his performances in opera, operetta, traditional and musical theatre, and
on the concert stage, where he was particularly known for his romantic and expressive
interpretation of mélodie. He had an extraordinarily long career and he
gave his last performance at the age of 92, when he sang M. Triquet in Tchaikovsky's
Eugene Onegin at the Théâtre du Jorat in Mézières in
1994. He started his career as a concert singer
and in 1928, he made his stage debut in Ernst Krenek's Jonny spielt auf in Paris,
and in 1929 he sang for the first time in the United States in Noël Coward's
Bitter Sweet. From 1930 to 1933 he was active in Geneva, and then in Paris from
1934 to 1937. During the 1937-1939 seasons, he made an extensive concert tour
of North America. From 1940 to 1946 he taught at the Geneva Conservatory. In 1943
he resumed his operatic career singing in Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus in
Geneva. He subsequently sang at Milan's La Scala in 1951, the Glyndebourne Festival
from 1954 on, and London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1954, 1956 and
1958. Hugues sang everything from Guillaume de Machaut to Igor Stravinsky.
He was known for his roles as Basilio in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, the
Astrologer in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel, and Sellem in Stravinsky's
The Rake's Progress. In pre-war Vienna and Paris, he frequented aristocratic salons
and worked with Nadia Boulanger; after the war, the new early-music boom relied
heavily on his light, unmannered, natural sound. He holds the record as the oldest
person to make a debut at the Metropolitan Opera. He debuted as the Emperor Altoum
in Puccini's Turandot on 12 March 1987 at the age of 84, and he repeated the role
the following season for a total of 14 performances (?)
June 26th 1902.
2011: Dobie Gray/ Lawrence Darrow Brown (71) African
American singer and songwriter, Simonton, near Houston, Texas, whose musical career
spanned soul, country, pop and musical theater. His hit records included "The
'In' Crowd" in 1965, and "Drift Away", which was one of the biggest
hits of 1973, sold over one million copies, and remains a staple of radio airplay.
He discovered gospel music through his grandfather, a Baptist minister. In the
early 1960s he moved to Los Angeles, intending to pursue an acting career but
also singing to make money. He recorded for several local labels under the names
Leonard Ainsworth, Larry Curtis, and Larry Dennis, before Sonny Bono directed
him towards the small independent Stripe Records. They suggested that he record
under the name "Dobie Gray", an allusion to the then-popular sitcom
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Prior to "The
his first billboard success was his 7th single
"Look At Me", which reached No.91. Dobie continued to record and tour
around the world through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, with further hits such as
"Out On The Floor", "If Love Must Go", "You Can Do It",
"That's One to Grow On", "You
Can Do It" and
"Drift Away". As a succesful songwriter
he wrote for a variety of
artists including Ray Charles, George Jones, Johnny Mathis, Charley Pride and
Don Williams (?)
b. July 26th 1940.
2011: Barbara Orbison/Barbara
Wellhoener Jakobs (60) American record
producer and music publisher, widow of Roy Orbison. Born in Bielefeld, Germany,
Barbara was Roy's manager and co-produced a four-CD box set of her husband's 107
recordings after his death. "Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll"
was released in 2008 and contains all of his hits and 12 previously unreleased
year, 2010, Barbara accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on her husband's
died 23 years to the day of her husband's death after bravely battleing pancreatic
cancer) b. 1951.
2012: Ed Cassidy (89)
American jazz and influential rock drummer, renown
for using a single large parade bass drum turned sideways, with pedals on each
side instead of a double-bass drum kit. Born in the
rural outskirts of Chicago, Ed began his career as a professional musician in
1937. He served in the US Navy during WWII, after which he
worked in show bands, country and western bands, Dixieland combos, at
one time in the late 1940s he played 282 consecutive one-nighters in 17 states.
In the 50s and early 60s he performed with many leading jazz musicians including
Art Pepper, Julian Cannonball Adderley, Roland Kirk, Lee Konitz and Gerry Mulligan.
In 1964, along with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, he formed
the Rising Sons. At the time they released a single, "Candy Man" / "The
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b. May 4th 1923.
Huw Lloyd-Langton/Richard Hugh Lloyd-Langton (61) English
guitarist, born in London and best known as the guitarist for Hawkwind. He also
had his own band, the Lloyd Langton Group, with bassist Kenny Wilson and drummer
John Clark. He was also the session lead guitarist for UK band The Meads of Asphodel
and Widowmaker. As a member of Hawkwind he appeared on their first album, Hawkwind,
before leaving the band. He played guitar for Leo Sayer during the 70s, then rejoined
Hawkwind in 1979, appearing on the Live Seventy Nine album and Levitation album.
continued performing with Hawkwind until 1988, after which he made occasional
guest appearances, then rejoined for a brief spell in 2001-02 until ill health,
Legionnaires' disease, forced him to leave again. He sometimes played solo as
a support act for Hawkwind, including at The Brook in Southampton in December
Huw died after a two year battle with cancer) b.
February 6th 1951.
Andy Pierce (45) Swedish rock vocalist with the
glam metal-hard rock band, Nasty Idols, formed in
Malmö in 1987. They recorded their third album "Vicious" in 1995
after which the band split. Andy then became was part of the band Machinegun Kelly
and later United Enemies, before Nasty Idols reformed in 2006. Since this time
they recorded a further three albums before Andy's death (passed
suddenly with a brain hemorrhage) b.
Marque "Tate" Lynche (34)
singer and ex Mouseketeer; born in St. Petersburg, Florida he starred on The All
New Mickey Mouse Club between 1993-1995 alongside his more successful contemporaries
Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake. He also
played Simba in Lion King on Broadway, he had a role in the production of Fame,
and lately was trying to succeed as a songwriter
(Marque who had been suffering from depression and had drink-drug
problems was found death in his Harlem apartment. A New York medical examiner
revealed he had died of 'acute and chronic' alcoholism)
Clara Haskil (65)
Jewish Swiss classical pianist, renowned as an interpreter of the classical and
early romantic repertoire. her playing was marked by a purity of tone and phrasing
that may have come from her skill as a violinist. Transparency and sensitive inspiration
were other hallmarks of her style. She played as a soloist under the baton of
such conductors as Stokowski, Karajan, Beecham, Solti, Barbirolli, Boult, Jochum,
Sawallisch, Kempe, Szell, Celibidache, Klemperer, Rosbaud, Monteux, Cluytens,
Paray, Markevitch, Giulini, Ansermet, Münch, Kubelík, Fricsay and
Inghelbrecht, among many others (died from injuries received
through a fall in a Brussels train station)
Kirsten Flagstad (67) Norwegian
opera singer, one of the greatest Wagnerian dramatic, sopranos of the 20th century.
A restrained and expressive stage performer, she was admired internationally for
her voice's sheer tonal beauty, power, stamina, and consistency of line and tone
(bone marrow cancer) b. July
1977: Peter Carl Goldmark (71)
Hungarian-born, American engineer who, during his time with Columbia Records,
was instrumental in developing the long-playing (LP) microgroove 33-1/3 rpm vinyl
phonograph discs which defined home audio for two generations, Peter's vinyl long
playing records remained the standard in the music industry until the CD replaced
the LP in the late 1980s. In addition to his work on the LP record, and many other
researches, Peter developed a technology for color television, using a rapidly
rotating color wheel that alternated transmission in red, green and blue, transmitting
on 343 lines. The color wheel system continued to be used for scientific research
for several more decades, including the color lunar surface TV cameras during
all the 1970s NASA Apollo moon landings.On November 22nd 1977, President Jimmy
Carter presented Goldmark with the National Medal of Science "For contributions
to the development of the communication sciences for education, entertainment,
culture and human service" (car crash)
b. December 2nd 1906.
Darby Crash/Bobby Pyn/Jan Paul Beahm (22) American punk-rock singer,
and co-founder of the exteme punk band The Germs, who for a while dominated the
L.A. punk scene. They started out as "Sophistifuck and the Revlon Spam Queens"
and they can be seen in the 1981 film The Decline of Western Civilization. He
and The Germs are also the subject of the 2007 biopic film "What We Do Is
Secret" which stars Shane West as Darby Crash. Shortly after the Germs split,
Darby went on to form the short-lived Darby Crash Band. (Darby
overdosed on heroin in a suicide pact with close friend Casey Cola, who ended
up surviving) b. September
Richard "Ricky" Taylor (47) US baritone vocalist; founder
member of The Manhattans back in 1962. Their first single was "For The First
Time", released in 1964 by Carnival Records, In 1969the
group received the award "Most Promising Group" by NATRA. After a few
chart hits they enjoyed their first No.1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in
1976 with "Kiss and Say Goodbye" (died after battling
a long illness) b.
Clark/Delectus Clark (57) American singer born in Blytheville, Arkansas,
and moved to Chicago in 1941. He first recorded in 1952 as a member of the Hambone
Kids, scoring an R&B hit with the song "Hambone." In '53, he joined
the Goldentones, who later became the Kool Gents then The Delegates. In '57 he
went solo, his biggest hit was "Raindrops," followed by "Don't
Walk Away From Me", "I'm Going Back to School", "Crossfire
Time" and "Just
Keep It Up". In 1975 he had another hit "Ride a Wild Horse" which
also made the UK Chart. After
which Dee mostly performed on the oldies circuit. In 1987 he suffered a stroke
which left him partially paralyzed and with a mild speech impediment, but he continued
to perform until his death (heart attack) b.
November 7th 1938.
John Addison (78)
British composer born in Chobham, Surrey, and trained at Wellington College, Berkshire
and at the age of sixteen entered the Royal College of Music. He is best known
for his film scores. He won an Academy Award for the music to the 1963 film, Tom
Jones, BAFTA Award for A Bridge Too Far and Grammy Award in the Best Original
Score from a Motion Picture or Television Show category for Tom Jones. He also
composed the music for A Taste of Honey, Torn Curtain, Smashing Time, Sleuth,
Swashbuckler and the television series Centennial. He also composed the theme
music for the television series Murder, She Wrote, for which he won an Emmy. (?)
b. March 16th 1920.
Kenny Baker (78) British trumpet, cornet,
and flugelhorn player, vocalist, bandleader, arranger, and composer, born in Withernsea,
East Riding of Yorkshire; as
a teenager before the war, he met and began performing with the already well-known
jazz musician George Chisholm. He went on
to play with the likes of
Manley's Orchestra, Jack Parnell, Ted Heath Band, as well as leading his own band
who often performed on the first regular jazz show on British radio, the BBC Light
Programme series 'Let's Settle For Music'. He was one of a handful of British
jazz stars of the traditional and swing era who seemed to offer genuinely international
jazz credentials and was presented with the best trumpet player title for the
third time at the BT British jazz awards in 1999. He was also awarded the MBE
in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1999 (sadly and unexpectedly
died after suffering from a viral infection for more than three weeks)
March 1st 1921
Frederick Fennell (90) American conductor
born in Cleveland, Ohio and owned his first drum set at age ten. In the John Adams
High School Orchestra, he performed as the kettledrummer and served as the band's
drum major. As a student, he organized the first University of Rochester marching
band for the football team and held indoor concerts with the band after the football
season for ten years. He went on to make frequent appearances guest conducting
at such ensembles as the Boston Pops Orchestra 1949 to 1978, the
United States Marine Band, London Symphony
Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Interlochen Arts
Academy, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. In 1997, he became the first civilian
to conduct an entire concert with the US Marine Band; and in July 1998 he repeated
this at a concert in the Kennedy Centre celebrating the 200th anniversary of band.
He wrote several books including Time and the Winds, a Short History of the Use
of Wind Instruments in the Orchestra, Band and the Wind Ensemble, 1954; The Drummers
Heritage, a Collection of Popular Airs and Official U.S. Army Music for Fifes
and Drums, 1956; and The Wind Ensemble, 1988. (?)
b. July 2nd 1914.
Jerry Scoggins (93) American singer; he sang and played guitar on the
Dallas radio in the early 30's, in 1936 he formed his own group, the Cass County
Kids. Ten years later, country music and cowboy legend Gene Autry changed their
name to the Cass County Boys when he hired them to work on his Melody Ranch radio
program. In 1962 he sing the theme song for a new sitcom called The Beverly Hillbillies
with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs playing guitar and banjo. He came out of retirement
to sing the theme to the 1993 film version of the series. (natural
September 13th 1911.
Jay McShann (90) American Grammy Award-nominated
blues, mainstream jazz, and swing bandleader, pianist and singer born in Muskogee,
Oklahoma; he set up his own
big band, in Kansas City, Missouri in 1936,
which featured Charlie Parker, Bernard Anderson, Ben Webster and Walter Brown,
their most popular recording was "Confessin' the Blues." In
1945, Jimmy Witherspoon started recording
with him and fronting McShann's band, they had a hit in 1949 with "Ain't
Nobody's Business." He continued to perform well into his 80's. Crime-fiction
writer Elmore Leonard featured Jay McShann as a character in his 2005 novel, "The
Hot Kid" (sadly died at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas
City) b. January 12th
Dennis Yost (65) American
lead singer with
of the 1960s group the Classics IV; The Classics IV moved to Atlanta, Georgia
in 1967 and were discovered by Bill Lowery who produced their first national hit
in 1968 with "Spooky", it made No.3
on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., and No.46 in the UK. They changed
the band name to Classics IV Featuring Dennis Yost and enjoyed two Top 10 hits,
"Stormy" and "Traces" and a Top Twenty hit, "Everyday
With You Girl" in 1969. They changed their name again, to Dennis Yost and
the Classics IV, and had one last hit, "What Am I Crying For?" in 1972
(respiratory failure, he had been in nursing homes since
suffering a brain injury sustained in a 2005 fall) b.1943
2010: Kari Tapio/Kari Tapani Jalkanen (65) Finnish
schlager singer born in Suonenjoki. In the 60s he performed in his home town Pieksämäki
with the local bands ER-Quartet and Jami & The Noisemakers. After
his first single "Tuuli kääntyköön"/"Niskavuoren
nuorimmainen" in 1972 Kari performed in Ilkka "Danny" Lipsanen's
1976 he finally broke through with his single "Laula kanssain"/"Sing
With Me" which was followed by "Viisitoista kesää" (a
Finnish cover of Living Next Door to Alice) and "Kaipuu"/"Desire".
In later years "Olen suomalainen"/"I am Finnish", "Myrskyn
jälkeen"/"After the Storm", "En pyydä paljon"/"I
Don't Ask For Much" and the newest "Paalupaikka"/"Pole Position",
among others, have been his most popular songs. In 2003 he waas awarded with the
Iskelmä-Finlandia award (died
of a heart attack) b. November 22nd 1945.
2011: Bob Burnett (71) American guitarist,
vocalist and founding member of the folk group The Highwaymen, noted for turning
"Big Rock Candy Mountain" and "All My Trials" into folk standards
and for their No. 1 single, a haunting version of the African American spiritual
"Michael, Row the Boat Ashore," a hit on both sides of the Atlantic
in '61. They broke up in 1964, after 8 albums and 10 singles including more hits
like Gypsy Rover,Cottonfields
and 3 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Bob majored in political
science at Wesleyan in 1962 and later graduated from Harvard Law School. Bob went
on to work as a trusts lawyer for several banks before retiring from Bank of America
(sadly Bob died battling brain cancer)
b. February 7th 1940.
Charlie Russell (74) Canadian
country music DJ for CJCJ in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. He is best known
for his 1975 album The Bricklin and Other Sound Investments, a satirical record
in which he poked fun at the Bricklin SV-1, the Canadian Postal Service and the
Canadian Parliament. He was inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall
of Fame in 1984 and the Canadian Country Music Association Country Radio DJ Hall
of Fame in 2003 (?)
b. July 11th 1937.
Ammar El-Sherei (64) Egyptian award-winning keyboardist, pianist, accordion
player and composer; born blind in the village
of Samalot, Upper Egypt, Ammar went on to become one of Egypt's most popular musicians,
penning such songs as "Habibati" and "Al Hodoud," which has
become an anthem for the Egyptian diaspora. Over his 42 year career, he has composed,
played on and arranged soundtracks and scores for movies, TV series and soap operas,
more than 50 films, 150 TV dramas, 20 radio shows and 10 plays. He also hosted
"A Diver in A Sea of Tunes," an extremely popular radio and television
show. (sadly died in a Cairo hospital, where he was being
treated for a heart ailment) b. April 16th 1948
2013: Robert "Chick" Willis (79)
American blues singer and guitarist, born in Cabaniss, and the cousin
of Chuck Willis. He served in the military in the 50s before working as a chauffeur
for Chuck Willis during his heyday. Chick won a talent show at the Magnolia Ballroom
in Atlanta and made his first record in 1956, "You're Mine". After
Chuck's death in 1958, Chick played with Elmore James, recording singles through
the 1960s for Atco and other labels. His 1972 release, "Stoop Down Baby",
was a jukebox hit but got no radio airplay, due to its sexually explicit content.
He released a steady stream of albums in the 1980s and 1990s, and continued to
record into the 2000s (sadly
Chick died while fighting cancer) b. September 24th
Mango (60) Italian singer-songwriter, born in
Lagonegro. He grew up listening mainly to blues and rock music and inspired by
Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Peter Gabriel. After working in
local bands he moved to Rome in 1975, where he recorded his first of many albums,
La mia ragazza è un grande caldo. Two songs "Per te che mi apri l'universo"
and "Tu pioggia io mattino", were covered by Patty Pravo, who put them
on her album Tanto in 1976, the title of the second song was changed in "Per
amarti d'amore". In 1985, he took part in the Sanremo Music Festival, performing
the song "Il viaggio", from the album Australia, released in the same
year. In 1986 he released the album Odissea, which contains some of his most famous
songs, "Lei verrà" and "Oro". His last work La terra
degli aquiloni, was released in 2011. Mango also recorded 3 albums in Spanish.
Many artists covered his songs including UK singer Leo Sayer with The Moth And
The Flame (tragically Mango died after suffering
a heart attack during a live concert in Policoro) b. November 6th 1954.
2014: Brian Roy Goble/Wimpy Roy/Sunny Boy Roy (57)
Canadian musician; born in Vancouver, he played bass for
many Vancouver punk
bands. First with Stone Crazy, then with The Skulls before becoming lead singer
for The Subhumans when The Skulls split. After the demise of Subhumans in the
mid 80s, Brian joined D.O.A. as bass player and second singer. He quit at the
end of the 90's after the The Black Spot tour, but reunited with The Subhumans
in 2006. (sadly Brian died of a heart attack)
b. January 4th 1957.
and music director, who from 1961 to 1992 held the position of Generalmusikdirektor
of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. He also worked at the Den Norske
Opera. In 2010 heannounced his retirement after 18 years with the Washington National
Opera and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, he was appointed to both in
1993. He was also the honorary Music Director Emeritus of the WNO and the KCOHO
(?) February 11th 1927.
Mohamed Tahar Fergani aka Nightingale of Constantine (88) Algerian
singer, violinist and composer born in Constantine in to a musical family. In
1951, he won the first prize of a musical contest in Annaba, after which he recorded
a first album. He
went on to recorded hundreds of recordings of Malouf songs, but also in other
popular music genres in Algeria such as mahjouz, zjoul and hawzi. His last public
performance dates back to July 2015 - he was 87 - as part of the "Constantine,
Capital of Arab Culture" event.
May 9th 1928.
composer and a graduate of Columbia University. Performances of his music include
the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Houston Symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra,
the Kreutzer and Borromeo Quartets, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space
and the MOMA Summer Garden (NYC); Tanglewood, the Bath Festival (UK); Leningrad
Spring (Russia), Gaudeamus Music Week (Netherlands), and the European Youth Orchestra
Festival (Denmark). In addition to his composing, he also wrote a number of books,
critical essays and reviews. His books include Electronic Music: A Listeners
Guide, Music Since 1945 co-authored with Daniel Godfrey, and the anthology, Contemporary
Composers on Contemporary Music co-edited with Barney Childs. (?)
b. January 19th 1936.
TV personality, fashion designer, actor, and preacher, born in Karachi,
first gained prominence and international recognition in 1987 as the vocalist
in the pop/rock band 'Vital Signs' with the album, Vital Signs 1. It included
the singles "Dil Dil Pakistan", and "Tum Mil Gaye". In 1994,
he released his debut solo album, 'Junaid of Vital Signs' followed by 'Us Rah
Par' in 1999 and 'Dil Ki Baat' in 2002. He is noted for his charity work, especially
with the NGO Muslim Charity from 2003 until his death in 2016. In 2004, he officially
renounced music after announcing that he had devoted his life to Islam and he
opened the clothing store "J.", selling Khaadis
and his second wife tragically died when PIA Flight 661 crashed in Havelian)
b. September 3rd 1964.
Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake (69) English
singer, musician, songwriter, and producer. Born in Parkstone, Poole,
he began to play the guitar at age 12 and wrote
his first song, "Lucky Man", at the same age. He played in several local
bands and became a full time musician at 17. He grew up in Dorset along with future
King Crimson founder Robert Fripp, who invited Greg to join his band as as their
singer and bassist. They found commercial success with the group's first album,
"In the Court of the Crimson King". During the subsequent album tour,
Greg met The Nice's keyboardist Keith Emerson and in 1970 the pair decided to
form a band, after recruiting drummer Carl Palmer, the progressive rock supergroup,
Emerson, Lake & Palmer aka ELP was born. The three performed their first gig
as Emerson, Lake & Palmer at the guildhall in Plymouth >>>
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died after a long and stubbon battle with cancer)
b. November 10th 1947.
John Mills Sr. (78) American
singer; member of the Mills Brothers, a jazz and pop vocal quartet of the 20th
century producing more than 2,000 recordings that sold more than 50 million copies
and garnered at least three dozen gold records, including songs like "Chinatown,
My Chinatown", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Miss Otis
Regrets", "Your Nobody Till Somebody Loves You", "Sweet Georgia
Brown", "My Gal Sal", "Tennessee Waltz" and so many more.
They recorded with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Frank Munn, The
Boswell Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Don Redman, Al Jolson, Connee Boswell, Fran
Frey, Tommy Dorsey, Sy Oliver & His Orchestra, Sonny Burke & His Orchestra,
Milton DeLugg & His Orchestra and Count Basie's Orchestra. It
all began when John Mills Sr owned a barber shop and formed a barbershop quartet,
called the "Four Kings of Harmony", his sons formed The Miller Brothers
in 1928, John Sr. joined them in 1934. They
were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998, also in 1998 the Recording
Academy recognized the Mills family's contributions to popular music with a Grammy
Award for Lifetime Achievement. (?)
b. February 11th 1889
1975: Gary Thain (27) New Zealand rock bassist;
as part of the rock trio The New Nadir, with drummer Peter Dawkins, he travelled
from New Zealand to London. He
then joined the Keef Hartley Band and in 1971 they toured with Uriah Heep, who
asked him to join them, replacing Mark Clarke in February 1972. He played on four
studio albums: Demons & Wizards, The Magician's Birthday , Sweet Freedom and
Wonderworld as well as the live album Uriah Heep Live. He stayed in Uriah Heep
until February 1975. (Gary died tragically of respiratory
failure due to a heroin overdose) b.
May 15th 1948.
1980: John Lennon (40)
English rock legend, musician, singer, writer, songwriter, artist, actor
and peace activist born in Liverpool, who gained worldwide fame as one of the
founding members of The Beatles. John along with Paul McCartney also formed one
of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and "wrote
some of the most popular music in rock and roll history". In his solo career,
he wrote and recorded many songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine".
He also revealed his rebellious nature and wit on television, in films such as
A Hard Day's Night, in books such as ''In His Own Write'', and in press conferences
and interviews. (John brutally shot 5 times by 25 year old
Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building, New York City, where John and his wife
Yoko lived) b.
October 9th 1940.
1982: Marty Robbins/Martin
David Robinson (57) American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
One of the most popular and successful country and western singers of his era.
For most of his nearly four decade career, he was rarely far from the music charts
with hits such as "El Paso" and the Grammy Award winning "My Woman,
My Woman, My Wife". He was named "Artist of the Decade" (1960-69)
by the Academy of Country Music; was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame
in 1982; and was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998 for his song "El
Paso". He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975
and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6666 Hollywood Blvd. He was also
a NASCAR race car driver (Sadly Marty died due to surgical
complications) b. September 26th 1925.
1984: Razzle/Nicholas Dingley (24) British
drummer born in Royal Leamington Spa, England. He played in bands Marionette,
The Fuck Pigs, Demon Preacher along side of Nik Fiend of later Alien Sex Fiend
fame, and The Dark, before joining the Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks in 1982.
He stayed with the band until his death. Razzle was a huge influence upon Hanoi
Rocks' music and even more so on their style. (Hanoi Rocks
was on their first American tour. In a break in the tour, Razzle was out with
Mötley Crüe's singer Vince Neil, when Razzle lost control of the car
and collided with an on coming car. He was taken to South Bay ER but was tragically
declared dead on arrival. Vince dedicated Theater of Pain, Mötley Crüe's
third studio album, to Razzle) b. December 2nd 1960.
1991: Buck Clayton/Wilbur Dorsey Clayton (80)
American jazz trumpet player, fondly remembered for being a leading member of
Count Basies 'Old Testament' orchestra. In the mid 1930's he was a leader
of the "Harlem Gentlemen" in Shanghai, where he worked closely with
Li Jinhui, father of Chinese popular music. In the long run, his contribution
changed the course of music history in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has worked
with many leading artists a including Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Sy Oliver,
Benny Goodman and Harry James and became a member of Norman Granzs 'Jazz
at the Philharmonic' package, appearing in April in a concert with Young, Coleman
Hawkins and Charlie Parker. In 1955 he appeared in the Benny Goodman Story, also
working with Goodman in New York two years later. In 1958 he was at the World
Fair in Brussels for concerts with Sidney Bechet, and toured Europe the following
year and annually through the 1960s. (died quietly in his
sleep) b. November 12th 1911.
Tom Jobim/Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (67) Brazilian
composer singer, pianist, guitarist and arranger; a primary force behind the creation
of the bossa nova style, he is acknowledged as one of the most influential popular
composers of the 20th century. His songs have been performed by many singers and
instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally. He acquired international
fame with the release of the Grammy Award-winning album Getz/Gilberto, featuring
his international hit "The Girl from Ipanema" sung by Astrud Gilberto.
Notable performers of his songs include Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Toninho
Horta, Andy Williams, Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney,
Sting, Diana Krall, Claudine Longet, Carlos Santana and George Michael
(heart failure) b. January 25th 1927.
2003: Ruben Gonzalez (84) Cuban pianist; in
1940, he moved to Havana, where he played in the charangas of Paulina Álvarez
and Paulín, with Arsenio Rodríguez, Kubavana and Senén Suárez
and in the big bands Siboney and Riverside. In 1943, he released his first recording,
together with Arsenio Rodríguez. In the early 1960s he became the pianist
for the Orquesta de Enrique Jorrín, and would continue to play for him
for the next 25 years. He started a second career in 1996 under Ry Cooder's wing,
releasing the solo album "Introducing ... Rubén González".
The next year, Ry Cooder produced the Grammy winning "Buena Vista Social
Club", featuring Ruben González. He recorded and released his last
album "Chanchullo" in 2000.(?)
b. May 26th 1919.
2004: Dimebag Darrell/ Darrell
Abbott (25) American guitarist. Best known as a founding member of
the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan, he also performed in the country
music band Rebel Meets Rebel. He frequently appeared in guitar magazines and in
readers' polls, where he was often included in the top ten metal guitarist spots.
In addition, he wrote a Guitar World magazine column, which has been compiled
in the book Riffer Madness. (killed when a man stormed the
stage during a gig at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus. Nathan Gale, aged 25,
began firing at the band and crowd, killing 5 people)
b. August 20th 1966.
Martha Tilton (91) American singer best-known for her 1939 recording
of "And the Angels Sing" with Benny Goodman. She was sometimes introduced
as The Liltin' Miss Tilton. While attending Fairfax High School in L.A, she was
singing on a small radio station when she was heard by an agent who signed her
and began booking her with larger stations. She then dropped out of school to
join Hal Grayson's band, before joining The Benny Goodman Band. She was one of
the first artists to record for Capitol Records in 1942, among her biggest hits
as a solo artist were "I'll Walk Alone"; "I Should Care" and
"A Stranger in Town"; and three in 1947: "How Are Things in Glocca
Morra"; "That's My Desire"; and "I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder".
She also worked on radio and in films including Sunny, Swing Hostess, Crime, Inc.,
and The Benny Goodman Story. Her last film appearance was as the band vocalist
in the TV movie Queen of the Stardust Ballroom in 1975 (natural
causes) b. November 14th 1915.
2009: Su Cruickshank (63)
Australian jazz singer, writer, comedian, actor and entertainer, known as the
'Diva on the Hill' and 'The Queen of Jazz'; back in the 60's Su spent some time
in the UK, where she sang in the jazz joints of London, after which she returned
home to Newcastle, NSW, Australia, where she started singing at The Orient Hotel,
and joined the Hunter Valley Theatre Company. Since 1979 her performances
were many and varied, spanning the gamut of the performing arts from variety shows,
jazz concerts and comedy to film, theatre, radio and television. One of her early
successes and best-known film roles was as the mother of Yahoo Serious in Young
Einstein. She also starred on the ABC's drama GP, was a regular guest on The Bert
Newton Show and Midday with Ray Martin; Su also hosted her own interview show
in 1995 and '96. For many years she hosted the Midsummer Festival of Jazz at Sydney's
Domain for the Festival of Sydney (heart
and kidney failure) b.????
Luis Días (57) Dominican singer-songwriter-composer, guitarist;
he began as a guitarist and singer in the band Convite, a band on a mission to
rescue a variety of rhythms found in the island from obscurity. They had notable
performances at "El Festival Internacional de la Nueva Canción "Siete
Días con el Pueblo"/International Festival of the New Song "Seven
Days with the People") in Santo Domingo, 1974, in which Luis' composition
"Obrero Acepta Mi Mano"/Laborer, Accept My Hand, was named as the official
theme song, and was afterwards recorded by different protest song bands. After
"Convite" broke up in 1978, he formed another band named "Madora",
this new experiment sought a fusion between jazz and Antillean folklore. Between
1980 and 1982, Luis traveled to New York City, where he focused on teaching workshops
about traditional Dominican music at the American Museum of Natural History. During
this time he was deeply influenced by jazz and punk culture. In 1982 he founded
his band Transporte Urbano they would pour a wide variety of their musical influences,
from Bachata to heavy metal, fusions of rock, reggae, jazz and blues with more
than 40 ethnic rhythms. Among the many awards he has received are Lyricist of
the Year (Casandra Awards, 1989) and Composer of the Year (Casandra Awards, 1990).
After several years of performances in the Caribbean region, the United States
and Sth America, and after touring to Paris, Marseille, Moscow, Leningrad, Madrid,
Tenerife, Barcelona, and Lisbon, in 1991 he returned to New York, where he would
continue his intense work surrounding culture and ethnic studies (sadly
died from a heart attack and kidney and liver complications)
b. June 21st 1952.
2011: Alan Styles (75)
British Pink Floyd roadie born in Cambridge; he was subject of Pink Floyd's
song "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast", which is a three-part instrumental
track from the 1970 Pink Floyd album Atom Heart Mother. He also appears on the
back cover of Floyd's 1969 album Ummagumma (?)
2011: Minoru Miki (81)
Japanese composer and artistic director born in Tokushima, particularly known
for his promotional activities in favor of Japanese, Chinese and Korean traditional
instruments and performers. In 1964 he founded the Nihon Ongaku Shudan aka Ensemble
Nipponia, for which he has composed extensively. He composed his first opera,
Shunkinsho, based on a Tanizaki novel, in 1975. Interest by members of the English
Music Theatre Company in Japanese traditional music led to contacts with Minoru
which resulted in the commission of Ada, An Actor's Revenge, to an English libretto
by James Kirkup, which premiered in London in 1979. During this period Miki developed
a relationship with theatre and opera director Colin Graham that was to last until
the latter's death in 2007 (?)
b. March 16th 1930.
2011: Dick Sims (60)
American keyboardist, he
grew up in Tulsa and was earning money, playing clubs by the age of 12. He
began his professional career in 1968, when at the age of 17, he appeared on the
last Ed Sullivan Show ever aired, performing with Phil Driscol and Yo Mama.
He recorded with Bob Seger on his landmark LP, Back in 72,
and on blues great Freddie Kings Burglar, before joining Eric
Clapton and his band in '74 for his comeback album, 461 Ocean Boulevard.
From 1974 through 1981, Dick was a driving force in Claptons band, playing
the Hammond B-3 organ and piano on a number of hit songs including; "I Shot
the Sheriff", "Wonderful Tonight", "Slow Hand", "Lay
Down Sally", "Cocaine", and "Willie and the Hand Jive",
and accompanying Eric and his band on 8 world tours. After which as well as forging
a successful solo career, over the years Dick has also performed and recorded
with artists such as JJ Cale, Peter Tosh, Yvonne Elliman, Joan Armatrading, the
Pure Prairie League and most recently with Vince Gill. (sadly
Dick died while fighting cancer) b. January
2011: Dan "Bee" Spears
(62) American bassist; he grew up in Helotes, outside San Antonio,
Texas and started playing with Willie Nelson when he was 19 years old and had
been bass player with Willie Nelson and Family for over 40 years. (Dan
reportedly fell outside his home and tragically died from exposure)
b. August 11th 1949.
2013: Sándor Szokolay
(82) Hungarian composer and professor;
he began his music studies in Békéstarhos, then attended the Franz
Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Between 1957-61 he worked at the Hungarian Radio
music department and from 1959-94 he was a professor at the Franz Liszt Academy
of Music, Budapest. He retired in 1994 and moved to Sopron. His main works included
operas and oratoria, also Sándor was chairman of the Hungarian Kodály
Society in 1978; the Hungarian Music Camera from 199192 and became member
of the Hungarian Széchenyi Art Academy in 1992 (?)
b. March 30th 1931.
2013: Hung Sin-nui/Kuang
Jianlian (88) Chinese Cantonese opera
singer and actress born in Guangzhou; she began to sing Cantonese opera at 12,
and he moved to Hong Kong during WW II, where she played in productions including
The Spoiled Brat and Her Groom, Bitter Phoenix, Sorrowful Oriole and Wang Zhaojun
Marries beyond the Great Wall. Hung established her official diva status during
this period and began her movie career. Her screen debut was Unforgettable Love
in 1947; she made 105 films between 1947 to 2009. In 1955, she joined the Guangdong
Cantonese Opera Troupe on the invitation by Premier Zhou En-lai, where she performed
until 1961. She also founded the Hongdou Cantonese Opera Troupe. During the Cultural
Revolution between 1966-76 her career was halted, she was branded a "Black
Line Girl" and banished to the countryside as a street sweeper. She and her
family were sent to labour camps. (sadly
Hung died of a heart attack) b. December 27th 1924.
John Wyker (68) American singer/songwriter and
founder member of the southern-pop band Sailcat
who produced a No.12 Billboard hit with "Motorcycle Mama, in 1972. He had
also who had been a member of the Rubber Band who recorded the original version
of "Let Love Come Between Us" and
was a veteran of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama rock music scene (?)
2013: Edward Aneurin Williams (92) English
composer known for his work on documentaries such as the Life on Earth series
and in 1996 he collaborated with Pip Eastop for a piece for the Arts Council of
Great Britain. Edward also created the Soundbeam music system. (?)
b. August 20th 1921.
2013: Lynne Kieran (53) British-born
Austrian singer; she was a founding member of the vocal trio, The Rounder Girls,
who represented Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 with the song "All
To You"; they reached 14th place. The trio continued to record
and tour, and in 2009 announced a joint tour with the Austrian entrants to the
Eurovision Song Contest 2005, Global Kryner. She also worked as a singer in musicals
such as "Porgy and Bess", "Little Shop Of Horrors" and "Hair"
(?) b. May 16th 1960.
Nedunuri Krishnamurthy (87) Indian carnatic vocalist,
born in Kothapalli; he joined the Maharaja's Music College at Vizianagaram in
1940 and received initial training in Violin and Vocal from the Dwaram Narasinga
Rao Naidu. In 1949, he was influenced by carnatic vocalist, Sripada Pinakapani,
and under his guidance developed his style of music. He worked as Principal of
S.V.College of Music and Dance, Tirupati; M.R.Government College of Music and
Dance, Vizianagaram; Government College of Music and Dance, Secunderabad; and
retired as Principal of G.V.R Government College of Music and Dance, Vijayawada
in 1985. He was also Dean of Faculty of the Fine Arts and Chairman of Board of
Studies in Music of Sri Venkateswara University and Nagarjuna University (sadly
died while fighting lung cancer) b. October 10th 1927.
Knut Nystedt (99) Norwegian orchestral and choral
composer, born in Kristiania/Oslo. He founded and conducted Det Norske Solistkor
from 1950 to 1990. He also founded and conducted Schola Cantorum from 1964 to
1985. The choir Ensemble 96 published "Immortal Nystedt" in 2005. This
CD was nominated in 2 categories in the 2007 Grammy Awards. This was the first
Norwegian CD nominated in two categories. It was also the first CD with a Norwegian
composer nominated for a Grammy. In 1966, the King of Norway made
Nystedt a Knight of the Order of St. Olav in recognition of his contributions
to Norwegian music, and in 2002 the King of Norway made him Commander of St. Olav.
On the occasion of his 90th birthday in 2005, there were
several concerts around the world held in his honour
(Knut died at home in his sleep) b. September 3rd
2014: Earl Hayes (45)
American rapper, composer and son of Isaac Hayes; he was born in Detroit,
but relocated to LA and was married to the beautiful dancer, actress Stephanie
Moseley (Tragically he shot his wife
dead, then fatally shot himself. Floyd Mayweather
is believed to have witnessed the horrifying double killing on FaceTime)
Bonnie Lou/Sally Carson/Mary Joan Okum nee Kath (91) American country
singer and musical pioneer, born in Towanda, Illinois; she was one of first female
rock and roll singers and is also one of the first artists to gain crossover success
from country music to rock and roll. At 17 she got her big break when she was
signed to to perform on a barn dance show, the Brush Creek Follies; she was known
as Sally Carson and her group was The Rhythm Rangers. Bonnie Lou was the "top
name" on the first country music program regularly broadcast on a national
TV network and was a prime mover in the first days of rockabilly, and a member
of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. She recorded her first album in Bonnie Lou Sings!
in 1958, followed by Daddy-O the same year. (sadly died
from dementia) b. October 27th 1924.
Gary Marker (72) American bassist and recording engineer, best known
for his involvement in various psychedelic rock bands, including Rising Sons,
Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. Over the years he played in numerous other
bands and with many performers such as Juicy Groove, the Jazz Folk and the New
World Jazz Company. He was also a regular session musician as well working as
an engineer/producer. (sadly died from a stroke)
b. May 23rd 1943.
2016: Palani Vaughan/Frank
Palani Vaughan Jr (72) American-Hawaiian singer, born in Honolulu and
studied Fine Arts at the University of Hawaii. Palani and Peter Moon met while
they were both taking a course on Hawaiian art historyand they formed the band
called Sunday Manoa. Their first album was called "Palani Vaughan and the
Sunday Manoa". He was also one of the featured performers on the Hawaii Calls
Radio Program, and featured on at least two Hawaii Calls albums, "Music From
the Land of Aloha" and "Blue Hawaii". Palani is perhaps best known
for stimulating a revival of interest in Hawaii's King Kalakaua when he recorded
a four album series of recordings devoted to the King. Palani was inducted into
the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2008 (tragically he was
discovered unresponsive inside a sauna at the Honolulu Club) b.
May 27th 1944.
Razzle/Nicholas Dingley (24) British
drummer with Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks, of which he had a strong influence
on their style. He recorded 2two albums with them "Back to Mystery City"
in 1983 and "Two Steps from the Move" in 1984. Prior to Hanoi Rocks,
he had played in UK-based bands Marionette, The Fuck Pigs, Demon Preacher and
The Dark.(While on tour in US he died in a car crash when
out with Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Vince lost control of the car and hit an opposing
vehicle. Razzle was taken to South Bay ER but was declared DOA, 8 December at
19:12 local time. It was already 9 December in Europe, which is considered his
official time of death)
b. December 2nd 1960.
1995: DJ Doctor
Nice/ Darren Robinson (28)
US rapper and founder member of Fat Boys; he was a pioneer of beatboxing, a form
of vocal percussion used in many rap groups throughout the '80s and '90s. He
and his group were featured in the 1985 movie "Krush Groove", appearing
under the name Disco Three at the start before acquiring the name The Fat Boys
near the end. (weight eventually contributed to his death.
He died of a heart attack, weighing 450 lb / 204 kg at the time)
b. June 10th 1967.
1994: Garnett Silk/Garnett Damoin Smith (28)
Jamaican reggae singer; born
Manchester, Jamaica, he began his career
at the age of twelve, when he performed under the name Little Bimbo. He
later, under the name Garett Silk recorded his first track in 1985, but it would
be two years later before his first single, "Problem Everywhere" was
saw the release of his first album "It's Growing". He also worked as
a deejay on sound systems such as Soul Remembrance, Pepper's Disco, Stereophonic,
and Destiny Outernational. During the early 1990s he was hailed as a rising talent,
but his career was ended by his early death. In 2000, Atlantic released The Definitive
Collection, a two-CD set showcasing the ten tracks the singer had recorded during
sessions for his unfinished second album. (Tragically died
while attempting to save his mother from a house fire at his home in Mandeville,
April 2nd 1966
Patty Darling/Patricia J. "Patty" Donahue (40)
lead singer of the 1980s New Wave rock
group The Waitresses with the hits "I Know What Boys Like" and "Christmas
Wrapping". she is credited on Alice Cooper's Zipper "Catches Skin"
with "vocals and sarcasm." She later worked for MCA A&R, finding
other talented musicians (lung cancer)
b. March 29th 1956.
2002: Mary Hansen (36)
Australian guitarist, singer
as well as percussion, keyboards and occasionally sang lead vocals. She moved
to London in the late 1980s and became a backing singer with the Essex-based indie
band, The Wolfhounds. She
met the founder of Stereolab Tim Gane when the Wolfhounds played with his band
McCarthy, and joined Stereolab as second vocalist in 1992. As
a side project in 2000 she
helped form the band Schemawith members of the Seattle space rock group, Hovercraft
(cycling accident) b. November
2005: Mike Botts (61)
US drummer with Bread; while still at college he played with a band called
The Travellers Three and worked as a studio musician. He was working with Tony
Medley when he met David Gates and became a member of Bread from 1970 to '74,
after which he toured and recorded with Linda Ronstadt for 2 years. He reunited
with Bread in '76 to '78 for one final album and world tour. His always continued
his session and studio career - working, recording and touring with the likes
of Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, Richard Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg. In 1996, the
members of Bread once again reunited for a world tour that ran until the fall
of 1997. He also contributed to several soundtracks for films
and finally recorded his
only solo album, Adults Only, released in 2000. (colon cancer)
b. December 8th 1944.
2005: György Sándor (93)
Hungarian pianist; He recorded the complete piano works of Kodály, Prokofiev,
and Bartók; for the latter he won the Grand Prix du Disque of the Charles
Cros Academyin 1965. He taught at the Southern Methodist University, then at the
University of Michigan, and from 1982, at the Juilliard School. His pupils included
Hélène Grimaud, Gyorgy Sebok, Christina Kiss, Barbara Nissman, Ian
Pace, fortepiano performer Malcolm Bilson and composer Ezequiel Viñao.
In 1996 New York University awarded Sandor an honorary doctorate. He continued
to teach and perform into his nineties (heart failure)
b. September 21st
Freddie Marsden (66) UK drummer with the Liverpool band Gerry &
the Pacemakers. He and brother Gerry formed the band in the late 50's and it was
the 2nd band to sign with Brian Epstein. Their first 3 records shot to No.1 "How
Do You Do It?", "I
Like It", "You'll Never Walk Alone" ,
all released in 1963. The
latter has remained the anthem of the crowds at Liverpool Football Club, played
before kick-off every Saturday. They had
also became the first act to acheive three consecertive No.1's hits in the UK
charts. In 1965 the group
were featured on scooters for the film Ferry Cross The Mersey (cancer)
b. October 21st 1940.
Georgia Gibbs/Frieda Lipschitz (87) American
she began her professional career at the age of thirteen, and was singing in Boston's
Raymor Ballroom the following year. She recorded her first record with the Hudson-DeLange
Orchestra in 1936. Her voice is best showcased on romantic ballads and torch songs
like Melancholy Baby, I'll Be Seeing You, Autumn Leaves and You Keep Coming Back
Like A Song. Yet she could be equally thrilling belting out a red hot jazz numbers
like Red Hot Mama and A-Razz-A-Ma-Tazz, or jiving with tunes like Ol Man Mose
and Shoo Shoo Baby. In more recent years, again her reputation steadily grew partially
due to the availability of her songs on CD. (died of leukemia)
b. August 17th 1919.
Thore Skogman (76) Swedish entertainer,
born in Hallstahammar. He made his debut recording in 1955 and came third in Sweden's
national song contest Melodifestivalen in 1963. In the 1960s he wrote "Fröken
Fräken" / Miss Freckle, that became one of his most successful hits.
b. March 9th 1931
Faramarz Payvar (77) Iranian
composer and santur player; Faramarz,
was one of the country's prominent composers, he
started learning music at the age of 17 under the tutorship of great Iranian master
Abol-Hasan Saba. His achievements in traditional Persian music and playing the
Santour brought him fame, leading to his co-operations with the Iranian Department
of Art and Culture in 1954. He founded the 'Art and Culture Orchestra', which
included greats such as Hossein Tehrani, Khatere Parvaneh, Houshang Zarif, Mohammad-Reza
Shajarian, Rahmatollah Badiee and Abdol-Vahab Shahidi. He also played the Setar
and published a book on Tar and Setar in 1996. After getting a scholarship from
Iran's National Music Conservatory, Faramarz majored in English Language at UK's
Cambridge University and was graduated in 1965. He also studyed Western music
at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The veteran artist amazed music lovers
by his performances in every corner of the world. His world tours took him to
countries like the US, Germany, the UK, Sweden, France, Japan, Italy, Malaysia,
(died after struggling
with brain damage for a long time) b. February 10th
2010: James Moody
(85) American jazz saxophone and flute player, born in Savannah,
Georgia, but grew up in New Jersey and best known for his hit "Moody's Mood
for Love". He joined the US Army Air Corps in '43 and played in the "negro
band", following his discharge in '46 he played with Dizzy Gillespie for
2 years. James later played with Gillespie in 1964, where his colleagues in the
group, pianist Kenny Barron and guitarist Les Spann, would be musical collaborators
in the coming decades. In
1948 he recorded his first session for Blue Note Records, the first in a long
recording career. That same year he relocated to Europe, where he stayed for three
years, saying he had been "scarred by racism" in the U.S. His
European work, included his first recording of "Moody's Mood for Love",
he established himself as recording artist in his own right, and was part of the
growth of European jazz. Then in 1952 he returned to the U.S. to a recording career
with Prestige Records and others, playing flute and saxophone in bands that included
musicians such as Pee Wee Moore and others. In the 1960s he rejoined Dizzy Gillespie
and later worked with Mike Longo. He
was also an NEA Jazz Master and often to part in educational programming and outreach,
including with the International Association for Jazz Education, or IAJE (sadly
James died from pancreatic cancer) b. March 26th
2010: Tony Schilder (73)
South African jazz pianist, bandleader and composer from Cape Town; he started
playing the piano at a young age, went on to make a name for himself as one of
the greatest jazz musicians in the city, who was regularly referred to as the
gentleman of jazz. Tony
never studied music formally, but was gifted with a magical ear, he learned by
listening and imiation. In the '50s and '60s, Cape Town was the jazz capital of
Africa, especially for straight-ahead swing and bebop. It produced many terrific
players, several of whom went on to international fame. Tony gigged and jammed
with them all, great and small, Harold Jephta, Maurice Gawronsky, Morris Goldberg,
Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Johnny Gertze, Cups Nkanuka, Winston "Mankunku"
Ngozi, Erza Ngcukana, Chris McGregor, and Hugh Masekela, to name just a few. In
the '70s, when he fell in love with bossa nova and made three trips to Brazil,
during the '80s, to study the music first-hand. He was also a band leader at Club
Montreal in Manenberg and contributed to many jazz compilations (Tony
sadly died after a long illness) b.
