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1968: John R. Shell (20) Anglo-American guitarist and bass guitarist born in Arkansas; his mum, Mary, was a GI bride who returned to Liverpool with John when he was just two years old. In October of 1963, John together with his friends guitarist-singer Ozzie Yue and drummer John Donaldson formed the pop group The Hideaways. Frankie Connor joined three months later, followed by Judd Lander on harmonica. The band flourished in the mid-1960s as part of the Merseybeat era, and played at The Cavern Club over 250 times, more frequently than The Beatles. Still holding American citizenship, John’s conscience was stirred by the US conflict in Vietnam and volunteered. (tragically John was killed in action just one month after taking up his post as a private with the American Ist Infantry Division) b. April 9th 1947.
1971: Harry Roy/Harry Lipman (71) British singer, swing clarinetist, bandleader; best remembered for having led a popular swing band in England and throughout portions of the British Empire during the 1930s. He and his brother Syd formed a band which they called The Darnswells. When the Original Dixieland Jazz Band left the Hammersmith Palais, they were replaced by the Roy Brothers Original Lyrical Five. They again changed name, becoming the Original Crichton Lyricals. At times, the band recorded as "The Lyricals", "Sid Roy's Crichton Lyricals", and "The Crichton Lyricals". Harry's band was very popular in London where they played all the better spots including the Alhambra; the London Coliseum; Rector's Club; Oddenino's; and the Cavour Restaurant. Harry and his band appeared in the film Everything Is Rhythm and again in the 1936 film Rhythm Racketeer, they also toured South America, the Middle East and other parts of the world. (?) b. January 12nd 1900
1981: Geirr Tveitt (72)
One of Norway's most prolific composers and talented pianist, born in Bergen. He won acclaim in continental Europe and elsewhere performing his own compositions.
Through the summers in Nordheimsund he got in touch with the rich folk music tradition of the region, and this was to inspire most of his later music. Among his most famous works is the ballet "Baldurs Draumar" /Balder's dreams from 1938. The theme is from the saga about the god Balder. The score of this ballet was unfortunately lost during the bombing of London during WW II. Other famous music by Tveitt are the songs "Vi skal ikkje sova burt sumanatta" and "So rodde dei fjorden" and the first piece of Opus 151 "Vekomne med ære" (?) b. October 19th 1908
Dick James/Reginald Leon Isaac Vapnick (65) English singer, music publisher and founder of the DJM record label and recording studios. He joined the Henry Hall band, and made first radio broadcast in 1940. After World War II he continued to sing with top post-war bands, including Geraldo's, and was a part time member of The Stargazers, a popular early 1950s vocal group.
He was the singer of the Robin Hood and The Buccaneers theme songs, "Robin Hood" and "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" from 1950s British TV, and was a friend and associate of renowned record producer George Martin. Dick entered the music publishing business in early 1963, he was contacted by Brian Epstein who was looking for a publisher for the second Beatles single Please Please Me. He originally established Northern Songs Ltd., with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, to publish Lennon and McCartney's original songs. Dick sold Northern Songs in 1969, without offering the band an opportunity to buy control of the publishing company. He profited handsomely from the sale of Northern Songs, but the Beatles never again had the rights to their own songs. During the 1960s he also handled Billy J. Kramer, Gerry and the Pacemakers and signed Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin as untried unknowns in 1967. In 1969 he formed DJM Records, all of John's early releases up to 1976, were issued on the DJM record label. The label also carried Jasper Carrott, RAH Band and John Inman (sadly died of a heart attack) b. December 12th 1920.
1989: Paul Robi/Paul Irvin Roby (57) American vocalist, born in New Orleans; he went on to become the lead tenor of the L.A group, The Platters in 1954. One of the most successful and romantic vocal groups of the 1950s, Robi stayed with the Platters for the next eleven years, and can be heard on all their many hits, including "Only You", "The Great Pretender", "Twilight Time", "Smoke Gets In Your Eye's" and "Harbour Lights". Along with the Platters, Robi was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. (sadly he died of pancreatic cancer) b. August 20th 1931.
2002: Hildegard Knef (76) German actress, singer, writer, born in the city of Ulm; she enjoyed much success as a singer of German chansons, which she often co-wrote. In America she appeared on Broadway as “Ninotchka” in the Cole Porter musical, Silk Stockings. Hildergard is fondly remembered for the song "Für mich soll's rote Rosen regnen"/"It shall rain red roses for me", she is also well known for her version of the song "Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin" /"I've got a suitcase left in Berlin"), of which she sold more than three million records in total. (breast cancer) b. December 28th 1925.
2003: Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría () Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist born in Havana, Cuba. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue," recorded by John Coltrane among others. In 1950 he moved to New York where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, and others. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s. His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 () b. April 7th 1917.
2003: Nancy Whiskey/Anne Alexandra Young Wilson (67) Scottish folk singer born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, and best known for her 1957 hit song, "Freight Train".
While attending art school in Glasgow, she performed on the local folk club circuit where she met fellow singer and guitarist Jimmie MacGregor who introduced her to blues and hillbilly music. She took her stage name from a Scottish folk song, "Nancy Whisky". She was signed to Topic Records and moved to London in 1955. Although reluctant to surrender her reputation as a solo performer, she was persuaded to join the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group to record Elizabeth Cotten's song "Freight Train". The record made the top five in the UK Singles Chart in 1957, and she also toured the United States with McDevitt’s group. "Freight Train" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. After a second, smaller hit, "Greenback Dollar", Nancy left the group to resume a solo career and marry musician Bob Kelly, who became a member of her backing group, the Teetotallers
(?) b. 4 March 4th 1935.
2005: Franco Mannino (80) Italian film composer, pianist, opera director, playwright and novelist, born in Palermo and
made his debut as pianist at 16. He conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada between 1982-86, among others. In all he wrote more than 440 compositions including opera, symphonies, ballet, oratorios, chamber music and music for the theatre. In addition wrote music for more than a 100 films by some of the best-known directors of his day, including Luchino Visconti with whom he collaborated many times, including such films as Death in Venice. His 1963 opera Il diavolo in giardino, from a libretto by Visconti based on a Thomas Mann short story, was presented at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in February. Another of his works, which Visconti directed, was the ballet Mario e il Mago in 1956 (?) b. April 25th 1924.
2007: Gian Carlo Menotti (95) Italian-American composer and librettist; he often referred to himself as an American composer, but kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors among about two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste. He won the Pulitzer Prize for two of them, The Consul in 1950 and The Saint of Bleecker Street in 1955 . He founded the noted Festival dei Due Mondi / Festival of the Two Worlds in 1958 and its American counterpart, Spoleto Festival USA, in 1977. In 1986 Gian commenced a Melbourne Spoleto Festival in Australia, which has now become the Melbourne International Arts Festival. In 1984 he was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for achievement in the arts, and in 1991 he was chosen Musical America's "Musician of the Year" (He died in a hospital in Monte Carlo, where he had a home) b. July 7th 1911
2007: Whitney Lyon Balliett (80) American jazz critic and book reviewer for the New Yorker and was with the journal from 1954 until 2001.
Born in Manhattan and raised in Glen Cove, Long Island, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy, where he learned to played drums in a band he summed up as “Baggy Dixieland”; he played summer gigs at a Center Island yacht club. He was drafted into the Army in 1946, interrupting his freshman year at Cornell University, to which he returned to finish his degree in 1951 and where he was a member of The Delta Phi Fraternity, before his job at The New Yorker (sadly died of cancer
) b. April 17th 1926.
2009: Lukas Foss (86) German-born American composer, conductor, pianist, and professor born in Berlin.
He was a special student of composition with Paul Hindemith at Yale University from 1939-40 and became an American citizen in 1942. Lukas was appointed professor of music at UCLA in 1953, replacing Arnold Schoenberg. While there he founded the Improvisation Chamber Ensemble, which made its Boston debut in 1962 for the Peabody Mason Concert series. He founded the Center for Creative and Performing Arts in 1963 while at the State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1963-70 he was Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1971-88 he was Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, from 1981-86, he was conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and was a Professor of Music, Theory, and Composition at Boston University beginning in 1991
(sadly Lucas died of a heart attack) b. August 15th 1922
2011: Sidney Cipriano (46) Brazilian singer with the
Sorocaba vocal band Fat Family, as the name suggests, all members are overweight people and are members of the same family. They have released three albums "Fat Family", "Fat Festa" and "Pra Onde For, Me Leve" (sadly died from a cardiac arrest) b. 1955
2012: Anil Mohile (71) Bollywood Music Director and Background Score artist for movies from Devdas, Sarkar to Singham. He arranged music for over 85 films over his long career and
composed music for several popular Marathi films such as Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi and Jiwalaga. He also conducted music for Lata Mangeshkar’s live concerts. (sadly died after suffering a massive heart attack) b. 1941
2012: David Peaston (54) American award winning R&B and gospel singer; born in St Louis, Missouri, into a musical family, his mother Martha Bass was one of the Clara Ward Singers and a great gospel performer, while his elder sister Fontella Bass has equally distinguished gospel and soul credits. As a child, David attended and sang at the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church along with his mother, and his sister. After graduating he worked as a school teacher but, when he was laid off in 1981, he moved to New York City and started working as a background singer on recording sessions including Lester Bowie's 1982...>>>READ MORE<<< (sadly David died after a long and brave battle with diabetes) b. March 13th 1957.
2013: Rudolf Dašek (80) Czech guitarist, he studied at the Prague Conservatory from 1962–1966. While there he formed a trio and became well known as a guest soloist with Karel Velebný’s group SHQ. In 1964 he established a trio which included George Mraz, and from 1967–1968 he played with Ladislav Déczi’s quintet Jazz Cellula. He also joined Gustav Brom’s orchestra and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
From 1968 to 1970 Dašek was a member of the house band at the Blue Note club in Berlin and played with Lou Bennett’s trio. During this period he accompanied Benny Bailey, Carmell Jones, Tony Scott, Leo Wright, and many others. With Jirí Stivín he worked in the duo Systém Tandem from1971–1975, re-formed 1985, which performed successfully at European festivals. He toured repeatedly with Toto Blanke in an acoustic-guitar duo and he also recorded with Blanke in 1999
(?) b. August 27th 1933.
2013: Cecil Womack aka Zekuumba Zekkariyas (65) American musician and singer-songwriter, born in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his brothers Bobby, Harry, Friendly and Curtis, began as a gospel group appearing on the gospel circuit in the mid 50s where they were seen by Sam Cooke of the Soul Stirrers. As Cooke's protégés they changed their name to The Valentinos and in 1961 began to sing and record for secular audiences, producing hits such as "It's All Over Now" and "Lookin' for a Love". Later in the 60s, Cecil concerntrated more on song writing and production. He provided his then wife, Mary Wells, with several chart successes including "The Doctor" released on Jubille Records. His later songwriting credits include "Love TKO" a major hit for Teddy Pendergrass, "I Just Want To Satisfy You" for The O'Jays, "Love Symphony" for Patti LaBelle, and "New Day" for George Benson. After Cecil divorced Mary Wells in 1977, he went on to marry Sam Cooke's daughter Linda and they formed Womack and Womack. >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. September 25th 1947.
2014: Murry/ Kasmuri (64)
Indonesian drummer born in Jember, Java; he joined the band Koes Bersaudara in 1969, but previously all members had been part of the Koeswoyo family, so they changed their name to Koes Plus. The band is widely known as a group that radiates the spirit of nationalism through its lyrics. Murry was considered as an important addition to the band for introducing more of a rock rhythm into the previously ballad-laden Koes Bersaudara songs. Although viewed as pioneers of pop and rock ‘n’ roll music in Indonesia and often referred to as the Indonesian Beatles, Koes Plus continued to grow even after the decline of the rock ‘n’ roll era. In 2007, Rolling Stone Indonesia magazine placed 6 of the band's studio albums on their "150 Greatest Indonesian Albums of All Time" (?) b. June 19th 1949.
2015: Anita Darian/Anita Margaret Esgandarian (87)
American singer, born in Detroit, of Armenian descent; she studied opera at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School of Music in New York, but first came to popular attention as a featured singer with the short-lived Sauter-Finegan jazz band of the mid-1950s, with whom she recorded for RCA Victor. She settled in New York City and worked in everything from opera and classical recitals to television jingles and cartoon voice-overs. She appeared in several television productions of musicals and operas from the 1950s to the 1970s. She also sang the female soprano portion on The Tokens' 1961 No.1 hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". As late as 2012, she was featured in concerts honoring the Great American Songbook. (sadly died from complications after intestinal surgery) b. April 26th 1927
2015: Aldo Ciccolini (89)
Italian-born French pianist; born in Naples he entered Naples Conservatory in 1934 at the age of 9, by special permission of the director, Francesco Cilea. He began his performing career playing at the Teatro San Carlo at the age of 16 and moved to France after WWll. He went on to become a celebrated interpreter and advocate of the piano music of the French composers Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Erik Satie as well as that of less prominent composers such as Déodat de Séverac, Jules Massenet and Alexis de Castillon. He had become a French citizen in 1969 and taught at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1970 to 1988. On 9 December 1999 Ciccolini celebrated a career in France spanning 50 years with a recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (?) b. August 15th 1925
2016: Dušan Velkaverh (72) Slovenian lyricist born in Georgetown, British Guiana, as a child he lived New York City, then London before moving to Yugoslavia. He is considered a legend of the Slovenian song festival history since about thirty of his 600 lyrics became major hits in Slovenia. He also wrote the lyrics of "Dan ljubezni", a Yugoslavian song performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 by Slovenian vocal band "Pepel in kri". Dušan was a longtime chief of music production at RTV Slovenia for the RTV Slovenia Big Band and RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and also in the early 1990s, he was the executive director of Slovenian music label Corona. (?) b. September 12th 1943.
2016: Jon Bunch (45) American rock singer and songwriter born in Harbor City, CA and came up in the L.A. hardcore punk rock scene in the South Bay of Los Angeles. He was a founding member and singer in the hardcore punk band Reason to Believe from 1986–1990, when the band evolved to into the post-hardcore band Sense Field, a pioneer for the emo bands which Jon stayed with until 2013. He, along with Sense Field, released five albums, six EPs and toured the world with such bands as Jimmy Eat World, Far, Texas Is the Reason, Dashboard Confessional, Into Another, Mineral, New Found Glory, The Juliana Theory, The Goo Goo Dolls and Nada Surf. In 2004 Jon also joined the Florida-based post-hardcore band Further Seems Forever and recorded one album with them entitled Hide Nothing. He sang with that outfit until 2006. That same year, Bunch and his Further Seems Forever bandmate, Derick Cordoba, toured Europe under the banner Fields Forever, playing acoustic versions of Sense Field and Further Seems Forever songs. As well Jon formed yet another band, War Generation, their album, Start Somewhere, Never Surrender, was released September 3rd 2013 (?) b. October 25th 1970.

2016: Jim Reeves/Jimmy Joe/Jim Nyasani (47) German model, singer and TV host born in Cologne. In 1992 he began training as a musical actor in Hamburg, where he was trained in singing, classical ballet, drama, quilting and fencing. Also in 1991, along with his siblings Shary, Andrew and Terry he formed the group 4 Reeves, releasing four singles and an album 'Jambo'. He next embarked on a short solo career and also formed the successful Euro Dance band, Sqeezer, who in 1997 were awarded the 'RSH Gold - Newcomer of the Year'. They releasing two albums and many singles including there European hit “Blue Jeans” from 1995 to 2010 (tragically Jim was found dead in a hostel in Berlin; police are treating it as homicide) b. April 30th 1968

February 2.
1594: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (67)
Italian composer, organist; the most famous sixteenth-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. He had a vast influence on the development of Roman Catholic church music, and his work can be seen as a summation of Renaissance polyphony. (sadly died in Rome of pleurisy) b. February 3rd 1525.
1979: Sid Vicious/John Simon Ritchie (21)
English bassist with the legendary, influencial UK punk band the Sex Pistols. In 2006 he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Sex Pistols. Born in London his musical career started in 1976 as a member of The Flowers of Romance along with former co-founding member of The Clash, Keith Levene, Palmolive and Viv Albertine. He appeared with Siouxsie and the Banshees, playing drums at their notorious first gig at the 100 Club Punk Festival in London's Oxford Street. According to members of The Damned, Vicious, along with Dave Vanian, was considered for the position of lead singer for The Damned but failed to show up for the audition. The song "Belsen Was a Gas" originates from this band, and was later performed live by the Sex Pistols, as well as Sid Vicious' solo act. He played his first gig with the Pistols on 3 April 1977 at the The Screen On The Green in London. His debut was filmed by Don Letts and appears in Punk Rock Movie. In Nov 1977, Sid met American groupie Nancy Spungen. Both the group and Sid visibly deteriorated during their 1978 American tour. The Pistols broke up in San Francisco after their concert at the Winterland Ballroom on 14 January 1978. With Nancy acting as his "manager", Sid embarked on a solo career during which he performed with musicians including Mick Jones of The Clash, original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies of The Damned and the New York Dolls' Arthur Kane, Jerry Nolan, and Johnny Thunders. He performed the majority of his performances at Max's Kansas City and drew large crowds. His final performances as a solo musician took place at Max's. October 12th 1978, Sid claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to find Nancy dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York. She had suffered a single stab wound to her abdomen and appeared to have bled to death. On October 22 1978, ten days after Nancy's death, he attempted suicide by slicing his wrist and subsequently became a patient at Bellevue Hospital. (Sid died of a heroin overdose, most possibly suicide. He had been partying in a New York flat to celebrate his release on $50,000 (£29,412) bail pending his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, the previous October. A few days after his cremation, his mother found a suicide note in the pocket of his jacket:
"We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye") b. May 10th 1957.
1983: Sam Chatmon (86) American Delta blues guitarist, multi-musician and singer; born in Bolton, Mississippi. He started out as a member of his family's string band when he was young. The Chatmon band played rags, ballads, and popular dance tunes. Sam on his own played the banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in addition to the guitar, performing at parties and on street corners throughout Mississippi for small pay and tips. In the 1930s he recorded both with the Mississippi Sheiks, as well as with his brother Lonnie as the Chatman Brothers. Sam moved to Hollandale, Mississippi in the early 1940s and worked on plantations. He was re-discovered in 1960 and started a new chapter of his career as folk-blues artist. In the same year he recorded for the Arhoolie record label. He toured extensively during the 1960s and 1970s. He played many of the largest and best-known folk festivals, including the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. in 1972, the Mariposa Fest in Toronto in 1974, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1976. Sam stayed an active performer and recording artist until his death (?) b. January 10th 1897.
1995: Thomas Hayward/Thomas Albert Tibbett (77) US operatic tenor born in Kansas City, Thomas made his debut with the New York City Opera in 1945, as Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, opposite Dorothy Kirsten in the title role. In 1945 and 1946, he was also seen there as Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana and in The Gypsy Baron. Soon after Thomas made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette. His more notable roles at the Met included the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the name part in Faust, and the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. His final opera at that theatre was Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, in 1957. In 1959, he returned to the City Opera, for Die Fledermaus, conducted by Julius Rudel. Through the first half of the 1960s Thomas appeared with companies throughout the United States, and was often heard on the radio and seen on television. He re-located to Dallas, where he began a successful second career as a pedagogue at Southern Methodist University. Among his students were Fernando del Valle, Clifton Forbis, Timothy Jenkins and Gary Lakes.
(died in Las Vegas) b. December 1st 1917.
1996: Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly (83) American dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, film director, and producer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Best known today for his performances in films such as Singin' in the Rain (1952), An American in Paris (1951), and Anchors Aweigh (1945), he was a dominant force in musical films until they fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences. Gene received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements. He later received lifetime achievement awards in the Kennedy Center Honors in 1982, and from the Screen Actors Guild and American Film Institute. In 1999, the American Film Institute also numbered him 15th in their Greatest Male Stars of All Time list.
(tragically a stroke in July 1994 resulted in a 7 week hospital stay and another stroke in early 1995 left Kelly mostly bedridden in his Beverly Hills home, where sadly he died in his sleep a year later) b. August 23rd 1912.
1999: David McComb (36) Australian rock musician born in Perth, he was the singer-songwriter of a prominent Australian post-punk band, The Triffids. He formed the band while still at high school in 1976, first called Dalsy, later known as Blök Music then evolved into The Triffids. Their best known songs are "Wide Open Road"-1986, and "Bury Me Deep in Love"-1987; while their 1986 album, Born Sandy Devotional was featured by SBS television in 2007 on the Great Australian Albums series. and in 2010 it ranked 5th in the book 'The 100 Best Australian Albums'. The Australian Recording Industry Association/ARIA recognised The Triffids' importance on 1 July 2008 when they were inducted into their Hall of Fame. In 1996, he underwent a successful heart transplant, but continued his drinking and drug use (In January 1999 David was driving a car which was involved in a collision. He was hospitalised overnight and released with bruising. A few days later he suddenly died at home, his death was due to heroin toxicity and mild acute rejection of his 1996 heart transplant) b. February 17th 1962.
2002: Remo Paul Palmieri (78) American jazz guitarist
born in New York City; in the early 1940s he teamed up with Coleman Hawkins and in 1944 he recorded 'Blues In Nat's Flat', 'These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)', 'A Hundred Years From Today', and 'If I Had You' with The Nat Jaffe Trio. Next in 1945 he recorded with Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker and Red Norvo. His talents as a jazz guitarist and musician were in great demand and during this same period he recorded with Teddy Wilson. Then for health reasons, he took up a staff position at CBS and for more than 27 years he pursued a very successful career as a studio musician working with 100s of musicians and singers including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Ken Burns, Buddie Rich, Freddy Slack, Pearl Bailey and so many others. In 1977 Remo was invited to perform at the Concord Jazz Festival in Concord, California. At that festival he and Herb Ellis teamed up for some duet playing and later that year they made the recording Windflower (?) b. March 29th 1923.
2002: Paul Baloff (41) American singer most noted as frontman and founder member of the thrash metal band Exodus fromed in 1981. After leaving Exodus in 1986, he sang in several other such as Heathen, Hirax and Piranha. In 1997, when Exodus decided to reunite, Paul once again sang with the band
(sadly Paul suffered a stroke which left him in a coma and he was taken off life support by doctors) b. April 25th 1960.
2003: Lou Harrison (85) American composer born in Portland, Oregon, but moved with his family to a number of locations around the San Francisco Bay Area as a child. He is particularly noted for incorporating elements of the music of non-Western cultures into his work, with a number of pieces written for Javanese style gamelan instruments, including ensembles constructed and tuned by himself and his partner William Colvig. The majority of his works are written in just intonation rather than the more widespread equal temperament. Harrison is one of the most prominent composers to have worked with microtones
(He sadly died in Lafayette, Indiana, from a heart attack while on his way to a festival of his music at The Ohio State University) b. May 14th 1917.
2007: Joe Hunter (79)
African-American 3 time Grammy winning pianist, born in Jackson, Tennessee known for his recording session work as a pianist in Motown Records' in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers. He served as band director for the band from 1959 until 1964, when he left Motown , ...READ MORE... (sadly died at his Detroit apartment, cause of death is thought to be related to longtime diabetes) b. November 19th 1927.
2007: Billy Henderson (67) American singer and an original member and founder of The Spinners, a soul vocal group. The Spinners were formed in 1954 by five friends in High School while growing up in Royal Oak Township Mi. They had several hits, such as "I'll Be Around" in 1972 and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", "Then Came You" with Dionne Warwick and "The Rubberband Man". The Spinners were nominated for six Grammy Awards and they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the second star for a musical group consisting of African-Americans (
complications from diabetes) b. August 9th 1939.
2007: Eric von Schmidt (75)
American folk/blues singer-songwriter; he was associated with the folk/blues revival of the 1960s and a key part of the East Coast folk music scene that included Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. He was known mostly for his associations with Bob Dylan during the latter's early career. When Dylan travelled to Cambridge, where he met Joan Baez, he crashed with Eric, learned songs from him, and played his first game of croquet stoned. Dylan repaid the hospitality on his first album by crediting "Rick von Schmidt" in the spoken introduction to Baby Let Me Follow You Down, although, in fact, Eric's own version was adapted from Blind Boy Fuller's original. In 1997, he won a Grammy Award for his work on a compilation album entitled Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3, and in 2000 he received a lifetime achievement award from the society of music publishers, ASCAP, and was serenaded with his and Tom Rush's What a Mighty Storm (Eric suffered a stroke in 2006, and sadly died seven months later) b. May 28th 1931.
2009: Sunny Skylar/Selig Shaftel (95) American composer, singer, lyricist, and music publisher; as a singer, he appeared with a number of big bands, including those led by Ben Bernie, Paul Whiteman, Abe Lyman, and Vincent Lopez. After the end of the big band era, he continued to sing in nightclubs and theaters until 1952. As a composer and lyricist, Sunny was the last of the great Tin Pan Alley authors, with over 300 songs to his credit, songs he wrote the lyrics and/or music to include 'Amor', 'Besame Mucho', 'And So to Sleep Again', 'Gotta Be This or That', 'Hair of Gold', 'Eyes of Blue', 'There's Fire', 'Love Me with All Your Heart', 'Where There's Smoke', and 'You're Breaking My Heart' just to mention a few (?) b. October 11th 1913
2010: Nelli Shkolnikova (82) Ukrainian-born Australian violinist and teacher; born in the Ukrainian village of Zolotonosha, at the age of three, she moved with her family to Moscow, at five she entered the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with Lillia Kossodo and Yuri Yankelevich. Nelli played her first concerto at age eight and won the 1953 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris when she was 25. She then embarked on an international performing career, as well as teaching. She appeared in concert in the then Soviet Union, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and USA and became a faculty member at the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow. Between 1970 to 1982, she was barred from leaving the Soviet Union. Nelli finally defected to the West in Berlin on 26 November 1982, before settling in Melbourne, Australia, where she continurd to play, record and taught at the Victorian College of the Arts (cancer) b. 1927.
2011: Armando Chin Yong (53) Malaysian opera singer; he received much of his singing education in Rome, Italy and Vienna, Austria., After a performance of Puccini's one-act opera Gianni Schicchi in Teatro la nuova Fenice in Osimo, Italy in 1987, he was hailed by the newspaper Il Messaggero as Italy's most outstanding young tenor. From 1990 to 1992, he was engaged by the Dresden Staatsoper in Germany. Armando was invited to sing in the 1995 Taipei Charity Concert by Mirella Freni and Nicolai Ghiaurov and sang the encore Libiamo ne' lieti calici/Drinking Song from Verdi's opera La traviata with Mirella Freni. In 1996, he was the solo tenor in the Suntory-sponsored grand production of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with a choir of 10,000 voices performed in Osaka, Japan and was the Steersman in the 1997 production of Wagner's Der fliegender Hollaender/The Flying Dutchman in Taipei, Taiwan. He was also Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme in a 1997 Taipei production, a role he reprised in 1999. In January 2005, Armando sang in a Chinese-language opera Lei Yu staged in Singapore's Esplanade Concert Hall. He was also the Vice-President of the Yin Qi Christian Choir in Kuala Lumpur (Tragically he died unexpectedly, of a heart attack after collapsing while jogging in Kuala Lumpur) b. 1958
2014: Gerd Albrecht (78) German conductor, chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. He was a first-prize winner at the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors at age 22. His first post was as a repetiteur at the Stuttgart State Opera. Later, he became Senior Kapellmeister at the Mainz Municipal Theatre, and Generalmusikdirektor in Lübeck. He has also held posts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and the Hamburg State Opera. (?) b. July 19th 1935.
2014: Bunny Rugs/Bunny Scott/William Clarke (65) Jamaican reggae singer, born in Mandeville and raised in Kingston. In the mid 60s he joined Charlie Hackett and the Souvenirs, the resident band at the Kitty Club on Maxfield Avenue, before leading the early lineup of Inner Circle in 1969. From 1971 he did a stint in New York where he was a member of the dance band Hugh Hendricks and the Buccaneers and the Bluegrass Experience. He returned to Jamaica in 1974 and recorded with Lee "Scratch" Perry, initially as a backing singer, then with Leslie Kong's nephew Ricky Grant as the duo Bunny & Ricky. They released singles such as "Freedom Fighter" and "Bushweed Corntrash" >>> Read More <<< (sadly died fighting cancer) b. February 2nd 1948.
2015: Alekos Kitsakis (81) Greek folk singer known as "the nightingale of Epirus", born in Rizovouni of Preveza, but sadly orphaned in childhood. When old enough he moved to Athens and went on to record over 2,500 songs and worked with the biggest names in Greek song as Katy Gray, Stelios Kazantzidis, Marinella, Rita Sakellariou, Jenny Vanou, Pericles Perrakis, Vassilis Suka, Stathis crabs, and many other artists (?) b. 1933-34.
2015: Andriy "Kuzma" Kuzmenko (46) Ukrainian singer, writer, TV presenter, producer and actor, born in Sambir, Lviv Oblast but later moved to Novoyavorivsk with his family. He was best known as founder and the lead singer of the rock band Skryabin, founded in 1989. Over the years the band went from electronic dark wave to alternative/pop rock. The group was named "Best Pop Band" in 2006 at the "ShowBiz Awards”. As well as his band, in 2000 Kuzma became a presenter of his own hit parade "Hot Seven", which existed until 2002 and from 2003 he worked as a presenter of the program "Chance" and "Shikanemo" with singer Natalia Mogilevska. In 2009 he created the group "Paiuschie trusy"/Singing Pants, and in that same year he was a member of the jury of the literary award "Book of the Year B-B-C". In October 2014 he launched his own Internet radio called «S.R.A.K.A.», which, according to him, he played the same music he listened to in the car. (tragically Kuzma died in a traffic collision near Lozuvatka, when he was returning from Kryvyi Rih, where his band Skryabin had been performing at a concert the day before) b. August 17th 1968.
2015: The Jacka/Shaheed Akbar/Dominic Newton (37) American rapper, born in Pittsburg, California. he got his start with his group, Mob Figaz, whose first album, C-Bo's Mob Figaz, was released in 1999. He converted to Islam at a young age and changed his name to Shaheed Akbar.
In 2001 he released his first solo album Jacka of the Mob Figaz and after several other albums he released his final album What Happened To The World in 2014 Prior to his death, The Jacka owned his own label The Artist Records (tragically he was fatally shot by an unidentified gunman in Oakland on 94th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard) b. August 1977
2015: Joseph Alfidi (65) American pianist, composer conductor
and child prodigy born in Yonkers, New York. At the age of 6, he had professional engagements to conduct the Miami Symphony Orchestra in Florida and members of the New York Philharmonic on Long Island. On November 18th 1956, the 7 year old appeared in Carnegie Hall, conducting the Symphony of the Air; the program included 2 overtures, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Rossini's William Tell, as well as Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony and Beethoven's 5th Symphony. At the age of 8, on November 17th 1957, he was a guest on the American TV game-show What's My Line?. He also appeared on I've Got a Secret, where he performed on 4 different instruments. Further appearances in New York with the Symphony of the Air followed in 1957, 1958, and 1960, and Joey conducted in many other American cities and toured Europe. He attended rehearsals and concerts led by Leopold Stokowski, Guido Cantelli, Pierre Monteux, Sir Thomas Beecham, and Leonard Bernstein. Joey was invited to the Vatican where he performed for Pope John XXIII, and in '72 accepted an invitation from Queen Elisabeth to study at the Brussels Conservatory. In 1979, the French film maker François Reichenbach produced for Televisa-Mexico a series of documentaries, including one entitled Arthur Rubinstein and the Young - Joe Alfidi & Arthur Rubinstein. Throughout his career he won many prizes and played venues worldwide. He later resided in Belgium where he taught piano at the Royal Conservatory of Liège (?)
b. May 28th 1949.
2015: Zane Musa (36) American alto/soprano/tenor virtuoso saxophonist, much indemand sessionist and talented vocalist, widely known for his extraordinary note intense insanely riveting command of the saxophone. Born in Arleta, CA, he began his musical career early, studying tap dancing from his brother Chance Taylor, an innovator in the world of tap dancing and by junior high school Zane had began playing the saxophone. He received his music degree from Cal Arts, in the Santa Clarita Valley, where he received a full scholarship. His has been showcased by the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, John Mayer, Lupe Fiasco and Christina Aguilera, as well as the Nikhil Korula Band and Karina Corradini. He also lent his sound to the house bands of several popular television shows including The Voice, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Carson Daly Show. He was a regular player in prominent clubs in Hollywood and has been invited to contribute to several bands, including Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, fronted by the well-known actor and accomplished pianist, Jeff Goldblum. Some of his final work was touring and recording with the incomparable, Arturo Sandoval. Zane Musa is featured on the recording "Be Bop" alongside Arturo Sandoval. (tragically Zane died in Florida after playing at an annual jazz cruise. He had fallen from a Fort Lauderdale airport parking structure immediately following the jazz cruise on Sunday night. He was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where he was declared dead the following day) b. January 1st 1979.
2016: Marcus Turner (59) New Zealand folk singer and television presenter born in Otago Peninsula. He began performing at Dunedin's Otago University Folk Music Club in 1973. Initially, his music consisted of covers of music by singers such as Paul Simon and John Denver, but gradually expanded to include traditional folk. During the 1970s, he was a member of several folk groups, most notably the High Country Bluegrass. In the late 1970s he began to write his own songs, achieving early success with the comedic "The Civil Service Song", and released his first album, The Best is Yet to Come in 1983. But he became more widely known as a presenter of popular children's TV programme Spot On. Marcus did a short stint in the UK before returning home and co-founded the folk group The Chaps and release a second album 'Laid Down' in 2005. He also played with the band Footspa, a band made up of musicians from other groups in the Dunedin area. Some of his compositions have been recorded by performers such as Irish singer Andy Irvine, the Danish folk group Færd and the British group Hen Party. He has also composed music for films, including the NHNZ documentary Hotel Iguana (?) b. 1956.

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1959: Buddy Holly/Charles Hardin Holley (22)
American singer, guitarist, songwriter; born in Lubbock, Texas, into a musical family, he learned to play piano, guitar and fiddle as a young boy. During the fall of 1949 he met Bob Montgomery at Hutchinson Junior High School, they teamed up as "Buddy and Bob". Initially influenced by bluegrass music, they sang harmony duets at local clubs and high school talent shows. Buddy turned to rock music after seeing Elvis Presley sing live in Lubbock in early 1955. Later that year, Buddy opened on >>> Read More
<<< (Along with The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, he died in a plane crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane a single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza was hired after his tour bus developed heating problems while travelling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, and waiting for money due him from ex-manager Norman Petty) b. September 7th 1936
1959: The Big Bopper/Jiles Perry (28) American disc jockey, singer, and songwriter whose big voice and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. Born in Sabine Pass, Texas, he worked part time at Beaumont, Texas radio station KTRM now KZZB. He was hired by the station full-time in '49, so he quit college. Big Bopper, who played guitar, began his musical career as a song writer, George Jones later recorded his "White Lightning", in 1959 and he also wrote "Running Bear" for his friend Johnny Preston, Big Bopper also sang background on "Running Bear", but the recording wasn't released until September 1959, after his death. Within several months it became No.1. He is maybe best known for his solo recording and self penned "Chantilly Lace" (As above... he died in a plane crash while on tour with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens) b. October 24th 1930.
1959: Ritchie Valens/Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes (17) American singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Pacoima, California. Of Mexican decent he was brought up hearing traditional Mexican mariachi music, as well as flamenco guitar, R&B and jump blues, he expressed an interest in making music of his own by the age of 5. Ritchiebecame a rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement. Sadly his recording career lasted only eight months, but during this time, he scored several hits, most notably his 1958 "La Bamba", which was originally a Mexican folk song that he transformed with a rock rhythm and beat, making him a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement. He influenced the likes of Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Carlos Santana among countless others at a time when there were very few Latinos in American rock and pop music. He is considered the first Latino to ever successfully cross over into Rock mainstream (As above... he died in a plane crash while on tour with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper) b. May 13th 1941.
1959: Curt Sachs (77) German-born, American-domiciled musicologist, one of the founders of modern organology, the study of musical instruments. Born in Berlin, he studied piano, music theory and composition as at Berlin University, where he became professor of musicology. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, he was dismissed from his posts in Germany by the Nazi Party because he was a Jew. As a result, he moved to Paris, and later to America, where he settled in New York City. From 1937 to 1953 he taught at New York University, and also worked at the New York Public Library. His numerous books include works on musical instruments, rhythm, and dance with his ''The History of Musical Instruments'' in 1940, a comprehensive survey of musical instruments worldwide throughout history, seen as one of the most important. After his death The American Musical Instrument Society has a "Curt Sachs Award", which it gives each year to individuals for their contributions to organology (?) b. June 29th 1881.
1960: Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione (39) Italian singer and actor who became very popular in the late 1950s. When he was 11, his parents enrolled him at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. During his teen years, he performed at night clubs in Turin singing jazz and playing double bass and violin.After the war, he resumed working as a musician for various bands. He then formed his own group, the Asternovas. He was gradually creating his public character, inspired by Clark Gable and Mickey Spillane's gangsters. He and his friend Leo Chiosso, wrote the hits that brought nation-wide fame to Fred: Che bambola /Whatta babe!, Teresa non sparare /Theresa, don't shoot!, Eri piccola così /You were this, this little, Guarda che luna /Look, What A beautiful Moon, Love in Portofino, Porfirio Villarosa, Whisky facile/Easy Whiskey. After perfectioning his routine in night clubs and theatres he started recording his songs in 1955; the first single 'Che bambola' and 'Giacomino' sold 1,000,000 copies. By the end of 1950s, Fred was one of Italy's most wanted entertainers. He appeared on advertising campaigns, television and in movies (tragically died in a car crash) b. 23 November 1921
1967: Joe Meek (37) English record producer born in Newent, Gloucestershire; a pioneering record producer and songwriter acknowledged as one of the world's first and most imaginative independent producers. He also became infamous for his eccentric behaviour and experimentation with instruments. His most famous work was The Tornados' hit "Telstar" in 1962, which became the first record by a British group to hit No.1 in the US Hot 100. It also spent five weeks at the top the UK singles chart, with Joe receiving an Ivor Novello Award for this production as the "Best-Selling A-Side" of 1962. His other notable hit productions include "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O" and "Cumberland Gap" by Lonnie Donegan, "Johnny Remember Me" by John Leyton, "Just Like Eddie" by Heinz, "Angela Jones" by Michael Cox, "Have I the Right?" by The Honeycombs, and "Tribute to Buddy Holly" by Mike Berry. Joe's concept album I Hear a New World is regarded as a watershed in modern music for its innovative use of electronic sounds. He was also producing music for films, most notably Live It Up! (US title Sing and Swing), a 1963 pop music film starring Heinz Burt, David Hemmings and Steve Marriott, also featuring Gene Vincent, Jenny Moss, The Outlaws, Kim Roberts, Kenny Ball, Patsy Ann Noble and others. Joe wrote most of the songs and incidental music, much of which was recorded by The Saints and produced by himself. "Have I the Right?" would be Joe's last big hit. Joe had gained a reputation as being difficult to work with, he was very controlling and would often become angry and violent if musicians didn't do as he told them to. Joe's fascination with the unknown took a darker turn when he would experiment with the occult. He would engage in séances and leave recording equipment in graveyards to try and contact his hero Buddy Holly (he shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London) b. April 5th 1929.
1973: Andy Razaf/Andriamanantena Paul Razafinkarefo (77) African American composer, poet, and lyricist born in Washington, D.C.. Some of his 800 songs include "Baltimo"', composed at the age of 17, was sung by members of The Passing Show of 1913 at Winter Garden, New York."Ain't Misbehavin'", "Black and Blue", "Garvey! Hats Off to Garvey", "Honeysuckle Rose", "In the Mood", "The Joint Is Jumpin"', "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now", "Louisiana", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "That's what I like about the South", and "U.N.I.A.". Some of the many artists who recorded Razaf's songs include: Jerry Lee Lewis, Glenn Miller, Moon Mullican, Fats Waller and Fats Domino. At seventy-six years of age, Andy Razaf, the most prolific black lyricist of twentieth century popular music, was finally recognized by his Tin Pan Alley peers in the songwriters Hall of Fame (sadly heart problems) b. December 16th 1905.
1975: Umm Kulthum (70) Egyptian singer, born in Tamay ez-Zahayra village in the Nile Delta, she is known as the Star of the East. More than 3 decades after her death, she is still recognized as one of Egypt's most famous and distinguished singers of the 20th century. Bob Dylan, Maria Callas, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marie Laforêt, Salvador Dalí, Nico, Bono, Farin Urlaub, and Led Zeppelin are known to be admirers of her music. One of her best known songs, “Enta Omri,” has been the basis of many reinterpretations, including one 2005 collaborative project involving Israeli and Egyptian artists. (Her funeral was attended by over 4 million mourners, one of the largest gatherings in history and descended into pandemonium when the crowd seized control of her coffin and carried it to a mosque that they considered her favorite, before later releasing it for burial) b. December 31st 1904.
1989: Lionel Newman (73) American conductor, pianist, and film and television composer; he started formal training in New York, beforemoving to Hollywood, where at the age of 16, he began conducting for impresario Earl Carroll. He continued his studies in LA with Joseph Achron and Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco. In the 1930s, Lionel conducted national tours and worked as the piano accompanist for Mae West. After serving an apprenticeship conducting and orchestrating live shows, Newman joined 20th Century Fox as a rehearsal pianist under the guidance of his brother, Alfred Newman, and by 1959, he had been promoted to Musical Director for Television there. This opened the doors to feature films. He was soon made vice president in charge of music for both television and features. This soon resulted in a promotion to senior vice president of all music for Twentieth Century Fox Films. He wrote several classic TV themes for Fox, including The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Adventures in Paradise, and Daniel Boone. He joined 20th Century Fox as a rehearsal pianist under the guidance of his brother, Alfred Newman, and by 1959, he had been promoted to Musical Director for Television there. This opened the doors to feature films. He was soon made vice president in charge of music for television and features. This resulted in a promotion to senior vice president of all music for Twentieth Century Fox Films. He wrote several TV themes for Fox, including The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Adventures in Paradise, and Daniel Boone. Lionel received 11 Academy Award nominations, and won an Oscar for Hello Dolly! in 1969. He conducted the scores for Cleopatra, The Sand Pebbles, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Long Hot Summer, The Young Lions, Alien, and The Omen. He was the musical supervisor for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Monsignor, and The Fury. Also as a songwriter, he received a certificate of merit from Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) for over one million network performances of his 1948 hit, "Again", a pop standard that lived on long after its introduction in the film Road House (cardiac arrest) b. January 4th 1916.
1990: Felice Chiusano (67)
Italian singer, self-taught guitarist and one of the singers of Quartetto Cetra, a popular Italian vocal quartet. Born in Fondi, southern Lazio, his native village before his twentieth birthday and moved to Rome. After work, he performed in local clubs as singer and guitarist. He successfully auditioned for EIAR, the Italian national radio broadcasting company, and worked as a singer for the various radio orchestras. In 1941 he replaced Enrico Gentile in the line-up of Quartetto Ritmo, a vocal quartet that immediately renamed to Quartetto Cetra. Felice was widely recognized as the "bald head" of Quartetto Cetra, famous for his humour and funny jokes. During 70s and 80s, as Quartetto Cetra gradually scaled back their public appearances, he also worked in the organization of shows and cultural events (?) b. March 28th 1922.
1992: Junior Cook/Herman Cook (57) American tenor saxophonist, born in Pensacola, Florida. After playing with Dizzy Gillespie in '58, he gained some fame for his longtime membership in the Horace Silver Quintet '58-'64; when he played in Blue Mitchell's quintet 1964-'69. Later associations included Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Louis Hayes, Bill Hardman, and the McCoy Tyner big band. In addition to many appearances as a sideman, Junior recorded as a leader for Jazzland in 1961, Catalyst in 1977, Muse, and SteepleChase. He also taught at Berklee School of Music for a year during the 1970s and in the early 1990s Junior was playing with Clifford Jordan as well as leading his own group. (died in his apartment in New York City) b.
July 22nd 1934.
1998: Fat Pat/Patrick Lamont Hawkins (27) American rapper from Houston, Texas and an original member of DJ Screw's Screwed Up Click. He was most prolific in the mid-1990s alongside his late brother Big Hawk and longtime friend Lil' Keke. Fat Pat was signed to Wreckshop Records and had hits with the singles "Wanna Be a Baller" and "Tops Drop" (Tragically Fat Pat was shot dead after collecting an appearance fee from a promoter's apartment) b. December 4th 1970.
1999: Ian Hunter-Randell (61)
English jazz trumpet player; early in his career he worked with Ken Barton, Monty Sunshine,
Alexander's Jazzmen and Aker Bilk. He came to national attention after joining Terry Lightfoot in the early 70s, he stayed with Terry for around 20 years. After leaving he joined Pete Allen's band and after years of freelancing with the likes of The Preston Scott Jazz Band, The Clyde Valley Stompers, and The London City Stompers, he became a member of Laurie Chescoe's Goodtime Jazz in 1996 until his death. Ian was one of Britain's most inpired Dixieland trumpet players (died unexpectedly of a heart attack) b. January 3rd 1938.
1999: Gwen Guthrie (48) American singer-songwriter born in Okemah, Oklahoma and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She became backing vocalist for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Madonna among others. Gwen also wrote songs made famous by Ben E. King - "Supernatural Thing", and "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and Roberta Flack's "God Don't Like Ugly". She co-wrote seven tracks on the Sister Sledge's 1975 album Circle of Love: "Cross My Heart", "Protect Our Love", "Love Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me", "Don't You Miss Him Now", "Pain Reliever", "You're Much Better Off Loving Me", and "Fireman" (sadly died fighting cancer) b. July 9th 1950.
2002: James Blackwood (82)
American gospel singer, born in Choctaw County, Mississippi; in 1926, he and his brother Doyle developed an interest in gospel music, singing at church gatherings, camp meetings, schools and any place they saw the opportunity, and sang on WTJS in Jackson, Tennessee. He formed The Blackwood Brothers, a singing group, with his nephew R. W. and his brothers Roy and Doyle. They first broadcast was on radio station WHEF, AM 1500, in Kosciusko, Mississippi in 1934. The quartet soon began broadcasting on the larger WJDX in Jackson, later moving to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1939, and Shenandoah, Iowa in 1940. After WWII the quartet moved to Memphis and radio station WMPS in 1950. On June 12th 1954, they won first place on the CBS radio and TV program Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts Show. James, Cecil Blackwood and J. D. Sumner founded the National Quartet Convention in 1957, originally a 3-day event held at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.
As well as many group awards, James was honored with the GMA Dove Award Top Male Vocalist for 7 consecutive years (sadly died from a stroke) b. August 4th 1919.
Cornelius Bumpus (58) American saxophonist, keyboards, vocalist; he began his musical career playing alto saxophone at ten for his school band, and by age twelve he was playing at Luso-American dances. He attended Santa Cruz High School where he performed in the band and won the John Philips Sousa Award. In 1966 he was in Bobby Freeman's band, after which he began his associations with many well-known groups, primarily as a saxophonist, including Café Society, a Los Angeles pop band, during the 1980s, but his most notable working with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. He recorded 2 albums with the Doobie Brothers, 'One Step Closer' in 1980 and 'Farewell Tour' in 1983 and toured with Steely Dan from 2000 to 2003. In 2002 he also worked on the Big Blue Earth project sponsored by the Church of Christ, Scientist. Cornelius also recorded with East Side San Jose in 1970, Moby Grape in 1978, Donald Fagen in 1993 as well as releasing a solo LP, 'A Clear View' in which featured his singing, writing and sax playing, stretching out with the band on several, long, jazzy jams over six minutes each. (sadly died of a heart attack during a flight from New York to California, where he was scheduled to perform at the Columbia College Jazz Concert Series) b. May 7th 1945.

2009: Joven Deala (21)
Philippino musician and the half-brother of Black Eyed Peas star Allan Pineda, aka, apl.de.ap. He was born and grew up in Barangay Sapang Bato. He migrated to America where he became a member of the Black Eyed Peas quartet. He returned several times to Sapang Bato where he gave financial help to local poor families (Joven was tragically gunned down inside his sports utility vehicle outside of his girlfriend's apartment in the Philippines) b. 1987
2009: Tom Brumley (73) American steel guitarist who contributed to the "Bakersfield sound" of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 60s before joining Rick Nelson. While with Buck, from '63-69, he traveled the world and played on recordings such as “Together Again,” "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" and “Act Naturally”. Tom left The Buckaroos in 1969, when Ricky Nelson invited him to play steel guitar with his band for his "Live at the Troubadour" album, staying with Rick for 10 years. He also performed or recorded with artists including Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Ray Price and Rod Stewart and he spent three years recording and touring with Chris Hillman and the Desert Rose Band. From 1989 to 2003, he performed with his sons, Todd and Tommy, in the Brumley Family Music Show. He has been inducted into both the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame
(died at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, eight days after suffering a heart attack) b. December 11th 1935.
2011: Tatyana Shmyga (83) Russian operetta singer and film actress (?) b. December 31st 1928.
2011: Tony Levin (71) British jazz drummer, born in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. His first major position came when he joined Tubby Hayes' Quartet 1965-9. As well as being a frequent guest at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in the 1960s with artists including Joe Harriott, Al Cohn, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Zoot Sims, and Toots Thielemanns, through his long career he has worked with numerous groups and artists, including the Alan Skidmore quintet-1969, Humphrey Lyttelton band-1969, John Taylor-1970s, Ian Carr's Nucleus-1970s, Stan Sulzmann quartet, Gordon Beck's Gyroscope, duo with John Surman-1976, European Jazz Ensemble, Third Eye-1979, Rob van den Broeck-1982, Philip Catherine's trio and quartet-1990s, Sophia Domancich Trio-with Paul Rogers-double bassist from 1991-2000, Philippe Aerts trio/quartet and often performed duets with Paul Dunmall and guest musicians in the 2000s. He recently undertook a British tour to celebrate his 70th birthday with a trio featuring pianist Aki Takase and bassist John Edwards and with his old friends from the seminal quartet Muijcian, Paul Dunmall, Keith Tippett and Paul Rogers
(?) b. January 30th 1940.
2011: Don Butler (80) American gospel singer and founder of the Gospel Music Association, in 1964, where he served as the GMA’s board executive director from 1976 to 1991. He began his singing career in the 1950s, performing with groups including The Marksmen, The Revelaires, The Ambassadors, The Statesmen and The Sons of Song with whom he was inducted into Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 1995 and he was voted “Mr. Gospel Singer of America” in 1958. He produced albums, GMA awards shows and television series, and he presided over the Sumar Talent Agency for five years in the 1970s. He also worked to spread gospel music’s overseas reach, traveling extensively to expand awareness about the music
(sadly died after a long illness) b. 1931.
2013: Oscar Feltsman (91) Russian composer, born in Odessa. He had musical training from the age of five, learning the violin and the piano and produced his first musical composition for the piano "Autumn" at six years old. He graduated from the Pyotr Stolyarsky Music School in Odessa in 1939, where he studied composition, after which, he was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory. Aged 20, he evacuated to Novosibirsk, where he became the executive secretary of Siberian Union of Composers, and he wrote music for the Jewish theatre of Belarus & Leningrad Alexandrinsky Theatre and also wrote an operetta based on Valentin Kataev's play "Blue Scarf". Oscar returned to Moscow in 1945. He went on to write many well loved songs such as "Manzherok", "Lily of the Valley", and the famous "I Believe, My Friends", in the spring of 1961, when Yuri Gagarin flew into space. His songs and music were included in the repertoire of such renowned artists as Leonid Utesov, Vladimir Troshin, Valentina Tolkunova, Mark Bernes, Edita Pyekha, Joseph Kobzon, Muslim Magomayev, Eduard Khil, Yuri Gulyaev, Lev Leshchenko, and Oleg Anofriev. He has been honored 3 times with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland: 4th class in 2001, 3rd class in 2006 and 2nd class in 2011 (?) b. February 18th 1921.
2016: Big Kap/Keith Carter (45) American hip hop DJ and legendary member of its hip hip community of New York City and is possibly best remembered for his 1999 album “The Tunnel” with Funkmaster Flex. It featured posthumous contributions from Biggie Smalls and 2Pac as well verses from Dr. Dre, Nas, Eminem and Jay-Z. The album was named for the legendary nightclub The Tunnel, where Kap and Flex used to spin records on Sunday nights. (sadly died from a heart attack) b. 1970
2016: Alba Solís/Ángela Herminia Lambert (88) Argentine singer and actress born in the Floresta area of Buenos Aires and studied with Italian opera singer Maria Naftri. She sang at Radio Mitre in 1945 before coming second in the contest "Finding Voice Tango" organized by Radio Splendid, after which they gave her a four year contract. She went on to star in several films and become a top singer, her style was characterized by singing tangos in her dramatic manner. (?) b. October 18th 1927

2016: Saulius Sondeckis (87) Lithuanian violinist, conductor, orchestra leader and professor. He founded the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra in 1960 and gave its first performance on April 30th 1960. He served as its artistic director and principal conductor until 2004. Saulius led the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra of St. Petersburg in 1989 and 2005, and has also led the Lithuanian Baltic Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted orchestras in many countries and is an honorary member of the Lithuanian Musicians' Union. He is one of the most decorated figures in contemporary classical music in Lithuania, including People's Artist of the USSR, a Laureate of the USSR State Award and winner of the Lithuania National Award. (?) b. October 11th 1928.
2016: Brad Kent (5?) Canadian guitarist and punk pioneer, born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He got his start in the first wave of the Vancouver punk scene with The Skulls, before he formed Victorian Pork, who were known as one of the most raucous and energetic bands around, as well as playing guitar in one of the earliest incarnations of D.O.A. In 1979 he replaced Avengers guitarist and founding member Greg Ingraham, however, the band broke up six months later. In the '80s, Brad unleashed his skills as a member of Ground Zero, as well as playing with former D.O.A. bassist Randy Rampage in the band the Sick Ones. Brad also played with many Canadian punk bands including the Subhumans, Annihilator and had been playing with Monster Baby at the time of his death (sadly died with complications from pneumonia)*????
2017: Robert Dahlqvist (40) Swedish guitarist and vocalist born in Uddevalla. He started performing in bars in his mid teens before joining the garage rock band The Hellacopters in 1999. During his time in The Hellacopters Dahlqvist recorded four studio albums, four EPs, two split albums and many other releases. In October 2007, The Hellacopters announced they would be breaking up after releasing their last full-length album Head Off; until late October the band was on the road with their The Tour Before the Fall. During this farewell tour Robert revealed plans for a Swedish record under the name "Dundertåget". In 2009 the band released their debut album 'Skaffa Ny Frisyr' which was followed up with 'Dom Feta Åren är Förbi' in 2010. As well as his work with The Hellacopters, in 2004 Robert formed the rock band 'Thunder Express' along with Robert Pehrsson from Death Breath, Jens Lagergren and Jesper Karlsson. That same year they released their debut album 'We Play for Pleasure', followed by 'Republic Disgrace', in 2007. He had also been a steady member of Stefan Sundström's backing band; Sundström also helped out with lyrics for the new Dundertåget record. Robert also recorded lead guitar for the song "Soulmover" for fellow band member Nick Royale and Scott Morgan's soul band, The Solution, on their second album Communicate!, as well as recording and touring with band member Anders Lindström's former band, The Diamond Dogs, in 2004. (cause of death is unknown) b. April 16th 1976.
2017: Noel Bartholomew "Scully" Simms aka Mr.Foundation and Zoot Simms (82)
Jamaican rocksteady, ska, reggae and percussionist; born in the Smith Village, Kingston and educated at the Alpha Boys School, he initially worked as a singer in a duo with his schoolfriend Arthur "Bunny" Robinson, known as Simms & Robinson and later Bunny & Scully. The duo won the Vere Johns talent contest 2 years running and were the first Jamaican artists to make R&B records on the island, starting with acetates for sound system use in 1953 (previous Jamaican-made singles were calypso). As a percussionist, he has performed as a member of several bands, including The Aggrovators, The Upsetters, The Revolutionaries, and Roots Radics, and has recorded and performed with Big Youth, Peter Tosh (playing in the All-Star Band at the One Love Peace Concert), Dillinger and The Heptones, playing on more than 200 albums between 1971 and 1985. He toured Europe with The Jamaica All Stars along with Justin Hinds, Johnny "Dizzy" Moore and Sparrow Martin. He also played in a backing band for Jimmy Cliff. Scully lost his sight to glaucoma, despite this, he kept on recording and writing songs, including "Africa for the Africans". In 2004, he and Robinson were awarded the Badge of Honour by the Jamaican government for their contribution to the country’s music. (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. 1935.

