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1993: Peter Wood (43) English organist, keyboard player,
born 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 (?) b. April 9th 1950.
2016: 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. (sadly died bravely fighting cancer) b. 1960.

December 1st.
1954: 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)
American 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.
1969: 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 suddenly 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
Ray Gillen (34) 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 his 1993 "Flesh and Blood" album (sadly died from an AIDS related disease in a New York Hospital) b. May 12th 1959.
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.
2007: 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. 1981
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.
2009: 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.
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 27th 1931.
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.
2010: 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 company’s 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 “Alice’s 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 Tynan’s musical sex revue, and, with Mr. Penn as director, also produced the film version of Arlo Guthrie’s shaggy-dog song “Alice’s Restaurant” in 1969 (sadly died from a heart attack) b. October 18th 1929.
Dee Harvey (47) American singer;
born 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) b. 1965
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.
2013: 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 i
n 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 1926
2015: 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 1939
2016: 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
2016: 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. ????

December 2nd.
1950: Dinu Lipatti
(33) 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 music-lovers. (sadly his career was cut short by his death from Hodgkin's disease) b. April 1st 1917
1971: Ernest 'Punch' Miller (77)
American 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". (?) b. June 10th 1894.
1982: 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 1961–71", 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 1922.
1986: 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 1900.
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 (84)
American 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
1999: 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
2001: 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. (?) b. ?
2006: 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 life) b. March 3rd 1947.
2006: 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.
2008: Odetta 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".
(heart disease) b. December 31st 1930.
2009: 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.
He 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 7th 1926.
2009: 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 Koštan (32) Croatian disc jockey (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. 1979.

2011: Al Vega/
Aram Vagramian (90) American 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 Hawai’i. 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 Hawai’i 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 Ho‘opi’i, and Andy Iona. >>> READ MORE <<< (Bill passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Westminster, California) b. January 1st 1908.
2011: 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.
2014: 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 saxophonist, 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 Jerry’s 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 Clark’s 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 >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died fighting cirrhosis) b. December 18th 1943
2015: Leoni Franco (73)
Uruguayan 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. 1942.
2015: 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.
2016: 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.
2016: 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 night’s warehouse fire during an music event at the “Ghost Ship” warehouse’s electronic music concert) b. September 14th 1983
2016: 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.

December 3rd.
1955: 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.
1972: 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 orchestra’s 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.
2001: 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) b.
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.
2010: 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) b. 1954
2013: 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) b. 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.
2015: 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.
2015: 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 been determined
) b. October 27th 1967.
2016: 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 Milan. She was admired in dramatic roles, especially by Verdi and Puccini and some other verismo composers such as Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano (?) b. February 22nd 1927.
2016: 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

December 4th.
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
1976: 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 1st 1951.
1976: 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.
1993: 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 21st 1940.
Bernie Dwyer (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.
2004: 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.
Elena 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 28th 1943.
2004: 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 31st 1937.
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.
Gloria 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 25th 1922
2007: 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 f
amed 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 and
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 2nd 1935.
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 Music Awards.(Hubert sadly died from a heart failure) b. November 16th 1931.
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.
2014: 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 1937.
2015: 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.
2015: 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 1970–90, opera critic of The Spectator from 1988–90, Evening Standard from 1990–92, and Chief Opera Critic The Times from 1992–2002. He was associate editor of Opera from 1976, deputy editor from 1984, and editor between 1986–99. 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.

2015: Chris Carney (35) American singer born in Hot Springs, Ark, and known for his work as lead singer in the rock band "The Prom Kings" 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.
2016: 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 Mišík, then in 1968 he and Mišík formed the group Blue Effect. In 1979, with singer Lešek Semelka and drummer Vlado Cech, he recorded the winning song of the Bratislavská lyra - Šaty z šátku. Among guitarists he is probably best known for his instrumental composition Tearoom (sadly died from pulmonary fibrosis) b. December 13th 1946
2016: 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

December 5th.
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 Moreno (42)
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").
After 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.
1963: 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.
1972: 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.
1987: F
at Larry James (38) American 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
1987: Molly O'Day/LaVerne Williamson (64)
American 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 9th 1923.
1989: 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) American jazz-
hard 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.
1993: 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.
1999: 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. He
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 30th 1930.
2007: Andrew 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
2007: 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.
2008: Anca 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
2008: 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 13th 1945
2008: 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 University’s BU Central late night campus venue, he died soon after of a brain anyeurism in Boston Medical Center) b.????
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 1971.
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 1966–71 (?) b. June 10th 1938.
2012: 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 >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died of heart failure) b. December 6th 1920.
2013: 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) b. 1968.
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 Republic. (sadly Manuel died from a heart attack) b. February 24th 1949.
2015: 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.
2016: 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 cancer) b. 1980
2016: 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 attack) b. July 15th 1958.
2016: 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.