November 5th 1937.
2010: Boris Tishchenko
(71) Russian composer; born in Leningrad, he studied at the Leningrad
Musical College from '54 to '57. Then from '57 to '63 he studied composition and
piano with at the Leningrad Conservatory. He then took a postgraduate course with
the composer Dmitri Shostakovich from 1962 to 1965. He
taught at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1965, and became a professor there in
1986. Boris actively assisted in the secret delivery of the manuscript of Shostakovich's
memoirs to the West. Later, however, he raised his voice in dispute against the
authenticity of Testimony published by Solomon Volkov in 1979. His works includes
more than seven symphonies, two violin concertos, two cello concertos, a piano
concerto, five string quartets, two cello sonatas, ten piano sonatas, a requiem,
chamber and vocal works, the opera The Stolen Sun, the operetta A Cockroach, three
ballets Tvelve, Fly-bee and Yaroslavna/The Eclipse, and incidental music for theatre
and film. In March 2006 he was announced as the first laureate of the 'Epokha
Shostakovicha' prize instituted for the centennial of Shostakovich's birth. He
died in Saint Petersburg (?)
b. March 23rd 1939.
2011: Myra Taylor (94)
American jazz singer born in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and
moved to Kansas City as a child. In 1930, she toured the Midwest with Clarence
Love's band. Myra moved to Chicago in 1937 and worked with Warren Baby
Dodds, Lonnie Johnson, Roy Eldridge and Lil Hardin Armstrong. She
returned to Kansas City in 1940 and Harlan Leonard hired her as the featured singer
for his new band Harlan Leonard and His Rockets. Myra recorded an uptempo version
of the song I Dont Want to Set the World on Fire. Kansas City
is also where she recorded her best-known song, The Spider and the Fly.
She performed in USO shows during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam
War, performing in 32 different countries. >>>
MORE <<< (Myra's health
declined in the last half of 2011 following a fall and sadly she was no longer
able to live in her home, spending her final three months in hospice care at Kansas
City's Swope Ridge Geriatric Center)
b. February 24th 1917.
Charles Rosen (85) American pianist and author;
he started piano lessons aged 4, then studied at the Juilliard School from aged
7 to 11, after which he was a pupil of Moriz Rosenthal for six years.
He went on to successful career as a concert pianist, appearing in numerous recitals
and orchestral engagements around the world. He recorded a number of 20th century
works at the invitation of their composers, including music by Stravinsky, Elliott
Carter, and Pierre Boulez. His recordings also include earlier literature such
as Debussy's Études, Schumann's works for solo piano, Beethoven's late
sonatas and Diabelli Variations, and Bach's Art of Fugue and Goldberg Variations
(sadly Charles died while fighting cancer)
b. May 5th 1927.
2012: Jenni Rivera Saavedra (43)
American-born Mexican banda and norteño singer, born
in Long Beach, CA, who went on to be successful regional Mexican artist and entrepreneur.
She started many companies, including Divina Realty, Divina Cosmetics, Jenni Rivera
Fragrance, Jenni Jeans, The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation and Divine
Music. She became the first female Banda artist to sell-out
a concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, and became the first artist
to sell-out two back-to-back nights at the Nokia Theatre in LA, on August 6 and
7, 2010. Jenni sold over 15 million albums worldwide and was nominated at the
2003, '08 and '10 Latin Grammys. (tragically died
Learjet 25 plane crash
en route from Monterrey to Toluca)
b. July 2nd 1969.
Lydia Mordkovitch nee Shtimerman (70) Russian-born
British violinist born in Saratov; she moved to Odessa in the Ukraine in 1960
where she studied for 2 years at the Stolyarsky School of Music. She then moved
to Moscow and studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory under David Oistrakh, later
serving as his assistant in 1968-70. During this period she won the National Young
Musicians Competition in Kiev in 1967 and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud
Competition in Paris in 1969. Between 1970 and 1973 she studied at the Institute
of Arts. After a period in Israel from 1974 and 1979, teaching at the Israeli
Academy of Music in Jerusalem, she moved permanently to the UK in 1980. Her debut
in the United States came in 1982 when she performed with Georg Solti and the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She then made over 20 recordings, also recording the
works of J.S. Bach, Maayani, Shostakovich and English composers such as Bax, Alwyn,
Bliss, Howells and many more. She had been a professor at the Royal Academy of
Music in London since 1995. (?) April 30th 1944
Sheila Stewart (77) Scottish singer, storyteller,
and author; Sheila was born a stable that belonged to a hotel in Blairgowrie,
she grew up in a family of travelling people whose roots in Scotland have been
traced back to the eleventh century and whose music and song gained world-wide
renown during the folk music revival. Her mother, Belle, was a great singer and
tradition bearer as well as a songwriter, and her father, Alec, was a piper and
storyteller. It was Sheilas Uncle Donald, however, who chose her to carry
on the familys songs and stories. In America the Stewarts of Blair: Belle,
Alec, Sheila and her sister Cathie, were given the red carpet treatment and Sheila
went on to sing in the White House for then-President Gerald Ford during Americas
bicentennial celebrations in 1976. On June 1st 1982, Sheila appeared before some
300,000, when she was chosen to represent the travelling people during Pope John
Paul lls visit to Scotland. From her specially built stage Sheila sang Ewan
MacColls Moving On Song to huge acclaim from the Bellahouston Park crowd.
She has lectured on travellers culture at Princeton and Harvard universities
and for many years sat on the Secretary of State for Scotlands advisory
committee on travellers (?) b. July 7th 1937
Rusty Jones/Isham Russell Jones II (73) American
jazz drummer Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He went on the after graduating college in 1965
from the University of Iowa with a degree in history and political science. Over
his long career he has worked with thw likes of Judy Roberts, George Shearing,
Adam Makowicz, Larry Novak, Patricia Barber, Frank D'Rone, Art Hodes, Ira Sullivan,
J.R. Monterose, and Stéphane Grappelli. He has also had
short stints with Buddy DeFranco, Art Van Damme, Kai Winding, Curtis Fuller, Lee
Konitz, "Wild Bill" Davison, Anita O'Day, Mark Murphy, Flip Phillips,
Morgan King, Red Holloway, Eddie Higgins, Ike Cole, Clifford Jordan, Franz Jackson,
Bobby Enriquez, Monty Alexander and Catherine Whitney, among many others.
(?) b. April 13th 1942
Otis Redding (26) An
influential Black-American soul singer. He became a local celebrity as a teenager
after winning a local Saturday morning talent show at the Douglass Theatre 15
weeks in a row. In 1960 he made his first recordings, "She's All Right"
and "Shout Bamalama" under the name "Otis and The Shooters".
In 1962 he recorded "These Arms of Mine", a ballad that he had written.
The song became a minor hit on Volt Records, a subsidiary of the renowned Southern
soul label Stax. He continued to release for Stax/Volt, and built his fan base
by extensively touring a live show with support from fellow Stax artists Sam &
Dave. Further hits between 1964 and 1966 included "Mr. Pitiful", "I
Can't Turn You Loose" (which was to become The Blues Brothers entrance theme
music), "Try a Little Tenderness","(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction",
and "Respect", later a smash hit for Aretha Franklin. He wrote most
of his own material including "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" which
he had recorded only a few days before his death. He considered it unfinished.
In 1993, the U.S. Post Office issued an Otis Redding 29 cents commemorative postage
stamp. He was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994, and in 1999 he
posthumously received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame listed three Redding recordings "Shake," "(Sittin'
On) The Dock of the Bay," and "Try a Little Tenderness" among its
list of "The 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll." and Rolling Stone
ranked him No.21 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (The
plane carrying Otis Redding and The Bar-kays crashed at 3.28.pm into Lake Monoma
tragically killing Otis, four of the Bar-Kays and most of the passengers. Trumpet
player Ben Cauley was the only
band member to survive the crash & bassist James Alexander missed the flight)
b. September 9th 1941.
Jimmy King (18) American guitarist in The Bar-Kays; the
Bar-Kays began in Memphis, Tennessee as a studio session musician group, backing
major artists at Stax Records. They were chosen in 1967 by Otis Redding to play
as his backing band. (sadly
died so young in the tragic Otis Redding plane crash)
Ronnie Caldwell (18) American electric organist and keyboardist with
The Bar-Kays Otis Redding's
chosen backing band (sadly
died so young in the tragic Otis Redding plane crash)
b. December 27th 1948
1967: Phalon Jones
American saxophonist in The Bar-Kays, Otis
Redding's chosen backing band (sadly died
so young in the tragic Otis Redding plane crash)
1967: Carl Cunningham (18) American
drummer in The Bar-Kays,
Otis Redding's chosen backing band (sadly
died so young in the tragic Otis Redding plane crash)
1986: Kate Wolf/Kathryn Louise Allen (44)
American singer and songwriter; born in San Francisco, she started her
music career in the band Wildwood Flower before recording ten records as a solo
artist. Though her career was relatively short, she had a significant impact on
the folk music scene, and many musicians continue to cover her songs. Her best-known
compositions include "Here in California", "Across the Great Divide",
"Unfinished Life", "Give Yourself to Love", and "Love
Still Remains". Emmylou
Harris's cover of "Love Still Remains" was nominated for a Grammy Award
in 1999 (sadly Kate died, after a long battle with leukemia)
January 27th 1942.
American violin virtuoso. He is widely regarded as the greatest violinist of the
20th Century. He owned both the 1714 "Dolphin" Stradivarius and the
1740 "ex David" Guarneri del Gesù, the latter of which he preferred
and kept until his death.(He died at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
after a brain surgery as a result of a fall and loss of consciousness at home)
b.February 2nd 1901
Elliot Stewart (73)
American jazz bass player whose trademark
style was his ability to bow the bass (arco) and simultaneously hum or sing an
octave higher. He was a very busy sessionist and played with many of the jaz icons
through the 40s to the 80's, Art Tatum's trio, Benny Goodman Sextet, Charlie Parker,
Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young as well as leading his own group
(?) b. September 21st
Jascha Heifetz (86) World renown Russian
violin virtuoso born in Vilnius, Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire. He
took up the violin when he was only three years old, he was a child prodigy, making
his public debut at seven, in Kovno playing the Violin Concerto in E minor by
Felix Mendelssohn. In 1910 he entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory to study
under Leopold Auer himself. In April 1911, Jascha performed in an outdoor concert
in St. Petersburg before 25,000 spectators; there was such a sensational reaction
that police officers needed to protect the young violinist after the concert.
In 1914, he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Arthur Nikisch.
The conductor was very impressed, saying he had never heard such an excellent
violinist. On October 27th 1917, he made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in
New York, and became an immediate sensation and remained in the country becoming
an American citizen in 1925. He continued to play around the world with all the
great orchestras until the mid 1970s, after an operation to his sholder, but he
continued to play privately until the end. Jaschais regarded as one of the greatest
violinists of all time and in 1989, received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement
b. February 3nd 1901.
1991: Headman Shabalala (46)
South African singer and member of the world famous Ladysmith Black Mambazo
choral group which was founded and still led by his brother Joseph. He joined
the first incarnation of his brother Joseph's group the Ladysmith Black Mambazo
1960 alongside his brother Enoch and various cousins and relatives. He sang the
bass voice, adding sounds to the songs that would become synonymous with the group's
rhythm; the low gruffs and growls and the "clicking" noises (he
was brutally shot and killed by a white, off-duty security guard in an apparent
racial killing) b. October 10th 1945.
1995: Buffy/DJ Doctor Nice/Darren Robinson (28) American
rapper and a member of the 1980s rap group The Fat Boys. He, along with Doug E.
Fresh and others, were pioneers of beatboxing, a form of vocal percussion used
in many rap groups throughout the '80s and '90s.
and the group were featured in the 1985 movie Krush Groove (He
died of a heart attack, weighing 450 lb (204 kg) at the time; while climbing on
a studio chair he fell and lost his wind, paramedics were called but unable to
revive him) b. June 12th
John Duffey (62) American
bluegrass singer, guitarist and music innovator born
in Washington; he
founded two of the most influential groups in bluegrass, The Country Gentlemen
and The Seldom Scene. His tastes and sources were eclectic, often raiding folk
song books and Protestant hymnals for material. He embraced the music of Bob Dylan
and his style of playing was rock and jazz-inflected. The son of a singer at the
Metropolitan Opera, John possessed a soaring range that shifted almost unnoticeably
from tenor to falsetto. The contrast of his voice with the mellow baritone of
Country Gentleman guitarist Charlie Waller created a rich blend without precedence
in bluegrass. Some of his best pieces include "The Traveler," which
was dedicated to his wife; the eerie "Victim to the Tomb"; and "Hills
and Home". As a member of the Country Gentlemen, John was inducted into the
International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1996 (?)
b. March 4th 1934.
Faron Young (64) American country music
singer; originally known as "the Hillbilly Heartthrob" and "the
Singing Sheriff". Faron had many hits including "Young Love", "If
You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')", "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young",
"Sweet Dreams", "Hello Walls", "It's Four in the Morning".
He co-founded, with Preston Temple, the Nashville trade newspaper, The Music City
News. His band, the Country Deputies, was one of country music's top bands, and
toured with him for many years and in
2000 he was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (Depressed
by his poor and failing health, he shot himself) b. February
1999: Rick Danko (56) Canadian
bassist, also played accordion, violin, mandolin, guitar, fiddle; famous for co-founding
The Band who originally started out as Bob Dylan's first all electric backing
band, just known as the band, they kept that name. At 17, already a five-year
music veteran, he booked himself as the opening act for Ronnie Hawkins, a rockabilly
singer whose group, The Hawks, were considered to be one of the best in Canada
and by September 1960, he was Hawkins's bassist. A few years later Rick and some
of the band went out on there own and ended up as The Band. He also enjoyed a
solo career, he recorded demos and made a number of appearances on albums by other
artists throughout the 80s and 90s, including a tour in 1989 with Levon Helm and
Garth Hudson as part of Ringo Starr's first All-Star Band
(died in his sleep of heart failure)
b. December 29th 1942.
2007: Emil Brenkus (94) American jazz bassist,
he played the Pittsburgh jazz scene alongside greats such as Sam Nestico, Billie
May, Benny Benack and Baron Elliot. A true veteran trooper, Emil played regularly
until just weeks before his death (died of prostate cancer
8 days after his birthday) b. December 3rd 1913.
2007: Jerry Ricks (67)
American blues guitarist, a much in demand freelance guitarist and solo
world touring musician. He started playing guitar in local coffee shops in the
late 1950s and worked as a booking manager for the Second Fret Coffee House in
Philadelphia from 1960-1966, coming into contact with many key figures in the
blues revival. He toured with the Buddy Guy Blues Band on a State Department-sponsored
East African tour, after which he moved to Europe. He recorded 13 solo albums
in Europe, but his first American releases did not arrive until 1998, with Deep
in the Well. The album was nominated for three W.C. Handy Awards. (died
in hospital in the Adriatic town of Rijeka; complications from a brain tumor)
b. May 22nd 1940.
Helen Bella Avenila Santamaria (60)
Filipino actress, singer best known for recording a string of hit love ballads
in the 1970s, including "Bakit Ako Mahihiya", "Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi,"
"Nananabik", "Hatiin Natin ang Gabi," and "Hindi Kami
Damong Ligaw". She started out singing with Circus band and Time Machine,
after which she signed up with Vicor Music Corporation as a solo artist, her debut
album "Didith", was a platinum bestseller in 1975. She won a Gold Prize
and the Best performer at the 1977 Tokyo Music Festival. She was also notorious
for accidentally exposing her breast, while singing "Bakit Ako Mahihiya?"
during the 1977 FAMAS Awards Night (heart attack) b. September
Kenny Dino/Kenneth J. Diono (67) American pop singer; Kenny spent several
months stationed in Iceland while serving in the Navy, he came runner-up in a
talent show with his version of a song by Elvis Presley. Back in America he put
together a band which toured in Texas and Louisiana. He frequently played with
Doug Sahm at the San Antonio Blues Club at this time. Moving to New York he released
his only hit record "Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night",
in 1961. Robert Plant later covered this song on his 1990 release, Manic Nirvana.
Kenny was offered a chance to duet with Paul Simon but turned it down. (He
was driving from Melbourne, Florida to his home in Cocoa after finishing a gig.
He pulled over to the side of the road where he suffered a fatal heart attack)
b. July 12th 1939.
Karryl "Special One" Smith (?) American
rapper one half of the female rap duo The Conscious Daughters from the Bay Area,
California. Along with Carla "CMG" Green, they released their first
album, Ear to the Street that same year. Their 1994
single and video release "Somethin' to Ride
(Fonky Expedition)", helped TCD gain national recognition. They released
their third and final album The Nutcracker Suite February
10th 2009 (sadly Karryl died of complications resulting
from a blood clot) b.????
Lisa Della Casa (93) Swiss soprano born in Burgdorf, she became most
admired for her interpretations of major heroines in major operas by Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss, of German lieder, and for her great beauty.
She was dubbed the most beautiful woman on the operatic stage. Lisa
made her British debut singing the part of Countess Almaviva in Mozart's The Marriage
of Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival. She made her debut at the Metropolitan
Opera House/the Met in New York as the Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro
on November 20th 1953. Since her debut at the Met she sang totally 173 complete
opera performances. In 1974 she retired, aged 55, then considered to be at the
height of her career (?) b.
February 2nd 1919.
2013: Jim Hall (83)
American jazz guitarist, composer and arranger
born in Buffalo, before moving to Cleveland, In 1955, he attended the Cleveland
Institute of Music where he studied piano and bass, in addition to theory, after
which he moved to Los Angeles, where cool jazz was prominent at the time. He focused
on classical guitar, and, from 1955 to 1956, played in Chico Hamilton's quintet.
It was at this time that he began to gain attention. He taught at the Lenox School
of Jazz in 1959; toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic; and from 1959 to 1965 he
worked with Ben Webster, Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, Ella Fitzgerald in Europe in
1960, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins, and Art Farmer. Jim changed the way jazz guitar
sounded, with his innovation, composition, and improvisation and carried on recording
and touring the world well into his 80s (?) b.
December 4th 1930.
Rainer Bloss (69) German electronic musician
born in Saxony; he collaborated with electronic composer Klaus Schulze in the
1980s to produce several albums, including Audentity in 1981, Aphrica in 1984,
and Drive Inn in 1984. (?) b.
Damião Experiença/Damião Ferreira da Cruz (81) Brazilian
singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist; born in Lauro de Freitas, he fled his
home to Rio in 1949, where he lived as a pimp and a radio operator for the Navy.
He was a prominent figure in Brazilian alternative music scene, but from the beginning
of his musical career, he avoided interviews and media attention in general, including
refusing to sign documents, but went on to record around 36 albums. In 2007, he
launched 2 new acoustic album, Sarafina Amorzinho 1937 and 1914 respectively,
the names of his mother and father, and in 2009, returned to the stage with a
memorable show at SESC Santo André, São Paulo next to Walter Franco
and Supersymmetry band. (?)
b. September 27th 1935.
2016: George Michael
"Mac" Mantalis (81) American pop singer, and and founder
of The Four Coins, and born in in Canonsburg. Before they were the Four Coins,
George, along with sax player, Jimmy Gregorakis, and brothers George and Jack
Mahramas were musicians in Bobby Vinton and His Band of Tomorrow in 1952 while
they still in high school. During the holiday season that year, the four members,
who were brothers and cousins, started singing street-corner harmonies, inspired
by The Four Aces and The Four Lads. They had their first hit in 1954 with Well
Be Married (In the Church in the Wildwood) followed with a few other minor
hits before breaking through in 1957 with their first and only million-seller,
Shangri-La. Over his long career he performed for John and Jackie
Kennedy, met Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, and traveled to the Far East. (sadly
died fighting lung cancer at Allegheny General Hospital)
b. December 22nd 1934.
1964: Sam Cooke (33) US
R & B, gospel and soul
singer; he was a pioneer and one of the most
important soul singers in history, some call him the inventor of soul music and
he's souls most popular and beloved performer in both the black and white communities.
In the early and mid 50's he sang with The Soul Stirrers where he wrote and recorded
14 tracks and wrote or arranged a further 10 for them. He brought out
his first solo record
"Lovable" in 1956 while still a member of The
Soul Stirrers, but under the name of Dale Cooke. Leaving the group in 1957 he
went on to have 29 Top 40 hits in the U.S. between 1957 and 1965, including hits
like "You Send Me", "Summertime", "A Change Is Gonna
Come", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World" and "Bring
It on Home to Me". He was also among the first modern black performers and
composers to be active on the business side of the music. He founded his own record
label SAR Records in 1961, followed by a publishing imprint and management firm,
both as an extension of his career. In 1986, he was inducted as a charter member
of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, In 1999, he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime
Achievement Award, and in 2008 Rolling Stone magazine named him the 4th Greatest
Singer of All Time (shot to death by Bertha Franklin, manager
of the Hacienda Motel
in South L. A., who claimed that he had threatened her, and she killed him in
self-defense, the details of the case are still in dispute)
b. January 22nd 1931.
Lee Wiley (67) American
jazz singer born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; while still in her early teens,
Lee left home to begin a career singing with the Leo Reisman band. In 1939, she
made a 78 album set of eight Gershwin songs with a small group for Liberty Music
Shops. The set sold well and was followed by 78 album sets dedicated to Cole Porter
in 1940 and Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart in 1940 (and 1954), Harold Arlen
in 1943 and Vincent Youmans and Irving Berlin in 1951. In 1954, she opened the
very first Newport Jazz Festival accompanied by Bobby Hackett. She later recorded
two of her finest albums, West of the Moon in 1956 and A Touch of the Blues in
1957 before retiring (colon cancer)
b. October 9th 1908.
1992: Andrew Dewey "Andy" Kirk (94) American jazz saxophonist
and tubist born in Newport, Kentucky, best known as a bandleader of the "Twelve
Clouds of Joy," popular during the swing era. The band at various times included
Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone), Claude Williams (violin), Pha Terrell (vocals),
Mary Lou's then husband, John Williams, Bill Coleman, Ken Kersey, Dick Wilson,
Don Byas, "Shorty" Baker, Howard McGhee, Jimmy Forrest, Ben Smith, Fats
Navarro, Charlie Parker, Reuben Phillips, Ben Thigpen, Henry Wells, Milt Robinson,
Floyd Smith, Hank Jones, Johnny Lynch, Joe Williams, Big Jim Lawson, Gino Murray
and Joe Evans. In 1942, Kirk and His Clouds of Joy recorded "Take It and
Git", which on October 24, 1942, became the first single to hit number one
on the Harlem Hit Parade, the predecessor to the Billboard R&B chart. In 1943,
with June Richmond on vocals, he had a No. 4 hit with "Hey Lawdy Mama".
(?) b. May 28th 1898
1998: James Lynn Strait (30) US singer;
best known as founder member, lead vocalist and lyricist of the metal/punk band
Snot. The band recorded one album before his death "Get Some" in 1997.
When the band performed on the 1998 Ozzfest tour, he was arrested in Mansfield,
Massachusetts, for indecent exposure after emerging nude from the oversized toilet
prop used by Limp Bizkit in their performances. Lynn
also appeared as a guest on Tura Satana's song 'Down', a duet with friend Tairrie
B on Manhole/Tura Satana's first album. In 2000, Snot released the album, Strait
Up, as a tribute to Lynn, the album features appearances by the lead vocalists
of a number of major rock groups (killed tragically when
a truck struck his Ford Tempo on the 101 Freeway near Santa Barbara at approximately
1 p.m) b. August 7th 1968.
M.S. Subbulakshmi/Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (88) Indian
singer; well known for her Carnatic voice, and widely regarded as the premier
female classical vocalist of her generation. Her first public performance during
the Mahamaham festival at Kumbakonam at the age of eight, and released her first
recording at the age of ten. By the age of 17, she was giving concerts on her
own, including major performances at the Madras Music Academy. She traveled to
London, New York, Canada, the Far East, and other places, performing concerts
at Carnegie Hall, New York; the UN General Assembly; the Royal Albert Hall, London;
and at the Festival of India in Moscow. She was the first musician ever to be
awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor (complications
relating to pneumonia and cardiac irregularities)
b. September 16th 1916.
William ''Ricky'' Hardy (73)
Islington, North London;
began his career the Colne Valley Stompers on rhythm guitarist, but was soon fronting,
under new professional name, the Rick Richards Skiffle Group, before joining The
Skiffle Group who had a residency at Sohos most important coffee bar, the
2is. It was here they backed a young Cliff Richard. Ricky went on to perform
on the Hamburg mucic scene with the Jets. After The Jets broke up, he stayed on
playing the army base circuit and got as far as Turkey, Japan and Thailand, where
he recorded Our Last Kiss in 1968 with Porn Piroon. Around 1975 he began reinventing
himself as a professional Cockney, recording cod Cockneyisms like The Befnal Green
Cow. Ricky played the part of the Pearly King in the 1996
Trainspotting and had a place on an (actors union) Equity regional committee
(Ricky tragically died from the result of a car accident)
b. October 17th 1933
2006: Walter Ward (66) American R&B singer,
lead vocalist of The Olympics; in 1954 when he was attending Centinela High School
in Inglewood, CA, he and his cousin Eddie Lewis formed a group The Challengers.
After winning a number of talent shows, they were approached by another singing
duo who asked to join forces. In 1955 the quartet became The Olympics. His last
performance with The Olympics was on November 12th 2006, at a Doo-Wop Spectacular
on Long Island, New York just
a month before his sad death (?) b.August
2007: Christie Hennessy/Edward Christopher Ross (62)
Irish folk singer-songwriter born in Tralee, County Kerry, and left school at
age 11; he wrote several songs that became hits for other singers including 'Don't
Forget your Shovel', made famous by Christy Moore and 'All the Lies that You Told
Me', recorded by Frances Black. He had recently gone into the studio to record
an album with both Luka Bloom and Christy Moore sharing vocals on one of the tracks
(died from mesothelioma, which has been attributed to his
younger years working on building sites in London)
b. November 19th
2007: Lee Vincent/Vincent Michael Cerreta (91)
American bassist and radio personality for WILK radio in Pennsylvania.
After fighting in WW II and playing at that time with band leader Glenn Miller,
from 1943 to 1946, he formed his own bands. His Lee Vincent Orchestra, the Lee
Vincent Band and the Lee Vincent Trio, played alongside Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra,
Jr., Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken, and many others. He also worked as a disc jockey
for WILK, and other stations promoting big band music (died
of heart failure) b.
April 15th 1916.
2011: Enric Barbat (68)
Spanish Catalan language singer; at aged 20 in 1963, hes play guitar and
song in the group The Sixteen Judges (Els Setze Jutges) giving voice
to New Catalan Song (La.Nova Cançó). His debut was at
the Barcelona Faculty of Law with a song entitled The Mermaid (La
Sirena). Over the next ten years he wrote some hundred songs which he traipsed
all over Cataluña. June 1970 saw a series of concerts at the Barcelona
Cine Alexis, director Joan de Sagarra, accompanied by Jordi Clúa on bass.
A long period of working together and friendship followed. On 13th April 2007
the Catalan Parliament awarded him a medal of honour in recognition of his services
to Catalan culture.
His last albums include Private Paths 2007, and The Nomads
Bag released in 2008 (?) b.
2012: Galina Vishnevskaya (86) Russian soprano
opera singer and recitalist; born in Leningrad, she made her professional stage
debut in 1944 singing operetta. After a year studying with Vera Nikolayevna Garina,
she won a competition held by the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1952. The next
year, she became a member of the Bolshoi Theatre. In addition to the roles in
the Russian operatic repertoire, she also sang roles such as Violetta, Tosca,
Cio-cio-san, Leonore, and Cherubino. Benjamin
Britten wrote the soprano role in his War Requiem, completed 1962, specially for
Soviet authorities forced Galina and her husband to flee the country in 1974 for
supporting Nobel prize-winning dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. She
lived, performed and directed opera in the USA and France until 1982 and in 1984
wrote the autobiography "Galina", criticizing the Soviet authorities.
She is famed for her roles in such opera classics as Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida",
Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" as well as Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca"
and "Madame Butterfly". Galina returned home after the collapse of the
Soviet Union and opened her own opera center in Moscow in 2002, which has since
trained a number of international stars. She remained artistic director until
her death (?) b.
October 25th 1926.
2012: Ravi Shaunkor Chowdhury
(92) Indian sitar player and composer; born in Benares he spent his
youth touring Europe and India with his
dance group. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician
Allauddin Khan. In 1956, he began to tour Europe and the America playing Indian
classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching,
performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison
of The Beatles. Ravi engaged Western music by writing concerti for sitar and orchestra
and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1986 to 1992 he served as a
nominated member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. He was awarded
India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three
Grammy Awards. He continued to perform in the 2000s, often with his daughter,
Anoushka (sadly died with heart problems) b.
April 7th 1920.
2013: George H. Buck Jr (84)
American music industry executive and entrepreneur who devoted much of his life
to recording jazz by producing albums and acquiring the rights to those produced
by companies established by others. He had acquired record company labels and
radio broadcast companies that held historic transcription discs. The nine labels
he issued a wide range of jazz music on are Jazzology, GHB, Circle, Southland,
American Music, Black Swan, Audiophile, Progressive, and Solo Art. He
was also a major record collector, it is said he
had the largest collection of jazz music in the world is under this umbrella.(?)
b. December 22nd 1928.
Dawn Sears (53) American country music artist
born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. She began her career in 1990 with the album,
What a Woman Wants to Hear. The album produced two minor singles "Till You
Come Back to Me" and "Good Goodbye". She later joined Vince Gill's
road band as a harmony vocalist. In addition to her work as a backing vocalist
in Vince Gill's band, she recorded 2 further solo studio albums, "Nothin'
but Good", and Dawn Sears. (sadly Dawn died
fighting lung cancer) b. December 7th 1961.
2014: Hans Wallat (85) German
conductor and music director,
he specialised in German opera, focusing on the works of Richard Wagner. He worked
at theatres in Schwerin, Stendal, the Meiningen Court Theatre and Cottbus while
studying. In 1965 he became GMD in Bremen and was GMD at Nationaltheater Mannheim
from 1970 to 1980. In 1980, he conducted Wagner's Tannhäuser at the Cologne
Opera, with Jean Cox in the title role and Hannelore Bode as Elisabeth. He was
GMD at the Theater Dortmund from 1980-1985. From 1986-1996 he was GMD at the Deutsche
Oper am Rhein. He chose a contemporary opera, Wolfgang Fortner's Bluthochzeit,
staged by Kurt Horres, for his debut at the Opernhaus Düsseldorf on October
12th 1986. In 1996 Wallat was named Honorary Conductor of the Düsseldorfer
Symphoniker.These were just a few of his hi-lites over his long career. In 2004,
Hans received the German Cross of the Order of Merit, in 2009, he became an honorary
member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and in 2010 he was awarded the Duisburger
October 18th 1929.
Esma Redepova-Teodosievska (73) Macedonian
Romani singer, songwriter and humanitarian of Romani ethnicity, born in Skopje.
Because of her prolific repertoire, which includes hundreds of songs, and because
of her contribution to Roma culture and its promotion, she was nicknamed Queen
of the Gypsies. She started to sing while she was a teenager in the 1950s, and
her career spans over five decades. Her musical style was mostly inspired by traditional
Roma and Macedonian music and was particularly noted for her powerful and emotional
voice. In 2010, she was cited among the 50 great voices in the world by NPR, a
prominent American media organization. That same year she was awarded the Macedonian
Order of Merit, and she was entitled National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia
in 2013 by the Macedonian President, Gjorgje Ivanov (?)
b. August 8th
Joe Ligon (80) American gospel lead singer and founder of Mighty Clouds
of Joy. Born in Troy, Alabama, he moved with his family to Los Angeles when he
was 14, where, in 1961 he formed the gospel group Mighty Clouds of Joy. They started
out in a tradition based style, but eventually added soul, R&B, and rock flourishes
into their musical mix and released their debut single "Steal Away To Jesus"
in 1960. In 1978 and 1979, they won back-to-back Grammy awards for best traditional
soul gospel performance. Their third Grammy came in 1991 when Mighty Clouds of
Joy won best traditional soul gospel album for Pray for Me.
They recorded 26 studio albums from 'Family Circle' in 1964 to 'Down Memory Lane:
Chapter 2' in 2014 (?) b. October
Robert Alan "Bob" Krasnow (82) American record label executive
born in Rochester, New York; he founded Blue Thumb Records, later became chairman
of Elektra Records, and was a co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Early
in his career he worked as a promotions man for James Brown and sales representative
for Decca Records. In the early 1960s, he founded MK Records, then ran the King
Records branch office in San Francisco from 1958 to 1964 before founding Loma
Records, which he headed from 1964 to 1966. He became vice president of Kama Sutra
Records in LA in 1966, where he founded the Buddah Records subsidiary label. He
discovered, signed and then produced the debut album 'Safe As Milk' by Captain
Beefheart. Iin 1968 to create Beverly Hills-based Blue Thumb Records, with producers
Don Graham and Tommy LiPuma. Among the acts Bob brought to Blue Thumb were Ike
& Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Dave Mason, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks,
Marc Bolan, Arthur Lee, Captain Beefheart, Clifton Chenier, Albert King and John
Mayall. In 1974, he became vice president for Warner Bros Records, a role he held
until 1983 when he was elevated to chairman and CEO of Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch
Records, later known as Elektra Entertainment. While with Warner and Elektra,
he signed Chaka Khan, George Benson, George Clinton and The Cure to the labels.
Following his resignation from Elektra Entertainment in 1994, he established Krasnow
Entertainment, a joint venture with the MCA Music Entertainment Group. Also in
1983 Ahmet Ertegun assembled a team that included record executives Bob Krasnow,
along with Seymour Stein and Noreen Woods, Rolling Stone magazine editor and publisher
Jann S. Wenner, attorneys Allen Grubman and Suzan Evans. (?)
b. July 20th 1934.
1949: Henry "Harry" Thacker
Burleigh (83) African American baritone singer,
classical composer and arranger born in Erie, Pennsylvania; he was the first black
composer to be instrumental in the development of a characteristically American
music and he helped to make black music available to classically-trained artists
both by introducing them to the music and by arranging the music in a more classical
form. He made the first formal orchestral arrangements for more than 100 Negro
spirituals, including 'Nobody Knows (the Trouble I've Seen)'. Harry's best-known
compositions are his arrangements of these spirituals, as art songs. They were
so popular during the late 1910s and 1920s, that almost no vocal recitalist gave
a concert in a major city without occasionally singing them, including 'Little
Mother of Mine', 'Dear Old Pal of Mine', 'Under a Blazing Star', and 'In the Great
Somewhere'. He was also the 1917 winner of the NAACP's Spingarn Medal. The Spingarn
Medal is awarded annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) for outstanding achievement by an African American. (?)
b. December 2nd 1866.
1951: Mildred Bailey/Mildred
Rinker (44) American jazz
known as "Mrs. Swing", she became an established
blues and jazz singer and during the 1930s. Her number one hits were "Please
Be Kind", "Darn That Dream", and "Says My Heart" other
recordings include "Rockin' Chair", "The
Lamp Is Low", "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You", "It's
The Natural Thing To Do", "Thanks
for the Memory", "Bob White", "I'm Glad There is You",
"Love's A Necessary Thing", and
many others (sadly
died of heart failure)
b. February 27th 1907.
1957: Eric Coates (71) English composer of light music and a viola
player. His music, with its simple and memorable melodies, proved particularly
effective for theme music. As well as "Knightsbridge", the BBC also
used Calling All Workers-1940 as the theme for the radio programme Music While
You Work and By the Sleepy Lagoon-1930 is still used to introduce the long-running
radio programme Desert Island Discs. His "Halcyon Days", the first movement
of the suite The Three Elizabeths, was used as the theme to the 1967 BBC TV series
The Forsyte Saga, although he received no credit. This piece was originally written
in the early 1940s. It was later used as a celebration of the Coronation of Queen
Elizabeth II. He
also wrote a number of pieces which were used as television start-up music: the
BBC Television March (for BBC-TV), was used daily from 1946 to the end of 1958
and occasionally from then until 1960, the Rediffusion March, written as Music
Everywhere; for Associated-Rediffusion, from 1956-57, Sound and Vision for ATV
in London from 1955-68 and in the Midlands from 1956-71, and the South Wales and
the West Television March for TWW from 1958-68. He is also well-known for his
contribution to the film score for The Dam Busters-1954 (sadly
died from a stroke) b. August
1978: Keith Ian Ellis (32)
English bass player born in Matlock, Derbyshire. Keith is known for
his associations with The Koobas, The Misunderstood and also Juicy Lucy. He was
also a member of Van der Graaf Generator from 1968 to 1969 and worked with Mike
Patto and Ollie Halsall's band Boxer from 1975 until 1978. The song "Not
For Keith" on Peter Hammill's 1979 album pH7, is a tribute to Ellis (sadly
died whilst on tour with Iron Butterfly in Germany)
b. March 19th 1946.
Ian Stewart (47) Scottish keyboardist and co-founder of The Rolling
Stones; with his love of rhythm & blues, boogie-woogie, blues and big-band
jazz, hewas first to respond to Brian Jones's advertisement in Jazz News of 2
May 1962 seeking musicians to form a rhythm & blues group. Mick Jagger and
Keith Richards joined in June, and the group, with Dick Taylor on bass and Mick
Avory on drums, played their first gig under the name The Rollin' Stones at the
Marquee Club on 12 July 1962. Because the band's manager Andrew Oldham did not
think Ian fitted the image he wanted to market and thought six was too many members,
so he officially "left the group" in 1963, but continued until his death
as their road manager and pianist playing on all their albums of the first decade
among others. In 1975 Stewart joined the band on stage again, playing piano on
numbers of his choosing throughout tours in 1975-76, 1978 and 1981-82. He favoured
blues and country rockers, and remained dedicated to boogie-woogie and early rhythm
& blues. As well as his life with the Rolling Stones he contributed to Led
Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" from Led Zeppelin IV and "Boogie With
Stu" from Physical Graffiti. Another was Howlin' Wolf's 1971 London Sessions.
also played with the back-to-roots band Rocket 88. Ian was inducted posthumously
in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 with the band (Ian
began having respiratory problems. On 12 December he went to a clinic to have
the problem checked out; he tragically suffered a heart attack and died in the
waiting room) b. July 18th 1938.
Cuban composer, violinist and band director, famous as the inventor of the Cuban
dance music called cha-cha-chá. Brought up in Havana, he started to learn
the violin at aged 12, and later studied at the Municipal Conservatory of Havana.
While a member of Orquesta América in the early 1950s, he created a new
genre of dance music which became known as the cha-cha-chá. In 1964, he
toured Africa and Europe with his orchestra, Orquesta de Enrique Jorrín,
then in 1974, he organized a new charanga, which included singer Tito Gómez
and pianist Rubén González. This orchestra is still active in Havana
and includes many songs by Enrique in their active repertoire (?)
b. December 25th 1926.
Jim Bulliet (79) American founder of Bullet
Records which he started in 1945 based in Nashville, USA; the label's first national
hit was Francis Craig's pop recording of "Near You" made in early 1947,
and in 1949 they released B. B. King's first commercial single, Miss Martha King.
But the label was known for country music artists such as Boots Woodall's Radio
Wranglers. Jim was also an early partner and was founded with the financial aid
Sun Records (died in Nashville, TN) b.
1991: Ronnie Ross (58)
British Indian-born alto-tenor-baritone saxophonist, clarinet player, and
arranger; he moved to England in 1946 and began playing tenor saxophone in the
1950s with Tony Kinsey, Ted Heath, and Don Rendell. During his tenure with Rendell
he switched to baritone saxophone. He played at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958
and formed a group called the Jazz Makers with drummer Allan Ganley that same
year. He toured the United States in 1959 and Europe later that year with the
Modern Jazz Quartet. From 1961 to 1965 he played with Bill LeSage, and later with
Woody Herman, John Dankworth, Friedrich Gulda, and Clark Terry. Ronnie was a saxophone
tutor for a young David Bowie, and years later was the soloist on the Lou Reed
song "Walk on the Wild Side", which was co-produced by Bowie. He also
had guest appearances as a soloist on several Matt Bianco albums
in London, UK) b. October 2nd 1933.
Gilbert Favre (62) Swiss-Bolivian flautist, he also played the quena
as a founding member of the popular Bolivian folk group Los Jairas, and was commonly
referred to as "El Gringo". While living in Chile, as an assistant to
the Swiss anthropologist Jean Christian Spahni, he and Violeta Parra met and fell
in love, provoking Parra's divorce. Gilbert eventually left for Bolivia and started
playing and experimenting with Andean music with virtuoso guitar player Alfredo
Dominguez and renowned Ernesto Cavour, but Violeta would follow and be part of
the scene of La Paz for a while. Gilbert moved back to Geneva in the early 1960's
together with Violeta. After a few years in Europe, they returned to South America.
Soon after Gilbert left Violeta for good, sadly she committed suicide. Gilbeert
returned to Europe to settle in the Dordogne area of France (?)
b. November 19th 1936.
Kenny Davern (71) American jazz clarinetist and occasional sax player;
at the age of 16 he joined the musician's union, first as a baritone saxophone
player. In 1954 he joined Jack Teagarden's Band, and after only a few days with
the band he made his first jazz recordings. Later on, Kenny worked with bands
led by Phil Napoleon and Pee Wee Erwin before joining the Dukes of Dixieland in
1962. The late 1960s found him free-lancing with, among others, Red Allen, Ralph
Sutton, Yank Lawson and his life-long friend Dick Wellstood. In the 70s Kenny
and Bob Wilber co-led Soprano Summit, enjoying a very successful string of record
dates and concerts. Leading his own quartets since the 1990s, he has preferred
the guitar to the piano in his rhythm section, employing guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli,
Howard Alden and James Chirillo. In 1997, Kenny was inducted into the Jazz Hall
of Fame at Rutgers University, and in 2001 he received an honorary doctorate of
music at Hamilton College, New York (died from heart attack)
b. January 7th 1935.
2007: Ike Wister Turner (76) American rock
'n' roll pioneer, singer, guitarist, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer;
in 1951, among many othe acheivements, he penned what historians have debated
as "the first rock and roll record" with "Rocket 88, and is famed
for his 16 years as one half of Ike and Tina Turner and is a 2 time Grammy award
(died of a cocaine overdose) b.
November 5th 1931.
Kevan 'Kev' Fogarty (66) English singer and guitarist;in
he was a founding member and guitarist with The Jets which
was formed with
his fellow school friends in Southport.
changed their name to The Teenbeats then to
The Take 5 as lead singer, before ending up as The
Timebox. In 1966 they went to London and were soon working on package tours with
The Kinks, The Small Faces, Tommy Quickly, and Lou Christie, as well as having
a residency at the Whisky A Go Go. Later Kevan played in The Dave Devani Combo
and toured world wide with US soul/Northern soul singer Tommy Hunt as well as
playing with Lulu
Aznavour and many others. He also backed the Three Degrees when they undertook
(sadly Kevan died after a short illness in Fish Memorial
Hospital, Orange City, Florida, USA) b. July 20th
Malina Olinescu (37)
Romanian singer who represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998
with the song "Eu cred"/"I Believe" and placed 22nd (Tragically
commited suicide) b. January 29th 1974.
2011: John Atterberry
(40)American music industry
executive, he had been vice president of Death Row Records, a record label that
was founded in 1991 by Dr Dre and Suge Knight, and was once home to some of rap's
biggest names, including Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. John had also worked with
artists including Michael Jackson, the Spice Girls, Christina Aguilera and Jessica
(Tragically John was shot at close range by a gunman, later named as Tyler Brehm,
who opened fire on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood. Brehm
repeatedly shot at pedestrians and vehicles and was killed by an off-duty police
officer) b. ????
2011: John Gardner (94)
British classical music composer born in Manchester,
England and brought up in Ilfracombe, North Devon. He composed prolifically throughout
his life, among the major works are two symphonies, two operas The Visitors
in 1972 and Tobermory -1976, concertos for Trumpet, Flute, Oboe and Recorder and
Bassoon, many cantatas, including The Ballad of the White Horse, Op. 40 -1959,
Five Hymns in Popular Style, Op. 54 -1962, A Burns Sequence, Op. 213 -1993, as
well as much choral, chamber, organ, brass and orchestral music. John's
best known work is the Christmas carol "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day",
which was written for St Paul's, as was another popular carol setting, "The
Holly and the Ivy". He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire-CBE
in 1976. (?)
b. March 2nd 1917.
Zbigniew Karkowski (55) Polish experimental musician
and composer born in Krakow; he studied composition at the State College of Music
in Gothenburg, Sweden, aesthetics of modern music at the University of Gothenburgs
Department of Musicology and computer music at the Chalmers University of Technology.
He worked actively as a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music and
wrote pieces for large orchestra, commissioned and performed by the Gothenburg
Symphony Orchestra, plus an opera and several chamber music pieces that were performed
by professional ensembles in Sweden, Poland and Germany. In the last years of
his life he lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan, where he was active in the underground
noise scene (sadly Zbigniew
died fighting pancreatic cancer)b.
March 14th 1958.
Kim Ji Hoon (40) South Korean pop singer, born
in Seoul; he made his debut in 1994 as a member of the group, Two Two. They came
to fame with their hit single "One and a half" that same year. After
which in 2000, he joined up with Kim Seok
Min to form the male duo, Duke. They released several hits such as Party
Tonight and Starian (tragically
commited suicide by hanging
himself in a hotel room)
2014: John Persen (73) Norwegian
composer born in Porsanger.
Among his compositions are the opera "Under kors og krone" from 1985,
and the orchestral work "Over kors og krone". Both these works are based
upon the Kautokeino rebellion in 1852. He initiated and was the first leader of
the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. He was awarded Lindemanprisen in
1999, and Edvardprisen twice, and was awarded honorary membership of the Norwegian
Society of Composers (?) b.
November 9th 1941.
2014: John Hampton (61)
American Grammy Award winning music engineer and music producer. In 2001
he won the Best Traditional Blues Album grammy for "Do
You Get the Blues?" - Jimmie Vaughan and Best Alternative Music Album grammy
with the White Stripes' "Get Behind Me Satan" (sadly
died while fighting cancer) b. 1953.
Lucila Campos (78) Peruvian singer dubbed the "Morena Show"
or in her last decade "Queen of the broods"; born in Lince, she became
noted for her interpretations of Creole, afroperuana and tropical music. Her musical
career began in 1947, aged 9 singing at a festival organized in a market near
her home. Ten years later, in 1957 she begin to sing as a soloist as part of the
group "People Morena de Pancho Fierro". In 1967 she entered the Black
Theatre and Dance Company of Peru's famed Victoria Santa Cruz and eventually became
part of Black Peru for 17 years. Lucila also had a successful solo career, both
in Peru and abroad. (?) b.
August 16th 1938.
James Ellsworth "Jim" Lowe
(93) American singer-songwriter, born in Springfield, Missouri and
graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1948. He worked for several
radio stations in Springfield, Indianapolis and Chicago, before moving to WCBS
in New York City in 1956. His most notable run as a disc jockey was with WNEW
AM in New York, from 1964. His million-seller and gold record "The Green
Door" in 1956, reached No.8 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1956. Earlier
Jim had written "Gambler's Guitar", a million-selling hit for Rusty
Draper in '53. He retired in 2004 at the age of 81, for contributions to the music
industry, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6341 Hollywood
Boulevard. (?) b. May 7th 1923.