February 4.
1894: Adolphe Sax (79)
Belgium inventor of the saxhorn, saxtrombas and the saxophone; the saxophones made his reputation, and secured him a job teaching at the Paris Conservatoire (?) b. November 6th 1814.
1944: Yvette Guilbert (79)
French music-hall singer and actress, and was a favorite subject of artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who made many portraits and caricatures of Yvette and dedicated his second album of sketches to her. She made successful tours of England and Germany, and America and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Even in her fifties, her name still had drawing power and she appeared in several silent films, including a star turn in Murnau's Faust. She also appeared in talkies, including a role with friend, Sacha Guitry. Her recordings for Le Voix de Son Maitre include the famous "Le Fiacre" as well as some of her own compositions such as "Madame Arthur." She accompanied herself on piano for some numbers. She once gave a performance for King Edward VII, the Prince of Wales at a private party on the French Riviera. Hostesses vied to have her at their parties. In 1932 she was awarded the Legion of Honor as the Ambassadress of French Song. Yvette also wrote books, some about the Belle Époque and in 1902 two of her novels were published. In the 1920's her instructional book L'art de chanter une chanson (How to Sing a Song) was published. Yvette also conducted schools for young girls in both New York and Paris (?) b. January 20th 1865.
1975: Louis Jordan (66)
American pioneering jazz, blues and rhythm & blues musician, songwriter and leader of his own band his Tympany Five, he enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. In this period he scored eighteen No.1 singles and fifty-four Top Ten placings and he duetted with some of the biggest solo singing stars of his day, including Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", Louis was highly popular with both black and white audiences in the later years of the swing era. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him No.59 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (?) b. July 8th 1908.
1982: Alex Harvey (46) Scottish rock and roll singer, born in Glasgow. In 1959, he formed Alex Harvey's Soul Band, and recorded blues and rock and roll material. In 1966, he a member of the pit band in the London stage production of the musical Hair recording the live LP 'Hair Rave Up'. In 1972, Alex formed the Sensational Alex Harvey Band with guitarist Zal Cleminson, bassist Chris Glen, and cousins Ted and Hugh McKenna on drums and keyboards respectively, all previous members of progressive rock act "Tear Gas". He built a strong reputation as a live performer during the 1970s glam rock era. The band was renowned for its eclecticism and energetic live performance, Alex for his charismatic persona and daredevil stage antics. The band had hits with "Delilah" in 1975, and "The Boston Tea Party" in 1976, Alex left the band later that year. (Died of a heart attack while waiting for a ferry in Zeebrugen, Belgium, the day before his 47th birthday) b. February 5th 1935.
1983: Karen Carpenter (32) American singer and drummer; born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen started on the drums in the school band while attending Downey High School. From 1965 to 1968, Karen, her brother Richard and his college friend Wes Jacobs, a bassist and tuba player, formed The Richard Carpenter Trio. The band played jazz at numerous nightclubs, and also appeared on a TV talent show called Your All American College Show. In April 1969 A&M Records signed Karen and Richard as the duo The Carpenters to a recording contract, with Karen as both the group's drummer and lead singer. She was later persuaded to stand at the microphone to sing the band's hits while another musician played the drums, although she still did some drumming. They released their debut album "Offering", later retitled Ticket to Ride, on October 9th 1969. Their 2nd album, 1970's Close to You, featured two massive hit singles: "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun". This has been followed by 14 more Carpenter albums and one Karen Carpenter solo album. Other of their many hit songs include "For All We Know (Theme from Lovers and Other Strangers), "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Superstar", "Hurting Each Other", "It's Going to Take Some Time", "Goodbye to Love", "Sing", "Yesterday Once More", "Top of the World", "Please Mr. Postman" and "Only Yesterday". Playboy's 1975 annual opinion poll, readers voted Karen Carpenter the Best Rock Drummer of the year, on October 12th 1983, the Carpenters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1999 VH1 ranked Karen Carpenter at No.29 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll and in 2008 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Karen Carpenter No.94 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. The Carpenter's also won 3 awards and acheived 15 nominations (cardiac arrest due to the effects of anorexia nervosa) b. March 2nd 1950.
1984: Paul Gardiner (35) English bassist born in Hayes, Middlesex; in early 1976 he was playing in a band called The Lasers when Gary Numan, then Gary Webb, auditioned as lead guitarist. The pair formed Tubeway Army, releasing the singles "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers" in 1978, "Down in the Park" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?" in 1979 and 3 albums. Paul also played on 6 Gary Newman solo albums, as well as recording with both Marc Anthony Thompson and Robert Palmer (died from a tragic heroin overdose) b. May 1st 1958.
1987: Liberace/Wladziu Valentino Liberace (67) American pianist, singer, TV presenter; he appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 16. He began giving concerts in flamboyant costumes with ornate pianos and candelabra, and though he occasionally performed with symphony orchestras, he built his career playing primarily popular music. The TV 'The Liberace Show', began on July 1st 1952, it was so popular he drew over thirty million viewers at any one time. His show was also one of the first to be shown on British commercial television in the 1950s, this exposure gave Liberace a dedicated following in the UK. Liberace also made significant appearances on other shows like The Ed Sullivan Show, The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, Edward R. Murrow's Person to Person and on the shows of Jack Benny and Red Skelton, on which he often parodied his own persona. (sadly died from complications related to AIDS) b. May 16th 1919.
1989: Trevor Lucas (45) Australian guitarist, born in Melburne, he originally learned to play the guitar in order to help with his dyslexia and released his first two recordings in Australia before moving to England in 1965. In 1967 Trevor joined the band Eclection as the bass player and continued playing with them until their eventual breakup in 1969. At this time he was dating the lead singer of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, and appeared on Fairport's album Unhalfbricking. Trevor and Sandy then formed the band Fotheringay with Trevor playing acoustic guitar, Fotheringay released only one album and the band broke up the following year. He joined Fairport Convention in 1973 when he was helping with their album Rosie, but in April 1978, tragically Sandy had a fatal fall down a flight of stairs, leaving Trevor to raise their newborn daughter, Georgia, by himself. Shortly after Sandy's death he moved back to Australia with Georgia. In the 1980s, he was producing more albums and later started working on scores from the film industry. In 1985 he returned to England to work on a tribute album to Sandy Denny. (died of a heart attack in his sleep) b. December 25th 1943.
1995: David Alexander (56) Welsh singer and entertainer, born in Blackwood, Monmouthshire; whilst working at Pontins holiday camp, he was spotted by manager Byron Godfrey and in 1971 released his first single 'If I Could See The Rhondda One More Time'. It sold thousands of copies. 'Come Home Rhondda Boy' was the follow-up record that gave him an international presence in song festivals in Czechoslovakia, Malta and Germany, amongst other countries. In 1989, he also toured Australia
(sadly taken by a heart attack) b. 1939
2000: Doris Coley (58) American singer, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Doris was a founder member and occasional lead singer of the Shirelles. She initially left the group in 1968, but returned in 1975. The girl group formed in New Jersey in 1958, and went on to release a string of hits including "Baby It's You" , "Mama Said", "Foolish Little Girl", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Soldier Boy" and "Sha La La". Doris sang lead on "Dedicated to the One I Love", "Welcome Home Baby", "Blue Holiday" and a number of 'b' sides and album cuts. She was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame along with The Shirelles in 1996 (breast cancer) b. August 2nd 1941.
2000: Joachim-Ernst Berendt (77) German journalist, music critic, music producer. After World War II he helped founding the Südwestfunk (SWF) radio network in the then French occupation zone of Germany. From 1950 till his retirement in 1987 he was in charge of the Jazz department of the SWF. In 1952 the first German edition of his "Jazz Book" was published. It became a definitive book on Jazz translated into many languages and is still being updated and reprinted. For almost 40 years he produced the Jazz program of the Baden-Baden station of the German public radio and TV network ARD. His weekly TV show Jazztime Baden-Baden and his daily radio shows were pioneer work in advancing and popularizing Jazz in post-war Germany. He later focused on world music and was one of its early promoters. Joachim initiated and organized many Jazz festivals including American Folk Blues Festival, Berliner Jazztage, and World Expo Osaka. He was producer of many records, mainly for MPS Records, and supported the Jazz & Lyrik project, combining Jazz performances with readings of poetry (he tragically died after a traffic accident which he was involved in as a pedestrian) b. July 20th 1922.
2001: Iannis Xenakis (78) Greek, naturalised French, composer, music theorist and architect, born in Braila, Romania. By 1979, he had devised a computer system called UPIC, which could translate graphical images into musical results. He is commonly recognized as one of the most important post-war avant-garde composers. Iannis pioneered the use of mathematical models such as applications of set theory, varied use of stochastic processes, game theory, etc., in music, and was also an important influence on the development of electronic music. Among his most important works are Metastaseis, 1953–4 for orchestra, which introduced independent parts for every musician of the orchestra; percussion works such as Psappha, 1975 and Pléïades 1979; compositions that introduced spatialization by dispersing musicians among the audience, such as Terretektorh, 1966; electronic works created using Xenakis's UPIC system; and the massive multimedia performances Xenakis called polytopes (?) b. May 29th 1922.
2001: J. J. Johnson/James Louis Johnson (77) American trombonist, composer and arranger born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jay Jay was maybe the finest jazz trombonist of all time, there is not a trombonist alive who has not been influenced by the J. J. Johnson sound, he did for the trombone what Charlie Parker did for the saxophone. In the 1940s he played and toured with Clarence Love, Snookum Russell, Benny Carter's big band, Count Basie's Orchestra, Charlie Parker, the Dizzy Gillespie big band, Illinois Jacquet (1947-1949), and the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool Nonet. His own recordings from the era included such sidemen as Bud Powell and a young Sonny Rollins. Johnson, Oscar Pettiford (1951) and Miles Davis (1952), .In August 1954, he formed a two-trombone quintet with Kai Winding that became known as Jay and Kai. In the early 70s J.J. moved from New York to California to compose for cinema and television, where he scored movies such as Across 110th Street, Cleopatra Jones, Top of the Heap and Willie Dynamite, as well as TV series such as Starsky & Hutch, Mike Hammer and The Six Million Dollar Man. This amazing legendary musician remained at the top of his field for nearly 6 decades playing, touring and recording with the best until 2000 when so sadly he fell ill with prostate cancer (tragically JJ took his own life by shooting himself) b.
January 22nd 1924
2003: Charlie Biddle (76) Canadian jazz bassist and promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but lived most of his life in Montreal, Quebec. After completing military duties in the US Armed Forces during World War II, serving in China, India and Burma, he went on to study music at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he started playing bass. In 1948, he arrived in Montreal while touring with Vernon Isaac's Three Jacks and a Jill. Charlie was fascinated by the fact that in Canada, you would see black jazz musicians playing alongside white jazz musicians as the best of friends, so he relocated to Montreal, Canada. As a promoter, he booked musicians Johnny Hodges, John Coltrane, Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan and Thad Jones to perform in Montreal. He performed off and on with guitarist Nelson Symonds between '59-78. He frequently organized outdoor festivals of local jazz musicians, particularly Jazz Chez Nous, a 3-day Jazz Festival in 1979 and another in 1983 which laid the foundation for the Montreal International Jazz Festival, now the world's largest jazz festival. Charlie received the Oscar Peterson Prize in 2000, was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003, and was honored with the Prix Calixa-Lavallée in 2003. The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society stated that: "Without him, Québecers might not have developed their love for jazz that has made Montreal a host of one of the greatest jazz festivals in the world." (?) b. July 28th 1926.
2007: Barbara McNair (72) African-American singer and actress; winning on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, led to bookings at The Purple Onion and the Cocoanut Grove and she soon became one of the country's most popular headliners and a guest on such television variety shows as The Steve Allen Show, Hullabaloo, The Bell Telephone Hour, and The Hollywood Palace, while recording for the Coral, Signature, and Motown labels. Among her hits were You're Gonna Love My Baby and Bobby. As well as appearing in many films, her Broadway credits include The Body Beautiful in 1958, No Strings in 1962, and a revival of The Pajama Game in 1973 (sadly died after his fight with throat cancer) b. March 4th 1934
2009: Steve Dullaghan (45) British singer-songwriter, bassist and co-founder of the indie rock band The Primitives in 1985. They recorded 4 albums ''Lovely'', ''Lazy'', ''Pure'', and ''Galore'' and 10 singles, having hits in UK and the US including "Crash", which he co-wrote, "Way Behind Me", "Sick Of It", and "Secrets". After leaving the Primitives he continued to write, perform and record music, both solo and in collaboration with other local musicians, as well as rejoining the Nocturnal Babies the band he played with before The Primatives (tragically died of heart failure due to smoking too much cannibis which caused a toxic reaction) b. December 18th 1966.
2009: Lux Interior/Erick Purkhiser (62) American singer, songwriter and musician; a founding member and lead singer of the legendary garage punk band The Cramps from 1973 until his death. He took his name from an old car advert and he is described as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s wildest and most charismatic frontmen. The band moved from California to Ohio in 1973 and then to New York in 1975 where they became part of the flourishing punk scene. Their best known single was "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns"/"Jackyard Backoff" charted in both US and UK, and they recorded 15 studio albums, many appearing in the British charts (a pre-existing heart condition) b. October 21st 1946.
2011: Dame Olga Lopes-Seale (92) Guyanese-born broadcaster and singer; she worked as a broadcaster for Radio Demerara, where she acquired the nickname "Auntie Olga" before migrating to Barbados with her Barbadian husband, Dick Seale.
In Barbados, Olga worked for the Barbados Rediffusion Services Ltd, now Starcom Network and was active in community work. In the 1940s and 1950s she was known as "the Vera Lynn of the Caribbean". In 2005, Olga was honored and made a 2005 Dame of St. Andrew. Sadly on December 9th 2010, she fell at her home and broke her hip, suffering multiple fractures, leaving her unable to continue her charity work for the Needy Children's Fund
(died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados) b. December 26th 1918.
2012: János Sebestyén (80) Hungarian highly honored organist, harpsichordist and pianist, born in Budapest. His concert tours took him to Russia, India, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, the United States and nearly every country in Europe, and honoured with awards in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Brazil and Hungary. In 1970 he established the first harpsichord class at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. He was invited to serve on juries for organ and harpsichord competitions in France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland and Italy. Between 1969 and 1994 he was senior music producer and from 1962 until 2007 he hosted a regular series of broadcasts documenting Hungarian musical life and history (?) b. March 2nd 1931.
2013: Reg Presley/Reginald Maurice Ball (71) British singer and songwriter born and educated in Andover, Hampshire.
He first learned the guitar, inspired by skiffle, popularised in the UK by artists like Lonnie Donegan. He was also influenced by the blues bands from America, including Louisiana Red and Lightnin' Hopkins. In the early 60s while working as a bricky, he along with Chris Britton, Ronnie Bond, and Dave Wright formed a band called the Troglodytes, which soon became the proto-punk band, The Troggs and were signed by Larry Page, manager of the Kinks. Their debut single "Lost Girl" was a flop, but this was followed by their most famous hit the single "Wild Thing" >>> READ MORE <<< (died bravely fighting lung cancer) b. June 12th 1941.
2013: Pat Halcox (82) British jazz trumpeter born in Chelsea, London, he became the trumpet player in the Chris Barber Jazz Band, when the band took that name on 31 May 1954. Pat announced his retirement from the Chris Barber Band 54 years later at the age of 78, in July of 2008. Although primarily the trumpet player, Pat also had a fine singing voice, and led the band's various renditions of "Ice Cream", one of their most popular standards. He also played piano on the Lonnie Donegan recording of "Digging My Potatoes". Pat had his own jazz band The Pat Halcox Allstars and they recorded
"Plant Life" album in 1980 (?) b. March 18th 1930.
2013: Donald Byrd (80) American jazz and R&B trumpeter, born in Detroit, Michigan and performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school. After playing in a military band during his term in the US Air Force, he obtained a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music. While still at the Manhattan School, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. In 1955, he recorded with Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in 1956, he soon became one of the most in-demand trumpeters on the New York scene, Donald performed with dozens of leading jazz musicians, including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley, Gene Harris, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. December 9th 1932.
2016: Joe Dowell (76) American pop singer, born in Bloomington, Indiana, but moved to Bloomington, Illinois, as a child. At his first recording session, backed by organist Ray Stevens, he sang "Wooden Heart", which became the first single released on Smash Records to shoot to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He had two further hits, "The Bridge of Love" and "Little Red Rented Rowboat". Joe continued to perform and to record but for Monument Records and for his own Journey label, as well as recording radio jingles. He also recorded a bicentennial EP for the Boy Scouts of America. (sadly died from complications after suffering a heart attack) b. January 23th 1940.
2016: Ulf Söderblom (86) Finnish conductor born in Turku, studied at the Åbo Akademi University from 1950 to 1952 and at the Vienna Music Academy from 1954 to 1957. He began conducting for the Finnish National Opera in 1957, initially as a choral conductor, and in 1973 became its Chief Conductor and Music Director, a position he would hold for the next 20 years. He was also instrumental in the revival of the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 1967 after 50 years of dormancy. The re-opening was celebrated with Ulf conducting Beethoven's Fidelio in the Olavinlinna castle. As a music professor, he taught conducting at the Sibelius Academy and conducted its orchestras from 1965 to 1968, then at the Åbo Akademi University from 1991 and they awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1998. (?) b. February 5th 1930.
2016: Maurice "Reece" White (74) American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader, born in Memphis, Tennessee. As a teenager, he moved to Chicago and found work as a session drummer for Chess Records. He played on the records of artists such as Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, The Impressions, The Dells, Betty Everett, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Buddy Guy, and played drums on Fontella Bass's "Rescue Me" and Billy Stewart's "Summertime". In 1962, along with other studio musicians at Chess, he was a member of the Jazzmen which later became The Pharaohs. In 1969 Reese left the Trio and joined his two friends, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, to form a songwriting team who wrote songs for commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol Records and called themselves The Salty Peppers. They had a moderate hit >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Maurice died in his sleep from the effects of Parkinson's disease at his home in L.A.) b. December 19th 1941.
2016: Leslie Bassett (93) American composer of classical music and studied composition with Homer Keller at the University of Michigan where he went on to become a professor of composition. In 1966 Leslie received the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Variations for Orchestra, the Prix de Rome 1961-63; Guggenheim Fellowships 1973, 1980; a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris 1950-51; the Naumburg Recording Award 1974; awards from the Koussevitsky Music Foundation 1971, 1991; the National Endowment for the Arts, publications, recordings, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. There have been performances by the orchestras of Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Florida, Indianapolis, Syracuse, Zurich, Rome, Oporto, Grand Rapids, Netherlands Radio, Seattle, Laval (Montreal), Toledo, and by regional orchestras, concert bands, professional ensembles, choruses, soloists, and civic and university ensembles.and was a member of the Gamma Pi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at California State University-Fresno, 1942. (?) b. January 22nd 1923.
2016: La Velle/Louise Lavelle McKinnie Duggan (72) American jazz, gospel and R&B singer born in Kankakee, near Chicago and at 3 years, she already sang in gospel choirs. She entered Chicago's National Conservatory at the age of 11, earnt many awards and sung Handel's Messiah at only 14. She continued her studies at the Julliard School of Music. Exploring the operatic repertoire, she got a role as soprano in Madama Butterfly and played Carmen and Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, before performing at La Scala of Milan during a tour of the Met, but progressively went back to her jazz and gospel roots. She apeared in the musical Hello Dolly in Broadway, then toured across America, singing R&B with soul greats such as Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr. She also contributed to jazz bands of Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and Quincy Jones. In 1977, she moved to France, releasing her first album Winter's Mind, followed by a disco single "Playgirl" in 1979, followed by a second LP 'Brand New Start'. In 1989, she again worked with Ray Charles & Dee Dee Bridgewater. The following year, she recorded and produced the album Straight Singin' - Tribute to Nat King Cole. In 1992, she was awarded the decoration of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and was the female vocalist of the B-one project throughout the 90s. She did all vocals for Miranda from 1999-2001, before settling in Saint-Cergue, Switzerland, were she led a gospel choir in Geneva, but also kept on running masterclasses and touring in France. (?) b. May 22nd 1944
2016: Jimmie Haskell/Sheridan Pearlman (79) American composer arranger, conductor and music producer; born in Brooklyn, New York.
As a teen he was playing gigs in studios around Los Angeles and nightclubs on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood and played the accordion for a band called "The Bachelors", all the beginnings of his renowned musical career. It was at this time when Imperial Records invited him to do some arrangements for them, and he soon became the arranger of choice for Ricky Nelson. He went on to work with 100s of acts including The Grass Roots, Sheryl Crow, Steely Dan, Tina Turner, Barbara Streisand, Elvis, Blondie, The Bee Gees, Chicago, Bobbie Darren, Crosby Stills & Nash, Etta James, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Sheryl Crow, The Doobie Brothers, Jose Feliciano, Sam Cooke, Glen Campbell, Barry Manilow and Michael Jackson.He entered the motion picture soundtrack industry in 1960 >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. November 7th 1926.
^^Jimmie Haskell's daughter, LA session singer Scottie Haskell, has emailed me her Dad's birthdate is NOT 1936 as most internet sources have it, but it is actually 1926.
2017: Gervase de Peyer (90) English clarinetist born in London where he attended Bedales School and awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied clarinet and piano. Near the end of World War II, at the age of 18, he joined the Royal Marines Band Service, after which he returned to the Royal College of Music and then studied in Paris. In 1950 he was a founding member of the Melos Ensemble for which he continued to play until 1974. Also from 1956-1973 he was principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra. Gervase was also a founding member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York in 1969 and played with them for 20 years. As well he has conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Melos Sinfonia, he has directed the London Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble and is the associate conductor of the Haydn Orchestra. Gervase has played first performances of concertos by Arnold Cooke, Sebastian Forbes, Alun Hoddinott, Joseph Horovitz, Thea Musgrave, Elizabeth Maconchy, William Mathias and Edwin Roxburgh. He premiered Miklós Rózsa's Sonata for Clarinet Solo in 1987. (?) b. 11 April 1926.

February 5.
1968: Luckeyeth Roberts (80)
American jazz, ragtime, blues pianist and composer born in Philadelphia; he started out playing piano and acting professionally with traveling African American minstrel shows in his childhood. He settled in New York City about 1910 and became one of the leading pianists in Harlem, and started publishing some of his original rags. Luckey toured France and the UK with James Reese Europe during World War I, then returned to New York where he wrote music for various shows and recorded piano rolls. With James P. Johnson, he developed the stride piano style of playing about 1919. Luckey's noted compositions include Junk Man Rag, Moonlight Cocktail, Pork and Beans, and Railroad Blues (?) b.
August 7th 1887.
1967: Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval (49)
Chilean folklorist and visual artist, born in San Carlos, province of Ñuble. She was involved in the progressive movement and the Socialist Party of Chile and revived the Peña, now known as La Peña de Los Parra, a community centre for the arts and for political activism. Violeta set the basis for "New Song," La Nueva Canción chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean folk music which would absorb and extend its influence far beyond Chile. Her most renowned song, Gracias a la Vida/Thanks to Life, was popularized throughout Latin America by Mercedes Sosa and later in the US by Joan Baez. It remains one of the most covered Latin American songs in history. (so sadly Violeta committed suicide with a gunshot to her head, Allegedly, because of her depression over the breakup of her relationship with Swiss-Bolivian flautist Gilbert Favre) b. October 4th 1917.
1976: Rudy Pompilli (51)
American saxophone, clarenet player with Bill Haley & His Comets; born in Chester, Pennsylvania, he worked with the Ralph Marterie Orchestra prior to joining the Comets, scoring a hit with their version of "Crazy Man, Crazy". Soon after a 1974 tour of Europe, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He bravely continued to tour with Haley throughout 1975, including a tour of Brazil in October '75, and that year also recorded his first and only solo album, ''Rudy's Rock: The Sax That Changed the World'', which was recorded with session musicians and members of The Comets. He also continued to perform at the Nite Cap, a club in Chester; at one of his very last performances he performed with his former Comets bandmate Franny Beecher as well as then-current Comets guitarist Bill Turner (sadly lost to lung cancer) b. April 16th 1924
1980: Donald "Chubby" Anthony (43) American fiddler; raised in Shelby, N.C., he began playing music at the age of seven, winning the North Carolina fiddling championship at 12, and got his biggest break in the early 1950s, when he became the fiddler for the legendary Stanley Brothers. He played fiddle for the Stanleys until 1961. In the early 1970s, Donald played, with Robert McDougal and Kiel Brown, in the popular Tall Timber Bluegrass. Later, the band's name was changed to Big Timber, and along with guitarist, Bill Pruett and Banjo picker, Jimmy Fee, it was the band with which he performed until illness intervened (sadly taken by acute renal failure) b. December 20th 1936.
1989: Joseph Raposo Jr, OIH (51) Portuguese-American composer, songwriter, pianist, television writer and lyricist, best known for his work on the children's television series Sesame Street, for which he wrote the theme song, as well as classic songs such as "Bein' Green" and "C is for Cookie". He also wrote music for television shows such as The Electric Company, Shining Time Station and the sitcoms Three's Company and The Ropers, including their theme songs. In addition to these works, Joe also composed extensively for the Dr. Seuss productions Halloween Is Grinch Night, Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? and The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (sadly Joe died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) b.
February 8th 1937.
1998: Tim Kelly (35) American guitarist born in Trenton, New Jersey; he played in a few bands during his career which included Hellion, and Allegiance. After which he teamed up with Mark Slaughter to form a new group with their own original music, thus, the group Slaughter was formed in Fall of 1988.
In their first album 'Stick It to Ya', he wrote and performed an instrumental piece called "Thinking of June" which he dedicated to his sister who died in 1982. In all, Tim released four studio albums with the band, and two live albums; the last ''Eternal Live'', was released posthumously and includes a pictorial and video tribute to Tim which was quickly put together by Blas Elias and Pat Lucero. (Tim died tragically in a fatal car accident while traveling on Highway 96 in Arizona, his vehicle was hit head on when an 18 wheeler crossed the middle line) b. January 13th 1963.
2011: Mary Cleere Haran (58) American cabaret singer; born in San Francisco, she began singing as a teenager and moved to New York in the late '70s, where she made her Broadway debut playing a band singer in The 1940s Radio Hour in 1979, made her official cabaret debut at the Ballroom in New York in 1988,
and her recording debut in 1992 on Columbia with “There’s a Small Hotel: Live at the Algonquin.” Later albums included “This Funny World: Mary Cleere Haran Sings Lyrics by Hart” in 1995, “This Heart of Mine: Classic Movie Songs of the Forties”-1994, “Pennies From Heaven: Movie Songs From the Depression Era”-1998, “The Memory of All That: Gershwin Broadway and in Hollywood”-1999, and “Crazy Rhythm: Manhattan in the ’20s” -2002. Her singing idol was Doris Day, whom she interviewed in a PBS documentary, “Doris Day: Sentimental Journey”, which Mary also wrote and co-produced. She also contributed to the PBS documentaries “Remembering Bing”, “Irving Berlin’s America”, “When We Were Young: The Lives of Child Movie Stars” and “Satchmo” (Mary sadly died after a biking accident, when struck from the side by a car coming out of a driveway, she was taken to a hospital in Deerfield Beach, Fla, but tragically never regained consciousness) b. May 13th 1953.
2013: Egil Hovland (88) Norwegian composer,
and one of the most noted church composers of Norway.Born in Råde, he studied in Oslo, Copenhagen, Tanglewood and in Florence. He composed two symphonies, a concerto for trumpet and strings, a Music for ten instruments, a set of Variations for two pianos, a Lament for orchestra. His sacred works include a Norwegian Te Deum, a Gloria, a Magnificat, and numerous works for organ. In 1992 Egil received the Fritt Ord Honorary Award. He had also been the organist and choir leader in Fredrikstad since 1949 until his death (?) b. October 18th 1924.
2013: Jindra Štáhlavský (67) Czech country singer, after performing with The Strangers and then Bluegrass Hoppers, he became a member of the legendary Czech country group Fešáci with which sang many hits, such as Spring, Go, Destiny, Girl from Rocky Moutain, Come, Ohio, and
Jane Fawn. Unfortunately Jindra had to retire in 2008 when he became too ill to perform (sadly died after a long illness) b. February 24th 1945
2013: Paul Tanner (95) American trombonist, last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, with whom he gained fame with from 1938 until 1942, notable recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", and "Little Brown Jug". After the war he worked as a studio musician in Hollywood and was professor at UCLA. He also wrote and/or co-wrote several academic and popular histories related to jazz.
Paul developed and played the electrotheremin, on which he is featured playing in several songs by The Beach Boys, most notably "Good Vibrations", "Wild Honey", and "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" (sadly died of complications from pneumonia) b. October 15th 1917.
2014: Jenny Vanou/Eugenia Vrachnou (74) Greek singer, born in Athens, who excelled for several decades in the light and folk music
genre. She began her career in 1959 as a singer of light orchestra at the radio station ERT and sang the first time before an audience in 1964, where the song Plessas "Now" took the first prize in Light Music Festival of Thessaloniki. She was a key performer and "muse" of many composers and nterpreted songs by Mimis Plessas, of Mikis Theodorakis, the George Mouzakis of Costas Giannidi of Jacques Iakovidi, the Attic of Alekos Chryssovergi of Taki Mousafiri to mention a few. Jenny was awarded in Spain , Poland and the former Soviet Union for her work to music (sadly died fighting cancer) b. February 10th 1939.
2016: Ray Colcord (66) American film and television composer and keyboardist born in New York; he is known for TV series such as 227, The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, My Two Dads, Dinosaurs, Big Brother, and Boy Meets World. Prior to his film and television career, Ray worked as a session musician, which included playing keyboards on the Lou Reed live album Rock n Roll Animal in 1974 and keyboards on American Pie, the album by Don McLean. While also working as an A&R representative for Columbia Records, he was responsible for Aerosmith's signing, and co-produced their second album, Get Your Wings. He was the first music director of the Los Angeles improvisational comedy group The Groundlings. (sadly died while fighting pancreatic cancer) b. December 24th 1949.
2017: David Axelrod (83) American arranger, composer and producer, born in LA, California. After a stint as a boxer, he found studio work in the film and television industry, and was soon in demand as a drummer, producer and arranger. He produced his first album in 1959, saxophonist Harold Land’s The Fox. In late 1963, he joined Capitol Records as a producer and A&R man specializing in jazz. He encouraged the label to develop their black musicians. In 1968, he embarked on a solo career and released several eccentric albums during the 1970s that showcased his characteristic sound, which combined heavily microphoned drums and baroque orchestration, and avant garde themes ranging from the environment to heightened mental awareness. He released his debut album 'Song of Innocence' in 1968 and followed by 'Songs of Experience' in 1969. He released the last of his 13 albums 'David Axelrod Live at Royal Festival Hall' in 2004. With his early solo projects, David was one of the first recording artists to fuse elements of jazz, rock, and R&B. His music has been sampled many times by hip hop musicians, including DJ Shadow, Wu-Tang Clan and Lil Wayne (?) b. April 17th 1933.
2017: Sonny Geraci aka Peter Emmett (69)
American singer born in Cleveland, Ohio, he first became known as the original lead vocalist with the rock n roll band, The Outsiders, a band which produced four Top 40 hits: "Time Won't Let Me", "Respectable (What Kind of Girl Is This)", "Girl in Love", and "Help Me Girl". In 1970 he became a founding member of the LA pop rock band Climax most noted for their 1971-1972 hit song "Precious and Few," which peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles. In 1983, Sonny assumed the pseudonym Peter Emmett for an MCA project called "The Peter Emmett Story", intended as a comeback vehicle, he was backed in the studio by Donnie Iris's band, The Cruisers. In 2002, he filled in for his friend Rob Grill as lead vocalist for The Grass Roots and became an honorary member of the band. Then in 2007 he started to perform and toured under the name "Sonny Geraci and The Outsiders", until a brain aneurysm sadly forced his retirement (?) b. November 22nd 1947.

February 6.
1960: Jesse Lorenzo Belvin (27) American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter born in Texarkana, Texas, and moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of five. In 1950 he joined saxophonist Big Jay McNeely's backing vocal quartet, Three Dots and a Dash, and featured prominently on their record releases. Popular in the 1950s, as asolo artist, his biggest hit "Goodnight My Love", which he co-wrote reached No.7 on the R&B chart. The piano on the session was reportedly played by the 11 year old Barry White. Other hits included "Blues in the Night", "In the Still of the Night", and "Makin' Whoopee"
(shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock on a bill with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Marv Johnson; tragically Jesse and his wife were killed in a head-on collision at Hope, Arkansas. The concert was the first concert played before an integrated audience in the history of Little Rock) b. December 15th 1932.
1973: Nick Stabulas (43)
American jazz drummer born near Great Neck, New York; he first worked in commercial music, then joined Phil Woods from 1954 to 1957. He did extensive work as a sideman in the 1950s, with Jon Eardley 1955-56, Jimmy Raney 1955-57, Eddie Costa 1956, Friedrich Gulda 1956, George Wallington 1956-57, Al Cohn 1956-57, 1960, Gil Evans 1957, Zoot Sims 1957, Mose Allison 1957-58, Carmen McRae 1958, and Don Elliott 1958. In the 1960s he worked with Chet Baker, Kenny Drew, Bill Evans, and Lennie Tristano. He was active into the 1970s (tragically killed in a car crash)
b. December 18th 1925.
1976: Vince Guaraldi (47)
American jazz pianist, composer, songwriter, bandleader, born in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Lincoln High School, attended San Francisco State University, and served as an Army cook in the Korean War. His first recording was made in Nov 1953 with Cal Tjader released in 1954, the early 10 inch LP was called The Cal Tjader Trio, included "Chopsticks Mambo", "Vibra-Tharpe", and "Lullaby of the Leaves." By 1955, Vince had his own trio with Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly. His 1962 album, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, which produced the single "Samba de Orpheus", but it was the flip side, his "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" which won him the grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. Vince went on to compose scores for sixteen Peanuts television specials, plus the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown as well as the unaired television program of the same name (sadly died of a heart attack in his room at the Red Cottage Inn, where he had been relaxing between sets at Butterfield's Nightclub in Menlo Park, CA, he had just finished recording the soundtrack for "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown" earlier that afternoon) b. July 17th 1968.
1981: Hugo Montenegro (55)
American orchestra leader and composer of film soundtracks. His best known work is derived from interpretations of the music from Spaghetti Westerns, especially his 1968 rendition of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly which reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No.3 in the Canadian charts, and topping the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. Born in New York and after serving in the navy, he studied composition at Manhattan College while leading his own band for school dances. By the middle 1950s, he was directing, conducting, and arranging the orchestra for Eliot Glen and Irving Spice on their Dragon and Caprice labels. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s where he began working for RCA records, producing a series of albums and soundtracks for motion pictures and television themes, such as two volumes of Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Following the success of his albums, he was contracted by Columbia Pictures where he did such films as Hurry Sundown and two Matt Helm pictures. Hugo was also contracted to Columbia's television production company Screen Gems where he is most famous for his theme from the second season of the television series I Dream of Jeannie, his theme song "Seattle" and music from Here Come the Brides and The Outcasts (sadly died of emphysema) b. September 2nd 1925.
1989: King Tubby/Osbourne Ruddock (48) Jamaican Reggae producer, electronics and sound engineer, known for his influence on the development of dub in the 1960s and 1970s. His innovative studio work, which saw him elevate the role of record producer to a creative height previously only reserved for composers and musicians (shot and killed by unknown persons outside his home in Duhaney Park, upon returning from a session at his Waterhouse studio) b. January 28th 1941.
1998: Carl Wilson (51) American singer and guitarist with the Beach Boys; he took over as lead singer in 1965 and part running the band in 1966, and then fully in 1970. He is widely regarded to have had one of the finest voices in rock and his voice appears as a backing vocal on many recordings by groups and solo singers including Chicago's hit "Baby, What a Big Surprise", Chicago's Wishing You Were Here (with Al Jardine and his brother Dennis Wilson), Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Bruce Johnston), David Lee Roth's hit cover of "California Girls," Warren Zevon's "Desperados Under the Eaves" and the Carnie & Wendy Wilson holiday track "Hey Santa!". He released a solo album, Carl Wilson, followed by Youngblood, in 1983. (died after a brave fight with lung cancer) b. December 21st 1946.
1998: Falco/ Johann (Hans) Hölzel (40) Austrian rock singer and bass guitarist, born in Vienna; he had several international hits: "Der Kommissar", "Rock Me Amadeus", "Vienna Calling"", Jeanny", "The Sound Of Musik", "Coming Home (Jeanny Part 2)" and (after his death) "Out Of The Dark". With "Rock Me Amadeus" he is the first and only artist to date whose principal language was German to score a number-one hit in the U.S. His estate claims he has sold 40 million albums and 20 million singles to date, which makes him one of the best selling Austrian singers ever (Falco died of severe head injuries received following a collision with a bus in his Mitsubishi Pajero near the resort of Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic) b. February 19th 1957.
2005: Sonny Day (80) American accordion player; an original member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain, and was featured on original recordings of Acuff's signature hit, "Wabash Cannonball," and starred with Acuff in the film "Night Train to Memphis". He was frequent performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and also performed & recorded with Minnie Pearl, Patsy Cline, Tanya Tucker and Vince Gill. (sadly taken by bone cancer) b. 1925
2005: Lazar Berman (74) Russian pianist, one of the last of the Romantic tradition of Russian pianism; born in Leningrad, he entered his first competition at the age of 3, and recorded a Mozart fantasia and a mazurka that he had composed himself at the age of 7, before he could even read music. In the '50s he began to make his mark both behind the Iron Curtain and in the West. By the middle of the decade he was already much admired, pianist Emil Gilels described him as “the phenomenon of the musical world”. He toured Europe many times, eventually settling in Italy. His memoirs "The Years of Peregrination: Reveries of a Pianist." have been published in German and in Russian (?) b. February 26th 1930
2005: Karl Haas (91) German-American classical music radio host, whose distinctively sonorous voice and humanistic approach to making music appreciation contagious made him well-received by many. He began his radio program Adventures in Good Music on WJR in Detroit, Michigan in 1959. Syndicated broadcasts of the show across the United States began in 1970 on WCLV, a Cleveland, Ohio radio station. Eventually syndicated to commercial and public radio stations around the world, the show became the world's most widely listened-to classical music radio program. He also published a book, Inside Music. In addition to being a musicologist, he was also an accomplished pianist and conductor. Karl received the Charles Frankel Award of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1991. President George H. W. Bush personally presented the award to Haas at the White House. Haas also twice won the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. In 1997 he became the first classical music broadcaster to be named to the Radio Hall of Fame (?) b. December 6th 1913.
2007: Frankie Laine/Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (93) Frankie Laine Americam singer born in Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago's "Little Italy" district, where his Sicilian father worked at one time as the personal barber for gangster Al Capone. Frankie was a member of the choir in the church of the Immaculate Conception's elementary school. He realized he wanted to be a singer when he wagged high school to see Al Jolson's talkie picture, "The Singing Fool." His early influences included Enrico Caruso, Carlo Buti ...READ MORE...(sadly died of heart failure after hip replacemnt surgery, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego) b. March 30th 1913.
2010: Sir John Dankworth (82) British jazz icon, composer, saxophonist, clarinetist and musical arranger, born in Woodford, Essex, was better known as Johnny Dankworth before he was knighted in 2006. He started his own jazz orchestra in the 1950s and went on to work with the likes of Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. He was also a prolific composer, writing the theme tune for TV shows The Avengers and Tomorrow's World, and films including Modesty Blaise, The Servant and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. After winning a place at the Royal Academy of Music aged 17, and following a short stint in the Army, he was voted British Musician of the Year in 1949 ... READ MORE ... (
sadly died in King Edward VII Hospital, London after being ill for several months) b. September 20th 1927
2011: Per Grundén (88) Swedish actor and opera singer born in Eskilstuna; he made his debut in 1945 as Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg. He was engaged at Storan in Gothenburg in 1949, followed by roles in the Oscar Theatre, Stockholm and the Royal Theatre. Per got her breakthrough in Tiggarstudenten at the Stockholm Opera . Between 1953-1963, he was successful tenor at the Volksoper in Vienna . 1958 he received the title Kammersänger and in Vienna he still counts as one of the greatest operetta, the tenors ever. He has also devoted himself to lighter genres such as vaudeville , floor show and musicals . In the summer of 1967 he played for the first time the role of the happy wanderer Lustig-Per Rune Lindström's local play Skinnar game in Malung . He came to participate in skins game almost every summer until the mid- 1990s , the last few years, he portrayed the role of leather,. He also had engagement at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and National Theatre .A few years later had the popular role as the late Swiss villain Volksvagner in Hasse and Tage comedy Apple War . He is perhaps best known to many from the TV series Hede villagers and that Wall-Enberg in the films on Jönssonligan
(?) b. May 23rd 1922.
2011: Gary Moore (58) Irish blues rock guitar virtuoso, composer and singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland; he collaborated with a broad range of artists including George Harrison, Trilok Gurtu, Dr. Strangely Strange, Colosseum II, Jimmy Nail, Albert Collins, Mo Foster, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Jim Capaldi, Vicki Brown, Cozy Powell, the Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He experimented with many musical genres, including rock, jazz, blues, country, electric blues, hard rock and heavy metal. Gary started playing guitar on an old battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. At the age of 14, he got a better guitar and taught himself to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. After seeing Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would come to dominate his career. But his greatest influence in the early days came from guitarist Peter Green, of Fleetwood Mac fame, who was a mentor to Gary when performing in Dublin. Later he paid a tribute to Pete on his '95 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Green compositions. On this tribute album he played Green's 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar which Green had lent him after leaving Fleetwood Mac, which he ultimately purchased at Green's request. Now 16, Gary's first professional band was a Dublin based blues-rock band 'Skid Row' in 1969, founded by bassist Brendan "Brush" Shiels, with Phil Lynott on vocals. Soon the band became a power trio, with Gary, Brendan now on vocals and bass, and drummer Noel Bridgeman. They recored 4 albums, Skid-1970; 34 Hours-1971; Skid Row-1971, released 1990; and Live And On Song – BBC Live in Concert-69/71. Gary released his first solo album in 1973, 'Grinding Stone', also in the 70s he did 3 short stints with the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, in 1974, 1977 and 1979...READ MORE... (
sadly died in his sleep in the early hours of the morning while on holiday in Spain) b. April 4th 1952.
2012: Noel Kelehan (76) Irish musician born in Dublin and studied at the Municipal School of Music in Dublin, in both piano, and, music theory and harmony, and played in jazz and dance bands. He made his debut on radio, aged just 19 in 1955. As well as being an accomplished jazz pianist, he weny on to become conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and musical director of Radio Telefís Éireann. He was conductor of many Irish entries to the Eurovision Song Contest, beginning in 1966 and ending in 1998. He conducted five winning Irish entries, in 1980, '87, '92, '93, and '96. He also has several records to his credit, notably, he wrote the string arrangements for U2's '84 album The Unforgettable Fire (?) b. December 26th 1935.
Jiang Ying (92) Chinese opera singer and music teacher. In 1936 she went to Europe with her father and studied music in Berlin and graduated from Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin in 1941. When WWII broke out, she moved to neutral Switzerland to study opera, graduating from Musikhochschule Luzern in 1944. Jiang went on to become a professor of music and opera, and head of the department of Western Vocal Music at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing (?) b. August 11th 1919.
2013: Mo-Do/Fabio Frittelli (46) Italian techno musician born in Monfalcone, Italy; despite being Italian, Mo-Do's songs are in German. He is probably best known from the single "Eins, Zwei, Polizei" which reached #1 in the German, Austrian and Italian music charts (sadly, apparent suicide) b. 24 July 1966
2013: Jan Sochor (65) Czech rock musician, keyboardist, singer and songwriter; he was a former member of the rock group The Progress Organization and accompanied singers such as Fridli Bob and led the backing band of Martha and Tenu (sadly died while fighting cancer) b.
August 8th 1947.
2014: Vaçe Zela (74) Albanian singer and guitarist, born in Lushnjë; she began her career at a young age, at only ten years old she began to sing folk songs from the Myzeqe region and in 1962 was the first to win the Albanian Song Festival / Festivali i Këngës. An 11 time winner of the festival, she gained fame during the communist era and was awarded the Merited Artist of Albania prize in 1973 and the People's Artist of Albania prize in 1977. Then on December 24th 2002 she was awarded the Prize "Honor of the Nation" by the Albanian president Alfred Moisiu. (?) b. April 7th 1939.
2016: Gilles Brown (73) Canadian singer; born in Montreal, he started his career as a radio announcer. In 1962, he and Pierre Laurendeau formed the duo, Les Valentins, best known for thier hit "Because". At this time he wrote some 400 songs including Hey Hey Lolita, Boxes Galore, and Bang, Bang. In the early 70s, he joined Yves Martin and recorded pieces such as "Do Not Cry". At the same time, translations of his songs continue to be popular, including "Three Little Hot" by Johnny Farago and "Your Eyes" a hit for Nicole Martin. In 1975, Gilles becagan to withdraw from the music busines and opened Clarence-Gagnon gallery in Baie-Saint-Paul, then the following year, a second gallery in Outremont. (?) b. February 6th 1943
2016: Sam Spence (88) American soundtrack composer, dubbed football's greatest composer, noted for his work with NFL Films. Born in San Francisco, CA, where studied music, after which he studied in France before settling in Germany, where he became a popular soundtrack composer for German television. He is best known as the composer who wrote the iconic scores to countless NFL Films documentaries, movies and highlight packages. His tunes – "Up She Rises", "The Over the Hill Gang". "Let's Go Big O", "The Raiders", "Pony Soldiers" and "Headcracker Suite" among hundreds he wrote for NFL Films – were composed and recorded in Munich, where Sam lived from the 1960s until moving to Texas, USA in 2014. His songs have remained popular for generations of football fans who know them from video games, commercials and cartoon shows as well as their role as the soundtrack to America's game. (?) b. March 29th 1927.
2016: Eddy Wally/Eduard Van De Walle (83) Belgian singer, born in Zelzate, East Flanders. As a crooner and showman, Eddy toured worldwide, from China, to Australia, all of Europe, the United States, and even 24 tour dates in 1979 within the USSR. He is most known for his songs "Chérie", which became a double-platinum hit, "Ik spring uit een vliegmachien"/"I'll jump out of an aeroplane" and "Dans Mi Amor". (sadly Eddie died from a cerebral hemorrhage) b. July 12th 1932.
2016: Dan Hicks (74) American singer-songwriter and guitarist who combined cowboy folk, jazz, swing, country, pop, bluegrass and gypsy music in his sound. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was a drummer in grade school and played the snare drum in his school marching band. He went on to lead Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks and is perhaps best known for the songs "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music". His songs are often infused with humor, as evidenced by the title of his tune, "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?" His last album, 'Live at Davies', was released in 2013, capping over forty years of music released under his name. (sadly died while battling liver cancer) b. December 9th 1941.

2017: Ritchie Yorke (73) Australian music journalist; born in Brisbane he began writing a weekly music column called Teen Topics for the Queensland edition of TV Week magazine in July 1962. He moved to London, UK in 1966, where he began working for Island Records as an international promotion manager for the Spencer Davis Group. He was tasked with promoting the band outside of England in support of their record "Gimme Some Lovin'". At this time, his first book was published,"Lowdown on the English Pop Scene", foreword by Spencer Davis. In 1967, Ritchie settled in Toronto, Canada where he became the first full-time rock writer for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. He also became the Canadian editor of Billboard magazine from 1970 to 1980 and Rolling Stone magazine from 1969 to 1970. He also began contributing features to NME magazine. In late 1969, Ritchie was instrumental in Lennon’s International Peace Envoy in 1969. He aided the staging of John and Yoko’s famed Montreal bed-in and their appearance at the famed Toronto Rock and Roll Revival concert and carried the peace posters on a 52,000 mile world tour. In 1971 he was named Canadian Journalist of the Year at the Juno Awards; the same year he published his book Axes, Chops & Hot Licks on the Canadian music scene. Also in the 70s he wrote "Into The Music: The Van Morrison Biography", "The Led Zeppelin Biography", and "The History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll". In the 80s, he returned to Brisbane and worked as an announcer and producer for ABC Radio for two years until 1989, and wrote for Brisbane’s Sunday Mail until 2007. (sadly died battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) b. January 12th 1944.

February 7.
1944: Lina Cavalieri (69) Italian soprano; orphaned at 15 she ran away with a touring theatrical group and made her way to Paris, France, where her stunning good looks opened doors and she obtained work as a singer at one of the city's café-concerts. From there she performed at a variety of music halls and other such venues around Europe while still working to develop her voice for the opera. She made her opera debut in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1900, the same year she married her first of 4 husbands, the Russian Prince Bariatinsky. In 1904 she sang at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo then in 1905, at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre in Paris, Lina starred opposite Enrico Caruso in the Umberto Giordano opera, Fedora. From there, she and Caruso took the show to New York City, debuting with it at the Metropolitan Opera on 5 December 1906. The 1909–1910 season she sang with Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera Company. As well as her busy operatic career, she starred in 7 silent movies between 1914 and 1919. In 1955, Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida portrayed Lina in the film "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" and in 2004, a book was published authored by Paul Fryer and Olga Usova titled "Lina Cavalieri -The Life of Opera’s Greatest Beauty, 1874–1944". (Tragically she was killed in 1944 during an Allied bombing raid that destroyed her home in the outskirts of Florence) b. December 25th 1874.
1959: Guitar Slim/Eddie Jones (32)
American New Orleans blues guitarist, from the 1940s and 1950s, best known for the million-selling song, "The Things That I Used to Do", which is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. He spent his free time at the local juke joints and started sitting in as a singer or dancer; he was good enough to be nicknamed "Limber Leg". After returning from World War II military service, he started playing clubs around New Orleans, Louisiana, bandleader Willie D. Warren introduced him to the guitar, and he was particularly influenced by T-Bone Walker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. About 1950 he adopted the stage name 'Guitar Slim' and started becoming known for his wild stage act. He wore bright-colored suits and dyed his hair to match them, his sound was just as unusual, he was playing with distorted guitar more than a decade before rock guitarists did the same, and his gospel-influenced vocals were easily identifiable (He sadly became an alcoholic, and died of pneumonia) b. December 10th 1926.
Dock Boggs (73) American singer, songwriter, banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia; his style of banjo playing, as well as his singing, is considered a unique combination of Appalachian folk music and African-American blues. Contemporary folk musicians and performers consider him a seminal figure, at least in part because of the appearance of two of his recordings from the 1920s, "Sugar Baby" and "Country Blues", on Harry Smith's 1951 Anthology of American Folk Music collection. Dock's was initially recorded in 1927 and again in 1929, although he worked primarily as a coal miner for most of his life. He was "rediscovered" during the folk music revival of the 1960s, and spent much of his later life playing at various folk music festivals and recording for Folkways Records. In 1968, a musician and protege of Dock named Jack Wright started the Dock Boggs Festival, which is still held annually in Dock's hometown of Norton (?) b. February 7th 1898.
1979: Herbert LeRoy "Peanuts" Holland (68)
American jazz trumpeter best known for his contributions in swing jazz. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and learned to play trumpet at the Jenkins Orphanage. He played and recorded with Alphonse Trent's band between 1928 and 1933, and played with Al Sears in 1932, the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, Willie Bryant, Jimmie Lunceford, and Lil Armstrong's band from 1935-36. He also occasionally led his own band. In 1939, he moved to New York City, playing in big bands led by Coleman Hawkins and Fletcher Henderson. From 1941 to 1946, he played with Charlie Barnet. He and Don Redman toured Europe in 1946, and during this tour Holland elected to remain there, living in Paris and Sweden. He recorded there until 1960, releasing some 46 records for European labels (
died in Stockholm, Sweden) b. February 9th 1910.
1985: Matt Monro/Terence Parsons (55) English ballad singer born in Shoreditch, London and attended Duncombe School in Islington. He got a break in 1956 when he became a featured vocalist in the BBC Show Band. In 1959 he recorded a country pastiche song, "Bound for Texas", for The Chaplin Revue, a feature-length compilation of Charlie Chaplin shorts. It would be the first of many Monro soundtrack themes. His second single, in 1960, "Portrait of My Love," reached No.3 in the UK Singles Chart. Matt achieved fame in the United States when "My Kind of Girl" 1961 and "Walk Away" in 1964 hit the Top 40 and in 1961 he was named Top International Act by Billboard magazine. At the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, singing "I Love the Little Things," Matt finished second behind Italy's 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti, despite an "excellent performance of the only English language song of the night". Other hits included "Softly as I Leave You"; and the song from the James Bond film "From Russia with Love" (liver cancer) b. December 1st 1930.
1990: Jimmy Van Heusen/Edward Chester Babcock (77) American composer born in Syracuse, New York; he wrote songs mainly for films and television , and won four Academy Awards for Best Original Song, and an Emmy. Collaborating with lyricist Eddie DeLange, on songs such as "Heaven Can Wait", "So Help Me", and "Darn That Dream", his work became more prolific, writing over 60 songs in 1940 alone. It was in 1940 that he teamed up with the lyricist Johnny Burke.
Burke and Jimmy moved to Hollywood writing for stage musicals and films throughout the '40s and early '50s, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Swinging on a Star" in 1944. Jimmy then teamed up with lyricist Sammy Cahn. Their three Academy Awards for Best Song were won for "All the Way" in 1957 from The Joker Is Wild, "High Hopes" in 1959 from A Hole in the Head, and "Call Me Irresponsible" in 1963 from Papa's Delicate Condition. Their songs were also featured in Rear Window, Ocean's Eleven and Robin and the 7 Hoods. He also co-wrote "Love and Marriage", "To Love and Be Loved", "Come Fly with Me", "Only the Lonely", and "Come Dance with Me". Jimmy wrote the music for at least three Broadway musicals: Carnival in Flanders, Skyscraper, and Walking Happy. He composed over 800 plus songs of which 50 songs became standards and his songs are featured in over one hundred eighty films. He became an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971
(He was close friends throughout life with Frank Sinatra and is buried in the Sinatra family burial plot in Desert Memorial Park, in Cathedral City, California) b. January 26th 1913.
1992: Denny Wright (67) British jazz and skiffle guitarist who performed with Stephane Grappelli, Billy Eckstine, Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Duncan, Digby Fairweather, Ella Fitzgerald, Fapy Lafertin and many other musicians, including young rising stars such as Bireli Lagrene and Nigel Kennedy. He was a session musician for many years and frequently acted as arranger and fixer for recording sessions. Denny was a prolific composer for jazz and orchestra. He led many bands in his career, ranging from small jazz ensembles through night club bands to full size orchestras. In addition to jazz and skiffle, Denny worked with Latin American and Jamaican bands, including Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists. He greatly enjoyed contributing to some of the best swing bands and orchestras of the period, playing frequently with the Carl Barriteau orchestra, with Decca Records' own house-band under Phil Green, and even the Glenn Miller band on occasions. Although he was best known as a guitarist, Denny's favourite instrument was actually the piano (died after 9 year battle with bladder cancer)
b. May 6th 1924.
Witold Lutoslawski (81) Polish composer and pianist, he was one of the major European composers of the 20th century, and one of the pre-eminent Polish musicians during his last three decades. During his lifetime, he earned many international awards and prizes, including the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honour. During his youth, he studied piano and composition in Warsaw. His early works were influenced by Polish folk music. He began to develop his own characteristic composition techniques in the 1950s. Although he was ill Witold continued his busy schedule, travelling to the United States, England, Finland, Germany, Canada and Japan till a few weeks before his death (sadly died after fighting cancer) b.
January 25th 1913.
1995: William Harry "Billy" Jones (45) American guitarist, keyboard player and singer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but he grew up in Tampa, FL. While in high school he was offered placement in the Juliard School of Music but turned it down electing to attend the University of South Florida as a math major. He recorded one album with a band called H.Y. Sledge before joining the southern rock band Outlaws in 1971. He performed, recorded and toured with the band until 1981. He was initially brought on board as a keyboardist but soon switched to lead guitar helping crystallize the trademark Outlaws sound. (tragically Billy died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head) b. Novemvber 20th 1949.
1999: Robert "Bobby" Troup (70) American jazz, swing blues pianist, singer, composer and actor born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is best known for writing the popular standard "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", and for his role as Dr. Joe Early, in the 1970s US TV series Emergency!, which starred his wife Julie London. He made some excellent recordings for Liberty Records and Capitol Records, many with musicians that included the best of the West Coast school of jazz. His songwritings include "The Girl Can't Help It", "Daddy", "Snootie Little Cutie", "The Meaning of the Blues", "Girl Talk", "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring", "I'd Like You For Christmas", "Please Belong To Me", "The Feeling of Jazz"and "Let's Keep Dancing", to mention a few (sadly died at UCLA Medical Center of a massive heart attack) b. October 18th 1918.
2000: Big Punisher/Christopher Rios (28)
Puerto Rican rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the late 1990s. He first appeared on albums from The Beatnuts, on the track "Off the Books" in 1997, and on Fat Joe's second album Jealous One's Envy in 1995, on the track "Watch Out", prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo artist. His full-length debut Capital Punishment in 1998, became the first album by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum, peaking at No.5 on the Billboard 200. Capital Punishment was also nominated for a Grammy. Big Punwas a huge man, his weight reportedly varying between 450 and 690 pounds. He was at his highest weight at the time of his death, being 698 pounds (heart attack) b. November 10th 1971.
2000: Robin Scott (79) British BBC controller; he read modern languages at Cambridge University before joining the intelligence corps. He was discharged through illness in '42, and joined the BBC. As well as all his other work in radio and television, Robin was appointed the Controller of the Light Programme in March 1967, and devised a format for their new popular music programme. His vision deliberately echoed the pirate radio broadcasters that would be outlawed in August 1967. This pop station, BBC Radio 1, launched on 30 September 1967, with a signature tune commissioned by Robin, Theme One, recorded by George Martin. He was also Controller of BBC Radio 2, the successor to the Light Programme. He was appointed CBE in 1976 (?) b. October 24th 1920.
2000: Dave Peverett (56) English guitarist and singer born in Dulwich, South East London. After a brief tour with Swiss blues band, Les Questions, he joined Savoy Brown as a rhythm guitarist, eventually also taking over as lead singer. After five albums with Savoy Brown, he decided to pursue his own vision, taking drummer Roger Earl and bassist Tony Stevens with him. He decided to call his new band Foghat, a word he had made up as a child while playing Scrabble with his brother. With the success of an early single, a cover version of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You", their debut release soon went gold. In 1974, Foghat released two gold albums, Energized and Rock & Roll Outlaws. Their first platinum album, Fool for the City, was released in 1975, producing three hit singles: the title track, "My Babe", and "Slow Ride". Followed by another gold album, Night Shift, before their 1977 Foghat Live album which reached multi-platinum. 1978's Stone Blue was yet another gold. Dave was the talented songwriter behind Foghats hits and tracks (pneumonia and complications from kidney cancer) b. April 16th 1943.
2001: Dale Evans/Frances Octavia Smith (88) American singer, songwriter, actress and wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers. Born in Uvalde, Texas, she had a productive career as a jazz, swing, and big band singer that led to a screen test and contract with 20th Century Fox studios.She gained exposure on radio as the featured singer for a time on the Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy show. She also got the part as a cowgirl co-star to Roy Rogers at Republic Studios in the Roy Roger films. Dale married Roy Rogers at the Flying L Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, on New Year's Eve 1947, a marraige which lasted 51 years. They were a team on- and off-screen from 1946 until Roy's' death in 1998. From 1951 to 1957, Dale and Roy starred in the highly successful television series The Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued their cowboy and cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk. Autunm 1962, the couple co-hosted a comedy-western-variety program, The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show, which aired on ABC. Dale has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6638 Hollywood Blvd. She received a second star at 1737 Vine St. for her contribution to the television industry. In 1976, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. She ranked No. 34 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002. (died of congestive heart failure) b. October 31st 1912.
2003: Malcolm Roberts (58) English actor and singer born in Manchester; he received his big break while appearing as Tony in West Side Story, composer Lionel Bart spotted his potential and cast him in his West End production of Maggie May at the Adelphi Theatre, in 1964. He released his first single, "Time Alone Will Tell" re in May 1967, followed by his biggest hit, "May I Have the Next Dream With You" in November 1968, his final hit, in November 1969, was "Love is All". He appeared and sung on The Morecambe and Wise Show and The Kenneth Williams Show on the UK's BBC Television and the American The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1970. In 1985, he joined a six-member group to represent Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest. The song, "Children, Kinder, Enfants" They got 37 points and finished in 13th place (h
eart attack) b. March 31st 1944.
2009: Molly Bee/Molly Munchy/Mollie Gene Beachboard (69) American country singer; she became a popular teenage star on the 1950s TV show Hometown Jamboree. At only 13 she had her first major recording success with "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". This was followed by at least three more hit singles, and a brief film acting career. In the '50s and early '60s she was a TV staple on variety programs hosted by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Steve Allen nationally, as well as making local station appearances (complications from a stroke) b. August 18th 1939.
Blossom Margrete Dearie (84) American jazz singer and pianist;classically trained, but switched to jazz after joining a high school band. Moving to New York City in the mid-1940s, she sang with the Blue Flames, a vocal group attached to the Woody Herman band, and with Alvino Rey’s band before embarking on her solo career. 1952 sees her in Paris where she joined the Blue Stars, a vocal octet that recorded a hit version of “Lullaby of Birdland”. In '56 Verve Records signed her to a 6-album contract “Blossom Dearie”, “Give Him the Ooh-La-La”, “Once Upon a Summertime”, “Sings Comden and Green”, “My Gentleman Friend” and “Soubrette Sings Broadway Hit Songs”, all now regarded as cult classics. From '66 she traveled regularly to London to play Ronnie Scott’s, a popular nightclub, and while in England recorded four albums for the Fontana label. Back in the States she established her own label, Daffodil Records, in 1974. Her first album, “Blossom Dearie Sings,” included “Hey John,” a tribute to John Lennon. Her last recording was a single, “It’s All Right to Be Afraid,” dedicated to the victims and survivors of 9/11.(died in her sleep of natural causes) b.April 28th 1924
2015: Joe B. Mauldin (74) American double bassist, songwriter, and audio engineer, Joseph Benson Mauldin, Jr. was born in Lubbock, Texas; he started his musical journey playing in a local band called The Four Teens with a young Terry Noland in 1955, before joining Buddy Holly's Crickets in '57. Their first hit record was "That'll Be the Day", released in 1957. The single became No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in Billboard magazine, which was followed by hits such as "Peggy Sue", "Not Fade Away" "Rave On" and "That'll Be the Day" .They helped set the template for subsequent rock bands such as the Beatles, with their guitar-bass-drums arrangements and tendency to write their own material. Joe and drummer J.I. Allison became one of the most influential rhythm sections >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Joe died while fighting cancer) b. July 8th 1940.
2016: Berre Mountains/Robert Bergen (53) Belgian bass guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer and a co-founder of the rock band "The Scabs". Influenced by the punk band Clash, Berre, along with friends Willy Willy, Frank Saenen, Guy Swinnen founded The Scabs in 1981. They released their debut album "No big business" in 1982, and the mini-album "Here's to you Gang" soon after. They found a much broader audience with their ballads such as "Halfway Home", "Stay", and "Crystal Eyes"; thier albums however contain loud rocking music. In 1988, Berre left to join the band the Kreuners, and with the singles "Fall on Chris Lomme" and "I Want You" sent their popularity to new heights, 'I Want You' is their biggest hit. Berre also formed his own band Lynx as well as becoming a busy composer, record producer and arranger, working with many of Belgian's top artists, but in 2007 he had become too ill to perform with The Kreuners. (sadly Berre died of emphysema) b. November 24th 1962.
2016: Rick Wright (57) American guitarist; he grew up in Oklahoma before moving to Nashville, where he became a member of the Music City Playboys, also a musician's musician, he frequently played with other musicians on Lower Broadway. He went on to become the longtime lead guitarist for Country Music Hall of famer Connie Smith. As a member of Smith’s backing band The Sundowners, Rick played and sang behind her during countless tour dates, records, and "Grand Ole Opry" performances over the past 17 years. (tragically Rick was killed in a two-car accident near his home in White House) b. October 31st 1958.
2017: Gianfranco Plenizio (76) Italian composer Born in Sedegliano, Plenizio studied piano with Enrico De Angelis Valentini and conduction under Franco Ferrara. After his debut as a pianist, he focused on conducting; among others, he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Orchestre de chambre de Genève and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. As a film score composer, he was one of the most celebrated authors of soundtracks of Italian cienema, he collaborated with notable directors such as Federico Fellini, Billy Wilder, Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, and Ermanno Olmi. He also wrote essays, mainly focusing on the history of music (?) b. January 10th 1941.
2017: Svend Asmussen (100) Danish jazz violinist born in Copenhagen; he started working professionally as a violinist, vibraphonist, and singer at age 17, and worked in Denmark and on cruise ships with artists such as Josephine Baker and Fats Waller. He played with Valdemar Eiberg and Kjeld Bonfils during World War II, during which time jazz had moved to the underground and served as a form of political protest. In the late 1950s, Asmussen formed the trio Swe-Danes with singer Alice Babs and guitarist Ulrik Neumann. He also worked with Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, and Duke Ellington. Svend was invited by Ellington to play on his Jazz Violin Session recording in 1963 with Stéphane Grappelli and Ray Nance. He made an appearance at the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival, and in 1969 he guested on "Snakes in a Hole," an album by the jazz-rock band Made in Sweden. He stayed active playing violin until the age of around 95 (?) b. February 28th 1916
2017: Loukianos Kilaidonis (73) Greek singer-songwriter, born in Kipseli, Athens and studied at the Lycée Lyceum Patission, then architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the National Technical University of Athens. His musical career started in the early 70s, when he wrote the music for Kostoulas Mitropoulou's play, "Our Town", and he released his first (of 23) album 'Our Town' in 1971. In July 1983 he helped organise and performed at the first large scale Greek music festival "Party in Vouliagmeni". His popular songs included "I am a poor and lonely cowboy", "One day of Mary", "The anthem of the black dog", "Disco", and many others. In 1999 he, his wife Anna Vagena and their two daughters formed their own group "Metaxourgio", in which he appeared for many years. (sadly died from a respiratory infection) b. July 15th 1943.