December 6th.
1949: Lead Belly/Huddie William Ledbetter (64)
American 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.
1958: 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.
1983: 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.
1988: 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 ... read 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.
1990: 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”, recording the 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.
1997: 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 Aziz
(58) 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) b. April 17th 1942.
2002: David "Billy" Knight (55) American percussionist, and brother of Gladys Knight (heart attack)
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.
2005: 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.
2006: 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) b. January 19th 1962.
2010: 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 region’s top independent concert promoter, handling many of Detroit’s 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.
He 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) b.????
2010: 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 (?) b. 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 'In' Crowd", 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 tracks.
Last year, 2010, Barbara accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on her husband's behalf. (Barbara 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 Devil's Got My Woman" >>> Read More <<< (?) b. May 4th 1923.
2012: 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.
He 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 2009 (sadly Huw died after a two year battle with cancer) b. February 6th 1951.
2013: 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. 1968
2015: Marque "Tate" Lynche (34) American 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) b. January 3rd 1981.

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1960: 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) b. January 7th 1895.
1962: 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 12th 1895.
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.
1980: 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 26th 1958.
1987: 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 1969
the 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. 1940
1990: Dee 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.
1998: 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.
1999: 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) b. March 1st 1921
2004: 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 Drummer’s 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.
2004: 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 causes)
b. September 13th 1911.
2006: 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 1916.
2008: 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 show. In 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.
2011: 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.
2012: 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 1934.
2014: Mango/Giuseppe 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.
2015: Heinz Fricke (88) German conductor 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.
2016: 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. (?) b. May 9th 1928.
Elliott Schwartz (80) American 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 Listener’s 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.
2016: Junaid Jamshed (52) Pakistani singer-songwriter, TV personality, fashion designer, actor, and preacher, born in Karachi, Sindh. He 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 (Junaid and his second wife tragically died when PIA Flight 661 crashed in Havelian) b. September 3rd 1964.
2016: 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 >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died after a long and stubbon battle with cancer) b. November 10th 1947.

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1967: 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 Basie’s '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 Granz’s '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.
1994: 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.
2006: 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.????
2009: 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 (?) b. 1936
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 King’s ‘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 Clapton’s 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 22nd 1951.
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 1991–92 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.
2013: 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 (?) b. 1946.
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.
2014: 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.
2014: 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 1915.
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
) b. 1969.
2015: 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.
2015: 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.

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1984: 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 released. 1992 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, Jamaica) b. April 2nd 1966
1996: 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 1st 1966.
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 1912
2006: 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 singer, 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.
2007: 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
2009: 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, and Russia. (died after struggling with brain damage for a long time) b. February 10th 1933.
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 1925.
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 Don’t 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. >>> READ 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.
2012: 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 in a Learjet 25 plane crash en route from Monterrey to Toluca) b. July 2nd 1969.
2014: 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
2014: 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 Sheila’s Uncle Donald, however, who chose her to carry on the family’s 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 America’s 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 ll’s visit to Scotland. From her specially built stage Sheila sang Ewan MacColl’s 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 Scotland’s advisory committee on travellers (?) b. July 7th 1937
2015: 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

December 10th.

967: 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.
1967: 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) b. 1949
1967: 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 (18) American saxophonist in The Bar-Kays, Otis Redding's chosen backing band (sadly died so young in the tragic Otis Redding plane crash) b.1949
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) b.1949
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) b. January 27th 1942.
1987: Jascha Heifetz (86) Lithuanian-born 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
Slam Stewart/Leroy 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 1914.
1987: 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 Award.(?) 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
in 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.
Buffy 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 1967.
1996: 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.
1996: 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 25th 1932.
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.
2008: Didith Reyes
/Maria 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 17th 1948.
2009: 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.
2011: 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.????
2012: 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.
2015: 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. 1946
2016: 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 “We’ll 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.