Barrelhouse Chuck/Charles Goering (58) American blues musician born
and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and learned to play the drums by the age of six,
but later graduated to the piano. He relocated with his family to Gainesville,
Florida, where he first heard a Muddy Waters record. He formed his own bands in
his teenage years, including the Red Rooster Band, Red House, and Barrelhouse
Chuck & the Blue Lights, and followed Muddy Waters around the South, trying
to pick up playing tips from Waters's pianist, Pinetop Perkins. Over his career
he has played or recorded with the likes of Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Hubert
Sumlin, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, and Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers. For a
time in the late 1990s he played with Mississippi Heat, and he undertook a tour
with Nick Moss and the Flip Tops. Chuck released the album 'Got My Eyes on You'
in 2006, with Kim Wilson playing the harmonica and in 2008, Wilson asked him to
assist in recording the soundtrack for the film Cadillac Records. In 2013 and
2014, Barrelhouse was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category Pinetop
Perkins Piano Player and in 2014 'Drifting from Town to Town' was nominated for
a Blues Music Award in the category Traditional Blues Album of the Year.
(sadly died after a long battle with prostate cancer)
b. July 10th 1958
Mark Fisher (57) English keyboard player and session musician; born
in Manchester, he studied the piano from the age of seven, joining his first band,
Alibi, in 1978. By 1982 he had become a member of the soul/funk group Second Image,
who enjoyed several soul/club crossover hits including Special Lady,
Dont You and Starting Again. When the Brit Funk
revival dissipated, he performed on Womack And Womacks debut tour and on
Wham!s 1985/1986 world tour. His debut solo single Love Situation,
was released in 1985 and featured Dotty Green on vocals. He returned to session
work later in the year, working with Sister Sledge and Matt Bianco among others,
before becoming a full-time member of Matt Bianco, helping to write and co-produce
Matt Bianco, Indigo and Samba In Your Casa. Other production credits, meanwhile,
included sessions with Workshy and a female singer, Maribeth Pascua, destined
for the Indo-Asian market. He also wrote library music for television and radio
use (?) b. December 3rd 1959.
1960: John Charles Thomas
baritone known for his exuberant singing style and powerful voice. After
leaving the Peabody Institution in 1912, he traveled briefly with a touring musical
company, then settled in New York where he performed with a Gilbert & Sullivan
company before signing to the Shubert Brothers in The Peasant Girl which opened
in 1913. For the next nine years, he starred in a series of hit Broadway musicals
including Her Soldier Boy, Maytime, Naughty Marietta, and Apple Blossoms (with
Fred and Adele Astaire). His opera debut was as Amonasro in Aida presented by
the semi-professional Washington National Opera in March, 1925. From 1925 -1932,
he spent his time in Europe, singing under contract at La Monnaie opera house
in Brussels for the seasons of 1925-1927. He returned to La Monnaie for 25 performances
in 1928, 8 in 1930, and 4 in 1931. He appeared with Chaliapin in performances
of Faust at Covent Garden, London in July 1928. In 1938 he helped Edwin Lester
launch the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, appearing in the company's very first
production as Franz Schubert in Blossom Time, a Viennese operetta Das Dreimäderlhaus.
He toured Australia in the 40s as Sir John Charles Thomas. John was engaged to
star on the Westinghouse Radio Program from 1943-1946 with the Victor Young Orchestra.
He gradually retired from the concert stage after 1950, and settled in Apple Valley,
California (?) b.
September 6th 1891.
1962: Harry Barris (57)
American popular singer-songwriter and pianist born in New York City, he was a
member of the Rhythm Boys, a late 1920s singing trio which included Al Rinker
and Bing Crosby, and was Crosby's entry into show business. The group sang several
songs in the Paul Whiteman Orchestra film King of Jazz in 1930 and recorded both
with Whiteman and on their own with Harry on piano. Going
solo Harry appeared in 57 films between 1931 and 1950, usually as a band member,
pianist and/or singer. He successfully composed songs including "Mississippi
Mud", "I Surrender, Dear", "It Must Be True" and "Wrap
Your Troubles in Dreams". (sadly
due to an unfortunate life-long drinking problem, he died prematurely)
b. November 24th 1905.
Marshall Brown (62) American
jazz trombonist and sometimes bass trumpet or euphonium. He was one of the few
left-handed players of the trombone.
He earned a music degree from New York University.Over his career he performed
and recorded with Pee Wee Russell, Ruby Braff, Beaver Harris and Lee Konitz, but
he devoted much of his career to education (?)
Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (33) American
musician and genre innovator. He is best known for being the founder, singer,
lead guitar player and main songwriter of Death, which he founded in 1983 as Mantas,
and was one of the first bands of the death metal genre. He played an important
role in the development of death metal with his band Death, which later evolved
into more of a progressive metal sound. Originally inspired by the likes of inspired
by Iron Maiden, Kiss and Billy Idol, and was particularly interested in the metal
movement known as NWOBHM, Kerrang! magazine stated that "Chuck Schuldiner
was one of the most significant figures in the history of metal" (cancer)
b. May 13th 1967.
2002: Zal Yanovsky (57)
Canadian guitarist; an early rock n roll performer to wear a cowboy hat, and fringed
"Davy Crockett" style clothing, he helped set the trend followed by
such 1960s performers as Sonny Bono, Johnny Rivers and David Crosby. He joined
Cass Elliot in the Mugwumps, a group made famous by her later group the Mamas
& the Papas, in the song "Creeque Alley"; after which he and John
Sebastian formed the Lovin' Spoonful. The band became an immediate smash with
their first single, "Do You Believe in Magic?" a Top Ten hit in 1965,
which led off a remarkable string of hits that established the Spoonful as one
of the few American bands that could challenge the chart dominance of the Beatles
and their British Invasion contemporaries. He recorded a solo album, Alive and
Well in Argentina in 1971, did a stint playing guitar with Kris Kristofferson
and co-produced Tim Buckley's 1969 album Happy Sad in collaboration with Jerry
Yester, before returning to Canada to become a restaurateur. He and Spoonful have
reunited on a couple of occasions, filming an appearance in Paul Simon's 1980
film One Trick Pony and performing some of their hits on stage on the occasion
of the band's 2000 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (heart
attack) b. December 19th 1944.
Timothy Anderson Jordan II (24) American keyboardist, guitarist, and
songwriter. He was primarily known as a touring member of the platinum-selling
band, The All-American Rejects. Tim played with Green Olive Tree, and in 2003
he enlisted in Snapdragon Records' punk band Welton before providing backing vocals,
keyboards, and percussion to Number One Fan's live performances, including the
2005 Warped Tour, a Late Show with David Letterman appearance, and performances
on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2005 Tim left The All-American Rejects to join Tooth
& Nail rock band Jonezetta (Sadly he took his own life)
b. March 8th 1981.
2007: Philippe Clay/Philippe Mathevet (80)
mime artist and actor,
known for for his interpretations of songs by Charles Aznavour, Claude Nougaro,
Jean-Roger Caussimon and others. He was seen frequently on TV in series directed
by Josée Dayan in the 1980s and 1990s. He recorded over 150 songs in his
long career. (heart failure) b.
March 7th 1927.
2009: Yvonne King Burch (89) American singer
born in Salt Lake City, Utah; Yvonne sang with here sisters Donna, Louise and
Alyce under the name The King Sisters. Formed
in the '30s they traveled to San Francisco to audition for radio station KGO,
to replace the Boswell Sisters. In 1935, they worked with bandleader Horace Heidt
until 1938. In the following years, they separately and together sang with the
bands of Artie Shaw and Charlie Barnet. They also turned down a request to be
the vocal group for the Glenn Miller orchestra. They recorded for the same label
as Miller, Bluebird, and had their first hit with a vocal version of Miller's
hit, "In The Mood". Luise married guitarist Alvino Rey, and they appeared
with him in a series of hit songs.
also appeared in a number of Hollywood features in the 1940s. During World War
II, they appeared regularly on Kay Kyser's radio series. In 1965, they began hosting
their own ABC television network show, The King Family Show, which featured many
family members as well as other talent, the show ran until '69. (Yvonne
had a fall while at her nephew Cam's cabin, she was
rushed to the hospital, but sadly died several days later)
b. January 15th 1920.
2010: Enrique Morente
Cotelo (67) Spanish flamenco singer born in Albaicín, Granada;
while in his teens, he went to live in Madrid to start a professional career as
a singer. Hemade his first recording, Cante Flamenco in 1967 with guitarist Félix
de Utrera. The recording received a special mention award from the Cátedra
de Flamencología, and was followed by Cantes Antiguos del Flamenco in 1969,
with guitarist Niño Ricardo. After his orthodox beginnings, he went into
experimentalism, writing new melodies for cante/flamenco singing and jamming with
musicians of all styles, without renouncing his roots in traditional flamenco
singing, which he kept on cultivating. In spite of severe criticism from the most
"purist" amongst the critics and public, he is probably the most influential
contemporary flamenco singer, who not only innovates, but could also be said to
create tradition: some of his cantes have been performed by other singers such
as Camarón de la Isla, Mayte Martín, Carmen Linares, Miguel Poveda,
Segundo Falcón and Arcángel (In
December 2010 it was reported that Enrique had fallen into a coma after an ulcer
operation, and tragically diagnosed as brain dead)
b. December 25th 1942.
2010: Remmy Ongala
(63) Tanzanian singer, born in Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo,
known as "the Doctor" because he was seen as a defender of the people.
There is a suburb of Dar es Salaam called Sinza Kwa Remmy, named after the musician
when he moved to the area in the 1980s. Since the late 1980s, Remmy was part of
the soukous scene, a Congolese kind of Rumba, which in conjunction with his Orchestra
Super Matimila he helped to transmute to the Tanzanian music often called Ubongo,
the Swahili word for brain, in Tanzania, which in turn led to Tanzanian hip-hop
particularly in the city of Dar es Salaam during the 1990s. Despite his ill-health
he had toured in Tanzania until recently, mainly performing gospel music (?)
Wolstenholme/Stuart John Wolstenholme (63)
English keyboardist, born in Chadderton, Lancs; he met John Lees at Oldham School
of Art, when he played tambourine and sang with John in The Sorcerers, then in
The Keepers, where Woolly played whatever instrument was required, from harmonica
to 12-string guitar. The
pair then founded Barclay James Harvest, together with Les Holroyd and Mel Pritchard,
in 1967. Woolly taught himself keyboards, first the Mellotron and then adapting
to organ, piano and synthesisers. His musical influences range from Love and Vanilla
Fudge through Mahler to UK and Radiohead. He remained with the band until 1979.
He recorded a solo album, Mæstoso, in 1980, and toured as support to Judie
Tzuke and Saga, as well as writing film and TV music. In 1998 after meeting John
Lees again, resulted in the Eagle Records album Nexus credited to Barclay James
Harvest Through The Eyes Of John Lees. The album was followed by live shows in
Austria, Greece, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, the first English concerts by
any members of Barclay James Harvest for nine years (sadly
Woolly committed suicide, after struggling hard with mental illness)
b. April 15th 1947.
2014: Janis Martin (75)
American opera singer born in Sacramento and studied at California State University,
Sacramento and the University of California, Berkeley. She made her operatic debut
in 1960 at San Francisco Opera as Theresa in La sonnambula and at 21 was the youngest
member of the company that seasonShe went on to sing leading roles first as a
mezzo-soprano and later as a soprano in opera houses throughout Europe and the
United States. She was particularly known for her performances in the operas of
Richard Wagner and sang at the Bayreuth Festival from 1968 to 1997.() b.
August 16th 1939.
Luigi Creatore (93) American songwriter and record
producer, born in New York City. He served with the United States military during
WWII, and was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7th
1941. In the 1950s he and his cousin Hugo Peretti formed the songwriting team
of Hugo & Luigi. In 1957, they bought into Roulette Records where they both
wrote songs including "Honeycomb", "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine",
"Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again" and "Secretly". They wrote
two songs for Elvis Presley, Wild in the Country and Cant
Help Falling in Love, which they wrote with Mr. Weiss.They also produced
the likes of Perry Como, Sam Cooke, and Little Peggy March. They ventured onto
Broadway, partnered with Mr.Weiss in 1968 on a Civil War musical, Maggie
Flynn and in 1977, when they won a Grammy Award for producing the original
cast album of the musical revue Bubbling Brown Sugar
(sadly died from pneumonia)
b. December 21st 1921.
Ahuva Ozeri (68) Israeli singer, songwriter, composer and a pioneer
of Israeli music; born in Tel Aviv, she started her career as a singer in the
1960s. Additionally, she played the Bulbul tarang, an Indian musical instrument
she learned from Ravi Shankar. She released her first album, 'Where is the Soldier?',
in 1975, and went on to release 19 more albums in the next four decades. After
she lost her vocal chords to cancer, she continued to release new music, including
six new albums. She released the 2008 hit song Sticker Song with Hadag Nahash.
Five years later, in 2013, she released her last album, 'Maalei Demama'/'Out of
Silence' in 2013, in which she wrote and composed songs interpreted by such artists
as Berry Sakharof, Ehud Banai, and Chava Alberstein (sadly
died fighting cancer) b. March 30th 1948.
Betsy Pecanins (62) American-born Mexican singer, songwriter and record
producer; she spent her first years in Phoenix, Arizona, then in 1977 she emigrated
to Mexico to pursue her artistic career. In Mexico she became known as Queen of
the Blues, although she played ranchera and jazz. In 1980 she released her first
of 13 albums, 'Viendo tus ojos'. In August 2015, she received a tribute to her
artistic career at Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris in Mexico City, where singers
such as Iraida Noriega and Regina Orozco participated, among others. (sadly
died from a stroke) b. 1954.
Alan Thicke (69) Canadian actor, talk show host
and songwriter born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. As well as his successful acting
and hosting career, best known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the
ABC television series Growing Pains, which ran for seven seasons, Alan was also
a successful TV theme song composer, often collaborating with his then-wife Gloria
Loring on these projects, which included the themes to the popular sitcoms Diff'rent
Strokes and The Facts of Life. He also wrote a number of TV game show themes,
including The Wizard of Odds (for which he also sang the vocal introduction),
The Joker's Wild, Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Diamond Head Game, Animal Crack-Ups
(which he co-wrote with his brother Todd Thicke and Gary Pickus), Blank Check,
Stumpers!, Whew!, and the original theme to Wheel of Fortune. He was a popular
songwriter. He co-wrote "Sara", a solo hit for Bill Champlin and included
on the latter's Runaway album. In 2013, Alan was inducted into Canada's Walk of
Fame. Alan's son, Robin Thicke, is also a successful singer. (sadly
died from a heart attack)
b. March 1st 1948.
Dinah Washington (39)
because of her strong voice and emotional singing, she is known as the "Queen
of the Blues". She became one of the most influential vocalists of the twentieth
century, credited among others as a major influence on Aretha Franklin. At 16
as Ruth Jones, she toured the US black gospel circuit with Roberta Martin accompanying
her at the piano. There was a period when she performed in clubs
as Dinah Washington
while singing and playing piano in Sallie Martin's gospel choir as Ruth Jones.
In 1943, she began recording for Keynote Records and released the 12-bar blues
"Evil Gal Blues", her first hit. She then switched to Chicago-based
Mercury Records and from 1948 to 1955, she had numerous hits on the R&B charts,
including "Am I Asking Too Much", "Baby, Get Lost," "Trouble
in Mind", ""I Won't Cry Anymore", "TV is The Thing This
Year", "Teach Me Tonight" and a cover of Hank Williams's "Cold,
In 1959, she won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance. With "What
a Diff'rence a Day Makes" and in 1986 inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall
died from an accidental overdose of prescription diet pills mixed with alcohol,
she had fought weight problems for most of her life, she was dieting to lose weight
for the festive season) b. August 29th 1924.
1997: Kurt Winter (51) Canadian guitarist
with the highly successful rock band The Guess Who; he started his career with
the Winnipeg bands the Fifth, Brother,
Address, and before joining Guess Who in 1970. He played stunning
machine gun style solos on such hits as "Raindance" and "Albert
Flasher". After leaving the band he went into the world of business as well
as regrouping with various incarnations of "Guess Who" under the leadership
of bassist Jim Kale (kidney failure) b.
April 2nd 1946.
"Conte" Candoli (74) American jazz trumpeter based
on the West Coast of the US. He played in the big bands of Woody Herman, Stan
Kenton, Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie, and in Doc Severinsen's NBC Orchestra
on The Tonight Show. He played with Gerry Mulligan, and on Frank Sinatra's TV
specials. He also recorded with a band called Supersax, a Charlie Parker tribute
band that consisted of a saxophone quintet, the rhythm section, and either a trumpet
or trombone. He was inducted into The International Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997
(died after a long battle with prostate cancer) b.
July 12th 1927.
2002: Ruth Kobart/Ruth Maxine
Finkelstein (78) American performer, whose six-decade career encompassed
opera, Broadway musical theatre, regional theatre, films, and television. Born
in in Des Moines, Iowa, she made her professional debut as the Witch a production
of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. With the NBCOT she notably
created the role of Agata in the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's Maria
Golovin in Brussels in 1958. For the NBC she also created the role of Arina in
the premiere of Bohuslav Martinu's The Marriage. In 1953, she made her Broadway
debut in the chorus of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pipe Dream. She also understudied
leading lady Helen Traubel and played her role twenty times times during the show's
run. Additional Broadway credits included How to Succeed in Business Without Really
Trying, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Flea in Her Ear, and
Three Sisters. She was nominated for the 1963 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress
in a Musical for Forum. As well as many other stage rolls Ruth's television credits
included a regular role on Bob and guest appearances on CHiPs, Archie Bunker's
Place, St. Elsewhere, Matt Houston, Remington Steele, Midnight Caller, and Murphy
died of pancreatic cancer)
b. April 24th 1924.
Ertegün (83) Turkish-American co-founder and executive
of Atlantic Records and chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum,
described as "one of the most significant figures in the modern recording
industry". He also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the North
American Soccer League. In his early days he wrote a number of classic blues songs,
including "Chains of Love" and "Sweet Sixteen", under the
pseudonym "A. Nugetre" (Ertegün backwards). "Nugetre"
also wrote the Ray Charles hit "Mess Around", with lyrics that drew
heavily on Pinetop Smith. He also was part of the shouting choral group on Turner's
"Shake, Rattle and Roll". In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock &
Roll Hall of Fame, of which he himself was a founder.(On
Oct 29, 2006 he slipped and hit his head while backstage at a Rolling Stones performance
in New York for the 60th birthday of former US President Bill Clinton. Although
he was initially in stable condition, Ahmet soon took a turn for the worse, he
fell into a coma from which he did not recover) b.
July 31st 1923.
2007: Frank Morgan (73)
American jazz saxophonist with a career spanning more than 50 years. He mainly
played alto saxophone but also played soprano saxophone. During the 1950s he was
known as a Charlie Parker protege and recorded several bebop albums. He started
taking heroin at the age of 17, became addicted and ended up spending time on
and off in a few Californian prisons. In the 60's while at San Quentin prison,
he formed a small ensemble with another addict and sax player, Art Pepper. The
Frank Morgan Quartet featured Dolo Coker on piano, Flip Greene on bass and Larance
Marable on drums and in 1985 he started recording again, releasing Easy Living
in June 1985. He suffered a stroke in 1998, but subsequently recovered and recorded
additional albums. From '85 till his death in 2007 he relaesed 16 albums. (heart
related) b. December 23rd 1933.
Chris Feinstein (42) American bassist; he joined Ryan Adams & the
Cardinals in 2006 as a touring member and played bass on their 2007 releases 'Easy
Tiger' and the 'Follow the Lights' EP, as well as 2008's 'Cardinology.' He was
also a major contributor to the 2002 'I Am Sam' soundtrack, serving as a producer
and playing bass, guitar and percussion. Prior to this Chris played bass with
a variety of different musicians, including Fat Joe on his 2002 album 'Loyalty',
Albert Hammond Jr.'s 2006 album 'Yours to Keep' and on Minnie Driver's 2008 album
'Seastories'. Chris and longtime Adams drummer Brad Pemberton had played
in bands together since attending high school in Nashville. (died
at his home in Manhattan. The cause of death is still unknown). b.
May 26th 1967.
2011: Billie Jo Spears (73)
American country music singer; born Billie Jean Spears in Beaumont, Texas,
she made her professional debut at age 13 at a country music concert in Houston,
and after graduating from high school, she sang in nightclubs. Billie cut her
first single "Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys" in Jack Rhodes'
makeshift recording studio,while still a teenager, before moving to Nashville,
Tennessee in 1964. Billie did not follow the new type of Country called countrypolitan,
like many artists of that time and proved to Nashville that country music could
still have a more earthy sound. Her first hit came in 1969, when her "Mr.
Walker It's All Over" reached No.4 on the Country >>>
MORE <<< (Sadly
died battling cancer) b.
January 14th 1938. Billie
Jo was born in 1938, not 1937 as stated on so many sites ~ Tim Pierce (Billie
Jo Spear's eldest son)
2011: Ed Roman (61) American
guitar maker guitar-maker for the stars, he found a platform for fierce opinions
about his commercially manufactured competition, exhorting musicians to drop what
he called "misdirected ignorant brand loyalty". Ed worked on motorcycles
before turning to guitar building in 1976, and his guitars found their way into
the hands of everyone from Ted Nugent to British rockers Eric Burdon of The Animals
and John Entwistle of The Who. Ed, sometimes likened to a Viking for his red hair,
was unafraid to unleash self-described politically incorrect opinions about foreign-made
products, chain stores and corporate guitar manufacturers. Also a singer and a
bassist, he was in the process of recording albums of his own before his unexpected
(sadly died after a short illness)
b. February 24th 1950.
Joe Carr (63) American bluegrass musician, born
in Denton, Texas. Self-taught, he began playing first folk music and later old-time
and bluegrass music on guitar at age 13 and mandolin at age 15. After performing
with local Texas bands.. Roanoke in the 70s and Country Gazette in the 70s and
80s, he formed a "Bob Wills style" Western swing band, Joe Carr &
the Texas Lone Star Band, in 1987 and released three albums. He also wrote several
musical books and he was a frequent contributor to Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
and Mandolin Magazine. (sadly Joe died from a stroke)
b. June 22nd 1951.
Irene Dalis/Yvonne Patricia Dalis (89) American
mezzo-soprano singer born in San Jose, CA. In 1946 she received her bachelor's
degree from San Jose State College, where she regarded herself not as a singer,
but as a pianist. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study singing in
Milan, Italy and gave her first performance of any kind at the Oldenburgisches
Stadtstheater in Germany, which was so successful that she was offered a Fest
contract in Oldenburg and remained there for two years between 1953 and 1955,
making her professional debut there in 1953 as Princess Eboli in Verdis
Don Carlo. She was awarded the prestigious San Francisco Opera Medal in 1998.
Her other credits include Principal Artist at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco
Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Bayreuth Festival, Chicago Lyric Opera,
Berlin, Rome, Naples and others. Her awards include Fulbright Award, 1951; Richard
Wagner Medallion, Bayreuth, West Germany, 1963; Tower Award, San José State
University, 1974; Honored by the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera
Association on the occasion of her twentieth anniversary season, 1977; Woman of
Achievement Award from the San José Mercury News and the League of Friends
of Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, 1983; Commendation from
the Hon. John Vasconcellos, 23rd Assembly District, 1983; inducted into the California
Public Educators Hall of Fame, 1985; Award of Merit from the People of the City
of San Francisco, 1985; Honored Citizen of the City of San José, 1986;
listed in Who's Who in America (since 1958); Who's Who in Opera (since 1971);
and Who's Who in Music; Beautiful Minds Award recipient in 2010. In 2013, she
received the Cornerstone of the Arts awarded by the City of San Jose Arts Commission
and the Career Award from the National Opera America Center
(?) b. October 8th 1925.
2014: Millie Kirkham/Mildred Eakes (91)
American singer born
in Hermitage, Tennessee; she performed in high school bands in the early '40s
before graduating to session work. She was known as the "Nashville Soprano"
on numerous hit records and became affectionately known as the 5th member of the
Jordanaires. Her soprano can be heard on many of Elvis Presley's recordings such
as "My Wish Came True", "The Wonder Of You", "Surrender",
"How Great Thou Art", "Polk Salad Annie", "Bridge Over
Troubled Water", "Don't", "Just Pretend", "(You're
The) Devil in Disguise", "C.C. Rider" and many others. She also
sang with Elvis on many of his movie soundtracks and performed with him on stage
in the 1970 documentary, 'Elvis: That's the Way It Is in Las Vegas'. Millie sang
on many of Sonny James' vocal group, The Southern Gentlemen hits including "Running
Bear", "Take Good Care of Her", "Heaven Says Hello" and
"It's Just a Matter of Time". She worked with other acts including Patsy
Cline, Roy Orbison, Brenda Lee, Eddie Arnold, and George Jones. In February 2008
she appeared in "Nashville celebrates Elvis at the Ryman" alongside
George Klein, Pat Boone, David Briggs, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Wanda Jackson, Wynonna
Judd, Ray Walker, Ronnie McDowell, TG Sheppard, BJ Thomas and former members of
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps. (sadly
Millie died several days after suffering a stroke) b.
June 24th 1923.
Arnie 'Skiffle Joe" Norse/Arne Trandal (91)
Norwegian singer and entertainer. He released his first album "Mexico-Joe"
in 1958, which produced the hit single "Oh senorita", under the name
"Skiffle Joe". He went on to record 6 further albums. He appeared weekly
at The Crane in Oslo for over 30 years, from 1978 together with his wife Nipaporn
Norse and their band for until the place closed on 27 January 2012. (?)
b. May 14th 1925.
2016: Päivi Paunu (70)
Finnish singer, born in Helsinki and started as a folk singer at mid 60s singing
at folk concerts in Helsinki. She released her first single "Aamulla varhain"
b/w "Mene ikkunani luota" in 1966. She performed in the 1972 Eurovision
contest in the United Kingdom with the song "Muistathan"/"I Hope
You Remember" (sadly died fighting cancer)
b. September 20th 1946.
2016: Karel Husa (95)
Czech-born American classical composer and conductor; he enrolled in the Prague
Conservatory in 1941, then in 1947 he decided to continue his studies of composition
and conducting in Paris. His 'First String Quartet' received the 1950 Lili Boulanger
Award and the 1951 award at the music festival in Bilthoven in the Netherlands.
In 1954 he went to the United States and became an American citizen in 1959. From
1954 until 1992 he was a professor at Cornell University and lecturer at Ithaca
College from 1967 to 1986. He is probably best known for his Music for Prague
1968, a work in memory of the 1968 Soviet bloc invasion of Czechoslovakia. His
String Quartet No. 3 won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1969 and he was the 1993
recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition presented by the University
of Louisville for his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. In January 2012, he was
presented with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Louisville
(?) b. August 7th 1921.
Bunny Walters/Bunny Tekokiri Miha Wahi Walters (63)
New Zealand singer of Ngai Te Rangi descent, born and raised in Katikati, a town
on the North Island of New Zealand. He released his first single "Just Out
of Reach", in 1969, followed by "It's Been Too Long" and "Can't
Keep You Out of My Heart". From 1972-74, he recorded the hits "Brandy",
"Take the Money and Run", "Home Isn't Home Anymore" and "The
Nearest Thing to Heaven", then in 1978, he recorded a promotional record
for the New Zealand Labour Party "To Be Free with Labour". Bunny also
appeared in the 1978 film "Skin Deep" and an episode of "Shortland
Street". In 2013, he was the profile in episode 9 of The Untold Stories
of New Zealand Music History (?)
b. May 31st 1953.
1943: Fats Waller/Thomas Wright
Waller (39) African-American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic
entertainer.A skilled pianist, widely recognized as a master of stride piano,
he was one of the most popular performers of his era, finding critical and commercial
success in America and in Europe. He wrote or co-wrote classics such as "Honeysuckle
Rose", "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Squeeze Me". A prolific
composer of novelty swing tunes in the 1920s and 30s, he sold many of his compositions
for relatively small sums, and as they became hits, other songwriters had already
claimed them as their own. He was once kidnapped by four men, a terrified Waller
found he was the 'surprise guest' at Al Capone's birthday party. He had a successful
tour of the UK and Ireland in the late 1930s, and appeared in one of the earliest
BBC Television broadcasts. He appeared in several feature films and short subject
films, most notably "Stormy Weather" in 1943, which was released only
months before his death. His inductions include - Songwriters Hall of Fame in
1970; Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1989; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
in 1993; 2005 Jazz at Lincoln Center: Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame and in
2008 he was inducted into the Gennett Records Walk of Fame (died
of pneumonia aboard an eastbound train in the vicinity of Kansas City, Missouri,
following a west coast engagement) b. May 21st 1904.
1944: Glenn Miller (40) American jazz musician,
arranger, composer and band leader in the swing era. He was one of the best-selling
recording artists from 1939 to 1942, leading one of the best known "Big Bands".
His signature recordings include, "In the Mood", "Tuxedo Junction",
"Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Moonlight Serenade", "Little
Brown Jug", and "Pennsylvania 6-5000". In 1926, he toured and played
with Ben Pollack's group in Los Angeles, during which he wrote several musical
arrangements of his own. He earnt a living as a freelance trombonist in several
bands. In November of 1929, an original vocalist named Red McKenzie hired Glenn
to play on two records that are now considered to be jazz classics: "Hello,
Lola" and "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight". Not only were
these 2 numbers considered major musical items, but they also represented one
of the major breakthroughs in blacks and whites playing together. He was a member
of Red Nicholss orchestra in 1930, his bandmates included Benny Goodman
and Gene Krupa. In the mid-1930s, Miller also worked as a trombonist and arranger
in The Dorsey Brothers ill-fated co-led orchestra, where he composed the song
"Annie's Cousin Fanny" and "Dese Dem Dose" for the Dorsey
Brothers Band. In 1935, he assembled an American orchestra for British bandleader
Ray Noble, developing the arrangement of lead clarinet over four saxophones that
eventually became the sonic keynote of his own big ban. (While
travelling to entertain U.S. troops in France during WW II, his plane disappeared
in bad weather over the English Channel. His body was never found) b.
March 1st 1904.
"Papa" Celestin (70)
Orleans jazz bandleader, reed player, singer, born in Napoleonville, Louisiana,
he played guitar and trombone before deciding on cornet as his main instrument.
He took music lessons from Claiborne Williams, and played with the Algiers Brass
Band by the early 1900s, also with various small town bands before moving to New
Orleans in 1904, at age 20. In New Orleans he played with the Imperial, Indiana,
Henry Allen senior's Olympia Brass Bands, and Jack Carey's dance band; early in
his career he was sometimes known as "Sonny" Celestin. Around 1910 he
got the job as leader of the house band at the Tuxedo Dance Hall on North Franklin
St, Storyville. He kept the name "Tuxedo" for the name of his band after
the Dance Hall closed. For some years Oscar co-led the Tuxedo Band with trombonist
William Ridgely. They made their first recordings with the band during the Okeh
Records field trip to New Orleans in 1925. His band became a regular feature at
the Paddock Lounge on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, and made regular radio
broadcasts, television appearance, and more recordings. In 1953 Oscar gave a command
performance for President Eisenhower at the White House. His last recording singing,
was "Marie LaVeau" in 1954. In view of the tremendous
contribution Oscar made in jazz throughout his lifetime, the Jazz Foundation of
New Orleans had a bust made and donated to the Delgado Museum in New Orleans.
Near the end of his life, he was honored as one of the greats of New Orleans music.
4000 people marched in his funeral parade (?) b.
January 1st 1884
Jackie Brenston (49) American R&B singer and saxophonist
born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After leaving the army 1947, he learned to play
the tenor saxophone, linking up with Ike Turner in 1950 as sax player and occasional
singer in his band. The local success of Ikes Kings of Rhythm prompted B.
B. King to recommend them to studio owner Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee,
where the band made several recordings in early March 1951, including "Rocket
88", on which Brenston sang lead and which he was credited with writing.
Phillips passed the recordings on to Chess Records in Chicago, but they released
"Rocket 88" as by "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats". The
record soon reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and stayed at that
position for over a month. It is a very contrivertial believe this to be the first
rock and roll record, whatever, Sam Phillips used the success of the record to
start Sun Records the following year. After a few more sessions with Ike, Jackie
left to play saxophone with Lowell Fulson's band in 1953-1955. After which he
rejoined Ike Turner, until the early 1960s. Though he recorded with Turner's Kings
of Rhythm throughout those years, Jackie's voice, was heard on only two of the
many singles that the band had out during that time. He was forbidden to ever
sing Rocket 88 and had been reduced to being Ike Turner's baritone sax-player.
After a final recording session with Earl Hooker in 1963, so sadly Jackie's drinking
habit had became much worse and he played only occasionally in local bars when
he could. (died of a fatal heart attack)
b. August 15th 1930.
1979: Richard Charles Rodgers
(77) American composer of music for more than
900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television.
He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart
and Oscar Hammerstein II. His compositions have had a significant impact on popular
music down to the present day, and have an enduring broad appeal. He
was the first person to win the top show business awards in television, recording,
movies and Broadwayan Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tonynow known
collectively as an EGOT. An Academy Award in 1945: Best Song "It Might As
Well Be Spring" from State Fair; an Emmy Award in 1962: Outstanding Achievement
in Original Music Composed Winston Churchill-The Valiant Years; Grammy Awards:1960
for Best Show Album (Original Cast) for The Sound of Music and 1962 for Best Original
Cast Show Album for No Strings; Tony Awards in three in 1950: Best Musical, Best
Producers, Musical and Best Score all for South Pacific; 1952: Best Musical for
The King and I; 1960: Best Musical in The Sound of Music; 1962: Best Composer
for No Strings and he recieved three Special Tony Awards in 1962, 72, and 79.
He has also won a Pulitzer Prize Special Award and Citation in Letters for Oklahoma!
in 1944 and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for South Pacific in 1950 making him one
of two people, Marvin Hamlisch is the other, to receive all five awards
after surviving cancer of the jaw, a heart attack, and a laryngectomy)
b. June 28th 1902.
Samuel Jones (57) American jazz double bassist,
cellist and composer born in Jacksonville, Florida. Over his career he played
with Bobby Timmons, Tiny Bradshaw, John Lee Hooker, Les Jazz Modes, Kenny Dorham,
Illinois Jacquet, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk among others.
He is known for his work with Cannonball Adderley from 1959 to 1965, but also
spent several years working with Oscar Peterson and Cedar Walton and recorded
with Bill Evans in the 1950s. His career primarily revolved around the New York
City jazz scene. Samuel wrote the jazz standard "Del Sasser", among
other tunes (?) b.
November 12th 1924.
Jan Peerce (80) American operatic tenor and father of film director
Larry Peerce. In 1932 he was hired as a tenor soloist with the Radio City Music
Hall company, he soon had a nationwide following. This led to concert engagements
and he made his operatic debut in May of 1938 in Philadelphia as the Duke of Mantua
in Rigoletto, followed by his first solo recital in New York in November 1939.
He went on to work with the legendary maestro Arturo Toscanini and made his debut
with the Metropolitan Opera on November 29, 1941, singing Alfredo in Verdi's La
traviata, parts of Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, and in Gounod's
Faust. He was hailed by the critics as the "All-American successor to the
'greats' of opera's almost extinct 'Golden Age'." In 1956 he made a sensation
in Moscow as a musical "cultural exchange" ambassador, being the first
American to sing with the famed Bolshoi Opera (?)
b. June 3rd 1904.
2001: Rufus Thomas (84)
American R&B, funky soul singer, songwriter; born in Memphis he was often
referred to as "The World's Oldest Teenager", he always answered he
was "The World's Finest Teenager". He started his career as a professional
entertainer, in 1936 with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, an all-black revue that toured
the South. He then worked for twenty-two years at a textile plant. In 1951 he
started at WDIA where he hosted an afternoon show called Hoot and Holler. WDIA,
featuring an African-American format, was known as "the mother station of
the Negroes" and became an important source of blues and R&B music for
a generation, its audience consisting of white as well as black listeners. In
the the 60's and 70's his hits included "Walking The Dog", "Do
the Funky Chicken", "(Do the) Push and Pull", "The Breakdown"
and "Do the Penguin". He performed at Wattstax in 1972, leading a crowd
of 40,000 in the "Funky Chicken." (heart attack)
b. March 26th 1917.
UK guitarist, singer and arranger; an influential figure in the 1960s folk music
revolution in England, inventing the concept of the folk guitar instrumental.
He is best-known for his acoustic instrumental, "Anji" and for his use
of Dadgad tuning. He inspired many of the practitioners of the fingerstyle acoustic
guitar, such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Martin Carthy, Paul Simon, Eltjo Haselhoff
and even Jimmy Page, who heavily based his solo "White Summer" on Graham's
"She moved thru' the Bizarre/Blue Raga". He was one of UK's greatest
guitarists, revered by many generations of guitarists over his 50 year career,
but sadly, ofen over looked by the media (lung cancer)
b. November 22nd 1940.
2011: Bob Brookmeyer (81) American jazz valve
trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer, born in Kansas City. He became noticed
as a member of Gerry Mulligan's quartet from 1954 to 1957. He later worked with
Jimmy Giuffre, before rejoining Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band. In
the late 1950s he moved to New York City to work as a freelance arranger. In the
1960s he also worked as a studio musician, co-led a quintet with Clark Terry and
worked in and wrote for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. In 1980 this band
recorded an album of his compositions/arrangements. After a period in Europe,
he returned to the US, where he continued to write and record and also taught
jazz composition at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In June 2005,
Bob joined ArtistShare and announced a project to fund an upcoming third album
featuring his New Art Orchestra. In September 2011, possibly his last recording
Standards was released, it features the New Art Orchestra with vocalist Fay Claassen(?)
b. December 19th 1929.
2013: Sandeep Acharya (29)
Indian singer who came to fame after winning the
second season of the popular reality television show Indian Idol in 2006. As well
as his own hits which included "Mhare Des Mein" He sang a song on the
album Teri Sajni by Master Saleem and sang two songs in the film Arjun Auto Walo.
He was honoured with many awards awards including the best new Bollywood talent
in New Jersey, USA (tragically Sandeep died following
an illness that caused jaundice) b.
February 4th 1984
2014: Chakradhar "Chakri" Gilla (40) Indian
film composer and playback singer, born in Telangana. Over his career he composed
music for around 85 movies and in 2003 he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male
Playback Singer Telugu for Satyam (sadly died
from a heart attack) b. June 15th 1974.
2014: Ray Steadman-Allen (92) British
composer and Salvation Army officer, born in the Salvation Army 'Mother's Hospital',
Clapton. In 1942 he enlisted in the Royal Navy. He was examined for a music diploma
by Sir Granville Bantock who invited him to apply for a job in music after the
war. He became a Salvation Army officer himself in 1949, from the Harrow Corps
and he regularly took part as Bandmaster in the popular radio programme Sounding
Brass which was presented by Gloria Hunniford and Owen Spencer-Thomas on Radio
2 and Radio London in the 1970s. He wrote a book called Colour and Texture in
the Brass Band Score which was published by The Salvation Army. In 2003, the Royal
School of Church Music awarded him its ARSCM (Associate of the RSCM). In 2005,
The Salvation Army admitted 'RSA' to The Order of the Founder, the highest honour
that The Salvation Army can bestow on a member (?) b.
September 18th 1922.
Sándor Benkó (75) Hungarian clarinetist
and bandleader born in Budapest. In 1957 he founded the The Benko Dixieland Band
in which he performed until his death. Among other honors, in 2004 he was awarded
the "PRO URBE" Miskolc medal, in 2005 the "PRO URBE" Budapest
medal and in 2006 (?)
b. August 25th 1940.
2015: Stella Doufexis
(47) German mezzo-soprano
opera and concert singer (sadly Stella died while
fighting cancer) b. April 15th 2015.
Polish comedian, singer and actor born in Bielsko-Biala. He was a member of the
Kabaret TEY, and was featured in the television show Swiat wedlug Kiepskich/Night
and Day. In
1984 he dueted with Krzysztof Krawczyk on several humorous songs, "A man
in his forties," and "Girls, I have in mind" to the tune of the
hit Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias 'To all the girls I loved before". From
1995-'97, along with Slawomir Sokolowski and Aldona Dabrowska he recorded 3 humorous
disco style records. He formed Last Cabaret in 1992-1995; it included, in addition
to himself, Grzegorz Reklinski , Joseph Romek and Marcin Samolczyk. In May 2009
the silver medal "Zasluzony Kulturze - Gloria Artis" for his contributions
to Polish culture(died
battling heart problems) b.
Ajit Varman (69) Indian composer born in Kolkata, West Bengal. He started
his career in the 1960s as a musician for the likes of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen,
Pankaj Mullick and Salil Chowdhury in Calcutta, now Kolkata, as well as Shankar
Jaikishan and Laxmikant Pyarelal in the 1970s in Mumbai/Bombay till 1975 when
he decided to make the transition to full-time music direction. He worked on Govind
Nihalani's Aakrosh in 1980, Vijeta in 1982 and Ardh Satya in 1983, besides two
of Mahesh Bhatt's early classics Saaransh in 1984 and Janam in 1985
b. March 26th 1947.
1921: Camille Saint-Saëns (86)
French keyboardist and composer; he wrote in virtually all genres, including
opera, symphonies, concertos, songs, sacred and secular choral music, solo piano,
chamber music and revived forgotten dances. His creepy Danse Macabre appears in
the 1997 TV series Jonathan Creek. Other popular ones from many include Introduction
and Rondo capriccioso, The Carnival of the Animals, Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony),
Samson and Delilah, and Havanaise (died of pneumonia, at
the Hôtel de l'Oasis in Algiers. His body was brought back to Paris for
a state funeral at La Madeleine and was buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse
in Paris) b. October 9th 1835
Keith Ronald Christie (49) English jazz trombonist born in Blackpool.
After playing with his brother and Humphrey Lyttelton in the early 40s, he went
on to work with John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, George Chisholm, Harry Klein, Kenny
Baker, Vic Ash, Wally Fawkes, and Tommy Whittle in the middle of the 1950s. Keith
became a core member of the famous trombone section of the Ted Heath Orchestra
from 1957 till the late-1960s. He also played with drummer Allan Ganley from 1959-1962
in the Jazzmakers and toured the U.S. with Vic Lewis in 1960. After a brief reunion
with Heath he played with Jimmy Deuchar-1964 and Harry South 65-66. In 1970-71
he joined Benny Goodman on a tour of Europe. The 1960s and 1970s also saw him
playing with Tubby Hayes, Ian Hamer, Paul Gonsalves, Stan Tracey, Kenny Wheeler,
Ronnie Ross, Bobby Lamb and Ray Premru, Phil Seamen, and Tony Kinsey. In the mid-1970s
he suffered a fall and recovered (sadly battles with alcoholism
eventually resulted in Keith's early death)
b. January 6th 1931.
1988: Sylvester James
(44) American disco & soul musician, and gay drag performer, known
for singing in falsetto, despite a rich baritone voice. He started his career
when he moved to San Francisco in 1967, performing in a musical production called
Women of the Blues, after which he joined a group of transvestite performance
artists called The Cockettes in the early 1970s, with his repertoire of Bessie
Smith. He formed a band Sylvester & the Hot Band before starting his solo
career. On September 20, 2004 Sylvester's anthem record, "You Make Me Feel
(Mighty Real)", was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. A year later,
on September 19, 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall
of Fame for his achievement as an artist (complications
from Aids) b. September 6th 1947
Jackie Mittoo/Donat Roy Mittoo (42) Jamaican keyboardist, songwriter
and musical director, born in Browns Town, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, and began
learning to play the piano when he was four under the tutelage of his grandmother.
He wenr on to become a founding member of The Skatalites and was a mentor to many
younger performers, primarily through his work as musical director for the Studio
One record label. In the 1960s he was also a member of The Sheiks, The Soul Brothers,
The Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension. Among his contributions in the mid to late
1960s were "Darker Shade of Black", Freddie McGregor's "Bobby Babylon",
Alton Ellis' "I'm Still in Love with You", The Cables' rocksteady anthem
"Baby Why" and Marcia Griffiths' first hit, "Feel Like Jumping".
He played for Lloyd "Matador" Daley in 1968 and 1969, before emigrating
to Toronto, Canada where he recorded three albums, Wishbone, Reggae Magic and
Let's Put It All Together. He also set up the Stine-Jac record label, as well
as running a record store (sadly
died fighting cancer)
b. March 3rd 1948 .
Eadie Del Rubio/Edith Bolling Boyd (75) American
singer-guitarist; eldest triplet
and her 2 sisters Elena
and Milly 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 winning songwriter 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 advertisement. The
three performed until Eadie was diagnosed with cancer in 1996; after her death
Elena and Milly never again performed but lived together for five years until
Elena died of cancer in 2001
(sadly Eadie died of cancer)
b. August 23rd 1921.
1997: Nicolette Larson (45)
American singer songwriter; started out singing with Hoyt Axton's band
and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. She worked as a session vocalist
for Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett,
Neil Young, Christopher Cross, Little Feat, Mary Kay Place, The Dirt Band, The
Beach Boys, Pure Prairie League, and The Doobie Brothers. In 1979, she was nominated
for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She also had a minor role in the 1988
film Twins. To mention a few s he sang backing vocals on Neil Young's "Comes
a Time" and "Harvest Moon" albums, and duets on the song "Motorcycle
Mama". She also sang backup on the Van Halen song "Could This Be Magic?",
"Sweet Blue Midnight" by The Georgia Satellites, and on the Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band's hit "Make a Little Magic". In the mid to late 1980's she
had several Country chart hits, including the duet, "That's When You Know
Love's Right" with Steve Wariner. The song peaked at #9 on Billboards Top
Country Singles chart in 1986 (complications arising from
a cerebral edema) b. July 17th 1952.
2001: Stuart Adamson (43) British lead singer,
guitarist, songwriter and pianist; he founded the Scottish art-punk band The Skids
and later the rock group Big Country, enjoying hits such as "In a Big Country",
"Look Away" and "Wonderland". In the 1990s he founded his
last band the alternative country rock act, The Raphaels. In 2006, his music achieved
an unexpected success when U2 and Green Day covered "The Saints Are Coming"
as a charity single.(found dead in Hawaii a month after
disappearing from his home in the US) b. April 11th
2003: Gary Stewart (58) American
musician, singer and songwriter; known for his drinking songs, he was one of the
first so-called "outlaw" country performers. During the peak of his
popularity in the mid-1970s Time magazine described him as the "king of honkytonk."
He had 29 Country Chart hits including "Drinkin' Thing", "You're
Not the Woman You Used to Be" "In Some Room Above the Street",
"Out of Hand", "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)"and
"Flat Natural Born Good-Timin' Man" (died of self-inflicted
gunshot wound to the neck 2 weeks after the death of his wife of 40 years)
b. May 28th 1944.
Taliep Petersen (55) South African singer, composer and director of
a number of popular musicals. He worked most notably with David Kramer, with whom
he won an Olivier Award. In the early 80's he formed a band, called Sapphyre,
that played interpretations of traditional Cape Malay songs. In 1986 he and David
Kramer collaborated on the first of a number of musicals together, District Six:
The Musical, exploring the culture and history of the Coloured community in Cape
Town. This was followed by Poison, Fairyland, Crooners, Kat and the Kings, Klop
Klop and Spice Drum Beat: Ghoema. In 2001 he presented a television series about
District Six called O'se Distrik Ses and has featured on South Africa reality
talent shows, Idols and Joltyd in 2002 (shot dead at his
home; his wife, together with two men were charged with his "planned and/or
premeditated" murder) b.????
Pnina Salzman (84) Israeli classical pianist
born in Tel Aviv; she gave her first recital at the age of eight. The French pianist
and teacher, Alfred Cortot, heard her play in 1932 and invited her to Paris to
study. She became a pupil of Magda Tagliaferro at the Conservatoire de Paris,
where she won the Prix de Piano in 1936, aged 14. It was through
the violinist Bronislaw Huberman that she first developed a lifelong association
with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which Huberman had founded. In 1963 she
became the first Israeli to be invited to play in the USSR and in 1994, the first
Israeli pianist invited to play in China. Besides performing as a soloist, she
was a member of the Israel Piano Quartet. She became a Professor and the head
of the piano department at Tel Aviv University and served on the jury of many
piano competitions, including the Arthur Rubinstein and Vladimir Horowitz competitions.