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1972: Markos Vamvakaris (66)
Greek rebetiko musician-songwriter; while working in the Athens he learned bouzouki, becoming an innovative virtuoso player. He also began to compose music and write songs. At first he played in hashish establishments known as Tekes, later he and his band, which included Giorgos Batis, Anestis Delias and Stratos Pagioumtzis played in more legitimate clubs. They became extremely popular, and Markos recorded
his first rebetiko disc, Na 'Rchosouna Re Magka Mou in 1932. Among other songs in that period, he wrote the classic love song "Frangkosyriani" He later suffered badly with arthritis in his hands, but in the early 1960s, many of his old songs were revived, sung by modern singers including Grigoris Bithikotsis, and Stratos Dionysiou. (?) b. May 10th 1905.
1973: Max Yasgur (53)
American music lover, the owner of a dairy farm in Bethel, New York on which the Woodstock Festival was held between August 15th and August 18th 1969. By the late 1960s, he was the largest milk producer in Sullivan County, New York. His farm had 650 cows, mostly Guernseys. Many of his neighbors turned against him after the festival, and he was no longer welcome at the town general store, but he never regretted his decision to allow the concert on his farm. On January 7th 1970, he was sued by his neighbors for area property damage caused by the attendance of the "flower children". However, the damage to his own property was far more extensive and, over a year later, he received a $50,000 settlement to pay for the near-destruction of his dairy farm and in 1971, Max sold the 600-acre farm
(died in Florida of a heart attack) b. December 15th 1919.
1977: Eivind Groven (75) Norwegian microtonal composer fuddle player and music-theorist, born in Lårdal. He studied musical theory and composition for a year, mostly Berlioz and Beethoven. Unlike many other young Norwegian composers of the era, he refused to go abroad, but stayed at home, composing, and developing his own distinct musical forms, based on a merging of the sonata form with the special metamorphic principles unique to the dance music from Telemark, closely related to the forms of late baroque. In in 1931, Groven was appointed by the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, NRK, to be responsible for half an hour of folk music every week. Thus, he got a lot of gifted rural musicians to the radio, thereby preserving the folk music for posterity. After WWII, Eivind participated in editing and publishing seven volumes of written and collected tunes for hardanger fiddle, along with two fellow folk musicians in Norway (He got Parkinson's disease in 1964, and had to put away the fiddle, medications available at the time caused undue stress to his heart) b. October 8th 1901
1980: Nikos Xylouris (43) Greek composer and singer born in Anogeia, Crete and was part of the movement that brought down the Greek military Junta of 1967. His songs and music captured and described the Greek psyche and demeanor, gaining himself the title the archangel of Crete. He first performed outside Greece in 1966 and won the 1st prize in the San Remo folk music festival. In 1967 he established the first Cretan Music Hall, Erotokritos, in Heraklion. The recording of Anyfantou in 1969 was a big success. He soon started performances in Athens, which became his new permanent residence, at the Konaki folk music hall. In 1971, Nikos was awarded by the Academy Charles Cross of France for his performance in the Cretan Rizitika songs album with G. Markopoulos (sadly died of a brain tumor) b. July 7th 1936.
1990: Del Shannon/Charles Weedon Westover (55) American singer and guitarist, one of the early greats in rock 'n' Roll and born in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he learned ukulele and guitar. In 1954, he was drafted into the Army, while in Germany he played guitar in a band called the Cool Flames. In 1958, he took over a band as leader and singer, with the name Charlie Johnson, and renaming his band the Big Little Show Band. He soon renamed himself Del Shannon and on January 21st 1961, recorded "Runaway", which reached No.1 in the Billboard chart in April.
This was followed with "Hats Off to Larry", which peaked at No.5 on the Billboard and No.1 on Cashbox in 1961. Other hits included "So Long, Baby," and "Little Town Flirt",. He continued his success in England, where he had always been more popular. In 1963, he became the first American to record a cover version of a Beatles song, "From Me to You" which charted in the US before the Beatles. In 1988, Del sang on "The World We Know" with The Smithereens on their album Green Thoughts. Shortly after, in 1990, he recorded with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra and there were rumors he would join The Traveling Wilburys after Roy Orbison's death. Previously, in 1975, he had recorded tracks with Lynne, along with In My Arms Again, a self-penned country song (while working on a comeback album with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, Shannon fatally shot himself in the head with a .22 calibre rifle. His wife thought his death might have been related to his recent use of the prescription drug, Prozac) b. December 30th 1934.
1992: Denys "Denny" Justin Wright (67) English jazz and skiffle guitarist, pianist, club owner, who performed with Stephane Grappelli, Lonnie Donegan, the bluegrass musician Johnny Duncan, Digby Fairweather, Humphrey Lyttelton, Marie Bryant and many other musicians. Throughout his career and many projects from 1940 until the 1980s, Denny was a regular in the recording studios as one of Britain's best session musicians and frequently acted as arranger and fixer for recording sessions. Denny was also a prolific composer for jazz and orchestra. Denny led many bands in his career, ranging from small jazz ensembles through night club bands to full size orchestras. In addition to jazz and skiffle, Denny worked with Latin American and Jamaican bands. Although he was best known as a guitarist, his favourite instrument was actually the piano. After the war, in 1945, he set up London's first bebop club, the Fullado in New Compton Street, where he played both piano and guitar. In the late 1940s he toured Italy and the Middle East with the Francisco Cavez orchestra before ending up playing in King Farouk's palace. He was part of Lonnie Donegan's group who first took skiffle to the Soviet Union in 1957. In 1978, he formed Velvet with Ike Isaacs, Len Skeat and Digby Fairweather and in 1981, Denny was voted BBC Jazz Society Musician of the Year. Denny occasionally taught young guitarists and guest lectured at the Royal College of Music on the life of a session musician. His last gig, was at The Grapes in Shepherd Market, Mayfair in late 1991 (Sadly died after a brave nine year battle with bladder cancer) b. May
6th 1924.
Raymond Scott/Harry Warnow (85) American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, assembled his first audio laboratory at 12, got his first professional job as pianist and composed his first song "Portrait of a Cow" at 15, and was a 1931 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied piano, theory and composition. He worked as a pianist for the CBS Radio house band, before forming his own band, calling it the "Raymond Scott Quintette". His first hit single came in 1934, "Christmas Night in Harlem", which was later recorded by Louis Armstrong. In 1936 he signed a recording contract with Irving Mills, Columbia Records and in 1937-38 he appeared and performed in several Hollywood films with his Quintette. Ray believed strongly in composing and playing by ear, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated features. Ray's melodies have also been heard in twelve Ren & Stimpy episodes (which used the original of Raymond's recordings), while making cameos in The Simpsons, Duckman, Animaniacs, The Oblongs, and Batfink. The only music Raymond actually composed purposely to accompany animation were three 20-second electronic commercial jingles for County Fair Bread in 1962. He was also a pioneer and inventor of electronic music. In 1954 he met and began to collaborate with synthesizer inventor Bob Moog an association which lasted 15 years. In 1956 he patented 'The Clavivox' (Keyboard Operated Electrical Musical Instrument) In 1959 he build his 1st version 'The Electronium' a keyboard-less, automatic composition and performance machine. A more perfected version of this invention caught the eye of Berry Gordy, who in 1970, bought an Electronim and hired Raymond as Motown's Director of Electronic Research and Development in his L.A. studios, where he based himself for 9 years. Other of his many electronic music inventions include 'The Fascination', 'The Participator', 'Pitch Sequencer', 'Rhythm Synthesizer', 'Bassline Generator', 'Synthesized Gong', 'Juxtaposition Matrix', 'Melody Maker', 'Rhythm Guitar Simulator', and the drum machine 'Bandito the Bongo Artist' just to mention a few. Still composing, recording and inventing at the age of 81, in 1988 Raymond suffered from series of heart attacks & strokes leaving him, so very sadly, unable to work, speak, or communicate. (?) b. September 10th 1908.
2002: Bob Wooler (76) English DJ and booker at Liverpool's Cavern Club and was most notable for being instrumental in introducing The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein, and as the DJ at The Cavern Club. He became involved in managing a skiffle group called The Kingstrums before becoming compère/disc jockey for promoters such as Wally Hill of Peak Promotions. His voice was captured on a live EP by the Big Three at the Cavern, saying "We've got the hi-fi high & the lights down low, so here we go, with the Big Three Show!" Wooler became one of the major figures on the Mersey Scene and did much to help the various groups, remaining at the Cavern until 1967 (?) b. January 19th 1926.
2002: Nick Brignola (65) American jazz saxophonist; at the age of 11 he began playing the clarinet before he picked up the alto and tenor saxophones as well as the flute. At the age of 20 he dropped his alto saxophone off to get repaired and the only horn the shop had to lone him was the baritone sax. After that instance, the baritone sax became his main instrument. Though Nick was mostly known as a bandleader he performed and released albums with many of the worlds most famous and well-established musicians. He was able to record the album Baritone Madness with one of his idols, bebop heavyweight Pepper Adams. The album was recorded with Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Pepper Adams, and Derek Smith. Other musicians he played with through out his career include: Elvin Jones, Cecil Payne, Bobby Shew, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Phil Woods, Chet Baker, and Clark Terry (sadly taken after a fight with cancer) b. July 17th 1936.
2005: Jimmy Smith (79) American jazz organist; he ruled the Hammond organ in the '50s and '60s, revolutionizing the instrument, showing it could be creatively used in a jazz context and popularized in the process. As well as his solo recordings, during the 1950s and 1960s, he recorded with some of the great jazz musicians of the day such as Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Grant Green, Stanley Turrentine, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean, Grady Tate and Donald Bailey. In the 1970s, Jimmy opened his own supper club in Los Angeles, and played there regularly with guitarist Paul C. Saenz, Larry Paxton on drums and Freddy Garcia on saxophone.
He had a career revival in the 1980s and 1990s, again recording for Blue Note and Verve, and for Milestone and Elektra. He also recorded with other artists including Quincy Jones/Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Joey DeFrancesco. His last major album, Dot Com Blues on Blue Thumb in 2000, featured many special guests such as Dr. John, B. B. King and Etta James. In 2005, he was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians (?) b. December 8th 1925.
2005: Keith Knudsen (56) American drummer, vocalist, and songwriter, born in Le Mars, Iowa. He began drumming while in high school. After short stints playing in a club band and the Blind Joe Mendlebaum Blues Band, he became the drummer for the organist-vocalist Lee Michaels. In 1974 he was invited to join The Doobie Brothers, joining the band during the recording of the 1974 platinum album, 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits', on which he made his debut. After the Doobies disbanded in '82, he and fellow Doobie John McFee, who he had also formed a writing partnership with, founded the country rock band Southern Pacific. They disbanded in the early 1990s. Keith organized a one-off Doobies reunion in 1987 to raise funds for the National Veterans Foundation. and rejoined the Doobie Brothers on a full-time basis in 1993. In 2005 he also played drums on Emmylou Harris 'Shores Of White Sand off the All I Intend To Be' record. (pneumonia) b. February 18th 1948.
2006: Elton Dean (60) UK saxophone player with Long John Baldry's band Bluesology; the bands pianist Reg Dwight, took Dean and Baldrey's first names for his stage name, Elton John. Elton Dean next established his reputation as a member of the Keith Tippett Sextet from 1968 to 1970, and in the band Soft Machine from 1969 to 1972. Shortly before leaving Soft Machine he started his own group, Just Us. From 1975 to 1978 he led a nine-piece band called Ninesense. In 2002, Elton and three other former Soft Machine members; Hugh Hopper, drummer John Marshall, and guitarist Allan Holdsworth toured and recorded under the name Soft Works. His last musical collaborations also included those with Soft Bounds, a quartet comprised of himself, Hugh Hopper, Sophia Domancich and Simon Goubert; Alex Maguire's project Psychic Warrior; and Belgian rock-jazz band The Wrong Object (heart and liver disease) b. Oct 28th 1945.
2006: Akira Ifukube (91) Japanese composer of classical music and film scores, born in Kushiro on the island of Hokkaido, the third son of a Shinto priest. From 1946 to 1953, he taught at the Nihon University College of Art, during which period he composed his first film score for The End of the Silver Mountains, released in 1947. Over the next fifty years, he would compose more than 250 film scores, the high point of which was his 1954 music for Ishiro Honda's Toho movie, Godzilla. He also created Godzilla's trademark roar – produced by rubbing a resin-covered leather glove along the loosened strings of a double bass – and its footsteps, created by striking an amplifier box
(sadly died of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome) b. May 31st 1914.
2011: Roza
Baglanova (89) Soviet - Kazakh soprano opera and pop music singer; in 1949, she became a singer with the Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet, then the Kazakh State Philharmonic Society in 1960 and was a leading master of the Kazakh state concert association "Kazakhconcert". During her career, she performed in Poland, the German Democratic Republic, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, India, Burma, Canada, and other countries. One of her passions was singing in the language of the country she was performing in, and so performed traditional folk songs in Russian, Kazakh, Uzbek, Tatar, Mongolian, Korean, and others. Roza was honored with many awards throughout her career, including the People’s Artist of the USSR in 1967, the Order of Lenin and was also deemed a National Hero of Kazakhstan (sadly passed away due to a heart attack) b. January 1st 1922.
2011: Marvin Sease (64) American blues singer, born in Blackville, South Carolina; as a ternager he sang with the Five Gospel Crowns located in Charleston, before heading to
New York City at aged 20, where he joined the gospel group called the Gospel Crowns. Marvin left the gospel circuit to form his own R&B group, accompanied by his own three brothers as his backing band. Going solo, in 1986 he recorded a self titled LP. featuring one of his more popular songs, "Ghetto Man". While promoting the album in the South's circuit of bars, blues festivals, and juke joints, he entered a record contract with Polygram Records, who launched his music nationally with the re-release of his self titled L.P. on Mercury Records in '87. It included the new ten minute track "Candy Licker," which became an instant success. Over the next decade Marvin released several more records for Mercury and Jive Records, which ranked on the Billboard R&B chart and pop charts (?) b. February 16th 1946.
2012: Giangiacomo Guelfi (87) Italian opera singer, particularly associated with Verdi and Puccini. Born in Rome, he made his stage debut in Spoleto, as Rigoletto in 1950. He made his debut in 1952 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, also appearing in Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, and becoming a regular guest at the Arena di Verona. Outside Italy he appeared in Berlin, Lisbon, London, Cairo. He made his American debut in 1954 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and at the Metropolitan Opera of New York in 1970, he also appeared in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro (?) b. December 21st 1924.
2012: Jimmy Sabater Sr (75) American Latin singer and timbales player born in Harlem, New York City. In the mid 50s he joined the Joe Panama Sextet, soon after
called The Joe Cuba Sextet, one of Spanish Harlem’s most popular music groups. Their 1962 album “Steppin’ Out” became a monster hit, and Jimmy became part of history, as on the album he sang "To Be With You", which thrust him into almost immediate international recognition.
In 1977, he left the Joe Cuba Sextet and from 1977 to 1981, he was the lead vocalist for Al Levy. In 1980 he recorded Gusto and 1982, he co-led “El Combo Gigante” with Charlie Palmieri until the latter's death in 1988. On November 12th 1997, Jimmy became the recipient of an award from the City of New York for his contributions to the quality of life in the city, and in appreciation of his work since 1956. He was also awarded “Outstanding Musician of the Year” from the Comptroller of the City of New York, Alan G. Hevesi.
In 1998, he became the lead vocalist of the Latin Septet “Son Boricua”, led by Maestro José Mangual Jr. Their first album, called Son Boricua, was the winner of the ACE Award as best new Latin release of that year. A second, and recently, a third ACE Award was awarded for the albums Homenaje a Cortijo y Rivera, and Mo! (?) b. April 11th 1936.
2012: Luis Alberto Spinetta (62) Argentine pioneer rock guitarist and multi-musician born in Buenos Aires; nicknamed El Flaco or Skinny, he was hailed o
ne of the greatest poets of Argentine music. In 1967, he formed a band called Almendra with his own school mates. In 1969, Almendra, recorded their first album. They started recording and playing intensevely and became successful almost overnight. He later played with the bands Pescado Rabioso recording 3 albums and Invisible from 1974-76 recording 6 albums. Luis then embarked on the projects Spinetta Jade followed by Spinetta Y Los Socios Del Desierto. Since the early 70s he had also had a very successful solo career releasing 23 albums, he recorded his last album Spinetta y las Bandas Eternas in 2010 (sadly died while fightling lung cancer) b. January 23rd 1950.
2012: Wando/Wanderley Alves dos Reis (66) Brazilian singer, born in Cajuri and moved to Juiz de Fora, where he majored in classical guitar and performed in music ensembles and played at localdances. His career as singer began in 1969 and he also composed for other singers such as Jair Rodrigues, who in 1974 recorded “O Importante é Ser Fevereiro”. "A Menina e o Poeta" was recorded by Roberto Carlos in his 1976 and in 1985 "Chora Coração" was part of the soundtrack of the brazilian soap opera Roque Santeiro, and noteably the song "Fogo e Paixão", released on the album "O Mundo Romântico de Wando" in 1988, was another of his greatest hits.
(sadly Wando died from a heart attack) b. October 2nd 1945
2013: James DePreist (76) American conductor born in Philadelphia; he was one of the first African-American conductors on the world stage. He was the Director Emeritus of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School and Laureate Music Director of the Oregon Symphony at the time of his death. He was awarded 15 honorary doctorates, elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music; named the Laureate Music Director for the Oregon Symphony; a recipient of the Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland; the Medal of the City of Québec and an Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of Monaco; received the Ditson Conductor's Award in 2000 for his commitment to the performance of American music and in 2005, President George W. Bush presented him with the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence (sadly died from a heart attack) b. November 21st 1936.
2015: Müzeyyen Senar (96) Turkish singer, born in the village of Gököz in the Keles district of Bursa Province, in the then Ottoman Empire. She began her musical career in 1931, entering the "Anadolu Musiki Cemiyeti" and in 1933 she debuted on stage in a summer talent show at one of the most important music halls in Istanbul and went on to be known as the "Diva of the Republic". She is best known for such songs as "Ne Olursun Güzelim Sevsen Beni"/Oh Please Love Me Dear/, "Dalgalandim da Duruldum"/I was Blowing in the Past, Now I've Settled Down, "Benzemez Kimse Sana"/No One Like You, "Aksam Oldu Hüzünlendim Ben Yine"/It's Evening and Again I'm Sorrowful, "Ben Seni Unutmak için Sevmedim" /I Do Not Love Forgetting You, "Feraye" "Ormanci" and many others. As well as her stage career, in the 1940s Müzeyyen played the leading role in the movie Kerem ile Asli. In the 1960s she was featured in the movies Ana Yüregi and Sevgili Hocam and her 1976 film, Analar Ölmez is autobiographical. She dubbed Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum's songs in imported Arabic movies with songs specially composed for Turkish release. In 1998, she was awarded the State Artist Award, but she declined to accept it. (sadly died of pneumonia) b. July 16th 1918.
2017: José Luis Pérez de Arteaga (66) Spanish music critic and journalist born in Madrid. He studied in Spain and later in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He studied piano with Rosa María Kucharski. He wrote thousands of articles and musical critiques for Ritmo and Scherzo magazines, the Diverdi newsletter, and the ABC, La Razón, and El País newspapers. From 1981 to 1985, he was also the director of the Enciclopedia Salvat de la Música. In 1985, he began to direct and present El mundo de la fonografía in Radio Clásica, a station centered on music, in discography novelties, historical productions, commemorations and ephemeris. In Radio 1, he was a collaborator of El ojo crítico and, in Radio Exterior, directed En clave de 5. His voice was also well known in the retransmissions of the Vienna New Year's Concert for TVE and in the retransmissions of the concerts of the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain. He wrote several books on the composer Gustav Mahler, and considered as one of the most important biographers of Mahler in the country (?) b. 1950.
2017: Rina Matsuno (18)
Japanese pop singer; she began her career as an idol in 2009 as a member of Minitia Bears, before becoming a founder member of girl pop group Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku aka Ebichu in 2010. They released their first studio album "Middle-schooler" in 2013, which was followed by "Kinpachi" in 2015 and "Anarchy" in 2016. In 2012, Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku took part in Yubi Matsuri, an idol festival produced by Rino Sashihara from AKB48 and also
held a three and a half hour solo concert at Nippon Seinenkan, their first solo concert at the venue. The show included the first public performance of their song "Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee", a closing theme of the anime Naruto SD, and released as the group's second single. (Too ill to perform on Feb 7th, Rina was being medically treated at home in Tokyo, when her condition suddenly worsened and was rushed to hospital, but tragically, she died; details of her illness have not yet been confirmed
) b. July 16th 1998.

February 9.
1951: Eddy Duchin (41) American pianist born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he first became a pharmacist before turning full-time to music and beginning his new career with Leo Reisman's orchestra at the Central Park Casino in New York, an elegant nightclub where he became hugely popular in his own right and eventually became the Reisman orchestra's leader by 1932. He became widely popular thanks to regular radio broadcasts that boosted his record sales, and he was one of the earliest pianists to lead a commercially successful large band (sadly died after a brave battle against leukemia) b. April 10th 1910. (some sourses give April 1st 1909)
1960: Erno Dohnányi (82) Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer, he made his debut in Berlin, 1897, and was at once recognized as an artist of high attainments. Similar success in Vienna followed, and thereafter he made the tour of Europe with the greatest success. He made his London debut at a Richter concert in the Queen's Hall, where he gave a memorable performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4.
Using his position as a conductor, Erno pioneered Bartók's more accessible music to boost its popularity. During the following season, he visited the United States. There, he established his reputation playing, again, the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 for his American debut with the St. Louis Symphony. He relocated to America after WW2, His last public performance, on January 30th 1960, was at Florida State University, conducting the university orchestra in a performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with his doctoral student, Edward R. Thaden, as soloist (sadly died of pneumonia) b. July 27th 1877.
1964: Ary Barroso (60)
Brazilian composer, pianist, and talent-show host on radio and TV. He was one of Brazil's most successful songwriters in the first half of the 20th century with composions such as "Aquarela do Brasil" ("Brazil"), written in 1939, and "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" ("Bahia"), from 1938. "Brazil" was featured in the film Saludos Amigos-1942 and "Na Bahia" in The Three Caballeros-1944, both Disney films. In 1945, "Rio de Janeiro", featured in the 1944 film Brazil, and was one of the 5 finalists for the Academy Award for Best Original Song (liver cirrhosis) b. November 7th 1903.
: Sophie Tucker/Sonia Kalish (82) Czarist Russian singer, pianist, comedian; one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first third of the 20th century. Her comic style is credited with influencing later female entertainers, including Mae West, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, and most notably Bette Midler who has included "Soph" as one of her many stage characters. She made several popular recordings including "Some of These Days" and "My Yiddish Momme", had her own radio program, Sophie Tucker and Her Show, in 1938-39, broadcasting for 15 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and she made numerous film appearances, including Broadway Melody of 1938 as the mother of Judy Garland's character (sadly died after her fight with lung cancer) b. January 13th 1884.
1976: Percy Faith (67) Canadian band-leader and conductor born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He was one of the most popular easy listening recording artists of the '50s and '60s. He is often credited with creating the "easy listening" or "mood music" format which became staples of American popular music in the 1950s and continued well into the 1960s. His most famous and remembered recordings are "Delicado" in 1952, "The Song from Moulin Rouge" in 1953 and "Theme from A Summer Place" in 1960, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961. Percy remains the only artist to have the best selling single of the year during both the pop singer era ("Song from Moulin Rouge") and the rock era ("Theme from a Summer Place"). The B-side of "Song from the Moulin Rouge" was "Swedish Rhapsody" by Hugo Alfvén. In the 70's he continued to release albums as diverse and contemporary as Jesus Christ Superstar and "Black Magic Woman." He released one album of country music and two albums of disco-oriented arrangements toward the end of his forty year career. (Percy sadly died after battling cancer) b. April 7th 1918.
1978: Julio Jaramillo (42) Ecuadorian singer; notable Ecuadorian "Pasillo" performer, he performed throughout Latin America where he achieved fame performing and recording boleros, valses, pasillos, tangos and rancheras. He recorded more than 4,000 songs in total. He recorded his most famous song Nuestro juramento in 1956. He recorded with Daniel Santos, Olimpo Cárdenas, and Alci Acosta, among others. His level of popularity in Ecuador could be compared to Frank Sinatra's in the United States
(?) b. October 1st 1935.
1980: Charlie Fowlkes (63) American baritone saxophonist, best known for his time with Count Basie, which lasted for more than twenty-five years. born in New York, and studied alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, and violin before settling on the baritone sax (he also played occasional flute). He spent most of his early career in New York, playing with Tiny Bradshaw: 1938-1944, Lionel Hampton: 1944-1948, and Arnett Cobb: 1948-1951, before joining Count Basie, who he stayed with until his death (?) b. February 16th 1916.
1981: Bill Haley (55) American singer, Bill Haley and his Comets; he was there before Presley, Holly and Berry, playing rock & roll before it even had a name, and is credited by many for being the first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and their hit song "Rock Around the Clock". He was born Highland Park, Michigan, because of the Great Depression on the Detroit area, his father moved the family to Boothwyn, Pennsylvania. For six years Bill was a musical director of Radio Station WPWA in Chester, Pennsylvania, leading his own band The Saddlemen all through this period and in 1951 they made their first recordings. They renamed themselves Bill Haley with Haley's Comets on Labour Day 1952. After his massive world hits of the 50s he continued recording and touring. He performed for Queen Elizabeth II at a command performance in 1979, and Bill made his final performances in South Africa in May and June 1980. Prior to the South African tour, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and a planned tour of Germany in the fall of 1980 was canceled. Bill was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (sadly died from a heart attack) b. July 6th 1925.
1991: James Cleveland (59) American gospel singer, arranger, composer and most significantly, the driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound, bringing the stylistic daring of hard gospel and jazz and pop music influences to arrangements for mass choirs. He became known as the King of Gospel music. In 1950, Cleveland joined the Gospelaires and in 1960, he formed the Cleveland Singers, featuring organist and accompanist Billy Preston. In 1968, he formed the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Today GMWA has nearly 30,000 members in 150 chapters across America. Rev James was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6742 Hollywood Boulevard (died of a heart attack)b. December 5th 1931
1993: Bill Grundy (69) English TV broadcaster, he presented the famous Sex Pistols 'filth & fury' interview on live UK TV. He became notorious in a matter of two minutes owing to an incident that occurred when the punk band Sex Pistols and their entourage appeared at short notice on the Today show of December 1st 1976. They were a last minute stand-in for Queen, who were forced to cancel. The Today show was broadcast live and uncensored during daytime hours at a time when obscenities were forbidden (heart attack) b. May 18th 1923.
1997: Jack Owens/L.F. Nelson (92) Delta blues singer and guitarist from Bentonia, Mississippi, he
was never a professional recording artist, but he farmed, bootlegged and ran a weekend juke joint in Bentonia for most of his life. He was not recorded until the blues revival of the 1960s, when he was rediscovered by David Evans in 1966. David recorded Jack's first album Goin' Up the Country that same year and It Must Have Been the Devil, with Bud Spires in 1970. He made other recordings, some by Alan Lomax, in the 1960s and 1970s, and performed at several music festivals in the United States and Europe until his death (?) b. November 17th 1904.
1997: Brian Connolly (51) Scottish singer, frontman; Sweet, New Sweet, solo. Born in Govanhill, Glasgow, The face of glam rock, Brian was one of rock’s great performers and despite numerous health problems, including fourteen heart attacks in one day, he continued to play right up to his death. At the age of twelve Brian's family moved to Harefield, Middlesex, where he played in a number of local bands before eventually replacing singer Ian Gillan in a band called Wainwright's Gentlemen, which included drummer Mick Tucker. In 1968 Brian and Mick formed a band called Sweetshop, soon Andy Scott and Steve Priest had joined them and Sweet was born. They had a string of hits "Block Buster" topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser", "The Ballroom Blitz" and "Teenage Rampage". Their first self-written and produced single "Fox on the Run" also reached No.2 on the UK charts. But after 10 successful years, in late 1978, due to his drinking problems he left the band. Over the next three years he released a few solo singles "Take Away The Music", "Don't You Know A Lady", and “Hypnotized” before forming In 1981, Brian was admitted to hospital with illness and bloating. Whilst in hospital, he had multiple heart attacks. He survived but his health was permanently affected with paralysis on his left side. With his Polydor contract now expired, he had more freedom and from early 1984 onwards, despite much reoccurring ill health, Brian would tour the UK, Europe and Australia with his band, now under the name of The New Sweet till his death. He also had a few reunions with original Sweet, in the UK and the USA, but they never reunited (Sadly Brian died from kidney-liver failure and repeated heart attacks) b. October 5th 1945.
2000: Thomas M. Sheridan (82) American boogie-woogie pianist born on in Clinton, Iowa, and started piano studies at Catholic elementary school at age 10. Later, he studied classical music and as a high school 2nd year, he formed his own orchestra. He was soon playing nearly every night of the week, in combos at nightclubs in Clinton. In the 30s, he was invited to join Lawrence Welk's traveling big band that specialized in dance and "sweet" music, at that time the band traveled around the country by car. After about 3 1/2 years on the road with Welk, he decided, for family reasons quit the road. He formed his own band playing boogie woogie hot jazz and during the 1950s and '60s appeared five or six times a week on WTMJ-TV. He became a household name in the Milwaukee area and continued playing the music of contemporary composers from motion pictures, jazz, television, Broadway shows, standards and personal compositions until his death
(?) b. July 13th 1917.
2002: Vicente Sardinero (65) Spanish operatic baritone born in Barcelona, he made his debut at the Gran Theatre del Liceu in his native city in the 1964-65 season, as Escamillo in Carmen. He first appearance at the Teatro alla Scala was in 1967, as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. He also sang at London's Covent Garden as Marcello in La bohème in 1976 and was often heard in zarzuela. Vicente appeared in many others around the world including in 1968, at the New York City Opera, in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Pagliacci and in 1977, at the Metropolitan Opera, as Marcello in La bohème (?) b. January 12th 1937.
2003: Reuben "Ruby" Braff (75) American jazz trumpeter and cornetist born in Boston. He was renowned for working in an idiom derived from the playing of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. He began playing in local clubs in the 1940s. In 1949, he was hired to play with the Edmond Hall Orchestra at the Savoy Cafe of Boston. He relocated to New York in 1953 where he was much in demand for band dates and studio sessions. Reuben recorded with the likes of Pee Wee Russell, Ralph Sutton, Dick Hyman, George Wein, Ellis Larkins, Scott Hamilton and Dave McKenna as well as recording around a dozen albums as a leader (?) b.
March 16th 1927.
2005: Tyrone Davis (66) American soul singer born near Greenville, Mississippi; while he was working as a valet and chaffeur for blues singer Freddie King, Tyrone started singing in local clubs where he was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage. He went to be one of the great fathers of "Chicago Soul", with a career spanning more than four decades, selling over 25 million records. His major hits included "Give It Up", "This I Swear", "In The Mood" "Are You Serious" and "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (Tyrone suffered a stroke in Sept 2004, which left him in a coma from which tragically he did not recover) b. May 4th 1928.
2008: Scot Halpin (54) American musician, noted for sitting in for The Who's Keith Moon during a rock concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, when Keith passed out over his drum kit three quarters of the way through the show. In 1973 Scot was awarded Rolling Stone magazine's "Pick-Up Player of the Year Award" for his historic performance during this show (?) b. February 3rd 1954.
2009: Orlando "Cachaito" López (76) Cuban bassist; legend has it that there are over 30 bassists in the Lopez lineage, so Orlando learnt double bass at first on a cello and by the age of eleven he was involved with an orchestra with his aunt. By the time he was 17 he replaced his uncle as the bassist with Arcana y sus Maravillas. In the 1950s, he helped create the descarga style of music, a mix between jazz-styled improvisation with Afro-Cuban rhythms, and by '57 he was playing with the hugely popular Havana dance band, Orquesta Riverside. In the 1960s, he became a bassist with the National Symphony, and was also a key member of Irakere, an experimental band that combined pop, classical, Cuban folk, African and jazz influences. He was also a member of the Buena Vista Social Club and was the only member to appear in all of the band's recordings (
complications from prostate surgery) b. February 2nd 1933.
2009: Vic Lewis (89) British jazz guitarist and bandleader; as a teenager he played in George Shearing's band, and first toured America in 1938, where he did recording sessions with a band that had Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, and Pee Wee Russell among its members. Between 1941-44 he served in the Royal Air Force at this time he recorded with Buddy Featherstonhaugh. He worked with Stephane Grappelli during 1944-45 and with Ted Heath. Highly influenced by Stan Kenton and other West Coast jazz artists he formed one of Britain's most admired American-sounding jazz orchestras from 1946 and through 1950s. They recorded extensively for Parlophone, Esquire, Decca, and Philips. By 1960 Vic was semi-retired, he occasionally recorded, but he continued to write about jazz and went into artist management, and oversaw the careers of photographer Robert Whitaker and the UK singer Cilla Black among many others (?) b. July 29th 1919.
2010: Pena Branca (70) Brazilian folk singer; Pena and his brother Xavantinho were one of the most artistic and original duos of the contemporary "caipira". They were also innovative by including in their repertory pieces by urban composers like Djavan, Caetano Veloso, and Milton Nascimento. The two brothers started to sing together in 1961 on Rádio Educadora (Uberlândia, Minas Gerais). Six years later, they moved to São Paulo. In 1980, they were heard by Renato Teixeira, who arranged for them to record their first LP, Velha Morada, that same year. Still in 1980, they qualified Xavantinho's "Que Terreiro É Esse?" on TV Globo's MPB Shell Festival. Their original interpretation of Milton Nascimento/ Chico Buarque's "O Cio da Terra" made national success in 1981 on Rolando Boldrin's TV show Som Brasil. In 1987, their LP O Cio da Terra had the participation of Nascimento, Tavinho Moura, and Marcus Viana, selling 300,000 copies. In 1991, they were awarded with three Prêmios Sharp - Best Duo - Best Song for "Casa de Barro" by Xavantinho/Moniz - Best Album for Cantadô de Mundo Afora. The next year, Renato Teixeira & Pena Branca e Xavantinho were awarded with a Prêmio Sharp and by the Association of Art Critics of São Paulo (APCA) in 1999 reaching the cipher of 100,000 copies sold. . In 1993, their success took them to international performances in the U.S. In 1999 Pena pursued a solo career after his brother retired. (heart attack) b. 1939
2015: Marvin David Levy (82) American composer, born in The Passaic, New Jersey, he was best known for his opera "Mourning Becomes Electra", which was was given its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1967 with only very minor success. It was revived in 1998 in a revised version by Marvin to a triumphant success at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The New York City Opera and the Seattle Opera staged the work in 2003, and the Florida Grand Opera staged the opera in 2013. (?) b. August 2nd 1932.
2016: Little PSY/Jun Min-woo (12) Chinese singer, he entered into the spotlight after he made an appearance in a talent show titled "Chinese Dream Show," which aired on Zhejiang TV four years ago. He impersonated South Korean singer Psy while performing his hit song Gangnam Style. The performance went viral and Min Woo was dubbed as 'Little Psy' of China. He also garnered quite a following after his performances were aired on television. However, tragedy struck Min Woo in 2014 when he was diagnosed with brainstem Giloma which affects the brain. His condition was first made known to the public through a show in Korea. (Sadly Little Psy died so young bravely battling brain cancer) b. 2003.

February 10.
1961: Andy Gibson (47) American jazz trumpeter, arranger, and composer, born in Zanesville, Ohio. His associations in the 1930s include Lew Redman, Zack Whyte, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Blanche Calloway, Willie Bryant, and Lucky Millinder. He quit playing in 1937 to arrange and compose full-time, working with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Charlie Barnet and Harry James. He led a big band while serving in the Army from 1942-45. Following his discharge he continued working with Charlie Barnet, but focused primarily on R&B music. He was musical director for King Records from 1955–60 and recorded four songs as a leader in 1959, which were released on a multi-artist LP on Camden Records. As a composer, he composed "I Left My Baby", popularized by Count Basie, "The Great Lie", and "The Hucklebuck" based on the Charlie Parker tune "Now's the Time".
(sadly died from a heart attack) b. November 6th 1913.
1961: Velma Middleton (43) American jazz vocalist born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, best-known for having sung with Louis Armstrong big bands and small groups. She was with Louis Armstrong for most of her career, from 1942-1961. Prior to Louis she sang with Connie McLean's Orchestra, touring Sth. Africa in 1938 and worked solo (Velma had a stroke in Africa while on tour with Louis Armstrong and died one month later in the Hill Station Hospital in Sierra Leone) b. September 1st 1917.
1966: Billy Rose/William Samuel Rosenberg (66) American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist, born in New York City. He is credited with many famous songs, notably "Me and My Shadow"-1927, "It Happened in Monterey"-1930 and "It's Only a Paper Moon"-1933. Billy was a major force in entertainment, with shows, such as Jumbo in 1935, Billy Rose's Aquacade, and Carmen Jones in 1943, his Diamond Horseshoe nightclub, and the Ziegfeld Theatre from 1949 until 1955 influencing the careers of many stars. From 1959 until his death in 1966, he was also the owner-operator of the Billy Rose Theater. During that time the theatre housed four plays, one musical, one revue, three ballets, and twenty-nine concert performances. Billy was inducted as a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (?) b. September 6th 1899.
1975: Dave Alexander (27)
American bass player, a founder member of Iggy Pop & The Stooges. Although he was a total novice on his instrument, he was a quick learner and also had a hand in arranging, composing and performing all of the songs that appeared on the band's first two albums, The Stooges and Fun House. He is often credited by vocalist Iggy Pop and guitarist Ron Asheton in interviews with being the primary composer of the music for the Stooges songs "We Will Fall", "Little Doll", both on The Stooges, "1970" and "Dirt" on Fun House (died of pulmonary edema after being admitted to a hospital for pancreatitis) b. June 3rd 1947.
1986: Arthur Edward "Uncle Art" Satherley (96) English-American A&R legend, producer and talent scout born in Bristol, UK. He was a pioneer of Country music record production, "Uncle" Art was one of the most important people in the history of Country music, he is listed in the Country Music Hall of Fame Nashville, inducted in 1972 as "Country Music's Founding Father". Art had emigrated to the America at the age of 24. His first real job in the record industry was promoting 78 rpm records of Ma Rainey and Blind Lemon Jefferson on the Paramount label. By 1930, he began working for Columbia Records and soon became one of the leading A&R men in country music. Between 1938 to 1952, Art recorded numerous artists, including Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Hank Penny, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Marty Robbins, and Roy Acuff (died of natural causes) b. October 17th 1889.
1988: Don Patterson (51) American jazz organist, born in Columbus, Ohio; he played piano from childhood, heavily influenced by Erroll Garner in his youth. In 1956, he switched to organ after hearing Jimmy Smith. In the early 1960s, he began playing regularly with Sonny Stitt, and he began releasing material as a leader on Prestige Records, and from 1964 with Pat Martino and Billy James as sidemen. His most commercially successful album was 1964's Holiday Soul in 1967 (sadly died of liver failure) b. July 22nd 1936.
1992: Jim Pepper (50) American jazz saxophonist, composer, singer of Native American ancestry and is well remembered for his popular recording of "Witchi-Tai-To," a peyote chant put to music. He grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York in the mid-'60s. He was a major part of one of the first fusion groups, The Free Spirits, which recorded one album Out of Sight and Sound in 1966. He played in the "Everything Is Everything" band in the late '60s, and was encouraged by Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry to put more of his heritage into his music. Jim worked with Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. He recorded with Paul Motian and Bob Moses, and led a session apiece for Europa-1984 and Enja-1987. In his own projects, Jim recorded with Cherry, Naná Vasconcelos, Collin Walcott, Kenny Werner, John Scofield, Hamid Drake, Ed Schuller, many others and his own band. His CD Comin' and Goin' in '83 is the definitive statement of his unique "American Indian jazz" with 9 songs played by four different line-ups. He also worked with the Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian' s quintet, Bob Moses, Marty Cook, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, and Amina Claudine Myers, and toured Europe intensively throughout his career (sadly passed away from lymphoma)
b. June 18th 1941.
1995: Kendall Hayes (59) American singer-song writer composer from Danville, Kentucky, who wrote "Walk On By" made famous by Leeroy Van Dyke. Another big hit was "Don't Give Up the Ship," recorded by Johnny Wright, and performed in Grand Ole Opry roadshows in the 1960's. He also recorded some of his own songs in the early 60s including ''Come On Son'', ''Roaming Through The Countryside'', ''Jungle Of Love'' and ''Thisaway Or Thataway''
(sadly lost to liver cancer) b. 1936.
2001: George Holmes "Buddy" Tate (87) US jazz saxophonist; player with Terence "T" Holder, Andy Kirk, and Nat Towles, before joining Count Basie Orchestra in 1939, after which played with Lucky Millinder; Milt Buckner Hot Lips Page; ex-Basie singer Jimmy Rushing; led a group with Bobby Rosengarden at the Rainbow Room; co-led a band with saxophonist Paul Quinichette at New York’s West End Cafe; was house bandleader at Celebrity Club, New York City, as well as having his own quintet (cancer) b. Feb 22nd
2002: Dave Van Ronk (65) American folk singer nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street",
best known as an important figure in New York City during the acoustic folk revival of the 1960s, but his work ranged from old English ballads to Bertolt Brecht, rock, New Orleans jazz, and swing. He is often associated with blues but he pointed out at concerts that he actually had only a limited number in his repertoire. He became known for performing instrumental ragtime guitar music, and he was an early friend and supporter of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs and Joni Mitchell, among many others. Sadly Dave died before completing work on his memoirs, which were finished by Elijah Wald, his collaborator, and published in 2005 as The Mayor Of MacDougal Street. In 2004 a section of Sheridan Square, where Barrow Street meets Washington Place, was renamed Dave Van Ronk Street in his memory (died of cardio-pulmonary failure while undergoing post-operative treatment for colon cancer) b. June 30th 1936
J Dilla/James Dewitt Yancey (32) American Grammy Nominated record producer who emerged from the mid 1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. His career began slowly, but he has now become highly regarded, most notably for the production of critically acclaimed albums by Common, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Pharcyde. He was a member of Slum Village for their acclaimed debut album Fantastic, Vol. 2. In the early 2000s, his career as a solo artist began to improve; A solo album Welcome 2 Detroit was followed by a collaborative album with California producer Madlib, Champion Sound, which catalyzed the careers of both artists. (sadly died of the blood disease TTP) b. February 7th 1974
2011: Blanche Honegger Moyse (101) American violinist and conductor, born in Geneva, Switzerland, where she began the study of violin at 8 years and made her debut at the age of 16, when she played the Beethoven violin concerto with l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. She married the pianist-flutist Louis Moyse and with his father, flutist Marcel Moyse, formed the award-winning Moyse Trio. In 1949, she moved to Marlboro, Vermont and helped found the Marlboro Music Festival. She also chaired the music department at Marlboro College for the next 25 years, and founded the Brattleboro Music Center in 1952. Her violin career ended in 1966 with an injury to her bow arm, but she went on to become a much admired conductor of the choral works of Bach. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 78, conducting the Blanche Moyse Chorale and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in a production of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and she continued to conduct Bach's major choral works at annual concerts of the New England Bach Festival well into her 90's. In 2000 Blanche was awarded the Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award by Choral Arts New England (?) b. September 23rd 1909.
2014: Tomaž Pengov (64) Slovenian singer-songwriter, guitarist, lutist and poet, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He recorded his first album, Odpotovanja, in 1973. This album is considered to be the first singer-songwriter album in former Yugoslavia, it was reissued in 1981 in stereo; the original mono edition is very rare now (?) b. 1949
2015: Anne Naysmith (77) British concert pianist; Anne studied with Harold Craxton and Liza Fuchsova at the Royal Academy of Music, and gave a well received recital at Wigmore Hall in 1967. But she experienced personal difficulties in the late 60s and was evicted from her house in Prebend Gardens, Chiswick. Following her eviction Anne slept in her car for until 2002 when it was towed away following campaigning from neighbours to have it removed. Sadly, Anne then lived into a handmade shelter next to Stamford Brook Underground station. The Guardian newspaper noted parallels with Mary Shepherd, the subject of Alan Bennett's 1999 play The Lady in the Van, who had also been a classical pianist.
(tragically Anne died after being hit by a truck) b. 1937

February 11.
1939: Franz Schmidt (64)
Austrian composer, cellist and pianist of Hungarian descent and origin. He beat 13 other applicants and obtained a post as cellist with the Vienna Court Opera Orchestra, where he played until 1914. That same year he took up a professorship in piano at the Vienna Conservatory, which had been recently renamed Imperial Academy of Music and the Performing Arts. In 1925 he became Director of the Academy, and from 1927 to 1931 its Rector.
Franz worked mainly in large forms, including four symphonies in 1899, 1913, 1928 and 1933 and two operas: Notre Dame and Fredigundis. A CD recording of Notre Dame has been available for many years, starring Dame Gwyneth Jones and James King
(died after a long illness) b. December 22nd 1874.
1945: Al Dubin (53)
Jewish-American-Swiss lyricist born in Zurich, Switzerland he
was responsible for lyrics to several Broadway shows, perhaps most famous for the 1933 musical film 42nd Street to the music of Harry Warren. Other famous movies included Footlight Parade and all five Gold Diggers films. Together, Al and Warren wrote 60 hit songs for Warner Brothers. In 1980 producer David Merrick and director Gower Champion adapted 42nd Street into a Broadway musical that won The Tony Award for Best Musical for 1981. In 1970 Al was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
(?) b. June 10th 1891.
1962: Leo Parker (36)
American jazz saxophonist, born in Washington, D.C; he
studied alto saxophone in high school, and played on a recording with Coleman Hawkins in 1944. He switched to baritone sax later that year when he joined Billy Eckstine's bebop band, playing there until 1946. In 1945 he was a member of the "Unholy Four" of saxophonists, with Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons. He played on 52nd Street in New York with Dizzy Gillespie in 1946 and Illinois Jacquet in 1947-48, and later recorded with Fats Navarro, Teddy Edwards, J.J. Johnson, Wardell Gray and Sir Charles Thompson. He and Thompson had a hit with "Mad Lad". In the 1950s Leo had problems with drug abuse, which interfered with his recording career. He made 2 comeback records for Blue Note in 1961 (Leo sadly died of a heart attack) b. April 18th 1925.
1985: Heinz Eric Roemheld (83)
American composer, a child prodigy who began playing the piano at the age of 4. He graduated from the Milwaukee College of Music at 19, and performed in theatres to earn money to study piano in Europe. In 1920, he went to Berlin, to study and appeared in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Back in America, Heinz became a prominent film composer. He scored some scenes in Gone with the Wind, including the burning of Atlanta, although he was not credited on-screen. In 1942 he won the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for Yankee Doodle Dandy. Among the more than 400 other films for which he composed music were Gentleman Jim, The Lady From Shanghai, The Invisible Man, and Shine On, Harvest Moon. He continued writing for film for several of the major studios until the late 1950s. After briefly working in television, he retired in 1964 to concentrate on his classical composition
(?) b. May 1st 1901.
2003: Moses George Hogan (45)
African-American composer and arranger of choral music, born in New Orleans. He first enrolled in Xavier University Junior School of Music. In his second year of high school, he was accepted to New Orleans Center for Creative Arts High School and was in its first graduating class of 1975. He was founder and conductor of The Moses Hogan Chorale and The Moses Hogan Singers and best known for his settings of spirituals. Hogan was a pianist, conductor and arranger of international renown and was placed 1st in the 28th annual "Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition" in New York. His works are celebrated and performed by high school, college, church, community, and professional choirs and his most famous work today is The Oxford Book of Spirituals created in 2002.
(sadly died from a brain tumor) b. March 13th 1957 .
2005: Peter Esmond Bernard Sayers (62)
English country music 5-string banjoist, 6 & 12-string guitarist, dobro, autoharp, mandolin & ukeleke player, vocalist, born in Bath
. He played with the likes of Johnny Duncan and the Blue Grass Boys, The British Blue Grass Band and for his last 30 years, he was a member of the bluegrass group the Radio Cowboys, based in the Cambridge. Peter was one of the first British solo artists to play the Grand Ole Opray in Nashville, USA. He also hosted a US breakfast TV programme and worked on tour with Kitty Wells and the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs. On his return to the UK in 1972, Peter began Grand Ole Opry (England), which staged country shows in the Kingsway Cinema in Newmarket. It became very popular and was on the touring schedule for visiting Americans including Bill Monroe and Marvin Rainwater He made several albums, of which the best known are Watermelon Summer-1976 and Bogalusa Gumbo-1979, which was produced by the Nashville songwriter John D. Loudermilk (?) b. November 6th 1942.
2006: Jockey Shabalala (62)
Sth African singer born in the town of Ladysmith/eMnambithi; after moving to Durban in 1957 to find work, Jockey's brother Joseph, founded the first incarnation of Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1960 with his brothers Headman and Enoch and various other relatives. In 1974, after the success of Mambazo's first album, Joseph managed to persuade Jockey to join the group, where he became a full-time member by the late 1970s.
In October 2004, Jockey decided to retire from international touring to spend more time with his family, though still continued recording and performing with the group in South Africa. It was in mid-2005 when Jockey became so ill, when he fully retired from the group
(?) b. November 04th 1943.
2009: Estelle Bennett (67)
US singer and member of the girl group The Ronettes, along with her sister Ronnie Spector and cousin Nedra Talley. The Ronettes first began performing as the Darling Sisters and later worked as dancers at New York's Peppermint Lounge, the epicentre of the 60s dance craze, the Twist. They first signed with Colpix, before being signed by Phil Spector. Their recording of "Be My Baby" reached hit No. 2 on Billboard in 1963 and was followed by a string of hits including "Walkin' in the Rain" and "Baby I Love You". Their rendition of "Sleigh Ride" that appeared on Spector's "A Christmas Gift for You" album. Their last Philles single was "I Can Hear Music" in 1966.
After the Ronettes break-up, she recorded a single for Laurie Records, "The Year 2000/The Naked Boy". She then quit the music business and has rarely been seen since. In 2007, when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she refused to perform with them, and spoke only a brief two sentences during her acceptance speech, "I would just like to say, thank you very much for giving us this award. I'm Estelle of the Ronettes, thank you." (She died in New Jersey) b. July 22nd 1941.
2010: Irina Arkhipova (85) Russian mezzo-soprano, and later contralto, opera singer. She sang leading roles first in Russia at the Sverdlovsk Opera and the Bolshoi Theater, and then throughout Europe and in the United States. At the height of her career in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time she was an international star, interpreting both Russian and Italian repertoire. Her technique was irreproachable, and she had great expressive power. She has been compared with Christa Ludwig. One of her most celebrated roles is as Marfa in Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky, as recorded with Boris Khaikin in 1972 (?) b. January 2nd 1925.
2011: Bad News Brown/Paul Frappier (33)
Canadian Montreal-based entertainer, musician, and hip hop MC born in Haiti. He was well-known for pairing the sound of his harmonica, with hip-hop beats and rhymes. He started busking in Montreal taking his signature sound as a teenager to the streets and subway station. He later toured and opened for many well-known hip hop acts or as background musician. BNB also appeared as an impromptu host in Music for a Blue Train, the 2003 documentary about busker musicians in the Montreal Metro subway train system. In 2009, he established his own record label Trilateral Entertainment Inc and released his debut studio album Born 2 Sin. The long feature film BurnRush featuring him in a leading role is premiering on 1 April 2011 (BNB was murdered, horrifically, he was beaten and shot to death in Montreal) b. May 8th 1977.
2012: Whitney Houston (48) American singer, actress and model b
orn in Newark, New Jersey. Inspired by prominent gospel and soul singers in her family, including her mother Cissy Houston, cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick and her godmother Aretha Franklin, she began singing with New Jersey church's junior gospel choir at age 11. She spent some of her teenage years touring nightclubs with her mother Ciss, and she would occasionally get on stage and perform with Cissy. In 1977, aged 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's a Party". Then in 1978, at age 15, she sang background vocals on Chaka Khan's hit single "I'm Every Woman", a song she would later turn into a larger hit for herself on The Bodyguard soundtrack album. She also sang back-up on albums by Lou Rawls and >>> READ MORE <<< (Whitney was found dead in her bath at the Beverly Hills Hilton in LA. Paramedics were called, but found her unresponsive and performed CPR for about 20 minutes before declaring her dead, cause is as yet unknown) b. August 9th 1963.
2013: Lim Yoon Taek (32) South Korean singer and leader of the K-pop boy band Ulala Session that gained notoriety after they won the 2011 talent show competition Superstar K3 (sadly died after a brave battle with gastric cancer) b. 1980.
2013: Kevin Gray (54) American musical theatre actor, he was a graduate of Duke University, and later a professor at Rollins College until 2011 where he taught Meisner Technique Acting for Musical Theatre. He was the youngest actor to play the title role in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and in the U.S. national tour. Kevin also played the King of Siam, Broadway revival of The King and I, and in the UK touring production. He played Pontius Pilate in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat. His TV roles include the daytime dramas Ryan's Hope and Guiding Light and the prime-time series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Miami Vice and The Equalizer. He also co-starred in the film White Hot (sadly Kevin died of a heart attack) b. February 25th 1958.
2013: Trevor Grills (54) British singer and member of 10-strong male singing group, Fisherman's Friends. The group was formed in Port Isaac, Cornwall, and sings sea shanties. Three are fishermen, and the others are linked to the sea through service as coastguards or lifeboatmen.
They have been performing locally since 1995, and signed a record deal with Universal Music in March 2010. At the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Fisherman's Friends received The Good Tradition Award for keeping folk music alive and bringing it to new audiences (On February 9th 2013 a heavy steel door fell while the G Live venue in Guildford was being set up for a Fisherman's Friends show, tragically killing their tour manager Paul McMullen. Trevor suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital two days later) b. 1958.
2013: Irina Maslennikova (94) Russian opera soprano and she was also the 5th wife of Lemeshev the tenor; she studied 1938-41 in Kiev Conservatoire in the class of Palyaev and Donets-Tesseir. From 1941 she performed at the Kiev opera making her debut as Susanna in 'Figaro', and also sang Zerlina in 'Fra Diavolo' from 1943-60 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow making her debut as Gilda. Among her 22 roles at the Bolshoi are - Marfa, Gilda, Ludmila, Lakme, Volkova, Snegourochka, Antonida, Violetta, Musetta, Susanna, Juliette, Mimi. She was honored in 1957 when she was made a People's Artist of Russia (?) b. 1918
2013: Rick Huxley (72) English bassist, born in Dartford; he joined the Dave Clark Five in 1958 and played on all of the band's hits including "Glad All Over" and "Bits and Pieces". After the group disbanded in 1970, he had a career in property as well as continuing to be involved in the music business. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008 as part of the Dave Clark Five, also in attendance were Lenny Davidson and Dave Clark (sadly Rick died
after suffering some time from emphysema) b. August 5th 1940.
2014: Alice Babs/Hildur Alice Nilson (90) Swedish singer and actress from Kalmar, Sweden. While she worked in a wide number of genres, Swedish folklore, Elizabethan songs and opera, but best known internationally as a jazz singer. She was also a participant in Eurovision Song Contest 1958 and Sweden's first entrant in the annual competition finishing in 4th place with the song "Lilla stjärna"/"Little Star". The same year, she formed Swe-Danes with guitarist Ulrik Neumann and violinist Svend Asmussen. The group would later tour the USA together, before dissolving in 1965. A long and productive period of collaboration with Duke Ellington began in 1963. Among other works, Alice participated in performances of Ellington's second and third Sacred Concerts which the he had originally written for her (sadly died from Alzheimer's disease) b. January 26th 1924.
2014: Seán Potts (83) Irish musician, born into a very musicaL family in Drimnagh, Dublin, he was best known for his tin whistle playing and his long history with The Chieftains from 1962 to 1979. In November 1962, helped form The Chieftains, but briefly left the group in 1968 for a contract with Gael-Linn Records but returned to play for the band soon after. He was primarily a whistle player, although he also played the bodhrán and bones. After The Chieftains, he did a lot of radio work for RTE and founded Bakerswell, with whom he undertook several fund-raising tours for NPU in the United States. Prior to The Chieftains, he was an original member of Seán Ó Riada's group "Ceoltoirí Chualann" (?) b. 1930.
2016: Kim Williams (68) American songwriter; he was born into a musical east Tennessee family, and played in local bands throughout his youth and was writing songs by age 11. He later joined a variety of bands that played music throughout the South and Midwest. The 1974 accident left him severely burned, and he underwent more than 200 surgeries in its aftermath. Many of his treatments were at Nashville's Vanderbilt Hospital, and being in Music City helped renew his interest in songwriting. In 1989 he signed with Tree International as a staff songwriter. His first major success came with "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)," a No.1 country hit for Joe Diffie in 1991. But by then, Kim had already developed the most crucial relationship in his career as a songwriter: befriending and co-writing with soon-to-be-superstar Garth Brooks. Brooks would go on to record numerous Kim's songs, including the No.1 country hit "Ain't Goin' Down Till the Sun Comes Up" and Top 5 hits "Papa Loved Mama," "It's Midnight Cinderella" and "She's Gonna Make It". He also wrote hits for Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and so many others. Kim was named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in 1994, won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award for "Three Wooden Crosses" in 2003, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 (?) b. June 28th 1947.
2017: Jarmila Šuláková (87) Czech folk singer born in Vsetín, Moravian Wallachia and sang in various ensembles in her school years. Since 1952, she was a soloist of BROLN/The Orchestra of Traditional Folk Instruments of the Brno Radio, with which she performed in the former Czechoslovakia and toured abroad to Vietnam, China, Mongolia, the Soviet Union, Korea, Cuba, Belgium, United Kingdom, Senegal, Bulgaria, Romania, Japan, USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, and Denmark. Her collaboration with BROLN lasted until October 1993. From 1994 to 2011 she regularly performed with the folk-rock group Fleret, a permanent fixture on the Czech music scene. In 1979, she was awarded the title Merited Artist and in 1989 she was named National Artist. (?) b. June 27th 1929.
2017: Barbara Carroll/Barbara Carole Coppersmith (92)
American jazz pianist
born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began her classical training in piano at age eight, but by high school she had decided to become a jazz pianist. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music for a year, but left because it conflicted with working in bands. In 1947 Leonard Feather dubbed her "the first girl ever to play bebop piano". In the following year her trio, which featured Chuck Wayne on guitar and Clyde Lombardi on bass, worked briefly with Benny Goodman. In the 1950s Barbara and her trio worked on Me and Juliet by Rodgers and Hammerstein. In 1975 Rita Coolidge invited her to work on a session for A&M, and in 1978 Barbara toured with Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson. In the following two decades she became known as a cabaret performer.
In 2003 Carroll was awarded a "Lifetime Achievement" award and the "Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz" award and in 2016 she released her final album 'Barbara Carroll Plays at Birdland' (?) b. January 25th 1925