December 11th.
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.
1975: 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.
2004: 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.
Richard William ''Ricky'' Hardy (73) English lead guitarist born in Islington, North London; he 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 Worried Men Skiffle Group who had a residency at Soho’s most important coffee bar, the 2i’s. 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 film 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 28th 1940.
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 1945.
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, he’s 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 Nomad’s Bag” released in 2008 (?) b. April 1943
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 her. The 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
brother Uday's 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.
2014: 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 Musikpreis (?) b. October 18th 1929.
2016: Esma Redžepova-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 1943
2016: 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 11th 1936.
2016: 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.

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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 singer 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 27th 1886.
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 Kieth died whilst on tour with Iron Butterfly in Germany) b. March 19th 1946.
1985: 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. He 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.
Enrique Jorrín (60) 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.
1988: 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. 1909
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
(died in London, UK) b. October 2nd 1933.
1998: 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.
2006: 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 winner
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2010: Kevan 'Kev' Fogarty (66) English singer and guitarist;in 1959 he was a founding member and guitarist with The Jets which was formed with his fellow school friends in Southport. They 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 Charles Aznavour and many others. He also backed the Three Degrees when they undertook British tours. (sadly Kevan died after a short illness in Fish Memorial Hospital, Orange City, Florida, USA) b. July
20th 1944.
2011: 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 Simpson (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.
2013: 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 Gothenburg’s 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.
2013: 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 i
n 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) b. 1973.
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.
2016: 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.
2016: 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

2016: 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’, ‘Don’t You’ and ‘Starting Again’. When the Brit Funk revival dissipated, he performed on Womack And Womack’s 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.

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1960: John Charles Thomas (59)
American 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.
1983: 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 (?) b. ??.??.1920
2001: 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.
2005: 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) French singer, 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.
They 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 (?) b. 1947.
Woolly 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.
2015: 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 “Can’t 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.
2016: 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.
2016: 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.
2016: 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.

December 14.
1963: Dinah Washington (39)
US singer; 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, Cold Heart". 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 of Fame. (sadly 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, Gettysbyrg Address, and before joining Guess Who in 1970. He played stunn
ing 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.
2001: Secondo "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 Brown (
sadly died of pancreatic cancer) b. April 24th 1924.
2006: Ahmet 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.
2009: 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 >>> READ 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 death
(sadly died after a short illness) b. February 24th 1950.
2014: 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.
2014: 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 Verdi’s 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.
2016: 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.
2016: 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.

December 15th.
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 Nichols’s 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.
Oscar "Papa" Celestin (70) New 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. Over 4000 people marched in his funeral parade (?) b. January 1st 1884
1979: 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 Ike’s 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 Broadway—an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony—now 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
(died after surviving cancer of the jaw, a heart attack, and a laryngectomy) b. June 28th 1902.
1981: 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.
1984: 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.
2008: Davy Graham/
Davey Graham (68) 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.
2015: 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.

2016: Bohdan Smolen (69) 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 Bohdan was awarded the silver medal "Zasluzony Kulturze - Gloria Artis" for his contributions to Polish culture(died battling heart problems) b. June 9th 1947
2016: 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.

December 16.
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
1980: 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
1990: 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 .
1996: Eadie Del Rubio/Edith Bolling Boyd (75)
American singer-guitarist; eldest triplet Eadie 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 1958.
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.
2006: 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.????
2006: 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 24th 1922.
Harald 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 >>> READ MORE <<<(sadly lost his battle 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 1982—1983 and 1988–1989 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 studio
) b. 1987.
2013: 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 1944–1946, 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 12th 1926.
2014: Wendy 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.
2014: 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 1st 1941.
2015: 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.
2015: 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. (?) b. 1928.
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 5th 1938.

December 17.
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 Shoffner, Stomp Evans, Punch 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.
1982: 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)
American delta 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.
1996: 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.
1999: 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.
1999: 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 1907.
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 1942.
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. 1928
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 composition >>>.READ 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 Jamaica) b. November 27th 1945.
2011: 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, “Bishop’s 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
(sadly 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 women’s 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.
2015: 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 Cork’s 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 culture’s 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 4’s 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.(?) b.????.
2015: 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 Don’t 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

December 18.
1983: 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 Parker’s group Maceo & All the King’s 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.
1987: 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 club, Hollywood) b. October 26th 1927.
1987: 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.
1990: Paul Tortelier (76) French cellist and composer born in Paris. At 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 Strauss’s 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)
b. 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" (?) b.
January 21st 1926.
1996: Irving Caesar/Isidor 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.