She taught piano to many students, including Dror Elimelech, Nimrod David Pfeffer
and Elisha Abas (?) b. February
Genzmer (98) German composer of contemporary classical music, born
in Blumenthal, near Bremen, he studied composition with Paul Hindemith at the
Berlin Hochschule für Music beginning in 1928. From 1938 he taught at the
Volksmusikschule Berlin-Neukölln. During the early part of the second world
war he served as a military band clarinetist. When his pianistic abilities were
noticed by the Musikmeister, he was put on detached duties as a pianist / accompanist
for "Lazarettenkonzerte", concerts for recuperating wounded officers.
He was based for some time near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where he made the acquaintance
of Richard Strauss. When the war ended, he was offered a post at the Munich Musikhochschule.
This was blocked by the US authorities, and so, from '46-'57 he taught at the
Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau and from '57 to '74 he taught at the Munich
Hochschule für Musik (?)
b. February 9th 1909.
2007: Dan Fogelberg (56) American singer,
songwriter, multi-instrumentalist whose music was inspired by sources as diverse
as folk, pop, classical, jazz, & bluegrass music. Born in Peoria, Illinois,
Dan's first instrument, at an early age, was the piano but he soon took an interest
in the Hawiian slide guitar and when his grandfather presented him with one, he
spent hour after hour teaching himself the skills. This, combined with his admiration
of The Beatles, he taught himself electric guitar and by the age of 13 he had
joined his first band, a Beatles cover band, The Clan >>>
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with prostate cancer) b. August 13th 1951.
2008: Harold Gramatges (90) Cuban composer
and pianist; he founded and directed Cuba's Municipal Conservatory Orchestra,
where he worked as professor of Harmony, Composition, Aesthetics and Music History.
In 1958, he received the Reichold of Caribbean and Central America Prize, conferred
by the Detroit Orchestra for his Sinfonía en mi. In 1959, he created the
Musical Department at Casa de las Américas. He has spent his life working
on transforming and developing musical education in Cuba. His catalog of works
includes symphonic, chamber, vocal and incidental music for theater and movies.
In 1961 and 1964, he was the Cuban Ambassador to France (died
in La Habana, Cuba) b. September 26th 1918.
2011: Mark Kopytman (82) Israeli
composer and musicologist born in the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi in the Soviet
Union. In 1972 he immigrated to Israel, where he became a Professor of Composition
at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. He eventually served as
Chairman of the Theory and Composition Department, and later as Dean and the Deputy
Head of the Academy from 1974-1994. During 19821983 and 19881989 he
was a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and in 1985, Composer
in residence at Canberra School of Music in Australia. In 1991 he established
the Doron Ensemble for the performance of the 20th century music. Mark was honoured
with several prizes; among them the prestigious Koussevitzky International Record
Critics award for his orchestral work Memory in 1986, the Israel ACUM prize for
his lifetime creative achievements iin 1992, and Israel Prime Minister Prize in
2002 (?) b. December 6th 1929.
2011: Slim Dunkin/Mario Hamilton (24)
American rapper, a Detroit native, he was a member of American hip hop group
1017 Brick Squad which is based in Atlanta, Georgia (tragically
Slim died after being shot while he was shooting a music video at an Atlanta recording
Lolita Sevilla/Ángeles Moreno Gómez (78) Spanish
actress and singer, born in Seville; she began singing at the age of ten, in 1945
and also wworke in film, television and stage acting in a career which spanned
nearly 50 years (sadly died at the Hospital General
Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid)
b. March 20th 1935.
2013: Ray Price (87)
American singer born in Perryville, Texas, he served with
the U.S. Marines from 19441946, and began singing for KRBC in Abilene, Texas
during 1948. He joined the Big D Jamboree in Dallas in 1949, before relocating
to Nashville in the early 1950s. His wide-ranging baritone has often been praised
as among the best male voices of country music. He recorded around 33 albums and
some of his well-known single recordings include "Release Me", "Crazy
Arms", "Heartaches by the Number", "For the Good Times",
"Night Life", and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to
Me". He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and continued
to record and tour into his late 80s (sadly
passed with pancreatic cancer) b. January
Rene/Mary Frierson (67) American soul singer
born in Memphis; as a teenager, she and her brother formed a singing quartet,
the Drapels, with two friends, Marion Brittenum and Wilbur Mondie. They auditioned
for Stax co-founder Jim Stewart in 1963, and were immediately offered a recording
contract. Before leaving, Mary showed Stewart some of the songs she had written,
and she was also offered a solo contract. Otis Redding then came up with her stage
name Wendy Rene. She released "After Laughter (Comes Tears)", co-written
with her brother, and it featured Booker T. Jones on organ. this was followed
by "Bar-B-Q". She continued to record and to tour with Stax stars, including
Rufus Thomas and Otis Redding, and to sing backing vocals on their records. She
retired from the music in 1967 (sadly died from complications
from stroke) b. 1947.
Rock Robert Scully (73) American band manager,
he lived at the Haight before and during the Summer of Love, and was a member
of the Family Dog, a group that promoted rock concerts in San Francisco. He first
saw the Grateful Dead play at one of Ken Kesey's Acid Tests, and signed on as
the band's manager. He remained one of the band's key managers until 1984, then
returned briefly in 1985. He was the co-author with David Dalton of the book Living
with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
(sadly Rock died fighting lung cancer) b. August
Adam Roth (57) American guitarist with The Del
Fuegos. The band was founded in Boston in 1980, and gained success of their songs
"Don't Run Wild", "I Still Want You", "Name Names"
and "Move With Me" Sister" before splitting up in 1990. Adam then
worked on musical endeavors with comedian Denis Leary and recorded with Jim Carroll,
David Johansen and The Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando. He was also involved in
the bands The Enablers and The Liza Colby Soundcancer. In 2011, The Del Fuegos
played together for the first time in 21 years at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston,
Massachusetts. These shows raised money for Right Turn, a rehab program run by
their drummer Woody. In 2012 they embarked upon a reunion tour and recorded eight
new songs, releasing them as an EP titled Silver Star (sadly
Adam died fighting cancer) b. May 15th 1958.
René Saorgin (87) French organist born
in Cannes; he began his musical studies at the Nice Conservatoire and then went
to Paris to study composition. His first appointment was as organist of the Church
of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre in Paris. From 1954 to 1996 he was professor of
organ at the National Regional Conservatoire in Nice; from 1954 to 1984 Titulaire
of the main organ of the Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Nice; from 1984 to 2005
titulaire of the main organ of the Cathedral of the Principality of Monaco. He
was director of the Ajaccio Conservatoire for three years. In 1962 he founded,
with Pierre Rochas, the Académie de St. Maximin and has been president
and founder of numerous organ associations, and a member of the high commission
for historical monuments. His recordings include the complete organ works of Buxtehude
on historical organs, and Bach's Orgelbüchlein. (?)
2015: Snuff Garrett/Thomas Lesslie
Garrett (77) American record producer and DJ;
at seventeen, he was a disc jockey in Lubbock, Texas, where he met Buddy Holly
and is often still mentioned on the Lubbock oldies station KDAV. He also worked
in radio in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he performed on-air stunts and on February
3rd 1959, Snuff broadcast his own tribute show to Holly. In July 1959, he became
a producer at Liberty Records in Hollywood. Among Garrett's roster of artists
were Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee, Gene McDaniels, Buddy Knox, Walter Brennan, Gary
Lewis & the Playboys, Tommy Tedesco, and Del Shannon. He was also responsible
for hiring Phil Spector for a short period as an assistant producer for Liberty.
Later Snuff had his own record labels, Snuff Garrett Records and Viva Records
and worked regularly with the Johnny Mann Singers and the Ron Hicklin Singers
and was responsible for the new sound of The Ray Conniff Singers in the early
1970s. He has also worked wit Sonny & Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Brenda Lee and
many others. Also in 1976, when home video was in its infancy, Snuff bought cassette
rights to the old RKO and Republic films for what United Press International termed
"a pittance." By 1980, the 800-title library of his company The Nostalgia
Merchant was earning $2.3 million a year. Snuff was inducted
into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame on November 14th 2015 (sadly
died fighting cancer) b. July
1978: Erskine Tate (82) American bandleader,
banjoist and violinist, born in Memphis; he helped pioneer Chicago jazz and big
band music with his Vendome Orchestra. The band has featured Louis Armstrong,
Freddie Keppard, Buster Bailey, Jimmy Bertrand, Ed Atkins, and Teddy Weatherford,
as well as Fats
Waller, Omer Simeon, Bob
Miller, Preston Jackson, and Teddy Wilson (?)
b. January 14th 1895.
1978: Don Ellis (44) American jazz trumpeter,
drummer, composer and bandleader, born in Los Angeles, CA.and graduated from Boston
University in 1956 with a composition degree. His first job was with the Glenn
Miller band, directed by Ray McKinley. He stayed with the band until September
1956, when he joined the Seventh Army Symphony and Soldiers' Show Company. Among
his many projects Don is maybe best known for his extensive musical experimentation,
particularly in the area of unusual time signatures. Later in his life he worked
as a film composer, among other works contributing a score to 1971's The French
Connection and 1973's The Seven-Ups. (died
from a heart attack) b.
July 25th 1934.
Leonid Borisovitch Kogan (58) Russian
violinist, at the age of 17, and while still a student, he performed throughout
the USSR. His official debut was in 1941, playing the Brahms Concerto with the
Moscow Philharmonic in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He was co-winner
of the first prize at the World Youth Festival in Prague. In 1951 he won first
prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels with a dazzling performance
of Paganini's first concerto that included an outstanding rendition of Sauret's
cadenza. His international solo tours took him to Paris and London in 1955, and
then South America and the USA in the following years. Kogan had a repertoire
of over 18 concerti and a number of concerti by modern composers were dedicated
to him (died from a heart attack)
b. November 17th 1924.
1982: Big Joe Williams (79)
blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, born in Crawford, Mississippi, he is notable
for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. Performing over four decades,
he recorded such songs as "Baby Please Don't Go", "Crawlin' King
Snake" and "Peach Orchard Mama" for a variety of record labels,
including Bluebird, Delmark, Okeh, Prestige and Vocalion. His guitar was very
heavily modified, he added a rudimentary electric pickup, whose wires coiled all
over the top of his guitar. He also added three extra strings, creating unison
pairs for the first, second and fourth strings. Big Joe was inducted into the
Blues Hall of Fame on October 4th 1992. (?) b.
October 16th 1903.
Armando Gallop (26) American house-music
producer and DJ who was an early contributor to the development of acid house
and regarded as one of the originators of the worldwide 'House' scene. Born in
Chicago he was a star baseball player as a youngster before spinal meningitis
shattered those dreams. He became interested in dance music, organizing parties
by age 16 and mixing on radio by age 17. He and Mike Dunn founded Musique Records
and Warehouse Records in 1988, the latter releasing Armando's singles "151"
and "Land of Confusion" which became a transatlantic club hit in Chicago
as well as in Britain, where it influenced their early acid-house scene. He also
produced Warehouse releases from Ron Trent, DJ Rush, and Robert Armani. Instead
of working on production, Armando spent most of the early 1990s with a residency
at Chicago's Warehouse from 1992-94. He served as an A&R rep for Felix da
Housecat's Radikal Fear label and, soon, after recorded for that label himself.
His first and only full-length album, One World, One Future, was released in 1996
on Play it Again, Sam, but sadly he died shortly after the album's release (Leukaemia)
b. February 12th 1970.
Rex Allen (78) American actor and singer; popular entertainer known
as "The Arizona Cowboy. He wrote and recorded many songs, a number of which
were featured in his own films. His most successful single was "Don't Go
Near the Indians", which reached the top 5 of Billboard magazine's Hot Country
Singles chart in November 1962 (died in Tucson, Arizona
from injuries received when his caretaker accidentally ran over him in the driveway
of his home) b. December 31st 1920.
Grover Washington Jr (56) American jazz-funk
/ soul-jazz saxophone virtuoso, born in Buffalo, New York. Along with a just a
handful of others, he is considered by most to be one of the founders of the smooth
jazz genre. He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Grover made some of the genre's most memorable
hits, including "Mr. Magic", "Black Frost", and "The
Best is Yet to Come". In addition, he performed very frequently with other
artists, including Bill Withers on "Just the Two of Us", Patti LaBelle
on "The Best is Yet to Come" and Phyllis Hyman on "A Sacred Kind
of Love". He is also remembered for his take on the Dave Brubeck classic
"Take Five", and for his 1996 version of "Soulful Strut" (sadly
taken by a heart attack) b.
December 12th 1943.
2000: Erich Schmid (93)
Swiss composer born in in Balsthal, Switzerland and studied composition
with at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. Among many other international conducting
roles, he was chief conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich from 1949
to 1957 (?) b. January 1st
2004: Dick Heckstall-Smith (70)
English jazz and blues saxophonist and keyboardist. He played with some of the
most important English blues-rock and jazz fusion bands of the 1960s and 1970s,
including the Graham Bond Organization, Blues Incorporated, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers,
Colosseum, Mainsqueeze and also many other solo projects. In 2001 he cut the all-star
project "Blues and Beyond", which reunited him with Mayall, Bruce, Taylor,
ex-Mayall and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green (sadly
lost to cancer) b. September 16th 1934.
2006: Denis Peyton (63) English tenor and
baritone saxophonist, harmonica, and guitarist, best known maybe for his time
with the Dave Clark Five. The group's distinctive sound was due in part to Denis's
saxophone riffs. They had top 10 hits such as "Glad All Over" which
topped the UK charts, and No. 6 in the US, "Bits and Pieces", "Can't
You See That She's Mine", "Because", "Anyway You Want It"
, "I Like It Like That", "Catch Us If You Can", "Over
And Over", and "You Got What It Takes". Over his career he also
played with The Renegades, The Les Heath Combo, The Blue Dukes, and The Mike Jones
Combo. A month before his death, the Dave Clark Five was nominated for the US
Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame for 2007, Dave Clark said Denis had been thrilled at
the news, but also added he knew he wouldn't around to collect it. (sadly
he died of cancer) b. August 11th 1943.
2007: Joel Dorn (65) American jazz and R&B
music producer and record label entrepreneur; he started working at Atlantic Records.
Later he founded the 32 Jazz, Label M, and Hyena Records labels. The many artists
he worked with included: Roberta Flack, Max Roach, Yusef Lateef, Willy DeVille,
the Neville Brothers, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Mose Allison and
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (taken
by a heart attack) b. April 7th 1942.
2008: Freddy Breck/Gerhard Brecker (66) German
schlager singer, composer, produce and news anchor; his first success was "Überall
auf der Welt", based on the "Gefangenenchor" from Giuseppe Verdi's
Nabucco. He went on to score 5 platinum records and 35 gold records over the course
of his careerIn 1978 he issued an English-language record, which landed in the
Top 10. In the 1980s he worked as a news presenter for various stations, and wrote
music for groups such as the Original Naabtal Duo, the Kastelruther Spatzen and
Nina & Mike. He founded his own label, Sun Day Records, with his wife Astrid
in 1998, and in 1999 they released music as a duo, "Astrid & Freddy Breck"
(died after a fight with cancer) b. January 21st
2008: Feliciano "Flash" Vierra
Tavares (88) American musician, singer and guitar player; he was the
patriarch of the musical Tavares family, which included the Tavares Brothers,
a successful Grammy-winning 1970s and 1980s R&B comprised of five of his sons.
He was a self taught musician who learned by listening to the radio and Cape Verdean
music at an early age. He remained active within the musical community, in spite
an early diagnosis of prostate cancer, he was able to travel to Cape Verde and
continued to perform solo until he was 84 years old. Besides his own children,
he inspired a lot of kids to play music, and he kept the Cape Verdean musical
heritage alive (sadly lost to prostate cancer) b.
2010: Captain Beefheart/Don Van Vliet/Donald
Glen Vliet (69) American singer, multi-musician and visual artist;
while attending Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, he became close friends
with fellow teenager Frank Zappa, bonding through their interest in Chicago blues
and R&B; they sporadically competed and collaborated throught their lives.
Don was noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, and he also
played the harmonica, saxophone and other wind instruments. His music blended
rock, blues and psychedelia with free jazz, avant-garde and contemporary experimental
MORE.<<< (sadly died
after many years bravely battling multiple sclerosis)
b. January 15th 1941.
2010: Glen Adams (65)
Jamaican singer, keyboardist, composer, arranger, engineer, producer,
based since the mid-1970s in Brooklyn, New York. His first break came as a teenager,
when he appeared as a singer in a vocal group on Radio Jamaica's Opportunity Knocks
show hosted by Vere Johns. Glen formed a duo with Ken Boothe, Ken and Glen, and
they came second place in the 1966 Festival Song Competition with "I Remember".
He co-founded The Heptones before moving on to The Pioneers, appearing on the
latter's "Shake It Up" and "Good Nanny". He moved on to work
with Duke Reid's Treasure Isle set-up as an informal musical director, introducing
singers such as Joe White to Reid. He also worked as a session musician and played
with many bands including a UK tour with The Upsetters. As part of The Upsetters,
he also backed The Wailers. In the late '70s, he expanded into R&B and Rap
production, working with hip hop artist T Ski Valley. He has also worked with
Shaggy and remixed an album of previously-unreleased Upsetters material in 1996.
After many years in the studio, Glen returned to live performance in the 2000s,
touring the USA and Europe with The Slackers and also playing occasional NYC shows
with the Jammyland All-Stars. He owned his own recording studio and in his later
years produced artists such as Susan Cadogan and Keith Rowe (Glen
died at the University Hospital of the West Indies after falling ill while visiting
b. November 27th 1945.
John Bishop (65) American soul and jazz
guitarist; he was 8 years old when he picked up a ukulele, which led to the guitar,
which led to the electric guitar. At age 15, he ran away from home to Kansas City,
Mo., where he persuaded the owner of a bar to hire him to perform a few nights
a week. After a few years of playing jazz and blues clubs in Kansas City, he moved
to San Francisco, and later Chicago, where he began to make a name for himself.
In 1969, he cut his first solo jazz album, Bishops Whirl, after
which he signed on as a guitarist with Ray Charles, playing all the top venues.
In 1980, John married Georgia Frances, a violinist, who performed with the Empire
Room Orchestra in Chicago. Soon after, the couple founded The Georgia Frances
Orchestra, long considered one of the top event bands in the city
died from a heart attack) b. 1946.
2011: Cesária Évora (70)
Capeverdean singer, born in Mindelo, Cape Verde and nicknamed the "barefoot
diva". Her bright voice and physical charms were soon noticed, but her hope
of a singing career remained unsatisfied. A Cape Verdean womens group and
the singer Bana both took her to Lisbon to cut a few tracks, but the recordings
failed to catch the ear of a producer. In 1988, a young Frenchman of Cape Verdean
extraction invited her to Paris to make a record. She gave her first concert in
Paris at the New Morning on the 1st October. At the age of 47 she released her
debut album La Diva Aux Pieds Nus that same year. She went on to release 10 more
albums her final one being Nha Sentimento in 2009 (sadly
lost to heart failure) b. August 27th 1941.
Tetsuro Kashibuchi (63)
Japanese drummer, singer, composer and record producer born in Tochigi Prefecture.
He started performing first in utagoe coffeehouses, after which he joined the
band Hachimitsu Pie. When they disbanded, he joined the Moonriders. and together
with his Monnrider bandmates Ryomei Irai and Hirobumi Suzuki he started a unit
called Artport. In the 1980s, he composed many songs and produced albums, especially
for Yukiko Okada. (sadly Tetsuro died of esophageal cancer) b.
November 9th 1950.
2013: Paul Bäumer
(37) Dutch record producer and one half of the Dutch Dance and Electro
House project the Bingo Players. They are best known for their hit songs "Rattle"
and "Cry (Just a Little)" which was a Top 40 hit in the Netherlands,
Belgium, UK, other parts of Europe and Australia. In 2013 a revamped version of
Rattle titled "Get Up (Rattle)" was released and became a No.1 single
in the UK and a Top 10 hit in Germany, Austria, France, Australia and other parts
of Europe. The single has been certified gold in Canada, silver in the UK, and
four times platinum in Australia. In addition to DJing and producing, Bingo Players
own and operate Hysteria Records, which releases Bingo Players singles as well
as tracks from up-and-coming producers in the world, including Bassjackers, MAKJ,
Sandro Silva, Ralvero, and Gregori Klosman (sadly Paul died
fighting cancer) b. 1976.
Mick Lynch (mid-50s) Irish singer-songwriter,
performer and former frontman of the Cork new wave band Stump. He attended Douglas
Community School, and by his late teens was embroiled in Corks punk scene.
Among his early bands was a version of Microdisney and he also worked at both
the Arcadia and Sir Henrys, two of Cork cultures greatest landmarks. In
1983 he moved to London, where he fronted the newly formed four piece, Stump,
who became a favourite of Radio 1 DJ John Peel and also made several appearances
on Channel 4s music show, The Tube, presented by Jools Holland and Paula
Yates. After a releasing a few singles and albums 'Quirk Out' and 'A Fierce Pancake',
they split. Back in Cork Mick, was involved in the founding of Dowtcha Puppets
theatre and also in more
recent years he fronted Dons for Chickens performing songs which were satires
of everyday life, people, places, and events.(?)
Gareth Mortimer (66) Welsh singer and founder
member of the rock band Racing Cars, formed in Rhondda Valley, Wales in 1973.
They were best known for the 1977 hit song They Shoot Horses Dont
They from the album Downtown Tonight. The song reached No.14
in the UK and No.32 in Australia. The band split in the late 70s and Gareth released
the solo album Love Blind in 1980. Racing Cars reformed in 2000 and
released two more albums. He has also sang backing vocals
for The Beach Boys and Bryan Adams. (sadly
died while fighting cancer) b. 1949
Jimmy Nolen (47) American guitarist Born in Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma, He started learning the violin at aged 6, then began teaching
himself guitar at 14. Soon
he was playing in Jimmy Wilson's band, which took him to LA. In
1957 he began to play for Johnny Otis, replacing the ailing Pete "Guitar"
Lewis. He was the principal behind Otis' hit "Willie And The Hand Jive."
He remained in Otis band until 1959 when he formed his own group, The Jimmy
Nolen Band. In 1965 Jimmy joined the James Brown band and
soon became known for his distinctive "chicken scratch" lead guitar
playing in James' bands. He began to tour with Maceo
Parkers group Maceo & All the Kings Menin 1972, but returned to
The James Brown Band later that year. Jimmy stayed with James until his [Jimmy's]
death (sadly died from a heart attack) b.
April 3rd 1934.
Warne Marsh (60) American
tenor saxophone born in Los Angeles; He started
recording in 1942 with a trio of himself, Andre Previn and Karl Kifferecording,
after which he joined and recorded with the Young Big Band, under the leaders
Sammy Kaye and Jimmy Higson. He played in US Army Band in the mid '40s. After
the war in the late 40s and through the 50s he recorded albums with Buddy Rich
Big Band, Lennie Tristano Quintet, Kai Winding Quintet, Hadda Brooks, Lee Konitz
Sextet, Rick Jones Four, Art Pepper, Ted Brown among others, as well as releasing
many albums with his own band especially in the 60's through to the 80's. In the
1970s he gained renewed exposure as a member of Supersax, a large ensemble which
played orchestral arrangements of Charlie Parker solos. Warne also recorded one
of his most celebrated albums, All Music, with the Supersax rhythm section during
this period (Warne collapsed and died on stage
due to a heart attack at the legendary Donte's
b. October 26th 1927.
Conny Planck (47) German record producer and musician; he began producing
albums and working as a sound engineer in the late 1960s and became involved in
the underground music scene which was spreading outwards through Germany from
Berlin. In 1969 he served as engineer for the first Kluster album, Klopfzeichen.
In the 70s he worked with Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk, Kraftwerk 2, Ralf und Florian,
Autobahn, and the precursor album Tone Float; Neu!-all their recordings; Cluster;
Harmonia; Night Sun; Ash Ra Tempel; Holger Czukay - Can; and Guru Guru. During
the 80s, Conny remained in high demand with the new generation of electronic pop
and New Wave artists, including Devo, Ultravox (Systems of Romance, Vienna and
Rage in Eden), Freur and The Tourists (Luminous Basement), Eurythmics (In the
Garden). He also worked on pop and rock productions with artists such as Scorpions,
Clannad, Killing Joke, Play Dead, and Gianna Nannini (Latin Lover, Sogno Di Una
Notte d'Estate, Tutto Live and others, also credited for music). His
other production credits include Echo & the Bunnymen, Les Rita Mitsouko, Einstürzende
Neubauten, Ástor Piazzolla, The Damned, Psychotic Tanks, DAF (including
the classic single Der Mussolini) and Nina Hagen. As a musician he played guitar
and keyboards, as well as playing studio sessions with many of his 100 plus album
productions, he also played in various bands over his career. Conny fell ill while
touring South America with Dieter Moebius, performing music from Ludwig's Law,
some of his last work, before his death (died
after battling cancer)
b. May 3rd 1940.
Paul Tortelier (76) French cellist and composer born in Paris.
12 years old he entered the Paris Conservatoire and he won the first prize in
cello at the conservatoire when he was 16; his debut was with the Orchestre Lamoureux
in 1931 at the age of 17, where he performed Lalo's Cello Concerto. In 1937 he
joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitsky, as first cellist
through 1940. In 1938 he also began a solo career at Boston's Town Hall, accompanied
by Leonard Shure. His major recordings include the Bach Cello Suites in 1960 (Paris)
and 1982 (London), Elgar Cello Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Adrian Boult conducting in 1972, and Strausss Don Quixote in 1973 with the
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham conducting in 1947/48 and the Staatskapelle
Dresden, with Rudolf Kempe conducting in 1973. (died
in Villarceaux Yvelines, near Paris)
b. March 21st 1914
1993: Charizma/Charles Hicks (20)
American hip-hop MC, born in San José, California;
he started rapping at high school talent shows. He was only 16 when he met 19-year
old Chris Manak a.k.a. Peanut Butter Wolf in 1990. The two formed a duo together,
but their music was cut short when Charizma was murdered
(He was brutally shot dead in a mugging)
July 5th 1973.
1995: Brian Brockless (69) English organist,
composer and coductor; he studied organ and composition at the Royal College of
Music. For twenty years he was a part-time professor at the Royal Academy of Music
and was subsequently made an Honorary Member. He was also senior lecturer at the
University of Surrey and taught at Goldsmith's and Morley colleges. Among the
orchestras he conducted were The London Schubert Orchestra , the English Chamber
Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philomusica of London, Northern Sinfonia
and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He gave concerts, With The London Schubert
Orchestra, in Romania, Palermo, Stockholm, Brussels, Venezuela, Denmark, as well
as conducting choral and orchestral performances for the BBC, Belgian, Swedish
and Danish Radio Orchestras. He pioneered the presentation of Choral music on
TV with the ITV series "A Date With Music" (?)
January 21st 1926.
Keiser (101) American lyricist and musical
theatre composer born in
New York, who wrote lyrics for "Swanee,"
"Sometimes I'm Happy," "Crazy Rhythm," and "Tea for Two,"
one of the most frequently recorded tunes ever written. He collaborated on many
musicals including No, No, Nanette; Kissing Time-1920;The White Horse Inn; Yes,
Yes, Yvette; Ziegfeld's Revue "No Foolin'; to mention a few (?)
b. July 4th 1895.
Kirsty MacColl (41) British singer, songwriter born in Croydon, London;
she came to notice in 1978 when Chiswick Records released an EP by local punk
rock band the Drug Addix with Kirsty on backing vocals under the pseudonym Mandy
Doubt. Stiff Records executives were not impressed with the band, but liked her
and subsequently signed her to a solo deal. Her 1979 debut solo single "They
Don't Know", reached No.3 in the UK charts. When Stiff went bankrupt she
was unable to record in her own right, but she had regular session work as a backing
vocalist, and she frequently sang on records produced or engineered by her husband,
Steve Lillywhite, including tracks for The Smiths, Talking Heads, Big Country,
Crossfire Choir, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and The Wonder Stuff among others. She appeared
in the videos "Welcome to the Cheap Seats" for The Wonder Stuff and
"(Nothing But) Flowers" for Talking Heads.Legalities
over and Kirsty re-emerged in the British charts in December 1987, reaching No.2
with The Pogues on "Fairytale of New York", a duet with Shane MacGowan.
She carried on touring and recording until her death, her last single being "In
These Shoes" in 2000 (died
instantly in a boating accident off the coast of Mexico, as speedboat hit her
when she saved her son from being hit, while diving in a speedboat free zone)
b. October 10th 1959.
2001: Gilbert Bécaud/François Silly (74)
French singer, composer, actor, born in Toulon; he learned to play
the piano at a young age, and then went to the Conservatoire de Nice. In 1942,
he left school to join the French Resistance during WW II. He began songwriting
in 1948, after meeting Maurice Vidalin, who inspired him to write his early compositions.
He began writing for Marie Bizet; Gilbert,
and Vidalin became a successful trio, and their partnership lasted until 1950.
He became known as Monsieur 100,000 Volts for his energetic performances, best-known
hit "Et maintenant", one of the biggest selling singles in French history
and became an English language hit after being translated into "What Now
My Love". He wrote around 450 songs and later in the century, he began writing
with Pierre Grosz and then Neil Diamond, also penning the Broadway musical Roza
with Julian More (he sadly died from cancer, on his houseboat
on the Seine) b. October 24th
Dimitris Dragatakis (87) Greek composer of classical music,
born in Epiros and studied the violin at the Greek National Conservatory in Athens.
He is considered an important modern Greek composer, influenced by the musical
traditions of Greece and ancient Greek drama, his music came to reflect his interest
in new techniques; he developed/Larry
a free atonal style of writing, winning several of major prizes. Dimitris taught
advanced harmony at the Greek National Conservatory for 20 years, until he was
appointed vice president of the conservatory in 1997. He played in the Opera Orchestra
as a violist and later served on the board of the Greek National Orchestra. He
was vice president and honorary president of the Greek Composers Union.
(died in Athens) b. January
Ward (57) English singer, songwriter, born in Stourport-on-Severn,
Worcestershire; after leaving school, he formed a beat band 'Cliff Ward and The
Cruisers'. The band was popular in Birmingham and also in demand at American Army
bases in France. He went on to a solo career releasing 20 albums over his long
career (after being diagnosed as having multiple sclerosis
in 1984, he continued to record and write songs living at home, cared for by his
wife Pat. Died from pneumonia) b.
February 10th 1944.
Daniel Rogers Pinkham, Jr (83) American composer, organist, and harpsichordist;
he taught at the Boston Conservatory beginning in 1946, and at the New England
Conservatory of Music from 1959 until his death in 2006; while there, he created
and chaired the program on early music performance. In 1951, he conducted ten
works by Boulanger Award winners in their Boston performance première in
a special Peabody Mason Concert series commemorating the Paris Bi-Millennial year.
He also taught at various times at Simmons College 195354, Boston University
195354, and Harvard University 195758. Among Pinkham's notable students
was the jazz musician and composer Gigi Gryce (19251983) and the composer
Mark DeVoto. For
decades, Daniel was the organist of King's Chapel in Boston, a position which
gave him much exposure and opportunity to write church-related music (sadly
died of chronic lymphocytic leukemia) b. June 5th
Rex Yetman (76) Canadian bluegrass musician, born in Jamestown, Newfoundland;
was one of the founding members of the York County Boys, Canada's first bluegrass
band. They played around Ontario and eastern Canada through the '60s and early
'70s. They recorded "You Done Me Wrong" and "Down The Road Blues".
Rex played mandolin and sang on the album, Bluegrass Jamboree with the York County
Boys, which was the first bluegrass album in Canada. More recently he played with
Crooked Stovepipe of St. John's, who were awarded the East Coast Music Association's
bluegrass album of the year in 2006. (?)
2011: Ralph MacDonald (67)
percussionist, song-writer, musical arranger, record producer, pioneer, plus conga
drums and steelpan virtuoso was born in Harlem, USA. Calypso and the steelpan
were his roots and in his creations he never strayed too far from them. Ralph
began showing his musical talent, particularly with the steelpan, even before
his teens, learning his craft at an early age from his father and five uncles,
immigrants from Trinidad, who all played professionally in calypso bands. When
he was 17, he landed a job playing pan for the Harry Belafonte
show; He wrote many songs for Harry, most of which are showcased on Mr. Belafontes
1966 album Calypso Carnival". Ralph remained with the Belafonte outfit
for 10 years before going on his own. His versatility made him a much sought-after
session player on records by jazz and jazz-soul fusion artists like Bobbi Humphrey,
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Herbie Mann, David Sanborn, Ron Carter, Tom Scott, Maynard
Ferguson and Grover Washington Jr. for whom he co- wrote the 1975 hit Mr.
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b. March 15th 1944.
2013: Larry Lujack/Larry
Blankenburg (73) American top 40 music radio disc jockey,
also referred to as Superjock, Lawrence of Chicago, Uncle Lar, and King of the
Corn Belt. He was born in Quasqueton, raised
in Arkansas, attended the College of Idaho and Washington State University and
started as a radio disc jockey in 1958 at KCID in Caldwell. He
became well known for his world-weary sarcastic style and subsequently worked
at several other radio stations, including KJR (AM) in Seattle, but is best known
for his antics on Chicago AM radio stations WLS and WCFL.
"Klunk Letter of the Day", the darkly humorous "Animal Stories"
with sidekick "Little Tommy" and the "Cheap Trashy Show Biz Report"
were some of his more popular bits (sadly Larry died from
esophageal cancer) b. June 6th 1940.
Papa Dom/Dominic Gamboa (47) Filipino guitarist, singer and reggae
artist; he was the founding leader of the influencial '90s reggae band Tropical
Depression. They were pioneers of punk and reggae on the Philippino music scene.
Between 1993 and 2004
they released four albums and were best known for such hits such as Bilog
na Naman ang Buwan and Kapayapaan.
Over the years Papa Dom has also been a member of the bands Lokal
Brown, Betrayed and Skavengers (sadly
Papa Dom died of kidney failure) b.
December 19th 1965.
2013: Ronnie Biggs (84)
English criminal born
in Lambeth, London; among other crimes,
he took part in the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and was sentenced to 30 years.
He escaped from prison in 1965 and lived as a fugitive for 36 years, spending
time in Australia, but most of his time in Brazil, South America, where he recorded
vocals on two songs for The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, a film about the Sex
Pistols. The basic tracks for "No One is Innocent" aka "The Biggest
Blow (A Punk Prayer)"/"Cosh The Driver" and "Belsen Was a
Gas" were recorded with guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook at a
studio in Brazil shortly after the Sex Pistols' final performance, with overdubs
added in an English studio at a later date. "No One is Innocent" was
released as a single in the UK on June 30th 1978 and reached No.7 in the UK Singles
Chart. In 2001, Ronnie returned to the UK and spent several years in prison, where
his health rapidly declined and he was released from prison on compassionate grounds
on 6 August 2009 (died from a long illnes)
b. August 8th 1929.
Larry Smith (63) American record producer working with RunD.M.C.,
King of Rock () b. June 11th 1951.
John Fry (69) American
record producer and the founder of Ardent Records in Memphis, Tennessee, which
includes Ardent Studios; two record labels, Ardent Records (Christian label) and
Ardent Music. (mainstream label); tudios was used by recording artists including
Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, ZZ Top, R.E.M., Stevie Ray Vaughan, Al
Green, The Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, The White Stripes, The Replacements,
and Three 6 Mafia as well as Stax Records' recording artists including, Cat Power,
M.I.A. and, Big Star. About 20 percent of the Stax catalog was recorded at Ardent
and the major Stax artists recorded there as well, but not Otis Redding
(sadly John died from a cardiac arrest)
b. December 31st 1944.
Henley (77) American singer with The Newbeats and songwriter of "Wind
Beneath My Wings" () b. June
Andreja Preger (104) Hungarian-born Serbian pianist
and Holocaust survivor, born in Pecs then Austria-Hungary. He performed throughout
the former Yugoslavia and in 17 countries, including 5 major tour of the US and
Canada, 4 in the USSR, and 7 consecutive tour in the UK. Also he performed 17
piano concerts with orchestra, playing from Bach to Gershwin in the festivals,
and played for radio and record labels (?)
2015: Luc Brewaeys (56)
Belgian composer, conductor, pianist and recording
producer at the VRT, Flemish Radio & Television. He was a leading composer
of his generation, and was awarded numerous prizes for his compositions. He was
also heralded as musician of the year by the Flemish classical music station Klara
in 2013.(sadly died while fighting cancer)
b. October 25th 1959.
Léo Marjane/Thérèse Maria Léonie Gendebien (104)
French singer; she began her career in the early 1930s singing in cabarets in
Paris and her early recordings included "Begin the Beguine" and "Night
and Day". The peak of her career came in the early 1940s, when she was regarded
as one of France's biggest female singing stars. In 1941, she recorded her signature
song, the Charles Trenet-penned "Seule ce soir"/"Alone Tonight".
Her success came to an abrupt halt following the Liberation of France in August
1944, when she was accused of having appeared many times at venues frequented
by German officers. After spending a period of time in England and Belgium she
returned to France, but she found little further success. During the 1950's she
toured extensively in the United States, Canada and South America, and also had
small roles in two films: Les deux gamines (1951) and Jean Renoir's Elena et les
hommes (1956), after which she abandon show business completely. She and her husband
devoted themselves to horse breeding (?) b.
August 26th 1912.
2016: Gustavo "El Loco"
Quintero (76) Colombian singer-songwriter born in Medellín,
Antioquia; he was considered one of the great representatives of the Colombian
tropical music/"Musica Tropical". He was a singer with "The Teen
Agers", then the lead singer of "Los Hispanos". After he left Los
Hispanos he formed "Los Graduados" (?)
b. December 23rd 1939.
Sven Zetterberg (64) Swedish blues singer-songwriter and guitarist
born in Skärblacka; over his career he played with the bands Telge Blues,
Blues Rockers, Blue Fire, Four Roosters and Chicago Express from 1981 to 1996.
He then launched his solo career as well as touring with, among others, Jimmy
Rogers, Jimmy McCracklin, Louisiana Red, Luther Allison and Eddie Boyd. Sven was
awarded Cornelis Vreeswijk Scholarship in 1989 (?)
b. March 28th 1952.
Gordon Robert "Gordie" Tapp (94) Canadian
country singer and entertainer born in London, Ontario and studied at the Lorne
Greene Academy of Radio Arts. He emceed the CBC television show Country Hoedown
as well as The Performers, a series of shows featuring 'up and coming' young Canadian
talent, which was recorded in major Canadian cities, like Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg,
and Vancouver. He went on to perform and write for the CBS television show Hee
Haw. Also in the 1970's he released two singles "Nobody's Singing Them Cowboy
Songs No More" in 1971 and "Many Others" in 1972. Gordie was inducted
into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990. He was awarded the Order
of Canada in 1998 for his work in helping raise funds for organizations such as
the Canadian Muscular Dystrophy campaign and Easter Seals. In
1999, he was awarded the Order of Ontario, the highest honour in the province
of Ontario (?) June 4th 1922.
Joseph Dennis "Joe" Cole (30) American
roadie for Black Flag and Rollins Band. He was also friend and roommate of the
musician, actor Henry Rollins. Joe's memoirs "Planet Joe", was published
posthumously by 2.13.61, Inc. publishing, in which he documented his experiences
on the last Black Flag tour and first Rollins Band tour. Henry Rollins went on
to publish a two-part book series, the first book chronicling his time with Cole
as his roommate, 'See a Grown Man Cry', and the second Rollins' non-stop working
to near-nervous breakdown in the year following Joe's death, 'Now Watch Him Die'.
Sonic Youth's "JC" was inspired by Joe's murder, and the Sonic Youth
song "100%" on their Dirty album was dedicated to him. The music video
shows a reenactment of the police finding Joe, played by actor Jason Lee, dead
(Joe was shot and killed in a robbery at his home, as he
and Henry returned from a video rental store, the murder remains unsolved)
b. April 10th 1961.
1993: Michael Clarke/Michael James Dick (47)
and original member of The Byrds, but during The Notorious Byrd Brothers recording
sessions,1967-1968, he was fired. He did a stint with the Flying Burrito Brothers
after their first album. In the late '70s Michael joined Jerry Jeff Walker. After
which Michael joined ex-Byrds singer Gene Clark for a series of controversial
shows billed "A 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Byrds." Many clubs
simply shortened the billing to "the Byrds," and the pair soon found
themselves involved in acrimonious court battles with Roger McGuinn, David Crosby,
and Chris Hillman over usage of the group's name. The Byrds set aside their differences
long enough to appear together at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame in January of 1991, where the original lineup played a few songs together.
Michael continued to tour with a group called "Byrds Celebration," but
his health declined as his drinking accelerated (liver failure
due to more than three decades of heavy alcohol consumption) b.
June 3rd 1946.
Jimmy Rogers/James A. Lane (73) US blues
singer, guitarist and harmonica player, best known for his work as a member of
Muddy Waters' band of the 1950s. He learned the harmonica alongside his childhood
friend Snooky Pryor, and as a teenager took up the guitar and played professionally
in East St. Louis, Illinois. He relocated to Chicago and by 1946 had recorded
his first record as a harmonica player and singer Jimmy joined Muddy Waters in
the late 40's, with whom he helped shape the sound of the Chicago Blues style.
Jimmy left Muddy in 1954 for a solo career, he enjoyed several successful record
releases on the Chess label, most notably "Walking By Myself", but as
the 1950s drew to a close and interest in the blues waned, he gradually withdrew
from the music industry. In the early 1960s he worked as a member of Howling Wolf's
band, before finally withdrawing from the music business altogether for 10 years.
After which he continued his solo career. In 1995 Jimmy was inducted into the
Blues Hall of Fame (?) b. June
Robert Buck (42) American guitarist; born in Jamestown, New York, Bob
was a founding member and guitarist of 10,000 Maniacs from 1981 until his death.
Some of his compositions with Natalie Merchant are among the most popular songs
recorded by 10,000 Maniacs, including 'What's the Matter Here?', 'Hey Jack Kerouac',
'You Happy Puppet' and 'These Are Days'. He also played in the Texas-based super-band
League of Blind Women, writing much of the band's material. In 2000, while on
tour in upstate New York, he was rushed to hospital when it was discovered he
was suffering from acute liver disease. He was transferred to the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center for treatment where his condition soon worsened despite
the efforts of the leading transplant teams at the facility (liver
failure) b. August 1st 1958.
Roebuck "Pops" Staples (85) American singer, songwriter and
guitarist born on a cotton plantation near Winona, MI. He dropped out of school
after the 8th grade to sing with a gospel group before marrying and moving to
Chicago in '35. Here he sang with the Trumpet Jubilees before forming The Staple
Singers in 1948. The gospel group performed in local churches, with him singing
and playing guitar behind his children. They first recorded in the early 1950s
with songs including "This May Be the Last Time" and "Uncloudy
Day". In 1998 he received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Arts, and in 1999 the Staple Singers were inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
(died following a concussion from a fall)
b. December 28th 1914.
Milton John "Milt" Hinton (90) American
jazz double bassist, "the dean of jazz bass players", "The Judge";
born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, then he moved to Chicago, Illinois at 11. At Wendell
Phillips High School and Crane Junior College, he learned to play the bass horn,
tuba, cello and the double bass. In the late 1920s and early 30s, he worked as
a freelance musician in Chicago. During this time, he worked with famous jazz
musicians such as Jabbo Smith, Eddie South, and Art Tatum. In 1936, he joined
a band led by Cab Calloway.
He possessed a formidable technique and was equally adept and bowing, pizzicato,
and "slapping," a technique for which he became famous while playing
with the big band of Cab Calloway from 1936 to 1951. Unusually for a double bass
player, he was frequently given the spotlight by Calloway, taking virtuose bass
solos in tunes like "Pluckin' the Bass.". He later became a television
staff musician, working regularly on shows by Jackie Gleason and later Dick Cavett.
His work can be heard on the Branford Marsalis album Trio Jeepy. Hinton twice
received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for his work as a jazz
educator: a music fellowship in 1977 and an NEA Jazz Master award in 1993. Milt
was one of the more wanted and most recorded double bass players in the history
of jazz (died
in Queens, N.Y. City) b. June 23rd 1910.
Mule (100) French classical saxophone legend,
in the village of Aube; nicknamed "Le
Patron", he was twenty-two years old, when he became a member of France's
most illustrative wind, brass, and percussion ensemble, the band of the Garde
Republicaine. He served as a member of this ensemble for thirteen years. It was
here that he formed his outstanding Quatuor de Saxophones de Paris, but later
became referred to as simply the Quatuor Marcel Mule. The ensemble was heard in
concerts and recitals throughout France, Belgium, Holland, England, Switzerland,
Germany, Italy and North Africa. It was a period of intense effort, which enabled
him to reveal the true nobility and musical potential of the saxophone and made
him renown as a soloist and ensemble performer. (died
peacfully in his sleep) b.
June 24th 1901.
2004: Renata Tebaldi (82)
Italian international soprano singer born in Pesaro; she began her studies
at the conservatory of Parma, taking lessons with Ettore Campogalliani for three
years. Renata had to concentrate on scales and voice training for two years before
she was allowed to learn the first songs towards the end of her second year of
training. Her major breakthrough came in 1946, when she auditioned in Milan for
Arturo Toscanini, who called her "voce d'angelo" (angel voice). Tebaldi
made her La Scala debut that year at the concert which marked the reopening of
the theatre after World War II. She sang the "Prayer" ("Dal tuo
stellato soglio") from Rossini's biblical opera, Mosè in Egitto, as
well as the soprano part in Verdi's Te Deum. By the end of her career in 1976,
she had sung in 1,262 performances, 1,048 complete operas, and 214 concerts around
the globe. (Died at her home, in San Marino) b.
February 1st 1922.
Billy Amstell (94) British clarinetist, alto /
tenor saxophonist; he played piano at 10, then taught himself alto sax at 13.
He played locally in Glasgow before moving to London in 1930, where he played
with Jack Harris, Roy Fox, and Spike Hughes. In 1932 he joined Bert Ambrose's
band, where he played primarily tenor saxophone and worked well into the 1940s.
He worked with Geraldo in the late 1940s and played with the BBC Dance Orchestra
for five years in the 1950s. The 1960s saw Billy do an increasing amount of studio
work, including with George Chisholm; by the 1980s he was recording more often
on clarinet, and released an album under his own name, Session After Midnight,
in 1980. He wrote an autobiography in 1986, Don't Fuss, Mr. Ambrose, and continued
to perform occasionally into his nineties (?) b. August
2008: Page Cavanaugh (86)
American jazz pianist and singer; he began on piano at age nine and played with
Ernie Williamson's band in 1938-39. While serving in the military during WW II,
he met guitarist Al Viola and bassist Lloyd Pratt, with whom he formed a trio.
After the war they had hits including "The Three Bears", "Walkin'
My Baby Back Home", and "All of Me". The trio appeared in the films
A Song Is Born, Big City, Lullaby of Broadway (with Doris Day) and Romance on
the High Seas. Additionally, they played on Frank Sinatra's Songs by Sinatra radio
program and on The Jack Paar Show. He played in LA area nightclubs through the
1990s, both in a trio setting with Viola for many years and as a septet, The Page
7 (kidney failure) b. January
2008: Kenny Cox (68) American
jazz pianist in the post bop, hard bop and bebop mediums. He was pianist for singer
Etta Jones during the 1960s and was a member of a quintet led by trombonist George
Bohannon. By the late 1960s he had formed his own Kenny Cox and the Contemporary
Jazz Quintet, which recorded 2 albums for Blue Note Records before the end of
the decade. Kenny has appeared as a contributor on various albums, and has also
performed live with such musicians as Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Eddie Harris, Jackie
McLean, Roy Haynes, Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Dorham, Philly Joe Jones,
Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Roy Brooks, Charles McPherson, and Curtis Fuller.
During the 1980s he formed the Detroit-based Guerilla Jam Band, a group which
performed with Regina Carter, James Carter, Tani Tabbal, and Craig Taborn (?)
b. November 8th 1940.