February 12.
1970: Ishman Bracey (69)
American blues singer and guitarist from Mississippi, considered one of the most important early delta blues performers. With Tommy Johnson, he was the center of a small Jackson, Mississippi group of blues musicians in the 1920s. His name is incorrectly spelled "Ishmon" in some sources and on some records. He was an associate of Tommy Johnson, and the pair performed together in medicine shows in the 1930s. By the time he was "rediscovered" in the late 1950s, he had become a preacher and a performer of religious songs (?) b. January 9th 1901.
1976: Sal Mineo (37)
American actor and singer born in the Bronx, New York; he first became a teenage idol as a film star, best known for his performance opposite James Dean in the film Rebel Without a Cause. Among his many film rolls he also played a Mexican boy in Giant in 1956. In 1957, Sal made a brief break into music recording a few songs including "Start Movin' (In My Direction)", "Lasting Love." "You Shouldn't Do That," "Little Pigeon," "Love Affair," and "Party Time." He also starred as drummer Gene Krupa in the movie The Gene Krupa Story, co-starring Susan Kohner. After which he continued with his film and TV acting career. (Tragically he was brutally stabbed to death on the streets of West Hollywood) b. January 10th 1939.
1983: Eubie Blake (96)
American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. In 1921, he and long-time collaborator Noble Sissle wrote the Broadway musical Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans. His compositions included such hits as, "Love Will Find A Way", "Bandana Days", "Charleston Rag", "Memories of You", and "I'm Just Wild About Harry". He was a frequent guest of Johnny Carson Show and Merv Griffin and continued to play and record into late life, until his death. The musical Eubie! featured his works and opened on Broadway in 1978
(?) b. February 7th 1887.
1991: Roger Patterson (22)
American death metal bass player, well known for his work in the Florida death metal band Atheist. His playing style is characterized by its speed and complexity. Alex Webster, bassist with Cannibal Corpse, has acknowledged Patterson as "a big influence", describing his playing on the album Piece of Time as "phenomenal".
He joined Atheist, then known as R.A.V.A.G.E., in 1985. The band recorded their first full-length album, Piece of Time, in 1988, which was released in 1989 in Europe, but not in the United States until 1990. As a result, Atheist began preparing for their next album, to which Roger contributed greatly (the band was in a tragic car crash, sadly Roger was killed) b. 1968
1992: Andy Blakeney (94)
American jazz trumpeter, born in Quitman, Mississippi and was a fixture of the Dixieland jazz scene for decades. He played briefly for King Oliver and Doc Cook in Chicago in 1925, before moving to California in 1926, where he played with Sonny Clay and Reb Spikes, including on record. He worked in Los Angeles in the 1930s with Les Hite and Lionel Hampton, then played in Monk McFay's band in Hawaii in 1935-39 and led his own band for a time thereafter. In 1941 he returned to the US, playing with Ceele Burke in 1942-46, Horace Henderson in1946 and Kid Ory in 1947. Andy led his own Dixieland outfits in California through the 1950s, but didn't record with any of them. In the 1960s he played with the Young Men of New Orleans, in the 1970s with the Legends of Jazz, and in the 1980s with the Eagle Brass Band. He was still active almost up until the time of his death (?)
b. June 10th 1898.
1995: Philip Taylor Kramer (42) American bass guitarist for Iron Butterfly during the 70s. After which he got a night school degree in aerospace engineering, he worked on the MX missile guidance system for a contractor of the US Department of Defense and later in the computer industry on fractal compression, facial recognition systems, and advanced communications. In 1990 he co-founded Total Multimedia Inc. with Randy Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson, to develop data compression techniques for CD-ROMs. His disappearance caused a mystery lasting four years. On February 12th 1995 he drove to LA International Airport to pick up an investor. He spent forty-five minutes at the airport but failed to meet the investor. Phil did make a flurry of cell phone calls, including one to the police during which Phil said, "I’m going to kill myself. And I want everyone to know O.J. Simpson is innocent. They did it." He was never heard from again. (On May 29th 1999, Phil's Ford Aerostar minivan and skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence and his emergency call to the police his death was ruled as a probable suicide committed on the day on which he was last heard) b. July 12th 1952
2000: Andy Lewis (33) Australian bassist with the Sydney based rock band The Whitlams. He left The Whitlams in the late 1995, and went to Melbourne, Australia to form another band, The Gadflys. (
Andy was battling a gambling addiction, when he sadly committed suicide) b. June 16th 1966.
2000: John London/John Carl Kuehne (58) American bass player and sessionist; childhood friend of Michael Nesmith's from Texas, who had played with him in several working bands, he accompanied Nesmith and then-wife Phyllis Barbour to California, to try their luck in the Los Angeles-area music scene. When Nesmith was cast in The Monkees, John was his stand-in on the set, and in the studios when the originally-fictitious band began playing on their own recordings, it is John's bass lines we hear. In late 1969, he and Nesmith, left the Monkees, to form a new group with pedal steel guitar ace Red Rhodes and drummer John Ware. Calling themselves the First National Band, the group signed with RCA Records. Years after the Monkees and the First National Band, John served as key grip on several different productions, including 48 Hrs., Who Will Love My Children?, The Karate Kid, Long Time Gone, and Hudson Hawk.
(He died in Rockport, Texas) b. February 6th 1942
2000: Screamin Jay Hawkins (70) American rock-blues singer, boxing champion at 16, married nine times, spent 2 years in jail, was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976, and he fathered over 75 children. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jay is famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as "I Put a Spell on You", "Feast of the Mau Mau" and "Constipation Blues". He sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him the one of the original shock rockers. He opened for Fats Domino, Tiny Grimes and the Rolling Stones. This exposure in turn influenced rock groups such as Screaming Lord Sutch, Black Sabbath, Arthur Brown, Dread Zeppelin, The Horrors, Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper.(He died following surgery to treat an aneurysm while in Paris, France) b. July 18th 1929.
2000: Oliver/William Oliver Swofford (54) American singer; his soaring baritone was the perfect vehicle for his hit "Good Morning Starshine", from the pop-rock musical Hair and his No.2 hit "Jean", the theme from the Oscar-winning film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (sadly died after battling cancer) b. Feb 22nd 1945
2005: Jewel "Sammi" Smith (61) American country music singer and songwriter, born in Orange County, California. She is best known for her 1971 country/pop crossover hit, "Help Me Make It Through the Night", which was written by Kris Kristofferson. In 1972, she won a Grammy Award for the song. She also won the title Best Female Country Vocal Performance that year. Sammi became one of the few women in the outlaw country movement during the 1970s. (died at home in Oklahoma City after a long illness) b. August 5th 1943.
2007: Jimmy Campbell (63) English singer and songwriter; born in Liverpool he started in a school band he named The Panthers supporting The Beatles in January 1962 and performed at The Cavern on numerous occasions, and one show, broadcast on Radio Luxembourg, saw them introduced as The Kirkbys, the presenter confused their name with their home town. The name stuck, and the group released a single, "It's A Crime", in 1966. He next formed the psychedelic band The 23rd Turnoff, before forming the band 'With Rockin' Horse' and launching a solo career, recording 3 albums between 1969 to 1971. Jimmy also wrote a number of songs recorded by other artists. Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Rolf Harris all covered songs of Campbell's (?) b. January 5th 1944.
2007: Peggy Gilbert/Margaret F. Knechtges (102) American jazz saxophonist and bandleader born in Sioux City, Iowa; when she was only 7 years old, she played piano and violin with her father's music band, she later discovered jazz music, and started to play the saxophone. In 1933 she founded her own all-female jazz band (whose name changed often: from "Peggy Gilbert and Her Metro Goldwyn Orchestra" to "Peggy Gilbert and her Symphonics", etc.), in which she also performed on saxophone, vibes, piano, and vocals. In the 1930s and 1940s Peggy and her band performed in the most famous nightclubs in Hollywood, from the "Cotton Club" to the "Cocoanut Grove". During this period, she also appeared in films, toured Alaska with a USO troupe, and began to be an advocate for women musicians. After a difficult period following World War II, in the 1950s she had success on radio and television programs. In 1974, at 69 years old, she created her last great all-girl band, "The Dixie Belles," with other accomplished musicians from vaudeville and the Big Band era. The group performed with great acclaim on TV and at jazz festivals, appearing on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and in the 1980 Rose Bowl Parade, among many other engagements. In 1985 the band recorded the album "Peggy Gilbert & The Dixie Belles", which is available on CD from Cambria Master Recordings (?) b. January 17th 1905.
2009: Coleman Mellett (34) American jazz guitarist with Chuck Mangione's Grammy award winning jazz band, he joined the band in 1999. In 2007 he released his first solo album "Natural High" (He had been scheduled to play with Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on February 13th but was killed the night before in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 with fellow band member, Gerry Niewood) b. May 27th 1974
2009: Gerry Niewood (65) American jazz saxophonist; he first joined Chuck Mangione's band in 1968. He was with Chuck through to 1976 and appeared on most of his famous records, adding a strong jazz flavor to the music. He had a post-bop quartet with Dave Samuels from 1976-77, led the Sunday Morning Jazz Band in the early '80s and played with Joe Beck a few years later. He also played with Simon and Garfunkel in their 1981 Concert in Central Park. But he mostly worked in the studios and freelanced until rejoining Chuck in the mid-1990s (He had been scheduled to play with Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on February, Friday 13th but was killed the night before in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 together with fellow band member, Coleman Mellet) b. April 6th 1943.
2009: Mat Mathews/Mathieu Schwartz (84) Dutch jazz accordionist; learned to play music during the Nazi occupation, he was inspired to play jazz when he heard a radio broadcast of Joe Mooney and played with The Millers in Holland from 1947 before moving to New York City in 1952 where formed a quartet which included Herbie Mann. He also played with Art Farmer, Julius Watkins, Joe Puma, Oscar Pettiford, Gigi Gryce, Dick Katz, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke. He also played with Carmen McRae in 1954-55. In 1956 he played in the group The 4 Most with Al Cohn, Gene Quill, Hank Jones and Mundell Lowe as well as making appearances on television variety shows such as Garry Moore's, Jack Paar's, and Arthur Godfrey's. In the very late 50s and into the 1960s he worked mainly as a studio musician, until 1964 when he moved back to the Netherlands. There he continued his work in studios as an arranger and producer, and recorded less as a player (?) b. June 18th 1924.
2012: Adrian Foley, 8th Baron Foley (88) British peer, composer and pianist. He succeeded to his title at the age of three. He composed music for the films Piccadilly Incident-1946 and Bond Street-1947. He also appeared on an episode of the American game show, To Tell the Truth in 1957 (?) b. August 9th 1923.
2013: Kurt Redel (94) German flutest and conductor, born in Breslau, Silesia, later moved to Wroclaw, Poland. He studied flute, violin, conducting, and composition, also music history and piano at the Breslau Conservatory. He worked as a solo flutist for the Meininger Landeskapelle 1938-39, Salzburg Mozarteum 1939-41, where he was also awarded a professorship, and Bavarian State Orchestra/Opera 1941-45. Between 1946 and 1953-56 he taught at the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold. In 1953 he founded the
(Munich) Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra with which he made numerous recordings of works of Baroque, Classical and later periods. He founded also the Lourdes Festival and was its director for 20 years (?) b. 8 October 1918.
2014: Santiago Feliú/Santiago Vicente Feliú Sierra (51) Cuban songwriter and singer; born in Havana, he became part of the musical movement known as nueva trova, which was the Cuban manifestation of the nueva canción movement and included such singers as Frank Delgado and Carlos Varela. Santiago wrote the songs including "For Barbara" and "Without Julieta" and recorded 11 albums. He released his last album, Oh Life, in 2010. (sadly Santigago died from a heart attack) b. March 29th 1962.
2015: Désiré Louis Corneille Dondeyne (93) French conductor, composer and teacher born in Laon in the Aisne département. He studied music at the conservatory in Lille and the Conservatoire de Paris. He earned first prize in clarinet, chamber music, harmony, fugue, counterpoint and composition. From 1939 to 1953 he was the solo clarinet with the French Air Force Band, then from 1954-79, he was conductor of the Paris metropolitan police band. Next Désiré became the director of the conservatory of Issy-les-Moulineaux, a suburb outside of Paris from 1980 until 1986. Also in 1979 he had been appointed to the governing board of the French Ministry of Culture. Throughout his long career Désiré also composed and arranged a large number of compositions from instrumental to symphonic (?) b. July 21st 1921.
2015: John-Edward Kelly (56) American conductor and saxophonist; born in Fairfield, CA, he began music studies in Belleville, Illinois studying clarinet, saxophone, flute and voice, but focused on his love for the saxophone as he began studies at Florida State University's School of Music.
He spent most of
his adult life in Europe. His life as a performing musician brought him to many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and music festivals, where he performed as soloist with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. He gave the world-premières of over 200 new works written for him by leading composers from around the world and performed for kings and queens. For over a decade he was an internationally respected professor of music, first at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Düsseldorf, and then at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. He guest-lectured at many of the world’s leading music academies. One of John-Edwards crowning professional achievements was his 2005 founding of the extraordinary Arcos Orchestra of New York. (sadly died while fighting a long and brave battle with cancer) b. October 7th 1958.
2015: Sam Andrew lll (73) American guitarist born in Taft, CA, but having a military father he moved a great deal as a child. His early influences were Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard and by the time he was seventeen living in Okinawa, he already had his own band, called the "Cool Notes", and his own weekly TV show, an Okinawan version of American Bandstand. He attended the University of San Francisco, and became involved with the San Francisco folk music scene of the early 1960s. However it was not until he returned from over a year in Paris and almost a year in Germany, that he met Peter Albin at 1090 Page Street. After playing together at Albin's home, Sam suggested they form a band. They found guitarist James Gurley and drummer Chuck Jones, and Big Brother and the Holding Company was formed >>> READ MORE <<<
(sadly Sam died from complications after open heart surgery due to a earlier heart attack) b. December 18th 2015.
2015: Mosie Lister (93) American gospel music singer-songwriter,
born in Cochran, Georgia; hejoined the Navy in World War II, after which he enrolled in Middle Georgia College where he studied harmony, arranging, piano and organ. He was best known for writing the Gospel songs “Where No One Stands Alone”, “How Long Has It Been?”, “Then I Met the Master” and “Till the Storm Passes By”. By 2014, his songs catalog was over 700 in numbers, and 1000s more in arrangements. As a singer, he was an original member in The Statesmen Quartet, the Sunny South Quartet, and the Melody Makers. In 1976 Mosie was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Southern Gospel Music Association in 1997. His songs have been recorded by nearly every Southern Gospel artist (?) b. September 8th 1921.
2015: Steve Strange/Steven John Harrington (55) Welsh singer, born in New Bridge, Caerphilly where he went to Newbridge Grammar School. After going to a Sex Pistols concert at the Castle Cinema in Caerphilly in 1976, he befriended the bass player Glen Matlock. He then began to arrange gigs for punk bands in his home town and befriended Jean Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers before leaving for London where he worked for Malcolm McLaren and co-founded the Blitz Club in Soho, central London, which would become a focal point for the New Romantic movement. Steve also formed a punk band called The Moors Murderers with Soo Catwoman. They recorded a song called "Free Hindley" but split early 1978, when he
briefly joined the punk/new wave band The Photons, before forming Visage later in 1978. >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Steve died from a heart attack while on holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt) b. May 28th 1959.
2016: Yan Su (85) Chinese award winning military lyricist; born in Baoding, Hebei, he joined the Communist Youth League during the Chinese Civil War and joined the Communist Party of China in 1953. In 1950, he was transferred to Southwest Military Region Youth Song and Dance Troupe and in 1955 he was transferred again to PLA Air Force Political Department Song and Dance Troupe. He first rose to fame in 1964 for playing in the opera Sister Jiang, which earned critical acclaim, and he was personally interviewed by Chairman Mao Zedong. He went on to serve as vice-president of China Theatre Association and held the civilian rank of general in the PLA Air Force Political Department Song and Dance Troupe. Yan was a National Class-A Screenwriter, a member of China Writers Association and China Music Copyright Association and was a visiting professor at Heibei Institute of Communications. At the time of his death, he was set to judge a CCTV talent show. (?) b. May 9th 1930.

of Communications. At the time of his death, he was set to judge a CCTV talent show. (?) b. May 9th 1930.
2017: Robert Fisher (59?) American singer, songwriter and founding member of the alt-country band, Willard Grant Conspiracy, formed in 1995 in Boston, Massachusetts. The band operated as a collective, with Robert the only permanent member throughout its existence. Up to 30 other musicians occasionally contributed to the band, both in the studio and during live performances. They released their debut album '3am Sunday @ Fortune Otto's' in 1996, which was followed by 13 further albums, the last being 'Ghost Republic' in 2013. The band toured extensively in 2005 and 2006 visiting 23 countries, including a showcase at the South by Southwest music festival. They continued to tour in the US and occasionally in Europe and the UK until 2016. Prior to WGC he had played in various other Boston-based bands, including Laughing Academy and the Flower Tamers. (sadly Robert died fighting cancer) b.????
2017: Giusto Pio (91) Italian singer, songwriter and violinist, born in Castelfranco Veneto, and studied music in Venice. Later he was engaged as violinist in the RAI orchestra of Milan. In the late 1970s he became popular as a long-standing collaborator of singer-songwriter Franco Battiato, by whom he was initially hired as violin teacher. Apart from working as a producer and musician on several successful albums with Battiato, including "L'era del cinghiale bianco" and "La voce del padrone", Giusto also collaborated with him as a producer for several singers such as Milva, Alice and Giuni Russo. In 1984 he , Battiato and Rosario "Saro" Cosentino penned the Eurovision Song Contest entry "I treni di Tozeur", performed by Battiato and Alice, which finished 5th in the contest. He also released two instrumental LPs under his own name, entitled Legione straniera in 1982 and Restoration in 1983. (?) b. January 11th 1926.
2017: Damian Davey/Damian Baker (52) British pop singer, born in Manchester, and best known for his 1989 No.7 hit, "The Time Warp", a cover version of the original track from The Rocky Horror Show. His first version of "The Time Warp", released in 1987, was produced by Des Tong from Sad Café and featured Sheila Gott, Jean Barrow, Ian Wilson and Steve Butler on backing vocals. His follow up single, "Wig Wam Bam", a cover of The Sweet song. Damian released a third single and final "Video Killed the Radio Star" in 2007.
(sadly died fighting cancer) b. September 30th 1964.
2017: Al Jarreau (76) American jazz, R&B and multi Grammy Award winning singer born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied at Ripon College, where he also sang with a group called the Indigos, before he graduated in 1962 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Jarreau went on to earn a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa and sang with a jazz trio headed by George Duke. In 1967, he joined forces with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez, the duo became the star attraction at a small Sausalito night club called Gatsby's, and in 1968, Al made jazz his primary occupation. Television exposure came from Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, and David Frost and he expanded his nightclub appearances performing at The Improv between the acts of such rising-star comics as Bette Midler, Jimmie Walker, and John Belushi. In 1975, he was working with pianist Tom Canning when he was spotted by Warner Bros Records, then on Valentine's Day 1976 he sang on NBC's new Saturday Night Live, after which he released his critically acclaimed debut album, 'We Got By', which catapulted him to international fame and garnered him an Echo Award and a second Echo Award would follow >>> READ MORE <<< (After having been hospitalized for exhaustion in LA, he sadly died exactly one month before his 77th birthday and just two days after announcing his retirement) b. March 12th 1940

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1974: Ustad Amir Khan (61)
Indian classical singer born in Indore, he is considered one of the most influential figures in Hindustani classical music, and the founder of the Indore Gharana. His unique style, known as the Indore Gharana, blends the spiritual flavor and grandeur of dhrupad with the ornate vividness of khayal. He also helped popularize the tarana. Besides singing in concerts, Amir Khan also sang film songs in ragas, most notably for the films Baiju Bawra, Kshudhita Pashan, Shabaab, and Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje. He also sang a ghazal Rahiye Ab Aisi Jagah for a documentary on Ghalib. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1967 and the Padma Bhushan in 1971 (tragically Ustad died in a car accident in Calcutta) b. August 16th 1912.
1976: Lily Pons (77)
French-born soprano born in Draguignan near Cannes, later moving to America. She was a principal soprano at the Met for 30 years, appearing 300 times in ten roles from 1931-1960. Her most frequent performances were as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville-33 performances, Lucia-93 performances, Lakmé-50 performances, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto-49 performances, and. In 1944 during WW II, she canceled her work in New York and instead toured with the USO, entertaining troops with her singing. Her husband Andre Kostelanetz directed a band composed of American soldiers as accompaniment to her voice. The pair performed at military bases in North Africa, Italy, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, India and Burma in 1944. In 1945, the tour continued through China, Belgium, France and Germany—a performance near the front lines. Returning home, she toured the U.S., breaking attendance records in cities such as Milwaukee at which 30,000 attended her performance on July 20, 1945. (sadly died of pancreatic cancer) b. April 12th 1898.
Seymour Spiegelman (56)
American singer, born in Seneca Falls, New York; he was a founding member of The Hilltoppers, a trio formed at Western Kentucky State College, now Western Kentucky University, by himself and his friends Donald McGuire and Jimmy Sacca. They later added a pianist, Billy Vaughn. In 1952 they released "Trying," which reached No.7 in the charts. This was followed by hits including "P.S. I Love You," which sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. (?) b. October 1st 1930.
1988: JC/John Curulewski (37)
American guitarist, vocals, multi-instrumentist; born in Chicago, he joined Dennis DeYoung, the Panozzo brothers, and James Young to form TW4 in 1968, which was renamed Styx in 1970. He played acoustic and electric guitar on the band's first five studio albums: Styx, Styx II, The Serpent Is Rising, Man of Miracles, and Equinox, but left just before the Equinox promotional tour. After Styx, he taught guitar at the Mad Music in La Grange, Illinois and ran a recording studio called "The Studio". He also played guitar in a band called Spread Eagle and formed the group Arctic Fox, playing the Chicago area clubs. (tragically died from a brain aneurysm) b. October 3rd 1950.
1993: Patrick Waite (23)
British bassist, singer and a founder member of Musical Youth. During the autumn of 1982, the group issued one of the fastest-selling singles of the year in "Pass the Dutchie". The record went to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1982. It went on to sell over four million copies, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. A U.S. Top 10 placing also followed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The accompanying video made them the first black artists to be played on MTV. Other hits include "Youth Of Today", "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Heartbreaker" and "Tell Me Why". They received another Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards of 1984 (sadly Patrick died of a hereditary heart condition)
b. May 16th 1968.
1995: Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair (68) Jamaican jazz saxaphonist born in Kingston and raised at Kingston’s famous Alpha Boys School. He began his professional career playing in the clubs of Kingston, backing such notable visitors as George Shearing and Carmen McRae, before travelling to Europe in 1955. He based himself in Germany, but recorded very seldom, only three times as a bandleader in his lifetime. Two of those recordings came during visits to England, 1959’s 'Blue Bogey' and 1960’s 'Africa Calling', recorded on Tempo but unreleased until 2005 on account of that label’s demise. He concentrated on live performance with such bands as the Kurt Edelhagen Radio Orchestra – including playing at the opening ceremony of the 1972 Munich Olympics, also taking on much uncredited session work. He was a guest artist on Ali Haurand's Third Eye in 1977 and recored his third jazz album under his own name, 1982’s 'Alpharian'. Other artists he played with included Gil Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Shirley Bassey, Manhattan Transfer, Horace Parlan, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis and so many others. Sadly in September 1983 he suffered a stroke during a concert while playing with Peter Herbolzheimer and from that time until his death he was unable to play the saxophone. (?) b. January 11th 1927.
1997: Michael Menson (30) Ghanaian MC; he had five hit singles during the 1980s including "Street Tuff", and "Just Keep Rockin'", with his group Double Trouble (died horrifically from complications and two heart attacks caused by 30% burns sustained in a racist attack, when three men set him on fire)
b. 1967.
1998: Thomas Chapin (40) American composer and saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist; born in 1957 in Manchester, Connecticut, he studied with Jackie McLean and Paul Jeffrey at Rutgers University. Thomas was primarily an alto saxophonist, but he also played sopranino saxophone and various flutes. From 1981 to 1986 he toured with the jazz great Lionel Hampton as lead saxophonist and musical director of the band. He also performed with Chico Hamilton’s band from 1988 to 1989. Most of his recordings as a leader, featured his trio with drummer Michael Sarin and bassist Mario Pavone, and sometimes featuring guests, recording 15 albums in all, including Sky Piece and Night Bird Song, the last releases with his trio. He also played and recorded with the likes of Michael Blake, Anthony Braxton, Mario Pavone, Tom Varner, Misako Kano, John McCracken, Medeski Martin, Ned Rothenberg, and Machine Gun (Thomas sadly died of leukemia)
b. March 9th 1957.
2002: Waylon Jennings (64) American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. He rose to prominence as a bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets. He escaped death in the February 3, 1959, plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, when he gave up his seat to Richardson who had been sick with the flu. By the 1970s, he had become associated with so-called "outlaws," an informal group of musicians who worked outside of the Nashville corporate scene. A series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late '70s culminated in the 1978 crossover hit, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." In 1979, he recorded the theme song for the hit television show The Dukes of Hazzard, and also served as the narrator, "The Balladeer", for all seven seasons of the show. He continued to be active in the recording industry, forming the group The Highwaymen with Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. Waylon released his last solo studio album in 1998. In 2001, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (sadly died in his sleep from diabetic complications)
b. June 15th 1937.
2008: Roger Voisin (89) French born trumpet player; he moved to America as a child when his father, René Voisin was brought to the Boston Symphony as 4th trumpet in 1928. Roger studied with the Boston Symphony's second trumpet Marcel LaFosse and principal trumpet Georges Mager. He also studied solfege with Boston Symphony contrabassist Gaston Dufresne. He is credited with premiere performances of many major works for trumpet including Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, and Alan Hovhannes' Prayer of St. Gregory. He is also credited with the US premiere of Alexander Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto, performing with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1966. Leroy Anderson's A Trumpeter's Lullaby was written especially for Roger in 1949, and first recorded with Arthur Fiedler conducting Roger and the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1950. He has also been involved with many early recordings and performances of both solo and orchestral works including J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2, Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, Aaron Copland's Quiet City, Joseph Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet in Eb, Alexander Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy, Georg Philipp Telemann's Concerto for Trumpet in D, and Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets in C. He became chair of the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) brass and percussion department in 1950 and was the primary trumpet teacher at NEC for nearly 30 years. In 1975 he became a full professor at Boston University, teaching trumpet and chairing the wind, percussion and harp department until his retirement in 1999
(?) b. June 26th 1918.
2008: Henri Salvador (90) French singer andguitar player, born in Cayenne, French Guiana. He taught himself the guitar by imitating Django Reinhardt's recordings, and was to work alongside him in the 1940s. He recorded several songs written by Boris Vian with Quincy Jones as arranger. He played many years with Ray Ventura et Ses Collégiens where he used to sing, dance and even play comedy on stage. He also appearances in movies such as "Nous irons à Monte-Carlo", "Nous irons à Paris" and "Mademoiselle s'amuse". In 2005, Henri was awarded the Brazilian Order of Cultural Merit. was also a commander of the French Légion d'honneur and of the National Order of Merit. In 2007 he released "Reverence" on V2 Records which features Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. He then went on to perform the track La Vie C'est La Vie from the album Reverence on the BBC program Later … With Jools Holland, which aired on May 4th 2007 (?) b. July 18th 1917.
2010: John Lamb Reed OBE (94) English actor, dancer and singer, known for his nimble performances in the principal comic roles of the Savoy Operas, and has been called "the last great exponent" of the Gilbert and Sullivan comedy roles. John performed as a baritone with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company between 1951 and 1979. His featured roles with the company were: Cox in "Cox And Box" The Associate in "Trial by Jury" The Judge in "Trial by Jury" Mr Wells in "The Sorcerer" Sir Joseph in "H.M.S. Pinafore" Major-General in "The Pirates of Penzance" Major Murgatroyd in "Patience" Bunthorne in "Patience" Lord Chancellor in "Iolanthe" Gama in "Princess Ida" Ko-Ko in "The Mikado" Robin Oakapple in "Ruddigore" 2nd Citizen in "The Yeomen of the Guard" Jack Point in "The Yeomen of the Guard" Antonio and Annibale in "The Gondoliers" The Duke of Plaza Toro in "The Gondoliers" Scaphio in "Utopia, Ltd." Rudolph in "The Grand Duke". John also recorded for Decca the following of his roles: Judge; Wells; Sir Joseph (twice); Major-General; Bunthorne; Lord Chancellor (twice); Gama; Ko-Ko; Robin; Jack Point; Duke; Scaphio; Rudolph. John toured the UK, America, Australia and New Zealand with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and was awarded the O.B.E. in 1977. He returned to the D'Oyly Carte in 1981/2 as a guest artiste (sadly died from a stroke) b. 13 February 1916.
2011: Manuel Esperón González (99) Mexican composer and songwriter born in Mexico City. He wrote many songs for Mexican films, including "Cocula" and "Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes" for the film 'De tal palo tal astilla', and "Amor con Amor Se Paga" for 'Hay un niño en su futuro'. Other of his songs have become Latin standards such as ''Yo Soy Mexicano'', ''Noche Plateada'' and ''No Volveré'' which was used in the first episode of the 2001 soap opera El juego de la vida. Among other performers, Chavela Vargas, Pedro Infante, Los Panchos, and Jorge Negrete have made his songs well-known. Manual's fame in the USA derives from when his song The Three Caballeros was used in the Disney film The Three Caballeros in 1944.
In 1989 he was awarded the Premier National Prize of Mexico for Art and Traditional Culture and in 2001, he was given a tribute at the Palace of Fine Arts in the historical center of Mexico City. He was the honorary president for life of the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (sadly Manuel died from respiratory arrest) b. August 3rd 1911.
2012: Russell Arms (92) American singer, born in Berkeley, CA; he began his career on radio, moving up to minor screen roles during World War II as a contract player with Warner Brothers and later he appeared in supporting roles in both feature films and television.
From 1952-57, he was a vocalist on Your Hit Parade, an NBC TV series that reviewed the popular songs of the day and a regular cast of vocalists performed the top 7 songs of the week. He was well-known for his 1957 hit single, "Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)", which stayed in the charts for 15 weeks, peaking at No.22 and released an album, "Where Can A Wanderer Go", in 1957. Russell authored an autobiography in 2005, My Hit Parade ... and a Few Misses (?) b. February 3rd 1920.
2012: Jodie Christian (80)
American jazz pianist, noted for bebop and free jazz, born in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of the co-founders of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) along with pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, drummer Steve McCall, and composer Phil Cohran. He and Abrams were also part of the Experimental Band. He worked at Chicago's Jazz Showcase club, and performed with Eddie Harris, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Roscoe Mitchell, and Buddy Montgomery. Jodie recorded both as a sideman from 1958-95 and leader 1991-2000 (?) b. February 2nd 1932.
2014: Ghulam Mohammad Saznawaz (74) Indian Sufi musician, the last known master of Kashmiri Sufiyana Music in the world and was able to play all five instruments - santoor, sitar, tabla, saz-e-Kashmir and madham - used in Sufiyana orchestra known as 'Panjhatheyar'. He opened a school to teach his genre of music, although it did not attract many students from Kashmir because of religious and social prejudice. His contribution to music was acknowledged at the highest level through the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the J&K State Award among others and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013. (?) b. 1939.
2014: King Kester Emeneya/Jean Emeneya Mubiala Kwamambu (57) Congolese singer, born in Kikwit; as a student of political science at the University of Lubumbashi in 1977, King Kester joined the band Viva La Musica. After achieving success with several popular songs, he became the most popular African singer in the 1980s and created his own band, Victoria Eleyson on December 24th 1982. He was the first central African musician to incorporate electronic instruments, synthesizers, in his album entitled Nzinzi which sold over 1 million copies. In 1997, after a seven-year absence, King Kester returned to Congo. Nearly 80,000 people attended the first concert after his return, which was a record-setting feat according to the Congolese media. He has more than 1000 songs to his credit and has performed on five continents (King Lester died in France where he had made his home in 1997) b. November 23rd 1956.
2014: Marty Thau (75) American rock and roll entrepreneur and music producer, he was raised in New York City and attended New York University, 1956-1960. He was best known as the founder of Red Star Records in 1977, arguably America's first full-fledged post '60s indie punk punk / new wave label and for being the manager of the New York Dolls and co-producer of Suicide's classic self-titled debut album. In addition to the Dolls, he worked with prominent punk and new wave artists such as The Ramones, Blondie, Brian Setzer, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Real Kids, The Fleshtones, Martin Rev and Walter Steding for his Red Star label. (sadly Marty died due to complications from from renal failure) b. December 7th 1938
2015: John McCabe (75) British composer and pianist; born in Liverpool, a prolific composer from an early age, he had written thirteen symphonies by the time he was eleven. His adult works include seven symphonies, a number of ballets, string quartets and solo instrumental music (particularly for the piano). He has also written numerous concerti, including four for his own instrument, the piano (1966–76), three for one or two violins (1959, 1980, 2003) as well as concerti for viola (1962), harpsichord (1968), oboe d'amore (1972), clarinet (1977), orchestra (1982), trumpet (1987) and flute (1990), and double concertos for viola and cello (1965) and clarinet and oboe (1988). He served as principal of the London College of Music from 1983 to 1990, and had a long-lasting association with the Presteigne Festival. He also wrote guides to the music of Haydn, Bartók and Rachmaninov, and a book on contemporary English composer Alan Rawsthorne (?) b. April 21st 1939.
2016: Robin Ghosh (76) Bangladeshi playback singer and music composer best known for singing and composing music for various Lollywood films from 1961 to 1986. He gained fame in the mid-1960s when Ahmed Rushdi sang his compositions in films like Chakori, Jahan tum wahan hum, Paisa, and many others. Robin earned 6 Nigar Awards for best composer in the films Talaash-1963, Chakori-1967, Chahat-1974, Aaena -1977, Amber-1978 and Dooriyan-1984 (Robin became ill and was admitted to a hospital in Dhaka on Feb 10th, but sadly died 3 days later due to respiratory failure) b. 1939.
2016: Kris Leonard (20)
British rock singer and guitarist in the British indie pop group,
Viola Beach, formed in Warrington in 2015. Their debut single "Swings and Waterslides" was added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist in September 2015. The band were promoted by BBC Introducing, who recommended the band to fans of Coasts and The Kooks, describing the band's songs as "infectious anthems" with "hints of slacker pop" Before his death the band had been performing at a concert in Sweden (tragically died along with all the other members of the band and their manager Craig Tarry, aged 32, when their hire car drove through a motorway barrier and plunged 82ft into a canal near Stockholm in Sweden) b. 1995.
2016: Tomas Lowe (27) British rock bassist
in the British indie pop group, Viola Beach, formed in Warrington in 2015. Their debut single "Swings and Waterslides" was added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist in September 2015. The band were promoted by BBC Introducing, who recommended the band to fans of Coasts and The Kooks, describing the band's songs as "infectious anthems" with "hints of slacker pop". Before his death the band had been performing at a concert in Sweden (tragically died along with all the other members of the band and their manager Craig Tarry, aged 32, when their hire car drove through a motorway barrier and plunged 82ft into a canal near Stockholm in Sweden) b. 1988.
2016: River Reeves (19) British rock guitarist
in the British indie pop group, Viola Beach, formed in Warrington in 2015. Their debut single "Swings and Waterslides" was added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist in September 2015. The band were promoted by BBC Introducing, who recommended the band to fans of Coasts and The Kooks, describing the band's songs as "infectious anthems" with "hints of slacker pop" Before his death the band had been performing at a concert in Sweden (tragically died along with all the other members of the band and their manager Craig Tarry, aged 32, when their hire car drove through a motorway barrier and plunged 82ft into a canal near Stockholm in Sweden) b. 1996.
2016: Jack Dakin (19) British rock drummer
in the British indie pop group, Viola Beach, formed in Warrington in 2015. Their debut single "Swings and Waterslides" was added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist in September 2015. The band were promoted by BBC Introducing, who recommended the band to fans of Coasts and The Kooks, describing the band's songs as "infectious anthems" with "hints of slacker pop" Before his death the band had been performing at a concert in Sweden (tragically died along with all the other members of the band and their manager Craig Tarry, aged 32, when their hire car drove through a motorway barrier and plunged 82ft into a canal near Stockholm in Sweden) b. 1996.

2017: Trish Doan/Trisha Jai-Mee Doan (31) South Korean-born Canadian bassist born in Gwangju. From 2005 until 2008 she was a member of the Canadian metal band Kittie and debuted on their 'Never Again' EP. But in 2008, she had to leave the band due to the eating disorder anorexia, which she developed during the recording of 'Funeral for Yesterday'. Trish had battled the disorder for nearly two years. In 2009 she relocated to Australia to work on a degree, returning to Canada and rejoining Kittie in 2012 until her death. (?) b. 1985/86??
2017: Carol Lloyd (68) Australian rock singer and trailblazer, born in Brisbane, described as the first Australian wild woman of rock. She was the lead singer of Railroad Gin for 7 years before forming her own Carol Lloyd Band with who she toured with the likes of AC/DC, Suzi Quatro, Billy Thorpe, Skyhooks, Daddy Cool, the Little River Band, Stevie Wright, Matt Taylor of Chain and others. Among her hit songs was the 1974 hit "A Matter of Time". Carol was also a champion of lesbian and gay rights since she first started singing and it was her voice that sang for everyone in Queensland who found themselves on the outside of the narrow conventions of Queensland society. (sadly died bravely fighting an interstitial lung disease) b. October 10th 1948.

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1943: Dora Gerson (43) Jewish German cabaret singer and motion picture actress of the silent film era. Born in Berlin she began her career as a touring singer and actress in the Holtorf Tournee Truppe alongside actor Mathias Wieman in Germany. In 1920, Dora was cast to appear in the successful film adaptation of the Karl May penned novel Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses/On the Brink of Paradise and later followed that same year in another May adaptation entitled Die Todeskarawane/Caravan of Death. In 1933 when the Nazi Party came to power in Germany, she was stripped of rights and blacklisted from performing in "Aryan" films. Dora began recording music for a small Jewish record company and also began recording in the Yiddish language during this time, and the 1936 song "Der Rebe Hot Geheysn Freylekh Zayn" became highly regarded by the Jews of Europe in the 1930s. Her best remembered recordings from this era were the songs "Backbord und Steuerbord" and "Vorbei" /Beyond Recall, which was an emotional ballad, subtlely memorializing a Germany before the rise of the Nazi Party. In 1936, Dora relocated with relatives to the Netherlands, fleeing Nazi persecution. Germany invaded the Netherlands, Dora and her family were seized trying to flee to Switzerland, a neutral nation in World War II Europe (Cruelly killed with her family at Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland) b. March 23rd 1899
Baby Dodds/Warren
Dodds (60) American jazz drummer born in New Orleans, Louisiana gained his reputation as a top young drummer in New Orleans, then worked on Mississippi River steamship bands with a young Louis Armstrong. True or not, it is said that Baby Dodds revolutionized the drum kit by inventing the floor bass or "kick drum". He moved to California in 1921 to work with Joe "King" Oliver there, and followed Oliver to Chicago, which became his base of operations. He recorded with Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Art Hodes, and his brother Johnny Dodds. In the late 1940s he worked at Jimmy Ryan's in New York City. On some of his trips back to New Orleans, he recorded with Bunk Johnson (?) b. December 24th 1898.
1986: Edmund Rubbra (85)
English Composer born in Northampton, he composed both instrumental and vocal works for soloists, chamber groups and full choruses and orchestras. It is a measure of the high esteem in which he was held in the 1940s, that his Sinfonia Concertante and his song Morning Watch were played alongside such works as Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, Kodály's Missa Brevis and Vaughan Williams's Job, at the 1948 Three Choirs Festival (?)
b. May 23rd 1901.
1988: Frederick Loewe
(86) Austrian-American composer, born in Berlin; an early age he learned to play piano by ear and and he began composing songs at age seven. He eventually attended a music conservatory in Berlin. He began to visit the Lambs Club, a hangout for theater performers, producers, managers, and directors. There, he met Alan J. Lerner in 1942. Their first collaboration of many, was a musical adaptation of Barry Connor's farce The Patsy, called Life of the Party, for a Detroit stock company. It enjoyed a nine-week run and encouraged the duo to join forces with Arthur Pierson for What's Up?, which opened on Broadway in 1943. It ran for 63 performances and was followed two years later by The Day Before Spring. Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady first appeared in 1956. The partnership won the Tony Award for Best Musical. MGM took notice and commissioned them to write the film musical Gigi in 1958, which won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Freerick was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 (?) b. June 10th 1901
1989: Vincent Crane/Vincent Rodney Cheesman (45)
English keyboardist born in Reading, Berkshire, influenced by Graham Bond, in 1967 he teamed up with Arthur Brown in The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. Their self-titled album in 1968 contained the song "Fire", a chart-topping hit single in the UK, Canada, and the US, with Vincent's organ on the leads.
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown practically dissolved on tour in the U.S.A., when Crane and drummer Carl Palmer left to form Atomic Rooster in late 1969. They enjoyed success in 1971 with two hit singles, "Tomorrow Night", and "Devil's Answer". He collaborated with other musicians on a number of albums, including Rory Gallagher in 1971, Arthur Brown's Faster Than The Speed Of Lightin in 1979, Peter Green, Richard Wahnfried and Dexys Midnight Runners in 1985. In 1983 he was part of the one-off blues outfit, Katmandu, with Ray Dorset and Green, who recorded the album A Case For The Blues (died of an overdose of painkillers after a brave fight against manic-depression) b. May 21st 1943.
Tony Holiday/Rolf Peter Knigge (39) German singer-songwriter born in Hamburg, he had his first chart hit in '77 with "Tanze Samba mit Mir"/"Dance the Samba With Me", which became a hit in Germany and Austria, peaking at No.4 in the German charts. In 1979 he participated with the title "Zuviel Tequila, zuviel schöne Mädchen"/"Too Much Tequila, Too Many Beautiful Girls"/ in the German finals for the Eurovision Song Contest and the song finished in 9th place. Between 1975 and 1984, he performed 11 times on the popular German music TV program ZDF-Hitparade. In 2000, his single "Tanze Samba mit Mir" was prominently featured in the Teddy Award-winning François Ozon directed film Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes (AIDS) b. February 24th 1951.
1996: Taiguara/Taiguara Chalar da Silva (50) Brazilian singer, guitarist and pianist, born in Montevideo, Uruguay when his father toured the country as a musician. In 1964, he joined the Sambalanço Trio and later in 1965, he recorded his first of several albums, and in the following years won many awards. Due to his political views in the 70s, he left Brazil settling in London UK, then Tanzania and other countries in Africa before returning to his home country in the 80s. Taiguara was one of the most censored Brazilian artists to date, having close to 100 songs vetoed throughout his career. Some of his biggest hits were "Universo No Teu Corpo", "Teu Sonho Não Acabou", "Viagem", "Berço de Marcela", "Que as Crianças Cantem Livres", "Hoje", "Amanda", "Carne e Osso", "Geração 70" and "Mudou" (bladder cancer) b. February 14th
1999: Buddy Knox (65) American singer, guitarist; the first artist of the rock & roll era to write and record his own number one hit, 1957's million-selling classic "Party Doll", a pioneer of the Lone Star State rockabilly sound that would later earn the name "Tex-Mex". "Gypsy Man" hit the Nashville charts in 1968, it proved his final chart hit. Buddy ultimately relocalated to Vancouver, opening a nightclub called the Purple Steer and toured extensively throughout the 1970s and 1980s (lung cancer) b. July 20th 1933.
2002: Mick Tucker (54) English drummer, born in Harlseden, London; In 1965, Mick and vocalist Ian Gillan formed a soul band Wainwright's Gentlemen; Brian Connolly replaced Ian. Mick and Brian left Wainwright's Gentlemen in 1968 to form another band, calling themselves The Sweetshop before changing the name to Sweet, which became one of the main glam rock acts in the 1970s. During the early years of 1971 and 1972, Sweet's musical style followed a marked progression from the bubblegum style of the first hit, "Funny Funny", to a Who influenced heavy rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals. The band achieved notable success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with "Block Buster" in 1973 topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser" and "The Ballroom Blitz" both in 1973 and "Teenage Rampage" in 1974. Their first self-written and produced single "Fox on the Run" in 1975 also reached number two on the UK charts. Sweet extensively toured the US and had a strong following in America (passed away after a long and brave battle with leukaemia) b. July 17th 1947.
2002: Günter Wand (90) German orchestra conductor and composer
born in Elberfeld and studied in Wuppertal, Allenstein and Detmold. At the Cologne conservatory, he was a composition student with Philipp Jarnach and a piano student with Paul Baumgartner. He was a conducting pupil of Franz von Hoesslin in Munich, but was otherwise largely self-taught as a conductor. During his 65 years long career as a conductor, he was honoured with many significant awards, including the German Record Award and the internationally important Diapason d'Or. also composed music, mostly songs with orchestral accompaniment and music for ballet. One composition was his concertino "Odi et amo", for soprano and chamber orchestra, which Wand wrote for his wife, the soprano Anita Westhoff (?) b. January 7th 1912.
2006: Shoshana Damari (87) Israeli singer and actress; in 1945, she joined Li-La-Lo, a revue theatre founded by impresario Moshe Wallin. She became known for her distinctive husky voice and Yemenite pronunciation. Her first record was released in 1948 and her best known song was Kalaniyot (Anemones). Shoshana was especially popular among Israeli soldiers, for whom she frequently performed.
In the mid-1980s, she teamed up with Boaz Sharabi for a duet that brought her back into the limelight. She was awarded the Israel Prize in 1988 for Hebrew song and a Life Achievement Award by the Israeli Composers and Publishers Association in 1995. In 2005, aged 82, she recorded two tracks for the Mimaamakim album by Idan Raichel's Project and participated in some of their live performances (sadly died after a brief bout of pneumonia) b. 1923
2006: Lynden David Hall (31) British singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer; in 1999, he was the first UK performer ever voted "Best Male Artist" by the readers of Britain's Blues & Soul magazine. His debut album, Medicine 4 My Pain, as well as the singles "Do I Qualify" and "Sexy Cinderella", had an instant appeal to soul fans in the UK and elsewhere, but it was not until his work got the remix treatment that he got his big breakthrough. Lynden appeared in the film Love Actually in 2003, where he sang at the wedding of the characters played by Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Two years later, he released his third studio album In Between Jobs
(sadly died of Hodgkin's lymphoma) b. May 7th 1974.
Gareth Morris (86) British flautist born in Clevedon, Somerset, began to play the flute when he was 12, and studied privately with Robert Murchie. At 18 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. During World War II he joined the Royal Air Force and was principal flute in the RAF Symphony Orchestra. Gareth was the principal flautist of a number of London orchestras including the Boyd Neel Orchestra before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra, where he was the principal flautist for 24 years and Professor of the Flute at the Royal Academy of Music from 1945 to 1985. He was known for using wooden flutes, at a time when most other players had switched to using metal flutes (?) b. May 13th 1920.
2009: Louie Bellson/Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni (84) Italian-American jazz drummer; at the age of 15, he pioneered the double-bass drum set-up, at 17, he triumphed over 40,000 drummers to win the Slingerland National Gene Krupa contest. He performed and/or recorded around 200 albums as a leader, co-leader or sideman with such renowned musicians and leaders such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Norman Granz' J.A.T.P., Benny Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Hank Jones, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Shelly Manne, Billy Cobham, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Pearl Bailey, Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton, and film composer John Williams. In 1952 he married actress-singer Pearl Bailey, a marriage of 40 years, he was also Pearl's musical director. Louie has performed in virtually every capital city around the world, and among his numerous accolades, he had been voted into the Halls of Fame for both Modern Drummer magazine and the Percussive Arts Society, Yale University named him a Duke Ellington Fellow in 1977, he received an honorary Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 1985 and in January 1994, he received the prestigious American Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, a U.S. federal agency. (died unexpectedly while convalescing after
breaking a hip) b. July 6th 1924.
2010: Doug Fieger (57) American singer-songwriter and guitarist Doug Fieger were born and raised in Oak Park, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit, and attended Oak Park High School. While still at school he sang lead and played bass in the group Sky, eventually recording two albums in 1970 and 1971. Doug also played bass guitar in the German progressive rock band Triumvirat for a short period in 1974. After which he founded the New Wave rock quartet The Knack based in Los Angeles that rose to fame with their first single, "My Sharona", an international No.1 hit. "My Sharona" spent six consecutive weeks at No.1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1979 and was the biggest hit of the year. The follow-up hit was "Good Girls Don't" which stopped one notch short of the Top 10 – peaking at No.11, and Get The Knack spent five straight weeks at No.1 and eventually sold 3 million copies in the United States - 6 million globally. In addition to performing, Doug also produced the Rubber City Rebels debut album for Capitol Records and another album for the Los Angeles-based band, Mystery Pop
(Doug sadly died after a fight with cancer) b. August 20th 1952.
2011: Sir George Shearing (91) British-American jazz pianist, born in Battersea, London, UK,
influenced by Teddy Wilson and Fats Waller he started out performing at a local pub, the Mason's Arms in Lambeth, playing piano and accordion and also joined an all-blind band during that time. He made his first BBC radio appearance during this time after befriending Leonard Feather, with whom he started recording in 1937. In 1940, he joined Harry Parry's popular band and contributed to the comeback of Stéphane Grappelli. George won 7 consecutive Melody Maker polls during this time. In 1947 he emigrated to America and for many years led a popular jazz Quintet which recorded for MGM Records and Capitol Records. The composer of over 300 titles, George has had multiple albums on the Billboard charts during the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s and 1990s including Souvenirs, Touch of Genius, Black Satin, Beauty and the Beat!, On the Sunny Side of the Strip, Jazz Moments, The Many Facets of George Shearing, A Vintage Year-Concord Jazz, Breakin' Out, Two for the Road and so many more. He has collaborated with singers including Carman McRae, Billy Eckstine, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, John Pizzarelli, Ernestine Anderson, Dakota Staton, Michael Feinstein and most notably Mel Tormé. He became known for a piano technique known as Shearing's voicing, a type of double melody block chord, with an additional fifth part that doubles the melody an octave lower. He credited the Glenn Miller Orchestra's reed section of the late 1930s and early 1940s as an important influence.
His interest in classical music resulted in some performances with concert orchestras in the '50s and '60s, and his solos often drew upon music of Debussy and, particularly, Erik Satie and Frederick Delius for inspiration. George has performed at the Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and for U.S. Presidents: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. In 1978, he received the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans and honoured with 2 Grammys: An Evening with George Shearing & Mel Tormé-1983 and Top Drawer-1984. In 1993, received the Ivor Novello Awards for Lifetime Achievement; in 1996, was included in the Queens Birthday Honours List and was invested by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his "service to music and Anglo-US relations"; in 1998, received the first American Music Award by the National Arts Club, New York City; in 2003, he received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from BBC Jazz Awards and in 2007, was knighted for services to music (sadly George died of heart failure) b. August 13th 1919.
2012: Tonmi Lillman aka Otus (38) Finnish multi-musician, born in Helsinki, best known as the drummer of the band Lordi. He started playing the drums aged nine and started performing live at age 14. Apart from drums and bass guitar, his primary instruments, he also played the keyboards and guitar. Prior to his death, he was also involved in the bands Kylähullut, Vanguard and 3rror. Tonmi has appeared on several albums, as a studio musician for bands such as Reflexion, Twilight Ophera, and provided the drum work for the Guitar Heroes -album. Recently Tonmi has distinguished himself as a studio engineer, mixing and recording such bands as Beherit, Bloodride, Chainhill, D-Creation, Exsecratus, Fierce, Fear Of Domination, Heorot, In Silentio Noctis, Laava, Lie in Ruins, MyGRAIN, Rage My Bitch, Raivopäät, Roo, Rujo, Rytmihäiriö, Saattue, Serene Decay, Trauma, Vapaat Kädet and V-For Violence
(cause of death is still unknown) b. June 3rd 1973.
2012: Dory Previn/Dorothy Veronica Langan (86) American singer-songwriter and lyricist born in Rahway, New Jersey. She worked as an actress and a dancer until she began writing songs and landed a job at film studio MGM, where she was assigned to work with Andre Previn. She married Andre in 1959 and they were nominated for their first Oscar two years later, for the song Faraway Part of Town. The pair were nominated again two years later, this time for Second Chance from the Robert Mitchum film Two for the Seesaw
and they worked together on the theme to 1967's Valley of the Dolls.
The pair also wrote independently for the likes of Doris Day and Jack Jones, while Sammy Davis Junior and Frank Sinatra recorded some of their soundtrack work. Following her divorce, in 1970, Dory recorded such albums as “Mythical Kings and Iguanas” and “Reflections in a Mud Puddle/Taps Tremors and Time Steps” in 1971, and “Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign” in 1972 and she received a third Oscar nomination for Come Saturday Morning, a song she co-wrote for Alan J Pakula's debut feature Pookie. Award success came at last in 1983, when she received an Emmy for co-writing the theme song to TV show Two Of A Kind. Dory continued to write music for films, including the theme song to “Last Tango in Paris”. Pulp frontman, Jarvis Cocker, mentioned her in his 2011 book Mother, Brother, Lover and chose her song Lady With the Braid as one of his Desert Island Discs in 2005 (?) b. October 22nd 1925.
2013: Kevin Peek (66) Australian guitarist, born in Adelade. He initially played classical percussion in the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, before teaching himself the guitar. In 1967 he formed a psychedelic pop, progressive rock group, James Taylor Move, before moving to London. There, he played in various jazz groups around Soho and did session work for Lulu, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey, amongst others, before becoming part of Cliff Richard's backing band in the 1970s. He wrote the theme music for the internationally-broadcast "Singapore Girl" television advertisements for Singapore Airlines. In 1979, he joined Sky and played on seven studio albums with the band, before departing in 1985 (sadly died of cancer) b. December 21st 1946.
2013: Goldie Harvey/Susan Oluwabimpe Filani (29) Nigerian R&B, pop singer and TV personality. In 2012 she appeared on Big Brother Africa and has won several African music awards including the Top Naija Award. (After returning to Nigeria from the 2013 Grammy Awards in L.A., California, she complained of a headache and was rushed to hospital where tragically, she was later pronounced dead) b. October 23rd 1983.
2013: Mark Kamins (57) American record producer and disc jockey famous for his role on the New York club scene.
He is best known for helping launch the career of one-time girlfriend Madonna by presenting a demo to Seymour Stein of Sire Records. When Stein heard the demo of "Everybody", he had Madonna brought to the hospital where he was admitted to sign her. Mark produced Madonna's first single Everybody in 1982. (sadly Mark died from heart failure) b. April 13th 1955.
2013: Shadow Morton/George Francis Morton (72) American record producer and songwriter born in Richmond, Virginia, best known for his influential work in the 1960s. In particular, he was noted for writing and producing "Remember (Walking in the Sand)", "Leader of the Pack", and other hits for girl group The Shangri-Las
. In 1970 he produced the psychedelic heavy rock band, Haystacks Balboa, later in the 70s he worked with Iron Butterfly. He also produced Vanilla Fudge, Janis Ian, all-girl group Isis, and worked with The New York Dolls, producing their second album Too Much Too Soon. Shadow was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15th 2006 and in 2009, he appeared in the documentary, Rockin' the Wall, about music's part in bringing down the Iron Curtain (sadly died fighting cancer) b. September 3rd 1940.
2013: Tim Dog/Timothy Blair (46) American rapper from the Bronx, New York, who rose to prominence during the early 1990s with his debut LP 'Penicillin on Wax' and the celebrated diss record "Fuck Compton". Tim had already appeared on songs with the Ultramagnetic MCs and went on to form a duo, Ultra, with member Kool Keith. "Fuck Compton" appeared in XXL Magazine's "Top 25 Diss Tracks of All Time" and earned him critical acclaim from progressive hip-hop producer Blockhead
. Tim Dog moved to the UK in 1995 and worked with U.K. artist Apache Indian, producing the hit single "Make Way for the Indian". He then toured with Kool Keith and recorded several other tracks, including his August 2005 collaboration with Percee P, "NY to the UK". He had been the head of "Rap Legends Recordings" and previously co-founded Our Turn Records in LA with Eddie Pugh and was the CEO President of Big Xity Entertainment based in New York and BMC Management based in Atlanta
(Tim Dog died from complications of diabetes) b. January 1st 1967.
2015: Ammouri Mbarek (63) Moroccan world music, berber folk singer, born in Irguiten, a small village located at the bottom of the High Atlas near Taroudant Town. Since 1976 he has recorded 12 albums and appeared in numerous festivals including Festival in la cote d'Agadir, Awtar Festival, Amazigh-Berber Festival in Las Palmas, Canary Islands and the Iklan Festival in Ouarzazate (sadly died fighting cancer) b. 1951.
2015: Hulon Crayton (58) American jazz saxophonist and physician born in Panama City, Florida, and served in the US Army reaching the rank of Captain. He started his jazz career as a member of noted jazz group On Call. He published two CD's, First Impressions and After Hours. His third and fourth CD's were still in production at the time of his death. Hulon played a duet with Jeff Kashiwa at the Martin Theatre and opened for Michael Bolton at the Marina Civic Center. In addition to his jazz career, he was also a noted entrepreneur, philanthropist and physician; he founded and ran The Arthritis and Infusion Center, a successful medical practice that specializes in the treatment of Rheumatological diseases and disorders as well as sports-related injuries. He also served on a number of boards in the community such as the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, the FSU-PCC Development Board, Bay Arts Alliance, and the Military Affairs Committee. In addition, he was a member of the Panama City Rotary Club and served as President of Basic of Northwest Florida for HIV/AIDS. (?) b. June 15th 1956.
2016: Steven Stucky (66)
American classical music composer, born in Hutchinson, Kansas, at aged 9 he moved with his family to Abilene, Texas. He went on to write commissioned works for many of the major American orchestras, including Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and St. Paul. He was long associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was resident composer 1988–2009 (the longest such affiliation in American orchestral history); he was host of the New York Philharmonic's Hear & Now series 2005–09; and he was Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Year for the 2011–12 season. Steven also founded Ensemble X and led it for nine seasons, from 1997 until 2006, while at the same time he also was the guiding force behind the Green Umbrella series in Los Angeles. He has also taught at Eastman and Berkeley, the latter as Ernest Bloch Professor in 2003. After several earlier teaching and conducting visits, in 2013 he became artist-faculty composer-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2014 he became Professor Emeritus at Cornell and joined the composition faculty at the Juilliard School. (sadly died from a brain tumor) b. November 7th 1949.
2016: L. C. Ulmer/Lee Chester Ulmer (87) American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist; born in Stringer, Jasper County, he had learned to play the guitar by the age of nine and also played a variety of other instruments, including fiddle, banjo and mandolin. After starting to play on the streets Lee found work in his teenage years building wooden trestles to support a railway line across Lake Pontchartrain. In 1949, he traveled to Kansas City, where he backed J. B. Lenoir at a local venue, before moving to Laurel and developed his one-man band show. Lee became a regular on the blues circuit, playing festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the USA and Europe at such venues as the King Biscuit Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and the Roots and Blues Festival in Parma, Italy. He was featured in the 2008 documentary, "M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues" (?) b. August 28th 1928.
2017: Tony "It" Särkkä (45) Swedish singer, songwriter, and he played guitar, drums and bass guitar
Whilst still at school in 1988 he sang in a local band ”Brejn Dedd”,
but they disbanded in 1991. Early 90’s, Tony broadened his musical visions and became interested in more extreme sorts of metal, and formed bands like Abruptum and later on also Ophthalamia and Vondur, among other projects. In the second half of the 90’s Tony reached a turning point in his life and he decided to make a drastic move from the scene that he was part of creating, and to temporary leave Sweden. He went on a journey around the world to explore new views in life, new places, and new visions. Back in Sweden in the early 2000s he founded 8th Sin, who released their debut album ”Sinners Inc” in 2004, followed by ”Angelseed & Demonmilk” in 2005. Other of his projects included Incision, Brejn Dedd, War. He also contributed guest vocals to Dissection's second album 'Storm of the Light's Bane' and also he had been noted for being a member of the Swedish "Black Circle" formed in 2001, but left the black metal scene altogether after receiving threats to his family (?) b. 1972.