2000: 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, Bizet 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 1927.
2001: 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 Blankenburg 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 22nd 1914.
2001: Clifford 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.
2006: 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 1953–54, Boston University 1953–54, and Harvard University 1957–58. Among Pinkham's notable students was the jazz musician and composer Gigi Gryce (1925–1983) 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 1923.
2009: Rex Yetman (76) Canadian bluegrass musician, born in Jamestown, Newfoundland;
he 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. (?) b. ??.??.1933
2011: Ralph MacDonald (67) Afro-Trinbago-American 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. Belafonte’s 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. Magic”.
>>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died while fighting cancer) 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.
2013: 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.
2014: Larry Smith (63) American record producer working with Run–D.M.C., King of Rock () b. June 11th 1951.
2014: 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.
2014: Larry Henley (77) American singer with The Newbeats and songwriter of "Wind Beneath My Wings" () b.
June 30th 1937
2015: 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 (?) b. 1912.
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.
2016: 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.
2016: 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.
2016: 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.

December 19.
1991: 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)
American drummer 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.
1997: 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 3rd
2000: 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.
2000: 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.
2000: 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.
2001: Marcel 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.
2005: 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 20th 1911.
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 26th 1922.
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, mandolin
and 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.
2012: Inez Andrews (83) American gospel singer born in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1957, Andrews became a member of the gospel group The Caravans; a
long 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 1929
Herb 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 18th 1916.
2014: Barbara Jones (62) Jamaican reggae/gospel singer, (sadly died fighting leukaemia) b.

2015: 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 York Philharmonic.(sadly 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. (sadly died bravely fighting brain cancer) b. August 24th 1960.
2015: Timbuck2/Timothy 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. 1981.
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[1] and moved permanently to Europe in 1968. He made his US debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 1979.[1] 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. (?) b. 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 (?) b. 1954.

2016: 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.

December 20.
1973: 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 regaining consciousness) b. May 14th 1936.
1974: 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 1959. During 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.
1982: 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 28th 1887.
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 MORE <<< (died 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 voice both transmit 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.
2010: 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) b. 1982
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.
2011: 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 18th 1944.
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 1919.
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"
(sadly died from a cerebral hemorrhage) b. 1947
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.
Nelly 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 (?) b. 1956.
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 1973.
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 Prima’s 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 Governor’s 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.
2015: 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

December 21.
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.
1965: 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 3rd 1969.
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.
1992: 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.
1997: 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 1941.
2009: 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.
2011: 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.

Dr. 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 EPs.
Kay, 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 Ghana’s 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 cancer) b. 1922
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.
2013: 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 (?) b. 1926
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) Austrian composer 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".
Over 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 30th 1934.
2016: Betty Loo Taylor (87) American jazz pianist, dubbed Hawaii’s ‘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. 1929.
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 30th 1922

2016: 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.

December 22.
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. Wolcott’s 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.
Their 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. (Tragically 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.
Tucker 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 “Tucker’s Turf” in North Hollywood (sadly died of cancer) b. April 24th 1936.
1991: Ernst Krenek aka
Thornton Winsloe (91)
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.
: 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) b.
August 21st 1952
2003: 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.
2007: 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 1921.
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.
2009: 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.
2011: 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
Diomedes 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 Miller’s 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.
Joe 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 >>> Read More <<< (sadly died of lung cancer) b. May 20th 1944.
2015: 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 1950.
2016: 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. 1969?

December 23.
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 Pichetto (85) 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 (?) b. 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 28th 1927.
Noor 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.
2000: Victor Borge/Børge Rosenbaum (91)
entertainer, a 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.
2006: 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.
Tim 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.
2007: 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 40’s 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 University’s Loyola campus in Montreal bears his name. Oscar, last played the Montreal Jazz festival in 2004 was named Down Beat magazine’s 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.
2013: 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 by Dizzy Gillespie >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died bravely fighting prostate cancer) b. October 9th 1920.
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.
2016: 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 1996–2000 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.

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1967: Karl Ristenpart (67) German conductor; b
orn 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 (Karl 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) b. January 26th 1900.
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, California) b. 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.
1992: 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 19th 1927.
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.
2002: 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.
2006: 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.
2009: 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.
2009: Derek 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.????
2009: 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 Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Mimi in Puccini’s “Bohème,” Violetta in Verdi’s “Traviata” and Nedda in Leoncavallo’s “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 Strauss’s “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 l’Opéra de Nice. (sadly died after a brave battle with brain and spinal cancer) b. March 11th 1955.
2010: 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.
2011: Jody 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) b. 1920
Ray 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 1982–1986, with a final reunion tour in 1997–1998. 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.
2014: Buddy 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 i
n 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.
2015: 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.
2015: 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.