Trudy Pitts (78)
American jazz organist,
keyboardist, pianist, and vocalist born in Philadelphia, PA. She was known primarily
for her skill with the Hammond B3 organ, playing with many jazz greats including
Rahsaan Roland Kirk and John Coltrane, over a career that spanned more than four
decades and was often joined by her husband, Bill Carney, on the drums. In
1999 a compilation of several records was released as Legends of Acid Jazz, Trudy
Pitts & Pat Martino. She also accompanied Pat Martino on the Prestige album
El Hombre in 1967 . On September 15th 2006, Trudy was the first jazz artist play
a concert on Philadelphia's Kimmel Center's 7,000 pipe organ, "taking the
medium to a whole new level" (sadly
lost her fight with pancreatic cancer) b. 1933.
2012: Patrick "Pecker" Dunne (79)
Irish multi-musician and seanchaí, born in Castlebar, County Mayo;
as well as a singer and songwriter he played the banjo, fiddle, melodeon, guitar,
was among an elite of Traveller musicians that includes The Fureys. He became
known to a wide Irish audience from his regular busking fixtures at GAA sporting
events, particularly in Munster. He later played in England, France, Australia
and New York, where he appeared with The Dubliners. He also performed with Richard
Harris and Stephen Rea in the 1996 film Trojan Eddie (?)
b. April 1st 1933.
Inez Andrews (83) American gospel singer born in Birmingham, Alabama.
In 1957, Andrews became a member of the gospel group The Caravans; along
with Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar, Cassietta
George, Josephine Howard, Eddie Williams, James Herndon, and Delores Washington,
she became one of the major stars of gospel's golden age. The Caravans produced
songs such as "Lord Keep Me Day By Day", "Remember Me" "I
Won't Be Back" and several other hits in which Andrews was lead vocalist,
including "Mary Don't You Weep", "I'm Not Tired Yet", "Make
It In", "He Won't Deny Me" and "I'm Willing". She left
the group in 1962 for a solo career and had huge success with her crossover hit,
"Lord Don't Move the Mountain". In 2002 Inez was inducted into the Gospel
Hall of Fame (?) b. April 14th
Geller (85) American
jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger born in LA, California; he started on
the saxophone at aged 8 and clarinet at aged 10. At 16, Herb had his first professional
engagement in the band of jazz violinist Joe Venuti. In 1949 he went to New York
City for the first time, where he performed in the bands of Jack Fina, Claude
Thornhill, Jerry Wald and Lucky Millinder. After 3 years in New York, he joined
the Billy May orchestra in 1952 and following an engagement in Los Angeles, he
and his family returned there to live. Among the groups Herb worked and recorded
with were Shorty Rogers, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Holman, Shelly Manne, Marty Paich,
Barney Kessel, André Previn, Quincy Jones, Wardell Gray, Jack Sheldon and
Chet Baker. He recorded three LPs as a leader for Emarcy plus some with Dinah
Washington, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry and Kenny Drew
(sadly Herb died from pneumonia)
b. November 2nd 1928.
2013: Winton Dean (97) English
musicologist, born in Birkenhead; most famous for his research concerning the
life and works, in particular the operas and oratorios, of George Frideric Handel,
as detailed in one of his five books, Handel's Dramatic Oratorios and Masques
(?) b. March
Barbara Jones (62) Jamaican reggae/gospel singer, (sadly died fighting leukaemia)
Kurt Masur (88) German conductor, born in Brieg,
Lower Silesia. Called "one of the last old-style maestros",
he led many of the principal orchestras of his era. He had a long career as the
Kapellmeister of the Gewandhaus, and also served as music director of the New
died with Parkinson's disease)
b. July 18th 1927.
2015: Selma Reis (55)
Brazilian actress and singer, born in São Gonçalo,
Rio de Janeiro, she acted in various telenovelas and miniseries for Rede Globo,
including Caminho das Índias, Páginas da Vida, Presença de
Anita and Chiquinha Gonzaga. After time spent studying music in Nantes, France,
in 1987, she released an eponymous debut album, the first of eleven releases.
died bravely fighting brain cancer)
b. August 24th 1960.
Jones (34) American disc jockey born in Chicago;
he started performing as a DJ at the young age of 12, according to NBC Chicago.
He was hired as the youngest on-air personality for WGCI in Chicago in 2004. His
hip-hop mixes became a radio station staple. He was known for giving young artists
the spotlight and quickly impressed stars like Kanye West and Common. (sadly
died from cancer) b.
2015: Carlos Païta (83) Argentine
conductor born in Buenos Aires. He started his professional career at the Colón
Theater in Buenos Aires. He first conducted the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
in 1966 and moved permanently to Europe in 1968. He made his US debut with
the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 1979. As of 2003, he was resident in Geneva.
His 1978 recording of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique with the London Symphony
Orchestra was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque. (?)
March 10th 1932.
2015: Peter Broggs/Henry
James (61) Jamaican reggae artist born in Hanover
Parish,but in the early 1970s, he moved to Kingston to find work. There he found
himself among reggae artists and musicians such as Gregory Isaacs, Bingy Bunny,
Errol Holt and others who worked in the Jamaican music industry at the time. Peter
sang and recorded sporadically during the 1970s, and his music was mostly about
the Rastafari movement. Tragically Peter suffered a stroke
in August 2004, and this left him paralyzed on the right side and hardly able
to speak (?)
Andrew Dorff (40) American country music songwriter born in LA; he
moved to Nashville in 2003 and signed with Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville.
His chart-topping hits include Blake Shelton's "My Eyes" and "Neon
Light," Kenny Chesney's "Save It for a Rainy Day," and "Somebody's
Heartbreak" Hunter Hayes' second Number One single. Others who have recorded
his songs include Martina McBride's "Ride", Ronnie Dunn's "Bleed
Red" and, most recently, William Michael Morgan, who recorded Andrew's "Missing,"
penned with Mark Irwin and Josh Kear, for his album Vinyl. (?)
b. December 16th 1976.
Bobby Darin/Walden Robert Perciville Cassotto (37)
American Grammy award winning singer, and Oscar nominated actor and by the time
he was a teenager he could play several instruments, including piano, drums and
guitar, he later added harmonica and xylophone. Classified
as a rock & roll singer, a Vegas hipster cat, an interpreter of popular standards,
or even a folk-rocker, which ever, he was one of the best singers of his era.
Wanting a career in the New York theatre, he dropped out of college to play small
nightclubs around the city with a musical combo. In the resort area of the Catskill
Mountains, he was both an entertainer and a busboy. For the most of his teenage
years Bobby was a comedy drummer and an ambitious vocalist. He started work at
famous Brill Building of songwriters and was introduced to then up-and-coming
singer Connie Francis. Bobby's manager arranged for him to help write several
songs in order to help jump-start her singing career. His own singing career took
off in 1958 when he wrote and recorded "Splish Splash"which was an instant
hit. He went on to have many hits including Queen of the Hop, Dream Lover, Mack
The Knife, Beyond The Sea, Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?, Clemintine, You Must
Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Things, and You're the Reason I'm Living among many
others. He recorded on several labels including a stint with Motown. In 1972,
Bobby starred in his own TV variety show on NBC, The Bobby Darin Amusement Company,
which ran until his death. (At the age of 8 he was stricken
with rheumatic fever which left him with a seriously diseased heart. He so sadly
died during surgery to repair a faulty heart valve. A five-man surgical team worked
for over six hours to repair his damaged heart. However, although the surgery
was initially successful, Bobby died minutes afterward in the recovery room without
b. May 14th 1936.
André Jolivet (69) French composer born in Paris, known for
his devotion to French culture and musical thought, his music draws on his interest
in acoustics and atonality as well as both ancient and modern influences in music.
He composed in a wide variety of forms for many different types of ensembles,
during World War II, he shifted away from atonality and toward a more tonal and
lyrical style of composition. After a few years of working in this more simplistic
style, during which time he wrote the comic opera Dolorès, ou Le miracle
de la femme laide -1942 and the ballet Guignol et Pandore-1943, he arrived at
a compromise between this and his earlier more experimental work. The First Piano
Sonata, written in 1945, shows elements of both these styles. Finally
realizing his youthful ambition to write for the theatre, he became the musical
director of the Comédie Française in 1945, a post he held until
the 1950s and 1960s, Andre wrote several concertos for a variety of instruments
including trumpet, piano, flute, harp, bassoon, percussion, cello, and violin
(Andre died in Paris, leaving unfinished his opera Le soldat inconnu)
b. August 8th 1905.
1989: Kurt Böhme (81)
German bass vocalist born in Dresden where he studied with Adolf Kluge at
the Dresden Conservatory; he made his debut in 1930 in Bautzen as Kaspar, one
of his most important roles further on. From 1930-50 he was member of the Dresden
State Opera, in 1949 he became member of the Munich State Opera and in 1955 member
of the Vienna State Opera. He is known for his interpretations of Wagnerian roles
and Baron Ochs von Lerchenau in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier (?)
b. May 5th 1908.
Arthur Rubinstein (95) Polish five
time Grammy award winning pianist;
considered as one of the greatest piano virtuosos of the 20th Century. He received
international acclaim for his performances of Chopin and Brahms and his championing
of Spanish music. In the mid 70s, Arthur's eyesight began to deteriorate and he
retired from the stage at age 89 in May 1976, giving his last concert at London's
Wigmore Hall, where he had first played nearly 70 years before. (died
in Geneva, Switzerland, on the first anniversary of his death, an urn holding
his ashes was buried in Jerusalem) b. January
1999: Hank Snow/Clarence Eugene Snow (85)
Canadian country singer, ten times voted Canada's top country music performer.
He charted more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until
1980. This total includes the number 1 hits "I'm Moving On", "The
Golden Rocket", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "Let Me Go, Lover!",
"I've Been Everywhere", and "Hello Love" as well as other
top ten hits. He is a member of both the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and
the Music Hall of Fame. Hank set up the "Hank Snow International Foundation
For Prevention Of Child Abuse" (?)
b. May 9th 1914.
Frank "Son" Seals (62)
American blues guitarist and singer, born Frank Seals in Osceola, Arkansas
in 1942, he grew up immersed in the blues. His childhood home was a few rooms
in the back of his father Jim's juke joint, The Dipsy Doodle (famous for blues
in the front and dice in the back), with musicians like Sonny Boy Williamson,
Albert King and Robert Nighthawk playing within earshot of his bed nearly every
night. Frank was the youngest of 13 children, and gained the nickname "Little
Son" in deference to his father, Jim, who was known locally as "Ol'
Man Son" >>> READ
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from complications of diabetes) b. August 14th 1942.
2007: Lydia Mendoza (91) American
guitarist and singer of Tejano music; born in Houston, Texas, she was known as
a lone artist and performer, her twelve-string guitar-playing
and nurture the vast oral tradition of popular Mexican song with beauty and integrity.
Her live radio performances set the stage for her recordings for the Blue Bird
label in 1934. One of her recordings, "Mal Hombre", became an overnight
success, and led to an intensive schedule of touring and recording. After World
War II, Mendoza recorded for all the major Mexican-American record labels. One
of the relatively few songs she personally wrote, and a personal favorite, was
"Amor Bonito", dedicated to her husband. Lydia Mendoza continued performing
and recording until slowed by a stroke in 1988. In 1982, she became the first
Texan to receive a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship.
In 1999, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, and in 2003, she was among
the second group of recipients of the Texas Cultural Trust's Texas Medal of Arts
(?) b. May 21st 1916.
2009: James Gurley (69) American guitarist,
born in Detroit, Michigan. In 1962, he and his wife Nancy moved to San Francisco
and he became part of the coffee-house circuit, playing in the folk and country
blues tradition. For a time, he played with J.P. Pickens and the Progressive Bluegrass
Boys, before joining Big
Brother and the Holding Company in
1965 and had a breif relationship with Janis. Since 1970, and Nancy's death, as
well as his work with The Holding Company, James was involved in a number of independent
projects. In 1981, he had a new wave band, "Red Robin and The Worms",
playing bass and recorded with New Age drummer Muruga Booker and has also been
actively involved in writing and recording solo work. James stopped touring with
Big Brother in 1997 to devote his full attention to these projects. (heart
attack) b. December 22nd 1939.
Magnolia Shorty/Renetta Lowe (28) American rapper in the New Orleans-based
bounce music scene. She
was discovered by Birdman, and was one of the earliest artists on Cash Money Records.
Nicknamed "Queen of Bounce," she collaborated with many Cash Money artists
beginning in the 1990s, including Juvenile and Hot Boys (Magnolia
was brutally shot and killed in a double homicide in New Orleans)
2011: Clem DeRosa (86)
American jazz drummer, arranger, bandleader and music educator, director of the
International Association for Jazz Education. His career dates back to the 1950s,
his greatest legacy was as one of the pioneers of jazz education. He was perhaps
the first public school educator to instill a solid jazz curriculum and teaching
method. His approach became nationally recognized because it produced young high
school jazz bands that sounded astonishingly professional. Besides his high school
work, he taught master classes at such distinguished institutions as Harvard,
the Paris Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, the University
of North Texas, Hofstra, Indiana University, and the Berklee College of Music.
His performance career was equally distinguished, appearing
and/or recording with the likes of Jimmy Dorsey, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Charles
Mingus, Ben Webster, John LaPorta, Marian McPartland, Claude Thornhill, and others.
Clem was the recipient of myriad honors, including being inducted into the IAJE
Hall of Fame in 1990. More recently, he was inducted into the National Jazz Museum
of Harlem in 2008 and he received the Manhattan School of Music alumni award for
achievements in jazz education in 2009 (?)
b. May 20th 1925.
Gerry Levene/Michael John Gibbs (67) English lead vocalist, lead guitarist;
Cliff Angel and the Virtures, Gerry Levene and the Avengers, The M & B Five,
The Crossbonds, and others (?) February
2011: Václav Zítek
(79) Czech opera singer, born in Tisá; between 1955-1959 he
worked on the staff at the National Theatre in Prague and sang in some smaller
roles. In 1959-1960 he worked as a principal artist at the Zdenek Nejedlý
Theatre in Ostrava. He then was a leading baritone at the opera house in Ústí
nad Labem from l960-1969. While there he also appeared occasionally as a guest
artist at the Prague National Theatre. He eventually left Ústí nad
Labem for that house, singing as a leading baritone at the National Theatre from
1969 through 1991. Appearances on the international stage include performances
at the Bolshoi Theatre, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, the Romanian
National Opera, and at the State Opera, Deutsche Oper, and Komische Oper in Berlin.
In 1988 he had a major triumph singing Alexandr Petrovic Gorjancikov with the
Opéra National de Paris. His recording of the role of Alexandr Petrovic
Gorjancikov in Janácek's From the House of the Dead won the Grammy Award
for Best Opera Recording in 1982. In 1985 Václav
was made a People's Artist of the USSR and 2007 he was honored with a Thalia
Award (?) b. March 24th 1932.
2012: Victor Merzhanov (93) Russian
classical pianist, born in Tambov and between 1936-41 he studied at the Moscow
Conservatory in the classes of Samuil Feinberg for piano and Alexander Goedicke
for organ, graduating with distinction. From the start of his career he championed
Contemporary classical music and was chosen by Prokofiev to give the first performance
of his Sixth Sonata. Until his death he was a professor at the Moscow Tchaikovsky
Conservatory and Tambov Rachmaninov Institute, and sat as a jury member in more
than 40 world competitions including the Rachmaninov Competition, which he founded,
the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Bartok-Liszt
Competition in Budapest, and international competitions in Montreal, Tokyo, Brussels
and others (?) b. August 15th
2012: Kamil Sönmez (65)
Turkish singer and actor, appearing in around 12 TV productions and 10
films including Amerikalilar Karadeniz'de 2 and Günesi Gördüm.
As a musician he is best known for his folk songs from the Black Sea Region. In
1998, he received the title of "state artist"
died from a cerebral hemorrhage)
2012: Jimmy McCracklin/James David
Walker (91) American pianist, vocalist and songwriter born in St.Louis.
His style contained West Coast blues, Jump blues, and R&B and over a career
that spanned seven decades, he said he had written almost a thousand songs and
had recorded hundreds of them. He recorded over 30 albums, and earned four gold
records. His debut single for Globe Records, "Miss Mattie Left Me" was
in 1945, and he formed his group Jimmy McCracklin and his Blues Blasters in 1946.
His popularity increased after appearing on the TV pop Dick Clark's American Bandstand
in support of his self written single "The Walk" in 1957. Tom Mazzolini
of the San Francisco Blues Festival said of him, "He was probably the most
important musician to come out of the Bay Area in the post-World War II years".
(sadly died from diabetes and hypertension)
b. August 13th 1921.
Omar/Nilda Vattuone Elvira (102) Argentine singer, often referred to
as "Gardel with skirt", was part of Argentina's tango and popular music's
golden age, which included other artists such as Tita Merello, Ada Falcón,
Azucena Maizani and Libertad Lamarque. Her career started in 1924, its climax
occurred in 1930 and 1940, highlighted by versions of "Callecita mine'',
Just for You", "Beat after Beat" and "Intrigue and Passion".
Along the way she received multiple awards and honors, including being declared
illustrious citizen of the City of Buenos Aires in 1996 and Ambassador of Tango
in 2010. Such a trooper, Nelly celebrated her 100th birthday back in 2011 with
a recital in Luna Park city stadium (died in her sleep of
a cardiac arrest) b. September 10th 1911.
2013: Reginaldo Rossi/Reginaldo Rodrigues dos Santos
(69) Brazilian singer-songwriter, also
known as the "King of Brega". Over his long career he recorded and reased
around 30 albums, the last one being Cabaret do Rossi released in 2010. His many
single hits include "Se Meu Amor Não Chegar", "O pão",
"Garçom ", "A raposa e as uvas", "Deixa de banca",
"Mon amour, meu bem, ma femme ", "Ai, Amor ", "Em Plena
Lua de Mel " and "Tenta Esquecer" (sadly
Reginaldo died from cancer) b. February 14th 1944.
2013: David Richards
(57) English-born Swiss-based record producer,
engineer and musician. In the Mountain Studios in Montreux, owned by the rock
band Queen and in Attalens he engineered and co-produced many albums by Queen,
David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Nail, Yes and other artists, as well as playing keyboards
on some of the recordings. David also dealt with live music recording in such
events as Montreux Jazz Festival (?)
2013: Lord Infamous/Ricky Dunigan
(40) American rapper born in Memphis; in 1993,
along with other local rappers he formed a group called "The Backyard Posse",
which later became known as "Triple 6 Mafia". They released an underground
album, "Smoked Out, Loced Out" in 1994. At the same time, Lord Infamous
released his first underground solo album, "Lord of Terror". In 1995,
they changed thier name to Three 6 Mafia and released their debut album, "Mystic
Stylez". Lord was considered by many as being the darker member
of the group, with his lyrics touching on occult subject matters such as satanism,
mass murder, suicide and torture. Lord and long time friend,
Memphis rapper II Tone formed a record company, "Black Rain Entertainment",
which went on to become known as "The Club House Click".
(sadly died from a heart attack) b. November 17th
2014: Chip Young/Jerry Marvin Stembridge
(76) American guitarist and record producer;
he got his start with Presley in 1966, playing on Elvis' Grammy-winning 'How Great
Thou Art' gospel collection. He remained a studio fixture on and off for much
of the rest of Presley's recording career, surfacing for sessions that included
'Clambake,' 'Guitar Man' and another gospel Grammy winner, 'He Touched Me'.
2014: Ronnie Bedford (83)
American drummer born into a large musical family in Bridgeport, Conn.
In 1949, he went on the road with Louis Primas band. Subsequently, he entered
the U.S. Army, where they tapped his talents and he was assigned to a band. Later,
he toured the world with the Benny Goodman Quintet, playing before 10,000 fans
in Central Park in New York and filling Royal Albert Hall in London. He performed
for nearly 20 years with the Morris Nanton piano trio with bassist Norman Edge.
Ronnie was a member of NY Local 802, A.F. of M. AFL-CIO for over 50 years and
he is listed in the Encyclopedia of Jazz. In 1986, he and his family moved to
Powell, Wyoming, where he helped found the Yellowstone Jazz Festival and earned
the Governors Award for the Arts for his efforts promoting jazz throughout
the region. Before and after the move, he worked and recorded with a range of
jazz artists including Benny Carter, Red Norvo, Teddy Wilson, Toshiko Akiyoshi
, Benny Goodman, Rod Levitt, Buddy DeFranco and Harry Edison. His last drum solo
was during Happy Hour music at the Powell Valley Care Center earlier this year.
b. June 2nd 1931.
Gevorg Geodakyan (87) Armenian musicologist born
in Leninakan; he headed the Music Department of the Institute of Arts of the Armenian
Academy of Sciences since 1966. (?)
b. August 12th 1928
1941: Peetie Wheatstraw/William Bunch (39) US
blues pianist, guitar and singer; born in Ripley, Tennessee, his influence was
enormous during the 1930s, often considered the most important Blues figure of
the era. Peetie began recording in 1930 and was so popular that he continued to
record through the worst years of the Great Depression, when the numbers of blues
records issued was drastically reduced. However, he made no records between March
1932 and March 1934, a period in which he perfected his mature style. For the
rest of his sadly short life, he was one of the most recorded blues singers and
accompanists. His total output of 161 recorded songs was surpassed by only four
pre-war blues artists: Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy, Lonnie Johnson and Bumble
Bee Slim. Among the clubs of St Louis and East St Louis his popularity was outstanding,
rivalled only by Walter Davis (died
while he was a passenger in the back seat of a Buick when it struck a standing
freight train, instantly killing his two companions; Peetie died in the hospital
some hours later) b. December 21st 1902.
Claude Champagne (74) Quebec composer
and musician, born in Montreal; he studied violin with Albert Chamberland, organ
with Orpha-F. Deveaux, and piano with Romain-Octave Pelletier I and Alexis Contant
at the Conservatoire national de musique. In 1921 he went straight to Paris to
study music. By then he was drawn into modality, which stayed with him the rest
of his life. At his return to Canada he became heavily involved with teaching,
notably playing an instrumental role in establishing the Conservatoire de musique
et d'art dramatique du Québec in 1942. In 1943 he was appointed the first
assistant director of the Montreal Conservatoire. He was attached to the Montreal
Catholic School Commission as co-ordinator of solfége in elementary schools,
and he was at the same time professor at the McGill Conservatory. After which
he mainly taught many of the country's most promising composers (?)
b. May 27th 1891.
1971: Pasha Hristova (25)
Bulgarian singer best known for performing one of Bulgaria's most popular
songs"A Bulgarian Rose". Some of the other songs she was famous for
are "Blow, Oh Wind", "This Wondrous World", and "Yantra".
Her brief but meteoric career took off in the late 1960s. In the short time between
1967 and 1971, she won a number of prestigious awards at Bulgarian and international
music festivals (Tragically s he died young in a plane crash,
pregnant with her second child) b. July 16th 1946.
1987: John Spence (18)
American singer and founding member of the Ska band No Doubt, along
with Eric Stefani. John, who came up with the band's name from his favorite expression,
took on the role as the lead vocalist, with the Madness-inspired Eric behind the
keyboard. John was No Doubt's energetic frontman, doing backflips and wild screams
on the stage (tragically he shot himself dead, while in
a parking lot at Anaheim, California) b. February
1988: Paul Jeffreys (36)
English rock musician and bassist, he was a founding member of Steve Harley
& Cockney Rebel and played bass on the first two Cockney Rebel albums, "The
Human Menagerie" and "The Psychomodo". He worked with a number
of British bands, including Be Bop Deluxe, the Warm Jets and the Electric Eels.
(Paul & his wife Rachel were killed by a terrorist bomb
on PanAm flight 103, crashing over Lockerbie, Scotland)
b. February 13th 1952.
1992: Albert King/Albert
Nelson (69) American blues guitar virtuoso, singer, composer, one of
the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar", along with B. B. King and Freddie
King. Standing 6' 4", and weighed 260 pounds, known as "The Velvet Bulldozer",
he was a major influence on blues & rock guitar players, some say without
him, modern guitar music would not sound as it does, his style has influenced
both black and white blues players from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Gary Moore
and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Cream hit "Strange Brew" is a note-for-note
cover of King's solo on his Stax Record hit "Crosscut Saw". Born in
Indianola, Mississippi, he recorded his first disc in 1953, but it made no impact.
His first minor hit came in 1959 with "I'm a Lonely Man" written by
Bobbin Records and fellow guitar hero Little Milton, responsible for Albert's
signing with the label. However, it was not until his 1961 release "Don't
Throw Your Love on Me So Strong" that he had a major hit. In the 1970s, he
was teamed with members of The Bar-Kays and The Movement including bassist James
Alexander and drummer Willie Hall adding strong funk elements to his musi
(heart attack) b. April 25th 1923.
Philip Farkas (78) American hornist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
for many years; he left in 1960 to join the music faculty at Indiana University
Bloomington. He was also a music Professor, he taught at Indiana University, Northwestern
University, Cleveland Institute, Kansas City Conservatory, De Paul University,
and Roosevelt University. He wrote The Art of French Horn Playing which is considered
by many to be the seminal work for horn players. Other books that he wrote include
The Art of Brass Playing, The Art of Musicianship, and A Photo Study of 40 Virtuoso
Horn Players' Embouchures. Nancy Jordan Fako has also written a biography about
his life: Philip Farkas and His Horn - A Happy, Worthwhile Life. Later in Philip's
life he helped design the Holton Farkas horn (?)
b. March 5th 1914.
1992: Nathan Milstein (88)
Russian born, American violin virtuoso, born in Odessa, then part of the Russian
Empire, now in Ukraine. He was widely considered one of the finest violinists
of the 20th century, he made his American debut in 1929 with Leopold Stokowski
and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He eventually settled in New York and became an
American citizen. He toured repeatedly throughout Europe, maintaining residences
in London and Paris. Nathan was known for his interpretations of Bach's solo violin
works and for works from the Romantic period. He performed at a high level into
his mid 80s, retiring only after suffering a broken hand. During the late 1980s,
Nathan published his memoirs, From Russia to the West. He
received a Grammy Award in 1975 for his recording of Bach's sonatas and partitas,
and was awarded the Légion d'honneur by France in 1968. He was also awarded
Kennedy Center honors by President Ronald Reagan (?) b.
January 13th 1904.
1995: Charlie Tumahai
(46) New Zealand singer, bass player and
songwriter born in Orakei, Auckland. He was a member of several noted rock groups
in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, but is best known internationally as the
bassist and vocalist in Bill Nelson's Be-Bop Deluxe. After playing in local bands,
in the late 60s he moved to Australia where he played with several notable Australian
bands including Chain, Healing Force, Friends and Mississippi, which later evolved
into Little River Band. He travelled to the UK with Mississippi in 1974 and remained
there when later that year he joined Be-Bop Deluxe, with whom he played and recorded
until 1978, when he joined The Dukes. He returned to New Zealand in 1985 and joined
the reggae band, the Herb. As well as music he became involved in Maori affairs,
working as a voluntary member of a scheme set up to assist young Maori offenders
in Auckland (died suddenly after suffering a heart attack)
b. December 21st 1995.
Amie Comeaux (21) American country music singer; at nine years old,
she sang the Star-Spangled Banner at a New Orleans Saints game in the Louisiana
Superdome, and continued to do so throughout her teenage years. Amie was also
chosen to play the lead role in Annie at the Baton Rouge Little Theater. Her debut
album, Moving Out, was released on Polydor Records in 1994, and it produced the
single "Who's She to You". Two posthumous albums, ''A Very Special Angel''
and ''Memories Left Behind'', were issued in 1998 and 2007, respectively.
(while returning home with her grandmother and godchild from a Christmas family
gathering in Alabama, as she passed a car, her car hydroplaned due to severe rain
weather conditions and struck a tree, Amie was killed on impact) b.
December 4th 1976.
1998: Karl Denver/ Angus
McKenzie (67) Scottish yodelling pop singer, who, with his trio had
a series of UK hit singles in the early 1960s. Most famous of these was a 1961
version of the Zulu folk song "Wimoweh", which showed off Denver's falsetto
yodelling register. He reached the Top 20 with his first five yodel-based singles,
"Marcheta", "Mexicali Rose", "Wimoweh", "Never
Goodbye", and "A Little Love a Little Kiss". Other top 40 hits
include "Blue Week-end", "Can You Forgive Me", "Indian
Love Call", "Still", "My World of Blue", "Love Me
with All Your Heart", "Lazyitis - One Armed Boxer" (sadly
taken by a brain tumor) b. December 16th 1931.
2001: Derry Wilkie/Derek Davis (60) English
singer born in Liverpool. In 1959, he began singing with a local rock and roll
group, the Hy-Tones, who split up after a few months. A new band, the Seniors,
was then formed by three members of the group - Howie Casey, Billy Hughes, and
Stan Foster with Brian Griffiths, Paul Whitehead and Jeff Wallington and Derry
joined as lead singer. The next year the band was billed as Derry and the Seniors.
They were the first band from Liverpool to play the club scene in Germany, paving
the way for The Beatles and others. As Howie Casey and the Seniors, they were
also the first Liverpool group to record an LP. After the band split in 1962 he
formed Derry Wilkie and the Pressmen; the group split up in early 1964, and Derry
formed another band, usually billed as "Derry Wilkie and the Others".
After touring in the UK, and playing clubs in Germany, they supported The Alan
Price Set at the Marquee Club in London, in November 1965 and then worked as the
Savages with Screaming Lord Sutch, before the group split up in 1966. Derry gave
up the music business soon afterwards, and he later lived in Italy (?)
b. January 10th
Pete King (80) British saxophonist and co-founder and manager of London's
famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott's, for almost 50 years. His first professional
work was with Jiver Hutchinson in 1947, he went on to play with the bands of Kenny
Graham, Teddy Foster, Leon Roy, George Evans' Saxes n Sevens, Oscar
Rabin, and Kathy Stobart. In September 1952 he recorded with the Ronnie Scott
Quintet, while playing with the various Scott bands in the latter half of the
50s, Pete was also a member of Jack Parnell's band. In 1956, Pete and Ronnie were
members of the Victor Feldman Big Band. In 1959, Pete and Ronnie opened the legendary
Ronnie Scott's jazz club and Pete effectively gave up his playing to run the club,
which he continued to do for nine years after Scott's death in 1996, until the
sale of the club to theatre impresario Sally Greene in June of 2005 (died
after a long illness) b. August 23rd 1929.
2010: Marcia Lewis (72)
American musical theatre actress and singer, born in Melrose, Massachusetts
and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She made her Broadway debut in the original production
of Hello, Dolly!. Additional theatre credits include The Time of Your Life in
1969, Annie in April 1981, Rags in 1986, Roza in 1987, Orpheus Descending with
Vanessa Redgrave in1989, the 1990 revival of Fiddler on the Roof, the 1994 revival
of Grease, and the 1996 revival of Chicago. Her television credits include guest
appearances on The Bob Newhart Show, Baretta, The Bionic Woman, Happy Days, the
TV movie When She Was Bad and Kate and Allie. As a singer, Marcia has performed
in most of the leading cabarets and supper clubs in Manhattan, including Rainbow
& Stars, Upstairs at the Duplex, Upstairs at the Downstairs, Grande Finale,
Reno Sweeney's, Freddy's Eighty-Eights, Town Hall, The Village Gate, and the Russian
Tea Room. She also has performed in concert at Carnegie Hall. (sadly
lost her battle with cancer) b. August 8th 1938.
2011: Roberto Szidon (70)
Brazilian classical pianist, who gave his first concert at age 9, in
his home town of Porto Alegre. he was best known for his complete recording of
the 10 Piano Sonatas and the Fantaisie in B minor by Alexander Scriabin and his
complete recording of the 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies and the Rhapsodie espagnole
by Franz Liszt. He recorded a prize-winning LP in 1965 of Heitor Villa-Lobos's
Rudepoêma. His other recordings include Sergei Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sonata,
Sergei Prokofiev's 6th Sonata, and Gershwin's Concerto in F, to mention a few.
He also accompanied Thomas Quasthoff in Schumann's Dichterliebe, Liederkreis,
Op. 39, and other songs (sadly Roberto died from a heart
attack) b. September 21st 1941.
David Gold (31) Canadian guitarist, multi-musician, vocalist and founder
member of the doom metal band Woods of Ypres, formed in 2002. They released their
first demo, Against the Seasons: Cold Winter Songs from the Dead Summer Heat,
that same year. In 2003, David moved from Ontario to Toronto to begin working
on a full-length album, Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth, which was
released in 2004. This was followed by three more albums before David's death
(tragically died in a car accident near Barrie, Ontario)
b. June 19th 1980.
K. Gyasi (90) Ghanaian
guitarist, composer, vocalist
and leader of his Noble Kings
Band; he was an early pioneer
of highlife music, contributing immensely to the genre. He was one of few acts,
who made the guitar popular between the 1950s to 1970s. In the mid sixties, he
experimented mostly with pop Highlife, breaking several records with soft-selling
toured the UK and Europe in the summer of 1975, putting Ghana on the map, and
enhancing the popularity of Highlife music. In 2004, during Ghanas 47th
Independence Anniversary, he together with the likes of King Onyina, Agya Koo
Nimo, Jerry Hanson, Alhaji Fuseini Pia, Togbe Daniel Ahegbebu and Efua Dorkenoo
were recognized under the Living Legend series scheme instituted by the National
Theatre of Ghana and Musicians Association of Ghana (sadly
died fighting prostate
2012: Douglas Lee Dorman (70)
American bass guitarist born
in St. Louis and moved to San Diego, CA in the 1960s.
He is best known as a member of the rock band Iron Butterfly, he also played in
the band Captain Beyond. He began playing bass guitar in his teens, while recording
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, he assisted Erik Brann with the arrangement of Brann's song
"Termination," and was given a co-writing credit
(?) b. September 15th 1942.
2013: Björn J:son Lindh/Björn Johansson Lindh
(69) Swedish flautist,
keyboardist and composer born in Arvika; in the
1970s and 80s he played on many of Ralph
Lundsten's albums and he played with guitarist Janne Schaffer as well as classical
pianist Staffan Scheja. In 1984 he played the flute solo on Murray Head's UK No.1
single "One Night in Bangkok" and one of his own 16 albums, "Feather
Nights", was awarded the best Swedish instrumental album in 1987. More recently
he performed on Opeth's 2011 album Heritage. Björn
also scored music for films including Mannen
på taket and Jägarna (sadly
died from a brain tumor) b. October 25th 1944.
2013: Lars Edlund (91)
Swedish composer, organist and
member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He
studied music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland and started
working as a church musician in the early 1940s; he was also a teacher at the
Swedish Royal College of Music in Stockholm. From '71 onwards he worked solely
as a composer. The majority of his compositions were vocal music, with texts on
religious or existentialist themes. Several of his compositions can be found in
the 1986 hymnal for the Church of Sweden. He also set poems by Gunnar Ekelöf
and Tomas Tranströmer to music
(?) b. November 6th 1922.
El Perlo de Triana/Eugenio Carrasco Morales (87)
Spanish singer and poet, born in Málaga, raised in Seville and was soon
sponsored by La Niña de los Peines. He went on to composed works for flamenco
artists as Manolo Caracol, Estrellita Castro, "Serranito" Lola Flores
and Antonio Mairena Pastora Imperio and more recently for Archangel, Ricardo Miño
and José de la Tomasa, among others (?)
2014: Walter De Buck (80) Belgian
singer and sculptor, born in Ghent and studied at the Koninklijke Academie voor
Schone Kunsten in Ghent, where he graduated in 1954 magna cum laude. He made his
debut as a sculptor at the Expo 58 and was awarded several prizes for his sculptures.
In 1962 he founded the vzw Trefpunt, with which he restarted the Gentse Feesten
in 1969. As a musician, Walter made name as a singer and writer of folklore music,
of which " 't Vliegerke" was his most famous, but n 1984 he retired
from Trefpunt to focus on his sculpture work (sadly
died fighting esophageal cancer) b. July 13th 1934.
2014: Udo Jürgens/ Udo Jürgen Bockelmann (80)
and singer of popular music whose career spanned over fifty years. In 1950, he
won a composer contest organized by Austria's public broadcasting channel ORF
with the song "Je t'aime". He wrote the 1961 worldwide hit "Reach
for the Stars", sung by Shirley Bassey. In 1964, he represented Austria for
the first time at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Warum nur warum?",
finishing sixth. The UK participant, Matt Monro, was impressed with the melody
and covered the song as "Walk Away". His song "Sag ihr, ich lass
sie grüßen" came fourth in 1965's contest, and on his third try
he won the Eurovision Song Contest 1966 in Luxemburg with "Merci, Chérie".
his career, Und composed close to 1,000 songs, and sold over 100 million records,
including "Griechischer Wein", "Aber bitte mit Sahne", "Mit
66 Jahren", and one of his biggest successes "Buenos Días, Argentina",
which he performed together with the Germany national football team in 1978. On
2 December 2007, the jukebox musical Ich war noch niemals in New York (I've never
been to New York) opened in Hamburg's Operettenhaus. It weaves his songs into
a familial storyline, similar to the treatment of ABBA songs in Mamma Mia!, the
musical it succeeded at the venue (sadly Udo died
of acute heart failure in Münsterlingen, Switzerland) b. September
Betty Loo Taylor (87) American
jazz pianist, dubbed Hawaiis
First Lady of Jazz. She was a child prodigy who became a classically
trained pianist and left Hawaii in the 1940s to attend school and play music in
New York City. After returning home in the 1950s, she continued to perform regularly
in Waikiki, including extended residencies at Trappers in the 1970s and 80s
with singer Jimmy Borges before moving on to the Kahala Resort, where she played
in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2003, Taylor was the subject of a documentary, They
Call Her Lady Fingers: The Betty Loo Taylor Story. She won a Na Hoku Hanohano
award in 2008 for jazz album of the year with Joy Abbott, followed by a Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2012. (sadly died fighting pneumonia
after suffering a stroke about six months ago) b.
2016: Weston Noble (94) American
music educator and conductor, he was best known for his 57-year tenure at Luther
College as conductor of the Nordic Choir from 1948 to 2005 and the Luther College
Concert Band from 1948 to 1973. He served as guest director for over 800 music
festivals in all three media, choral, orchestral and wind, spanning four continents.
Following retirement from Luther in 2005, he engaged in a series of guest professorships
at sister Lutheran colleges in the Midwest: artist-in-residence at Carthage College
in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he taught in the music department and conducted the
Carthage Choir; visiting professor and interim conductor of the Wartburg Choir
at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa; and guest conductor of the Augustana Choir
at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (sadly
died from complications after a fall) b. November
Deddie Davies/Gillian Davies (78) Welsh actress and singer born in
Bridgend. She is best known as an actress in TV series such as "The Bill",
"Upstairs, Downstairs", "The Forsyte Saga", "Grange Hill",
"The Rag Trade", "That's My Boy", "Some Mothers Do 'Ave
'Em", "Chance in a Million", "Stella" and her film rolls
in "The Railway Children", "The Canterville Ghost", "The
Amazing Mr Blunden" and "Swinging with the Finkels" among others.
But in the 2000s, she had musical success as a member of pop group The Zimmers,
an English band formed in 2007 and are thought to have the oldest members of any
group in the world. Their cover version of "My Generation" highlighted
the plight of the elderly, and reached No. 26 in the UK Singles Chart. (?)
b. March 2nd 1938.
1939: Ma Rainey/Gertrude
Pridgett (53) American
hugely influencial blues singer born in Columbus, Georgia; she was one of the
earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation
of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues. She did
much to develop and popularize the form and was an important influence on younger
blues women, such as Bessie Smith, and their careers. She
began performing at around the age of 12 and recorded under the name Ma Rainey
after she married singer-dancer-comedian Will Rainey in 1904. They toured with
F.S. Wolcotts Rabbit Foot Minstrels and later formed their own group called
Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues. From the time of her first recording
in 1923 to five years later, she made over 100 recordings. Some of them include,
Bo-weevil Blues-1923, Moonshine Blues-1923, See See Rider-1924, Black Bottom-1927,
and Soon This Morning-1927. In 1928, she worked with Thomas Dorsey a recording
20 songs, before Paramount finished her contract, her style of blues was no longer
considered fashionable by the label. In 1935 Ma Rainey returned to her hometown,
Columbus, where she ran two theatres, "The Lyric" and "The Airdrome",
until her death. She was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in
1983, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 (sadly
died of a heart attack)
b. April 26th 1886.
1985: D. Boon/Dennes Dale Boon (27)
American singer, songwriter and guitarist born in San Pedro, California. As a
teenager he began painting and signed his works "D. Boon", partly because
"D" was his slang for cannabis, partly after the American pioneer, folk
hero and hunter Daniel Boone, but mostly because it was similar to E. Bloom, Blue
Öyster Cult's vocalist and guitarist. In 1980 he formed the band
Minutemen with his childhood
friend Mike Watt on bass from the remnants of their previous band, The Reactionaries.
most noted recording was "Double Nickels on the Dime", which is considered
by many to be D.Boon at his best in both songwriting and guitar playing.
Dennes was killed in a van accident in the Arizona desert near the Californian
border on route I-10. He had been sick with fever and was lying down in the rear
of the van, when the van ran off the road, he was thrown out the back door of
the van and died instantly from a broken neck)
b. April 1st 1958.
Smith (52) American
actor, dancer, singer born in Philadelphia and maybe best known for his role as
Ice in the movie musical "West Side Story". After which he appeared
on films and television including "To Be or Not to Be", "How to
Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", "Hello, Dolly!", "Hearts
of the West", "At Long Last Love", "Surfside Six" and
"87th Precinct". Tucker
went on to perform at other venues, including Las Vegas shows, nightclubs, cabarets,
stage productions both in the US and abroad. His stage work includes "Parade"
with Carole Cook and Michele Lee, "Vintage '60", also with Michele Lee
and Sylvia Lewis, the San Francisco production of "Half a Sixpence"
with Anne Rogers and Roger C. Carmel and the 1973 musical version of "Gone
With the Wind", which was choreographed by Joe Layton, Also in the 1970s,
Tucker owned and operated a bar named Tuckers Turf in North
died of cancer)
b. April 24th 1936.
1991: Ernst Krenek aka Thornton
Austrian of Czech origin and from 1945, American composer. He explored atonality
and other modern styles and wrote a number of books, including Music Here and
Now-1939, a study of Johannes Ockeghem-1953, and Horizons Circled: Reflections
on my Music-1974. He also wrote two pieces using the pseudonym Thornton Winsloe.
In 1924, he dedicated his Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 33 to Alma Moodie, and his
Kleine Suite, Op. 28 to Reinhart. His journalism was banned and his music was
targeted in Germany by the Nazi Party beginning in 1933. On March 6, one day after
elections in which the Nazis gained control of the Reichstag, his incidental music
to Goethe's Triumph der Empfindsamkeit was withdrawn in Mannheim, and eventually
pressure was brought to bear on the Vienna State Opera, which cancelled the commissioned
premiere of Karl V. In 1938 he moved to America, where he taught music at various
universities, the first being vassar College. He later taught at other institutions
including Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota from 1942-1947. He became
an American citizen in 1945 and later moved to Toronto, Canada where he taught
at The Royal Conservatory of Music during the 1950s (?)
b. August 23rd 1900.
1991: William Godvin "Beaver" Harris (55)American
jazz drummer; he played clarinet
and alto saxophone as a teenagerand then he became
a professional baseball player for the Kansas City Monarchs (then part of the
Negro American League). It was when he came out of the army he became a professional
drummer. He worked with Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford
Jordan, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Archie Shepp,
Albert Ayler and many others (prostate cancer) b.
April 20th 1936.
2002: Joe Strummer/John
Graham Mellor (50) UK-Turkish singer, musician,
born in Ankara, Turkey; he was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and
lead singer of the English punk rock band The Clash. He was also a member of the
The Mescaleros, The
101'ers, and did a short stint with The Pogues. The Clash are considered one of
the most overtly political, explosive & exciting bands in rock n roll history.
Their songs tackled social decay, unemployment, racism,
political and social repression, police brutality,
and militarism in detail. He worked on a few films including songs for the 1986
film Sid and Nancy, including "Love Kills" and "Dum Dum Club".
He was also instrumental in setting up Future Forests (recently rechristened The
Carbon Neutral Company), an organization dedicated to planting trees in various
parts of the world in order to combat global warming (died
suddenly in his home, the victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect)
Dave Dudley/David Darwin Pedriska (75)
American country music singer, who was best-known
for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s, and his semi-slurred
baritone. His signature song was "Six Days on the Road," and he is also
remembered for "Vietnam Blues," "Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun,"
and "Me and ol' C.B.". Other recordings included Dudley's duet with
Tom T. Hall, "Day Drinking," and his own Top 10 hit, "Fireball
Rolled A Seven," supposedly based on the career and death of Edward Glenn
"Fireball" Roberts. In his long career he recorded more than 70 albums
(heart attack at his home in Wisconsin) b.
May 3rd 1928.
Joe Ames (86)
US singer with The Ames Brothers; The four Ames brothers, Joe, Gene, Ed
and Vic formed a the group with cousin Lennie, in 1948, and began touring United
States Army and Navy bases entertaining the troops and were offered a job at the
Foxs and Hounds nightclub, one of the fanciest clubs in Boston. They were catpulted
into national top billing with their first hit record, "Rag Mop," in
January, 1950. They later became regulars on such shows as The Arthur Godfrey
Hour and were one of the first acts to appear on the original Ed Sullivan Show
when it was known as Toast of the Town, they made their debut with him when the
show was telecast live from Wanamaker's Department Store. They
notched up 50 U.S. chart entries and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of
Fame in 1998 (?) b. May 3rd
2006: Galina Ustvolskaya (87)
Russian composer born in Petrograd; from 1937 to '47 she studied at a college
attached to the Leningrad Conservatory, later renamed the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory.
As a modernist, she had few public performances; until 1968 none of her works
were performed other than patriotic pieces written for official consumption. Until
the fall of the USSR, only the violin sonata of '52 was played with any frequency,
but since then her music has been increasingly often programmed in the west (?)
b. June 17th 1919.
2006: Dennis Linde (63)
American songwriter born in Abilene, Texas; He is maybe best known for writing
the 1972 Elvis Presley hit, "Burning Love". He wrote numerous hit songs
for mainly country music singers, beginning with hits for Roger Miller and Roy
Drusky in 1970. In 2000, his song for the Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl",
stirred a little controversy. He wrote tunes that were recorded by Tanya Tucker,
Gary Morris, Don Williams, The Judds, Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt and Garth Brooks,
among others. He also wrote two songs for the film Grease 2: "Cool Rider"
and "Reproduction". In 2001, Dennis was inducted into the Nashville
Songwriters Hall of Fame (sadly idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
stole his breath away)
b. March 18th 1943.
Mick Cocks (54) Australian musician, most noted for his guitar work
with Rose Tattoo. He founded the hard rock band in 1976 with the late guitarist
Pete Wells. They had hits such as 'Bad Boy for Love,' 'We Can't Be Beaten' and
'One of the Boys.' Mick's original sound and style heavily influenced Guns N'
Roses, who recorded a cover of the Rose Tattoo song Nice Boys. After
a tour of Europe they were hailed the loudest band to play London's Marquee Club
since Led Zeppelin. On their return to Australia Mick left to pursue his side
projects. Other bands and side projects included.. Heaven, Doomfoxx, Pete Wells
Heart Attack and the Ted Mulry Gang. At the request of longtime fans Guns N' Roses,
Mick, Anderson, Wells, Leach and new drummer Paul DeMarco reformed Rose Tattoo
in 1993 to open for the Guns 'n' Roses on their Australian tour; after completing
the tour each member returned to his solo endeavors. (Mick
sadly died of liver
cancer) b. 1955.
Nina Mula (80) Albanian soprano born in Russia and raised in a family
of poor Russian worker, she was orphaned at a young age and at age 18 she won
a scholarship to the Moscow Conservatory. After moving to Albania she was appointed
as the soprano soloist at the Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he worked until
retiring in 1976. Nina had roles in operas including "Evgeni Onjegini",
"Madam Batërflaj", "Wedding Figaros", "Carmen"
and "Skanderbeg" and
has been awarded the Naim Frasheri Order of II class, Merit Award, the first prize
at the Romance Festival as well as Great Master of Work Order. (?)
b. November 23rd 1931.