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1946: Louis "Putney" Dandridge (44) American bandleader, jazz pianist, vocalist born in Richmond, Virginia. He began his career in 1918 performing as a pianist in the revue The Drake and Walker Show. From 1935 to 1936, he recorded numerous tracks under his own name, many of which highlighted some major jazz talents of the period, including Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Henry "Red" Allen, Buster Bailey, John Kirby, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole and more. He seemed to vanish from the music scene in the late thirties, it is speculated that he may have retired due to ill health (?) b. January 13th 1902.
1965: Nat King Cole (45)
American singer born in Montgomery, Alabama; his rich, husky voice, careful enunciation and the warmth, intimacy, and good humor of his approach to singing, allowed him to succeed with both ballads and novelties such that he scored over 100 pop chart singles and more than two dozen chart albums over a period of 20 years, enough to rank him behind only Sinatra as the most successful pop singer of his generation. His hits included "Nature Boy", "Mona Lisa", "Too Young", "Some Enchanted Evening", "Ramblin' Rose" and his signature tune "Unforgettable". He first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death; he is widely considered one of the most important musical personalities in United States history. An official United States postage stamp featuring Nat's likeness was issued in 1994 and
in 2000 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the major influences for early Rock and Roll (sadly lost his battle with lung cancer) b. March 17th 1919.
1968: Little Walter/ Marion Walter Jacobs (37) US blues singer & harmonica player; said to be the first harmonica player to amplify his harp giving it a distorted echoing sound. His revolutionary harmonica technique has earned comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix in its impact, his virtuosity and musical innovations reached heights of expression never previously imagined on blues harmonica. He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10th 2008, making him the only artist ever to be inducted specifically for his work as a harmonica player. In 1952 his debut session "Juke", spent eight weeks at No.1 on the Billboard magazine R&B charts, it was the only harmonica instrumental ever to become a No.1 hit on the R&B charts. He had three more harmonica instrumentals which reached the Billboard R&B top 10: "Off the Wall", "Roller Coaster", and "Sad Hours" (died from injuries incurred in a street fight) b. May 1st 1930.
Pee Wee Russell/Charles Ellsworth Russell (62) American jazz clarinet and saxophones born in Maplewood, Missouri and grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma. As a young boy he first studied violin, then piano, and for a while settled on drums, including all the associated special effects. When he saw New Orleans jazz clarinetist Alcide "Yellow" Nunez. Russell was so amazed he took up () b. March 27th 1906.
1974: Kurt Atterberg (86) Swedish composer born in Gothenburg; he is best known for his symphonies, operas and ballets. Brahms and Reger were his ideals and his music combines their influences with Swedish folk tunes. For the Schubert centenary in 1928, the Columbia Gramophone Company sponsored a competition for a symphony completing or inspired by Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, and Kurt won the first prize of $10,000 with his Symphony No. 6. The symphony was recorded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1928 and Arturo Toscanini on November 21, 1943 and he himself also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a recording of the symphony, which was released on 78-rpm discs (?) b. December 12th 1887.
1981: Mike Bloomfield (37) American guitarist and composer, born in Chicago, he joined the Paul Butterfield's band in 1964, Paul and Michael inspired and challenged each other as they alteratively traded exciting riffs. Their exuberant, electric Chicago blues inspired a generation of white bluesmen, with Bloomfield's work on the the band's self-titled debut, and the subsequent record East-West, bringing wide acclaim to him. Mike was also a session musician, gaining wide recognition for his work with Bob Dylan during his first explorations into electric music, and his sound was a major part of Dylan's change of style, especially on Highway 61 Revisited. He relocated to San Francisco and formed The Electric Flag band which debuted at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and issued an album, A Long Time Comin'. After which Mike worked with Al Kooper before going solo. He continued with solo, session and back-up work from 1969 to 1980, releasing his first solo work "It's Not Killing Me" in 1969. He was ranked at number 22 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2003. (Mike was found dead in a car, he had died of an accidental drug overdose; allegidly he taken the drugs at a San Francisco party, from where he was driven to another location in the city and left, by two men who were present at the party) b. July 28th 1943.
1981: Karl Richter (55) German conductor, organist, and harpsichordist, born in Plauen and studied first in Dresden, and later in Leipzig, where he received his degree in 1949. In the same year, he became organist at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. In 1951, he moved to Munich, where he taught at the conservatory and was cantor and organist at St. Mark's Church. He also conducted the Münchener Bach-Chor starting in 1954 and the Münchener Bach-Orchester. In the 1960s and 1970s, he did a great deal of recording and undertook tours to Japan, America, Canada, Latin-America, and Eastern Europe including the Soviet Union
(sadly died from a heart attack while staying in a hotel in Munich) b. October 15th 1926.
1984: Ethel Merman/Ethel Agnes Zimmermann (76) American actress and singer; born in Queens, New York City, she was known primarily for her powerful voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage". Among the many standards introduced by Ethel in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "It's De-Lovely", "Friendship", "You're the Top", "Anything Goes", and "There's No Business Like Show Business", which later became her theme song.
She stared as Annie Oakley in the musical Annie Get Your Gun, which opened on May 16, 1946 at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for nearly three years and 1,147 performances. During that time, Ethel took only two vacations and missed only two performances due to illness. She and Irvin Berlin reunited for Call Me Madam in 1950, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, and she went on to star in the 1953 screen adaptation as well, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance. The following year she appeared as the matriarch of the singing and dancing Donahue family in There's No Business Like Show Business, a film with a Berlin score (On April 7th 1983, she was preparing to leave for LA to appear on the 55th Academy Awards telecast when she collapsed. She was diagnosed with glioblastoma and underwent brain surgery to have the malignant tumor removed. Sadly she died 10 months later in her sleep) b. January 16th 1908.
1988: Al Cohn (62) American jazz tenor sax player; In the '40s he worked with Joe Marsala, Georgie Auld, Boyd Raeburn, Alvino Rey, and Buddy Rich before becoming one of the "Four Brothers" in Woody Herman's Second Herd where he gained his a reputation as a lyrical flowing soloist. Al went on to play with many other musicians but his best-known association was his partnership with tenor player Zoot Sims, beginning in 1956. They continued to play together sporadically until the death of Zoot in March of 1985. In addition to his work as a jazz saxophonist he was a noted arranger, his work included the Broadway productions of "Raisin" and "Sophisticated Ladies" (?) b. November 24th 1925.
1992:William Schuman (81) American composer and administrator, born in New York, NY. He wrote songs in high school with his friend Frank Loesser. In 1930 he began studying composition with Roy Harris. He achieved success with his American Festival Overture (1939), and his Secular Cantata No. 2: A Free Song won the first Pulitzer Prize for music (1943). His other works include ballets for Martha Graham, the popular New England Triptych (1956), and 10 symphonies. As president of the Juilliard School (1945 – 62), he modernized its curriculum. As the first president of Lincoln Center (1962 – 68), he brought together several music organizations and established its Chamber Music Society and Mostly Mozart program
(?) b. August 4th 1910.
1995: Bob Stinson (36) American lead guitarist; he formed The Replacements, formerly Dog's Breath, in Minneapolis, in 1979 with his younger 12 year old half-brother Tommy and drummer Chris Mars; a year later, Bob brought in Paul Westerberg on second guitar and vocals. Bob was forced out of the band in late 1986. After which he formed the band Model Prisoner, before founding Static Taxi in 1988 recording two albums Stinson Boulevard not released until 2000 and Closer 2 Normal released in 2003, before folding in the summer of 1991. His last band was The Bleeding Hearts, which he formed with his roommate Mike Leonard. One of their most high-profile performances was opening for his brother Tommy's band Bash & Pop in 1993. His last public performance was playing with Minneapolis Countryswing band Trailer Trash at Lee's Liquor Bar in late 1994 (he did not die of a drug overdose, as is frequently reported, but rather his body simply wore out after years of alcohol and drug abuse) b. December 17th 1959.
1996: Lucio Agostini (82) Italian-born composer and conductor who established his career in Canada. At 16, he was playing with the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra as a cellist and was a part-time band player in a nightclub band playing saxophone and clarinet. It is at 18 years of age that he began his professional music career working first with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio and later with television. Lucio began a long career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto from 1943, beginning with radio work, and subsequently the broadcaster's US-based television programs through the 1950s. He took part in the production of Front Page Challenge, The Tommy Ambrose Show and World of Music.
He won the John Drainie Award from ACTRA in 1983 in recognition of his contributions to broadcasting in Canada (?) b. December 30th 1913.
Big L/Lamont Coleman (24) American rapper who made significant contributions to the New York City music scene in the 1990s as a member of the hip hop collective D.I.T.C. In 1993 Big L was signed to Columbia Records and released his first single "Devil's Son". His debut solo album, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, was released in March 1995. The album featured guest appearances from a number of artists, notably Kid Capri, Lord Finesse, and then-unknown Cam'ron and Jay-Z. Two singles, "M.V.P" and "Put It On", were released from the album, both of which reached the top twenty-five of Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks. (sadly possibility in retaliation for something his brother did, Big L was tragically shot and killed just before releasing his second album The Big Picture) b. May 30th 1974.
2002: Keith D. Pendlebury (68) English born, Welsh based jazz pianist and singer, regarded as a brilliant jazz pianist whose two-handed style covered the entire spectrum of piano jazz. Born in Manchester he was best known as one half of Keith and Marcia. He met his future wife, Marcia Macconnell in the early 60s, although in the fashion industry, she had a remarkable jazz singing voice and they musically teamed up and soon married in 1964. They worked together till the night he died. Keith had played in many line-ups including:- Eric Batty's Jazz Aces, Alan Pendlebury's All Stars, Keith Pendlebury's Jazzmen, The Zenith Six, Keith Pendlebury's Jazz Band, Keith Pendlebury's Jazz Trio, and Keith Pendlebury's Jazz Quartet (tragically Keith died from heart failure, after being taken ill as he played "Please don't talk about me when I've gone", while on a working holiday in Madeira to celebrate Marcia's birthday) b. January 22nd 1934.
2005: Pierre Bachelet (60) French singer-songwriter; h
e spent part of his childhood in Calais, which inspired his signature tune "Les corons" in 1982, it is also used as the supporter's anthem for the Lens football club. His other hit songs include "Elle est d'ailleurs", "Écris-moi" and "Marionnettiste" in 1985. He also composed music for movies, including Emmanuelle, Les Bronzés font du ski and the British-made Sex with the Stars. His songs from the film Emmanuelle called Emmanuelle In The Mirror and Theme From Emmanuelle, which sold over 4,000,000 copies, have been sampled in the Lily Allen single Littlest Things, released in December of 2006 (sadly died of lung cancer) b. 25 May 1944.
2007: Peggy Gilbert/Margaret F. Knechtges (102) American jazz saxophonist and bandleader, born in Sioux City, Iowa; with a career that lasted more than 80 years, she was only 7 years old, when she played piano and violin with her father's band; she later discovered jazz music, and started to play the saxophone. In 1928 she moved to Hollywood, where she appeared in early movies and toured with Fanchon and Marco vaudeville shows. In 1933 she founded her own all-female jazz band, whose name changed often: from "Peggy Gilbert and Her Metro Goldwyn Orchestra" to "Peggy Gilbert and her Symphonics", among other names, in which she performed on saxophone, vibes, piano, and vocals. In the 1930s and 1940s Peggy and her band performed in the most famous nightclubs in Hollywood, from the "Cotton Club" to the "Cocoanut Grove". In the 1950s and 60s Peggy had success on radio and television. In 1974, at 69 years old, she created her last great all-girl band, "The Dixie Belles," with other accomplished musicians from vaudeville and the Big Band era. The group performed with great acclaim on TV and at jazz festivals, appearing on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and in the 1980 Rose Bowl Parade, among many other engagements. In 1985 the band recorded the album "Peggy Gilbert & The Dixie Belles" (?) b. January 17th 1905.
2007: Raymond Bernard Evans (92) American songwriter and an inductee in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. He was a partner in a composing and songwriting duo with Jay Livingston, known for the songs they composed for films. Ray wrote the lyrics and Livingston the music for the songs. The duo, both members of ASCAP, won three Academy Awards, in 1948 for the song "Buttons and Bows", written for the movie The Paleface; in 1950 for the song "Mona Lisa", written for the movie Captain Carey, U.S.A.; and in 1956 for the song "Que Sera Sera", featured in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much and sung by Doris Day. Another popular song that he and Livingston wrote for a film was the song "Tammy", written for the 1957 movie Tammy and the Bachelor. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. They also wrote popular TV themes for shows including Bonanza and Mr. Ed. Their Christmas song Silver Bells intended for the 1951 Bob Hope film The Lemon Drop Kid, has become a Christmas standard. In 1958, the songwriting team was nominated for a Tony Award for the musical Oh, Captain!. He also collaborated separately with Henry Mancini, Max Steiner, and Victor Young. The song "Dear Heart" from the 1964 film of the same name was written by Livingston and Evans with Henry Mancini; it was nominated for an Oscar and for the Song of the Year Grammy Award, and was recorded multiple times, charting for Andy Williams, Jack Jones, and Henry Mancini
(?) b. February 4th 1915.
2009: Joe Cuba (78) Puerto Rican musician who was considered to be the "Father of Latin Boogaloo"; learnt to play conga as a child. He formed his own band. In 1954, he change the band's name from the Jose Calderon Sextet to the Joe Cuba Sextet, making their debut at the Stardust Ballroom. The band became popular in the New York Latin community. The lyrics to his music used a mixture of Spanish and English, becoming an important part of the Nuyorican Movement.
In 1965, the Sextet got their first crossover hit with the Latin and soul fusion of "El Pito (I Never Go Back To Georgia)". April 1999, Joe Cuba was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame, 2004, he was named Grand Marshall of the Puerto Rican Day Parade celebrated in Yonkers, New Yor and he was also the director of the Museum of La Salsa, located in Spanish Harlem, Manhattan, (died in New York, after being removed from life support. He had been hospitalized for a bacterial infection) b. 1931.
2010: Art Van Damme (89) American jazz singer and accordionist, in Norway, Michigan he bagan playing the accordion at age nine and started classical study when his family moved to Chicago in 1934. In 1941 he joined Ben Bernie's band as an accordionist. He adapted Benny Goodman's music to the accordion. From 1945 to 1960 he worked for NBC, performing on The Dinah Shore Show, Tonight, The Dave Garroway Show and other radio and TV shows with Garroway. He recorded 130 episodes of the 15-minute The Art Van Damme Show for NBC Radio.
Art toured Europe and was also popular with jazz listeners in Japan and regularly won the domestic Downbeat reader's poll for his instrument in the same period.(sadly died from pneumonia) b. April 9th 1920.
2011: Sidney Harth (85) American violinist and conductor, born in Cleveland, Ohio. He became the first American to receive the Laureate Prize in the Wieniawski Violin Competition held in Poland. He had made his European debut previously, touring France with pianist Theodore Lettvin in 1951-1952 in a series of concerts. He performed with major orchestras across the world, and made numerous recordings with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Krakow Radio and TV Orchestra. He was Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Principal Concertmaster and Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.
He was also Principal Conductor of the Natal Symphony Orchestra in South Africa, and Musical Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. (sadly died from respiratory complications) b. October 5th 1925.
2011: Yiannis Karabesinis (80) Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player (?) b. November 29th 1931
2011: Karin Stanek (67) Polish singer, born in Bytom; in the 60s she was one of the most popular singers in Poland, releasing her debut song "Jimmy Joe" in March of 1962. That same year Karen became lead singer with the rhythm and blues band, Red-Black. Karin,
with the band, received honors in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966 at Oppeln Festival, also at The Sopot Festival 1962 and 1964. After retiring from the Red-Black she continued her solo career as well as performing in several other bands including The Samuels, Aryston, Inni and Schemat (Karin sadly died of pneumonia) b. August 18th 1943.
2011: Ken Winters (81) Canadian music critic and broadcaster; most recently as a critic with the Globe and Mail in Toronto, he had written more than 400 reviews for the national newspaper since 1999. His final review, of a performance of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra ran in Tuesday's edition.
He also was co-editor of the The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, a meticulously researched source of information about music in Canada. Along with Helmut Kallmann and Gilles Potvin, Ken served as one of the editors of the original edition of the encyclopedia, which was started in the 1970s and first published in 1981. He worked with CBC Radio for more than 40 years and was a contributor and occasional host for the CBC radio show Mostly Music from 1981 to 1989. He officially stepped into the host's chair from 1989 to 1996. During the 1980s, he also hosted programs such as Personalities in Music, Ken Winters on Music and Celebration of Genius, and served as a contributor to Arts National and The Arts Tonight. Additionally, he created specials about the music of J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel for CBC. Ken closely followed Canada's development as an innovator in classical music during the 20th century and both his radio documentaries and his criticism reflected his knowledge of the field.
(sadly died from a heart attack) b. 1930
2012: Charles Anthony/Calogero Antonio Caruso (82) American-Sicilian tenor, born in New Orleans, LA; he studied music at Loyola University New Orleans and sang the role of the Messenger in Il trovatore, at the New Orleans Opera Association, in 1947. At the age of twenty-two, he successfully auditioned for New York City Metropolitan Opera's Auditions of the Air and made his debut there on March 6th 1954, playing the role of the Simpleton in Boris Godunov. He went on to have the distinction of appearing in more performances at the Met than any other performer. He celebrated his fiftieth anniversary with the company in 2004, and gave his farewell in the role of the aged Emperor Altoum in Turandot, on January 28, 2010. Charles was included in many of the Met's telecasts between 1979 and 2010 and became noted for his portrayal of comprimario characters in opera (sadly Charles died from kidney failure) b. July 15th 1929.
2012: Clive Richard Shakespeare (62) English-born Australian guitarist and producer, born in Southampton, Hampshire before his family emmigrated to Australia. As lead guitarist, he joined various bands including The Road Agents in 1968 in Sydney with Terry Hyland on vocals, then he formed a covers band Down Town Roll along with Adrian Cuff on the organ, vocalists Frank Ma and Pam Slater, bass guitarist Doug Rea, and Danny Taylor on drums.
Clive, Shakespeare and Taylor went on to found pop/rock band, Sherbet later that year with vocalist Dennis Laughlin and Sammy See on organ, guitar, and vocals. They had two No.1 singles, "Summer Love" in '75, co-written by Clive with Garth Porter and "Howzat" in '76. He also worked in production, including Paul Kelly's debut solo album, Post (sadly Clive died fighting prostate cancer) b. June 3rd 1949.
2013: Dennis Palmer (55) American synthesizer player and visual artist and co-founded Shaking Ray Levis in 1986. They had hits with "Angels In The Grass" and "Misery And Torment" and were the first US band to record an album for the legendary British label Incus Records. Dennis has performed internationally with collaborators including Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, Reverend Howard Finster, David Greenberger, Col Bruce Hampton,
John Zorn, Shelley Hirsch, Frank Pahl, Eugene Chadbourne, Roger Turner, David Greenberger, Borbetomagus, Fred Frith and Davey Williams.
As a visual artist, Dennis has exhibited his paintings, silk-screened prints, and other unconventional artwork both locally and internationally in cities including London and Los Angeles, and he has designed many CD and record covers (?) b. October 13th 1957
2013: Francisco Fellove (89) Cuban soul singer and songwriter, born in the Barrio Colón, Havana is dubbed the founder of the filin Cuban jazz genre. A longtime resident of Mexico City, he is famous for his tropical music songs like El Jamaiquino and Mango Mangue, which he composed when he was 16 and was recorded by Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco, among others (?) b. October 7th 1923.
2014: Dénes Zsigmondy/Dénes Liedemann (91) Hungarian classical violinist, born in Budapest. After World War II, he joined the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and went on to perform as a soloist with the Berliner Symphoniker and the Vienna Symphony; the philharmonic orchestras of Tokyo, Budapest and Munich; the radio orchestras of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney, Melbourne and Munich; the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg. From 1971, he was a professor, later emeritus professor, of music at the University of Washington at Seattle, a visiting professor at Boston University and conducted masterclasses at the New England Conservatory and other institutions around the world (?) b. April 9th 1922
2015: Sergio Blanco Rivas (66) Spanish singer and one half of the Spanish vocal duo, Sergio y Estíbaliz. Born in Bibao where she met Estíbaliz Uranga Amézaga in 1968, the couple joined vocal group Mocedades, with whom they recorded three albums before leaving in 1972 to concentrate on a career as a duo and released their first self-titled album the following year. The couple married in 1975, and that same year they were chosen to represent Spain in Eurovision Song Contest; they came 10th with the song "Tú volverás". Their last album as a duo was released in 1992. Since 1993 the duo were members of the group El Consorcio and released 8 albums with them. In 2013, sadly Sergio was forced to leave El Consorcio due to serious illness (?) b. November 17th 1948.
2016: Louis Lane (92) American conductor born in Eagle Pass, Texas; he studied composition at the University of Texas, Tanglewood Music Center and at the Eastman School of Music. He was apprentice conductor to George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in 1947. He became assistant conductor there 1955-1960 and associate conductor 1960-1970 and resident conductor 1970-1973. His programming with the Cleveland Orchestra led to his receiving two major awards, the Mahler Medal and the Ditson Conductor's Award. Louis He was also music director of the Akron Symphony Orchestra 1959-1983 and was co-conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 1977-1983. He was also principal guest conductor 1982-1983 and principal conductor 1984-1985 of the National Symphony Orchestra of the South African Broadcasting Corporation based in Johannesburg. Louis also taught or worked at University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College and at The University of Texas at Austin. Louis has been awarded 4 times including a Grammy in 1989 (?) b. December 25th 1923.
2016: Vanity/D.D.Winters/Denise Katrina Matthews (57) Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model, who turned away from her acting and music career to concentrate on evangelism. Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, but at aged 17, she moved to New York City to further her career and went on to become the lead singer of the female trio Vanity 6 from 1981 until it disbanded in 1983. The group was well known for their 1982 R&B/funk hit "Nasty Girl". Vanity's music career also included two solo albums on Motown Records, 'Wild Animal' and 'Skin on Skin', as well as the hit singles "Pretty Mess", "Mechanical Emotion", "Undress" (from the movie Action Jackson), and "Under the Influence". She also had a successful acting career, starring in films The Last Dragon, 52 Pick-Up, and Action Jackson. (sadly Vanity died of renal failure) b. January 4th 1959.

2017: Tibério Gaspar/Tibério Gaspar Rodrigues Pereira (73) Brazilian songwriter, guitarist, and music producer, born in Rio de Janeiro. His career began in the 1960s, with Antonio Adolfo; at the time, he was a professor of mathematics, while Antonio already worked as a pianist. They went on to pen hits such as Sá Marina, BR-3 and Teletema. In 1970 they won the V International Song Festival with BR-3, played by Tony Tornado, Trio Tenderness and Osmar Milito Quartet. In five decades he was recorded by Stevie Wonder, Tim Maia, Elis Regina, Erasmo Carlos, among many others. He made soundtracks for TV Globo soap operas and TV Manchete, as well as jingles, and worked in record production and advertising campaigns.
(Tibério had been hospitalized at Miguel Couto Hospital since a sudden illness about 15 days ago) b. September 11th 1943.
2017: E-Dubble (34) American rap artist, born in Baltimore, Md, but more recently moved in Philadelphia where he was a big part of the underground, online rap community. He frequently sampled 1990s, indie and alternative songs for his music. He started out tinkering musically while attending St. Mary's College of Maryland. There, he met some musician friends and started producing a wide variety of recording styles as a goof, making commercial parodies, country ditties, and rock songs. They made a website to promote their material and went on to form the hip-hop group, Young English, playing their first show in 2008. Soon after college, E-Dubble moved with his bandmates into a renovated warehouse in Baltimore, where he recorded his debut album 'Hip-Hop Is Good'. Over the next year, he continued contributing to his website and released a new song each Friday for a Freestyle Fridays column. He is noted for tracks such as "Be A King", "Let Me Oh", "Down", "Janky", and "Changed My Mind"
(Tragically he passed away after bravely fighting an aggressive infection that spread throughout his entire body) b. 1982.

February 16.
1928: Eddie Foy Sr/Edwin Fitzgerald (71)
American vaudevillian, actor, comedian and dancer, born in Greenwich Village, New York City. Between 1910 and 1913, he formed a family vaudeville act, and "Eddie Foy and The Seven Little Foys" quickly turned into a national institution. While Eddie was a stern disciplinarian backstage he portrayed an indulgent papa onstage, and the Foys toured successfully for over a decade and appeared in one motion picture. The family’s story was filmed in 1955 as The Seven Little Foys, with Bob Hope as Eddie Sr (died of a heart attack while headlining on the Orpheum circuit in Kansas City) b. March 9th 1856.
1957: Josef Hofmann (81)
Polish-American virtuoso pianist, composer, born in Podgórze, near Cracow, Austria-Hungary, now Poland; he was especially popular in Russia where he gave 21 consecutive concerts in St. Petersburg, not repeating a single piece. In all, he played 255 different works during that marathon. He made some of the earliest recordings in history of classical music for Thomas Edison. These have been lost, but some cylinders he made in Russia a few years later have recently been discovered. Off the subject but his invention of pneumatic shock absorbers for cars and planes earned him a fortune in the early twentieth century (sadly died of died of pneumonia) b. January 20th 1876.
1967: Smiley Burnette/Lester Alvin Burnett (55)
American country music performer and a comedic actor in Western films, playing sidekick to Gene Autry and other B-movie cowboys, and on radio and TV. He was also a prolific singer-songwriter who could play as many as 100 musical instruments, some simultaneously. His career beginning in 1934 spanned four decades, including a regular role on CBS-TV's Petticoat Junction in the 1960s. Smiley wrote more than 400 songs and sang a significant number of them on screen. His Western classic, "Ridin’ Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)", was later recorded by Willie Nelson, Riders in the Sky and Johnnie Lee Wills. Others included "On the Strings of My Lonesome Guitar" (Jimmy Wakely's theme song in the 1940s), "Fetch Me Down My Trusty .45", "Ridin' All Day", "It's Indian Summer", as well as "The Wind Sings a Cowboy Song", "The Old Covered Wagon" and "Western Lullaby". He also composed musical scores for such films as The Painted Stallion and Waterfront Lady. His songs were recorded by a diverse range of singers, including Bing Crosby, Ferlin Husky and Leon Russell. His performance of "Steamboat Bill" appeared on Billboard's country chart in 1939. (sadly passed away from leukemia) b. March 18th 1911
1975: Norman Treigle/Adanelle Wilfred Treigle (47)
American bass-baritone born in New Orleans, between 1949 and 1951, he attended Loyola University of the South's College of Music, while performing various roles with the local opera company. In 1953, Treigle made his New York City Opera debut, as Colline in La bohème. Three years later, the bass-baritone scored his first significant success, as the tormented Reverend Olin Blitch, in the New York premiere of Floyd's Susannah. He made his European debut in this same opera, at the Brussels World's Fair, in 1958. He became one of the top bass-baritones in North America, and was acclaimed as one of the world's foremost singing-actors, specializing in roles that evoked villainy and terror. He sang in many experimental productions and participated in several important premieres, in operas by Einem, Copland, Moore, Floyd, Orff, Dallapiccola and Ward (The Crucible). Perhaps his greatest roles were in Faust (as Méphistophélès), Carmen (as Escamillo), Susannah, Il prigioniero, Les contes d'Hoffmann (the four Villains), Boris Godunov and, especially, Mefistofele (?) b. March 6th 1927.
1988: Jean Carignan (71) French Canadian fiddler born in Lévis; he was a well-known fiddler from Quebec. Joseph Allard, Michael Coleman, and J. Scott Skinner are all brilliant traditional fiddlers whose music Jean studied. He was a friend of famous violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin. In 1974, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada as "the greatest fiddler in North America" (He died in Montreal) b. December 7th 1916
1996: Walter "Brownie" McGhee (80)
American blues singer and guitarist born in Knoxville, Tennessee and grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, he is maybe best known for his collaborations with the harmonica player Sonny Terry. As a young boy he had polio, in his teens he had an operation which enabled him to walk again. After singing with local harmony group the Golden Voices Gospel Quartet and teaching himself to play guitar, at 22, Brownie became a traveling musician, working in the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and recorded with Blind Boy Fuller, whose guitar playing influenced him greatly. In 1942, when he teamed up with Sonny Terry, they was an overnight success; as well as recording, they toured together until the 1980s. As a duo, they did most of their work from 1958 until 1980, spending eleven months of each year touring, and recording dozens of albums. During the blues revival of the 1960s, Terry and McGhee were very popular on the concert and music festival circuits. In 1987, he gave a small but memorable performance as ill-fated blues singer Toots Sweet in the supernatural thriller movie, Angel Heart. Brownies' final concert appearances was at the 1995 Chicago Blues Festival. One of Brownie's final concert appearances was at the 1995 Chicago Blues Festival (sadly lost to stomach cancer) b. November 30th 1915.
1999: Björn Svante Afzelius (52) Swedish singer, song writer and guitar player born in Huskvarna, Jönköping County; in 1970, he formed the progg group Hoola Bandoola Band together with Mikael Wiehe. He released his first solo album in 1974, his last one in 1999. He wrote about 150 songs and sold over two and a half million albums. Some of his most popular songs are "Tusen bitar"/Thousand pieces, "Ikaros", "Sång till friheten"/Song for Freedom, "Kungens man"/The king's man, "Tankar i Havanna"/Thoughts in Havanna and "Till min kära"/For my dear
(sadly lost his battle with lung cancer) b. January 27th 1947.
2003: Benjamin Rush "Rusty" Magee (47) American composer and lyricist for theatre, television, and film and commercials, born in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor's degree in music at Brown University in 1978 and was awarded an honorary Masters of Fine Arts. from the Yale School of Drama after working there for three years as Musical Consultant for the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Yale School of Drama. Among his many projects, he arranged and performed the music for the Tony Award-winning production of The House of Blue Leaves at Lincoln Center and on Broadway and PBS. He co-produced and wrote music for hundreds of one-act plays as Musical Director and co-founder with Lewis Black and Rand Foerster of Steve Olsen's West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar in New York City. He wrote the music for Moonwork's production of What You Will, an adaptation of Twelfth Night, and for Moonwork's acclaimed version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He wrote the theme music for the CBS-Television pilot "Family Brood". His song, "Road To Victory" (co-written with longtime collaborator Bob Golden), was featured in the documentary film New School Order. He was a huge Detroit Tigers fan, which inspired his musical '1919: A Baseball Opera'. His last musical 19th Street Shuffle was co- written with Billy Aronson (Sadly lost his battle with colon cancer) b. August 6th 1955
2004: Doris Troy/ Doris Higginsen (67) US soul, R&B singer, solo, backup, songwriter, musicals; born in The Bronx, she was working as an usherette at the Apollo where she was discovered by James Brown the 'Godfather of Soul'. She worked with Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Cissy Houston, and Dionne Warwick before she co-wrote and recorded "Just One Look", which hit No.10 in 1963. Doris worked in the UK throughout the 1970s, appearing frequently at Ronnie Scott's Club. "Mama, I Want To Sing" is a stage musical based on her life, co-written with her sister, Vy. It ran for 1,500 performances at the Heckscher Theatre in Harlem, Troy played her own mother. As well as her solo career she also sang back up for many bands over the years including the Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Kevin Ayers, Pink Floyd (on their seminal album The Dark Side of the Moon), George Harrison, Dusty Springfield, Nick Drake, Junior Campbell and Carly Simon (emphysema) b. January 6th 1937.
2012: Bubi Chen (74) Indonesian jazz pianist born in Surabaya, East Java; by the age of 17, Bubi was teaching music while taking a two-year correspondence course with the Wesco School of Music in New York, one of his instructors was Teddy Wilson, a student of jazz legend Benny Goodman. Bubi founded the Chen Trio in the 1950s with his brothers Jopie and Teddy. He also joined the Jack Lesmana Quartet which then became the Jack Lesmana Quintet. By the 1960s, Bubi was already widely known in Australia, Europe and the United States. Bubi and Jack were credited with adding an Indonesian flavor to jazz music especially at a time when then president Sukarno despised western music.
Also the pair, together with the Indonesian All Stars, recorded the phenomenal album Djanger Bali, which mixed jazz with Indonesian traditional music, after attending the Berlin Jazz Festival in 1967. Bubi, nicknamed “the Pearl of the East’”, was named as one of the top 10 jazz pianists at the 1997 Berlin Jazz Festival when he played a kecapi, a traditional Indonesian instrument, along with the piano. (sadly Bubi died from a cardiac arrest) b. February 19th 1938.
2012: Jon McIntire (70) American manager, who managed the Grateful Dead in the 1970s, he is credited with sparking the band's community of "Deadhead" fans, when i
n 1971, he slipped a notice into copies of the "Grateful Dead" (Skull and Roses) album that became what historians have called "the liner note heard 'round the world". It said, "Dead Freaks Unite! Who are you? Where are you? How are you? Send us your name and address and we'll keep you informed" and later referring to "Dead Heads". With that, he inspired the ''Deadhead'' phenomenon, believed to be the most intense bond between a band and its fan base in rock history. He managed the Dead from 1970-1974, during which time the band released some of its most significant albums, including Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. After handling Bob Weir's solo career for a decade, he returned to manage the Dead again, from 1984-1990. Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote the song "Uncle John's Band" for Jon. (He sadly died from complications of lung cancer) b. 1942.
2013: Tony Sheridan/Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity (72) English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Norwich. He was best known as an early collaborator of The Beatles, though the record was labelled as being with "The Beat Brothers", one of two non-Beatles, to receive label performance credit on a record with the group (
the other being Billy Preston) and the only non-Beatle to appear as lead singer on a Beatles recording which charted as a single. In 1956, he formed his first band, and was soon playing in London's "Two I's" club for six months straight. In 1958, at 18, he began appearing on ITV's Oh Boy, playing guitar on such early Rock classics as "Blue Suede Shoes", "Glad All Over", "Mighty Mighty Man" and "Oh Boy!". His band was offered a job in the "Kaiserkeller" club in Hamburg, Tony decided to stay in Germany. This is where he met and recorded with The Beatles, including "My Bonnie" and "Ain't She Sweet". In the early 1970s, he managed a West German radio programme of blues music, which was well received. In 1978, the Star Club was reopened, and he performed there along with Elvis Presley's TCB Band
(?) b. May 21st 1940.
2013: Lanier Greig (64) American rock keyboardist, bass player and one of the original members of legendary rock band ZZ Top and can be heard on ZZ Top’s first-ever single, “Salt Lick,” and on its B-side song, “Miller’s Farm”. After ZZ Top, Lanier left Houston and went on to become a very wanted Los Angeles session keyboardist and also worked with jazz groups
(Lanier died in his sleep) b. August 8th 1948
2013: Marifé de Triana/Maria Felisa Martinez Lopez (76) Spanish copla singer and actress, born in the village of Seville Burguillos and later studied voice in Madrid. She began her career at age 11, touring for the first time as a professional in the northwestern province of Galicia at age 12. Her debut album in 1956 contained the hit tune "Torre de arena"/Tower of Sand, which remains to this day a classic of the copla genre. A series of hits followed, including "Vendo la sombra", "La loba", and "Maria de la O". Her concert tours took her to Latin America, where she returned in the final years of her career and was one of the best-known Spanish singers. She also appeared in two films: "Canto para ti", which was shot in 1958 and tells of the rise to fame of a young copla singer; and "Bajo el cielo Andaluz"
(?) b. September 13th 1936.
2013: Eric Ericson (94) Swedish choral conductor and teacher renowned for his innovative teaching methods and the wide-ranging nature of his repertoire. He was the principal conductor of the Orphei Drängar choir at Uppsala University from 1951 until 1991, and choirmaster until 1982 of the Swedish Radio Choir which was established on his initiative in 1951. Also in 1951, he began his teaching career at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he became a legendary and inspirational figure, and he was appointed to the chair of choral conducting there in 1968.
He won the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1995, and in 1997 he shared the Polar Music Prize with Bruce Springsteen for "pioneering achievements as a conductor, teacher, artistic originator and inspirer in Swedish and international choral music". He founded the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, and worked as a guest conductor for many ensembles and choirs including Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Chœur de chambre Accentus (?) b. October 26th 1918.
Gert Krawinkel aka Kralle (66) German singer and guitarist, born in Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony. He started his music career in the mid-1960s band "The Vampyr", before teaming up with vocalist Stephan Remmler in a Rolling Stones-influenced band MacBeats, later renamed Just Us. In 1969, Gert started a new folk and prog rock band called Cravinkel and released of two studio albums. In 1979, he teamed with his former bandmate Stephan Remmler and they formed the band Trio. The band is most noted for the song "Da da da, ich lieb dich nicht, du liebst mich nicht, aha aha aha" and released 4 studio albums. Gert later operated a music studio in his home near Seville; he also maintained a home in Berlin. In 1998 he got an entry in the Guinness Book of Records by riding the longest distance from Seville to Hamburg by horse (?) b. April 21st 1947.
2014: Raymond "Ray" Louis Kennedy (67) American singer-songwriter, musician and producer His works span multiple genres including R&B, pop, rock, jazz, fusion, acid rock, country and many others. Born in Philadelphia, he began playing saxophone at age nine; he sang in a cappella groups in New Jersey and Philadelphia before becoming a dancing regular on American Bandstand in 1960. Dick Clark offered to pay him to pantomime playing saxophone with groups such as The Platters, The Drifters, Chubby Checker, Little Richard, and many more. In 1965 he recorded his first single as vocalist, "Number 5 Gemini", also that year he received a gig playing tenor sax with Gerry Mulligan, which led to him playing various jazz clubs and making his way south. Over his long career Ray has toured or/and played gigs Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, Buddy Rich, Brenda Lee, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wilson Pickett, the Gene Krupa Jazz Group, Sly and the Family Stone,
Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson, Dave Mason, Barry Goldberg, Maurice White, Aerosmith, Michael Schenker, Engelbert Humperdinck, Wayne Newton, Tanya Tucker, Bill Champlin, Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood and many others. He co-wrote "Sail On, Sailor", one of The Beach Boys' mid-career hits, as well as two hits for The Babys: "Everytime I Think of You" and "Isn't It Time". (?) b. November 26th 1946.
2015: Lesley Gore (68) American singer born in Brooklyn, New York City; she was a junior at the Dwight School for Girls in nearby Englewood when she recorded her 1963 cover of "It's My Party" with Quincy Jones and it became a No.1, nationwide hit. This was followed by many other hits including the sequel, "Judy's Turn to Cry" (US No. 5); "She's a Fool" (US No. 5); "You Don't Own Me"(US No. 2); "That's the Way Boys Are" (US No. 12); "Maybe I Know" (US No. 14/UK No. 20); "Look of Love" (US No. 27); and the Grammy-nominated "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" (US No. 13), from the 1965 movie, Ski Party. Lelsie also worked as an actress, among others, in 1965 she appeared in the beach party film 'The Girls on the Beach' in which she performed three songs. She also composed songs with her brother, Michael Gore, for the 1980 film Fame, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She played concerts and appeared on television throughout the 1980s and 1990s and co-wrote a song, "My Secret Love", for the 1996 film Grace of My Heart. She hosted an LGBT-oriented public television show, In the Life, on American TV in the 2000s, and was active until 2014. (sadly Lesley died fighting lung cancer) b. May 2nd 1946.
2016: Piero Buscaroli aka Hans Sachs (85) Italian musicologist born in Imola; he studied organ, harmony and counterpoint at the Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini and later he graduated in Law with a thesis about the Italian legal history. From 1955 to 1977, he collaborated with the magazine Il Borghese, from 1972 to 1975 he was director of the newspaper Roma, and in 1979 he began a long collaboration with the newspaper Il Giornale. Piero wrote several books on the history of music, notably Bach, which got over twenty editions; Beethoven, a 1350 pages book which was the result of five years of continuous study, and La morte di Mozart/"The death of Mozart" in which he suggested that Mozart's Requiem was not left unfinished because of the death of its author, but because of a deliberate choice of Mozart himself. (?) b. August 21st 1930.
2017: Pericoma Okoye (??) Nigerian singer born in Imo State, an eastern state occupied by the Igbo people of Nigeria He recorded several albums, including 'High Tension', Ikeji Izuogu', Obodo Aghoka', and Igatakwuteya aja'. Pericoma also featured in the movie "Lion Of Africa" alongside Nollywood star, Pete Edochie, the movie which was in two parts was a biography of Pericoma's early life. He was a firm believer and practitioner of the traditional religion of the Igbo people, Odinani, and was a famous 'Sorcerer' 'Magician' 'Dibia' or 'Medicine man', as well as being prime minister of the Arondizogu community in Imo state until his death in 2017. (??) b. ????
2017: Maurice Vander/Maurice Camille Gustave Vanderschueren (87) French jazz pianist and composer born in Paris. He is known for his work on A Man and a Woman (1966), Going Places (1974) and May Fools (1990). (?) b. June 11th 1929.

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1939: Willy Hess (79) German violinist, viola and was also known to play a Guadagnini.
Born in Mannheim, from 1904 to 1910 he was the concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and taught violin at Harvard University. He also spent time as the leader of the Hallé Orchestra, and as concertmaster in Frankfurt and Rotterdam. He then relocated to Berlin in 1910 to take the position of premier violin instructor at the Royal Academy of Music in Berlin, Germany. Composer Max Bruch, a friend of Hess, helped arrange Hess’ appointment as professor. During the time of the Weimar Republic the Hochschule was the hub of the international music scene, and he was associated with many of the musical luminaries of his day and taught students who came to Berlin from all over the world. He had no difficulty alternating between the violin and viola and performed the viola part of the first performance of Max Bruch’s Double Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra, op. 88. It was also in 1910 that Bruch composed the Concert Piece for violin and orchestra, op. 84, for Willy. Among works by other composers written for him was Arthur W. Foote’s Op. 69, Ballade. He also played in a piano trio with cellist Hugo Becker and pianist Daniel Quast
(?) b. July 14th 1859.
1943: Armand J. Piron (54) American jazz violinist, composer and bandleader. In 1915,
Armand and friend Mr Williams together started the Piron and Williams Publishing Company, and in their first year of business published Piron's composition, “I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate”, which became his biggest hit. After touring briefly with W.C. Handy in 1917, he started an orchestra under his own name, which soon included such notables as Lorenzo Tio and Steve Lewis. His New Orleans Orchestra quickly became one of the best paid African American band in New Orleans, for Armand landed regular jobs at both the Spanish Fort amusement park and the exclusive white New Orleans Country Club (?) b. August 16th 1888.
1962: Bruno Walter/Bruno Schlesinger (85) German conductor, he made his debut at La Scala in 1926. In London, he was chief conductor of the German seasons at Covent Garden from 1924 to 1931 and emigrated to America in 1939, were
he worked with many famous American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, where he was musical adviser from '47 to '49, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. From 1946 onwards, he made numerous trips back to Europe, becoming an important musical figure in the early years of the Edinburgh Festival and in Salzburg, Vienna and Munich. His late life was marked by stereo recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. He made his last live concert appearance on December 4th 1960 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and pianist Van Cliburn. His last recording was a series of Mozart overtures with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra at the end of March in 1961 (heart attack) b. September 15th 1876.
1970: Alfred Newman (68) American film composer born in New Haven, Connecticut, a musical prodigy, he began studying piano at the age of five with Sigismund Stojowski, and walked a 10 mile round trip every day to practice on a neighbour's piano. By the age of twenty he was in New York, beginning a ten-year career on Broadway as the conductor of musicals by composers such as George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Jerome Kern. Then, in 1930, he accompanied Irving Berlin to Hollywood. Between 1930 and 1970, Alfred wrote music for over 200 films of every imaginable type, including a score for the newsreel made from the World War II footage of the Battle of Midway. All About Eve, Panic in the Streets, The Big Lift, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Robe, The Seven Year Itch, Anastasia, Carousel (adaptation), The King and I (adaptation), April Love, - How the West Was Won, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Camelot (adaptation), Firecreek, and many others.
His final score was for the 1970 film Airport, produced by Universal Pictures. Alfred was nominated for a total of 45 Academy Awards, making him the most nominated composer in Oscar history. This record stood for thirty six years, until 2006 when John Williams matched the record (complications of emphysema) b. March 17th 1901.
1982: Thelonious Monk (64)
American jazz pianist born in Rocky Mount, Nth Carolina; he is considered one of the most important & eccentric jazz composers of the century. One of the giants of American music and an early practitioners of bebop during the '40s and '50s, his complex compositions featured irregular rhythms, dissonant sounds and a quirky sense of humor. He also made many contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "Epistrophy", "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Well, You Needn't" and "Straight, No Chaser". Thelonious is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is remarkable as Ellington composed over 1,000 songs while Monk wrote about 70. He is one of only five jazz musicians ever to be featured on the cover of Time, the other four being Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and Dave Brubeck. (sadly died from a stroke) b. October 10th 1917.
1998: Bob Merrill (77)
American songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist, and screenwriter. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and following a stint with the Army during WW II, he moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a dialogue director for Columbia Pictures. He began his songwriting career writing tunes for Dorothy Shay. One of his first major hits was the 1950 novelty song "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake". He also wrote/co-wrote the 1950 Moon Mullican country song "You don't have to be baby to cry", "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?"-Patti Page, "Mambo Italiano"- Rosemary Clooney, and "The Kid's Last Fight"-Frankie Laine. He made his Broadway debut in 1957 with 'New Girl in Town', and his greatest theatrical success was the Barbra Streisand vehicle 'Funny Girl'. Other Broadway credits include Take Me Along; Carnival!; Breakfast at Tiffany's; Henry, Sweet Henry;The Red Shoes; and Sugar (reworked as Some Like It Hot for a 1992 production in London's West End starring Tommy Steele and a 2002-03 United States national tour starring Tony Curtis as Osgood Fielding, Jr. He was nominated for the Tony Award eight times, but never won. His screenwriting credits include Mahogany, W.C. Fields and Me, and the television movies Portrait of a Showgirl and The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer (tragically Bob became progressively ill in the mid-1990s and took his own life) b. May 17th 1921.
: Debbie Dean/Reba Jeanette Smith (73) American singer; born in Corbin, Kentucky she recorded as Penny Smith and Debbie Stevens at various labels before arriving at Motown in the early 1960s, and was Motown's first white female solo recording artist, signed by Berry Gordy. Unlike most of the early Motown recording artists, she was neither an R&B or blues singer. Her first single at Motown was "Don't Let Him Shop Around," in 1961, an answer record to the Miracles No.1 R&B and No.2 pop hit, "Shop Around". At the age of 34, she was dropped from the label. A few years later, after a meeting with Motown producer/writer Deke Richards, Debbie rejoined the Motown roster as a writer/singer, and collaorated with Richards aka Lussier on songs for the Supremes, Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas, Edwin Starr, and other Motown artists. She later co-wrote and recorded "Why Am I Lovin' You" on Motown's V.I.P. label (?) b. February 1st 1928.
2006: William "Bill" Cowsill Jr. (58) American singer best known as lead singer and guitarist of The Cowsills who had three top 10 singles, "The Rain, the Park and Other Things", "Indian Lake" and "Hair". Born in Rhode Island, Bill began singing at a young age with his brother, Bob, and they formed The Cowsills in 1965 with their brothers: Barry on bass; Bob on guitar and organ; and John on drums. Another brother, Paul, their sister Susan and mother Barbara joined the band later. The band made regular television appearances, which led to Columbia Pictures considering a television program based on their story and starring most of the members of the band. This would later become The Partridge Family, with David Cassidy playing the lead singer. Bill's involvement with The Cowsills came to an abrupt end in 1969 when his father, caught him smoking marijuana. Bill moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he fronted The Blue Shadows, who were known for their Everly Brothers-like harmonies. In 1990 Bill produced the second album for rockabilly act, The Rattled Roosters. In 1993, The Blue Shadows landed a deal with Sony and released its debut album, “On the Floor of Heaven”. In 1998, now in Calgary, Billy formed a new band The Co-Dependents, a country-rock quartet and went on to produce and arrange the vocals for Optimal Impact's debut album "Sun Sittin'" in 2000
(emphysema) b. January 9th 1948.
2006: Ray Barretto (76) US percussion & conga session player and member of the Fania All-Stars. Born in New York City of Puerto Rican descent in 1960, he was a house musician for the Prestige, Blue Note, and Riverside labels. He recorded his first hit, "El Watusi", the first Latin song to enter the Billboard charts in April 1963. He has played with a host of musicians including the Rolling Stones and the Bee Gees. In 1990 he was honored with a Grammy for the album "Ritmo en el Corazon" and 1999, he was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame
(heart failure and multiple health complications) b. April 29th 1929.
2007: Dermot O'Reilly (64) Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter born in Dublin, Ireland.
In March 1968, he emigrated to Toronto where he met future bandmates Fergus O'Byrne and Denis Ryan. He was one of the founding members of The Sons of Erin and helped form the band Sullivan's Gypsies in 1970. In 1971, he, O'Byrne and Ryan moved to St. John's and began performing as Ryan's Fancy. Ryan's Fancy became a popular Irish group that released 12 albums and hosted a successful television program for several seasons. Dermot wrote and produced many Irish songs as a member of Ryan's Fancy, as a solo artist and later as a member of the group Brishney. In 2004, Ryan's Fancy was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the East Cost Music Association. After Ryan's Fancy disbanded, He founded Piperstock Productions, a video production and marketing company based in Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador (heart attack) b. 1942.
2010: Kathryn Grayson (88) American actress and operatic soprano singer born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she trained as an opera singer from the age of 12. By the early '40s she was under contract to MGM , soon establishing a career principally through her work in musicals. After several supporting roles, she was a lead performer in such films as Anchors Aweigh with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, Show Boat in 1951, Kiss Me Kate in 1953 with Howard Keel, and appeared in 2 films with Mario Lanza, That Midnight Kiss in '49 and The Toast of New Orleans in '50. When film musical production declined, she worked in theatre, appearing in Camelot from 1962-1964. Later, she performed in several operas, including La bohème, Orpheus in the Underworld, Madama Butterfly, and La Traviata (
Kathryn died in her sleep at her home in L.A) b. February 9th 1922.
2010: Ruby Hunter (55) Australian folk-blues-roots singer, songwriter and guitarist, Ruby was of the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal nationality. She often performed with her partner, Archie Roach, whom she met at the age of 16, while both were homeless teenagers. She recieved two ARIA Award nominations for Best Indigenous Release for 'Thoughts Within' in 1995 and Best Blues & Roots Album for 'Feeling Good' in 2000. Ruby also won Deadlys in 2000 for Female Artist of the Year, 2003 for Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music and in 2004 for Excellence in Film & Theatrical Score. She made her acting debut in One Night the Moon. With Archie Roach and Paul Grabowsky she wrote and performed the concert Ruby's Story which tells the story of her life through song and spoken word. (heart attack) b. 1955
2011: Sergio Embrioni (50) Argentine guitarist and singer with bands Alcohol etílico and in 1984, joined up
with the successful rock trio Enanitos Verdes / Little Green Men, which formed in 1979 in the city of Mendoza. From 1984 they released 17 albums and toured extensively. They were part of the Watcha Tour 2000, which included 17 shows along with Molotov, Aterciopelados, Café Tacuba and A.N.I.M.A.L. Throughout their career they gained important positions on Latin American charts. (suicide;tragically by hanging) b. 1960.
2012: Enrique Sierra (54) Spanish rock guitarist born in Madrid; in 1977 he co-founder of the punk band Kaka de Luxe producing an album Damn Sounds released in 1983, after the band split. In 1978, after dissolving Kaka de Luxe, Enrique founded Sierra Radio Futura along with brothers James and Luis Auserón, Herminio Molero and Javier Perez. Radio Futura became one of the most popular and influential bands in Spain from the eighties and early nineties. Enrique brought the aesthetics punk characteristic of his early group, throughout its development until 1992, when they merged their sound with the Latin rock.
In 1989 they were voted the best Spanish act of the 80s. After the bands demise, Enrique recorded his first solo album in 1995, Lies , recorded in London with British musicians like Danny Cummings, percussionist of Dire Straits. Along with Roman Pilar and Luis Auserón, he then founded in 1997 Klub, mixing rock and electronic music. He won two Latin Grammy Awards as a sound engineer, both for work on albums by Rosario Flores : the first in 2002, the album Many flowers, and the second in 2004 by Mil Colores (sadly Enrique died from kidney disease) b. July 29th 1957.
2012: Michael Davis (68) American bassist; he became the bassist for Detroit's radical proto-punk band the MC5 in 1964. Their first album “Kick Out the Jams” was released in 1969. After leaving the MC5 in 1972, he worked with Destroy All Monsters for several years before moving to Arizona, where he played in Blood Orange. Later he co-founded the group DKT-MC5 with former MC5 members Wayne Kramer on guitar and Dennis Thompson on drums, hence their band name. In the mid 2000s he co-founded the non-profit Music Is Revolution Foundation, dedicated to supporting music education programs in public schools. Also since the mid 70s Michael spent more time with his love of painting. In 2011, one of his paintings titled “Black To Comm Sk8r Boys” appeared as the cover art for the Easy Action Records multi-media audio/DVD release from the 2009 sold- out performance by British rock superstars Primal Scream and the reunited surviving members of the MC5 at the Royal Festival Hall. (sadly Michael died from liver failure) b. June 5th 1943.
2013: Mindy McCready/Malinda Gayle McCready (37) American country music singer, born in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Active from 1995 till her death she recorded five studio albums; her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels was certified 2× Platinum. Four of her studio albums produced 12 singles on the Billboard country singles charts including "You'll Never Know", "Ten Thousand Angels", "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now", "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" and the No.1 hit "Guys Do It All the Time". Her last album, I'm Still Here, was released in 2010. Sadly the last eight years of her life were marred with drugs, drink and violence
(suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was found dead on her front porch, the same place where her former boyfriend, the father of her younger son, had killed himself one month earlier) b. November 30th 1975
2013: Mike Westhues (64) American-born Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Moberly, Missouri. In 1971, he traveled to Finland, where he was extremely active in the Finnish music scene, working with such groups as the Finnish progressive rock band Wigwam, its lead vocalist Jim Pembroke and Finnish blues artist Dave Lindholm. He also released his first L.P., "New Morning Train", playing solo shows and band shows all over Finland. A couple of years later, he moved to Sweden, then on to London and then back to Finland. At the end of the 70s, he moved back to the USA, to Indianapolis, with his Finnish wife and son. In 2004, they decided to move back to Finland, where he lived until his death. Over the years, Mike has worked with or opened for such artists as J.J.Cale, Michael Chapman, Kevin Coyne, Wigwam, Dave Lindholm, Mickey Baker, Jessie Curtis, Eddie Boyd, Jim Pembroke, Hank Jr., Rod Stewart, Lynard Skynard, Guy Clark, Fairport Convention, and others. He has released around 13 albums the last being 'Alder Hill', in 2013 (?) b. January 22nd 1949.
2013: Shmulik Kraus (77) Israeli actor and pop rock singer born in Jerusalem; he began to sing in the late 50s after serving in the Israeli Navy and as a merchant seaman. He married singer Josie Katz, who he managed and at times performed with. Shmulik appeared in several films, including Rocking Horse and Hole in the Moon and he composed songs for other performers, such as Shalom Hanoch. He was also known for his music for children based on the lyrics of Miriam Yalan-Shteklis (sadly he died swine influenza) b. July 1st 1935.
2013: Richard Lewis “Wayne” Parker (81) American musician, singer, songwriter, arranger, music producer. He graduated from Hamilton High School, LA, got a bachelor’s degree in art design and served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. Afterward, he did freelance work as a stand up bass player and singer with several musical groups and did session work including Jimmie Rodgers' national hit, "Honey Comb". He started composing and publishing his own works. He produced two of his songs, "Boys in the Bunkhouse" and "Oklahoma Twilight", with Mike Curb. Country singer Eddie Raven covered his song, "Good News, Bad News", which went to No.27 on the country charts in 1975. He also appeared in two Clint Eastwood movies, "Every Which Way But Loose" and "Any Which Way You Can", in which he played guitar and sang in the bar scenes. (sadly, Richard died after a three month battle with lymphoma) b. 1931 or 1932.
2014: The Frog Prince/Frankie Kao (63) Taiwanese singer, born in Kaoshiung, He was best known for the song "Flaming Phoenix". During the height of his career, Frankie commanded an appearance fee of NT$240,000 cash per night (sadly, he died while fighting leukemia) b. February 28th 1950
2014: Robert Edward "Bob" Casale Jr. aka Bob 2 (61) American guitarist, keyboardist and sound engineer, born in Kent, Ohio. He originally trained as a medical radiation technologist, but was recruited by his brother Gerald Casale to join his band, the new wave band Devo. In Devo concerts, Bob played lead-rhythm guitar and keyboards while working with MIDI sampling. He also sang backup vocals both on album and at live shows. From 1984, he was the sound engineer for all of Devo's albums, including Something for Everybody, Shout, Total Devo and Smooth Noodle Maps. In 1986, he engineered the first solo album for Police guitarist Andy Summers and co-founded the musical production group Mutato Muzika. As music engineering and production opportunities expanded he began working for TV and movies, including Four Rooms, Happy Gilmore, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Rugrats Go Wild. (sadly Bob died from heart failure) b. July 14th 1952.
2014: R. K. Srikantan/Rudrapatna Krishnashastri Srikantan (94) Indian Carnatic singer born in Rudrapatna, and vocalist of the Karnataka Sangeeta tradition of South Indian music. He was honored with 19 awards and titles over his eight+ decade career which took him around the globe. He celebrated his 93th birthday by giving 6 concerts at Chennai, as well as performing at the 18th Annual Sankranti Music Festival which coincided with the birthday celebrations, before a busy 2013 schedule (died after a short illness) b. January 14th 1920.
2014: Wayne Smith (48) Jamaican reggae singer and musician best known for his 1985 hit "Under Mi Sleng Teng", which is regarded as the track which initiated the digital era of reggae. Born in Kingston, he began recording at the age of 14, working with producer Prince Jammy, who produced his debut album Youthman Skanking in 1982 and the 1985 follow-up Smoker Super. He had further hits with "Ain't No Meaning in Saying Goodbye" and "Come Along". In 1989 he left Jamaica for New York and established his own record label, Sleng Teng Records, were he also worked with several record producers from New York, Jamaica and Europe. He returned to Jamaica in 2013, settling in Mandeville (Wayne was admitted to Kingston Public Hospital with severe stomach pains, he suffered a heart attack, from which he tragically died) b. December 5th 1965.
2015: Andrzej Koszewski (92) Polish composer, musicologist, music publicist and teacher, born in Poznan, and to many he is best-known for his composition, is Muzyka fa-re-mi-do-si. His compositions especially those for choir, 160, have been performed and recorded in numerous European, Asian and American countries during several international festivals and competitions and he has received a number of artistic awards, among them the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art in 1967, 1973, 1977, 1978 and also the Award of the City of Poznan and Poznan Voivodeship in 1968. (?) b. July 26th 1922.
2017: Peter Skellern (69)
English singer-songwriter and pianist; born in Bury, Lancashire, he attended Derby High School, playing the organ at St Michael's Church in Bolton during his early years, and studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He later joined the pop groups Harlem and March Hare. He rose to fame in 1972 with his self penned "You’re A Lady", which reached No 3 in the British charts. Further success followed with "Hold On to Love" and he also sang the theme song to the TV series Billy Liar. For three years in the 1970s he worked on BBC Radio 4's Stop the Week. He also wrote the lyrics for the song "One More Kiss, Dear" for 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner. In 1984, he formed a group called Oasis with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and folk singer Mary Hopkin. In 1987, Peter wrote and performed the theme music and song for the Yorkshire Television series Flying Lady. In his later years, Skellern has been writing choral music including Six Simple Carols and The Nativity Cantata. In October 2016, Peter was ordained as a priest of the Church of England (sadly Peter died bravely fighting brain cancer) b.
March 14th 1947.