2016: 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 >>> READ MORE <<< (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.

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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 1889.
1954: Johnny Ace/John Marshall Alexander Jr (24)
Americain pioneering 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.
1995: 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 27th 1894.
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.
2005: 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 direction ...Read More ...
(complications from motor neurone disease) b. January 29th 1930
2006: 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 ... Read 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. 1948
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.
2008: 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 15th 1938.
2009: Asheem Chakravarty (50) Indian vocalist 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 Ocean’s signature sound
(He 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. 1957
2009: 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. He 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 1934.
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.
He 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 Oliva (?) 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.
2013: 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.
2015: 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. 1958.
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 Agujetas.Cantaor.(?) b. May 17th 1939.
2016: 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.
2016: 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.
2016: 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 MORE <<<
(sadly 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 MORE <<<
(sadly Alphonse died battling neuroendocrine carcinoma) b. November 21st 1948.

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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.
1974: 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.
1992: 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 (?) b. February 12th 1912.
1995: 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 1956 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, he 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.
Ivan 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.
2004: Mierre 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 earthquake-tsunami disaster) b. July 25th 1962.
2005: 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 1st 1937.
2007: 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”, “You’re Such a Good Looking Woman”,
“More and More”, “It’s You, It’s You, It’s 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 1939.
2009: 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 1941.
2011: 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.
Marta Eggerth (101) 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.
2015: 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 1960.

December 27th.
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) b.
April 15th 1937.
Chris 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 12th 1951.
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 h
e 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 1909.
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 Wouldn’t 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 influenza) 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 Piaf, Claude 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.
2010: 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. 1956
2010: 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 Cavalli’s L’Ormindo 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 Haydn’s 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.
2012: 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
2012: 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) b. 1938
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 Buffalo’s 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
2014: 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 the venue (sadly died after a brave battle with Huntington’s 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 A
merican 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.
2015: Andy M. Stewart (63) Scottish 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 Caledonia’s 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.
2015: Stevie Wright (68) English-born Australian singer;
born 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 Wong’s 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 >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died from pneumonia) b.
December 20th 1947.
2015: 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.

December 28th.

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.
1949: 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.
1976: 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.
1977: 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 Brown among others (?) b. January 19th 1939.
1978: 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.
: Benny Morton (77) American jazz trombonist; born in New York City, one 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.
2006: 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 8th 1924.
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 MORE<<< (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..
2010: 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.
In 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.
2010: 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 Alzheimer’s) b.
April 10th 1929.
Danny DeGennaro (56) American 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 Springsteen‘s E Street Band, among others (Brutually murdered, shot to death in front of his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Levittown) b. 1955.
2011: Kaye 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.
2013: 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 throughout Cuba (?) 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 (sadly 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.
2014: 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.
2014: 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.
2015: John Bradbury (62) English 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.
2015: 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 6th 1964.
2015: 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 1926
2015: Lemmy/
Ian 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 >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Lemmy died just 4 days after being diagnoses with cancer) b. December 24th 1945.
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.
2016: 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.
2016: 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 7th 1926.

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1959: 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.
At 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.
1996: 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.
2001: 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 Sol".
Cassia 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 1938.
2009: 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) b. December
29th 1938.
2010: 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 (?) b. 1936.
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
2013: Benjamin Curtis (35) 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.
2015: 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. (tragically he a victim of violent chaos at a bar in Bwaise, when he was shot twice in the stomach) b. 1986.

1952: 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.
1994: 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.
1995: Clarence Satchell (55)
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
1995: Ralph Flanagan/Ralph 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 7th 1914.
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
2003: 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.
2004: 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" "Frenesi" and "Begin the Beguine", 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 others. Artie 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 1910.
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 21-piece orchestra.
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.
2009: 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 cancer) b. 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.
Nick 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 (sadly Nick died after his battle with cancer) b. 1941
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 1972.
In 1981 his 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) b. 1935.
2015: 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) b. July 6th 1945.
2016: 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 failure)
b. November 8th 1929.
1968: 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.
1997: 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.
2002: 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.
Possessing 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

2015: 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" Brown. In 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.
2015: 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.
2015: 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.
2016: 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. February 17th 1937.


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