2012: Marva Whitney/Marva Ann Manning (68)
American funk singer, born in Kansas City, and considered
by many funk enthusiasts to be one of the "rawest" and "brassiest"
music divas. In the mid 1960s she joined local group Tommy & The Derbys as
their lead singer and recorded her solo single, "Your Love Was Good
To Me", in mid-1967 before she toured Europe, Asia and Africa with James
Brown, and in early 1968 he produced her fourth solo single, "Unwind Yourself",
in a more funky style. In December 2009, Marva collapsed on stage in front of
thousands of fans in Lorne, Australia, while performing with The Transatlantics
at Falls Festival. She toured again in 2010 (sadly died
from complications of pneumonia) b. May 1st 1944
Díaz (56) Colombian
vallenato singer, song-writer and composer born and raised on a farm on the outskirts
of La Junta, La Guajira. He moved to Valledupar where he worked as a messenger
and office boy for a local radio station, Radio Guatapuri, pursuing the opportunity
to convince disc jockeys to play his future songs. Between 1974 and 1975, he got
his first song recording deal with Jorge Quiróz and Luciano Poveda, a vallenato
group; they recorded the song "Cariñito de Mi Vida", which won
Díomedes fame. He went on to earn the nickname "El Cacique de la Junta"
/ "the Chieftain of La Junta" (died of a heart
attack) b. May 26th 1956.
2013: Trigger Alpert/Herman Alpert (97) American
jazz double-bassist; he attended Indiana Uni in the late 1930s before moving to
New York City, where he played with Alvino Rey in 1940 and with Glenn Miller soon
after. When Miller entered the armed forces in 1942 and was recruiting music personnel
for the Army Air Forces, he was able to secure the transfer of Trigger from the
Army by swapping several musicians and Trigger became a fixture of Millers
elite Army Air Forces Band. Over the course of the 1940s he played with Tex Beneke,
Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman, Ella Fitzgerald, Muggsy Spanier, Roy Eldridge, Louis
Armstrong, Ray McKinley, Bernie Leighton, Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman and Jerry
Jerome. In the 1950s he worked with Artie Shaw, Coleman Hawkins, Don
Elliott, Mundell Lowe, the
Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. He also appeared in the movie,
Sun Valley Serenade in 1941, playing himself. Trigger released one album as a
bandleader on Riverside Records in 1956, entitled Trigger Happy!. Tony Scott,
Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Joe Wilder, Urbie Green, and Ed Shaughnessy all appear on
the album. In 1970 he left music and took up photography (?)
b. September 3rd 1916.
Cocker/Vance Arnold/John Robert Cocker (70)
English rock and blues singer Joe Cocker, known for his gritty voice, spasmodic
body movement in performance, and cover versions of popular songs, particularly
those of The Beatles. He was born John Cocker in Sheffield and was one of the
most prolific artists of his era, releasing 40 albums in his 50 year career. As
a young teenager he was influenced by the likes of Lonnie Donigan and Elvis Presley
and in 1961 under the name Vance Arnold he headed the band Vance Arnold and the
Avengers performing covers of Chuck Berry and Ray Charles in local pubsin and
around Sheffield. In 1963, they supported the Rolling Stones at Sheffield City
Hall and cut his first single, a cover of the Beatles' "I'll Cry Instead",
with Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Page playing guitars. He soon developed an interest
in blues music of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins >>>
(sadly died of lung cancer) b.
May 20th 1944.
Peter Lundblad (65) Swedish singer born
in Södermanland, who started his career in the band 'The most Remarkable
Nailband' along with Lasse Tennander, after which they formed the band 'Duga'.
He is best known for his 1986 song "Ta mig till havet" (sadly
died while fighting prostate cancer) b. August 26th
Ruud Merx (47) Dutch musical composer and trombonist, he had been a
member of André Rieu's Johann Strauss for over 22 years (tragically
died after suffering a heart attack during the orchestra's UK tour) b.
1992: Eddie Hazel (42) US guitarist with Parliament/Funkadelic; a mythical
figure, original Funkadelic guitarist who pioneered an innovative funk-metal sound
in the early '70s, best exemplified on his mammoth classic instrumental jam "Maggot
Brain", this track contains a ten-minute guitar solo which was his defining
moment and the one piece of music for which he has remained a legend and in 2008
Rolling Stone cited it as number 60 on its list of 100 greatest "guitar songs"
of all time. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997
with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic (liver
failure) b. April 10th 1950.
1996: Rina Ketty/Rina
French chanteuse, Sarzana; she went to Paris in the 1930s, then in 1938 and
1939 made her breakthrough with songs like Sombreros et mantilles and J'attendrai.
Despite the popularity of these chansons during World War II, she was not able
to stay in the spotlight after 1945. In 1954 she moved to Canada and in 1965 returned
to France but was unable to revive her pre-war success. In 1991 the French minister
of culture Jack Lang awarded her the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
March 1st 1911.
Ronnie Scott/Ronald Schatt (69)
UK jazz tenor saxophonist; co-founder of the Ronnie Scott's
Jazz Club, in London's Soho district. He
began playing in small jazz clubs at 16 and toured and worked with with Johnny
Claes, Ted Heath, Ambrose, Cab Kaye, and Tito Burns. He was involved in the short-lived
musicians' co-operative Club Eleven band and club, along with Johnny Dankworth
and others, and was a member of the generation of British musicians who worked
on the Cunard liner Queen Mary in order to visit New York and hear the new music
directly. He was among the earliest British musicians to be influenced in his
playing style by Charlie Parker and other bebop musicians.In
1952 he joined Jack Parnell's orchestra, then led his own nine-piece group and
quintet and opened his world famous club in 1959 (while
recovering slowly from surgery for tooth implants, died accidentally from a mixture
of brandy and prescription sleeping tablets) b. January
Jehan/Allah Wasai (74) Pakistani
singer and actress in British India and Pakistan, born in Kasur, Punjab. Her career
spanned 7 decades and was renowned as one of the greatest and most influential
singers of her time in South Asia and was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum/the
queen of melody. Born
in to a musical family, she was pushed by her parents to follow in their musical
footsteps and become a singer but she was also interested in acting in films and
graced the earliest Pakistani films with her performances. She holds a remarkable
record of 10,000 songs to her singing credits in various languages of Pakistan
including Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi languages. Along with Ahmed Rushdi, she holds
the highest record of film songs in the history of Pakistani cinema. She is also
considered to be the first female Pakistani film director (In
1986, while on a tour of North America, Noor suffered from chest pains and was
diagnosed with angina pectoris after which she underwent a surgery to install
a pacemaker. In 2000, she was hospitalised in Karachi and suffered a heart attack,
sadly soon after Noor died from heart failure)
b. September 21st 1926.
Victor Borge/Børge Rosenbaum (91) Danish
humorist, and world-class pianist affectionately known as the Clown Prince of
Denmark and the Great Dane. Born
in Copenhagen, Denmark, he played his first major concert in 1926 at the Danish
concert hall Odd Fellow Palæet (The Odd Fellow's Lodge building). After
a few years as a classical concert pianist, he started his now famous "stand
up" act, with the signature blend of piano music and jokes. Victor played
with some of the world's most renowned orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic
and London Philharmonic. Always modest, he felt very honored when he was invited
to conduct the Danish Royal Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Danish Theatre in
Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1992. He toured until his last days, performing up to
60 times a year when he was 90 years old (died peacefully
in his sleep) b.
January 3rd 1909.
Timothy J. Tobias (54)
American composer, keyboardist,
arranger, producer, born in Chicago, Illinois, US; he worked on the soundtracks
to the films Fame, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, The Flintstones, The Sandlot,
Medium Rare, and on Steven Spielberg's "Movie Maker". He also performed
in shows by Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Rita Moreno, and Barry Manilow, and did
studio work with Sister Sledge, Curtis Mayfield, Al Stewart, and Ramsey Lewis.
was equally at-home composing feature films, playing live, or producing. As a
jazz artist, he released three albums of his own music, including "Mister
Cat," "Speaking In Tones" which is received praise among the jazz
community across the country, and his latest release "Transcention".
He played at The Chicago Jazz Festival, Green Dolphin Street, Pops for Champagne,
Joe's BeBop Cafe, The Backroom, and just about every other jazz venue in Chicago.
(?) b. July 1st 1952.
2006: Charlie Drake
(81) English comedian, actor, writer and
singer, born in London. made his first appearance on stage at the age of eight,
and after leaving school toured working men's clubs. After serving in the Royal
Air Force during World War II, he turned professional and made his TV debut in
The Centre Show in 1953. He then joined his wartime comrade Jack Edwardes to form
a double act, named "Mick and Montmorency".
He appeared in the television shows Laughter in Store, and Drake's Progress, both
in 1957, Charlie Drake In
from 1958 to 1960 and The Charlie Drake Show from
1960 to 1961, being particularly remembered for his opening catchphrase "Hello,
My Darlings!". Charlie appeared in 4 films in his eaarly career and turned
to straight acting in the 80s. He recorded around 18 records, his first in 1958,
Splish Splash, reached No.7 in UK charts, the rest were mostly novelty songs.
One of these, his 1961's My Boomerang Won't Come Back, became a modest hit in
the United States. (sadly
died after suffering multiple strokes)
b. June 19th 1925.
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson (82)
Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called
the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, a member of jazz royalty.
He released over 200 recordings, won seven Grammy Awards, and received numerous
other awards and honours over the course of his 60 year career. He is considered
to have been one of the greatest pianists of all time. Oscar was blowing a trumpet
by the time he was 5 years old and switched to piano after he spent a year in
hospital with tuberculosis.At
15 he won an amateur contest, as a result he was given his own 15 minute radio
show on CKAC, Piano Ramblin. By the early 40s he was heard nationally
on CBC radio shows such as The Happy Gang. While with the Johnny Holmes orchestra
he encountered discrimination when the manager of the Ritz-Carlton forced him
to enter the hotel through a side door to play a dance there in the 1943. By the
time he was 21, he was already a sparkling virtuoso who could stop a show dead.
He made his first record in 1945, a 78 rpm version of I got Rhythm
that sold well. When Norman Granz signed him to play Carnegie Hall in New York
in 1949, Oscar was only 25. He was also a composer, the 1957 recording of the
Oscar Peterson Trio at the Stratford Festival still crops up on the best-ever
lists of jazz albums. His Canadiana Suite, written in 1964 was a series of jazz
themes inspired by the various landscapes and cities of Canada. During the 60s
Oscar he worked with the German producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer and recorded
20 albums with him. During the 70s, he had his own television show on CTV. also
he teamed up with former British Prime Minister Edward Heath for a six-part BBC
television series that was aired in 1975, and returned to Montreal to play at
the Queen Elizabeth Hotel during the 1976 Olympics. He accumulated ten honorary
doctorates, was invested in the Order of Canada in 1972, made a companion of the
order in 1984 and in 1991 given the Order of Quebec. He was awarded the Glenn
Gould Prize in 1993 and in 1999, and the concert hall at Concordia Universitys
Loyola campus in Montreal bears his name. Oscar,
last played the Montreal Jazz festival in 2004 was named Down Beat magazines
best jazz pianist 13 times (kidney
failure) b. August 15th 1925.
2009: Judy Kreston (76) American
singer and club owner; Judy had become a fixture on the cabaret circuit in New
York and performed with her husband David Lahm for over 30 years. Together, they
recorded several albums. She was also the owner of the club Judy's, named in honor
of all famous performing Judys from Garland to Holliday. The club, which opened
on West 44th Street later moved to Eighth Avenue in Chelsea. Judy
got her start by singing at weddings and bar mitzvahs as well as in stage shows.
She left home to join the Shrine Circus, forsaking a role in the national company
of My Fair Lady to do so. She toured military bases with a USO troupe, playing
Laurie in Oklahoma! She soon moved to New York, performing in The catskills and
eventually becoming a well-known singer on the New York cabaret scene. Highlights
of her career include performing Remembering Felicia Sanders in 1991, a tribute
to Sanders, a cabaret singer in the 1950s and '60s who died in 1974. In 1987,
she sang a program focused on the songs of Anthony Newley
(cancer) b. November 22nd 1933.
Ricky Lawson (59) American
drummer and composer born in Detroit, he worked extensively as a session musician,
collaborating with the likes of Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Phil
Collins, Babyface, Toto, Al Jarreau, Whitney Houston,
Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Russell Ferrante, George Benson, Lionel
Richie and George Duke, among others. He co-founded the jazz-fusion band the Yellowjackets
and won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance for "And
You Know That" from their 4th album Shades. In 2001, he released the solo
album Ricky Lawson and Friends, on which he performed, arranged, produced and
wrote all of the songs in collaboration with leading artists Gerald Albright,
Phil Collins, George Duke, Sheila E., Nathan East, Donald Fagen, Jon Herington,
Robben Ford, James Ingram, Boney James, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, Vesta Williams,
and others. (tragically Ricky
died from a brain aneurysm) b. 1954.
2013: Yusef Lateef/William Emanuel Huddleston (93)
American Grammy Award-winning saxophonist born in Chattanooga and moved to Detroit
in 1925. His main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, but he also
played oboe, bassoon, bamboo flute, xun, shanai, shofar, arghul
and koto. After graduation from high school at 18, he launched his professional
career and began touring with a number of swing bands. In 1949, he was invited
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died bravely fighting prostate cancer) b. October
2014: Jerzy Semkow (86)
Polish conductor born in Radomsko Poland; he was an assistant conductor
with Evgeny Mravinsky with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. He held posts
as principal conductor of the National Opera in Warsaw 1959-1962, principal conductor
of the Royal Danish Opera and the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen from 1966-1976,
as well as Music Director of the Orchestra of Radio-Televisione Italiana in Rome.
In the USA, he served as music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
from 1975 to 1979, and as music advisor and principal conductor of the Rochester
Philharmonic from 1985 to 1989. Jerzy was a regular guest conductor of the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra over a 40 year period, including guest appearances over 24
consecutive seasons from 1986 to 2009 (?) b.
October 12th 1928.
2014: Jo Jo Benson/Joseph
M. Hewell (76) American R&B singer; born in Phenix City, Alabama,
he began singing in nightclubs when in his teens. He joined Chuck Willis as a
backing singer in the early 1960s, before joining forces with fellow singer Peggy
Scott; their first recording "Lover's Holiday", reached No.8 on the
Billboard R&B chart and No.31 on the pop chart in 1968, eventually becoming
a gold record. They followed it up with "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries",
which was also a hit and for which they were nominated for a Grammy. They had
two more hits in 1969, "Soulshake" and "I Want to Love You Baby",
and released two albums together, Lover's Heaven and Soulshake before they split
up in 1971. Jo Jo later owned several nightclubs in the Chattahoochee Valley,
and was seriously wounded in a shooting incident in 1979. He and Scott temporarily
reunited in the mid-1980s for a reunion album, and in 1999 he recorded a solo
album, Reminiscing in the Jam Zone, which Living Blues magazine called "among
the finest soul albums of the year, indeed, of the decade". He followed up
in 2001 with the album Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha (sadly
Jo Jo was found dead at a motel in Columbus, Georgia. The coroner's office stated
that he died of natural causes) b.April 15th 1938.
Heinrich Schiff (65) Austrian cellist and conductor born in Gmunden.
He was Artistic Director of the Northern Sinfonia from 1990 to 1996, and recorded
with them for the Collins Classics label. He also held chief conductorships with
the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra in Copenhagen, Denmark from 19962000
and the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur. In
2004, he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and served
in the post from 2005 to 2008. He stood down from the post in 2008 for health
reasons. Heinrich played the "Mara" Stradivarius (1711) and "Sleeping
Beauty" made by Montagnana in Venice in 1739. His recording of the Bach Cello
Suites won prizes, and his recording of the Shostakovich concertos won the Grand
Prix du Disque. His recording of the Brahms Double Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann
and Wolfgang Sawallisch won the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (?)
b. November 18th 1951.
Karl Ristenpart (67) German conductor;
in Kiel, he studied at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin and in Vienna. He was
heavily involved in creating three orchestras in his lifetime, most notably the
Chamber Orchestra of the Saar. With this group he created one of the recorded
collections of Bach's orchestral. In 1932 Ristenpart became the conductor of a
little string ensemble in Berlin, composed mostly of women friends of his wife,
who was the pianist and harpsichordist Ruth Christensen. This ensemble came to
be known as the Karl Ristenpart Chamber. In 1946 he thus started to record music,
from Monteverdi to Stravinsky, with the forces of his former Karl Ristenpart Chamber
Orchestra, supplemented by vocal soloists and top musicians from other Berlin
orchestras, under the label "RIAS-Choir and Chamber Orchestra". This
constituted the second of his important periods of orchestra development and the
beginning of his breakthrough to international fame as a conductor Orchestra music
suffered a heart attack while on tour in Portugal with the chamber orchestra of
the Gulbenkian Foundation and died in a Lisbon hospital on Christmas Eve)
1975: Bernard Herrmann (64) American
film composer, born in New York City; an Academy Award-winner for The Devil
and Daniel Webster, 1941, Bernard is particularly known for his collaborations
with director Alfred Hitchcock, most famously Psycho, North by Northwest, The
Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo. He also composed notable scores for many other
movies, including Citizen Kane, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Cape Fear, and Taxi Driver.
He worked extensively in radio drama, most notably for Orson Welles, composed
the scores for several fantasy films by Ray Harryhausen, and many TV programs
including most notably Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone and Have Gun,Will Travel.
His last film
scores included Sisters and Obsession for Brian De Palma. His final film soundtrack,
and the last work he completed before his death, was his sombre score for the
1976 film Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese.
(he sadly died from cardiovascular disease in his sleep at his hotel in Los Angeles,
June 29th 1911
1987: Betty Noyes (75) American
singer who dubbed Debbie Reynold's singing voice in Singin' in the Rain. She is
also known for singing the song Baby Mine in the 1941 film Dumbo, which was nominated
for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. However she was not given screen
credit for this performance, she never received any credits for work in film,
and never made it in front of movie cameras. However she did make 2 appearances
on TV, as a mother who sings a solo in the 1965 TV movie of Rodger's and Hammerstein's
Cinderella along with fellow dubber Bill Lee. She also appeared in one episode
of I Love Lucy as an extra. Betty was also the singing voice for Ruth in Seven
Brides for Seven Brothers among many others (?)
b. October 11th 1912.
Robert "Bobby" Jay LaKind (47)
American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and live
back-up drummer with The Doobie Brothers. Born in Teaneck, New Jersey,
he attended the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity,
the Animal House of UK fraternities during the 1960s. Bobby was originally a lighting
roadie for the Doobie Brothers, but after observing him larking around on the
congas after a concert, the band took notice of his talent and asked him to join
as a sideman for studio sessions. He sessioned with the band from 1976 as well
as joining them onstage. He was finally invited to join the band as a full member
three years before their 1982 dissolution, though he was not credited as such
on record until the Farewell Tour album in 1983. When the band reformed in 1988,
he rejoined and was featured on the album Cycles, but prior to recording the follow-up,
he was forced into retirement by terminal cancer. (sadly
Bobby died after a brave battle with cancer)
b. November 3rd 1945..
2000: Nick Massi/Nicholas Macioci (73) American
bass singer and bass guitarist for the Four Seasons. He was born in Newark, New
Jersey. He had been playing with several bands before joining The Four Lovers
in 1958. After the group evolved into the Four Seasons, they performed such hits
as "Sherry," "Dawn (Go Away)," and "Rag Doll". He
was responsible for most of the group's vocal arrangements and left the Four Seasons
in 1965 (sadly died after battling cancer) b. September
2001: Zeke Carey/Ezekial Carey
(68) American singer, tenor vocalist and founder member of The Flamingos
in 1953. Their first single "If I Can't Have You", was a moderate local
success, as was the follow-up "That's My Desire". It was "Golden
Teardrops" which started them on the road to fame. They achieved their first
national chart hit with "I'll Be Home", which went to No.5 on Billboard's
R&B chart. This was followed by "A Kiss From Your Lips," "The
Vow," and "Would I Be Crying". The Flamingos also appeared in the
1956 Alan Freed movie, Rock, Rock Rock. After whick Zeke was dafted into the army
and returned to the Flamingos in '58. Almost immediately, the group had their
first pop chart hit with "Lovers Never Say Goodbye". A long series of
hits followed, including t"Mio Amore", "Your Other Love",
"Nobody Loves Me Like You", and "I Was Such a Fool". LP cuts
"Love Walked In" and "Time Was" were also issued as singles.
That same year, they appeared in the Alan Freed movie, Go, Johnny, Go, singing
a frenetic version of "Jump Children". Zeke continued to sing, record
and tour with The Flamingos until his death (died from a
heart attack) b. January 24th 1933.
Jake Thackray (64) English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and poet,
born in Leeds, Jake began his working life as a teacher, taking jobs in France
and Yorkshire, where he wrote songs as a teaching aid for his pupils, before performing
them in folk clubs and small theatres, while accompanying himself on a nylon-stringed
acoustic guitar. His songs were featured on the BBC radio show Northcountryman.
In 1967 Released his debut album, The Last Will and Testament of Jake Thackray,
with compositions such as Lah Di Dah, one of the most sharply satirical love songs
in popular music. He went on to record eight more albums and make more than 1,000
radio and TV appearances. Although he had appeared in a Royal Variety Performance,
Jake was uncomfortable with big audiences, and would rather settle for a pub or
community hall rather than the grandeur of the London Palladium (He
died of heart failure) b. February 27th 1938
2006: Braguinha/Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga (99)
Brazilian songwriter and singer, born in Rio de Janeiro; he is most
famous for his Carnaval marchinhas (a genre of light-hearted songs related rhythmically
to the military march). Many composed as early as the 1930s, have become standards
of Brazilian popular music, being sung by revellers year after year during Carnaval
celebrations. His marchinhas have been recorded by some of the best-known Carnaval
singers of the 20th century, such as Carmen Miranda. Songs include Não
quero amor nem carinho, Dona Antonha, Minha cabrocha, A mulher e a carroça,
Quebranto, Mulata, Cor de prata, Nega, Tu juraste
eu jurei, Vou à
Penha rasgado, Samba da boa vontade and Picilone to mention a few (multiple
organ failure caused by a general infection)
b. March 29th 1907.
Kenneth Sivertsen (45) Norwegian guitarist, composer, poet, and comedian;
In 1981 he composed his first symphony, Håp/Hope, which would go on to be
performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the 1980s he would become
nationally known through several TV and radio appearances, as well as musical
tours with Jan Eggum, among others. In 1984 he composed the symphony Timeglaset
og Morgonstjerna/The Hourglass and the Morning Star. He also worked with a number
of American jazz musicians, including Michael Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Tony Levin,
and Bob Mintzer. The albums Remembering North -1993 and One Day In October -1998
were released in America, and were received to favorable international acclaim.
From 1992 to 1997 he and Norwegian singer-actress Herborg Kråkevik produced
Cabaret, a successful stage show, as well as the album Mi Haugtussa.
(In 2005, he suffered severe brain damage from a fall. After this accident, he
spent most of his time in various hospitals and recreation centers. He sadly died
in Bergen from brain trauma complications)
b. January 16th 1961.
2008: Alf Robertson (67) Swedish singer and
composer; very popular European singer, during his long career he produced 50
albums and about 150 singles (sadly died after a serious
illness) b. June 8th 1941.
Tim Hart (61) English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist,
best known as a founding member of electric folk band, Steeleye Span. Born in
Lincoln, Tim's first band the Rattfinks, was formed while at St Albans School.
In 1966, he began performing with the Blackpool born Maddy Prior, touring English
folk clubs. In 1968 and 1969 the duo recorded two albums: Folk Songs of Olde England,
(Volumes One and Two). Tim and Maddy formed
Steeleye Span in 1969 which became one of the best known acts of the British folk
revival, and were among the most commercially successful, with hits including
singles "All Around My Hat", "John Barleycorn", "New
York Girls", "Gaudete", "Boar's Head Carol" and they
had 3 top 40 albums, and achieved a "gold" record with sales of "All
Around My Hat". (lung
cancer) b. January 9th 1948.
Loux (37) American Christian music singer, he
worked with the international house of prayer in KC, Forerunner Music Academy
at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City and helped create the Josiah
fund to help needy children. He released an album entitled, Paper Religion
about two years ago. His music had always been a part of Christian worship. He
was also a part of the senior leadership team ,a worship leader in the House of
Prayer,and a conference speaker for the IHOP-KC. (Died
after a car accident in Nebraska, it seems the accident occurred due to a major
snow storm up in that area) b.????
Masahiko Shimura (29) Japanese
rock musician; the lyricist, lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the rock band
Fujifabric. Originally a cover band consisting of junior high school friends.
Fujifabric was founded by Masahiko and his friend Takayuki Watanabe. After graduating
from high school, the Fujiyoshida moved to Tokyo, and recruited Tadokoro Sachiko,
Yuichi Kato and Akira Hagiwara for the band. Their first full, self-titled studio
album released on November 10th 2004, peaked at No.17 on Japan's Oricon Chart.
In 2005 the band released three more singles including the popular Ginga and Akaneiro
no Yuuhi, the latter which featured the song Shinkirou and was used as the ending
theme in the film Scrap Heaven. Masahiko was the only remaining original member
of Fujifabric at the time of his death and his last album with the band was 2009's
'Chronicle'. (tragically died of an unknown ailment)
b. July 10th 1980.
2010: Frances Ginsberg (55)
American soprano, heard regularly with the New York
City Opera in the 1980s. Her roles with City Opera included Donna Elvira in Mozarts
Don Giovanni, Mimi in Puccinis Bohème, Violetta
in Verdis Traviata and Nedda in Leoncavallos Pagliacci.
She also appeared in Carnegie and Town Halls in Manhattan, at the Mostly Mozart
Festival and with the Opera Orchestra of New York. Also an understudy at the Metropolitan
Opera, she sang one performance with the company, as Rosalinde in Johann Strausss
Fledermaus, in 1990. Other opera companies with which she appeared
include the Houston and Fresno Grand Operas; the San Diego, Pittsburgh, Utah and
Cincinnati Operas; the Welsh National Opera; and lOpéra de Nice.
(sadly died after a brave battle with brain and spinal
cancer) b. March 11th 1955.
Myrna Smith (69) American
songwriter and singer, who co-wrote many of the songs for Carl Wilson's 1981 solo
album Carl Wilson, as well as a few of the songs on his 1983 solo album Youngblood.
She was also a member of the Sweet Inspirations, the
lead singer being Cissy Houston, the mother of Whitney. As well as their own group
career, they provided the back up vocals for Van Morrison on his classic hit "Brown
Eyed Girl". It was released in June 1967 and rose to No.8 on the Billboard
Hot 100 charts. In 1968, the group did studio work for Jimi Hendrix during sessions
for his Electric Ladyland album, performing backing vocals for the track "Burning
of the Midnight Lamp" and also backed Dusty Springfield on her album Dusty
in Memphis. In 1969, The Sweet Inspirations began recording and touring with Elvis
Presley as both background singers and his warm-up act, as well as doing occasional
live dates with Aretha Franklin. The association with Presley became
well-publicized as he routinely introduced the Sweet Inspirations on his telecast
concerts and live recordings. In 1978, the group sang backing vocals on Frankie
Valli's No.1 hit "Grease" from the film of the same name and in 1979,
the group toured with The Bee Gees during their U.S. Spirits Having Flown Tour
singing backup. (In
March 2010, while on a European tour for Elvis: The Concert, with The Sweet Inspirations,
Myrna developed pneumonia. Once back in the U.S., her condition continued to deteriorate,
as she suffered kidney failure, further complicated by a severe stroke. By October
2010, she was a patient at the Canyon Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
in Canoga Park, California. Sadly died of kidney failure)
b. May 28th 1941.
2010: Eino Tamberg (80)
Estonian composer; his most notable works are the ballet
Johanna tentate-1971 and the Trumpet Concerto No.1 -1972. The trumpet concerto
remains one of his most popular works and was performed not only in Europe, but
also in Hong Kong and Singapore, and was recorded by Håkan Hardenberger.
He also wrote concerti for violin-1981, saxophone-1987, clarinet-1996, bassoon-2000,
cello-2001 and a second trumpet concerto in 1997. On the occasion of the 50th
anniversary of the United Nations in 1995 he wrote his Celebration Fanfaresse
which was premiered in New York City under Neeme Järvi (?)
b. May 27th 1930.
2011: Zsuzsi Mary (64)
Hungarian pop singer, born in Szeged. She appeared first
time on stage in 1965, later she finished in the first place in the Hungarian
Television's song contest named Táncdalfesztivál / Dance Song Contest
with the song Mama in 1968 (tragically committed
suicide) b. October 13th 1947.
Rainwater/Charles Edward Johnson (92) American
bluegrass music pioneer and radio personality,
born in Surry County, North Carolina. He is most noted for playing bass with the
bluegrass band The Foggy Mountain Boys. Before he became the voice of WSVS-AM
in Crewe, he blazed a trail in bluegrass music, first with his brother in High
Point, N.C., as Chuck & Slim. After serving in WW2, in 1949, Lester Flatt
and Earl Scruggs were starting The Foggy Mountain Boys, they asked Jody to join
them, he wanted to be a mandolin-playing tenor but almost always played and sang
bass. His comic bits and novelty songs made him one of the group's most popular
figures. Among the band's classics
is Jody's original song, "I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling".
In the 50s for health reasons he left the band and became a DJ at WSVS for 20
years and other stations until he retired in 1984. But he continued to play with
his own band, The Jamboree Gang, and made countless guest appearances at festivals,
dances and bluegrass jam sessions
(sadly died from heart disease)
Collins (76) American
singer; started his musical career singing falsetto backup vocals for various
'doo-wop' groups in the LA area in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including Little
Julian Herrera and the Tigers. In 1964, Ray, drummer Jimmy Carl Black, bassist
Roy Estrada, saxophonist Dave Coronado, and guitarist Ray Hunt formed The Soul
Giants. Hunt was eventually replaced by Frank Zappa, which turned the group into
the Mothers of Invention. Ray was the lead vocalist on the Mothers early albums,
including Freak Out!, Absolutely Free and Cruising with Ruben & the Jets.
He contributed to other Zappa projects through the mid-1970s
(sadly Ray died of a cardiac arrest)
b. November 19th 1936.
2012: Richard Rodney Bennett
CBE (76) English composer and musician, renowned
for his film scores and his jazz performance as much as for his challenging concert
works. Born at Broadstairs, Kent, but he was based in New York City from 1979
until his death. He wrote music for films and television; among his scores were
the Doctor Who story The Aztecs for television, and the feature film Billion Dollar
Brain. His scores for Far from the Madding Crowd in 1967, Nicholas and Alexandra
in 1971, and Murder on the Orient Express in 1974, each earned him Academy Award
nominations, with Murder on the Orient Express gaining a BAFTA award. Later works
include Enchanted April, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and The Tale of Sweeney
Todd. He was also a prolific composer of orchestral works, piano solos, choral
works and operas. Despite this eclecticism, Bennett's music rarely involved crossover
of styles (?)
b. March 29th 1936
2013: Germán Coppini (52)
Spanish pop musician and singer; he was a member of the punk pop band Siniestro
Total from 1981-1983 and performed on their 1982 debut album, es:¿Cuándo
se come aquí?. In 1982 he also formed the band Golpes Bajos, they were
active in 19821986, with a final reunion tour in 19971998. They enjoyed
a string of hits in "The Golden Age of Spanish Pop Music", including
"Colecciono Moscas", "Fiesta de los Maniquíes", "Escenas
Olvidadas" and "Desconocido" (sadly
died from hepatic cancer) b.1961.
DeFranco/Boniface Ferdinand Leonard DeFranco (91)
American jazz clarinet player born in Camden, New
Jersey. He began his professional career just as swing music and big bands, and
1950, he spent a year with Count Basie's Septet, after which he led a small combo
in the early 1950s which included pianist Sonny Clark and guitarist Tal Farlow.
In this period, Buddy also recorded for MGM Records, Norgran and Verve. He was
bandleader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1966 to 1974, under the name, "The
World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Directed By Buddy DeFranco". He also
performed with Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and many
others, and released dozens of albums as a leader (?)
b. February 17th 1923.
Zemya Hamilton (50) Swedish singer born in Husby-Arlinghundra
parish in Stockholm County. She got her big brake
through in the late 80s and became best known for the song "My arm around
your neck" which was used in the movie "1939". She sang Peter Lemarcs
song "If we'd never seen again" on her debut album "Spellbound".
She also had success in the US with the song "Hold On (Tighter To Love)"
with the group Clubland 90's (sadly
Zemya died with multiple sclerosis) b.
December 8th 1965.
William Guest (74) American R&B singer, cousin
of Gladys Knight and best known as being a member of The Pips; born in Atlanta,
Georgia, U.S. he, along with the group, was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 1996. Following his time with The Pips, he and fellow Pip Edward Patten
formed Patten and Guest Productions, and following Patten's death in 2005, William
continued to manage artists though the Crew Entertainment company he formed with
members of Patten's family. (sadly died from heart
failure) b. July 2nd 1941.
Rick Parfitt OBE (68) English singer, songwriter and rhythm
guitarist born in Woking, Surrey and first started to learn to play the guitar
at the age of 11. In 1963 while performing in The Feathers, Goodge Street, Camden,
an agent from Sunshine Holiday Camp on Hayling Island, who gave him a performing
job at the camp. Rick joined Jean and Gloria Harrison, aka The Harrison Twins,
to form a trio called The Highlights. It was at Butlins where he met future Status
Quo partner Francis Rossi, who was playing with Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan
in a band called The Spectres, soon to be renamed Traffic Jam. After Rick became
friends with the band, their manager Pat Barlow invited him to join the group
and in 1967, Traffic Jam changed their name to The Status Quo
(sadly Rick died in a Marbella hospital from sepsis, after
being admitted the previous day, following an infection of a pre-existing shoulder
injury) b. October 12th 1948.
1977: Charlie Chaplin (88) English
actor, violinist, composer; as well as his superb comedy acting, the best-known
of several songs he composed are "Smile", for the film "Modern
Times", famously covered by Nat King Cole. Also "This Is My Song"
from Chaplin's last film, "A Countess From Hong Kong," was a number
one hit in several different languages in the 1960s, and Chaplin's theme from
Limelight was a hit in the 50s under the title "Eternally." He won an
Academy Award in 1972 for his score to Limelight. (He died
in his sleep in Vevey, Switzerland) b. April 16th
1954: Johnny Ace/John Marshall Alexander Jr (24)
and influencial R&B singer, pianist, born
in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1952 his first recording ''My Song'' topped the R&B
charts for nine weeks. He began heavy touring, often with Willa Mae "Big
Mama" Thornton. In the next two years, he had eight hits in a row, including
"Cross My Heart," "Please Forgive Me," "The Clock,"
"Yes, Baby," "Saving My Heart for You," and "Never Let
Me Go" and "Pledging My Love" became a posthumous R&B No.1
hit for ten weeks beginning February 12, 1955. In December 1954 Johnny was named
the Most Programmed Artist Of 1954 after a national DJ poll organized by U.S.
trade weekly Cash Box. (He had been performing at the City
Auditorium in Houston, Texas. During a break between sets, he allegedly decided
to play a game of Russian Roulette. He aimed a .45 caliber revolver at his girlfriend,
Olivia Gibbs, and pulled the trigger. He then attempted to shoot her friend, Mary
Carter. Both times, the hammer fell on an empty chamber. He then swiftly turned
the gun on himself and ended his life; although rumors that he was murdered circulated
in the years after his death, both police at the scene and later biographers have
accepted the Russian-roulette scenario) b.
June 9th 1929.
Nicolas Slonimsky (101) Russian-American composer, conductor,
musician, music critic, lexicographer and author
born in in Saint Petersburg. He was brought to America in 1923 by Vladimir Rosing
to work as an accompanist in the newly formed Opera Department at the Eastman
School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he continued his composition and
conducting studies. In 1927, he formed the Boston Chamber Orchestra, for which
he solicited music from contemporary composers, he was a champion of contemporary
music. Nicholas conducted the world premieres of Edgard Varèse's Ionisation
for thirteen percussionists in 1933; of Charles Ives' Three Places in New England
in 1931; and various other works. In
1958, he took over the supervision of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
and worked as head editor until 1992. He also wrote Music Since 1900, a survey
of almost every important musical event in the 20th century and The Lexicon of
Musical Invective, a compilation of hilariously bad reviews by critics of composers
since Beethoven's time. One of his best-known books is the Thesaurus of Scales
and Melodic Patterns, which has influenced many jazz musicians and composers including
Frank Zappa, John Coltrane, John Adams, Buckethead, Paul Grabowsky, Jaco Pastorius,
and Allan Holdsworth. Late
in life, he became a good friend of avant-garde composer and rock guitarist Frank
Zappa, and performed some of his own compositions at a Zappa concert in Santa
Monica, California in 1981. Slonimsky named his cat Grody-to-the-Max after learning
the phrase from Zappa's daughter Moon Zappa (?) b. April
1995: Dean Martin/Dino Paul Crocetti (78)
American actor, singer, and member of The Rat Pack. Born in Steubenville, Ohio,
at the age of 15, he became a boxer who billed himself as "Kid Crochet",
after which he worked as a roulette stickman and croupier in an illegal casino
behind a tobacco shop where he had started as a stock boy
and delivered bootleg liquor.
At the same time, he sang with local bands. Calling himself "Dino Martini",
after the then-famous Metropolitan Opera tenor, Nino Martini, he got his first
break working for the Ernie McKay Orchestra. He went on to have hit singles included
"Memories Are Made of This", "That's Amore", "Everybody
Loves Somebody", "Mambo Italiano", "Sway", "Volare"
and posthumous smash "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?". He recorded more
than 100 albums and 600 songs. His signature tune, "Everybody Loves Somebody",
knocked The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" off of the No.1 spot in the
United States in 1964. Nicknamed the "King of Cool", he was a major
star in four areas of show business: concert stage/night clubs, recordings, television
and motion pictures (sadly
died of respiratory failure due to emphysema and lung cancer)
b. June 7th 1917.
1998: Bryan MacLean (52)
American guitarist, singer; he started playing guitar professionally in 1963 when
he got a job at the Balladeer in West Hollywood playing folk and blues guitar.
He met up with The Byrds and became their equipment manager. When The Byrds were
on tour in the UK, Bryan stayed in the US and joined Arthur Lee's group The Grass
Roots. They changed their name to Love,
after 3 albums:'Love' and 'Da Capo' and 'Forever Changes', Bryan who was suffering
from heroine addiction left the band. When at rock bottom he joined a Christian
ministry called the Vineyard, he gradually assembled a catalogue of his Christian
songs and opened a Christian nightclub in Beverley Hills called The Daisy. He
went on to form his own band and also worked with his half sister Maria McKee
and wrote the song Don't Toss Us Away for the debut album of her band
Lone Justice. In 1996, his Elektra Records late 60s solo demo tapes were discovered
by his mother Elizabeth in the family garage, they were released in 1997 on CD
"ifyoubelievein", after which he completed a spiritual album of Christian
music just before his death (sadly died of a heart attack)
b. September 25th 1946.
2005: Birgit Nilsson (87)
Swedish singer; a dramatic soprano who sang the operas of Richard Strauss
and made a specialty of Puccini's "Turandot", but it was the music of
Wagner that made her career; her command of his music was comparable to that of
Kirsten Flagstad, who owned the Wagner repertory at the Metropolitan Opera during
the years before World War II. At her peak, Birgit astounded world audiences in
live performance with the unforced power of her voice, which cut through dense
orchestration, and with her remarkable breath control, which allowed her to hold
notes for a remarkably long time. Sweden issued a postage stamp showing her as
Turandot, and also she received the Illis Quorum gold medal, the highest award
that can be conferred upon an individual of Sweden (?)
b. May 17th 1918.
Derek Bailey (75) English avant-garde guitarist and leading figure
in the free improvisation movement, born in Sheffield, UK, he played the guitar
from an early age, studying with John Duarte among others. He found work as a
guitarist in clubs, radio, dance halls, and so on. He began to play in a trio
in Sheffield with Tony Oxley and Gavin Bryars called Joseph Holbrooke. Originally
performing relatively traditional jazz this group became increasingly free in
More ... (complications
from motor neurone disease)
b. January 29th 1930
James Brown Jr (73) American singer, commonly referred to as "The
Godfather of Soul", recognized as one of the most influential figures in
20th-century popular music. As a prolific singer, songwriter, bandleader and record
producer, he was a seminal force in the evolution of gospel and rhythm and blues
into soul and funk. He left his mark on numerous other musical genres, including
rock, jazz, reggae, disco, dance and electronic music, afrobeat, and hip-hop music
More ... (James died unexpectedly from congestive
heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia)
b. May 3rd 1933.
2007: Mighty King Kong/Paul
Otieno Imbaya (33) Kenyan reggae musician; born in Ugenya, Siaya District,
he was crippled as a child from polio and ended up as a child street beggar. In
1993 he moved to Nairobi where with the help of a friend, DJ Stone, he performed
as a DJ in the clubs before moving to Mombasa and performed with bands like Them
Mushrooms and Pressmen. Later on, he moved to Kampala, Uganda to perform with
the popular Simba Ngoma band. He eventually returned to Nairobi where he releleased
3 solo alsbums ''Ladies Choice'' in 1999, ''Cinderella'' in 2001, and ''Return
of the King'' in 2004 and in 2007, he released a compilation album "The Best
of King Kong". Outside Kenya, he performed in Germany, Netherlands and South
Africa (died at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi while
being treated for poisoning) b. 1973.
2008: Lars Hollmer (60) Swedish accordionist,
keyboardist and composer whose work draws on influences ranging from Nordic folk
tunes to progressive rock. He has been a member and/or founder of over half a
dozen groups,including Samla Mammas Manna and Accordian Tribe, most of whose work
has been recorded at The Chickenhouse, his well outfitted home studio. As well
as his work with bands he has recorded 10 solo albums. He won a Swedish Grammy
award in 1999 for his record 'Andetag'. He has also composed extensively for Swedish
films, as well as for theater and dance productions (?) b.
2008: Eartha Kitt (81) American
actress, singer, and cabaret star; legendary singer with a distinctive voice,
her hits include "Let's Do It", "Champagne Taste", "C'est
si bon", "Just an Old Fashioned Girl", "Monotonous",
"Je cherche un homme", "Love for Sale", "I'd Rather Be
Burned as a Witch", "Uska Dara", "Mink, Schmink", "Under
the Bridges of Paris", and her most recognizable hit, "Santa Baby",
which was released in 1953. Her unique style was enhanced as she became fluent
in the French language during her years performing in Europe, which she demonstrates
with finesse in many of the live recordings of her cabaret performances. She has
6 Awards and 5 nominations as well as having a huge career in film theatre and
TV. Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world."
(colon cancer) b. January 17th 1927.
Robert Ward (70) American blues singer and guitarist,
born in Luthersville, Georgia; he was known for founding the Ohio Untouchables,
later becoming the Ohio Players, with hits including 'Love Rollercoaster'
and 'Fire'. He played guitar with a unique tone soaked in vibrato coming from
the Magnatone amplifier. He next worked as a session player for Motown, before
coming back into the spotlight in the '90s bringing out a further four albums
(died at his home in Dry Branch, Georgia) b. October
2009: Asheem Chakravarty (50)
and jazz fusion musician playing percussions and tabla; brought up in an atmosphere
of Indian classical, folk and other Indian forms, he showed a rhythmic ability
at an early age, and is a totally self taught musician. In 1990 he quit a career
in advertising, to co-form the band Indian Ocean, where he played the tabla, tarang
and other percussion instruments while also being band's vocalist. Indian Ocean
fans call him the man with the golden voice. Asheem sings and plays
the tabla simultaneously, a difficult feat rare by Indian percussionists. His
rhythm structures are unique and contribute a large part to Indian Oceans
was hospitalized in Doha after suffering a heart attack in October and was in
a coma for a brief period, he was recovering but sadly passed away after suffering
a second cardiac arrest in New Delhi) b.
James Victor "Vic" Chesnutt (45) America
folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Jacksonville, Fla., he was
adopted and grew up in Zebulon, Ga.; his grandfather gave him guitar lessons,
having him transpose Sweet Georgia Brown into every key in the scale.
was injured in a car accident in 1983, while drink driving. Around
1985, now confined to a wheelchair, Vic moved to Athens, US, and joined the band,
The La-Di-Da's. After which he began performing solo at the 40 Watt Club; it was
there that he was spotted by Michael Stipe of R.E.M., who produced his first two
albums, Little in 1990 and West of Rome in 1991. He released around 15 solo albums
and two with brute, his side project with himself and members of Widespread Panic.
His musical style is described as a "skewed, refracted version of Americana
that is haunting, funny, poignant, and occasionally mystical, usually all at once
(Sadly he died from an overdose of muscle relaxants
that had left him in a coma in an Athens hospital)
b. November 12th 1964.
2010: Dorothy Jones (76)
American singer born in South Carolina; she became
a founder member
The Cookies formed in 1954 in Brooklyn, New York.
The group was introduced to Ray Charles through their session work for Atlantic
Records and became his backing vocalists. In 1961, a new version of the Cookies
emerged in New York, and Dorothy also recorded one solo recording for Columbia
in 1961. The trio had their greatest success as the Cookies, under their own name,
as backing vocals for other artists, including Neil Sedaka's hit song "Breaking
Up is Hard to Do", and recording demos for Aldon Music, under the direction
of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. They provided the backup vocals for the Little
Eva hit song, "The Loco-Motion", as well as the follow up hit "Let's
Turkey Trot", both from 1962. They scored their biggest hit in 1963 with
the song "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)", which reached No.3
on the Billboard R&B chart and No.7 on the Billboard Pop chart (sadly
died from complications of Alzheimer's disease) b. May 16th
2011: Jim "Motorhead"
Sherwood (69) American musician born in Arkansas
City, Kansas and is notable for playing soprano, tenor and baritone saxophone,
tambourine, vocals and vocal sound effects in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention.
met Zappa at high school in 1956 and sat in with Zappa's first band, R&B group
The Black-Outs, at various performances, where he was often a highlight. He
appeared on all the albums of the original Mothers line-up and the 'posthumous'
releases Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh, as well as certain
subsequent Zappa albums. He also appeared in the films 200 Motels, Video from
Hell and Uncle Meat. Jim later also
contributed to various projects alongside his fellow Mothers alumni, including
records by The Grandmothers, Mothers keyboardist Don Preston, Ant-Bee and Sandro
b. May 8th 1942.
2012: Augusto Bracca (94)
Venezuelan songwriter, born in Trinidad de Orichuna,
Apure. In addition to his activity as a composer, he became a singer, through
the help of Cándido Herrera, who also helped him in the interpretation
of his compositions. Some of his most famous songs are: A mi ranchito escondido,
Alto Apure, Amorcito de mi vida, Chaparralito llanero, Cariño lindo, El
beso que te di, El negro José, Fiesta llanera en Elorza, Lindo amanecer,
Traigo polvo del camino yo no olvido mi llanura, Qué bonito es Camaguán,
among others (sadly died from respiratory
arrest) b. April 23rd 1918.
2013: Slim Williamson/Bradley L. Williamson (86)
American recording executive. He owned several record
labels. He purchased the Chart label in 1964 from Gary Walker for $350.00
(?) b. November 21st 1927.
Adnan Senses (78) Turkish singer and actor, born
in Bursa. He went to school in Ankara and continued his education in Istanbul.
In 1956, he began his singing career. Senses was employed by Radio Ankara, where
he served 16 years long, after which he appeared on the stage of many major music
halls, and played in a total of 47 Yesilçam films (sadly
died after a three year fight with cancer)
b. August 21st 1935.