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1956: Gustave Charpentier (95)
French composer, born in Dieuze, best known for his opera Louise. He studied violin at the conservatoire in Lille before entering the Paris Conservatoire in 1881. In 1902, Gustave founded the Conservatoire Populaire Mimi Pinson, intended to provide a free artistic education to Paris's working girls. But, he became unproductive as a composer and worked on a sequel to Louise, ''Julien, ou la vie d'un poète'', but it was not as great a success as Louise on its 1913 premiere. During World War I, he started the Œuvre de Mimi Pinson and Cocarde de Mimi Pinson to aid wounded soldiers. He was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 1900, became a Commandeur in 1930, and a Grand Officier in 1950. In 1934, he conducted a recording of his Impressions d'Italie with a Paris symphony orchestra (?) b. June 25th 1860.
1993: Patrick Waite (24)
Jamaican-English reggae artist, bassist and singer in Musical Youth. The group originally formed in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School in Birmingham, England. They are best remembered for their successful 1982 Grammy-nominated single, "Pass the Dutchie". The group featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant, plus Junior and Patrick Waite, who's father, Frederick Waite, was a former member of Jamaican group The Techniques, and sang lead with Junior at the start of the group's career. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards of 1984. Their follow-up to "Pass the Dutchie", "Youth Of Today", reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart, and early in 1983, "Never Gonna Give You Up", climbed to UK number 6. Minor successes with "Heartbreaker" and "Tell Me Why", were succeeded by a collaboration with Donna Summer on the UK Top 20 hit, "Unconditional Love". Eventually in 1985 the band split. In 1993 the band had planned a reunion but due to Patrick's untimely death this didn't happen. (sadly died of a hereditary heart condition) b. June 16th 1968.
1987: Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky (82)
Russian Soviet composer, born in Saint Petersburg, he is regarded as one of the great modern composers of children's music. He helped to set up the Union of Soviet Composers in Moscow and remained one of its leading figures. He was also a prolific composer of piano music and chamber music, many of his piano works have been performed by the likes of Vladimir Horowitz, and are regarded as highly innovative, suffusing influences from jazz structure like that of the latter Nikolai Kapustin and symbolic minimalism along the lines of Alemdar Karamanov's concerto n.3 per pianoforte e orchestra. Kabalevsky's Piano Sonata n°1 op.6 is a prime example of his style. He was awarded a number of state honors for his musical works, including at least two Stalin Prizes. He was elected the head of the Commission of Musical Esthetic Education of Children in 1962 as well as being elected president of the Scientific Council of Educational Esthetics in the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the USSR in 1969 (?) b. December 30th 1904
1995: Bob Stinson (35) American lead guitarist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he formed The Replacements, formerly Dog's Breath in 1979 with drummer Chris Mars and Bob's younger half-brother Tommy, then just 12 years old; a year later, he brought in Paul Westerberg on second guitar and vocals. Bob recorded the first 4 albums the band ''Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash'', ''Hootenanny'', ''Let It Be'', and ''Tim'', after which he left in 1985. His first band after leaving The Replacements was Model Prisoner, which broke up in 1988, later the same year he formed Static Taxi. They recorded two albums Stinson Boulevard and Closer 2 Normal. Bob put a few other projects together and his last band was The Bleeding Hearts, which he formed with his roommate Mike Leonard (Bob's body just gave out after years of drink and drugs) b. December 17th 1959.
1995: Eddie Williams (79) American bass player for for the ground breaking group Johnny Moore's Three Blazers during the mid and late forties. He was part of the trio when vocalist Charles Brown recorded "Drifting Blues". He left in 1949 and formed his own group which he called Eddie Williams & His Brown Buddies. He had many hits such as
"Blues In Cuba" , "Houston Jump", "Cuba", "Red Head 'n Cadillac", "Broken Hearted", "Mississippi", "Saturday Night Fish Fry", "Prairie Dog Hole", "You Need Me Now", "I Saw Stars", "Worries", "The Umbrella Song" and "Johnny Katherine". In 1951, Eddie broke up his small group and joined Floyd Dixon as part of Dixon's combo. Eddie was an important artist of the post war years inventing and formulating the music we now call rock & roll (?) b. June 12th 1915.
2009: Snooks Eaglin/Fird Eaglin Jr (73) US blind blues guitarist and singer; at aged 11, he won a talent contest organized by radio station WNOE by playing "Twelfth Street Rag". Three years later, he dropped out of school to become a professional musician. In 1952, he joined a local 7-piece band the Flamingoes. The Flamingoes didn't have a bass player, and according to Snooks, he played both the guitar and the bass parts at the same time on his guitar. He stayed with The Flamingoes until their dissolution in the mid-50s. As a solo artist, his recording and touring were inconsistent, his first recording was in 1953, playing guitar at a recording session for James "Sugar Boy" Crawford. Snooks claimed in interviews that his musical repertoire included some 2,500 songs, at live shows he did not usually prepare set lists, he played songs that came to his head, and he also took requests from the audience. He joined Black Top Records in the 1980s, these years had been the most consistent years of his recording career. Between 1987 and 1999, he recorded 4 studio albums and a live album, and appeared as a guest on a number of recordings by other Black Top artists, including Henry Butler, Earl King, and Tommy Ridgley. (In 2008 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he died of a heart attack in Ochsner Medical Centre, New Orleans while undergoing treatment) b. January 21st 1936.
2010: Ines Paulke (51) German rock 'n' roll singer and songwriter, born in Gräfenthal. Ines took classical vocal studies at the music school in Gera and in 1983 was awarded a grant from the Committee for Entertainment Arts. Until 1986, she played in the band Datzu, but left to start her solo career. She received awards at Workers' Festivals and other competitions. Along with Anke Schenker and Angelika Weiz, she performed as the Swing Sisters, and founded the United Voices Gospel Project. In 2003 she wrote and sang with US artist Brady Swenson the song for the City of Leipzig's Olympic bid (Sadly Ines commited suicide) b. September 20th 1958
2010: Richard Proulx (72) American choral conductor, composer and editor of church music born in St. Paul, Minnesota and began piano studies at 6 years. He was a widely published composer of more than 300 works, including anthems, service music, hymn concertatos, organ music and music for a handbell choir, currently based in Chicago.
He served as a consultant on several important hymnals, including The Hymnal 1982 and the United Methodist Hymnal. He had a long association with Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, and has made several recordings with The Cathedral Singers, a professional chorus which he founded in 1991 (?) b. April ?th 1937.
Ariel Ramírez (88) Argentine composer and pianist, born in Santa Fe, Argentina, Ariel is considered "a chief exponent of Argentine folk music" and noted for his iconic musical compositions. He initially followed tango before switching to Argentine folklore. He began his piano studies and soon became fascinated with the music of the gauchos and creoles. Misa Criolla in 1964, marked the beginning of his international career, it allowed him to travel around Europe and Latin America to build his reputation. He had more than 300 compositions during his career and sold millions of albums and his work was globally renowned. His works included Navidad Nuestra; La Peregrinación; Los caudillos; Mujeres Argentinas; and Alfonsina y el Mar. Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Mercedes Sosa are some of the artists to have recorded his work. He was also associated with Miguel Brascó and Felix Luna (pneumonia) b. September 4th 1921.
2011: Lucas Maree (58) South African songwriter and musician, born in Johannesburg. His famaous songs included ''Ek sou kon doen met ‘n miljoen''/ "I Can Do With a Million" the song used for the TV series 'Make a Million", ''Droomvrou'' and ''Victoriabaai''. In
the early 2000s he regularly toured England, Holland, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. He is also one of the few African artists to stage a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London (sadly died after a two year battle with prostate cancer) b. July 22nd 1958.
2012: Elizabeth Connell (65)
South African born, but London based for most of her career, soprano singer and a leading soprano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Gardens, from the mid 70s onwards. Following her debut at Wexford Opera Festival in 1972, she sang at the opening of the Sydney Opera House in Prokofiev’s War and Peace in 1973, and continued to have a special relationship with Opera Australia. Elizabeth has appeared at the opera houses of London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, New York, San Francisco, Milan, Naples and Geneva in a wide repertoire and at the Bayreuth, Salzburg, Orange, Verona and Glyndebourne Festivals. She has had successful collaborations with conductors such as Abbado, Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Sinopoli, Giulini, Sawallisch, Levine, Downes, Mackerras, Maazel, Ozawa and Elder. She gave her last performance less than 3 months ago, a recital on Nov 27th 2011 in Hastings, UK (sadly died of cancer) b. October 22nd 1946.
2013: Damon Harris/Otis Robert Harris Jr (62) American soul/R&B singer born in Baltimore.
As a teenager he formed a Temptations tribute band The Young Tempts aka The Young Vandals. In 1971 at 20 years old he became a member of The Temptations, he was the youngest member of The Temptations during his tenure and he also changed his name to Damon Harris, because in his own words, "the group already had an Otis". He can be heard on hits such as "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)", "Take a Look Around", the No.1 hit and 3-time Grammy Award winner "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", "Masterpiece", "Plastic Man"; also he leads on "Love Woke Me Up This Morning" on the All Directions album. After leaving the group, in 1975 he reformed The Young Vandals renaming the group Impact, and recorded soul and disco hits, including "Happy Man" and the No.5 disco hit "Give a Broken Heart a Break". Damon later founded The Damon Harris Cancer Foundation dedicated to promoting diagnosis, awareness and treatment of prostate cancer (Damon's cause of death has not yet been revealed, but he had been suffering from prostate cancer
) b. July 17th 1950.
2013: Kathleen McCormack (83) Australian singer and actress born in Taree, New South Wales, and has been a resident of London since the 1970s. She has a recording career spanning over four decades across genres including country music, Scottish and Irish ballads, and 1920s waltz. She also appeared on television and entertained troops during the Vietnam war. She released 29 LPs and sold more than a million albums between the 1950s and 1970s. Kathleen was forced to stop performing as she battled a rare neurodegenerative condition.
(?) b.1929.
2013: Kevin Ayers (68) English psychedelic rock songwriter, guitarist
and bassist, born in Herne Bay, Kent but spent much of his early childhood in Malaysia. In his college years he took up with the musicians' scene in the Canterbury area and was quickly drafted into the Wilde Flowers, a band that featured Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper. The Wilde Flowers morphed into Soft Machine with the addition of keyboardist Mike Ratledge & guitarist Daevid Allen; Kevin switched to bass.The band often shared stages with Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd. They released their debut single 'Love Makes Sweet Music' / 'Feelin' Reelin', Squeelin' in February 1967, making it one of the first recordings from the new British psychedelic movement... >>> READ MORE <<< (Kevin died peacefully in his sleep at his home in the village of Montolieu, France) b. August 16th 1944.
2014: Bernd "Nossi" Noske (67) German singer and drummer noted for his lifes work with prog rock band Birth Control. He joined the band in 1968 and remained with the band throughout his life. The band split in 1983, after the death of their guitarist Bruno Frenzel; Nossi reunited the band in 1993. They released 34 albums between 1970-2009 and Nossi also released a solo album in 1999, Come Out at Night (?) b. August 17th 1946.
2015: David Bliss "Dave" Cloud (58) American singer-songwriter, guitarist and actor born in Nashville, Tennessee. In the late 1970s, he formed The Psychotic Night Auditors, a punk band so loud and obnoxious that they "cleared the room" at a club, Springwater, prompting the owner to ban the group "for life". In 1994 Dave met James Clauer with whom he formed the band Cruel Oval Brown Stomachs (C.O.B.S.), "a jaw-dropping synthesis of performance art, experimental theater, and pure vaudeville", but they disbanded in 1995. then in 1996 he formed Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power, an experimental garage rock band that would go on to record several lo-fi albums with Cloud as the lead vocalist and principal songwriter. In 2006 he signed a recording contract with UK record label Fire Records and toured Europe with The Gospel of Power in 2006 and 2008. Dave also worked as a volunteer book reader for visually impaired persons; beginning in 1984 he recorded thousands of hours of audio books and magazines for the Nashville Talking Library. He appeared in several films including 'Gummo' and 'Trash Humpers', music videos, television programs and a TV campaign for Budweiser beer in the UK (sadly doied after a long illness) b. August 3rd 1956.
2015: Mats Olausson (54) Swedish keyboard player and pianist born in Gothenburg; he became known from performing and recording in bands and with artists such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark, Evil Masquerade, Kamelot, John Norum, and many others. Recently he lived in Thailand where he was active as a musician, composer and producer. (tragically on 19 February 2015, Mats' body was found in a hotel in Thailand, having died 24 hours earlier)
b. April 17th 1961.

1908: Abdul Rashid Khan (107) Indian vocalist of Hindustani music and composer;his traditional compositions have been recorded by the BBC, Iraq Radio, and organizations like Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academi, Lucknow and ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata have recorded and preserved many compositions. During the past several decades, he has been a regular performer on Akashvani and Doordarshan Lucknow. He has participated in many national and regional conferences like Sadarang Conference, Godrej Conference, Lucknow Mahotsav, Dover Lance Conference, ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Prayag Sangeet Samiti Sangeet Sammelan all over India and has been felicited by Critics, fellow artists and many reputed recognized institutions like Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy-1981, Banaras Hindu University-1993, Eastern Zone cultural center and Press club Kolkata. (?) b. August 19th 1908.
2016: Pantelis Pantelidis (32) Greek singer-songwriter; he grew up in Nea Ionia, an Athenian suburb. He initially worked in the Hellenic Navy, but abandoned this to pursue a musical career. He became known from some YouTube videos, but went on to release four albums and became a commercial success. He collaborated with Greek artists such as Vasilis Karras, Despina Vandi and others and twice won awards at the MAD Video Music Awards, first in 2013 as the best new artist, then in 2015 as the best Greek male singer (tragically died in a car accident on Vouliagmenis Avenue, Athens) b. November 23rd 1983.
2016: Brendan Healy (59) English actor and singer; he attended St Cuthbert's Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne, after which he enrolled on a music course at the College of Arts and Technology. He worked as a musician while studying and was then a member of a touring theatre group and the Second City Theatre Company. He played keyboards on the children's television series Razzamatazz, and toured as a musician with several acts, including John Miles and Goldie and folk rock group Lindisfarne in the 1990s. He also wrote television signature music for Tyne Tees Television. As an actor, he appeared in several TV programmes, including the Catherine Cookson adaptation, The Black Velvet Gown, Badger, Boon, Spender, and Quayside. He also embarked upon a career as a stand-up comic. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. December 18th 1956.
2016: Paul Gordon (52) American keyboardist and guitarist born in Newport, Rhode Island; as a child, he sang gospel music and played piano in church services led by his parents and as a teen he played at high school dances. He studied jazz piano for several years and after graduating from Rogers High School in 1981, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a professional concert and studio musician, Paul played keyboards and guitar for numerous groups throughout his career, including the B-52s, Jennifer Nettles, Lisa Marie Presley, the Goo Goo Dolls, Nona Hendryx, Danielle Brisebois, New Radicals, and Charles & Eddie. Paul also found success as a producer, songwriter, and composer, including writing themes and scores for television and movies. The compositions he wrote or co-wrote include the themes for Digimon, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Power Rangers Wild Force, the Great Pretenders and Stripperella (sadly died from heart failure) b. October 19th 1963.

2017: Clyde Stubblefield (73) American drummer born in Chattanooga; he played professionally as a teenager and in the early 1960s he worked with guitarist Eddie Kirkland and toured with Otis Redding. In 1965 he joined the James Brown band and over the next six years the band had two drummers, Clyde and John "Jabo" Starks who had joined the band two weeks earlier. His grooves can be heard on many James Brown hits and on five of his albums: 'Cold Sweat', 'I Got the Feelin', 'It's a Mother', 'Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud', and Sex Machine. In 1971 he moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he lived until his death. For over twenty years he played Monday nights with his band, The Clyde Stubblefield Band, in downtown Madison. The band featured his longtime friend and keyboard-organ player Steve "Doc" Skaggs, along with soul vocalists Charlie Brooks and Karri Daley, as well as a horn section and supporting band. Clyde retired from the Monday shows in 2011 due to health issues, leaving the band in the hands of his nephew Brett Stubblefield. Since the 1970s he has with a variety of other musicians in the Madison area such as guitarist Cris Plata, jazz violinist Randy Sabien, country trio Common Faces and jazz group NEO. He performed and recorded with members of The J.B.'s including Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker and "Jabo" Starks. The group released the album Bring the Funk on Down in 1999. From the early 1990s to 2015 he performed on the nationally syndicated public radio show Whad'Ya Know? (sadly died from kidney failure) b. April 18th 1943

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1927: Robert Fuchs (80) Austrian composer and teacher nicknamed "Serenaden-Fuchs"/"Serenading Fox". Born in Frauental an der Laßnitz in Styria. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory with Felix Otto Dessoff and Joseph Hellmesberger among others. He eventually secured a teaching position there and was appointed Professor of music theory in 1875. He retained the position until 1912. Robert taught many notable composers, including George Enescu, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Jean Sibelius, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Erich Korngold, Franz Schmidt, Franz Schreker, Richard Heuberger, Leo Fall, Petar Krstic, Erkki Melartin, and Leo Ascher. In his lifetime, his best known works were his five serenades
(?)b. February 15th 1847.
1972: Lee Morgan (33) American hard bop trumpeter born in Philadelphia; he recorded prolifically from 1956 until a day before his death. His primary stylistic influence was Clifford Brown, who gave the teenager a few lessons before he joined the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band at 18, and remained a member for a year and a half, until Dizzy to disbanded in 1958. He began recording for Blue Note Records in 1956, eventually recording 25 albums as a leader for the company, with more than 250 musicians. He also recorded on the Vee-Jay label. Joining Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1958 further developed his talent as a soloist and composer. As the 60's progressed, he recorded some twenty additional albums as a leader, and continued to record as a sideman on the albums of other artistsfeatured sideman on several early Hank Mobley records, as well as on John Coltrane's Blue Train-1957-, on which he played a trumpet with an angled bell (tragically shot to death by Helen Moore following an argument between sets at Slug's, a popular New York City jazz club) b. July 10th 1938.
1973: Joseph Szigeti (80) Hungarian violinist born in a small town in Transylvania, but in 1939, to escape the war and Nazi persecution of the Jews, he emigrated with his wife to the United States, where they settled in California. From the 1920s until 1960, Joseph performed regularly around the world and recorded extensively. He also distinguished himself as a strong advocate of new music, and was the dedicatee of many new works by contemporary composers. Among the more notable pieces written for him are Ernest Bloch's Violin Concerto, Bartók's Rhapsody No. 1, and Eugène Ysaÿe's Solo Sonata No. 1. After retiring from the concert stage in 1960, he worked at teaching and writing until his death (sadly died after a long illness) b. September 5th 1892.

1975: Luigi Dallapiccola (71) Italian composer known for his lyrical twelve-tone compositions, his final opera Ulisse in 1968, with his own libretto after The Odyssey, was the culmination of his life's work. It was composed over 8 years. He took his piano degree at the Florence Conservatory in the 1920s and became professor there in 1931; until his 1967 retirement he spent his career there teaching lessons in piano as a secondary instrument. He also studied composition with Vito Frazzi at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini. His students include Abraham Zalman Walker, Luciano Berio, Bernard Rands, Donald Martino, Halim El-Dabh, Ernesto Rubin de Cervin, Arlene Zallman, Noel Da Costa, and Raymond Wilding-White. He made frequent travels to America, including appearances at Tanglewood in the summers of 1951 and 1952 and several semesters of teaching courses in composition at Queens College, New York beginning in 1956. He was a sought-after lecturer throughout Western Europe and the Americas
(?) b. February 3rd 1904.
1980: Bon Scott (33) Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, and moved to Melbourne, Australia with his family in 1952 at the age of six. He started his career as drummer and occasional lead singer with an Australian band, The Spektors. Two years later they merged with another local band, The Winstons, and formed The Valentines, in which Scott was co-lead singer with Vince Lovegrove. The Valentines recorded several songs written by George Young of The Easybeats including "Every Day I Have to Cry". In 1970, after a National Top 30 with their single "Juliette", they disbanded. Bon moved to Adelaide in '70 and joined the progressive rock band Fraternity releasing the LPs "Livestock" and "Flaming Galah" before touring the UK in 1971, where they changed their name to "Fang". During this time they played support slots for Status Quo and Geordie. Bon replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC in September 1974, he performed on AC/DC's first 7 albums from High Voltage in 1975 to Highway to Hell released in 1979
(tragically found dead in the passenger seat of a friend's parked car. Although there are many conspiracy theories surrounding his death, the coroner's report stated that he had "Drunk himself to death", suffocating on his own vomit. The official cause was listed as "acute alcohol poisoning" and "death by misadventure") b. July 9th 1946.
1998: Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones (74)
American country & gospel singer and banjo player, born in the farming community of Niagara in Henderson County, Kentucky, and spent his teenage years in Akron, Ohio, where he began singing country music tunes on a local radio show. Some of his favourite songs uncluded "T For Texas", "Night Train To Memphis" and "Mountain Dew". He also wrote the song "Eight More Miles To Louisville". Moving to Nashville, Tennessee, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and became a regular cast member on the popular TV show, Hee Haw. In 1978, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and his autobiography, Everybody's Grandpa: Fifty Years Behind The Mike was published in 1984 (he suffered a stroke after his second show performance at the Grand Ole Opry, sadly died a few weeks after) b. October 20th 1913.
2001: Charles Trenet (87)
French singer born in Narbonne, France, from 1933 to 1936, he worked with Swiss pianist Johnny Hess as a duo known as "Charles and Johnny", recording 18 records. After the war he moved to America where he quickly became a success. After a few triumphant concerts at the Bagdad in New York, he became a big hit and was approached by Hollywood, where he met the likes of Louis Armstrong and began a long-lasting friendship with Charlie Chaplin.
On 14 September 1951, Charles returned to Paris and made a comeback at the "Théâtre de l'Étoile". From of a huge catalogue of around 1000 songs, his best known include "La Mer", "Boum !", "Y'a d'la joie", "Que reste-t-il de nos amours ?", "Ménilmontant" and "Douce France". His song "La Mer", which according to legend he composed with Léo Chauliac on a train in 1943, was recorded in 1946 and is maybe his best known work outside the French-speaking world, with over 400 recorded versions. The song was given unrelated English words and under the title "Beyond the Sea", was a hit for Bobby Darin in the early 1960s, and George Benson in the mid-1980s (sadly died from heart problems) b. May 18th 1913.
2003: Johnny Paycheck/Donny Young/Donald Lytle (64)
American country singer, guitarist and Grand Ole Opry member. Born in Greenfield, Ohio, he was playing in talent contests by the age of 9. He went on to be most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It". He achieved his greatest success in the 1970s as a major force in country music's "Outlaw Movement" popularized by artists such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Merle Haggard. Other hits included "The Lovin' Machine", "She's All I Got", "Someone to Give My Love To", "Love Is a Good Thing", "Somebody Loves Me", "Something About You I Love", "Mr. Lovemaker", and "Song and Dance Man". In the 1980s, his music career suffered from his problems with drugs, alcohol, and legal difficulties. He served a prison sentence in the early 1990s but his declining health effectively ended his career in early 2000 (sadly died from emphysema) b. May 31st 1938.
2007: Janet Blair/Martha Jane Lafferty (85)
American film and TV actress and singer; after appearing in several films including My Sister Eileen in 1942, and Rita Hayworth's best friend in Tonight and Every Night in 1945, she took on the lead role of Nellie Forbush in a production of the stage musical South Pacific, making more than 1,200 performances in three years. She appeared on various TV variety shows and was also a summer replacement for Dinah Shore. Janet also recorded an album entitled 'Flame Out', a collection of ballads like "Don't Explain" and "Then You've Never Been Blue". In the 1962
she made a rare dramatic appearance in the British horror film Night of the Eagle. Her last performance was on television in a 1991 episode of Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury (sadly died of complications from pneumonia) b. April 23rd 1921.
2008: Yegor Letov (64) Russian singer, guitarist and songwriter born in Omsk; he was the founderof the Russian punk, and psychedelic rock in a later period, band Grazhdanskaya Oborona/Civil Defense. He also formed the band "Communism", and played with punk legend Yanka Dyagileva. Yegor was also cofounder of National Bolshevik Party (Yegor died in his sleep) b. September 10th 1964.
2009: Miika Tenkula (34) Finnish lead guitarist and the main songwriter for the band Sentenced until it disbanded in 2005. He was recognised as one of the greatest metal guitarist to come out of Finland. He was a founder member of Sentenced in 1989, which started of as a fast, melodic death metal band. He was also the band's original vocalist from 1989 to late 1992. The band released one double cd live album "Buried Alive" and 6 studio albums, their last-ever studio CD, was entitled "The Funeral Album", which entered the Finnish national chart at position No. 1 in June 2005 (Found dead in his home, his cause of death has not yet been revealed, but he had a serious drinking problem which had escalated after Sentenced disbanded) b. March
6th 1974
2009: Kelly Groucutt/Michael William Groucutt (63) British bass guitar player; best known for being the bass player for the band Electric Light Orchestra /ELO.was a member of a band called "Sight and Sound" before being recruited in 1974 for ELO's Eldorado tour. He became a fan favourite and took over lead vocals on a few songs as well as gaining a great rapport with live audiences. His distinctive voice can also be best heard on later ELO songs such as "Nightrider", "Poker", "Above the Clouds", "Sweet Is the Night", and "The Diary of Horace Wimp". ELO accumulated 26 UK Top 40 hit singles and 20 US Top 40 hit singles. The group also scored 20 Top 20 UK hit singles, as well as 15 Top 20 hits in theUS Billboard charts; they collected 21 RIAA awards, 38 BPI awards and sold over 100 million albums worldwide, 50 million of those being sold between 1971 and 1982. Kelly left ELO in 1983. Since then he has taken part in some of the many ELO spin-off groups: Orkestra, ELO Part 2, and The Orchestra. He toured worldwide with The Orchestra till his death and also tokk part in tours as part of a local, little known band called Session 60 (heart attack) b. September 8th 1945.
2009: Harrison Ridley Jr (70) American jazz presenter; host of a Sunday night 4 hour radio show on WRTI (90.1FM) entitled, "The Historical Approach to the Positive Music." when he would focus in on one artist through his entire program to give the listener a sense of that artist's contribution to the tradition. He did not use the term "jazz," he used phrases such as "this music referred to as jazz," or "the positive music." was also a record collector and archivist, and nicknamed "the walking encyclopedia of jazz," having collected over 8,500 LPs; 3,000 78s; 200 45s; 300 CDs, and 6,000 books on African American history and music. He received more than 80 awards throughout his long career
(died some weeks after a major stroke) b. 1938
2014: Simón Díaz/Simón Narciso Díaz Márquez (85) Venezuelan singer and Grammy Award winning composer born in Barbacoas. He endeavored to recover the folklore and musical traditions of the llanos, the Venezuelan plains. This style of music has since been performed by artists such as Argentina's Mercedes Sosa, Brazil's Caetano Veloso, Spain's Joan Manuel Serrat, Peru's Susana Baca, Puerto Rico's Danny Rivera and Venezuelans Franco De Vita, Soledad Bravo, Juan Carlos Salazar and José Luis Rodríguez, among others. He has also performed in theatre, motion pictures and television. He penned "Caballo Viejo" and "Bamboléo" which were recorded by the Gipsy Kings. His compositions have been performed by artists such as Plácido Domingo, Celia Cruz, Ray Conniff, Julio Iglesias, Rubén Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gipsy Kings, Ivan Lins, Joyce, Juan Gabriel, Cheo Feliciano, María Dolores Pradera, Martirio, Tania Libertad, Ry Cooder and Devendra Banhart (sadly he died after battling Alzheimer's disease for many years) b. August 8th 1928
2015: Warren Milton Thomson (79) Australian pianistborn in Melbourne; in 1970 he founded the Federation of Australian Music Teachers' Association, and was its president until 1982. From 1972 to 1974 he was director of studies for the Australian Music Examinations Board, and was the chair of its New South Wales entity, the Music Examinations Advisory Board, as the delegate of the Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 1987 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to music education and in 1995, was made an honorary member of the Tchaikovsky Society of Russia. In 2001 Warren was made an honorary fellow of the Institute of Music Teachers (Australia) and member of the Organizing Committee of the Horowitz International Piano Competition, Kiev, Ukraine. Then in 2005 he was made an Honorary Professor of the Kong Xiang-Dong Music Arts College, Shanghai SIPO Polytechnic, China, and in November 2005 Honorary Professor at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China. His publications include the first Australian Urtext editions, and editions of works by: JS Bach, Mozart, Pachelbel, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Czerny, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky. (?) b. August 2nd 1935.
2016: Harald Devold (51) Norwegian jazz saxophonist; born in Langevåg, Sula, Møre og Romsdal, he was also known as a big band organizer, music producer and music political activist. He was a music producer for Scene Finnmark and helped to initiate a number of productions, which toured the Barents Region and played a key role for establishing contacts between Norwegian and Russian musicians. Among these productions, we find artists like Angélique Kidjo, Morten Abel, Frode Alnæs, Hallgeir Pedersen, Kai Somby, Sondre Lerche, Mari Boine, Petter Carlsen, Marte Heggelund, Ivar Thomassen, Marit Hætta Øverli, Inga Juuso, Anne Grete Preus, Hector Bingert and Knut Kristansen. As a musician, he collaborated with various Sami artists, such as Siellu Dalkas releasing an album in 2006. Devold was selected in 2005 as Chairman for Norsk Jazzforum (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. May 13th 1964.
2016: Vi Subversa/Frances Sokolov (80) English singer-songwriter and guitarist born in London; she spent two years in Israel in the late 1950s working in a ceramic pottery in Beersheba under Nehemia Azaz, before returning to the UK, settling in Brighton and had two children. In 1976 she was a founding member of the anarcho-punk band, Poison Girls, in which she fronted, played guitar and wrote songs that explored sexuality and gender roles, usually from an anarchist perspective, her lyrics were written from a radical feminist punk perspective. Poison Girls released their first album 'Chappaquiddick Bridge' in 1980, followed by Where's the Pleasure? in 1982 and their last album, Songs of Praise in 1985. Vi Subversa a
nd Poison Girls were also involved with the production of "Aids — The Musical", through a company called The Lenya Hobnoobs Theatre Company. They did another show called "Mother Russia was a Lesbian" in 1992 and reunited for a show at the London Astoria II in 1995, celebrating Vi's 60th birthday. She is also featured in the documentary film She's a Punk Rocker (sadly died after a short illness) b. June 20th 1935.

2017: Larry Coryell/Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III (73) American jazz guitarist born in Galveston, Texas. He graduated from Richland High School, in Richland, Washington, where he played in local bands the Jailers, the Rumblers, the Royals, the Flames and the Checkers. He studied at Mannes School of Music,and then became part of Chico Hamilton's quintet. During the the mid-1960s he played with his first recorded band, the Free Spirits. Larry released his debut solo album 'Lady Coryell' in 1968 and in the early 1970s, he led a group called Foreplay and also formed the band The Eleventh House. In 1979, he formed 'The Guitar Trio' with fusion guitarist John McLaughlin and flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía. The group toured Europe and released a video recorded at Royal Albert Hall in London entitled 'Meeting of Spirits'. Over his long career Larry who became dubbed "The Godfather of Funk" recorded with many other bands and arists than the above mentioned, such as Steve Marcus, Herbie Mann, Michael Mantler, The 5th Dimension, Wolfgang Dauner, the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, The Appletree Theatre, Jim Pepper, Gary Burton, Charles Mingus, Bob Moses, Dennis Haklar, The Fusion Syndicate, Dylan Taylor to mention a few, as well as recording 66 solo albums, the last being 'Heavy Feel' in 2016 (sadly died from heart failure) b. April 2nd 1943.

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1941: Madame Bolduc/Mary Rose-Anna Travers (46) French Canadian singer; during the peak of her popularity in the 1930s, she was known as the Queen of Canadian Folk singers. As a child in Quebec, her father taught her how to play the instruments that were traditional in Quebec culture of the era: the fiddle, accordion, harmonica, spoons and Jew's harp. When Conrad Gauthier's troupe was missing a folk violinist for a performance, Mary filled in and soon she became a regular player with Gauthier's troupe by 1928, playing the violin or Jew's harp. She was recommended by folk singer Ovila Légaré to musical producer Roméo Beaudry of the Compo Company who signed her to a recording contract to make four 78 rpm records, paying her $25 per side. She made her first recording in April 1929, the French folk song Y'a longtemps que je couche par terre on side A, and an instrumental reel on side B. By the end of 1930, she had recorded more than 30 songs. During this time, she collaborated on not less than fifty-six recordings of other artists. Most of these recordings did not credit her. She would sing accompaniments or play instruments for recordings by Juliette Béliveau, Eugène Daignault, Ovila Légaré, Alfred Montmarquette, Adélard St. Jean and others. Mary formed her own touring troupe in 1932, named La Troupe du bon vieux temps, the performances contained elements of both vaudeville and traditional folk music. She was seriously injured in June of 1937 in Rivière-du-Loup when her tour company's car was in a head-on collision. She suffered a broken leg, a broken nose and a concussion, but sadly they discovered too, that she had cancer. Mary began limited touring again in the summer of 1938, made a radio broadcast in January 1939, and made two recordings in February 1939. On August 12, 1994, a stamp was released that honoured her with her portrait on a Canadian postage stamp. The same year, a park was created in her hometown of Newport named Mary Travers Park, and in 2002, Mary Bolduc was made a MasterWorks honouree by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada (died battling cancer) b. June 4th 1894.
1961: Percy Grainger (78) Australian born composer born in Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne. His mother took him to Europe in 1895 to study at Dr. Hoch's Conservatory in Frankfurt. There he displayed talents as a musical experimenter, using irregular and unusual meters. In 1906, Grainger hiked around Britain recordings songs on Edison wax cylinders, the first such recordings in Britain. His 1916 piano composition In a Nutshell is the first by a classical music professional in the Western tradition to require direct, non-keyed sounding of the strings — in this case, with a mallet — which came to be known as a "string piano" technique. When the USA entered the war in 1917, he enlisted into a United States Army band, playing oboe and soprano saxophone, and spent the war giving dozens of concerts in aid of War Bonds and Liberty Loans, as well the American Red Cross. In 1917 he was elected an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. In 1918, he became a naturalized citizen of America. His piano solo Country Gardens became a hit, securing his reputation as a composer (sadly died after a long and brave battle with cancer) b. July 8th 1882.
1963: Jacob Gade (83) Danish composer mostly of orchestral popular music.
He is notable for his tune, the familiar Tango Tzigane Jalousie, also known as Tango Jalousie or simply Jalousie, premiered September 14th 1925. The tango, written to accompany a silent film when Gade was leader of the orchestra of the Palads Cinema, was an instant international hit. When talkies were introduced it was featured in over 100 films. The royalties allowed Gade to devote himself to composition fulltime for the rest of his life. Arthur Fiedler made the first recording of the piece with the Boston Pops, further increasing Gade's income. The royalties now fund a foundation for young musicians
(?) b. November 29th 1879.
1963: Ferenc Fricsay (48) Hungarian conductor, born in Budapest, he made his first appearance as a conductor at 15. He went on to become music director of the then newly formed RIAS Symphony Orchestra in Germany in 1949. He was musical director of the Houston Symphony in 1954. Ferenc spent much of his time from the 1950s onward in Germany as music director of the Bavarian State Opera, 1956–1958 and as conductor of the RIAS Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic. His 1958 recording of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 is featured in the movie A Clockwork Orange. From 1960 until his death, he was an Austrian citizen
(?) b. August 9th 1914
Aleksandr Tsfasman (64) Russian-Ukrainian bandleader, pianist and jazz pioneer, born in Alexandrovsk, now Zaporojye. In 1927 Aleksandr's orchestra was invited to play jazz music at the radio studio. That was the first jazz broadcast in the USSR. Some time later he made a number of records, that are among the pioneer Soviet jazz documents. The overwhelming majority of his works were first destined for solo piano performance, and then arranged for a jazz orchestra, mainly dances, songs, phantasies and popular melodies variations. Aleksandr had also created a number of large-scale works, the ballet suite "Rot-Front" for orchestra in 1931, the concert for piano and jazz orchestra in 1941, and the concert for piano and symphonical orchestra in 1956 are among them. He also composed music for theatre performances and cinema films (?) b. December 14th 1906.
1974: David Monrad Johansen (85) Norwegian composer born in Vefsn, Nordland, but grew up by Mosjøen, his most famous piece is Voluspaa op.15, it was composed for soloists, choir and orchestra, and it’s based on the poem Voluspaa, from the Edda. This piece and the Nordlands Trompet op.13, are the most pure nationalistic of David’s works, and often called a Norwegian impressionism. In 1933 and 1935, he turned more into a neo-classical direction, more polyphonic, more clear tonality, classical forms (?) b. November 8th 1888.
Toru Takemitsu (65) Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. Largely self-taught, he possessed consummate skill in the subtle manipulation of instrumental and orchestral timbre. He drew from a wide range of influences, including jazz, popular music, avant-garde procedures and traditional Japanese music, in a harmonic idiom largely derived from the music of Claude Debussy and Olivier Messiaen. He was the recipient of numerous awards, commissions and honours; he composed over 100 film scores and about 130 concert works for ensembles of various sizes and combinations. He also found time to write a detective novel and appeared frequently on Japanese television as a celebrity chef (sadly he died of pneumonia while undergoing treatment for bladder cancer) b. October 8th 1930.
1997: Zachary Breaux (36) American jazz guitarist, born in Port Arthur, Texas; he studied music composition at North Texas State University. In 1984, he moved to New York, where he spent 6 years in the band of vibist Roy Ayers. Zachary was signed to Zebra Records in 1996. He played with many notable jazz musicians during his career, including Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Donald Byrd (died while on holiday in Miami Beach, when he bravely tried to save the life of another swimmer, Eugenia Poleyeff, 66 of Brooklyn, N.Y., who was caught by a riptide) b. June 26th 1960.
2001: Ronnie Hilton/Adrian Hill (75) English singer and radio presenter born in Kingston upon Hull. He became one of Britain's most popular singers of the 1950s, with nine Top 20 hits between 1954 and 1957, "I Still Believe", "Veni Vidi Vici", "Stars Shine In Your Eyes", "A Blossom Fell", "No Other Love", "Who Are We", "Two Different Worlds", and "Around The World". His last last chart entry in 1965 "Windmill in Old Amsterdam" became a fixture across decades of Children's Favourites. Ronnie suffered a stroke in 1976, which hindered his progress for a time. Following his recovery, he presented 'Sounds of the Fifties' a nostalgic radio series for BBC Radio 2. The British Academy of Song Composers and Authors honoured him with its gold medal for services to popular music in 1989 (sadly died from a stroke) b. January 26th 1926.
2003: Ty Longley (32) American guitarist and vocalist; born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Brookfield High School in Ohio. He was lead guitarist with 'Samantha 7' playing at Woodstock '99 and releasing a self titled album in 2000, after which he joined the band Great White. Ty also worked with drummer Nick Menza on "Menza: Life After Deth". The album was due to have a 2002 release date and tour to follow, but before hand, Ty hit the road on his fatal last tour with his other band, Jack Russell's Great White. The "Life After Deth" album was never released and a tour was never announced
(Ty was tragically killed in The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island. He was the only member of Great White to die in The Station nightclub fire, which claimed 99 other lives) b. September 4th 1971.
Ulrich Roski (58) German singer-songwriter born in Prüm; he spent his youth in Berlin-Wedding, visiting the Französisches Gymnasium Berlin together with Reinhard Mey, and learning to play the piano and the guitar. His greatest successes came in the '70s. His songs describe the little quirks hidden in everyone's everyday life, mixing laconic humour with linguistic skill. He produced more than 20 LP's/CDs since 1970, and some of his songs from this time made the German TopTen, allowing him to perform at the Berliner Philharmonie. He almost exclusively performed alone.
In 2002, he published his autobiography, In vollen Zügen (?) b. March 4th 1944.
2005: John Emmett Raitt (88) American actor and singer best known for his stage roles in the musicals Carousel, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, Carnival in Flanders, Three Wishes for Jamie, and A Joyful Noise, in which he set the standard for virile, handsome, strong-voiced leading men during the golden age of the Broadway musical. His only leading film role was in the 1957 movie version of The Pajama Game opposite Doris Day. On television, he was seen many times on the Bell Telephone Hour. A clip of a television performance of Raitt singing the final section of the song "Soliloquy" from Carousel is included in the documentary film Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There
(died of pneumonia) b. January 19th 1917.
2005: Pam Bricker (50) American jazz singer, and a professor of music at George Washington University. She was a frequent collaborator and guest vocalist with the group Thievery Corporation, and the voice on their track Lebanese Blonde, which was popularised by its inclusion on Zach Braff's Garden State soundtrack. Pam was also a member of Mad Romance vocal quartet from 1983-1989.
She was frequently nominated for Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) honors and won five times: as best contemporary jazz vocalist in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and best contemporary jazz album in 2001, for her release U-topia (tragically Pam hung herself after struggling with clinical depression) b. July 7th 1954.
2008: Bobby Lee Trammell (74) American rockabilly singer, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. After a brief contract at Sun Records he moved to California. He was seen by Lefty Frizzell, who invited him to try out for a performing venue called the Jubilee Ballroom in Baldwin Park, where he won the opening spot on a bill that included Frizzell, Freddie Hart, and Johnny Cash. Bobby wrote and recorded the song Shirley Lee, later covered by Ricky Nelson. On stage Bobby liked to build up the crowd reaction, tearing off his clothes, jumping on top of the piano, and generally inciting the crowds, all of this at a time when promoters and authorities were trying to quiet rock & roll down. By the 70s he had moved into country music and spent most of that decade playing and recording in that vein (?) b.January 31st 1934.
2009: "Fats" Sadi Lallemand (81) Belgian jazz multi-musician, playing piano, clarinet, marimba and percussion, he was also a composer, arranger and singer, but the vibraphone, together with the bongos was his main instrument throughout his professional life. He was the first European jazz artist to play the vibes as his main instrument. His career started with Sadi’s Hot Five, a combo playing mainly for the American troops during the occupation. After World War II, he performed with Jacques Pelzer in The Bob Shots. In 1952 he moved to Paris, were he played with Django Reinhardt, Kenny Clarke, Stéphane Grappelli, Don Byas, was co-leader of a quartet with pianist Martial Solal and a member of The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. On his return to Belgium in 1961, he worked for RTBF, the Belgian national TV channel having his own programmes, he world toured with artists such as Caterina Valente, and recorded solo and as a sideman with jazz legends like Sahib Shihab. Sadly in January of 1995 he became seriously ill after which he rarely appeared on stage (he passed away from the consequences of a virus) b. October 23rd 1927.
2011: Malaysia Vasudevan (66) Indian playback singer and actor in the Tamil film industry. He was known for singing songs for Indian actor Rajnikanth and many more. As well as acting in nearly 85 films he has worked with many music directors such as Vidyasagar, M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraja, Shankar-Ganesh, Deva, A. R. Rahman, and . After T. M. Soundararajan, he was called as ghost voice for Sivaji Ganesan. His first song was for the film Delhi to Madras. He has sang over 8,000 in Tamil and over 4,000 songs in various other South Indian languages and has been awarded Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu Government (?) b.
15 June 15th 1944.
2011: Terry Clements (63) American long time guitarist with Gordon Lightfoot; a native of Detroit City, he began playing guitar when he was only five years old. After graduating from high school, Clements spent two years in the Navy before joining a '60s outfit called Golden Sunflower, managed by Lou Adler, who also steered the careers of the Mamas & the Papas and Carole King. In the early '70s, Tony Lightfoot met Terry while working on an early Burt Reynolds movie and soon brought the guitarist up to Toronto to audition to join his band. A 40-plus-year collaboration was then born. Terry contributed to nearly all of Lightfoot's most memorable tunes, including "Carefree Highway," "Sundown" and, of course, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which features a haunting solo from Terry and his guitar (sadly Terry passed away from a stroke) b. July 22nd 1947.
2012: Thom Enright (59) American blues guitarist and founding member the rock quintet The Young Adults formed in the early 1970s and based in Rhode Island. Their songs included "Complex World", "Beer", "A Power Tool Is Not A Toy", "Do The Heimlich", "Drunken Celebrities" and "Christmas In Japan In July", were often satirical. By the early '90s, he was legendary on the Rhode Island music scene, equally skilled on guitar and bass, he was one of the first local musicians of his generation to enjoy a nationally released album, as bass player for the Boston band, Shakey Legs; he'd recorded for Columbia Records and toured the country with Rhode Island's own Ken Lyon & Tombstone on guitar; he also recorded three albums for Rounder as bassist with for Duke Robillard's first post-Roomful Of Blues project, The Pleasure Kings (sadly Thom died after a long and brave battle with brain cancer) b. September 26th 1952.
2013: Lil Ced /Cedric Morgan (24) American rapper most famous for "D.E.C." and "Yellow Diamond Shawty" (tragically shot dead in front of his East Cleveland home) b. 1988.
2014: Reghu Kumar (60)
Indian music composer and multi-intrumentalist born in Kerala; at 15, Reghu Kumar debuted on stage as an accompanying artist for eminent musicians on Indian classical and Western percussion all over India. At the age of 16 he was a graded percussionist for All India Radio. He then graduated to grade 'A' music composer for All India Radio. Reghu has worked on over 30 films and released 6 albums. His famous hits include Thalavattam, Shyama and Boeing Boeing (sadly died from kidney failure) b. June 13th 1953.
2015: Gérard Calvi/Grégoire Krettly (92) French film score composer born in Paris. His first composing work was for the French production The Patron in 1949. He went on to provided music for various French films, most notably Gangster Boss, for which he was nominated for the Broadway's 1959 Tony Award for his music. He is probably most famous for his work on three Asterix films: Asterix the Gaul, Asterix and Cleopatra and The Twelve Tasks of Asterix. He also composed the memorable Asterix theme for the first film, which was dispensed with by the time the music for The Twelve Tasks of Asterix was composed in 1976. His most recent work was for the feature film The Crab Revolution in 2004 (?) b. July 26th 1922.
2016: Ole Erling/Erling Axel Olsen (77) Danish organist born in Copenhagen. He began performing at weddings and confirmations, and eventually became a sought after banquet musician and dubbed the soup-rose-and-ice-musician. His career gained further momentum when hye began recording albums with fun music as well as the more lively repertoire. Between 1971 to 2014 he recored 38 studio albums. Ole went on to form his own with his own record label - Popular Music later PM Music (?) b. July 29th 1938.
2016: Ove Verner Hansen (83)
Danish actor and opera singer, born in Helsingør. Hansen began his career as an office clerk, but also worked as a sailor, miner, lumberjack and ambulance driver. Born with a deep and voluminous voice, he later began singing professionally, and in 1958 became accepted into the Danish National Radio Choir. Two years later, in 1960, he joined the renowned Royal Danish Opera Chorus. For several years afterwards he sang with the Royal Danish Opera's primary basso buffo.
His talent for comedy was discovered by movie
director Erik Balling, who casted him as the bad guy "Bøffen" in nine of the iconic movies about the unlucky criminals in the Olsen Gang. (sadly Ove died from a heart attack) b. July 20th 1932.
2017: Elric Pronce (21) Belgian up and coming pianist and 3D-designer, born Pécrot, a small village in the commune of Grez-Doiceau in Walloon Brabant. (tragically Elric died in a train derailment. He was in the first car of the link train between Louvain and De Panne, when it left the tracks and turned 180 degrees) b. 1995/96
2017: Huang Feili (99) Chinese conductor, violinist, musical educator and he was the founder of the first conducting department in China. He graduated from University of Shanghai in 1941, however, since invader's fierce ruling, he fled to Fujian and acted as a violin teacher at National Fukien Conservatory of Music from 1943 until 1945. Meanwhile, he taught himself to play the piano and translated foreign textbooks. These two years finally altered his life and led him to the music scene. He was enrolled at Yale University for the further musical education in 1948 and he played the violin well enough to join the New Haven Symphony later. He returned to China in 1951 and taught at Central Conservatory of Music, then he directed his newly established Conducting Department beginning in 1956. He not only became a respected teacher at the CCM but also one of the most prominent conductors in China. (?) b. June 17th 1917.

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1980: Janet Vogel (37) American singer and co-founder of the 50's vocal group the Skyliners; The Skyliners created a new style of music by combining the streetwise harmonies of rhythm and blues with the modern sophisticated harmony style. They had 4 chart hits "Cashbox", "This I Swear", "Pennies from Heaven", and their popular and frequently covered 1960 hit song "Since I Don't Have You". Guns 'N' Roses 80's rendition of this song bought them back into the media attention. In 2002 The Skyliners were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame. (suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning) b. October 6th 1941
1981: Ronald Erle “Ron” Grainer (58) Australian-born composer from Atherton, Queensland, but worked for most of his professional career in the UK. Moving to Britain in the 50s, he collaborated with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on a number of television series themes, including Giants of Steam and in 1963 the science fiction series Doctor Who, which remained the standard version of the Doctor Who theme for 18 years. Ron composed music for several TV productions, such as Danger Man, The Prisoner, Shelley, That Was The Week That Was, Steptoe and Son, Maigret, Man in a Suitcase, and Tales of the Unexpected. From 1962 to 1976 he worked on 3 stage productions and 11 films including... To Sir, with Love; Night Must Fall; Only When I Larf; and The Omega Man.
In 1994, the A To Z Of British TV Themes -The Ron Grainer Years, was released, a CD comprising 30 TV and film themes composed by Ron
(?) b. August 11th 1922.
1982: Murray "the K" Kaufman (60) American DJ, said to be the first DJ to play a Beatles record on US radio. Professionally known as Murray the K, was a famous and influential rock and roll impresario and disc jockey of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. During the early days of Beatlemania, he frequently referred to himself as "the Fifth Beatle". (Murray died after a brave battle with cancer)
b. February 14th 1922
1996: Morton Gould (82) American composer born in Richmond Hill, New York, Morton was a child prodigy with abilities in improvisation and composition, his first composition was published at age six. During the Depression, as a teenager, he worked in New York playing piano in movie theatres, and with vaudeville acts. By 1935, he was conducting and arranging orchestral programs for New York's WOR radio station; in the 1940s, he appeared on the Cresta Blanca Carnival program as well as The Chrysler Hour on CBS reaching an audience of millions. Morton went on to compose Broadway scores such as Billion Dollar Baby and Arms and the Girl; film music such as Delightfully Dangerous, Cinerama Holiday, and Windjammer; music for television series such as World War One; and ballet scores including Interplay, Fall River Legend, and I'm Old Fashioned. Morton's music, commissioned by symphony orchestras all over the United States, was also commissioned by the Library of Congress, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet and Gould received three commissions for the United States Bicentennial. As a conductor, Gould led all of the major American orchestras as well as those of Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, and Australia. He won a Grammy Award in 1966 for his recording of Charles Ives' first symphony, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1983, he received the American Symphony Orchestra League's Gold Baton Award and in 1986, he was president of ASCAP, also in 1986 he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters In 2005, he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. (?)
b. December 10th 1913.
2003: Tom Glazer (88) American folk singer-songwriter known primarily as a composer of ballads, including: "Because All Men Are Brothers", recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, "Talking Inflation Blues", recorded by Bob Dylan. He wrote the lyrics to the songs "Melody of Love" 1954, and "Skokian" in 1954. He also wrote the musical score to the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd and wrote and sang the eco-conscious title song in the 1966 movie Namu the Killer Whale. Along with Dottie Evans, Tom recorded three children's records in 1959 and 1960 that were part of a six-album set known as the Singing Science Records. His greatest commercial success came with his original recording of the song "On Top of Spaghetti" (?) b. September 2nd 1914.
2004: Les Gray (57) English singer and musician born in Carshalton, Surrey; he was a self-taught musician, and during his school years, he played trumpet with a jazz band, and then, with a younger brother, went on to form the skiffle unit, The Mourners. With a few line-up changes, The Mourners evolved into Mud in 1967, with Les on vocals, Dave Mount on drums, Rob Davis on guitar, and Ray Stiles on bass, and won the Search for Sound song contest the same year. After several unsuccessful singles including "Flower Power", they were signed to Mickie Most's RAK record label, and toured in support of Tom Jones in 1973. Mud had a string of hits including two which topped the UK Singles Chart in 1974, "Lonely This Christmas", and "Tiger Feet", and a chart topping cover of "Oh, Boy!" They disbanded in 1980. Les had a Top 40 solo hit in 1977 with his cover version of "A Groovy Kind of Love". He later went out with backing musicians under the name 'Les Gray's Mud' (sadly died after a brave battle with throat cancer) b. April 9th 1946.
2005: Ara Berberian (74) American opera bass singer born in Detroit, Michigan, he made his debut in 1958 with the Turnau Opera in Woodstock, New York, as Don Magnifico in Rossini's La Cenerentola and his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1979 as Zacharie in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Le prophète. He also sang with the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Michigan Opera Theatre. In all, he sang over 100 roles during his career, perhaps most notably in the roll of Osmin in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio and the roll of Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto. In addition to his operatic repertoire, also sang and recorded music by Armenian and Armenian-American composers such as Komitas and Alan Hovhaness; he recorded three LP albums of the latter composer's songs. Ara was also an active environmentalist and had a keen interest in preserving forest land and old barns
(?) b. May 14th 1930.
2007: Alfred Viola (87) American jazz guitarist who worked with Frank Sinatra for 25 years and also played the mandolin on the soundtrack of the film The Godfather. Born in Brooklyn, he enlisted in the Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945 and played in an Army jazz band. In 1946, Alfred and Page Cavanaugh, joined bassist Lloyd Pratt, formed a trio. The ensemble appeared in several films, including the Doris Day's Romance On The High Seas and A Song Is Born, and played a few dates in 1946 and 1947 with Frank Sinatra. Alfred continued to work with Sinatra regularly, accompanying him on several hundred studio recordings and concert dates between 1956 and 1980. He continued playing jazz , with Bobby Troup, Ray Anthony, Harry James, Buddy Collette, Stan Kenton, Gerald Wilson and Terry Gibbs. He also worked as a session musician on over 500 albums, including releases by Jimmy Witherspoon, Helen Humes, June Christy, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Steve Lawrence, Julie London, Anita O'Day, and Linda Ronstadt Joe Williams. (Sadly Alfred lost his brave battle with cancer) b. June 16th 1919.
2011: Antonín Švorc (77) Czech operatic bass-baritone. He studied with J. Berlíka at the Prague Conservatory before making his professional opera debut at the Liberec Theatre in 1955 where he was committed for one year. He joined the roster of principal artists at the National Theatre in Prague in 1956 and performed there until 1962 when he joined the Prague State Opera where he performed for the next several decades. In 1985 he was named a People's Artist of Czechoslovakia and in 2003 he was honored with a Thalia Award. Retired from the stage, he taught on the voice faculty at the Prague Conservatory (?) b. February 12th 1934.

2012: Christopher Reimer (26) Canadian rock guitarist for the Calgary band Women formed in 2007. They released two albums 2008's Women and 2010's Public Strain.
Women's track "Black Rice" ranked No. 18 in the Pitchfork Media Top Tracks of 2008, and their 2010 album was one of their Top 50 Albums of 2010. The band performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2009 and toured with the likes of Mogwai and Wire. The band went on hiatus in 2010, and Christopher joined the Dodos as a touring member in 2011. A few weeks before his death, on February 8th, he did a solo performance in Calgary, this set was recorded (?) b. January 19th 1986.
2013: Cleotha Staples (78) American gospel singer and member of The Staple Singers which was made up of Roebuck "Pops" Staples, the patriarch of the family, with his children Cleotha, Pervis, Yvonne and Mavis. The family began appearing in Chicago-area churches in 1948, and signed their first professional contract in 1952. During their early career they recorded in an acoustic gospel-folk style with songs like "Uncloudy Day" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". But they are best known for their 1970s hits "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There", "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)", and "Let's Do It Again". Cleotha was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the group in 1999 (sadly died from alzheimer's disease) b. 11th April 1934.
2013: Kenny Clutch/Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr (27) American rapper, he had worked with
TeeJ and recorded "Stay Schemin" and "Free". He moved to Las Vagas a couple of years ago. (Shot while driving his Maserati car, which then crashed into a taxi cab which exploded into flames killing the cabbie and his passenger) b. 1985.
2013: Magic Slim/Morris Holt (75) American blues singer and guitarist Grenada, Mississippi, where he lost his little finger in a cotton gin mishap, which forced him to give up the piano and move onto guitar. In 1955 he moved to Chicago with his friend and mentor Magic Sam. The elder, Magic Sam/Samuel Maghett let Morris play bass in his band, and gave him his nickname Magic Slim. He returned to Mississippi to work and got his younger brother Nick interested in playing bass. By 1965 he was back in Chicago and in 1970 Nick joined him in his group, the Teardrops. Slim's recording career began in 1966, with the song "Scufflin'", followed by a number of singles into the mid 1970s. He recorded his first album in 1977, Born Under A Bad Sign, this was the first of 36 albums and during the 1980s he won his first W.C. Handy Award. In 1994 Slim moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Zoo Bar had been booking him for years. He was frequently accompanied by his son Shawn "Lil' Slim" Holt, an accomplished guitarist and singer. In 2003 Magic Slim and the Teardrops won the W.C. Handy Award as 'Blues Band Of The Year' for the sixth time (Slim was on tour with his band the Teardrops in late January when he became ill with breathing problems and was hospitalized in Phoenixville, but transferred later to Philadelphia, where sadly he has died) b. August 7th 1937
Sakis Boulas (59) Greek singer-songwriter, comedian and actor, born in Kilkis and raised in Piraeus. At the start of his career he collaborated with important Greek composers such as Thanos Mikroutsikos, Dionysis Savvopoulos and Mimis Plessas. However, he became widely known thanks to his participation in popular Greek TV series, shows and movies. Also he made a successful career as a songwriter and wrote many songs for his good friends Yannis Zouganelis, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Lavrentis Machairitsas and many other musicians. (sadly Sakis died while bravely fighting cancer) b. March 11th 1954.
2014: Francesco Di Giacomo (66) Italian singer,
born in Siniscola, Sardinia and most famous for being the lead singer of the historic Italian progressive band, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso. He has been called "the great voice of the Italian progressive, the symbol of a golden age of Italian rock". He joined Banco del Mutuo Soccorso in 1971 and the following year they released their debut self titled album Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, the first of 19 studio albums and 4 live albums. In 1989 he released his debut solo album "Do Not Put Your Fingers in the Nose", in collaboration with other musicians of the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and Sam Moore (tragically he died on his way to hospital after being involved in a traffic collision) b. August 22nd 1947.
2015: Clark Virgil Terry Jr (94) American highly awarded swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, composer, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he attended Vashon High School and began his professional career in the early 1940s, playing in local clubs. He served as a bandsman in the United States Navy during World War II, but his years with Count Basie and Duke Ellington in the late 1940s and 1950s established his prominence. He went on to tour the world and perform and with many artists and bands such as: Billy Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, J. J. Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter... >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Clark died fighting advanced diabetes) b. December 14th 1920
2016: Pascal Bentoiu (88) Romanian modernist composer; he spent 3 years researching the rhythm and harmony of Romanian folk music at the Bucharest Folklore Institute befor composing for the stage. His operas are written with dramatic flair and make use of a variety of elements, including folksong, tape, serialism and diatonic qualities. His instrumental and orchestral works also contain a variety of contemporary techniques, his work is characterized by its color and lyricism. (?) b. April 22nd 1927.
2016: Piotr Grudzinski (40) Polish guitarist and composer born in Warsaw. He is known primarily from long-term performances in the heavy metal band Riverside, where he had been a member since 2001. Along with the other members he recorded on all their six studio albums: Out of Myself in 2003, Second Life Syndrome in 2005, Rapid Eye Movement in 2007, Anno Domini High Definition in 2009, Shrine of New Generation Slaves in 2013 and Love, Fear and the Time Machine in 2015. Prior to Riverside, he performed in other groups including Groan Unnamed (?) b. March 15th 1975

2017: Enzo Carella (65) Italian singer-songwriter born in Rome. He started his musical career in 1976, releasing his first single "Fosse vero", followed by "Malamore" in 1977. He had a major hit in 1979 with "Barbara", which was ranked at second place at the Sanremo Music Festival. He released the last of seven albums 'Ahoh Ye Nànà' in 2007. (?) b. January 8th 1952
2017: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (93) Polish-American conductor and composer, born in Lwów (now in Ukraine). He studied piano and violin; displaying talent on the piano at an early age, he played and conducted Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto at 13. A hand injury during WWII ended his piano career and so after the war he composed and conducted, becoming known as Poland’s young star maestro. The Minneapolis Symphony courted him after he electrified crowds at the Cleveland Orchestra in 1958 and in 1960 he was appointed music director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. He led the orchestra in the 1960s and ’70s, raising its repertoire and national profile. Between 1983 and 1992 he was principal conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. Between 1995 and 1997, he served as artistic advisor to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In 1988, he was composer-in-residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer season at Saratoga. He has guest-conducted that orchestra, and many others, all over the world; over his career, he conducted nearly 5,000 concerts and received the Commander Order of the White Eagle, the highest order conferred by the Polish government, as well as the Gold Medal of the Mahler-Bruckner Society, the 1973 Ditson Conductor's Award, and the 1976 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award. (sadly died after suffering a stroke) b. October 3rd 1923.
2017: Leah Adler (97) American concert pianist, restaurateur, and mother of three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg’s production company said of Leah, who owned a celebrated kosher restaurant called "The Milky Way" in Los Angeles, “While known for her red lipstick and Peter Pan collars, for her love of daisies, for her blue jeans and sparkly bling, for her dancing from table to table around the Milky Way, and for her love of camping, fishing, and crossword puzzles, Leah is best remembered for her deep, limitless love for the people around her” (?) b. January 12nd 1920.

February 22.