2014: Alberta Adams/Roberta
Louise Osborn (97) American
Detroit blues, jump blues, and Chicago blues singer. Born in Indianapolis and
raised in Detroit, she began performing as a tap dancer and nightclub singer in
the 1930s. In 1952, she landed a recording contract with Chess Records and recorded
alongside Red Saunders for the record label. She toured alongside Duke Ellington,
Eddie Vinson, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, and T-Bone Walker among others. Her
solo career saw her secure a recording contract with Cannonball Records, and she
recorded two albums for them: 1999's Born With the Blues and 2000s Say Baby Say.
Her 2004 album, I'm on the Move, was released on Eastlawn Records label. In 2006
she released the EP Detroit's Queen of the Blues, which was named Outstanding
Blues/R&B Recording at the 2006 Detroit Music Awards. At age 91 she recorded
Detroit Is My Home, with Ann Rabson and Thornetta Davis as guest artists
(?) b. July 26th 1917.
Geraldo Roca (61) Brazilian singer and acoustic
guitarist; born in Rio de Janeiro most he is most famous for the song 'Pantanal
Train'. The song is considered an unofficial anthem of Mato Grosso do Sul and
was written by himself in partnership with Paulo Simões. Other songs that
have marked his career are "Mochileira", "Polka Again" "Japanese
Has Three Daughters" and "Dona Music" (tragically
he was founf in his apartment with a fatal gunshot in his head) b.
2015: El Agujetas/Manuel Agujetas (76)
Spanish flamenco singer born in Rota and was the son of
singer Agujetas el Viejo. Both father and son follow the school of Manuel Torre,
representative of the tradition of Jerez. He worked in his father's forge until
he went to work in Madrid as a teenager. He took part in the recording of the
Magna Antología del Cante, compiled by Blas Vega and he appeared singing
a martinete in Carlos Saura's 1995 film Flamenco and in Dominique Abel's documentary
b. May 17th 1939.
Aghakhan Abdullayev (66) Azerbaijani folk singer born in Baku were
he finished secondary school in 1968, then continued at the Zeynally Music College
until 1973. He became a mugham teacher in 1973 at the Abilov Culture House in
Baku, and also worked as a teacher at the Zeynally Music College in 1977. His
concert career started in 1975 with Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall. He performed
concerts in several countries of the world, including Iran, Canada, Russia, Austria,
Sweden, US, and many other countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 1992,
he was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic, and in
1998 was designated People's Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic (?)
b. February 6th 1950.
Valery Khalilov (64) Russian military band conductor and a musical
composer, born in the city of Termez, Uzbekistan. At the age of 4, he began to
compose his own music and as a career officer when he graduated from the Moscow
Military Musicians School at the age of 11. He went on to become a lieutenant
general in the Russian military, where he conducted the massed Russian military
bands at the annual "Victory Day" parade held in the Moscow's Red Square
a record 14 times. (tragically died when the plane he was
en route to Syria, crashed into the Black Sea off Sochi, Russia) b.
January 30th 1952.
2016: Miriam Pirazzini
(98) Italian opera singer born in Castelfranco
Veneto, Treviso, Veneto; she made her formal debut in Rome, in 1944, as Laura
Adorno in La Gioconda. For the next 20 years, she was one of Italy's foremost
mezzo-sopranos, she appeared as Amneris in Aïda, at Rovigo-1948, Reggio Calabria-1951
and the Verona Arena-1953; in the oratorio San Giovanni Battista at Perugia-1949;
as Azucena in Il trovatore at the Teatro dell'Opera, Rome-1953; and Neris in Medea-1953,
as well as on the first studio recording of Cherubini's masterpiece. Another of
her roles of the Princesse de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur, which she often
sang with Magda Olivero in the title role, in Brescia-1956-, Lisbon-1956, Palermo-1959
and Caracas-1961, among many other roles. (?)
b. August 21st 1918.
George Michael/Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (53) English singer, songwriter
and record producer, born to a Greek Cypriot father and English mother in East
Finchley, London. While in his early teens, his family moved to Radlett, Hertfordshire,
where, Michael attended Bushey Meads School in Bushey, and befriended his future
Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley. Michael busked on the London Underground, performing
songs such as "'39" by Queen. His involvement in the music business
began with his working as a DJ, playing at clubs and local schools around Bushey,
Stanmore, and Watford, followed by the formation of a short-lived ska band called
The Executive, with Ridgeley, Ridgeley's brother Paul, Andrew Leaver, and David
Mortimer aka >>> READ
the cause of death as yet unknown)
b. June 25th 1963.
2016: Alphonse Mouzon (68)
American jazz drummer and record label owner; born on in Charleston, South Carolina,
he attended Bonds-Wilson High School and took drum lessons from Charles Garner
before playing gigs with the Lonnie Hamilton Band. Following graduation from high
school, he moved to New York to study music and drama at New York City College
and medicine at Manhattan Medical School. While attending college, he played in
the pit band of the Broadway show "Promises, Promises" as well at Columbia
Presbyterian Hospital as working as a medical technologist after graduating from
Manhattan Medical School. By 1969 his reputation as a player had spread to such
an extent that a medical career was no longer attractive and by the early seventies,
he had embarked upon a musical journey that would take him to almost every corner
of the world and would establish his reputation as one the most creative musicians
of >>> READ
Alphonse died battling neuroendocrine carcinoma)
1973: Lowman Pauling (47) American
singer, guitarist, songwriter with The "5" Royales a rhythm and blues
band from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that combined gospel, jump blues and
doo wop, marking an early and influential step in the evolution of soul music.
Most of their big R&B hits were recorded from 1952 to 1953 and written by
Lowman; later cover versions of the band's songs hit the Top 40, including "Dedicated
to the One I Love" -The Shirelles, the Mamas & the Papas; "Tell
the Truth"-Ray Charles; and "Think" -Mick
Jagger, James Brown & The Famous Flames. Both
Eric Clapton and legendary Stax guitarist Steve Cropper cite Lowman as a key influence.(died
from a seizure while performing duties at a Brooklyn synagogue)
b. July 14th 1926.
Farid al-Atrash (59) Syrian-Egyptian composer,
singer, virtuoso oud player, and actor. He immigrated to Egypt in his childhood,
Farid embarked on a highly successful career spanning more than four decades,
recording 350 songs and starring in 31 movies. Sometimes referred to as 'King
of the Oud', he is one of the most important figures of 20th Century Arab music.
Some of the most famous songs include "Rabeeh", "Awal Hamsa",
"Hekayat Gharami", "Albi Wa Moftaho", "Gamil Gamal",
"Wayak", "Ya Zahratan Fi Khayali", "Bisat Ir Rih",
"Ya Gamil Ya Gamil", "Ya Habaybi Ya Ghaybeen", "Eish
Anta" (heart problems) b.
October 19th 1915.
Nikita Magaloff (80) Russian pianist,
born in Saint Petersburg, his family left Russia in 1918 for Finland and then
Paris, where he studied with Isidor Philipp, chair of the piano department at
the Paris Conservatory. He preferred and recorded Chopin's own manuscript versions
of the waltzes rather than the familiar versions and his interpretations of Mendelssohn
are also striking, finding a vein of melancholy that is often missed. In 1949
he taught a master class at the Geneva Conservatory until 1960. Among his many
pupils were the pianists Martha Argerich, Maria Tipo, Ingrid Haebler and Valery
Sigalevitch, and organist Lionel Rogg (?)
February 12th 1912.
Jim "The Welly" Kelly (49) Scottish
lead guitarist and vocalist born in Dundee;
he started out in the 60s playing in local bands such as The Honors, before joining
Lulu's backing band The Luvvers in 1967, after which he played with The Honeybus.
In 1969 he also released a solo single called "Mary, Mary", before returning
to to Dundee. He had more success with rock band, The Sleaz Band and in the mid
70s he teamed up with local band, Hunters Key.
(sadly Jim died while fighting a long illness) b.
December 19th 1946.
1999: Curtis Mayfield (57)
American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer best
known for his music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the film
Super Fly. He was highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious
African-American music. Curtis was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the
guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums. Born
in Chicago, Illinois, Curtis began his career in
while still at Wells High School, when he joined
The Roosters with Arthur and Richard Brooks and Jerry Butler. Two years later
The Roosters, became The Impressions. Curtis
was their main composer, songwriter and took
over as lead singer when Jerry Butler left. In 1970, Curtis also left The Impressions
to begin a solo singing career and he founded the independent record label Curtom
Records. Curtom would go on to release most of his landmark 1970s records, as
well as records by the Impressions, Leroy Hutson, The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples,
and Baby Huey and the Babysitters, a group which at the time included Chaka Khan,
also produced many
of these records. Curtis received the Grammy Lifetime
Achievement Award in 1995. In February, 1998, he had to have his right leg amputated
due to diabetes. Curtis was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on
March 15, 1999, but was too ill to attend the ceremony. His last appearance on
record was with the group Bran Van 3000 on the song "Astounded" for
their 2001 album Discosis (diabetes related)
b. June 3rd 1942.
Ivanovich Petrov/Ivan Krauze (83) Russian bass opera singer, the
family took the name Petrov in 1936 after moving from Siberia to Moscow due to
the suspicions of anyone with a German surname. He entered the Bolshoi Theatre
in 1942, after three years with the Moscow Philharmonic, spent traveling giving
concerts for the troops. He recorded for the conductors Kiril Kondrashin, Mark
Ermler, Boris Khaikin, Mikhail Zhukov, Vassili Nebolsin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Samuil
Samosud, Nicolai Golovanov and Vassili Nebolsin, and continued singing until 1970
when diabetes began to affect his voice, then concentrated on teaching
(?) b. February 29th 1920.
2004: Sigurd Køhn (55) Norwegian jazz
saxophonist and composer; born in Kristiansand, he started playing the violin
and the clarinet at age 9 years, and begun playing the alto saxophone when he
was 14. He moved to Oslo at 19, and in the 1980s he played the saxophone with
fusion and soul bands Lava, Son of Sam, The heavy gentlemen and more, returning
to the jazz in the 1990s, except when he performed with the band A-ha on their
tours between 1991 - 1994. He played with the jazz quartet The Real Thing from
1992 until his death, in addition to his own Sigurd Køhn Quartet from 1994
and Køhn/Johansen Sextet from 1999. In 1996 Køhn's first record
under his own name was released, ''More Pepper, Please'', where he performed the
music of Art Pepper (died along with his 16 year old son,
while on holiday in Thailand, they was killed in the tsunami disaster)
b. August 6th 1959.
Mongo/Mieszko Talarczyk (30)
Polish lead singer and guitarist of the Swedish
band Nasum, Genocide Superstars, Krigshot and Charles Harfager also known for
his engineering and production abilities, he co-founded Soundlab studios with
Millencolin guitarist Mathias Färm (died while on holiday
in Thailand he was killed in the tsunami disaster. His body was identified on
February 16th 2005) b. December 23rd 1974.
2004: Aki Sirkesalo (42) Finnish musician,
born in in Toijala; he started his public career in '84 as an announcer in the
Finnish Broadcasting Company radio show Rockradio. In 1986 he formed a band called
Giddyups, followed with a successful a cappella group Veeti and the Velvets. He
released his first solo album Mielenrauhaa ("peace of mind") in 1995.
He went on to make four more solo albums, the latest of which was released posthumously
in February 2005 (died with his family while on holiday
at Khao Lak, Thailand, killed by the Indian Ocean
disaster) b. July 25th 1962.
Muriel Costa-Greenspon (68) American mezzo-soprano born in Detroit,
she studied voice at the University of Michigan and in New York City. She made
her professional debut with the Detroit Grand Opera Association at the Detroit
Opera House as Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief in 1960. Over the next
decade she appeared with many opera companies around the US, including performances
at the Baltimore Opera Company, the Opera Company of Boston, the Connecticut Opera,
the Dallas Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company,
and the San Antonio Opera among others. Muriel had a long career at the New York
City Opera between 1963-1993, portraying many character roles from works by Leonard
Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Carlisle Floyd, Arthur Honegger, Gian Carlo Menotti,
Lee Hoiby, and Douglas Moore, to the contralto heroines of Gilbert and Sullivan,
and comic scene stealers by Puccini, Mozart, and Donizetti. She was known not
only for her abilities as a singer and musician but also as an accomplished actress;
being able to create three-dimensional characters, rather than mere caricatures
(natural causes) b. December
Joe Dolan (68) Irish singer and guitarist born near Mullingar, Co.
Westmeath; in 1958 he and his brother formed a band called Joe Dolan and The Drifters.
Their first single The Answer to Everything, reached No.4 in the charts,
but in the summer of 1968, musical differences saw the band split. Joe launched
a solo career and had more success with Make Me an Island. The track
was a massive hit in England and after a Top of the Pops appearance the floodgates
opened across Europe and around the world the song eventually becoming
a number one hit in an unprecedented 14 countries. Other hit singles include Teresa,
Youre Such a Good Looking Woman, More and More,
Its You, Its You, Its You It
Makes No Difference, Crazy Woman, Sister Mary, Midnight
Lover, Hush Hush Maria and I Need You, If
I Could Put My Life on Paper You and the Looking Glass In 1978,
he made history when he became the first Western act to tour communist Russia.
Very popular in Europe, Australasia, Africa and South America he toured, recorded
and produced reords until his death (sadly Joe died from
a brain hemorrhage) b. October 16th
Felix Wurman (51) American cellist and composer born in Chicago,
Illinois; he began playing the cello at age seven and gave
his first public performance, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at age 12.
He was invited to attend the Juilliard School, but chose to study in Europe under
the British cellist Jacqueline du Pré. While in England, Felix focused
on chamber music and performed with Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove in Cornwall,
England. He was also a founder of the chamber music group
Domus, who went on to won two German Record Critics' Prizes and a Gramophone Award
for Best Chamber Music Recording for its recording of Fauré: Piano Quartets
1 & 2. Later he returned to Chicago, joining the Lyric Opera - Chicago Orchestra
and became a free-lance cellist in Chicago. He performed concerts of the Sonatas
and partitas for solo violin at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the
Cultural Center in Chicago, both of which were simultaneously broadcast on radio.
He later moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he joined the the New
Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He also continued his interest in chamber music, performing
for the Placitas Artist Series, East Mountain Artists Series, Corrales Cultural
Arts Council and Albuquerque Chamber Soloists. Wurman also formed the Noisy Neighbors
Chamber Orchestra, made up of musicians from the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
In early 2007 he created the "Church of Beethoven"
and he recruited musicians from the New Mexico Symphony Orhcestra, and they began
playing Sunday concerts in an abandoned gas station off old Route 66.
(Sadly died after a brave battle with cancer) b.
October 27th 1958.
2010: Teena Marie/Mary
Christine Brockert (54) American singer and composer; born in Santa
Monica, CA, she was a protégée of funk artist Rick James. She played
rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas and also wrote, produced, sang and arranged
virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release, Irons in the Fire. Teena signed
with Motown Records in 1976, where her debut album release, Wild and Peaceful,
was originally conceived as a project to be produced by Rick James for Diana Ross,
but Rick decided to work with Teena. She continued her success with Motown until
1983 when she signed to Epic Records. She has released 13 studio albums, 7 compilation
albums, and 30 singles since her debut album in 1979. She has been awarded with
four gold albums, and has had 6 top ten albums and 7 top ten singles on the U.S.
R&B charts (natural causes)
b. March 5th 1956.
2010: Bernard Wilson (64)
American singer, a North Philadelphia native and attended Bok Tech
High School, but left home at the age of 16 to seek fame and fortune as an entertainer.
In 1970, he joined the evolving line-up of Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Harold
was another native of Philadelphia. With Teddy Pendergrass added to the group
they released their first record, achieving great success. Their self-titled LP
produced three singles on the Billboard charts. It was this early-to-mid 1970s
lineup that had such hits as "If You Don't Know Me by Now," "The
Love I Lost," "Don't Leave Me This Way," and "Bad Luck".
Other chart toppers for the band such as "I Miss You" and "Wake
Up Everybody, from their 5 self-titled platinum record soon followed. Bernard
stayed with the Bluenotes through six albums and then left the group in 1977,
shortly after Teddy Pendergrass's departure, to pursue a solo career (sadly
died of a stroke stroke and heart attack) b. 1946.
2011: Betty McQuade (70) Scottish-born Australian
singer and rock n roll pioneer; she emigrated to Brisbane and ended up working
in Melbourne. In 1961 she recorded and had a local hit with John D. Loudermilk's
"Midnight Bus", which peaked at No. 6 in the Melbourne charts
(sadly died after a long illness) b. August 26th
Sam Rivers (88) American jazz musician
and composer, he performed on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute,
harmonica and piano. In 1959 he began performing with 13-year-old drummer Tony
Williams, who went on to have an impressive career. He was briefly a member of
the Miles Davis's quintet in 1964, and recorded the album, Miles in Tokyo. Sam
was signed by Blue Note Records, for whom he recorded four albums as leader and
made several sideman appearances. Among noted sidemen on his own Blue Note albums
were Jaki Byard, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard. He appeared on Blue Note
recordings of Tony Williams, Andrew Hill and Larry Young. During the 1970s, Sam
and his wife, Bea, ran the noted jazz performance loft called "Studio Rivbea"
in New York City's NoHo district. He continued to record for a variety of labels
with the likes of Alexander von Schlippenbach, Cecil Taylor, Brian Groder, Jason
Moran, NOJO and performed regularly with his Orchestra and Trio, with Doug Matthews
and Rion Smith (Sam sadly died from pneumonia)
b. September 25th 1923.
2012: Fontella Bass (72) American singer
and pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri, she
was the older sister of the R&B singer David Peaston and the daughter
of gospel singer Martha Bass. At 5, she was providing the piano accompaniment
for her grandmother's singing at funeral services, at
6 years old she was singing in her church's choir and by the time she was
9 she was accompanying her mother on tours throughout the American South and Southwest.
She continued touring with her mother until she was 16. At seventeen, she started
her professional career working at the Showboat Club near Chain of Rocks, Missouri.
In 1961, she auditioned on a dare for the Leon Claxton carnival show and was hired
to play piano and sing in the chorus for two weeks, making $175 per week for the
two weeks it was in town >>> READ
MORE <<< (sadly Fontella died
of complications from a recent heart attack)
b. July 3rd 1940.
Hungarian-born American singer and actress born in Budapest, she was from
"The Silver Age of Operetta". Many famous operetta composers, including
Franz Lehár, Fritz Kreisler, Robert Stolz, Oscar Straus and Paul Abraham,
composed works especially for her. While still a teenager, she embarked on a tour
of Denmark, Holland and Sweden before arriving in Vienna at the invitation of
Emmerich Kálmán. During the early 30s, she was discovered by the
film industry, and her career took off resulting in international fame; she made
more than 40 films in 5 languages: Hungarian, English, German, French and Italian.
Throughout her very long career, Marta maintained active recital tours throughout
Europe, Canada and the USA, combining her extensive repertoire of lieder, opera,
film songs, and especially Viennese operetta. In 1999, at the age of 87, she sang
on the stage of the Vienna State Opera in a special televised matinée concert
to mark that opera house's first production of Lehár's The Merry Widow.
She sang a medley from the operetta in four languages and received a spontaneous
standing ovation, and repeated this medley in 2000, at a gala to mark the 200th
anniversary of Vienna's Theater an der Wien.
In 2001, she returned to London for "An Interview-in-Concert" at a sold-out
Wigmore Hall. Her last performance was at age 99 in 2011
(?) b. April 17th 1912.
2014: Dick Dale (88) American
saxophonist and singer born in Algona, Iowa; he served in the US Navy during WW
II after which he played in bands such as Harold Loeffelmacher and his Six Fat
Dutchmen polka band. He joined Lawrence Welk in 1951, and continued with
The Lawrence Welk Show, until it finished in 1982,
even then he continued with his fellow Welk alumni. During his time with The Lawrence
Welk Show, in addition to playing the saxophone, Dick sang solos, duets, performed
in comedy sketches, dances, and also played Santa Claus for many years on the
Christmas shows. From 1990 to 1996, he co-owned and operated the Rainbow Music
Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with fellow Welk star Ava Barbe
(?) b. September 14th 1926.
Tore Andersen (55) Norwegian country singer and
guitarist born and raised in Sørkedalen outside Oslo but moved at a young
age to Prestebakke and from there to Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag.
He played in amateur bands from his early teens. At age 19 he won Trøndersk
Talent 79 and from rom 1982 to 1992 he was the lead singer and guitarist of the
band trønder Vikings. In 1993 he released his debut solo album The Hero
In Me and in 2009 he won the Grammy Award in the "country" category,
with the single "Goodbye Blues".
(Tore died suddenly and unexpectedly of an ailment just
four days after a concert he gave at Kampen Bistro in Oslo, together his friend
Ottar "Big Hand" Johansen) b. March 22nd
1978: Bob Luman (41) American country and
rockabilly singer and a member of both the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Texas
Country Music Hall of Fame. He toured frequently in the 60s and 70s, and became
popular in Las Vegas, with an act which combined country and rockabilly
and known in non-country circles for his 1960 crossover novelty hit, "Let's
Think About Living". He
signed with Epic Records in 1968, and had several hits with them, including "Lonely
Women Make Good Lovers" and "Still Loving You", "Lonely Women
Make Good Lovers" became his biggest country hit, hitting No.4 on the country
chart. His other country hits included "Ain't Got Time To Be Unhappy",
"Ballad of Two Brothers", "When You Say Love", "Neither
One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)", "Proud Of You Baby",
and "The Pay Phone" (pneumonia)
Bell (27) American guitarist singer, songwriter
born in Memphis, Tennessee. He played in a number of Memphis bands beginning in
the 1960s, before he and Alex Chilton led the power pop band Big Star, which recorded
albums during the early 1970s. Chris left the group after Big Star's first album,
"No.1 Record" in 1972. He recorded as a solo artist for the remainder
of the 1970s; with hits such as "I Am the Cosmos" and "You and
Your Sister", released in 1978. The band This Mortal Coil covered these two
songs on their 1991 album "Blood" (he was killed
instantly when his speeding car hit a tree) b. January
1981: Howard 'Hoagy' Carmichael
(82) American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader born
in Bloomington, Indiana. He is best known for writing "Stardust", "Georgia
On My Mind," "Up A Lazy River," "Skylark," and "Heart
and Soul", some of the most-recorded American songs of all time. In 1943,
he returned to the movies and played "Cricket" in the screen adaptation
of Ernest Hemingway's 'To Have and Have Not', where he sang "Hong Kong Blues"
and "The Rhumba Jumps", and played piano as Bacall sang "How Little
We Know". He also contributed to the 1941 Max Fleischer animated film, Mister
Bug Goes to Town later reissued as Hoppity Goes To Town. Hoagy,
seated at piano, encourages Harold Russell playing, as Fredric March stands and
watches. He appeared as an actor in a total of 14 motion pictures (sadly
died from a heart attack) b. November 22nd 1899.
1993: Michael Callen (38) American singer,
songwriter, composer, author, and AIDS activist born in Rising Sun, Indiana. In
the early 80s, he was in the mixed gay four-piece band Lowlife, playing
piano and keyboards, singing, yodeling, and twirling a baton. Next he
was a founding member of the gay male a cappella singing group The Flirtations,
recording two albums. He also had a solo album, Purple Heart. During his last
year, he recorded over 40 songs; Legacy, a 2-CD album of 29 of them, was posthumously
released by Significant Other Records in 1996. In partnership with Oscar winner
Peter Allen and Marsha Melamet, he wrote his most famous song, "Love Don't
Need a Reason", which he sang frequently at gay pride and AIDS related events.
In 1993 he appeared in the films Philadelphia, as part of The Flirtations, and
appeared in drag as "Miss HIV", a singing virus in Zero Patience (AIDS
related compications) b. April 11th 1955.
1995: Shura Cherkassky (86) Russian-American
classical pianist born in Odessa, Russia-Ukraine, known for his performances of
the romantic repertoire. His playing was characterized by a virtuoso technique
and singing piano tone. In the 1940s he moved to California, among his many acheivements
he appeared at the Hollywood Bowl with conductors such as Sir John Barbirolli
and Leopold Stokowski, and he played the sound track (Beethoven's Appassionata
Sonata) for the Bette Davis '46 film Deception. He also played Stravinsky's Three
Pieces from Petrushka for the composer, who advised him to use the 'una corda'
pedal for certain loud passages in order to obtain a particular special effect.
For much of his later life, Shura resided in Britain
and his 70 year career continued to flourish with appearances at all the great
concert venues of the world: the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Herkulessaal
in Munich, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Théâtre
des Champs-Élysées, at Suntory Hall in Tokyo (?)
b. October 7th
2003: Vestal Goodman (74)
American Gospel singer She is known both as a solo performer and as a founding
member of The Happy Goodman Family, one of the pioneering groups in southern Gospel.
Vestal was honored repeatedly as "The Queen of Southern Gospel Music"
and was one of the most beloved artists in the genre. The Happy Goodmans won multiple
Grammy and Dove awards, charted 15 No.1 hit songs including I Wouldnt
Take Nothin For My Journey Now," and performed more than 3,500 concerts,
including performing at the White House for President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Vestal
was also known for her trademark handkerchief, which she held in her hand during
virtually every performance, sometimes waving it over her head. She was inducted
into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2004. The Happy Goodmans
group was inducted in 1998. (sadly died complications from
b. December 13th 1929.
2004: Walter Louis "Hank" Garland (74)
American session guitarist; at age 19, he recorded his million-selling "Sugarfoot
Rag," and became
Nashville's busiest country guitar picker, playing
many genres. He is well known for his work on Elvis Presley's recordings from
1957 to 1961 with such rock hits as "Little Sister," "I Need Your
Love Tonight" and "A Big Hunk o' Love." However, he also worked
with many country music as well as rock 'n roll stars of the late 1950s and early
1960s including Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Mel Tillis, Marty Robbins, the Everly
Brothers, Boots Randolph, Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty. He also played with jazz
artists such as George Shearing and Charlie Parker in New York and went on to
record Jazz Winds From a New Direction, showcasing his evolving talent.
At the request of Gibson Guitar company president, Ted McCarty, Hank and fellow
guitarist Billy Byrd strongly influenced the design of the Byrdland guitar.
Sadly a car crash left Hank in a coma for months. He eventually recovered but
had lost most of his memory. He learnt to walk, talk and play the guitar again.
His life and times are the subject of the independent film Crazy. (staph
infection) b. November 11th
Pierre Delanoë/Pierre Charles Marcel Napoléon Leroyer (88)
French songwriter, lyricist; from the late 40s through the 80s, he wrote 1000s
of songs, estimations vary between 4,000 - 5,000, which ever, his lyrics graced
hundreds of best-selling chansons by singers including Charles Aznavour, Marlene
Dietrich, Johnny Hallyday, Françoise Hardy, Nana Mouskouri, Edith
François and Gilbert Bécaud. His "Je T'Appartiens", hit
in 1955, was covered as "Let it Be Me" by the Everly Brothers, Tom Jones,
Nina Simone, Sonny & Cher and Bob Dylan; and his 1961 "Et Maintenant"
became "What Now, My Love" for Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark, Frank Sinatra,
Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley. In
the 60s, he also translated into French many American and British hits, helping
Hughes Aufray turn Bob Dylan's "Times They are A-Changin" and "Don't
Think Twice, It's All Right" into "Les Temps Changent" and "N'y
Pense Plus, Tout Va Bien" and improving on the original lyrics of the British
group Christie's "Yellow River" when coming up with "L'Amérique"
for Joe Dassin in 1970. In 1955 Pierre was also a founder of Europe 1, formerly
known as Europe n° 1, the privately-owned radio network, it is one of the
leading French radio broadcasters and heard throughout France. (cardiac
arrest) b December 16th 1918.
2008: Delaney Bramlett (69)
American singer, guitarist, songwriter and record producer; he became a
regular on the U.S. television show Shindig! as member of the show's house band,
the the Shin-diggers, later renamed the Shindogs, before forming the band Delaney
& Bonnie and Friends with his then wife, Bonnie and Leon Russell. Over a span
of 40 years he worked with many top artists including Etta James, Elvin Bishop,
John Hammond, Dorothy Morrison and The Staple Singers. Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix,
Janis Joplin, Rita Coolidge, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, John Lennon, The Everly
Brothers, Spooner Oldham, Dr. John, George Harrison, Gram Parsons, Steve Cropper,
Billy Burnette, Mac Davis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dennis Morgan, and his own daughter,
Bekka Bramlett. (complications from gallbladder surgery)
b. July 1st 1939.
Billy Maddox (54) American drummer, a native of Abilene; he formed
jazz-rock band the Electromagnets with childhood friend, keyboard player Stephen
Barber, in Austin. Then in 1974 guitar wizzard Eric Johnson was added to the group.
Billy also played in the Eric Johnson Group, Alien Love Child and in Omar and
the Howlers. He
replaced Chris Layton in Grady in 2006, but had to drop out a year later due to
a heart condition. He built a home recording studio and had finished a solo project
just before his death (Brutally
shot dead when a neighbor broke into his family home) b.
Maureen Lehane Wishart (78) British soprano before
establishing the Great Elm Music Festival in Somerset. Her early performances
were in Gilbert and Sullivan, but in 1953 she sang Messiah in St Margaret Lothbury,
London. She came second in the inaugural Kathleen Ferrier Award in 1955. She
soon acquired a reputation as a formidable Handel singer, with roles in Ariodante
and Belshazzar among her repertoire. At Glyndebourne she appeared in Cavallis
LOrmindo in 1967. She detested opera on account of the travelling, the offstage
rivalries and the onstage egos, but, she appeared in The Marriage of Figaro in
Cologne in 1975. She was much more at home in concert, such as singing Haydns
Harmoniemesse at the Proms in 1974. She also sang at Carnegie Hall, New York,
and at the Göttingen Handel Festival in Germany. In 1990 she persuaded Dame
Joan Sutherland to become patron of the Jackdaws Music Education Trust, named
after the Wisharts house and was thrilled when, in 2003, La Stupenda came
to adjudicate at the awards (?)
b. September 18th 1932.
2011: Dan Terry (87)
American big bandleader, arranger, trumpet and flugelhorn player, born in Kingston,
PA. He went to New York City when he was 14, and worked with Muggsy Spanier. After
a stint in the US Marine Corps, he moved to LA to lead the Hollywood Teenagers
Band before returning to New York in 1948 to play with Sonny Dunham for eight
months. He then studied theory at the College of the Pacific on the GI Bill from
1948-49. He went on to form his own band and appeared in Birdland with Sarah Vaughan,
Chris Connor, Johnny Smith, Dinah Washington, and
other jazz greats. He also made half a dozen LP recordings, including 20 sides
on Columbia Records in '54, and wrote music for and performed in the films The
Hustler and The Manchurian Candidate. In addition to his recordings and touring,
Dan worked as a jazz radio announcer for 40 years at radio stations in Stockton,
California, Las Vegas, Middletown, New York, and Phoenix, Arizona
(?) b. December 22nd 1924.
Sohrab Hossain (91) Bangladeshi singer, exponent
of Nazrul Sangeet, born in Ayeshtala village near Ranaghat in Nadia, West Bengal.
He worked as a playback singer in several movies. He was also a teacher of few
musical institutions. In 1980 Hossain was honoured with the highest
state award, the Independence Day Award (he
had been suffering from diabetes and respiratory problems)
b. April 9th 1922
Lloyd Charmers/Lloyd Tyrell (74) Jamaican singer
and record producer; he becan his professional career in 1962, when he performed
as The Charmers with Roy Willis on Vere Johns' Talent Hour, and starting a recording
career soon after. When The Charmers split, he joined Slim Smith and Martin Jimmy
Riley in The Uniques. He then moved on to a solo career, releasing two albums
in 1970, and also recording x-rated tracks such as "Birth Control",
and the album Censored, these more risqué outings appearing under his real
name or as 'Lloydie & The Lowbites'. He was also briefly a member
of The Messengers, a short-lived supergroup featuring Ken Boothe, B. B. Seaton
and Busty Brown. In the early 1970s, he set up his own 'Splash' record label and
with his session band, The Now Generation, he produced artists such as Ken Boothe,
B. B. Seaton, The Gaylads, Lloyd Parks and recorded his own songs (sadly
Lloyd died of a heart attack)
2013: Boyd Lee Dunlop (87) American jazz pianist,
born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but as a child moved to Buffulo with his
family. He found his first piano discarded outside his house, with only half the
keys working. Until 2011, he can be found only on one record, an R & B session
from the late 1950s by Big Jay McNeely. For years Boyd worked in Buffalos
steel mills and rail yards, yet his calling was the piano and he played in the
clubs around Buffalo, including the Colored Musicians Club. Boyd enjoy
a career resurgence after being "rediscovered" in a Buffalo nursing
home at age 84 and on December 10th 2011, he released his debut album, Boyd's
Blues, which debuted as the No.1 jazz album on iTunes, and No.28 on Billboard's
Heatseeker chart. Boyd was profiled by Dan Barry in The New York Times on December
9th 2011, with a short film, "An Unexpected Debut" by Todd Heisler and
Nick Harbaugh. He was also profiled by Scott Simon on NPR Weekend Edition on December
10th 2011, as well as profiled by writer Geoff Kelly for Buffalo, NY's Artvoice
and on October 4th 2012, he and his jazz drummer brother Frankie, were inducted
into the Buffalo Music Hall of fame. (?)
b. June 20th 1926
Francisco Curiel Defosse (64) Mexican
songwriter and producer, born in Mexico City. He is best known for Sexo por compasión
in 2000, Santo contra el rey del crimen in 1962 and Pichirilo in 2002. In 1990
he won the international OTI Festival in Las Vegas with "A Bolero" performed
by Carlos Cuevas and in 1997 he repeated the victory with "Whatever Else
May Be Said" (sadly died from a heart attack)
b. February 13th 1950
2014: Al Belletto (86)
American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, raised
in New Orleans, where he led his own bands as a college student; he eventually
obtained a master's degree from Louisiana State University. He played with Sharkey
Bonano, Louis Prima, Wingy Manone and the Dukes of Dixieland in the 1940s and
1950s, then led his own band for several albums on Capitol Records from 1952.
He and his ensemble became part of Woody Herman's band for State Department tours
of South America in 1958-59. In
the 1960s, Al worked at the New Orleans Playboy Club fronting the house band and
serving as Musical/Entertainment Director, booking nationally-known acts into
(sadly died after a brave battle with Huntingtons
disease) b. January 3rd 1928.
2014: Claude Frank (89) German-born
American pianist, born in Nuremberg, Germany. His father emigrated to Brussels
after the advent of the Third Reich, and the family eventually settled in Paris
when Frank was 12, but in 1940, he and his mother escaped France by way of the
Pyrenees to Lisbon, and settled in the USA; he became an American
citizen in 1944 and served in the US military. He went on
to become a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. He served on the faculty
of the Curtis Institute of Music, and presented master classes at Yale University,
Duke University, the University of Kansas, and the North Carolina School of the
Arts among many others. He joined the piano faculty of the Yale School of Music
in 1973. Frank wrote his memoirs with co-author Hawley Roddick, The Music That
Saved My Life: From Hitler's Germany to the World's Concert Stages. As part of
the cultural events surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Frank performed alongside
nine other celebrated pianists at "The Olympic Centenary Piano Extravaganza
of China". Frank also would give joint concerts with his wife Lilian Kallir
(sadly died from complications of dementia)
b. December 24th 1925.
Andy M. Stewart (63)
singer-songwriter and banjo player, born in Alyth, Perthshire.He got his brake
as the frontman and a banjo player for the band, Silly Wizard with whom he toured
until their break-up in 1988 after a successful US tour. It was while Andy was
in the Wizards that he gained much recognition for his beautiful interpretations
of the traditional songs of Scotland and Ireland and also became known as a master
of songwriting in the traditional style. They released nine albums between 1976
and 1988, including Caledonias Hardy Sons in 1978, So Many Partings in 1980
and the more electronic A Glint of Silver in 1986, and notably recorded the theme
song for Scots soap opera Take the High Road, a variation on Loch Lomond. His
self-penned songs s such as "The Ramblin' Rover", "Golden, Golden",
"The Queen of Argyll", and "Where are You Tonight, I Wonder"
have become almost instant classics, and have been recorded by June Tabor, The
Dubliners and Deanta, to name a few. (Tragically
early 2015 saw Andy confined to a wheelchair, paralysed from the chest down as
a result of medical difficulties including failed spinal surgery in 2012. Then
sadly just nine months later he died in hospital after suffering a stroke and
a bout of pneumonia)
b. September 8th 1952.
Stevie Wright (68) English-born Australian singer;
in Leeds, England, but when he was nine in 1958, his family migrated to Melbourne,
Australia, then moved to the Villawood Migrant Hostel, Sydney in 1960. In his
early-mid teens Stevie was lead vocalist with a local band, The Outlaws and by
1964 had formed Chris Langdon & the Langdells, which played The Shadows-styled
surf music but converted to beat music under the influence of The Beatles. While
he was performing at Suzie Wongs Chinese restaurant, he met up with two
Dutch immigrants, Vanda , born Johannes Hendricus Vandenberg and Dingeman Van
der Sluys aka Dick Diamonde, the three decided to form a new band along with Vandenberg's
friend and fellow hostel resident Scottish-born George Young and another UK musician
(sadly died from pneumonia) b.
Craig Strickland (29) American country singer
born in Alma, Oklahoma, he was the lead vocalist for the Arkansas based band,
Backroad Anthem, which formed in 2012. (Craig and
a friend, Chase Morland, were duck hunting at Bear Creek Cove, on Kaw Lake, Oklahoma.
Morland drowned after the 1977 Flat Bottom John Boat they were in capsized, Craig
had swam to shore, but succumbed to hypothermia) b.
June 2nd 1986.
1937: Maurice Ravel (62)
French pianist, composer of Impressionist music
known especially for his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects.
Born in in the Basque town of Ciboure, France, near Biarritz, much of his piano
music, chamber music, vocal music and orchestral music has entered the standard
concert repertoire. Maurice's
piano compositions, such as Jeux d'eau, Miroirs and Gaspard de la Nuit, demand
considerable virtuosity from the performer, and his orchestral music, including
Daphnis et Chloé and his arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at
an Exhibition, uses a variety of sound and instrumentation very effectively (Maurice
sadly died following surgery to relieve an obstructed vessel supplying blood to
his brain) b. March 7th 1875.
Ivie Anderson (45) American jazz singer, born in Gilroy, California;
Ivie is best known for performing with Duke Ellington. She recorded dozens of
songs with The Duke between 1932 and 1942 including "It Don't Mean a Thing
(If it Ain't Got That Swing)", "I've Got The World On A String",
"My Old Flame", "Your Love Has Faded", "Solitude",
"Stormy Weather", and "Mood Indigo". In 1937, he also appeared
as a singer in the Marx Brothers movie A Day at the Races and the same year in
Hit Parade of 1937. Ivie developed chronic asthma, which forced her to retire
from touring. She ran a chicken restaurant, Ivie's Chicken Shack, and continued
singing in nightclubs on the west coast (asthma related)
b. July 10th 1905.
1952: Fletcher Henderson Jr (55) African American
pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big
band jazz and swing music. Born in Cuthbert, Georgia, he was often known as "Smack"
Henderson. Moving to NewYork he became recording director for the fledgling Black
Swan label from 1921-1923. In 1922 he formed his own band, which was resident
first at the Club Alabam then at the Roseland, and quickly became known as the
best African-American band in New York. Fletcher
was also responsible for bringing Louis Armstrong from Chicago to New York, thus
flipping the focal point of jazz in the history of the U.S.
In 1925, along with fellow composer Henry Troy, he wrote "Gin House Blues",
recorded by Bessie Smith and Nina Simone amongst others. He also wrote the very
popular jazz composition "Soft Winds" among others.He
recorded extensively in the 1920s on well over a dozen different labels. At one
time or another, in addition to Armstrong, lead trumpeters included Henry "Red"
Allen, Joe Smith, Rex Stewart, Tommy Ladnier, Doc Cheatham and Roy Eldridge on
trumpet. Lead sax players included Coleman Hawkins, Buster Bailey, Benny Carter
and Chu Berry. Sun Ra also worked as an arranger during the 1940s during Henderson's
engagement at the Club DeLisa in Chicago. After 1931, he was well regarded as
an arranger and his arrangements became influential. In addition to his own band
he arranged for several other bands, including those of Teddy Hill, Isham Jones,
and most famously, Benny Goodman. In 1939 he disbanded his own band and joined
Goodman's, first as both pianist and arranger and then working full-time as the
staff arranger. He reformed bands of his own several times in the 1940s, toured
with Ethel Waters again in 1948 - 1949, but he suffered a stroke in 1950 resulting
in partial paralysis that ended his days as a pianist (sadly
died from heart problems)
b. December 18th 1897.
1963: Paul Hindemith
(68) German composer, violinist, teacher, music theorist and conductor
born in Hanau, near Frankfurt. His early works are in a late romantic idiom, and
he later produced expressionist works, rather in the style of early Arnold Schoenberg,
before developing a leaner, contrapuntally complex style in the 1920s. This new
style can be heard in the series of works he wrote called Kammermusik (Chamber
Music) from 1922 to 1927. In 1933-35, he wrote his opera Mathis der Maler, based
on the life of the painter Matthias Grünewald. His most popular work, both
on record and in the concert hall, is probably the Symphonic Metamorphoses of
Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, written in 1943. It takes melodies from various
works by Weber, mainly piano duets, but also one from the overture to his incidental
music for Turandot (Op. 37/J. 75), and transforms and adapts them so that each
movement of the piece is based on one theme (acute pancreatitis)
b. November 16th 1895.
1971: Max Steiner (83)
Austrian-born American music composer for theatre productions and films.
He later became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He was one of the
best-known composers in Hollywood, and is widely regarded today as one of the
greatest film score composers in the history of cinema. He was a frequent collaborator
with some of the most famous film directors in history, including John Ford and
William Wyler. Besides his Oscar-winning scores, just a few of his dozens of popular
works include King Kong -1933; Little Women -1933; Jezebel -1938; Casablanca -1942;
and the film score for which he is possibly best known, Gone with the Wind in
1939. Despite being one of the most popular film soundtracks ever written, Gone
with the Wind failed to win an Oscar for him. Max
worked in New York for eleven years as a musical director, arranger, orchestrator,
and conductor of Broadway operettas and musicals written by Victor Herbert, Jerome
Kern, Vincent Youmans, and George Gershwin, among others. Steiner's credits include:
George White's Scandals -1922; Lady Be Good -1924; and Rosalie -1928 (died
of congestive heart failure) b.
May 10th 1888.
Freddie King (42)
Afro-American rock blues guitarist, singer; born
in Gilmer, Texas, where Freddie's mother and uncle began teaching him to play
guitar at the age of six. The family moved to the South Side of Chicago in 1950,
where he played with bands such as The Sonny Cooper Band and Early Payton's Blues
Cats and he formed his first band Every Hour Blues Boys with guitarist Jimmy Lee
Robinson and drummer Sonny Scott. In 1953 he made recordings for Parrot records,
which were not released and 1956 he recorded "Country Boy", a duet with
Margaret Whitfield for El-Bee records. He
had a twenty year recording career and became established as an influential guitarist.
He inspired American musicians including Bill Freeman, Denny Campbell and Jimmie
Vaughan, and mid 1960s UK blues revivalists such as Eric Clapton, Chicken Shack
and Peter Green. He perfected his own guitar style
based on Texas and Chicago influences and was one of the first bluesmen to have
a multi-racial backing band on stage with him at live performances. Freddie
toured with the big R&B acts such as Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and James Brown
and is known for his recordings such as "Have
You Ever Loved A Woman" in 1960 and his Top 40 hit "Hide Away"
in 1961, as well as albums such as "Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy
King" and "Burglar" (heart
failure) b. September 3rd 1934.
Sam T. Brown (39) American session guitarist
born in Towson Maryland and later relocated to New York where he became a wanted
session and studio musician. He worked along side many artists including with
Keith Jarrett, Duke Pearson, Astrud Gilberto, Barry Manilow,
the Bill Evans George Russell Orchestra, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Big Band, James
others (?) b.
January 19th 1939.
Chris Bell (27) American guitarist and
singer-songwriter born in Memphis, Tennessee; along with Alex Chilton, he led
the power pop band Big Star, which recorded albums during the early 1970s. He
left the group after Big Star's first album, 'No.1 Record' in 1972, failed to
find commercial success, although some of his musical and lyrical contributions
were used on the band's second album, 'Radio City' in 1974. Chris recorded as
a solo artist for the remainder of the 1970s; two of these influential solo recordings,
"I Am the Cosmos" and "You and Your Sister", were released
on a 1978 single on Car Records. These two songs became popular among collectors
of Big Star-related items, and they were later covered on the 1991 This Mortal
Coil's 'Blood' album (died instantly when his car crashed
into a telephone pole) b. January 12th 1951.
1983: Dennis Carl Wilson (39)
American drummer and founder member of The Beach Boys. Born in Inglewood,
California, he was the second oldest of the three Wilson brothers. The Beach Boys
formed in August 1961 under the guidance of father Murry Wilson. Though the Beach
Boys were named for and developed an image based on the California surfing culture,
Dennis was the only real surfer in the band. Their 1961 debut single "Surfin'"
was followed by many chart hits including "Help Me, Rhonda", "California
Girls", "I Get Around", "Surfing USA", "Barbara
Ann", "Sloup John B", "Good Vibrations", "Wouldn't
It Be Nice", "Fun Fun Fun" and "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)".
Dennis starred alongside James Taylor and Warren Oates in the critically acclaimed
1971 film "Two-Lane Blacktop" as The Mechanic. He
released his debut solo album Pacific Ocean Blue in 1977. His collaborators on
the album included Daryl Dragon, the 'Captain' of Captain & Tennille and Gregg
Jakobson. The album peaked at No.96 in the US and sold around 300,000 copies.
His follow-up album, Bambu, was initially scuttled by lack of financing and the
distractions of Beach Boys projects. A sampling of its music was officially released
in 2008 as bonus material with the Pacific Ocean Blue reissue. Two
songs from the Bambu sessions, "Love Surrounds Me" and "Baby Blue"
were lifted for the Beach Boys 1979 L.A. (Light Album). The
Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 (Alcohol
related drowning at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles. Dennis was buried at sea off
the California coast by the U.S. Coast Guard) b.
December 4th 1944.
Morton (77) American
jazz trombonist; born in New York City,
of his first jobs was working with Clarence Holiday, and he appeared with Clarence's
daughter Billie Holiday towards the end of her life on The Sound of Jazz. In the
1960s he was part of the Jazz Giants band: "Wild" Bill Davison, Herb
Hall, Claude Hopkins, Arvell Shaw and Buzzy Drootin. They toured the U.S. and
frequently in Canada where they did some recording for Sackville Records. Towards
the end of the 60's he played with an offshoot of the Jazz Giants under the leadership
of Drootin, called Buzzy's Jazz Family. But he is probably best known for his
work with Count Basie and Fletcher Henderson (?)
b. January 31st 1907.
Grace Elizabeth Agnes Annie "Gracie" Cole (82) English trumpet
player, singer and bandleader born in Rowlands Gill, County Durham. Her father,
a cornet player in colliery bands taught her the cornet at aged 12 and she played
with local brass bands in her teens, including the Firbeck Colliery Band alongside
her father. Then in 1939 at 15, she made her first broadcast on BBC Radio for
Children's Hour. From 1940, Gracie performed in a few bands including the Besses
o' th' Barn brass band, and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. In 1942 she became
the first woman to compete for the Alexander Owen memorial scholarship, and won
by an unprecedented 21-point margin. Also that year she joined the Gloria Gaye's
All Girls Band, but switched to being a dance band trumpeter. Then in November
1945 she joined Ivy Benson's all girl band as lead trumpeter and soloist. In 1951
Gracie married Bill Geldard, a trombonist with the George Evans Band, and accepted
an invitation to join the previously all-male band. After 18 months she and Geldard
left to join the Squadronaires, an influential big band of the time, where she
was again the only woman, but left after 18 months to form her own all-female
band. They performed jazz and pop, and broadcast with guest singers including
Cleo Laine. Then in 1958 she led an all-male band at Mecca Ballrooms. From
the 1960s Grace concentrated on bringing up her two daughters and played on a
freelance basis. Gracie was
made a freeman of the City of London in 1990 (sadly
Grace developed Alzheimer's disease) b. September
2009: The Reverend Tholomew Plague/James Owen Sullivan
(28) American hard rock drummer, singer
and multi-musician. He co-found rock band Avenged Sevenfold in 1999. They achieved
mainstream success with their 2005 album City of Evil, which includes singles
"Burn It Down", "Bat Country," "Beast and the Harlot"
and "Seize the Day." The band's success followed with their self-titled
album, with singles such as "Critical Acclaim", "Almost Easy",
"Afterlife", "Scream" and "Dear God". They put out
four albums and won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. The
group's self-titled fourth album hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2007.
James also performed vocals and piano in his and Brian Haner Jr.'s side project,
Pinkly Smooth, in 2002 >>>READ
(he was found dead at his home in Huntington Beach, California,
with initial reports suggesting his death was from natural causes)
b. February 10th (some say 9th) 1981..
Gene Kelton (55) American blues, rock and rockabilly singer, guitarist,
harmonica player and songwriter, based in Houston, Texas, though he was born in
Booneville, Mississippi. Nicknamed Mean Gene he played in many bands playing a
musical spectrum from down-home dirty blues and rockabilly through Americana,
Southern Rock and Classic Rock n Roll.
1992 he formed his own band The Die Hards, under which name they have been playing
ever since. More recently in 2007, Mean Gene released Going Back To Memphis: A
Biker Band Tribute To Elvis, a rockin' tribute to the King of Rock n Roll, recorded
in none other than Sun Studios. In April 2009, he was literally plucked off the
street and offered a co-starring role in the full length independent motion picture
called Marfa Red (tragically Gene died of multiple injuries
from a vehicle collision when his SUV collided head-on with a school bus in Crosby,
Texas) b. April 10th 1953.
Billy Taylor (89) American jazz pianist, composer, Radio and TV broadcaster,
and champian of new talent; born in Greenville, he moved to Washington, DC at
the age of five. After graduating from Virginia State College with a degree in
music in 1942, he relacated to New York City, where he started playing piano professionally
in 1944 with Ben Webster's Quartet at the Three Deuces on 52nd Street, the very
epicentre of the jazz world at the time. After an eight-month tour with the Don
Redman Orchestra in Europe, Billy stayed there working in Paris and Holland, returning
to New York later that year to work at the Royal Roost jazz club and with Billie
Holliday in a successful show called Holiday on Broadway. The following year he
became the house pianist at Birdland, performing with the likes of Charlie Parker,
Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. He went on to appeared on hundreds of albums
and composed more than 300 songs during his career spanning nearly 70 years. Among
his many notable works is "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free",
written for his daughter Kim in 1954, dealt with civil rights issues and became
the unofficial anthem of the civil rights movement in the 1960s >>>READ
MORE<<< (sadly Billy died
after suffering a heart attack) b. July 24th 1921.
2010: Agathe von Trapp (97) Austrian-born
American singer, the eldest daughter of Baron Georg von Trapp and Agathe Whitehead.
She was a member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were the inspiration
for the play and film The Sound of Music. She was portrayed as the character "Liesl".
The von Trapps fled Austria after the German annexation of Austria, fearing reprisals
resulting from declining to sing at Hitler's birthday party and Georg von Trapp's
refusal to accept a commission in the German Navy. They went to America in 1938,
settling in Vermont in 1942, and performed throughout the country. Agathe wrote
2003's Agathe von Trapp: Memories Before and After The Sound of Music, which chronicles
the true story behind the film and includes dozens of her hand-drawn maps, portraits,
and other illustrations (?) b.
March 12th 1913.
2011: Barbara Lea / Barbara
LeCoq (82) American actress and singer; she grew up in a Detroit suburb
and attended the girls-only Kingswood School. In the late 40s and early 50s, she
sang with major instrumentalists including as Marian McPartland, Bobby Hackett,
Vic Dickenson, Frankie Newton, Johnny Windhurst, and George Wein. Barbara starred
in the JVC, Kool, and Newport Jazz Festivals several times, but her increasing
devotion to the songs as written led to concerts of the works of Hoagy Carmichael,
Rodgers and Hart, Arthur Schwartz, Cole Porter,
Cy Coleman, and the Gershwins, as well as
cabaret appearances devoted to Johnny Mercer, Kurt
Weill, Jerome Kern, and Yip Harburg(sadly died while
battling Alzheimers) b.
April 10th 1929.
rock guitarist with Kingfish formed in San Fransisco in the early 70s and
sprang from a circle of friends that included New Riders Of The Purple Sage and
The Grateful Dead. He joined the long-running band back in 1979. They
released their final studio album in 1999. Danny last played with Kingfish in
a 2010 tour. He also formed The Danny DeGennaro Band and along the way, has performed
with Billy Squier, Bo Diddley and the late Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteens
E Street Band, among others (Brutually murdered, shot to
death in front of his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Levittown)
Stevens (79) American singer and actress,
born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; her big break in show business came at the Riviera
Hotel in Las Vegas, when the headliner for the night, Debbie Reynolds, became
ill and Kaye filled in for the night. She then went on to do small shows at the
Plaza Hotel's Persian Room, New York's Waldorf Astoria, and Caesars Palace on
the Las Vegas Strip near Las Vegas, Nevada.
One of these shows includes the Frank Sinatra Spectacular TV Show. Kaye
went on a USO tour with Bob Hope travelling to Vietnam with Hope and a group of
fellow entertainers to help boost the morale of thousands of US soldiers. She
went on to appear on such television game shows as Match Game, Hollywood Squares,
Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Price is Right, and Password (sadly
Kaye died fighting breast
cancer and blood clots)
b. July 21st 1932.
Doe B/Glenn Thomas (22) American hip hop recording
artist from Montgomery, Alabama. He was perhaps best known for being signed to
fellow American rapper T.I.'s Atlanta-based record label, Grand Hustle. He was
also known for his signature eye patch, the result of a shooting that occurred
in 2009. During his career he released several mixtapes including Trap Life in
2012 and Baby Jesus in 2013; he was also featured on the 2013 Grand Hustle compilation
G.D.O.D./Get Dough Or Die (tragically Doe B was shot
at the Centennial Bar and Grill in Montgomery. He was rushed to hospital where
sadly he was pronounced dead) b. June 13th 1991.
2013: Esther Borja (100)
Cuban singer born in Havana; she was trained in solfége, music theory and
in singing and graduated as a teacher in 1934. She began her career in 1935; that
year she performed, with Ernesto Lecuona on piano, at the National Theatre / Gran
Teatro de La Habana, also at the Auditorium Amadeo Roldán and she sang
the waltz Damisela encantadora in the operetta Lola Cruz by Lecuona.
She made her first overseas tour to Argentina in 1936 with Lecuona, his sister
Ernestina, and Bola de Nieve. The quartet made a film, Adiós, Buenos Aires,
in 1937, and Esther stayed there until 1943. She also tourd in many latin countries
and toured the USA five times. Her last appearances in the lyric theatre were
in Madrid and Barcelona in 1953. From 1961, she fronted the show Álbum
de Cuba, on Cuban television, for twenty years and also sang in many top venues
(?) b. December 5th 1913.
2013: Dwayne Burno
(43) American jazz bassist and composer born
in Philadelphia; he began playing double bass at 16 and entered the Berklee College
of Music two years later. His first professional gigs included work with saxophonists
Donald Harrison and Jesse Davis, and by 1990, he had moved to New York, where
he was already being called on by major names in jazz, beginning with singer Betty
Carter, whose band he joined. Over his long career Dwayne appeared
on more than 150 recordings and has performed with many
major jazzmen including Joe Chambers, Freddie Hubbard,
Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Benny Golson, Clifford Jordan,
Roy Haynes, George Colligan, Joe Henderson, Wallace
Roney, Jeremy Pelt, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Mabern, Dr.John, Mulgrew Miller,
Steve Turre, Roy Hargrove, Cedar Walton, Abbey Lincoln, David Murray, Digable
Planets, Brian Lynch, David Weiss, Chucho Valdes, Greg Osby, Nicholas Payton,
Eric Reed, Luis Perdomo, Orrin Evans, Don Braden and others
and also led his own Dwayne Burno Quintet
Dwayne died following a long battle with kidney disease)
b. June 10th 1970.
2014: Frankie Randall/Franklin
Joseph Lisbona (76) American singer, pianist,
dancer, songwriter, actor and comedian, born in Passaic, New Jersey. He also appeared
many times on the Dean Martin TV show, and hosted the summer version of the show
when Martin was not available. He released dozens of RCA singles and albums from
the 1960s onwards. After starting out in pop music, as a singer and pianoist,
he began performing material from The Great American Songbook. Starting
in 2008, Frankie hosted the The Music Of Your Life, a syndicated radio show. His
acting credits include Wild on the Beach in '64 and Day of the Wolves in '71
(sadly Frankie died fighting lung cancer) b.
January 11th 1938.
Merrill Womach (87)
American undertaker, organist
and gospel singer, born in Spokane. He is notable both for founding National Music
Service, now Global Distribution Network, Inc., which provided recorded music
to funeral homes across America, and for surviving a Thursday, November 23, 1961
plane crash in Beaver Marsh, Oregon that left him disfigured with third degree
burns on his hands and his entire head. He authorized an autobiography of his
recovery titled "Tested by Fire", which was co-authored with his former
wife Virginia with help from Mel and Lyla White. Also a documentary film titled
"He Restoreth My Soul" was made about Merrill's accident and subsequent
recovery (Merrill died
in his sleep) b. February 7th 1927.
Leopoldo Federico (87) Argentine tango musician,
born in Buenos Aires; he was one of the most outstanding bandoneonists in the
history of tango and was a member of a number of the major orchestras of the 1940s
and 50s including those of Juan Carlos Cobian, Alfredo Gobbi, Víctor D'Amario,
Osmar Maderna, Héctor Stamponi, Mariano Mores, Carlos Di Sarli, Horacio
Salgán and Anibal Troilo. By 1952 he was making frequent appearances at
the Tibidabo cabaret and was often heard on Radio Belgrano. In 1955 he joined
Astor Piazzolla's Octeto Buenos Aires and later that year, with his own orquesta
típica, he made many recordings with the singer Julio Sosa. (?)
b. January 12th 1927.
John Bradbury (62)
drummer, born and grew up in Coventry; he attended Kingston-upon-Hull Regional
College of Art and Aston University where he gained a PGCE. He joined The Specials/The
Special AKA in 1979, around the time the original Specials split, after which
they had a Top 10 hit with "Free Nelson Mandela" and John co-wrote songs
such as "The Selecter", a joint "A" side with "Gangsters".
Running side by side to this, he also headed his own band called JB's Allstars,
a soul revue, influenced by John's enthusiasm for Northern soul - releasing several
singles including Alphabet Army and Ready Willing And Able. (?)
b. February 16th 1953.
Guru Josh/Paul Walden (51) Jersey
techno musician, born
in the Channel Isles; he began his career as an entertainer and keyboard player
at the Sands nightclub in Jersey, performing under the name of Syndrone and Animal
and his Crazy Organs. He moved to London in 1988, playing in a rock band Joshua
Cries Wolf, before switching from rock to house music. Soon after, he joined forces
with the likes of Seal and Adamski. In 1989, he released "Infinity",
a single from his debut album of the same name. Guru Josh then moved to Ibiza,
concentrating on art and running a promotions company. In 2007, he was part of
Guru Josh Project, formed by Darren Bailie and signed by Big City Beats and in
2010, he released a new single entitled "Frozen Teardrops".
(tragically Guru Josh's death was ruled as suicide) b. June
Joe Houston (89)
American jazz and R&B saxophonist born Austin,
Texas. He studied trumpet in school, but changed to saxophone later. As a teen
he began emulating a touring band by buying a red suit with white pants. One night
in 1941 a saxophone player did not show for a gig with the band and Joe took his
place. Between 1943 and 1946, he toured with King Kolax's band through Kansas
City, Chicago and throughout the Mid-West. After WWII he returned to Texas, and
recorded with the pianist Amos Milburn and singer Big Joe Turner, before moving
to to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and played with Betty Roche and Wynonie Harris. He
eventually formed his own band The Rockets, and moved to Los Angeles in 1952.
He scored his only two chart hit singles in 1952 with "Worry, Worry, Worry",
and "Hard Time Baby" both of which peaked at #10 on Billboard's R&B
singles chart. throughout his long career he recorded for many record labels and
contributed vocals as well as saxophone on some of his records, but his musical
career ended after he suffered a stroke in 2005 (sadly
Joe died after a series of strokes) b. July 12th
Fraser Kilmister (70)
English rock bassist, singer and songwriter, born
in Stoke-on-Trent, but grew up on a farm in Benllech on Anglesey, Wales. He started
performing in local bands in his teens and at 17 he met a holidaying girl who
he followed to Stockport. They had a son Sean, who was given up for adoption.
While in Stockport, he joined local bands the Rainmakers and then the Motown Sect
before joining the Rockin' Vickers in 1965. They released three singles and toured
Europe, reportedly being the first British band to visit the Socialist Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia. Lemmy moved to London in 1967 where he shared a flat with
Jimi Hendrix's bassist, Noel Redding and worked as a roadie for their band. In
1968 he joined the psychedelic rock band Sam Gopal and recorded with them for
the album Escalator and their single "Horse". In 1969 he joined the
band Opal Butterfly, before joining Hawkwind in 1971 >>>
MORE <<< (sadly Lemmy died just
4 days after being diagnoses with cancer) b. December
2016: Debbie Reynolds
(84) American actress,
singer, dancer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian born in El Paso,
Texas. She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer
for her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, and her breakout
role was her first leading role, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain in 1952.
Other successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Susan Slept Here, Bundle
of Joy, Golden Globe nomination; The Catered Affair a 1956 National Board of Review
Best Supporting Actress Winner; and Tammy and the Bachelor in 1957, in which her
song "Tammy" reached No.1 on the Billboard music charts and No.2 on
the UK single charts. In 1959, she released her first pop music album, titled
Debbie. In 1969 she starred on television in The Debbie Reynolds Show, for which
she received a Golden Globe nomination. In 1973 Debbie starred in a Broadway revival
of the musical "Irene" and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best
Lead Actress in a Musical. She also had several business ventures, including ownership
of a dance studio and a Las Vegas hotel and casino, and she was an avid collector
of film memorabilia, beginning with items purchased at the landmark 1970 MGM auction.
She served as president of The Thalians, an organization dedicated to mental health
causes and continued to perform successfully on stage, television, and film into
her eighties. (sadly died after suffering a stroke)
b. April 1st 1932.
Knut Kiesewetter (75) German jazz musician, singer-songwriter
and producer, born in Stettin/Szczecin. He began his career in the age of 14,
playing trombone and singing and released his first single at the age of 19. As
a songwriter, his songs were recorded by Gitte Haenning and Eartha Kitt, among
others. As a producer he worked together with Hannes Wader, Volker Lechtenbrink,
and Fiede Kay. He became very popular throughout the 1970s with his songs in Low
German, such as "Fresenhof" and "De Möhl". Knut also
taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. (?)
b. September 13th 1941.
Bernard Zaslav (90) American viola soloist and chamber musician
born in Brooklyn, New York and studied at the Juilliard School and went on to
have an extensive recording and performance career. A founding member of The Composers
Quartet in 1965, he went on to play with the Fine Arts Quartet, Vermeer Quartet,
and the Stanford String Quartet. He has also performed and recorded as the Zaslav
Duo with his wife, pianist Naomi Zaslav. In these ensembles he shared in commissioning,
premiering, and recording new works by Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, Gunther
Schuller, Ralph Shapey, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Roger Sessions, Ursula Mamlok, Henry
Weinberg, Billy Jim Layton, Charles Wuorinen, Ben Johnston, Seymour Shifrin, Andrew
Imbrie, Samuel Adler, John Downey, Karel Husa, Marc Neikrug, and William Balcom.
He recorded 131 works of chamber music for various labels and Bernard's memoir,
"The Viola in My Life: An Alto Rhapsody", was published in 2011
(?) b. April
Robin Milford (56) English
composer born in Oxford; his early compositions met with some success, his Double
Fugue Op. 10 winning a Carnegie Prize and being performed by the London Symphony
Orchestra under Vaughan Williams. In September 1931 his oratorio A Prophet in
the Land Op. 21 was performed in Gloucester Cathedral as part of the Three Choirs
Festival - the work was somewhat overshadowed by the splash made by William Walton's
Belshazzar's Feast performed the same year. In 1937 a performance of his Concerto
Grosso Op. 46 was directed by Malcolm Sargent, and his Violin Concerto Op. 47
was broadcast by the BBC in early 1938.
the outbreak of the Second World War Milford volunteered for the army, and was
posted to the Pioneer Corps. After just one week he suffered a breakdown, after
treatment he and his family moved to Guernsey. His depression worsened after the
death of his mother, and then after the death of his 5 year old son Robin attempted
suicide. But not long after his father and his two friends Finzi and Vaughan Williams
also died, which made Robin very ill, eventually the severe depression affected
his vision and his balance
(Robin committed suicide by taking an overdose of aspirin )
b. January 22nd 1903.
1967: Paul Whiteman (77)
American bandleader and orchestral
director born in Denver, Colorado; he was leader of the most popular dance bands
in the United States during the 1920s, his recordings were immensely successful,
and press notices often referred to him as the "King of Jazz." Using
a large ensemble and exploring many styles of music, Paul is perhaps best known
for his blending of symphonic music and jazz, as typified by his 1924 commissioning
and debut of George Gershwin's jazz-influenced "Rhapsody In Blue". He
recorded many jazz and pop standards during his career, including "Wang Wang
Blues", "Mississippi Mud", "Rhapsody in Blue", "Wonderful
One", "Hot Lips", "Mississippi Suite", "Willow Weep
for Me", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", ''Wagon Wheels'' and "Grand
Canyon Suite". In 1930 Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra" starred in the
first feature-length movie musical filmed entirely in Technicolor, King of Jazz.
His popularity faded in the swing music era of the 1930s, and by the 1940s Paul
was semi-retired from music (?) b.
March 28th 1890.
Tim Hardin (39)
American blues and folk singer, piano, guitar, songwriter, composer.
Many of his songs were covered by prominate artists including Small Faces, Paul
Weller, Billy Bragg, Rod Stewart, Weddings Parties Anything, Joan Baez Four Tops,
Doc Watson, Robert Plant, Rick Nelson to mention a few. His many songs include
"If I Were A Carpenter", "How Can We Hang On To A Dream?",
"Misty Roses", "Reason to Believe", "It'll Never Happen
Again", "You Got a Reputation", "Don't Make Promises",
"Shiloh Town", "The Lady Came from Baltimore" and "Red
Balloon" (heroin and morphine overdose)
b. December 23rd 1941.
1984: Leo Robin (84)
American composer, lyricist and songwriter, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and
is probably best known for collaborating with Ralph Rainger on the 1938 Oscar-winning
song "Thanks for the Memory," sung by Bob Hope in the film The Big Broadcast
of 1938, and became Hope's signature tune.Leo's first hits came in 1926 with the
Broadway production By the Way, with hits in several other musicals immediately
following, such as Bubbling Over-1926, Hit the Deck, Judy-1927, and Hello Yourself-1928.
In 1932, he went to Hollywood to work for Paramount Pictures. He collaborated
mainly with Ralph Rainger, they became one of the leading film songwriting duos
of the 1930s and early 1940s, writing over 50 hits. Robin & Rainger worked
together until Ralphr's untimely death in a plane crash on 23 October 1942. Leo
continued to collaborate with many other composers over the years, including Vincent
Youmans, Sam Coslow, Richard A. Whiting, and Nacio Herb Brown. He wrote many popular
songs, mostly for film and television, including "Louise", "Beyond
the Blue Horizon", "Prisoner of Love" and "Blue Hawaii".
He collaborated on the score for the 1955 musical film My Sister Eileen with Jule
Styne, then officially retired from the movie industry. Leo was inducted into
the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 (sadly died of heart
failure) b. April 6th 1900.
Mireille Hartuch (90) French singer and actress,
as a teenager she worked in live theatre and, influenced by the music of the great
dance halls of Paris, she began composing music for the theatre. She spent 2 years
in the US, first in New York City where she performed on Broadway before going
on to Hollywood. In 1931, she appeared in a film with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and
another with Buster Keaton. Back in France, her songwriting career took off when
her songs were recorded by the great French singers of the time, Maurice Chevalier,
Charles Trenet and a young Jean Sablon. In the 1950s, her friend, Sacha Guitry
gave her the idea of opening the "Petit Conservatoire de la chanson"
to use her talents to train young singers. Opened in 1955, it proved to be a highly
beneficial institution that nurtured the voices of a number of young singers who
went on to success. (died in Paris)
b. September 30th 1906.
Takashi Asahina (93) Japanese conductor, born
in Tokyo; he founded the Kansai Symphonic Orchestra, now the Osaka Philharmonic
Orchestra, in 1947 and remained its chief conductor until his death in Kobe. After
a meeting with Wilhelm Furtwängler in the 1950s, he began a lifelong attachment
to the music of Anton Bruckner, recording the complete Bruckner symphonies several
times. For many years he was associated with the North German Radio Orchestra
in Hamburg. Towards the end of his life he made several appearances with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra (?)
b. July 9th 1908.
2001: Cássia Eller (39) Brazilian
singer; she started her recording career in
1990. Her most popular album is the live recording ''Acústico'' that she
did for MTV Brasil, the Brazilian version of an MTV Unplugged album, and her best-known
hit songs are her cover of Malandragem, originally written by Cazuza and "Segundo
is known for her fusion of rock and MPB, and for her extremely deep and husky
singing voice. She is also notable as one of Brazil's most prominent lesbian artists.
Her sexuality, along with her musical style, has caused some to draw comparisons
with Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls as well as Melissa Etheridge (Cássia
sadly died from a series of heart attacks)
b. December 10th 1962.
2008: Freddie Hubbard (70)
American trumpet player; he began playing with musicians such as Philly Joe Jones,
Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, Eric Dolphy , J. J. Johnson and Quincy Jones. In
June 1960 he made his first record as a leader, 'Open Sesame', Also the 60s sees
Freddie as a sideman on some of the most important albums from that era, including,
Oliver Nelson's 'The Blues and the Abstract Truth', Herbie Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage',
and Wayne Shorter's 'Speak No Evil'. He also recorded extensively for Blue Note
Records, eight albums as a bandleader, and twenty-eight as a sideman. His early
1970s jazz albums Red Clay, First Light, Straight Life, and Sky Dive were particularly
well received and considered among his best work. "First Light" won
him a 1972 Grammy Award. In 2006, The National Endowment for the Arts honored
Freddie Hubbard with its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award.
(complications from a heart attack) b. April 7th
C. Aswath (71) Indian
music composer and exponent of Bhavageete/"expressive poetry" and Janapada
Geete/"folk songs" in the Kannada language. As a singer, he sung many
of his own compositions. He is, perhaps the only Music Director in Karnataka,
to have carved a niche of his own in all three fields of Theatre, Sugam Sangeetha
and Film. He
has given concerts outside India, in UK, Melbourne for Melanudi kannada sangha.His
concert in Bangalore in 2005 was attended by a crowd of almost 100,000 people.
He composed the music for over 22 famous Kannada films including "Santa Shishunala
Shareef", "Mysooru Mallige" and "Nagamandala" directed
by T S Nagabharana. (liver and renal failure)
Mondine Garcia (75) French
Gypsy jazz guitarist, born in Paris he was the father of guitarists Ninine and
Rocky Garcia. He had a long, highly respected career in France as a notable part
of the second generation of gypsy guitarists after Django Reinhardt. He often
performed at the same venues and festivals alongside such contemporaries as Dorado
Schmitt, Moreno Winterstein and Marcel Campion. One of his last festival appearances
was at the Festival Jazz Muzette (?)
2012: Mike Auldridge (73) American
bluegrass guitarist born in Washington, D.C., he started playing guitar at the
age of 13. His main influence through his early years was Josh Graves who also
sold him his first Dobro. He played with The Seldom Scene for many years, creating
a fusion of bluegrass with jazz, folk and rock. (sadly
died while fighting cancer) b. December 30th 1938
2013: Wojciech Kilar
(81) Polish composer born in Lwów. His
film scores have won many honors including the best score award for the music
to Ziemia obiecana / The Promised Land in 1975, followed by the Prix Louis Delluc
in 1980 for the music to Le Roi et l'Oiseau / The King and the Mockingbird, and
an award at the Cork International Film Festival for the music to From A Far Country,
in 1981, about the life of Pope John Paul II. One of his greatest successes came
with his score to Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1993 which received
the ASCAP Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Producers
in Los Angeles. In 2003, he won the César Award for Best Film Music written
for The Pianist, at France's 28th César Awards Ceremony in 2003, for which
he also received a BAFTA nomination. The Pianist (soundtrack) featured his "Moving
to the Ghetto Oct. 31, 1940" with the other 10 tracks being works by Frédéric
Chopin. The music in the movie includes pieces by Beethoven and Bach
(?) b. July 17th 1932.
2013: Kayo Redd/Caodes Scott (22) American
up and coming rapper and Waka Flocka Flame's younger brother. Kayo released the
mixtape Redd Kisses before his sudden passing, and he even promoted it in a final
tweet the night he died (tragically committed suicide
by gunshot) b. 1991
American rock guitarist, drummer, and songwriter born in Lawton, Oklahoma
and lived in Frederick and Norman until moving to the Dallas, Texas area in junior
high school. He was a founding member of the bands Secret Machines until March
2007, when he left to pursue a career in School of Seven Bells, previously his
side project. Prior to that, he was the drummer for UFOFU from 1993 to 1997, and
for the band Tripping Daisy from 1997 to 1999 (sadly
Benjaman died fighting T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma) b.
September 23rd 1978.
Master Blaster/Cornelius Oloya (29)
Ugandan dancehall musician. He rose to fame when he released the sexually suggestive
song Emboko in 2007, which received massive airplay until 2012.
he a victim of violent chaos at a bar in Bwaise, when he was shot twice in the
stomach) b. 1986.
Willie Brown (52) American delta
blues guitarist and singer, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. One
of the most influential of the early Delta blues guitarists,
he played with notables such
as Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson.
He is heard with Patton on the Paramount sessions of 1930, playing "M &
O Blues," and "Future Blues". As well as playing with Son House
and Charlie Patton it has also been said that he played with artists such as Luke
Thomson and Thomas "Clubfoot" Coles. He was an extraordinary guitarist,
but spent the majority of his career as a sideman, with his amazing ability "to
second" other players, was much celebrated among his peers. Little is known
about Willie's later life (sadly
he died prematurely from heart disease)
b. August 6th 1900.
1993: Mack David (81) American
lyricist and composer best known for his work in film and television, with a career
spanning from the early 1940s through the early 1970s. Mack was credited with
writing lyrics and/or music for over one thousand songs. He was particularly well
known for his work on the Disney films Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, and
for the mostly-English lyrics through which Édith Piaf's signature song
"La Vie en rose". Mack had 8 Academy Award nominations for his songs,
"Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo", "The Hanging Tree", "It's
a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "Bachelor
in Paradise", "Walk on the Wild Side", "Hush...Hush, Sweet
Charlotte", "The Ballad of Cat Ballou", and "My Wishing Doll"
(?) b. July 5th 1912.
Maureen "Mo" Starkey Tigrett/Mary Cox (48)
UK hairdresser born in Liverpool. She is best known as the first wife of the Beatles'
drummer, Ringo Starr. She met Ringo at The Cavern Club, where the Beatles were
playing, when she was a trainee hairdresser in Liverpool. Starr proposed marriage
at the Ad-Lib Club in London, on 20 January 1965. They married at the Caxton Hall
Register Office, London, later that year. As a favour to Ringo, Frank Sinatra
recorded a special version of "The Lady Is a Tramp" for Maureen's 22nd
birthday in 1968. In 1973, they bought Tittenhurst Park from John Lennon. They
had three children together: Zak, Jason, and a daughter, Lee. They divorced in
1975. (sadly Mo died while fighting leukaemia)
b. August 4th 1946.
American musician; he had
a 30-year career as a professional saxophonist and
flutist, noted for working with Wilson Pickett and 'Bobby Blue Band', also as
a founding member of 'The Ohio Untouchables', who later became the Grammy nominated
Funk/Soul band 'The Ohio Players'. Clarence co-wrote a number of top Billboard
hits including "Fire", "Love Rollercoaster", "I Want
To Be Free" and "Skin Tight" (sadly died
of a brain aneurysm)
b. April 15th 1940
Elias Flenniken (81)
American musician born in Lorain, Ohio, he was a famed big band leader, conductor,
pianist, composer, and arranger for the orchestras of Hal McIntyre, Sammy Kaye,
Blue Barron, Charlie Barnet, and Alvino Rey. By 1949 he formed a very successful
orchestra The Ralph Flanagan band, which is credited with re-popularizing the
Glenn Miller "sound". His theme songs were "Giannina Mia"
and "Singing Winds", the latter title also applying to the orchestra's
singing group. He made many records, among them "Rag Mop" and "Hot
Toddy". (He died in Miami,
Florida) b. April
1998: Johnny Moore (64)
US singer with the Drifters; he began as lead singer of a group, The Hornets,
before being discovered by The Drifters, joining them as lead singer, in 1955
aged 21. After returning from the forces, he recorded as a soloist under the name
"Johnny Darrow", before rejoining the Drifters, now comprised of four
new members, and became the lead singer in 1964 when current lead Rudy Lewis was
found dead. The group was due to record "Under the Boardwalk", and Johnny
took over the lead vocals. Subsequently, he became permanent lead. He
had a string of hits with the group including "Saturday Night At The Movies",
"Up on the Roof", "Come On Over To My Place", "At The
Club" and "Up In The Streets Of Harlem". He remained with the group
when it moved to the United Kingdom in the 1970s, and remains the group's longest
serving member- he was in the group until his death in 1998. He was given a posthumous
Pioneer Award in 1999 by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.(died
suddenly in London, while on the way to hospital)
b. December 14th 1934
Anita Mui (40) Hong Kong singer and actress.
During her prime years she made major contributions to the cantopop music scene,
receiving many awards and honours. She remained an idol throughout her 20 year
career, and was generally regarded as a cantopop diva, and at a sell-out concert
at Hammersmith, England, she was dubbed the "Madonna of Asia", a title
that stayed with her throughout her life. In the 1980s the gangtai style of music
was revolutionized by her wild dancing and femininity on stage. She was famous
for having outrageous costumes and also high powered performances (cervical
cancer) b. October 10th 1963.
Artie Shaw/Arthur Jacob Arshawsky (94)
American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, a leading jazz clarinetist and big
band leader of the mid-20th century and
was an innovator in the big band idiom, using unusual instrumentation. He began
learning the saxophone at 13 years, by the age of 16, he switched to the clarinet
and left home to tour with a band. Returning to New York, he became a session
musician through the early 1930s. From 1925 until 1936, he performed with many
bands and orchestras, including those of Johnny Caverello and Austin Wylie. In
1929-30 he played with Irving Aaronson's Commanders, where he was exposed to symphonic
music, which he would later incorporate in his arrangements. He first gained critical
acclaim with his "Interlude in B-flat" in 1935. During the swing era,
his big band was popular with hits like
"Stardust", "Back Bay Shuffle", "Moonglow", "Rosalie"
which made him a popular rival to clarinetist Benny Goodman.
His bands iincluded such talents as vocalists Billie Holiday, Helen Forrest and,
Mel Tormé; drummers Buddy Rich and Dave Tough, guitarists Barney Kessel,
Jimmy Raney, and Tal Farlow and trombonist-arranger Ray Conniff, among countless
made several musical shorts in 1939 for Vitaphone and Paramount Pictures, and
he portrayed himself in the Fred Astaire film Second Chorus in 1940, which featured
himself and his orchestra playing "Concerto for Clarinet." The film
brought him two Oscar nominations, for Best Score and Best Song ("Love of
My Life"). He collaborated on the love song "If It's You" sung
by Tony Martin in the Marx Brothers' film, The Big Store in 1941. After
WW2 in the late 1940s, Artie performed classical music at Carnegie Hall and with
the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein. Artie fashioned a small group
from within his big band and named it the Gramercy Five after his home telephone
exchange. In 1950, he was a mystery guest on What's My Line?, and during the 1970s
he made appearances on The Mike Douglas Show and The Tonight Show. Artie was also
the author of both fiction and non-fiction writings, including "The Trouble
With Cinderella: An Outline of Identity", "I Love You, I Hate You, Drop
Dead!" (3 short novels) and "Snow White in Harlem" (sadly
died due to complications from diabetes) b. May 23rd
2007: Willie Robinson (81)
American blues singer; he had been a sharecropper, a soldier and a boxer,
before getting a steady position as an emcee - comedian at a Trenton, New Jersey
nightclub. This led to his singing career and he eventually sang with B.B. King
He also performed with, among others, Steven Tyler, and Bonnie Raitt. Later in
his career Willie settled in Boston where he played the
clubs, but by 2004 he was homeless. Learning
of Willie's situation, musicians
and others concerned, held a benefit concert on his behalf, making sure he was
fed and clothed (tragically died in a fire accidentally
started by a cigarette he had been smoking in bed at his home in Jamaica Plain,
Boston) b. 1926.
Rowland Stuart Howard (50) Australian guitarist, singer and songwriter;
in 1978 he joined the Melbourne based new wave band The Boys Next Door, Howard's
guitar was catalyst to this band and he received acclaim for writing their underground
hit, the ballad "Shivers".
Rowland and the band left for London in 1980, changing their name to the Birthday
Party and launching into a period of innovative and aggressive music-making, with
trips back to Australia and tours through Europe and the U.S. before relocating
to West Berlin in 1982. Howard left the Birthday Party to become a member of Crime
and the City Solution, a band led by Simon Bonney, and later formed These Immortal
Souls with Genevieve McGuckin, Harry Howard, and Epic Soundtracks. Howard
has also collaborated with the likes of Lydia Lunch, Nikki Sudden, Jeremy Gluck,
Kas Produkt, Barry Adamson, Einstürzende Neubauten, Chris Haskett, Jeffrey
Lee Pierce, Fad Gadget, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Henry Rollins, and A.C. Marias.
He was described by Sam Agostino as "one of the most influential indie guitarists
ever". More recently he released
his debut solo album called 'Teenage Snuff Film' in 2000. His second solo album,
Pop Crimes, was released in October 2009, Howard toured Australia that same month,
playing shows in Melbourne and Sydney (liver
October 24th 1959.
2010: Bobby Farrell (61)
Aruban dancer and entertainer, born and raised on the island of Aruba
in the Lesser Antilles, where he lived until the age of 15. After finishing school
he worked as a sailor for 2 years, travelling across the oceans before settling
in Norway, then went to the Netherlands, where he got some work as a DJ, after
which he moved to Germany. In Germany while working as a DJ, Frank Farian spotted
him for his new Boney M. group. He became the sole male singer in the group. He
also appeared as a dancer in late 2005 in the Roger Sanchez video clip of Turn
on the Music (sadly died of
heart failure in a hotel in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Bobby was complaining of
breathing problems after performing with his band the evening before)
b. October 6th 1949.
Santo/Nick Santamaria (69) American
doo-wop lead singer and original member of The Capris. The group originated in
Ozone Park, Queens in 1957, their break came when they responded to an ad placed
in a local paper by two wanna-be producers. At the audition, they sang a ballad,
"There's A Moon Out Tonight" and soon they found themselves at Bell
Sound Studios New York cutting the song, along with an uptempo number, "Indian
Girl." In 1962 Nick left the group to try and make it on his own, before
becoming a New York cop in the 112th Precinct Forest Hills Division of the New
York City Police Department. He
rejoined the Capris in '82 and continued with the group until its dissolution
in 2007 when Nick became tooo ill to prform. His composition, "Morse Code
Of Love," though it never charted, is still considered a doo-wop standard.
On November 6th 2008, The Capris were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame
Nick died after his battle with cancer)
2013: Eiichi Ohtaki (65)
Japanese guitarist, singer-songwriter and record
producer, born in Esashi District. He was a member of the band Taboo before becoming
a founder member the folk rock band, Happy End in 1969. They are credited as the
first rock act to sing in the Japanese-language and have been called the
"Japanese Beatles". He started his solo career when the band split in
5th album A Long Vacation, was the first Japanese album to be released
on CD and got "Best Album" at the 23rd Japan Record Awards,. In 2007,
it was named the 7th greatest Japanese rock album of all time by Rolling Stone
Japan; the list was topped by Happy End's Kazemachi Roman. (After
choking on an apple and collapsing in his Tokyo home, Eiichi was rushed to hospital
but died shortly afterwards.Tragically he died from a dissecting aneurysm)
b. July 28th 1948.
2014: Melvin Jackson (79)
American blues trumpeter and saxophone player,
born in Nashville, but later moved to Las Vegas. He started performing as a child
with his father, who was also a musician. For many decades he performed with B.B.
King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Tony Coleman traveling to more than 90
countries as a member of King's band and only quit performing this September.
(sadly died fighting Alzheimer's disease)
Zjef Vanuytsel/Jozef Guillaume Vanuytsel (70) Belgian folk music/kleinkunst
singer, and guitarist born
in Mol. He is seen as one of the Big Three of Flemish kleinkunst and is most famous
for his debut album, "De Zotte Morgen"/"The Mad Morning",
which became a bestseller and sold more than 100.000 copies. The title track "De
Zotte Morgen" and the single "Houten Kop"/"Hangover",
literally "Wooden Head" from the same album are his most well known
songs. "Tederheid"/"Tenderness" from his 5th album in 1983
became his final record for 24 years and he concentrated back on his job as an
architect. Among the buildings he designed the city halls of Huldenberg and Bertem.
In 2007 Zjef released a new album, "Ouwe Makkers"/"Old Buddies"
and the following year he began touring again until he became too ill. He released
his final album Integraal
in 2014. (sadly Zjef died while bravely battling cancer)
July 6th 1945.
Richard "Rich" Conaty (62) American disc jockey born
in Astoria, New York and was an important figure in FM broadcasting of jazz and
popular music of the 1920s and 1930s. He hosted a weekly music radio show, "The
Big Broadcast", on Fordham University's FM radio station, WFUV, in the Bronx,
New York, and he founded "The Big Broadcast" when he was a freshman
at Fordham University in January 1973, and it ran for over 2200 shows over more
than 40 years. In 1983, Rich was hired by program director Jim Lowe at WNEW-AM,
where he worked weekends, and briefly as the host of the radio show, "Make
Believe Ballroom". He brought "The Big Broadcast" and his Saturday
program, The Big Bandstand, to WQEW in December 1992. In July 1997, he brought
his shows back to WFUV (sadly died
fighting lymphoma) b. November 30th 1954.
1967: Bert Berns/ Bertrand Russell Berns (38)
US songwriter, producer, record label chief, pioneer of sixties rock and soul.
He wrote and produced records for a wide range of labels, including Wand, United
Artists, Capitol, Laurie, MGM, Big Top, Old Town, Roulette, and Atlantic Records.
In 1963, Berns would replace Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller as the staff producer
at Atlantic, where he produced such acts as Solomon Burke ("Cry to Me"
and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"), The Drifters ("Under the
Boardwalk" and "Saturday Night at the Movies"), Barbara Lewis ("Baby
I'm Yours" and "Make Me Your Baby"), Little Esther Phillips ("Hello
Walls"), Wilson Pickett and LaVern Baker. Berns was also one of the few American
record producers to travel across the Atlantic to London, where he produced a
number of British Decca artists such as Them ("Here Comes the Night,"
"Baby Please Don't Go" and "Gloria"), and Lulu. (heart
b. November 8th 1929.
George Lewis/Joseph Louis Francois Zenon (68)
American jazz clarinetist born in the French quarter of New Orleans; he played
with Buddy Petit and Chris Kelly regularly, and sometimes with trombonist Kid
Ory and many other band leaders including Bunk Johnson's, a band which he took
over after Bunks retirement. George took his band to San Francisco for a residency
at the Hangover Club, then began to tour around the United States. In the 1960s
he repeatedly toured Europe and Japan, and many young clarinetists from around
the world modeled their playing closely on his. He is name-checked in the Bob
Dylan song "High Water" from the album "Love and Theft" (?)
b. July 13th 1900.
1984: Ronnie Ball (57) UK cool jazz pianist
who enjoyed success on both sides of the Atlantic. He
worked both as a bandleader and under Ronnie Scott, Tony Kinsey, Victor Feldman,
and Harry Klein. In 1952 he moved to New York City and studied with Lennie Tristano.
Among the musicians he played with are Chuck Wayne, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz,
Kenny Clarke, Hank Mobley, Art Pepper, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Warne Marsh,
Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge and Chris Connor () b.
December 22nd 1927.
1985: Ricky Nelson (45)
American singer, guitarist; with more than 50 Hot 100 hits, he was second only
to Elvis Presley as the most popular rock and roll artist of the late 1950s and
early 1960s. He was the first teen idol to utilize television to promote hit records,
in 1957 each episode of the Ozzie & Harriet television show ended with a musical
performance by "Ricky". He went on to enjoy many charts hits including
"It's Late", "Stood Up", "Be-Bop Baby", "Just
A Little Too Much", "Travelin' Man", "A Teenage Romance",
"Poor Little Fool", "Young World" to mention a few. He was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and also to the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1515 Vine Street.
(killed along with six others, when his charted light aircraft
crashed in Texas) b. May 8th 1940.
Floyd Cramer (64) American pianist and one of the architects of the
"Nashville Sound.". He was one of the busiest studio musicians in the
industry, playing piano for stars such as Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline,
The Browns, Jim Reeves, Roy Orbison, Don Gibson, the Everly Brothers and many
others. He remained a virtual unknown to anyone but music industry insiders until
he recorded a single in 1960 called "Last Date.", the instrumental exhibited
a relatively new concept for piano playing known as the "slip note"
style. The record went to No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100. He went on to make numerous
albums and toured with guitar maestro Chet Atkins and saxophonist Boots Randolph,
also performing with them as a member of the Million Dollar Band. In 2003, he
was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame (sadly died
after fight with lung cancer)
b. October 27th 1933.
Kevin MacMichael (51) Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer;
born in New Brunswick, he is best known for being a member of the 1980s English
based pop-rock band, Cutting Crew, who had a No.1 hit in 1987 with "(I Just)
Died in Your Arms". Cutting Crew was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best
New Artist in 1987. After Cutting Crew, Kevin worked with Robert Plant playing
guitar and composing songs for his 1993 album, Fate of Nations. The album's single
"Calling to You", on which he played guitar, resulted in a Grammy nomination.
After which Kevin returned to Nova Scotia, Canada, where he collaborated with
number of Canadian East Coast musicians including Chris Colepaugh & The Cosmic
Crew, The Rankin Family and Sons of Maxwell. (sadly died
from lung cancer) b. November 7th 1951.
2005: Enrico di Giuseppe (73) Italian-American
operatic tenor who had an active performance career from the late 1950s through
the 1990s. He spent most of his career performing in New York City, juggling concurrent
performance contracts with both the New York City Opera (NYCO) and the Metropolitan
Opera during the 1970s and 1980s. In the latter part of his career he was particularly
active with the New York Grand Opera.
a lyric tenor voice with a bright timbre and easy upper extension, Enrico excelled
in the Italian repertory. He was particularly successful in tackeling the bel
canto repertoire, notably partnering Beverly Sills in productions of Donizetti's
Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux, as well as Bellini's I puritani
at the NYCO. He performed in similar repertoire at the Met opposite other notable
bel canto interpreters like Dame Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne and Renata Scott.
Following his retirement,
he taught at Florida State University and The Juilliard School. (Sadly
lost his battle with cancer) b. October 14th 1932.
2007: Markku Peltola (51) Finnish
actor, singer and bassist, born in Helsinki best known to some for starring opposite
Kati Outinen in Aki Kaurismäki's Academy Award nominated film from 2002 'The
Man Without a Past'. Since the 1980s, Markku was
the singer and bass guitarist of the Finnish band Motelli Skronkle. He also released
two solo albums: 'Buster Keatonin ratsutilalla', released by Ektro Records in
2003 and 'Buster Keaton tarkistaa idän ja lännen' at the beginning of
2006 (?) b.
July 12th 1956.
2013: Roberto Ciotti (60)
Italian blues guitarist, singer and composer, born in Rome; he began playing the
guitar at the age of 12 years. From 1970-72 he was a member of the jazz band Blue
Morning, before launching his solo career, releasing his debut album Supergasoline
Blues in 1978. In 1980, he opened Italian concerts of Bob Marley and went on to
collaborate with the likes of Chet Baker, Francesco De Gregori and Edoardo Bennato.
In 1989 he got critical and commercial success with the musical score of Marrakech
Express by Gabriele Salvatores, with whom he collaborated again two years later
in On Tour (sadly died after a long illness)
b. February 20th 1953
Marion James (81) American blues singer born in Nashville, Tennessee,
where she is considered their own "Queen of the Blues", before that
she had the title of House Rockin James. A flamboyant character, her
career spanned sixty years and Jimi Hendrix was a member of her band when he first
started playing the guitar professionally, and she also had Billy Cox in her backing
line-up. In 1966, Marion had a hit with "That's My Man," a song she
composed herself. She continued to perform until the mid 1980s, when she took
a short break from traveling. By the early 90s, she met Casey Lutton and she joined
his group known as the Hypnotics. In 1996, Appaloosa Records released the album
Marion James & the Hypnotics. Since that time, she shared the stage with many
notable performers including Chick Willis, Rufus Thomas, and Clarence "Gatemouth"
2013, she recorded "Back in the Day" at Washington's Jefferson Street
Sound recording studios. It related to the time when Jefferson Street was lined
with smoke filled nightclubs clubs, which played host to Little Richard, B.B.
King, Jimi Hendrix and herself. (sadly Marion died from
the effects of a stroke) b. October 8th 1934.
Dallas "Dal" Richards (97) Canadian big band leader, clarinetist,
and saxophonist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He started out playing saxophone
and clarinet in the Sandy DeSantis and Stan Paton bands, before creating his own
big band. On 1 May 1940, Dal, his 11-piece band and a then-unknown 13-year-old
Juliette were booked to replace Mart Kenney and His Western Gentlemen, Canada's
leading dance band at the time. This initial six-week contract was extended to
25 years of regular performances and broadcasts at "The Roof". In 1994
he was honored with Order of Canada, and was also the first inductee into the
BC Entertainment Hall of Fame that same year(sadly
died fighting prostate cancer) b.
January 5th 1918.
Natalie Cole (65) American Grammy-winning singer, (sadly
died as a result of heart failure brought on by idiopathic pulmonary arterial
hypertension /IPAH) b. February 6th 1950.
Raj Brar (44) Indian
singer, songwriter and actor born the Malke village of Moga District; he was best
known for his 2008 hit album Rebirth. As a songwriter his song Teri bhijgi
kurti laal pasine naal kure, sung by Harbhajan Mann, catapulted Mann to
success. Raj wrote extensively for popular singers like Mann, Labh Janjhua, Surjit
Bindrakhia, Satvinder Bitti, Kuldeep Manak, Muhamed Sadiq, Amrinder Gill, Sardool
Sikander, Hans Raj Hans, Gill Hardeep, etc. He made his acting debut in the 2010
film 'Jawani Zindabad', and had just completed the shooting of his upcoming movie
before his death (sadly died from liver problems)
b. January 3rd 1969
2016: David Meltzer (79)
American poet and jazz guitarist,
born in Rochester, New York; at the age of 11, he wrote his first poem, on the
topic of the New York City subway system. He performed on radio and TV in The
Horn and Hardart Children's Hour. In 1957, he moved to San Francisco and became
part of a circle of writers based around Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan.In 1958,
he recorded an album of his poems with a jazz combo for Jim Dickson, but the album
was not released, then finally saw the light of day in 2006 on Sierra Records
titled "David Meltzer: Poet with Jazz 1958". Also along with his singer-musician
wife Tina, David recorded as a duo and with their group Serpent Power. David was
the author of more than 50 books of poetry and prose. (sadly
died after suffering a stroke at his home in Oakland) b.
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