1961: Nick LaRocca (71)
American early jazz cornetist and trumpeter and the leader of the Original Dixieland Jass Band. Born in New Orleans he called himself "The Creator of Jazz", and "The Christopher Columbus of Music". From around 1910 through 1916 he was a regular member of Papa Jack Laine's bands. In 1916 he joined Johnny Stein's band to play a job up in Chicago, Illinois. This band became the famous Original Dixieland Jass Band, making the first commercially issued jazz recordings in New York City in 1917. These recordings were hits and made the band into celebrities. His 1917 composition "Tiger Rag" is one of the most important and influential jazz standards of the twentieth century. There were 136 cover versions of Nick's copyrighted composition "Tiger Rag" by 1942 alone. He led the band on tours of England and America into the early 1920s, when he suffered a nervous breakdown. He returned to New Orleans and retired from music. Then in 1936 Nick reunited the O.D.J.B. for a successful tour and more recordings and proclaimed that he and his band were the inventors of the now nationally popular swing music
(?) b. April 11th 1889.
1976: Florence Ballard (32) American singer, one of the co-founders of the Hall of Fame Motown group The Supremes. During their early years, they were originally called The Primette, enjoying a generally democratic distribution of leads on songs. However, by 1966, Florence and Mary Wilson had begun to feel ignored in the group as Motown President Berry Gordy, Jr. spotlighted Diana Ross's individual career. Discontent led her to depression and alcoholism, factors that weighed heavily in Gordy's decision to permanently dismiss her from The Supremes. Her final performance with the Supremes was their first appearance at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Flo went solo releasing the singles "It Doesn't Matter How I Say It (It's What I Say That Matters)" and "Love Ain't Love" on ABC Records, but they failed to chart. In 1974 former Supreme Mary Wilson flew her to Los Angeles for a comback career, but she continued to drown her sorrows with pills and alcholic beverages and Flo was living on welfare when she died at such a young age (sadly died of a cardiac arrest) b. June 30th 1943.
1983: Sir Adrian Boult (93) English conductor born in Chester in north west England, he was known for his championing of British music. With early conducting work in London for the Royal Opera House and Sergei Diaghilev's ballet company. His first prominent post was conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924. When the BBC appointed him director of music in 1930, he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor. The orchestra set standards of excellence that were rivalled in Britain only by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), founded two years later.
Forced to leave the BBC in 1950 on reaching retirement age, he took on the chief conductorship of the LPO. The orchestra had declined from its peak of the 1930s, but under his guidance its fortunes were revived. He retired as its chief conductor in 1957, and later accepted the post of president. Although in the latter part of his career he worked with other orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and his former orchestra, the BBC Symphony, it was the LPO with which he was primarily associated, conducting it in concerts and recordings until 1978, in what was widely called his "Indian Summer"
(?) b. April 8th 1889.
1985: Efrem Zimbalist (94) Russian violinist born in Rostov-na-Don; by the age of nine, he was first violin in his father’s orchestra. At 12 he entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, he graduated in 1907 after winning a gold medal and the Rubinstein Prize, and by age 21 was considered one of the world's greatest violinists.he debuted in Berlin, playing the Brahms concerto, and London in 1907 and in the U.S. in 1911, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He then settled in the U.S. In 1917, he was elected as an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music, by the fraternity's Alpha Chapter at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 1928, he began teaching at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He was director of the school from 1941 to 1968. His pupils included such distinguished musicians as Aaron Rosand, Harold Wippler, Oscar Shumsky, Felix Slatkin, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Hidetaro Suzuki. He retired as a violinist in 1949, but returned in 1952 to give the first performance of the Violin Concerto by Gian Carlo Menotti, which is dedicated to him. He retired again in 1955. He served as a juror of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962 and 1966. His own compositions include a violin concerto, the American Rhapsody, a tone poem called Daphnis and Chloe, a Fantasy on themes from The Golden Cockerel by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, a piece called Sarasateana, and an opera Landara, which premiered in Philadelphia in 1956
(?) b. April 9th 1890.
1987: Andy Warhol/Warhola (58)
American painter, printmaker, filmmaker and manager of The Velvet Underground. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Andy became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and member of highly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons. He has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. He coined the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame." In his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Andy Warhol Museum exists in memory of his life and artwork. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $100 million for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises. The private transaction was reported in a 2009 article in The Economist, which described Warhol as the "bellwether of the art market." $100 million is a benchmark price that only Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-August Renoir, Gustav Klimt and Willem de Kooning have achieved (tragically died from complications after a routine gallbladder operation) b. August 6th 1928.
1994: Papa John Creach (76) American violinist and fiddler born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; he began playing violin in Chicago bars when the family moved there in 1935, and eventually joined a local cabaret band, the Chocolate Music Bars. Moving to L.A. in 1945, he played in the Chi Chi Club, spent time working on an ocean liner, appeared in "a couple of pictures", and performed as a duo with Nina Russell. He went on to be the fiddler for Jefferson Airplane 1970–1975, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship, Jefferson Starship - The Next Generation, the San Francisco All-Stars 1979–1984, The Dinosaurs 1982–1989, and Steve Taylor (Papa John ssadly suffered a heart attack during the '94 Northridge earthquake on January 17th 1994. This led to him contracting pneumonia, from which he died from a month later) b. May 28th 1917.
2002: Ronnie Verrell (77) English jazz drummer. He played in two of the United Kingdom's "most famous" big bands, The Ted Heath Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. He also worked extensively in television, including as a drummer in Jack Parnell's ATV Orchestra and Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He also provided the drumming for The Muppet Show's "Animal", and was a "Skinnerett" on The Frank Skinner Show. The Scotsman called him a "driving band drummer" and an "exciting soloist". The Daily Telegraph said Verrel had a "rare combination of craftsmanship and bravura showmanship" and called him "Britain's best-known big band drummer for half a century" (?) b. February 22nd 1926.
2006: Anthony Burger (44) American pianist, singer
and keyboards born in Tennessee; his first recording, ''Anthony Burger At The Lowry Organ'', was released in 1975 when he was 14 years old. He joined the Kingsmen Quartet while still a teen and remained with them until 1992, when left to pursue a career as a solo pianist. He joined the Gaither Homecoming Tour the following year and was featured on more than 65 Homecoming videos. He continued to release piano solo recordings and headline concerts, but his solo schedule was balanced by about 80 Gaither Homecoming dates per year. During the course of his career, Anthony teamed up with gospel Sax-Man Dan Traxler with over 100 tracks to their credit (died tragically of a massive heart attack while performing aboard the MS Zuiderdam, a cruise ship chartered for a Gaither Gospel Cruise) b. June 5th 1961.
2007: Ian Russell Wallace (60) English drummer born in Bury, Lancashire; he formed his first band, The Jaguars, at school, before going on to join The Warriors after which he joined Big Sound. later joined Vivian Stanshall's BiG GrunT, and then The World with Neil Innes before King Crimson in 1971. Other notable work includes Ry Cooder in 1979 and Don Henley in the 1980s and 1990s. Ian's studio and live credits also include El Rayo-X, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Bob Dylan, Johnny Hallyday, Keith Emerson, Alvin Lee, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, the Traveling Wilburys, Eric Clapton, Jon Anderson, Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Quireboys, Brian Eno, Larry Coryell, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Steve Marriott, Al Kooper, Tim Buckley, Lonnie Mack, Procol Harum, and Warren Zevon.Following a move to Nashville, Tennessee in 1998, he worked as a producer and player, among his later studio recordings include Kim Richey, Tim Krekel, Rick Vito, Dean Dillon, Rosie Flores, Jessi Alexander, producer Gary Nicholson, Steve Ri pley, Jan Pulsford, Tim Hinkley, Charlie Taylor, Rodney Crowell and Dan Penn. He also performed live with Rick Vito, T. Graham Brown, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Jessi Alexander, and Billy Burnette. In 2003, he joined the 21st Century Schizoid Band, and released his only solo album, Happiness With Minimal Side Effects and in 2005 he formed the Crimson Jazz Trio (sadly Ian died fighting esophageal cancer) b. September 29th 1946.
2012: Koji Kita (63) Japanese singer and member of the boy band
Four Leaves, which was formed by the talent agency Johnny & Associates. Four Leaves was one of the earliest acts produced by the agency and they released their debut single "Olivia no Shirabe" in 1968. They disbanded in 1978, and reunited in 2002. (sadly Koji died while battling liver cancer) b. January 20th 1949
2012: Billy Strange (81)
American singer, songwriter, guitarist and music arranger Billy Strange was born in Long Beach, California. At just 5 years old he performed on a local radio station winning a yodel contest and at 16 after a stint with the trumpet, he and his guitar he were on the road, travelling across Texas with a few other musicians playing shows and dances and Honky Tonks. Back in Southern California, in his early 20s, he became a regular on live television shows employed as a guitar player and singer, working with the likes of The Sons Of The Pioneers and Roy Rogers, and Spade Cooley and Smokey Rogers and others, which led to working not only with all the country musicians of the 50's but also the pop and jazz players, including Count Basie. Later in the 50s he teamed up with Mac Davis to write several hit songs for Elvis Presley including "A Little Less Conversation" and "Memories" >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. September 29th 1930
2012: Dmitri Nabokov (77) American opera singer and translator, born in Berlin, but the Nabokovs fled to Paris in 1937, and immigrated to New York City in 1940. In 1955, he studied singing, bass, for two years at the Longy School of Music. He then joined the U.S. Army as an instructor in military Russian and as an assistant to a chaplain. In 1961 he made his operatic début by winning the Reggio Emilia International Opera Competition, basso division, singing the role of Colline in La bohème, which was also the début of his fellow cast member Luciano Pavarotti as Rodolfo, who won the tenor section. Dmitri also translated many of his father's works, including novels, plays, poems, lectures, and letters, into several languages (?) b. May 10th 1934.
2012: Lorin Levee (61) American clarinetist, he studied clarinet at De Paul University, after which he played clarinet in the Grant Park Symphony, the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. He was on the faculty of De Paul University for 3 years. Lorin was also principal clarinetist for the Colorado Music Festival and the Teton Festival and he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1976 on bass clarinet, becoming principal clarinetist in 1981 (?) b. July 8th 1950.
2012: Mike Melvoin (74) American jazz pianist and composer; he studied English at Dartmouth College, in the UK, but decided to pursue a career in music, having played the piano since the age of 3. After moving to Los Angeles in 1961, he played with Paul Horn, Frank Rosolino, Leroy Vinnegar, Gerald Wilson, Terry Gibbs, Joe Williams, Peggy Lee, Tom Waits and others. He worked extensively as a studio musician, in addition to playing in clubs in LA and accompanying singer Bill Henderson and playing with Herb Ellis and Plas Johnson on Concord Jazz releases. (sadly Mike passed away while fighting cancer) b. May 10th 1937.
2013: Norma Zenteno (60) American singer, she began singing and writing songs when she was a young girl after her father gave her an electric guitar. Her father, Roberto Zenteno, led big bands in Houston for more than 50 years before his death in 2004. The Norma Zenteno Band, which includes her brothers Javier, Bobby and Ernie, had been a regular on the music scene for decades with t
heir mix of jazz, Latin and rock which drew eclectic crowds in downtown Houston (died bravely battling breast cancer) b. 1952
2013: Diane Lampert (88) American songwriter of the 50s and 60s born in the Bronx, New York; she wrote songs performed by Brenda Lee, Steve Lawrence, Red Foley, The Lettermen, Harry Nilsson, George Jones, the Seekers and others. She also co-wrote with Eddie Fontaine, Cirino Colacrai and John Gluck, a Beatles song, "Nothin Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees)" that wasn't released until 1994 on "Live At The BBC". She also wrote lyrics to title songs for more than 20 movies which
include the title songs for the films The Snow Queen, I'll Take Sweden, Billie, and Silent Running, as well as songs for The Wild and the Innocent, and Trees Lounge. (sadly Diane died from heart failure) b. September 25th 1924.
2013: Smash/T-Mac/Terrel Dishon Taylor (31) American Rapper born in in Baltimore, most noted for his "A Bit Too Much For Me" (sadly died of congestive heart failure) b. 1981.
2013: Claude Monteux (92) American flautist and conductor; as a flutist played under the batons of Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Thomas Beecham, Leopold Stokowski, Pablo Casals, Igor Stravinsky, and his father Pierre Monteux. On the podium he served as Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra from 1953–56, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic 1959–75.
He appeared in concert and in recordings with orchestras throughout the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and has guest-conducted in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Norway and Holland. He has recorded extensively on London, including concerts of music by Mozart and Bach with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (?) b. October 15th 1920.
2014: Trebor Jay Tichenor (74) American
pianist, composer) born in St. Louis, Missouri he was a recognized authority on Scott Joplin and the ragtime era. He collected and published others' ragtime piano compositions and composed his own. He authored books about ragtime, and both on his own and as a member of The St. Louis Ragtimers, became a widely known ragtime pianist. In 1961 Trebor formed the ragtime group known as the St. Louis Ragtimers, which he performed with until his health gave in. (sadly Trebor suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage that left him debilitated and hospitalized. While in the process of recovery he died at LaClede Groves Rehabilitation Center) b. January 28th 1940.
2015: Erik Amundsen (78) Norwegian jazz upright bassist born in Oslo; he debuted in 1954 with Atle Hammer Sextet, also in the 50s he played within Karl Otto Hoff Trio, Eilif Holm Quartet and released an album with Mikkel Flagstad in 1956. In the 60's he was involved in European All Stars in Berlin in 1961 and was awarded the Buddyprisen in 1962. He played regularly at the Metropol Jazz Centre in Oslo, with international greats such as Bud Powell and also played with Al Cohn and Bengt Hallberg, within bands led by Per Borthen and Totti Bergh, and the groups VSOBOP, Street Swingers, Storeslem and Jazz A Pell Oktett.
He formed his own Erik Amundsen Sextet in 2000, but after a stroke in 2002, he has not been able to play. In 2006 he was honored by a concert at the club Cosmopolite in Oslo. Forty tunes from his work can be heard on the album Portrait of a norwegian jazz artist released in 2005 (?) b. February 1st 1937.
2015: Chris Rainbow/Christopher James Harley (68) Scottish rock singer, songwriter and record producter born in Glasgow;he started out in a band called Hopestreet, 1972-3. Following this he adopted the stage name "Rainbow" to avoid confusion with Steve Harley and recorded as Christopher Rainbow, then Chris Rainbow and released three solo albums Home of the Brave in 1975, Looking Over My Shoulder in 1977 and White Trails in 1979 which produced hits including "Give Me What I Cry For" and "Solid State Brain".
Apart from his solo career, he made frequent vocal contributions to The Alan Parsons Project, starting on their 1979 Eve album through to their 1987 album Gaudi, and Eric Woolfson's Freudiana in 1990, an APP album in all but name. Chris recorded and toured with Camel, including singing some lead vocals on studio albums The Single Factor in 1982 and Stationary Traveller in 1984. He worked with Camel keyboardist Ton Scherpenzeel on his 1984 album Heart of the Universe in a duo format, performing five lead vocals. He sang backing vocals on the album "Song Of Seven" by former Yes frontman Jon Anderson, and toured with Anderson's New Life Band. Chris also wrote, produced and recorded jingles for Capital Radio 95.8FM 1973 to 1984 for Kenny Everett, Mike Aspel, Tommy Vance, David Symonds and others. More recently, he produced several albums for the Scottish Gaelic rock group Runrig (sadly Chris died after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease) b. November 18th 1946.
2016: Hans Reffert (69) German multi-musician, composer and artist, although possibly best known for his work as long time guitarist with krautrock band Guru Guru, who from 1968 to 2014 gave 3,300 concerts in Europe Japan, USA and India. As a guitarist he prefered Hawaiian guitar. Born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, over his long career, Hans was involved with a number of other bands and ensembles, including Flute & Voice, Zauberfinger, Sanfte Liebe and Schrammel & Slide. He studied guitar with Sigi Schwab and flute and composition in Mannheim. Since 1976 he has created commissioned works for the Mannheim National Theatre and other theaters, since 1988 also for cinema and TV production. (?) b. July 22nd 1946.
2016: Sonny James/James Hugh Loden (87) American country singer-songwriter; born in Hackleburg, Alabama, by the age of three he was playing a mandolin, singing and was nicknamed "Sonny Boy". In 1933 the family appeared on a radio audition which resulted in their being offered a regular Saturday slot on Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WMSD-AM. The singing Loden Family, later billed as Sonny Loden and the Southerners, were soon playing theatres, auditoriums and schoolhouses throughout the Southern United States. During the summer of 1950 Soony worked with a band, as guitarist and singing on the Memphis, Tennessee radio station WHBQ, but that was interrupted when in September 1950 his Alabama Army National Guard unit was sent to fight in the Korean War, not returning home until the fall of 1951. Sonny was honorably discharged and moved to Nashville, TE, where with the help of Chet Atkins, he signed with Capitol Records and released his first studio record as Sonny James >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died in hospice care in Nashville, Tennessee) b. May 1st 1928

February 23.

1897: Woldemar Bargiel (69)
German composer and pianist born in Berlin; at 16 he went to study at the famous Leipzig Conservatory with some of the leading men of music: Ignaz Moscheles for piano, Niels Gade for composition, and also Julius Rietz. Besides teaching at the prestigious Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin for much of his life and his composing acheivements, Woldemar also served with Brahms as co-editor of the complete editions of Schumann’s and Chopin’s works (?) b. October 3rd 1828.
1957: Marika Ninou
/Evangelia Atamian (34) Armenian-Greek rebetiko singer, born on the ship Evangelistria; in a performance of the Ninos, the artist Petros Kyriakos heard her singing and recommended her to Manolis Chiotis, who recorded two songs with her in 1948. In October, 1948, Stelakis Perpiniadis brought her under his wing as a singer at the Florida club.
By 1949, Marika had begun working with Vassilis Tsitsanis at Fat Jimmy's, a place that would come to play a decisive role in both their lives, with the Tsitsanis-Ninou pairing coming to possess a very special place in the history of the music of Greece. She recorded a total of 174 songs, of which 119 as first voice (sadly died after a brave battle with cancer) b. 1922
1966: Billy Kyle (51)
American pianist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began playing the piano in school and by the early 1930s worked with Lucky Millinder, and later the Mills Blue Rhythm Band. In 1938, he joined John Kirby's band, but was drafted in 1942. After the war, he worked with Kirby's band briefly and also worked with Sy Oliver. He then spent thirteen years as a member of Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, and performed in the 1956 musical High Society (?)b. July 14th 1914.
1995: Melvin Franklin/David Melvin English (53)
American bass singer with the Temptations from 1961 till he fell ill in 1994. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, the son of a preacher, moved to Detroit, Michigan at the age of nine. A young Otis Williams befriended 16 year old Melvin, and invited him to become the bass singer in his group called The Distants. Melvin remained with Otis and Elbridge Bryant when they, Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks formed The Elgins in late 1960. In March 1961, the Elgins signed with Motown records under a new name,The Temptations. He had a fondness for the color blue, and so he was nicknamed "Blue" by his friends and fellow singers. Best friends for over thirty years, Melvin and Otis were the only two Temptations to never leave the group. He was one of the most famous bass singers in black music, over his long career, his deep vocals became one of the group's signature trademarks. Melvin sang some featured leads with the group as well, including the songs "I Truly, Truly Believe", "The Prophet" and Paul Robeson's "Ol' Man River" (Melvin lapsed into a diabeteic coma and died 6 days later from a brain seizure) b. October 12th 1942
1996: Alan Dawson (67) American jazz drummer and widely influential percussion teacher based at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was born in Marietta, Pennsylvania and raised in Roxbury, MA. Serving in the Army for Korean War duty, he played with the Army Dance Band while stationed at Fort Dix from 1951-1953. During his tenure, Alan explored the post-bop era by performing with pianist Sabby Lewis. After being released from the Army, Alan toured Europe with Lionel Hampton. Throughout the 1960s he recorded almost exclusively with saxophonist Booker Ervin on Prestige Records. In 1968 Dawson replaced Joe Morello in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and continued until 1975. His performance credits also included stints with Bill Evans, Jaki Byard, Booker Ervin, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Lee Konitz, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Tal Farlow and many other top jazz artists (sadly died after his struggle with leukemia) b. July 14th 1929.
1997: Tony Williams (51) American jazz drummer, born in Chicago and growing up in Boston, regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz drummers to come to prominence in the 1960s, he first gained fame in the band of trumpeter Miles Davis, and was a pioneer of jazz fusion. Tony began studies with drummer Alan Dawson and began playing professionally at the age of 13 with saxophonist Sam Rivers and Jackie McLean hired him at 16.
At 17, he found considerable fame with Miles Davis, joining a group that was later dubbed Davis's "Second Great Quintet". In 1969, he formed a trio, a pioneering band of the fusion movement, "The Tony Williams Lifetime," with John McLaughlin on guitar, and Larry Young on organ. Jack Bruce on bass was added later. Over the years he played on many projects and sessions including playing the drums for the band Public Image Limited fronted by former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon on their 1986 (a heart attack after routine gall bladder surgery) b. December 12th 1945.
Ofra Haza (42) Israeli singer, actress and international recording artist, born in Hatikvah, a poor area of Tel Aviv, she became was one of the most popular female singers in Israel. At the age of 13 she joined a local theatre troupe, where manager Bezalel Aloni spotted her exceptional singing talent and by the age of 19, she was Israel's first pop princess. When she had completed her military service in 1979, and released her first solo album Al Ahavot Shelanu/Our Love in 1980. This produced a string of hits including "Hageshem"/The Rain, "Shir Ahava La'chayal"/Love Song For The Soldier, "Kmo Tzipor" /Like A Bird and what ultimately became her signature song in her homeland, "Shir Ha'frecha"/The Bimbo Song. This was followed by 23 albums prior to her death. Ofra performed worldwide, represented her country in the Eurovision song Contest and shared duets and concert performances with Glykeria, Yehudit Ravitz, Paul Anka, Paula Abdul, Michael Jackson, Iggy Pop, Hoite, Prachim Yerushalaim, Buddha Bar, Ishtar, Gidi Gov, Stefan Waggershausen, Whitney Houston, Tzvika Pick, Khaled, The Sisters of Mercy, Thomas Dolby, Eric B and Rakim, Gila Miniha, Hans Zimmer, Hagashash Hachiver, Yaffa Yarkoni, Shoshana Damari
(Ofra sadly died of AIDS-related multiple organ failure) b. November 19th 1957
2003: Howie Epstein (47) American highly noted rock bass player, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, well known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he played in a number of both rock and roll and country Milwaukee bands that were regionally popular, like MHG Experience, Egz, Winks, Forearm Smash, and The Craze, after which he moved to the west coast. He played in bands with John Hiatt and backed Del Shannon, before joining Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Howie also played bass on recordings by Eric Andersen, Bob Dylan, Carlene Carter, Johnny Cash, John Hiatt, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt, Del Shannon, The Textones, The Village People, and Warren Zevon. He earned acclaim as a songwriter and a producer. He produced two albums for John Prine, including 1991’s The Missing Years, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording, and Eric Andersen’s Memory Of The Future in 1998(suffering from serious depression, he sadly overdosed on heroin while in New Mexico) b. July 21st 1955.
2004: Carl Anderson (58) American singer, film and theatre actor born in Lynchburg, Virginia. He moved to Washington D.C. in 1969, where he and friends formed the group "The Second Eagle", with himself as lead singer. They covered jazz/rock tunes, some from the album Jesus Christ Superstar. This led him getting the role of understudy for Ben Vereen as Judas in the pre-Broadway touring company's production of Jesus Christ Superstar. When Ben fell ill, Carl took over the role, this catupulted his career, while performing the show in LA, Carl was flown to London for a screen test for the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Two weeks later, he was filming in Israel. The film, released in 1973 gave Carl 2 Golden Globe nominations as "Most Promising Newcomer" and "Best Musical Actor". As a recording artist, he signed with Motown Records in 1972, he worked with Stevie Wonder on his 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life; he released four albums on the Epic label beginning in 1983. In total, Carl released nine jazz and soul albums as a solo artist, including hits "How Deep Does It Go," "Pieces Of A Heart," "Hot Coffee," and the mega-hit from his self-titled 1986 album, "Friends and Lovers" (a duet with Gloria Loring) which reached No.2 in the charts. Among many other hi-lights in his career, in
1997, Carl performed on Broadway playing The Duke in an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night called Play On! featuring the music of Duke Ellington, and in 2002, he again took the part of Judas in a national tour of Superstar with ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach playing Jesus. The Leonard Cohen / Anjani song "Nightingale" from 2004 was made in his memory (sadly he lost his life to leukemia) b. February 27th 1945
2004: Neil Ardley (66) English jazz pianist and composer, and was also the author of more than 100 popular books on science and technology, and on music. Having moved to London, he studied arranging and composition with Ray Premru from '60 to '61. He joined the John Williams Big Band as pianist, writing both arrangements and compositions, and from '64 to '70 was the director of the newly-formed New Jazz Orchestra, which employed some of the best young musicians in London, including Ian Carr, Jon Hiseman, Barbara Thompson, Dave Gelly, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell, and Trevor Tomkins. He continued to play and compose, especially with Zyklus, the electronic jazz group he formed with composer John L. Walters, Derbyshire musician Warren Greveson and Ian Carr.
Singing in local choirs in the later 1990s led him to start composing choral music, and this occupied most of his musical attention until his death. At the time of his death, Neil had begun to gig and record again with a slimmed down Zyklus consisting of himself, Warren Greaveson, and Nick Robinson (?) b. May 26th 1937.
2004: Don Cornell/
Luigi Varlaro (84) American singer of the 1940s and 1950s;
born in The Bronx, New York, he started out with trumpeter Red Nichols and bandleader Sammy Kaye before going solo. His hits included "It Isn't Fair," "I'm Yours," "I'll Walk Alone," and "Hold My Hand." His version of "Hold My Hand" sold over one million copies, and topped the UK Singles Chart in 1954. he appeared many times on the highy-popular Ruth Lyons noon television program and became a favorite with viewers. In 1993, he was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame. He was also a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity (passed away from emphysema and diabetes) April 21st 1919.
2007: Donnie Brooks/John Dee Abohosh (71) American singer, born in Dallas, Texas, he moved to Ventura, California in his teens. He recorded a few minor hits under the stage names Johnny Jordan, Dick Bush, and Johnny Faire, the latter gaining some sales with "Bertha Lou" in early 1959. In late 1959, he made his first recording using the name Donnie Brooks, "Li'l Sweetheart," followed by his March 1960 hit single, "Mission Bell" which peaked at No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
His follow-up, "Doll House"/"Round Robin" peaked at No.31 in December 1960. He continued to record through the 1970s. In 1971, Donnie played the role of Christ in the rock opera "Truth of Truths" for Oak Records. Later he toured with other performers from the early rock and roll era in oldies revival shows (sadly died of a heart attack following a long illness) b. February 6th 1936.
2010: Wyn Morris (81) Welsh conductor born in Trellech, Monmouthshire; he was especially known for his interpretations of Gustav Mahler's works, which he recorded almost complete during the '60s and '70s. He was the first to record Deryck Cooke's 2nd performing version of Mahler's Symphony No.10 in 1972, only the third time a recording of the work had been made. He also conducted the first recording of Barry Cooper's realisation of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 10 in 1988. Wyn was music director of the Royal National Eisteddfod from '60-'62, and the Huddersfield Choral Society from '69-'74 (?) b.
February 14th 1929
2010: Chilly B/Robert Crafton (47) American electro rapper from in Brooklyn, New York; Chilly sang, rapped, played keyboards and bass, and was a founder member of the influential 80's electro and old school hip hop group Newcleus, best-known for the massive 1984 vocoder opus "Jam on It", as well as similarly spacey joints "Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)" and "Computer Age" (tragically Chilly suffered a massive stroke that has left him brain dead and in a coma. The decision was made to remove him from life support and he passed on not long after) b.????
2013: Santo J. "Sonny" Russo (83) American jazz trombonist and multi-musician; he first played piano and violin, and played with his father's group at age 15. As a professional trombonist he started out with Buddy Morrow in 1947, and then played with Lee Castle-1948, Sam Donahue-1949, Artie Shaw 1949–50, Art Mooney-1950, Tito Puente, Jerry Wald, Tommy Tucker, Buddy Rich, Ralph Flanagan 1951–52, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra 1953–55, Neal Hefti 1954–55, Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey 1955–56, and Maynard Ferguson-1956. Starting in the mid-50s he found work in the bands of various Broadway shows. In the late 1950s and 1960s he worked with Louie Bellson-1957, Machito, Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, and Doc Severinsen in 1967. From 1967 to 1973 he was a member of The Tonight Show orchestra, and he worked with Frank Sinatra between 1967 and 1988. He also played in Urbie Green's 21 Trombones in 1968 and in the World's Greatest Jazz Band in the 1970s. While touring with The World's Greatest Jazz Band Russo was invited to the White House to play for President and Mrs.Ford. Sonny also recorded extensively with singers; in addition to Sinatra, he played behind Lena Horne, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Jimmy Rushing, Dinah Washington, Liza Minnelli, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme. Sonny also performs on the soundtracks to the films The Godfather, The Godfather II, Goodfellas, and Sophie's Choice. He has also done many Jazz gigs with the likes of Al Cohn, Zoot Simms, Mousey Alexander, and Milt Hinton
(?) b. March 20th 1929.
2015: Bobby Emmons (72) American keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter; a Mississippi native he was a self-taught organ player and keyboardist who got his start with the Bill Black Combo from 1960-1963, and became a staple of the Memphis, Tenn., music scene. He played on about 120 of chart hits between 1962 and 1972 as a member of the house bands at Hi Records and American Studios. Known as the 827 Thomas Street Band, the American Group, and, eventually, the Memphis Boys, his band's hit records included Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man", Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds", Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline, Merrilee Rush's "Angel of the Morning", B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling", Joe Tex's "I Gotcha", Bobby Womack's "Fly Me To The Moon," and so many more. As a songwriter, his successful tunes include Waylon Jennings "Luckenbach, Texas", "Women Do Know How to Carry On" and "Wurlitzer Prize"; George Strait's "So Much Like My Dad"; Tanya Tucker's "Love Me Like You Used To", and B.J. Thomas's "Help Me Make It to My Rockin' Chair". Most recently, he had been playing with Memphis soul singer-songwriter Dan Penn (?) b. February 19th 1943.
2016: Johnny Murphy (72?) Irish stage and film actor best known for his role as trumpet player Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan in 1991 film, The Commitments, a role he beat Van Morrison and Rory Gallagher to, despite the fact he could not play an instrument, the only member of the cast who could not. In 2011, he fought off cancer but had to miss some Commitments reunion events because of illness. (Johnny died peacefully in St James's hospital from respiratory failure) b. 1943/44?
2017: Horace Parlan (86) American-born Danish jazz, hard bop and post-bop piano player; born in Pittsburgh, he was stricken with polio before his first birthday resulting in the partial crippling of his right hand. Between 1952 and 1957, he worked in Washington DC with Sonny Stitt and then spent two years with Mingus' Jazz Workshop and noted for his contributions to the recordings 'Mingus Ah Um' and 'Blues & Roots'. In 1973, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark and later settled in the small village of Rude in southern Zealand. In 1974 he completed a State Department tour of Africa with Hal Singer. Over his long career he also recorded with artists such as Dexter Gordon, Archie Shepp, Roland Kirk, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Dave Bailey, Lou Donaldson, Gene Ammons, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Stanley Turrentine to mention some. In 2000 Horace
was honored with the Ben Webster Prize, awarded by the Ben Webster Foundation. (?) b. January 19th 1931.
2017: Leon Ware (77) American record producer, keyboardist, singer-songwriter, born in Detroit. he was best known for producing hits for other artists including Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Maxwell, Minnie Riperton and Marvin Gaye, co-producing the latter's album, I Want You. He started his career as a songwriter in 1967 and co-wrote along with Ivy Hunter and Steve Bowden for The Isley Brothers recording of "Got to Have You Back". In 1971 Leon began collaborating with Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, younger brother of Diana Ross. One of the songs they wrote was "I Wanna Be Where You Are" recorded by Michael Jackson. He also wrote for Teena Marie, Loose Ends, Jeffrey Osborne, James Ingram, Melissa Manchester, Krystol, Bobby Womack and Lulu, co-writing the latter's European hit, "Independence" in 1993. Leon helped to produce singer Maxwell's debut album, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, released in 1996, which was considered one of the landmark albums of the neo-soul genre. As a performer and solo artist over his career he released 11 solo albums, the last being Moon Ride in 2008 (?) b. February 16th 1940

February 24.

1967: Franz Waxman/Franz Wachsmann (60)
German composer known for his bravura Carmen Fantasie for violin and orchestra, based on musical themes from the Bizet opera Carmen, and for his musical scores for films. He orchestrated Frederick Hollander's score for the 1930 film Blue Angel before leaving Nazi Germany for France then America in 1935. He went on to receive 12 Academy Award nominations, winning in consecutive years for Sunset Boulevard and A Place in the Sun. The many films he worked on included four Alfred Hitchcock films, Rebecca-1940, Suspicion-1941, The Paradine Case-1947, and Rear Window-1954. Franz recieved two Oscar Nominations for his scores with Alfred Hitchcock for Rebecca and Suspicion
(sadly died while battling cancer) b. December 24th 1906.
1977: Tom Shaw (68) American blues singer and guitarist, b
orn in Brenham, Texas, as a young man he worked with Blind Lemon Jefferson, J. T. Smith and Ramblin' Thomas. In the 1960s and 1970s he recorded for the Advent, Blue Goose and Blues Beacon labels and is noted for hits songs "Hey Mr. Nixon" and "Martin Luther King". (
Tom sadly died during open heart surgery) b. March 4th 1908.
1982: Virginia Bruce/Helen Virginia Briggs (71) American actress and singer born in Minneapolis, but moved with her family to Los Angeles where she became a member of the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1930 she appeared on Broadway in the musical Smiles, followed by America's Sweetheart in 1931. She also introduced the Cole Porter standard "I've Got You Under My Skin" in the film Born to Dance and co-starred in the MGM musical The Great Ziegfeld. One of her later film appearances was in the 1960s Strangers When We Meet. Her final film appearance was in Madame Wang's in 1981 (sadly died after battling cancer) b. September 29th 1910.
1990: Johnnie Ray (63) American singer born in Hopewell, Origan; considered by many people to be the forerunner of what would become rock 'n' roll and has been cited as the historical link between Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley in the development of popular music. He became deaf in his right ear at age 13 after an accident during a Boy Scout event. After moving to Detroit he was spotted Bernie Lang, a song plugger, who was taken to the Flame Showbar nightclub. His first record, the self-penned R&B number "Whiskey and Gin", was a minor hit in 1951. The follow up was the double-sided hit single of "Cry" and "The Little White Cloud That Cried", selling over two million copies of the 45 single, and he quickly became a teen idol. More hits followed, including "Please Mr. Sun", "Such a Night", "Walkin' My Baby Back Home", "A Sinner Am I", and "Yes Tonight Josephine", "Just Walkin' in the Rain" and "You Don't Owe Me a Thing". He was popular in the UK, and performed at the London Palladium. In the early 1970s, he appearanced on The Andy Williams Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson three times during 1972 and 1973. In later years, he retained a loyal fan base overseas, in the UK, and particularly in Australia (liver failure) b. January 10th 1927.
1991: Webb Michael Pierce (69) American honky tonk vocalist of the 1950s, born in West Monroe, Louisiana. He began to play guitar before he was a teenager and at 15 was given his own weekly 15-minute show, Songs by Webb Pierce, on KMLB-AM in Monroe. He founded a band of local Shreveport musicians, including pianist Floyd Cramer, guitarist-vocalist Faron Young, bassist Tillman Franks and vocalists Teddy and Doyle Wilburn and also founded a record label, Pacemaker; and Ark-La-Tex Music, a publishing company, with Horace Logan. On Pacemaker, he made several records between 1950 and 1951, after which he was signed by Decca. His break through came with his second decca single, "Wondering", climbing to No. 1 early in 1952, and his biggest hit was "There Stands the Glass" in 1953. Other of his vast amount of hits include "That Heart Belongs to Me", "Back Street Affair", "Slowly", "More and More", and "In the Jailhouse Now". His singles spent 113 weeks at No.1 during the 1950s, when he charted 48 singles. 29 reached the top ten, 26 reached the top four and 13 hit No. 1. charting 10 No.1 hits. He charted more number one hits than any other country artist during the decade and continued charting until 1982 with a total of 96 hits. For many, Webb, with his flamboyant Nudie suits and twin silver dollar-lined convertibles, became the most recognizable face of country music of the era and its excesses. Webb was a one-time member of the Grand Ole Opry and was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October of 2001 and into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2008 (sadly lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer) b. August 8th 1921
1994: Jean Sablon (87) French singer and actor, born in Nogent-sur-Marne, he studied piano at the Lyceé Charlemagne in Paris, left to concentrate on a vocal career. He started in the cabarets of Paris at the age of 17and later, he partnered the popular Mistinguett at the Casino de Paris which boosted his career considerably. He was the first cabaret singer to use a microphone in his stage act. In the 1920s he spent time in Brazil where his recordings remain extremely popular today. In 1937 he won the Grand Prix du Disque for the song "Vous qui passez sans me voir". That same year, he went to America, where he sang on live radio broadcasts for CBS and made several records in the English language. On Broadway, he worked with luminaries such as Cole Porter and George Gershwin. He returned to Paris but with the German occupation of France in World War II, he went back to America for the duration. During his career, Jean's records sold in the millions around the world amd he recorded with some of the world's top musicians, including Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. Jean is credited with arranging Reinhardt's debut in a fashionable cabaret in 1933. He also appeared in a number of motion pictures and TV films performing as a vocalist or pianist, his last was in 1984 when he sang "April in Paris" in Mistral's Daughter, the popular American TV miniseries filmed in France. (Jean passed away in Cannes-La-Bocca, and was interred in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris) b. March 25th 1906
1994: Dinah Shore/Frances Rose Shore (77) American singer, actress, and television personality. She was most popular during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 1950s. After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman and both Jimmy Dorsey and his brother Tommy Dorsey, she struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, lasting from 1940 into the late '50s, including "Yes, My Darling Daughter", "Blues In The Night", "Jim", "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To", "Buttons and Bows", "Sweet Violets", "My Heart Cries For You" and "Fascination". She also appeared in a handful of films such as 'Thank Your Lucky Stars', 'Up in Arms', 'Follow the Boys', before going on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows in the '50s and '60s and hosting two talk shows in the '70s. TV Guide magazine ranked her at No.16 on their list of the top fifty television stars of all time (sadly died after battling cancer) b. February 29th 1916.
2001: Theodore Marier KCSG (88) American renowned scholar, composer, teacher of Gregorian Chant, and founder of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (?) b. October 17th 1912.
2002: Arthur Lyman (70) American jazz vibraphone and marimba player born on the island of Kauai in the U.S. territory of Hawaii; his group popularized a style of faux-Polynesian music during the 1950s and 1960s which later became known as exotica. His albums became favorite stereo-effect demonstration discs during the early days of the stereophonic LP album for their elaborate and colorful percussion, deep bass and 3-dimensional recording soundstage. Lyman was known as "the King of Lounge music". His combo continued to play to tourists nearly every Friday and Saturday night at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel in Honolulu throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He also performed for years at Don the Beachcomber's Polynesian Village, The Shell Bar, the Waialae Country Club and the Canoe House at the Ilikai Hotel at Waikiki, the Bali Hai in Southern California and at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. During the peak of his popularity Lyman recorded more than 30 albums and almost 400 singles, earning three gold albums. Taboo peaked at No.6 on Billboard's album chart and stayed on the chart for over a year, eventually selling more than two million copies (sadly died after a brave battle with thoracic cancer) b. February 2nd 1932.
2002: Leo Ornstein (108!) Russian-born American experimental composer and pianist of the early 20th century, he was the first important composer to make extensive use of the tone cluster. His performances of works by avant-garde composers and his own innovative and even shocking pieces made him a cause célèbre on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early 1930s, Leo gave his last public performance. A few years later, he and his wife, Pauline Mallet-Prèvost, also a pianist, founded the Ornstein School of Music in Philadelphia. Among the students, John Coltrane and Jimmy Smith went on to major careers in jazz (?) b. December 2nd 1893.
2003: Walter Scharf (92) American film composer, born in New York; while in his 20s, he was one of the orchestrators for George Gershwin's Broadway musical Girl Crazy, became singer Helen Morgan's accompanist, and later worked as pianist and arranger for singer Rudy Vallee. He began working in Hollywood in '33, arranging for Al Jolson at Warner Bros, Alice Faye at 20th Century-Fox and Bing Crosby at Paramount. He orchestrated the original version of Irving Berlin's White Christmas for the film Holiday Inn in 1942, and from 1942 to 1946 he served as head of music for Republic Pictures. From 1948 to 1954, Walter was arranger-conductor for the Phil Harris-Alice Faye radio show. A ten-time Oscar nominee, Walter worked on more than 100 films, receiving nominations for his musical direction on such pictures as Danny Kaye's Hans Christian Andersen, Barbra Streisand's Funny Girl, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, also Jerry Lewis' Jekyll and Hyde-working on more than a dozen Lewis comedies overall. He worked on 3 Elvis Presley pictures including Loving You, and King Creole, and with lyricist Don Black, he wrote the hit Michael Jackson single from the film Ben, which won him a Golden Globe. In 1973 he and Don Black wrote the music and lyrics for the London musical Maybe That's Your Problem. Walter composed music for dozens of 1960s television dramas including Ben Casey, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible, the National Geographic and The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau documentaries, which he scored between 1965 and 1975. He received two Emmys for the Cousteau series, in 1970 and 1974, and composed an original symphonic work, The Legend of the Living Sea, for a Cousteau museum exhibit aboard the RMS Queen Mary in 1971 (?) b. August 1st 1910
2004: Estelle Axton (85) Creator of the legendary US soul music label Stax with her brother Jim Stewart. In 1958, her brother Jim asked for help to develop Satellite Records, which he had set up to issue recordings of local country and rockabilly artists. She convinced her husband that they should remortgage their house and, in 1959, joined Satellite as an equal partner. The following year, Axton and Stewart turned the Capitol Theatre, in a black Memphis neighbourhood, into a recording studio and record shop, and began making hit records with predominantly black artists. It changed its name to Stax, taking its name from Estelle and Jim's surnames Axton and Stewart. Estelle was actively involved with selecting and developing the artists on the label, who included Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers and Johnnie Taylor. Estelle was also the founder of the Memphis Songwriters Association in 1973 and went on with friend and founder of Moon Records, Cordell Jackson to work with the Music Industries of Memphis, later named the Memphis Music Association to assist in the development of local Memphis music as a global force once again. In December, 2006, The Recording Academy announced that Estelle will be honored with a Trustee's Award as part of the upcoming Grammys (?) b. September 11th 1918.
2007: Leroy Jenkins (74) American composer and free jazz violinist-violist. He was involved in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) while a school teacher in Chicago. He co-founded the Creative Construction Company with Anthony Braxton and others. He also led the Revolutionary Ensemble and formed a trio with Anthony Davis and Andrew Cyrille. During 1987 he toured Europe as part of Cecil Taylor's group. He gained recognition for music-theatre works such as The Mother of Three Sons, Fresh Faust and The Negros Burial Ground, and "The Three Willies" in collaboration with Homer Jackson (?) b. March 11th 1932.
2008: Larry David Norman (60) American musician, singer, songwriter and producer, his recordings are noted for their Christian and social subject matter, and he is often described as the "father of Christian rock music", the "Godfather of gospel rock", "Christianity's first rock star", the "bad boy of Christian music", and "the poet laureate of the Jesus revolution". By 1970, Larry had the most recognized name and face in the Jesus Movement and the Christian music scene", with Time magazine soon describing him as "probably the top solo artist in the field". (died after a long battle with heart disease) b. April 8th 1947.
2011: Eduardo "Eddie" Serrato (65) American drummer born in Encinal, Texas, and was a founder member of Question Mark and the Mysterians first formed in Bay City in 1962. The band received a gold record for the song "96 Tears" and appeared on "The Dick Clark Show". Later in life he was involved in producing Tejano music at Joey Records in San Antonio, Texas. Eddie along with ? and the Mysterians was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (sadly died of a heart attack after undergoing surgery a few days before) b. December 5th 1945.
2012: Pery Ribeiro/Peri Oliveira Martins (74) Brazilian singer of Bossa Nova, MPB and Jazz; he began his career as a child, dubbing the voice of the dwarf Bashful in Walt Disney's movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, while his mother dubbed the voice of Snow White. In 1944, he appeared as an actor in the musical comedy film "Berlim na batucada". His career as a singer did not begin until 1959 which continued until 2012. He was one of the first singers to record the classic bossa nova song "Garota de Ipanema"/Girl from Ipanema, in January 1963. Throughout his career, he performed frequently in Mexico and the US. In 1998, he moved to Miami, where he lived until 2011. Shortly before his death, Pery completed work on an album of duets with 22 other artists in homage of Wilson Simonal (sadly died from a heart attack) b. October 27th 1937.
2012: István Anhalt (92) Hungarian-born Canadian composer; born in Budapest, he studied with Zoltán Kodály before being drafted into the forced labour service of the Hungarian Army during World War II. In the late 1940s he studied under Nadia Boulanger and Soulima Stravinsky before emigrating to Canada in 1949. He served as a professor of music at McGill University and as head of music at Queen's University. His works earned him the reputation of one of the founding fathers of electroacoustic music in Canada. In 2003, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2007, made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (?) b. April 12th 1919.
2013: Virgil Lewis Johnson (77) African American singer and DJ at radio station KDAV; born in Cameron, TX, before his family relocated to Lubbock, where he graduated from the historically black Dunbar High School. He was teaching 8th grade English at Blackshear Junior High School in Odessa, in 1959, when he recruited four of his students to form a singing group, in which Virgil was lead vocalist. An impressed Roy Orbison recommended them to the owner of Monument Records, Fred Foster, who signed them and named them The Velvets. They are best remembered for their hits "Tonight (Could Be the Night)"/Spring Fever and "That Lucky Old Sun"/Time and Time Again", the B-sides were written by Roy Orbison. Both records also charted in the UK. The Velvets were a special type of doo-wop group, their sound was highly polished, and the backing usually included stringed instruments. When the band folded Virgil continued his teaching career as principal of Dunbar-Struggs Middle School 1968–84, and principal of Lubbock's historically black Dunbar High School 1985–93. In 1994, he was inducted into the Buddy Holly West Texas Walk of Fame. After his retirement, that same year, he started working as a deejay on Radio KSEL, before switching to radio station KDAV aka the Buddy Holly Station, where he was known as "V.J. the D.J." (?) b. December 29th 1935.
2014: Francis "Franny" Beecher (92) American Hall of Fame guitarist born in Norristown, Pennsylvania; He was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962 and is best remembered for his innovative guitar solos combining elements of country music and jazz. He composed the classics "Blue Comet Blues", "Week End", "Goofin' Around" and "Shaky" when he was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets. He continued to perform with surviving members of the Comets into 2006. In 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him as a member of the Comets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the previous mistake of not inducting the Comets with Bill Haley. He already had had a lengthy career as a guitarist, having performed and recorded with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, which he joined in 1948, at a time Goodman was experimenting with music in the bebop idiom. >>> READ MORE <<< (
died peacefully in his sleep) b. September 29th 1921.
2014: Anna Reynolds (83) English mezzo-soprano and contralto opera singer, born in Canterbury. She studied piano and voice at the Royal Academy of Music and continued her voice studies in Rome, where she adopted Anna as her stage name. Her first appearance at Covent Garden in London was in 1967, Adelaide in Richard Strauss's Arabella and returned in 1975 for Andromache in Michael Tippett's King Priam. Anna first sang at the Metropolitan Opera in 1968–69, as Flosshilde in Wagner's Das Rheingold, and she returned in the 1975 Ring cycle as Fricka in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, and Waltraute and the Second Norn in Götterdämmerung. At the Bayreuth Festival, she first appeared in 1970 as Fricka in Die Walküre and sang regularly through 1976. Also in 1970 she first performed at the Salzburg Festival in the cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Herbert von Karajan (sadly died in Peesten, Germany) b. June 5th 1930.
2014: Kelly Holland (52) American rock singer best known for his stint as the frontman for early ’90s Southern rock band Cry of Love. Their debut album ‘Brother,’ released in 1993, produced several singles including ‘Peace Pipe’ which topped the Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart and ‘Bad Thing,’ was also a bonafide hit, reaching the No.2 spot on the Mainstream Rock chart. Following ‘Brother,’ Cry of Love seemed poised to build on the momentum they’d established, but Kelly the band in 1994. He went on to performed with a number of bands after leaving Cry of Love. Being an accomplished drummer as well as a distinctive singer, he acted as a double weapon for the local cover act Crush. (sadly died from an abdominal infection) b. 1961 or 1962
2015: Tyzen Hsiao (77) Taiwanese neo-Romantic composer, born in southern port city of Kaohsiung. As a teen at the Chang Jung Senior High School he studied with Ms Kao Ya-Mei, a singer, and Ms Kao Chin-Hwa, a pianist trained in Japan. In 1977 he relocated to America for 18 years. From 1985 to 1987 he earned a master's in composition at the California State University, Los Angeles. Many of his vocal works, set poems written in Taiwanese, the mother tongue of the majority of the island's residents. His compositions stand as a musical manifestation of the Taiwanese literature movement that revitalized the island's literary and performing arts in the 1970s and 1980s. Hsiao's career in music included additional success as a pianist and conductor. Tyzen was awarded Taiwan's National Art Prize in 2004, the Wu Sam-lien Musical Contribution Award- 2005, the Kaohsiung City Prize for the Arts -2006 and the National Cultural Award -2009 (?) b. January 1st 1938
2016: Miguel Ángel Coria (78) Spanish composer of classical music. His early work showed affinities to the music of Anton Webern, but he became increasingly influenced by Impressionism. From 1973 he entered his post-modern period where his compositions were marked by "attempts to evoke the spirit of the music of the past, but without literal allusions".[1] In addition to his instrumental music, he also composed an opera, Belisa, which premiered at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in 1992. Coria served as the Administrative Director of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the 1980s and was a co-founder of ALEA, Spain's first laboratory for electronic music. (?) b. October 24th 1937.
2016: Lennie Baker (69) American saxophonist and singer born in Whitman, Mass and he studied at Northeastern University in Boston, where he joined Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. He went on to become a member of the band Sha Na Na, doing vocals and playing sax. He toured with the group, and appeared with them on the television series, Sha Na Na, which aired from 1978-1981. He was also in the movie Grease with them, singing lead on the song, Blue Moon. Lennie appeared in several other movies with the group, including Dynamite Chicken, Woodstock Diary and Festival Express (?) b.April 18th 1946.

2017: Fumio Karashima (68) Japanese jazz pianist born in Oita and started playing the piano at the age of three. In 1975 he joined drummer George Ohtsuka's band, then in 1980 he joined Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine and stayed for five years, including for tours of Europe and the United States. He then switched to being principally a solo pianist, but also led a quintet from 1988 to 1991. During the 1990s he frequently toured internationally (sadly died fighting cancer) b. March 9th 1948.
2017: Don Markham (85) American saxophonist, trumpeter and long time hornist with country band, The Strangers since 1974. Born in Bakersfield he had a jazz and pop background, previously performing with Sly & the Family Stone and the Ventures, as well as the Buck Owens-founded Bakersfield Brass. He spent six years as trumpet player at Bakersfield's legendary cub, the Blackboard. He first joined the Strangers while touring with Johnny Paycheck. Although The Strangers had released independent records, it was co-founded by Merle in 1964 and mainly served as his backup band. Don can be heard on every one Merles recordings since 1974, noted tracks include “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” and “It’s All In The Movies”. Sadly Don's declining health led to his retirement in 2013, and he spent his remaining days in the same mobile home in which he had resided for around 50 years, with Merle who had become one of his closest longtime friends making regular visits until his own death 11 months ago, last April (?) b. 1931/32

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1682: Alessandro Stradella (42) Italian composer of the middle Baroque; he was an extremely influential composer, and a ladies man. He wrote at least six operas including a full-length comic opera Il Trespolo tutore. He also wrote numerous cantatas and oratorios. and composed 27 separate instrumental pieces, most for strings and basso continuo, and typically in the sonata da chiesa format.
His colorful life and bloody death clearly made a good story for an opera, and three separate composers based operas on his life. The best-known of these is Alessandro Stradella, by Friedrich von Flotow (He was involved in an affair and a hired killer caught up with him at the Piazza Bianchi, Genoa, and stabbed him to death) b. April 3rd 1639.
1936: Sam Morgan (40) American New Orleans jazz trumpet player and bandleader. The recordings by Sam Morgan's Jazz Band for Columbia Records in 1927 are some of the best regarded New Orleans classic jazz recordings of the decade, and continue to be influential. The "Young Morgan Band" as it was commonly called by fans of the day, was one of the most popular territory bands touring the gulf coast circuit, Galveston, Texas to Pensacola, and Florida (?) b. December 18th 1895.
1993: Eddie Constantine/Edward Constantinowsky (75) American-born French actor and singer who spent his career working in Europe. He went to Vienna for voice training, but when he returned to America his singing career did not take off and he started taking work as a film extra. He returned to Europe in the 1950s and started singing and performing in Parisian cabaret. There he was noticed by Edith Piaf, who cast him in the musical La p'tite Lili. Eddie also helped Piaf with translations for her 1956 album, La Vie En Rose / Édith Piaf Sings In English, so that he has song-writing credits on the English versions of some of her most famous songs like "Hymne à l'amour"/"Hymn to Love". He eventually became a French citizen and enjoyed great popularity in several European countries. Eddie also became cult figure in 1950s France due to his role as the hard-boiled detective/secret agent Lemmy Caution, from Peter Cheyney's novels, in a series of French B-pictures, including La môme vert-de-gris, Cet homme est dangereux, Lemmy pour les dames, and À toi de faire ... mignonne. He continued reprising the role of Lemmy Caution well into his 70s; his final appearance as the character was in Jean-Luc Godard's Allemagne année 90 neuf zéro on 1991 (sadly did of a heart attack)
b. October 29th 1917.
1993: Toy Caldwell (45) American guitar player born in Spartanburg, SC and was the brother of former Marshall Tucker bass guitarist Tommy Caldwell. He was veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served in Vietnam and injured in 1967, Toy was a founding member and lead guitarist of the 1970s Southern Rock group The Marshall Tucker Band from Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was a member of the band from 1973 to 1983 and wrote almost all of their songs. He later formed the Toy Caldwell Band and released an eponymous CD in 1992; the record was later renamed "Son of the South" by Southern rock luminary, Toy's personal friend, Charlie Daniels. (died of heart disease) b. November 13th 1947.
1995: Terence Weil (73) English cellist, born in London; he began a close association with Benjamin Britten in 1946, when he played in the premiere of his opera 'The Rape of Lucretia' in the first postwar season of the Glyndebourne Festival. Together with clarinettist Gervase de Peyer and violist Cecil Aronowitz, he helped found the Melos Ensemble in 1950, after which he performed with the Pro Arte Piano Quartet. In the 1960s, he was cellist of the Cremona Quartet and went on to become the principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra, as well as an influential teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music (?) b. December 9th 1921.
2005: Edward Patten (65) US R&B/soul vocalist; born in Atlanta, Georgia, he was best known as a member of Gladys Knight & the Pips. He was lead singer Gladys Knight's cousin. The Pips scored their first hit in 1961 with "Every Beat of My Heart" followed by a second hit "Letter Full of Tears" in 1962. They signed to Motown in 1964 where they had success with hits such as "Everybody Needs Love", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)", which won the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus. But it was recording for Buddah in the 1970s, the group hit its highest peak with No.1 R&B hits such as "I've Got to Use My Imagination", and "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" and most notable hit of their career was the No.1 hit, "Midnight Train to Georgia", which won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals of 1973 (stroke) b. August 2nd 1939.
2006: Thomas Koppel (61) Danish classical music and avant-garde popular composer and pianist. He wrote string quartets, a piano concerto, operas, cantatas, a ballet, symphonies and other orchestral works. At age 18 he completed his first opera The Story of a Mother, based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen. he composed the score in '71 for the ballet Dødens Triumf which was danced naked at the Royal Danish Theatre. He founded the experimental rock group Savage Rose with his brother Anders and sister Lone. In 1968 they added four more members including the singer Annisette. Aside from rock, the group fused elements from classical music, jazz and rhythm and blues (died unexpectedly on vacation in Puerto Rico) b. April 27th 1944.
2007: Mark Warren Spoelstra () American singer-songwriter and folk and blues guitarist, born and raised in Kansas City. He began his musical career in LA in his teens and migrated around to wind up in New York City in time to take part in the folk music revival of the early 1960s. He is best remembered for his activity in the Greenwich Village area. He performed with Bob Dylan soon after Dylan's arrival in New York City, was a contributor to Broadside Magazine and recorded a number of albums for Folkways Records and other labels (sadly died from complications of pancreatic cancer) b. June 30th 1940
2008: Static Major/Stephen Ellis Garrett (33) US R&B singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer and was also a member of the R&B trio Playa. He gained posthumous fame for appearing in Lil Wayne's 2008 hit "Lollipop" (cause of death was originally stated as being due to complications from a medical procedure performed at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky) b. November 11th 2008.
2009: Randall "Randy" Bewley (53) American innovative guitarist and founder member of the rock band Pylon from Athens, Georgia, USA. Their most important work done between 1979 and 1983 was highly influential among new wave bands. The band R.E.M. is an especially notable example of a group influenced by Pylon, and covered the song "Crazy" as the b-side of their single, "Wendell Gee". Pylon recorded three albums, three singles and one EP and opened for U2, R.E.M., the B-52's, the Talking Heads and Gang of Four. They broke up twice, but reunited and has been playing occasional shows. Randy also taught art and played with two other Athens projects: Sound Houses, formerly The New Sound of Numbers and Supercluster
(In the evening of Feb 23 '09, he suffered a heart attack while driving his van on Barber Street in Athens, his van drifted off the road, tipping over. He was admitted to Athens Regional Medical Center and lapsed into a coma; he died two days later when he was removed from life support) b. July 25th 1955
2009: Ian Carr (75) Scottish musician, composer and writer; a self taught trumpet player, he joined his elder brother in the Newcastle band, the EmCee Five in 1960 before moving to London in 1962, where he became co-leader of the Rendell–Carr quintet. Over 6 years, the group made 5 albums for EMI and performed internationally. After leaving the quintet, in '69, he went on to form the pioneering and ground-breaking jazz-rock band Nucleus. This led to the release of twelve albums, some under the band's name, some under Ian's, and a successful international career. In their first year they won first prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival, released their first album "Elastic Rock", and performed at both the Newport Jazz Festival and the Village Gate jazz club. He also played with the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble since 1975, as well as working a session musician in non-jazz contexts, with Nico, No-Man, Faultline, and others. He also doubled up on flugelhorn. As a writer, he had a regular column for the BBC Music Magazine, he wrote biographies of the jazz musicians Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis, and was also the co-author of the reference work "The Rough Guide to Jazz". Ian was also a broadcaster and amongst other projects he narrated a six-part series for BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz File' on the life of Miles Davis, broadcast to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Miles' birth in 2006 (Alzheimer’s Disease) b. April 21st 1933.
2010: David Soyer (87) American cellist born in Philadelphia, he began playing the piano at 9, and at 11, he started the cello. He debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy in 1942, playing Ernest Bloch's Schelomo. David along with violinists Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley and the violist Michael Tree formed a quartet at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont in 1964. For the next 37 years they played together as the Guarneri Quartet, a remarkable record of longevity for a string quartet, the Guarneri became one of the world’s best-known quartets, setting a standard in quartetistry with seamless, warm and impassioned playing and a unanimity that did not efface individual personalities. They collaborated with many of the world's most famous classical musicians, including Leonard Rose, the Budapest String Quartet, Pinchas Zukerman, and Arthur Rubinstein (?) b.
February 24th 1923.
2011: Clare Amory (35) American musician and drummer with 'Excepter', an experimental noise-improv musical group from Brooklyn, founded in 2002. Clare contributed to the band's free-form musical explorations and noisy, improvisational live shows, as well as their prolific release of live recordings. She was also a participant in the Boredoms' 77 BOADRUM event in 2007 (Clare sadly died of cancer) b. 1975
2011: Valery Bezruchenko (70) Russian clarinetist and music teacher (?) b. ????
2011: Rick Coonce/Erik Michael Coonce (64) American drummer born in Los Angeles, California, he was drummer for the successful rock group The Grass Roots, that received heavy airplay on the radio from 1967 to 1972. Due to renewed interest in classic bands, The Grass Roots and Rick's driving drum beats were popular well into the new millennium. At 16 years old Rick taught drums at the Adler Music Store. In 1966, one of his early bands The Beethovens came second at a Battle Of The Bands in Hollywood. After the show he was invited by Creed Bratton and Warren Entner to join The 13th Floor. In 1967, the group changed their name to The Grass Roots. They played at the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival on Sunday June 11th 1967 in the "summer of love" as their top ten hit "Let's Live For Today" was hitting the airwaves. They went on to play at the San Francisco Pop Festival, the Los Angeles Pop Festival, Miami Pop Festival, and the Newport Pop Festival. In Canada, they played at the Vancouver Pop Festival in August 1969. Their other hits included "Midnight Confessions", "Wait A Million Years" and "Sooner Or Later". In 1972 Rick left the band and moved to Vancouver Island, Canada, where he played in many local groups. He was approached by a friend about working as a child protection social worker, he did that important work in Canada for 27 years until his retirement. He continued to write songs and record in his studio. In 2000, he released a solo album "Lackadaisical Day", which featured many songs written by himself (sadly Rick died from heart failure) b. August 1st 1946.
2011: Eneas Perdomo (80) Venezuelan folk singer, born in El Yagual, a town in the state of Apure, he was one of the most recognized singer/songwriters of the Venezuelan Joropo genre. He got his start in radio in the state of Guárico. His first recording, made in the late 1950s, was a poem by Cesar Sánchez Olivo entitled Soga, Despecho y Alero. He went on to record more than 40 LPs and wrote many songs which have become Joropo standards. His best known song is Fiesta en Elorza a celebration of the festivities of the town of Elorza in the state of Apure. Eneas received more than 200 honors, among them the Orden al Libertador, Orden Ricardo Montilla, Orden Emilio Sojo, Orden Sol Del Perú. He had a plaza dedicated to him, and a street named after him by the town of Elorza, who named him Illustrious Son (died after fighting a long illness
) b. July 11th 1930.
2012: James "Red" Holloway (84) American jazz saxophonist born in Helena, Arkansas; in the 50s he played in the Chicago area with Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rushing, Wardell Gray, Arthur Prysock, Dakota Staton, Eddie Vinson, Sonny Rollins, Red Rodney, Lester Young, Joe Williams, Redd Foxx, B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Aretha Franklin. During this period, he also toured with Sonny Stitt, Memphis Slim and Lionel Hampton. He became a member of the house band for Chance Records, led by Al Smith, in 1952. From 1963 to 1966, he was in "Brother" Jack McDuff's band, which also featured a young guitarist, George Benson. In 1974, Red recorded The Latest Edition with John Mayall and toured Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. From 1977 to 1982, he worked with Sonny Stitt, recording two albums together, and following Stitt's death, he played and recorded with Clark Terry (sadly died from a
stroke and kidney failure) b. May 31st 1927.
2012: Louisiana Red/Iverson Minter (79) American blues guitarist and harmonica player, born in Bessemer, AL; his mother died of pneumonia shortly after his birth, his father was lynched by the Ku Klux Klan when he was only 5 and a series of relatives brought him up in various towns and cities. He recorded for Chess in '49, before joining the Army, after which he spent 2 years playing with John Lee Hooker. He recorded for Checker Records in '52, billed as Rocky Fuller. His first album, Lowdown Back Porch Blues, recorded in New York with Tommy Tucker, was released in '63, with 2nd album Seventh Son released the same year. Louisiana Red released the single "I'm Too Poor To Die" in 1964 and maintained a busy recording and performing schedule through the 1960s and 1970s. In 1983 he won a W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Blues Male Artist. In 1994, Louisiana Red fused the blues with the urban Greek music of the bouzouki player, Stelios Vamvakaris, on the album, Blues Meets Rembetika. He has also made film appearances in Rockpalast-1976, Comeback-1982, Ballhaus Barmbek-1988, Red and Blues-2005 and Family Meeting-2008. He had made his home in Hanover, Germany since 1981 until his death with regular returns to America (sadly he died from a stroke) b. March 23rd 1932.
2012: Raúl Abzueta (49) Venezuelan singer, guitarist and a founder columnist for The World Economy and Business, writing about album releases, music events and promoting popular culture. In the early 1990's, Raúl entered the music world as soloist and in 1996 he recorded his debut album "Unfriendly". That same year he joined the group Caracas Synchronous recording three albums: The Bittersweet -1998, Zafarafa -2002 and Tabara-2010. In 2003 he joined with Jazz pianist Victor Morales and formed Mixture where they merged the Venezuelan music with jazz. He also recordied with the group Animal Naniobo. With his guitar he toured Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, United States, Finland, France, England, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Turkey (Raúl has sadly died of a stroke) b. September 30th 1963.
2012: Maurice André (78) French classical trumpeter; he won the Geneva International Music Competition in 1955 and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1963. He was made an honorary member of the Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Ithaca College in New York in 1970. Maurice rose to international prominence in the 1960s and 1970s with a large series of recordings of Baroque works on piccolo trumpet for Erato and other labels. Not content to limit himself to the Baroque trumpet repertoire, he also performed many transcriptions of works for oboe, flute, and even voice and string instruments. These recordings were a strong component of the rebirth of interest in Baroque music in the 1960s. He had over 300 recordings to his name, from the mid 1950s to his death (?) b. May 21st 1933.
2012: Dee Cernile (46) Canadian guitarist and founder member of the hard rock/glam metal band Sven Gali, formed in 1987 in Hamilton, Ontario. They earned a reputation for their live shows. On the strength of their original songs and live shows, they were signed to BMG Canada. They released thier debut self titled album in 1992 which went gold, and the 1993 Juno Awards recognized Sven Gali nominating them for two awards, “Most Promising Group”, and “Hard Rock Album Of The Year”. The band toured behind their second album, Inwire until 1996, when the group disbanded. Dee relocated to Los Angeles in 2005, but on August 11th 2007, Sven Gali reunited and played live for the first time in over 11 years at The Moose N Goose in Thorold, Ontario. (sadly Dee died while bravely fighting a long battle lung cancer) b. 1966
2013: Dan Toler (64) American guitarist,
aka "Dangerous Dan Toler" was born in of Indiana; he became popular in the late 1970s as a member of Dickey Betts & Great Southern. He was featured on 2 of their albums Dickey Betts & Great Southern and Atlanta's Burning Down. He next became a member of The Allman Brothers Band from 1979-1982 appearing on Enlightened Rogues in 1979, Reach for the Sky in 1980 and 1981's Brothers of the Road. He was a member of the Gregg Allman Band in the 1980s, featuring on hit album I'm No Angel-1987 and Just Before The Bullets Fly-1988 as well as a reformed version of Great Southern in the 2000s. In the 90s he created the Townsend Toler Band and later joined The Renegades of Southern Rock. In 2009 Dan teamed up again with John Townsend to form the Toler/Townsend Band; their self-titled album was released in 2009 (sadly Dan had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) b. September 23rd 1948.
2013: Stewart "Dirk" Fischer (88) American composer, arranger, jazz educator, saxophonist, trumpeter and valve trombonist, born in Durand, MI. He picked up the trumpet and saxophone at age 13, about the same time he picked up the nickname “Dirk” from his piano-playing mother, his father played banjo. During World War II, he was drafted and served three years in the U.S. Army where he worked his way up to the Army Service Forces Bands. Before moving to California in 1959, he spent his young adulthood in the Northern Plains, performing with and writing for territory bands booked out of Omaha, Nebraska including the Teddy Philips, Little John Beecher Orchestra, Joe Vera Latin Ensemble, Walter Martie, John Paul Jones, and Lee Williams. In the 1970s, many major academic institutions and music conservatories had yet to incorporate jazz studies into traditional music pedagogy and in 1977, Dirk became the first Instructor of Jazz Studies at College of the Canyons. There, he quickly established a formidable program and built it over twenty-eight years, retiring February 12th 2005. Of the many legacies he built, he spearheaded the first RK Downs Jazz Festival, held Annually at COC, which he helped build it over the years. Many of his compositions and arrangements are performed by jazz ensembles in high schools, colleges, and professional orchestras throughout the United States, the Netherlands, Nova Scotia, and Japan (sadly died while fighting colon cancer) b. September 1st 1924.
2014: Philip Smart (53) Jamaican record producer, born in Kingston, later based himself in New York City. His career spanned over 5 decades and while in high school, he produced his first record with reggae instrumentalist Augustus Pablo and vocalist Lee "Scratch" Perry. He was taught how to record to sixteen-track tape machines and how to make rough mixes to two-track tapes. This was followed by working with King Tubby and then for producer Bunny Lee, who gave him the nickname Prince Philip. His HC&F Recording Studio in Long Island opened in 1982. The first recording project was with the group Monyaka, titled "Go Deh Yaka", which was an instant hit. Since that time, the studio had several very successful projects such as Jah Life Productions, which featured such artists as Sister Carol, Scion Success, Barrington Levy and Carlton Livingston. Philip is also known for work he did with artists under labels other than his own, such as Island In the Sun Productions artist Horace Andy; Narrows Records artist Mr Easy; Donovan Germain Productions artists Audrey Hall, Owen Gray, Tanto Irie, and Johnny Osbourne; and Witty's Music Master Productions artists Shelly Thunder, Junior Wilson and Barrington Levy (sadly died fighting pancreatic cancer) b. April 9th 2014.
2014: Quentin Elias (39) French singer, actor and model; of Algerian heritage, he was the original lead singer of the French boy band Alliage with Steven Gunnell, Roman Lata Ares and Brian Torres from 1996 to 1999. He relocated to New York in 2002 to developed a solo singing career singing in English and French, releasing a number of albums, EPs and singles through his company Quentin Elias Music including
his single "Always the Last to Say Goodbye". He also worked as a model, acted in feature films, television series, on stage and was featured in a number of advertisements; he also performed at local gay venues and events such as Splash Bar and Tom of Finland events (sadly Quentin died from a massive heart attack) b. May 10th 1974.
2014: Angèle Arsenault (70) Canadian-Acadian singer, songwriter and media host, born in Abrams Village, Prince Edward Island. By the age of 14, she was playing the piano and the guitar and won a televised singing contest in Charlottetown. After 1966 she appeared on television and in radio and toured parts of Canada. It was not until 1973 that she began to write and sing her own songs, in English and in French and her 1977 album Libre went triple platinum. She also appeared in several films for the National Film Board of Canada including Le temps de l'avant. In 1999, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Prince Edward Island; in 2000, she received the title of Woman of the Year from Zonta International and On February 23rd 2003, Angèle
received the Order of Canada. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. October 1st 1943.
2014: Paco de Lucía (66) Spanish musician, innovator, musical revolutionary and the world's most celebrated flamenco guitarist; born Francisco Sánchez Gomes in Algeciras, in the province of Cádiz, he was the son of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sanchez, of Gypsy origin and he took his stage name in honour of his mother, Lucia Gomes. In 1958, at age 11, Paco made his first public appearance on Radio Algeciras. That year, he met the Romani guitar virtuoso, Sabicas for the first time in Malaga. A year later, he was awarded a special prize at the Festival Concurso International Flamenco de Jerez de la Frontera flamenco competition. At the age of 14, he made his first record with his brother Pepe, "Los Chiquitos de Algeciras"/Kids of Algeciras and in the early 1960s, he toured with the flamenco troupe of dancer José Greco. Then in New York City in 1963, at the age of 15, he had his second encounter with Sabicas and his first encounter with Mario Escudero, both of whom became his mentors and later close friends.
>>> READ MORE <<< (Tragically, he died of a heart attack while playing with his children on the beach, while on holiday in the Mexican resort of Cancun) b. December 21st 1947.
2015: Gerardo Reyes (79) Mexican singer, songwriter, actor and producer, born in Balsas, Guerrero who went on to become one of Mexico's greatest exponents of the ranchera. He also participated in 80 rancheras films many of which he wrote and produced himself. His films include 'The penniless', 'Open book', 'Loading with my cross', 'Jacinto the cripple', 'The murderer', 'The king of the road', 'Poor Bohemian' 'I leave it to God' and 'The prisoner number nine', among others. (sadly died fighting liver cancer) b. March 25th 1935.
2015: Giacomo Rondinella (91) Italian singer and actor born in Messina. He started his career as a singer after WWII, following failed attempts to pursue a military career and a career as a boxer. He first emerged as the winner of a contest for "New Voices" organized by Radio Napoli, and in a short time he became one of the stars of Canzone Napoletana. (?) b. August 30th 1923.
2015: Ariel Camacho (22) Mexican singer-songwriter, who performed in the Regional Mexican genre. He was the leader of the band Los Plebes del Rancho and was signed on to DEL Records. Following his death, his group's song "El Karma" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart (tragically Ariel and two other people died in a car accident on the road from Angostura, Sinaloa) b. August 7th 1992.
2016: Eric Charles (51) Haitian composer, guitarist and singer; he began his musical career in the Siwo de Miragoâne and then joined the DIPI Express group as lead singer. After a short stint with Super Star he found his niche with Mizik, Mizik. He is well known for hits such as “Blakawout”/"Black Out", "Sa poun fè", "Je vais...", and "Ayizan". (sadly Eric died from a stroke) b. 1965?
2016: John James Chilton (83) English jazz trumpeter and writer, born in London, but in WWII was evacuated to Northamptonshire, where, he began playing the cornet. He switched to trumpet at 17 and after doing national service in the RAF, he formed his own jazz band, playing at Butlins in Skegness with a troupe that included comedian Dave Allen and recorded The Song of a Road, one of the radio ballads of folk singers Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger in the 1950s for the BBC. In the late 50s to mid 60s he worked in Bruce Turner's Jump Band, Alex Welsh's Big Band, Mike Daniels' Big Band. In the late 1960s, he formed his own Swing Kings band which backed some leading American jazz musicians who toured Britain, including Buck Clayton, Ben Webster, Bill Coleman and Charlie Shavers. In January 1974 he formed his own band John Chilton's Feetwarmers who began accompanying British >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died after a short illness) b. July 16th 1932.

2017: Eric Miller (75) American jazz record producer born in Cleveland, Ohio, but raised in Los Angeles. He began his career as a tape archivist for MGM's recording studios in Hollywood. A protégé of Norman Granz, Eric assisted him in launching Pablo Records in 1972. He continued to work with Pablo as a producer and artists-and-repertoire man, after Fantasy acquired the label from Granz in 1987 (sadly died from a heart attack) b. 1941

February 26.
1913: Felix Draeseke (77)
German composer of the "New German School". He wrote compositions in most forms including eight operas and stage works, four symphonies, and much vocal and chamber music. (He died from a stroke) b. October 7th 1835.
1977: Sherman Garnes (36)
US bassman with Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers; an American integrated doo wop group, most noted for being one of rock music's earliest successes, presented to international audiences by DJ Alan Freed. The group, is also noted for being rock's first all-teenaged act.They had their origins in The Earth Angels, a group founded at Edward W. Stitt Junior High School in the Washington Heights section by second tenor Jimmy Merchant and bassman Ian Sherman. Eventually, they added lead singer Herman Santiago and baritone Joe Negroni and evolved into The Coupe De Villes. In 1955, twelve-year-old Frankie Lymon joined the Coupe De Villes, who changed their name to first the Ermines and later The Premiers, before finally becoming The Teenagers. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" was The Teenagers first and biggest hit. followed by hits "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" and "The ABCs of Love" (died during open-heart surgery) b. June 8th 1940.
1981: Howard Harold Hanson (84) American composer, conductor, educator, music theorist, and was one of the first composers to reach international recognition with education solely in America. Director for 40 years of the Eastman School of Music, he built a top quality school and provided unparalleled opportunities for commissioning and performing American music. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1944, for Symphony No.4, subtitled Requiem; in 1945, he became the first recipient of the Ditson Conductor's Award for his commitment to American music; in 1946, Hanson was awarded the George Foster Peabody Award "for outstanding entertainment programming" for a series he presented on the Rochester, New York radio station WHAM in 1945 and in 1953, Howard helped to establish the Edward B. Benjamin Prize "for calming and uplifting music" written by Eastman students. Excerpts from his Symphony No.2 were used to accompany several exterior sequences and the end credits in the original 1979 release of the movie Alien. (?) b. October 28th 1896
1982: Gábor Szabó (44) Hungarian jazz guitarist, born in Budapest famous for mixing jazz, pop-rock and his native Hungarian music.
He began playing guitar at the age of 14, inspired by jazz music on the Voice of America broadcasts. He escaped Hungary and moved to the United States in 1956 and attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston and in 1958, he was invited to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival. Gabor then performed with the Chico Hamilton quintet from 1961-1965. He recorded with Lena Horne in October and November of 1969 and was part of Lena's backup band when she performed at The Nugget in Nevada in November 1966 and when she performed with Harry Belafonte at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in September 1969. His playing incorporated elements of folk music from his native Hungary and rock music's use of feedback. His composition "Gypsy Queen" became a hit for Santana in 1970 (Black Magic Woman). During his solo career, he performed with artists such as Ron Carter, Paul Desmond, Lena Horne and Bobby Womack. (Gábor passed away from liver and kidney disease while on a visit to his homeland) b. March 8th 1936
1989: Reunald Jones (78) American swing-style trumpeter who in the '30s and '40s worked with musicians such as Charlie Johnson, the Savoy Bearcats, Fess Williams, Chick Webb, Sam Wooding, Claude Hopkins, Willie Bryant, Teddy Hill, Sy Oliver, Don Redman, Erskine Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Lucky Millinder. From 1952 till 1957 he played lead trumpet with the Count Basie Orchestra, and featured as a member of the Quincy Jones group, "The Jones Boys" 1956 till 1958. From the '40s he did extensive work as a studio musician. He toured with Woody Herman, George Shearing's big band and with an orchestra accompanying Nat King Cole (?)
b. December 22nd 1910.
1989: Roy David Eldridge (78) American jazz trumpet player nicknamed "Little Jazz", Roy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and originally played drums, trumpet and tuba. He led bands from his early years, moving to St. Louis, and then to New York. He became one of the most exciting musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop. In 1941 he joined Gene Krupa's Orchestra, and was featured with rookie singer Anita O'Day on a series of recordings including the novelty hit "Let Me Off Uptown". He became part of the group which toured under the Jazz at the Philharmonic banner and became one of the stalwarts of the group. Roy moved to Paris for a time, before returning to New York, where he worked with Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald and Earl Hines among others. In 1971, he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. After a stroke in 1980, he continued performing on other instruments for the remainder of his life (?) b.
January 30th 1911.
1990: Cornell Gunter (53) American singer born in Coffeyville, Kansas, he was an original member of the Platters in 1953. He also was a member of The Flairs and The Coasters. The title song from the 1957 Susan Oliver movie, The Green Eyed Blonde, was sung by Cornell. After he left the Coasters, he toured with Dinah Washington. In 1963, he formed his own Coasters group; they were usually billed as "The Fabulous Coasters". He also made over a dozen solo singles in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including a cover version of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me", "True Love", and "If We Should Meet Again".
Cornell was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame along with the rest of The Coasters in 1987. (died in Las Vegas, Nevada, after being brutally shot to death in his car) b. November 14th 1936.
1991: Bulee "Slim" Gaillard/
McVouty (75) American jazz singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and vibraphonist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language he called "Vout", he wrote a dictionary for his own constructed language. Born in Alabama, he grew up in Detroit and moved to New York City in the 1930s. He first rose to prominence in the late 1930s as part of Slim & Slam, a jazz novelty act he formed with bassist Slam Stewart. Their hits included "Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)", "Cement Mixer (Putti Putti)" and the hipster anthem, "The Groove Juice Special (Opera in Vout)". The duo also performed in the 1941 movie Hellzapoppin'. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he frequently opened at Birdland for such greats as Charlie Parker, Flip Phillips, and Coleman Hawkins. His December 1945 session with Parker and Dizzy Gillespie is notable, both musically and for its relaxed convivial air. In the 60s and 70s he appeared in several TV show, such as Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible. By the early 1980s Gaillard was touring the European jazz festival circuit, playing with such musicians as Arnett Cobb. He also played with George Melly and John Chilton's Feetwarmers, occasionally deputising for Melly when he was unwell. He also appeared in the musical film Absolute Beginners in 1986, singing "Selling Out" (?) b. January 4th 1916.
1995: Willie Johnson (71) American influential pioneering blues guitarist
born in Senatobia, Mississippi. He is best known as the principal guitarist in Howlin' Wolf's band from 1948-53. His raucous, distorted guitar playing features on Howlin' Wolf's Memphis recordings of 1951-3, including the 1951 hit "How Many More Years".
He playing on a number of sessions for Sun Records, including a 1955 collaboration with vocalist released under the name Sammy Lewis with Willie Johnson. Willie performed and recorded with other blues artists in the Memphis area, including pianist Willie Love, Willie Nix, Junior Parker, Roscoe Gordon, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and others. When he relocated to Chicago he occasionally performed and recorded with Howlin' Wolf again and also played briefly in the band of Muddy Waters, as well as a number of other local Chicago blues musicians, including J. T. Brown, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He made his living mainly outside of music for the rest of his life, only occasionally sitting in with the bands of his old friends around Chicago. His final recordings were made for Earwig Records in Chicago in the early 1990s (?) b. March 4th 1923.
1997: Ben Raleigh (86) US lyricist; he helped create many popular songs, notably the Ray Peterson hit "Tell Laura I Love Her" and the Johnny Mathis hit "Wonderful, Wonderful." Ben's "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" won a Grammy for Lou Rawls. He also co-wrote 'Scooby Doo Where Are You.' (died at his LA home in a kitchen fire after setting light to his bath robe while cooking) b. ????
2008: Buddy Miles/George Miles (60) American rock and funk drummer, most known as a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys from 1969 until Hendrix's death in 1970. As a teenager blues-rock drummer George aka Buddy Miles played in his father's band The Bebops, Ruby & the Romantics, the Ink Spots, the Delfonics and others. At this time he met and struck up a friendship with Jimi Hendrix when they were both sidemen. In 1967 Buddy formed Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, they ... read more ... (heart failure) b. September 5th 1947
2010: Nujabes/Jun Seba (36) Japanese Hip Hop producer and DJ, born in Tokyo. In addition to Japanese artists like Uyama Hiroto, Shing02 and Minmi, Nujabes collaborated with underground American hip-hop acts Five Deez, CYNE, Cise Starr, Apani B, Substantial, CL Smooth, Terry Callier, as well as British rapper Funky DL. He was also a member of the production duo Urbanforest, an experimental collaboration with Nao T
(tragically died in a traffic accident exiting the Shuto Expressway) b. February 7th 1974.
2011: Eugene Fodor Jr (60) American violinist, born in Denver, Colorado he was the first American violinist to win the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He made his solo debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of ten, playing Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and began touring as a soloist while still a young teenager.
He won numerous national contests before the age of seventeen, including First Prize in both the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, D.C. and the Young Musicians Foundation Competition in Los Angeles, California. He went on to win first prize in the International Paganini Competition in Italy in 1972, at the age of 22. It was his win at the Paganini competition that gained him widespread public attention. He achieved the highest prize awarded (second prize, shared with two other violinists) in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974 in Moscow, Russia. This award raised his profile further, as an American winning the top Soviet prize during the height of the Cold War. Eugene was also awarded the European Soloist award "Prix Europeen du Soliste" in January 1999. He appeared on the television show SCTV in November 1981 in a parody of the Joan Crawford movie Humoresque called New York Rhapsody (sadly lost to cirrhosis liver) b. March 5th 1950.
2011: Mark Tulin (62) American bass player and founding member of the San Fernando Valley rock band, The Electric Prunes in 1965. They had hit singles with "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" and "Get Me To The World on Time". In particular, "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" is regarded by many critics as a defining song of the psychedelic and garage rock music, appearing on the famous Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 compilation in 1972. It was also featured prominently in the 1969 film Easy Rider. In the late 1990s, renewed interest in The Electric Prunes led to a reunion of the original lineup. In June 2009, Mark took part in Billy Corgan's tribute band 'Spirits in the Sky' which played a show on July 24, 2009. Following the success of the show, Billy Corgan had the band play a small tour of extremely small venues in California in August 2009. In March 2010, following the departure of Smashing Pumpkins touring bassist Ginger, Mark was temporary live bassist until a permanent replacement could be found. During this time, he played his only full length show with The Smashing Pumpkins on April 17, 2010 in celebration of Record Store Day. A few days later, he played "Widow Wake My Mind" with the band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Mark collapsed while helping out at the Avalon Underwater Clean-Up in California. Baywatch Avalon and Avalon Fire Department medics responded immediately, but tragically could not revive him
) b. November 21st 1948.
2013: Bob Frídl/
Josef Frídl (65) Czech singer-songwriter, guitarist born in Prague and often called the "Czech Bob Dylan". Following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan he played the guitar and harmonica and also changed his first name to Bob. His music career began in 1967 with a group of Green Spaedars, and he worked for several years with the singing duo of Greek origin Martha & Tena Elefteriadu. In 1971 he began to appear regularly as a solo act and his popularity soared. At the height of his artistic career he played and sang with accompanying musical group Jan Sochor (died while bravely fighting cancer) b. November 13th 1947
2014: Rabi Mustapha (?) Nigerian actress and singer, remembered in Kannywood for her singing, especially in the movies Mujadala, Muradi and Ukuba. She was one of the first singers in the industry, performing alongside Yakubu Mohammed (sadly Rabi died after a shot ilness) b. ????.
2014: Georges Hamel (66) Canadian country music singer-songwriter from Quebec. Over the course of his 40 year career, he recorded 44 albums, the last of which, A Flower For You, released just before his death, topped the sales charts
immediately. Sadly he has not been able to enjoy his success. Along his journey he has also been honoured with four Félix Awards from ADISQ and has sold over 2 million records (Georges died from cancer of the bone marrow, which he had been bravely fighting for five years) b. January 20th 1948.
2014: Frank Reed (59) American soul singer; born in Omaha, Nebraska, he joined The Chi-Lites in 1988, as the successor to former lead singer Eugene Record.
In 1998, when he recorded the studio album, Help Wanted (Heroes Are In Short Supply), despite singing lead on 5 of the 12 tracks and his likeness appearing on the album cover, Frank is not credited as a vocalist and his name is not mentioned on the album, this bad oversight maybe due to his departure following the injuries he got in the car crash that claimed the life of Marshall's wife during the recording of the album. Prior to the Chi-Lites he was one of the lead vocalists of Michigan Avenue, a local band in Chicago created by former Chi-Lites member, Clarence Johnson. When Michigan Avenue disbanded, Reed was told by Johnson that Record was departing from the Chi-Lites and that they were looking for a new lead singer and he auditioned for Marshall Thompson and his wife Constance (?) b. September 16th 1954.
2014: Timothy Collins "Tim" Wilson (52) American comedian and country artist, whose act combined stand-up comedy and original songs. Born in Columbus, GA, he released more than a dozen comedy albums and made frequent appearances on the John Boy and Billy, Big D and Bubba and Bob and Tom Show. He also appeared on numerous television programs, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and American Revolution Country Comedy on CMT. In 2011, he appeared on CMT's Ron White's Comedy Salute to the Troops along with White, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, Vic Henley, Alex Reymundo and Robert Hawkins. In 2012, he appeared on the Showtime Comedy Special Billy Gardell's: Road Dogs, with Gardell hosting along with comedians Ben Creed and Kenny Rogerson and produced the show's musical theme, "Back Home To You" by guitarist Scotty Bratcher. (sadly died from a heart attack) b. August 5th 1961.
2016: Nina Dorda (91) Russian singer, from 1954 until 1959, she was a member of Eddie Rosner's jazz orchestra, gaining fame through the extensive tour program. Nina was honored with the title of People's Artist of Russia in 1995. (?) b. August 27th 1924
2016: Eri Klas (76) Estonian conductor born in Tallinn and best known for his work leading the now defunct Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He premiered Alfred Schnittke's 1st Cello Concerto with the Munich Philharmonic in 1986 and Peer Gynt ballet with Hamburg State Opera in 1989, and worked on the diffusion of the Estonian symphonic repertory. He was active as a pedagogue, holding professorships at the Sibelius Academy 1993–97 and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre from 1997 until his death, where he received an honorary doctorate.
Eri was decorated with the Order of the Lion of Finland and the Order of the White Star, as well as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 1986, he was named a People's Artist of the USSR. (?) b. June 7th 1939.
2016: Howard L. Quilling (80)
American classical music composer, born in Enid, Okla, then moved to the West Coast as a boy with his family. He first learnt the clarinet but because of his proficiency, he was asked to fill a vacancy in the oboe section in his school orchestra. He sang, was a pianist, played many woodwinds, but the organ was his favorite instrument. Howard taught music composition and theory at Bakersfield College for 25 years, retiring in 1996. Despite his long career in education, he managed to compose some 250 pieces of music in his lifetime. Among the composer's commissions was the highly regarded "From Quiet Beginnings," written to commemorate Bakersfield's centennial in 1998. His compositions have been recorded and performed all over the world, in the Czech Republic, Poland and in major cities throughout the country, including Los Angeles and New York. A high point of his career, was a performance of a piano sonata at one of the Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. (?) b. December 16th 1935.

February 27.
1833: Alexander Borodin (54) Russian composer, vocalist, composer of opera, chamber and symphonic. He was also a member of the group of composers called The Five aka "The Mighty Handful", who were dedicated to producing a specifically Russian kind of art music. He is best known for his symphonies, his two string quartets, and his opera Prince Igor. Music from Prince Igor and his string quartets was later adapted for the musical Kismet. (He died while attending a ball in St. Petersburg) b. November 12th 1833.
1978: Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov (65) Russian composer born in Saint Petersburg perhaps best known for his Symphony No.2. After graduating, he worked as a composer until the onset of World War II, when he enlisted in the Army. After the war, he set poems by Blok and Yesenin relating to the war. Later on in his life, he set poems by García Lorca and Pablo Neruda, as well as Soviet poets. He wrote his Symphony No. 1 in D minor, in 1952. (?) b. November 4th 1912.
1981: Ike Isaacs (57) American jazz bassist;
he started out on trumpet and tuba as a child before settling on bass. He served in the Army during World War II, where he took lessons from Wendell Marshall. Following this he played with Tiny Grimes, Earl Bostic, Paul Quinichette, and Benny Green. He led a band locally in Ohio in 1956, then played for two years in the trio of Carmen McRae. He also worked with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, after which he worked with Count Basie, Gloria Lynne, and Erroll Garner, as well as with his own small groups, but recorded only once as a leader, in 1967. On this recording he plays in a trio with Jack Wilson on piano and Jimmie Smith on drums. He was no relation to the British guitarist of the same name (?) b. March 28th 1923.
Ray Ellington/Harry Pitts Brown (68)
English singer, drummer and bandleader born in London. He is best known for his appearances on The Goon Show from 1951 to 1960. The Ray Ellington Quartet had a regular musical segment on the show, and he also had a small speaking role in many episodes, often as a parodic African, Native American or Arab chieftain. His band was one of the first groups in Britain to prominently feature the electric guitar. They were also reputedly the very first jazz band in the UK to use an amplified guitar, which was produced and introduced by their guitar player, Lauderic Rex Caton (?) b. March 17th 1916
1997: Daniil Shafran (74) Russian cellist born in Petrograd/Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg; one of Russia's finest celloists, his first public performance was at the age of 10, at one of the Conservatory Special Music School for Children concerts, where he played two technically demanding works by David Popper: 'Spinning Song' and 'Elfentanz'. His orchestral debut was a year later, when 11, when he played Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under the visiting British conductor, Albert Coates. He pursued a career as soloist and recorded very widely. His repertoire included the major concertos, music for cello and piano, and the solo cello repertoire. His astonishing technique in the higher register enabled him to perform a wide range of violin works at original pitch. He also sought to enrich the cello repertoire, and made and performed transcriptions of works for other instruments. Daniil's American debut was in 1960 in Carnegie Hall, his British premiere was not till 1964, with concerts in Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. He visited Japan several times, and toured Australia. (died in Moscow) b. January 13th 1923.
2003: John Lanchbery (79) British composer and conductor, famous for his ballet arrangements. After WW11 he got the post of conductor with the Metropolitan Ballet, making his debut with them at Edinburgh in 1948. After 2 years he joined the Sadler's Wells company. In 1970 he arranged the score for the ballet film The Tales of Beatrix Potter. His sources were many and varied, including the operas of Michael Balfe and Arthur Sullivan. He also arranged the music and conducted the orchestra for Nijinsky in 1980. His score for Evil Under the Sun in 1982 is based on songs by Cole Porter and includes a memorable rendition of "You're The Top" by Diana Rigg. He received honours from Russia and Sweden and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1991. He became an Australian citizen in 2002, making his home in Melbourne (?) b. May 15th 1923.
2006: Milton Katims (96) American violist and conductor; he joined the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1943, replacing the well-known William Primrose on the first-desk of the section. During his decade with the orchestra, he developed a close relationship with conductor Arturo Toscanini and became his assistant. He also used a baton that had belonged to Toscanini. He also conducted orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, London Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Montreal Symphony. In 1966, Milton was named Seattle Man of the Year, with his portrait on the cover of the telephone book. One of Milton's major accomplishments in Seattle was the conversion of the Civic Auditorium into the Opera House. From 1976 to 1985 Katims served as Artistic Director of the University of Houston School of Music. His influence enabled the school to attract and hire several notable musicians, such as Carlisle Floyd, Elena Nikolaidi, and Abbey Simon, to the faculty (?) b. June 24th 1909.
2007: Bobby Rosengarden (82) American jazz drummer born in Elgin, Illinois; he began playing drums when he was 12, later studing at the Uni of Michigan. After playing drums in Army bands in WW II, he moved to New York City, working in several groups between 1945-1948 before becoming a busy studio musician. He played at NBC-TV from 1949–1968 and ABC from 1969-1974 on The Steve Allen Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Sing Along With Mitch, Johnny Carson's Tonight Show Band, and led the band for The Dick Cavett Show. Through the years, Bobby became a busy studio musician, recording with Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Skitch Henderson, Quincy Jones, Peter Nero, Gil Evans/Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Dick Hyman, Arlo Guthrie, Carmen McRae, Ben E. King, Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand, Jimi Hendrix and Tony Bennett, between other significant artists. In later years, he was most often heard as the drummer with a variety of all-star, swing-oriented mainstream groups, including Soprano Summit
(died from cruel Alzheimer's disease) b. April 23rd 1924.
2008: Ivan Rebroff/Hans-Rolf Rippert (76) German singer born in Berlin, famous for singing Russian folk songs, but also performed opera, light classics and folk songs from many other countries; he had an extraordinary vocal range of four and a half octaves, ranging from the soprano to impressive bass registers. He performed over 6,000 concerts in his career, including a two-year run, beginning in 1968, singing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at Paris' Théâtre Marigny. Being well into his seventies in a recent Australian tour, he still performed 12 shows in 14 days. (died after a long illness) b. July 31st 1931.
2010: Walter Alfaiate (79) Brazilian samba composer and vocalist born in Rio de Janeiro; from an early age he wrote sambas for the local small groups such as Foliões de Botafogo and São Clemente. In the '60s, he participated in samba get-togethers at the Opinião theatre and in the groups Reais do Samba and Os Autênticos. He went on to become a major figure in the samba milieu, and wrote more than 200 sambas in his 50-year career, but didn't actually record his own debut solo album, Olha Aí until 1998, when he was 68. In 2000, he promoted the tribute show Roda de Bamba at the Image and Sound Museum of Rio de Janeiro to Paulinho da Viola, Manacéia, and Duarte. In the same year, he commemorated his 70th birthday at the Niterói municipal theatre with Aldir Blanc and other important samba artists (?) June 7th 1930
2010: Larry Cassidy (56) British bass guitarist, lead singer and founder member of the band Section 25. They released their debut single, "Girls Don't Count" in 1980. The band went on to release four LPs through the 80s, changing their musical direction from post-punk to proto-techno for their third album, 1984's 'From The Hip', produced by New Order's Bernard Sumner, which produced the underground hit "Looking From a Hilltop". Before his death, Larry was working on an album of Section 25 remixes called 'Retrofit', which was due to be released in summer 2010.
(sadly passed away at his home in Blackpool, a cause of death is not yet confirmed, at present there appear to be no suspicious circumstances) b. April ?th 1953
2011: Eddie Kirkland (88) American blues guitarist, harmonicist, singer, and songwriter, known as the "Gypsy of the Blues" for his rigorous touring schedules, played and toured with John Lee Hooker from 1949 to 1962. After his period of working in tandem with Hooker he pursued a successful solo career, recording for RPM Records, Fortune Records, Volt Records, and King Records, sometimes under the stage name Eddie Kirk. He continued to tour, write and record albums until his death. Well into his eighties Eddie continued to drive himself to gigs along the coast and in Europe, frequently playing with the Wentus Blues Band from Finland (tragically died in an automobile accident in Crystal River, Florida, after a greyhound bus hit Eddie's 1998 Ford Taurus wagon, while he was attempting a U-turn) b. August 16th 1923.
2011: A. Frank Willis (60) Canadian folk singer, a virtual legend on the east coast music scene. Originally from Dover, Newfoundland, A.Frank got a very early start to his musical career in a band with his four brothers, known as "Franky and The Twisters", and later The Willis Brothers. In 1975, after years of playing bass and singing lead vocals, became a one-man band. His debut album, Any Kind Of Music was launched in 1976 and nested him a definite spot in the hearts of east coast music lovers. By 1978, he had secured a spot as an accomplished musician. Frank has been called "one of Newfoundland's greatest exports to the mainland", and to this day (2011) still has the longest running No.1 song on Newfoundland radio with "Take Me As I Am". In 1981, he won the Peoples Choice Award for Best Country Solo Artist. In 1999, his album entitled "Soiree" included a song "Savage cop in savage cove" which was based on a true story.& went on to become a big hit. Included also on that CD was his own very special version of "House of the Rising Sun". This early 60's classic received considerable airplay and rave reviews from Radios Chretiennes En France, just west of Paris, as well as Belgium, Holland & Germany.
(sadly died after a brave battle with cancer) b. 1950
2013: Carl "Chuck" Goff Jr (54) American bass player; born in Miami, Florida, but moved with his family to Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 15, where he graduated from Norman High School and attended college at the University of Oklahoma. Chuck was band leader, bass player and close friend with Toby Keith and the Easy Money Band for over twenty-five years. He also wrote two number one hit songs, "You Ain't Much Fun Since I Quit Drinkin'" and, in collaboration with Toby Keith, "Upstairs Downtown" (tragically Chuck was killed at around 7:45pm in a two-car collision near Slaughterville, Oklahoma) b. April 8th 1958.
2013: Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr (78) American pianist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana. At aged 12, he won a statewide piano competition, which enabled him to debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He entered the Juilliard School in New York City at the age of seventeen and studied under Rosina Lhévinne, who trained him in the tradition of the great Russian romantics. At age twenty, he won the Leventritt Award and made his Carnegie Hall debut. But he achieved worldwide recognition in 1958, at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. toured domestically and overseas. He went on to play for royalty, heads of state, and every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003 by then President George W. Bush, and, in October 2004, the Russian Order of Friendship, the highest civilian awards of the two countries. He was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award the same year (sadly Van died while bravely fighting bone cancer) b. July 12th 1934.
2013: Richard Street (70) American soul singer, most notable as a member of Motown group The Temptations from 1971 to 1993. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, he was the first member of the Temptations to actually be a native of the city which served as Motown's namesake and hometown; all of the previous members were born and at least partially raised in the southern United States. Prior to The Temptations during the mid-1960s, he performed with a Motown act called The Monitors, who had hits with
"Say You" and "Greetings (This is Uncle Sam)". He joined the Temptations in 1971 and sings lead vocals, on hits including "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)", "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", "Masterpiece", and was featured solo on "Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)" as well as the album cuts "The First Time I Saw Your Face" and "Firefly" from the All Directions and A Song for You albums (sadly Richard died of a pulmonary embolism) b. October 5th 1942.
2015: Tod Do and ckstader (82) American sound artist and electronic music composer, particularly musique concrète. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, he studied painting and film while at the University of Minnesota, before moving to Hollywood in 1955, to become an apprentice film editor. He moved into work as a sound engineer in 1958, and apprenticed at Gotham Recording Studios, where he first started composing. Around this same time he also worked for Terrytoons along side Gene Deitch creating sound effects and writing stories for Tom and Jerry and other cartoons. His first record, Eight Electronic Pieces, was released in 1960, and was later used as the soundtrack to Federico Fellini's Satyricon in 1969. He continued to create music throughout the first half of that decade, working principally with tape manipulation effects. In 1966 Owl Records released four albums of his work from this period including what many consider to be Tod's masterpiece, Quatermass. In the late 1960s he formed the audio-visual service Westport Communications Group along with business partner, and former Gotham executive, Fred Hertz. He was also a prolific writer, with several articles published by Electronic Music Review and The Musical Quarterly (?) b. March 20th 1932.
2016: Christine Palmer/Clelia Venditti (96) American opera singer pianist and performer, born Hartford, Conn. She attended Mt. Holyoke College, graduated with honors from Hartford Hospital School of Nursing and was a scholarship recipient at the New England Conservatory of Music. Nationally, she created a sensation and earned the distinction of being the first registered nurse to attain the stature of an operatic leading lady at the New York City Opera. She toured extensively with the San Carlo Opera Co. In Dallas, she appeared in the roles of Micaela, Musetta, and Frasquita. In addition to the New York City Opera, she sang with the Chicago, San Francisco, Conn., St. Louis Muni Opera, Chartock's Gilbert & Sullivan Co., Indianapolis Starlight Theatre, and Lambertville Music Circus. She was a vocalist with "Holiday on Ice," appeared for three years on the Arlene Francis-Hugh Downs "Home Show," the "Telephone Hour," Don Ameche's "Holiday Hotel," and others. Also as a "pop singer" she presented her own night club act at number one Fifth Ave., The Embers, Carriage Club, and others. Christine is featured in "Who's Who in Entertainment," "Who's Who in the South & Southwest" and "Who's Who in America. (died from natural causes) b. April 2nd 1919.
2016: Francisco Kraus Trujillo aka
Franco di Marco (89) Spanish baritone born in born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. He started singing in the Choir of the School of the Heart of Maria, before he studied Voice technique in Milan. In December 1960, Francisco made his debut in the “Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi” in Trieste with the Moussorgsky opera Khovanshchina in the role of Shaklovity and using the stage name Franco di Marco. After which he made his debut in the “Teatro de la Zarzuela” in Madrid with the Compañía Lírica Nacional with great success. In 1962 he formed his own company and toured Spain for four years, singing zarzuela: La Bruja, La Tabernera del Puerto, Katiuska, El Huésped del Sevillano, La Calesera, La Rosa del Azafrán, La del Soto del Parral, and other works. Francisco also had
very successful career in Venezuela in the late 70s and 80s. His last public performance took place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1996, where he was awarded the Gold medal of the City after which he retired in his Island homeland.
(?) b. October 21st 1926
2016: Winston "Merritone" Blake aka Blake Boy/Judge Winchester (75) Jamaican music producer and sound system engineer
born in Morant Bay, Saint Thomas. His mother died when Winston was young, and their father, Val Blake, began supplementing his income by selling radios and amplifiers, establishing his Mighty Merritone sound system in 1950. After Val Blake died in 1956, Winston and his brothers Trevor, Tyrone, and Monte began operating the sound system, and increasingly started competing with the larger sound systems from Kingston, where they moved to in 1960. He organised talent competitions, and started producing locally successful records by artists such as Hopeton Lewis, Beres Hammond, the Mighty Diamonds, and Cynthia Schloss. The Blake brothers opened the "Turntable Club" in Kingston in 1972, and it became known as the hub of the "Merritone sound". As a club owner and personal manager, he remained a central figure in the Jamaican music industry, and travelled widely around the world promoting Jamaican music. From 1990, he organised annual Merritone Reunion festivals, and also arranged Merritone Family Fun days in various US cities. In 1997 he was awarded the Order of Distinction for his contributions to Jamaica's entertainment industry. (sadly died as a result of complications from asthma) b. November 19th 1940

2016: Gordon Ranney (53) American rock bassist and founder member of the Madison-Wisconsin based comedy rock/experimental music/progressive rock band, The Gomers. They have won several Madison Area Music Awards: 2006 Unique Artist, 2006 Unique Song, 2005 and 2007 Best Cover Band, 2008 Unique Album and Unique Artist. Gordon was also a member of The Zombeatles, a zombie parody version of the rock group The Beatles, where he performed under the name of Pall Ickartney. In 2009 they released an album called "Meat the Zombeatles" and a mockumentary called "The Zombeatles: All You Need Is Brains" as well as touring New Jersey and appearing with John Wesley Harding and Eugene Mirman in their Cabinet Of Wonders Variety Show in April (sadly died while fighting lung cancer) b. June 4th 1962.
2016: James Atkins (49) American rock bassist with the grunge band Hammerbox which was formed in Seattle in 1990. They released their first album, a self-titled LP in 1991. They signed to A&M for 1993’s Numb album. However, that disc did not sell well and the band was dropped not long after. James left the group in early 1994, with his bandmates falling out not long after. In addition to Hammerbox, he played with Seattle bands Anodyne and Softy. In 2004, Hammerbox reunited and a concert album from their Live EMP Skychurch show in Seattle was released in 2005. Last December, the band reunited again to play a benefit for James after his cancer diagnosis (sadly died while fighting esophageal cancer) b. 1966/67?

2017: Jórunn Viðar (98) Icelandic pianist and composer born in Reykjavík. In 1946 she and her family spent some time in New York City where she studied composition at the Juilliard School of Music; after they moved back to Iceland, Jórunn worked as a pianist and accompanist. She was awarded the Riddarakross for accomplishments in music and wrote a number of compositions based on Icelandic folk songs. She also composed music for the film Síðasti bærinn í dalnum (?) b. December 7th 1918.

February 28.
1935: Chiquinha Gonzaga (87)
Brazilian composer born in Rio de Janeiro and is most known for her works for the Carnival in Brazil, such as Ó Abre Alas, and theatrical works, as for example, the operetta Forrobodó. She was also an active citizen, involved in all kinds of social movements that took place during her age in Brazil, such as the Abolition of Slavery and even the Republican movement. It is also said Chiquinha became the first woman in Brazil to obtain a legal divorce (?) b. October 17th 1847.
1968: Franklin "Frankie" Lymon
(25) America singer and frontman of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. While at Junior High School he helped to form a singing group called The Premiers. A talent scout for Gee records, heard them singing on the stairs of a tenement on 165th Street in Manhattan and brought them to George Goldner at Gee. They were renamed The Teenagers and in 1955 they recorded "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" it was released as a record by The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon. It made the top ten in the USA and it reached No.1 in the UK. The group appeared in the movies "Rock, Rock, Rock" and "Mister Rock and Roll", and had 2 more hits with "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" and "The ABCs of Love". But by 1957, the group was being billed as "Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers". This caused in-fighting, and by September, Goldner had pulled Frankie out of the group to record solo. He released some songs of his own including the top twenty song Goody, Goody and eventually he signed with Roulette Records. By the 60's he had a serious drug problem. In 1961 he was forced into a drug rehabilitation program at Manhattan General Hospital. He attempted a comeback, but sadly could not kick his addiction and was convicted on a narcotics charge in 1964. The group was inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and a film based on the life of Frankie Lymon titled Why Do Fools Fall In Love? was released in 1998. (found dead from a drug overdose on the bathroom floor of his grandmother's apartment) b. September 30th 1942.
1971: Fiddlin' Arthur Smith (72) American old time fiddler and a big influence on the old time and bluegrass music genres. Born and raised on a farm near Bold Springs, Tennessee, he learned to play the fiddle at an early age, his first influence being the fiddlers Grady Stringer and Walter Warden. He married at the age of sixteen and began performing at local dances and fiddlers' conventions, with his wife Nettie, his cousin Homer Smith and fiddler Floyd Ethredge. Arthur made his solo debut as a fiddler on the Grand Ole Opry in December 1927. In the 1930s, he formed "The Dixieliners" together with the McGee Brothers and his daughter Lavonne who played the piano. They became a regular act on the Opry from May 1932 performing popular songs such as Walking In My Sleep, Pig In the Pen and Blackberry Blossom. In the early 1940s, he joined the "Bailes Brothers," and published two songbooks, Songs From the Hills of Tennessee and Arthur Smith's Original Song Folio No.1. In the following years, he performed with artists like Rex Griffin and Jimmy Wakely. This led to an invitation from Hollywood in 1944 to appear in some low budget westerns. In 1957, Mike Seeger arranged a recording session with Arthur and the McGee Brothers, but they were not released until eight years later. In 1965, Fiddlin' Artur and the McGee Brothers appeared at the Newport Folk Festival. He made his last appearance in 1969 with Sleepy Marlin and Tommy Riggs. (?) b. April 10th 1898.
1974: Bobby Bloom (28) American singer songwriter; he is known best for being a one-hit wonder with the 1970 song "Montego Bay," which was co-written and produced by Jeff Barry, who was surprised to find out after Bobby's death that he was the sole beneficiary of his life insurance policy. In the early '60s, he had been a member of the doo wop group the Imaginations, and sang lead on "Wait A Little Longer, Son." and in 1969 when he was awarded a contract to write and record a jingle for Pepsi, paving the way for his success with "Montego Bay", which reached the US Top 10 and UK Top 3
(he was accidentally shot in a scuffle with a man who was never identified) b. 1946
1985: David Byron/David Garrick
(38) English singer gifted with a phenomenal vocal range, paired with an unparalleled sense of dynamics & charismatic stage presence. He was the original lead vocalist for Spice from 1967 through 1969, but is more famous for singing in the legendary English rock band Uriah Heep between 1969 to1976, recording 10 albums with the band. He was asked to leave the band because of his increasingly erratic behaviour due to alcohol abuse. He unsuccessfully attempted to revive his career with Rough Diamond, a band featuring former members of Humble Pie and Wings, releasing a self titled album; a solo album "Baby Faced Killer" and in the early 80's with The Byron Band recording 3 albums, 2 of which were not released till the 2000s, " Lost And Found" released 2003 and "One Minute More" released 2008. In 1980 Uriah Heep invited him back in the band, but he refused. (alcohol-related complications) b. January 29th 1947.
1990: Russell Jacquet (72) American big band trumpeter, in Saint Martinville, Louisiana. He was the elder brother of well-known tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, who he worked with through the years. He had stints with Floyd Ray and Milt Larkin before he began studying music at Wiley College and Texas Southern University. He moved west and played with his brother's band for a time, later forming his own group which became the house band at the Cotton Club from 1945 to 1949. He then rejoined his brother's group. He later played with several small groups in Oakland, California, and in Houston with Arnett Cobb, and on a few dates in New York with his brother (?) b. December 4th 1917.
2002: Spike Milligan/Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan (83) English comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright and actor. Born in India to an english mother and an Irish father who was serving in the British Army. During his teens and early twenties Spike performed as a Jazz musician, as well as a jazz vocalist, he played drums, guitar and trumpet, in which he was entirely self taught and was already starting to write comedy sketches. He was wounded while serving in the Royal Artilery during the Word War II in Italy, but continued his love of jazz and comedy by entertaining the troops with concert parties. In the late 1940's he appearanced in several musical comedy acts, and had his big break into the world of radio both writing scripts for and performing in the now famous 'Goon Show' with Peter Sellers and Harry Seacombe. The Goon Show ran from 1951 with the last one in 1972. He went on to appear in numerous TV shows including 'A show called Fred', 'The World of Beachcomber' and 'The Q Series' and appeared in 29 films between 1951 and 1999. Spike was also noted for writing of nonsense poems, books and songs, one of his most memorable musical creations was the Ying Tong Song (sadly Spike died from liver disease) b. April 16th 1918.
2002: Helmut Zacharias (82) German violinist. He started having lessons at the age of 4. At 6 he played at the cabaret Faun in Berlin and had his first radio broadcast five years later. In the 1950s he was considered to be one of the best jazz violinists of Europe. He played together with many other famous artists, including Yehudi Menuhin and had his own TV show from 1968 to 1973. (He died in Tessin, Switzerland) b. January 27th 1920.
2005: Chris Curtis (63) British drummer and singer with the 1960s pop band, The Searchers. He also originated the concept behind Deep Purple forming the band in its original incarnation of 'Roundabout'. For six years from 1960, he an essential part of the Searchers’ sound, he contributed to the band's characteristic vocal harmonies with his distinctive high voice and as well as playing drums he introduced all manner of percussion including tom-toms, castanets, cowbells, bongos and Spanish bells. After leaving the Searchers he recorded his only solo single, the top 20 hit, "Aggravation" in 1966, he was backed by Jimmy Page, Joe Moretti, John Paul Jones and Vic Flick. In 1968 Chris was planning to assemble his new band. At a party speaking to his new friend Ian Lord of his plans, his concept was a band with a core of three members: Curtis, Lord and Robbie Hewlett. The other musicians would be engaged whenever the core felt like it. Ian Lord was eager for this .. "They would jump on and off the roundabout. But I left that party in a new band, Roundabout." said Lord. Chris arranged for Ritchie Blackmore to come over from Germany to play lead guitar for Roundabout. The band went ahead, unfortunately without Chris, due to his LSD drug addiction, Roundabout changed it's name to Deep Purple and their first single was Joe South’s "Hush", which Chris had been playing in Ian Lord’s flat for months.In 1998 he gave his first interview in thirty years; to Spencer Leigh for BBC Radio Merseyside. In the early 2000's he started appearing weekly with live musicians for the Merseycats charity at the Marconi club in Huyton, but he never revisited the old Searchers’ songs (died at his home) b. August 26th 1941
2007: Billy Thorpe (60) English-born Australian lead singer, guitarist of Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs; As a teenager he performed under the name of 'Little Rock Allen'. After he was heard singing and playing guitar by a television producer, he made regular musical appearances on Queensland TV, by the time he was 17 was an experienced singer and musician. He moved to Sydney in 1963 where he joined The Aztecs, it was their second single Leiber and Stoller's "Poison Ivy" which gave them their brake. In November 1973 the Aztecs became the first rock band to play the Sydney Opera House. They had huge hits such as "Love Letters", "I Told The Brook", "Twilight Time" and were a massive influence on AC/DC and many other rock bands. After many line up changes the band split in 1976, and Billy moved to LA in America where in 1979, he released a solo album titled 'Children of the Sun'. He released 3 more albums, all of which had some chart success. By 1986, he owned a recording and production studio in Los Angeles, where he worked on musical scoring for television series, including: War of the Worlds, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Columbo, Eight Is Enough and Hard Time on Planet Earth. He also collaborated with Mick Fleetwood and Bekka Bramlett in Fleetwood's side project, a band called The Zoo. Returning to Australia in 1996 he wrote two autobiographies: "Sex and Thugs and Rock 'n' Roll" and "Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)". He was posthumously appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2007 for his contribution to music as a musician, songwriter and producer (heart attack) b. March 29th 1946.
2008: Mike Smith (64) British singer and keyboardist with The Dave Clark Five; he and Dave were both members on the same football team for the St. George Boys Club. At age 17, Dave asked him to join his band, his debut recording with the band was "I Knew It All the Time"/"That's What I Said" in 1963. The band had 19 UK Top 40 hits, including 'Bits and Pieces' and the No.1 single 'Glad All Over'. They had US hits with 'Because', 'I Like it Like That' and 'Glad All Over', and set a record among British acts after appearing on the Ed Sullivan show 13 times. He co-wrote the majority of their material with Dave, sold more than 100 million records, played to sold out 5 consecutive world tours and 6 in the U.S. including 12 consecutive shows at Carnegie Hall, and were immortalised in the 1965 feature film "Catch Us If You Can". They disbanded in 1970, Mike continued a while with Dave. In 1976 he recorded with former Manfred Mann's Michael d'Abo, after which he was record producer for such artists as Shirley Bassey and Michael Ball, for whom he recorded 4 gold albums. He also worked as a writer and singer of advertising jingles; his clients ranged from British Airways to McDonald's to Volvo and sang on the original recording of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita. In the late 90's he moved to Spain and did many charity gigs until an accident in September 2003, leaving him permanently paralysed from the waist down and in his right arm, with very little movement in his left arm. The man with the magnificent ”growl”, tragically died , just 11 days before he was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Dave Clark Five (died from complicationf of the accident in 2003) b. December 6th 1943
2011: Emmy/Elsina Hidersha (21) Albanian singer, born in Skrapar; her most notable hits were "Pse të dua ty", "A ma jep", "Rastësisht u pamë", and "Let It Play" (vehicular homicide; Emmy was hit by a car, allegedly driven by her ex-boyfriend, 47-year-old Kosovar businessman Haziz Kelmendi. Tragically, she died 2 days later in hospital of her injuries) b. March 15th 1989.
2012: Shoko Aoba (93) Japanese singer (sadly she has died of pneumonia) b. March 21st 1918.
2013: William Bennett (56) American oboist born in New Haven, Connecticut. He joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1979, and promoted to principal oboist in 1987. (died of a cerebral hemorrhage after collapsing on stage during a performance of the Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss) b. May 31st 1956.
2013: Daniel Darc/Daniel Rozoum (53) French singer born in Paris; in 1978 he along with founded the New Wave band Taxi Girl, producing 5 mini-albums, and one full-length album, Seppuku. Their early success is attributed to two singles, "Mannequin" in 1979 and "Cherchez le garçon" in 1980. When they disbanded in 1986 Daniel released several solo albums under his own name. (
sadly died of a drug overdose) b. May 20th 1959
2014: Karl Anton Rickenbacher (73) Swiss conductor, born in Basel; he studied at the Berlin Conservatory with Herbert von Karajan and took part in master classes with Pierre Boulez. He was an assistant conductor at the Zürich Opera from 1966 to 1969, before serving as first Kapellmeister of the Stadt Buhnen Freiburg from 1969 to 1975. He was music director of the Westphalian Symphony Orchestra from 1976 to 1985 and was also chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 1980. Karl was appointed principal guest conductor of the Belgian BRT Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987. His commercial recordings include those of the student symphonies of Richard Strauss, as part of his set of recordings called "The Unknown Richard Strauss" (sadly Karl died from a heart attack) b. May 20th 1940.
2015: Ezra Laderman (90) American composer born in Brooklyn. He served as a radio operator with the 69th Infantry Division during World War II, seeing the full horrors when freeing Leipzig. During the weeks after the war was over, he composed his Leipzig Symphony. Over his long career had been commissioned three times by the Philadelphia Orchestra, twice by the National, Louisville and Chicago Symphonies as well as from the New York Philharmonic, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Denver, Syracuse, Columbus, Albany, and New Haven Symphony Orchestras. In addition he has written for such distinguished artists as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Sherrill Milnes, Aldo Parisot, Samuel Baron, David Shifrin, Ransom Wilson, Judith Raskin, Elmar Oliveira, Erica Morini, Nathaniel Rosen, Stephen Kates, Toby Appel, and Leonard Arner, among many others (?) b. June 29th 2015.
2016: Don Battye (77) Australian composer, writer and television producer, best known for his work with Crawford Productions and Reg Grundy Organisation, known then as Reg Grundy Productions. As well as his acting, producing and scriptwriting, musically he and Peter Pinne co-wrote children's musicals which premiered at the Alexander Theatre, Monash University, from 1973 to 1980, as well as the adult musicals All Saints' Day, Don't Tell Helena, A Bunch Of Ratbags, It Happened In Tanjablanca, Red White Boogie, Sweet Fanny Adams, Caroline, The Computer and Love Travelling Salesman (2 folk operas) and Prisoner Cell Block H, the Musical. He also co-composed the famous theme song to Sons and Daughters with Peter Pinne, plus two songs for inclusion in Neighbours. He later moved to live in the Philippines were he continued to compose and he also wrote a memoir which encompassed his life from being a childhood actor to a senior TV executive. (?) b. September 29th 1938.
2017: Leone di Lernia (78) Italian radio host, singer and composer, born in Trani; he released his first single "Trenta chili" in 1968. After moving to Milan, he worked extensively as a dialect singer and comic in various local TV stations. In 1975 he released his second single, "Gaccia ad'avè". In the 1990s, he performed in the program at Radio Monte Carlo "Fausto Terenzi Show" which boosted his career. In 1999, he began work as a comic shoulder to the radio program Lo Zoo di 105 on Radio 105 Network. Over his long career Leone released 47 albums the last being EXPO in 2015 (sadly died from liver cancer) b. April 18th 1938

February 29.
1996: Wes Farrell (56)
American musician, songwriter and record producer, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s. He was responsible for over 300 million record sales, including 70 million sales with The Partridge Family, during his career. He was also the owner of Bell Records, which was a merger of three earlier labels - Amy, Mala, and Bell Records. The company was later bought out by Screen Gems, and eventually became Arista Records, while Wes went on to found Chelsea Records.
(sadly died after a battle with cancer) b. December 21st 1939.
2000: Dennis Danell (38) American guitarist and founding member of the California punk rock band, Social Distortion.
He formed the band in 1979 with frontman Mike Ness while attending high school together. Originally the group's bassist, Dennis soon switched to guitar and helped define the group's signature jangle on such albums as Mommy's Little Monster-1983, Prison Bound-1988, Social Distortion-1990 and White Light, White Heat, White Trash in 1996. He remained the guitarist for the band until his death
(It was reported that he had died at his home in Costa Mesa, California of a brain aneurysm, but Mike Ness stated on the DVD commentary of Another State of Mind that Dennis died from a heart condition) b. June 24th 1961
2012: David "Davy" Jones (66) English singer-songwriter and actor best known as a member of The Monkees. He was born in Manchester, and at aged 11 began his acting career, appearing on the soap opera 'Coronation Street', produced by Granada Television in Manchester, where in 1961 he played Colin Lomax, the grandson of Ena Sharples. However, after the death of his mother when he was 14 years old, Davy made a career change and became a jockey, training with Basil Foster. He was soon back in the public eye, this time on stage in London's West End and then on Broadway, playing the Artful Dodger, in the show Oliver!, which was nominated for a Tony Award. On February 9th 1964, Davy appeared with the Broadway cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show, the same episode on which The Beatles made their first appearance. From 1965 to 1971, he was a member of The Monkees >>> READ MORE <<<
(sadly Davy died from a massive heart attack just months after he, Tork and Dolenz had completed a tour marking The Monkees’ 45th anniversary) b. December 30th 1945
2016: Josefin Nilsson/Monica Emma Josefin Nilsson (46) Swedish singer and actress; born in När, Gotland she was a founder member of Ainbusk, formed in 1983, best known for their single "Jag mötte Lassie"/"I Met Lassie", often referred to just as "Lassie", which was the Christmas No.1 in Sweden in 1990. They released four studio albums, one live album and one compilation and have also recorded Swedish versions of English-language songs. In 2008, they participated in the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest selection, Melodifestivalen, finishing in 6th place. Josefin also had a solo career, recording her only solo album 'Shapes' in 1993 and her last single "Jag saknar dig ibland med Ainbusk" in 2008. As an actress she appeared in 4 films Juloratoriet-1996, Adam & Eva-1997, Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sig-2000 and Sophia in 2002 (?) b. March 22nd 1969.


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